Friday, February 27, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 6:38 PM
Cherish is going to have a dream come true today! Andrea is taking us to a tea house today! The guys are going their own way and we girls are going to be very girly!! It is so sweet that she is taking the time to do this! Tuesday is typically her day to do her secretarial work for the church, but she has rearranged just for this purpose! The Whiseants discovered that Cherish is truly a princess! There is a little alcove area under there stairs and that has become her castle! When we got there after church last night, "Uncle Tim" had made a sign and stapled it to the wall that said, "Cherish's Princess Palace!" He had gone to the store and bought her a princess crown and wand! She truly was a princess for the evening! My camera has gone dead and the charger is at home, so I will prevail upon Andrea today to borrow her pictures of the tea party!!! I have the most darling pictures of Misti and me when Mis was about 5 with Tasha Shoemake at a tea house, I must get one with Cherish!! I must prepare myself now for this royal occasion!!
Have a "royal" day!!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 10:01 AM
Monday, February 23, 2009
Yesterday, we had a beautiful service here in Vacaville! There were several visitors and everyone was obviously touched! There was the sweetest spirit from the very beginning! We felt right at home!! The Whiseants have done such a beautiful job with their sanctuary!! I took several pictures so far and will get some more tonight and tomorrow and share later this week!
There was a sweet elderly couple visiting last night that asked Bro. Whiseant when "Doctor Hill" would be ministering again! That they would love to return when he was there! So, Doc and I are headed out to another service!!
Oh, we are taking Cherish with us! She's so thrilled to be in the hotel! She acts like she's at Disneyland!!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 6:42 PM
Saturday, February 21, 2009
We had a beautiful baby shower for our assistant pastor's wife today! Sis. Angela Pinheiro will be a fabulous mother! We cannot wait for our little Makayla to arrive in about 8 weeks!!
While I was helping with the shower, Stephen was at the hospital with the passing of a family member of some of our saints and friends! Elden and Ketarah, we are so sorry about the passing of your grandfather! Our prayers are with you and your family! You know that you are loved!! Teresa, what can I say, you know that your church family at Pentecostal Tabernacle, love you dearly! I know that you haven't attended our church in a long time, but know that we are here for you and whenever you are ready to come home, God is ready and we are expecting you soon! I love you and you know that I am your friend!!! We will be there for you in the next while while you grieve the passing of your father!!
Ok, I was just updating on the extremes of a pastor! We rejoice in the birth and grieve in the passing!!
Tonight we drove over to Vacaville! We will be preaching for the Whiseants tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday! We are beginning to feel like evangelists again,
Stephen has preached out a lot lately, but God is really using him to minister to others, which he always has!
We are so excited to be with our dear friends, Tim and Andrea!! We are thrilled to become acquainted with their church family! I just pray that God will send down the same anointing and revival that we have been experiencing right here tomorrow as well at home while we are away! Our church knows that we rarely leave on Sundays, but we felt strongly about this! So here I sit, in a beautiful room that they arranged for us at a Residence Inn! Cherish has her own room! Wow, she thinks she's big in that queen size bed!! The refrigerator was full of drinks and a beautiful basket full of goodies! I'm eating popcorn and drinking diet coke as I type! YUMMMM!!
By the way, we had a Sectional youth rally at our church last night, Bro. Sam Emory preached and another young man that has been visiting our church from our town, received the Holy Ghost and then was baptized! That is 19 baptized in 6 weeks!! Thank God!! I'm not sure how many have gotten the Holy Ghost! But several!!!
So, again I say.......................................
Send down the Holy Ghost..........Please Lord!!!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 9:44 PM
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Whatever you may be going through today, there is hope!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 11:30 PM
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 9:01 AM
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
We had just been discussing the different people right here in Kerman that we know that we have a huge impact on! We were talking about making sure that we are always above and beyond friendly. Never, even if we are done wrong in our eyes, do we want to offend someone. You never know what is happening in someones life.
We were going to go to lunch in Fresno, just has we were leaving the house, I reminded Stephen of something that we needed to take care of. Here is the story on that; We never put Cherish in a highchair anymore. She's too long, it's hard to get her out! Sunday night after church we went to Perkos which is a Cafe & Grill Diner. This is where our daughter, Misti, works! Several of our young pre-teen girl were sitting together and one of them put Cherish in a highchair. This was fine at first, then one took her to the restroom and didn't put her back in the chair correctly! She was stuck half in and half out. Two men tried to get her out, she was screaming, I ran over, she was screaming for her mommy, of course, I still don't know how she was wedged like she was, but one foot was caught in the strap that goes between the legs, twisted! Finally, her daddy grabbed his pocket knife and cut the strap! We pulled and tugged and out she came!! Whew.....Relief for mommy and girl! LOL Everyone was just staring at me! Note: It was ALL our people eating there, so no others did we disturb!
