Chapter Chaplain


Wild Prairie HOG Chaplains -- Curt & Judi Quiner

Please let us know how we can pray for you.  All requests will be kept confidential.

Thank you for the privilege of serving you in prayer.

Your servants in Christ, 

Curt & Judi, Quiner

Call us at: 952-474-3600

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Weekly Note of Encouragement – 8/15/2022

 

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco was built between 1933 and 1937. And during the first half of the construction over a dozen men fell off the super structure, plunging 700 feet to their death in the water below. So because of all the tragedy surrounding the project, construction was eventually halted and then a safety net, costing several hundreds of thousands of dollars – think about that price in the 30s – was put under the bridge so that if anybody would fall, that he’d be caught. And during the last half of construction, about six people fell, but their lives were spared. Now interestingly, during the last half of the construction on the bridge, the work actually proceeded at 25% greater productivity and efficiency. See, knowing the net was there didn’t make the workers careless; it made them more confident and more efficient. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you have a net below you called God’s grace. When you stumble and fall, that net catches you and forgives you and re-establishes you and reminds you that Christ has you.

Praying for your week—that You would know that God’s go this. Even when things are challenging, you have the best safety net. God put it there. You can trust Him. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 8/8/2022

 

This quote encouraged us. Hope it does the same for you. It’s from Max Lucado, one of our favorite author/speakers.

“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning... Face it, friend. He is crazy about you! ”

Praying for your week. That you would be encouraged knowing that no matter what, God is for you. He’s there, but He won’t force Himself on you. He is just waiting for you to reach out to Him. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you please let us know!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 8/1/2022

 

We’ll be on the road Sunday when we usually send out this encouragement email (visiting Judi’s parents in Michigan), so we thought we’d get this to you early. We needed a little light humor. Hope this gives you a smile!

 

An elderly gentleman had serious hearing problems for a number of years. He finally went to the doctor and the doctor was able to have him fitted for a hearing aid that allowed the gentleman to hear perfectly again.

The elderly gentleman returned to the doctor a month later for a follow up appointment.

The doctor said, "Your hearing is perfect. Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again."

To which the gentleman said, "Oh, I haven't told my family yet. I've just been sitting around and listening to the things they say when they think I can't hear them!"

 

Praying for your week. That God would guard your tongue and that the only words that come out would be ones that encourage and lift up those who hear. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you please let us know!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 7/25/2022

 

Not sure if this has happened to you, but we heard a message that was definitely just for us…. The topic was JOY and the difference between joy and happiness. Happiness comes and goes, based on what is going on. Joy springs from our relationship with God and is there even in the middle of “junk.” So the question is, how can we nurture JOY? There were three suggestions given:

• Love well. When we have an outward focus, JOY shows up. And our JOY has a ripple effect to those around us!

• Celebrate both big and small things with gratitude—remember what God has done.

• Trust in God’s future faithfulness. He truly has got even this!

JOY allows us to weather the storms of life. But it’s definitely not easy. We needed this message because we have been praying for JOY for ourselves…. Life is hard. But it helps to be reminded that God IS good…. And He is the source of JOY. We can’t muster up joy, but we can invite it into our hard places.

Praying for your week. For God to overwhelm you with JOY in the most unlikely places. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you please let us know!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 7/18/2022

 

A pastor friend of ours asked us a question the other day that made us think. Just like everyone, we’ve had “stuff” to deal with…. But his question really helped. He asked, “What is true of you in Christ, NO MATTER WHAT?” It really gets at the truth that no matter what is going on, Christ is the same yesterday today and forever.

A few that we came up with: No matter how things look, God has a plan and it is a good plan.

No matter what, God loves me unconditionally and sent His Son to die for me.

No matter what, I am a child of God.

No matter what, He offers me Salvation and eternity with Him. If only I will accept.

Praying for your week. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you please let us know!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 7/11/2022

 

A good friend of ours told us about a recent visit to his optometrist…. He said, “He has 2 exotic fish swimming and the last time I was there I remembered reading something saying that the average memory retention of fish is 7 seconds. If so, then every trip around the tank is a new experience for them!”

Made us chuckle. But really, it is a good piece of advice—to forget what is behind and press forward.

Praying for your week. That you would press forward and look for things to make you smile. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you please let us know!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 7/4/2022

 

Happy 4th of July! Sorry this is long, but we really liked these words from a speech by Ronald Reagan in 1981. We tried to cut it down, but couldn’t cut any of it…

“July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.

There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s ax,” and the issue remained in doubt.

The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.”

He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.

In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation. It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.

Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.

Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.

We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.”

Praying for your week. That you would know the true freedom that comes from Christ. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 6/27/2022

Again we’d like to share from our devotional…

Do you need to get away for a day or two of rest at a nice hotel? Try the Empathy Suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. It’s located on the thirty-fourth floor with two master bedrooms, stunning views, original works of art, 24-hour butler service, and a gym. At $100,000 per night (with a two-night minimum), it’s the most expensive hotel room in the world.

Can’t afford it? If we can’t afford one night in a hotel in Las Vegas, how can we ever afford an eternal stay in the mansions of heaven?

That’s just the point! We can’t! But God has promised that if we will put our trust in Jesus as our Savior, He will give us the mansion in heaven! We could never earn our way to heaven, but Christ’s death and resurrection made a way for us. Don’t miss it! Place your full faith in Christ today.

Praying for your week. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 6/20/2022

 

Seems like there is a lot going on these days. All over—globally down to in our own homes. It’s hard to deal with. We read this and thought it was really good. In the Bible, there’s a verse, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” Hope this gives you something to think about as well.

