SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015

MY,  OH  MY….. WHAT  IS  HAPPENING  WITH  THE  WEATHER?….. IT  IS  IN  THE  80’S  AGAIN….. OF  COURSE,  I  AM  LOVING  IT   trans-smiley-tiny …..IT  IS  JUST  THAT  WHEN  I  SPEAK  WITH  MY  SISTERS  IN  SEATTLE…. AND  IT  IS  POURING  RAIN….. I  HATE  TO  MENTION  THE  WEATHER  TO  THEM…. trans-smiley-tiny

WHEN  I  LIVED  THOSE  10  YEARS  IN  BEAUTIFUL  HAWAII…. I  MET  AND  STILL  HAVE  WONDERFUL  FRIENDS  IN  THE  ISLANDS…… AND  IT  IS  A  JOY  WHEN   SOME  STOP  BY  TO  SEE  ME  BEFORE  HEADING  BACK  HOME……. RECENTLY,  MAILE  SPENT  2  DAYS  WITH  ME….. THEN  WE  SET  OUT  TO  DRIVE  TO  THE  SAN  JOSE  AREA  WHERE  I  WOULD  MINISTER  IN  THE  CITY  AT  SAN  BRUNO….. MAILE  AND  I  DROVE  2  HOURS  …..STOPPED  IN  BAKERSFIELD…. HAD  SOME  FRIENDS  JOIN  US  FOR  LUNCH  AT  THIS  INCREDIBLE  CHRISTIAN  RESTAURANT….. HODELS…… WOW  I  LOVE  THEIR  FOOD!…. I  COULD  NOT  AFFORD  TO  EAT  THERE   (AND  NOT  BECAUSE  OF  THE  FINANCIAL  COST)…. RATHER  THE  AMOUNT  OF  POUNDS  THAT  COULD  BE  ADDED  TO  MY  BODY-WEIGHT.  trans-smiley-tiny  

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Maile, Jan and Ms. Lillie

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Tina, Pastor Freeborn and Ms. Lillie

I  REALLY  PREFER  DRIVING  HALF  WAY  WHEN  I  GO  TO  BAY  AREA….. SO  LEAVING  BAKERSFIELD  I  DROVE  ANOTHER  2  HOURS  TO  VISALIA…. WHERE  IT  IS  THE  BEST  PLACE  TO  USE  MARRIOTT  POINTS …..I  WAS  ABLE  TO  GET  2  ROOMS  FOR  ONLY…… .GET  THIS…. 7500  POINTS  EACH  ….(THE  ROOMS  ARE  NORMALLY  $126.00   PER  NITE.)…. SO  WE  EACH  HAD  A  LOVELY  ROOM  IN  THE  MARRIOTT….. AND  LEFT  EARLY  THE  NEXT  MORNING  SO  I  COULD  STOP  BY  TO  VISIT  FRIENDS  IN  THE  SMALL  TOWN  OF  ESCALON…. SPENT  A  COUPLE  OF  HOURS  WITH  THEM……. BEFORE  DRIVING ANOTHER  COUPLE  HOURS  TO  CHECK  INTO  MY  HOTEL  FOR  THE  NEXT  3 NITES…… ENROUTE  TO  THIS  MOTEL,  I  DROPPED  MAILE  OFF  AT  THE  TRAIN  STATION…. FOR  A  SHORT  RIDE  TO  HER  SISTERS’  HOUSE…… I  REALIZED THAT  IT  HAD  BEEN  MORE  THAN  30  YEARS  SINCE  I  WAS  AT  THE  CHURCH  OF  THE  HIGHLANDS  IN  SAN  BRUNO…. IT  WAS  WONDERFUL  TO  BE  BACK….. PASTOR  DAVID  HAD  PREPARED  THE  CHOIR  FOR  US  TO  SING  ONE  SONG  TOGETHER  IN  EACH  OF  THEIR  3  SUNDAY  MORNING  SERVICES…… IT  WAS  GREAT!….. AND  WE  WERE  ALL  EXCITED  ABOUT  THE  EVENING  HYMN  SING  CELEBRATION  AT  5PM….. WHERE  WE  GET  TO  SING  ALL  THE  WONDERFUL  OLD  SONGS  OF  THE  CHURCH……. WELL,  LISTEN  TO  THIS….. FOR  18  YEARS…. I  HAVE  NOT  SCHEDULED  A  PM  SERVICE  ON  “SUPER  BOWL”  SUNDAY  NITE…… THE  LAST  TIME  WAS  WHEN  I  HAD  ABOUT  100  FOLK  IN  THE  CHURCH  BUILDING  TO  HEAR  ME….. WHILE  THERE  WERE  MORE  THAN  600  IN  THE  CHURCH  FELLOWSHIP  HALL  FOR  THE  “SUPER  BOWL  PARTY”…. SO  I  SAID  THAT’S  IT!  trans-smiley-tiny  BUT  AS  WE  HAD  SCHEDULED  THIS  A  YEAR  IN  ADVANCE  AND  I  DID  NOT  HAVE  MY  2015  CALENDAR   (WHICH  I  ALWAYS  WRITE  IN  BIG  LETTERS  ACROSS  THAT  DATE…… I  DID  NOT  REMEMBER)….. SO  HERE  WE  WERE….. ALL  SCHEDULED  FOR  A  BIG  HYMN  SING  WONDERING  IF  ANYONE  WOULD  COME…… ALL  I  CAN  SAY  IS  “THANK  YOU  LORD”   AS  FOLK  DID  RETURN  FOR  THE  HYMN  SERVICE….. AND  THE  RESPONSE  WAS  TREMENDOUS!…. I  HOPE  I  GET  TO  RETURN  FOR  ANOTHER….. SO  THE  FOLK  WHO  MISSED  IT  WILL  COME.  trans-smiley-tiny  …..I  HAD  WONDERFUL  FELLOWSHIP  WITH  THE  LONG  TIME  PASTOR  AND  HIS  WIFE  AS  WELL  AS  THEIR  SON  WHO  IS  NOW  PASTOR.    IT  WAS  THEIR  60TH  WEDDING  ANNIVERSARY…… WHAT  A  PRECIOUS  COUPLE  OF  FAITH  AS  GOD  HAS  USED  THEM  IN  THE  LIVES  OF  MANY  FOLK…. LO  THESE  MANY  YEARS.

