Monday morning meanderings. Vol.19

November 5, 2007 at 7:40 pm Leave a comment

Foss Lake, Oklahoma State Park.

After some amazing weather, the wind is blowing hard and it is bringing with it the first real freeze potential over the next couple of days.  We have had such great weather since we have been in Western Oklahoma, I guess you have to take the good with the bad.

Monday Morning Meanderings is an evening posting this week, but better late than not at all, right?  Right?

Item one. We just got ourselves parked back in our spot at Trinity after a few days of camping at a near by state park.  Yes we do still camp, even though we live in our fifth wheel full time. We pulled out Friday morning, came back for church and then left about 2 this afternoon, to return to Sayre.  I have really been missing water.  Living in the NW where there is either a lake or a salt water bay around every corner, I wanted to look out our windows and see some water.  So we went to Foss Lake, a reservoir about 45 miles northeast of here.  It was really beautiful weather and if I didn’t know better, I could almost convince myself that I was looking out on Hood Canal from Belfair State Park.  Would you believe that Oklahoma has 2000 more miles of shoreline than all the Atlantic and Gulf states combined.  More man made lakes than any other state and over 2 million surface acres of water.  That is a lot water!  And you thought Oklahoma was a dust bowl.

Item two. For those of you who follow the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) you know that the World Finals just completed their 10 day run in Las Vegas.  We watched all 7 go rounds plus the short go because we actually know several of the riders personally or have met them over the last couple of years.  A young man named Justin McBride won the World Finals and he is actually from this little area of Oklahoma. (don’t know him personally but he lives here and I am trying to impress you)  Pastor Andy’s son Cole was a participant in the Finals, concluding a very strong rookie year.  It made it a lot of fun to watch, knowing a few of the riders.  Believe it or not, to a large part of the population in this country, the PBR Finals is bigger than the World Series or the NBA Championship.  Around here it is for sure.

Item three.  There have been more than 190 posts on this blog over the last 10 months and that is a lot of writing since my posts average about 1000 words.  I have written about all kinds of subjects that have had some interest among a variety of readers, but no other post comes close to the kind of attention that my stories about Lee Akin have produced. 

Everyday there is at least 1 search for information about Lee that lands here at the Juniper Tree but today, of the 10 search results listed in my blog stats, 8 were searching for information about Lee.  In the past 5 days there have been almost 275 hits to the site to read my post about visiting with Lee and his wife Mary. You can find that post here.  The only post that had more hits was something I wrote during the week after the death of our friend Willie McComb (read it here).

During the PBR Finals there was a dinner held to celebrate the founders of the PBR, two of whom are friends of ours, and at that event over $160,000.00 was raised to help the Akin’s during these days of financial uncertainty.  What a huge outpouring of support.  That figure does not include the many who have already helped and those who are sending funds to the PBR itself, and other rodeo organizations.  If you would like to help Lee and Mary you can still send your gift to one of the groups listed in my post on the Akins. (here)

Check back in the months ahead for more progress reports.

Item four. I am really proud of our kids and the decisions they are making to live as if life was not just about them.  They are, along with their spouses, choosing to do things and live in such a way that the world they live in will be a better place.  They love God, live for Him and serve Him in unique ways even though they have been through a lot of things that would make lesser kids punch out.  They write well and have blogs you can check out to see what they are up to.  Find them here:  Traci and Brandon, Brad and Summer.  I am so thankful for kids that love God and love us and are enjoying life and learning life lessons along the way.

Actually I find myself more and more impressed with this whole generation that we boomers have raised, at least the ones I am fortunate to know.  I could name a dozen 20-30 somethings without stopping to think about it, who are making significant contributions to our world and to the advancement of the Kingdom, all over the world.  Maybe I will do some stories on these “kids” because they are significant people you ought to know. 

Take our niece, Katie, for example.  She finished nursing school not long ago and if you know anything at all about that field you can pretty much name your location and your terms, but she has chosen to use her considerable abilities and gifts serving others in Africa.  Read her blog here.  We have young singles and couples from our past life serving all over the world and in this country doing really important Kingdom things.  Hard to believe the most “me” generation in history has raised so many Kingdom Servants.

Item five. Traci mentions the prayer of Daniel on her blog and so I am repeating it here as our Prayer for the Week: Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he alone has all wisdom and power. He determines the course of world events; he removes kings and sets other on the throne. he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars. He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in the darkness, though he himself is surrounded by light. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors, for you have given me wisdom and strength.  (Daniel 2:20)

Have a great week.


Entry filed under: Authority, Belief, Blogroll, Christianity, Culture, Faith, Family, Friendship, Holy Spirit, Kingdom, Lee Akin (PBR), Miracles, Monday meanderings, News, PBR, RV, The Father, Thoughts, Travel.

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