"O give thanks unto the LORD; for
he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever." 1 Chronicles 16:34
I LOVE TO PRAISE HIM!
"Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for
praise is comely for the upright." Psalm 33:1
June 11, 2012
God has not given us a spirit of fear! His gifts
to us are power, love and a sound mind! And I am most grateful for all three of these things. It would be impossible
to choose the best gift of the three offered in this verse of Scripture! All of them are absolutely essential to a victorious
life in Christ! Power is imperative because we simply do not possess the necessary ingredients for a successful, overcoming
life without the power of God at work in us, through us and for us! Love is absolutely a prerequisite ... and not just
because love is a many splendored thing ... but because faith only works when love is present and it is impossible to please
God without faith! Having a sound mind is a must ... one cannot properly operate in the power and love God makes available
to us without a sound mind!
So I praise God for the absence of fear in my life today! It's all because of Jesus that I can truthfully
say, "No fear lives here!" But our God, being the awesome God that He is, does not just remove the fear ...
He replaces that fear with power, love and a sound mind! What a mighty God we serve!
May 1, 2012
Everyone can do positive things sometimes, but it takes a
special kind of person to do those positive things consistently! One of the key words of the Book of Acts is 'DAILY'!
Acts 2:46 "... they, continuing DAILY with one accord in the temple ...". Acts 5:42 "... DAILY in the
temple, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ." In Acts 17:11, they searched the Scriptures DAILY!
know that there are days when it is simply not convenient to walk out our purpose on this earth and fully perform the things
of God! Our flesh does not want to cooperate! But determination to make our personal communion with God a DAILY
thing will cause us to crucify our flesh so that we might fulfill the will of God in our lives! Develop a spiritual
routine that occurs every day! Make the things of God a habit in your life! Let His name be the first name you
speak every day! Make your relationship with Him a daily extravaganza!
March 15, 2012
When I was growing up, we sang a song
in Sunday School that simply stated ... TURN IT OVER TO JESUS! TURN IT OVER TO JESUS! TURN IT OVER TO JESUS AND
YOU'LL SMILE THE REST OF THE DAY!! And when I was a child singing that song, it seemed like that should be an easy thing
to do. But it's not!!
Bible tells us to cast all our cares on Jesus because He cares for us. We understand the meaning! We quote the
verse! When we read it on the pages of God's Word, it makes spiritual sense to us! But our flesh does not always
want to cooperate with this 'letting go' concept! I do not know why our flesh wants to hold on to something that is
causing us pain and anxiety. Why doesn't our flesh just let go of whatever it is that is hurting us? It's because
that action would require absolute TRUST IN GOD and that never comes easily to our flesh, even when it would allow our flesh
to experience being pain-free!
I encourage you to TRUST IN THE LORD today!! Whatever is not working in your life ... TURN IT OVER TO JESUS!
I mean really let go of it!! And the smile on your face will be the outward indicator of your inner faith that there
is no need to worry now! It's in God's hands! And He can and will handle it!!! TURN IT OVER TO JESUS AND
YOU'LL SMILE THE REST OF THE DAY!!
February 17, 2012
This is the day that the Lord has made!! I will rejoice and
be glad in it!! I trust that you are enjoying the journey today! That you are enjoying God's presence! That
you are enjoying the company of great people that you love! That you are fulfilling the call of God upon your life!
That you are counting your blessings! That you are offering incredible praise to our incredible God! That you
are basking in the glory of God! That your cup is full and running over with God's abundance!
that I have just said is in accordance with God's Word! He said that He wishes above all that we would prosper and be
in health even as our souls prosper! He tells us that He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His saints! He declares
that His eyes are roaming to and fro, looking for someone for which He can show up and show out! Lord, I volunteer for
that position!!! And I have a feeling that you might want to volunteer for that as well!! Who does not want God
to show up and show out in their lives?!!
January 19, 2012
Praise God!! I know it has been a while since I have
blogged on this website! But I have many good reasons! One of them is that Livingway Church has a brand new website
that we launched during the holiday season! And that happens to be one of my multiple jobs here ... keeping the website
current! So, being the typical woman, I let my website go to take care of that one! I'm sorry! But you should
visit the new website and see it ... and read about all the great things that God is doing at Livingway! You can find
it at www.livingwaychurch.net.
We are enjoying God's blessings and favor in our lives! The Fender family had a wonderful
holiday season ... Steve & I, our son, Brandon & his wife, Mandy, and their children, Tyler & Jadyn, and our son,
Sean all spent Christmas together at one of our ranches about thirty miles out! We had a great time ... had a big shrimp
fry ... built a fire in the woods and had hotdogs and made s'mores. It was sooooo nice! And, of course, we were
blessed with way too many gifts! This was truly a year of abundance and overflow! To God be the glory for His favor
And when the holidays were over, we came back to San Antonio with renewed minds, renewed purpose,
renewed vision and we haven't stopped since! Livingway is growing in every way possible ... spiritually, numerically,
financially ... GOD IS OUTDOING HIMSELF! We are living the Scripture that talks about God doing exceeding, abundantly
above all that we can ask or think according to the power that works in us! And His power is indeed working in us!
pray that you are enjoying the same power and abundance in your life today!
October 10, 2011
Praise our living God for the very best Real Treat EVER!
It was EPIC! God truly did exceeding, abundantly above all that we asked or thought according to the power that works
in us! I give Him all praise ... all honor ... all glory ... everything that He did was marvelous in our eyes!
I am getting ready to go to our first NMWW Class
post Real Treat, so there is really not time to share with you even a smidgen of what God accomplished in us while we were
there. So I'll hit a few high points and then I will try to get back to give you details later! First of all,
at least fifteen ladies received the Holy Spirit in the Friday morning service! The speakers were incredible ... the
testimonies glorified our awesome God and increased our faith to DREAM BIG ... the music ... the singing ... the dances
... the PRESENCE OF THE LORD ... I do not possess the necessary vocabulary to express what happened in my spirit every day
I was there. The Lord spoke to us through tongues and interpretation on two separate occasions. Healings ... miracles
... deliverances ... and the list goes on and on and on.
personally needed the amazing move of the Holy Spirit in my life. God made up to me everything that I have lost over
the past few weeks. He is so faithful and there is no one like Him!
I must stop now, but I will say this before I go ... the next Real Treat dates are September 27-29, 2012!!
If I were you, I would mark those dates on my calendar and go ahead and bid for vacation days right now! Could
I go ahead and prophesy that 2012 will exceed 2011, as difficult as that is for us to believe?!! I can't wait to see
what God has planned for us over the next few weeks and months! Exceeding abundantly above whatever I am thinking or
asking ... that's for sure!
September 12, 2011
I will bless the Lord at all times ... His praise shall
continually be in my mouth! That's really all for today! I just needed to establish it!
September 8, 2011
I am happy in Jesus today! And I hope you are as well!
It is such a miracle to be surrounded by so much sadness and calamity in this world and still be glad! The joy of the
Lord truly is our strength! We should never take it for granted that He causes us to rise above situation and circumstance,
pressure and problem, fact and fear and makes us sit together with Him in a heavenly place! Thank You, Jesus!
NO MATTER WHAT WOMAN Real Treat 2011 starts three weeks from today!
And it is going to be awesome ... it will exceed anything we have ever experienced in the 19 years we have been having Real
Treats! There is still time for you to make arrangements to be with us! The price is so very reasonable for what
is provided and I can promise that your life will be changed if you come expecting the GREAT! I hope with all my heart
to see you there!
In the meantime, be blessed today!
Be restored! Be encouraged! Be rejuvenated! Be regenerated! Be strengthened! Be empowered!
Be uplifted! Be enlightened! And do all of those things in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
August 10, 2011
I just have a quick minute, but I wanted to post this information
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July 26, 2011
I've been busy, busy, busy as I'm sure you have been!!
What a summer this has been! And still is, as a matter of fact! God is blessing me and my family abundantly and
we are grateful, for sure!
Last week, I took my two grandchildren,
Tyler (age 7) and Jadyn (age 4) to visit my Dad in Lake Charles, Louisiana ... their great-grandfather! Road trip
for just the three of us! It was something! We had a blast! Lake Charles has certainly changed over the
last few years! I hardly recognized it and I've been going there since I was just a little girl. We stayed at
the L'Auberge ... very nice!
Then on the way home, the
three of us stopped by Columbus, Texas, where our son, Brandon, and his wife, Mandy, had taken 300 of our youth to Discovery
Camp! We stayed the night there and hung out with them for a while so they could spend a little time with Tyler and
Jadyn. And then the kids and I came home on Wednesday to be at Livingway for HALFTIME! Can't miss
that! It's always awesome!
And then my personal
assistant (Schartryce), my armor bearer (Tammy) and I went to Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship for their Women's Conference
... I preached and sang on Friday night and again on Saturday morning ... and God moved mightily! It was phenomenal,
powerful and beyond what we had thought or imagined! God showed up and showed out and we give Him all the glory for
the things He did while we were there!
I'm getting ready
for choir rehearsal now ... it starts in just a few minutes so I'll have to say goodbye for now! I trust that you are
busy about your Father's business! There is great reward in working for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God!
Be blessed and stay strong in God!
June 20, 2011
It is hot in San Antonio, Texas! No, I mean, really hot
... summer does not even begin until tomorrow and we have already had multiple days with temperatures over 100 degrees!
I'm telling you, it's hot in San Antonio, Texas!! Of course, I'm blessed to be sitting in a very cool office right now,
so I'm feeling alright about the temperature outside! But for those of you who have to be out and about (unless you
are in a swimming pool somewhere), I feel for you!
I can tell you that it is also hot at Livingway!! Not hot in degrees on a thermometer ... hot in the Holy
Spirit! The preaching over the past few months has increased the heat to spontaneous spiritual combustion! It
has been nothing short of amazing! And I am so happy to go to a church that is ON FIRE! HOT! HOT!
HOT! Visit the church website .... www.livingwaychurch.net ... and listen to some of the preaching that we have been privileged to hear! The Word has been life-changing for me
more than ever!
And I have been teaching the No Matter
What Women about being 'pregnant with promise' and bringing forth everything that God designed you to produce. In the
midst of that teaching, the Lord has caused me to break forth and stretch in my personal life like never before! I will
admit that when I observed pastors' wives when I was younger, I had it in my mind that by this time in my life, I would be
retired to shop daily at the mall whether I needed anything or not. NOT SO! NOT SO AT ALL!
I am busy about my Father's business ... busier than ever before ... getting new ideas, new inspiration,
new direction ... AND I'M LOVING IT! Evidently age really is just a number because it is not over until God is finished
with you. I trust this same rejuvenation, regeneration, renewal is happening in your life as well! This renewed
purpose ... this revitalized dream ... and on top of all that ... brand new vision and preparation for increased productivity!
Yes, I'm talking to you! No matter what age you
are, there is great and grand purpose for your life! Study to show yourself approved unto God ... Pray to receive His
personal instruction and guidance ... Fast to crucify your flesh and prepare it for greatness ... Praise to bring His awesome
presence into your life ... Worship to commune with Him on a deeper level of intimacy so that He can reveal His secrets to
you ... and get ready for the BEST DAYS OF YOUR LIFE!
you tell I'm excited?!!!
May 9, 2011
This year is flying by so quickly that it takes my breath away!
Yesterday was already Mother's Day! I trust that you had a great day with your Mom ... or your children ... or grandchildren
... or all of the above! I had a wonderful day yesterday! I was reminded of just how blessed I am! God blessed
Steve and me with the two best sons in the world ... Sean & Brandon! And the two sweetest grandchildren in the world
... Tyler & Jadyn! And the loveliest daughter-in-law one could ever wish for ... Mandy! And the best church
family in the universe ... Livingway! I am of all women most blessed!
The only bittersweetness I experienced all day was that I missed my Mom. She has been in heaven for over
twenty years now, so a whole lot has happened in my life since she's been gone. But when I looked at all of the blessings
in my life yesterday ... my beautiful family ... I remembered that her prayers live on. There is no doubt in my mind that
prayers that she prayed while she was alive are being answered every day of my life. Thank You, Lord, for my Mom ...
for every prayer she prayed over me ... for every time I saw her read Your Word ... for every example she set for me in the
things of God ... for giving me a sure and strong foundation ... for never giving up on me ... for always being there for
me ... for showing me in so many different ways that it pays great dividends to live wholeheartedly for God. That was
my Mom! Nobody like her!
And one of the thoughts
that crossed my very weary mind last night before I drifted into peaceful sleep was this ... Lord, help me to be this same
example to my children and grandchildren. When I have been in heaven for over twenty years (if the Lord should tarry),
please let my children say these same things of me! I am determined that they will!
April 14, 2011
Praise God! Just stopping by to tell you that there is
NOBODY GREATER THAN MY GOD! NOBODY GREATER! Livingway's choir has learned that wonderful song and it has become
my personal anthem! NOBODY GREATER!! I don't have enough time today for a long posting, but I always have
time to testify that there is NOBODY GREATER THAN MY GOD!
April 7, 2011
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord ... Serve the Lord
with gladness! Joyful Gladness! Do those words describe your demeanor? Your countenance?
Your attitude? Your overall outlook on your life? They should! Oh, I'm sure that everything is not exactly
as you would like for it to be! I'm certain there are things that you would change if given the opportunity! I'm
positive that you would definitely welcome divine intervention in a plethora of situations in your life! But the way
you must respond to all of those things is JOYFUL GLADNESS!
speak, in Jesus' name, that you will find the spiritual fortitude within yourself to react to life's curve balls with JOY
and GLADNESS today! Caution: People can sometimes make you happy ... money can make you momentarily happy ...
but the only source of real JOY is JESUS! If people make you happy, then eventually, people can snatch that happiness
away and make you sad. If money makes you happy, your happiness will last only as long as the money lasts and then it
will be taken away. But the JOY that JESUS gives ... the Bible said that the world did not give it to you, so the world
cannot take it away from you! What a testimony of the JOY OF THE LORD! It is your strength and it cannot be taken
away from you!
So whatever you are facing today, I admonish
you to go through it with JOYFUL GLADNESS! Be blessed and prosperous in Jesus! You are His highly favored son
February 21, 2011
I'm grateful to my Awesome God for His amazing grace, His boundless
love, His remarkable mercy, His unfailing compassion ... and the list goes on and on and on and on and on! At Livingway,
we sing a wonderful song that ends with us repeating this line ... "It's so good to know Jesus!" That
is truly my testimony today ... IT'S SO GOOD TO KNOW JESUS!
January 23rd, Livingway honored us with a huge Anniversary Banquet! Steve & I celebrated forty years of marriage!
Yes, I said 40! I can hardly believe it! God has really been good to us! We got married at the United
Pentecostal Church on Traffic Street in Bossier City, Louisiana in 1971! What a journey began that night!! And
the journey continues, but it is better than ever!
To all of you who came to help us celebrate that incredible milestone, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!
We were surrounded by awesome friends and family ... and we received DVD's and letters of congratulations from those of you
who were unable to attend. We are indeed blessed and we certainly do not take it for granted!
