Sunday, December 28, 2008
I am very thankful for the gift of music that the Lord has allowed for our boys to involve themselves with. I get tearful everytime I watch them play, thinking all the while of how gracious God has truly been to my beautiful family. My cup runneth over . . .
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The message on the reader board soon read “Closing on Sunday. We appreciate your prayers.” This started a wave of interested press and townsfolk stepping up to help. On Saturday, I drove into the restaurant parking lot where hundreds of people were lining up for their last burgers and tearfully saying goodbye to Port Orchard’s greatest family-oriented restaurant. Cameras flashed, reunions took place in every square foot of seating area, the mayor read a proclamation, and the Gehring family basked in the tearful glow of a community’s corporate thank-you.The scene continued on Sunday, and both days I met with Rick and the Gehring family and a number of local business people to see if something could be done to save Buck’s A&W. On Saturday I handed Rick a check from Youth With A Mission and while I was standing there a local businessman, Steve Krecker, handed him another. Steve told me “I’m not a religious guy, but I just told Rick Gehring that God is doing something here!” Steve didn’t know that I’d e-mailed twenty five churches the night before asking them to pray for Buck’s A&W–that God would work a miracle and allow it to survive. Many people had already given sacrificially and more were prepared to step up to the plate if necessary.On Sunday night at 8 pm. Buck’s A&W in Port Orchard, Washington closed its doors–seemingly for good. Behind the scenes, a deal was being painstakingly negotiated. These agonizing negotiations had been taking place for years and had been getting nowhere. Monday a few of us met again with the Gehrings and close friends. There was still no deal–and we were ready to do a “full court press” in the South Kitsap community to raise the funds to save Bucks A&W.But then came the call ten minutes ago. Rick Gehring told me with a relieved and grateful voice that the settlement had been reached at $230,000–that the family had talked and prayed–and the money had been provided from a number of sources! I practically wept with joy when I heard the news. Seven years of unjust pressure and abuse had just been swept away. Buck’s A&W would be reopened to continue serving the families of South Kitsap. I’m calling it the Miracle on Mile Hill. All along this situation had reminded me of George Bailey and his building and loan business in the Christmas classic It’s a Wonderful Life. In that film, George Bailey, played by Jimmy Stewart, sacrificially serves his small town of Bedford Falls, experiences injustice, contemplates suicide, then is rescued by Clarence the angel who convinces him he’s had a “wonderful life” that impacted many people. The movie ends with the entire community bailing out George & his savings and loan through their generous and personal giving.The parallel was clear. In our case George Bailey was Rick Gehring, the building and loan was Buck’s A&W, and we were the people of Bedford Falls i.e. Port Orchard that Buck’s had served for nearly five decades. Last week, as it looked like it was all going down, the community rose up and prayed; They came down to the business and gave it its four largest revenue days in history; They gave money and support to the Gehrings; Then God cleared the skies and brought closure.Buck’s A&W will re-open on Thursday, December 18. The legacy will continue. A miracle on Mile Hill has taken place.I want to thank all of you who prayed, gave to this great cause, and believed that God would work a miracle.He did. Buck’s A&W can continue its “Wonderful Legacy” that now includes a miracle.Merry Christmas.
P.S. If there was a “Clarence” involved in this deliverance, Lord, please be sure to give him his wings. Praise be to your glorious Name!
1. I AM...my Saviour's servant, my husband's wife, and my children's mom.
2. I WANT...to be known for striving to glorify Christ in raising strong godly children.
3. I HAVE...many faults.
4. I KEEP...every child's first birthday cards.
5. I WISH I COULD...run a marathon.
6. I HATE...my legs being hairy.
7. I FEAR...failure - ascribe that to whatever role I am currently fulfilling.
8. I HEAR...Phillip call me "Chari" and I know he loves me.
9. I DON'T THINK...I will ever regret my life as it is - a stay at home mommy with many blessings abounding.
10. I REGRET...many things I have said or done in my past.
11. I LOVE...leading someone to Christ and then seeing them grow spiritually.
12. I AM NOT...someone who always needs to be around others. I often enjoy puttering around a quiet home.
13. I DANCE...when Phillip is away. My little girls love to dance with me as we just act silly in our living room.
14. I SING...when no one else can hear me.
15. I NEVER...go to bed with dirty feet.
16. I RARELY...use babysitters.
17. I CRY WHEN I WATCH..."It's a Wonderful Life." (the best movie ever)
18. I AM NOT ALWAYS...as on top of things as some may think.
19. I HATE THAT...some have false perceptions of me.
20. I'M CONFUSED ABOUT...Christians who have no desire to truly be a witness to those who need Christ, yet sit in judgement and display no charity.
21. I NEED...to get over this cold.
22. I SHOULD...spray my bathroom ceiling with bleach today.
I tag Alice and Amanda H. (if you both haven't done these yet)!