Tuesday, September 30, 2008

In Loving Memory of Genevieve N. Miller

100th Birthday Celebration 2006

Genevieve N. Miller (October 3, 1906 - September 26, 2008)
Genevieve Newman Miller, a twenty year resident of Windsor ParkManor in Carol Stream, Illinois, passed away on Friday, September 26th. At the time of her death, plans were underway to celebrate Genevieve's 102nd birthday on October 3rd with family and friends. Plans have continued posthumously in memory of a virtuous woman who lived an exemplary life of faith and perseverance despite the growing restraints of age. It is never too late to honor a life lived centered in God to serve, rather than to be served. The source of Genevieve's security, guidance, wisdom, and power remained steadfast throughout her lifetime. As she aged, Genevieve grew in stature as a teacher, but never lost the desire to learn and grow as a recipient of grace; the Amazing Grace that promises a full and abundant life. Born on October 3, 1906, Genevieve would witness a century of change. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her brother Harold under the strict discipline of her mother, Jennie Millburn Newman and papa-Oliver Wesley. She was raised in the Free Methodist Church and would later work for the Free Methodist Publishing House in Chicago. Genevieve graduated with an Associate of Arts degree from Wessington Springs College in South Dakota in 1930. She also earned a B. A. in Commerce from the University of Iowa in 1938. Certified to teach in Iowa and Illinois, she used her teaching skills to serve in multiple endeavors throughout her life as a pastor's wife and a senior citizen. Genevieve married Frank Miller May 1, 1942. He preceded her in death on December 29, 1982. Genevieve built a distinguished career with the Department of Veterans Affairs and worked in the Blind Rehabilitation program at Edward Hines, Jr. V A hospital in Hines, Illinois. She began her professional career as an administrative secretary and eventually worked her way up through the ranks to Assistant Chief of Staff. During this time she took graduate courses at the University of Chicago and the Hadley School of the Blind. Genevieve taught veterans from World War II, the Korean War and Viet Nam how to read and write Braille. While the blind veterans were being taught to see with their mind by depending on their other senses, Genevieve taught the therapists to see with their heart in helping to restore the dignity of the blind. She continued to teach and demonstrate what it means to see beyond outward appearances and absolutes. Her credo was patience and completion of the task at hand. Genevive retired in 1970 after 24 years of service. Although Genevive never had children, she was blessed with an extended family of nieces and nephews and the closest friends that loved and embraced her as their own. In celebration of Genevieve Newman Miller, a memorial service is scheduled from 11 AM to Noon on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at the Wheaton Wesleyan Church, 1300 S. President Street in Wheaton. Visitation will take place from 10:00 - 11 :00 AM. Interment will take place in Toddville, Iowa on Friday, October 3rd, Genevieve's 102nd birthday. Memorials may be directed to the Wheaton Wesleyan Church. Family and friends may sign a guest book at www.hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call the Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Steps to Waiting on God...Not Man

It seems like lately that's all we've been doing...waiting and waiting and waiting. Does it ever get easier? Below are some readings I found on waiting that I thougth were good to share for those in the same spot right now.
Steps to Waiting on God
Isaiah 38.
We have often heard the phrase 'waiting on God.' We know it is important but are not sure how it fits into our Christian lives. Sometimes the actual word 'waiting' or the phrase 'waiting on God' or 'waiting upon God' is used in a scriptural passage. At other times, however the teaching is present without the express words 'to wait upon the Lord.' This slice into Hezekiah's life is like that. It gives us practical steps to waiting on God.


Hezekiah gives us an example of waiting on God. He just heard some shocking news.In those days Hezekiah became mortally ill. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, ÔSet your house in order, for you shall die and not live.' " (Isaiah 38:1).

