Rebecca West: Words & Music

Our Online Romance
by Rebecca and Bob West with the Holy Spirit

Chapter 5

The Road to Recovery




From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca -- Friday evening
Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 5:30 PM
To: Rebecca


Hi Rebecca!


I just remembered that you asked about my birthday and I forgot to tell you. It is August 29, 1932.


My granddaughter Larissa came over to listen to your CD Friday evening. I had told her about it when we were having breakfast at Julie's restaurant Wednesday morning. She flew back to Montana on Saturday. Saturday evening my daughter Suzanne came over for a visit and to tell me about their trip, and for me to give an update on my "news" (what I did in the past two weeks since I saw her last). I also played your CD for her while she was here. Both Larissa and Suzanne liked your singing and the music. When you started singing "You Raise Me Up," Suzanne told me that that was a song on the Selah album that she bought while Sylvia was in the hospital the first time (2004). And that after she came out of being in a coma for a month, and was in Long Term Acute Care ICU, that she had taken it to the hospital and played it for her. And Selah's "You Raise Me Up" became Sylvia's favorite song. And it was one of the ones played at Sylvia's memorial service.


I would like to buy 3 or 4 of your "You Raise Me Up" CD to give as gifts. Who do I order them from? Do I order them from you? If so, how much do they cost? And how much for shipping and handling?


It's past time for supper now, so I'm going to close. So goodnight for now. Many blessings, and brotherly love,


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Rebecca -- Sunday evening
Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 9:50:05 PM EST
To: Bob


Hi Bob,


I just got home. We had a leadership meeting at church tonight. Thank you for sharing all about my CD, and how you played it for your family.


I first heard the song "You Raise Me Up" in Branson MO at a theater, and I knew I had to record it!


I will be more than happy to send you 4 of my CD's! Thank You! Thank you!


I made a note of your birthday!


Be blessed this day, my dear friend.


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca -- Sunday evening
Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 10:44 PM
To: Rebecca


Rebecca,


I want to pay for those 4 CDs -- full price, plus shipping expenses! You've already spent quite a bit on the gift of the book and 2 CDs and the Priority Mail shipping, which I appreciate. But send the 4 additional CDs only if you will let me pay you for them. I will mail you a check as soon as you tell me how much.


I mentioned in one of my e-mails to you that during one of your songs that I was playing while I worked at the computer, I felt such a strong presence of the Lord that it really touched my heart and tears ran down my face. While I was playing your CD for Suzanne, I remembered that it was when you sung "You Raise Me Up." Of course I felt the presence of the Lord during the other songs too, but that one touched me more at that particular time.


I just received your e-mail in response to my telling of the Word I received from the Lord last Sunday. I enjoyed hearing about your sister and her family. I'm sorry that she has had health problems but glad that she is doing so well. But she must be careful not to overdo it (with the grandchildren) until she is fully recovered. I'm glad you two are so close and you have her to encourage and support you. She is certainly right about so much of your crying not being from sadness, but from being humbled before a strong presence of the Lord, as you say to suppress the enemy pride. I have recently figured out that that's what has been happening to me. But I didn't know how to describe it until I read what your sister said. Pride is something I've had a problem with, even when I have tried to be humble. So, apparently I haven't been successful enough on my own and the Lord is helping me.


It is almost midnight here now, so I'll say goodnight...


Love and blessings,


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Rebecca -- Monday Morning
Date: February 23, 2009, 11:41:45 AM EST
To: Bob


Hi !! I am at the church office today --- thanks for your phone number -- I have been intending to ask you for it. I will put it in my cell phone so we will have it at all times.


I will write more tonight ----- lets allow His joy to fill our hearts today.
I Enjoyed the e-mail so much.


I will mail the 4 CDs tomorrow -- Tuesday.


More later ------


Love and Blessings,


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca --- Monday night
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009, 9:42 PM
To: Bob


Good Evening Bob --


I wanted to keep my word and e-mail you again this evening. I just now got home from music practice and I am a little tired. I have been at the church office all day. I will write more when I am not so tired.