 

“One of the things I’ve heard the world say, and I just want to agree with…. They’re trying to slam us, but it’s true.

“Christianity is a crutch.”

I’m like, “Absolutely, because my legs are broken. My legs are busted. I need that crutch.”

“It’s for the weak-minded.”

“Yes. I have a weak mind. Give me a right mind.”

“Weak people need it.”

“Absolutely, weak people need it. Brother, you just don’t know you’re weak.”

Ultimately, is Christianity a crutch? Yes. Are we crippled? Absolutely.”

Friend, your legs are broken. My legs are broken. Our minds are weak. And only God can ultimately heal us, take care of us, and lead us to rest.”

 

Praying for your week. That you would find the rest that God promises. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 6/13/2022

 

We read a quote that made us think. Corrie ten Boom said, “ Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” A steering wheel is important for keeping you in the correct direction…. It’s the first thing you think of when you need to go somewhere…. You use it every time you drive your car…. The spare tire on the other hand is tucked away for emergency use only…. You can probably come up with other truths from this quote. It really made us think. Prayer is definitely important in emergencies. But we are working on making it an important part of every day. Not just for emergency use!

Praying for your week. That God would show Himself powerfully to you this week! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 6/6/2022

 

We liked this devotional from this past week…. “A motorist in North Carolina was charged with careless driving after she accidentally hit an elderly pedestrian because she had not adequately defrosted her windshield. When our windshields are covered with ice or snow, it’s tempting to clear a little patch and start out, hoping the defroster will take care of the rest before we get very far. But many states outlaw that shortcut because it limits our visibility.

Trying to read the Bible without the Holy Spirit is like trying to navigate the roads with a windshield coated with frost. We can’t discern the words, grasp the significance, or recognize the meaning of what we’re reading. The warm breath of the Holy Spirit clears our vision, allowing us to see all the mile markers, guardrails, and signposts of Scripture.”

Praying that God would give you wisdom and clear vision this week. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 5/30/2022

We’ve had some struggles lately—I’m sure you have too. But we came across this, and it was a good reminder.

God has promised never to let anything though His filter of love that is not for our ultimate good. That is hard to believe sometimes. It doesn’t feel good. It doesn’t look like there could be any purpose. And there are some things that we will not understand until we are in heaven with Him. But faith reminds us that even when we can’t see it, He’s got it.

Not sure who else needed to hear that, but we sure did! Praying that you see Him this week—and that you are able to trust that He’s got even this. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 5/23/2022

 

We needed a joke today…. So here’s one that we shared at a recent biker blessing. (You may have heard it before—we got it from someone’s facebook page—but we thought it was fun.)

 

Exercise for people over 60….

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as. You can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags. Then try 50-lb potato bags and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

 

Seriously, the load seems pretty heavy sometimes. But know that you’re not in this alone. We are so thankful for the people God puts in our path to help lighten the load. If there’s ever any way we can help to lighten yours, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 5/16/2022

 

We read a good illustration by Greg Laurie that we’re going to change a bit…

Let’s imagine that you just purchased a new motorcycle. For almost a week-and-a-half, you drive it around happily, enjoying all the features of your shiny new ride. But then—suddenly and inexplicably—your bike sputters, chugs to a stop, and cannot be started again. You have it hauled to the dealership and complain, “you guys sold me a lemon! It doesn’t run anymore!”

The salesman asks to see your keys, turns on the ignition, and notices the fuel light is glowing on the instrument panel. “Umm, just a question,” the salesman says, “but did you ever put gas in this motorcycle?”

Let’s compare that scenario to the Christian life. You’ve been charging around all week, full of energy and joy, and then find yourself sputtering and stalling out. Maybe you’ve even come to a complete standstill. So here is the question: Have you refueled lately?

Just as you have to refuel your motorcycle, you need to refuel yourself. That is not just a onetime event! Find a good Bible believing church and attend regularly. Start reading your Bible daily. Pray. …. Be filled over and over again, and get those refills from God.

Praying for your week. That you would find ways to refuel. That you would be full of energy and joy. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get ahold of us!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 5/9/2022

 

We read a book review this week that listed the 10 Virtues of a Hero. We thought it was a good list: Courage, Humility, Sacrifice, Integrity, Compassion, Perseverance, Duty, Hope, Humor, Forgiveness. There was a comment by the person writing the book review encouraging us to “see the good in others, even if it’s not convenient for you or things aren’t going your way. It’s a wonderful character trait, and something most of us can aspire to get better at.” That’s true. And we can definitely try. But we know someone who actually fits this definition of a hero perfectly. Jesus Christ embodies all 10 of those virtues, and He always sees us through the lens of grace. So thankful that He always sees our good. And that He is the source of true Hope.

 

Praying for your week! For Hope. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to connect with us!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 5/2/2022

 

We thought this was funny from a book we’re reading by Greg Laurie:

 

I heard about a man who went to see his doctor on a return visit and said, “Doc, it’s been one month since my last appointment, and I still feel miserable.”

“Hmmmm,” the doctor said. “Did you follow the instructions on the medicine that I gave you?”

“I sure did, Doc,” came the reply. “The bottle said, ‘Keep tightly closed,’ and that’s what I’ve done.”

 

Sound familiar to you? Sometimes it’s hard to follow instructions correctly! But things do go better when we do…. Can we encourage you that the most important instructions come from God’s Word the Bible. He has given us clear instructions. Our job is to follow Him.

