Monday, March 30, 2009

Our Miracle EverGreen

We moved into our present home the week of Christmas, 1994. The years before had been extremely tough. In the 80's we had our own business, The Power Company, which failed after a series of TV Evangelists scandals. Our business was tied to helping ministries and after the Swaggart and PTL mockery in the 80's, all ministries suffered. We went down with it, experienced much loss -- home, car, etc, etc. Ken had to work out of town more than seven years while we were recovering. Ten years after bankruptcy, we were able to purchase a home again. So, a few days before Christmas we bought a living tree, put it in a wheelbarrow outside our sliding glass door and opened our gifts, the most important gift was that of a home. Our victory statement was that God would restore to us more than the enemy had taken from us. The little evergreen was a visual aid of our trust in a faithful God.
We planted the tree and watched it grow healthy and strong even as our faith in our loving God had grown stronger. A few years later, the city came in and cut down our greenbelt behind our home to widen the street. Our now large healthy faith tree was left laying on it's side -- too big to move and root structure much larger than any hole we could dig to replant. It lay on it side for several months when the idea of just getting help to stand it up and put soil around the root system was born. Neighbors helped and Ken covered the roots with bags of top soil. Our symbol of life became our miracle tree. It has survived root exposure, ice storms, bag worms, drought, disease, and is now a living symbol of faithfulness and strength. The Scrivner family has experienced the same kind of tough challenges, and yet we too stand tall and victorious.
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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Oklahoma's Spring

The first day of Spring was nine days ago. We celebrated by spending a couple days in Branson with grandkids. The daffodils and forsythias were out last week and this week brought dogwoods and Japanese Maples. And now they are graced with snow. O' the wonder of living in Oklahoma. O' the beauty of a loving Savior.
"Have you ever traveled to where snow is made,
seen the vault where hail is stockpiled,
The arsenals of hail and snow that I keep in readiness
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Our Perfect God Is A Good God

I was feeling a bit 'down' today when I remembered that God never makes a mistake. I don't always like the circumstances around me, but God has always provided strength and ability to persevere and succeed. The past year has been filled with obstacles and plentiful of challenge. And still, I've experienced amazing blessing.
I just watched a video done by Nick Vujicic, founder of It's called Verve - energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas. What a testimony of faith as Nick learned to overcome being born without arms and legs and to come to the knowledge that God is more interested in changing hearts over changing circumstances. He is a genuine visual aid for the confession that "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
"Blessed be God --he heard me praying
He proved he's on my side;
I've thrown my lot in with Him.
Now I'm jumping for joy,
and shouting and singing my thanks to him."

Spring Break in Branson, Missouri

Here we are on our Spring Break/Birthday Celebration. Three families took off for Branson, Missouri and Silver Dollar City for a small Spring Break outing and a giant Birthday Party together. There were a lot of challenges, but we made it and had a great time together.
Thursday evening some of us went to the new Branson Landing and walked the shopping strip, had dinner at Garfield's and rode the trolley. We then saw a water and light show.
Friday was a full day at Silver Dollar City, ending in a birthday party buffet dinner in the Miners Cave Restaurant. While we celebrated for everyone, it was really Kevin's birthday. Saturday we slept a tiny bit later. The girls went to see the Butterfly Exposition while the Boys went to Ripley's Believe it of Not. The plan was a final gathering at Lambert's roll tossing restaurant on the way home. Ken and I arrived early to find an hour and 45 minute wait which turned out to be two hours. The Scharpfs were too tired to wait so there were six of us who possibly sinned on hot flying rolls, fried okra, large skillets full of country comfort foods and more.
Fun memories were made by all during this spring break/birthday celebration weekend planned by Nana and made possible by Papa. Thanks to my family for playing with us ole' fogies.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

True Confessions for the Day

Speak the Word of God, believe it, know it, feel the power of it, allow it to change and be what it says; own this for yourself .

As I grow in You, LORD, my love is abounding and extending to its full development!
More and more, I am able to sense what is vital, prize what is excellent, and make right choices.
With a pure and blameless heart, I approach the Day of Your coming!
--From Philippians 1:9-10

Sunday, March 15, 2009

"No Meatball????....then No Spaghetti"

I thought of little Carson today while eating the last two bites of Ken's meatball. We've discovered a little place, Oliveta, which has the best tomato bisque soup, the best Greek salad, and the best meatballs. But that is not my story. I was finishing off Ken's meatball today (I had been a good girl and ordered the Greek Salad) when I fondly thought of Carson.

It was September last year. Carson was three. On Sunday, we drove to Greenville to visit Bill and Millie. After church, we went to a family restaurant to have lunch.
Placing our orders, Carson ordered spaghetti with meatballs.

Waitress: We only have spaghetti sauce with meat in it.

Nana: That will be just fine.

Waitress to Ava: What would you like?

Ava: I'll have the grilled cheese sandwich.

Carson: Wait a minute, wait a minute...... NO MEATBALL? no spaghetti! ...then I'll have what Ava has.

Nana: Wait a minute, he will have a grilled cheese sandwich ... No meatball? then no spaghetti!

When did kids get so smart? Forty years ago, my kids did not have much choice ..... but then you know, forty years ago, we hardly ever went to a restaurant!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Our Little Rosie Turned Seven Today

There is something about Rosie's birthday everyyear that makes me remember the goodness of God upon our family. It was seven years ago that our family had a number of heart-tearing experiences one right after the other. First Ken suffered a violent attact of a medical resistant staph infection - in his knee. He was weeks and perhaps months recovering from it with several surgeries and much pain. It was at that time when other serious things were happening in our family. And then our little Rosemary was born about 6 weeks early. She was very tiny and in the hospital for a long time. But what a blessing Rosie has been to our family. And we came through all of the other challenges and attacks upon our family. God has been so good to us. Rosemary is one living testimony of God's goodness.

"Reverence for the Lord leads to life; and he who is satisfied with it shall abide; he shall not be visited with evil. Proverbs 19:23

Monday, March 2, 2009

Snow Today in Asheville, NC

The Report is that the Colliers went sledding down their neighborhood hills today. Carson lasted 30 minutes before he was too cold and Ava enjoyed the sledding with Daddy (Dan) for an hour. What great memories for precious children. Man, I miss those little angels. But it is great to know that they are healthy, well and having a great time. Click to enlarge if you really want to see those rosie red cheeks.
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