I shot this picture when I was just about to get on 101 N from Highway 25. January 26, 2011. The hills turn a beautiful emerald during the winter. It is beautiful. The temp yesterday was 70. 🙂 Yes! I’m enjoying winter.
Archive for the ‘Amazing’ Category
This is a picture of Nathan, Danelle and I singing, “Your Presence” at our Christmas Concert. The words caught my attention as soon as I heard the song.
“In the busy Christmas noise, All the light, the bells, the toys, I have found You are the only source of comfort and joy.
Lord, I want Your presence for Christmas. I want Your presence for Christmas. I long to hear Your spirit speaking peace to my heart. Of all the gifts I may receive, there’s only one I really need. And it’s Your presence, Your presence for Christmas.
When this Holiday is through and the year is fresh and new, what will linger are the moments spent, my Lord just worshiping You.
Breathe on me. Breathe on me. I want Your presence, Your presence for Christmas. “
I was thinking about this and how true it is. In all the hustle and bustle of the season if the Lord is not present for our Christmas, it is not at all important. This train of thought brought me to this, wouldn’t it be awesome if Jesus decided to return for us on Christmas 2010? How awesome would that Christmas gift be? Wow! However, He decides to wait, I still want His presence to be present at my Christmas.
Have a very Merry Christmas everybody! Be blessed in the New Year!
You can hear the song, sung by Sisters here: http://youtu.be/E2dK_adVYzQ
I took this picture while driving home from General Conference. We were on Interstate 40 West in Arizona, October 5, 2010. Nathan was asleep and I was driving. I held the camera (iphone) over the steering wheel and shot this photo.
Today (October 12, 2010) as I was driving Nathaniel (our son) to San Francisco so he could catch a flight for a business trip, we began to talk about the day I took that photo. I asked him if he had seen the picture when I put it on my Facebook page and he said he had. I then asked, “Do you know the next morning, Dad and I heard on the news that a tornado had touched down right close to where this picture was taken? The wind so fierce it destroyed a mobile home park and other structures”. And he replied, “I know! It makes me wonder just how many times God has kept His hand on us and we didn’t even know it at the time”. I began to think about “how many times…” and it would resurface in my mind off and on all day. As I begin to settle down for the night, I am still thinking, “how many times…” I sit here with a very thankful heart for the “how many times” God has kept His hand of protection on my life, even when I didn’t realize there was any danger.
The following blurb and photo was taken from Yahoo News:
For most of Arizona, the first week in October will be remembered for its tornadoes, hail storms, and other severe weather. The National Weather Service has officially reported five tornadoes in Northern Arizona this week and a fierce hail storm pushed through metro Phoenix on Tuesday.
Arizona Tornado and Storm Photo.
Thank you, Lord, for your protecting hand!
Yesterday I found myself humming a tune. As I realized what it was, I began to sing, “God likes people…”, softly at first. However, by the third time I sang the chorus I was singing rather loudly.
“God likes people, any shape, any color, any size.
You don’t have to be an angel to be really special in His eyes.
He said it in John 3:16 and He proved it on Calvary, too.
God likes people, ordinary people, people like me and you”.
This is a little song the childrens choir use to sing many years ago, but somehow it made its way back into my conciousness yesterday. God likes people! It doesn’t matter your color, your status in life, your shape, skinny or otherwise, where you live or anything else. If you are a human being God thinks you are pretty special. “God likes people, ordinary people, people like me and you”!
Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat
on her face, walked into a grocery store.
She approached the owner of the store in a most humble
manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.
She softly explained that her husband was very ill and
unable to work, they had seven
children and they needed food.
John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested
that she leave his store at once..
Visualizing the family needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I
will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’
John told her he could not give her credit, since she did
not have a charge account at his store.
Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard
the conversation between the two. The customer walked
forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for
whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a
very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’
Louise replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘O.K’ he said,
‘put your grocery list on the
scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give
you that amount in groceries.’
Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she
reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and
scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of
paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.
The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement
when the scales went down and stayed down.
The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the
customer and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’
The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the
groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not
balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on
them until the scales would hold no more.
The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed
the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.
It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:
‘Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am
in your hands.’
The grocer gave her the groceries that he had
gathered and stood in stunned silence.
Louise thanked him and left the store. The other customer
handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said; ‘It
was worth every penny of it.
Only God Knows how much a
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.
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”!