Parties of My Life and God's Gifts - March2012
HAPPENINGS ALONG THE WAY TO HEAVEN
After His death on the cross, Jesus appeared before His apostles and said, "Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things." (St. Luke 24: 46-48).
Mark Brinkman has written a beautiful inspirational song. The chorus:
"From the third day on Christ is risen; from the third day on hope is alive.
From the third day on we are forgiven. Make sure you're living from the third day on."
I am living in the third day on, confident of Who holds my future. No matter how dark some of my days may seem, I am joyful that God cares; loves me; will work things out just as He plans.
Easter Sunday helps to remind us that a single day can make all the difference. God is in charge!
I'd like to add one more incident to my March "Happenings" about the Cotton Patch Canasta Party. I drove to the valley (Robstown, Texas) to my cousin Pauline's cotton farm to get the cotton plants. We filled my car trunk to capacity with plants and returned to her house. I planned to spend the night and leave at sunrise the next morning. I said, "Let's unload the plants and stack them around the car because the cool night air and morning dew will keep them fresh for the trip back to Houston. You cannot imagine how shocked we were next morning. Not a cotton leaf in sight…just stems! Her goats had a banquet while we slept. We returned to the fields and cut down another car load of plants for the party.
I can't remember ever having my picture in a newspaper publication…but it happened in the middle of March in our neighborhood newspaper, The HOUSTON-BANNER . The picture below is of my family and was taken at last year's fish fry. They didn't mention our names!!! On the left are my daughter, Dortha and cousins Morgan and Jean visiting me from Austin, Texas. That's me in front on the right, my son Ronnie and his wife Ethel Rose.
The Fish Fry is an annual event which I really enjoy.I usually go alone, but spend hours visiting with church friends, neighbors and even made new friends. Kathryn and Sybren, owners of the Hoepfl Garage, are special Christian friends I highly recommend for car repairs. Mine has really had some challenging problems. This time, I just sat at the Check-In Table with Kathryn for a couple of hours (and took my fish, chips and pie home). I enjoyed helping a little, and meeting customers…ONE very, VERY special man. He drove to the Fish Fry in a 1952 white Rolls Royce! Kathryn introduced us.
The car belonged to CLAUDETTE COLBERT, a favorite movie star. She died 12 years ago, and left it to him in her will. He asked me if I'd like to see it. YES! It was beautiful beyond words. I don't ever remember standing beside a Rolls Royce in all my life! It was so clean, inside and out, like it just came off the showroom floor. He opened the back door to show me the "let-down" tray, just like they have on airplanes! Now that the door was open, I just HAD to sit in the car! Heavenly! During our conversation in the garage, he told me about his marriage to a Hollywood movie star. I did not remember her. Now, I told him I was an inspirational writer, and just MUST write about this adventure. I asked, "What was D-----------'s last name?" He said,
"Oh NO! Don't write about her, and don't mention my name
either!" I promised to just write about the fantastic adventure!
At the raffle, I won a jar of Apple Peach Cobbler Jam. DELISH!!
The above picture accompanies an article about the fish fry and successful Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser in the April newsletter sent to Hoepfl Garage customers.
Thursday, May 3rd is National Day of Prayer. The theme is "ONE NATION UNDER GOD." The Scripture is from Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." In addition to other prayers you may lift up to God, every one is asked to pray at 12:00 NOON.
Please be prayerful all day. Our nation is in trouble. I don't need to tell you about it. You know. On every turn, someone is trying to take away our Christianity. They have successfully taken God out of our schools, and I can't verify Him in our government. How can I vote for someone who is not a Christian? How do you find out? Think about men presenting themselves as presi- dential candidates, then being exposed for unacceptable sins, forcing withdrawals. God help us!
Many years ago, in the forties, I had a very serious problem in my family. One night, at the end of a church service, I walked up to the preacher and briefly told him my concerns. I was expecting a solution for the wrong-doer. The preacher said just three words: "You be faithful."
That has meant more to me than anything anyone ever said. In any situation, if you be faithful to God, He will lead you in the right direction. Jesus said it another way: "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Mark 12:31) and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Matthew 7:12). Actions speak louder than words. We strive to make certain people proud of us -- our parents, our mate, our children. We must not forget to make God proud of us also.
Prayer makes a difference. It's mysterious, it's powerful, it works miracles. When I became a Christian, I took every study course offered on prayer. I read untold number of books on how to pray. But when I was alone with God, tears came as I made a simple solitary plea…a direct connection to Him. I could feel all warm and loved, talking from my heart. I have confi- dence that God cares about me and brings blessings to me, no matter how difficult times may be.
God may not always give me exactly what I ask for, but He will give me what I need.
My greatest desire today is to finish the Family Tree. It's difficult to free up time to work on it because "Happenings" takes up so much of my time. But that is God's work through me. He definitely told me to send it to 150 companies. I've added people! 629 on March mailing!
I don't know what happened in 2003. But I absolutely could only mail the January and October "Happenings" to the companies! I ran 500 copies of each. I am enclosing "The Woman Who Built the Fire" with this one for "May." Then, at the end of June, I'll enclose "The Insurance Claim" and July "Happenings." That should free up 4-6 weeks for the family tree. O.K.?
Here is something special:
"All the water in the world, however hard it tried, could never sink the smallest ship unless it gets inside.
"And all the evil in the world, the blackest kind of sin, can never hurt you the least bit, unless you let it in."
TILLIE WIER, inspirational writer and employee of Logos Ranch, LLC shares her adventures with God so that others may see Him in their everyday lives.
> Hoepfl fish fry- April 2012