Jay Witham

Country Gospel Music and Bible Teaching

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In Memory of a Lady

Below is my son Robert’s letter to his Grandmother:

Grammie: In memory of a lady

Dearest Grammie,

The last time we were able to visit was in May. You were at home, in your own bed, watching birds and flowers outside in your little garden. You told me of the recent flowers that your children had bought for your garden. I saw almost no one else on that 30-minute visit toCambridgebut, by God’s mercy, I did see you. Aunt Cheryl also had the wisdom, perhaps the foresight, to take a photograph of us together. That photograph is now my favorite. Several hours later, as I was on my way back to Montana, I received a phone call and learned that you had been readmitted to the nursing home. I will forever treasure the memory of our visit that spring day.

I have spent the past few days wondering what to write. You were one of my biggest fans as a writer. It was you who encouraged me to continue with my first novella,Treasure Mountain. You were also the first to read the manuscript when I finished, actually you were one of the few ever to read it, and you still managed to find something good to say about what was surely the worst fiction you ever read. You also scoured every newspaper that has published my work to be sure you missed not a word of my writing. How could I do other than to say goodbye for now in writing.

I have struggled to write this letter because no amount of words will do justice to what I wish to say. Your life was too excellent to reduce to several hundred words. Several thoughts do stand out to me though, so I offer them here.

You are one of the best people I have ever known. I don’t know that I have ever heard anyone say a bad word about you. You taught me by your example what it means to live as a good person.

You and Bumpa had a promising career in music and entertaining. I remain certain that you would have gone far and been wealthy and famous. You discovered a higher calling though, and you taught me by your example what it means to forsake all for the sake of conviction and living out what you believe.

You taught me what it means to live a life of influence through service. You have loved others, served others, and had a profound influence on more people than I could ever hope to influence.

You lived a life of integrity and character in a world where these are not common. You taught me what it means to live with character and integrity as defining values.

You taught me to laugh, and to be quick with a witty response. I enjoy making people laugh. You would have been proud of the one-liner I pulled at work on Friday.

Your life also was marked by grace and poise. In trying to define this it occurred to me that you are a lady. You lived your life with such class that I just cannot think of a better term. I have known many good women in my life, each of whom have different strengths and traits. None of them are as much of a lady as you are though. You will always be the standard in my mind when I think of a lady.

You also taught me to love God and the Scriptures. I love the Scripture that reminds us we do not grieve as those who do not have hope. I do grieve your passing terribly, but I also have hope. I also love the psalm which reminds us that precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of one of His saints. I may mourn that you are no longer with me on this earth, but God rejoices that you are now with Him – which is much better.

The power of a life lived well cannot be overstated, but it can be appreciated, emulated, and celebrated. Thank you, Grammie, for living well. I love you, and I look forward to the day when we meet again and you can take your firstborn grandson for a nature walk through heaven. Until that day, I will treasure the memories we share and continue to celebrate you for there is no one like you.

Love, Robert

Shekinah Farm Sold

As we continue to follow the Lord we have found many doors opening … and other doors are closing.  Last November we placed our family farm on the market, fully understanding that it would take a miracle to sell it in this economy.  Not only did the Lord provide a buyer but it was CASH deal.  Yes, we do serve a God of miracles!

So, what do we do now?  It was our desire in selling the farm to free up time and resources to further pursue our ministry of gospel music and the itinerant preaching/teaching of God’s Word.  Now we are free to travel and accomplish that!  You will see more changes on the website as we focus more on the music/preaching/teaching and eliminate the retreats here at Shekinah Farm.  Please keep us in prayer as we continue to follow His leading.

Jay and Linda Witham

Cap’n Jack Sparrow

Photo: Jack

Jack

Cap’n Jack is our new Jack Russel Terrier (seen here on his first day at his new home). And, yes, he lives up to  his name.  Cap’n Jack Sparrow is the infamous captain of the Black Pearl in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

A Work in Progress

We are constantly adding new features to the Bible Adventures website.  Included in the updates today are; 1) The Bible Adventures Prospectus offered in pdf to give my readers a more accurate picture of what the ministry of Bible Adventures is all about.  The ups and down, the victories and near defeat.  It also outlines our passion and vision for this ministry to help enlist an army of prayer warriors to our aid.  There are physical needs too.  One great man of faith said that his philosophy was, “Ask God and tell the people.”  2) A Printable Concert Poster which you will find listed under “Resources“.  Just click and open in pdf then you can save it to your computer and if you have MS Word you can make changes to the poster to make it more specific to your venue.  You can print as many as you need to promote your concert.  3.) The CD Page has been updated with two additional CDs available.    Also, I will be adding 4) blog posts to this site on at least a weekly basis so check back often and see what’s going on.  Thank you for your interest in Bible Adventures and please become a Prayer Warrior with us for the Kingdom of God.

Jay Witham (Proverbs 4:23)

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