Larry and I want to wish you a Happy Father's Day!  As the years go by and both of our father's have now passed on to heaven, we so cherish the memories we shared with them and the legacy that they left us.  We encourage you, if your father is still here on earth, spend time with him, make memories, let him know he is loved!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We thought you would enjoy this little story.  Regardless of the relationship with your earthly father, how wonderful to know our heavenly Father!

 

WHO's YOUR DADDY?

 

A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they
were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they
were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving
from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his
wife, "I hope he doesn't come over here." But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.
"Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.


"Oklahoma," they answered.


"Great to have you here in Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do for a living?"
"I teach at a seminary," he replied.


"Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well, I've got a really great story for you."
And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple. The
professor groaned and thought to himself, "Great… Just what I need, another preacher story!"
The man started, "See that mountain over there," pointing out the restaurant window. "Not far
from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time
growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy,
who's your daddy?' Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would
ask the same question, 'Who's your daddy?' "


"He would hide at recess and lunch time from other students. He would avoid going in to
stores because that question hurt him so bad. When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher
came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question,
'Who's your daddy?' But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast he got caught
and had to walk out with the crowd."


"Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about
him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, 'Son, who's your daddy?' The whole church
got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would
finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy.' This new preacher, though, sensed
the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the
following to that scared little boy 'Wait a minute!' he said. 'I know who you are. I see the family
resemblance now. You are a child of God.' With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said,
'Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it.' "


"With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed
person. He was never the same again."


"Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a child of God.'"
The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a great story?"
The professor responded that it really was a great story!


As the man turned to leave, he said, "You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was
one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!" And he walked away.
The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over and asked
her, "Do you know who that man was who just left our table?"


The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper.
He's the former governor of Tennessee!"


Friend, today, someone in your life needs a reminder of "WHO" they are. They are created and
made in the very image of God. The Father loves His children so much, He made a way for them
to be together again…through the sacrifice, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Because of
this unselfish and loving act, you can share the GOOD NEWS that they are children of God!

 

Gloria

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

June 18  AM

Elbow Lake, MN,   Victory in the Cross Church,  218-685-6870

 

June 25  AM

Richfield, MN,  Crowne Pointe Church,  612-869-2500


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Is it true? How can it be May already?  And, Mother's Day this weekend? I pray you are all able to enjoy your time with family creating and reminiscing of fond memories with loved ones.

 

Mother's Day Reflections

 

It hardly seems possible that my mother has been gone over 14 months now. As I tell everyone, "I miss her like crazy." Every night I called her for years and years. We'd talk and share news about the family. We'd read articles to each other, we giggled and laughed like grade school kids, and then we always ended the evening praying together and lifting up the Brooks family. Since she left this earth, my evening ritual has definitely changed.

 

 

The good news is that she left a legacy that is worth more than gold. She left all of us an unwavering faith in God — to believe that with God, all things are possible and that nothing could separate us from the love of God, unless we use our free will to walk away. This Mother's Day, I'm reminded of her unwavering faith in God as well as her steadfast time spent in the Word and in prayer. In fact, just a few minutes before she passed away, in a mostly comatose state, she lifted her hands and folded them just as she always did as we prayed for the family. Prayer and praying for others was natural for her. Now as I go through my house, I find a lot of her little notes that she's written to me through the years tucked away in my bible, in my devotionals, on my desk and by the phone. These were warrior notes to me when I was facing a trial, an ugly situation or a heartbreaking event in my life. She was my life-line of encouragement. She never put me down; she always unconditionally loved me and pushed me on through the strong storms of life. She always had a verse from the bible to back up what she said. One of her favorite verses she always quoted Hebrews 13:5, "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." She believed it!

 

Mom had a gentle soft voice, but when it came to making a point — it was like a lion's roar of exclamation. When it came to a situation in our family, or when I was discouraged and was tempted to give in or give up, she would look at me with her pool-blue eyes and quote a statement from Winston Churchill, "Missy, we never, never give up." When I think of that now, I chuckle as I realize she lived to be 100 years and 4 months old. Does that prove to you that she was not a "give-upper"— ha?! Another declaration we had in our home was "As for me and my house we WILL serve the Lord." There was no room for options, it was already declared.

 

On this Mother's Day, I am experiencing an overwhelming torrid of emotions. I know I have fallen short of being a perfect mother; I've made lots of mistakes…and I cannot go back and redo them. Rather than dwell on the failures, I have chosen to move forward and not look backwards.

 

Now, a year later since mom was gone, I pray that I, too, can be that mother to our children and grandchildren and declare, "As for Larry and I, and our family, we will serve the Lord…no matter what!" The baton has passed and my girls and my son are the ones praying for and with us. They are now in the protecting mode giving us advice (hum — things sure change don't they?).

