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Sabbath Rest – The LORD is My Salvation

How beautiful to know that –
The grace of God has reached for me
And pulled me from the raging sea
And I am safe on this solid ground
The Lord is my salvation

The grace of God has reached for me
And pulled me from the raging sea
And I am safe on this solid ground
The Lord is my salvation

I will not fear when darkness falls
His strength will help me scale these walls
I’ll see the dawn of the rising sun
The Lord is my salvation

Who is like the Lord our God?
Strong to save, faithful in love
My debt is paid and the vict’ry won
The Lord is my salvation

My hope is hidden in the Lord
He flow’rs each promise of His Word
When winter fades I know spring will come
The Lord is my salvation

In times of waiting, times of need
When I know loss, when I am weak
I know His grace will renew these days
The Lord is my salvation

And when I reach my final day
He will not leave me in the grave
But I will rise,
He will call me home
The Lord is my salvation

Glory be to God the Father
Glory be to God the Son
Glory be to God the Spirit
The Lord is our salvation

Music video by Keith & Kristyn Getty performing The Lord Is My Salvation. (C) 2016 Getty Music Label, LLC

The rest of the story

Following the 2010 Census, I relayed the following exchange that happened with a hardworking Census Bureau employee –

*Hello, this is Doris from the Census Bureau. Can I please speak to either Gary or Stephanie Conrad?
-This is Stephanie
*Hello! I have some questions about your location from your census form.
*Well, can you tell me exactly where you were on April 1st?
Let’s see….April 1st we were parked in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Prescott, AZ
*A Wal-Mart Parking lot in Arizona? Well, it says here on your form that your address is in Lake City, FL.
Well, it is. But we live full time in our motorhome and on April 1st. we were in Arizona. But I figured you really wanted to know where we got our mail, and registered our vehicles – that kind of stuff.
*But we really need to know where you were physically on April 1st.
The Wal-Mart in Prescott, AZ.
*Well, where were you going from the parking lot.
On April 2nd, we went into a conference center outside of town and stayed there for about three weeks. And before that we were in Palmdale, CA.
***confused pause*** Actually I called because we were having trouble locating your Lake City, FL address. Could you give me the closest crossroads for that address.
-I’m sorry, but I’ve never been there.
***longer pause***
*But it’s your address.
I know, but it’s actually a mail-forwarding company and we just have a manila folder there. I’m pretty sure it does exist, though.
*Do you know anything about where it’s located.
*Well, thanks for your help. I think.

Then this weekend…..

I’ve always felt a little bad about poor confused Doris, so when I realized that our project this month (in Live Oak, FL) was just down the road from Lake City it just seemed right that I should solve the mystery of just what those “closest crossroads” are.


Turns out the closest crossroads are actually Interstate 75 and Hwy 90. I was a little puzzled when we turned right just before the on ramp to I75 onto NW Knights Blvd. We drove past a couple of motels and a health clinic, and there at the end of the road was our never-before-seen-by-us mail forwarding service that we used for over 10 years.
I was a little under-impressed, but they served us well for those 10 years, so as long as they can get the job done – all is well.

So, Doris, I can see where it might’ve been difficult to actually locate this business! But if you were to ask again (now that we’ve moved into a file folder in Livingston, TX) we can help you with that.  Because  we’ve actually been there!

Have a great week, friends!


Sabbath Rest – Fairest Lord Jesus

These first few weeks of 2022 I’ve been sharing some newer hymns. Today I’m back to a classic, written in the late 1800’s. Since this is Gary’s favorite hymn I let him pick the arrangement/vocalist. And I think he did just fine! Here’s Steve Green singing Fairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus,
ruler of all nature,
O thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish,
Thee will I honor,
thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

Fair are the meadows,
fairer still the woodlands,
robed in the blooming garb of spring:
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer
who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
fairer still the moonlight,
and all the twinkling starry host:
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer
than all the angels heaven can boast.

Beautiful Savior!
Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
praise, adoration,
now and forevermore be thine.

Week One Done – again!

Why is it these weeks go by so fast??
After a slow start on Monday morning (which often happens as everyone figures out where things are and who’s good at what and just when things need to happen) here at FL Sheriffs Boys Ranch, the week picked right up! Most of our team (6 of the 8 of us) are working at one of the cottages. They’ve had a reduction of residents due to COVID and the cottage was empty, so it seemed like a good time to do a little rehab and refurb!
Walls were being patched
and painted
and everyone worked as a team to get ‘er done!
Since I’m not working in that area, I’m sure exactly how far along they are, but I do know they’ll be busy well into next week!
Beth and I (the other two team members) have been working in the kitchen, helping to feed the kids that live here!
We’ve cut up chicken, peeled eggs, prepped cabbage for coleslaw, cut up fresh fruit for the lunch bar and (the best part) helped in the serving line. (There’s nothing like feeding kids in my book!)
Because Beth and I are working slightly different hours, we’ve been walking from the RV parking area to the dining hall – a nice 30 minute walk.
And then after lunch (after we feed the boys and staff, then they feed us! Sweet!) the four of us girls walk back to the Rv’s!
To summarize – the work has been good, the weather has been cool but (mostly) sunny AND I’m even getting some great exercise!
Oh – and we’ve even enjoyed a fun evening of games!
Yep, it was a good first week all around!

Sabbath Rest – All Hail the King of Heaven

Another new hymn from Matt Papa and Matt Boswell. I think it’s a keeper!

All hail the King of Heaven, Christ the Lord of all
Whom thundering angels circle ‘round, ablaze with awe
Let now the Hallelujah of earth in glad refrain
Ascend the throne, to Him belongs immortal praise

All hail the King of heaven
Creation join together
Let endless praises crown His name
All hail the King of heaven

All hail the Great Redeemer, Who so humbly came
The Lamb of our salvation, o for sinners slain
Let now one loud Hosanna resound from shore to shore
You nations say, “His kingdom reigns, forevermore!”

Let praise of nations rise now as a symphony
To sound the endless wonders of His majesty
Let every heart adore Him, the great and small the same
Through generations ever let His anthem ring!

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