Vol. 23 No. 2

Volume 23 No. 2 February 2015   It is so wonderful that God created each one of us different.  Psalm 139:14 says:  I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made. Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.  Isn’t that awesome!!!  Each one of us is miraculously made.  We are also told in Luke 12:7 Even every hair on your head has been counted. Don't be afraid! You are worth more than many sparrows.  WOW!!  What a detailed God.  He knows us inside out and outside in.  He loves us enough to send His Son to pay our penalty for our sin.  Here is another wonderful thing:  God “wired” each one of us uniquely.  Details, details, details!!  In the same manner, we are all at different walks with the Lord.  Some of us don’t even know that HE is right with us, but HE is.  Some people use the word “levels,” but to me that sounds like a multi-level pyramid.  You must pass level one to get to level two.  Personally, I don’t see God so blocked in.  ... Read More

Vol. 23 No. 1

Vol. 23 No. 1 December 26, 2014 Hi Friends, If you read our last newsletter, you know that my Mom was getting ready to go to heaven.  She left the day before Thanksgiving.  It was bittersweet, but mostly sweet knowing that my Mom had established a relationship with the Lord in the past couple of years – especially the past year.  I have trouble imagining Mom dancing, singing, or worshiping before God, BUT I know she is in freedom before the Throne in ways that I can’t even imagine.  If you remember, my last newsletter focused on Mom reliving “work” as she was preparing to meet Jesus.  About 2 weeks ago, I was with a friend as she was preparing to meet the Lord.  (I KNOW—a lot of sadness in a way!)  This friend had served the Lord for MANY years.  She spent lots and lots of time with HIM.  Here is what I wrote about her for a testimony for her funeral.  I was AMAZED at how much of God’s Word came out of her as she really was incoherent with the people around her.  We have seen a pattern when people are approaching their “moving day” that they will start re-living ... Read More

Vol. 22 No. 12

11/25/2014 | Comments: 2
November 21, 2014 Dear Friends, I struggled and struggled about writing this, thinking I should write something else.  But for years we have written what was on our hearts and what we were going through.  Right now we are at my sister’s, doing our “night shift” with Mom.  You see my Mom is under Hospice care and is expected to enter the gates of Heaven soon.  At night one couple takes the 9 PM – 3 AM shift, and the other takes the 3 AM – 9 AM.  Then we all just pitch in during the day.  It is a very tough time and tough to watch Mom go through this.  At the same time, I think KNOWING that there is a “limited life expectancy” can and has been a gift.  There is time to tie up “loose ends”—so to speak.  Everything has its own time, and there is a specific time for every activity under heaven:  a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pull out what was planted,  a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build up,  a time to cry and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,  (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 ... Read More

Vol 22 No. 11

Are you a Seeker of the Signs or a Discerner of the Times? | 10/29/2014
Are you a Seeker of the Signs or a Discerner of the Times?   He responded to them, "In the evening you say that the weather will be fine because the sky is red. And in the morning you say that there will be a storm today because the sky is red and overcast. You can forecast the weather by judging the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. "Evil and unfaithful people look for a miraculous sign. But the only sign they will be given is that of Jonah." Then he left them standing there and went away (Matthew 16:2-4 God’s Word). The Bible tells us in Luke, chapter 23, that when Pilate sent Jesus to Herod just prior to sentencing Him to death, that Herod was very glad to see Jesus.  “For a long time he had wanted to see him. He had heard about Jesus and hoped to see him perform some kind of miracle.”  It is a truth that witnessing a miracle fosters belief!  We recently saw a movie entitled “Now you see me.”  It was the story of 4 amazing magicians who were brought together by a person or persons unknown to produce a magic show heads and shoulders above anything that anyone had ever ... Read More

Vol. 22 No. 10

October, 2014 | 10/24/2014
"I can guarantee this truth: The person who doesn't enter the sheep pen through the gate but climbs in somewhere else is a thief or a robber.  But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep respond to his voice. He calls his sheep by name and leads them out of the pen.  After he has brought out all his sheep, he walks ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.  They won't follow a stranger. Instead, they will run away from a stranger because they don't recognize his voice."  Jesus used this illustration as he talked to the people, but they didn't understand what he meant.  Jesus emphasized, "I can guarantee this truth: I am the gate for the sheep.  All who came before I did were thieves or robbers. However, the sheep didn't respond to them.  I am the gate. Those who enter the sheep pen through me will be saved. They will go in and out of the sheep pen and find food.  A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came so that my sheep will have life and so that they will have everything they need.  "I ... Read More

