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 May, 2022
 
We have just celebrated the beautiful Easter Season, remembering how our precious Lord suffered more than we can ever imagine, beaten beyond recognition and hung on a cross like the worst of criminals, all to redeem us of our sins and make a way for us to live with Him forever.  Then on the third day He arose from that tomb just like He said He would.  Not many days from then he ascended into Heaven, but as He was leaving He told His disciples He would send a comforter.  John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever.  Luke 24:48-49  And Ye are witnesses of these things,   And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.  
 
 We are living in troubled times when it is easy to become fearful, discouraged and even stray from our faith.  We must accept the gift of the Holy Spirit that will "endue us with power from on high", and go forth to lead as many people to Christ as we can before it is too late.  I often wonder why Christians are hesitant to even acknowledge the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity, much less invite Him into their lives.  We need to go to our "Jerusalem" and tarry until we once again receive that power from on high.  Without that power we will not be able to conquer the things that Satan will try to throw our way.  Romans 8:37 Nay, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.  How long has it been since you allowed the Holy Spirit to flow through your spirit?  
 
 HOLY SPIRIT THOU ARE WELCOME
 
 Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
Omnipotent Father of Mercy and Grace
Thou art welcome in this place
 
Lord in Thy presence there's healing divine
No other power can save Lord, but Thine
Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
Thou art welcome in this place
 
Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
Omnipotent Father of Mercy and Grace
Thou art welcome in this place
 
Fill all the hungry and empty within
Restore us, oh Father
Revive us again
 
Holy Spirit Thou art welcome in this place
Thou art welcome in this place
 
 
 
 April 14, 2022
 
I had to slip in here during this Easter celebration to post one of my favorite songs.
 
 A song that really excites my soul was written by Bill & Gloria Gaither - IT IS FINISHED. These are some of the most powerful words spoken by Jesus as he hung on the cross. They were not words of defeat, but words of great victory. He had completed His work here on earth, defeated death and the grave, and pardon for our sins. Through His great sacrifice we are able to escape the punishment we deserve and make heaven our home. If that doesn't make you want to shout, nothing will.
 
IT IS FINISHED 
There's a line that is drawn through the ages
On that line stands an old rugged cross
On that cross, a battle is raging
To gain a man's soul or it's loss
 
On one side, march the forces of evil
All the demons, all the devils of hell
On the other, the angels of glory
And they meet on Golgotha's hill
 
The earth shakes with the force of the conflict
And the sun refuses to shine
For there hangs God's son, in the balance
And then through the darkness he cries
 
It is finished, the battle is over
It is finished, there'll be no more war
It is finished, the end of the conflict
It is finished and Jesus is Lord
 
Yet in my heart, the battle was still raging
Not all prisoners of war had come home
These were battlefields of my own making
I didn't know that the war had been won
Oh, but then I heard the king of the ages
Had fought all the battles for me
And that victory was mine for the claiming
And now praise his name, I am free
 
It is finished, the battle is over
It is finished, there'll be no more war
It is finished, the end of the conflict
It is finished and Jesus is Lord
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 April 2022
 
Greetings and welcome to spring.
 
As you have probably noticed from my past articles, I love gospel music and old hymns.  The messages and encouragement those old songs bring thrill my soul.  I recently joined a group on facebook called " Old Fashion Hymns and Spiritual Music".  People are posting their favorite hymns and sharing beautiful memories of their past experiences at church.  I have posted some of my favorites, and it is not unusual to get 600 - 700 responses in a short time.  To me this is showing a hunger people have to once again worship the Lord with respect and honor.  
 
Many of the comments I have read state how people are not attending church any longer because they feel like they are going to a rock and roll concert.  I have never attended one of these kind of services, but I understand the auditoriums are dark, loud music is blaring, smoke is flowing and the singers look like they belong to a rock group.   
 