Blessings and Love
Good-night for now -----


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca --- Monday night
Date: Monday, February 23, 2009, 10:010 PM
To: Rebecca


Good evening to you, too, Rebecca...


I guess you won't get this until tomorrow morning, but I did want to write a quick note and thank you for writing. I have been busy all day and this evening too. Seems like I keep getting further behind with my work. And there are new things to do as well.


I went to town this morning to ship a defective remote for my Sleep Comfort bed back to the factory. They had sent a replacement. I did that at the UPS store, then went to the Post Office to mail a CD with all my Theophilus cartoon files to the syndicate that will be making them available to Christian ministries and publications. While I was in town I returned some movies to the library and then stopped by Julie's for a hot dog and Dr. Pepper for lunch before returning home.


Tonight I paid some bills and got those ready to mail tomorrow. After supper I relaxed in my recliner and listened to an old episode of Gunsmoke and also an Old Time Classic radio mystery on satellite radio.


It was midnight when I got to bed last night and I got a late start today. I think I will go to bed and hopefully get an earlier start tomorrow.


Love and blessings,


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca --- Tuesday Morning
Date: February 24, 2009 9:22:32 AM EST
To: Bob


Good Morning Bob --


Just arrived at the church and read your e-mail this morning ....
So -- you are a Dr. Pepper guy!!!


I need to get all of our song sheets ready for Wednesday night class (we sing before the class) --- and call all members of the class (reminder calls). I came early this morning to open the back doors for construction people. (yawn) I am drinking a cafe' mocha coffee. When I get home tonight I am going to try to get laundry done!


Be blessed this day, my friend ... more later.
Love all your e-mails. I look forward to them.


Blessings and Love,


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Tuesday night
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 209, 7:25 PM
To: Rebecca


Hi!


Hope you had a great day. I was going to get a lot done on this week's OFC today, since I haven't done anything on it during the past 4 days. I got a little done, but not much. I really can't think of much that I got done today, but seems like I was busy all day.


I did write an e-mail to my friend Alan in Massachusetts. We were in art school together in Boston after he got out of the Navy and I got out of the Air Force in 1955. He and his wife Norma visited me for a couple of days during their trip down this way last year. They have had over 60 inches of snow so far this winter. I have some good memories of my time in the Boston area back then, but I also have a memory that wasn't good. I almost got killed in an auto accident one morning on the way to art school. Among my injuries was bad cuts on my right hand -- my drawing hand. I almost lost my thumb. I had to learn to draw all over again as it healed. I still have the scars. And speaking of snow, I had to abandon my car in Boston one night during a blizzard. The snow was too deep and still coming down. And then I went back to dig it out the next morning.


Well, I did pretty good. No news today, so I went back in my memory to the 1950s to get some. :-)


I'm going to say goodnight now and go to bed. I plan to get up early so I can be at Quotations Coffee Shop by 8 in the morning for fellowship with Richard Jennings and the other men. After that is over I plan to have breakfast at Julie's. I think I will have French Toast and bacon this time. Then I may go by the grocery store and get a few things on the way home. Maybe I can get more done on OFC after that.


Love and blessings,


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Tuesday night
Date: February 24, 2009 10:43:35 PM EST
To: Bob


Hi Bob!


So glad to get your e-mail tonight! The French Toast and bacon sounds so good!! I am hungry! I will need to go to the grocery store tomorrow. I am almost out of everything. I did get 2 loads of laundry done this evening, then fell asleep on the sofa. The laundry room is on the first floor of my building --- I am on the second floor, which is perfect. I am in the front of the building, so I have a great view of the parking lot! ha ha ha Anyway it is very convenient for me. There is a post office on the main floor, the laundry room (very nice), a small library room, a large community room with large screen TV, which I never watch. My apartment is one bedroom, living room -- dining room combination, kitchen and bath. It is very safe here. We have to "buzz" everyone in. I am only five minutes from the church, and another 15 minutes from my sister's house. When I first moved here, I had just returned from a trip to Florida, so I have tried to decorate with the "feeling of Florida". I picked up some inexpensive pictures and a few things from good ol' Walmart!