 

It's my prayer that I will be a reflection of Christ in their lives that will affect them spiritually not only in this life, but will direct them to eternity with Christ. Thanks again, Mom, for depositing so much into my life.

 

 

Currently, we are doing well, and taking things day by day. The last two Sundays it's been great to be back into ministry and to see all those who have made decisions for Christ. There were 24 decisions yesterday at the Lake Eunice Evangelical Free church, and many were first time decisions. It never gets old to see how the power and truth of the Gospel set people free! We appreciate your continued prayers for our health and are believing for many souls to be won this year!

 

It was also great to see some of our partners and friends who were always on our Fun & Fellowship tours come out to the rally.  It was great to catch up!

We'll chat again in a couple weeks!

 

Coming up…

 

May 14 AM: Mother's Day - Valley City, ND, New Life Assembly of God, 701-845-2259

May 21 AM: Robbinsdale, MN, Olivet United Methodist Church, 763-537-8351

 

Gloria
 
 

 


{Chuckle/Reflection}

 

Mothers Have Feelings, Too

There's an old, old song

That I've heard many times.

And I'm sure that it must be true.

It says in the song

That came from a heart,

"Clowns" have feelings, too!

 

And I've thought many times

As I ponder that song

Of the careless things people do.

And I can relate to the clown in the song,

For mothers have feelings, too.

 

Though she's always been there

When you needed a hand

To help in whatever you do,

She's just like a fixture

That's always been there.

But mothers are people, too.

 

It's easy to snub her when things don't go right

Or tell her off good, and you feel

She'll forgive you and love you whatever you do.

But mothers have feelings, too!

 

If you could just know the silent tears shed

Or feel the ache in her heart,

If you could realize how empty life is

When she feels you are drifting apart…

 

Each little word that cuts like a knife

Is felt, and it pierces her through

Though it doesn't change her love.

Just remember one thing:

Mothers have feelings, too!

 

-Anna Anderson

 

 


{Recipe}

 

Turkey-Pineapple-Almond Salad

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

¾ cup vinegar

½ tsp. dry mustard

4 cups pineapple chunks

1 ¼ cup evaporated milk

1 cup salad dressing

8 cups cooked, diced turkey

2 cups slivered almonds

 

Make a dressing by combining sugar, eggs, vinegar and mustard. Cook until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat; cool. Drain pineapple; reserve ¼ cup juice. Blend in evaporated milk, pineapple juice and salad dressing. Toss turkey and pineapple with dressing; chill thoroughly. Just before serving add almonds and toss gently.  Yield: 30-35


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Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue with testing at the heart center in Tennessee. As we approach the celebration of this weekend, I wanted to share Larry's article from the newsletter with you …

 

Easter: we know the marvelous facts of the resurrection, the crucifixion, the burial of Jesus Christ in a borrowed tomb, the resurrection on the third day, and finally the ascension unto the Father. Yes, it happened; every fact is true. However, the question to ask may be…why did it happen? Let's look at the story behind the story.

Genesis 1:26 states, "And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness." It goes on to say in Genesis 2:7, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, (at this point Adam is a mud mannequin similar to seeing a child make a sand castle along a beach) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." God could now have fellowship with him, talk with him, and walk with him. Everything was perfect.

God explained to Adam what he expected of him. Then God gives Adam instructions. I call it the "one rule system"; there is only one "no-no." This "no-no" which is found in Genesis 2:16-17, "And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." At this time, if Adam obeys this one rule, he is eternal, and you and I will never have a bad day. We, too, will live forever and ever. The Lord God warns Adam about death. What would you or I think if we heard from God that if we do something we will die? What would we think death was? I guess I would be thinking death meant a lifeless mannequin sand castle again.

The story continues on…Adam and Eve were tempted, and then failed to keep the one rule which consequently invoked the death clause. Adam and Eve now naked and ashamed hid from God. Adam and Eve now had a Problem—not a temporary one but an eternal one.

Let me be clear, Romans 5:12 says, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned." That one man was Adam and through his sin, death passed upon all men. Adam introduced death to this world. This decision also had further consequences bringing in a new administration. The scriptures teach us that satan is the god of this world. Yes…this decision meant everyone's world changed! The Serpent now will not walk but slide on his belly…Adam will sweat and dig weeds and thistles…Eve will deal with the pain of childbirth. However, in all of this judgement and peril, there is also a pearl to be found, and here it is:

The pearl of promise is found in Genesis 3:15, "God says, And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." The pearl of promise is that of a coming Messiah that will destroy death and return life through the Son of God as stated in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life," and in Matthew 1:21, "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." The Pearl of Promise IS A PERSON—THE VERY SON OF GOD. Heaven isn't sending the cavalry; it is sending Calvary.