Is it any wonder our world is in the condition it is in today?  Take a look at what is happening at Disney.  Fortunately parents are paying attention and saying "no more Disney for my children".  If the pandemic accomplished anything positive, it did wake parents up to pay attention to what their kids are being taught in school.  They are now attending school board meeting and demanding that changes be made.
 
Maybe it is time for Christians to wake up and see what is happening in our churches and start demanding that changes be made.  Let's get back to true worship through singing and prayer, and encourage the pastors to start preaching the old time gospel where sin is called sin, souls are being saved, and lives changed.  Too many sermons today are  nothing more than psychological dissertations, aimed at pleasing people, making them feel good about themselves so they will continue attending services and support the church.  Too often today people are saying they prefer to stay home and watch church services on tv.  Thank God for stations like Sonlife Broadcasting that is bringing forth the message of the cross, and worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth.  But this should not replace attending church and worshiping with other believers.  I was raised in a rather poor family with 5 children, but my parents made sure we had a "Sunday Best" outfit to wear, and we attended services at least three times a week.  I certainly don't regret this rich heritage.   This is where my love for hymns and gospel music began, and my mind is now filled with its treasures.  
 
We sang a chorus that went:
 
I love the old time singing shouting,
I love the old time way.
I love the old time singing, shouting, preaching, praying,
I love the old time way. 
 
My soul is hungry for a little "Old Time singing, shouting, preaching, praying".  How about you?
 
Until next month, keep on singing.
 
God bless you all.
 
Ruth 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 March, 2022
 
I apologize that have fallen a little behind in my monthly writings.  I had a little accident - I tripped over my new puppy and found out that I do not bounce well, but praise God I didn't break any bones, only pulled and injured some hip and leg muscles.  It was enough to set me back a few weeks, but hopefully I am headed back to the right track now.
 
So much has been going on in the world around us, it is difficult to know where to begin. Our government is in shambles, war is raging, crime and violence is happening everywhere we turn, and sickness is threatening everyone. So many people have expressed that they are living in constant fear.  Young people are taking their own lives because they cannot see a future for them.   Pretty depressing!!!  But praise the Lord, we don't have to live in fear or depression.  2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.
 
We need to examine our lives and find ways to strengthen our power, increase our love, and renew our minds in things of the Lord. 
 How is your prayer life?  Have we made prayer a priority, or are we simply trying to fit it in when we can find the time?  Are you spending quality time with the Lord, or simply reciting a prayer before meals and maybe a couple minutes before bedtime?  I loved the movie "War Room" because it demonstrated the power of a true prayer life.  We need to find a quiet place where we can get alone with God and pour our hearts out to Him, asking Him to renew and revive the power we received from the Holy Spirit.  Allow Him to do a new and mighty work in your life, giving you peace and boldness to face whatever might be ahead for all of us.  Make a prayer list and bring it before the Lord each time you pray.  Perhaps you could join a prayer group 
that meets regularly.  The Swaggart Ministry has begun a Worldwide prayer meeting, and they have invited people from around the world to join them on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. central time and again at 6:00 p.m. 
 
I also like to write a scripture promise each day.   You will soon have a great reference from the word of God to fall back on when things get difficult.  Isaiah 40:31  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as the eagles; they shall run, and not get weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 simply says "Pray without ceasing". 
 
I know that as we get serious about prayer, God is going to move in a mighty way.  I would love to hear testimonies from all of you as the Lord begins to answer your prayers.   
 
As you know, I always like to close with a song, and what more appropriate than the old hymn "Sweet Hour of Prayer".
 
 
 Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief, My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
 
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
 
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care, And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
 
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height, I view my home and take my flight.
This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise To seize the everlasting prize,
And shout, while passing through the air, “Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 January, 2022
 
Greetings and Happy New Year.
 
