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Nathan and I are in Eminence, Kentucky preaching a 10 year Pastoral Anniversary for Robert and Sherri Eades. Rob was in our church in Texarkana. He was 12 years old when we went there and grew up, became a great musician/singer/songwriter and then the Lord called him to preach. He met Sherri at a General Conference and the rest is history. They have done a great work here in Eminence and the Lord will continue to bless them.
Here’s the funny part. As I mentioned before, Rob is a great musician and songwriter. I have always loved to sing one of his songs, “I Put my Trust in The Lord”. So…I had already planned on singing that song tonight. Well…..Bro. Sean Griffis (MC for tonight’s service) had Rob and Sherri sing too and when they started singing I recognized the song and began to sing along, back in my pew. Something kept niggling at the back of my mind about the song they were singing…”I just feel it won’t be long now, ’til we see the King of kings….” I finally leaned over to Sis. Terri Griffis and said, “I think I wrote this song”. About that time, my husband looks at me from the platform and mouthed, “Didn’t you write this song”? They kept singing,”……and I will Praise Him through eternity”. Song over. People were praising the Lord and Rob looks at me from the keyboard and said, “That’s YOUR song”. LOL I got so tickled thinking, it’s pretty bad when you write a song and can’t even remember. Well, I finally remembered that I did write that song and was blessed by the way Rob and Sherri sang it. Put a couple of new twists (jazz moves) in it too. Made me smile. Then, I get up and ask Rob to play for me and he said, “Do I know the song”? I said, “I think you might” and began to sing his song and he and Nathan joined in with me, “I put my trust in the Lord to see me through. He’s never let me down, even though I thought He would. And no matter how dark the night, I knew the Son would bring the light. I put my trust in the Lord to see me through”.
I guess we had a mutual admiration party going on. It just struck me funny. If you don’t think so, that’s okay. Just let me smile.
Saturday Night was our church Christmas banquet. We had a super great time. It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed that hard. 🙂 We were entertained by, Head in a Box, The Chinleys, The Singing Nuns, The Twelve Pains of Christmas, The “Balloon” Ladies and many other things in between. Then to top it off with a “Touch of Class”, Luis Lenzi played his saxophone as only he can do. 🙂 Thanks goes to EVERYONE who made this banquet a success: Decorations, Christina Atkinson. Sound Techs, Kyle and Todd Valenti. Entertainment, Teresa Sarria. Caterer, Elegant Touch. Desserts, Tena Valenti. Clean up, Everyone & Omar Iboa :). Thanks again…You guys are awesome. 🙂
I have been thinking lately about my reward in Heaven. Matthew 5: 11-12 says:
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
I think that just getting to heaven is reward enough and to hear Jesus say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Enter into the joys of the Lord forever” is reward enough. However, the Bible says that “great is your reward in heaven”, and so I have just tried to figure out what it could possibly be. Is it jewels in my crown? Crown? That would be another reward worth receiving, and then to add jewels to it is an incredible thought. I have never had any kind of crown put on my head. I cannot imagine what that will feel like. Will the reward be the streets of transparent gold, the walls of jasper, the gates of pearl? The Heavenly Jerusalem is going to be a spectacular place to see. Will my reward be: seeing all my loved ones who have gone on before me and being able to rejoice around the throne together with them? Oh! That would be reward enough. I really don’t know what our reward will be. We see through a glass darkly right now, but I can tell you for a fact that I am looking forward to the day I hear the trumpet sound. Can it be that far off? Can the Lord wait much longer to turn to Gabriel and say, “Sound that trumpet! I’m going to get my bride”. Oh! I can hardly wait for that day! Yes. I think that going to heaven where I will see Jesus face to face will be reward enough. However, I can’t help but think that God in all His Glory and Majesty has things planned for us that we cannot comprehend. I think he is really going to “blow our minds” with what He has prepared for us. Let’s stay faithful in hard and trying times, in good and fruitful times and just in everyday life, for Great is our Reward In Heaven if we stay faithful.