Monday, October 16, 2017

Even In The Valley God Is Good!

We were scheduled to be at Main Street Baptist Church this Sunday morning in Burnet Texas (which is the town we live in) so that didn't take us too far down the road. As usual the Devil always wants to put a dent in your spirit and he was working hard on ours. This week I found out my Mom who is battling Leukemia doesn't have much farther to go before she meets Jesus. Its been really tough but knowing Heaven awaits her is a great comfort. Knowing that death can be pleasant and doesn't have to be scary is also a blessing. Its at times like these that having a Savior in Jesus is literally saving my life! I am a very empathetic person so I have to take a step back at times and just be still and know that HE is God and has everything in control!

I was really wanting to get to see my Dad today and thankfully as we were arriving I saw that my brother who goes to Main Street Baptist had picked up my Dad from the Nursing Home and brought him to church. It was so good to see him! He got to sit beside us in his wheel chair and I was able to hold his hand some of the time. It was very nice.

Sunday was our third oldest and first daughter Zoi's birthday; she turned 14 years old and she wanted to sing a special song with her guitar for the first time. She has been working hard on that song and God really used that song to touch my heart. I will try to post that song on the facebook fan page. She sang it later in the day to my Mom.

We had a great day at Main Street with Bro. White, his family and church. Bro. Harrod's Mom and step Dad came to the service and we got to share lunch with them after church, that was a blessing to spend some quality family time with them as well.

After our "Baptist Nap" we were up and going so we decided to head over to a church near by but that church had canceled the night service so we went on down the road but everywhere we tried to go had already finished their service so we decided to go and share some music and devotional time with my Mom and cousin Mrs. Amidon. Mom hasn't been able to get to church lately and this is just what she needed to brighten her day! It was so good to see her smile real big and give her lots of hugs from the zildren. I know this is what I needed but I think my husband and children needed this too. Thank you Jesus for directing our paths!

Zena fixed Mom up for a pose, lol.


Lately Bro. Harrod has been rearranging the seats in our bus so that we can fit some air mattresses in there to lay down on our next long trip. Pray that God will give him the time to finish this project. One day we plan to put some fold up bunk beds in there. Little by Little!

PRAYER NEEDS:

* Recording equipment so that we can record our music 
and make cd's.
speaker hauling dollies or smaller speakers.
*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's in the Nursing Home recovering from foot surgery and Mom's battle with Leukemia is serious. Prayer for wisdom and healing.
*Health while serving our Lord 
*God's direction and help in everything we do!

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

Bro. Harrod was able to repair the bus A.C. (September 2017)* God provided school books through a great Christian friend in ministry praise the LORD!!! (September)
The Lord gave us a transit bus!!! Yippy Hallelujah! (End of August 2017)
Bro. Harrod was able to repair the van and it drives without getting hot now.*  Our van was hauled home and we were taken home safe and sound. (7-30-17)
God gave us our first supporting church and sold all of our hair bands/bracelets!
*
God was great in our first Revival Meeting!

*We were able to use our new sound system.
* The fellowship at churches has been great!
* We are picking up a few more meetings.
*  Our sick van made it home safely!



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Meeting At The Rock

This Sunday we were scheduled to sing at Victory Baptist Church in Copperas Cove , Texas , but first we stopped in at Round Rock Baptist Church and the pastor there invited us to be apart of their Sunday morning worship and help them kick off their fall program. It was great getting to know the pastor and his family. He was very kind and was helpful. They tried to send some free gold fish home with us from the program but we thought twice and told him they would probably boil in our van when we stopped to eat.

From the church in Round Rock we stopped for a bite to eat and God blessed with providing an anonymous person to pay for our meal. That was very unexpected and sent us singing down the road to our next stop. We wanted to get some cool water to drink for our hot ride; we drove the van since it wasn't very far and Bro. Harrod is in the middle of rearranging our bus so that we can fit some beds in there for our next trip. So we went to the dollar store and picked up water and some hair fixin' supplies so that the girls hair would be nice for the evening service.

Girls window Shopping Nora met an old Man. lol Who is that masked woman?

Boys Window Shopping and trying Dad sniffing the candles. We had time to kill while waiting for our seat.

Funny candy and more window shopping. Its more inexpensive this way and doesn't clutter the house. lol


On we went down the road listening to the GPS tell us our exits opps we had two on and almost missed our exit. Yes I set my phone to go to the dollar store and Bro. Harrod set his phone for the church. Thankfully Bro. Harrod figured that out and didn't have us going in circles. Lol

We made it to the church and I fixed on the girls hair a little and then we practiced the songs that we were going to sing. We visited with some of the folks there. Zach and Zeke are friends with some of the teen boys there and the other kids are friends with some younger children that we knew when we went to church with them at another church. It is always nice to have familiar faces for the kids to come to. God always knows how to work things out for us like that.

After the service we were greeted warmly and noticed that many were blessed. This is always an answer to our prayers because this is what we were called to do. We still feel amazed that God is using us. Thank you for your support and prayers. Things are tight right now while we are gathering support but God is always on time and supplies our every need.

Don't forget to pray for my parents they are having a rough time. My Mom especially is going through the fire. Her health is going down even more. She got some medicine for the pain she was having last week so hopefully she will get to feeling better soon.

