MAY THE FALL BRING A HAPPY HARVEST!
We are finally home to stay! I can't believe how fast these two months have gone. After being on the road for most of August and part of September we are ready for a long winter's nap. It's amazing how tiring vacations can be. But we have been so blessed to be able to share time with family and to minister at some new churches as well!
With the leisure of retirement we decided to do something different this year during the hot month of August. We love the sunshine but the heat in Idaho gets to be too much for us. So we decided to go to the Washington coast where it's much cooler. Along the way we stayed at some amazing bed and breakfast's where our rooms were all on the top floors. They were beautiful and very private but we had to endure some warm temps without air conditioning. That's the one thing we didn't anticipate since everywhere you go in Idaho we have that luxury. Of course in a rainy state they seldom need it. But we enjoyed all the different places we visited and even managed to find some antique shops along the way.
A couple weeks before we left on our trip to Washington Jack fell off the ladder while working on our deck and broke a few ribs. Needless to say he was in a lot of pain and pretty sore most of the trip. On top of that he had 5 concerts to set up for while trying to heal. Lifting 50 pound speakers, he discovered quickly how to do things different to avoid further damage and pain. But God was good to provide help along the way and we're thankful that he's recovering well.
The first concert I did on the trip was for the soldiers at the Yakima Training Center. These soldiers train for one to three weeks and then ship out to Iraq or elsewhere. Some never make it back home. So this was an honor for me to be able to share some songs of hope and encouragement. I was privileged to be the first to do a concert there on the grounds and the Lieutenant Colonel was there to honor me with a medal and pin and a certificate of thanks. It was truly overwhelming! I hope all of you remember these men and women in your prayers as they fight for our country and our freedom!
Once again we were blessed to see old friends and meet new ones at Calvary Assembly of God in Centralia and the Praise & Worship Center in Chehalis. I so appreciate their continued support and open doors to our ministry. We've been there so many times that we're now considered family. On our last trip out Pastor Nordby told us that he was an avid collector of antiques. So this trip we got to see their beautiful home and all their collections. It's neat to see how God blesses those who are faithful to Him.
I am thrilled to say what a wonderful time we had at the Nazarene churches in Hoquiam and Carson! These were the last dates filled on our tour just before leaving and they both said yes right away. There were people there from all different churches who truly appreciated southern gospel music! They treated us like family and fed us after each concert with an invitation to come back again! PTL! Those are my kind of churches!
After returning home we had just a little over a week before family came to share a week long vacation in Wyoming. I got a major sinus cold just before leaving so didn't feel well the whole week. But in spite of that we saw some great sights, did a little shopping and enjoyed a beautiful stay in the presidential suite of my parents time shared property. We took lots of photos and those will be up on the website soon.
Now that family is gone we are home alone again enjoying a much slower pace as we prepare for the months of busy-ness ahead. Fall is such a beautiful time of the year as the leaves change colors and the weather gets cooler. This is one of my favorite times of the year and gets me thinking about Christmas! I know most of you aren't ready yet and that's okay. So for now let's enjoy the harvest season and be thankful for the blessings we've received this year.
In the month ahead I will be getting ready for our 10th Annual Holiday Benefit Concert for the Boise Rescue Mission. Last week we attended their annual banquet and heard some touching testimonies of how lives are being changed for the better. But we were also told that they were in great need of finances just to meet this month's budget. In the past they've been fortunate to be ahead. But the gas prices are affecting everyone and the Mission is no exception. More people are in need of food and shelter and hope. So please pray with me as we anticipate more giving for the needs that are there. God uses us to be His hands extended! Let's give more to be thankful for this season! Many lives are depending on us and we can make a difference for Christ!
Today we received our Singing News Magazine in the mail and on the front cover was the story of Sheri Easter's battle with breast cancer. As I read the article I cried with her and felt her pain and sadness. But by the end of the article I felt strong for her as she faced her battle with the fervor of strength that only comes from God. It reminded me once again that God is our fortress and our strength. That no matter what the enemy may take from us he can't take our joy unless we give it! So hold on tight!
My new CD speaks directly to this. There are songs about strength and hope for times of depression and trials that we go through (such as cancer) and standing up for our beliefs no matter what the world may say and also accountability of our witness in reaching out to those in need. Then there are songs of joy in the life God has given us. Sometimes we have to choose to trust. I'm excited about the message of each of these songs and have already seen the seeds planted and the harvest ripening in the souls who have heard them. I know that God has a message in this CD that He wants heard and I hope all of you will be blessed by these songs as you listen to them.
We are adding a couple new pages to the website and one of them is about the inspiration of the songs I choose. The other one will be my testimony page for women's events and speaking engagements. This is a new avenue of my ministry that I am excited to share. I am learning with each new experience there is an added healing that completes my life as well as others who hear it. With each layer that sheds a new peace takes its place. That's called healing! So I hope you will check out these pages and let me know what your thoughts are!
Until next month……. Keep in touch! I look forward to hearing from each and every one of you as you encourage me with your own stories.
Love & Blessings,