To our Livingway Church family ... you are THE BEST! I bless the day that God added each and
every one of you to our journey along the way. You are the icing on the cake ... you are what makes our world go
'round ... for Steve, you are that wonderfully sweet gooey center in the middle of the beloved Twinkie! :-) We love
you all sooooooo much!
I thought I would share my
extreme gratitude with you today! You just got to 'listen in' on one of my personal praise breaks today!
January 17, 2011
HAPPY NEW YEAR! And what a year it is and shall be!
The best ever! I decree it! I declare it! I trust that your new year got off to a fantastic start!
If not, by the help of the Holy Ghost, turn it around now! If so, let the Holy Ghost accelerate the greatness that has
I don't know if you are big on New Year's
Resolutions, but if you are, I hope that your greatest emphasis is being placed upon those things that are eternal!
I trust that your most intense efforts are toward those things that will last forever. Those are the resolutions that
will change you and the world around you today and prepare you for your tomorrow!
For those of you who are on the fast with us at Livingway ... the NMWW, MP, GX and others of Livingway
who desired to go on this spiritual journey with us ... today is day #7 and I claim that we are strong in the Lord and
in the power of HIS might. Fasting decreases my might and increases His might in me! In fact, that is the whole
focus ... I must decrease and He must increase!
get weary in well doing! The Word tells us that we will reap if we do not faint! I have talked to so many of you
that have already begun to reap the promised harvest and we are not even one-third of the way through it! Oh, my!!
What does God have in store for those who endure to the end? I'll tell you what He has ... a prize that can only come
from Him! Something for which you have been praying and trusting for a long time!
Watch for posts from Livingway on Facebook. Ladies, visit the NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN page and
gather tips and recipes as well as words of encouragement from those who are walking the same path as you!
And to those of you who did not start with us a week ago ... it's not too
late! Start now! The Lord gave me three things that He will do for me during this fast and I shared them with
the NMWW last Monday night before the fast began. The three things ... CLARITY of vision ... SHARPENED senses and
perception ... DETOXIFICATION of the spirit man (getting rid of all the things that are not of God that have attached
themselves to us due to just living life). And those things are happening in my life ... I am enjoying clarity
of vision ... I can see clearly! Things that were foggy ... muddy ... areas where I was 'unsure' of the right thing
to do ... I can see the God-prescribed path clearly now!
My spiritual senses are sharpened ... my perception has been fine-tuned during this time of consecration.
I can perceive what is really there ... not just what my flesh comprehends. I am understanding and comprehending with
the mind of Christ. And everything that has tried to hinder or stop my spirit man from progressing ... He is detoxificating
my spirit! I'm laying aside the spirit of heaviness! My praise is more intense ... my worship purer ... because
I am not weighted down by the things that try to slow me down or stop me altogether.
Like I said ... it's not too late! Join us! And as God outdoes Himself in our lives, don't
forget to fill out those yellow Miracle Report cards and give our Awesome God the glory that He deserves! Be strong
and do exploits for Him!
December 28, 2010
I know! I know! It's been over a month since
I wrote anything! But what can I say?!! I've been far too busy enjoying Christmas to write about it! And
I'm sure you have been far too busy enjoying Christmas to read what I wrote anyway! I had an absolutely awesome Christmas!
Our family spent three days at the ranch ... fried & boiled shrimp ... pot roast ... presents that spilled over
into three different rooms ... games that tested one's knowledge and patience ... we had a blast!
And, of course, my birthday
is on Christmas Day, so we celebrated that as well. Sean and Brandon have birthday 'months' ... their own declaration.
Well, I was able to enjoy a birthday week, so I am moving toward that month celebration that they have. I'm 58 years
old and loving every minute of it! Thanks to all of you who sent birthday greetings via cards, gifts, emails, Facebook,
etc. I was blessed by each and every message!
But Christmas is over! And we are a mere three days away from a brand New
Year! Are you ready? YES, I'M READY!! I'm so excited about what God is going to do in me, with me, through
me, around me, and, yes, even in spite of me! I'm ready to fly higher ... to dig deeper ... to run faster ... to be
everything He called me to be before I was even formed in my mother's belly! I'm going to work harder on that speech
that I fully plan to hear Him say to me when I see Him face to face ... WELL DONE, THOU GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! If
I am going to hear Him say 'WELL DONE', then I must 'DO WELL'!
I pray that you are gearing up for the best year you personally
have ever had ... and certainly the best year the Kingdom of God has had on this earth! My faith is taking me someplace!
By all means, make all of the New Year's Resolutions that you desire to make ... but please make sure that you put the most
emphasis and the greatest effort on those things that are eternal rather than temporal! Be blessed and have a SUPERNATURAL
2011, in Jesus' name!
November 20, 2010
It's Saturday night and I am getting ready for a huge day tomorrow!
The best services ever! I hope whoever you are and wherever you are, you are doing the same thing! Last Sunday
was an incredible day at Livingway Church! Both services were absolutely phenomenal! So, since we serve the Awesome
God who always outdoes Himself, I am expecting great things in both services tomorrow! If you are anywhere near the San Antonio, Texas area, you should make plans to be with us either at 9:00 or 11:00
a.m. tomorrow! Or better yet, be there for both! I can promise you that we are going to have an extraordinary
This is the week of Thanksgiving coming up!
The Fender Family will be spending the Thanksgiving holidays together ... yes, I am cooking! Then the day after Thanksgiving,
we will be decorating for the Christmas season! My shopping is done, so I'm quite excited about the holidays!
Of course, I still have to wrap everything, but at least I can do that at home!
But in this time of Thanksgiving, I trust that you are offering up a little extra gratitude.
I know that every day is Thanksgiving when you are a true worshipper and praiser. But I think we can dig a little deeper
and find a few extra 'thank you's' in our hearts to offer to our Mighty God!
I am thankful that the Lord allowed me to be born to parents who told me about Him and brought me up to love
Him with all my heart. I am thankful for my wonderfully and powerfully anointed husband who loves me and takes
such tremendous care of me and our family. I am thankful for our two sons that love God, live for God and are highly
involved in building the Kingdom of God. I am thankful for our extra-special daughter-in-law who is such a joy to me.
I am thankful for Tyler & Jadyn, the lights of my life, the beat of my heart, the future of my family. I am thankful
for my church family ... what a wonder Livingway is to me! I'm so thankful for my NMWW ... my choir ... my incredible
band! I am thankful for the health, the wealth, the soul prosperity that I enjoy every day of my life! But
most of all, I'M THANKFUL FOR GOD'S CONTINUAL PRESENCE IN MY LIFE! I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT HIM!
If you really are thankful, I urge you to crucify your flesh in the morning, get up and get to a true
House of Worship like Livingway Church and let your God know how very thankful you are for all that He has done and for who
He is to you! It will be worth the sacrifice!
November 3, 2010
So ... I blogged exactly one month ago today about how excited
I was to be going to NMWW Real Treat! And you are probably wondering if it turned out to be all that I expected?
Well, the answer to that is a resounding YES!!!!!!!!!!!! It was all that I anticipated that it would be and so much
more! To God be the glory for everything He did for us while we were there! It was phenomenal, amazing, magnificent,
powerful, glorious, and so on and so on and so on! I think you get the picture! WE HAD AN AWESOME TIME IN GOD!
The dates for next year? September 29 through October
1, 2011! You have almost a year to clear your calendar and make plans to be with us! Even in this present economy,
our prices for 2011 are the same as they were for 2010! That is a blessing! If you need more information, you
can contact my office and they will be happy to get you registered for THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!
I'm going to try to get far enough ahead in my work that I can take some time to post some pictures
of us while we were there! We had fun! We had fellowship! We forged friendships! But most of all,
we heard from God, we felt God, we learned more of God! Oh, it was beyond blessed! And I was beyond blessed to
be there with the most wonderful ladies on the face of the earth! DON'T
MISS THE NEXT ONE!
I would love to write more, but, as
always, I am struggling for more time! Church starts in two hours! Wednesday night HALF TIME! There's nothing
quite like it! So it's time to put work away and get ready for a move of the Holy Ghost! I hope to see you there!
October 3, 2010
I'm so excited! I just can't hide it! I'm about
to lose control and I KNOW I like it! Why am I excited?! Real Treat is THIS WEEK! Yes, I said it!
REAL TREAT IS THIS WEEK! We have been anticipating it for months now, and it's finally here! Thursday, Friday
and Saturday will be absolutely filled with the Holy Spirit and the Word of God! I'm thrilled for all the ladies that will be making the trip with us! It will be life-changing and elevating!
And while you are here with me. I have to tell you about EPIC last weekend!
24 solid hours of praise, prayer and worship ... non-stop ... incredible music ... phenomenal talent ... awesome presence
of God from beginning to end! The Lord helped me to stay awake the entire 24 hours! Whew hew! And I loved
every minute of it! We will be doing this again in October of 2011! If I were you, I would start making plans
right now to be with us for EPIC 2011! No church names were mentioned ... no group names were mentioned ... it was all
about Jesus from start to finish! What an EPIC event of EPIC EPICNESS! I was so blessed to be a part of it!
Props to Brandon & Mandy and the entire GX staff for a remarkable endeavor that was greatly successful!
We had awesome services at Livingway this morning! I hope you were
here to enjoy them with us! What a powerful move of the Holy Spirit we had in both services! What a great precursor
to our upcoming Real Treat!
Speaking of Real Treat,
I have many things to prepare for it so I will have to say 'goodbye' for now. Be blessed and rejuvenated in the Holy
August 30, 2010
Okay, so I am all about Real Treat now! So if you are
not a woman and/or you are not interested in Real Treat, go ahead and click me closed! There is no need in you staying
This year's Real Treat will be
like no other ladies' meeting you have ever attended! Oh, there will be fun! There will be food! There will
be fellowship, for sure! But, most importantly, THERE WILL BE HOLY GHOST FIRE! THERE WILL BE SIGNS AND WONDERS
FOLLOWING THE BELIEVERS! THERE WILL BE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT IN OPERATION! THERE WILL BE PRAYER! THERE WILL
BE PRAISE! THERE WILL BE WORSHIP! THERE WILL BE THE WORD OF GOD! AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS
... THERE IS LIBERTY!
Our theme is THE NO MATTER WHAT
WOMAN CELEBRATES JESUS! And that is what we are going to do from beginning to end! Celebrate His love! Celebrate
His peace! Celebrate His joy! Celebrate Him as Jehovah Rophe ... Jehovah Jireh ... Jehovah Nissi ... Jehovah Shammah
... I think you get the picture! We are going to celebrate everything He has done ... everything that He is doing ...
and everything that He is going to do for us!
you have two choices set before you today ... be there or be there! Which will it be? We are very quickly approaching
the deadline for registration! You do not want to be left out. I know that some of you might be faced with financial
challenges that are prohibiting your attendance. You have time to believe God for a miracle! Maybe your boss has
told you that you cannot have the time off. Believe God for a change of heart! You still have time for a miracle!
For those of you that are already signed up ... do not let any distractions
keep you from going with us! The Word of God tells us that we are not ignorant of the enemy's devices against us.
See the distractions for what they are and bring them under your feet in the name of Jesus! Don't be dominated by the
devil! Dominate the devil instead!
if you are getting ready to enter into our special time of corporate spiritual preparation for this upcoming Real Treat, please
know that you can do all things through Christ which strenghtens you! The power behind you is far greater than the task
that is before you! I am praying for you! I know you are praying for me! But there is a greater intercessor
than either of us that is praying that our faith will not fail ... Jesus Christ, sitting at the right hand of the Father,
ever interceding for us! Praise God! Let's do this!
August 3. 2010
This is the day that the Lord has made! And I have
rejoiced and been glad all day long! I hope you have done the same! Does that mean that everything has gone my
way? Not necessarily! But it does mean that I made the choice to rejoice in God no matter what happened to me
today! And because I have done that, His joy has been my strength!
God is moving in San Antonio! God is moving at Livingway and God is moving in me! I am so grateful for
the move of the Holy Spirit that we have been experiencing in every service here! What a mighty God we serve!
If you are within driving distance, come and see what God is doing in our midst! You will say like the Queen of Sheba
... the half has not been told! To God be all the glory for the things He has done, is doing and will do!
I had the wonderful privilege of preaching at Lord of the Harvest Church
in Corpus Christi, Texas, this past Friday night! We had an awesome time in the Holy Spirit! What receptive, responsive
people are housed in that church! And the praise and worship was absolutely phenomenal! If you are in the Corpus
Christi area, you should definitely experience their praise and worship in person. Chach Reyes is the Chenaniah of the
house and he is anointed! A special thanks to Pastor Isaias Sanchez and his lovely wife for hospitality above and beyond
the call of duty.
If you go to Livingway, I know that
you are aware of everything that is going on here ... a very full calendar! But just in case you are not at Livingway
on a regular basis, I just want to remind you of some of the upcoming events that you might enjoy! This Saturday from
9 a.m. to noon is our annual Back 2 School Bash! Free backpacks full of school supplies ... free health and dental screenings
... door prizes ... entertainment ... fun ... and food! You do not want to miss it!
If you have a teenager in the house, make sure they get to our GX Youth Conference ... Friday, August
13th at 7:00 p.m. ... and Saturday at noon, 2:30 and 6:00 p.m. Dr. Andrew J. Willis will be preaching in that last service
If you love Christian music, we are hosting
a free concert in our Family Life Center with the band Press Play from the Los Angeles Dream Center! August 28th at
6:00 p.m. It will be great!
And the GX Youth Ministry
is holding a twenty-four hour praise and worship event called EPIC this fall! It will begin at 8:00 p.m on September
23rd and go straight through without stopping until 8:00 p.m. on September 24th! Yes, you read it right! Twenty-four
hours of solid praise and worship! They have a lot of church bands ... praise and worship teams ... musicians ... coming
from all over the state ... even a few from out of state! There will be food booths set up so you can stay nourished
and hydrated! It will be in the parking lot of the Main Sanctuary building facing IH 35 North ... the busiest interstate
in America! And it will be EPIC!
And then ... LADIES!
IT'S REAL TREAT TIME! Yes, I know it is difficult to believe that it is already time to register for Real Treat!
But it is time! On October 7th through the 9th, we will journey to Waxahachie, Texas, for the time of our lives!
We have four buses secured for this trip because we believe we will take our largest number ever! You may have
had to miss a Real Treat or two in the past twenty years that we have had them, but this is one that you do not want to miss!
I have assurance from God that it will indeed be the very best we have ever had!
I must close! Do you know what I get to do tonight?! Have choir rehearsal with Living
Praise Choir & Band! If you would join the choir, you could be right here with us tonight! Think about it!
Pray about it! Then just DO IT FOR JESUS!
and prosper in your soul, in Jesus' name!