There will be a final transfer of power from the administrator of death to life as stated in John 10:10. This brings us back to Easter and the proof that death will no longer exist as our Savior Jesus said, "I have the power to lay down my life and I have the power to take it again." (John 10:18) Both administrations continue for all eternity but they have different locations… Heaven or Hell. If you think your life is hell now, you haven't even touched the true reality of it.

Isn't it great you have a choice to decide which administration you want to serve under? "Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved." (Romans 10:13) Heaven knew we had an unsolvable eternal problem with great peril to which God enclosed a precious pearl of Promise—a person—The very Son of God—to defeat death with the proof of the resurrection. Choose the Promise today!

 

May you have a blessed Good Friday and a glorious Easter Sunday as you celebrate His resurrection and victory – that we may live in freedom, because of all He gave!

 

Coming up…

April 10-14: Nashville, TN, cardiology testing at Vanderbilt University

April 14 Good Friday

April 16 Happy Resurrection Sunday!

April 23 AM: Wagoner, OK, Wagoner Church of God, 918-485-1743

April 30 AM: Nebraska City, NE, King's Church 402-297-4791

May 7 AM & PM: Detroit Lakes, MN, Lake Eunice Evangelical Free Church, 218-439-3255

May 14 AM: Valley City, ND, Mother's Day New Life Assembly of God, 701-845-2259

May 21 AM: Robbinsdale, MN, Olivet United Methodist Church, 763-537-8351

 

Gloria
 
 

 


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Larry and Gloria are in Mississippi! How wondrous that no matter where they may be, God opens up opportunities to share the Good News! Enjoy this encounter!

 

Greetings from Mississippi! It is a beautiful, warm, steamy day here in Ocean Springs, MS!

 

We are snuggled tightly into a small RV park. If you open your shades, you can look into the next person's living room window. It really is a quiet place which allows Larry and I quality time to get office work done. About 4:30 PM, we get cabin fever and have to get out.  

 

couple nights ago, we drove about 15 minutes over to Biloxi, MS. It was a beautiful drive along the ocean and over the huge expanded bridges. Before we approached the massive bridge going into Biloxi, we drove along a residential road that went by a bayou. It was so beautiful until my eyes fell upon the image of a huge 8-10 foot alligator. In about the distance of a ¼ of a block, there was a small fishing boat trying to catch supper…..you wouldn't catch me out there! HA! Larry and I don't venture into the sport of wrestling alligators! We then went to a seafood restaurant as we were greatly craving crab legs. We hadn't had them for about two years. We saw a restaurant sign advertising "all you can eat crab legs". It didn't take Larry long to pull the rig into the parking lot!

 

We filled our plates with our first helping. Larry cracked and ate a few crab legs and then turns to me, "Honey, I will be back in a few minutes." As he was getting up, he picked up three sugar packets….and I knew right away he was on the hunt to share the Gospel with someone. He sauntered on over to a table about 10 feet away and greeted a couple that we had visited with earlier while waiting to be seated. We had fun visiting and joking. I have to say this…food is a big, immense deal for Larry so for him to leave his food, I knew it had to be something serious! I can truthfully say after being married to Larry for almost 52 years, when Larry has the opportunity to witness to someone…one-on-one….it is more appetizing and rewarding to him than eating! I watched them chatting and laughing as they visited. I then saw him pull out the three sugar packets as he asked if he could share something with them. About 10-15 minutes later, I saw them bow their heads to pray. A few minutes later, the three of them came to our table and they were ecstatic and glowing. Larry asked the wife to share what she and her husband had just done. She bubbled with joyful tears, "We prayed a prayer and asked Jesus to come into our hearts and lives." She then added, "Things like this just don't happen. I believe God brought you to us here tonight, at this place and time, just for us!" Larry encouraged them to get involved in their good Bible-believing church. As Larry would say, "They were ripe to receive the Gospel and ripe to receive Christ."

 

 

 

 

I love observing and so appreciate the courage Larry has to witness. Two days ago, he witnessed to a prodigal Uber driver. Yesterday, he witnessed to the beautician who cut his hair. That's what I love about Larry….he sees everyone as "lost" until he knows they are "saved".

 

We will be heading out this week to Texas. With all those violent storms in the south, I keep my eye on the weather app on my phone so we can travel between the storm fronts moving through.

 

Have a great day, week and month! Blessings on you!

 

Gloria
 
 

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"There is no greater honour than to be the instrument in God's hands of leading one person out of the kingdom of Satan into the glorious light of heaven."

