SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013

I  MOVED  BACK  TO  SUNNY  CALIFORNIA  IN  1998…..MAYBE  YOU  DID  NOT  KNOW  THAT  I  HAD  EVEN  LIVED  HERE  BEFORE.   smiley-trans   LET  ME  TELL  YOU  WHERE  I  LIVED  THESE  75  YEARS  OF  MY  LIFE……. HOW  I  HAVE  MOVED  AROUND  THROUGH  THE  YEARS……IN  1938,  I   WAS  BORN  IN  FT.  SMITH,  ARKANSAS…..MY  DAD  PASSED  AWAY  WHEN  I  WAS  12  YEARS  OLD…..SO  MY  MOM  MOVED  TO  SEATTLE  WITH  ME  AND  MY  SISTER…WHERE  I  ATTENDED  MIDDLE  AND  HIGH  SCHOOL  ….WENT  TO  WORK  AT  THE  TELEPHONE  COMPANY  RITE  AFTER  GRADUATION……TRANSFERRED  THROUGH  THE  PHONE  COMPANY  TO  SAN  JOSE  CALIFORNIA  IN  1963…….LIVED  THERE    FOR  20  YEARS…..WAS  VERY  HAPPY  TO  MOVE  TO  BEAUTIFUL  HAWAII  IN  1983……WORKED  WITH  A  BEACH  MINISTRY  FOR  10  YEARS…….THEN  MOVED  TO  ORLANDO,  FLA……I  WAS  THERE ……UNTIL  I  MOVED  TO  RANCHO  CUCAMONGA……….WHAT  A  BEAUTIFUL  PART  OF   CALIFORNIA   I  AM  NOW  AND  LOVE  IT!  …… I  HAVE  NOTICED  EACH  FALL  SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER…..SOMETHING  CALLED  “SANTA  ANA  WINDS”   HAPPENS …IT  IS  AN  EXTREMELY  DRY,  HOT   AND  DUSTY  WIND  THAT  BLOWS  THROUGH  THE  SANTA  ANA  CANYON  TOWARD  THE  COASTAL  AREA…YESTERDAY  THERE  WERE  WINDS  BETWEEN  25-50   MILES  PER  HOUR  ….WHICH  IS  WHEN  WE  COULD  HAVE  THE  BAD  FIRES….AS  THE  WIND  IS  MOVING  SO  RAPIDLY…..BUT  AS  GOD  HAS  PLANNED  IT……THE  FALL  LEAVES   THAT  ARE  NOW  DRY   ARE  BEING  BLOWN  OFF  THE  TREES…….SO  THE  STREETS  AND  YARDS  ARE  FILLED  WITH THEM…..(EXTRA  WORK  FOR  THE  GARDENERS  TO  “BAG  UP  ALL  THE  LEAVES”)…..I  HAD  NEVER  SEEN  A  YARD  THAT  IS   COVERED  IN  SUCH  A  WAY  EACH  YEAR…..(I  HAVE  LIVED  IN  THE  SAME  HOUSE  FOR  13  YEARS  NOW)    BUT  VERY  SOON……THE  TREES  WILL  BE  BARE…..UNTIL  SPRING. smiley-trans

I  AM  SORTA  REMINISCING  TODAY…..REMEMBERING    WONDERFUL  THINGS  THAT  HAVE  HAPPENED  TO  ME………IT  WAS  1965…..I  WAS  ATTENDING  FAITH  TEMPLE  CHURCH   SAN  JOSE  PASTORED  BY    KENNY  FOREMAN…….I  HAD  FOUND  A  GREAT  DRESSMAKER……SHE  WAS  A  “SEARCHING  CATHOLIC”………BUT  WANTED  TO  COME  TO  MY  CHURCH  TO  SEE  ME  ON  STAGE  WITH  A  GORGEOUS  RED  CRUSHED  VELVET  DRESS  SHE  HAD  MADE  FOR  ME.   smiley-trans   I  WAS  SOOO  EXCITED  TO  HAVE  HER  THERE…….THE  MESSAGE  WAS  GIVEN  AND  WHEN  THE  ALTAR  CALL  WAS  MADE….SHE  WENT  FORWARD  AND  ACCEPTED  JESUS  AS  LORD  AND  SAVIOR…….VERY  SHORTLY  AFTER  THAT  WONDERFUL  NIGHT…..HER  HUSBAND,  SONNY  AND  HER  FOUR  CHILDREN  CAME  INTO  JESUS’  FOLD…..ONE  SON  IS  A  PASTOR  AND  HER  ONLY  DAUGHTER  IS  A  PASTORS’   WIFE.    WE  HAVE  BEEN  VERY  CLOSE  FOR  NEARLY  40  YEARS…..RECENTLY,  SHE  WAS  DIAGNOSED   WITH  PANCREATIC  CANCER  AND  WAS  GIVEN  5  MONTHS  TO  LIVE……WELL,  OF  COURSE,  WE  BOMBARDED  HEAVEN  ASKING  GOD  FOR  A  HEALING……SO  MANY  FRIENDS  AND  FAMILY  WERE  ALWAYS  THERE  WITH  HER.  I  DROVE  UP  TO  VISIT  HER  AS  OFTEN  AS  I  COULD……WELL,  GOD  GAVE  HER  A  “COMPLETE  HEALING”  THIS  EARLY  MORNING….SHE  WAS  PROMOTED  TO  GLORY….AND  IS  “FINALLY  HOME”……AND  THAT  MAKES  HEAVEN   SO  REAL……TO  GET  TO  SEE  MY  MOTHER,  FATHER,  MY  2  SISTERS  ….ALL  OF  MY  FAMILY  THAT  HAVE  GONE  ON  AND  TO  REUNITE  WITH  MARY  ELLEN……WHAT  A  DAY  THAT  WILL  BE!