July 3, 2010
Happy Birthday, America! Land of the free! Home
of the brave! I praise God for this wonderful nation in which we live. Even with all of its challenges, it is
still the greatest nation on the face of the earth and we are most blessed to live here! On Sunday, I will rise and
go to the house of God IN THE LAND OF THE FREE! I will be able to lift up holy hands ... clap my hands ... shout unto
God with the voice of triumph ... dance before the Lord ... hear the Word of God preached without fear IN THE LAND OF THE
FREE! We are so very privileged to be able to praise and worship our God freely ... to be able to share His Word openly
... to be allowed to witness to our neighbors the love of Jesus. I praise God for America! And I pray for America
that she will remain free as long as possible, in the name of Jesus!
Okay, I realize that I might be a little 'soap boxey' today, but we are doing a special presentation to honor our
military in both services on Sunday morning, so I have all of this very deep in my spirit right now. We are blessed
to live in an extremely military city. And I am married to what I deem to be the most patriotic Pastor alive today.
And he has raised up a congregation full of people who are very patriotic as well, many of them involved in the military themselves.
So we are all set to obey the Word of God and give honor where honor is due. If you are in the area, please plan on
being with us for at least one of the services ... 9:00 or 11:00 a.m. this Sunday, July 4th.
In addition to thanking the Lord for America, I wanted to give praise to Him for allowing me to know
a man by the name of Gerald Mangun. Other than my mother, he and his wife, Vesta, were the strongest spiritual influence
in my life as I grew up. When I was very young, I admired them from afar. But when I became a teenager, the Lord
allowed me to spend time with them in their home. They inspired me ... I saw what God was doing in their lives,
but I also saw their utter personal devotion to God and to His Kingdom. They not only showed me the wonderful fruits
of their labor ... they showed me how to bring forth such fruit in my own life.
Brother Mangun went home to be with the Lord week before last. I was privileged to be able to
attend his homegoing service. And I was reminded of what a gift he was in my life. I was also blessed to greet
Sister Mangun ... what an absolutely awesome woman of God she is! I just wanted to say how grateful I am for Brother
& Sister Mangun's very special place in my heart.
must close ... I still have some last minute things to wrap up for Sunday's presentation! Don't forget to be with us
in at least one of the services! We will not only honor our Armed Forces ... we will be giving a War Cry to the soldiers
in the Army of the Lord!
June 3, 2010
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
No, really, I mean it! Praise the Lord! It's not just a greeting! I want you to praise the Lord with
"O magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together." Psalm 34:3
trust that you are having the same joyous journey with Jesus that I am! My God just keeps outdoing Himself every
day in my life! That's why I am trying to get you to praise Him with me! He's so much bigger than just one person's
God is moving at Livingway Church like never before!
And for that, I am so very grateful! Last night, we had a powerful service ... the Word that went forth was awesome
... talking about the Holy Spirit, the Blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus and the Word of God! At the close of service,
we were baptizing a line of people. All of the sudden we lost all electricity in the building (huge storm outside)!
But there was a huge rainfall of the Holy Spirit inside and we kept baptizing ... kept singing ... kept dancing ... kept rejoicing!
It was magnificent! There is nothing like a sovereign move of God!
I know that the world is reeling and rocking right now ... I know that things look bad, and according to the Word
of God, they are going to get worse. But basking in the presence of God like we have been doing here at Livingway keeps
my focus off of the world and its problems and puts me in a frame of mind to walk in the miraculous, supernatural power of
Again, with the old songs ... "Turn your eyes
upon Jesus ... Look full in His wonderful face ... And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory
and grace". His Word promises PERFECT PEACE to those who keep their minds STAYED on Him! Peace that will
blow your mind! Peace beyond comprehension! My goodness, how can I not praise Him?!! My Prince of Peace!
I speak peace to the readers of this blog, in the name of Jesus! God's
peace is no respecter of persons!
And the next verse that
follows the one quoted above ... "I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
Seek the Lord! Do it! I promise He will hear you! I promise He will deliver you! From ALL
YOUR FEARS! Love and blessings to each and every one
May 11, 2010
My, how time flies when you are working for God! I cannot
believe that the year is already one-third behind us. And what a grand one-third of the year it has been! I have
so very much for which to be thankful! I want to brag on my awesome, magnificent God! He does all things well!
And the things He does are marvelous in my eyes!
There is a song that we used to sing when I was a child ... "If He keeps on blessing and blessing ... if He
keeps on pouring it on ... if His love just keeps getting richer ... if He keeps on giving a song ... if my cup gets fuller
and fuller ... if my prayers keep on getting through ... if He keeps on blessing and blessing, oh, Lord, I don't know what
I'm gonna do!" That is how I feel today! Exciting phone calls with amazing news of God's provision on my
behalf! The Word of God works! He is Mighty, He is Powerful, He is Awesome!
I was privileged to sing three songs at the Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Austin last week.
Thanks to the Gregorys for inviting me to be there. I so enjoyed the time spent with them. It was an honor to
be allowed to share! Thanks!
I appreciate the wonderful
attendance last night at NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Class! I started a new teaching series that will last throughout the remainder
of 2010. It is titled "Qualifying for the Hall of Faith" and I believe that the Lord will use it to move us
higher and deeper in Him. I know that sounds contradictory ... how can one go both higher and deeper simultaneously?
Well, it is entirely possible when you walk with the Lord. The deeper you go into the Word of God and its hidden mysteries,
the higher you will soar like the eagle! Our first qualification that
we studied last night is PREPARATION! So, NMWW, are you PREPARING for the things God has designed specifically for you
Just in case you haven't heard already,
our grandson, Tyler, received the baptism of the Holy Spirit on Wednesday, April 28th, at our JAM Children's Ministry!
He is six years old and wants to discuss Scripture all the time now! And if that wasn't enough, he was baptized in water
on Sunday, May 9th ... Happy Mother's Day to me! It was especially moving to me because both Sean and Brandon were
baptized in water on a Mother's Day many years ago! What a sweet tradition! The Word says that this promise is
to me, and my children, and my children's children! Praise God! "I have no greater joy than
to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 1:4
I will close for now ... I have to take a praise break! I have given these testimonies to you
and written myself happy! Until next time ... BLESSINGS!!!!!
April 22, 2010
Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus!
I can't stop praising Him!
"This was the Lord's doing, and
it is marvellous in our eyes ..." Mark 12:11
am I talking about? This past Sunday at Livingway! And then this past Wednesday night as well! Oh, my goodness!
The glory of the Lord was in the house! If you were not there, I'm sorry! Sunday morning the power of the Lord
fell while the choir was singing. When we tried to end the song, my husband gave the congregation a word about
having a 'date with destiny' rather than living out your destiny every day of your life. The altars were filled to capacity
and spilled over up the aisles. Hundreds of people were ministered to by the Holy Spirit! A man walked out of
his wheelchair! We sang, we danced, we rejoiced, we cried, we shouted, we praised, we worshipped, and the Lord did everything
He promised to do! He inhabited the praises of His people and His train filled the temple!
And then last night (Wednesday), my husband was preaching ... he got about
fifteen minutes into his sermon and the Spirit of the Lord erupted in the house and the altars filled up again ... salvations
... deliverances ... people being filled with the Holy Spirit ... people being baptized. During the time of ministry
at the altar, the Lord gave a word to the congregation about the new thing He was doing and the next level to which He has
now taken us. He told us to get ready, to prepare ourselves to see things we have never seen before! I know I'm
excited, but really? Can you blame me?! Why would I not say that the Lord has done these things and they
are marvellous in our eyes?! He is THE AWESOME GOD!
You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus! You do all things well!
April 8, 2010
"For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy
work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands." Psalm 92:4
In the dictionary, Webster defines 'glad' as 'experiencing pleasure, joy or delight'. The Lord has made
me GLAD! I am GLAD today because He has made me GLAD through His work! My pleasure, my joy, my delight is wrapped
up in His work and the works of His hands! Are you GLAD today?
David wrote, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD." (Psalm
122:1) This must mean that David's pleasure, his joy, his delight came from going to and dwelling in the house
of the Lord! And I can truly say the same today ... I am GLAD when Wednesday comes and I get to go to the house of the
Lord! And Sundays! Oh, my! And Monday NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Classes! And Tuesday LIVING PRAISE CHOIR
Rehearsals! And so on and so forth!
But I am especially
GLAD that my relationship with my Creator, my Savior, my Redeemer is not relegated to Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings!
I am privileged to find pleasure, joy and delight in Him every day! "In His presence is fullness of
joy! At His right hand there are pleasures forevermore!" (Psalm 16:11)
There is an old song that my Mom and I used to sing together when I was a child ... 'Oh, say, but
I'm glad, I'm glad!' That is my testimony today! I'm GLAD! Jesus has made me GLAD!
We just completed our 2010 presentation of "I GIVE YOU JESUS". What an awesome success
it was this year! The very best cast and crew that we have ever had! The very best crowds we have ever had!
And, most importantly, the absolute strongest anointing that we have ever experienced in each of the performances! Because
of that anointing, wonderfully miraculous things transpired each time we presented it. Salvations, healings, deliverances
... TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
If you were in the cast
or crew, thank you so very much for your supreme efforts and sacrifices to make this happen! You are a phenomenal group
of people, incredibly talented, for sure, but anointed far beyond your talents! And if you attended any of the
performances, please let me take this opportunity to express our gratitude for your presence there. Thank you, thank
you, thank you!
I will close with this ... be GLAD in
the Lord today! He is really the only One that can turn your sad to GLAD! Or your mad to GLAD! Or even your
bad to GLAD!
March 18, 2010
Happy three days before Spring! The season of new beginnings!
The season of LIFE! The season of RESURRECTION! I am excited to spring forward into SPRING! Of course, in
San Antonio, we do not exactly experience four distinct seasons, but we definitely get to enjoy Spring ... take a drive in
the hill country and you will see the Texas bluebonnets and the pink Indian paintbrushes! We are blessed, blessed, blessed!
And spring always brings the Easter Passion Play, "I Give You Jesus".
We have an awesome cast and crew this year. I trust that you have already made plans to be with us for at least
one of the four performances that we are offering this year. There is not a doubt in my mind that you will be blessed
when you attend! The performance dates are Friday, March 26th, Saturday, March 27th, Friday, April 2nd and Saturday,
April 3rd! And we have made it as simple as possible ... you can order your tickets online from Livingway's website
We have been performing variations of this particular
drama since 1992, but it still has the power to move me to tears and then to great joy when I see the visual of what Jesus
Christ did for us. Oh, how He loves you and me! It's a love beyond comprehension! It's a love beyond compare!
And if you have friends that you have been witnessing to about the power of the salvation that Jesus Christ made available
to us, this would be a perfect opportunity to actually 'show' them what He did for them.
As you can tell, I'm in full-blown drama mode! I'm in great anticipation to see what God has
in store for us in those four power-packed evenings! I encourage you to be a part of it with us!
And NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN, have you worshipped your Creator today? Say it with me ... I AM A
WORSHIPPER! Without fail, no matter what, in spite of it all, come hell or high water ... I AM A WORSHIPPER!
We will continue with our Bible Study on being a worshipper on Monday night! If you are a lady, join us in the Livingway
Family Life Center and find out how to be a worshipper and learn the benefits of becoming a worshipper!
I will close now, but not without giving my God praise for all that He has
done. The Bible says that He has done great things ... and that they are marvelous in our eyes! Oh, magnify the
Lord with me! And let us exalt His name together! Our Awesome God is worthy to be praised!
March 3, 2010
Can you believe it? It is almost spring already!
A time for new beginnings ... a season for breaking forth in newness and beauty! I trust that you are enjoying 2010
in all its glory because time is flying by so fast and the year will be gone before we know it! That is why we must
take advantage of every day that we are given to work toward fulfilling His divine call on our lives. There is no time
to waste as the old Andrae Crouch song says! No time to lose!
NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN, I trust that all of you are living up to our confession that we are WORSHIPPERS! That you
know by personal experience the power of the 'secret place of thunder' and that you are basking in the glow that only comes
from intimacy with our Savior, the Lover of our souls! There is nothing that we need that He cannot and will not supply
when we enter into that all-encompassing relationship with Him! Did you worship yesterday? Have you worshipped
today? And what plans have you made to fill God's heart with worship tomorrow?
"Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
" Psalm 29:2
We were created to worship
the Lord! I desire to rise to my fullest potential in Christ. The only way to truly do that is to do what I was
created to do ... worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
last thing before I say 'so long' for the day ... if you live in the San Antonio area, I urge you to make plans to be with
us for at least one performance of our Easter Passion Play entitled "I GIVE YOU JESUS". We have been privileged
to portray this story of the birth, life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ since 1992! We have an awesome
cast this year that will do a great job of showing the audience how much Jesus loves us and the price that love caused Him
to pay. It is a great witnessing tool in that it enables one to actually see what Jesus did and come to know who
He really is ... our Savior ... our King! If you need more information, you can call 210-637-5000. There are group
discounts available if you want to bring your youth group or your children's ministry.
There are four performances this year ... Friday, March 26 & Saturday, March 27 ... Friday, April
2 & Saturday, April 3. Each performance begins at 7:00 p.m. There is free nursery service provided for children
three and under. I truly believe that you will be glad you came. Your faith will be strengthened to believe that
everything you witness the power of God do for the people we portray is the same thing that God wants to do in your life ...
save, heal, deliver, and so on, and so on, and so on!
encouraged to hold on to God's unchanging hand today. Do not be moved to the left or the right. Do not be deceived
into giving up when the goal is already in sight. Do not be weary in all of your well-doing. This race is not
won by the swift. This battle is not won by the strong. This race ... this battle is only given to those of us
who ENDURE to the end! So ENDURE! ENDURE! ENDURE! HOLD ON FOR DEAR LIFE! If you will hold on
to Him, He will not let go of you!
February 9, 2010
Roses are red ... violets are blue ... there's no doubt about it ... JESUS LOVES
"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." John 3:16
Isn't that the most wonderful, reassuring news you have had all day
today?! Jesus loves us! Not because we are always loveable ... not because we deserve it ... not because
we are worthy of it ... He just does! He loves us! But I have made this determination in my heart ... His
love is not going to be a one-way street in my life! I'm going to return His love! Unlike me, He is always loveable,
He always deserves it and He is always worthy of it!
"We love him, because he first loved us." 1 John 4:19
I know we are nearing Valentines Day. Some of you might not have a special someone
in your life at the moment that will be showering you with flowers, candy, cards, affection, etc. But I felt led to
remind all of us that everyone has a Valentine that is full of love for us! It's Jesus! And it's not just one
day a year! It's all year long!
you don't get a card, why not take a few minutes and open up the card that Jesus wrote to you ... look up the word 'love'
in your favorite concordance and read, read, read! Before you know it, His love will permeate the atmosphere all around
you. The Bible is His card to you!
you need flowers, why don't you read the passages that tell you that Jesus is your Rose of Sharon ... He is your Lily of the
If you need something sweet, read
about Him being sweeter than the honey from the honeycomb! Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
If you need affection, just begin to pour the oil of praise and worship
on Him and let His grace embrace you ... let His peace soothe your soul ... let His joy strengthen you from the inside out
... let His love encompass you and erase every hurt and sorrow!
