Friday, November 17, 2017

Stick Around About 15 Minutes

The weather guessers were predicting 100% chance of rain for several hours Thursday evening in Fresno and Madera. In fact the chances of rain were very high most of the day. It was mostly overcast but we had some brilliant bursts of sunshine. 

The 100% rain prediction ended up being a bust. We did get about 6 inches of rain on they way home from church. No, not 6 inches of rain falling at one time, but a few rain drops falling about 6 inches apart!😉

I think they missed that forecast! I suppose the weather is too unpredictable and completely changeable to accurately predict what it will do 15 minutes from now. That reminds me of something Kelly Jo and I have laughed about for years. 

We grew up in southern Ohio and heard people make some version of the following statement all our lives. 

They would say, "The weather in Ohio is different than any where else in the country. If you don't like the weather here just stick around about 15 minutes and it will change."

We started traveling soon after we were married and found that folks say that every where. After we heard the same exact statement in about 5 different states. it was all we could do to keep from busting out laughing. 

After hearing the same thing in about 30 states from people that absolutely believe it only applies to their area, we always chuckle and grin. The weather may be different, but people are the same every where.  

The weather guessers are predicting some sunshine today and full sunshine tomorrow. What? You would rather not have sunshine and blue skies? Well, hang around about 15 minutes. Here in California, it will probably change! 😀

Thanks for reading today.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Short Travel Day and Revival at Souls Harbor

Wednesday was a travel day and the first day of revival at Souls Harbor Holiness Church in Fresno, California. We were only traveling about 60 miles so we did not have to be in a rush. I let the girls rest a while in the morning and I worked on a few nagging bus projects and tried to find a few part numbers for another project.

We turned the BoggsMobile around, hooked the car up and left about 11:30. By 1:00 we were pulling into our parking space in Madera.

Through the years of coming to Souls Harbor we have parked in a few different places. We parked our fifth wheel at Pastor Munoz's house in 2005. We crowded their drive with the trailer but it was doable. It was nice being close for lots of fellowship.

One revival we parked the BoggsMobile in an RV park that was very near the church. There were only a few spaces big enough to park it and it was quite a wiggle to get in the space. The convenience in being so close to the church was Very nice.

The last time we had the bus out here while preaching revival at Souls Harbor we parked about 30 miles away at the Riverdale Church. They have a great place to park and we enjoy it. We plan to be there later this trip so parking there this time made good sense.

Then Pastor Munoz told me that one of the men in his church, Russ Knapp, had offered for us to park in his drive with 50 amp electrical service and water close by. Plus, his house is only 15 minutes from the church. That is how we came to be in Madera and it is a great place to park.


We left for church at 5:30 so that we could arrive early enough to load in some of our sound equipment. Before we loaded in, Bro. Munoz turned on the lights and revealed their newly remodeled church. 

It is gorgeous! Our jaws were dropping as we took everything in and we are so happy for the church. I will try to take a bunch of pictures of the remodel as we go.

Service began at 7:00 and the Lord blessed from the word go! God blessed me during one of the songs and I was ready to have church after that! Praise God for His help.

The folks received the preaching well and there was a good response in the altar. We are looking for many more good things in the next four nights.

Bro. Seth and Celeste recently had triplet girls and Wednesday night was the first night they were all able to be in service. That was a real treat for all of us! The girls are precious and beautiful. I am pretty sure you will be seeing a few more pictures of them later in the week.

Oh, and we made our first visit to Tacos Tijuana too! Wow! I love that place.

That wraps up a full day and a wonderful first night of revival. Thank you for reading.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Revival In Pictures - Atwater, California

Five services is not enough with our friends at Amazing Grace Holiness Tabernacle but it is all we could work out this visit. We have loved being here and every service seemed ordained by the Lord to help his children. Praise God for the help of God and praise God for these dear saints.

Pastor Jared Burris and his family and church have been faithful friends for many years. They have been with us through thick and thin and back to thick again! It is always a joy and privilege to spend a few days with them. We love the services, the fellowship and all of the food. May God bless these dear friends.

Bro. Jared and his family are flying to Ohio today to spend Thanksgiving with Sis. Valerie's family. They will also visit our home church and probably see some of our family too. I am glad they are getting to go, but being in California without them is going to feel a little hollow. I am glad we were able to be with them a few days before they left.

We plan to move the BoggsMobile toward Fresno today. I will let you know more about our parking spot once we get settled in. We are planning to begin revival tonight for another set of dear friends at Souls Harbor in Fresno. We are looking forward to it.

This is a Revival In Pictures post so it is time to get to the pictures. These were taken all through the revival at Amazing Grace. I hope you enjoy them.

Thank you for stopping in.


Pastor Jared Burris and Sis. Valerie