AUGUST 17, 2013

WHAT A WONDERFUL MONTH OF AUGUST FOR ME…..IT BEGAN WITH A WEEK WITH MY FAMILY IN SEATTLE…..MY ONLY BROTHER CAME IN ON THE TRAIN FROM PORTLAND….WE HAD LOTS OF FUN AS WE ALWAYS DO WHEN WE GET TOGETHER…..THERE IS SO MUCH LAUGHTER AND LOUD TALKING (SMILE) FAMILY IS SOOOO IMPORTANT….WE, OF COURSE DID MISS OUR OLDER SISTER NELL WHO LIVES IN LAS VEGAS…I LOVE THEM VERY MUCH!

Brother Paul, Sisters Loretta and Gladine and Ms. Lillie

Brother Paul, Sisters Loretta and Gladine and Ms. Lillie

I WAS IN SEATTLE BECAUSE SOME DEAR FRIENDS ASKED ME TO COME ALONG ON THEIR ALASKAN CRUISE…. I HAD BEEN TO ALASKA 6 TIMES…BUT NEVER ON A CRUISE…SO I HAD NO IDEA IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL…..I SAW GOD IN THOSE MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS, ETC. AND THE GLACIERS…IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE TO VISIT THAT PART OF GOD’S WORLD…PLEASE DO SO.

Ms. Lillie with Erlene and David

Ms. Lillie with Erlene and David

The Beauty of Alaska

The Beauty of Alaska

The Beauty of Alaska

The Beauty of Alaska

Ms. Lillie with Captain Rob Hempstead

Ms. Lillie with Captain Rob Hempstead

MANY YEARS AGO I VISITED A CHURCH IN VANCOUVER, CANADA…I HAVE KEPT IN TOUCH WITH MANY FRIENDS THERE….WHAT A JOY FOR 2 OF THEM TO TAKE A FERRY RIDE TO THE LAST STOP ON MY ALASKAN CRUISE..THEY WERE WAITING AT THE DOCK FOR ME IN VICTORIA B.C…..AS WE HAD PLANNED TO GO TO “HIGH TEA” AT THE FAMOUS EMPRESS HOTEL..IT WAS JUST AS ELEGANT AS I HAD EXPECTED IT TO BE.

Ms. Lillie at Tea with Kristy and Cheryl

Ms. Lillie at Tea with Kristy and Cheryl

THE CRUISE SHIP WAS RELATIVELY SMALL…(WHEN COMPARED WITH MY 75TH B’DAY CRUISE SHIP…THE ALLURE) THERE WERE ONLY 2400 GUESTS on this “RHAPSODY OF THE SEAS” SHIP ) THERE WAS A LOT TO DO….OR YOU COULD DO NOTHING..(smile) I LOVED GETTING ALL DRESSED UP EACH NITE FOR DINNER.

Ms. Lillie dressed for Dinner

Ms. Lillie  Dressed for Dinner

THE CRUISE WAS FRIDAY TO FRIDAY….SO I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO A CHURCH SERVICE ON BOARD ON SUNDAY….IT WAS A BLESSED TIME OF MINISTRY….GOD IS GOOD.

PSALM 121:1  –  “I WILL LIFT UP MY EYES TO THE HILLS..FROM WHENCE COMES MY HELP..MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD, WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH”

NEAR MY AREA IS THE QUAINT TOWN OF IDYLLWILD…IT IS A MILE UP A CURVY ROAD.(THEY CAME TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL TO TAKE ME UP) (smile)….IT WAS A GREAT TIME OF MINISTRY IN A MOST BEAUTIFUL SETTING. I SO APPRECIATE ALL THE TIMES OF MINISTRY GOD GIVES ME….SINCE I BEGAN MY FULL-TIME MINISTRY.

Idyllwild Village

Idyllwild Village

WHAT A GREAT TIME TO CELEBRATE THE 70TH B’DAY OF EDWIN HAWKINS IN OAKLAND BEFORE RETURNING HOME….THE ORIGINAL EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS WERE ASKED TO COME SING OUR 1969 NO.1 HIT “O HAPPY DAY” PLUS 3 OTHER SONGS FROM THAT ALBUM…HOW EXCITING TO BE ON THAT STAGE SINGING THOSE SONGS…AND SEEING SOME OF THE CHOIR I HAD NOT SEEN FOR THE 45 YEARS THAT HAVE GONE BY. WHAT A SPECIAL REUNION.

Ms. Lillie and The Edwin Hawkins Singers

Ms. Lillie and The Edwin Hawkins Singers

THIS MONTH, I WAS ASKED TO COME TO “GOSPEL ON THE GREEN”……WHAT A SETTING….AT A LOVELY HOME WITH A HUGE AREA FOR FOLK TO COME WITH LAWN CHAIRS..PICNIC BASKETS, ETC AND LISTEN TO GOSPEL MUSIC….A REAL FUN TIME WAS HAD BY ALL……I HAD ASKED THE HOLY SPIRIT TO DO HIS WORK…SO THAT LIVES WOULD BE TOUCHED AND CHANGED.

ISAIAH 55:11  –  “GOD’S WORD DOES NOT RETURN EMPTY..BUT WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT HE WISHES IT TO AND PROSPER WHERE HE SENDS IT”

I AM ALL FIRED UP AND READY TO DO MORE FOR THE KINGDOM…WHAT ABOUT YOU? WE MUST GO….OR SEND THE MESSAGE OF OUR SAVIOR AND LORD, JESUS CHRIST AROUND THE WORLD. I WANT TO THANK YOU WHO PRAY FOR ME AS I GO…AND YOU WHO SEND FUNDS FOR ME TO GO….WHATEVER YOU GIVE WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR ACCOUNT IN GLORY….AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE RECEIPT HERE ON EARTH (SMILE).

IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT YOUR CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE AND WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ME COME MINISTER IN YOUR CHURCH…. LADIES MEETING….A SENIOR FUNCTION JUST LET ME KNOW…YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! (SMILE)

EACH DAY THERE SEEMS TO BE ANOTHER TRAGEDY HAPPENING SOME WHERE IN THE WORLD…..IF WE DID NOT KNOW THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING…..WE COULD BEC0ME FRIGHTENED….BUT LET’S REMEMBER OUR GOD IS ON THE THRONE….HOW OFTEN IN THE BIBLE WE READ “FEAR NOT?”…MANY TIMES. WE MUST BELIEVE IT….AND PUT ALL OUR TRUST IN HIM.

I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU……SEND ME AN EMAIL  AT  SINGER@MISSLILLIE.COM   OR CALL ME AT 909 948-2448.

Until next time,

sig-mslillie

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