 

Praying for your week! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to connect with us!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 4/25/2022

 

We read another good illustration in our daily devotional this week…

 

During World War II, the HMS Neptune hit an Italian minefield off Tripoli on December 19, 1941. Lost were 764 British and New Zealand sailors and crew. Only one man survived. He was 22 year old Norman Walton, and he escaped by clambering down the chain of the ship’s anchor and grabbing onto a floating raft. He was captured by an Italian ship and spent the next fifteen months as a prisoner of war. He had no idea he was the one and only survivor. When told, he didn’t believe it. It took a long time to accept.

There’s a lesson in that tragedy. We need to stay near the anchor that stabilizes our lives, ready to grip it tightly when the winds and fires come. We can’t sink when we’re holding to the anchor, and we can’t be lost when gripping it. When we anchor ourselves in Christ, our faith cannot be shaken.

Our anchor isn’t cast downward into the water but upward into the sky, and one day it will carry us upward, toward the Rock of our Salvation.

 

Praying for you this week—that you would anchor yourself to the Rock! If there’s ever anything we can do to come alongside you, please let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 4/18/2022

 

He is Risen Indeed! Turn the volume up and listen to this inspirational choir. This is one of Judi’s favorites!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV8bv4QuDtM

 

Praying for your week—that you would know how much God loves you! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 4/11/2022

 

Palm Sunday…. Maundy Thursday…. Good Friday…. Easter…. Hard to believe it’s Holy week! Probably the most important week on the Christian calendar. We found a quote from Billy Graham that sums it up.

 

“God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’”

 

Praying for your week—that you would know how much God loves you! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 4/4/2022

 

We read a great quote from Corrie Ten Boom. She and her family were arrested and sent to concentration camps during WWII for helping Jewish people to escape the Nazis in the Netherlands. The quote we read says, “When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away your ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”

 

Feels like a dark tunnel we’re in these days, doesn’t it? But can we remind you to trust the engineer. He’s got this. And He’s got you!

 

Praying for your week—for the hope that comes from knowing Jesus is in control. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 3/28/2022

 

We read an interesting historical fact:

 

In seventeenth-century London, convicted criminals were often branded on the right thumb in lieu of a more severe sentence. If they were ever accused of another crime, the judge would force them to “raise their right hand” to provide evidence of a previous conviction or leniency. After branding was abolished, the practice of raising the right hand in court continued as a means of swearing to truthfulness when testifying or swearing an oath.

 

This was interesting to us because we had never heard about why people raise their right hand to swear to tell the truth…. Glad they don’t brand people anymore! It also made us think about truth and how hard it is to know what is true these days. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some way to know what was true and what was fake…. Unfortunately, we just don’t know sometimes. But there is a Bible verse that says that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Him. That is Truth that will change your life if you believe it!

 

Praying for your week. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 3/21/2022

 

You know we like illustrations…. Heard this one and liked it.

 

Think of your life like a wheel. At the center of the wheel is the hub. And out of that hub are all the spokes of life which represent your relationships, family, career, finances, dreams, goals and every other area of your life.

 

What does your life revolve around right now? Whatever you think about the most is what you center your life around.

 

If you have a solid center, you’re going to have a solid life. But if you’ve got a weak, flimsy center, you’re going to crack at the edges. Have you heard the expression, “I feel like I’m coming unglued”? If you’ve felt that way, it means you have a faulty center. It means something other than God has taken first place in your life. Whatever it is, if it’s not God, it’s not strong enough to hold you together.

 

The core of your life will provide the power you need. Power always emanates from the hub outward. If you don’t have God at the center of your life, you’ve got a power shortage! Nothing else has enough power to help sustain you through all the unforeseen crises that you’re inevitably going to experience.

 

Put Christ at the center of your life, and He will give you stability, balance, and power.

 

Praying you have a well balanced week—no matter what comes down the road! If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 3/14/2022

 

Been sorting through some old motorcycle magazines and read this:

 

Our motorcycles have a designated safe rpm range for the engine to be efficient, powerful, and long-lasting. Some bikes are designed for high revving horsepower and some for low rpm torque, but they all have a maximum safe limit, a redline, that when routinely exceeded, can mean total destruction of your power plant. This equates to our lives. If we stay within our limits, things are fine. When we constantly run up against redline or exceed the limits, we run into trouble. Without knowing and staying within the safe rpm range for our lives, we are risking total destruction.

 

Did you know Jesus Christ has a plan for your life to avoid catastrophic failure? If you think the sight of a connecting rod punching a hole in your engine case is ugly, imagine the battered and bloody body of Jesus handing on the cross. He gave it all for those who lived redlined and are at risk of destruction.

 

If you know you have been risking failure in your life by bumping up against redline, it is never too late for you to come back into the safe range by yielding to His plan for your life.

 

Praying for your week. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 3/7/2022

 

Neither of us was raised in a church where we fasted during Lent. So we were wondering about that tradition. One website said, “Lent has traditionally been the season where we give something up. Often sweets or a favorite food, in order to focus on the sacrifice Christ made on the cross.” That makes sense. The article goes on to suggest that it doesn’t just have to be food that we fast from, but that is could be a fast from things that get in the way of our relationship with Christ.

 

A good friend of Judi’s gave her this list of things to fast from and what to feast on instead.

 

Fast from judging others—feast on Christ dwelling in them.

Fast from fear of illness—feast on the healing power of God.

Fast from words that pollute—feast on speech that purifies.