– Dwight L. Moody

 


{Chuckle/Reflection}

 

THE BUZZARD

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top,
The bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner.
The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet.


Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly,
But will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
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THE BAT

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air,
Cannot take off from a level place.


If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and,
No doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air.  Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
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THE BUMBLEBEE

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out.


It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out
Through the sides near the bottom. 
It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
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PEOPLE

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee.
We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!


That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem..just look up!

 


{Recipe}

 

Crab Meatballs

1 pkg frozen crabmeat, flaked and drained

2 Tbsp prepared horseradish

2 large pkg cream cheese, softened

 

Mix everything together and shape into little balls and place in refrigerator until they get firm.  Roll them in Ritz crackers crumbs.

 


{Household Hint}

 

Sleepy in the shower, it's easy to mistake the shampoo for the conditioner, and vice versa. Tired of squinting at the bottles in the steam? Wrap a rubber band around the shampoo bottle to find it by feel, every time

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Hello…yes, we are still alive! Larry and I have been bombarded by messages and emails asking, "Where are you? Are you okay? Looks like you dropped off the edge of the earth. Are you sick? What is happening?" So to answer that, yes we are still alive and breathing – LOL!

 

We are in Florida and as I'm writing this I looked out the window and saw all the birds getting ready to head north, as it is spring! Unfortunately, I don't think they watched the weather report of what's happening across the U.S. right now. They may need some de-icer on their wings by the time they get to the Midwest.

 

We are getting ready for our journey back to the Midwest, as well. Today Larry is hitching up the car and trailer to the motorhome and we are going to an RV center to get new air conditioners on top of the motorhome. After 10 years of running, they are shot!

 

 

Tomorrow we will head off to Tallahassee, Florida and then into Mississippi for a few days.  We will miss the weather here, that's for sure!

 

 

Then it's up to Texas to leave our motorhome and go by car up to Nashville, TN where we are scheduled for two weeks with cardiologists and heart specialists. We are grateful that Larry's heart was able to be shocked back into rhythm and they will now be doing stress tests and various testing. They have me scheduled for a specialist to decide what to do for my A-Fib, as the cardiologist says there is something wrong with the wiring of my heart. So we're not sure what's all going on. We do appreciate your continued prayers. We're praying that God will give wisdom to the doctors so we can get all re-wired and ready to hit the road for services.

 

 

What I've shared with you here, reminds me so much of a true story about my mother. Several years ago we came home off tour and as I always did, I was anxious to go and have a cup of coffee with mom in the afternoon. And in the course of the conversation, I asked her what she had done today and she responded, "I have just come back from an organ recital." I thought to myself, "Wow, that's pretty neat that she would go up to the church and attend an organ recital."  I said, "You mean a piano recital?" I continued to ask her who, what and where, and she chuckled, "No Missy, it wasn't at the church, it was at my bible study that I lead.  It was an ORGAN recital – everyone was talking about all their aches pains."

 

I'm not one to have an "organ recital" and talk about all my aches and pain, but I've had so many people who have asked about our health lately, that I felt I had to be honest and let them know that yes we are human and yes we are facing some physical challenges, but are believing God through it all. And, with us being "smart" as to how to take care of ourselves, we're going to continue to get better. So we thank you for your prayers for our health and for our traveling as we have many miles to go with our motorhome towing our car.

 

Speaking of mother, it is one year ago, on the 18th that she went home to be with the Lord. Do I miss her? I miss her like crazy!!! I miss our evening prayer time, our chats every night on the phone, I miss our giggles and stories, and all those intimate moments that she and I had together. Would I wish her back? Absolutely not.  That's because she's at the feet of Jesus and experiencing the joy that she always talked about of being with her Savior. The following is a poem that I thought fit her.

 

Back Home

If I had the power to turn back the clock,

Go back to that house at the end of the block –

The house that was HOME when I was a kid,

I know that I'd love it more now than I did.

If I could be back there at my mother's knee,

And hear once again all the things she told me,

I'd listen as I never listened before,

For she knew so well just what life had in store.

 

And all the advice my dad used to give,

His voice I'll remember as long as I live;

But it didn't seem really important then;

What I'd give just to live it all over again.

 

And what I'd give for the chance I once had,

To do so much more for my mother and dad;

To give them more joy and a little less pain;

A little more sunshine – a little less rain.

 

But the years roll on and we cannot go back,

Whether we were born in a mansion or a shack;

But we can start right now – in the hour that's here;

To do something more for the ones we hold dear.