Ms. Lillie and Mary Ellen
Ms. Lillie and Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen's Family
Mary Ellen’s Family:  Vince (son-in-law), Nicole (her only daughter),
Mary Ellen, Todd (son), Ms. Lillie, Perry (son), Sonny (husband).
Son Mitch is missing from the picture; he lives in San Antonio

WHAT  AN  EXCITING  CHURCH  FAITH  TEMPLE  WAS…….  (STILL  IS)   THE  NAME  HAS  CHANGED  TO  “CATHEDRAL  OF  FAITH”)   SO  MANY  WONDERFUL  THINGS  HAPPENED  TO  ME  THERE……OUR  CHURCH  SPONSORED  AN  EXCITING  PARADE  IN  DOWNTOWN  SAN  JOSE…..IT  WAS  GREAT!…..SUCH  A  GREAT  WITNESS  FOR  JESUS…….THAT  DAY  I  MET  THE  PECK  SISTERS……KNOWN  AS  THE  SUNSHINE  SINGERS…….3  BEAUTIFUL  BLONDS!…….AND  WE  HAVE  BEEN  FRIENDS  SINCE  THAT  DAY.  ONE  OF  THE  SISTERS  WAS  MARRIED  TO  HAL  SPENCER……WHO  OWNED  MANNA  MUSIC  AND  IN  1975  PRODUCED  MY  VERY  FIRST  “RECORD”……..REMEMBER  RECORDS?    smiley-trans  AND  WHEN  MY  MOM  DIED….. ….THEIR  MOM  LOIS  SAID  SHE  WOULD  BE  HAPPY  TO  BE  MY  “OTHER  MOTHER”….AND  SHE  WAS  THERE  FOR  ME….FOR  YEARS.   I  WAS  ABLE  TO  SING  AT  HER  MEMORIAL  SERVICE……I  LOVE  JUDY…SHARON  AND  LINDA……THEY  STILL  SING   BEAUTIFULLY  TOGETHER…..VERY  ANOINTED  AND  WE  CONSIDER  OURSELVES   “SISTERS.”    WE  HAVE  DIFFERENT  “MOTHERS”….BUT  THE  SAME  “FATHER  GOD” ….I  LOVE  THEM  SOOOO  MUCH.  I  HAVE  BEEN  BLESSED  TO  SING  OFTEN  AT  SHARON’S  CHURCH  WHICH  SHE  CO-PASTORED  WITH  HER  HUSBAND  BRO.  BILL  FOR  SEVERAL  YEARS….WELL,  HE  PASSED  AWAY  ABOUT  8  MONTHS  AGO……AND  THE  CHURCH  MEMBERS  REALLY  WANTED  HER  TO  REMAIN  THERE  TO  BE  THEIR  SENIOR  PASTOR…..THE  ORGANIZATION’S  LEADERS  FELT  THAT  SHE  SHOULD  BE  PASTOR………. SO  SHE  WAS  ORDAINED  AND  INSTALLED  LAST  WEEK……I  WAS  ABLE  TO  GO  SING….AND  WITNESS  HER  ORDINATION…….I  KNOW  GOD  IS  GOING  TO  CONTINUE  TO  USE  HER  THERE  IN  BAKERSFIELD. …..SHE  IS  A  GREAT  ORGANIST…..PIANIST  AND  SINGER……AND  A  GREAT  PREACHER…..

