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December 21, 2014
9:23am EST

by Karen
Rated: E | Book | Experience | #1907201
Daily living in God's will and plan for my life
Daily Living - through God's love and grace.

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December 20, 2014 at 8:13am
December 20, 2014 at 8:13am
Christmas Letter 2014

December 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

As many of you know, my tradition for some years has been to prepare and send a Christmas letter recapping the past year’s events. I had not thought about writing one this year until just this week when I came to me that the God’s gift to us of Jesus takes precedence over everything else at this time of year. It would serve me well to also remind myself of how God has brought me through this year and testify of His goodness.

January through March 17 remain a blur in my memory except to remember that both Glenn and I were in ill health and not seeking as we should the assistance of our Creator and God. We had forgotten our first love and had gotten into a bad place spiritually. It would follow that the physical would not improve when the spiritual condition of our hearts was not well.

On March 17, 2014, Glenn was taken to the hospital by ambulance at his insistence – something he would never have done before. His last words to me were words of distress, “Where are they? Why aren’t they here?” (meaning the ambulance).

Earlier that morning he said to me, “I paid the electric bills. At least, you won’t have that to worry about.” I can see now this was more than just a statement; it was a prophecy. Glenn would not be around to take care of anything after that morning. He was always talking about and looking forward to “graduation” – meaning going to heaven. I truly believe, not only was he ready for heaven – having accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior years ago; he wanted to go and leave this world behind. On the morning of March 27, Glenn got graduation.

With God’s help, I have accepted my new role as “widow” of Glenn W. Crump. It was not a role I’d thought I ever be in.

Through God’s specific direction, I began attending church at Bethel Assembly of God in May. I got back on the path I needed to be on seeking God and diligently reading and studying His Word daily.

I began living alone for the very first time in my life. I know by His Word that God is with me, but it is hard without having Glenn here or other people.

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Glenn made no financial provision for me, but even though I did not get the full amount for the scrap that got hauled nor the true value of the machines and other things that were sold and some things got stolen; God made sure I got enough to pay off the property.

God promises to supply all of my needs. He has never failed me and never will. He’s put me in this place and brought me through this far. I am determined in my heart He will not stop now. He knows my needs before I even ask, and He also promises to give me the desires of my heart. Believe me, He has my list.

Yes, I am still living in the same place in Texas, with my 6 dogs, 9 cats, 40 chickens, and 2 ring necked doves. I believe that this is where God wants me to live and that He will provide for me here. He is my Good Shepherd and I shall not want for any good thing. I hear His voice and no other voice will I follow. John 10 has become a bedrock scripture for me in addition to Psalm 91 and Psalm 23. I still battle the loneliness of living and being alone so much, but I know God is here always even when I do not feel His presence.

God has blessed me with health and weight loss. Although I still await His promised manifestation of healing from various ailments, I am in the best health than I have been in years. Getting up each morning is not an option – the animals must be taken care of. I want to rejoice in each day that God has made. I am not allowed to be sick and for this I praise my God. I walk a lot – from house to dog kennel, to chicken coop – back to dog kennel and then back into house (to let out dogs) and then to Glenn’s shop to feed Bootsie. And then return to the house. This I do each and every day – two trips – morning and evening. I could take my vehicle or my “little tractor,” but it is so much easier to walk. Praise God he enables me to do whatever I need to do,

I owe my Lord and Savior praise and glory for all He has done for me. He sustains me every day. He has a plan for my life, and I know it is good because our God is only good and He loves me. I cannot go by sight but walk in faith and love every day of my life.

God has blessed me greatly by providing for my spiritual food through my Pastor, Robert Nixon. God has added to my “spiritual diet” the teachings of Keith Moore, Kenneth Copeland, and Jesse Duplantis. I am so grateful God brought these wonderful teachers into my life. Brother Copeland has been there for me for many years, always standing faithful and true in the Word.

I am blessed to go to church on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday evening at Bethel. Then I get to “go” to church twice more when I watch the rebroadcast of the Sunday service at Brother Moore’s church. I often watch their Friday service live as well. Add in the downloads of teaching I get free from Brother Moore and the daily broadcast by Brother Copeland, and my own Bible reading and devotionals; I am being well fed. But I’ve found the more of the Word I get, the more I want.

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Since October, I have been blessed to be allowed to volunteer at the Devine Food Pantry. Devine is the town where my church is and is just down the road. My Pastor suggested I start volunteering, and it is evolving into a true ministry. I know there are many things coming in the future to add to this. I now go to the Food Pantry twice a week – Tuesday and Thursdays from about 9:00 until 1:00. I also do work at home on the computer. I’ve turned Glenn’s old office with his computer into my “Food Pantry” office. It’s a blessing to use it for God’s glory.

