We attended the memorial service today for Dean, the owner of Hog Alley and Hardtails up in Georgetown. The service was attended by several hundred people, leaving standing room only in the funeral home. Dean was clearly much loved. I don’t think I ever met Dean myself, although I certainly recognized him from seeing him around Hog Alley on some of the occasions we visited there. There were lots of remembrance stories shared at the service, and even afterwords while standing around outside talking with people. He will be missed.
WE had a really good COC&I meeting at Hanovers this afternoon. There were several really good speaker that emphasized how important it is that we each are registered to vote, so we can exercise our civic duty to vote for elected officials that will support our lifestyle. Now that might sound kind of selfish, but if you think about it for a minute, you will realize that is exactly what our representatives in government are supposed to reelected to do, that is make decisions that will be consistent with the will of their constituency (that would be US). Ok, I will get off my soap box, now you can enjoy the pictures 🙂
Out New Life Riders had planned a chapter ride today out to Hoover Valley Cafe in Burnet, and of course it is quite brisk out, in the low to mid 30s. But we did manage to get several “real” bikers out on this cold morning, though Debbie and I came in the car. We started at Rudy’s on 183, and proceeded through a fairly convoluted route. We followed in the car part way, but then we decided to take a short cut up 183 to 29. I was planning to arrive early for a nice relaxing drive. Of course things don’t always work out as planned, so after we arrived at the restaurant, nice and early, I realized I had left my phone at the gas station stop about 10 miles back. So, we head back hoping (and praying) it would still be there, and it was, right where I left it. Then we high tailed it back to the restaurant, and arrived shortly after the bikes arrived, and just in time to order for lunch. The food was good, so I can heartily recommend Hoover Valley Cafe if you need a place to stop for lunch near Park Road 4.
We normally have out UCOA meetings on the third Wednesday, but since Jim, the manager of Texas Mist had decided to have his birthday party the following Friday, we moved the meeting to Friday so we could all join in. As for the meeting itself, it went as usual, but we did have a surprise marriage proposal at the end that everyone enjoyed ver much. After the meeting, there was lots of time to socialize, and also to enjoy the chicken/sausage plated available outside off the BBQ. I took more pics than I can publish, but I think you will enjoy these;
As we are closing out 2015, and pressing forward into 2016, I found an article presenting verses for the new year. I particularly liked the two verses and commentary I included below from the article because they talk about having confidence moving forward when we are waiting God’s will, and also about having confidence in those times of testing, to know that God will be there to help us in time of need.
Here is an excerpt from the article, and the full text is available at the link above;
Ecclesiastes 9:7 (ESV) “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do.”
This verse is not intended as justification for any careless decision that we make. But it does speak about God’s love for us and His desire for us to enjoy ourselves. If you’ve made a new year’s resolution or life decision in prayer and in keeping with God’s Word, then according to this verse, you now have permission to relax and enjoy the results of your new decision.
Hebrews 4:16 (ESV) “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Sometimes a new year or a new beginning may not arrive with feelings of joy or excitement. But this verse is an important reminder that we can come to God with any need, and we will receive His help. If you’re facing a difficult decision or an uncomfortable transition, come boldly to God’s throne and receive His grace and love.