January seems to be a month of new beginnings.  Every year some folks start with a New Year's resolution, usually a decision to improve various habits and conditions such as, start a new diet or exercise program, maintain a better financial budget, spend more time with the family, etc.  All these things are great intentions, but often only last a short time.   What are your thoughts and desires for the coming year?  After going through a dismal, trouble filled 2021, many would say, "I just want to make it through another year".  I must admit 2021 was one of the most difficult years I have ever experienced.  So much grief with the loss of loved ones and friends, sickness at every turn, and a government in total turmoil.  
 
One thing that greatly concerns me is how discouraged some of our strong Christian friends have become.  They have gone through so much stress and grief and begin to feel that God does not hear their prayers.  This is exactly what Satan has set out to do. If he can turn Christians from their faith, he has won the battle.  A perfect example of this is the book of Job.  It begins with God stating that Job was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.  Why then would God allow Satan to attack him?  Isn't that how we sometimes feel?  We strive to live in the perfect will of God and obey Him in every way, yet so many bad things happen to us.  After all, didn't God say He would place a hedge of protection around us?  A very common question is, "why do bad things happen to good people?  I don't think anyone can really answer this question, but I do know that God's ways are always perfect, and we must accept our circumstances knowing that He is in complete control.  
 
The challenge I would like to set forth for the coming year is that we pray more, study God's word more, and rely completely on His will for our lives.  This is not a time to give up and let Satan have his way.  We know that these are difficult times, and they will likely get worse, but all the more reason for us to prepare for battle.   Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil". verse 16 "above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked."  James 5:16 tells us, ", the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much".  
 
Let us fervently pray for one another, and for all our families.  Never give up on those kids that seem to totally ignore the things of God.   Pray for our churches and pastors who are having a difficult time as well.  We may never get back to a place that we once considered normal, but we do know that the Lord is coming soon and what we do, we must do quickly.  
 
I love to end with a hymn, and one of my favorites is GREAT IS Thy Faithfulness
 
 Great is Thy faithfulness, Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me
 
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, thou forever will be
 
Summer and winter, springtime and harvest
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses up above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love
 
Great is Thy faithfulness 
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me
 
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside. 
 
God Bless You and Keep you
 
Ruth 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ruth's Corner
 
 We are already well into October, and the beginning of our fall and winter celebrations.  I love the cool breezes, beautiful fall flowers, and the wonderful holidays.  As we look back over the year 2021, we sometimes wonder where it went and what we really accomplished.  Not being able to hold our normal church services, classes and bible studies, we may feel disappointment and discouragement.  So many people have suffered great loss; family members and friends lost to COVID-19, jobs lost, and even homes lost due to loss of income.  But, through it all we must confess that God has been there with us, continuing to pour out His blessings.  
 
When I was a kid, our church would have, what they called, testimony services where folks would stand up and tell how the Lord had blessed them.  Even though many of them were going through really hard times, they never failed to praise Him for His goodness and mercy.  I have so much to praise the Lord for.  He has watched over me my entire life, healed me many times including my bout with cancer recently, and taken care of all my financial needs.  He blessed me with three beautiful daughters, three wonderful son-in-laws - all of whom love the Lord, six grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.  
 
I love the old hymn - Count Your Blessings -  this really says it all.
 
 When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
 
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one, *
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
 
Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.
 
When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—*money cannot buy
 Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high
 
So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end. 
 
 
 I'm sure all of you have wonderful testimonies.  If you would like to share with us, just send us a message and we will post them for others to read. 
 
Remember to pray for all those on our prayer list, and please pray for our ministry at Slater Bible Chapel.  Most importantly we want to follow the Lord's lead and guidance in all that we do.   
 
 
 
God Bless You,
 
Ruth 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Greetings and Happy September.
 
 
Fall is a beautiful time of year where, in some parts of the country, God paints a beautiful canvas of color. I love to travel north at this time of year to take in all the beauty, but this year I will have to settle for pictures from family.
 
