Year One Of My Blog

I want to thank you for your interest in Last month marks the first anniversary of my blog. Many of you have been a part of the blog from the very beginning. Thank you–both long-termers and rookies–for being willing to read, comment, and share the blog.

I have enjoyed interacting with folks all over the country and around the world. I especially appreciate those of you who know me only from the blog. This has been the unexpected joy of writing.

Some of you will remember how I began this adventure. For several years, I have written my Lifeapps which go out every Monday to members of my local congregation. That experience propelled me toward beginning my website. After times of prayer, I simply felt led to begin.

Three people need special thanks. Jay Johnston encouraged me to write the Monday morning devotional and Jay Sigl has facilitated its sending as well as helping me with technical issues with mailing lists, etc.

My son-in-law, Chris Mizell, secured my domain name for me years ago and encouraged me to do something with it. He then set up my WordPress site last year. As they say, the rest is history. Actually, I initially intended to write about three times a week. Before long, I enjoyed the experience so much that I increased the number of days a week. Now, I write daily and enjoy it very much.

Please click here to read my post from early on in which I attempted to give my reasons for writing.

If you read the previous mentioned post, you noted my first and last reasons. First, I truly felt led to begin the blog. It does take time and effort, but I feel led to continue. Second, this gives me an opening with some people (all 50 states and 40+ foreign countries) I can’t experience in any other way. Strangely, the blog also has opened doors to people who live around me and to people in my own congregation. allows me to minister to many people in the only way they feel comfortable.

Thank you for your loyalty and help. Please help me spread the word by sending helpful posts to your circles of friends, family, and co-workers. Encourage them to subscribe and participate.

Tomorrow, I’ll give you personal observations about the kind of posts you really like. It will tell you something about yourself!


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12 Responses

  1. Thank you for being sensitive and obedient to the Lord’s leading. You have blessed me as well as many others …. daily. And thank Jay, Jay, and Chris for making this happen. God bless you and Martha as you spend this special time.

  2. ‘Waylon, you blogs have become part of our devotional reading each day. Thanks for your insight. God is clearly using you to spread the Word.

  3. Your posts each day have become part of my early morning devotional time. They are so helpful and are a blessing to me each day. Thanks to you and your helpers for your time and devotion and reaching out to so many people. May God continue to bless you and your family and your ministry.

  4. Keep it up Pastor, your blog helps daily to keep me grounded in the faith. Happy “Bloggers” Anniversary.

  5. Waylon, these insights into worship and study and prayer habits keep me working on improvement. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. You and Martha will be especially remembered tomorrow morning at Prayer Band.

  6. Waylon, my morning cup of coffee and routine wouldn’t be the same without your blog. God bless you for your efforts. I look forward to reading it every morning.

  7. Waylon, I so enjoy your daily blogs. I am so thankful for the Lord bringing you & your family to us. Thank you for being so open to His desire for you & our congregation. Keep up the good work.

  8. “ allows me to minister to many people in the only way they feel comfortable.” Jonathan, a young man in our church who is loved by my family, once said that much of ministry occurs outside of our church walls. I agree and am thankful for you, Martha and this part of your ministry. The Word For You Today was also greatly appreciated. I look forward to reading and sharing your book.

  9. Cats may be dangerous:
    Studies have also shown behavioral changes in humans, including lower reaction times and a sixfold increased risk of traffic accidents among infected, RhD-negative males, as well as links to schizophrenia including hallucinations and reckless behavior. Recent epidemiologic studies by Stanley Medical Research Institute and Johns Hopkins University Medical Center indicate that infectious agents may contribute to some cases of schizophrenia. A study of 191 young women in 1999 reported higher intelligence and higher guilt proneness in Toxoplasma-positive subjects.
    The prevalence of human infection by Toxoplasma varies greatly between countries. Factors that influence infection rates include diet (prevalence is possibly higher where there is a preference for less-cooked meat) and proximity to cats.
    According to Merck the standard treatment for toxoplasmosis is pyrimethamine, but most immunocompetent asymptomatic people infected with T. gondii, with the exception of neonates and pregnant women, require no treatment.
    The organism was first described in 1908 in Tunis by Charles Nicolle and Louis Manceaux within the tissues of the gundi (Ctenodactylus gundi). In the same year it was also described in Brazil by Alfonso Splendore in rabbits.