Fast from discontent—feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger—feast on patience.

Fast from pessimism—feast on optimism.

Fast from negatives—feast on alternatives.

Fast from bitterness—feast on forgiveness.

Fast from self-concern—feast on compassion.

Fast from suspicion—feast on truth.

Fast from gossip—feast on purposeful silence.

Fast from problems that overwhelm—feast on prayer that sustains.

Fast from worry—feast on faith.

 

We’re thinking it might be good to choose one of these and focus on it this week. We’d like to challenge you to choose one and do the same. Praying for your week! That nothing would get in the way of your relationship with Christ. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 2/28/2022

 

Would you pray with us for Ukraine?

 

Lord Jesus,

We lift the situation in the Ukraine to You. It’s hard to even know what to ask. Lord we know that You are already there—and we pray that all those in Ukraine and in Russia and all over the world would see You.

Jesus, our hearts break for the trauma and horror of war. We pray for strength and courage. We pray for safety for the innocent families. We pray for the military. Lord, raise up everyday people to do the extraordinary. Bring an end to strife and conflict. We ask that You would strengthen the forces that fight for freedom and liberty.

You have promised that when we go through deep waters, You will be with us. When we go through rivers of difficulty we will not drown. When we walk through the fire of oppression we will not be burned up. Jesus we pray for Your presence.

In Your name, AMEN

 

Thank you for all that you do. “Little” good things add up to a lot. Praying for your week. If there’s any way we can come alongside you this week, please let us know!

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 2/21/2022

 

Once again, we’d like to share with you from our devotional:

 

“It’s a common theme in many arenas of life: one chance, and one chance only. On television game shows, you get one chance to answer the question correctly. In baseball, you get one chance to hit the game-winning home run; in basketball, you get one chance to make the game-winning free throw. Occasionally, do-overs are allowed—like the “mulligan” shot in informal golf games.

 

Where would we be in life if God gave us only one chance to get it right? …. If you make a wrong choice, confess your sin to God and receive His forgiveness and restoration.”

 

Praying for your week. There is freedom in giving forgiveness and in accepting God’s forgiveness. If there’s any way we can come alongside you this week, please let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 2/14/2022

 

We’re ready for some lighthearted humor….

An elderly man thinking his wife was losing her hearing went about 20 feet behind her and asked, “Can you hear me sweetheart?” No reply. Moved to 10 feet and inquired again. No reply. 5 feet and not a word. A few inches behind her ear, he asked, “Can you hear me now honey?” His wife said, “for the fourth time, yes!”

Praying for your week! That God would give you many opportunities to smile. That He would help you to have ears to hear His truth. That you would know that He is with you all the way.

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement – 2/7/2022

 

We got a letter from a famous pastor, Tony Evans, awhile ago (not just us, but everyone on his mailing). As you know, we like illustrations and this one was pretty good.

 

“The first year of the global pandemic exposed us to a lot of things we normally didn’t think about. Many of us started to watch what we ate a little more closely. We washed our hands a lot more often. We maintained our distance from others. And we learned about viruses, treatments and procedures we wouldn’t normally pay much attention to. One of the things we learned about during that time were respirators. These machines were life-savers for many people as the virus wreaked havoc on the lungs of those it attacked.

 

A respirator helps those who cannot breathe easily on their own. But if you try to fight against the way a respirator works and attempt to breathe on your own—you will not experience the benefits it offers. The best thing to do when using a respirator is to cooperate with the process. You have to allow your mouth and nose to inhale and exhale with it. You must let it do its job if you want to receive the benefits of the respirator.

 

God’s grace is like that. Sometimes we attempt to provide for ourselves what only God can supply. Grace is the foundation of God’s work in our lives. We receive His benefits when we choose to surrender to His plan, cooperating with His provision of grace to us and through us. To receive grace requires trust. It requires letting go of our perception of personal control.

 

When you do, you will discover that God’s grace provides life, strength, power and peace.”

 

Boy, that’s a hard one for us. Maybe you too. It’s hard to let go and trust. If you’ve been to any of our biker blessings, you’ve heard Curt say we need to give Jesus the handlebars of our life. That’s easy to say, hard to do. We’ll be praying for you to let Him have the handlebars this week. Would you be praying the same for us? Thanks!

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 1/31/2022

 

We have been reading a devotional together and the one for this weekend made us think. It talked about two different states you can live in….

 

“If you’re living in one of the towns in the state of Carelessness, it’s time to call a moving van. The names of those towns are Slothful, Lazy, Greedy, Bitter, Angry, Lustful, and Irritable. The inhabitants of those towns tend to live up to their reputations, and you need to get up and get out of that place.

 

Try moving to one of the cities in the state of Blessing. Those towns and cities bear names like Grace, Peace, Faithfulness, Joy, Zeal, and Holiness. In these towns, the taxes are low, the air is clear, the streets are clean, the residents are harmonious, and the Lord dwells among His people.”

 

Praying for your week, that you would choose the state of Blessing and that you would feel the Lord’s presence. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

 

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 1/24/2022

 

Found this story on the internet. Didn’t say who wrote it, or if it’s true, but it hit us in a good way.

 

About ten years ago, a young and very successful executive named Josh was traveling down a Chicago neighborhood street. He was going a bit too fast in his sleek, black, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE, which was only two months old. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no child darted out, but a brick sailed out and — WHUMP! — it smashed into the Jag’s shiny black side door! SCREECH…!!!! Brakes slammed! Gears ground into reverse, and tires madly spun the Jaguar back to the spot from where the brick had been thrown. Josh jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid and pushed him up against a parked car.

