Merry Christmas ........ not "happy holidays." This is my most favorite time of the year.......my desire is to put Christ back into Christmas ....... true .....many do not even know what we know. That Christ is in Christmas.....but how exciting to see the whole world recognize the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.........I love to walk through the mall and hear those timeless carols being played.....and folk who don't know Him as we do are humming and singing along about the birth of our Savior and some songs are even songs that worship Him! Wow!
Luke 2:14 - "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men!"
We do not know the exact date of the birth of Jesus.....but Dec. 25th has been designated as the date we celebrate .....and Christians have made it a very special day to remember Father God's gift to the world (from His heart of love)....how awesome....that the God of the universe....wrapped himself in a tiny baby's body.....sent him to earth to redeem us from all our sins.......I always make sure when I minister at Christmas-time that I tell the "rest of the story"....... and it is this......that Jesus came as a baby .... grew up in Nazareth ......was crucified....then buried in a borrowed tomb.....but on the 3rd day morning.....He arose and is alive today and will come live in our hearts if we just ask Him.....I am so glad that I know him as my personal Savior....I asked Him into my heart when I was just a little girl....and He is still there.
December is always wonderfully busy for me.....the time for those parties, banquets....all types of functions ..... so I have been running here and there ministering and lovin' it.
What a joy to be asked to minister for a group called "Circle of Friends". I learned that they have been meeting yearly for at least 50 years....what a group. Most of them grew up in the dynamic Angeles Temple. I loved listening to the stories about Amiee Semple McPherson....her powerful messages, her dramatic presentations and her Ministry to the poor. Present at this breakfast, was the talented organist, Linny Olson. I have always wanted to meet her and there she was.
Also, speaking to us at breakfast was Brother Ray Wilson, also known as Black Buffalo. He dresses as an Indian. He travels extensively, ministering to Indians....just hearing him exort that day was powerful and I am certain that God uses him in a great way.
I had a phone call from my dear friend, Stephanie, in Hawaii .... telling me that she would be in the desert for a week with her 2 sisters.....and because I am only an hour away....I was able to join them for a day.....what fun we had in old Palm Springs The weather was great ...... especially for Lorna ......... as she is from Minnesota. We took this photo.... (and you know where?) ....I do love those Nuts and Chews.
The snow-birds are back in California ....... and I love speaking / singing for those precious folk from all over the U.S. and Canada ......I get to minister to so many different denominations. There are many hurts ..... disappointments ..... heartaches ..... among the people, and music can minister in a great way to hearts and lives.....I see good results also at the Christian Women’s Connection Luncheons ...... as regular attendees are encouraged to invite unsaved friends to come hear a singer/speaker and learn how God has a plan for their lives ....... many ask Jesus to come live in their hearts......that makes all my time and travel worth it.
Psalms 9:10 - And those who know Your Name will put their trust in You;
My heart was saddened as I drove past many churches on Christmas Day (Sunday) and saw vancant parking lots....they were actually closed ..... I thought of many folk who only come to church on Christmas.....and to discover that the church they could attend.....was closed.........my prayer to God is that He will place someone in their lives to talk to and answer any questions they might have.........we must always be ready. I was in a great exciting service on Christmas Sunday.....a great day of celebration.
Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder. His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
I am getting my new CD master to the duplicator......next week and very soon, I am able to mail it to you.....just let me know........I am very excited about it.....I believe you will enjoy and be blessed. Please click here to order.
This last week of December has been a busy one for me.......as it seems calendars are being looked at.....and I am being asked to commit to dates as far away as May.......remember if you would like to have me come to one of your Women’s Functions ...... Senior’s Meetings ....... or Church Service, just give me a call and we will talk about it.......I know you will NOT be disappointed .... and yes, you can afford me!
When I had my farewell luncheon at the telephone company....(I was leaving to go into full-time ministry that God had called me to.) It was held at the Hyatt Hotel....a very nice banquet....one of the cute friendly waitresses was Vineta. We became friends quickly....I invited her to church, she accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior. We have been friends for 34 years....talking regulary on the phone .......... visiting one another's homes. I was with her last Sept 27th for her 91st birthday. She was a very special friend....I loved her very much. I spoke with her the morning of Christmas Eve....we laughed and talked a long time....I told her I would call her in a couple of days....which I did, but never speaking with her....the phone just rang and rang. On the Tuesday after Christmas, I received a phone call saying that she had gone to be with Jesus (of course they said she had passed away)....but as born-again Christians, we know that when we take our last breath, we are in the presence of Jesus. I was asked to prepare a memorial service for friends to gather and hear about her life. I'm working on it now. My webmaster is putting together a video of pictures I am acquiring from friends. It will be a good time of fellowship that day.
Years ago, I met a wonderful couple at a church in San Francisco.......I was asked to come minister for their "old fashioned" New Year’s Service ...... it was wonderful .....being back at the church where I had ministered many times through the years .......it took me back to my childhood ..... being in that type of service.....we called it "Watch Night Service"......the Holy Spirit was truly there. Thank you Pastor Stewart for the invitation.
God Bless You, dear friends, as you look forward to a Blessed New Year.....may the little baby in the manger, and now our soon coming King of Kings be real to you ....... This Christmas Season, let’s consider His sacrifice and ........ be thankful for all that He has done for us.
This is my last newsletter for the year 2011....and I want to thank you who have sent financial support to me......you have been a partner to me......through your prayers and financial support......I am able to continue to proclaim the “Good News." I love it! Whatever you send, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt ....... and it will be added to your account in Glory.
Jesus cares about all of our pain and cares......so let us come to Him with all our problems.
Hebrews 4:16 - Let us come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find Grace
Yes, God is always there to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you can imagine.....if you have lost a job........a home.....a loved one......God will give Peace and take care of all the issues.
II Thessalonians 3:16 - Now the Lord of Peace Himself give you Peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
Please let me hear from you........I am totally into E-Mails now, firstname.lastname@example.org ...... I'll answer you ...... boy, technology is something ...... isn't it?
See ya next time.....
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