And if you desire to go out on a date for this special holiday, He is even ready for that! For in His presence
is fullness of joy and at His right hand there are pleasures!
you get the picture? And this is a good idea for everyone ... even those of us who are blessed to have a special Valentine
in our lives! So Happy Valentines Day to all of you! Bask in the sweet love of Jesus! And know that He is
rejoicing over you!
January 29, 2010
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you" Philippians
I want to say a great big thank you to all
of you who have visited this website and ordered product ... especially the new CD "God Is On My Side". I
cannot tell you how very much that means to me. I trust that whatever you purchased is ministering to you as that was
the original intent of everything I do. And when you write me about a particular song or phrase that ministered to you
personally, that in turn encourages and strengthens me. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
So how is your new year going? Mine is absolutely awesome! I
refuse to be distracted by storms, people, circumstances, situations, etc., etc., etc. I am pressing toward the prize
of the high calling in Christ Jesus! I don't want to miss a blessing! I don't want to miss a miracle! I
don't want to miss an opportunity to rise to the occasion and be what God created me to be ... an overcomer ... more than
a conqueror ... a king and a priest ... a praiser and a worshipper! I want it all!!!
At the very beginning of this year, I taught the choir that wonderful song, "I Give Myself Away"
. What an awesome confession to make to God every day! I am doing that so that He can use me! I even had
it translated into Spanish as a confession that I am going to give myself to Him in learning to sing in Spanish this year
to broaden my sphere of ministry! I'm so excited at the prospect of being able to reach people with the love of Jesus
in the Spanish language. Pray for me to learn correctly, quickly and to retain everything I learn so that I can execute
it faithfully to glorify my magnificent God! Me entrego a ti ... Me entrego a ti ... Para que me uses!
And we are studying worship in the NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN
Class ... our confession ... I AM A WORSHIPPER! It is all about relationship with God - a TWO-WAY relationship with
God. The kind of relationship where we take turns speaking and listening ... where He knows my voice and I know His
as well. I know we are so very busy, but I encourage you to work at least as hard at developing and maintaining your
eternal relationship with God as you do with your temporary relationships. Ladies, if you live in the San Antonio
area, I encourage you to attend our classes on the second and fourth Mondays of each month as we explore worship, what it
means, how to do it and what it brings.
I leave you with
this Word ... "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might."
Ephesians 6:10 Yes, it is time for us to be strong! Not in our own might, but in the Lord and the power
of HIS might!
January 6, 2010
Happy New Year! And what a year it is going to be for
the Church of the Living God! It will be the very best year we have ever had! How do I know that? Because
the Word of God says that I shall have whatsoever I say if I speak in faith! And I speak in faith that this will be
my best year ever! As the world gets darker and darker, I will become brighter and brighter as Jesus, the Light of the
World, shines through me.
Did I make New Year's Resolutions?
Perhaps not in the sense that the world does. But two songs that I learned in 2009 best describe the kind of New Year's
Resolutions that I personally have made. The first is "BACK TO EDEN" ... when I sing that third section, I
am declaring that my family is blessed, my finances are blessed, my mind and spirit, my body is blessed! And by the
time I get to the chorus, I am rocking it out ... I am LIVING ON TOP OF THE WORLD! Am I facing challenges? Of
course, I am! Only a faithless person lives an unchallenged life! But I am up for the challenge! I am ready
for the battle! I am a No Matter What Woman of the Word! I am a worshipper! I am a praiser! I am a
person of prayer! Therefore, even in the midst of all those aforementioned challenges, I am still LIVING ON TOP OF THE
My second resolution is in the song "I GIVE
MYSELF AWAY". It is a declaration to the Lord that I fully recognize that my life does not belong to
me; it belongs to Him. Therefore, I give myself away to Him so that He can freely use me as He sees fit. Every
dream I have, every plan I have made, I put them all in His hands. I pledge my loyalty to Him ... my obedience to Him
... my heart, my mind, my soul, my strength ... everything I am ... I give myself away to Him so He can use me.
What are your resolutions? Losing weight? Working out regularly?
Great goals! I would like for both of those things to be strong in my life as well. I even want to learn to speak
Spanish this year. Yes, I said it ... learning a new language at 57 years of age. But I want to put first things
first. It has been in my heart to take better care of the eternal man and move the temporal man farther down the list
of priorities. And I truly believe that I will reap a harvest in 2010 unlike anything I have ever seen in my life!
It is harvestime! Let me make that personal! It is MY HARVESTIME!
I trust that you and your family are basking in the awesome glow of God's glory today! Don't
just sit and let life happen to you. Make life bow its knee to God's Will for you! GIVE YOURSELF AWAY TO HIM!
And then you will be LIVING ON TOP OF THE WORLD!
December 12, 2009
We wish you a Merry Christmas! We wish you a Merry Christmas!
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
am having a most difficult time acknowledging that Christmas is less than two weeks away! Oh, but I am so excited about
it! The Fender Family is going to the Fender Ranch for three whole days of fun, food and fellowship! We are so
looking forward to it!
I want to praise God that He enabled
me to finish ALL of my Christmas shopping really early this year! In fact, everything was even wrapped and paid for
by November 28th! That might not mean much to you, but for me, it is cause for great celebration! Thank You, Jesus!
And, of course, my birthday is on Christmas Day! I will be turning
the big 57! Whoo Hoo! It's not that I'm excited about getting older ... it is that I am excited to still be here
to get older! The alternative to birthdays is not at all attractive to me! And I am getting ready for the very
best year of my life! I'm believing God for new anointing that will birth new songs, new books, new sermons, breakthroughs
and outpourings for not just me, but everyone in my life! I'm not even waiting for 2010 to arrive ... I have already
begun the process. I'm making the necessary adjustments to propel my vessel to the next level in God! Anticipation!
I want to say what an honor and privilege
it was for me to be able to visit with two very dear friends of mine during this holiday season and minister to their ladies
at their holiday events. Pastor Paulette Blaylock of Porterville, California and Pastor Sue Boss of Austin, Texas.
It was such a joy to get to spend some time with you both and do a little 'catching up' on all that our Awesome God is doing
in your churches! Thank you for inviting me once again!
you know that I could sit here and talk to you all day, but I have things that must be done. This evening is our final
rehearsal for our annual Christmas Program. In just a little bit, I will have about 300 people here to rehearse and
there are still preparations that must be made. If you are in the San Antonio area, please plan to come to at least
one of our performances tomorrow. The first is at 9:00 a.m. The second is at 11:00 a.m. We would love for
you to be here to help us celebrate the real meaning of Christmas ... JESUS!
Also, ladies, please do not forget that our last NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Class of 2009 is this coming Monday, December
14th. I know you are so very busy, but I encourage you to take a couple of hours off to come and refresh yourself in
the Lord! It will do you good to be here and it will do me good to see your smiling face!
Enjoy Christmas! The family and friends that come to visit, the baking, the good food, the fellowship,
the shopping, the wrapping, the decorating ... enjoy it all. When you feel like you are just 'enduring' the holiday,
ask God to get you to the place where you can actually enjoy the holiday. And if you feel yourself heading toward being
'overwhelmed', drop whatever you are doing, lift your hands and begin to worship Jesus. In just that small praise break,
He will refresh your soul and you will regain your focus and remember that, above all, JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!
After all, there is no Christmas without Jesus Christ!
CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
November 16. 2009
Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good, yes, He is good!
This song was on the radio Saturday and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind! It keeps playing over and over
again ... going up a key every time it repeats! And, oh my goodness, it is true! God IS good! Yes, He IS
If you were at Livingway yesterday morning,
your testimony is surely the same! The presence of the Lord was so strong in the room that all we could do was worship
Him in all His glory! His train filled the temple yesterday, so much so that worship is as far as we got. I want
to give God great praise for His presence that was manifested in this place on Sunday. And I pray that I never get to
the place where I take His presence for granted. I feel truly privileged today that I was allowed to enter in to His
glory. Thank You, Jesus!
So ... Thanksgiving is
upon us! This is the year that Brandon & Mandy and my Tyler & Jadyn spend Thanksgiving with Mandy's family.
My husband is trying to get me to agree to him taking me and Sean out to eat on Thanksgiving. I'm still thinking I may
cook a little something... we will have to wait and see who wins. Whatever we do, I will be thankful. I am so
blessed and I know that I am.
And Christmas is just around the corner! I AM FINISHED WITH MY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING! I finished
on Saturday, November 14th! Yes, I really am finished. Even the stocking stuffers! The only thing that I
left is the candy for the stockings because I want it to be fresh. I am so excited! I went to the ranch after
church with Steve yesterday to get all my wrapping gear. The Lord was gracious to me ... good shopping weather ... finding
what I was looking for ... great sales ... physical energy and endurance for the shopping ... comfortable shoes that still
looked cute ... money to pay for everything (yes, it is all paid for!) ... coupons ... GOD IS ON MY SIDE! If you are
reading this and feeling the least bit jealous of any of the things listed above, I pray them all for you in abundance, in
And then a brand new year! 2010!!
Or as some are fond of saying ... twenty-ten! I never thought we would make it to 2001, much less twenty-ten!
But here we are, which means that there is much to do for the Kingdom of God or we would have been long gone. I don't
know about you, but I am busy reaping the harvest God promised me! Like the song says ... taking back what the devil
stole from me! And rejoicing today because I have no doubt that I will recover it ALL! EVERYTHING! Praise
Of course, recovering doesn't just 'happen'!
It takes effort! Ramp up your intake of the Word! Ramp up your prayer! Ramp up your praise and worship!
If you want to go to the next level in God, you are the one that decides to move forward in Him! As you can tell, I
have started my new year a little early! I'm not going to waste the last few days of 2009! By the time 2010 rolls
into town, I will already be enjoying the fruits of my spiritual labor!
As my husband preached yesterday in the 9:00 a.m. service ... ABOVE ALL, take the shield of faith and quench
ALL the fiery darts of the wicked one! Make it a priority! ABOVE ALL!
October 26, 2009
Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow! And let EVERYTHING
that has breath, PRAISE THE LORD! I know it has been almost a month since I updated, but my, my, my, what a month it
has been! I am of all women most blessed!
few days of September, I was privileged to spend three whole days with my sister, Barb Keller! We went to Las Vegas
and we had an awesome time! She and her husband pastor in Lancaster, Ohio, so it is very rare for us to get to spend
any time together ... much less just the two of us for three days! Wow! We shopped, we swam, we ate, we read,
we worked on figuring out our new iphones, we shopped some more, we ate some more! You get the picture! And, no,
we did not gamble! Not one penny ... not one minute ... not any! She and I are living proof that you can have
a wonderful time in Vegas and not play the slots! LOL!
then when I got home, it was time to take 207 awesome Livingway ladies to our annual Real Treat! If I were to honestly
tell you how great it was, I would have to type in tongues and you would have to operate in the gift of interpretation!
Yes, it was that great! We have been doing this since 1992 and it gets better and better every year. The
Lakeview Conference Center is an almost five hour drive from San Antonio, so by the time the buses arrived, the ladies were
ready to be released! And God did set us free! I give Him great praise for every manifestation of His precious
presence while we were there! There is nothing like it! From daylight on Thursday morning to dark on Saturday
evening, we experienced wave after wave of God's power and His love for us! You should plan to go with us in 2010 (if
you are a woman, of course)!
Following Real Treat, I am
usually zonked. Right after church on that following Sunday, I usually crash for the remainder of the day. But
this year? No! Why, you ask? Because all seven Fenders ... Steve, Sean, Brandon, Mandy, Tyler, Jadyn and
me ... went to the airport right after service was over to fly to Orlando, Florida, for a Disney vacation! Yes,
it is true! I know! I couldn't believe we did it either! But we did! We had not been on a family vacation
since Sean & Brandon were teenagers. And now we have our two precious grandbabies. So Steve arranged for all
of us to go on that Sunday and stay the whole week!
a time we had! Tyler & Jadyn absolutely loved it ... and it gave me such joy to be a part of their excitement and
enthusiasm! By the time we came home Friday night, we had gone to four different Disney parks and enjoyed every minute
of them all. And we stayed in the Grand Floridian on the Disney grounds, so the convenience was outstanding!
I will try to get time to put some of the pictures on this site so you can see what fun we had!
And then we came home for the weekend ... and I actually got to work in my office for a couple of
days before Schartryce and I headed to Hamilton, Ohio, that next week. We were at Princeton Pike for a women's conference
... it was great and we had a really nice time. The ladies there were lovely, so warm and welcoming, and so very responsive
to the Word of God and the move of the Holy Spirit! I was honored to be there with them!
So now I am actually home for the whole month of November! Yeah! I'm catching up with
work ... doing a little Christmas shopping when I can ... getting ready to pull 2009 files and get everything ready for 2010!
I might actually be able to blog more than once a month! Oh, and in the middle of all the travelling, my new CD came
in! I know I told you that already, but I am so excited to have them in my hands! It has been such a long time
since I recorded, so this is a major victory for me!
will let you go! I am going to NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Class in about forty-five minutes! I have been teaching about
FREEDOM, and it is working in my life while I teach it! That's what I love about the Word of God ... the knowledge it
contains is inexhaustible! The more you study, the more you need to study! And the more you WANT to study it!
September 28, 2009
I am soooooooooooooo excited! My new CD came in today! I posted
a couple of music minutes from it as well as a list of the song titles. I would do more, but I am in the middle of getting
ready for Real Treat! It starts in just three days!
If you are one
of my encouragers for this project, thank you so much for your prayers and your words of inspiration! I so appreciate
every one of them. My husband often preaches about the value of surrounding yourself with people that speak to your
faith. I have done that and it has worked wonders in my life. So if you are one of those wonderful people, thank
you! I pray that God will send those good words back to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running
The next time I talk to you, I will be home from the greatest Real
Treat ever! And I will tell you all about it ... well, not all ... that's not possible ... but I will bend your ear
as long as you will let me! Be blessed today and know that GOD IS ON YOUR SIDE!
September 1, 2009
I am working on things that have a quick deadline, so I can't blog today
... but I wanted to let you know that I posted new pictures on my family page today! A new one of Steve & me ...
and new ones of Brandon's family ... including Tyler & Jadyn. I haven't been successful in getting Sean to the photographer
lately, but I am working on it!
August 27, 2009
No more shackles, no more chains, no more bondage, I am free!
I've been teaching about freedom in my No Matter What Women class ... and I cannot get it out of my mind! I meditate
on it day and night! I speak it out loud for God to hear and rejoice, for my flesh to hear and submit and for the devil
to hear and flee! The person ... the woman that the Son ... Jesus Christ ... sets free is FREE INDEED! That's
me! FREE INDEED!
What an indescribable move of the
Holy Spirit we have been experiencing at Livingway over the past few weeks. It's always been great! But we
are in a new place right now ... not going to a new place ... IN a new place ... and it is marvelous in our eyes! If
you live anywhere in this area, you should be kind to yourself and join us for every service. In addition to our phenomenal
Sunday morning and Wednesday services, we have a very special gathering coming up this Sunday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m.
