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I woke up this morning ( a little later than normal) to the sweetest sound of birds singing. It sounds so happy and so carefree. It takes me back to a simpler time. A time when life was carefree for me. I didn’t have to worry about anything, it was all on my parents. They did the worrying. My greatest worry was which friend will I play with today. It could be Susie next door, we would read books, or sing songs out of the little country and western hymnal I had or we might just play Mouse Trap! I loved that game. Or I could be off to the Chadwick’s across the street. They were so lucky! They had a creek behind their house and we would spend hours back in the woods playing in the water and going on trails. One thing I remember distinctly was that their mom Wanda always sang Gospel songs as she worked. She always made me feel good. Yes life was much easier then. No responsibilities and no one looked to me for anything. There are times I admit that I would love to go back, but how could I know the mercy and grace of God without growth? It’s in the growing, living and learning that we also grow in God. If we never go through anything we never learn how great God really is. It’s in the struggling that we see the miracles God can perform in our life. In some of the darkest times of my life is when I seem to be the closest to God. Why? Probably it’s because that’s when I feel I need him the most. Really, we need Him all the time to survive in the crazy mixed up world. I don’t know about you but there have been times when I felt so discouraged and down that it seemed that God was the only one there for me. The only one who truly understood me. The only one who could give the comfort that I needed.
Our bus almost got the best of us this past year. It seemed like every week was another catastrophe. It was one repair bill after another, draining all if the ministry money. One day we would freeze because the heat wouldn’t work and the next we would burn up with the air not working. A few times we had no running water. It makes you want to throw your hands up in the air and give up. I prayed Lord please help us, we just want to sing for you. Can you make a way for us? You know what? He did and He always does. He always provides.
One day listening to my Pastor he made a statement that we made into a song, When God is All You Have, God is All You Need! He truly is all we need!

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Remember the picture I showed you of the woman named Sabina? The grandmother who had raised 10 children of her own and now is raising 15 of her grandchildren in her 2 room shack with dirt floors? She carried a 6 month old baby on her back. One of her grandchildren. The mother of the baby has been in the hospital for 3 months and Sabina is afraid she will never come home, this leaving her with one more to raise. I can’t explain to you the poverty that I saw there. The roof was covered on the inside with grease and black soot. We prayed with Sabina and I looked up as we were praying and Sabina had big tears running down her cheeks. I hadn’t noticed that all the children had gathered around and folded their little hands in prayer and they too were standing hands folded to God praying to Him. I watched and wondered what their little minds were thinking about and what were they praying for? Did they want just a little food or some shoes on their feet. Or were they thinking and seeing their grandmother cry and praying that God would help her. I know you are probably tired of hearing about it but when you experience it first hand it does something to you. Especially when it is children who are affected. Sometimes you see these commercials on tv and you think well this is not real. They are making this worse than it is. I’m telling you first hand IT is REAL! It’s probably worse than I can portray it. Please join me in prayer specifically for Sabina and her family that God will supply all of their needs.

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I was watching a video on Christ as he was being beaten, slashed and his body so broken and I thought about our problems that we face. I know that there are sometimes that we think the things that we are going through are so tough and hard to bear. They really are hard! I know we at times feel like just giving up and lying down, but when I look at the pain He faced and what He did for us, it makes me realize that He went through all of His suffering just for us! For me and for you. Maybe you are wondering how you are going to feed your children or how are the lights are gonna stay on. Maybe you just can’t find a job or sickness has just overcome you. You are not alone in this fight. God is not surprised by what’s going on in our lives. He loves us and sometimes He allows things to happen. Why? Maybe to show us something or to grow us or just to strengthen our lives and character. All I know is that He does love us and learning to trust Him in every aspect of our life is hard at times, but worth every minute of suffering. We will eventually come to a place of rest if we trust Him!

Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Have you ever wondered how God can love all of us? The sinners, the poor, the addicts, the down hearted, and people in every walk of life? God continually teaches me of his love and compassion for everyone. Recently we stopped at Waffle House after a concert. Sitting there I noticed a man who was reading a newspaper that had been left there from an earlier customer. I overheard the waitress say you can’t sit here unless you order something. He said could I just get a cup of coffee? She told him the cost and he emptied his pockets of all he had. The man was homeless and broke. He looked bewildered and sad. We motioned to the waitress without his knowledge and told her to give him whatever he wanted to eat but not to tell him it was us. She went to the man and said someone here wants to buy your meal. Now I wish I could explain in words how this changed this mans countenance. I watched as he went from a man embarrassed from life’s circumstances to a man who straightened his posture and put a smile on his face feeling like he belonged. His food arrived and he put his napkin in his lap and bowed his head in prayer. He sat there like a feasting king. It reminded me of Mephibosheth. Lame in both feet. You can read his story in 2 Samuel. He was invited to the Kings house and to his table to feast as the King David’s son forever. You might wonder how this poor lame boy could eat at the King’s table. It was grace. At the table Mephibosheth was like any other person. His feet were covered by the table. No embarrassing moments, no pointing, no laughing at him. He sat there, head held high as the King’s son.

Aren’t we all lame in some way or another? None of us are perfect and have it all figured out. We do not merit God’s grace because of our society or economic status. It’s given freely to all of us. Today I challenge all of us to go ahead and cover our lame feet under God’s table. Look at the table that He has set before us and bring him our poor wretched sin-filled lives. Know that it was taken care of on the cross of Calvary and now we can sit in Heavenly places with our Savior.

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In our travels we meet so many interesting people and I always love to hear their stories. Mr. Sam was at a concert this week and invited us to his restaurant. As we ate he began to share some of his life story. He had a lot of tragedies in a short time frame of his life. Enough to make a person want to give up but not Mr. Sam. At the age of 6 years old both of his parents were killed in an automobile accident. He and his older brother and younger sister then lived with his grandparents. At the age of 14 they also passed away. He really wasn’t sure what would happen next but an Aunt in MD took him and the grandmothers sister took the other two children. She raised him and put him through college.
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In our travels we meet so many interesting people and I always love to hear their stories. Mr. Sam was at a concert this week and invited us to his restaurant. As we ate he began to share some of his life story. He had a lot of tragedies in a short time frame of his life. Enough to make a person want to give up but not Mr. Sam. At the age of 6 years old both of his parents were killed in an automobile accident. He and his older brother and younger sister then lived with his grandparents. At the age of 14 they also passed away. He really wasn’t sure what would happen next but an Aunt in MD took him and the grandmothers sister took the other two children. She raised him and put him through college.
I asked him if he ever felt sad about losing so much and he said no I’ve always been an optimistic kind, with the glass half full. Plus everywhere I went I always felt loved.
There were two things that struck my heart about his story. One that it matters how you react in life to its blows and punches. And secondly, that love will get you through a lot of things.
I can’t say that in my situations I always stayed positive, but I did know The Lord could handle everything I was going through and His love covered me too! Maybe you need to know that someone loves you! God cares about your life your health your mind and everything else that pertains to you. You are not alone ! He goes before you, behind you and walks beside you!

Just recently Amber and I were having lunch at one of my favorite places Shillings on the Square of Marietta. We had the greatest waiter whose name was Ed. He was so personable and began to share his story with us. His parents were from Russia and he told us how they worked 12-15 hours a day to barely put food on the table for the family. His eyes welled up with tears as he said they would stand for hours in line waiting for potatoes and water. When they got the chance to move to America and he said they cried the first time they went to a grocery store because they had never seen so much food. I thought of how we take so much for granted and how thankful we should be for everything God has blessed us with. I am thankful to live in the United States with our freedoms and plentifulness. God remind me everyday to thank you for my life, my career, my friends and family and mostly for you and your sacrifice for me!