Hezekiah heard that he was going to die. This left him desperate just like it would leave you or me - absolutely shaken. The time frame for waiting here compared to
Abraham is much shorter. We are talking about days rather than decades with Abraham. The training is different. But Hezekiah's matter was urgent. How would Hezekiah respond? We should note that God left no other door open for Hezekiah than absolute rejection of God. God simply announced through His prophet that he was going to die. There was no offer of promise that if he did this or that, then God would heal him. We often read this story as if God had given him a promise. But this is not the case here. So how did Hezekiah respond? How would you have responded?Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and prayed to the LORD, and said, "Remember now, O LORD, I beseech Thee, how I have walked before Thee in truth and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in Thy sight." And Hezekiah wept bitterly. (Isaiah 38:2,3, NASB).This announcement brought Hezekiah down on his knees to wait upon the Lord. He desperately prayed. Although his circumstances would be much different than ours, I believe we can see three important principles to waiting upon the Lord.

If we do not trust God, then we will get bitter. We will believe His love or doubt it.
This is the ultimate test. The testing forces us to make an important decision on how we will relate to the Lord. If we believe the Lord doesn't care for us, then we will turn to despair (I am doomed), self-help books (own resources) or bitterness.Previous trust is important to establish a trust decision during a crisis. Hezekiah made this trust decision. He turned to God rather than away from Him. If we can't clearly think at such a time, just remember to turn toward the Lord.

We must consciously turn away from using other resources that we could turn to. We need to reject paths without God. The text is silent about this. But from this silence, we see that Hezekiah did not pull our his kingly reserves and see what could be done. This is because he believed God's message. Hezekiah would die. This was the end of his life. He realized that he had nothing else to trust in. He could have tested God's Word by seeking medical help or the sage of philosophers, but he didn't. If we are a bit confused as to what the next step is, remember that we are not to first look at our resources. We need to reject them, even consciously if needed. We need to trust in the Lord for His methods.

My advice to people seeking God's will is to pray and stop thinking; pray and stop planning; pray and stop talking. Did you ever talk with someone who was willing to talk to everyone but God about His problems?! Prayer is prayer. We are called to talk to God about our problems so we can sense what we should do. To be true, prayer does take on many forms and means, but essentially it is talking to God about your circumstances.
We need to seek the Lord in prayer. Hezekiah had two parts to his prayer.

He asked God to remember him. Hezekiah needed God to remember his own plight. No one else could change things. Does anyone believe that God did not remember his situation? I doubt it. God knows everything. We can't say He forgot someone like we sometimes do. More than this, King Hezekiah stated asked God to remember him now. He really believed the prophet's word about his impending death. His window of life was short. He needed instant action.He told God about his life.This might sound a bit strange, but Hezekiah wanted God to remember what kind of life he had lived up to this point. If for any reason it was blocked from God's mind, Hezekiah believed his life was important enough to tell God about it. This was essentially telling God about his life and goals. He was no doubt hoping that God would reevaluate his circumstances. However, Hezekiah came short of asking God for healing. This didn't seem to make a bit of difference.

Hezekiah's prayer ended with bitter tears as his amen. The words he sent before God were soaked in tears from his heart. Various people will pray differently but all must pray if they are to wait upon God.

The Lord heard his desperate prayer. He did not need to wait long on God for an answer, but He did wait. He received an additional 15 years of life.

The principles above highlight that this waiting upon God is a process. This would not be the first or last time for him or us to wait upon God. God develops these life encounters so that we will be protected, strengthened, redirected and recommitted.


"Waiting On God Not Man.... is the special process through which the Lord causes our eyes to turn to Him for help in time of need. By extending the duration or distress of our trial even a little bit, our weaknesses become apparent.It is at this point our hearts become desperate, our faith is proved, and our hope is purified. The process is so common that the phrase "Wait upon the Lord" or "Waiting on God" is regularly used.

We need to wait on God for a spouse, for a job, for healing, for wisdom, for ministry, etc. We might say that it is Satan tempting us, and in some cases he is, but at the same time it is God who is testing (proving) us. He is bringing us a step closer to Himself.Waiting on God is a crucial step in which our dependence upon God grows. Without this deeper awareness of God in our lives, God restrains Himself from giving us more grace.