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Ms. Lillie, Vernita and Pastor Don Sheley

FOLLOWING  THAT  INCREDIBLE  WEEKEND…… I  WENT  TO  SAN  JOSE  FOR  A  WEEK  OF  MINISTRY…. IT  WAS  A  BLESSED  TIME  AS  I  SHARED  WITH  THE  SENIORS  AT  BETHEL  CHURCH  (WHAT’S  AGE  GOT  TO  DO  WITH  IT?) …..TOLD  THEM  HOW  GOD  CAN  USE  US  TIL  HE  CALLS  US  HOME….. WHAT  A  PRIVILEGE  HE  HAS  GIVEN  ME  TO  CONTINUE  TO  TRAVEL  AND  BRING  THE  “GOOD  NEWS”  TO  ALL  THE  OPENED  DOORS….. HAS  BEEN  MORE  THAN  38  YEARS  NOW.

BECAUSE  OF  THE  NEED  TO  HEAR  AND  SING  THE  OLD  SONGS….. THE  HYMN  SINGS  ARE  BECOMING  SOOO  POPULAR…. SEE,  IN  MOST  CHURCHES  WE  CANNOT  HEAR  THOSE  WONDERFUL  OLD  SONGS…. SO  WHEN   I  WAS  ASKED  TO  BE    PART  OF  ONE  ON  THE  SATURDAY  NITE…. THERE  WERE  3  SOUTHERN  GOSPEL  QUARTETS  ON  PROGRAM  AND  I  WAS  THE  SPECIAL  GUEST…… THEY  HAD  PUT  TOGETHER  A  CHOIR  TO  SING  SONGS  FROM  THE  GAITHER  VIDEOS…… WHAT  A  GREAT  RESPONSE….. I  LOVED  BEING  THERE  AND  HEARING  ALL  THOSE  GREAT  SINGERS.

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The Arena Family from Salem Oregon

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Gospel Road Quartet from San Jose California

ON  MY  DRIVE  BACK  HOME….. I  CAME  HIGHWAY  101  WHICH  IS  ABSOLUTELY  BEAUTIFUL …. AT  TIMES  ….RITE ALONG  THE  OCEAN….. AND  OTHER  TIMES….. THE  MOUNTAINS  WERE  NICE  AND  GREEN….. YOU  CAN  SEE  GOD’S  CREATIVITY.