It is a Communion & Healing service... we do this about three or four times a year, and we ALWAYS see miracles!
God ALWAYS shows up and shows out. If you are in need of a healing touch, or you know someone who is, put this on your
calendar and do not let anything keep you from being here!
Real Treat is coming up very quickly! October 1-3! If you don't know what Real Treat is ... it is our annual trip
to refresh, rejuvenate, revitalize, renew, recharge ourselves in the Lord. We leave early on that Thursday morning and
return on Saturday evening around 7 p.m. If you would like more information, you can call Livingway and someone will
be happy to tell you all about it! It is very cost effective ... and everything is covered in that one price ...
lodging, transportation, and meals. Don't miss this one! Considering the spiritual level at which we are
going into Real Treat this year, there is no way of knowing what will happen while we are there, and how high in God we will
be when we return home! I'm excited!
Before I get
back to work ... my new CD is almost finished! Actually, everything that I can do is finished ... I think they start
duplicating and packaging it within the next few days! I should have it by the first of October, in Jesus' name!
The title of it is GOD IS ON MY SIDE. It has twelve songs ... I wrote eleven of them and my brother wrote the twelfth.
I'll keep you posted!
And I also want to thank those of
you who read this and email me. I have heard from people that I haven't seen in twenty ... some in thirty years.
It is always such a treat to hear from you and to know that you are doing well ... and to hear about your children ... and
grandchildren! Keep emailing! And speaking of grandchildren, mine are going to the photography studio today to
get pictures made, so you know I'll be posting new pictures as soon as I get them!
Be aware of God's presence in your life today! Be reminded that God loves you! Be strong
in the Lord and in the power of His might! Be blessed!
August 14, 2009
My God is the awesome God! And He has been showing
Himself strong on our behalf! I love to praise Him! If you have been at Livingway Church for the past few months,
you know exactly what I am talking about! And then just in the last three or four weeks, it seems like we have risen
to new heights yet again! Just when I think I've seen all of the power of God there is, He comes in and outdoes His
previous best time and time again! I am blessed to know Jesus! And I am blessed that He knows me!
I have a phenomenal personal miracle to share with those of you who do not
attend Livingway and did not hear me testify of it. When I was twelve years old, I had glandular fever and it settled
in my left eardrum. Not only was it very painful, but it ended up destroying most of my hearing in that ear. Since
my parents realized even then that I was destined to sing for God, they wanted to make sure that I could hear, as hearing
plays a very important part in your ability to effectively execute a song. My Dad took me to a hearing specialist who,
without any anesthesia, stuck a six-inch needle into my left ear canal and purposely punctured that eardrum while his nurse
and my Dad held my head. Even after giving birth to two babies, that is still the most horrendous pain I can remember
experiencing in my entire life.
The eardrum stayed open
for about six months, but then it healed shut again and I was left with only 20% hearing in my left ear. The specialist
told my parents to bring me back in and he would do the procedure again, but all three of us most vehemenantly agreed that
I could not go through that pain again.
Then years later,
when I was in my early twenties, I had another excruciating episode with that ear. And it was every bit as painful as
the other one. Even though I have been blessed with a very high threshold of pain, both of those occurrences nearly
brought me down. This time I had boils all the way through that left ear canal, and there was no relief from the pain
for almost three weeks.
I am fifty-six years old now,
and I have learned to adjust to the lack of hearing in that left ear. Throughout the years, it has flared up from time
to time ... flying sometimes presents opportunities, but nothing like those two particular times. Then a few days ago,
all of the sudden, my left ear started roaring inside my head. There was minimal pain, but I could not hear, I could
not concentrate, I could not carry on an intelligent conversation because the noise inside my head was so loud. It sounded
like Niagara Falls inside my head. It was a weekend and I could not get in to see the hearing specialist until Monday.
That Sunday service at 11:00 was awesome ... there are no words that would properly describe the move of the Holy Spirit that
we had at Livingway. And, it 'just so happened' that I was in charge of the service when the Holy Spirit was moving
so mightily. We had literally hundreds of people in the altar that day ... many saved, filled with the Holy Spirit,
baptized ... and the Lord led me to invite those who needed healing forward.
I was excited because I just knew that the Lord was going to heal me in that awesome time of ministry ... I was certain
that as I 'made it happen for someone else, He would make it happen for me'. So while my ear was roaring and the noise
in my head was at an all time high, I began laying hands on people in the altar. I must have laid hands on at least
one hundred people just for healing. The power of God healed many of them before they even left the altar to return
to their seats. But I still had not received my healing ... all I wanted was for the noise to go away so I could continue
to function as I should. As I walked back to my office after that incredible service, my flesh was having a hard time
understanding how I could feel that much God, how I could witness that much of His power present to heal and not be rid of
And I got a little mad ... but not at God
... I got mad that the enemy had even tried to come against me in this. And I decided that I wanted more than the noise
to go away ... I wanted my hearing back in that ear. If the devil had just left me alone, he might have been able to
keep me 80% deaf in that ear. But he's the one who pushed the issue, so Sunday afternoon, I pushed back! All day
Monday I pushed back! The enemy kept telling me there was no need to believe God for all of my hearing to be restored
when I was at the age where people start to lose their hearing anyway. I kept pushing!
Tuesday morning, I went to see a hearing specialist. I will admit that fear of the past
pain threatened to overwhelm me. My flesh kept bringing to my remembrance being strapped to that chair when I was twelve
and feeling that long needle ... when I had the boils and could do nothing but moan and groan with the pain while tears ran
down my face. But my spirit man reminded me that God is not through with me and I need my hearing to be able to continue
to fulfill my destiny in Him. I'm not going to lie to you ... there was definitely pain involved in that visit to the
specialist ... not remembered pain, but actual, right now pain. But I kept my mind stayed on Jesus, I began to feel
the peace that certainly passed my understanding come over me and while the doctor was digging in my ear canal, suddenly the
roaring stopped and I could hear everything so clearly ... better than I had in many years. In fact, I couldn't remember
ever hearing that clearly before!
It was determined that
I should go straight to the audio specialist to assess my hearing. For almost an hour, she ran every test. When
she was finished, she showed me my charts and I HAD THE SAME HEARING IN THE LEFT EAR THAT I DID IN THE RIGHT EAR! Not
only that ... just like 20/20 is the standard for good eyesight, the number 20 is also the standard for good hearing.
There are a few people that have 20/10 sight and they are said to have 'better than perfect' eyesight. Well, my numbers
on both ears were not 20 ... not even 15 ... they were 12! Yes! I have 'better than perfect' hearing! At
56, soon to be 57 years old! How's that for a miracle that only my God could do! To God be the glory!
I love it because my enemy, the devil, thought he had really done something
when he caused the roaring in my head. But instead of letting him off easy, God turned all of this around and I took
my hearing back ... I went back to when I was 12 years old and took something back that the adversary had stolen from me 44
years ago. Since that turned out so well, I seriously thinking of other things that I might want to take back!
Oh, I am surely conquering new territory all the time and I praise God for that! But while I am working on the new frontiers,
there is no reason why I shouldn't do some holy backtracking and take it all back!
I know you are probably having to read this in several visits since I went on and on and on and on
... but my God is good to me! I have to tell it! And thank you for listening! If you are reading this and
there is something in your life that is not as it should be, remember that God is no respecter of persons. Everything
that He did for me, He will do for you!
July 31, 2009
It's hot! Oh, my goodness, it's hot! We're breaking
all kinds of records for heat in Texas ... and it's not even August yet! The only reason I can stand it is because 95%
of my time is spent in the wonderfully conditioned air that is provided for me! Thank You, Jesus! I don't know
how many unsaved people ever read this blog, but if there are any, let me take this opportunity to admonish you to get saved!
Only Jesus can save ... and His salvation is the only way one can escape an everlasting eternity in hell. There is no
air-conditioning there. Seriously. No joke, no kidding. It is certainly not the only reason one should get
saved, but it is on the list.
And we need rain!
Livingway has enjoyed the spiritual rain of the Holy Ghost all year long, but we desperately need the physical rain as well!
Let it rain! Let it rain! Let it rain! Every one that is filled with faith ... speak to the rain and command
it to be manifested in Jesus' name! We need it now and we need lots of it!
Today is the last day of July! The first seven months of this year have flown by ... it almost
takes my breath away. I was thinking about these past seven months and what I have seen God accomplish around me.
Livingway has grown mightily in every way, numerically, financially and, best of all, spiritually. Yes, even during
these summer months with many people on vacation every weekend, we are still seeing growth! The individual ministries
are experiencing growth as well! I love that! And people are stepping into their next levels of faith
and seeing God provide miraculously for them even in this current economy!
I know there is a lot of complaining going on, but I can tell you that I have nothing but praise in
my heart for my awesome God! He is a Wonder! I know it is difficult not to focus on the things that
are causing us pain and anxiety or adding to our daily struggle, but if we can refocus our attention on our all-powerful,
mighty God, our faith will increase to the place where we can believe Him to bring us up and out!
Choose life over death! Choose blessing over cursing! Choose
praise over complaining! Choose peace over strife! Choose love over hatred! Choose strength over weakness!
Choose freedom over bondage! Choose prosperity over poverty! I'm about to preach myself happy! I'd better
close while I can! Be blessed!
July 20, 2009
Okay, okay! I know it has been almost a month since I
blogged! But, oh, what a month it has been! I went to Dallas twice to work on my new CD ... went to Houston with
Steve for a couple of days ... kept Tyler & Jadyn for four days while Brandon & Mandy took 170 to Youth Camp ... went
to Corpus Christi to preach at their women's conference (Hi to all the ladies at CCCF!) ... and that is in addition to
all the normal stuff that goes on here at Livingway! Oh, and during that time, both of my personal assistants went
on their vacations, so are you feeling like I have properly explained my non-blogging for the past month or so? If not,
sorry ... that's all I've got!
And I must admit something
else ... since the last time I blogged, I discovered Facebook. So when I should have been talking to you, I was reading
way too much information about everyone's personal comings and goings. LOL! So far about all I have revealed of
myself on there is that I love being a grandmother and I love going to sleep at night! There! My secrets are out!
Seriously, God has been awesome in my life. I am constantly amazed
at His goodness and mercy that accompanies me every day through every situation. You cannot live for Him as long as
I have without coming to the conclusion that He does what He says. He watches over His Word to perform it. He
has certainly done that in my life. And I know that you feel that way, too. Sometimes we don't understand everything,
but if we have to understand it all, it indicates a lack of trust on our part. I praise God for His strong presence
in my life today!
That is what I pray for every person
who reads this, no matter what the date of your reading! I trust that you will enjoy God's presence in your life wherever
you are. For in His presence you will experience fullness of joy!
June 26, 2009
I'm so glad I know Jesus! Actually I'm glad about that
every day, but I am feeling especially grateful to the Lord for my salvation and for my knowledge of His Word. This
morning, I gave thanks to God for every person He used to bring me to Him ... for the people who taught me about Jesus ...
for every prayer my Mom prayed for me that still rise before the Father to this very day ... for every Sunday School teacher
... for every sermon I heard ... for the people who, by example, taught me the value of prayer and a personal relationship
What brought that on? People of massive
fame and fortune have died in the past twenty-four hours. And I have no idea whether or not they ever met and received
Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I would never presume to be anyone's judge, but I do know without a doubt that one has
to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, receive Him into their hearts and confess Him with their mouths to be
saved. And I just do not know whether or not that ever took place. Upon hearing of each of these tragedies, the
first thing that came to my mind was to pray that someone witnessed to each of them about Jesus and that they received Him
as Savior before that last breath was drawn and their life lights were forever extinguished.
I know that it is highly unlikely that anyone who visits my website and reads this blog is not already
saved and filled with God's Spirit. But if perchance you are not saved ... or if you have allowed yourself to be drawn
away from God's presence ... please consider this your invitation to renew yourself in the Lord today and make your calling
and election sure in Him. We are living in extreme times ... uncertain times ... and tomorrow is promised to no one
... even wealth and fame does not buy tomorrows. And you know that you don't have to be in a church service to come
to the altar. You can make an altar right there where you are and allow the Holy Spirit to renew you today.
On a lighter, happier note ... I shared with you that I recorded my new
CD last week! I am so excited about this one. The Lord gave me eleven new songs for it ... and the twelfth song
was written by my brother, David Varnado of "If You Need A Touch" fame. It has been a long, long time since
I had such a pleasant experience in recording. Randy Adams is such a joy ... and he actually listened to me and followed
through on obtaining the kind of musicians that I desired for this project! Each of the musicians were geniuses in their
own rights and it was great just to watch them collaborate on these songs. As you can tell, I was IMPRESSED!
I think I should have this new project in my hands by October 1st of this
year. Right now, all the 'extras' are being added on. And the first full week of July I will be going up to work
with the background vocals and do my final vocals as well. I have been busy trying to tie up all the loose ends
for it ... the photography for the cover ... the cover design ... arranging for the printing and duplication. This involves
a lot of people and a massive amount of time, but I know that it will be worth it when I hold my miracle in my hand!
The one that was 'just around the corner' ... the one that I said that I would have 'tomorrow about this time' ... the one
that I had been praying for, hoping for, trusting for, standing for, believing for! I'm about to hold it in my hand!
I hope you are enjoying your summer!
And in San Antonio, your extremely hot summer! I am enjoying mine mainly because I very rarely have to go out in the
heat except to walk from the car to the restaurant or the store. I encourage you to have fun with your family!
Spend time with them ... hug a lot ... say 'I love you' often ... back to what we started with today ... tomorrow is promised
to no one. Make the most of today with the people you love!
June 22, 2009
Hi! I can't really write much ... I have NMWW Class tonight! Praise
God! But I wanted to let you know that I DID RECORD MY NEW CD THIS PAST THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY! Thank
Of course, there is still much work to be done ... adding
background vocals, acoustic guitar, strings, brass, percussion, and so on and so on and so on! But the basic tracks
for all twelve songs have been finished! And the musicians playing those tracks are awesome!
For everyone who has been agreeing with me that this day would finally come ... IT CAME! My
'just around the next corner ... tomorrow about this time' moment came on Thursday! I'm so grateful to God for opening
this door for me!
I promise that I will write more about it later ...
but for now, I've got to get ready for class. Again, if you agreed with me, thank you so much! Remember that we
live by the principle that whatever we make happen for others, God will bring to pass for us! That means your's is on
June 10, 2009
I'm just checking in ... I know you are busy so thanks for stopping
by to read my ramblings! Things are really busy for me right now ... more so than usual. I barely have time to
do just the necessities, much less all the other things that make their way to my ever-increasing list. But I praise
God that my life is full and that I have a lot going on! I'm never lonely -- I'm never bored -- I'm never discombobulated.
I am going to record twelve brand new songs next Thursday
in Dallas! I am so excited! It's been years since I made a CD and I am looking forward to this with great anticipation.
Visit my website over the next month ... I will be posting some music minutes from the new CD. And I will
let you know when it is available just in case you would like to have that information.
