Archive for April, 2008

Yosemite!  Need I say more?  It doesn’t matter how many times I go to Yosemite the effect is always the same. Breathtaking!  WOW!  And, Yosemite in the Spring when the water falls are so full from the melting snow is absolutely beautiful. I’m so thankful we had this day of relaxing and enjoying God’s beautiful creation. Enjoy!

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Today was a blessed day!  The Sunday School lesson in the Adult Bible Class was taught superbly by Bishop B.J. Hurst.  He did an incredible job in teaching about our love for God, each other and the lost world we live in.  I so enjoyed class today.  Then we started our worship service as always with prayer and asked that God would meet with us today.  And OH how He did!  Our son, Nathaniel preached an incredible message about our passion for God, His Word and Prayer.  The Spirit moved in such an awesome, convicting way that I believe everyone in the congregation was at one time on their knees in prayer and renewed commitment to God.  A great time of consecration was made by many, young and old alike.  I wept along with my husband at the altar and as I turned to look, at one point I saw other husbands and wives and families praying together.  It was such a precious time and then I began to listen to the words that Danelle, Matt and Amanda were singing, “I’m coming back to the heart of worship.  And it’s all about you, it’s all about you Jesus.  I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it, when it’s all about you.  It’s all about you Jesus”!  How true that song is.   It went right along with what Nathaniel preached and how it is our relationship with God that matters the most. At the close of service, Victoria Sarria was baptized and her Grandpa, Bishop B.J. Hurst did the honors today.  It was so precious.  Then he also baptized a new man, Mike in the precious name of Jesus.  It was the perfect conclusion to a beautiful day in the Lord.  I want to stay close to the altar and keep the word of God ever present in my life.

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Who knew? I knew some of these things but found some others interesting.
#1 Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson Corn Oil in your cat’s ear… massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat’s skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.
#2 Kills fleas instantly…Dawn Dishwashing Liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog’s bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.
#3 Rainy day cure for dog odor: Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Did you know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional pain relievers?

#4 Did you know that Colgate Toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns?
#5 Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They’ll clear up your stuffed nose.
#6 Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 tablespoon horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil for instant relief for aching muscles.
#7 #8 with 7 Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.
#9 Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-even though the product was never been advertised for this use.
Band Aid Honey remedy for skin blemishes… cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.
#10 Listerine therapy for toenail fungus:Get rid of unsightly toenail fungus by soaking your toes in Listerine Mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.
#11 Easy eyeglass protection… to prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear Nail Polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.
#12 Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer… if menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can’t find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.
#13 Smart splinter remover: Just pour a drop of Elmer’s Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.
#14 Hunt’s Tomato Paste boil cure… cover the boil with Hunt’s Tomato Paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.
Balm for broken blisters… to disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.
#15 Vinegar to heal bruises… soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply it to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.
#16 Quaker Oats for fast pain relief… it’s not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

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After a very busy week, walking into the sanctuary of The Pentecostal Church was so refreshing. God met with us in a spectacular way in our Sunday Services. The worship service was on top shelf and so refreshing. The chorale was incredible as they sang, “When I Worship” and “I Came”. Then my husband preached yet another fantastic message, “A Sacrifice that Pleases God”. Then to top it all off we baptized one of our little children. It was simply a great day. God always knows exactly what we need and when we need it.

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Today we buried one of our saint’s father. He was a good man and we were honored to part of his home-going service. Cassandra, if you read this, I whispered another prayer for you and the rest of the family tonight. I know you miss your Dad. He was such a neat person. 🙂 We then had to take off to Woodland (close to Sacramento) for a Section 7 Ladies Rally. I was privileged to speak for them tonight. We had a great time. Summer Schexnayder is the director for Section 7 and she is doing a great job serving. If you don’t know Sis. Summer, she is this little tiny person that has an incredible voice. She is playing the organ with her head-piece microphone on and all of a sudden I hear this voice. Oh My! Is that voice coming from that little body? 🙂 Well, yes it is. Great leading of worship from her. Then the sign team from Citrus Heights (Bro. Sullivan pastor) did an incredible job tonight too. There was a sweet move of the Holy Ghost during the altar service and many ladies were touched. Keep on Singing girls! 🙂 After service I enjoyed a few minutes of fellowship with the ladies and some refreshments that the ladies of the church here in Woodland had prepared. I love being around the people of God and my sisters in the Lord. There is no better people in the whole world. 🙂 We will be in service with Bro. and Sis. Schexnayder Saturday night here in Woodland and then head back over the hill to home for our Sunday services. God bless you all and I hope you have a great week-end.

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Family Stuff

Family is a very precious thing to me. I just happen to have the best Mother-in-Law and Father-in-Law in the world and the past couple of days I have been over at their house helping out. Dad is in Florida right now for a class reunion. I think it’s like his 56th or 57th. So….Mom and I got a wild hair to do some stuff around the house while he is away. 🙂 When they moved to Hollister a year and a half ago they moved into a much smaller home than what they had in Kennewick and they had way to much stuff. 🙂 Now, Dad had decided to collect old model cars and they were taking over the place (living room, den, kitchen). Mom has not even been able to get her beautiful dolls out of storage. I said, “ENOUGH” and have been rearranging and cleaning and such. Boy is he in for a surprise when he gets home. LOL He will love it though. I made the den the place for his car collection along with some of his eagles. Now the living room is beautiful and elegant with Mom’s doll collection around the room. I will go over tomorrow and put some shelves up in Dad’s room and put even more cars in there. 🙂 Nathan has been a tremendous help in moving heavy furniture and such like. Brandon (my nephew) has come over after school and been a great help too. Thanks Guys! I appreciate it. Randy (brother-in-law) has washed all the windows and is cleaning the carpet in the morning. We have had a great time doing all this for Mom and Dad.

