Tuesday, October 24, 2017

At Calvary

This weekend we were going to spend some time back at our home church in Temple........


Friday my family got together to celebrate my Mom and Dad's anniversary. My brother Andy went over to the Nursing Home to pick up my dad and bring him out to Bertram to be with my Mom where she is staying with her cousin Mrs. Amidon. Mom spent the day in the bed as she has been doing lately; sometimes she will go to the living room to be in the recliner but most of the time she is too week to do that for long. My Dad was content to sit in his wheelchair with her by his side. He has missed seeing her and she him. (Pray for Dad he has been having a lot of soreness in his shoulder.) It was a good time together with family from both sides of the family attending.



Then on Sunday we got up early and went up to Temple back to Calvary Baptist Church where we got to hear our pastor Bro. Reed preach and see our sweet friends who are faithfully praying for our ministry and family. We took a nap in the pews between services and for the kids time before service Bro. Reed asked me to fill in for sister Reed because she was out sick.  I got together with Zach and we did a short lesson and a craft activity of making cards, posters and letters for a dear man who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has been in the hospital there in Temple. Our kids got to know him through youth camp. He and his wife and family went to the same camp and are from Riverside Baptist Church in Meridian that we attended with Bro. George Watson a while back. Please keep Bro. Rick Gentry wife Tiffany and their children in your prayers. Here is their gofundme page.



During the discipleship class between services Bro. Reed asked Bro. Harrod to preach his sermon on, "Purpose." We sang a few songs and Bro. Harrod brought the sermon that God had been laying on his heart. Later, after the services we headed down to the hospital and got to see Bro. Gentry and his wife. We surprised them with a mini concert and God really blessed. Bro. gentry has been in the hospital for about 3 weeks and has had at least 2 surgeries to remove tumor infected areas.

We gave them the posters that the kids from church had made and saw that their girls were super great artist and had some beautiful artwork on the walls, so we just added to all of the beautiful work already there. They said that the posters and cards are a real encouragement to him and their family and they would look at them and remember our visit.



We hugged them and went out to the lobby to look out the window one last time at the view; we were on the top floor and it was pretty neat. But as we were going to do that there were nurses and technicians speeding through the halls. I knew that wasn't good and heard bells going off. It was a matter of life and death. Then I looked over in the waiting room and saw a lady who was crying and the chaplain beside her I kept looking at her because I knew she needed something from me. Then the man said that they were trying to save her husband. I told her that I was praying for her and gave her a hug. Such a heart wrenching moment. It was sad to see she was all alone to deal with this but then I remembered that she said it was all in God's hands now. She was not alone! God sent me to give her a hug from him. I know that hugs give strength to the weary. I'm glad I could be used to help this hurting lady.

Last night my Mom went into the ER to get platelets her platelet count was down to a 5. I called my good friend Mrs. Vickie Pierce (she had offered to stay with the kids if I needed her)  and she stayed with the kids until Bro. Harrod got home from work, what a blessing! I spent the night with her in the hospital. It went pretty good but she was in some pain and didn't get much sleep. Pray she gets to rest today.

We are preparing for a longer trip again to the Fort Worth area this weekend so pray all goes well.

PRAYER NEEDS:

* Recording equipment so that we can record our music 
and make cd's.
speaker hauling dollies or smaller speakers.
* fold up bunk beds that fit just right in our bus and a queen size bed for Mom and Dad. Portable toilet, storage for instruments and tools.*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!

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!


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