    7 10 12
    Romans 12: 4-6 in action. So much can and could be accomplished for our Lord.

    This is a follow up to Sunday’s column on Toxoplasma in cats to people.
    Science and Health column – Study: Babies are less likely to get ill
    TP Tues. 7 10 12
    In cat-owning households, babies whose cats were indoors more than 16 hours a day were healthy 70.8% of the time. But in homes where the cat was inside for less than six hours a day, babies were healthy 78.2 % of the time. For the sake of comparison, young children who lived in cat-free zones were healthy 66.1% of the time.

    A similar pattern held for dogs: Kids with homebody canines were healthy 72.2% of the time, and that figure rose to 75.7.5 for children whose dogs spent fewer than six hours indoors each day. In dogless households, babies were healthy 64.8% of the time.

    This study was based on 397 Finnish children born between September 2002 and May 2005.

    For statistical buffs I did not note any posted standard norms of deviation.

    We’ve always had dogs and at least one cat around. Now since Katrina, the cats outnumber the dogs; we have lost 4 dogs and one cat (all adopted), the oldest being 20 years. For the first time, since I bought 2 Irish setters in 1972, our 2 dogs have been bought and not just adopted (and they are both small). The 5 remaining cats, on the other hand, continue to live charmed adopted lives. Unfortunately we have lost even more friends (some extended family and supporters: Dr., electrician, plumber, carpenter, mechanic, HVAC, CPA) since Katrina.

  10. Gone but not forgotten. Appreciated, but now, even more. Perhaps the thoughts of others who went before shed some perspective…
    Old Cemeteries
    A truly Happy Person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. And, one who can enjoy browsing old cemeteries…
    Some fascinating things on old tombstones!
    Harry Edsel Smith of Albany , New York :
    Born 1903–Died 1942.
    Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the
    car was on the way down. It was.
    In a Thurmont, Maryland , cemetery:
    Here lies an Atheist, all dressed up
    and no place to go.
    On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in
    East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:

    Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102.

    Only the good die young.


    In a London , England cemetery:

    Here lies Ann Mann, who lived an old maid

    but died an old Mann. Dec. 8, 1767


    In a Ribbesford, England , cemetery:

    Anna Wallace

    The children of Israel wanted bread,

    And the Lord sent them manna.

    Clark Wallace wanted a wife,

    And the Devil sent him Anna.


    In a Ruidoso, New Mexico , cemetery:

    Here lies Johnny Yeast.

    Pardon him for not rising.


    In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania , cemetery:

    Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake,

    Stepped on the gas instead of the brake.


    In a Silver City , Nevada , cemetery:

    Here lays The Kid,

    We planted him raw.

    He was quick on the trigger,

    But slow on the draw.


    A lawyer’s epitaph in England :

    Sir John Strange.

    Here lies an honest lawyer,

    and that is Strange.


    John Penny’s epitaph in the Wimborne,

    England , cemetery:

    Reader, if cash thou art in want of any,

    Dig 6 feet deep and thou wilt find a Penny.


    In a cemetery in Hartscombe , England :

    On the 22nd of June, Jonathan Fiddle went out of tune.


    Anna Hopewell’s grave in Enosburg Falls ,

    Vermont :

    Here lies the body of our Anna,

    Done to death by a banana.

    It wasn’t the fruit that laid her low,

    But the skin of the thing that made her go.


    On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket ,

    Massachusetts :

    Under the sod and under the trees,

    Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.

    He is not here, there’s only the pod,

    Pease shelled out and went to God.


    In a cemetery in England :

    Remember man, as you walk by,

    As you are now, so once was I.

    As I am now, so shall you be,

    Remember this and follow me.

    To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone:

    To follow you I’ll not consent,

    Until I know which way you went.

    Praise God from Who all Blessings flow…

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