 

And since time in its flight is traveling so fast;

Let's not spend it regretting that which is past;

But let's make tomorrow a happier day

By doing our "good to others" – TODAY.

 

 

Looking ahead:

 

April 23 Wagner, OK

April 30 Nebraska City, NE

May 7 Detroit Lakes, MN

May 14 Valley City, ND

 

Gloria

 


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Can you believe it's already the middle of February? It'll be June before we know it!  We'd like to share an article from our newsletter and a health update:

 

It is that time of year again! The Christmas tinsel wasn't even off the tree, the Christmas wrappings hadn't even been disposed of, and the Christmas gifts didn't find their new homes before the window displays echoed shades of red, pink, and white and Hallmark had their card racks spilling over with hundreds of Valentines cards. (By the way, this doesn't encourage me to buy my card early; I don't buy mine until the day of… no rush in me… Chuckle!) The enticing displays of red heart boxes wrapped in dazzling foil, ribbons and lace all scream out "love is in the air"! Yes…the retailers make sure you don't miss the fact that Valentine's Day is coming!

 

I was teasing a waiter at a restaurant the other day and asked if he had a girlfriend, to which he responded and chuckled, "Yes, three of them!" I reacted in surprise and astonishment, "Boy, that's expensive!" To which he piped up, "That's why I don't get serious with a girl until after Valentine's Day; it costs too much money!"

 

LOVE…how does one describe it? We often think of love as a "thing" {a noun}, but in actuality, the word love is a "verb." Love must DO something in order to remain what it is. Part of the nature of love is that it requires expression—God is love! The Bible says in 1 John 3:17 (NKJV), "But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?" This makes it very plain that if we see a need and close our heart, how can the love of God live and remain in us? Love becomes weaker and weaker if it cannot be demonstrated, in fact, it may be snuffed out.

 

Sadly, this is where many find themselves as a result of love in its truest form, an action, not being exercised on a regular basis and thus debilitated…walking through broken relationships, divorce, hurt and loss. True love requires sacrifice and selflessness! There was no other such great expression of love and sacrifice as the definitive act when Jesus laid down His life for us. He was the ultimate Valentine's gift, wrapped not in lace and ribbon but rather in swaddling clothes. His Heavenly Father expressed His love through deed by giving His only Son to be born. Jesus then gave his most priceless gift — a sacrificial action—when he willingly gave His life on the cross so you and I could receive the supreme gift of love— SALVATION—that we might live forever if we receive this free gift offered to all. John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." Love is all about action and Jesus proved it!

 

This Valentine's Day, let's resolve to put LOVE IN ACTION. Let's share our love and concern for those who feel forgotten, rejected and unloved. Send a card, make a phone call, stop in for a visit, or give a gift. CHOOSE and then DO something to make their day!

 

 

 

Speaking of hearts – Larry and I are sweethearts, but also both experience some physical heart issues. At least we're happy to know we still have hearts! LOL! We made a trip back to Nashville 3 weeks ago to see our cardiologist and praise the Lord, Larry's blood clot was dissolved. They were able to shock his heart and get it running back in rhythm again. So he's up and running….slowly – ha! The cardiologist equipped both of us with heart monitors to record for a month, so we are wired! The first night I had mine on, Vanderbilt heart clinic in Nashville called immediately warning me I'd had a 30 minutes event happen with my heart. I thought so, but tried to ignore it was anything serious…until they called. Then they informed me I'd had another one after that. 

 

Through the heart monitor readings the Cardiologist diagnosed that there is something going on and something very wrong with the electrical current in my heart.  So…I'm scheduled again with Vanderbilt in Nashville with a specialist to determine what heart procedure they will do to correct it. We will keep you all posted. Keep praying for us, please.

 

PS. I have A-FIB… and Larry has 

A-FLUTTER, so I guess it's fitting to

sign-off as:

 

"We love you,

FIB and FLUTTER"

 

How romantic! Ha!

 

 It's been 51 years, and we're still one!

 

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

 

Gloria

 

 

 


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RECIPE

 

Mom's Red Velvet Cake

2 ½ c. cake flour

1 ½ c. sugar

1 c. buttermilk

1 ½ c. corn oil

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cocoa

1 tsp vinegar

1 tsp vanilla

2 oz. red food coloring

 

Mix all of the ingredients together and pour into a 9x13 inch cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

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Greetings from Florida! It's a beautiful day, and any day above ground is always wonderful! I was on the phone this morning and the lady I was speaking to said the following line, "Life is no fun if you're not smiling." How true is that? When you read about everything that's happening in the world in the news, politics, etc. we can still smile because know that God is in control.