And Brother Roland Miller came out to the Sanctuary and
took some new pictures for Pastor and me. I had to have some new ones for my CD cover ... and for my next book cover.
I will be putting some of those on the website as well. He is quite a photographer! He has always been good,
but he has taken his game to the next level! If you need photography, go to him! Metro Image Photography ... 210-775-2178.
Take the time to visit his website (there are pictures of me there - lol) at metroimageheadshots.com. Seriously,
as you will see on his website, he does all kinds of photography and excels in all of them.
For those of you who know my Dad ... speak a prayer of speedy recovery for him, please. He had
knee replacement surgery again this week. Both knees have to be done, but the doctor would consent to doing only one
at a time. Dad is at home, but he needs to recover quickly or the inactivity will get to him. He has to be on
the move at all times.
Sean turns 31 this Saturday!
It's hard to believe! The Fender Family will be going out to one of our ranches on Friday night for the requisite Shrimp
Fry that Sean always requests for his birthday. Did I say 'requests'? I meant 'demands'. That is so much
work that I count that as one of my birthday gifts to him. But we all love to go out there together ... and you know
how thrilled I am when all of us are under the same roof. So Sean gets his birthday celebration and I get the joy of
my family all being together. Tyler & Jadyn look forward to going,
too, so that is an added bonus.
Well, I must close this
continuing saga ... church starts in about an hour! Wednesday Night Half Time! There is nothing like it!
We are so blessed to be part of a church family that loves the house of God!
I will visit with you later ... over the next few days and weeks I will have news of the new CD and
the new book as well. Life in God is great!
June 1, 2009
Happy first day of June, 2009! Can you believe it?! We are already
in the sixth month of this year! And, yes, we are now less than seven months away from Christmas! Oh, my!
I trust you had a great Memorial Day weekend! We did! On Sunday,
right after church, all the Fenders trekked out to the Fender Ranch and had a big meal together! Yes, I cooked!
I know it's difficult to believe, but it is true! Fried pork chops, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, mac and cheese,
rolls ... the whole nine yards! And strawberry shortcake for dessert! It was wonderful to have the whole family
under one roof for the night. I miss that so much and there is such a sense of wholeness when we are all together.
But then I have to come back to earth when everyone returns to their own homes.
Tyler & Jadyn love it when we go out to the ranch. And before we even leave to come
back to the city, he is already wanting to make plans for the next trip out there. So I promised him that sometime this
summer, we would all go back out there for a big family shrimp fry thinking that would satisfy him. Of course, I had
no idea that Mandy had been telling him that summer would begin when he got out of school. So last Friday was his last
day of school, and he immediately wanted to know when we are going to have the shrimp fry. He was pressing for a date!
So we will be going back out in a couple of weeks to celebrate Sean's birthday
... and Sean always requests fried shrimp on his birthday, so it all works out for everyone.
Yes, Tyler is now officially in Kindergarten! He is so excited about being able to say that,
but he really is happy to be out of school for the summer. Mandy got season passes to Schlitterbahn so they will be
able to go quite a bit this summer. He really loves to go there and Jadyn seems to enjoy it too. Today I was privileged
to accompany Mandy, Tyler and Jadyn to the new Disney movie, "Up!" Tyler liked it ... but it was sad to me.
I know it is only make believe ... I know that it is animation ... but the story was sad. I got teary-eyed, but I was
able to hide behind Jadyn so no one could see.
absolutely awesome day we had yesterday! Three services and every one of them wonderful! God is blessing Livingway
so abundantly and I am majorly grateful every day of my life to be a part of this church! I can't let my husband or
Sister Carla outdo me! I love this church, too!
will let you get back to surfing the web or checking things out on MySpace or Facebook! Thanks for stopping by!
Be abundantly blessed! Live in God's overflow!
May 15, 2009
This is the day that the Lord made! Thank You, Jesus,
for this day! He did His part ... He made the day! I am going to do my part ... I am rejoicing in it!
I trust that you had a wonderful Mother's Day with your families this past
weekend! I did ... we went to one of my favorite places to eat. And then I got to go home and take a nap.
I enjoyed a relaxing evening at home. It was sooooooooooo nice! And I got so many beautiful gifts. I know
I keep saying this over and over, but I am an awesomely blessed woman!
My husband bought me another Mary Frances purse
to add to my ever-increasing collection. I now have two curio cabinets full of them! They are works of art and
I love them! This new one is made of red leather with antique ivory lace and black beads. Keep an eye out
for this lovely creation 'cause you know I will be carrying it soon!
Well, this time last week, Sister Schartryce and I were in Williamsburg, Virginia, with the incredible women of the
Yahweh Sisterhood out of Faith Landmarks Ministry in Richmond, Virginia! And we were having a mighty time in God!
If any of our Yahweh Sisters are reading, let me once again say a ginormous THANKS for everything! The services were
off the charts, the response to the Word of God was such a blessing every time we were together! And ya'll are FUN!
You know how to have a good time in Jesus! And you know I love that!
Pastor Cherie and I are trying to figure out a way to get the Yahweh Sisterhood of Richmond and the No Matter
What Women of San Antonio together for an event! Although, now that I think about it, that may be a little dangerous!
Talk about supernatural combustion! I believe we would see holy fireworks! Seriously, thank you to all of you for making us feel so welcome and so loved!
Today, Sister Schartryce and I are headed to El Paso, Texas, for a women's meeting that is sponsored
by the armed forces. We will be there tonight and tomorrow ... of course, we will be back in time for Sunday!
But we are believing God for a great move of the Holy Spirit in El Paso while we are there!
For all of you prayer warriors out there ... I have two projects that the Lord has given me to complete.
I am writing songs for a new CD that I plan to record next month. It will contain ten songs. And the Lord is blessing
me to write like never before. Earlier, the problem was not having ten new songs completed. Now, the challenge
is to get the mind of Christ concerning which ten songs should be on the project! Praise God! What a wonderful
opportunity to have! My songs are my babies, so they are all special to me. But I want to hear from God as to
which ones will minister to the most people when they hear them.
Secondly, I am currently about halfway finished with my second book. I know exactly the direction the Lord
would have me take. Finding the time to devote to it is my challenge. Please pray for me for better time management
and discipline to finish what the Lord has begun in me! And thank you so much for your prayers for me, for my husband,
for my family!
This Sunday is a busy day for Livingway!
Two great services in the morning and our annual Spring Fest in the evening! I'm looking forward to what God has in
store for us on Sunday. The longer I serve God, the more I can see that He is always able to outdo Himself. He
amazes me time after time! And this Sunday will be no different! If you are in the San Antonio area, you should
be with us either at 9 or 11 ... or for both! Then you'll have just enough
time to take a little nap and get ready for FOOD, FUN & FELLOWSHIP at the Spring Fest that night!
I've got to go ... we have to leave for the airport in about fifteen minutes
and I want to post this before I go. I appreciate you taking the time to check in and find out what is going on in the
Be blessed ... be strengthened in
the Lord ... be encouraged that you are the apple of God's eye ... be fearless ... be faithful ... believe!
May 8, 2009
Praise the Lord! I have decided not to apologize
anymore for not getting to blog sooner ... I am going to praise the Lord that I finally got the opportunity to sit down and
do this! Don't you think it is better to think positively than to dwell on the negative?!
Schartryce and I flew out yesterday to Williamsburg, Virginia, for a Women's Conference
hosted by Pastor Cherie and the women of Faith Landmarks Ministry in Richmond, Virginia. We are having such a wonderful
time! A great service last night and an awesome move of the Holy Spirit this morning! And we get to do it
all over again tonight and in the morning. I'm excited to be in the company of women that are so
excited about the things of God and so hungry to move to the next level in Him!
It is beautiful out here ... surrounded by so much history in this area. But today I am more
interested in making spiritual history in someone's life. And I believe that the Lord is doing just that in every
service we have here.
And while I am writing about how
lovely it is here, Schartryce is out enjoying the loveliness in person at one of the many outlet malls that are within a five-mile
radius of our hotel. There is no telling what she will come back with ... fabulous purchases, I'm sure!
Before I let you go, I want to say "Happy Mother's Day!" to
all of the mothers out there! This Sunday is a special day to honor you, but it is my prayer that you have people in
your life that do not wait until Mother's Day to give you praise and lift you up. I trust that you are blessed with
those that rise up and give you praise all throughout the year for your many years of caring and love that you have so unselfishly
dispensed to them.
I am wonderfully blessed with such
a family ... a husband who constantly compliments me ... two sons who always shower me with affectiom ... a beautiful daughter-in-law
that shows me such love ... and my Tyler & Jadyn that cover me daily with sweet hugs and kisses! I do not take it
for granted that I have a family that makes every one of my days a Happy Mother's Day!
If your Mother is still alive, do something special for her this weekend! Flowers, a personal
note in a beautiful card, a special dinner at her favorite restaurant, a bottle of her special perfume ... make it a special
day for her. Take it from someone who knows ... if there is ever a time that you do not have her with you, you will
be so glad that you honored her when you could!
and remember that you are loved!
April 27, 2009
I know! I know! I was going to blog every day ...
and then that quickly changed to once a week ... and now I am not even following that guideline! The term 'time
flies' has taken on a whole new meaning in my life these days!
I'm getting ready for the NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Class this evening! We are going to have an awesome time
tonight. At the end of the last class, the Holy Spirit moved through the place and we were all refreshed and uplifted.
And since we know that our awesome God always outdoes Himself, I can only imagine what He has in store for us tonight!
While I am talking about NMWW, ladies, don't forget that we have NMWW
Radical Sabbatical coming up this weekend. We will have church at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and then it will be Spa Day all
day long on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, we will break for lunch around noon where we will honor
all of the mothers that are present. It promises to be a relaxing, refreshing day ... hair, manicures, pedicures, facials,
massages, etc. You will go home feeling like a pampered princess! So make plans to be with us!
I wanted to give glory to God for the trip that Sister Schartryce and I
took to Conroe, Texas, this past weekend. We were blessed to be guests at the Living Word Fresh Fragrance Women's
Conference on Friday and Saturday. We had a wonderful time in the Lord in both services. The power of God was
present and the Holy Spirit moved mightily while we were there. Both the natural and the spiritual hospitality was excellent
and I wanted to give them honor for everything they did for us to make our stay so blessed. I love to preach and sing
to women who are hungry for a move of God and thirsty for His living water!
So what is my Word for today?
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." Galatians 6:9
I know it is a well-worn portion of Scripture, but as I see people that
were once so strong in God give in to the temptation to excuse themselves from the race or even just sit down and rest,
I realize more and more why God included this passage in His Word.
Please don't let the enemy convince you that you are the only one who ever gets tired, who ever feels like their
time of reaping will never arrive, who feels like they've gone as far as they can go. Only those who endure to the
end get the prize, but you know the prize is worth the struggle to stay in the race at all cost!
All of us are coping with weariness and flesh on a regular basis.
The reason that some handle it better than others is because of the level of Word and faith on the inside. If you are
even considering 'sitting down', you need a good dose of the Word of God and the Spirit of God to give you the necessary
strength to stand up to your flesh and put it in its place!
quit! Don't give in! Don't give up! Don't stop! Don't sit down! Don't drop
out! Don't let the enemy win! Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! Hold fast to the
profession of your faith! Encourage yourself in the Lord! Come to the house of God with an open heart ready to
hear from God!
April 15, 2009
Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus! Thank You, Jesus!
What an awesome time we have been having at Livingway the past few days!
I just have to take time to thank my wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ, for all the marvelous, outstanding, magnificent, supernatural
things He has done for us!
First of all, this year's
drama was the very best we have ever had ... best cast, best crew, best crowds, best 'feeling' ... the very best!
I know we always say that THE BEST IS YET TO COME! I believe we spoke it into existence for ourselves for this year's
If you came out to see it, thank you so
much for your presence there! It means so much that you made the choice to spend the evening with us. It kept building from the first performance all the way to the last one this past Saturday night.
The house was packed with people and we even had people that could not get in!
In the midst of all the I GIVE YOU JESUS drama, we faced drama of our own when Pastor Brandon (who
played the part of Jesus) injured his leg on the Sunday evening between the first performances and the Easter weekend performances.
He could not even walk for the first three days after his injury. But the Lord supernaturally enabled him to perform
this past Friday and Saturday! We had our own miracle on the stage! Again, thank You, Jesus! To God be ALL
the glory and honor!
Best of all, there were so many people
who testified of their lives being changed ... that they received the Lord Jesus as their Savior ... that they made the decision
to live for God so that the work Jesus did on the cross would not be in vain in their lives. And that is what makes
all of those long Sunday rehearsals worth every minute!
then ... Easter Sunday morning in both the 9 and the 11 a.m. services ... I have no words to describe what happened in our
Sanctuary. All I know is that what transpired in that place transformed the lives of so many people ... only time
and eternity will testify of what we saw and felt God do. I am hoping to be able to put at least one of the services up
on the website soon since we were unable to stream live on Sunday due to an accidentally cut cable somewhere in AT&T's
Suffice it to say, I've lived for
God for fifty some years and this past Sunday will go down in the annals of my personal history as one of the best services
I was ever in. Hundreds of people streamed to the altars ... people gave their lives to Jesus for the first time ...
people received the Holy Spirit ... people were baptized ... marriages were restored ... people were healed ... people were
delivered. In other words, God had His way and did what only He can do!
And then ... Monday night's NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Class! Oh, my goodness! God showed
up and showed out! The ladies filled the main floor of the Family Life Center Sanctuary. It was Holy Spirit night!
We had declared that it would be when we were together for the last class back in March. Ladies came fully expecting
to experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit for their first time!
God did not disappoint! We ended up with about fifteen ladies receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit for the
very first time! And then the Lord impressed me to make a call for renewal of the Holy Spirit ... for refreshing ...
young ladies filled the altar ... teens crying out for the refreshing of the Holy Spirit. At that point, the Holy Spirit
wind took over and blew over the whole crowd of women that were there. Again, thank You, Jesus!
I had given the choir a night off last night, but looking back, I think we probably should have had
rehearsal. We are on such a holy 'roll' that there is no telling what might have happened in choir rehearsal!
:-) Hey, maybe that is what 'holy roller' means! If so, for the past few days, I have definitely been
a 'holy roller' because I have been experiencing a holy 'roll'!
Can you tell I'm fired up?! And guess what?! It's Wednesday! We have church tonight!
I'm excited! So I'll see you tonight and together we will see what our awesome God is going to do in our midst!
April 8, 2009
Happy Spring! Happy Easter! Happy Resurrection Day!
Happy "I'm just glad to be alive!" Day!
is a glorious day here in San Antonio! The sun is shining! The flowers are in full bloom! The trees are
covered with those brand new, very bright green leaves! Life is everywhere! And if you know Jesus, ABUNDANT
LIFE is everywhere!
We are in the week between drama performances
of our Passion Play, I GIVE YOU JESUS. What an awesome first weekend we had! I am blessed to be working with the
best cast and crew ever in our history since our first presentation back in 1992! And the first weekend brought
the best crowds we have ever had for an opening weekend! If you were part of that, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING!
