Friday, August 12, 2022

Home and Preparing to Roll

When we leave this area in just over two weeks after Dryden Rd Indoor Fellowship Meeting, we will be dragging the tent trailer behind us. It has been idle for a good long time, so it needs a little TLC before we roll. Those things are on our list of priorities this week and next.

First things first, Dad needed his old mower. He brought this old mower here and used it to mow Odie's grass many, many times since the summer of 2015. He had purchased a replacement sometime before and the Lazy OD Ranch became the retirement home for the old one.

Even after we brought a newer used mower to the Ranch, Dad used this old one for the tight areas and for trim. It has served in retirement well.

Dad had a purpose for it at home so I backed the truck up next to the hill by Odie's house and rolled it onto his truck.

Of course, we ate a few times this week as well.😍

A Word For Wednesday was concerning upcoming tent revivals.

Wednesday, KJo mowed while I tackled the first tent trailer project.

My main task for that day was to change the two deep cycle batteries in the tent trailer. They had been charged three weeks before we came home, but were dead when we arrived. I charged them for two days and two days later, they were dead again. Time for a change.

These two batteries are Group 27DC-2 Deep Cycle batteries that I purchased and installed on August 18, 2014. I replaced them on August 10, 2022. That means they went 8 days short of 8 years between replacement. Not too shabby at all, I say. Much better than my normal "luck" with batteries.

The tent trailer goes months between uses at times and we always try to have it plugged in for two-three days each month. Maybe that helps. Maybe I just happened onto some good batteries in 2014.

The batteries are not super easy to access in the tent trailer, but they are not super difficult either. Inevitably, several things need to be moved from in front of the big panel, but then you remove the panel and the doors for the battery compartments are right there.

The batteries were not a special brand of batteries. They were AutoCraft brand that I purchased at Advanced Auto. I think they were about $125 a piece in 2014.

Advanced Auto is the second closest parts store to us. The only reason I bought them there was that the closest store, O'Reilly had none that day in 2014.

In the last 8 years, Advanced Auto quit selling AutoCraft and began selling DieHard, the old Sears brand. They were made in the same factories as AutoCraft for years and I imagine they still are. They were $172 each minus $22 for each old battery so $150 each.

The compartments did not need much attention, because the doors stay closed all the time.

It did not take long to put them in, hook them up and test them out. The lift went right up!

I have also been sorting things in the tent trailer. Some trips require certain things and do not require other things. The trick is figuring out what you need and making sure it is in the trailer, while not carrying everything in the world.😁

You will hear more about the tent trailer as we get closer to departing.

My sister in law, Karen, is in Ohio for a few days working and she came by with JoJo for a visit one afternoon. It was good to see both of them!

Drawing Jo on the sidewalk with chalk.

Thursday, we went to lunch with Dad and Mom! The food was excellent and it was wonderful to spend time with them. We enjoyed it so much. Hopefully, we will be able to do that again in the few days we have left at home.

Thursday night we went to church and that ended this part of our week.

Thank you for stopping by.


Thursday, August 11, 2022

Two Sets of California Visitors

While we were in revival last week in Middletown, we were driving back and forth from the Ranch. Parking is in short supply at Calvary and there was no sense taking up several spots with the BoggsMobile. We were so close enough to home to make it easy anyway.

We were happy to be home for another reason. We had two families from California that were close enough to visit us. That was an exciting reason to be home.

The two families were not traveling together, but they purposefully met up at the Ark Encounter and spent a day together. The fact that they independently decided to visit us was a bonus for us.

Tuesday it was super great to receive a visit from Bro. Mel Casey and his family. They were singing Wednesday at the Ark Encounter as part of the 40 Days and Nights of Gospel Singing. It was so nice of them to make time to swing through for some salsa and fellowship!

Thursday, Bro. Doug Spencer Jr. and his family took the time to visit us. They even had time to swing by and see Odie's Beach Cottage.

