Monday, February 2, 2009

Good morning from sunny Rapid City, South Dakota

Good Morning!!

It’s Monday morning here in sunny Rapid City, South Dakota, and I’m enjoying the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo. After hearing about their brutal winter thus far, I was dreading the cold, but God has shown this Oklahoma girl a little mercy and it’s been unseasonably warm.

Yesterday’s service was literally “out of this world”, featuring “Miracles” from around this part of the country. First, Annette Smith shared how a heater blew in their basement (with her right beside it) demolishing the home. “This was worse than anything I’d ever done with the tractor,” was her quote. It was truly a miracle that she lived, but God kept proving Himself strong on her behalf by healing her body quickly…a second surgery the doctors were predicting wasn’t necessary, and the neighbors coming to help clean up the rubbish was such a testimony.

Next, we had a follow-up story of a feisty little girl, Jaycie West…a true cowgirl….loves to ride…and who we asked prayer for last year. Her mom and dad, Amber & Zach West shared how Jaycie was playing with one of her friends “sliding off the rear end” of their horse, the horse spooked, and kicked Jaycie in the head. Shortly after the accident, Kelli Word and I went to the hospital to pray for her. Her mom told us later that 10 minutes after we left, Jaycie moved her toe. You can imagine the standing ovation Jaycie received as she walked out onto the stage yesterday morning with her friend, Keenie Word.

Speaking of Keenie, she sang and looked beautiful. I have so enjoyed watching Keenie grow up into a beautiful young lady. Just Google Keenie Word to visit her website.

Cowboy Church services will again be in the Civic Center Theatre February 8, 11 am with Russ Weaver sharing the word, Keenie and I singing. Hope you can join us!

Miracles. God is into working them into our lives. There are so many that happen in and around us each day, and we are SO blessed when we can see them! This weekend I was blessed to have had several girlfriends come and visit me here in Rapid. We had a great time catching up, laughing, and telling stories of what our kids used to do to each other, how we met, and how God has influenced our lives. I love to reflect on how God puts people in our lives and how He weaves them in and out, each one individual and yet part of the whole scheme. Some of my best friends live hundreds of miles from me, yet when we get together, it’s like we’ve always lived next door. That’s how God works. He’s always there for you, no problem too big and sure not too small, and even if He is God of the Universe, He’s still your best friend. His hand of protection was around my friends from Nebraska who hit a deer going home…. God is truly faithful.

“May your tears come from laughing, you find friends worth having, with every year passing, they mean more than gold.” From “Never Alone”

In Christ,
Susie McEntire Luchsinger