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I have a few minutes before we get ready for tonight’s Home Mission Service so thought I would give a short update. Conference has been great. The services have been good and we are enjoying fellowship with friends and family that we haven’t seen in awhile. Thursday at ladies day was great. All the speakers did awesome. It was a time of refreshing. I was able to spend some time with a “girl” that was raised in our church in Texarkana, Terri Griffis. Sean and her (see pic),pastor a great church in Louisville, KY. Nathan and I went to eat with them and got all “caught up”. We had a great time. Thursday Night was another great service. Bro. Haney preached great. After church we were able to go eat and fellowship with good friends, Ken and Tessie Gurley. Yes, we laughed a whole lot. LOL. Last night’s Foreign Missions service was INCREDIBLE! You need to go watch it online. Everyone needs to hear Bro. Jerry Dean’s message. Wow! Today we spent some time with Jon and Brenda Elms (my nephew and his wife). We took them to Cheescake Factory and had an awesome time. They pastor in Beaumont, TX. So, here we are, already at Saturday Night. Looking forward to the Home Missions Service.

Here are a few pictures. I haven’t taken a whole lot but here’s some.

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After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery.  I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning, and as I approached, there in the window were a host of goodies.   I felt this was no accident, so I prayed … “Lord, it’s up to you, if you want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery.”

And sure enough,

on the eighth time around

the block,

there it was!

God is so Good!”

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Thanks to my friend,Tina Evans for this one!

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 Lord thank You for another day

Within this life of mine…

Give me the stength to live it well

Whatever I may find.

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Bestow from Your abundance

Whatever I may lack…

To use the hours wisely

For I cannot have them back.

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Lord thank you for another day

In which to make amends…

For little slights or petty words

Inflicted on my friends.

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For somethimes losing patience

With problems that I find…

For seeing faults in other lives

 But not the ones in mine.

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Lord thank You for another chance

In which to try to be…

A little more deserving

Of the gifts You’ve given me.

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For yesterday is over

And tomorrow’s far away…

And I remain committed

To the good I do today!

Grace E. Easley

 

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A Scripture for Today

I read this passage this morning and it was just one of those times when it really ministered.  It doesn’t matter what may be going on in your life, God is always there.  I always long to be in His presence.  A song we sang yesterday in worship service says this: “My soul longs for you.  Nothing compares to you.  I will wait on you until I feel your presence surrounding me.”  I catch myself singing that song over and over.  MY SOUL LONGS FOR YOU!   

I Chronicles 16:11 (Amplified)

  • Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually!

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Charles Swindoll wrote this in “Growing Wise in Family Life” and I think it is well worth repeating here.  This is so true!

What’s the atmosphere like in your home these days?…Are you in danger of raising a “hurried child?”  Capture some time this week and take an honest look at the quality of childhood your family lifstyle is providing for your little ones.  What will be memorable to your kids when they, as adults, look back on the early years?  Will it all seem like a marathon?  Have you allowed television to snatch up much of your children’s unscheduled minutes…and hours?

Seeking God’s wisdom, ask yourselves, “What can we do as mom and dad to encourage our kids to enjoy being kids.”  Are you creating an atmosphere of relaxation and flexibility…or do the words hurry and rigidity better characterize your home?  Any plans for a relaxed family vacation in the works?…As you plan, remember that childhood is an infinitely precious commodity.  Your children will only grow up once. 

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Whew!

Talk about “high energy”…..That song we started tonight is it!  I am so proud of our chorale.  They picked it up so quick.  Of course there is a lot more to work on.  It was so much fun being back at practice.  Yes, it’s work but it’s fun work. “Vessels of Honor”, if you read this, you guys are the BEST!  You all know how to have fun but when it’s time to settle down and work, you always do.    Love you all!

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Tonight at 7:00 we start chorale and music practices again.  We have been on a summer break.  It has been nice (I guess) but I am ready to get back into the groove.  I have been listening and listening some more to music and more music and going through sheet music etc. for days now.  I think I look like a music note.  Oh well, such is the life of the music minister.  Tonight we will start on Christmas.  Yes, Christmas.  We will be having a Christmas concert this year so now is the time to get it all together.  You sure can’t wait until 2 weeks before the event and expect it to turn out good.  We will also be working on a song for “All Nations Sunday” which is in October.  Well…..I might wait on that one until Sunday.  We’ll see tonight how it goes with Christmas.  We will be working on a medley of songs tonight:  Hallelujah to the Newborn King/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Angels we have Heard on High/I Came to Magnify.  This is from “Magnify, A Soulful Christmas Celebration”, arranged by J.Daniel Smith and Mark Condon.  If you don’t have this musical you should purchase it.  There is some really good songs on here and nice arrangements too.  Well, I better be off to finishing up with some music stuff.  God bless!

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Ecc. 4:9 (NLT) Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.

The generation we live in today is known as the “ME” generation.  However, in this selfish world we live in, we still need each other to survive.  Independence doesn’t get you very far.  Sometimes we feel like if we express that we have a need that it is a sign of weakness, or an open admission of failure and/or lack of character.  Furthermore, we are going and doing so much, who has time to have a meaningful conversation and share ourselves with others?  When we opt for isolationism instead of involvement we suffer bitter consequences.  Don’t buy into the “me-ism” mindset of today.  No one person is a whole team.  No one person is a whole orchestra.  Each one of us is a “musician” and if you take away one musician the symphony is incomplete.  We need each other.  You need someone and someone needs you. 

Our ladies retreat this year was just such a place of sharing and caring for each other.  We laughed together.  We cried together.  We played together.  We prayed together.  We studied God’s word together.  It was a great time of just being there with each other and carrying each others burdens for a few days.  It was a time of relaxation and calm.  We got up to Koinonia on Thursday Night.  Friday was a free day and it was great, swimming, hiking, etc.  Friday Evening, Rene Wilbanks spoke on “Building a Relationship with HIM”.  The Spirit of the Lord moved in such a precious way.  I cannot describe it here.  It was a beautiful move of God.  Saturday Morning, Rene Wilbanks spoke again and her subject was “I am not Content to stay Uncontented”.  It was something every lady probably needs to hear.  Then, Saturday afternoon we played hard.  We hiked, did crazy things like the “NO FEAR” obstacle course (not me), rode the crazy trikes, hiked up the side of a huge mountain to slide down the mountain slide and then hiked back up to do it all over again.  LOL  It was a fun filled day.  Saturday Night was very, very special.  Our theme was, “Reflecting HIS Image”.  I had several of our ladies speak and they all did a SUPER job! 

Patricia Hurst spoke on, “Reflecting His Image through: 

Personal Evangelism 

Faith Nava:  Personal Relationships

Danelle Silveira: Music

Tena Valenti: Giving of your time and finance. 

Christina Atkinson: Teaching in the Public School System (or, when you can’t talk about Him, how do you Reflect His Image?)

Dorothy Hurst: Faithfulness

And then I wrapped it up with speaking on; Reflecting HIS Image with “Kind Words”. 

We had a great time and everyone left being blessed and lifted up.

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Here are a very few pics of ladies retreat 2007, enjoy:

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Busy

For the next few days I will be very busy getting last minute details finished for our annual ladies retreat (Sept. 6-9).  I may not have much time to post and blog, so I’ll see you all when I get back from minutiae land.  You know how it is getting all the little details finished up.  I’m so thankful I have good help that thinks about things that I may forget.  See you later!

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