He shouted at the kid, “What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing?!” Building up a head of steam, he went on. “That’s my new Jag, that brick you threw is gonna cost you a lot of money. Why did you throw it?”

“Please, mister, please…I’m sorry! I didn’t know what else to do!” pleaded the youngster. “I threw the brick because no one else would stop!” Tears were dripping down the boy’s chin as he pointed around the parked car. “It’s my brother, mister,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.” Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.” Moved beyond words, the young executive tried desperately to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. Straining, he lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be OK. He then watched the younger brother push him down the sidewalk toward their home. It was a long walk back to the sleek, black, shining, 12 cylinder Jaguar XKE — a long and slow walk. Now, Josh never did fix the side door of his Jaguar.

He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at him to get his attention.

 

Praying for your week, and for no need for bricks! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Your servants in Christ, Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 1/17/2022

 

Curt got an email from a mentor of his. A godly man who lives in Michigan, Lee. Lee had a dog who got very excited when he came home from college. This reminded him of that, and made him laugh:

 

“I came home and my dog peed a little because he was happy to see me. None of my friends pee when they see me. I’m surrounded by fakes.”

 

Not exactly what you might expect from a godly mentor…. But it was sent in light hearted fun. Made us grin. But then as we thought about it, it made us think about fakes and truth. These days, it seems to be getting harder and harder to really know what the truth is. We are thankful that there IS absolute truth. When it feels like false news and fake people abound, we DO have a solid rock to stand on. Christ is the solid rock, and He can be trusted.

 

Praying for your week, and for you to be comforted by His Truth! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

 

Your servants in Christ,  Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 1/10/2022

 

Not sure how you are with making new year’s resolutions…. But we heard an interesting message about how instead of having a resolution, you choose (or better yet let the Lord choose) a word for the year to focus on. This pastor suggested the word “listen.” Wouldn’t this world be a better place if we would stop and just listen to each other. Don’t need to agree necessarily, but listen. There’s a Bible verse that supports this idea. It’s in James 1:19 and says “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

 

Praying for your week! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 1/3/2022

 

We heard a message this week and the pastor shared a joke. Made us smile, and we thought it might be a good way to encourage you as you start this first week of the new year!

 

After spending time with Eve, Adam was walking in the Garden with God. Adam told God how much the woman means to him and how blessed he feels to have her. Adam began to ask questions about her.

Adam: Lord, Eve is beautiful. Why did you make her so beautiful?

God: So you will always want to look at her.

Adam: Lord, her skin is so soft. Why did you make her skin so soft?

God: So you will always want to touch her.

Adam: She always smells so good. Lord, why did you make her smell so good?

God: So you will always want to be near her.

Adam: That’s wonderful Lord, and I don’t want to seem ungrateful, but why did you make her so stupid?

* * * * * * * * *

God: So she would love you.

 

Praying for your week—that God would lighten your heart. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 12/27/2021

 

As we reflect on 2021, it has been a hard year. We found this on Facebook… It encouraged us. Hopefully it will encourage you too!

 

Grapes must be crushed to make wine.

Diamonds form under pressure.

Olives are pressed to release oil.

A seed must be broken in order to grow.

God is turning your pain into something beautiful. Trust the process, trust God!

 

As always, if there’s any way we can come alongside you this week, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,  Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 12/20/2021

 

This Sunday is the last Sunday of advent and a theme this week is LOVE. This word has been used so much that its meaning has been terribly skewed. The kind of perfect love that God has for us is indescribable in human words. We heard a message recently that reminded us that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And went on to say that while that is true, the reason for the season is really you. Not in a selfish or self important way, but because without you, there would have been no reason for God to have sent Jesus. But God loves you so much that He didn’t want to be without you. And He knew that you couldn’t be with Him unless you had a Savior.

 

In the Bible, John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world (that’s YOU) that He gave His only Son (that’s Jesus) so that whoever (again, that’s YOU) believes in Him should have eternal life (life forever with God).” So really, the whole Christmas season is one big love letter that God wrote to each of us. Because He loves us that much.

 

This last week before Christmas can get crazy. But we’re praying that God would remind you in a powerful way just how much He loves you. And that His love is the reason for the season. If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please let us know. Have a blessed Christmas.

 

Your servants in Christ,  Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 12/13/2021

 

This Sunday is the third Sunday of advent. This week’s theme is JOY.

 

What is JOY? A positive attitude or pleasant emotion; delight. The joy produced by the Spirit of God looks beyond the present to our future salvation and to our sovereign God, who works out all things for our ultimate good. Notice that this ISN’T happy…. In fact, you can have JOY in the middle of circumstances that are definitely not happy. It comes from knowing that God is in control, even when things aren’t good.

 

Not sure if you’ve heard about Corrie ten Boom. She and her family were sent to concentration camps during WWII because they hid Jewish people from the Nazis. Her sister always had this JOY, and Corrie didn’t understand sometimes. Like when they moved into a new barrack and on top of everything else, there were fleas infesting everything. How could Corrie’s sister have JOY even in this? Later they learned that because of the fleas, the guards stayed out of that barrack. So they were able to have a Bible study and not have the guards watching them as much. It was a blessing. Even though it didn’t feel like it at the time. Corrie’s sister had JOY not because she liked fleas. But because she trusted that God had a plan. A plan for good.