PRAYER NEEDS:

speaker hauling dollies or smaller speakers.
*Meetings for our calendar
*Traveling Mercies
* James and Gerri Hoover (my parents) - Dad's in the Nursing Home recovering from foot surgery and Mom's battle with Leukemia is serious. Prayer for wisdom and healing.
*Health while serving our Lord 
*God's direction and help in everything we do!

ANSWERED PRAYERS:

*
Bro. Harrod was able to repair the bus A.C. (September 2017)* God provided school books through a great Christian friend in ministry praise the LORD!!! (September)
The Lord gave us a transit bus!!! Yippy Hallelujah! (End of August 2017)
Bro. Harrod was able to repair the van and it drives without getting hot now.*  Our van was hauled home and we were taken home safe and sound. (7-30-17)
God gave us our first supporting church and sold all of our hair bands/bracelets!
*
God was great in our first Revival Meeting!

*We were able to use our new sound system.
* The fellowship at churches has been great!
* We are picking up a few more meetings.
*  Our sick van made it home safely!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fort Worth Trip A.C. Problems and Blessings

We left Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 for the Fort Worth area. We first had to stop at the Stripes gas station to pick up an electric wheat grinder we had gotten on Craig's List. This will help us make home made bread to keep us healthy and strong for the road. We met our party and they were great to wait for us and deliver the unit. I can't wait to get that going we had one before and it was ran until it finally gave up the ghost!

Then we were off to meet the preacher down at Killeen who helped us understand our A.C. better and showed us how to make it run cooler. That worked real good for a little while and then the A.C, quit on us completely. I believe it was the belt. So we should be able to get that repaired and running soon.

Then we were back on the road and finally made it over to our friend's house in the Fort Worth area for a great place to stay in the nice cool air with sweet Christian folks and amazingly scrumptious food. The kids enjoyed playing with their toddler and baby and then we showered and bedded down for the night. I took some much needed pain medicine for my back and prayed for relief in the morning.

We rose early the next morning, got dressed and ready and had our breakfast that was already ready in the crock pot of Mrs. Oldenkamp. What an wonderful blessing she was on top of juggling her own family and home life she managed to fit all of us in to her schedule. I know God will give her blessings for her involvement in the work of the Lord! Praise God for this faithful family! They were a huge blessing to us!

We rushed off to the bus and deposited our still sleepy bodies into our seats. Bro. Harrod got out our directions to the church and hit the trail. We arrived and met our contact Bro. Dodson and he showed the Z-kids to their Sunday School rooms and myself and Bro. Harrod to the auditorium. They also asked if I could play the piano and help them out because they didn't have a permanent piano player yet. Jojin us in praying that God would bless them in their need! ( I met a young lady there who was teaching herself to play the piano and was doing a great job at it with no prior piano lessons. I helped her a little and am really looking forward to what God will do with her) The morning Service was great we even were asked to sing a song for the morning special to get the services started.

That afternoon we were planning on taking our Baptist nap in the Sunday School rooms which I really needed because my back was still giving me a lot of trouble and when we got back to the church the power was out. Oh no, I thought, hoping that the air would be cool in the other building. When I climbed the stairs I found out that the air was not cool and I tried to make myself comfortable any way. Then I asked all of you that follow our facebook group to help out by praying that the electricity would come back on. It wasn't long after I decided to bring yall into it that sure enough God answered and came through for us. the electricity came back on and I hit the a.c. button right away. There was a window unit and our room was super cool in no time. Bro. Harrod brought up our air mattress to help my back and we rested until the evening service. I'm so glad God gave me a man that cares about how I feel. That was so much better than laying on some chairs.

Unfortunately I didn't get any sleep but at least I was cool and comfortable. I forced myself up and got our things ready to go back on the bus. Took some pain medicine and prayed for relief. I was excited about how God was going to move and what he was up to in the services because I knew that God works his best when we are at our weakest. Before the services got started good there was a prayer request time and a lady that was talking to me before the services, asked that the church pray for my back. That brought tears to my eyes and after a while I started to feel the pain relief that we had all prayed for. Thank you Jesus for helping me through.

The kids sang a few songs and then it was time for the preaching. The preaching was great and I could tell that God was at work in the service. People got involved and the attention to the message was great! We are praying that God will raise up some young people, men and women there that will turn the world upside down! We really enjoyed the church's involvement in the bus ministry; that was a blessing to see how much they care about the children in the area. The front pews were filled with children and teens that rode the bus and they were rewarded for paying attention during the sermon. That made me smile and I'm sure that made the heavenly Father smile with joy!

God met with us that night and showed us great and mighty things. He showed the Harrod family how he provides for our every need even when the need is great! We had been praying about some special prayer requests and God had come through once again.  He showed me his healing if even for a few minutes while we sang and preached. He showed the people that he loved them and wanted them to keep going fighting the Devil!

We got back on the bus and headed toward home. Stopped at a fast food place to get some food. After we ate we asked if we could sing for them since it was about empty and gave out our family tracts to them. Thank God for his gospel! Pray for the seed that was sewn.

We finally made it home about an hour later than planed because the GPS took us down some back roads that were really windy. Thanks to everyone who prayed there were zero engine troubles and that is a miracle for a bus that sat for 4 years! God is so good!

Oh boy today is the twins birthday I better get off of here and get busy there is a cake to be had sometime today! That may  mean I have to make it. Gotta go! Keep us in your prayers.

Check out Jr. below he is so sweet! I just had to share his great smile with the world!





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