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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

“Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices, who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices; who from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”

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Now thank we all our God:

 

~For our beautiful new home in an established neighborhood in New Port Richey, FL. (Please make a note of our new address above.) This lovely provision is clearly from His hand.

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~For an amazing church family in Palm Harbor, FL. The body of Crystal Cove Community Church has blessed us greatly with love, prayers, and financial support as Alan has taken on an interim position. ~For Alan’s job teaching middle and high school at Grace Christian School. He takes joy in teaching Literature, English, and Spanish. ~For his establishment of El-Elyon Seminary in Bohoc, Haiti.

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~ For Cheryl’s myasthenia gravis flare-up which resulted in her having to resign from her teaching job. (She plans to continue subbing.) Yes, we praise him for all things. The Lord has used the time for her to set-up our home. We are seeking the Lord to see if it is His timing for her to launch her Securely Held ministry. We appreciate your prayers for the Lord’s healing graces.

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~For Joseph’s making good friends and adjusting well to Florida, he is having an excellent senior year and enjoys his job at Chick-fil-A.

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For Hannah and Daniel prospering in their careers in Atlanta, GA. For the Lord preserving Hannah’s life after she developed an internal bleed following what was supposed to be outpatient surgery.

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~For Abigail and Kenneth enjoying married life in Chattanooga, TN.

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~For the home-going of both of Alan’s precious parents and our dear spiritual mother, Pat Vitkus.

“The separation is temporary, the reunion eternal.”

 

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“He has done wondrous things and blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love!”

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Securely held in Christ,

Cheryl for the Lutzes

 

 

 

Feeling “ALL SHOOK UP!”? Part 3

IMG_1690“Yet I will exalt in the Lord, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.”  Habakkuk 3:18 (NASB)

My nostrils delighted in the smell of coffee and Chick-fil-A minis.  The day had finally arrived. AWAKEN 1 Day was upon us! The theme of the conference: “ALL SHOOK UP!”

As I stepped inside the building, I paused as I sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit. He heard our united cries. Today (Saturday, November 8th) was going to be a good day.

Friends, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday…my health had been ALL SHOOK UP!  I struggle with an autoimmune disease.  My Myasthenia Gravis punched me hard the week of November 3rd. God answered the prayers of my warriors, and I was able to serve the entire day of the AWAKEN 1 Day Conference, sponsored by Church 4 Chicks. I had the privilege of serving at the book table of author and speaker, Valorie Burton. She and her assistant Wade, (who happens to be her younger brother) were a delight to work alongside.
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As one of the key-note speakers, Valorie’s message was on gratitude.  With Veterans Day and Thanksgiving being in November, what a timely reminder it was!

Friends, did you know that in the midst of the trauma of divorce, rebellious children, extreme health issues, death, drama, etc. we still have reason to rejoice?!

Valorie beautifully reminded us that though we grieve the devastation we sometimes face in this life; we ALWAYS have a reason to give thanks. We must acknowledge and grieve our hurt, but don’t wallow in it. Look up!

I contemplate the second stanza of the hymn, Sometimes a Light Surprises, by William Cooper. (Cooper struggled with dark melancholy.)

“In holy contemplation we sweetly then pursue

the theme of God’s salvation and find it ever new;

set free from present sorrow, we cheerfully can say,

Let the unknown tomorrow bring with it what it may.”

Dear one, are you saved from your sin by the grace of God?  If not, write to us to learn more about becoming a Christian.

Are you already a Christian but life is feeling “ALL SHOOK UP?!”

Open your Bible.  Meditate.  Pray.

“In holy contemplation sweetly pursue the theme of God’s salvation; find it ever new.”

Say with me, “Let the unknown tomorrow bring with it what it may!”

On Thanksgiving Day enjoy your time to feast with friends and family, but don’t stop there! Go around the table and share your burdens and pray for one another. And please make sure everyone shares a way God has blessed him/her over the last year!