Christmas is our time to celebrate Jesus’ birth. He came to earth to live as a man to show us how to live and to show us what God is like. Then he willingly gave His life on the cross to provide us with full salvation if we will accept it. Believe that Jesus is the Son of God, confess your sins, and you will be saved. His full salvation can be yours: health, prosperity, protection, a home in heaven after this life and many other blessings. Jesus said He came to give us life and that life abundantly.

We must believe and walk in faith. God gives us a choice to choose life with Him or death. He wants us to choose life so He can bless us. God loves us so much, as much as He does Jesus. Jesus said so in John 17.

If you haven’t asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, please do so and begin living for God. Hell was not meant for people but for the devil, but we have to choose whom we will serve. There’s no in between; it’s either God or the devil. It’s either life-blessing or death-the curse. It is not God’s desire that any should perish. It’s up to each person where he or she will spend eternity.

Make this the most joyous Christmas season ever and re-dedicate or begin a new life with Jesus as your Lord and Savior and God has your loving, blessing Father. Yes, the Creator of the universe wants to be your Father.

I praise His name that I had Godly parents who made sure I heard the truth at a young age. I strayed several times, but always believed. Now, I know that God is the only life there is. I want to serve Him with my whole heart for the rest of my life. I love Him with all my heart, mind, and soul. I never want to be away from Him.

God bless you and may you know His grace and peace at this blessed season.


Karen Crump
Child and servant of Almighty God and His Son Jesus and filled with His Holy Spirit.

October 29, 2014 at 4:38pm
October 29, 2014 at 4:38pm
One Thing is Needed
One thing is needed, Jesus said. And that one thing is to hear from Him and do that one thing - and think on that one thing which is in the middle of His will. My one thing right now is: God loves me and supplies all of my needs. I shut out all thinking that does not line with this Word in my life.
October 10, 2014 at 7:25pm
October 10, 2014 at 7:25pm
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
I walk by faith in the Word of God and not by sight. I fight the good fight of faith and war not after the flesh. I know my God will supply all of my needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I know that by Jesus stripes I am healed. I know my future is secure in my God - He is my refuge and fortress. I will not fear.
September 8, 2014 at 11:08am
September 8, 2014 at 11:08am
Salvation Messge
There is only ONE way to God - through Jesus, the Son of God. He came to earth and showed us how to live. Then he died a horrible cruel death on the cross taking all of our sins, sicknesses, diseases, poverty, and lack. He descended into hell and defeated the devil, rose again by God Almighty's power and reigns in heaven now as every Christian's high priest and intercessor.

The Bible clearly states that Jesus is THE Truth, the way, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Jesus.

For God so loved the world (people) that he gave his only son that whosoever believeth on Him would be saved. Saved from what, you ask? Hell, death, sickness, sin, poverty and lack.

If you will confess your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, He will change your life from the inside out. Then begin to read your Bible to learn all that belongs to you as a born again Child of God and take those things by faith.

The Bible also says that Jesus will return and many believers, including me, believe that this will be soon, perhaps in my lifetime. So, I am reaching out to those I know to tell them the good news of the gospel of Christ and how God's heart and mine yearns that each of you be saved.

I would be blessed to pray for you or with you.
August 6, 2014 at 5:54pm
August 6, 2014 at 5:54pm
Thanks Be to God at All Times
Thanks be to God who gives me the victory. Thanks be to God who supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God who is my rock, refuge, strength. Thanks be to God by whose grace I have all sufficiency in all things and a superabundance so that I can give to others in need. Thanks be to God for all His many blessings. Look at the creation and see our marvelous God in the beauty of the earth.

Thanks be to God for His agape love towards me and all mankind. His heart's desire is that all men would be saved through His Son Jesus. Praise Him at all times and in all things. Glory to God in the highest!
July 21, 2014 at 8:05pm
July 21, 2014 at 8:05pm
Yesterday, I gave False Evidence Appearing Real. I acted in fear that the devil brought to my mind and heart. I want to set things RIGHT by the Word of God - the only REAL TRUTH.

I am NEVER alone. God my Father is always with me as is Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We are a victorious group. The blood of Jesus has cleansed me from my past mistakes. I have no hit or miss record. He has erased it all.

I refuse to fear. Although it may come, I will not let it in. I will RESIST. I REFUSE TO FEAR. I stand upon God's Word that says I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

God loves me as much as He does Jesus. Jesus said so, so that settles it. I WILL RELAX AND REST IN HIS LOVE.

My future is totally secure in my Father God and my confession of faith is that I always do those things that please him because I walk in faith and faith pleases God. God supplies all of my needs according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I live in love, in the rest of God, full of peace, joy and light.

I receive the promises of God and look not at things that are seen but at what the Lord My God has promised. I have heaven here on earth in the rest and provision of my Father God.

