Suzette, Deann & Marc
Dave, acting up as usual! Don't you love that mischievous grin?
Lorrie, Josh & Daden. Josh is Benny's son. Baby Max was also present but asleep in his carrier and we failed to get a picture :o(
Marc, Deann & Oksana.
Yesterday was a L-O-N-G day, especially for Mickey. He went up to the church around 9 a.m. to help with sets, wiring, etc. for this weekends drama, CHOICES. He did come home for about an hour for lunch. I, and all the many others, arrived by 6 p.m. for practice and we did not get home until 11:30 p.m. We ran through the entire production twice.
By the time we got home I was too worked up to sleep!!!! Mickey is blessed to fall asleep the minute his head hits the pillow :o)
This morning it was up for our Bible study time and prayer, and to the church by 9 for The King's Kitchen. Fortunately, today being the 5th Tuesday in this month, Nancy, and her father, Bill, volunteered to do the cooking on this 5th week. They came in shortly after to prepare the meal with Sherry, Mickey & I assisting.
Kathy, who is part of one of the delivery teams and partners with Joi, was not able to be here today. I told her I'd be happy to step in and substitute for her. Oh, what a blessing that turned out to be for me today.
It was a further reminder, (as if I needed one!!!!!) that God always blesses us above and beyond what we hope or expect. I was just blessed, beyond measure, to get to participate in this side of the ministry of actually taking the meals into these 8 dear, wonderful shut-ins on this route. To see the smiles, hear the appreciations of thanks, and get to pray with them for their needs was a blessing I truly do not have words to express.
Thank you Lord for being not only a good and wonderful God, but giving us back so much more than we could ever give.
Please continue to pray with us for MANY souls to come to know Jesus as Lord & Savior during the 5 presentations of the CHOICES drama this Good-Friday Easter week-end.
Thought it would be fun to share this here for Spiritual Sunday for us who have white hair or no hair at all...For those over middle age (or even those almost there) and all you others. Go here to read other Spiritual Sunday posts.
With my computer being out of service for a couple of weeks, and not having access to my picture files, I missed a very important occasion. The arrival of The King's Kitchen Oliver microwavable sealing machine.
Saw this and just have to share it because the message is so very important.
One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore."
No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute."
Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-by, say "I love you."
So while we have it, it's best we love it, care for it, fix it, when it's broken and heal it when it's sick.
This is true for marriage... and old cars, and children with bad report cards, and dogs with bad hips, family and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it.....because we are worth it.
Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a sister-in-law after divorce. There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what.
Life is important. We only have one.
We only have one mom,. one dad, one unique brother or sister or friend.
Suppose one morning you never wake up.
I was thinking...I could die today, tomorrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or three words needing to be said.
Let everyone of your friends and family know you love them.
And just in case GOD calls me home ...
I have been so blessed of God that He has placed these "Iron Sharpening Friends" in my life, both on the the blog and in real life. Each and every one of you know who you are and I just want to say, "Thank you" to both God and You and let you know how very much I treasure you and the truth of this scripture.
I was recently given a box of books. At first I planned to pick out about 5 of them to read and put the remainder on the shelves of books in our ORC building for others to read. Then, I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me to first read each and every one of them. I have been doing that.
You know you've been missed when even people you "know" and "see" in the flesh begin calling and saying, "Is everything alright with you two? You haven't posted for over a week."
So, a quick update. My computer, with all my pictures, all our accounting records, all the King's Kitchen forms and information, EVERYTHING is ------------ I don't even know what to say it is -------- the problem is, it isn't!!! My computer expert (Son, Marc with a new wife (yeah!!!) father of 5 very busy, VERY active pre-teens (3) and teens (2) and who not only himself, but Deann, have very busy, involved, demanding jobs and are in the midst of redecorating Marc's home they just moved out of) is currently unavailable to get to our house to check said computer out.
Thank goodness we have Mickey's computer which is working. Thanks to Ginger, who last evening told me how to get back onto face book, that helps. I still do not know how to access our valornet or gmail e-mail accounts. If anyone can tell me the secret to that I would appreciate it. When I type in my gmail account it only leads me to a link about bloglines and I don't use bloglines. When I type in our valornet account it gives me some very old references to comments I've made on older blogs asking them to e-mail me. About the time I'm thinking I'm making my way pretty well around all this technology STUFF I find out, take away my "set-up" and my little "icons" and I know nothing!!!!
Beyond the computer issues.......We find ourselves VERY busy. I'm sure any who follow me do not find that surprising!!!
For a quick update:
The King's Kitchen is going fabulously. We got the wonderful sealing machine and 3 compartment microwavable trays and film in last Thursday (March 4th). Spent time getting it set-up and tested. We used it for the first time yesterday and it went well. Mickey & I were at the church Monday night from 7 to 9 with the 2nd week cooking team. Then of course yesterday, Tuesday, we were there from 9 to 12:30 getting the meal ready, packed, out the door and waiting for the delivery teams to return. We had 2 of the delivery people who did not show-up so Mickey and our Jr. High Youth Pastor ran one of the routes.