 

It's hard to believe that almost a month is already gone of this year. My mother used to always say, "The longer you live the more quickly life passes by." Or as Larry likes to say, "Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer to the end you get, the faster it goes!" Ha!

 

 

I ran across this poem that I thought was fitting for this month after Christmas – and how true it is! Pounds come on easier than they do coming off…Larry and I both know that for a fact!

 

 

T'was The Month After Christmas

 

T'was the month after Christmas and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The cookies I'd nibbled, the eggnog I'd taste.
All the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked to the store (less a walk than a lumber).

I'd remember the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese
And the way I'd never said, "No thank you, please."

As I dressed myself in my husband's old shirt
And prepared once again to do battle with dirt---

I said to myself, as I only can
"You can't spend a winter disguised as a man!"

So--away with the last of the sour cream dip,
Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker and chip

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have a cookie--not even a lick.
I'll want only to chew on a long celery stick.

I won't have hot biscuits, or corn bread, or pie,
I'll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I'm hungry, I'm lonesome, and life is a bore---
But isn't that what January is for?

Unable to giggle, no longer a riot.
Happy New Year to all and to all a good diet!

 

 

As we are taking time to build sermons, and set up our schedule, we are getting excited for the next ministry tour. We'd ask for your prayers as this Thursday we fly to Nashville for both of us to meet with our Cardiologist on Friday to make sure the "old ticker is working good."  The beginning of January, at Larry's last appointment in Nashville, they found he also has an A-Fib flutter and were going to do a Cardioversion immediately to shock the heart to get it back in rhythm. But, to be on the safe side, they put a probe down into his heart to make sure that everything was okay. They prepped him and took him in for the procedure and put him under. In about 45 minutes came back out and the doctor told us that he had a blood clot in the upper left ventricle of the heart. How thankful we are that they did the procedure of the probe to the heart , as they told us if they had done the cardioversion to shock the heart to put it in rhythm, he could have gone into cardiac arrest. So, with that being said, we are very grateful and thankful that the Lord had us there (even though Larry didn't want to go in for a check-up and his daughters and son made him do it). God was in it.

 

How ironic is that we both have an A-Fib? Larry claims he caught it from me – ha! We are praying and believing for good results and appreciate your prayers on Friday the 27th, that God will give direction as to what we do next. With that being said, we are at a bit of a standstill waiting for things to stabilize before we hit the road.

 

I hope you've had a wonderful January with the election and everything that comes with it now done; we need to remember to pray for our president and staff. No matter who you voted for, they will need God more than they've ever needed him. Pray that President Trump would seek the godly advice from those who surround him, and for his protection. Blessings on you!

 

 

Gloria


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Recipe

 

Toffee Bars

1 1/2 c. butter

1 1/2 c. brown sugar

2 egg yolks

3 c. flour

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

6 Hershey bars

 

Mix all ingredients together, except for Hershey bars. Spread in small cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown (about 25 minutes). Place Hershey bars on top of warm bars and spread. Let cool and slice.

 


 

 


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Happy new year to our friends and family!


We just arrived in Florida, and so happy to be out of the cold weather. We called our office a couple days ago, and it was -28 degrees windchill! That's when I'm happy to say I am "away" from South Dakota. I was always told, that when you get older, you're skin gets thin and you feel the cold… Well I am definitely there.....that cold your shakes me to the bone. Ha!

We are still basking in the wonderful memories that we had with our family in Nashville Tennessee over Christmas. We had so much fun! One of the highlights, was attending the Amy Grant and Vince Gill concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville.


We so enjoyed spending time with our family in their homes: Donovan's, Ladawn's, and Lashawn's. We relaxed, we laughed, we went places, and we ate way too much! Our daughter Lashawn says "it's all fun and games when you're eating, until your clothes don't fit!" Both Larry and I are there!

 


As you know Christmas time is a tough time for many people. Depression is on the rise, untimely death's, suicide, loneliness, rejection, divorce, so there were so many people that needed encouragement, and we've tried as much as we could to be available to those who needed someone just to encourage them and be there for them.  Which reminds me of the article from our January newsletter:

 

Do we really care? How much do we care?

Man Overboard

One day Hudson Taylor was traveling on a Chinese junk from Shanghai to Ningpo. He had been witnessing to a man named Peter who rejected the gospel but was under deep conviction. In the course of events, Peter fell overboard, but no one made any effort to save him. Taylor sprang to the mast, let down the sail, and jumped overboard in hopes of finding his friend. But no one on board joined Taylor in his frantic search. Taylor saw a fishing boat nearby and yelled to them to help, but they wouldn't do it without money. Finally, after bartering for every penny that Taylor had, the fisherman stopped their fishing and began to look for Peter. In less than a minute of dragging their net, they found him, but it was too late. They were too busy fishing to care about saving a drowning man.