We are so glad that their opportunity to come visit coincided with the time that we were home and able to receive them. We did not get to spend a long time, but we enjoyed every moment. It was fun! It is awesome that it worked out that way!

And we are thankful that you dropped in virtually today! We appreciate it!


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A Word For Wednesday, Tent Revivals

It is time again for A Word For Wednesday. This morning, I am posting A Word for Wednesday on our YouTube Channel. Please give it a listen and leave us a comment here or on YouTube.

In September we have two tent revivals scheduled. We plan to begin the first Sunday in Thomasville, Alabama and the third Sunday in Richton, Mississippi. Today I am talking about those tent revivals, discussing the impact of tent revivals on our lives and asking you to pray for us concerning tent revivals.

We know the Lord is able to help us and we are believing that He will. God is in Control!

Thank you for tuning in today.


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Lord Is My Strength!

It began with a Pastor asking us to preach both services on a Sunday near home. Awesome we can do that.

Then another Pastor in the next town up asked for the following Monday-Friday. That would make it Sunday-Friday at two churches not that far apart. Yep, we can do that.

Then the first Pastor called back and asked to change from two services on Sunday to Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning. I said yes without even thinking about the implications of now preaching Friday-Friday. Duh!

On Thursday, our Pastor asked us to preach that night. I did not hesitate to say, "Yes" because he is my Pastor. Now, we were scheduled for Thursday plus eight more days.

At some point in the mix, another church as us to preach the following Sunday night and I said yes without even thinking about it. Duh Again!

After preaching Thursday night at home church and then Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning, we did not get home in time to go to home church Sunday night. So we slipped into a church four miles from home and the Pastor asked me to preach that night.

Are you keeping track? Evidently, I was not keeping good track either.😍

At that point, we still had five nights of revival ahead of us and then rest Saturday and preach Sunday night. Except it did not work that way. Sunday morning, our Pastor asked me to preach again so you have to add in the second Sunday morning.

This is how it ended up. 
Eleven days
Twelve services
Twelve sermons
A bunch of singing
Five cities
Five churches 
And one day of not preaching.

That was absolutely normal for us in times past, but way out of reach in my current physical condition. But, by God's grace, we made it and we were able to finish strong. We enjoyed wonderful services and watched God touch His people in amazing ways.

Am I tired? Yes, tired right down in my bones. Yet, I am rejoicing that we were able to do it. KJo worked so hard and Odie sang like an angel and God stood near us at each service. Praise God!!

Thank the Lord for His help, His strength and His power! Hallelujah! We are climbing and gaining and will prevail by His touch! Please keep praying for us.

Thank you for spending a few moments with us. We always appreciate that.


Monday, August 8, 2022

The Weekend Dispatch 8/8/22

Our weekend began with the last night of revival for Pastor Kevin Allen at Calvary Pentecostal Lighthouse in Middletown, Ohio. We enjoyed our week there and the last night was tremendous.

After church, we had plenty of help taking down and loading the sound equipment in the truck. We are very thankful for that.

Odie captured a few pictures from Friday night.

I pulled the truck into the barn when we arrived home Friday night and waited until late evening Saturday to unload it.

In fact, I did almost nothing all day long Saturday. I did not step outside until after 3:00 PM when we went to visit my parents for a while.

I did have enough energy to eat some of KJo's famous tacos!

We spent a few minutes in my study organizing a few things Saturday evening, but the day consisted of mostly rest and it was well appreciated!

Sunday morning we went to Dryden Rd, our home church, hoping to hear our Pastor preach. We did get to hear him teach Sunday School, but he had me preach Sunday morning.

We went home Sunday afternoon and rested so that we could be in some kind of shape to preach at Anchor of Hope Sunday evening in Lebanon, Ohio. Pastor EJ Lamb had asked me about preaching that evening about 10 days before and we were glad to go.

The service Sunday night at Anchor was excellent! Praise God for His help.

That wraps up our weekend. Thank you for stopping by.