Anniversaries

January 1, 2018.  Significant for many reasons.  The beginning of a new year, dreams, goals and positive happenings.  But for Gary and I there is more…..our wedding anniversary.  This is our second anniversary as a married couple, and we see a very bright 2018 in store for G&G Ministries as well as for us as a team.  We have always seen ourselves as a team and we do things together as much as we can.  This is because we have come to realize that we complement each other in our talents and we get much more accomplished for God’s glory as a team. This year will be the first year that we will be recording songs that I have written, our producer Bonny McRae has put the music to and then Gary will be singing.  We are planning at the moment to go into the studio at the end of this month.

Then on February 3  we will be having the largest concert of G&G Ministries and it will also be a benefit for Women’s Protective Services a domestic violence shelter here in Lubbock, TX.  We are so excited about this concert as it will help so many people locally and we will be able to glorify God in ways other than through song.

Then we have our tour in England and Scotland coming in February and then home to a sweet concert at First Baptist Church Abernathy.  We love our life and what makes it special is that we both love the opportunities to watch God work and touch lives and save souls.  God is good…..very good….all the time.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2018

Christmas

I have been watching the lights go up in our neighborhood since mid-November. My husband, Gary would likely have been one of those. But my thoughts are that I want to be thankful and enjoy the Thanksgiving season before we focus on Christmas. I realize that I may be in the minority but once I expressed this to Gary he was thoughtful, reflective and jumped on my bandwagon. He gets super excited about the decorations and the thought of putting lights up and decorating the tree gets him going. However, if it were just me, I don’t know that I would even have a tree or decorations. They are just not important to me. When my kids were little I did all the things that the world expected but I think that Jesus would be just fine if I didn’t put up a tree or lights on the house.
This year we are not even going to give physical gifts to the kids, just grandkids. This year our gift to our kids is going to be a gift to a charity in town in honor of them. We have been given much and as my parents always told me “MUCH IS REQUIRED OF ME”. They even said that when we were dirt poor. Now it has more meaning for me and I wish that I had given it more attention and action through the years. There is nothing physical that I need this Christmas as God has blessed us beyond measure.
What I do desire more than anything on this earth is a closer walk with my Jesus and to have clarity and wisdom in Him. I want to give more to those that have less than I do and to live up to my parents words of “MUCH IS REQURED OF ME”.
I don’t know how realistic it is to think that I can live up to that expectation but I sure want to. I want so much for Christmas to be about Jesus and how he came to this world as a child to save me and you from sin. To come to earth and die and rise again for me and for you.
I pray that each of us do not get so caught up in the spirit of what the world sees as “Happy Holidays” and miss the glory of “Merry Christmas”.

Rev. Brian Barkley sent us a letter

I just wanted to share with you a portion of a letter we received from Rev. Brian Barkley, Pastor of First Baptist Church Edmonson, Texas. He has a history with Gary that started years ago when Brian was a Tech student and Gary was leading music.
He states in his letter
“Our area needs more ministries like yours. My prayer is that God will open many doors for you and your ministry and that revival will come to our churches and people will find restoration and salvation by the reconciliation that Jesus offers. May God bless both of you greatly.”
Thank you Brian for your encouragement and love for Christ.

Learning Everyday

I have tried to organize my schedule, do the time management thing that I know to do, get rest when I can and still get it all done. It is difficult most days. Every evening there seems to be activities after a long day of work. This week has been no exception. I have been praying that God help me DO IT ALL. I have come to the realization that the prayer is backwards. So I have now changed it to God as you are doing all show me where I fit in to your plans to help reveal You and share You with those around me. This switch in perspective has been helpful. Then last night I went to a women’s banquet at a local church and there was a magnet card that was given us and I have hung it by the computer today and it has been a tremendous help for me. It say…..1. YOU ARE GOD, I AM NOT. 2. YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF ALL THINGS, I AM NOT. YOU SEE ALL THINGS AND KNOW ALL THINGS. I DO NOT. 4. YOU ARE THE CREATOR AND I AM YOUR CREATION. 5. HELP ME TAKE MY HUMBLE PLACE BEFORE YOU.
I pray that as G&G Ministries continues to grow that I am used by God in the way that he has planned and that I do not get in the way of HIS plan.

God….what next!

Gary and I were at the Studio after a long drive from Dallas. It was definitely a long day but God got us through and blessed us so much. There are days like this where we should be absolutely exhausted but God gives us strength to do His work. I never in a million years thought that I could write a song and actually I don’t write the music just the words. Then Bonny, our producer, looks at what I have written and she puts the melody together and amazingly there is a song that we have collaborated together and it is amazing. Last night I watched the theme song to our radio come to life as people played their instruments and Gary sang his heart out as he always does. This song will be on our radio show in approximately two weeks. I tried to explain to God that I did not write music and He was very clear that He can do all things. So I have handed this to Him and we now actually have 2 more songs that will be recorded and be on the next CD. This ministry has been quite the ride and a journey that I never imagined, but it is fun and rewarding and God is being revealed and glorified. Our life has changed so much. I have written 2 books now and am working on the third one, we have 1 CD and working on the 2nd one that will probably be out in the Spring. We now have a radio show “From My Heart” on KJAK 92.7, that is allowing us to share what the churches in our area are doing and what artist and authors are doing. God has opened doors that has allowed us to perform concerts and do speaking engagements. He has opened the door to teach a class on Healing Hurts. Gary and I sometimes sit back and watch with wide eyes as we see Him working all around us. Gary is also helping our church get ready for the Christmas Cantata which is shaping up nicely and he is filling in at our church as the music director resigned and they are looking for a new director. As you can tell we are busy and we do get tired at times, but God does renew our strength and He allows us to have good health and to be able to do all that He has in His plans. We pray that we continue in His plans and that we do not get caught up in the busyness of it all but stay focused on Him. God….what next!