If you haven't seen it yet, there are still two more opportunities to
do so. Friday, April 10th and Saturday, April 11th are coming up! It's going to be great! Not only are
we going to be portraying miracles that Jesus did when He walked on this earth. We will also be portraying our own present-day
miracle! Our son, Brandon, who plays the part of Jesus, injured his leg on Sunday evening and has been in a 'boot'
and on crutches ever since. When he stands on that stage and performs this Friday and Saturday, it will be a testimony
that Jesus is still in the healing business! JESUS is still the MIRACLE WORKER!
Usually we do not do any special presentations on Easter Sunday morning due to the fact that over
200 of us are coming off of two weekends of intense performances. But this year, we are bringing a special presentation
to both Sunday services. You do not want to miss! What you witness will be such a blessing to you ... it will
provoke you to praise and thanksgiving ... and it will increase your faith to believe God for the impossible in your life!
We will present this program in both the 9 and the 11 a.m. services this Sunday.
Be blessed as you look around you today ... and know that Jesus Christ loved you so much that He willingly
laid down His life for you. He came so that you could enjoy ABUNDANT LIFE IN HIM!
Oh, how He loves you and me!
March 28, 2009
Oh, my goodness! What was I thinking when I planned
to blog every single day? A few weeks ago, I finally settled on what I thought was a more realistic plan of blogging
once a week ... I was going for every Thursday. Now here it is Saturday ... nine days since my last one! But here
Yesterday was my beautiful daughter-in-law, Mandy's
twenty-fourth birthday! Happy Birthday to her .... what an awesome young woman she is. We consider ourselves truly
blessed to have her in our family. So she and Brandon went out with a group of their friends to celebrate last night
... and Steve & I got Tyler & Jadyn for the night. We packed a lot of fun in just a few hours before they went
to bed ... puzzles, coloring, drawing, cars, playing school, watching DVD's, popping popcorn, we pretty much played all
I just want to go on record ... thank You, Jesus,
for planting my children and grandchildren in San Antonio. Thank You that they are all just across the parking lot and
that I get to see them almost every day! Even though Tyler has now taken to trying to play pranks and tricks on me all
the time ... or hiding behind doors and trying to scare me, or 'get' me as he says. Even though Jadyn got in
my make-up this morning while I was visiting with Sister Toni and Sister Florence and came out with red, red, red lipstick
from her nose down to her chin, I am still thrilled that they are just thirty seconds away!
Well, I really do not want to be one of those annoying grandmothers that talk incessantly about their
precious grandbabies. Actually, I DO want to be one of those, but I don't want to annoy you, since you
quite possibly mistakenly think that your own grandchildren are the greatest on the planet.
Besides being in grandparent heaven with my babies, I had to do my taxes
this week. And as I was in the midst of stacks and stacks of papers ... and a calculator tape about ten feet long ...
and numbers all running together ... it occurred to me how very blessed I am!
The reason that I even have to take the time to figure my taxes is because God has blessed me
so abundantly. I was reminded never to complain about paying taxes ... they are a tangible sign of God's overflow
of blessings in my life! I'm not quite to the point where I can cheer, "Go, Taxes!", but I am thankful
to be included in the "blessed coming in and blessed going out" group!
And beyond the grandbabies and the taxes ... there is the drama! I GIVE YOU JESUS 2009!
April 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m.! Are you coming? Or maybe I should ask how many nights you are going to be
with us?! And how many people are you going to bring with you? Seriously, I do want you to come out and be with
us for at least one performance! It is going to be great this year ... we have a wonderful cast and crew ... the best
We also have a wonderful presentation planned for
Easter Sunday morning. We usually do not do anything special on Easter Sunday as over two hundred of us are just finishing
up with the drama, but this year is a little different. I believe that everyone will be tremendously moved by what God
has given us for Easter!
But don't wait until Easter
to be with us! We have two Sundays before Easter even gets here! In the morning at 9 and 11, God will show Himself
strong on our behalf! His presence will be felt here at Livingway. What a shame it would be to miss that!
So please don't miss it!
Ladies, there is no NO MATTER
WHAT WOMAN Class this Monday ... LIVING PRAISE CHOIR, there is no rehearsal this Tuesday. I GIVE YOU JESUS, we have
rehearsal Sunday, March 29th, Monday, March 30th and Thursday, April 2nd! And then we are ON! Praise God!
I thank the Lord in advance for every life that will be touched and every soul that will be saved because of the drama this
Be blessed in Jesus' name!
March 19, 2009
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most
High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1
I love this passage! The person who dwells in the secret place of the Most High ... the one who lives there
... abides there ... the one who inhabits! That is the one that shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Not the one who 'visits' the secret place of the Most High every
now and then ... when they get in trouble ... or when they need something ... but the one who moves in and abides! If
I dwell in the secret place of the Most High, I am living under, abiding under the shadow of the Almighty.
That means if the enemy wants to reach me, he has to get through the Almighty
One! The Most High God! Now just what are the chances of that?! I can tell you, his chances are not looking
good! Not today! Not tomorrow! Not ever! Because I am not leaving my place of dwelling. In Him,
I live, I move, I have my very being!
The Lord gave me
a song quite a few years ago now ... the lyrics go like this ...
I'M GOING HIGH, GOING HIGH WHERE THE DEVIL CAN'T GO!
I'M GOING HIGH, GOING HIGH WHERE THE DEVIL CAN'T GO!
IF HE WANTS TO KNOW WHERE I AM,
YOU TELL HIM
I'M IN THE FATHER'S HAND AND HE CAN'T HAVE ME
I'M GOING HIGH, GOING HIGH WHERE THE DEVIL CAN'T GO!
is exactly what I am talking about ... abiding in the shadow of the Almighty and knowing that, no matter what happens in this
world, or even in MY personal world, the enemy cannot pluck me out of my Father's hand!
"My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck
them out of my Father's hand." John 10:29
past two Wednesday nights, my husband has brought an awesome Word of God to us, using 1 Timothy 1:7 as his text for the message.
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but
of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 1 Timothy 1:7
If you had to miss one or both of those messages, I urge you to obtain them both! One of the reasons that
I am able to live in 2009 with a sound mind is because I am not out here by myself! I am dwelling in the secret place
of the Most High! I am abiding under the shadow of the Almighty! And in Him, there is nothing to fear. The
spirit of fear does not come from Him!
power comes from Him! My love comes from Him! My sound mind comes from Him! And praise God, I experience
all three every day of my life! I trust that you do as well! Aren't we blessed?!!
Before I go I wanted to encourage you to make plans to be with us for our annual Easter
Passion Play entitled "I GIVE YOU JESUS". I know you will be blessed and edified! And if you have friends
and family that need to know what Jesus did for them, this is a wonderful tool of witness! Bring them to us and let
us tell the story of Jesus for you live and in living color!
Call Livingway at 637-5000 for ticket information! April 3, 4, 10 and 11 at 7:00 p.m.! You do not
want to miss it!
LADIES!! We have
NO MATTER WHAT WOMAN Class this coming Monday! Mark it on your calendar and make sure you are there! God has been
showing Himself strong on our behalf every time we come together. This Monday will be no exception!
LIVING PRAISE CHOIR!! I made an announcement at this past
choir rehearsal and moved drama rehearsal from Monday, March 30th to Tuesday, March 31st. I am reversing that decision.
However, there will be no choir rehearsal on that Tuesday, March 31st. So if you are not in the drama, you will have
that night off. If you would, please pass this information on to your fellow choir members. I will make an announcement
this Sunday afternoon at rehearsal. What about your lyrics to the new song? Have you learned them yet? Better
And everyone that reads this ... come
to church on Sunday! Make up your mind today ... no matter what the weather is ... no matter how you feel ... no matter
what is going on ... no matter, no matter, no matter! Claim it as your day for a miracle and come believing that God
is going to meet you here! If you do, you will go home with your miracle!
Be encouraged in the Lord!
March 12, 2009
Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow! Our God
is the Awesome God! His mercy endures forever and He reigns!
I have so very much to be thankful for today! Even though there has been bad news all around me ... and disappointing
turns of events in my life ... above and beyond all of that is the knowledge that I am truly blessed! I appreciate you
tuning in to my 'rambling' and I trust that I will never bore you with this ... but I am truly blessed!
On Sunday morning, I opened an email that rendered very disheartening news
to me personally. A project on which I was working diligently seemingly died an untimely death. This was a project
that would have been a phenomenal blessing to me, my family and my church ... and had the potential of being an awesome blessing
to many others as well.
The person with which I was working
chose not to honor his word. I am sorry for him because this always presents ramifications ... not for me, but for him.
But I am thankful that God will not hold me hostage because of someone else's inability to follow through on promises
True to His Word, God is already showing me alternative
doors to replace that closed door. And you know what I believe in all of this ... THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
When I briefly experienced the dismay that always attacks at the advent
of bad news, I quickly reminded myself that I cannot get bogged down in something like this when I have soooooooooooooo much
for which to be thankful.
A couple that got married the
same year that Steve & I did ... he was born the same year as my husband ... our two children grew up with their
two children ... last Friday the man went to be with the Lord suddenly and unexpectedly. As I sat in the homegoing
service and held my husband's hand, I was so grateful to God that he was sitting there beside me.
I know that most news is not good news. Not only is the television inundated with tragedy
and horror on an hourly basis. People that we actually know are being bombarded with pain and suffering. If you
are like me, you are getting phone calls almost daily of someone you know personally that has been diagnosed with a disease
... or in some sort of accident ... or experiencing problems in their homes with either marriages or children or both ...
or finances that are totally out of hand and bordering on hopelessness. And because you do know these people personally,
it brings the sorrow that much stronger to your flesh.
in the face of all of that, it is absolutely necessary to maintain the JOY OF THE LORD in our lives. After all, in order
to deal with such sorrowful news about those we love, we need massive amounts of strength ... not human strength ... supernatural
strength that comes from God and God alone. How does that strength come? Through the JOY OF THE LORD!
So I speak JOY to you today! Get your eyes off the problems and begin
to operate in the JOY OF THE LORD! Praise! Worship! Dance! Sing! Clap your hands! Shout!
Leap! Glorify God! If you do this ... you will be able to not only handle anything ... you will be able to overcome
And if you do it right, you won't just be
a conqueror ... you'll be MORE THAN A CONQUEROR through Him!
Be Blessed and Walk By Faith!
March 6. 2009
So how is your day going so far? Mine is great because
it is the day that God made! And if God made the day for me, how can I not rejoice in it?! I trust that you are
rejoicing in this day, too!
Earlier this week, Tyler,
Jadyn and I were on our way to lunch ... you know, they are our grandbabies ... and Tyler asked me this question: "Grandma,
do you ever feel like your life is not fair?"
you can imagine, that question coming from my five-year-old grandson took me aback to say the least. And since he is
intelligent enough to ask that question, I tried to weigh my words carefully in response to him.
I told him that I had sometimes felt like life was not fair to me, but that there had always been
so much good in my life that I was able to recognize that the good had always outweighed the bad things. I even told
him what the Word of God says about it raining on both the just and the unjust. I explained that when rain falls out
of the sky, the wet drops hit both the good people and the bad people just the same.
And I shared with him that when the unfairness of life tries to get me down, I begin to praise God
for all the good things in my life. When I praise, I enter the presence of the Lord and there is always joy in His presence!
And the joy trumps problems every time. I come out feeling joyful rather than sad!
Then I decided to try to gain insight on why he would ask such a question since his life is blessed
like it is. We talked about him being born to parents who love him, grandparents who think he hung the moon, a church
family who adores him, all the material possession with which he has been blessed, etc.
And he said, "Grandma, I'm not talking about me ... I'm talking about one of my friends
that is having a hard time." He went on to tell me that he was concerned that life was not fair for one of his
friends. I looked in the rear view mirror and tears were streaming down his face as he talked about it.
I was so moved at this show of compassion for others from this little boy
that has everything that I could hardly swallow over the lump in my throat. Even now as I write about it, it is difficult
to keep the tears at bay. I'm thankful that Tyler is so much like Jesus ... he is touched with the feeling of someone
else's infirmity. Once again, the Lord used Tyler to show me His ways. A little child shall lead them all.
I just felt led to share that today ... there is someone that will read
this that needs to know that Jesus is touched with the feeling of your infirmity. And you might feel like your life
is unfair today, but you need to know that if you will praise God through the unfairness of life, you will find joy in His
presence. And that joy will bring you strength to face unfairness and defeat it in your life!
I didn't mean to preach (smile), but Jesus cares about you and I just wanted to remind you of
His great and matchless love for you today!
you need someone to hug you and tangibly show you God's love, come to Livingway on Sunday! This past Sunday was
absolutely awesome, and since we know that God always outdoes Himself, this Sunday promises to be phenomenal! You do
not want to miss it!
Don't forget to spring forward
time-wise! I know we lose an hour of sleep, but the Lord will more than make up for it if you will go ahead, roll
out of bed and come to His house! I'll see you on Sunday at CHURCH! On Monday at NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Class!
On Tuesday at LIVING PRAISE CHOIR Rehearsal! On Wednesday at WORD & WORSHIP!
Be encouraged and strengthened in the Lord today!
February 26, 2009
Wow! How quickly time passes! You know, when
I first determined that I would 'blog', I envisioned that I would take a few moments to do this every day! And
it seems like I am doing this every day, but the dates do not lie! It has been a whole week since I talked to you!
My niece, Kristin Keller, came to stay with us for a few days ... down from
Lancaster, Ohio! We had not seen her in quite some time so it was great to have her here. She is an amazing vocalist
... God has truly gifted her without measure! And her cousin, Annie King, came to see Kristin from Houston while she
was here in San Antonio ... and she is an awesome singer as well. So I was surrounded by all of this incredibly great
talent and did not hear either one of them sing! What's up with that? But we were thrilled to see them
We had such awesome services over the weekend
... and then Monday's NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Class was outstanding! We were talking about belonging to God and being
the apple of His eye! And the next thing we knew, the power of God had swept in and there was such a sweet, powerful
presence of God in our midst! We had ladies receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit! Praise God for His presence
... and I can attest to the fact that there was indeed great joy in His presence!
I have choir rehearsal on Tuesday nights ... and this past Tuesday night, the choir wanted to revive
an old LPC song ... I BELONG TO GOD ... which was sort of neat since I had just taught on that very subject the night before
at the NMWW Class. So we ran through it and then we sang it on Wednesday night at church! Oh, my goodness!
LPC, you showed up and you showed out! It was great! You blessed the Lord and you blessed me!
You know I have two grandbabies ... Tyler (5) and Jadyn (2). The doctor
had given Tyler a bad report concerning one of his eyes. He had named all of the possibilities, the first of them being
a tumor that would require surgery. But we prayed and believed God and when Tyler went back in to get the results
of his tests on Tuesday, the doctor said, "No tumor, no surgery!" To God be the glory for the things that
He has done!
