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Isn’t it funny how as we get older, we turn into our parents?  I began thinking about this last Monday (August 2) when Nathan and I was trying to get out-of-town and get to camp meeting in Santa Maria.  We had everything packed and ready to go….then when we got into the car we had to get gas, then go to the store, then go to the bank, etc. One time when Nathan got back in the car after one of our many stops, I said, “Well, Murray do you think we might get it all done”?  To which he replied, “My Lord, Lila, yes we are just about finished”!  You must know that my mother (Lila) and father(Murray) did this every time we were going out-of-town, and as a child I did not like it one little bit.  I could not understand why they couldn’t get it all done before I got in the car, ready to leave. 

Now and then I catch myself saying things just like my mother would say.  I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror not long ago and gasped because I thought I was seeing Mother’s ghost and came to realize it was just me.  “Mirror, mirror on the wall. I’ve become my mother after all”.  There are sometimes Nathan even calls me Ruby (my maternal grandmother), because I will say something that reminds him of her.  

After we got to camp-meeting, finally, 🙂  I was reminded again of things I do and/or things I like that Mother did, when my sister, Linda asked me take a picture of all the motorhomes/coaches at camp meeting and send it to her.  She said that it was Mother’s “fault” that we both liked them so much.  ha! 

Here’s a few other things I’ve noticed that I like that Mother also liked:  An ice cold diet Dr. Pepper,  an ice cream cone from McDonalds, a drive in the country, staying up late with friends and laughing alot, baseball (yes, she liked it), a good cry in a good church service, the clapping of the crowd at a general conference or large gathering of saints (she said it sounded like a rushing river), good preaching/teaching,  singing and good music.  Oh my! This list could go on awhile. 

 Do you ever catch yourself doing things like your parents or grandparents? 

It just happens to us all, I think. 

 Funny how that happens, huh?

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For some reason I have been thinking about friends lately and the different places they fill in my life.  I have many friends and each of them are different. 

A few weeks ago I found out that one of my life long friends had to have emergency surgery and since she is older, I was concerned.  Even though it wasn’t what we would call major, I was still concerned.  I can’t really explain the feelings that I had during that time.  What if something happened?  What would I do without her?  And the funny thing is, we don’t talk everyday or even every week, but I just know she’s there.  If I ever needed her for ANYTHING she would be there.  I have a few friends like this.  Lifelong friendships are awesome.  You are totally you when with these kind of friends. 

Then, just a couple of weeks ago we attended the General Convention of our organization, the United Pentecostal Church International.  This is always a highlight to me.  To gather with so many people of like precious faith and worship together is simply great.  Also at this meeting we get together for fellowship with other longtime friends and our “conference friends”.  When we get with these people we just pick up where we left off at the last convention and have great times of conversation, laughter and enjoying each others company. 

After the convention I was privileged to spend a few extra days with my sisters.  These are my blood sisters and there is no one like them in my life.  What can you say about sisters?  They just are!  I love them both dearly. 

The new friends that God is bringing into my life are so precious to me.  We are getting to know each other and you are fulfilling yet another role in my life and I hope that I am doing the same for you.  With the family of God, it is so exciting. 

We got home on Friday Night and I was already looking forward to seeing and worshipping with my church family.  What precious people of God they are.  As I was kneeling toward the end of an awesome service today and thanking God for what He is doing in our midst, it just came to me again, the different roles different people play in our lives.  As much as I love and appreciate my lifelong friends,  my longtime friends, my conference friends and even my sisters, none of them can take the place of my church family/friends.  There is a special and different bond with each of these groups of people but each one plays a very significant role in my life. 

I can’t find the words to express my deep gratitude for them all.  For the friends that have been part of my life, all of my life,  I love you more than you even realize.  My longtime friends that have stuck with me through thick and thin.  You’ve been there when those closest to me passed from this life.  We have cried together and sometimes laughed so hard we couldn’t hardly catch our breath.  Thanks for just being there.  Sometimes you didn’t know what to say, but you was there and that makes all the difference in the world.  I like the saying, “You can’t make new, old friends”.  🙂

To my sisters:  I love you and appreciate you more with each passing day.  Even in our relationships though, we each play different roles in each others lives.  Talk about ups and downs!  We have been through it all.  We have cried ’til we didn’t have any tears left to shed.  We have shared sorrow and grief together.  Our worlds have been shattered.  However, with each of our strengths and helping each other, we have made it through, together.  Then there are the times that we laugh so hard we hurt.  I’m thankful that this happens more often than not.  You two are the best!  I love you dearly.  “I’m smiling because you’re my sister.  And laughing because you can’t do anything about it”! 

My church family:  You are incredible.  I cannot even begin to tell you what you mean to me.  After being with all my friends at conference, when I walked into the church today, I was so warmed by your love.  Church families hold a very special place for the Pastor and his family.  I love singing and worshipping with you.  I love dancing before the Lord with you!  I love it when you pray for me and I love to pray for you.  I love how you love to hear your pastor preach and teach. 🙂  I love your outpourings of love that is given in the form of a gift or just a simple, “I love and appreciate you”.  You are simply the best and no one can fill that place in my life but YOU. 

This has been my thoughts for quite sometime now.  I love my life and all the people in it.  Thank you all for being YOU!  You are precious to me. 