I pray that everyone is staying safe from the awful pandemic we are going through. It seems to be getting worse rather than better, and many are grieving the loss of loved ones. At times like these it is easy to become discouraged and maybe feel like God doesn't really hear our prayers. This is when we must press in, study the word and “pray without ceasing.
” Romans 12:12 “ Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”.
 
One of my favorite scriptures is found in Psalm 91 -
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. 9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”
 
Don't forget to check out our prayer requests, and take these needs before the Lord. If you know any of these people personally, give them a call and let them know you are praying for them. A word of encouragement from a friend is very much appreciated, and may be exactly what that person needs at the time.
 
Also, remember that we are here for you and ready to pray together whenever you feel a need. God bless you and keep you under His wing.
 
Ruth
 
 
 
 
 
 
RUTH'S CORNER       JULY 2021
 
I recently heard a great sermon from David Borg, a minister with the Family Worship Center (Jimmy Swaggart ministries). His text was taken from the second chapter of Revelation verse 4 which says “ Nevertheless, I have something against you, because you have lost your first love”. He reminded us how exuberant we all were when we were first saved. There is nothing like a new Christian; they are just bubbling over with their new found love for the Lord. They will tell anyone they meet what a wonderful thing that has happened in their life, and their faces reflect the glory of the Lord. Then time passes and their excitement seems to fade. Not that they have left the faith, but they have “lost their first love”.
 
Can you even imagine what the world would be like today if every Christian returned to that first love for God and displayed all the excitement of a new Christian. I can’t help but think that is exactly what we need. I believe our worship would change, we would be studying the Word more, and would be living a more dedicated life. We need to thank the Lord every day for what he did for us at Calvary, for His grace and mercy that has washed our sins away, and for His unconditional love for us.
 
What if we took this same concept a step further and carried it over into our home life. Remember when you first fell in love with your spouse and you couldn’t wait to be with that person. Just the sight of them made your heart skip a beat. Your joy was overflowing, and your life was so happy. Then came the big day when you married and the excitement was overwhelming. You felt you had found true love and happiness that would last a lifetime. When your first baby came along, you held that child in your arms and your heart seemed to burst with love. Years began to pass, and all the issues of life came closing in on you and seemed to put out your flame. You again “lost that first love”. Not that you didn’t still love your spouse or your children, but the excitement and joy seemed to disappear. What happened? How did we let it slip away?
 
I think it is time to examine ourselves and figure out how we can regain our “first love”, first for the Lord and then for our family. How long has it been since you told them all how much you truly love them? As we begin to express our love more, I believe we will see a great change in our lives. Joy and peace that is beyond all understanding can be ours if we trust the Lord with every aspect of our life. Worry will fade away and be replaced with joy and contentment. What if we knew the Lord was coming back for us tomorrow or next week? What would we do differently? Wouldn’t we want to make sure everyone we know and love are ready? What if we knew that one of the people we love would soon be taken from us? Would we regret not telling them how much they mean to us and how much we love them? Let’s not let that happen, but instead let’s make a practice to show our love every day. If we refuse to let little things irritate us and steal our joy, we will begin to feel like a new person and get back our “first love”
 
. God Bless You, and may His love fill your heart.
Ruth
 
I love you Lord, And I lift my voice, To worship you, oh my soul rejoice. Take joy my King, In what you hear, May it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.  
 
       
 
 
 March, 2021
 
A friend shared the following article with me,  and I wanted to pass it along.   I hope it blesses you as much as it did me.  It reminds us that no matter how involved we get with daily chores and work, we can still maintain a very close relationship with the Lord.  He is only a prayer away.
 
Have you ever noticed how in the scriptures men are always going up into the mountains to commune with the Lord? Yet in the scriptures we hardly ever hear of women going to the mountains. But we know why — right? Because the women were too busy keeping life going; they couldn’t abandon babies, meals, homes, fires, gardens, and a thousand responsibilities to make the climb into the mountains! I was talking to a friend the other day, saying that as a modern woman I feel like I’m never “free” enough from my responsibilities, never in a quiet enough space I want with God. Her response floored me, “That is why God comes to women. Men have to climb the mountain to meet God, but God comes to women where ever they are.”
 