Blessing without humbling brings increased susceptibility to temptation. This is the reason growth comes with tests. Humility keeps us from pride which makes us selfishly ambitious where we would otherwise forget the Lord.Waiting for the Lord is not easy. Our heart is often crying out in agony. We feel oppressed and constrained. We yearn for freedom and provision. Waiting upon the Lord for needed supplies is one common area in which He trains us. We have to be needy so that we are forced to look to the Lord for help. Our other resources are stripped away. Someone yesterday said to me, "But I don't like what the Lord is bringing me through." How true this is. We squirm, squiggle and squeak.

Ultimately then, waiting upon God protects us, deepens our trust in Him, forces us to seek His ways and brings Him the most glory.Waiting upon the Lord are times in which we do not have resources, answers, or direction. Instead we are often confused, poor, broken and limited. Our hope is focused on what happens after that season of humility, where we will experience a period of God's blessing. If we live by confidence in our own resources and abilities, will we not become self-confident? What glory does that bring to God?! But through this process, God enables us to depend upon Him so that we know it is only He who does wonderful things in our lives.Ultimately then, waiting upon God protects us, deepens our trust in Him, forces us to seek His ways and brings Him the most glory. They are times the Lord is testing whether we are really seeking Him and His ways. I can remember experience after experience where I have cried out to God for help and deliverance. When going through those times, I think that if I could just get out of this one pit all would be well. However, not long after the Lord delivers me from one set of problems, I find myself in another whole set of problems. And again I am seeking His help with the same kind of desperate prayer. It began to dawn on me that God has carefully planned out these 'pauses' in life in order to renew, strengthen, humble and focus us on God. This is much like the recommendation that one go around a fruit tree and cut off its roots - shocking it so that it will grow stronger and healthier roots. In this respect 'Waiting upon the Lord' is similar to pruning.



  • Waiting upon God is exercising confidence in God's timing and help during difficult times.
  • Confidence in God not in my own resource
  • Purpose of this study of waiting upon the Lord: That we may fully understand this regular process that God brings His people through.
  • That we might learn how to embrace the Lord rather than to shun Him in these times.
  • That we better identify with God's goal that we trust Him more and bring Him more praise and glory
  • That we know how to encourage other people when they are confused by this process of waiting upon the Lord.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

47th Birthday, Vail, Homeward Bound....

We left Aspen around 9:30 so we could get to Vail for lunch. We stopped along the way in Glenwood Canyon to take some pictures. It was a lot nicer day than when we were coming to Aspen. We arrived in Vail around noon and took a few more pictures...found a place for lunch, brought some candy and then headed for Denver. We were hoping to get a earlier flight back home. We got to the airport around 4:30 plenty of time to get on the 7:10 flight home. Thank goodness there was extra seats. We were able to kill time on the computer, talking to a real cutie who happened to be a twin also and walking around the airport. We also saw some one from our church. It really is a small world. We arrived home around 10:30p.m. and it took forever to get our luggage and finally get to the car. We finally got home to our sweet babies around 12:30. It so good to be home. But it was a great time away.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Hunter Creek Hike & Aspen Mountain - Sunday

It was another great day...sunny and clear skies again. We were picked up again around 9:30 a.m., but first we went to seet he balloons. Really neat to see. All these hot air balloons against the mountains. How cool is that? In the past we never really saw it to take pictures. After that we headed to Hunter Creek not far from town. It was a nice hike for us that aren't in great shape for the higher altitudes. We hiked for about an hour each way and then headed back. When we got back to the car there were people getting ready to ride so we were able to get pictures with the horses. We didn't get a chance to ride this time due to money and time. At least we got pictures. Hopefully next time. We headed then to town to meet up with Bill & Linda from Phila. Long-time friends we haven't seen in many years. It was great to see them again. We then took the gondola up to the top of Aspen Mountain for lunch and to see the view from the top. Even though the colors weren't out yet...it was still very pretty. There was snow on the mountains which helped some.
We enjoyed lunch outside with everyone. It was such a perfect day. We then headed back to our lodge to chill for a short while before dinner. We again went to the pool to hang out in the sun. Around 6:30 we headed back into Aspen for dinner at a very good seafood restaurant. It was another great day in Aspen.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Maroon Bells & Ashcroft - Pine Creek Cook House

