Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
photo credit: Powell Valley Overlook - Wise County, VA Michele Wallace of Maryville, TN
Just returned from a weekend in Wise, Virginia. Wise is in Southwest Virginia, close to Big Stone Gap. If you have never heard of Big Stone Gap, that is close to Norton, Ewing, Rose Hill, Hubbard Springs and Dot. If you have never heard of those, then you need to visit that area. Beautiful area! Very mountainous and gorgeous views, especially when you get to the top of a mountain and look down into the valley below. My Mother didn't think anywhere was as beautiful as Virginia and I am sure a lot of people would agree with her.
The people in these hills are "the salt of the earth." Sometimes they are a little harder to get to know, but once you have made a friend, they are a true friend for life. We have been going to this church for many years now...too many for me to even remember. It is always good to see new faces as well as lots of old ones. And...the children! Wow! It blesses me to see these children being brought to church at such a young age.
This weekend was dedicated to prayer. When Tommy called on someone to pray, the children offered their prayers as well. We could all take a lesson from the children!
We spent all weekend talking about prayer, learning how to pray but most of all praying. This church wants to be known throughout the region as a praying church. I believe it will be.
I am constantly amazed at how often I seek the advice of others over the advice of the Almighty. I want to become more of a praying person, who not only prays, but prays believing that the Lord will answer. Any requests today?