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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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The past couple of months have been super busy.  I know that everyone is.  I don’t think I’m special. Ha!  Sometimes we get so busy we don’t seem to slow down and smell the roses very often, soooo…..stop for a minute and take a deep breath and smell this beautiful yellow rose. 

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This is one of the flowers in a beautiful spring bouquet that my husband bought for me a few weeks ago.

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Well, here it is.  Beautiful isn’t it?

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Nathan and I going out for the evening. 🙂

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Beautiful Shaver Lake, on our Camping Trip. 🙂

Have a Great Day!  Try to stay cool.  Blessings!

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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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Yesterday was another incredible day of services at The Pentecostal Church.  It will be long remembered as one of the milestones in our church history.  When we are visited by God like this I find it very hard to write in words what happened and what it meant to me personally.  My husband has been under a special anointing here of late and it is just to hard to explain.  So many good things were accomplished in the Holy Ghost.  Nathan has always said, “God can do more in five minutes than I could ever do in a lifetime”.  So true.  When He shows up like He did yesterday….well, WOW!

I want to focus my post today on some incredible people; the musicians of The Pentecostal Church.  Kyle Valenti (electric guitar), Omar Iboa (acoustic guitar), Dominic Ingram (drums, bass), Nathaniel Hurst (drums), Danelle Silveira (keyboard, organ), Luis Lenzi (keys, organ, sax…),  Todd Valenti (keys, organ, bass…), This post is for you all.  I know that on our church web-site it has me listed on staff as the Minister of Music.  I don’t know how true that really is.  I guess someone had to take the title when our church was small. 🙂  Hopefully that will be changed one of these days.  The people that are named above and that I work with week in and week out are some of the most dedicated and talented people on the planet.  If you walk into The Pentecostal Church prayer room on any given service you will find these folks are some of the first to be there, seeking the face of God for that service and for the anointing of the Holy Ghost.  Sunday’s are hard to get into the prayer room before service because of our schedule, but you can feel the prayers of these people when the music begins.  It is not the beat or tempo of the song.  It is not just the excellence in which they play, but it is the anointing of the Holy Ghost that you feel.

Yesterday was no exception.  They gave and gave while the church received blessings. (I wonder how many times we sang, “Freedom”?)  That is okay.  That is our job description and our ministry.  However, after a long while in the altar service, I stopped them all from playing and singing and had them come stand behind the pulpit.  I told the church about how these folks play and sing so we can be in the presence of God to receive.  I asked the church, “However you can make music, do it.  With your voice or with your hands clapping and pray for these people so they can get lost in the spirit for awhile.”  WOW!  The church went to praying, praising and clapping.  Several of the men came to the platform and laid hands on them and the power of God came and blessed.  Our musicians received incredible blessings yesterday.  I am so thankful for what the Lord did for them.

Keep it up guys.  I just wanted to let you all know how thankful I am for you and your talent and dedication.  You are incredible.  Thank you for using your talent to glorify God and be a blessing to His kingdom.  I love and appreciate you more than you know.

P.S.  Danelle, when you read this don’t be discouraged.  I know you and Matt had to miss yesterday but your blessing is coming.  I appreciate and love you too for your dedicated life and talent.  🙂

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Today in our church service we had just finished singing the song, “How Great Is Our God”, and as we worshipped, the presence of the Lord came into the sanctuary so beautifully.  It was as if a strong but gentle breeze came across me.  Just about that time one of the praise team members (Cassandra) turned around to me with awe on her face and tears in her eyes and said, “did you feel that”.  Oh yes! I felt it! “How Great Is Our God”.  Just about that time I happened to see one of our new lady’s (that we baptized during SWBC downtown) and she had both hands raised in worship and was speaking in a beautiful language as the Spirit gave the utterance, giving praise to God.  It was just one of those very special times of worship.  My husband preached an incredible message about grace and I watched as so many received blessings.  Watching the new babes in Christ learning how to receive from God again is so wonderful.  God continues to pour out His spirit on us and I am so thankful.  It won’t be long before we hear the trump of God sound and we will be forever in His presence.  Our work and toil on this earth will be finished.  I look forward to that day.  Services like today make me want to be in that atmosphere for eternity.  I love feeling that “strong yet gentle” breeze of the Holy Ghost.  God Bless!

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Nathan and I have been out of town for a few days, celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary (Sept 2).  We were able to go to Bodega Bay, CA (1 1/2 hours northwest of San Francisco) and stay at the Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa.  Thank you to our church family for giving us this gift.  They actually gave it to us for our 4 year pastor/church anniversary and we were able to use it for our wedding anniversary trip.  I guess you could say we “killed two birds with one stone”.  🙂  Bodega Bay is beautiful and especially at this time of year.  The nights are cool and the days are warm and perfect.  I asked one lady if that was typical weather and she said, “Yes. September and October is kind of our secret.  After all the tourists leave from summer travel then we get the good weather.” 🙂 I thought that was cute.  For those of you who don’t understand the weather pattern on the coast…In the summer months it is cold and foggy a lot of days and then now (September/October) it is sunshine and perfect weather with no Marine Layer (Fog). 🙂   Needless to say, we had a great time just relaxing and doing absolutely nothing! Well…we did walk on the beach and took a couple of drives up the coast with the convertible top down.  I sat on the balcony of our room with an ocean view and crocheted a little and read, etc.  This was an awesome, peaceful time for us. Thanks again to our incredible church family for this gift. 🙂

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Yesterday we took Communion as part of our mid-year renewal service.  The service was so precious and refreshing.  To remember what the Lord has done for me is a little overwhelming.  I can’t thank Him enough or praise Him enough.  Yesterday it was as if He walked into the Sanctuary and wrapped His loving arms around all of us.  We were blessed and renewed.  Thank God for Calvary.  I will cherish the old rugged cross and exchange it some day for a crown!  Looking forward to that day, but as I continue to live in this world I’m so glad I have Jesus!

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