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Quote of the Day

YOUR ATTITUDE IS THE

SMALL

THING THAT MAKES THE

 

BIG

DIFFERENCE!

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Thank you all for praying for my mother-in-law.  She is doing very well and will be coming home from the hospital in about an hour.  I am fixing them a pot of stew and cornbread for her welcome home dinner.  I hope she feels like eating. 🙂  At least it will smell good when they walk into the house. 🙂

When Nathan and I went up to see her yesterday she was in very good spirits, talking and having fun.  She is quite a character and had us all laughing. 🙂  I’m thankful that all went well and I know that it is due to the prayers of the faithful saints of God.  The many phone calls has meant so much to my father-in-law.  He said he didn’t know how many calls he received yesterday from all over the country.  Thank you also, to those in this area that went up to see mom and pray with her.  It really meant alot to her.  I wouldn’t trade the family of God for anything in this world.  You are the BEST!

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Prayer Request

My mother-in-law,  Dorothy Hurst had a heart attack this morning about 6 o’clock.   She has had a stint put in and is in ICU recovering at this time.  She is stable.  We covet your prayers for her and my father-in-law and of course the rest of the family.  Thank you for praying.

Thank you to all who have already called to let us know you are praying.  We love and appreciate you,  our family, church family and friends.

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In my last post “Catch Up Post”  I just realized that when the slide show came up that there was also this AWFUL song that began to play.  I have NO idea how that happened.  If you heard it and you are my friend and didn’t call me to let me know, I am seriously thinking about disowning you as my friend.  JK  However, my apologies to those of you who had your ear drums ruptured by that song.  Please forgive me.  It has been removed, of course.  I will make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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A couple of weeks ago we were blessed to have Shawn and Gwen Dunahoe and their children, Ryan and Riley Paige with us for the weekend.  They are like our “kids”. 🙂  Shawn received the Holy Ghost in our church in Texarkana and then married a beautiful young lady that had been raised in our church.  They are now in full time ministry.  Shawn is an excellent Bible Study teacher and that is what he promotes as he travels around the country with his family.  I know that he puts in about 30–40 hours a week (besides church time) in teaching Bible Studies and training folks to teach.  Shawn and Gwen are a great team.  Anyway,  we enjoyed having them with us just for fun, except for Sunday when Shawn preached. They needed to relax a few days and we did just that.  This was the first time we have been able to see little Riley and she stole our hearts.  What a little doll baby. Ryan is a big 15 year old now and that is hard to believe.  He is a great big brother too. Shawn and Gwen, don’t let it be so long between visits next time. 🙂

DSC_0723 Gwen and Riley Paige

DSC_0721 Nathan and Riley Paige. Awww…

DSC_0725 Ryan, Patricia and Danelle

I can’t believe I didn’t get one picture of Shawn.

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Nathan and I headed out to our Valentine’s Dinner at The Chart House.

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MINISTRY FAIR!

This past Wednesday Night we hosted our first Ministry Fair.  It was very good.  Each Ministry in the church presented their ministry by creating a science like project and set up booths.  We had 15 ministries represented.  I think we missed a couple, but will be sure and get them for next year.  This allowed our people and especially the new folks to know the opportunities to be involved in some way in the Kingdom of God.  We are firm believers in the fact that everyone should be involved some way in the church.  There is something for EVERYONE to do.  I am excited about the growth of The Pentecostal Church numerically and also the growth I see spiritually in our people.  This was a fun filled night with good fellowship and information about our church.  I was not able to get a photo of everything but here is a good sample. 🙂

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“Lord, You are so amazing.  …And I cannot imagine what my life would be without you”.   

Those are a few of the words to one of my favorite songs.  I cannot sing that and not be touched and my hands drawn up in worship.  I somehow cannot get over God’s amazing love for me.   How can someone love so unconditionally?  The song goes on to say, “I know I would be hopeless.  I’m a wretch undone without you.  That’s why I can’t be without you.  I won’t last without you.  I Need You.  I’m so lost without you.  I know that I would fail alone.  I need You.”  Do you ever stop and think, what would I be without Him?  Where would I be without Him?  I cannot imagine what my life would be without the Lord.  I don’t even want to know.  “Lord, I’m amazed by you!  Lord, I’m amazed by You, how You love me!”   “Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound…”  What a mighty, great and loving God we serve.  His ways are far above ours.  I just wanted to pause today and say once again, Thank You Lord,  for how amazing You are. 

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Raining!