Vol. 22 No. 9

Is it a GOOD thing or is it a GOD thing? | 8/28/2014
Is it a GOOD thing or is it a GOD thing? David consulted with every officer who commanded a regiment or battalion. Then he told the whole assembly of Israel, "If you approve and if the LORD our God has consented, we will send an invitation to the rest of our relatives in every region of Israel and to the priests and Levites in their cities and pasturelands so that they may join us. Then we'll bring back our God's ark, which we ignored while Saul was king." The whole assembly agreed to this because the people considered it the right thing to do. So David gathered all Israel from the Shihor River near Egypt to the border of Hamath in order to bring God's ark from Kiriath Jearim. David and all Israel went to Baalah in Kiriath Jearim, which is in Judah, to bring God's ark to Jerusalem. (The LORD is enthroned over the angels on the ark where his name is used.) David and his men put God's ark on a new cart from Abinadab's home. Uzzah and Ahio guided the cart. David and all Israel were celebrating in God's presence with all their might, with songs, with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets. But when they came to Chidon's ... Read More

Vol. 22 No. 8

August Update | 7/31/2014
 Volume 22 No. 8 August 2014 August Update Every once in a while the Lord lets you do something that is just over-the-top.  This past month, we got to do just that.  We didn’t plow, fertilize, or water the fields.  It is almost a time that HE says; “Watch this!”  In this case we got to watch the beginning of a “life journey” for a Godly couple—a couple that God put together who separately didn’t want anything BUT God’s Will in their lives.  It was something over-the-top for us.  We would be honored to share a little glimpse of this blessing.  Don’t you just love weddings?  This month we were privileged and honored to be able to officiate at our Pastor’s wedding.  In a sense it was a double honor because we have gotten to know and deeply love his fiancĂ©e over the last seven or eight months.  We have come to respect her as a deeply spiritual lady and one who desires God’s presence in her life over and above anything, and I mean ANYTHING, else. As the day was drawing near and plans were being made, they determined ... Read More

Vol. 22 No. 7

Worship on the Square | 6/29/2014
Recently an old friend asked Les; “do you still play?” He was talking about music. When Les said “Yes, I lead praise and worship at church and other events” our friend said “no, I meant really play!” As a wife, what a slap. I had a few things to say, but miracles of miracles, I kept my mouth shut. This is a recent event at which we ministered with a group of people TO the King of kings and Lord of lords. What an honor to minister with others to an audience of ONE (or three depending how you look at it). Now that is REALLY playing to me!!!! The weather was gorgeous. The sun was shining. A slight breeze was blowing. We could not have asked for a more perfect day. As we began to converge on the city square in downtown Hayesville, NC, a sense of excitement began to permeate our spirits. This was the day that we for which we had planned. This was the day for which we had waited. On June 21st, Living Praise Ministries and His Resting Place joined forces with God’s Dwelling Place, Ken Soltys Ministries and Project 7th Trumpet, Abundant Joy Ministries, and Ft. Hembree Baptist Church in an event we called “Worship on the Square.” ... Read More

Vol. 22 No. 6

June Update | 5/26/2014 | Comments: 1
June Update   I love to mow the lawn!  I never thought I would hear myself say that!  You see, when I was in Jr. High School (I think they call that Middle School now) my Grandfather and I had a lawn-mowing business.  Well, truth be told, my Grandfather did more of the mowing and I did more of the collecting money.  Anyway, almost every day in the summer that it wasn’t raining, we spent the majority of the day mowing lawns—other people’s lawns.  We had two push mowers (I don’t think riding mowers had been invented yet!) and we would sometimes do 4 or 5 lawns per day.  I prayed for rain a lot!  Somewhere during that time, I think I must have made an inner vow that said “I’ll never mow another lawn as long as I live!”  Kind of like the vow I made when I got out of the Navy: “I’m not going to cut my hair or shine my shoes ever again!”  Now that I’m old, I’ve made one of the great discoveries of life—pony tail holders hold long hair and sneakers never need to be shined!  Another thing I discovered over the years is that if you live in a motor home, ... Read More