If you have been following my life chronicles series here and here you know that I am living to 120 years which means 60 is the halfway mark. At this mile marker, I am showcasing just a few of my life’s highlights.
Stroll with me reviewing the years 1990-2004.
During these years, my children were growing in age and stature, the ministry experienced steady growth. My spiritual life grew, and also the cost of living. Stamps were 25¢, gas $1.08 per gallon, a gallon of milk was $2.15, and a loaf of bread was $1.29.
At halftime, the team assesses what worked the first half and repeat it or scratch what did not. As I stopped carrying life’s cares and started rolling the cares on the Lord, my faith increased. Thank God for change.
My family celebrated graduations, from kindergarten, 6th grade, 8th grade, high school, and college. Whew! By faith, we bought two homes and sold two homes. Not only did we move in real estate, but I also moved full force into full-time ministry.
Grandma Mourga went to be with the Lord in 1990 at age 90, but my brother, Melvin, the Beloved, returned home after twelve years missing. We doubly felt the hand of death with Uncle Joe passing in January 1993 and Aunt Pat in March. We praised the Lord for the long life of my mother in law, a centenarian, who crossed over at 104 years old.
As a family, we enjoyed travel and many memories were made especially on our two road trips to California. My Man of God really liked to drive and warp speed was the name of the game. We traveled from Interstate 240 at Hollywood to the Grand Canyon in 18 hours. Thank God for the angels.
The surviving and thriving stance kicked in as by faith, my Man of God faced major health issues. The ministry grew exponentially and outgrew the building. We were tried by fire as the new church construction was going up, the old church burned down. Because Pastor Jones, by faith, was obedient to the plan of God, the church was already worshipping in Cypress Middle School. We did not miss one worship service.
History of noteworthiness was the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Columbine High School massacre, and the Los Angeles Riots precipitated after the acquittal of policemen for the beating of Rodney King.
This stroll through the years has been sweet reminiscing the recollections of the years gone by.
I rewind my mind, it’s only halftime.
Stay tuned. You don’t want to miss it.
Harriet Noel Jones