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It is raining again!  I love it and we need it so desperately here in Sunny California. Winter is our rainy season and it makes the hills so green.  Also, this means that it is snowing in the mountains.  Do I feel a ski day coming up or what? 🙂 

This past weekend has been a busy one.  Friday Night, Nathan and I celebrated Valentine’s by going to Monterey and eating at our favorite place, The Chart House.  I am never disappointed when I eat there.  The food is great, the service good and the scenery spectacular.  And, of course I always enjoy being with my Valentine.  Then, on Saturday, Greg Henry came in for Sunday Services.  Of course we always enjoy having Greg around.  Sunday was another great day in the Holy Ghost.  I think we had around 15 visitors.  It was great!  God spoke in a mighty way to so many people through the ministry of Bro. Henry. The rain of the Holy Ghost fell.   At the ending of our service, Nathan and I jumped in the car and took off to Modesto.  An hour and a half later we pulled up to the Revival Center of Modesto, Pastors Randy Keyes and Todd Johnson.  You could feel the excitement as we walked through the doors.  This was their Bi-Lingual service.  It was great!  All the Spanish pastors and their families come together every few months and have church with the mother church (Revival Center).  It is a great time of unity, fellowship and blessing.  The Hispanic Mass Choir sang as did the local church choir.  They both did superb.  Nathan preached, “The Devil Hates Water”.  He had an interpreter and it was awesome!  They had a lot of fun too.  🙂  The rain of the Holy Ghost fell in Modesto as well.  After some good food and fellowship with the Keyes and Johnson’s we headed back home.  Whew!  Tired?  Yes, but happy and thankful, not only for the natural rain but for the rain of the Lord’s presence in our church, in our friends church and in my life. 🙂   

Here’s a chorus I love:

Let the rain of your presence fall on me, every day that I live, with every breath I breathe.  Let the rain of your presence fall on me, everywhere that I go, Lord, let your presence flow. Rain on me.

Love divine, joy unspeakable, overflowing in my soul.  This heart of mine is refreshed and at rest in Your presence, in your presence. 

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Happy Valentine’s Day

To all my friends, Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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A friend is someone who knows all about you,

and loves you just the same.

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Home

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I saw her at the stop light today.  She reached up and took the Bluetooth headset off from her ear as she turned toward the neighborhood.  She looked tired from a day at the office and ready to be home.  Home!  I began to wonder about her home.  Would there be little children running to meet her, “Mommy! Mommy!”  Would they jump into her arms and smother her with kisses and give her their little bear hugs?  Or would home be a place where a teenager lived and needed his mother to comfort him from something that happened at the High School today?  Would she walk into the loving arms of a husband and friend?  Would she smell the fragrance of the beef stew she had put into the crock-pot this morning before she left for work?  Or, did she not have time and had to stop by the chicken or pizza place on the way home to have a meal for the family dinner tonight?   Did she know Jesus?  I wondered.  I hoped all these things for her.  I hoped that she found a peaceful place when she walked into her home this evening.  I hoped she had little children that came running to greet her.  I hoped she even had a teenager that needed her.  I hoped she had a loving relationship with her husband.  And I sure hoped she knew Jesus, the best friend of all.  There is no place like home, especially if you have these things and if Jesus is welcomed there. 

Be thankful for your home.  Make it the best place it can possibly be.  Pray that peace and joy reign there.  Make sure that laughter is heard more often than not by the walls of your home.  And, when tears must be shed, make sure that love surrounds the one that is shedding them.  Make sure your home is a sanctuary where the members of your family can come and lay down all the cares from today and feel safe and loved. 

May God bless each of your homes this evening with His presence. 

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Yesterday’s service was filled with glory once again.  Shawn and Gwen Dunahoe was with is in service and we had a great time.  Bro. Shawn preached an excellent sermon on “God’s Encore”.  Two ladies were baptized and I know of two people that received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost.  One of the ladies that was baptized has been coming for a few months now.  She is from Beijing and has had some difficulty in following the services because of language.  However,  the love and peace she has felt since coming to our church is overwhelming to her.  She has often said to me through her tears at church, “I don’t know why I cry when I’m here because I am so happy”.  I have tried to explain it to her but I don’t know how to explain “joy, unspeakable” and “peace that passes all understanding”.  🙂  Different things have led up to her baptism yesterday.  David and Teresa Leonardo are teaching her and her husband, Ernie a bible study and of course that has been the most significant blessing.  Then, in our communion and foot washing service, my mother-in-law, Dorothy Hurst knelt down in front of her and began to wash her feet.  She was so moved by this, she could hardly get control of herself.  That is the first time she asked about baptism.  Then, yesterday she told someone that she was ready to be baptized in Jesus name for the remission of her sins.  She came up out of the water speaking in tongues.  A man that goes to our church from Nigeria also speaks Chinese and he was right there with her and said she spoke in a language other than Chinese or English.  Praise God!  It was so awesome. 

The other lady that was baptized is the daughter of a man in our church.  He has been praying for her for several years and she called him yesterday morning and asked for him to come pick her up and that she wanted to be baptized.  It was so sweet.  If you have children away from God, don’t give up.  He hears every prayer.

Tonight (Monday) was ladies prayer/bible study meeting.  Sometimes I teach and sometimes we pray.  Well, tonight was one of those nights I just felt the Holy Ghost leading us to pray and specifically for our Sunday School department.  We had an incredible time in the Holy Ghost praying for every teacher.  I can hardly wait to see what God will do in our Sunday School this year.  I know it will be great! 

God is so good to us!  I hope and pray you all have a truly blessed week.  Let me leave you with this one last thought….Don’t be discouraged about the economy.  We serve a God that owns the cattle of a thousand hills.  He WILL take care of His children.  Once I was young, but now I’m “old” and I have NEVER seen the righteous forsaken, or His seed begging for bread.  Amen! and Amen! 

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