Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Merry Christmas & Happy New Years

We pray that 2007 has been a blessed year for you and yours. It certainly has been for the Andrews’. God is good all the time and All the time God is good! All that comes upon us cannot prevent nor hinder His love, mercy, and grace from ministering His life to us. Everyday is another opportunity for God to display His glory and to give us peace that passes all understanding. We praise Him upon our every remembrance of you.

As you can see, the grand kids are growing and doing great. Our kids are doing great, as well. From youngest to oldest – Stephen continues as a cabinet maker and trim carpenter. He lives with us and is not only helping around the house but in making the payments, too. We are grateful for his help. Most importantly, we are grateful to the Lord for doing a great work of grace in Stephen’s life this year, calling him back to Himself. It is a joy to see the life of Christ becoming relationally real to him over the past 10-12 months.

Cathy and her family (Lloyd, Victoria [4], & Jacob [3]) are preparing to purchase their first house. It is being finished up and should be ready to move into in the next few weeks. Lloyd works for Schlumberger and Cathy works part-time for Pearl Vision as an optician.

Chrissy and her family (Michael, Michaela [4], & Isabella [3]) are doing well. Chrissy has been accepted into a nursing program at a local community college. Her goal is to become an RN and then continue to a Master’s Degree and become a Nurse Practitioner. Michael works for Dell Computers.

Estela continues to be “super woman”, working at the dental office, preparing and selling meals weekly, taking care of Chuck, seasonally decorating the house, cooking for the family, and being the world’s best Nana. WOW! Yes, she is amazing. And, on top of all that, she’s as beautiful as always.

As most of you know, Chuck had to resign from pastoring in October 2006. He was placed on the national heart transplant list on April 14, 2007. He is listed as a Status 2, which means serious but not critical. He probably will not receive a heart until his conditions worsens. Status 1 is reserved for patients who are in life threatening situations. Humanly speaking, as Chuck’s condition deteriorates he will move up the list, sovereignly, as the Lord opens doors we will walk through.

For those of you who have given to the Andrews Benevolence Fund, we are more than grateful. The Lord has provided through the love and prayers of our family and friends. We praise our Lord and Savior for you and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, OK for providing this fund as an avenue for those who want to give. The fund is still open and continues to help us.

We hope to hear from you and if you are in the area, please, come by and see us.

Chuck & Estela Andrews
3405 Pathway Circle
Norman, OK 73072

Hm: 405-573-0493
Cell: 405-834-2444

To God Be The Glory
Great Things He Hath Done!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

This is not an attempt to assign motive but to interpret body language. Much like folded arms can indicate a posture of resistance, “the arm over the shoulder” can indicate an internal attitude with an external posture.

The posture of Dr. John Floyd, when discussing the victory of his leadership to censure Wade Burleson says a lot. If you have never experienced “the arm over the shoulder” posture then you may not recognize what is being communicated. With victory in the eyes and face of Dr. Floyd “the arm over the shoulder” communicates a sense of superiority, dominance, control. It is a common subtle gesture of shame and disgrace intent to be discrediting and degrading. It can be one of those subtle things of spiritual abuse.