I have been pondering on her words for weeks and have searched my scriptures to see that what she said is true. God does in deed come to women where they are, when they are doing their ordinary, everyday work. He meets them at the wells where they draw water for their families, in their homes, in their kitchens, in their gardens. He comes to them as they sit beside sickbeds, as they give birth, care for the elderly, and perform necessary mourning and burial rites. Even at the empty tomb, Mary was the first to witness Christ’s resurrection, She was there because she was doing the womanly chore of properly preparing Christ’s body for burial. In these seemingly mundane and ordinary tasks, these women of the scriptures found themselves face to face with divinity. So if — like me — you ever start to bemoan the fact that you don’t have as much time to spend in the mountains with God as you would like. Remember, God comes to women. He knows where we are and the burdens we carry. He sees us, and if we open our eyes and our hearts we will see Him, even in the most ordinary places and in the most ordinary things. He lives. And he’s using a time such as this to speak to women around the world. Original ðŸ–Å’: Heather F.
 
May God richly bless you as you walk hand in hand with Him each day,
 
Ruth 
 
 
                                                                        APRIL GREETINGS
 
 As we head into the second year of COVID related problems and issues, some of us are starting to feel like David when he said in Psalm 13, “How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? For ever?” David is known as a “man after God’s own heart”, and yet his faith was being challenged and he was feeling forsaken. Many are feeling that same way today. Some have lost loved ones, lost jobs, even lost their homes, and they question where is God? This is a time when we must hold strong in our faith, knowing He is in control, and His love for us is unfailing.
 
I have been teaching a Sunday School class of kids ranging in age from 4 to 13. The Lord has impressed on my heart that, no matter what bible story we are learning, I must emphasize the importance of prayer, faith in God, and His love for us. This is important to us as adults as well. We must strengthen our faith through prayer, studying the Word, and allowing the Holy Spirit to fill us with power to face whatever is coming our way. We have been forced to spend months confined to our homes; something that is quite upsetting to a lot of people, but it is a great opportunity to use this time as a “Christian boot camp” to equip us for whatever we must face in the future.
 
Ephesians 6:11-18 tells us to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (13) Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. (15) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, (16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (18) Praying always with all supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
 
We are certainly living in a day of wickedness in high places, and we cannot just throw up our hands and accept it. We must “put on the full armour of God”, and go forth as an army of God.
 
May you be blessed as you press on to the high calling of God.
Ruth
 
                                                                                      MAY 2021
 
It has been over 14 months since the COVID 19 disaster hit and our world was completely changed.  Many people have found it very difficult to deal with the isolation and confinement.  One of the things I have missed the most is attending church services and worshiping with other believers.  Fortunately, there are some wonderful church services being televised where we can be fed the Word of God and encouraged in our faith, but we must be careful not to let these services replace church attendance.   It is great to see many of the churches opening their doors again, and people are beginning to return.  Hebrews 10:25 "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another; and so much more, as ye see the day approaching."  By attending services regularly we are able to encourage one another to hold fast to our faith as the world around us gets more wicked every day.  
 
I  believe and pray that as we return to services, worshipping the Lord will take on an entirely new meaning for us.  We have been able to see how easy it would be for the government to completely close down our churches, and how eager some people in our country are to see that happen.  Let us never attend just because it is the thing to do on Sunday morning, but rather go with an earnest desire to worship with all our hearts and let the Holy Spirit fill us to overflowing with power to face whatever comes our way.  
 
 Psalm 9:1- 2 " I will praise thee, oh Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works.  (2) I will be glad and rejoice in thee; I will sing praise to thy name, Oh thou most high."
 
