The Family spent a few days with Clovis and Mag Barker at their Ruidoso home.
We got to experience the cool days of NM and the Capitan Mountains (The only mountains that run from East to West in North America.) Cody and I got to spend some time at National Space Museum in Alamogordo, NM.
Anna and the girls (Christi, Kaitlin, and Mag) went SHOPPING on Main Street Ruidoso. (They really did some damage.) Mag says shopping is her favorite sport. Clovis spent some time showing me around the golf course. We watched the World Cup and a really depressing movie, “Cold Mountain.” Sorry, Clovis… but I enjoyed the company.
We also went to the Flying J Chuckwagon and Western Show. The food was good and the music was GREAT…they even had the National Female Yodeling Champion.
One of the funnest things that happened is that I got out done by a 70 year old grandma (Mag) on a three mile walk up and down hills. I was huffing and puffing while she was just talking away and hardly broke a sweat. Mag is a MACHINE!
Church in Ruidoso was special. We went to a church called, CHURCH OUT OF CHURCH on Sunday morning. I found myself REALLY moved by the worship. It was SO REFRESHING to get to worship! I am ashamed to say that I have often allowed myself to worry so much about the service in Medina, that I don’t really get to worship that much. I am going to really work hard to try to cultivate and maintain the proper attitude toward worship when I get back to Medina. In the meantime… I am really looking forward to WORSHIP. I never knew how dry I had become.
I think of Keith Green’s song in the 70’s, “My Eyes Are Dry.”
My eyes are dry
My faith is old
My heart is hard
My prayers are cold
And I know how I ought to be
Alive to You and dead to me
But what can be done
For an old heart like mine
Soften it up
With oil and wine
The oil is You, Your Spirit of love
Please wash me anew
With the wine of Your Blood
The message was also good at CHURCH OUT OF CHURCH. The pastor had gotten sick the night before so his 23 year old son took the pulpit. He simply shared a few Scriptures and shared from the heart… BUT IT WAS THE WORSHIP THAT GOT ME!
Right now were in ANGEL FIRE. More later…