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This beautiful post made me a little homesick 😉
One of the wonderful things about being an American is the experience of Fall, Winter, Spring, & Summer! It’s a blessing of geography that those near the Equator never experience. I’m looking forward to returning home to see family and friends, to the creature comforts of hot & cold running water, reliable electricity, and to Fall. It was hot when we left home in early August and by mid-October the mornings will be crisp and cool. I can’t wait to see the Ginkgo tree adorned with bright yellow leaves that quiver in the wind, finally letting go and drifting out across the lawn and street. The two ladies who walk a Corgi in the early morning hours will be wearing sweaters and the fellow who roller-blades in the evening will wear his knit cap.
I’m looking forward to a big slice of pie from Apple Hill and maybe a drive through Napa to see the vines turning red. It’ll be time to shop for pumpkins and drink tea while I begin my Christmas list. There’ll be football on TV and folksy Family movies set in New England will flood the Hallmark channel.
I’ll come home to America and find kids walking to school and Starbucks’ stocked with Fall offerings like Anniversary Blend and Thanksgiving Blend.
In 1992 we went on a ministry trip to Russia and took our then 14 year old daughter. The trip was tough and we rationed our food and water. When we touched down in the US my daughter turned to me and said, “We live in a great country don’t we Mom, America is a great country!”
I feel that every time we come home.
God bless America,
Land that I love.

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  1. Kelly Grace says:

    Thank you Tom for this thoughtful comment. God’s word is our authority for life, even when our culture disagrees, but that doesn’t mean it will be a popular message! Like you, I’m blessed with a wonderful spouse. I wrote this post after weeks of ministry to women who are in very unhappy marriages. Most cannot change their circumstances, so they live as angry resentful women trapped in what they feel is a hopeless situation.
    But what is impossible with man is possible with God. Last January I shared what God said to women about marriage and family life with a church full of women in Burkina Faso. Not a single married man attended that church except the pastor. Eight months later my husband and another pastor from Ghana visited that church while I was teaching at a Women’s Conference in another part of Ghana. They found 5 husbands now in the congregation. When they asked the pastor if these were new converts he said, “No, they began coming with their wives in the months following the January Women’s Conference.”
    God said unbelieving husbands can be won to Christ by the way a wife lives. These women took that message to heart and God is at work in their church and especially in their homes!!!
    Would you and Carolyn add these sisters in Christ to your prayer list. Our sense is that God is at work strengthening the churches in Ghana by bringing these men to Christ through their believing wives. This is crucial to peace in their homes AND in keeping young boys in the church. When boys reach 10-11 they see that church is for women and children and they want to be men, like their fathers and uncles. Godly men are needed in the body of Christ in Ghana. You might not think that alcohol and drugs are a problem for people in remote villages, but they are. Many men get drunk and abuse their wives and children. The enemy has a foothold and he won’t surrender it without a fight, but God’s word brings light and faith. That’s what those women responded to in January, they “trusted in God and submitted to their husbands”. (1 Peter 3:1-6)
    Bless you brother πŸ˜‰

  2. realchange4u says:

    This was a post I held off commenting on for a while. I wanted to think about it. I didn’t need to pray about it. Just think about it. From your perspective if I could. I like to be in control and have the final say in my life. Most folks do. Mostly men do though. I think more than women do. Kelly It would take day’s to answer all of this deep post that I enjoyed so much. Not that it’s not worth answering, because it definitely is. Here is my thinking on it. All of us have to be submissive to one God. Man and woman alike. All creation yields to God. I believe you did your research good. It takes great character and christlikness to yield to something that is uncomfortable sometimes. Excpessialy since we have a freewill. God’s word does not yield to man. It stands unchanging through time. Plenty of folks today are saying let’s make God’s word fit today’s circumstances. That won’t work. This being said and to stay short here. I have always believed from a man’s standpoint and God’s that when God created woman as man’s help mate. It wasn’t a weak helpmate. Have you ever tried to pick someone up off the floor or Geuss what they are thinking. A helpers job. Submissive to the leader. There is a job God wants done it will take two to do it in a relationship. One has to lead. It doesn’t mean the other is weak and not Abel. I believe God created a very strong and abel person in the creation of woman. A job only a woman could do. I thank God every day for the strong courageous, praying women in my life. I could never do what they do. God od did not make me a woman.

    Much love Tom

  3. Kelly Grace says:

    Hi Beth, I don’t know why there wasn’t a place for comments on recent posts. I eliminated the ‘automatically close comments on posts older than ___ days’ option. Maybe that’ll make the comments pop up. Tech problems are the bane of my existence πŸ˜‰ especially when I’m in Africa for 9 weeks with infrequent internet.

  4. bethbyrnes says:

    These are lovely, Kelly. I tried to comment on your more recent posts and could not as there does not appear to be a place there for it. In any event, I enjoyed reading your thoughts.

  5. Kelly, I understand exactly what you mean. I must look up your songs. πŸ˜€

  6. Kelly Grace says:

    I really like her posts and I’m glad you enjoyed it too. We visited Shelburne years ago and I remember enjoying it a lot. Getting home is a long drawn out affair, but we have a 5 hour layover in Lisbon and hope to take in some cites in the old historic part of town. I’m reading a book on Magellan and realized how powerful Portugal once was. I have great expectations!

  7. Kelly Grace says:

    Thanks Levi! We believe God is working in us as much as He is through us πŸ˜‰ I know it sounds corny, but it is a real privilege to share God’s word with people who are hungry for it. Last February my favorite worship song here was called, Do Something New in My Life Today. This year I have a new favorite called, You O Lord Have the Final Say! The simplicity of faith among those who have such difficult lives is very moving—and convicting.
    Keep writing, keep posting my friend.
    God bless.

  8. Kelly Grace says:

    Hi Bonnie,
    Glad you stopped by and said hello! I lived in Oregon for about 5 years and have some wonderful memories. I even know where Tigard is located πŸ˜‰ Are you a blogger too?

  9. Deborah Reeves says:

    AMEN!! God Bless America!

    Sent from my iPhone


  10. says:

    Beautiful fall pictures. I enjoy your blog. Bonnie Olson from Tigard Or

  11. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for finding this one. We took in an agricultural fair yesterday, another sign that summer is giving way to fall. I hope the rest of your trip is safe and rewarding and I hope your travel home is uneventful (except for the anticipation).

  12. I pray The Lord is blessing your trip, Kelly. Stay safe!!!πŸ˜€

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