She panicked when she read the letter. The first payment was due in a week and a second payment in a month. They had been working and saving for weeks but wouldn’t even have enough for the first payment.

She went to church and worked in the children’s department as usual. She greeted a friend and he told her she seemed stressed out. She explained her dilemma. He told her not to ever get stressed about money.

A few days passed and it was time for the midweek service. She ran into her friend on her way to her station. He handed her enough cash to cover the first payment.

She burst into tears.

Genesis 22:14, “Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means ‘The Lord will provide’). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: ‘On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.'” New Living Translation

Yahweh-Yireh is spelled Jehovah-Jireh in other translations. God uses people to provide. May we always be alert to those around us with needs.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for meeting our needs. Thank You for using us to meet the needs of others. Help us to be aware of any we can help.

In Jesus Name,


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It Takes All of the Grapes in a Cluster

2 Corinthians 6:1, “Working together, with him…” ESV

I have a new song to learn today…

“How Great Thou Art”

I know, I know…that song is 100 years old. I’ve just never played it “honky-tonk piano style.” I am taking notes, (literally), off of another song on YouTube to play what Joe calls “honky-tonk piano style.”

Is it easy? No.

Am I being pressed? Yes…and it’s uncomfortable.

Sunday night at Faith Conference, Ron Jutze had a bowl of grapes. He offered them to a few people on the front row and they each took one.

Then he said that a single grape would never make wine. It takes a cluster of grapes that are pressed together to release the juice that makes wine.

Isaiah 65:8, “…As the new wine is found in the cluster…”

Ron said a cluster means congregation. Do you feel uncomfortable or under pressure when you attend church? We are all being pressed and are out of our comfort zones; but that is when God makes new wine.

God cannot make wine when I whine.

Suddenly Something Fell From His Eyes

At the Faith Conference last night, Charles Barclay declared that we are in the beginning moments of a Spiritual Awakening…“Christians are waking up. Blatant sinners are waking up; their eyes are being opened. They are no longer in a stupor. Prodigals will wake up.”

How do they “Wake up?”

Acts 9:18, “Suddenly something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes and he could see…”

Get Ready to Work

Faith Conference at Faith Christian Outreach Church in Mt. Pleasant, IA starts on Sunday.

Today I received three song lists:

  1. The songs for Sunday morning at Fairfield.
  2. The songs for Tuesday night of the conference when the Fairfield team will be playing, and
  3. The songs for Father’s Day because there will be no rehearsal next week. We will be rehearsing all three tomorrow night.

And Whitney is out of town!

I’m thrilled that she is finally getting treatment after four years of misdiagnosis…but that means I will need to dissect each song and decide which part is more crucial: pads or piano. I will play her part on some songs and my part on others.

When I read today’s verse I knew God was telling me to get right on it!

2 Chronicles 35:4, “Get ready to do the work that David & Solomon assigned to you, according to your clans.”

One of the songs chosen for the Faith Conference calls for three-part harmony. When we sang it in Fairfield, Whitney played the keys and I jumped on a mic with the harmony singer to sing the third part. It looks like I may be multitasking again!

As I read verse 15, I wished that scenario would play out here for us.

2 Chronicles 35:15, “During the celebration some of the Levites prepared Passover animals for the musicians and the guards, so that the Levite musicians would not have to leave their places, which had been assigned to them according to the instruction of David. Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king’s prophet. Even the guards at the temple gates did not have to leave their posts.”

I’m sure the musicians, ushers (guards) and prayer partners (prophets) would like to have meals prepared for them, too, so they would not have to leave their posts! LOL