Let's praise Him with all our hearts and sing his praises to the roof tops.  Don't worry about those around you and what they might think of your form of worship.   I love the song that says:
 
 I was lost but You knew where to find me
I was hungry You were bread for my soul.
I was thirsty and You gave living water.
You were my shelter when I had no place to go.
 
 That's why sometimes I just want to praise You
Sometimes just to speak Your name.
Sometimes I just want to thank You Without asking You for a thing.
Oh sometimes I lift my hands to You
And sometimes all I do is cry
Everything that I have I owe to You, Lord
And Calvary's the reason why.
 
 When I think of the love that You've given
Lord when I think of the price You paid for me
Then the trials on earth, they just seem like nothing
When they're compared to dark Calvary.
 
 Oh, sometimes I just want to praise You
Sometimes just to speak Your name
Sometimes I just want to thank You Without asking you for a thing
Oh sometimes I lift my hands to You
Then sometimes all I do is cry
Everything that I have I owe to You, Lord
And Calvary's the reason why.  
 
 May you be a blessing to others as you lead the way in your worship and praise,
 
God  Bless and Keep you.
 
Ruth 
 
 
 
                                                                                   JUNE 2021
 
 Greetings in Jesus name.
 
Summer has rolled around once again, and many folks are excited about planning vacations.   Perhaps you are making arrangements to go to that "special" place that you have long dreamed of visiting.  I remember a few years back making plans to visit my daughter in Hawaii.  She and her husband had moved there a few years earlier, and I was now able to make the trip.  I was so excited, first to be able to see my sweet daughter, and second to see the beautiful island of Hawaii.  As I departed the plane, my eyes were searching for a glimpse of my girl.  I couldn't wait for that big Momma/daughter hug, and just sitting and talking with her for hours.  Phone calls and emails can never replace that one on one, in person conversation.  They took me all around that beautiful island, and yes, it is magnificent.  The gorgeous flowers and vegetation, beautiful blue water and various color beaches are breath taking.
 
As I thought about that experience, I was reminded of the place we as Christians are looking forward to, Heaven.  Although we have never been there, the Bible describes the beauty we will one day behold, streets of gold and gates of pearl, and beauty we can't even imagine.  But you know, when I get there I am going to be searching for a first glimpse of my Savior, the one who paid the ultimate price with His death on the cross to make it possible for you and me to go there. 
 
My thoughts then turned to my family and friends that may not know the Lord as their Savior.  What a tragedy if they were to miss Heaven.   But what can we do to be certain they will be going with us?  As I prayed about this, the Lord spoke to my heart and reminded me that the most effective thing we can do is pray for them.  Not just a casual, quick prayer, but the kind of prayer where we come before the Lord with "groanings which cannot be uttered". (Romans 8:26)  "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
 
My challenge to you this month is to get serious about praying for the salvation of our family and friends.  If you ever saw the movie "War Room" you will recall the young lady who really got serious about her prayer life.  She designated a prayer closet in her home and plastered the walls with sticky notes filled with her prayer requests, and she would spend hours at times, praying for the salvation of her husband and family.   The Lord is coming soon.  Let's focus our attention on being ready!!!
 
 
 I dreamed of a city called Glory, So bright and so fair.
When I entered the gates I cried, "Holy" The angels all met me there:
They carried me from mansion to mansion, And oh the sights I saw,
But I said, "I want to see Jesus, The One who died for all."
 
[Chorus] Then I bowed on my knees and cried, "Holy, Holy, Holy."
I clapped my hands and sang, "Glory, Glory to the Son of God."
I bowed on my knees and cried, "Holy, Holy, Holy."
Then I clapped my hands and sang, "Glory, Glory to the Son of God."
 
As I entered the gates of that city,
My loved ones all knew me well.
They took me down the streets of Heaven;
Such scenes were too many to tell;
I saw Abraham, Jacob and Isaac Talked with Mark, and Timothy
But I said, "I want to see Jesus, 'Cause He's the One who died for me."