It was a wonderful and very full day today. Around 8:00 a.m. we headed to Maroon Bells to beat the crowds and spend some quality time there. We never get tired of seeing it again and again. It was just so nice to be there. Wasn't too crowded actually. The weather couldn't have been any nicer. It was cool and crisp when we left for Maroon Bells along with clear blue skies. Something we were really hoping for. We got there and there really wasn't that many people there...yeah! It was just so nice to take our time there and see all the beauty there is to see. Who ever doesn't believe God exists has to after being there. Only he can paint that beauty. Wow! This year the colors weren't quite out yet. It was a very late summer so it looks like it will be a late fall. At least there was snow on the moutains. That helped some. After a few hours there it was close to lunch to we headed to Pine Creek Cook House for lunch. This place is out in the middle of no where. Really pretty cool. Because the weather was so nice we were able to eat outside. It was just wonderful. Other times it was on the cooler side. We had a wonderful lunch and then headed back to our lodge before dinner that night. It was so nice out we went to the pool and got some sun.

Around 6:00 we headed to dinner in the town of Aspen. Katey joined us also. We love to visit her house where she lives. It's high up looking over the town of Aspen. As you will see we took pictures. We went to a really nice restaurant called Jimmy's. Really great food. We also sort of celebrated our 47th birthday there too. What a nice time. Thanks so much for dinner...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Vail - Ryan Sutter / Aspen - Thursday/Friday

Ryan Sutter from the Bachelorette

Flowers in Vail

The covered bridge in Vail

The town of Vail, CO

We woke up early Thursday. Went to breakfast at Bob's. We then got going around 9:30 and headed to Vail. It started to drizzle about the time we got there. Took us a while to find the fire house. But it's right in town of course. We then parked and headed there not really knowing if we would see Ryan Sutter or not. There was one of the guys out side the fire house and we just asked to see Ryan. We were so glad he was available. We talked for a short time about this and that. It was just good to meet him. What a nice guy. Trista is very lucky to have him. Before we left we were able to get a picture of him. We then left the fire house and decided to walk around Vail for a short while. It was such a fun place to look around and take pictures. We also did some shopping there instead of shopping much in Aspen. We then left there and headed to Aspen. We arrived in Aspen around 2:30. After arriving it was on and off rain so we didn't really do much the rest of the afternoon. We meet Richard for a short while and then he left us and we went to dinner at an Italian restaurant in the Village. All in all it was a very good day. Turned in early again that night.
Our babies are with the pet sitter for the first time and are slowly adjusting. It was a rough night on Wednesday for her. Gracie wouldn't keep quiet. She kept barking and barking almost all night we were told. Today seems to be a little better. We will see what tomorrow brings.
There's really not much to say about today. We were on our own mainly this day. We got up fairly early and it was a little overcast so we decided to go to town. At first it looked like it was starting to clear up so we were starting to head to Maroon Bells but when we got there it was buses only. On our way back we stopped at the stables to take pictures of horses and other animals there. We then went into the town of Aspen for part of the day. It was nice to just walk around. A lot of construction in town also. We then returned back around 2:30 to just chill out in our room. Around 6:30 we went to dinner at one of the other restaurants in the village of Snowmass. We split a burger and salad there. It was really good. We then went back and crashed again early. Found out the dogs are doing great! They are adjusting to us being gone. We miss them so much! Only a few more days and we'll be home with them.