My apartment is small, but I enjoy it. I have kept the atmosphere light and breezy! Also --- when I first moved in -- I bought a small green plant -- and have had to re-plant it -- it has grown so much! A lady from the church gave me a "ficus" tree -- so I have it here also!! (I think that is the name of it.) Anyway -- I have re-planted it too!


Oh yes!!!
I mailed 4 CDs to you right after I left the church this afternoon!

I do not like to charge my friends -- but I sell them at the church resource center for 10 dollars each.


Have a good time of fellowship in the morning (Wednesday). You will probably just get this e-mail Wednesday morning. So be blessed -- have a good time -- and keep your smile on!! Your best days are ahead.


Love and Blessings,


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca -- Publish -- Psalm 91
Date: February 25, 2009 3:15 PM
To: Bob


Hi Bob --


I wrote an article this morning and hit "send" to Bette instead of "save" -- so I called her right away and told her what I had done -- that I was sending the second half of the article in another e-mail to her!! Leave it to me!!! (ha) I did not have the chance to correct some spelling since I hit send instead of save -- so I know she will take care of it for me.


Since she opened the topic of Psalm 91 -- I could not help but write this article. Our ministry was based around that scripture.


So -- you will know my story even better after reading this. I have to say it brought back memories. But that's what they are -- memories.


I just got back from McDonald's!! I am eating healthy today! (ha) I am at home and relaxing until tonight -- sing and have class tonight at 7 pm. This is my 'laid back' day. The sun is shining in the windows. Its a beautiful day.


Be blessed -- and enjoy this day the Lord has given us.


Love and blessings,


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca -- Publish -- Psalm 91
Date: February 25, 2009 4:25:02 PM EST
To: Rebecca


Hi Rebecca...


Thanks for blessing me with your e-mails!


Quick note. Leaving in a few minutes to have supper with my son-in-law Fred at the Chinese Restaurant. After I got in bed last night it occurred to me that I had missed this week's episode of "24" Monday night on Fox, and it is about the only TV show I watch. It has a lot of suspense, so I don't want to miss part of the story. So I called Fred and asked if he had recorded it. He had. And said I could watch it tonight. He doesn't mind watching it again. It is one of his favorites too. And he invited me to eat with him at the Chinese place before we watch it. This is the night that Suzanne visits the nursing home and reads to Sylvia's roommate (who is still there) and a few other residents.


I notice there are a couple of attachments listed with another e-mail you sent. I assume I will be able to open them and read them when I have time. If not, I'll read them on Bette's website.


Bye for now...


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca Lynn
Date: February 28, 2009 11:55:20
To: Bob


Good Morning Bob --


We went to the Isaacs' concert last night, and really enjoyed them! It was the first time I had seem them in person, and I really like them. I kept waiting for them to sing "Stand Still" as you had mentioned, but they did not sing it. I was disappointed. I wanted to hear that song. But, in general, they were a blessing to me.


My sis and I had a candy bar in our purses, to get us through the night! (ha) Again, I am eating healthy.


We were surprised that the auditorium was not packed out, but the people in this area just do not attend gospel music concerts! We have tried on numerous occasions to bring gospel groups into our church for singings, but the people in this area do not show up for these events.


Speaking of healthy -- yesterday I bought some "wild caught" fresh frozen Salmon. Also some asparagus! So that is what I will have for dinner tonight. We can do so much good for ourselves if we eat right! I am preaching to myself. I had prunes for breakfast! Isn't that exciting? Oh well -- that's me -- I just tell everything!


We may get some snow tonight. It is about 30 degrees here now. I have already had my devotions this morning, and I was watching a minister on my computer that was talking about "dark times" in our nation, then he went on to talk about the "dark times" in our lives.


He said dark times reveal many things. He said darkness is a conclusion -- the first part of a new day! It means yesterday is over! He explained it more in detail than what I can, but it was very encouraging. It is a season. And seasons change.