You may all need to whisper a prayer for me on Monday when Dad returns and finds his house (car collection) totally redone. 🙂 So, that’s what I’ve been up to the past two days and will be tomorrow too. We have to get this done before he gets home. 🙂

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This past Friday and Saturday, Nathan and I was privileged to be part of “Valley on Fire” Youth Convention in Goshen, California. “Valley on Fire” is a convention sponsored by some local churches that brings their young people together for great church and fellowship. Bro. Steven Barker (Western District UPCI Youth Secretary) called Nathan on Thursday and asked if he could come over and preach Friday and Saturday. The minister they had scheduled was grounded in Dallas because of the American Airlines grounding. We rearranged some things and headed over there to the valley. I must say that God knows exactly what is needed and when. Nathan preached Friday Night to well over 400 young people on “The Four Faces of Your Pastor”. It was so powerful. The young people prayed and prayed and prayed some more. On Saturday another great service and Nathan preached on “A Root out Of Dry Ground”. God again moved in a supernatural way.

We also enjoyed the fellowship of Bro. and Sis. Barker, Bro. and Sis. Hill, Bro. and Sis. Parkey and several others. Memories flooded my mind because Bro. and Sis. Harvey Cantrell pastor the church in Goshen where we were and I have admired them all of my life. Sis. Cantrell is one of my heroes. I always thought she was so pretty and classy when I was growing up and you will see in the picture below that she is still a very beautiful and Godly lady. It was a pleasure to be with them this weekend. We got home late Saturday Evening and was tired but it was a good tired. I love to see young people touched by the presence of God. I am not worried on iota about the future of the church. God has young people that are sold out completely to Him and I know they will carry this truth on into their generation. Will they do it exactly like generations before me and even like my generation? Of course not! However, the message will remain the same and the power of God will be just as mighty. I am excited about the future.


Steven Barker (District Youth Secretary)


Bro. and Sis. Brown’s baby from Fresno (We remember her mother, Tiffany “Hyler” when she was about this age) 🙂


Nathan preaching the Word


Cherish Hill (Mom & Dad- Steve and Susan Hill from Kerman)


Bro. and Sis. Harvey Cantrell


Sis. Cantrell and Me


Bro. Pinheiro, Bro. Law, Bro. Cantrell, Bro. Barker, Bro. Hill, Bro. Hurst


Cherish and Susan Hill and Me

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“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change” Ramsay Clark

It can be tempting to use a turbulent period in life, such as a divorce, loss of a job or death of a loved one, as an excuse to avoid making positive changes. But instead of thinking of this difficult episode as a cause to withdraw and retrench, why not think of this as a time to stretch your limits?

This is exactly what “Elizabeth” did. Married at 16 and divorced at 31, she moved to a new town and was unsure of herself alone and in a new setting. Instead of retreating into herself and staying home, she took up rock climbling. There were times when she felt the sport was too risky and difficult, but by persevering she gainded confidence in herself. This self-confidence in her physical capabilities carried over to her role as a single parent. She realized that if she could climb a mountain, she could do other things that she once thought impossible.

Just as athletic tests of skill and endurance can teach you that it’s indeed possible to move beyond your physical limitations, so can other things that make you get out of your comfort zone. You may not think you could ever speak in front of a group of people, but you want to. Go for it! If you have to, take a class on public speaking. What about singing or meeting new friends (for some people this is difficult)? Put yourself in situations where you have to speak to someone you don’t know. 🙂 The realization that you have conquered can spur you to make other changes. Don’t allow anxiety and discouragement to prevent you from taking advantage of this special period in your life. By embracing turbulence and using it to take responsible, life-enhancing risks, a situation that looks difficult can be transformed into a benefit.

Remember that personal or professional turmoil can be an opportunity to take a bold step in a new direction!

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*Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, “Why is the bride dressed in white?” The mother replied, “Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.” The child thought about this for a moment then said, “So why is the groom wearing black?”

*A police recruit was asked during the exam, “What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?” He answered, “Call for backup.”

*A Sunday School teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to “Honor thy father and thy mother,” she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, “Thou shalt not kill.”

*Two boys were walking home from Sunday School after hearing strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, “What do you think about all this Satan stuff?” The other boy replied, “Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It’s probably just your dad.”

*A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed, “Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late! Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late!” While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again! As she ran she once again began to pray, “Dear Lord, please don’t let me be late…But please don’t shove me either!” 🙂

Thanks, Karla!

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We got home today from Reno, NV from the Western District UPCI Home Missions Retreat. We had a great time of fellowship and an awesome time in the presence of God. Seeing our Home Missionaries touched by God’s mighty hand was such an inspiration to us. Also being able to sit around and talk and laugh while we all shared stories and experiences was great.

When we all got there on Wednesday evening we went to Claim Jumpers and had a great meal and time of fellowship. Thursday was a day of teaching and inspiration by Bro. Abbey and Bro. Ron Krantz. Thursday Night Nathan preached and it was awesome. Friday morning Bro. Richardson preached an incredible message and then Friday afternoon Nathan and I taught separate classes on Marriage. Friday Night was another great time of worship and Nathan preached an incredible sermon on “The Man whom The King Delights to Honor”. Saturday Morning Bro. Flowers challenged the missionaries. Of course all of this was interspersed with a lot of food, fun and fellowship. I must say that the Skyline Pentecostal Church did a phenomenal job in hosting this retreat. They fed us all, breakfast, lunch and dinner and every meal that I had was spectacular. They ended it Friday Night with Steak, Lobster and Grilled Shrimp. Simply delicious. Tim and Saprina Flowers are doing a great work there in Reno and it was portrayed by how lovely their church hosted this event. I am already looking forward to next year!

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