Well the surgery is scheduled for early Saturday morning so I will not be writing an update for a few days. Just keep praying for me that I can recover quickly. I will send this one early.


Flavel wrote, “They that know God will be humble; they that know themselves cannot be proud”.

As I approach the surgery on my back for a second time it is imperative that I consider my age and the condition of my body. God has blessed me with a long live and I actually have had excellent health over these nearly 75 years. The first surgery on my back was the only surgery I had had since tonsillitis when I was a child.

Age gets us to contemplate what we have done, are doing and will do. There are always going to be regrets. I suppose the greatest regrets I have are those associated with how I have treated people. There are so many instances of which I wish I could redo. Harming others with my words is my greatest regrets. Once words go out from my mouth the damage is done.

As I enter surgery Saturday morning I ask that everyone I have offended would forgive me.

As Flavel said above I really have nothing to be proud about within myself. All that I am and everything that has been accomplished at Casa over the 28 years has been the work of God. I am not talented or gifted. I am but an instrument that God uses for His own glory. We all are but tools welded by God to accomplish His will. Nothing else in life will really matters.


Well, I will rest up tonight and early Saturday morning will be the surgery. I am ready for the pain continues to worsen.

Josue is getting his office together as he is taking all of Tony’s responsibilities along with Minor who will assist him.

Dottie and I are to be at the hospital at 8pm and the surgery early the next day.

The courts are sending so many children home that Walt & Randi only have 11 boys in their dorm.


Vashti was a queen with modesty and self-respect. She refused to yield to the evil demands of her husband. Often times women believe that to submit to a husband is absolute but Vashti teaches us that submitting to sin is not God’s way.

Xerxes wanted to show her off in an immoral way. She refused. This took an amazing amount of courage. She sacrificed a kingdom rather than subjugate herself to sin. Since her disobedience was public the king had Vashti removed as queen.

She went from rage to riches; from honor to dishonor and was made an example to all husbands that their wives would pay a high cost for embarrassing them. The Bible says that when Xerxes awakened from his drunkenness he missed her but he had already made the decision. He lost the best thing he had. Many people in divorce wake up too late and see what they have lost.

Vashti refused to go along with the crowd. Her character was more important to her than her riches and prestige. She refused to cave in to peer pressure. What is amazing to me is she made no appeal to her husband to “take her back”.

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