Archive for November, 2008

Luke 7: 36-50

“How did he know everything I was thinking?”  That was the question asked to one of the lady’s in our church by the visitor with her today.  He (I don’t know his name) had just said to her a little while ago, “I can make more money in one week, selling drugs, then in a whole month on a regular job, but I have no peace.”  So when he walked into our church today and the pastor began to preach from Luke 7:36-50, he was amazed.  The last verse (50) says this, “And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”  It would have been enough just to be forgiven, but the Lord gave this woman a special gift when He said, “Go in Peace”.  At one point in the sermon my husband stopped and said, “I don’t believe I am just preaching a sermon today.  Someone has come looking for peace.  This is where you find it….”  The man came to the altar and wept and wept before the Lord.  I didn’t know his story until after church, but when I heard it, it touched me deeply.  He has just been out of prison a few days and God allowed him to step into our church and hear the message he needed to hear. We serve such an awesome God and His mercy and grace never cease to amaze me.  God is so willing to forgive.  It doesn’t matter where you have come from, He still wants to forgive and He has plenty of mercy to be given.  His supply is not running low. I am looking forward to what God will do in this man’s life.  Yes!  There is a peace that passes all understanding and I’m thankful for it.

No one can touch you like Jesus can.  No one can give you peace you cannot understand.  No one can bind your wounds with nail scarred hands.  No one can touch you like Jesus can.

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Thanksgiving has come and gone.  We had another wonderful day with family.  Nathan and I are thankful for every time we get to enjoy a dinner with his mom and dad. 🙂  Of course we all ate to much.  I made sure that they all took home the leftovers, beside the turkey and ham. 🙂  I can’t have all the pies and cakes setting around in my house or we will eat them. lol  Anyway….we had a great time.

Nathan and I set up the Christmas Tree just now.  Put the Christmas wreath on the door and we are now “officially” listening to Christmas Music.  I’ve been listening to it for awhile now but Nathan refuses to listen to it until the day after Thanksgiving. 🙂  Ahhh….the joys of the season. I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Talk to you all later.  Headed out the door to do something.  A little tired of the house right now. 🙂

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Can you believe we are already in Thanksgiving Week? 

There are many things to be thankful for.  I hope all of you have a blessed week.


Be Thankful
Be thankful that you don’t already have
everything you desire.  If you did,
what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

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Cameron, Karla, Gene, Chad

We flew back to Texas last Thursday to help in the installation services of Gene and Karla Holley (my sister and brother-in-law).  They had been newly elected as pastor to Life Tabernacle in Wichita Falls, Texas.  We had a great time being there with them and the rest of the family.  Friday Night Bro. David Bernard preached a great message about “Knowing Christ” and what the great Name of Jesus means to us.  I so enjoyed getting to spend a few moments with Connie (Bro. Bernard’s wife).  She is so much fun. 🙂 _0000396 Bro. and Sis. David Bernard

_0000170 The Hursts, Holleys, Elms

100_3352 Ginger and Me

After service, Life Tabernacle put on a reception that was incredible.  They had a professional caterer and decorator come in and do all the work. 🙂  It was beautiful and delicious and then to put the “icing on the cake”, they hired a easy listening band to come and provide beautiful background music.  It was first class! _0000320 The Carving Station_0000322 Fruit and Chocolate_0000325 The Band

Saturday, we just had a family fun day.  Ginger (Keith,my deceased brother’s wife) and his girls, Carmen, Shara and their husbands, Brook and Jimmy and all their kids was able to come up for Friday and Saturday.  It was so great getting to see them all.  I must say that Keith would be absolutely wild over those six grandbabies. 🙂  They are so precious.  Thank you Carmen and Shara for bringing them to Wichita Falls so we could spend a some time with them. 🙂  We missed Ryan!  I really wanted to see him but I understand his work schedule wouldn’t allow him to take off and come.  😦  I also missed Matt and Danelle not being able to be there.  Oh well, maybe next time EVERYBODY will be able to join in the family fun. 🙂  100_3419 The Grand Kids (except Danelle and Ryan) We missed you guys!

DSC_0021 The Great Grand KidsDSC_0040 The whole clan (except Matt, Danelle, Ryan and Brenda (she was sick today).

After we ate lunch and the “Dallas” family had to leave, Wendell, Linda, Gene, Karla, Nathan and I went out to Mother and Daddy’s grave.  I had not ever seen the head stone and wanted to go by there to see it.  They would have been so proud this weekend.  Maybe the Lord allows them to see the good things that happen in our lives. 🙂100_3433

Sunday was a day filled with Glory.  Nathan preached Sunday Morning on “A Worthy Successor”.  WOW!  It really was awesome.  He said that this was a very easy sermon for him to preach about Gene because of his qualities and his love for God and the ministry.  Gene you are a worthy successor.  God has great things in store for Life Tabernacle and Wichita Falls under the leadership of you and Karla. 🙂  Sunday Night Wendell preached another incredible message.  He had a few things that the Lord had told him directly about the new pastor when the church was in the decision process and he shared that with the church.  Then he passed the blessing that Bro. W.R. Holley had given to him when he became pastor of Life Tabernacle, 24 years ago onto Gene.  It was incredible and very emotional.

