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Today I was taken back many years ago, to when I was just a little girl as Linda, Danelle and myself sang around the piano.  Linda began to play as I was preparing  potatoes to be put in the oven to bake.  Danelle came in and she immediately migrated to the piano with Aunt Linda.  She loves the old songs.  I soon made my way in there too and we sang and sang and sang.  Songs like,  “A Crown of Thorns”, “Inside Those Pearly Gates”, “Longing for Heaven”, “When I Inherit My Mansion”,  “The Next Step”, “Meet Me in Front of the Throne”, and my favorite of the day was “Lord, When Are you Coming”.  Linda and I actually got teary eyed as we remembered Mother and Daddy singing this song. Oh!  How they would sing…”Lord, when are you coming?  Lord, I’ve waited so long.  Come and get me Jesus.  Lord, I want to go home”.  I remember crying as a girl as they sang because it made me want to go to heaven so much.  Linda and I began to talk when we finished singing, about how our parents sang so many songs about Heaven.  It really seemed to make the things of this world grow dim.  I wonder sometimes if we would sing more songs and talk more about going to Heaven, if the troubles we seem to be facing in our day and age would not also dim in comparison to the promise of Heaven.  I think it would, because it did today.  I would have been very happy had the trumpet sounded as we sang around the piano today.  There was not a care in the world at that point. Because, my mind was imagining being there, in the presence of God, reunited with my family and friends, walking on streets of gold, seeing walls of jasper and gates of pearl, wading in the river of life and standing in front of throne, meeting with so many people that I’ve promised to meet there.  Ah! “Heaven!  Happy home above.  Heaven!  Land of peace and love.  Oh!  It makes me feel like traveling on.  Heaven!  Eternal.  Heaven! Supernal….”

Come on!  Lay down your burdens for just a few minutes and think about, sing about and talk about Heaven!  It will make things here not quite so consuming.  Lay aside the worry for awhile and think with me, “It will be worth it all when we see Jesus”.  Take a moment and forget about everything else, except the most important thing, and that is making Heaven our home.  Lay it all aside for a little while and sing with me, “Come and get me Jesus!  Lord,  I want to go Home”. 

Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!

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Swine Flu Symptom Check

If you wake up and look like this…DO NOT go to work or school.  Please stay home until symptoms are gone.  Thank you!
Swine Flu Symptom Check

 

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YOU SAY

GOD SAYS

 

You say: ‘It’s impossible’

God says: All things are possible   (Luke 18:27)

You say: ‘I’m too tired’

God says: I will give you rest   (Matthew 11:28-30)

You say: ‘Nobody really loves me’

God says: I love you      (John 3:16 & John 3:34 )

You say: ‘I can’t go on’

God says: My grace is sufficient     (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)

You say: ‘I can’t figure things out’

God says: I will direct your steps    (Proverbs 3:5-6)

You say: ‘I can’t do it’

God says: You can do all things   (Philippians 4:13)

You say: ‘I’m not able’

God says: I am able    (II Corinthians 9:8)

You say: ‘It’s not worth it’

God says: It will be worth it    (Roman 8:28 )

You say: ‘I can’t forgive myself’

God says: I Forgive you     (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)

You say: ‘I can’t manage’

God says: I will supply all your needs    (Philippians 4:19)

You say: ‘I’m afraid’

God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear    (II Timothy 1:7)

You say: ‘I’m always worried and frustrated’

God says: Cast all your cares on ME    (I Peter 5:7)

You say: ‘I’m not smart enough’

God says: I give you wisdom    (I Corinthians 1:30)

You say: ‘I feel all alone’

God says: I will never leave you or forsake you    (Hebrews 13:5)

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I think that this makes it all worth it.  Delilah gave this to my husband after the “Back to School Bash” and “Kids Crusade”.  Too precious for words.

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Saturday at 11:00 am.  they began to gather at the neighborhood park.  We never really know how many will show up, but we were once again surprised as between 350-400 people gathered.  The men and ladies of The Pentecostal Church were busy at work getting folks registered, grilling hot dogs, attending the jump house and handing out tickets for the drawings and backpacks to be given away.  Everything was free!  The food, the cold cokes and water, the chips,  the games and all the prizes.  Our guests were treated like royalty!  After a time of fun and games, Bro. Josh Combs from Maryland gathered everyone in and began to have more fun with telling the Gospel Message.  I could see the children began to be touched by the Spirit of God.  I looked around and not only the children but some of the parents were being touched as well.  When Josh asked everyone to pray there was a sweet presence of the Lord that came into the park.  One lady I prayed with was so moved that she was little frightened.  I watched her as tears began to form and she put her hands down quickly.  I asked, “Are you okay”?  She looked at me and said,  “I just feel like crying.  Why”?  I explained to her that it was the sweet presence of God she was feeling and that it was okay.  She began to pray again and this time wept openly before the Lord.  She did not receive the Holy Ghost but she will be taught a Bible Study.  I know she will come to know the Lord.  She will never forget what she felt.  Another lady that brought her family to the park told one of the ladies in our church, this story….”Two years ago when you all had the Back to School Bash, my children didn’t get a backpack.  I told you about it and you took my name and address down.  I didn’t really think anything about it, but then you showed up one day that next week with backpacks for all my kids, filled with school supplies”.  Then she said with tears, “I will never forget your act of kindness”.  One of her boys received the Holy Ghost and 4 of the 15 that was baptized was from her family.  You never know what a small act of kindness will produce.  By the end of the day at our Back To School Bash, 5 were filled with the Holy Ghost and 15 baptized in the precious name of Jesus.