Well, my dear friend, have a blessed and glorious day -- keep your smile on -- and dance like no one is watching!


Much love and blessing -- (Psalm 89:15, 16, 17) amplified


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca Lynn
Date: February 28, 2009 1:45:25 PM EST
To: Rebecca


Hi Rebecca Lynn!


Thanks for the update! Glad you enjoyed the concert. Sorry they failed to sing "Stand Still" for you. Remind me while you're here and I will let you watch and hear them sing "Stand Still" on the DVD I have. And the other songs on it too if you wish. The mother also tells about how she, a Jew, came to America and met her husband to be (in Kentucky I think). And how she came to be a Christian. Very interesting. And you can see how the Lord worked in their lives. I have several of the Gaither Homecoming concert videos and the Cathedrals Farewell Tour DVD too.


I enjoy hearing you "tell me everyting"! That's the "country girl" in you. I just got off the phone from talking to my cousin Dorothy in Tennessee. (She lost her husband in an auto accident while on vacation in California in 2001.) She is a "country girl" too, and we both laughed and laughed while we talked. Mostly about nothing. :-D


I've been so tired and decided to sleep late this morning. I have no appointments today anyway. :-) I fixed myself a nice breakfast (3 slices of thick crisp bacon, 2 scrambled eggs, toast and honey, and milk to drink). Tomorrow I will just have a bowl of cereal with sliced banana for breakfast since I will be hurrying off to church. I finished eating breakfast this morning at 12 noon. So I guess I'll have to skip lunch.


That's about all my news. Bye for now...


Love, Bob





From: Bob
Subject: Your article -- Guardian Angel
Date: February 28, 2009 1:58:32 PM EST
To: Rebecca


Rebecca,


I have just finished reading your new article on DCJ through tear-filled eyes. My heart goes out to both of you. Thank you for sharing that. I know it must have been very difficult for you to do so. But you have blessed so many who will be reading it. And I ask our loving Lord right now to bless you with a very special measure of His marvelous love and amazing grace -- beyond what you can think or imagine!!!


Much love,


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca wants to know where Bob is --
Date: March 3, 2009, 10:58 AM
To: Bob


Hi Bob ---


Where are you? Are you snowed in? I was going to e-mail you this morning from home -- but was running late --


We have sunshine today but it is cold. Today I will be calling all of the members of our class as a reminder call to show up tomorrow night. Tonight I have music practice at Barb and Fred's house. Mark, their son who is our pastor, used to have a recording studio there years ago -- so now we use that room to practice in. They had converted their garage into the studio years ago when Mark was a teen-ager, and interested at that time in recording.


What are you doing today?


I guess you know we received a comment about my article!!! It made my day!


I tell everyone here at church to go into Daily Christian Journal -- and I also tell them all about your comic strips, etc., etc. I want to watch you sketch when we get there! I just thought of something!


Since you are a fabulous artist --- would you sketch something that I could bring home and paint?? Maybe when we get there, we can talk about it. Wouldn't that be wonderful?


I am going to bring my camera when we come to your place. I am getting excited.


I know it is a beautiful area. Bette, Patzi, and I will have fun traveling together!! I love Patzi to pieces... she is always happy to see me.


See ya soon!


Love and blessings!


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca wants to know where Bob is --
Date: March 3, 2009 11:56:55 AM EST
To: Rebecca


Good morning Rebecca!


Here I am. Right here. Don't you see me?


You're so funny! Thanks for your uplifting e-mail. I needed that.


Suzanne told me last night that down in Brevard there is no snow. They only got a couple of inches Sunday night and it was all gone yesterday. Up here on the mountain we got about 8 inches. I didn't measure it, but that's what it looked like to me. First real snow we got this winter. Just about everything here on my property is still covered with snow, except spots in the yard and the driveway. My driveway faces South, so even though the temperature was still around freezing, the snow on the driveway melted from the sun and the water running down the driveway.