Healing Hurts class

Gary and I will be co facilitating a class ar Red Bud Baptist Church in Lubbock TX beginning October 2, 2017. We have been in prayer for this class for quite some time and will continue to be in prayer. The focus of the group is church hurt but other hurts are also welcome. I feel this is such a needed clas for a world that hurts and needs Christ above all else, Please join us as we allow God’s healing to occur.

“From My Heart” KJAK 92.7 at 8 pm tonight

Tonight’s radio program features our friend Reverend Don Chaffin. He will be speaking out about the IMAGINE~INVIGORATE~IMPACT Senior Conference on October 7th at the Overton Hotel. Tickets are $10 and breakfast is included. There will also be door prizes and limited seating. You can get tickets at gandgministries.org or you can contact Gary or Gayla through our email gandgministries3@gmail.com or Facebook. Don is a retired preacher who has a lot of insight about Seniors and there is still a role to be filled in God’s service. The Radio Show “From My Heart” is on KJAK 92.7 FM at 8:00 pm. every Sunday evening.

Reflections

I rarely have a moment to just reflect and think about where we have been and where God is leading us. But this morning I find that I have a few moments to just be still. Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10.
The words – Be Still – in the English dictionary can mean not moving, and being quiet.  From a biblical perspective, these two words take on much greater meaning. God is defending His city and people. The Hebrew definition is to stop striving, to let go, surrender. The chapter begins and ends with God is our refuge.
We can take comfort in letting go and resting in God to provide help, strength and safety.
Peace! Be still! Mark 4:39 That’s pretty literal. You remember the stories you hear about the proverbial, family road trip.  You know the one, with the kids in the back seat saying, “Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?”  The answer, of course, is be still or hush!
How often do we ask God for everything, but we don’t stop to listen or to be still?   The act of being still and getting quiet becomes more of a challenge in our hectic world. The world asks us to be busy. God asks us to be still so that we can receive love, peace and guidance.
Along with busyness comes the fearful and anxious thoughts we hold onto. It’s been stated that we have upwards of 50,000 thoughts a day. Those thoughts aren’t always pretty. You know the ones, I can’t believe I messed up, I’m an idiot, I can’t do it, It’s too hard, I’m a failure, I’m a fraud, I’m too old, I’m too young…..
We must learn to tell our fearful and anxious thoughts to shut up, just as Jesus calmed the sea. Jesus immediately asked the question to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Have you so little faith?”
Quieting the mind, shutting up the mind requires practice. One powerful way to shut up thoughts that don’t serve us is by practicing meditation.
For whatever reason, meditation has not been a mainstay of traditional Christian, religious organizations.  Prayer and Bible reading are encouraged as well as the occasional mention of contemplative prayer, but not so much meditation.  Jesus, John the Baptist and others went off to meditate and to take themselves away from the hectic world.
Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Meditation helps to renew the mind, to be still, to let go and surrender, to shut up the thoughts that do not serve us.
Many people are intimidated by silence.  Silence can cause you to address issues that you might be running from.  It’s easy to fill each day with busyness and then block out concerns through hours of mind-numbing television viewing, Internet surfing or reading magazines.  None of these activities are bad.  However, if they are used to fill a void that is not being filled, over time, the toll will manifest itself in the form of lost relationships, lost opportunities and lost dreams never being fulfilled.
The next time we (I) have fearful and anxious thoughts that are raging within you (me) like a violent storm, do as Jesus did. Silence those thoughts by saying, “Peace, be still.” When you (I) need strength and help, let go and rest in God, your (my) refuge. “Be still and know that I am God.”

“From the Heart” Radio show tonight

Our 2nd show aired tonight on KJAK and our guest were Reverend Carlos Hinojos and James Taylor. it was a thrill to visit with them about all the “happening” at Red Bud Baptist Church. Sunday, September 17 is the ” BACK TO CHURCH” event. Hope to see you at 801 Slide road for church next Sunday. What a great place to worship and grow!

KJAK 92.7 “From my Heart” First show September 2, 2017 8 pm each Sunday

At times it feels like our life has become chaotic since G&G Ministries started but then as we look back and look at some of the things that are in store for us in the future, are in awe of all the God has provided and the places he has place us in and the work that God has done each day. Also how he has prepared us for moments that we never saw coming. One of those moments is a Radio Show on KJAK called “From My Heart”. The title was taken from the recent release of the CD Hymns from my heart. We did our first prerecorded show and will be doing the second one tomorrow. We are thrilled yet humbled. The program is on KJAK 92.7 and will air beginning September 2, 2017 at 8 pm on Sunday evening. We would love for each of you to join us as we serve God through this portion of our ministry. Thank you so much for your encouragement and love.