SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2013

WELL,  CHRISTMAS  2013  IS  OVER….. AND  I  HOPE  YOU  ENJOYED  TIME  WITH  FRIENDS  AND  FAMILY…. IT  DOES  AMAZE  ME  HOW  THERE  IS  SOOOO  MUCH  EMPHASIS  ON  GIFT-GIVING….. AND  YOU  WANT  TO  KNOW  WHAT  I  ALWAYS  ASK?…… “WHOSE  BIRTHDAY  IS  IT  ANYWAY?” trans-smiley-tiny …… SO  FOR  MANY  YEARS  I  HAVE  NOT  GIVEN  GIFTS….. WHICH  MEANS  I  DON’T  HAVE  THE  PRESSURE  OF  TRYING  TO  MAKE  SURE  I  GET  THE  “RITE  GIFT”  FOR  EVERYONE  ON  A  LIST……….. IT  DOESN’T  MATTER  HOW  MUCH  A  GIFT  COSTS…… IT  CAN  STILL  BREAK… TARNISH……  FADE…… BUT  THE  GIFTS  I  PREFER  ARE  THE  GIFTS  OF  CHRISTMAS…… LOVE….JOY….PEACE…… THESE  WILL  NOT  BE  DIMINISHED  IN  ANY  WAY….. THEY  WILL  NOT  FADE…. AND  IN  FACT  THEY  GET  BETTER  WITH  TIME….. AND  EACH  YEAR…. THERE  IS  EVEN  MORE  REASON  TO  CELEBRATE  THE  “REASON  FOR  THE  SEASON”…. OUR  LORD  AND  SAVIOR  JESUS  CHRIST…… OH  MY…..WHAT  A  GIFT  FROM  OUR  HEAVENLY  FATHER….. HE  KNEW  JUST  WHAT  WE  NEEDED  AND  SENT  HIS  ONLY  SON…… HOWEVER,  THIS  GIFT  IS  NOT  JUST  FOR  US….. WE  MUST  TAKE  THIS  GIFT  AND  PRESENT  IT  TO  THE  ENTIRE  WORLD….. WE  MUST  GIVE  THEM  THIS  “GIFT  OF  LIFE.”

ANOTHER  YEAR….. ALMOST  GONE…. JUST  3  MORE  DAYS  AND  2013  IS  HISTORY….. I  THINK  THAT  THE  YEARS  DO  GO  FASTER  AS  YOU  GET  OLDER  trans-smiley-tiny…. I  HAVE  EXPERIENCED  A  WONDERFUL  YEAR  OF  MINISTRY  AND  THAT  OLD  FAVORITE  HYMN  OF  MINE….. “GREAT  IS  THY  FAITHFULNESS”  DOES  SUM  THINGS  UP  FOR  ME.  “ALL  I  HAVE  NEEDED  GOD  HAS  PROVIDED”……. AND  FOR  THE  35  YEARS  OF  FULL-TIME  MINISTRY  AS  I  HAVE  TRAVELED  THE  WORLD….. GOD HAS  TAKEN  CARE  OF  ME…… AS  HE  PROMISED…. GIVING  ME  ALL  THE  THINGS  THAT  I  HAVE  NEEDED  ALONG  THE  WAY…… NOTICE…..I  DID  NOT  SAY  “ALL  THAT  I  WANTED” trans-smiley-tiny…. BUT  LIKE  A  GOOD  HEAVENLY  FATHER….. THERE  HAVE  BEEN  TIMES  WHEN  I  HAVE  RECEIVED  THINGS  I  DESIRED  ALSO…… GOD  KNOWS  WHAT  I  NEED  AND  WHEN  I  NEED  IT…. WHAT  A  MIGHTY  GOD  WE  SERVE!

Matthew 6:26 ~ Look at the birds of the air (Lillie) they don’t sow, they don’t reap nor store away in barns, but your Heavenly Father feeds them and you are more valuable than birds.