Now we are believing for a total manifestation
of healing for Tyler's eye. The doctor has decided that he needs to wear glasses for a month to correct some minor
challenges. But the same God that made certain there was no tumor and no surgery is well able to completely heal his
eye. We are standing for 20/10 vision in both of his eyes! Why not 20/20? Because we serve the El Shaddai
... the God of more than enough!
I love the verses that
we are studying in our NMWW Class concerning belonging to God ... one of the main points is that He purchased us with His
precious blood, which makes us precious to Him ... and HE TAKES FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR US WHEN WE WILLINGLY SUBMIT OURSELVES
I don't mind telling you that, even though
He has enabled me to do many things, I often face situations that I simply do not have an answer for or do not possess the
power to fix them. So it is a wonderful thing to know that God is responsible for me and I can take those things to
Him, cast them on Him and KNOW that ALL IS WELL!
Steve & I will be heading to Houston to be on the TBN Telethon for the evening. We will be back on Saturday ...
and the next day ... SUNDAY! Be with us in at least one of the services on Sunday ... either the 9 am or the 11 am.
I can promise you that it will be a worthy decision because God's presence will make it worth any sacrifice that you make
to be there!
I want to leave you with this thought ...
you are the apple of God's eye! He is wild about you!
February 19, 2009
Praise God, I am healed! To those of you that prayed for
me, thank you, thank you, thank you! And to my Awesome God, my Jehovah Rophe, the God that healeth me, THANK YOU, THANK
YOU, THANK YOU!
The Word of God tells me to give thanks in everything because this is actually God's will!
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
1 Thessalonians 5:18
By no means am I thanking
God for the virus that attacked me because He had absolutely nothing to do with it! But while I was 'in' the
middle of the viral attack, I did my best to thank God because I wanted to fulfill God's will in my life. And, lest
I make it sound like an easy thing to do, let me quickly tell you that my flesh found it extremely difficult to do.
But praise God, my spirit man won the victory over my flesh, and I am healed
today! Thank You, Jesus! To God be the glory for the things that He has done!
And one of the treats of receiving my healing was that I was able to take care of Tyler &
Jadyn (our grandbabies) while Brandon & Mandy went to Las Vegas for their sixth wedding anniversary! Ty &
Jade moved in with us on Monday of this week and stayed for a couple of days. What amazing children they are!
And, no, I am NOT prejudiced! Just stating facts!
of the neatest things that we do when they come to stay with us is to go and spend time in the Choir Rehearsal Room.
These two are praisers and worshippers extraordinaire! We turn every instrument on in the room .... every microphone
... and play and sing to the tops of our lungs! Then Tyler preaches and Jadyn sings a solo. And I get lightheaded
from all of the dancing and jumping they want me to do with them. That's my contribution! We have such fun!
But then when I tuck them into bed for the night, sometimes I am overwhelmed
when I consider what powerful people of God they will be in their adult lives because of the seeds that have been planted
in them by their parents, by both sets of grandparents, by the wonderful family of God here at Livingway. We are so
I know it's just Thursday, but I wanted to
remind you that NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN Class is coming up this Monday, February 23rd! Don't miss it! We are
continuing to talk about how important the confessions that we make with our mouths are to the success of our overall lives!
The Word tells us that we can create the kind of environment and atmosphere that we want to prevail in our lives by the Word
of God! I know I have heard from God concerning this lesson, so I have no doubt that you will be blessed when you receive
And, of course, Sunday comes before Monday!
Services are at 9 and 11 on Sunday morning! Don't let your flesh win the battle on Sunday morning. When it
tries to talk you into sleeping in, take control and command your flesh to get up, get dressed, and make your way to the house
of God! As the song says ... There's healing in the house! There's deliverance in the house! There's
joy in the house! There's peace in the house! There's love in the house! And best of all ...
There's salvation in the house!
Be blessed and know
that God is God ... He is good and His mercy endures forever!
February 13, 2009
"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;
but the greatest of these is charity." 1 Corinthians 13:13
Praise God! Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! The
day the nation celebrates LOVE! Do not even try to rain on my parade. I know some might be spooked because
today is Friday, the 13th, but not me! It's just another wonderful chance to give great praise to my great
And some might want to bring up something about a
Valentine Day massacre? Not me! To me it is a stellar opportunity to renew my love for God, for my husband, my
family, my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ, lost souls ... and on and on and on. Notice that I said 'renew',
because we as Christians try to walk in love all the time ... not just on Valentine's Day.
But sometimes that is not really easy ... some people make that determination very difficult to carry
out! No one you know, I'm sure! So my quest to always walk in love has to be renewed just like everything
else that is good in my life. And Valentine's Day is a good day to do that!
As I watched a little of the coverage on the commuter plane that crashed in Buffalo, NY, I thought
about the people on board. They had no idea when they bought their airline ticket, they were making arrangements for
their final earthly trip. Is there time in such an instance to fret over words either said or unsaid? Was there
a husband that wished he had told his wife and children how much he loved them? Was there a wife that was sorry she
was short-tempered with her family before she rushed out the door to the airport?
I know it is an old clique', but it is a good one ... our kind words and compliments should be
given out freely while both the giver and the receiver are alive and can fully appreciate the sentiment behind them.
I am not admonishing you to be super mushy 24/7 and get on your family's last nerve. I am just suggesting that we
remember to say the good stuff now! And the by-product of doing so will be a greatly improved relationship with that
person right now!
Roses may be expensive ... I know they
don't give jewelry away ... a nice meal at a restaurant can cost some money before the evening is over. If you can
do any or even all of those things, by all means, do them all! You are blessed to be a blessing!
But saying, "I love you" doesn't cost a penny. A hug
is absolutely free and what a bargain! A kind word, a pat on the shoulder, even a little bit of a back rub ... free,
free, free. So don't even try to use the economic recession as an excuse for the lack of a Valentine expression!
It won't work!
Now that I have said all of that ... I have to go and
change clothes! My husband is taking me out for the evening! I believe it will be dinner and a movie, if I am
not mistaken! I'm looking forward to it!
you in Jesus! Have a blessed Happy Valentine's Day with someone you love!
February 7, 2009
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that
love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Proverbs 18:21
I am healed! I am healed! I am healed! Why
do I say that? Because life is in what I speak over myself! Life is in the power of my tongue ... my words!
And I speak life over my body today!
What are you speaking
over yourself today? Is it in alignment with the Word of God? Does it fully agree with the Word? The Bible
said of itself that its words are quick and powerful! (Hebrews 4:12) And His Word tells us that it will accomplish
what it was sent to do! (Isaiah 55:11) Furthermore, He said that He sent His Word to heal us! (Psalm 107:20)
See what I mean? It's all one big victorious cycle of faith!
The Word says to let the weak say, "I am strong!" ( Joel 3:10) So when my flesh is arguing
with me and telling me that I am sick, I say, "I am healed!" Do you know that some people actually call that
lying ... to confess something that is obviously not true in the flesh? Not me! The Word tells me in Romans to
'call those things that be not as though they were'! (Romans 4:17)
Whatever it is that you are struggling with today, you can use the Word to turn your situation
around! Life is in the power of your tongue! "The Word of faith is nigh thee, even in thy mouth!"
Believe the Word! Stand on the Word!
Confess the Word! Speak it until it becomes part of your spirit! Never let it go! Be Blessed with Divine
Health in Jesus' Name!
Oh, and by the way, tomorrow is Sunday!
We will have two absolutely phenomenal services ... 9 and 11 a.m.! You do not want to miss it! And it's also
GO RED SUNDAY! This is just one more way we are confessing that we are walking in divine health against heart disease!
And I have to remind you ... Monday night is NO MATTER WHAT WOMEN classes!
We meet at 7:00 p.m. in the newly remodeled Livingway Family Life Center! The men have a class simultaneously with ours
... MANNALIVE ... and it is held in the Chapel of the Sanctuary Building! I hope we will see you at every event!
January 27, 2009
"Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God,
in the mountain of his holiness." Psalm 48:1
Did you see that Scripture?! Our God ... the Awesome God ...
is GREAT! And GREATLY TO BE PRAISED! Have you acknowledged His greatness today? And have you praised Him
greatly? I have! Because He has been so very good to me!
We had our second No Matter What Women Class of 2009 last night! Oh, my
goodness! The main floor of the Sanctuary in the Family Life Center was full of women hungry for the Word of God!
And of course, that inspires me to teach until I pass out! But I didn't! I was faithful to my promise of being
finished by 8:15 p.m.!
However, just because we were through
for the evening by 8:15 did not mean that God was finished. Just as we were dismissing, a lady came forward to be filled
with the Holy Spirit! Before the evening was over, seven ladies had been filled with the Holy Spirit! It was an
awesome thing to see God move in the lives of these women! Praise God!
Now do you see why I acknowledge that my God is indeed great and that He is greatly to be praised? His Spirit
drew those ladies to Him last night and when they said, "Yes" to Him, He baptized them all with His precious Holy
Spirit! What a testimony of His greatness!
And now I am getting
ready for a big choir rehearsal tonight! The weather is cold and rainy, but there will be a room full of people ready
to sing and play unto the Lord who reigns forever! Last week we learned a song titled "Created To Worship"
... what a wonderful song! It's got the kind of tune that stays with you and plays over and over in your head ...
which is a great thing when you hear the right kind of song!
last week, I cannot tell you the times that I have heard myself singing ... "I was created ... I was created to worship
You!" I wasn't created to drift ... I wasn't created to fail ... I wasn't created to worry ... I wasn't
created to be famous ... I wasn't created to just exist and never really live .... I WAS CREATED TO WORSHIP MY GOD IN
THE BEAUTY OF HOLINESS!
So it's time for me to get everything
ready to go to the Choir Room! If you were in the choir or band, I would be getting ready to see you in just a little
while. Are you praying about that?
Oh, and one more thing!
Tomorrow is Wednesday Word & Worship! Halftime! Be sure to be with us at 7:00 p.m.! Bring your children
so they can attend Jesus And Me (JAM) Children's Ministry in the Family Life Center! We will have a wonderful time
of Praise and Worship ... Living Praise Choir will be singing ... Pastor will be preaching! You don't want to miss
it! Something great is going to happen and it could happen to you!
January 24, 2009
Praise God! I'm headed over to keep my little ones for
the next couple of hours. Thanks to my co-grandparents, I was able to finish a little bit more on the website tonight.
I appreciate Brother Ron & Sister Mona for giving me that unexpected, but blessed opportunity! But I did not totally relinquish my time with Tyler & Jadyn ... I still get at least two hours with them if I
If it is still Saturday evening when you read this, let's
run down the Saturday night check list ... you do have your church clothes laid out ... for you and for all of your children
... and maybe even your spouse? And you already have a quick breakfast in mind so that you do not miss a moment of Praise
& Worship? And have you called someone to encourage them to come to church in the morning as well? Did you
offer to pick them up?
Oh, I am aware that it takes
a massive amount of effort to do all of these things. But these are eternal things! And they are most important
and deserve great attention to detail! You may be ever so weary in your body and mind, but as you begin to make preparation
for tomorrow, you will feel a sense of anticipation and expectancy come over you just thinking about the possibilities of
We are blessed to live in a country where we can freely
come to church and openly, unabashedly worship the one true living God, the Holy One of Israel! So I will see you in
the morning! We will have a blessed time in Jesus!
January 23, 2009
"For I know
the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)
Praise God! I finally got my website up and running earlier
today! Parts of it were a real challenge for me! And those of you who know what you are doing with websites
can probably see all kinds of opportunites. But I will get it eventually!
So here we are ... 23 days into the New Year! I hope things are going well
for you and that you are enjoying the presence of the Lord in your life. And we have a new president ... I hope you
are praying for him every day.
This is a big week for me ... our little grandson, Tyler, turned five years old on Wednesday ... today Steve and
I celebrate our 38th wedding anniversary ... oh, and I published my first website! Wow!
Yes, 38 years ago, Steve & I were married in Bossier City, Louisiana, in a little church on Traffic
Street. I remember when I first saw him. We were both at a Youth Camp in Westphalia, Missouri ... he had on a
blue suit ... I had on a lavender dress. That first meeting turned out to be a momentous occasion. I didn't
know it at the time, but Jeremiah 29:11 was unfolding in my life that very day!
I had no idea how much God would use Steve to change
my life and cause me to grow spiritually so I could be prepared for all the things I do today. He has pushed me ... encouraged me ... supported me ... loved me, and I am so very grateful. God brought us together
and it is God that has kept us together. Praise God for 38 years with the love of my life!
I'm going to sign off now ... I have a big weekend planned! Tonight I have a date
with that love of my life that I have been talking about for the big anniversary. Then tomorrow I get to keep Tyler
& Jadyn for the evening! And then Sunday! Two great services on the horizon! Sunday afternoon I get
to audition people for parts in "I GIVE YOU JESUS", our Easter Passion Play! Then I'm off to Tyler's
big birthday party #5!
All of these things are a part of the plan that God has for me! And I am enjoying God's plan to the fullest!
By the way, if you live in the San Antonio area, I will see
you in church on Sunday! Right? 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. or BOTH?! And if you have teenagers in your house,
make sure that they get to GX Youth on Saturday at 6:00 p.m.!
strong! Be encouraged! Be blessed!
"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be
glad in it." Psalm 118:24
God's part was to make the day! He did! Now my part is to rejoice in it! I am! You might
be tempted to say that there is nothing worthy of rejoicing in your life, but I must strongly disagree!
You see, I have found it to be true that God's
worthiness of praise and worship is never affected by the things that I am experiencing that are less than wonderful.
God is just as worthy and holy when I am down as when I am up. He is just as praise-worthy when I am battling sickness
as He is when I am enjoying divine health!
are alive! You are privileged to know who Jesus is! You evidently have access to a computer or you wouldn't
be reading this! Your computer is probably in a room in your dwelling place which means that you have a roof over your
head! You have someone who cares for you and loves you unconditionally ... Jesus Christ! Oh, if you look hard
enough, you will find a whole plethora of things for which to praise!
an old song ... "He woke me up this morning, and started me on my way! He's the joy of my salvation, yes, He
is!" Well, the song may be old, but the meaning is as fresh as it ever was. I could not have gotten out of
bed this morning if He had not awakened me and got me started for the day! JESUS IS THE JOY OF OUR SALVATION!
So give yourself a treat today! Take at least one five-minute
break to offer your praise and worship to your worthy, holy and righteous God! Do not get distracted by the negatives
that are happening in your life that you forget to do the one positive thing that will transform your very circumstance!
Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS and again ... yes, again ... I say REJOICE!
Now ... I have to stop or I will preach an entire sermon! As you can see, I have no idea of the meaning of
the word 'blogging' or how to carry it out. If this is truly a 'blog', it happened by accident,
believe me! The only reason I used the word 'blog' is because it begins with a 'b' like my name ...
I always did love alliteration!
I have an exciting evening
planned! I will gather with a large group of No Matter What Women and officially kick off our classes for 2009!
We meet in the Livingway Family Life Center every second and fourth Monday night of the month at 7:00 p.m. If you are
in our area, please make plans to be with us! We always have an awesome time in the Lord when we get together!
Stay tuned ... more to come in the next few days!