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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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Last Thursday we left our town about 7:30 p.m. headed toward Reno, Nevada.  We arrived there about 1:00 a.m. and checked into the hotel.  We was there to preach for Tim and Saprina Flowers and their great church, Skyline Pentecostal Church.  We had such a good time with them and their church.  Nathan did some spectacular preaching/ministering on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The POWER of God was so awesome in each service.  And, to top it all off Bro. and Sis. Flowers youngest daughter, Elizabeth received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. 🙂  She was so beautiful, standing with hands lifted, tears streaming down her face and speaking in a language that can only come from God. Can you believe I forgot my camera on this trip?  I took a few pictures with my phone but I can’t find my attachment to be able to transfer them to the computer. 😦

We left Reno on Sunday afternoon, after the service and arrived home about 9:00 p.m.  I unpacked that suitcase and then packed again and headed out on Monday to Tulare for our S.I.S. (Safety in Sisterhood) Retreat.  This is a ministers wives retreat for those who are in full-time ministry. Sis. LaQuita Mullings and her committee did an awesome job in putting this retreat together. Monday Evening when I walked into the beautiful lobby of Abundant Life Center, it was aglow.  I cannot say enough how incredible the ladies of Abundant Life Center and Sis. Stephanie Parkey (Pastor’s Wife) did in hosting this retreat.  You will see by the photos how beautiful everything was.  On Tuesday they changed the decorations and it was another beautiful day and evening. On Tuesday Night when we were finished with our session and walked out into the lobby they had set in up like a Spa. There were pedicures, chair massages, paraffin wax for your hands…It was so much fun getting relaxed and setting around talking and laughing once again.  God bless this church for all the time and effort they put in to making S.I.S. a great retreat.  Sis. Cindy Miller from New Jersey was our guest speaker and did an incredible job in talking to us about things concerning our lives as minister wives.  I so enjoyed being with friends and again meeting new ones.  We laughed and cried together and laughed some more and ate TONS of Chocolate. 🙂  The theme for this year was, “The Rich Things In Life…Friendship and Chocolate”.  Everywhere you looked was Chocolate.  Chocolate fountains graced the food tables, chocolate truffles in little boxes at each place setting and yes, even when we walked into the sanctuary, chocolate tidbits on the pews where we sat.  It was a great thing. LOL  I am already looking forward to next year. God bless all my sisters.

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Yesterday we were able to go up to San Francisco and spend some time with Gene, Karla (my sister), Cameron and Chad. We had a super great time. It is always fun to be with them. Nathaniel was able to take off a few hours early, so he met us up there too. Danelle was able to go with us. We ate, and ate some more. We went across the Golden Gate. The marine layer was already coming in but it was still beautiful. It is really weird to not be able to see the top of the “towers” of the bridge as you’re driving across. They were completely covered up by the fog. However, when we got across to the other side the sun was shining bright. I never get tired of seeing the beauty from the “other” side of the bridge. 🙂 We ate lunch at La Terrasse in the Presidio. That was quite an experience. We couldn’t really read the menu but we managed to get some good food here. We then went down the “crookedest street” in the world. That is always rather breathtaking (not going down, going up)! You feel like you are going to fall off the face of the earth while you wait on the very steep incline. 🙂 Then, we went to the hotel lobby and hung out, drank coffee and just talked and talked and laughed. Matt got there, after driving up after work and then we went to eat at Scoma’s. This is one of our favorite places in San Francisco to eat. They have great seafood. When we was finished eating and began paying the bill, Matt all of sudden said, “Oh no! My wallet!” He had quite a bit of cash in it, etc. We all searched and searched. The waiters, bus boys, people at the next table was all looking for the wallet. We finally determined that it had been pick-pocketed so I paid his and Danelle’s tab with one of my credit cards. Well, needless to say that was not a good feeling for the end of our day. After we said our goodbyes to Gene and Karla and the boys we walked to our car. My phone rang and Danelle said, “We found the wallet!” It had been left in their car. LOL Well, we all felt much better of course. All’s well that ends well. Right? And yes Matt paid me back. 🙂

I always enjoy my time with family since they all live in Texas. Gene and Karla, I’m glad you chose San Francisco for your family vacation this year. 🙂

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DSC_0559 Nathaniel, Cameron, Karla, Chad, Gene, on the Golden Gate.

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DSC_0567 At La Terrasse

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DSC_0578 Just walking around. Having Fun!

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DSC_0591 At Scoma’s

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Today we buried one of our saint’s father. He was a good man and we were honored to part of his home-going service. Cassandra, if you read this, I whispered another prayer for you and the rest of the family tonight. I know you miss your Dad. He was such a neat person. 🙂 We then had to take off to Woodland (close to Sacramento) for a Section 7 Ladies Rally. I was privileged to speak for them tonight. We had a great time. Summer Schexnayder is the director for Section 7 and she is doing a great job serving. If you don’t know Sis. Summer, she is this little tiny person that has an incredible voice. She is playing the organ with her head-piece microphone on and all of a sudden I hear this voice. Oh My! Is that voice coming from that little body? 🙂 Well, yes it is. Great leading of worship from her. Then the sign team from Citrus Heights (Bro. Sullivan pastor) did an incredible job tonight too. There was a sweet move of the Holy Ghost during the altar service and many ladies were touched. Keep on Singing girls! 🙂 After service I enjoyed a few minutes of fellowship with the ladies and some refreshments that the ladies of the church here in Woodland had prepared. I love being around the people of God and my sisters in the Lord. There is no better people in the whole world. 🙂 We will be in service with Bro. and Sis. Schexnayder Saturday night here in Woodland and then head back over the hill to home for our Sunday services. God bless you all and I hope you have a great week-end.

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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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