We have had many of the employees join us in service. Some, numerous times, I have mentioned before that the owner visited on an Sunday about 2 months ago and he loved it! He mentions regularly that he wants to come again and that he wants his 18 year old son and a nephew to attend our youth functions. There are several that we know are very drawn to us. So, at 5 am on Monday morning, I woke up worried because we hadn't told Mr. B, the owner because he was not there. He must be told of the highchair episode as we would never want to lose our testimony with him. So, as we were leaving to go to Fresno, we decided to stop and make Mr. B aware so that we could purchase whatever it took to restore or replace the highchair!
The next comment was, you know, we could just eat there, Misti is working, we get a discount, the food is good, .........................yes, let's do that! So, we did! The cooks try to spoil us by outdoing themselves on what we order, in fact, our favorite cook, Juan promised me that he is coming to church!! Well, Mr. B found the whole high chair episode humorous! He can just replace the strap and he says he will let us know the cost! He didn't seem to be to honest about the fact that he would let us know!
We always have Misti for our waitress, in fact until 11:00am she is the only one on duty, but this time we went at 12:00 which we never do. For the first time ever, she assigned the other waitress! On purpose! She knew what we would do! Of course we worked in the conversation that we would love to have her visit! Her eyes filled with tears as she told us that she was raised Spanish Apostolic and knows and loves God, that she wants to do right but it is just so hard! Oh, my goodness, were we connected! She almost ran away from our table, straight to the computer and Misti said that she was smiling so big as she keyed in our order! Hmmmm, you never know, maybe those girls wedging Cherish in may lead to another precious person visiting!
Mr. B was so impressed that we were honest.................. The cooks were going out of their way to play with Cherish and get her to talk to them.............The waitress was so happy to know that God still sent people to speak to her.......................And the other waitress, well she always loves us! (Misti)
So, you never know, what just being a Christian is doing! Who it is reaching, who is watching!
We had a wedding on Saturday, Valentines day. So there wasn't a whole lot of time for our sweethearts! Perkos had a special steak and lobster meal for the day. We typically would not go there for romance. Because of the wedding, my husband told the church that Perkos was offering the special if anyone wanted to go there instead of driving to Fresno since our day was so full! A lot of them did, including us! Mr. B was so impressed and also thankful that Misti and I worked on the flier for them on my computer, that he has asked us to come in tomorrow with Misti and Adam so that he can treat us to a Steak and Lobster meal, on him! Of course, we are happy to oblige. So you see, be a Christian. Let your light shine and let Him do the rest!
...............I failed to mention the sweet Sunday night waitress who visited church a couple of weeks ago, sought me out Sunday night after the restaurant closed just to chat and we stood for quite a while just discussing children, age, etc! You just never know!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 9:41 AM
Monday, February 16, 2009
We have been in continuous revival at Pentecostal Tabernacle for several months. I have mentioned that we have had a lot of visitors EVERY service. They just come! It is amazing! And really refreshing after what felt a LONG season of draught!
David and Gloria Valdez AFTER they received the Holy Ghost!!!!
Kimberly Garcia, the first on the left and her mother, Sis. Garcia the third from the left both received the Holy Ghost! The second from the left is my sweet friend, Sis. Teresa Guteirez, another miracle that God sent us! She is the sales manager for 5 hispanic radio stations in the central valley of California! God has brought her so far!! Oh, by the way, until a few months ago, we had about 5 hispanics in our church! Now we have about 40! Thank you, Jesus!
Estevan Molina was dedicated to the Lord!!!
Our pastor, my sweety, passing out batismal certificates! He had shed his jacket during the outpouring!!!
Me and my girls, (Cherish with a goofy grin!)
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 9:17 AM
Sunday, February 15, 2009
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 10:47 PM
Saturday, February 14, 2009
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 1:05 PM
Friday, February 13, 2009
Today is my Dad, Ron Hopper's, birthday!! Sending you lots of love Dad and Misti's birthday dance!! Hope your day was wonderful!! I won't post more because I'm doing this from my phone!!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 5:28 PM
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 11:05 PM
1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 9:38 AM
Monday, February 9, 2009
As you guessed, we are exhausted today! I don't have much inspirational to say today! But I will tell you that God really moved in our services yesterday! What a refreshing weekend! Both of our worship leaders yesterday did an outstanding job and sangs songs perfect for the given service! Sis. Nancy, Great Job! Jesus, we are depending on You!! He has truly walked with me this past couple of weeks, He will not leave you in your time of need either! We must TRUST Him!