 

Praying for your week. That you would have the JOY that comes only from trusting in our Sovereign God. If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know. Sometimes it helps to have a listening ear as we walk through a challenging path. We can’t promise things will change, but we can promise you’re not alone. And sometimes that’s what we need to find JOY.

 

Your servants in Christ,  Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 12/6/2021

 

This Sunday is the second Sunday of advent and a theme this week is PEACE.

 

A definition of PEACE: Completeness, soundness, well being for the total person. Inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ. Such peace was proclaimed by the host of angels at Christ’s birth and by Christ Himself during His ministry.

 

Doesn’t sound too much like life these days, at least around our home. How do we find this peace in the middle of junk—a pandemic, world unrest, local upheaval, family struggles, health issues, financial stresses… Life is just not peaceful. But that’s really the point. We cannot find peace on our own. God knew we needed help. So He sent His Son. In the Bible there’s a verse that says, “and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) The world will be chaotic. But God promises us His peace when we keep our eyes on Him instead of on the chaos. The world Jesus was born into wasn’t very peaceful either. But His birth brought peace to those who chose to pause and focus on Him.

 

So this week we pray that when you see the Christmas decorations that you would be reminded of that baby who brings PEACE to all who keep their eyes on Him. As always, if there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know.

 

Your servants in Christ,  Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 11/29/2021

This Sunday is the first Sunday of advent and a theme this week is HOPE. We found this definition of hope: Confident expectancy. Hope does not arise from desires or wishes but from God, who is Himself the believer’s hope. Genuine hope is not wishful thinking, but a firm assurance about things that are unseen and still in the future.

 

Some thoughts on why focusing on the meaning of Christmas can bring True HOPE (we summarized many of these from various websites):

 

• God sees all the problems in the world, including yours. He knew we needed HOPE and He sent His Son, Jesus, to be born in the most humble of places to bring HOPE!

• The same thing that causes all the world’s problems is the same thing that causes us to be selfish, bitter, unforgiving, unfaithful, and unreasonable. But Jesus came to take that sin away from anyone who will believe in Him. Knowing Jesus gives us HOPE!

• When someone gives you a gift, it’s yours as soon as you accept it. God gave us the gift of Jesus. Nothing for you to do, but accept Him! He is HOPE!

 

So this week we pray that every time you see a fancy wrapped gift that you would be reminded of the gift God has given each of us—the gift of HOPE and a future with Him. The gift of Jesus.

 

As always, if there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know.

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 11/22/2021

As we look forward to Thanksgiving this week, we wanted to share some things from an article by Greg Laurie that really hit us. Here is some of what he said:

 

“Research shows that grateful people experience fewer aches and pains and report feeling healthier… the world’s leading scientific expert on gratefulness states that gratitude reduces toxic emotions ranging from envy to frustration; it reduces depression and increases happiness. Oh, and yes, it will help you sleep better, too…

 

“I know that we live in difficult times today. The world is a dangerously divided place. Our way of life is being challenged. Our young soldiers are paying the ultimate price. And it would be easy to ask God why and be resentful of what He is doing. Yet, that’s when it’s the most important to give thanks. We have so much for which to be thankful.”

 

We keep reading things about how important it is for our well being to give thanks—to be grateful in spite of circumstances. An easy thing to be grateful for is you! We are thankful that God brought you into our lives! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. As always, if there is ever any way we can come alongside you, please let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 11/14/2021

 

We heard an interesting talk and the speaker mentioned draft horses. Did you know that the champion draft horse – a single horse now – can pull 4,500 pounds! And the second place horse was able to pull 4,000 pounds! That’s a lot to be able to pull all by itself! The speaker asked, with that information, how much do you think they could pull together? You would think you could add those amounts together and get 8,500 pounds – sounds reasonable, right? Not even close! The speaker told us that harnessed together they pull 12,000 pounds!

 

That shouldn't be too surprising, in a way. When you look around at life, isn't it like that? In your family, at work, with your friends... I know you can think of examples of how when we work together, we can go much further than we can alone. I'm not positive about where the speaker got his information about draft horses. But I know for a fact that it's true for people. I see how folks in the motorcycling community work together and we all go farther.

 

If there's ever anything we can help you pull, please don't hesitate to contact us... We'd love to help. And if we can pray for you, that's really like harnessing yourself to the champion draft horse. Jesus is there, just waiting to help you with the load. There are many times in life that we face a challenge that seems impossible. How awesome to be able to bring those challenges to the One who makes all things possible!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 11/7/2021

 

It seems like we could all use a little something light about now…  So here is a joke that makes me laugh.  Judi doesn’t like it so much…  But here goes:

 

An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny silver walls that could move apart and back together again. 

 

The boy asked his father, "What is this father?" 

 

The father, (never having seen an elevator), responded, "Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life. I don't know what it is!" 

 

While the boy and his father were watching wide-eyed, an old lady in a wheel chair rolled up to the moving walls and pressed a button. The walls opened and the lady rolled between them into a small room. The walls closed and the boy and his father watched small circles of light with numbers above the wall light up. They continued to watch the circles light up in the reverse direction. 

 

The walls opened up again and a beautiful 24-year-old woman stepped out. 

 

The father said to his son, "Go get your mother!!" 

 

Praying for your week—that God would lighten your heart.

 

If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/31/2021

 

We all work as a part of a team in many different areas of our lives.  I’m not a big basketball fan, but there was a quote from Sachin Gupta, Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations. He said,

 

“The core of [servant leadership] is understanding this is not about me.  This is about the team and trying to put the team in the best position to succeed.”

