SUNDAY, OCT 11, 2015

fall landscape

THIS  IS  WHAT  I  WAS  ANXIOUSLY  HOPING  TO  SEE,  GORGEOUS  FALL  FOLIAGE  COLORS…. BUT  I  DID  NOT .  trans-smiley-tiny   I  WAS  SOOOO  DISAPPOINTED.   I  WAS  TOLD  BY  THE  LOCAL  FOLK  THAT  IT  WOULD  POSSIBLY  BE  ANOTHER  10-15  DAYS  BEFORE  THE  LEAVES  WOULD  CHANGE.   SO  I  RETURNED  HOME  AND  MADE  A  WISH  LIST…. HERE  IS  THE  SCENERIO ….. MY  FRIENDS  WOULD  CALL  TO  TELL  ME  THAT  THE  LEAVES  ARE  CHANGING…. I  WOULD  RUSH  TO  THE  AIRPORT…. TO  BE  THERE  THE  NEXT  DAY  …. BUT  OF  COURSE,  WE  ALL  KNOW  THAT  THE  AIRLINE  COSTS  ARE  MUCH  TOO  EXPENSIVE  IF  THE  TICKET  IS  NOT  PURCHASED  IN  ADVANCE… SO  BECAUSE   I  WOULD  HAVE  TO  WAIT  7  DAYS  BEFORE I  COULD  FLY  AT  A  GREAT,  GOOD  OR  EVEN  DECENT  FARE…. THE  LEAVES  WOULD  HAVE  BEGUN  TO  FALL  TO  THE  GROUND.  SO  I  THOT  OF  SOMETHING…. PERHAPS  I  COULD  ARRANGE  TO  MINISTER  IN  SOME  CHURCHES   IN  THE  AREA… AND  BE  PREPARED   TO  STAY  3-4  WEEKS…. MEANING,  I  WOULD  BE  THERE  WHEN  IT  HAPPENS….. UMMMMM… MAYBE. trans-smiley-tiny 

I  CANNOT  TELL  YOU  HOW  EXCITING  IT  WAS  FOR  ME  TO  BE  ASKED  TO  COME  SING  AT  THE  NATIONAL  QUARTET  CONVENTION  IN  PIGEON  FORGE   (HOME  OF  DOLLY  PARTONS’  DOLLYWOOD).  WHAT  AN  AWESOME  TIME  I  HAD  THERE.   THE LECONTE  CONVENTION  CENTER  WAS  WHERE  MORE  QUARTETS  THAN  I  EVEN  KNEW  EXISTED,  SANG  AND  SANG   AND  SANG…. (I  WAS  TOLD  THAT  THERE  ARE  EVEN  MANY  MORE  OUT  THERE  TRAVELING). trans-smiley-tiny  TEN  THOUSAND  HAPPY  FOLK  (INCLUDING  ME)   SAT  AND  SAT  AND  SAT  FOR  5  HOURS  EACH  NITE  ….. AND  GET  THIS….. WITH  NO  INTERMISSION.  WE WERE  ENCOURAGED  AND  LIFTED  OUT  OF  OUR  SEATS  WITH  EXCITING  PRAISE  AND  WORSHIP  WOW!   I  LOVED  IT!

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ML at NQC-2015-2
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Speaker Dr David Jeremiah,
Ms. Lillie and Mrs. Les Beasley

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Allison Speer and Ms. Lillie

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Long-time Friend, Judy Nelon of Media News Publishing

and Ms. Lillie

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The Talleys and Ms. Lillie

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Ben Speer and Ms. Lillie

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Keepers of The Faith and Ms. Lillie

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Tribute Quartet and Ms. Lillie

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Singer Jason Crabb and Ms. Lillie

