July 24. Have never seen the half moon so bright as it was before I went to bed last night. And millions of stars filled the sky. The temperature was in the low 50’s this morning. It never did get very warm today because the skies clouded over and a cold wind blew.
We finished school very early today. I told them we would have math last today so those who had already finished lesson 156 could go home. So I gave them their spelling quiz right after recess. Then they finished the English lesson they started yesterday. Then we were supposed to have science class, but I completely forgot about it so we went right to math. It was only 11:00 then. We did some review first, and then I told the ones who had finished lesson 156 that they could go. But they didn’t go. They started working on their next lesson. After they worked on that for a while, then they left. Several others had finished by then, and they left too. It was before 12:00 when everyone was done, but it didn’t dawn on me until I was eating lunch that I had forgotten science class.
This afternoon, I finished grading today’s lessons and writing lesson plans for next week. Matthew came by to get some pens.
“Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.” Acts 28:31
July 25. Was really chilly last night. Took a bath early and bundled up in my warm nightgown, warm bathrobe, jacket, and lap quilt. No bright moon or stars last night. In the low 50’s again this morning, and only 57º in the house. Opened the back door right after lotu because it was a few degrees warmer outside than inside. The Lord gave us nice sunshine this morning, although it never did get very warm again. Doesn’t seem quite as cold this evening, however.
When prayer meeting started this morning (around 7:30), there were only about a dozen people here. Matthew only had them sing two songs. Then he continued teaching on Abraham’s servant and his work of finding a wife for Isaac. A few more people came in after he started, and there were another half dozen or so there after a while.
After the meeting, I had my Saturday cappuccino to warm up my insides. Went outside in the sunshine a few minutes. Then came in and washed out a few clothes so I won’t run out before this coming week is over. Out in the sunshine again to hang them up. It felt so good to get out and it helped my body to warm up a bit faster.
Spent some time cleaning things out in the guest room. Later in the morning, Matthew A. came by for medicine. He slowly walked up here so he could get some ibuprofen. I hope it helps him. Said he has been sick for about a month now. Prayed for him before he left.
After lunch, I brought the clothes in because I didn’t know what the weather would be like after nap. They weren’t quite dry so hung them in the guest room. Washed hair after nap. Practiced keyboard for quite a while. Did a little more cleaning in the guest room. Cut up some pumpkin to cook for supper and made a few biscuits. Did dishes right after supper and took a bath right after that while it was still not too cold.
Just finished listening to a sermon on hope by Pastor Chuck Phelps. It was a heart-searching message, sharing how God gave them comfort and encouragement and hope after the death of his son Chad and Chad’s wife in a bus accident. Chuck Phelps is the one who preached that message on fiery trials which we translated and Daddy preached during the New Year meetings the first year after we moved up here on the mountain.
“14I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. 15So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. 16For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:14-16