If you have not done so, I pray you join me through the blood of Jesus who died and rose again for our salvation. God loves you and so do I.

July 19, 2014 at 6:02pm
July 19, 2014 at 6:02pm
Soul Searching Saturday
"Soul Searching Saturday" is the name of the day. Last night I thought it was going to be "Soul Soothing," but it was anything but that in the beginning and part way through the day. I let sense "truth" cover my heart's eyes from seeing "WORD TRUTH - THE ONLY REAL TRUTH." I let loneliness and fear about the future grab me and wrestle me to my knees. Being all alone is not easy for me since my husband passed away four months ago, and some days are much harder than others. Today's trials were aided by the fact that some of my chickens have taken ill, and one of them died not 20 minutes after I had seen that she was sick. I lost all "WORD TRUTH" or so it seemed. I kept fighting, but I seemed to be losing. I "knew better," but the senses/emotions were red hot. I made mistakes because I was not listening to the Holy Spirit, but God - my loving Father brought me through despite my unbelief.

I realized after this soul searching that I believe yet I have unbelief. I want to believe totally like the song I am listening to says: "Lord, I believe what You said to me. I don't care what I see. Your word is more real to me. Lord, I believe what You said to me. I don't care what I feel. To me Your Word is more real. I'm not moved by circumstantial change. Word is always just the same. What I feel and see may come and go, but Word's an anchor for my soul."

My Father God is so good and loving to me just as I am. I am so grateful He makes up for my weakness. He loves me. I am so grateful, words are not enough to say what is in my heart.
July 18, 2014 at 1:14pm
July 18, 2014 at 1:14pm
This is God is FAITHFUL FRIDAY. There can be no other way. God says in His word that He will never leave me nor forsake me and He will supply all of my needs. He has promised. His WORD is His bond - a bond that cannot be broken. Besides, I am His child and He is my Father and He wants to bless me. I receive the blessings of the Lord. I have favor every day.
July 17, 2014 at 6:21pm
July 17, 2014 at 6:21pm
Thankful Thursday
Today is "Thankful Thursday." I woke up thankful and became even more so as the morning went along unexpectedly. I had three "visitors." Praise God. One man came as a result of a "unfinished business" phone call I made yesterday. His AC company had done a service for me but had not yet asked me to pay the invoice because he wanted to consider my paying it in barter. He had not followed up, and the Holy Spirit directed me to call him. He came out and we talked about the goodness of the Lord. He bought nothing, but is considering buying a truck I need to sell. While we were talking I got two phone calls. One was from my neighbor who said he had his "crew" and would be over to finish the weeding in the garden area. Praise God. His crew is his grandsons. Another phone call and a man came out to assess my chicken coop and give me advice. He brought along his daughter and son - and he brought some chicks which he gave me. Praise God!

Visitor number one was introduced to visitor two. Visitor one knew visitor three. It was an amazing time of seeing old and new connections and receiving the blessing from God's favor in my life.

I went to the feed store to get more chick starter and had a blessing from Joanne who works there. She had lost my phone number and was so glad to see me. A blessing for sure to have someone glad to see me. She also wanted to tell me about a group she had found she thought I might be interested in. I will check it out and perhaps I will visit Joanne's church some Wed. night. I will pray about it.

My neighbor returned from her trip and bought some eggs. My price had gone up in her absence and she does not understand English very well. I told her about the price but I think she did not understand at first. I pray I continue to have favor with her. She has helped me sell a great many eggs over the past months. Father, preserve my favor with her and bless her greatly. In Jesus name.

Prayer for my best friend Bonnie for healing in her Jesus name.

I am so thankful to my Father God who gives me favor every day and blesses beyond my every expectation. He gives me the desires of my heart and answers my prayers. He is bringing miracles into my life. They are on the way even as I write this. There is a shift in the environment and God's angels are on the move on my behalf and on behalf of all of God's children who trust in Him. I praise His Holy Name.
July 16, 2014 at 10:53am
July 16, 2014 at 10:53am
Watchful Wednesday
Today is Watchful Wednesday. Pay attention and recognize the many blessings (favor) of the Lord as I go through my day. I have the favor of God as His very own child.

God's favor is ON ME: Psalm 3:8 "Salvation belongeth unto the Lord, they blessing (favor) is upon they people."
God's favor SURROUNDS ME: Psalm 5:12 "For thou Lord wilt bless (favor) the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield."
God's favor FOLLOWS ME ALL THE TIME: Psalm 23:6 "Surly goodness (favor) and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life"
God's favor SHOWS UP EVERYWHERE I GO: Deut. 28:6 "Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out."

Every day I declare: "The favor of God is on me, surrounds me, follows me, and shows up everywhere I am."

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