July 2, 2018

Therapy and freedom - our plans for July!

Hello from Tennessee!

Yes, we are still here! With the speed bump of an injured knee, we had to stay here an extra couple of weeks for therapy and my doctor and therapist say it's going to take time and patience and at this time, I don't have the patience to sit around and wait for it to heal – ha! I'm used to being on the run physically, but this has me tied down.

Tentatively we plan on flying out July 3rd and then heading back to South Dakota on the 5th. We'll be in the home office and around Sisseton most of July with a lot of office things to get caught up on while I heal.

 

Hard to believe that summer is almost half gone – it seems like it was just Christmas. We celebrated Larry's 75 birthday last week. The years just keep flying by!

 

We pray that you're doing well and have wonderful gatherings with your family over the coming holiday! I love how Larry addresses it in his latest article:

 

Stories of freedom are filling the air. One of the headlines in the national news this last month, and at this writing, is about the pardon given to several men and women by President Trump. The first one was that of Alice Marie Johnson, who was granted clemency by President Trump after a push by reality star, Kim Kardashian. After Kim heard the story of Alice, 63 years old, serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug conviction, she went to Washington, D.C., to the President, and presented Alice's case. She was pardoned and set free. Several others are in line, hoping to be pardoned from prison sentences and then set free. Alice has now vowed to help others be pardoned.

 

This news event reminds me that I, too, was in prison—not physically or due to drugs or offenses, but I was in prison because of inheriting the sin that Adam committed by eating the forbidden fruit. Romans 5: 12 states, "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—." Because of one man's sin, we all sinned. We all became prisoners with an eternal death sentence placed

on us. I needed a pardon. I needed to be forgiven by coming to the Lord in repentance.

 

Jesus went to the Father to plead my case that I might be set free and thus changed my identity from "sinner" to "forgiven"; from an eternal death sentence in hell to never-ending eternity with Christ in heaven. I was pardoned at the age of 12, kneeling at the altar at a little Gospel Tabernacle in Sisseton, South Dakota. I heard the simple Gospel message where the preacher

pleaded, "Repent of your sins, and be saved." I really didn't know what the word "saved" actually meant at that time, but as soon as I prayed to invite Jesus into my life, I immediately felt something change in my spirit. I was instantly filled with joy that words cannot even describe, and that remains to this day. Truly Jesus' words spoken in John 8:36 are truth, "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." I am free…and happy indeed!

 

Friend, are you feeling the weight of your prison sentence…the guilt, the shame, the chains of sin keeping you bound? Don't wait one day longer!

You can be pardoned for eternity! The words my pastor spoke to me 63 years ago continue to hold the key to freedom, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38)

 

It will be the best decision you will ever make!

 

 

Until we chat again!

 

 

Gloria

 


REFLECTION

 

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RECIPE

 

Cherry Coke Salad

1 (1lb.) can Bing cherries

1 (6 oz.) pkg. cherry flavored gelatin

1 (1lb. 4 oz.) can crushed pineapple

2 (6 1/2 oz.) bottles Coca-Cola

 

Drain juice from fruit. Add water to make 2 cups. Heat juice to boiling; add gelatin and stir until dissolved. Cool, then add Coca-Cola and fruit. Pour into 1 1/2 quart mold. Chill until set. Makes 8 servings. 

 

 

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