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Sunday, 2:00 PM  began our Kids Crusade!  From the moment the first praise went up to Heaven you could feel the excitement in the air.  The presence of the Lord was so strong in the Praise and Worship part of the service.  EVERYONE became kids today.  The Kids Praise sang and everyone was involved in,  “I’m Gonna Sing, sing, sing.  I’m gonna shout, shout, shout.  I’m gonna sing.  I’m gonna shout and praise the Lord.  When those gates swing open wide, I’m gonna sit down by His side.  I’m gonna sing.  I’m gonna shout and praise the Lord.  I’m gonna snap…I’m gonna clap…jump, bump…..zoom around the room…”.  You get my drift?  Ha!  It was great but it took a lot of energy.  Then they sang, “You are the one that I worship…”  and “Jesus! Everything I need is in that Name”.  How precious to see and hear these children sing praises to God.  Then Bro. Josh Combs again got us all going with songs like, “Jesus, You are my Super Hero”.  Great stuff.  Once again he told the gospel story in kids terms and did a superb job.  When he asked for us to come pray, the altars filled with children, hungry for God.  Even teenagers and adults were touched and reaching out to God for help.  To end all the festivities of the week-end there was a candy rain, with PLENTY of candy showering down to the kids. We had a great Kids Week-End.  Children are precious in the sight of God and I want to always remember that!

The Pentecostal Church put it on top shelf this week-end.  Or as they say now-a-days…”IT WAS OFF THE CHAIN”!

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Ok, so it’s been awhile. 🙂  Life has been crazy busy this summer.  I’m ready for the kids to go back to school.  I know, I don’t have any kids in school myself but somehow I think if yours will go back to school, my life will settle down too.

Since my last post we have flown to Houston for Jared and Jennifer’s wedding.  It was simply elegant.  Jennifer was a beautiful bride and Jared a handsome groom.  I nearly “lost it” when he and Nathaniel walked out onto the platform.  Then Nathan leaned over and said, “where did the little boys go”?  I made myself  stop crying because I knew I couldn’t stop if I got good and started.  Oh yes!  It was tears of joy and a few of good ol’ nostalgia.

We was able to spend a few hours with Wendell, Linda, Gene and Karla.  I’m so glad they came down for the wedding too.  It’s always good to be with my family.  Love them BUNCHES!!!

We flew home on Saturday, August 1st and then on Sunday, August 2nd, celebrated 5 years of being the pastor of The Pentecostal Church.  Wow!  Time really does fly!  Stephen and Susan Hill and Cherish was with us for this grand occasion.  Bro. Hill preached a great message.  We had a big church dinner and awesome fellowship with our friends and with our saints.

Then….Monday August 3rd, we packed up and went to Santa Maria for our Western District Camp Meeting!  WOW!  WOW! and WOW!  There will never be the right kind of words in the English language to describe the Camp Meeting.  The preaching of some of our district pastors was great.  The ministry of Dr. James Hughes and Rev. Brian Kinsey was highly anointed.  I wept before the Lord, worshipped, danced, praised, sang….until I couldn’t hardly move. 🙂  Heaven truly kissed earth last week in Santa Maria at the Western District Camp Meeting.

The fellowship at District meetings is always a blessing too.  It was good to laugh and talk and laugh and talk with so many of our friends. Oh!  And the strawberries were to die for! 🙂

Now we are home.  I’m washing loads of laundry and sending loads more to the dry cleaners.  My cupboards are bare so I will make a trek to the grocery store today so we don’t starve. 🙂  This coming week-end is our Back to School Bash and Kids Crusade.  I will go hand out my invitations tomorrow or Wednesday.  We are expecting about 500 kids at this event.  Giving away back-packs filled with school supplies and ipods and no telling what else.  I am expecting many to receive the Holy Ghost this week-end.

So….when I have another chance, I will set down and post another blog.  Until then…

I’m so thankful for the life of blessing that God has given to me.

Be Blessed!

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