When I woke up yesterday morning I noticed that the state had already scraped our road. So I'm not snowed in, but I have no interest in going anywhere right now. Fred invited me to come over and watch "24" in high definition last night, and Suzanne fixed us some strawberry shortcake to eat while we watched it. That was nice. It is a blessing to have them nearby, even though they're busy and I am too and we normally go a week or two without contact.


I hate to disappoint you, but it has been many years since I've done the kind of sketching and drawing you're talking about. Drawing is very time-consuming and hard work for me at this time in my life. And frankly, I would not be doing any drawing at all now if the Lord had not called me to do "Our Father's Children" comic strip. And I would not be able to do what I'm doing if I did not have the computer technology as one of my tools. I have started to get arthritis and my left hand shakes. So far my right (drawing) hand is more steady. It is time-consuming to do an OFC strip, and I am always amazed at the finished work. I know it is only by the grace of God and I give Him the praise, honor and glory. And I thank Him for blessing me by letting me be a part of what He is doing. Even so, it is hard work for me at this time in my life.


But I will be glad to show you the process I go through to produce the comic strip in this high-tech world. You may find that interesting.


Fred has taken some photos of the snow. He said he would e-mail a couple to me. If he does, I will send you a copy.


I'm glad you're excited about coming here. I'm excited about your and Bette's visit too. I feel honored that you both are coming.


You mentioned that someone wrote a comment about your article. Is it posted somewhere on DCJ? I just went there to see, and I didn't see it.


Speaking of OFC, I need to get to work on it. I didn't get much done yesterday. I was feeling lousy and after working a while, I decided to quit for the day. I sat back in my recliner and the next thing I knew I was waking up an hour and a half later.


Thanks for blessing me with your e-mail. Have a great day!


Love and blessings,


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca -- calling Dr. Pepper --
Date: March 3, 2009
To: Bob


Hi again Bob,


Just wanted to share with you how the Lord spoke to me a few months after my divorce. I was living in Barb's basement apartment at the time. The Lord spoke to me just as clear as if He was right behind me, and said, "This battle is no longer yours -- I am the chief warrior!" I felt total release from carrying the burden any longer. God is so good.


Just wanted to share that with you. I know the the Lord has spoken to you many times, so I know you can relate.


I am so thankful for all that God has done for me. The one thing I asked God to restore to me was my joy -- and He did.


He is the restorer of all things -- for all of us.


Love and blessings,


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca -- calling Dr. Pepper --
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009, 11:09 AM
To: Rebecca


Hi!


Dr. Pepper here...


I just finished sending you a response to your other email, and lo and behold there was this one. Thanks!


That was a great encouraging message the Lord gave you. I had a dream this morning which I know is significant, but I'm not sure if it is a warning or if the Lord is just giving me a hint of what is to come. In the dream I did not feel I was doing anything wrong, but I did feel I was in a situation where I did not have control. I had left a place where there was someone from the past and was in a car going somewhere with people I did not know. And we arrived somewhere I wasn't familiar with and I didn't know how long we would be there. Maybe the Lord is just getting me used to relaxing and just "being in Him." I don't know.


Bye again... for now...


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Rebecca -- calling Dr. Pepper --
Date: March 3, 2009, 12:24 PM
To: Bob


Hi there!


The Lord is really showing you things and guiding you along His path. He will show you the meaning (interpretation) of the dream.


The strawberry shortcake sounds good!!


Gotta run ---
Have a beautiful day ---


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca -- calling Dr. Pepper --
Date: March 3, 2009, 1:13:21 PM EST
To: Rebecca


Hi Rebecca!


One more quick note. (I still haven't gotten around to working on OFC today yet. Just finished eating some leftover Tacos for lunch that Suzanne sent home with me last night.)


Thanks for your encouraging comment about my dream.


Now I really am going to work on OFC.


Have fun...


Bob





From: Bob
Subject: Praise report
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12:20 PM
To: Rebecca, Bette


Good morning girls!


I thought I would share some good news with my special friends. Hope you both are having a great day.


