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