 

We can easily condemn the selfish indifference of those fishermen, but by indicting them, we may condemn ourselves. Are we too busy with our jobs or other activities to take the time to rescue those who are perishing without Christ? I pray not… let's remember the man overboard—it could be a family member or neighbor! Ephesians 5:15-17 says, "Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is."

 

 


Currently, Larry and I are busy with our office, and sermon prep, and scheduling the rest for 2017. We've taken a few weeks to regroup, and rest.....by directions of our children, our staff, and our doctors. We will be ready to hit the road running when we go again.


Have a great month, and remember you have a whole year ahead of you… Include God in all of your decisions and your priorities. I have a feeling we will need him more than we ever have this year, with the world that we live in, and the events and circumstances and attracts from Satan. I am always comforted by the Scripture where Jesus says "I will never leave you nor for sake you". With that promise I know that he will never leave us nor forsake us and we will not have to walk the journey alone, be it in the mountain tops or the valleys he will be right by our side. Praise the Lord!

 

Gloria

 

 


Chuckle

 

The New Year

Another year has come and gone;

I know not what comes with the dawn

of this new year, but this I know –

the power that calmed the waves at seas

will still the doubts and comfort me;

and though the day be dark or fair,

I'll ever seek my Lord in prayer.

 

And God who loves the great and small

will surely answer as I call,

The still, small voice dispelling fears

will guide me as in former years.

I face the New Year with a smile,

for God is with me all the while,

and faithfully trust all its days

to Him who guides my earthly ways.

 


 

Recipe

 

Cranberry Nog

2 ½ qt. water

2 c. orange juice

1 c. pineapple

2 T. lemon juice

3 – 3" cinnamon sticks

1 (12 oz.) bag fresh or frozen cranberries

1 c. sugar

 

Boil cranberries and water until berries pop.  Reduce heat. Simmer 5-10 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes.  Strain through colander into crock pot. Add slices of oranges to crock pot. Serve warm.

 


 

 


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Greetings from Nashville, TN! We are excited to celebrate the holidays with our family here for the next couple of weeks. We look forward to making many memories and feel so blessed to have this time with them. Can you believe it's almost Christmas? We pray you enjoy moments of peace, love and remembering "the Reason for the Season" this weekend. Jesus Christ truly was the greatest gift we could ever recieve. Accept His love and sacrifice, and share it with those who desperately need this gift He's given. 

Here is one of our favorite poems about Christmas that was shared in our Christmas card this month:

 

 

For some of you, we know this has been a long year with the personal loss of loved ones leaving a void and empty chair at the table. We so miss our mom. With that in mind, we wanted to share that those that are home with Jesus would probably say this:

"I've had my first Christmas in heaven, a glorious and wonderful day. I stood with the saints of the ages, who found Christ, the truth and the way. I sang with the heavenly choir. Just think! I who loved to sing. And oh, what celestial music we brought to our Savior and King. We sang the glad songs of redemption, how Jesus to Bethlehem came. And how they had called His name Jesus, that all might be saved through His name. We sang with the angels the song they sang that blest morn, when shepherds first heard the glad story that Jesus the Savior was born. Oh family, I wish you had been there. No Christmas on earth could compare with the beauty and glory I've witnessed in these few days that I've been here. You know how I always loved Christmas, it was such a very special day, with all of my family around me. Yes, now I can see why  I loved it, and oh, what joy it will be when all of you are with me to share in the glories I see. So dear ones on earth, here's my greeting. Look up 'til Jesus appears. And oh, what a Christmas awaits us beyond all our partings and tears."

 

Merry Christmas dear friends!

 

Gloria

 

 


Chuckle

Top Ten Things to Say About a Christmas Gift You Don't Like

10. Hey! There's a gift!

9. Well, well, well...

8. Boy, if I had not recently shot up 4 sizes that would've fit.

7. This is perfect for wearing around the basement.

6. Wow. I hope this never catches fire! It is fire season though. There are lots of unexplained fires.

5. If the dog buries it, I'll be furious!

4. I love it - but I fear the jealousy it will inspire.

3. Sadly, tomorrow I enter the Federal Witness Protection Program.

2. To think - I got this the year I vowed to give all my gifts to charity.

And the Number One thing to say about a Christmas gift you don't like:

1. "I really don't deserve this." 

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Greetings from Sevierville, TN! What an action-packed week! One week ago, last Saturday night, November 26th, Larry and I decided to take a quick getaway to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, TN. We arrived that Saturday night, located our hotel room, unpacked and watched the evening news and weather (Larry claims I am a weather fanatic…he is 95% right…as living on the road, weather is important to me for traveling). The reports give me freedom to peace of mind or…panic – ha!