THIS  WAS  THE  BUSIEST  DECEMBER  I  HAVE  HAD  IN  A  LONG  TIME  AND  IT  WAS  WONDERFUL….. OPPORTUNITIES TO  MINISTER  TO  LARGE  AND  SMALL  GROUPS….. PROCLAIMING  THE  “GOOD  NEWS”  ABOUT  JESUS  CHRIST   “THE  GIFT”  WE  WILL  NEVER  WANT  TO  RETURN  CAUSE  IT  DID  “NOT  FIT”    trans-smiley-tiny

THE  LAST  BLOG  I  WROTE  I  WAS  ON  MY  WAY  TO  A  SPECIAL  CHRISTMAS  CONCERT…… WHICH  WAS  WELL  ATTENDED…… A  NICE  CROWD….. AND  GOD  GAVE  ME  FAVOR  TO  BOLDLY  PROCLAIM  THE  CHRISTMAS  MESSAGE…… WHAT  A  NIGHT!….. I  LOVE  WHEN  I  LOOK  OUT  AND  SO  MANY  FOLK  ARE  WEARING  “RED”……. trans-smiley-tiny

AT  ONE  OF  THE  FUNCTIONS  WHERE  I  MINISTERED…. THEY  ADVERTISED  IT  AS  AN  “UGLY  SWEATER”  DAY…. AND  I  MUST  TELL  YOU  THERE  WERE  SOME  VERY  “UGLY  SWEATERS”   WORN trans-smiley-tiny….. WE  EVEN  HAD  A  HARD  TIME  DECIDING  BETWEEN  3  OF  THEM….. AS  WE  ONLY  HAD  1  PRIZE….. BUT  IT  WAS  A  FUN  DAY.

AN  UNEXPECTED  CHRISTMAS  DATE  WAS  THROWN  IN  AT  THE  LAST  MINUTE……. THERE  IS  A  LOVELY  THEATRE  IN  UPLAND  CA.   CALLED  “THE  GROVE”……. FOR  YEARS  THEY  HAVE  PRESENTED  A  CHRISTMAS  JOY  PROGRAM….. THE  SUNDAY  EVENING  BEFORE  CHRISTMAS…….. THEY  WERE  INFORMED  JUST  DAYS  BEFORE  IT  WAS  TO  BE  THAT  IT  WOULD  NOT  HAPPEN….. SO  DEAR  FRIENDS  OF  MINE  WHO  MET  IN  NEW  YORK  ON  “BROADWAY”,  JENI  AND  BRIAN,  JUST  “HAPPENED”  TO  BE  IN  THE  OFFICE  AT  THE  TIME  AND  ASSURED  THE  OWNERS  THAT  THEY  COULD  PUT  SOMETHING  TOGETHER  QUICKLY  AND…….. THEY  DID….. AND  ASKED  ME  TO  BE  A  PART  TO  SING  4  SONGS…… IT  WAS  A  CLASSY  PRESENTATION  ABOUT  THE  BIRTH  OF  OUR  LORD  AND  SAVIOR  JESUS  CHRIST…… AS  WELL  AS  SOME  SECULAR  CHRISTMAS  CLASSICS …… WAS  A  GREAT  EVENING!…… I  LOVE  THOSE  “LAST  MINUTE”  GIFTS  WE  ARE  GIVEN  FROM  GOD……….. MORE  OPPORTUNITIES  TO  LIFT  UP  JESUS  TO  THE  WORLD.

John 9:4 ~ I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day, for when night comes no man can work.

MY  SCHEDULE  DOES  NOT  PERMIT  ME  TO  VISIT  NURSING  HOMES  AS  OFTEN  AS  I  WOULD  LIKE…. HOWEVER  I  ALWAYS  MAKE  SURE  I  GO  AT  CHRISTMAS…….. FOR SO  MANY  OF  THOSE  DEAR  PATIENTS  HAVE  NO  FAMILY….. EVEN  NO  FRIENDS  TO  VISIT  THEM…… SO  HAVING  SINGERS  COME  IN  ALWAYS  SEEMS  TO  BE  A  BLESSING……. IT  IS  AMAZING  THAT  THOSE  “TIMELESS  CAROLS”   CAN  ALWAYS  BE  REMEMBERED  BY  MOST  AND  WE  DID  HAVE  A  GREAT  TIME  SINGING  THEM…….