 

I think we can use that in all areas of our lives.  It’s definitely not easy to do.  But when everyone is looking for the best for each other, it makes the team so much stronger.  

 

Praying for your week—that God would bless each of the teams that you are on.  If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/24/2021

 

We heard a message about how important it is to start your day with gratitude.  I guess the attitude you have for the day is set within the first 8 minutes of your day.  So the suggestion was to thank God before you even get out of bed.  And it doesn’t need to be “big” things—just the act of being thankful is enough.  They suggested you can work through the alphabet to get you started…  “A” I’m thankful for air…  “B” I’m thankful for the bathroom…  and so on…  We’re sure you can come up with something to be thankful for for each letter.

 

Praying for your week! If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 
 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/17/2021

 

When I do a biker blessing, I usually talk about giving Jesus the handlebars of our lives.  I stole that idea—someone else suggested people give Jesus the steering wheel.  But since we’re motorcyclists…  The point is that we need to put Jesus in the “driver’s seat” of our lives and let Him lead.  

 

Sounds good, but if you’re anything like us, it’s hard to do!  We want to give Him the handlebars, but are quick to tell Him how things should go.  Go this way—go faster—wait—stop.  It’s much easier to say we have given Jesus the handlebars than to really do it.  

 

Thank God, He sticks with us anyway!  Daily, our job is to hand Him those handlebars.  And daily it is our job to trust Him to lead us in the right direction.  I heard it suggested that we make this our prayer several times throughout the day, “Not my will, Jesus, but Your will.”  I can promise, we’ll never be perfect.  But the better we get at it, the better things go.  Because He really does know best.

 

Praying for your week—that you would trust God and keep handing over those handlebars.

 

If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Your servants in Christ,

Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/10/2021

 

We wanted to share something that we read in our devotional.  Hope it hits you the way it hit us.

 

“If you turned on the faucet in your kitchen and no water came out, what would you do?  Would you say, ‘oh my, the world has run out of water—there’s no water coming out of the faucet, so there must not be any left in the whole world’?

Of course not.  You’d know the problem is not with the source.  There’s plenty of water in the world.  The problem is the channel.  It’s gotten blocked one way or another.  

If one channel gets blocked in your life and the “faucet” stops working, God can turn on another faucet just as easily.  If God closes a door in your life, He can open another door.  And if another door closes, He can open a window, and you can crawl through it.  

Jobs may come and go.  Bank accounts rise and fall.  Economies go up and down.  Home prices can peak or hit bottom.

You can trust in God’s unlimited resources for your security.”

 

Praying for your week—that you would trust God and His resources.  If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 10/3/2021

 

We were reminded of an illustration we’ve heard a few times before…  Raw eggs alone don’t taste good.  Flour alone doesn’t taste good.  Baking soda alone doesn’t taste good.  Many of the ingredients you need to mix together to make a cake don’t taste good alone.  But when you put them together to make a cake…  You have a cake.  And that tastes good!  In the same way, we are promised that all things, even the bad, work together for good for those who love God.  So no matter what you face this week, you can trust Him.  Doesn’t mean that everything is good on its own.  But God will use it for good.

If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi 

 

Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/26/2021

 

We read an article in Epoch Times lately by Joshua Becker.  It was good enough to send you the whole thing (don’t worry—it’s short)!

 

Imagine the society we could create if we valued a different kind of success.  

A success not defined by the brand of clothing we could afford, but by the number of people we had helped to clothe.

A success not defined by the amount of money in our bank account, but by how much money we used to help others.

A success not defined by the size of our house, but by the amount of love that was shown there. 

A success not defined by our level of education, but by the degree of our integrity.  

A success not defined by the type of car we drive, but by those we had picked up in life and set down on a better road.  

A success not defined by how loud our voice was, but by how often we spoke up for those without one. 

A success not defined by the quality and quantity of our personal possessions, but by the level of selflessness we have shown to others.  

A success not defined by the number of people who loved us, but by the number of people we have loved.

 

Can I challenge you to pick one of these and focus on making some changes this week?  Really it sounds a lot like the old phrase “What Would Jesus Do?”  Praying that He would give you wisdom this week as you reflect on how success is defined by God.

If there’s ever any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/19/2021

 

This really hit from our daily devotional.  Maybe it will be helpful for you, too.

 

“We all have EGRs—people who come with Extra Grace Required—in our lives.  They annoy us, anger us, frustrate us, and test us.  But they also help us grow.  God calls us to bless people who cause us the most trouble.  How much more is this true for those who only annoy us?"

“…  You cannot control what other people think about you.  You cannot control what other people do to you.  But you do have 100 percent control over how you respond."   

“  You might be completely within your rights to retaliate, but Jesus calls you to take the higher ground, for it is where you’re given a clear perspective.  When you take the high ground, you can see past a person’s actions to their pain.  When you take the high ground, you rise above the irritation and the conflict, choosing to keep the peace."

“…Real love doesn’t just love people who are lovable; real love loves the unlovable.  Real love is patient with the irritable people in your life.  God empowers us to love even those we find hard to love.”

 

Praying for you this week. That you would be given the extra grace we all need sometimes. If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/12/2021

 

We read a quote from Elisabeth Elliot that made us think. Elisabeth Elliot was the widow of Jim Elliot who was killed in 1956 while attempting to minister to the Auca Indians in Ecuador. She said, “If you dwell on your own feelings about things rather than dwelling on the faithfulness, the love, and the mercy of God, then you’re likely to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Our feelings are very fleeting and short-lived. We cannot depend on them for five minutes. But dwelling on the love, faithfulness, and mercy of God is always safe.”