Klothes Kloset update. As you know, when Mickey began The King's Kitchen I stepped down from my Tuesday 10 to 2 position of working in the Klothes Kloset. Well, this ministry has been so blessed with donated items, and to date not enough workers, that Judy cancelled the Monday morning Bible Study and 5 of us, plus I talked Mickey into joining us, we needed all the help we could get and a strong man!!!, went to the church to sort through clothes and get the storage room somewhat cleared out. The 6 of us worked from 9 to 11:30 and it was unbelievable how much we got accomplished. Many hands truly do make work light and I've always said about this Bible Study group of women, we work together like a well oiled machine and we work hard.
On Saturday, February 27th, 4 of us (myself, Sandra, Carmel & Vanessa) went to a Billye Brim prayer meeting at the ORU chapel from 10 to noon. This is in connection with Empowered21 conference that will be held at ORU in April. We met up with 2 others, Debbie & Tammy, and the 6 of us had a lovely lunch at Pan*era Br*ead afterward. While I was doing this Mickey went to the lake with our daughter, Suzette, and son-in-love, Dave, to look at their ponton boat.
That evening at 7 p.m. Vanessa and her team had the Official Dedication of the Remnant House of Prayer here in Coweta. It was wonderful. Vanessa, Jeff, Nate & Angie have done a wonderful and beautiful job setting up this facility and been so faithful in pursuing and fulfilling the call of God on their lives. The biggest blessing was seeing, and hearing, 4 of the local pastors participate in this city wide vision for 24/7 prayer. Of course our beloved Pastor Gary, who is Vanessa's Spiritual Father, was the last speaker. The 27th was Purim!!!! How neat is that.
Our church, Coweta Assembly, is beginning to experience true revival. It is SOOO exciting to see what many of us have been praying for coming to pass. We are seeing people saved in each and every service and many new ministries taking place. Last Sunday MANY were filled with the Holy Spirit and people were going down to the altar during Praise & Worship. Yes, God is truly moving in our body.
I can't even remember if I've posted that one of these new ministries is a GED class every Sunday evening. I am helping in that area as a mentor. So exciting to see 8 of these young adults taking this big step to improve their lives by studying to pass the GED test.
My friend, Sandra, has started a Prayer Shaw ministry. Read about it here. It is so exciting!!! Sandra has already completed 2 of these shaws that have been given to woman in our congregation who need healing. I bought myself a set of the looms (Mickey & I had to go to 4 Wa*lly Wor*lds before we found them!) She showed me how to start it after we returned to my house on the 27h after our outing. I had done about 5" on mine and suddenly realized I was making a tube!!! Going round & round instead of getting to the end and reversing directions!!!! So I had a "lesson" in ripping out and starting over. Grrrrrr As always, I asked the Lord what He was trying to teach me in this.....and the message I got was to take a little more time and be sure of what I was doing before I plunge so head-long into a new project. Do you think?????
I started over last Saturday, March 6th, and took it to Tuesday night Bible Study to show Sandra and be sure I have it correct this time. I currently have about 6" done.
Last Sunday our latest new ministry was begun. It is an ESL class. English as a Second Language. We have a young bi-lingual man who just recently started attending who is teaching this class. We are excited about this new class and reaching out to the Hispanic community of our area.
Last, but certainly not least, Bobby, our Praise & Worship Minister, is putting on a Drama Easter week-end. It consists of the opening, 5 individual scenes, and an ending. The name is "CHOICES". I was privileged to write one of the scenes myself, and then another gal, Kelli, and I wrote another scene together. I have been selected to act a part in another scene. We are currently practicing every Thursday evening. The Performances will be Good Friday, April 2nd at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 3rd at 6 p.m. & Easter Sunday, April 4th at the 10:45 a.m. & 6 p.m. services. Mickey is going to help build the sets. It is a BIG project and we are very excited about it. Bobby is amazing and oh so talented in this area of drama and worship.
The Good Friday showing is a city-wide program with all the Churches participating. The various ministers of different denominations will be participating and will be assigned different rooms for after service counseling. The people making decisions can visit with the minister of the church of their preference. In all that Coweta Assembly does the motive is not to build the attendance of CA but to increase the Kingdom of God and the ministry of ALL the churches.
I ask you to join us in prayer that God will use this mightily. Anyone who reads this blog, and lives anywhere in the Tulsa-Coweta-Wagoner area is invited and encouraged to attend.
Today is another busy day for us. Mickey & I and Tammy are attending a Food Handlers class at 9 this morning at the Coweta Health Department and this afternoon at 3:30 Kathy & Valerie will be attending. Then Mickey & I are going by Lo*wes and getting some kind of quick-set concrete mixture and going to Marc's Tulsa home and Mickey is making a minor repair on the sliding glass door area. Then as always we'll be picking up Aric, making our weekly Wednesday trip to "R" gym at Mc*d's then bring Aric home to attend Royal Rangers at CA, and spend the night with us. Thursday morning we are up early and out of the house by 6:45 a.m. to make a stop at the doughnut shop on our way to taking him to Tulsa for school by 7:35. We know, at the age of 11, we won't have too many more years of this kind of time with him and we cherish each and every minute of it.