DSC08374 Sunday Morning

DSC08383 Sunday Night

We stayed over and extra day, Monday and Linda, Karla and I got to spend time together.  We shopped and laughed.  That’s it!  LOL   100_3421

I’m smiling because you’re my sisters and laughing because you can’t do anything about it. LOL

We had a great time in Texas with family.  Nothing like it.

Congratulations, Gene, Karla, Cameron and Chad!  I’m really glad we got to spend this weekend with you all.  Thanks for everything.

Please tell Julie that the welcome basket was awesome.  Above and beyond!


More Pics on my flickr page. Go to right column and press “More Pics to Enjoy”. 🙂

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Ever Feel This Way?


Me Too!  🙂

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Tonight at Bible Study, my father-in-law (B.J. Hurst) sang the special.  My mother-in-law (Dorothy Hurst) played the keyboard.  I followed along on the organ. 🙂  Dad sang, “No One Cared For Me Like Jesus”.  I just have to say, I hope I can sing and hold my notes like he did tonight when I am 76 years old.  He did an incredible job.  However, that is not what I really want to point out about his singing.  When he finished singing,  there was such an awesome spirit of God that once again came into our service.  I often tell our chorale that we must have the anointing that breaks the yoke.  And, we also have to live a life that backs up what we are singing about if we want God to move when we sing.  I saw it and felt in action tonight.  I don’t know about you, but as for me, there is just something about a saint of God that has lived their life for Christ that is so special.  When they sing, it touches me deeply.  I know some people may think, “well, you were just giving an old man something to do so he would feel good”.  Well…not so.  You see, I know the life that my in-laws have lived.  Dad is a good man.  He has given his life to the work of God and has been ever so faithful.  He is one of the most giving individuals I know.  I just think that when the Lord heard B.J. Hurst singing tonight he was impressed. 🙂  No, not by the good voice but by the faithfulness of one of His servants.  Hence,  the Spirit that came to visit us tonight.  The Lord moved in the miraculous with healings and many, many other blessings.  My! My! My!  I thank God for “old” saints of the cross.  When they sing, teach, preach or testify, I sit up and take notice and I believe that the Lord does too.  He did tonight.  🙂

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I fixed this the other night with my “famous” meat sauce. 🙂  Mmmmm…..Good.

Crispy Parmesan Chicken

1-11/2 lbs. thinly sliced boneless/skinless chicken breast

2 1/2 TBLS. mayonnaise

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 TBLS. minced onion

1 oz. grated Parmesan cheese (or enough so the chicken is all covered)

1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a shallow baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.  Place the chicken in the prepared baking dish.

2. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire and onion. Spread evenly over chicken.

3.  Sprinkle the chicken with the Parmesan, and bake uncovered for 30 minutes, or until crispy.


This is also good with fish.

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A Nation’s Strength
Walt Whitman

Not gold, but only man can make
A people great and strong;
Men who, for truth and honor’s sake,
Stand fast and suffer long.

Brave men who work while others sleep,
Who dare while others fly —
They build a nation’s pillars deep
And lift them to the sky.

May God richly bless all those who have served our country so valiantly.

God Bless America!

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Today in our church service we had just finished singing the song, “How Great Is Our God”, and as we worshipped, the presence of the Lord came into the sanctuary so beautifully.  It was as if a strong but gentle breeze came across me.  Just about that time one of the praise team members (Cassandra) turned around to me with awe on her face and tears in her eyes and said, “did you feel that”.  Oh yes! I felt it! “How Great Is Our God”.  Just about that time I happened to see one of our new lady’s (that we baptized during SWBC downtown) and she had both hands raised in worship and was speaking in a beautiful language as the Spirit gave the utterance, giving praise to God.  It was just one of those very special times of worship.  My husband preached an incredible message about grace and I watched as so many received blessings.  Watching the new babes in Christ learning how to receive from God again is so wonderful.  God continues to pour out His spirit on us and I am so thankful.  It won’t be long before we hear the trump of God sound and we will be forever in His presence.  Our work and toil on this earth will be finished.  I look forward to that day.  Services like today make me want to be in that atmosphere for eternity.  I love feeling that “strong yet gentle” breeze of the Holy Ghost.  God Bless!

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We had a great time last night in Delano at the Section 2 Youth Rally.  Brian and Jana Allard was a great host church.  We enjoyed meeting the Sectional Youth Director, Bro. and Sis. Steven McDaniel and enjoyed a good time of fellowship after service with them.  Nathan preached a great message on “Love’s Natural Enemy”.  The presence of God moved in a special way.  It is always good to worship with young people and ministers of like precious faith.

I was also able to visit just a little bit with Sis. Wilson, a lady I have always loved since I was a little girl.  This picture is of her with her two daughters, Paula and Jana, and their two daughters, Sara (Paula’s) and Bryn (Jana’s).  Click on photos to enlarge

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DSC_0213 Brian Allard, Steven McDaniel, Nathan Hurst (after he preached), Gaylen Cantrell, Michael Todd.

DSC_0217 Josh, Candace and Chloe Tredway and Bro. and Sis. Tredway.

DSC_0216 Blake couldn’t take anymore. 🙂  I wonder how many Pentecostal kids have slept on and under the pews. 🙂

Thanks, Section 2 Youth for a good rally. See you all soon.

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