Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Claremore/Nowata

We pressed in to worship this morning. Everyone was ready to praise the Lord. "Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know."

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Tulsa/Cleveland

The Lord continues to do some amazing work in these facilities. The residents were noticeably blessed and this morning some of the staff were there. I had an extensive conversation with one of the staff members who was overwhelmed with the hymns we used. They brought tears to her eyes as she remembered growing up with these hymns: Standing On The Promises, Nothing But The Blood, etc. We continue to Strengthen The Saved & Save The Lost.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Muskogee

This morning everyone was very attentive. How did I know? I began to close the service with prayer while I was looking around. (You know the bible says, "watch and pray".) Every head in the room was down - residents, staff, and visitors. All work and visiting had stopped. When I finished praying several began to clap. I learned something. Everyone was listening. Some were not churchgoers. We were reaching the lost.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Muskogee/Haskell

I always enjoy memory units. As we began to sing the old hymns you could see the residents "wake up". What I mean by that is they would smile, begin to speak and enjoy being together. Most of the time these residents sit stoically. They do not show any emotion. At the close of the service, one woman was playing the table. (She used to play the piano and organ.) Many were singing and very, very happy. Yes, Lord, we are bringing joy to these nursing care facilities.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Barnsdall/Bartlesville

This service was a great way to start a Tuesday. We looked at the words of Jesus where he said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." It's so good to know, 1) we never have to be lost. 2) We can always know the truth. And 3) we can have eternal life.
As I entered a McDonalds in Bartlesville I saw a homeless woman sitting in a corner trying to stay warm. I asked her if she had had anything to eat. She said, "no". It just seemed like I should get her some food. She ordered a pancake breakfast and a burrito. I couldn't tell how old she was because she looked pretty rough. She could have been about my age. There was no smile and no thanks but that's OK. The joy comes from being led of the Lord!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Chouteau/Vinita

It's wonderful to see how residents are cared for in Chouteau. I met a daughter who drives 7 hours at least once a month to see her mother. There was also a caregiver who came in to sit with a resident she cares for regularly. This is in addition to the regular care they are given form the local staff. They are blessed! As we sang the hymns there were several who began to cry. They said it brought back so many good, good memories. We continue to spread the Good News of a Good God. We are "Strengthening The Saved & Saving The Lost"

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Okmulgee/Muskogee

This writing is a little different because I am writing about yesterday afternoon's service and this morning's service.
Yesterday in Okmulgee I was overwhelmed at the response to the message. The residents were thrilled to know that God still has a plan and purpose for their lives. That they can run a strong race all the way to the finish line. That when you begin to see the finish line you don't slow down but press into the finish. after the service, no one wanted to leave. These types of messages are not given much in nursing homes but residents want to hear it. It is where they are. They want to hear, "Well done thou good and faithful servant."
This morning we were all out in sing mode. As soon as we started singing the atmosphere went up a notch or two. The residents were excited to sing praises to their master and Lord. So, we just stayed right there and sang for an hour. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Broken Arrow/Okmulgee

This morning I noticed quite a lot of responses from the music. Several of the residents were crying during some of the specials I was singing. Many were moved to rededicate themselves to the Lord. After the service, I spoke with a speech therapist who works there every day. She said therapists can get a master's degree in music therapy; it is so powerful. I have seen residents moved by the music everywhere I go but I did not realize the medical field and educational field understood that. I am coming at it from the spiritual side. The Bible is Truth. It's exciting to know that the Word of God is always up to date and relevant for today. Now I'm off to Okmulgee.