 

The local TV station out of Gatlinburg predicted rain on Monday and I groaned, "Oh no, we wanted to see the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, now it's going to rain on Monday and it will knock all the beautiful leaves off the trees. So I suggested, "Tomorrow after going to church, let's spend the afternoon site seeing." Indeed that's exactly what we did. We drove through PF, Gat, and a few miles in to the National Park. I was ecstatic as it was an absolutely beautiful day and every sight was so breathtaking. The color of the leaves, the quiet and quaintness of the area and the Smoky Mountains and all their beauty seemed to literally tranquilize me with peace. I kept telling Larry, "Honey, this is so beautiful; I can hardly take it all in." We weaved through the winding mountain roads and back to the busy bustling streets of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. As we drove out, we determined we would come back on Tuesday evening to enjoy all the Christmas lights and displays and I was amped! 

 

Monday morning we woke up, I walked out on the balcony and the sky looked so eerie, like a huge sand storm wall was moving in. In an hour, I stepped out again and the smoke was so overwhelming that I quickly went back into the room. Little did we know that a fire was raging out of control with 40-70 miles an hour winds, 9 miles from us. The alerts began to scroll across the TV screen of evacuation, etc. The smell was coming into our room so I put towels around the bottom and tops of the doors as it was getting hard to breathe. The high winds were literally blowing the smoke inside, any way it could get in. An hour later, the horizon that we could view from our balcony, turned into a flaming red blaze, it literally looked like all hell broke loose, which it did.

 

The rest of the story, you may already know by watching the news. So far 13 dead, 1,500 homes and hotels and business destroyed and thousands homeless. This area hadn't had any rain since the first of July. So it was a horrific tinderbox. The cities in this area have been on total lockdown and we were warned if the winds came up again to leave immediately as it would come to where we are in Sevierville. Praise the Lord, the rain came to help dampen the fires, but it's still only 35% contained.

 

Last Saturday, our daughter LaDawn drove down here with some of her employees of Verizon and brought a load of necessities to the main command station in PF. We went over there with her. There were staggering lines of people who had lost everything but the clothes on their backs. They were  shopping carts filled with essentials and food. The looks on their faces screamed out confusion, hopelessness and loss. The stories that were shared with us while we were there were heartbreaking. Person after person shared with us, "We were at home, and a sudden loud knock on the door came, we answered, and the police and fireman screamed only three words… GET OUT NOW!" With the wind spanning up to 70 miles an hour, they literally ran out the door with family members or a pet within a couple minutes. Within seconds, the impending flames were up to their homes as they frantically raced down the narrow mountain roads with flames on both sides and burning falling timbers.

 

 

 

 

 

Larry and I have been haunted by those three words "GET OUT…NOW!". Those were escape words, which meant live or die. Tragically so many people today are surrounded by the eternal hell fires of hell and damnation. We as believers need to be the spiritual fireman and police to warn them, "GET OUT NOW!" If they had not heeded the warning, they would have died in the fire.

 

Sadly, since then, story after story has surfaced in the past week of senseless police killings, unbelievable explosions, the Oakland warehouse fire, tornadoes in the South, shootings, etc. Every day is one tragedy after another. We do not know our future, but we need to always be ready and we need to pray always for those who are going through the loss and tragedies in their lives. Be that person and friend, if you know someone without Christ, to lovingly give them the warning.

 

Gloria

 

PS. While I am looking in shops, Larry is engaged in his favorite encounter.... sharing his soul winning illustration with a stranger on the bench! This is what I love about my man.... his love and zeal to win the lost, anywhere, anytime! I shot this thru a store window, so the pic is not clear, but what is clear is his urgency to share "The Way"......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Reflection

This morning I heard a story on the radio of a woman who was out Christmas shopping with her two children.  After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.

She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year. Overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, getting the perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, making sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.

Finally, the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car and dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff. When the doors closed, she couldn't take it anymore and stated, "Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot."

From the back of the car everyone heard a quiet calm voice respond, "Don't worry, we already crucified Him."

For the rest of the trip down the elevator it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. Don't forget this year to keep the One who started this whole Christmas thing in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word. If we did it, just think of how different this whole world would be.

 


Recipe

Chicken Rice Soup

8 C. chicken broth

1 small onion, chopped

salt and pepper, to taste

3 celery ribs, sliced

2 C. cooked chicken, cubed

1 C. uncooked long grain rice

 

In a large saucepan, combine broth, celery, onion, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken and rice; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the rice is tender. Makes 8-10 servings.

 


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