This morning I woke up early so that I could attend Richard Jennings' weekly men's coffee and fellowship in the back room of a downtown coffee shop. But I wasn't sure I should go. I don't know how to describe the way I was feeling, but "broken" may be a way to describe it. I was torn between wanting the Lord to go ahead and take me Home and wanting to stay here and finish the work He is doing in me and through me. I did not feel that I belong here on earth anymore. But I was "torn." I wanted to go Home, but I don't want to get there and have the Lord say to me, "Bob, I brought you Home because that's what you wanted, but I really wish you had wanted to stay on earth to finish the work I gave you to do." And I would have spells of crying.


Even last Sunday morning at Joy Outreach I felt like a spectator, which I really was except for the time in the service when the Lord used me to speak a prophetic message to the congregation in tongues. And He used Richard to interpret. (You can see and hear him giving the interpretation on the church's website. Most of it anyway. Only the last part of it got recorded.) And it was a good service with the body ministering to the body for the most part. Mostly heart-touching testimonies. But the praise and worship music was very loud and noisy. It was like they were trying to get God's attention and they thought He couldn't hear very well. The Lord told me that "these are the noisy ones."


They also had communion using grape juice, which I could not participate in. Years ago the Lord convicted me that only unleavened bread and unleavened juice (wine) were valid symbols to represent His body and His blood. Leavening represents sin. Jesus was without sin. Unfermented grape juice has leavening in it. That part of my story is included in the Theophilus episodes and in the comments section on my web site. I am not saying that those participating in the communion were sinning. But I would have been if I had participated, because the Lord has made His will in the matter very clear to me!


God led me out of organized religion in 1986. He has taken me at times to church services, but not to be a member. He had Sylvia and me at Joy Outreach for a few years beginning 15 years ago ("for a purpose" He said, and He told me not to sign up for membership). During that time a visiting preacher and I were talking about it, and he said, "People want to feel like they belong to something, so I think it is good that we give them a church organization to belong to." I was thinking about that later and the Lord said to me, "Bob, you belong to Me. Isn't that enough?"
And I said, "Yes Lord. Thank you."


So I have maintained brotherly love with God's people that I have come to know from different denominations, and made myself available for the Lord to use wherever I come in contact with them and occasionally He has taken me to various church services. But organized religion often gets in the way of true brotherly love and fellowship. I thank God that He is breaking down denomination walls and drawing us closer to Him and to each other. And I realize that my Theophilus comic strips have been a part of that movement.


Well, I didn't much feel like it, but I went on to the men's fellowship at the coffee shop this morning. Some of the men present were ones I had met the last two Wednesday mornings. There were several others that I had not met before. Including Richard, some were pastors of various churches. It was a good group, very friendly and doing a lot of talking and laughing. But I still felt like a spectator. That is until ----


At one point I was moved to tell them of my struggles this morning. And as I talked, I couldn't help but get emotional and could not hold back the tears. And the Lord seemed to move among us. The man sitting beside me put his hand on my shoulder and told me how important I am to the rest of them. That I was a broken vessel being used by the Lord. And that's what they needed to be. So they needed me. Others had encouraging words to say too. I could see the Lord working in all of our lives. And more than one said they were anxious to get on my websites and read my comic strips. (I had given my website cards to a few of them when I met them before our meeting started.)


During all this a dream that I had one morning this week came to mind. I had been wondering what it meant. In the dream I was with a few men. We got in a car and went somewhere. One of the other men was driving. He may have represented the Holy Spirit. I left behind some others. One of which I recognized as someone I have known in the past. I did not know where we were going, and when we got there I did not know where we were, but in the dream I had peace about all of it. I'm not entirely sure, but this morning it seemed that the dream was about a spiritual journey that I would take with men like the ones I was with at the coffee shop. I had never seen most of the men before this morning. But they made me feel like I am still needed here on earth. And not just to finish the OFC story.


I know I am very blessed by the Lord. And I thank Him often for bringing you two into my life, and for the technology of e-mail that allows us to keep in touch. You both are such an encouragement to me. Thank you for being my special friends. I'm excited now that the Lord has given me a glimpse of where He is taking me during this current season of my life. Apparently there is more for me than my work on the internet. Thanks for listening.


