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In January of 2003 when we resigned a 20 1/2 year pastorate in Texarkana, Texas my children asked me what my song was going to be now.  The reason is because I sing a line of a song for everything.  So, I started singing Steven Curtis Chapman’s song, “The Great Adventure”.  It goes something like this:  “Saddle up your horses. We got a trail to blaze.  Through the wild blue yonder of God’s Amazing Grace.  Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown.  This is life like no other. This is the great adventure.”  And we did go on a great adventure.  Traveling and preaching and singing for one year and eight months.  Then the Lord led us to Hollister.  It is hard to believe we have been here for 2 years now. 

Well……Today we begin a new adventure.  My brother-in-law, his wife, Nathan and myself will head out today to Kennewick, Washington.  We will be going to move my in-laws to Hollister.  My father-in-law, Rev. B.J. Hurst and my mother-in-law, Dorothy Hurst have pastored in Kennewick for 41 + years.  They are in their 70’s now and are retiring and moving to Hollister with us.  We are very happy about having them here.  Their wisdom of many years of ministry will be a blessing to us and our church family.  Adding their prayer life, their walk with God, their love for God and the kingdom work to all of ours will only enhance the revival that God has in store for us here.  I pray that God’s richest blessings will continue to be poured out upon my in-laws in their latter years and that I can also be a blessing to them in many ways. 

Sunday will be their last service in Kennewick.  Dad will preach Sunday Morning his farewell sermon and Nathan will preach Sunday Night.  It will be a “Passing the Mantle” service and that is so important.  Rev. Wayne Clemetson and his wife Dana will be assuming the pastorate in Kennewick.  Bro. Wayne has been Dad’s assistant for many years and has proved faithful and loyal many times over.  He and Dana will do a superb job in not only pastoring the church but also in taking them to new heights. 

So, I am off on another adventure and it is time for me to go “saddle up the horses” and ride.  You know life is never boring when you are totally sold out to God’s will and call on your life.  He sure knows how to take you for a ride.

Blessings to you all. Talk to you next Tuesday or Wednesday because I doubt if I have time to get on a computer this week-end.  If you’ve ever moved, you know what I’m talking about.  And then not only moving them but throwing Sunday Services into the mix.  WOW!  I better go get those “horses saddled”. 

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Breakthrough.  Glory Cloud.  Shekinah. Waves of Glory.  Overwhelmed.  These are just a few words that come to mind when I think back on this past Sunday.  I, along with our chorale and musicians (Vessels of Honor), began our Sunday as we do all Sunday’s.  We met at 11:30 a.m. for practice before our service.  We had a great practice and felt good about singing and worshipping God together.  I dismissed Vessels of Honor and asked for the Praise Team to stay for a few extra minutes to go over the songs we would be doing for the worship service.  That went well.  Then we were all dismissed and went to the prayer room about 12:30 for some time in prayer before Sunday School started at 1:00 p.m.  This was all normal procedure for a Sunday.  We all gathered in the sanctuary for Bible Class, the children went to their perspective classes.  My husband has been teaching on “Basic Pentecostal Doctrine” since the first of the year and it has been tremendous.  We started our class and the lesson this week was about the Church. About 3/4 of the way through you could feel the presence of God so strong.  Nathan would ask for us to just worship the Lord and it was amazing how his presence was so strong.  He would teach a little more and again, more worship.  At the end of the lesson he asked for us to stand to our feet and give God more praise.  Well, this is where I can’t explain what happened.  I just know from that point on we were enveloped in such an awesome presence of God.  We didn’t take our normal 10–15 minute break and then begin our worship service.  God had other plans.  When I finally looked at my watch it was 4:00 p.m.  Time really is suspended when you are in His presence.  I cannot begin to tell how many blessings were received and lives changed because of the Glory that filled the sanctuary that day.  This is where I am speechless.  All I know is that God visited us in such a special way and I am very thankful.

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Once a reporter stood in front of a fire as it consumed a house and then he turned to see the homeowners and their little son watching it burn.  The reporter, fishing for a human interest angle, said to the boy, “Son, it looks as if you don’t have a home anymore.”  The little boy promptly answered, “Oh, yes, we have home. We just don’t have a house to put it in.”

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All mother’s need to go here: http://theclarksaga.blogspot.com  and read this little piece.  Very interesting.  You should never feel less than important after reading this.

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I wonder how many times I have sang the words, “My blessing is coming my way. It’s only a matter of time…….” And all the while singing the song I was surrounded by many blessings. God just has to smile at us sometimes. And then at other times I feel overwhelmed, taken over by the Blessings of God. It’s at those times I sing songs like, “I’m blessed, I’m blessed, I’m blessed…..I have shelter, clothing and food and I am blessed……” and “I am a Friend of God”, and “I am blessed! I am blessed! Every day that I live I am blessed. When I wake up in the morning, or I lay my head to rest, I am blessed. I am blessed.” The list of “blessing” songs can go on and on. Right now is one of those many times I feel so blessed. I have wanted a baby grand for a long, long time and was expecting one in the next year or two. However, as you can see by the photo that God saw fit to give me one of those “SURPRISE BLESSINGS”. WOW!!! is all I could say. I can’t go into how it all came about but you just have to believe me when I tell you it was a BLESSING! After the piano deliverers left my house and I sat down to play, the first song that I played was a song I wrote many years ago when I was only 19 years of age. “Serving God is Beautiful. Serving the King of Kings. I serve Him because I love Him you see, Serving God Is Beautiful to me.” (copyright,  Nelon Music Co. 1986) I looked up into the faces of my son and husband who’s eyes were filled with tears of thankfulness. And we had a moment. You know what I mean? I know you have had those moments when it was just to special for words. And I wanted to try and share it with all of you. I hope you think my piano is as pretty as I do and I hope you have caught a glimpse of just how special some blessings are.

MUSICIAN’S PRAYER

God, please bless my music

That it might glorify Your name,

May using it to serve You

Always be my aim.

Let it be a witness

To Your majesty and love,

And remind us that You’re watching

From Your throne above.

Oh Lord, I ask for guidance

In everything I do,

And pray You’ll make my music

An instrument for You.

Amen

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The accordion in this picture was my Mother’s. It is in its original case and the sale reciept is in there too. Daddy bought the accordion in November of 1955 for $347.00. I know that was a lot of money for them back then. I am proud to have it.

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Jesus, you’re the center of my Joy! All that’s good and perfect comes from you.  You’re the heart of my contentment, Hope for all I do.  Jesus, you’re the center of my Joy!  AMEN

I have found that if I keep this true in my life that everything, and I do mean everything else falls into place.  Matthew 6:33 is my husbands favorite scripture and it is so true; Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. If you read the verses before this one you will understand what all the other things are. Food, Shelter, Clothing etc.  If God cares for the sparrow that falls from the sky, how much more does he care for you and me.  He wants to take care of us, but sometimes we tie His hands because we don’t follow His plan. Let’s keep Jesus the CENTER of our lives.

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PRESIDENTIAL PRAYER REQUESTS
FOR OCTOBER 12, 2006

Pray for President Bush as he works with world leaders on a coordinated diplomatic response to N. Korea’s testing of nuclear weapons. Pray that the world commitment to a weapon-free Korean peninsula will remain strong. Pray for wisdom for the members of the U.N. Security Council as they consider sanctions against N. Korea and, possibly, Iran.

Pray for the lessons learned at President Bush’s conference on school safety to be implemented by every school. Pray that our schools will be safe places for learning and nurture, and that those who would plan to do harm in our schools will be stopped. Pray that all those who need support or services will receive them before they can harm others.

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