WHAT  A  GRACIOUS  HOST  DEAN  HOPPER  (OF  THE  HOPPER  FAMILY)  WAS  TO  ME. HE  HONORED  ME  WITH  SPECIAL  WORDS  WHEN  HE  INTRODUCED  ME.  EARLIER  AT  SOUND  CHECK TIME,   I  SAW  AND  HEARD  THE  INCREDIBLE  LEE  UNIVERSITY  SINGERS.  WHAT  A  TALENTED  GROUP!…. SO  OF  COURSE  “KNOWING  A  GOOD  THING  WHEN  I  SEE  AND  HEAR  IT,”   trans-smiley-tiny ….. I  ASKED  THEM  TO  JOIN  ME  ON  MY  SONG  “O  HAPPY  DAY”…  AND   WOWIE  …. FOLK  LOVED  IT  AND  SAID  IT  WAS  GREAT!.  I  KNOW  IT  WAS  WONDERFUL  FOR  ME.

ML at NQC-2015-1Two of the Lee University Singers with Ms. Lillie

IT  SEEMED  THAT  AS  I  WALKED  THRU  THE  CONVENTION  CENTER…. EVERY  4-5  FEET,  THERE  WAS  A  PRODUCT  TABLE  LADEN  WITH  CD’S  AND  OTHER  THINGS  EACH  QUARTET  WAS  SELLING …. I  WALKED   AND  WALKED  AND  WAS  EXCITED  TO  SEE  MANY  I  HAD  MET  BEFORE,  AND  OTHERS  I  MET  FOR  THE  FIRST  TIME.  THE  QUARTET  CONVENTION  IS  SUCH  A  BUSY  TIME  AND  PLACE,  THAT  I  WAS  NOT  ABLE  TO  VISIT  DOLLYWOOD….. SO  I  SUPPOSE  I  SHALL  HAVE  TO  GO  LATER.   trans-smiley-tiny  THE  SUNDAY  FOLLOWING  THE  CONVENTION,  I  WAS  BLESSED  TO  SING  AGAIN  AT  A  GREAT  CHURCH  IN  KNOXVILLE….. SUNDAY  MORNING  AND  A   CONCERT  IN  THE  EVENING…. I  WAS  TRULY  BLESSED  TO  HAVE  THE  CHOIR  SING  WITH  ME….. THANKS  MUSIC  MINISTER  PASTOR  BEN….. SHARON  BAPTIST  IS  A  GREAT  CHURCH  AND  THE   PASTOR,  MARK,  IS  A  WONDERFUL  SPEAKER….

MY  NEXT  STOP…… ONE  OF  MY  FAVORITE  PLACE…. BRANSON  MO…. IT  IS  SOOO  BEAUTIFUL,  SURROUNDED  BY  ROLLING  HILLS  AND  MOUNTAINS …. AND  LADEN  WITH  TREES…. BUT  NO  FALL  FOLIAGE  TREE  COLORS  THERE  EITHER.   trans-smiley-tiny   THERE  IS  SOOOO  MUCH  TALENT….. THERE  ARE  GREAT  FAMILY  SHOWS  (BUT  NOT  THE  LAS  VEGAS  PRICES).   trans-smiley-tiny   IT  IS  A  WONDERFUL  VACATION  PLACE  WITH  “CLEAN”  SHOWS.   ONE  OF  THE  “MUST  SEE”  SHOWS  IS  “THE  VOICES  OF  GLORY.”   DO  YOU  REMEMBER  A  FEW  YEARS  AGO,  ON  THE  TV  SHOW  AMERICA’S  GOT  TALENT,”  THERE  WERE  2  BROTHERS  AND  A  SISTER  WHO  GOT  INTO  THE  FINALS….. BUT  DID  NOT  WIN?   WELL,  GOD  HAS  GIVEN  THEM  AS  GREAT PLATFORM  TO  TOUCH  FOLK…. THEY  ARE  AGES  26,  19- AND  THE  GIRL  IS  ONLY  15  WOW!   CAN  SHE  SING!   I  WAS  ESPECIALLY  BLESSED  WHEN  THEY  DID  A  “GOSPEL   SEGMENT.”    