I  HAVE  BEEN  SCHEDULED  FOR  MANY  MONTHS  TO  GO  TO  “CHINO  PRISON  FOR  WOMEN”  ON  CHRISTMAS  MORNING  AND  WAS  SOOOOO  LOOKING  FORWARD  TO  IT……. 3  DAYS  BEFORE….. I  RECEIVED  A  CALL  FROM  THE  CHAPLAIN  TELLING  ME  THERE  WAS  A  NEW  DATA  BASE  BEING  PUT  IN  PLACE  AND  EVERYONE  WHO  HAD  BEEN  COMING  IN  FOR  EVEN  A  LONG  TIME…… HAD  TO  RESUBMIT…….. SO  I  WAS  NOT  ABLE  TO  GO  IN  ON  CHRISTMAS  DAY…… AND  WAS  DISAPPOINTED…… BUT  JUST  TOLD  GOD  HOW  MUCH  I  WILL  LOOK  FORWARD  TO  GOING  IN  WHENEVER  I  AM  CLEARED  trans-smiley-tiny  AND  I  WILL  CERTAINLY  TELL  YOU  ABOUT  IT.

Matthew 7:12 ~ Do for other people the same things you want them to do for you.

LONGTIME  AND  SPECIAL  FRIENDS…. MR  JOHNNY  AND  CHARLOTTE  INVITED  ME  TO  CHRISTMAS  DINNER….. WHEN  I  GO  THERE  FOR  THANKSGIVING  DINNER,  WE  HAVE  TURKEY  AND  ALL  THE  TRIMMINGS…… UMMMMMM……. SO  SHE ASKED  IT  IF  WAS  OK  IF  WE  HAD  SOMETHING  DIFFERENT…… ENCHILADAS…… BEANS…… BROWN  RICE….. AND  A  SALAD?…… WHAT  WOULD  YOU  SAY? trans-smiley-tiny…… CAUSE  THAT  KIND  OF  FOOD  CAN  BE  FATTENING…… I  DON’T  EAT  A  LOT  OF  IT…. SO  I  WAS  VERY  EXCITED  AND  MY,  DID  WE  HAVE  A  GOOD  TIME   TOGETHER…. CHARLOTTE  AND  I  PLAYED  3  GAMES  OF  SCRABBLE……. FOLKS  I  LOVE  TO  PLAY  SCRABBLE…… AND  SHE  IS  ALMOST  AS  GOOD  AS  ME  trans-smiley-tiny…… I  HAD  STOPPED  AT  THE  STRAWBERRY  STAND  AND  PICKED  SOME  UP….. UMMMMMMMMM

BECAUSE  I  HAD  SUCH  A  BUSY  NOVEMBER  AND  DECEMBER…… AFTER  DEC  24….. I  AM  NOT  SCHEDULED  FOR  ANY  SINGING  MINISTRY  TIL  JAN  11….. SO  I  AM  TRYING  TO  GET  INTO  THE  STUDIO  TO  RECORD  MY  NEW  SONGS…. AND  REMEMBER  IF  YOU  WOULD  LIKE  TO  BE  A  PART  OF  HELPING  ME  FINANCE  THIS  PROJECT…… I  WILL  BE  SOOOO  GRATEFUL  TO  YOU…… AND  YOU  WILL  RECEIVE  A  TAX  DEDUCTIBLE  RECEIPT  FOR  YOUR GIVING  DOWN  HERE  AND  IT  WILL  ALSO  BE  ADDED  TO  YOUR  ACCOUNT  IN  GLORY.  THESE  35  YEARS  OF  FULL-TIME  MINISTRY  HAS  BEEN  POSSIBLE  BECAUSE  GOD  HAS  TOUCHED  THE  HEARTS  OF  FRIENDS  AND  FAMILY  TO….. FIRST  OF  ALL  PRAY  FOR  ME…. AND  TO  SHARE  LOVE  GIFTS  OF  ENCOURAGEMENT….. TO  HELP  ME  CARRY  THE  “GOOD  NEWS”……. EVEN  AT  AGE  75……. I  AM  THANKFUL  THAT  GOD  GIVES  ME  THE  STRENGTH  TO  STILL  TRAVEL…… IT  IS  WONDERFUL…… A  BIG  THANKS  FOR  YOUR  LOVE  FOR  THE  MINISTRY  GOD  HAS  GIVEN  TO ME.  I  ALWAYS  CHECK  TO  MAKE  SURE  I  HAVE  GIVEN  GOD  ALL  THAT  IS  DUE  HIM  AT  THE  END  OF  EACH  YEAR…. AND  IF  FOR  WHATEVER  REASON  I  FIND  THAT  I  HAVE  NOT…… I  QUICKLY  BLESS  A  MINISTRY  BEFORE  THE  YEAR  IS  OVER….. MAY  I  ASK  THAT  IF  YOU   DISCOVER  THAT  YOU  WANT  TO  GIVE TO  A  MINISTRY  THAT  IS  “GOOD  GROUND”…….. YOU  CAN  CONTACT  ME  AT  909 948-2448   ABOUT  GIVING  THROUGH  A  CREDIT  CARD  OR  PAYPAL…… I  KNOW  YOU  WILL  BE  BLESSED  AND  THANK  YOU.  ALSO  CALL  ME  ANYTIME  ABOUT  ANYTHING…. I’LL  BE  HAPPY  TO  CONNECT  WITH  YOU.  trans-smiley-tiny

