Positive conversations with old and new friends. I'd love for you to join me on my back porch.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Georgetown Wooden Boat Show

Boating is a big part of life along the coast of South Carolina. This past weekend we went to Georgetown, South Carolina to attend the Wooden Boat Show. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.

There were vendors selling crafts, paintings and food. There were also boats for sale. Most of the boats were just for seeing and enjoying.

I discovered the wooden boats are more than sturdy craft. They are beautiful. Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy!

Whether you like yachts or wooden kayaks, there was something at the show to interest you.

Georgetown holds the Wooden Boat Show every year, and next year it will be October 19 and October 20. I'd love to encourage you to come down to South Carolina for an enjoyable day.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Autumn in South Carolina

2017 was my first fall living in South Carolina. I waited and waited for the leaves to change colors. At last I asked a friend and was told the colors don't change here.

This year I was focused on Hurricanes Florence and Michael during September. A few days ago, I began to look for signs of autumn in South Carolina.
Here are a few of my findings.

The third chapter of Ecclesiastes says:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

I'd like to encourage us all to remember there is a season for everything. As we see the changes this fall, let's focus on love.

If somebody is unkind, let's love them anyway. If we see somebody in pain or mourning let's show them love.

Whatever happens in the days ahead, let's love anyway.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Have You Ever...

Have you ever been in the ocean and felt a fish or small piece of driftwood touch your arm or leg? What about seaweed?

Have you ever walked along the beach and pick up shells or beach glass that has washed onto the sand from the ocean?

Walking along the beach today we were amazed at what we saw washed up on the beach.

Some of these logs were well over eight feet long, and some had sharp pointy tips. I began to think how terrible it would've been to be in the water when one of these washed up. If you'd been in a small boat, kayak, or swimming it could've been deadly to encounter one of these pieces of wood.

Not only did we see these washed up tree trunks and root beds, we spotted a rainbow. It got brighter and brighter, and then there were two rainbows.

Genesis 9:16 (NIV) “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Saturday, October 6, 2018

After Florence

A lot of people I talk to in the Carolinas feel like they lost the month of September. When Florence became a reality for us, we prepared. Hurricane Florence hit. Some lost everything, and some only lost electricity.

I was so happy to get home. Tim went straight to work to help residents get settled into their homes. I brought Heinz home. I pushed the button to open the garage door. No problem. I walked to the front door. Now there was a problem. I was boarded out of my house because the front door has glass panels.

Even if I'd had the right tools get the boards off, I'm not strong enough or tall enough to do it by myself. I was disappointed to say the least.

North Carolina was hit harder than South Carolina during the hurricane. Then came the floods. The flooding wasn't fast, but it was furious. Many of the flood victims were still recovering from the flooding of Hurricane Matthew a couple of years ago.

During the devastation, people stepped up to help strangers. Companies donated truck loads of sand for people to make sandbags for people they didn't know. Some who weren't physically able to fill sandbags fixed food at sandbag donation sites. Food for the victims and food for volunteers. Many people offered shelter for victims. As of yesterday, many people were still not allowed into their homes. When they go back they'll be faced with ripping out wet drywall, flooring and I can't imagine what all they'll have to deal with.

I'd like to ask you to keep the victims in you prayers. Thanks so much!

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3


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