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HAD  ANOTHER  GREAT  OPPORTUNITY  TO  HEAR  SOME  REAL  GOOD  SINGING…. I  WENT  TO  A  BLACKWOOD  CONCERT…… THEY  ARE  EXCEPTIONAL…. WAS  POWERFUL…. THERE  IS  NOTHING  LIKE   QUARTET  HARMONY…. THE  GROUP  IS  LEAD  BY  JAMES  BLACKWOOD’S  YOUNGEST  SON,  BILLY….. HE  MENTIONED  THAT  THERE  HAVE  BEEN   BLACKWOODS’   SINGING   FOR  MORE  THAN  80  YEARS  WOW!….. IF  THEY  ARE  IN  YOU  AREA…. PLEASE  TRY  TO  GO  HEAR  THEM….. YOU  WILL  BE  BLESSED!

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The Blackwood Quartet and Ms. Lillie

IT  SEEMS  ALWAYS  TO  BE  BETTER  WHEN  VALENTINES’  DAY  IS  ON  A  WEEKEND…… SO  HERE  WE  ARE…. AND  I  AM  SPEAKING/SINGING  FOR  A  LADIES  BRUNCH…… GOD  GAVE  ME  A  MESSAGE  ” MY   PERFECT    VALENTINE.”   IT  WAS  WELL  RECEIVED  AND  I  AM  CERTAIN  GOD  TOUCHED  HEARTS  AND  LIVES……

I  AM  HOPING  I  HEAR  FROM  YOU…. IF  YOU  WANT  ME  TO  COME  SPEAK/SING  FOR  YOUR  SENIORS  GROUP……. PLEASE  CALL  ME  AT  909-948-2448…… I  ALSO  DO  LOTS  OF  LADIES  FUNCTIONS….. YOU  WILL  NOT  BE  DISAPPOINTED  AND  YES,  YOU  CAN  AFFORD  ME  trans-smiley-tiny

WHAT  A  PLEASANT   SURPRISE  TO  RECEIVE  AN  E-MAIL  FROM  AAA  MAGAZINE  WESTWAYS  INFORMING  ME  THAT  A  PHOTO  I  HAD  SUBMITTED ….. (ACTUALLY  ALMOST  TWO  YEARS  AGO …..  WHEN  I  WAS  ON  MY  75TH  BIRTHDAY  CRUISE)  ….. WOULD  BE  IN  THE  JAN/FEB  2015  ISSUE  ….. DO  YOU  KNOW  THAT  AS  YOU  TRAVEL,  IF  YOU  HOLD  UP  A  WESTWAYS  MAGAZINE  AT  A  SPECIAL  DESIGNATION …. AND  YOU  SUBMIT  YOUR  PHOTO …..  MAYBE  YOU’LL  BE  IN  THE  MAGAZINE  trans-smiley-tiny

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I’LL  LEAVE  YOU  WITH  A  CHORUS  FROM  MY  MOST  FAVORITE  SONG  THAT  I  SING.  SUCH  COMFORTING WORDS  FROM  ANNIE  FLINT  JOHNSON :

HE  GIVETH  MORE  GRACE  WHEN  THE  BURDENS  GROW  GREATER
HE  SENDETH  MORE  STRENGTH  WHEN  THE  LABORS  INCREASE
TO  ADDED  AFFLICTION,  HE  ADDETH  HIS  MERCY,
TO  MULTIPLIED  TRIALS, HIS  MULTIPLIED  PEACE

YOU  MAY  BE  GOING  THROUGH  WHAT  YOU  FEEL  ARE  THE  WORST  OF  TIMES …..  EVEN  THEN  WE  CAN  HAVE   PEACE ….. JUST   KNOWING   GOD  IS  IN  CONTROL.  LET’S  BE  ENCOURAGED  AS   WE   BELIEVE  THAT  AS  LONG  AS  WE  LIVE  AND  WALK  WITH  GOD, HE    WILL  GIVE  US  ALL  THE  GRACE,  MERCY  AND  PEACE  THAT  WE  NEED.  LET’S  TRUST  IN  THE  WORDS  OF  JESUS.

JOHN  14:27  ~  MY  PEACE  I  LEAVE  WITH  YOU,  MY  PEACE  I  GIVE  TO  YOU;  DO  NOT  BE  AFRAID. 

UNTIL NEXT TIME,

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