I  WANTED  TO  SHARE  ABOUT  A  WONDERFUL  VISIT  I  HAD  WITH  “THE  OLDEST  LIVING  RESIDENT  OF  OCEANSIDE  CA…… SHE  IS  104  …….. I  MET  HER  AND  DAUGHTER  LAST  YEAR…… WHEN  I  VISITED  HER  AT  THE  HOUSE…… SHE  LOOKED  SOOOO  CUTE……. WANTED  ME  TO  SING  HER  MOST  FAVORITE  SONG  WHICH  IS  “GREAT  IS  THY  FAITHFULNESS”…… I  THOUGHT  I  WOULD  BE  JUST  SINGING  TO  HER…… BUT  SHE  SANG  EVERY  VERSE AND  CHORUS  WITH  ME…. LOUD  AND  STRONG….. SHE  IS  ARTICULATE  AND  CARRIES  ON  GREAT  CONVERSATIONS….. LOVES  TALKING  ABOUT  THE  LORD……. WHAT  A  BLESSING  THAT  HER  DAUGHTER  CLAIR  AND  HUSBAND  ASKED  HER  TO  MOVE  FROM  NEW  JERSEY  TO  LIVE  WITH  THEM   17  YEARS  AGO….. HER  BEDROOM  IS  UPSTAIRS  AND  SHE  HAS  BEEN  ABLE  TO  MAKE  THE  STAIRS  WITHOUT  A  PROBLEM,  TIL  4  MONTHS  AGO…… I  LEFT  THERE  ENERGIZED…… AND  THANKFUL  FOR  WHAT  SHE  POURED  INTO  ME  THAT  DAY.

DSCN6283Clair and her Mom, Ms. Ann, and Ms. Lillie

Psalms 71:17 ~ God, you have taught me since I was young. Even until today I tell about the miracles You do.

WE  MUST  NOT  FORGET  THAT  GOD  IS  IN  CONTROL  OF  THIS  WORLD  EVEN  THOUGH  YOU  MIGHT  THINK  THINGS  ARE  GOING  AMUCK  …… HAVE  NO  FEAR,  READ  HIS  WORD,  LET  GOD  BE RESPONSIBLE  FOR  THE  OUTCOME  OF  OUR  CIRCUMSTANCES .

Matthew 14: 27 ~ Be of good cheer, it is I; do not be afraid.

RECENTLY  AN  ARTICLE  I  WROTE  APPEARED  IN   THE  GAITHER  HOMECOMING  MAGAZINE…… PERHAPS  YOU MAY  NOT  HAVE  READ  IT….. AND  BECAUSE  IT IS  VERY  SPECIAL TO  ME, I  THOUGHT  I  WOULD  SHARE  IT  WITH  YOU ….. HOPE  YOU  ENJOY  READING  IT.  trans-smiley-tiny

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Ephesians 6:24 ~God’s grace to all of you who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love that never ends.

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

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