 

This week, in spite of all the junk going on, we’re going to try to focus on the faithfulness, love, and mercy of God. If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please don’t hesitate to get a hold of us!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/6/2021

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place on 9/11, we thought the words of Billy Graham as he addressed the nation are appropriate.  He started his message with this:

 

“No matter how hard we try, words simply cannot express the horror, the shock and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a Day to Remember.

Today we say to those who masterminded this cruel plot, and to those who carried it out, that the spirit of this nation will not be defeated by their twisted and diabolical schemes. Some day those responsible will be brought to justice.

But today we come together in this service to confess our need of God. We’ve always needed God from the very beginning of this nation. But today we need Him especially. We’re involved in a new kind of warfare. And we need the help of the Spirit of God.

The Bible says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”

But how do we understand something like this? Why does God allow evil like this to take place? Perhaps that is what you are asking. You may even be angry at God. I want to assure you that God understands these feelings that you may have.

We’ve seen so much that brings tears to our eyes and makes us all feel a sense of anger. But God can be trusted, even when life seems at its darkest.”

 

These words seem very appropriate with the events facing our nation and world today.  No matter what you are dealing with this week, know that God IS our refuge and strength. May we never forget the events of twenty years ago.  May we never forget that God was with us then and is with us now.

If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know. 

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 8/30/2021

 

We found this on facebook and really liked it…  It’s a bit longer than I usually send, but I think it’s worth it:

Dr. Ben Carson (Retired world renowned neurosurgeon) wrote this beautiful piece. Read and be blessed.

 

Sometimes you are unsatisfied with your life, while many people in this world are dreaming of living your life.

A child on a farm sees a plane fly overhead and dreams of flying. But, a pilot on the plane sees the farmhouse and dreams of returning home. That's life!! Enjoy yours.

If wealth is the secret to happiness, then the rich should be dancing in the streets. But only poor kids do that.

If power ensures security, then officials should walk unguarded. But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships, then celebrities should have the best marriages. But those who live simply, walk humbly and love genuinely!

All good will come back to you!!!

Man asks, “Where was God when Myles Munroe, wife and his associates were killed in a crash? He answers, "The same place I sat when John the Baptist my servant was beheaded. When Stephen my servant was stoned to death. When Paul my servant was murdered in Rome. The same place I sat when my only Son was brutally crucified, wounded, bruised and killed. I have not moved from my position."

I am the same. It is not the means of exit from earth that matters but the destination. Live simply. It's all about God!!

 

Have a blessed week.  As always, if there’s any way we can come alongside you this week, please let us know.  

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 8/24/2021

 

Judi and I heard another good message this weekend (we listen to messages on CD as we go to the cabin in the truck…). This one hit me, maybe because developing good habits and discipline can be so hard to do. Some comments that struck me:

  • Nobody gets to the Olympics on “I just hope to get there someday.”  You have to set up habits and be disciplined.
  • Successful people are normal people who develop good habits…
  • It takes 6 weeks to develop a new habit…

I don’t know about you, but there are a number of habits I know would be good to be intentional about. One of them is making my relationship with God a priority. It’s amazing to me that He is the creator of the universe, yet He always has time for me. Praying that you would choose one new habit to make a priority this week and for the discipline to stick with it for 6 weeks!

If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi

 


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 8/18/2021

 

We read this illustration and really liked it…

I appreciate road crews who post bright yellow signs warning me of bumps on the highway. It helps to know what’s ahead, so I can slow down and avoid a huge jolt. I sometimes wish Jesus would warn me about all the impending bumps — relationship issues, sickness, money troubles — in my future. Then I could prepare myself.

But Jesus is too wise to grant my wish. He knows if He forewarns us about future problems, I’ll do one of two things. I’ll worry myself into a state of panic. Or I’ll create a giant list of possible solutions. Either way, I won’t be trusting Him. When I rely on my own limited understanding to repair the broken places in my life, it’s as if I am telling Jesus, “Your love and power aren’t enough. I need to fix this myself.”

I know I can trust Him and calmly rest in His love. Whatever life may bring and whatever bumps loom in my future, Jesus will always be more than enough.”

Our catch phrase these days is “God’s got this!” And no matter what this week holds for you, can I let you know, God’s got this!

If there’s any way we can come alongside you, it would be our privilege.

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi


Weekly Note of Encouragement - 9/19/2021

 

This really hit from our daily devotional.  Maybe it will be helpful for you, too.

 

“We all have EGRs—people who come with Extra Grace Required—in our lives.  They annoy us, anger us, frustrate us, and test us.  But they also help us grow.  God calls us to bless people who cause us the most trouble.  How much more is this true for those who only annoy us?"

“…  You cannot control what other people think about you.  You cannot control what other people do to you.  But you do have 100 percent control over how you respond."   

“  You might be completely within your rights to retaliate, but Jesus calls you to take the higher ground, for it is where you’re given a clear perspective.  When you take the high ground, you can see past a person’s actions to their pain.  When you take the high ground, you rise above the irritation and the conflict, choosing to keep the peace."

“…Real love doesn’t just love people who are lovable; real love loves the unlovable.  Real love is patient with the irritable people in your life.  God empowers us to love even those we find hard to love.”

 

Praying for you this week. That you would be given the extra grace we all need sometimes. If there’s any way we can come alongside you, please let us know!

Your servants in Christ,
Curt & Judi