Ms. Lillie with The Peck Sisters
Ms. Lillie with Linda and Sharon Peck
Sharon Peck Ordination
Sharon Peck Ordination

MY  WEBMASTER  MS. PEGGY  AND  HER  HUSBAND  JERRY,  HAVE   BEEN  HOSTING  A  FANTASTIC  PICNIC  FOR  13  YEARS  NOW  FOR  SINGERS  WITH  SPOUSES  AS  WELL  AS  NON  SINGERS….WE  HAVE  A  GREAT  TIME  …..A  SOUND  SYSTEM  IS  SET  UP……….AND   EVERYONE  GETS  TO  SING  IF  THEY  WANT….THE  FELLOWSHIP  IS  WONDERFUL  AND  LOTS  OF  FUN.    EVERY  YEAR…..THERE  SEEMS  TO  BE  MORE  FOOD  THAT  THE  PREVIOUS  YEAR.   smiley-trans

Wimberlys-bbq-009  Wimberlys-bbq-016

Wimberly's BBQ 031
Picnic Photos……the food, the crowd and Ms. Lillie singing

WHEN  I  MOVED   BACK  TO  RANCHO  CUCAMONGA…….I  WANTED  TO  HAVE  MY  PIANO  TUNED  (I  HAVE  A  DARLING  HALF-PIANO –  22  KEYS  MISSING  ON  EACH  SIDE)…….IT  IS  A  BEAUTIFUL  PIECE  OF  FURNITURE…… I  HAVE  MOVED  IT  WITH  ME  TO  EACH  PLACE  I  HAVE  LIVED….I  ASKED  AROUND  AND  WAS  TOLD  ABOUT  A  GREAT  TUNER……..WHEN  HE  CAME  OVER……. LO….AND  BEHOLD…….IT  WAS  A  MAN  WHO MANY  YEARS   WORKED  FOR  MANNA  MUSIC  ….HIS  JOB  WAS  TO  GO  TO  CHRISTIAN  BOOKSTORES….AND  SELL  THEM  ON  MY  NEW  ALBUM………..CALLED  “GOSPELS  ACCORDING  TO  LILLIE”…..SO  HERE  WAS  A  FRIEND  FROM  THE  PAST  smiley-trans …….AS  HE  WORKED  ON  THE  TUNING…..WE  TALKED…………I  ASKED  WHERE  HE  WENT  TO  CHURCH………… WHEN  HE  SAID  “CROSSROADS”….AND  THE  PASTOR  WAS  DAN  BURR ……ORIGINALLY   FROM  CANADA…….WELL  I  REMEMBERED  WHEN  I  LIVED  IN  SEATTLE……OUR  CHURCH  HAD  VISITED   SEVERAL  TIMES  AN  EXCITING  CHURCH  IN  VANCOUVER  B.C…….  “GLAD  TIDINGS”….WITH  A  HUGE  CHOIR  AND  ANOINTED   SERVICES……IT  WAS  WHERE  PASTOR   DAN  ATTENDED…..HE  WAS  JUST  A  VERY  YOUNG  MAN…….AND  NOW  TO  HEAR  THAT  HE  WAS  PASTORING  IN  THIS  AREA……WOW!….I  CALLED  AND  MET  WITH  HIM  AND  HIS  WIFE  KAREN… (WHO  WAS  ALSO  IN  THAT  CHURCH)   I  BEGAN  TO  ATTEND  CROSSROADS  ….IT  IS  AN  EXCITING  CHURCH!……(I  LOVED  IT  BECAUSE….. AMONG  MANY   OTHER  REASONS  IS  THAT  THE  CHOIR  WEARS  ROBES).  smiley-trans  LAST  SUNDAY  I  WAS  ABLE  TO  SING  THERE…..WHAT  A  BLESSING  TO  HEAR  PASTOR  DAN’S  SON,  JEFF……(HE  IS  THE  PASTOR  NOW)…  A  VERY  GOOD  COMMUNICATOR…….WITH  A  POWERFUL  WORD……..I  LOVE THEM.

