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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.

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Last Wednesday Night after church I was talking to Brenda in our church about a great thing that has happened on her job. She is very soft spoken so I was intently listening to her and not letting anything around me distract. When all of a sudden I kind of looked beyond her with a flicker of my eye and caught a glimpse of my two sisters, Linda and Karla standing right behind her. OH MY!!! I started jumping and laughing and kind of whooping all at the same time. They came out to surprise me for my 50th Birthday. I’ll have more on that later. We have had so much fun this week-end.

Here’s a few pics of the Wednesday Night Surprise. 🙂

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Thanks Tena for having your camera!

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After we sang the first chorus, “Praise Awaits You In this Place” on Sunday, out of the corner of my eye I saw my husband walking to the platform with song book in hand. 🙂 Well, we all know what that means. “Everyone get a songbook and turn to page 306. I have a singing spirit on me today and I want to sing some of the old hymns. Let’s sing about Jesus taking our sins away.” And so, we sang “The Old Account”. Here’s some of my favorite words in this song, (I think it’s in the 4th or 5th verse)…”When at the judgment bar, I stand before my king and He the book will open, He cannot find a thing. Then will my heart be glad while tears of joy will flow because I had it settled and settled long ago. Cho. Long ago. Long ago. Yes the old account was settled long ago. And my records clear today for He washed my sins away. And the old account was settled long ago.” We even had an old fashioned victory march on this one. 🙂 Then we sang, “Thank God for the Blood” and a few other songs. The chorale sang, “Faith” and “Rain Lord”. The power of God was so strong. When I turned the service back to my husband, he had a sound track in hand. I just smiled. He had the sound man put on the track and Nathan began to sing, “Completely Sold Out”. Then he sang, “Happy Where I’m At”. Danelle and I joined him after this on the song, “It’s Closer Now” and then he ended it with the song with me playing the keyboard, “I’ve Never Been Disappointed In Jesus”. Of course all of this singing was interspersed with a little “preaching”. I cannot describe to you the power of God in the building. Two new men were praying in the altar. One of them is a man my husband and another man in our church is teaching a Home Bible Study to. The other man is another Bible Study who a young man in our church is teaching. They were both so moved by the Holy Ghost. The one man that my husband is teaching was baptized last Monday Night after the Bible Study. He is so excited about what God is doing in his life. To sum this day up…as I was leaving the church he said to me, “Thank You for the service. This is what I look forward to the most during the week. I enjoy so much coming to church.” Another person, a precious saint of God said to me, “Oh what a wonderful service. I feel so refreshed”. Isn’t that what it’s all about? I always tell our choir and praise team that our goal while we are singing is to reach for the lost person and to encourage the saint of God. You never know what God can do through anointed singing.

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Psalm 126: 5-6

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Most of you know that we, along with many other churches have been in a time of Prayer and Fasting for the past 30 days. I cannot describe to you how this has effected our church services. The power of God has been stronger and the freedom we have felt in worship has been incredible. However, we have not seen the souls saved that we want to. But you just wait. There are to many promises throughout the word of God for me to be discouraged. I feel a rumbling in the spirit. In the near distance I hear the sound of abundance of rain. Holy Ghost rain in going to fall on the parched and thirsty souls of men and women, young people and children.

If you are coming up to the ending of this time of prayer and fasting and have not seen the “results” you want to see in your life and church, DON’T BE DISCOURAGED! God has heard every prayer. He has seen and caught every tear and put it in a bottle. When it is time for the blessings to flow He will pour it out on you and those you have prayed for. The day is coming when you will reap in joy, plentiful will be your harvest, and great will be your joy in the Lord.

God bless you all with an abundance of rain.

To be encouraged go here and read the post, “Fat Bones”.  God is moving. Rejoice with them that rejoice! And, YOU JUST WAIT! It’s coming our way!

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  1. Get rid of guilt.  (your sins and mistakes are under the blood.)
  2. Get into the WORD
  3. Establish a place to be alone with God.
  4. Read the stories of great Christians.
  5. Remove yourself from the company of fearful and negative people.
  6. Overcome the pride of not telling your pastor, family and/or friends that you are discouraged and need prayer.
  7. Offer up the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
  8. Focus on God and His reputaion. He is a winner. He is a success.
  9. Eat a well balanced diet.
  10.  STOP thinking if I, Me and Mine so much.

Some ideas for you to help others.  When we are busy thinking of how we can BE a blessing and not always how we can RECEIVE a blessing, then we will be happy.

  • Give a good dress/suit to a new convert.

  • Sponser a needy young person for youth camp.

  • Give an inspirational book to someone who is discouraged.

  • Take magazines and literature to women’s shelters, jails and doctor’s offices.

  • Hug and compliment a child each day. (start with your own)

  • Attend  prayer meeting.

  • Send flowers to someone on their first day of a new job.

  • Stay with a shut-in, giving the caregiver the day off.

  • Give special support to those suffering from depression.

  • Invite the widows in your church and community/neghborhood to your house for a special meal.

  • Ladies, show someone how you do your hair.

  • Send  cards to the sick and shut-ins, notes to church visitors, cards for all occasions.

  • Hand out candy canes and cards at the hospitals during Christmas.

  • Give Christain Music to new converts.

  • Send a form letter to bereaved families in your city-addresses are in the paper in the                           obituararies section.

  • Clean the house of someone who has been ill.

  • Have a family picnic outing and invite your neighbors.

  • Purchase gift certificates at the grocery store and give to needy families.

  • Get a pen-pal in missions.

  • Volunteer for an after school tutoring program.

  • Teach an English class to immigrants.

  •       Start a box of testimony in which you put memoirs of blessing.  Open from time to time,                                             read and rejoice.

  • Take the time to teach a young lady the art of being a gracious hostess.

  • Do something nice for someone who will never find out.

  • EVERY DAY show your family how much you love them with your words, with your touch, and with your thoughtfulness.

  • Compliment three people every day.

  • ….Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].  Galatians 6:10  Amplified Bible

I know you can’t do every one of these things but look over the list and see what fits you.  And don’t be afraid to stretch yourself.  Remember it is ALWAYS more blessed to give then to receive.

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Our week-end started with a Neighborhood Outreach give-away.  The outreach team handed out 150 Easter Bags.  Then on Sunday we had a great time celebrating our risen Savior.    After church the family came to our house for food and fun.   Following are some pictures of the week-end beginning with Saturday Outreach and ending at our house on Sunday Evening.  I hope you enjoy. 

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Celebrate!  HE IS RISEN! 

Jesus has come to give LIFE and that more ABUNDANTLY!

Have a Happy Easter and celebrate our risen Saviour!

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