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 IT  WAS  A  REAL  TREAT  FOR  ME  TO  HAVE  MY  LONG  TIME  FRIEND  MARY  McLELLAN  FROM  RANCHO  MIRAGE  CA  MEET  ME  AT  THE  AIRPORT  AND  WE  SPENT  5  DAYS  TOGETHER…. ENJOYING  THE  MANY  SHOWS  WE  SAW.  

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photo-10-bWhat fun Mary and Ms. Lillie had at Legends Show with The Blues Brothers

I  MET  HER  WHEN  SHE  WAS  WITH  THE  PTL  HERITAGE  …. JIM  BAKKERS’  MINISTRY  IN  CHARLOTTE …… SO  THIS  WAS  AN  OPPORTUNITY  FOR  HER  TO  RECONNECT  WITH  HIM….. WE  WENT  TO  A  TAPING  OF  2  SHOWS  AT  HIS  NEW  MINISTRY  CALLED  MORNINGSIDE……

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Jim Bakker with Ms. Lillie and Mary

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Ms. Lillie with Lori Bakker and Mary

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A bronze statue of Jesus holding a lamb on the grounds of Morningside
with Ms. Lillie and Mary

AND  SHE  WAS  INTERVIEWED …. AS  SHE  HAS  AN  INCREDIBLE  BOOK  SHE  WROTE  ABOUT  HER  LIFE ….. YOU  NEED  TO  READ  IT…. (AMAZON  HAS  IT)  TITLED:  “THE  CRASH, THE  RING  AND  THE  ORANGE  THREAD,”  YOU  WILL  NOT  BE  ABLE  TO  PUT  IT  DOWN…..  I  TELL  YOU,  JIM’S PLACE  OF  MINISTRY,  MORNINGSIDE  IS SOMETHING  TO  SEE …….. GOD  HAS  CERTAINLY  GIVEN  HIM  A  2ND  CHANCE  AND  HE  IS  “TAKING  IT.”  trans-smiley-tiny

GOD  OPENED  DOORS  FOR  ME  TO  SING  IN  2  CHURCHES  WHILE  IN  BRANSON… (THE  COUPLE  WHOSE  MOTEL  WHERE  I  HAVE  STAYED  THE  LAST  FEW  TIMES  I  HAVE  BEEN  THERE  ASKED  ME  TO  SING  IN  THEIR  ADVENTIST  CHURCH) ….. SO  THAT  SATURDAY  MORNING  I  WAS  THERE …. MINISTERED  TO  A  REALLY  SWEET  CONGREGATION …. I  HAD  BEEN  GIVEN  THE  ENTIRE  SERVICE …. AND  GOD  USED  THE  SONGS  AND  SPOKEN  WORD  TO  TOUCH  HEARTS …. I  LOVED  THE  FELLOWSHIP  AND  VEGETARIAN  MEAL  AFTERWARD …… EVERYTHING  I  ATE  WAS  DELICIOUS.   trans-smiley-tiny  UMMMMMM!

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Richard and Raquel ~ Owners of Gretna Inn, and Ms. Lillie

ON  SUNDAY,  I  WAS  IN  AN  OLD  FASHIONED,  SPIRIT  FILLED,  TONGUE  TALKING  PENTENCOSTAL  CHURCH  trans-smiley-tiny  “SANCTUARY  OF  HOPE”   AND  I  LOVED  IT!  THEY  SANG  SONGS  I  KNOW  AND  RECOGNIZED.   THEIR  GREAT  CHOIR  SANG  WITH  ME  ON  A  COUPLE  OF  SONGS …. AND  THE  PASTOR’S  MESSAGE  WAS  VERY  ANOINTED,  SO  I  ASKED  FOR  A  CD  OF  THE  MESSAGE,  I  WANT  TO  LISTEN  TO  IT  OVER  AND  OVER.  IT  WAS  “SOUND  THE  BATTLE  CRY.”

