Tuesday, April 08, 2008

THE GOOD LIFE


Milton, here:

Kristy's earliest published articles were in a column entitled The Good Life which she wrote for a Central Florida newspaper in Bartow, Fl. The column was read by many who wrote Kristy and the newspaper editor complimenting her efforts. This evening I scanned her files reading through some of those columns. Her writings were compelling and with great conviction and commitment of heart.


(The picture shows the "Wonder House" in Bartow, Florida. Its an unique, rare, anomaly and was not far from our home when we lived there.)

After three years of faithfully writing her column, we moved to another town and our lives changed. She wrote her last column thanking her readers and listing her goals for the column. They were:

1. To inform.
2. To entertain.
3. To inspire.

As a very biased husband and critic, I can tell you she succeeded in her goals as attested by her readers. Her topics covered everything from family matters, to theological concerns, to social issues, to the quaint and quirky. Some were funny and many were just real down to earth. They were written with fundamental southern values and high commitment to the Scripture.

She exhorted her readers with two final thoughts:

1. Keep your eyes on Jesus and Him alone.
2. Ministers practice what they preach.

The first point is obvious, but the second point was to encourage readers to not let a few high profile ministerial failures paint every preacher with the same brush. She pointed to examples of faithful ministers who serve without fame or fanfare and with great sacrifice.

Obviously, as a minister I know her first point is the main point. But secondly, I am grateful and proud that my wife stood up for people of my stripe.

Remember, keep your eyes on Jesus and Him alone, and ministers practice what they preach.

That's what Kristy thinks.

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How is Kristy:

She had a very good day.

Hopefully she can post again soon. I continue to post at her request.

6 Comments:

At 10:25 AM, Anonymous Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Milton and Kristy,
I know Kristy has blessed and challenged many people through her writing in the newspaper, books and now this blog. She has practiced what she preached. : )

I am so glad to hear that she is feeling stronger and enjoying her days. God is so faithful to carry us along.I am praising Him and thanking Him for that today.

Here is a hug from NJ, : )
Carrie

 
At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Kristy and Milton

Although I have never actually met the two of you, you are people I will never forget. You are a wonderful example of true Christians. Always praying for you and your family.

Lynne (from Los Angeles)

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Thanks for sharing that wonder house photo! Hope you are feeling well today : )

 
At 6:44 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

You two are such an inspiration, Milton. :D

As always, I'm praying for Kristy and you.

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Karen Eve said...

Daddy God, we come to you on behalf of Kristy, Milton, their family, and their extended family to beseech you to extend Kristy's life and give her complete healing for your glory. I pray that you would continue to bless her and knock her socks off as you suprise her with new revelation and closer relationship to you. I pray for joy, strength, joy, peace, joy, clear thinking, healing, and more joy, overflowing, beyond anything that she could imagine. I pray this over Milton and the family too. Thank you Daddy for what you have done so far and have yet to do. Amen.

That's a great pic. I would love to see that house and read more about it. (I'm an old house nut)
You two are a great inspiration.

Blessings,

 
At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Milton & Kristy...we are still with you in heart and spirit.
Remember: We are troubled on every side, but not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

Love & hugs from Outer Banks of NC
David & Kay Daniels

 

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