Change is a part of life. If I have learned anything during my short 38 years (and especially in the last 18 since I have been a Merck) it's that things change! Most of the time, change is good, but it is never easy. Only 10 short months ago my surroundings changed. It was a little scary moving to Montana from south Alabama, from all family and friends. But God called and we obeyed. And it has been a wonderful year. We have met new friends we would have never known. Hopefully we have made a positive impact on the people we have been acquainted with here in Livingston. But just this week, I got this sorta sick feeling. I told Lee, "We're about to do it all over again." It is a little scary, again! But I wouldn't give anything for the journey we are on with the Lord. There is a wonderful peace, even in the midst of "scary", in trusting God - literally trusting God for everything! He is our peace! He is our Jehovah Jireh! He is everything I need! HE IS MY RISEN LORD!!
Maggie and I went down into Paradise Valley with a friend of ours last week to make some pictures. Thanks Mr. Vern Ladoux for sharing your "baby" with us!
Last Sunday night, we had our last simulcast. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as we have. It has been great to know that you are praying with us on Mondays and watching the monthly simulcasts. This time I snapped a few pictures before we started.
Bro. Greg Payton, Lee, Dr. Fred Hewitt
I went to bed last night with a headache. I took two Advil before bed, but I could tell this was not just any headache. I woke up this morning and knew I needed my migraine medicine. I took it and laid back down until about 9:00. My dear friend, Kim Baker from Alabama, text me "good morning". I told her it wasn't that great of a morning for me. She insisted she was bringing supper for us. And at 5:50 this evening, my doorbell rang. She had ordered Pizza Hut for us and had it delivered!!! Wow! Amazing how miles can't separate true friends. Thanks to the Bakers for feeding us supper from 2,000 miles away.
It was attacked before I could get the camera out!
Please keep Red Lodge in your prayers. I KNOW God is up to something big. Please remember us as we finish up school, pack the house, and pack for our trip back south. Pray that we will all stay healthy and be able to get everything done. Continue to pray for housing for us in Red Lodge, too. Finally, we pray for each of you as you celebrate Easter this weekend.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.
Because He lives, all fear is gone.
Because I KNOW He holds the future
And life is worth the living just because He lives!
No matter what changes come your way, don't let anything change your love for your Lord!