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WHAT  A  WORLD  WE  ARE  LIVING  IN….. THINGS  ARE  GETTING  WORSE  AND  WORSE…. THERE  IS  SOOO  MUCH  UNGODLINESS,  BUT  I  WILL  NOT  FEAR…. ALL  I  HAVE  TO  DO  IS  READ  THE  “BACK  OF  THE  BOOK,”  AND  WE  CLEARLY  SEE  THAT  “WE   WIN.”   trans-smiley-tiny   JESUS  HAS  ALREADY  DEFEATED  DEATH,  HELL  AND  THE  GRAVE  AND  HAS  GONE  AWAY  TO  PREPARE  A  PLACE  FOR  THOSE  WHO  KNOW  HIM  AS  LORD  AND  SAVIOR…. AND  WILL  RETURN  TO  TAKE  US  TO  THAT  PLACE  TO  SPEND  ETERNITY  WITH  HIM.

John  14:3  ~  I  go  away  to  prepare  a  place  for  you,  I  will  come  again  and  receive  you  unto  Myself  that  where  I  am,  there  you  may  be  also.

BUT  UNTIL  JESUS  CALLS  US  HOME  OR  RETURNS  FOR  US…. WE  MUST  MAKE  HIM   KNOWN  TO  ALL  WE  COME  IN  CONTACT  WITH….. THE  WORLD  NEEDS  TO  KNOW  THAT  JESUS  IS  THE  ANSWER … THE  ONLY  ANSWER   FOR  THE  ALL  THE  PROBLEMS ….. AND  FOR   WHATEVER  IS  GOING  ON  IN  YOUR  LIFE  TODAY.  ARE  THERE  THINGS  YOU  DO  NOT  UNDERSTAND?…. HAVE  YOU  HAD  THE  SHOCK  OF  A  BAD  DIAGNOSIS?….. EXTREME  FATIGUE  FROM  CARING  FOR  SOMEONE  WITH  A  LENGTHY  ILLNESS?   WELL,  WE  MUST  NOT  FORGET  THAT  OUR  HEAVENLY  FATHER  HAS  A  PLAN  FOR  EACH  OF  OUR LIVES….. AND  DOES  KNOW  ALL  THAT  IS  GOING  ON  AND  IS  THERE  IN  THAT  TRIAL  WITH  US…. AS  HE  PERFECTS  AND  SUSTAINS  US….. HE  ONLY  ASKS  US  TO  TRUST  HIM  AS  HIS  LOVE  REACHES  OUT  TO  REMOVE  ALL  DOUBT  AND  FEAR.

Proverbs  3:5,6   ~  Trust  in  the  Lord  with  all  your  heart;  and  lean  not  to  your  own  understanding.  In  all  your  ways,  acknowledge  Him  and  He  shall  direct  your  path.

PLEASE  LET  ME  HEAR  FROM  YOU  IF  I  CAN  COME  MINISTER  FOR  YOUR  SENIORS  GROUP,  LADIES  FUNCTION,  OR  YOUR  CHURCH …. WE’LL  HAVE  A  GOOD  TIME  AND  YES,  YOU  CAN  AFFORD  ME.   trans-smiley-tiny

I  ALWAYS  WANT  TO  SAY  THANKS  TO  YOU  WHO  SUPPORT  THIS  MINISTRY ……  THIS  “ASSIGNMENT”  GOD  GAVE  ME  NEARLY  40  YEARS  AGO …… I  AM  SO  GLAD  THAT  MANY  OF  YOU  TELL  ME  HOW  YOU  PRAY  FOR  ME  DAILY ….. (I  NEED  YOUR  PRAYERS)  AND  I  AM  THANKFUL  FOR  YOU  WHO  GIVE  TO  HELP  ME  “GO  TO  THE  NEXT  PLACE,”   trans-smiley-tiny   YOUR  GIFT  IS  TAX  DEDUCTIBLE ….. AND  YOU  WILL  GET  A  RECEIPT.

I  Corinthians  1:30 – 31  ~   But  of  Him  who  are  in  Christ  Jesus,  who  became  for  us  wisdom  from  God  —  and  righteousness  and  sanctification  and  redemption  —  that,  as  it  is  written, “He  who  glories,  let  him  glory  in  the Lord.

UNTIL  NEXT  TIME
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