No matter how many wonderful things our guests write in our Guestbooks every year, there are always one or two that are particularly humbling and get Philip a bit mushy. A gentleman (even older than Philip...:) booked 10 nights with us.... he had a great time... we had a great time... even came back for a little "visit" invitring us to come visit him.
But... this is what he wrote: "Since my retirement in 1989, I have had the pleasure of staying in many B&B's, in the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland and Caribbean Islands. I have never stayed in one nicer than this and i have never had a nicer host and hostess. Thank you, Ellen and Philip, and my compliments on the fine establishment you are running."
Unreal... wonderful... and very humbling.
In 1999 at age 64 I was just about ready to throw in the towel.
Back in 1968 at age 32 working on 33, I had a very dramatic religious experience that changed my life. With my new faith, my life changed from being an overweight, alcoholic, totally selfish womanizer, chewing on 3 packs of Camels a day, to someone who really wanted to get his act together and hopefully help others to do that as well.
In the begining, my goal was to see if I could actually write down my thoughts from day to day. Guess that was easier than I thought....
My motivation was the proclamation Jesus made when He stood in the synagogue (Luke 4:16) and explained why He had come to earth. He read the following from the book of Isaiah
Philip Wolff 10-27-99
Oh God, my God… How I long to know You.
Sometimes it seems forever… forever my heart has been going out
Towards You… to know You… to touch You… to walk with You…
To hear Your voice… to see Your face.
Again and again I have cried out to You.
David was held before me as the example.
He was the man “after Your own heart”.
It was the Davids You longed for…the Davids that You wanted.
The Davids were those special people, those special servants,
Who gave their lives to You in some unique way.
So I cried to the Lord…. I am Yours. I am Your David.
I will serve You. What will You have me to do?
I will do this Lord and I will do that. I will do the other also.
How about this Lord? Or surely that?
Now that would truly be good to do!
Thanks for visiting today! Your first time here, you might want to look at three of the featured pages over to your right.....
"Why these musings"... explains how I got started with blogging.
"Philip's Story"... will give you an idea of where I am coming from.
"My goals..."... will lay some groundwork for all that will follow.
Everything else.....just daily thoughts and stories, running thru my head... from one day to another..... starting at the beginning will help it all make sense... a couple of books worth now... kind of a journey thru my life that I started recording here...back in 2007 ........
I sincerely hope you will enjoy the journey.
I sure have!
Father... thank you for another day... it's good... I want to just stop for a few minutes and focus on you as the most important thing in my life… to verbalize my thoughts… to look to you as the source of everything...take me into those green pastures ...where I get so nourished every day… lead me by the still waters... where I get refreshed and restored by you... fill me with your life... you are the living water... bring me into your rest where I stop all my work and watch... as you do the work that you want done… keep my heart at peace throughout the day…. continue to teach me how to live in your son…. how to talk with you about everything ... how to hear your voice each time you speak. Then lead me in your paths of righteousness for your name’s sake.
(A Psalm of Philip) Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle; You are my lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer; My shield and He in whom I take refuge; Who subdues my enemy Satan under me as I go forth and attack .