How exciting to see how our PILGRIM PALS blog has taken off...so to speak. Each day we have new prayer requests, new friends, new testimonies of God's sustaining grace and power.
I'm back in my EPISTLE SPORTS MINISTRIES office in Peterborough this morning. I have a Charitable Organizations report that needs to be filed by the 30th of this month (tomorrow) so I'm locking myself in and concentrating on finishing that (after I send off this update).
Thanks for the prayer support that has been building for Carol and me and our family. It's so disheartening to go home and find stacks of empty boxes waiting to be filled with "stuff" to take to storage as we move towards selling our home. I DON'T WANT TO SELL! NEITHER DOES CAROL! As I've said before, we are trusting God for a miracle! We are praying BIG!
Next week we are going down to Erie, PA for a few days. We will enjoy the big, indoor waterpark called SPLASH LAGOON for a couple of days. On Tuesday I'll drive down to Pittsburgh to see a ball game and visit with Gabe Gross (Milwaukee Brewers) and his wife Kelly. What a special couple they are! Please pray that our family will be refreshed as we get away for this mini-vacation. Just the other day a donation arrived in the mail from some dear friends and we are using this towards our get-away (with the donors' permission).
I'm so grateful for our new friend Bob McCabe or Passing-Thru as we Pilgrims Pals know him as. Thanks for picking up the slack on Pilgrim Pals while I'm away.
Terry, I'm so glad that you're feeling better. Your lovely face is almost back to normal. Thank you, Father! We continue to pray for Dad Golden and his salvation.
Laura Mae and Lauren-Mary. thanks for all your input. Let's remember to keep Darren in our prayers as he begins his new responsibilities with Campus Crusade for Christ in Calgary.
And, to the two (2) Julies, we're glad your "with us".
Two wonderful friends continue to keep me encouraged. Hebrews 11:1 and Praying Sens Fan in Montreal! You are gifts from God to this stumbling Pilgrim. Thanks so much for your ongoing encouragement! Which Christian bookstore do you frequent in Montreal? I'll meet you there some day! I haven't been down to Montreal to see our new Hockey Ministries International headquarters office dear the Bell Centre but I hope to get down there this fall.
Pilot Mom, thanks for the blessing of your friendship. We continue to pray for your hubby.
Same with you, Vicki! May you and your hubby know His all-surpassing strength during these days.
There are so many others whose names I haven't mentioned but thanks for your association with Pilgrim Pals.
Theophil...glad to have you aboard. Hope your visit with Passing-Thru as you were "passing-thru" was a fruitful one! Please come by and visit your new Pilgrim Pals often.
I better close off this post and get to work but, before I do, let me share today's scripture selection from Our Daily Bread. The psalmist writes, "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you." - Psalm 55:22.
The writer of today's devotional thought, Dave Branon (a friend of mine), writes, "The joy of the Christian life is knowing that God can handle anything we hand over to Him...but at the same time, the great burden of the Christian life is that we - weak and helpless individuals that we are - hang on to stuff we know we need to give to God. We all know the feeling."
He goes on to say, "Our sins and concerns, big and small, seem to stick to us like Super Glue. The solution? We need to take those burdens off our own hands and put them on God's shoulders. Why carry around those sticky burdens?"
"God knows our burdens and our crosses,
Those things that hurt, our trials and losses,
He cares for every soul that cries,
And wipes the tears from weeping eyes."
GOD TELLS US TO BURDEN HIM WITH WHAT BURDENS US!
Thanks for your ongoing prayers, dear friends!
Much love in Christ,
David, the Pilgrim