After the meeting, I had breakfast at Julie's restaurant and then got some groceries while I was out. Then I wrote this e-mail. I'm going to eat lunch and then get to work on OFC. I got quite a bit done on it yesterday. Maybe I can finish this week's episode today, or at least tomorrow.


Have a blessed day!


Love, Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Praise Report--Rebecca
Date: March 4, 2009, 2:21 PM
To: Rebecca


Hi Bob,


I am rushing out the door, have a doctor appointment --- but wanted you to know I got this e-mail. I have so much to write back to you about what you are going through .... and sharing. Love ya lots --- your future is bright. I will write tonight after my class. It may be late -- but you will have it when you get up in the morning.


Love and blessings -- and a special hug is coming your way.


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Praise report--Rebecca
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 9:09 PM
To: Rebecca


Thanks Rebecca!


Just read your new article on DCJ -- "The Road to Recovery". Very good, as all your articles are. The Lord has really given you the gift of encouragement.


I'm fine. Didn't mean to sound so down. Just wanted to give you the context for what it seems the Lord is beginning to do in my life. He doesn't want me to hibernate here on the mountain. I knew that, but everyone was busy with their own lives, and I didn't understand where to go (other than via e-mail to you and Bette, and a few others). But I met some new people this morning. A couple of the men especially seemed to understand what I am doing on the internet and seemed very interested. I think I saw a hint today of the interpretation and application of the dream the Lord sent me this week. And I'm encouraged.


I'm looking forward to that special hug.


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Praise report--Rebecca
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 11:00 PM
To: Bob


Hi!!


Just so you know -- I am looking forward to giving that special hug!!


I just walked in the door -- put away a few groceries. Our class was really good tonight. We sang -- and the teacher is teaching on things of the Kingdom -- God's Kingdom, and how we are to reign on this earth.


As I was reading your first e-mail, it came to me that you are actually living what I just wrote about in my article for Bette's Daily Christian Journal website: "Make Every Day Beautiful -- The Road to Recovery"! You are starting to meet new friends, change your schedule or routine a little, etc., etc. You are making the effort to make your days beautiful! And before you know it, you will be well on your way down the road to recovery from whatever and whoever has held you back. I am learning this myself, and its a good feeling. We may take small steps on this new road, but that's okay! Once we arrive in new places in our lives, we feel like we are soaring on angel's wings!


I agree with you, I think that is what your dream meant. I am so happy you met some new friends! They sound very nice! New faces, new places, new joy! Your future is bright... you have just begun to live again.


I had a chance to go on the Joy Fellowship website! I enjoyed that so much! I love the song that the girl sang-- "Because You Loved Me". That is one of my favorites of Celine Dion's songs, and she did a very good job of singing it!


I am sleepy and need to work in my day-timer just a little to organize some things to do tomorrow at the church office.


Remember--- you are loved --- and you are special. In the dream, you did not know exactly where you were going --- but I believe God is showing you --- day by day. God loves to surprise us! His surprises are always wonderful. And He has special ones ahead for you.


Love and Hugs


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Good morning!
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 9:31 AM
To: Rebecca


Hi Rebecca!


Just a quick note to thank you for another encouraging e-mail. God bless you!


I don't really have any news since my last e-mail last night. I got an encouraging e-mail from Bette too, and she told me about your article and some editing and re-writes she did to her "about" pages. As you know, I had already read your new article. But I hadn't seen her updates, so went there and enjoyed those. Now I'm going to work on finishing this week's OFC episode.


Have a pretty day!


Love, Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Good morning!
Date: March 5, 2009 10:36:47 AM EST
To: Bob


Good Morning Bob !!!
Thanks for the short note ---- be sure to have fun today ---
make this day beautiful!!
Bye for now Dr Pepper!!!
Love
Hugs
Blessings
Smiles
Joy
Laughter
From Me -- Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose






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