Saturday, October 13, 2018

33 Years and Counting

Hey Friends,

This is Odie reporting in from Oklahoma. We began our week on Sunday by wrapping up revival at Victory Tabernacle Holiness Church in Watauga, Texas. Both services on Sunday were really special. I do not know how to describe how precious it was to feel the sweet presence of God. It was definitely a great way to start the week. 

Currently the BoggsMobile is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We are here for fellowship meeting at Mt. Vernon Holiness Church. It is so good to be here with our dear friends. Pastor Rickey Searcy and the congregation here have stood by us and encouraged us for years! I am so grateful for their friendship and loyalty. 

Tomorrow the calendar page is turning for me to a new year. I have been blessed with 33 years of life. From the beginning of my life in 1985 God has stood by me. I should have not survived my traumatic entrance into this world, but God had a different plan. I am living proof that the Lord hears and answers prayers, Thank you Jesus! 

Who knows what this new year will bring for me? I am grateful that God is in control of my story. I am excited to see what He has planned for the next 365 days. 

A couple years ago I compiled a list of where I had spent all my birthdays. I enjoy going down memory lane. Today I am updating that list.

October 14, 1985, I was born in Dayton, Ohio at Miami Valley Hospital. Thankfully I do not remember that rough day. It was on a Monday night, Columbus Day and the day after the Sauerkraut Festival in our hometown of Waynesville, Ohio. That is why I say I have sauerkraut flowing through my veins.

1-5 Ohio. 
I know I had birthday parties for each of those birthdays. The first one I actually remember was my third birthday party. We were supposed to be in revival in Texas for my 5th birthday but our car broke down. Revival was delayed a few days and I spent my birthday in Ohio.

6 Dundee, Florida. 
I had a birthday party with the school kids from a church in Dundee, Florida at the park. 

7 California 
We spent the day touring San Francisco and we had a small party in our hotel room with Pastor Rickey Searcy and family. Yep the same Rickey Searcy we are preaching for this week.

8-13 Ohio
We lived in three different towns in Ohio during this time frame. I had two birthdays in each house and I have listed those places below. I have many great memories from my birthdays and parties at home.

8-9 I had these birthdays in Franklin, Ohio on Second Street.

10-11 I celebrated these birthdays in Miamisburg, Ohio on Nicholson Road.  
My parents always had birthday parties for me until my 11th birthday. We the 11th celebrated at J Alexanders restaurant and I was allowed to choose a friend to go with us. We were joined by my friend and cousin Rebecca "Lakes" James and my grandparents for that special dinner.

12-13 these years were celebrated in West Carrollton, Ohio on Glenada Ct. For my 13th birthday we had a big birthday bash with family.

14 Ohio
We lived in Kansas but we were in revival in Ohio on my birthday. I remember that my birthday dinner was at Olive Garden.

15-16 Kansas 
For my 15th birthday I remember that we had company visiting from Ohio. 

My 16th birthday was October 14, 2001, my Pastor, Bro. Bennie Sutherland had been preaching the Mt. Vernon Fellowship Meeting the weekend of my birthday in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He came to Wichita Kansas and preached the Sunday night of my birthday at our church. 

After church my parents had a surprise party for me with the whole church and even the Searcy's from Oklahoma City at Godfather's Pizza! It was a special day that I will never forget.

17 Texas
We were living in Kansas, but on my birthday we were traveling to preach revival in El Mirage, Arizona. We stopped and ate my birthday dinner in Amarillo, Texas. That was my first visit to The Big Texan. 

18 Missouri
We were in revival for Bro. Dwayne Watson in Joplin, Missouri. Dad and Mom had to spend the whole day working on problems with our old fifth wheel trailer. Little did I know after church they had planned a surprise party with a bunch of my friends from Missouri and Kansas at Wendy's. I have a funny memory from that night. My birthday cake had blue icing and the majority of us ended up having blue teeth after eating birthday cake. I have pictures to prove it.

19 Ohio
I was home in Ohio spending the weekend with my family and going to the Sauerkraut Festival. That is the last time I was home for the festival.

20 Georgia
We were near Atlanta, Georgia in revival. I had a superb birthday lunch at Ruth's Chris steakhouse. It was so good that I still remember it to this day. Then Dad took me shopping!! It was a wonderful day.

21 Texas
We were in revival in Gainesville, Texas for this one.

22 North Carolina
We were in revival at Paw Creek in Charlotte, North Carolina.

23 Tennessee
We were in revival at Beechfork for Bro. Herman Woods in Tennessee.

24 Oklahoma
We were in Sand Springs, Oklahoma in revival for Bro. Darrell Toliver.

25 California
We were in Riverdale, California preparing to record our live album "Havin' Church" the next day.

26 Tennessee
We were in Tennessee in revival Beechfork Holiness Church. 

27 Louisiana
We were in revival in Pine Prairie, Louisiana.

28 Texas
We were in revival in Sweeney Texas.

29 California
We were in revival in Bloomington, California.

30 Alabama
The Blue And White Tent was up in Millry, Alabama. My parents surprised me with a cake and videos from friends and family wishing me a Happy Birthday.

31 North Carolina
We were having City Reach under the tent in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

32 Missouri
We are in revival in West Plains, Missouri at Junction Hill Pentecostal Church. The entire Galiher family made my birthday special! My awesome friend Brentni Hrapeck surprised me by showing up at church that night.

33 Oklahoma 
We are in fellowship meeting at Mt. Vernon Holiness Church. It is great to be surrounded by wonderful friends in Oklahoma City on my birthday. 

Thanks for stopping by to visit with me! Many of you have been a part of my life’s journey. I am thankful to have you as family and friends. 

Also Happy 51st wedding anniversary to my Gran and Papaw, Danny and Betty Morgan! I love you so much!


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