God is in control! .... That is what I had to continually tell myself after the election .... that it really didn't matter whether a Democrat or a Republican was elected or who is in the White House .... no man can do what needs to be done here in America .... we need a healing in our land (that belongs to God) and that will only come thru revival .... So let's continually fast and pray for it .... I know that God wants to call America back to Him. He has blessed America and wants to continue to do so.
2 Chronicles 7:14 - If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
At the beginning of November, I begin to get excited about Thanksgiving .... I always look forward to being with family and friends and eating delicious food. The "first Thanksgiving" was celebrated in 1621 .... with the pilgrims from the Mayflower .... and Native Americans .... in 1789, a proclamation was issued by President George Washington .... that November 26 would be observed as Thanksgiving Day .... then in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln .... during the Civil War, proclaimed a "National Day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our Beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens" to be the last Thursday of November .... finally in 1941, the United States Congress declared that for all the years hereafter, the legal holiday to celebrate Thanksgiving would be the fourth Thursday in November .... well so much for what I read from the internet.
I am so grateful that Thanksgiving exists .... but .... I don't need a designated day to be thankful .... I try to live in an "attitude of gratitude" .... my prayer is that at this time, folk will take a time to be thankful .... we have sooo much here in America! .... I have traveled the world .... been in 57 countries .... and have witnessed so much poverty .... I realize that we are blessed here! I also like to take the entire month of November to thank God each day for different things such as .... the organs in my body that keep me healthy .... I name them as I thank Him for them .... first off, of course my heart .... my lungs, kidneys, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas .... I go through each part of my body .... giving thanks .... then I tell God how grateful I am. As I drive many thousands of miles regularly on the freeways going to minister I am thankful that He has angels encamped around me to protect me from the danger that is always present. I also always thank Him for family and friends .... for all the love that is given to me .... for the opportunities He gives me to be able to travel and proclaim the "Good News in Word and Song."
Psalms 50:23 - The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!
November has been a busy month .... and then I think that the year is almost over .... I will say it has been a busy one .... for which I thank God .... He has opened many new doors .... and I am still walking through opened doors of ministry such as Christian Women’s Connection .... what a wonderful emphasis .... "think lost" as a speaker for eight years now .... we go in to speak/sing for regular attendees and unsaved ladies they have brought along .... and I have seen many ladies ask Jesus to become Lord of their lives .... praise God! .... That's what the ministry is all about!
Isaiah 55:11 - So shall My Word be that goes forth from My Mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
I did my first Christmas function early in November .... I love the idea! .... because Christmas time is such a busy time .... this great church has for many years had their big Christmas banquet in November .... it is called "Holidays are Coming" .... when I walked in to the banquet room .... it was so exciting to see all the decorations .... the beautiful Christmas tree, etc., I loved it .... the food and fellowship was great!
One of my dear friends, Ms. Elaine, went to be with Jesus last week .... I was with her just days before .... she asked me if I would sing at her service .... I was honored and did .... she asked for "Finally Home" .... “Great is Thy Faithfulness" and "Through it All" .... it was a beautiful service .... she was a very special lady .... a beautiful woman of God .... and all who spoke knew "they were her favorite" .... guess you can kinda know how a person lived .... by the number of folk who attend the memorial service and tell how they were impacted and affected by her. I shall miss my friend and "Scrabble buddy" .... she would win every game .... and I always thought I was good at it .... the last thing she said to me when I left her house was "I shall see you in Heaven, Lillie" and I am looking forward to that time when we will all be together again.
Psalms 116:15 - Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
I have a precious 85-year old sister who lives in Las Vegas .... she has a son who lives just minutes from me .... what a blessing to have her with us this Thanksgiving! All the delicious food uummmmmmm
The last day of November .... I sang for a wonderful Christmas program .... because "Black Friday" was past... That meant the Christmas season actually has begun .... well, I am not one who shops for Christmas .... so I don't worry about that .... I just try to get folk to remember .... "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" (a song I co-wrote). And is on my Christmas CD (click here) .... I want you to hear those beautiful classic carols .... and secular songs also .... you will not be disappointed and will perhaps want to give this CD as "stocking stuffers" .... or you can have it sent directly to someone .... I will indicate it is from you .... please let me know how many you would like to have.
God is concerned about everything in our lives .... I was given a cute pair of earrings and had to promise that I would wear them .... well, I wondered when I would be able to .... cause it seems .... I am always "dressed up" .... but I found this T-shirt in my closet .... had a never-worn visor there also .... and .... Tada .... I had an cute outfit to go with those darling "Happy Face" earrings.
I know there are times when we are overwhelmed .... bad situations seem to come out of nowhere .... we might even ask God "Why?" .... but friend, we are simply to trust Him in these difficult times .... He said "He will never leave us nor forsake us” .... we can stand on and believe His Word .... the answer is in "God's time" as He knows what we need and when we need it" .... and am I thankful for that? Yes I am!
Psalms 100:5 - For the Lord is good and His Love endures forever; and His Faithfulness continues through all generations.
Seems like time is moving so swiftly .... and it may seem that April is far far away. Actually if Jesus doesn't return .... it will come quickly. I hope that you will join me as I celebrate my 75th birthday on the world's largest ship, The Allure, April 28 - May 5, 2013. Click here to see and print more information. I hope to see you onboard.
This Thanksgiving .... I pray that you had blessed time with your family .... thanked Him for all His goodness. I am rejoicing in God's Faithfulness to the ministry He has called me to .... His provision for this journey of 34 years of full-time travel .... He is always there to meet the need .... and for you who contribute to this ministry .... I want to say a heartfelt thanks for your financial gifts whether large or small .... and most importantly, your fervent prayers .... you are a blessing to me .... and whenever I pray .... I ask God to bless you and supply all your needs .... thanks for your partnership! I love you! Remember, a tax-deductible receipt will be sent to you for any gift. You'll get credit here on this earth as well as in Heaven.
Phil. 4:7 - And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Chirst Jesus.
Until next time.....
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