Hope you all enjoy my pics of the boys?? I sure miss them today! It is really quiet here!!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 2:59 PM
Sunday, February 8, 2009
It's Sunday afternoon and I just returned from taking my nephews to meet their mother! I was so thankful that she agreed to meet me about 40 minutes before her house!! It saved me over an hour of time this afternoon! So, after church, we ran to Burger King, used coupons and had burgers with the boys! Took Cherish and my mom to my house so that Cherish could get a nap, and my sister and I jumped in the car and drove an hour each way!! The boys were bummed the closer we got to having to leave! But what a great weekend! Someone commented that I would probably sleep all day on Monday, I do believe that I will try to sleep at least half of it!! The boys were so excited to get to go to our Sunday School, it has been a year and a half since they got to go with us! Our church was so surprised at how much they have grown!
We sang such a fitting song today that has stuck with me all day! On the way to take them home, I was singing it and Joshua said, "Aunt Susan, you, Misti, Adam, and Aunt Candi all keep singing that now!" I laughed and asked if they understood what the song meant, they said they didn't so I explained and made it very relevant to them! It was so sweet! I had forgotten this beautiful song! Maybe it will mean as much to you today as it has to me!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 3:22 PM
Friday, February 6, 2009
We are absolutely thrilled to have my brother's boys at my home this weekend! They are so happy to be here! We'll see how Aunt Susan holds up! I'm not used to boys AT ALL!!! Mark is 14 now, Joshua will be 12 in just a couple of months and Jacob is 9. LOTS of food has been devoured! Cherish is running along behind them jabbering about whatever she thinks they might want to hear! She told them a while ago that her "monster" hit her! Wow!
I'm getting tons of pictures and will update soon! Can you believe it's a rainy weekend? No parks, bikes, football, nothing like that.......Hmmmm. Any ideas? They are thinking John's Incredible Pizza which is a huge pizza experience with games, bumper cars, etc. Gets pricey with 4 darling children who will "eat up" those tokens! LOL We shall see!
One great thing, Mark wanted to go with our youth department tonight to hear Bro. Jonathon Stringfellow preach! We are thrilled!!!
Talk again soon!!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 11:51 PM
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Remember that Cherish broke my camera? We have been in a quandry, I could buy a new camera for the same cost as fixing the old one! It was an 8 pixel Canon Powershot S8O. So, after much deliberation, we decided to put the same money and a little more to a Canon Powershot 990. If you can believe it, it has 14.7 pixel! Now we are all afraid to have our picture taken, it's so accurate that we are afraid that it will show every flaw! I played with it some last night on willing and a few unwilling participants! I've got to figure out the settings! Sometimes to bright, sometimes not, sometimes takes the pictures very quickly, sometimes delay! Sounds like the operator to me!! What do you think?
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 10:12 AM
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 9:22 AM
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
The Lord does move in mysterious ways! Beyond my mortal understanding, so often! Yesterday, I posted a scripture yesterday that gave me hope that my family would be saved and that God is working His devine will! Romans 7 in the Message version is in yesterdays post, if you care to read it! It is beautiful! It has been a wonderful inspiration to me over the last few days! I always enjoy the comments that people leave and look forward to receiving them! Last night, I was just about to head to bed when I check my email and I had received a new comment! I sat there crying, amazed at how the Lord works! I will share the comment and then I will comment to this dear person. I encourage all of you the leave comments to this dear one! This is our opportunity to be an encouragement to someone who is obviously reaching out! So often, people hide their true feelings inside because of pride, etc......But today we have the opportunity to be a life line! Let's be just that! Here is the comment ( I just copied & pasted):
You don't know me personnally, but I know who you are and read you posts often. The scripture you quoted in your post is EXACTLY how I have felt my whole life! I know and want to do what is right in Gods eyes, but find it so difficult when I am constantly faced with weaknesses over and over. Thank you for giving me hope and making me feel I can go on no matter what or how many times I fail. You are an awesome lady! Thank you!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 10:36 AM
Monday, February 2, 2009
We had a fantastic service last night! The praise team had practiced all fast and peppy worship songs, then, as the Lord does so often, everything changed as soon as church started! He moved in in a beautiful spirit of worship! Before it was all said and done, we had everyone up around the altars, and we saw so many people receive direction and answers that have been looking for a very long time! It was so refreshing to just lay our burdens and cares on the Lord! There were new converts kneeling in the middle aisle weeping out loud before the Lord and it was so precious to see other new converts knelt beside them praying for them! It was so awesome, the sweet worship! We were singing the beautiful song, Jesus, I Love You!!
At the end of service, Sis. Nancy Oliver, our ladies director and musician, began to sing, He's an on time God, yes He is!! That is an old black gospel song that was so fitting to end what the Lord had done!
My thoughts as Susan Hill at 10:10 AM