Ms. Lillie with The Burr's
Ms. Lillie with Dan and Karen Burr

AS  WE  ARE  ALMOST  THE  END  OF  2013,  LET’S  LOOK  BACK  AND  REMEMBER  HOW  FAITHFUL  GOD  HAS  BEEN……..BE  ENCOURAGED….,WE  BELONG  TO  GOD…..DON’T  WORRY  ABOUT  THE  FUTURE……OUR  GOD  IS  ALREADY  THERE.  smiley-trans  HE  PROMISED  THAT  AND  HIS  WORD  NEVER  FAILS……OR  EVER  GETS  BETTER…..smiley-trans

PSALM  119:89  ~ “FOREVER  O  LORD,….YOUR  WORD  IS  SETTLED  IN  HEAVEN”

REMEMBER,  EVEN  IF  YOU  ARE  IN  A  BAD   PLACE…..IF  YOU  ARE  AFRAID……WORN  OUT?……WE  HAVE  A  GOD  WHO  IS  OUR  SOURCE…..NOT  THE  GOVERNMENT!….NOT  OUR  FAMILY! …OR  EVEN  FRIENDS!  AND  HE  HAS  PROMISED  TO  TAKE  CARE  OF  YOU  REGARDLESS  OF  WHAT  SEEMS  TO  BE  HAPPENING…..

ISAIAH  40:28  ~   “HAVE  YOU  NOT  KNOWN?  HAVE  YOU  NOT  HEARD?  THE  EVERLASTING  GOD,  THE  LORD,  THE  CREATOR  OF  THE  ENDS  OF  THE  EARTH,  NEITHER  FAINTS  NOR  IS  WEARY……HIS  UNDERSTANDING  IS  UNSEARCHABLE”

GOD  IS  STILL  OPENING  DOORS  FOR  ME  TO  MINISTER…..IF  WHEN  YOU  CHECK  YOUR  SCHEDULE  AND  SEE  A  SLOT  WHERE  YOU  THINK  I  WILL  FIT….PLEASE  CALL  ME  FOR  YOUR  SENIORS  GROUP  WOMEN’S  FUNCTION….AND  OF  COURSE,  CHURCHES……YOU  WILL  NOT  BE  DISAPPOINTED…..AND  YES!  YOU  CAN  AFFORD  ME.   smiley-trans   I  LOVE THE  ASSIGNMENT  GOD  GAVE  ME  35  YEARS  AGO TO  CARRY  THE  “GOOD  NEWS”  IN  WORD  AND  SONG…WHAT  AN  OPPORTUNITY!    YOU  CAN  CALL  ME  AT  909  948-2448….THANKS!

THANK  YOU  FOR  SHARING  THE  FINANCIAL  BURDEN  OF  THIS  MINISTRY  WITH  ME……,I  SO  APPRECIATE  YOUR  PRAYERS  AND  PARTNERSHIP……..YOU  WILL  RECEIVE  A  TAX-DEDUCTION  HERE  ON  EARTH  AND  A  REWARD  IN  HEAVEN  FOR  WHATEVER  YOU  PLANT  IN  THIS  “GOOD  SOIL”  YOU  BECOME   ONE  WITH  THIS  MINISTRY  WHEN  YOU  PRAY  AND  GIVE…..THANKS  SO  MUCH.

MANY  OF  YOU  WERE  SOOOO  KIND  TO  HELP  ME  TWO YEARS  AGO  PAY  FOR……… WHAT  I  THOUGHT WAS  MY  LAST  CD…… “HYMNS  AND  SPIRITUAL  SONGS”……..WELL,  I  NOW  FEEL  I  NEED  TO  DO  ANOTHER  ONE. smiley-trans  SO  I  AM ASKING  IF  YOU  WOULD  LIKE  TO  HELP  WITH  THIS  ONE?…. IT  IS  A  TAX-DEDUCTION……I   WILL  SEND  YOU  A  COPY  OF  IT  WHEN  IT  IS  READY….YOU  WILL  LOVE  THE  SONGS…..I  KNOW…..  YOU  CAN  SEND  A  CHECK…… USE  PAY-PAL  OR  EVEN  YOUR  CREDIT  CARD….( YOU  WILL  RECEIVE  A  RECEIPT)………AND  PLEASE  KNOW  I  WILL  BE  GRATEFUL  TO  YOU  FOR  YOUR  KINDNESS……….IN  ANY  AMOUNT.

2  CORINTHIANS  13:14    ~  “THE  GRACE  OF  OUR  LORD  JESUS  CHRIST,  AND  THE  LOVE  OF  GOD,  AND  THE COMMUNION  OF  THE HOLY  SPIRIT  BE  WITH  YOU  ALL…..AMEN”

UNTIL  NEXT  TIME…  I  SHALL  LOOK  FORWARD  TO HEARING  FROM  YOU……E-MAIL  ADDRESS   IS  SINGER@MISSLILLIE.COM…..TEL#  909 948-2448……CALL   ME,    LOVE  YOU!

sig-mslillie

Advertisements
This entry was posted on October 7, 2013. Bookmark the permalink.