Psalms 91:1 - "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Northeast Mission Trip



My life has held many changes within the past year and a half.. I entered into a courtship with a godly young man April of 2014, I graduated from Bible School in Cleveland, TN known as “Bible Training Institute” during the summer, I got my license (yahoo!), I registered to vote, I turned 18 and will be graduating High School this year. My life has been so blessed by all the things God has done for me. These things I have mentioned have been wonderful mile markers in my life that I have looked forward to. Yet as I approach this time in my life of many changes and special events, I still have a longing inside of me for more. I want to DO more. I want to BE more. I want to experience all the fullness of God and abide in His goodness and grace.

The Lord has graciously opened the door for me to be able to attend my very first mission trip this coming May. I am thrilled! I read and hear about people doing mission work for the Lord, but it’s a totally different story when you are the one who gets to be blessed to serve and do God’s work. I remember when I heard about this mission trip and I immediately had an interest in going. Of course I didn’t know for sure how I would raise the money or how everything would play out, but I knew God was able to do all that needed to be done. What a mix of excitement and nervousness that has been within me as everything falls into place. I know God will do wonderful things for the team that will be going over there, and will bless those we come in contact with.

The mission trip will be in New Rochelle, New York. The dates are from May 13th to May 19th. The team will be holding classes during the day and services at night. We will also be doing street witnessing, door-to-door knocking and visitation. I will be teaching a class on Thursday to the local Church there, and any visitor that is present. I need the guidance and direction of the Lord, and the prayers of His people, along with the others that will be teaching, preaching, singing and ministering. My prayer is that it could be said of us as it was of the Apostles in Acts 17:6 “…These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also”. To God be the glory for what He is going to do!

I am asking that if you, or someone you may know, is at all possibly willing to give any amount of money in order to help me with this mission trip, I would appreciate it greatly. It is my heart’s desire that lives would be changed and people souls are won to Christ. Yet, I need your help. Any donation given, whether $5, $20, $50, or whatever the Lord may lay on your heart to give, is highly appreciated and I pray God will bless you in return for your willingness to give.

PLEASE visit: www.gofundme.com/nymissiontrip

I am so excited to see what God is going to do, and I truly wanted to be a perfectly tuned instrument for the King. Please keep myself and the whole team in your prayers as we strive to fulfill the Great Commission.



*Approximately
12 days, 14 hours until departure!!!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Road trips, snow days and sweet Valentines

Lets see..where do I start? I'm just gonna jump right into this post since it may be kinda long.

Since I got my license I have been one of those "Let's go somewhere so I can drive!" type of people. Even if I didn't come right out and say that, secretly.. alot of my reason for wanting to go places is so I can drive. Haha. So I have been waiting on taking my first big road trip somewhere. Of course I wanted that to be to Cleveland so I could see my sweetheart. I was almost able to take a trip down there, following David Cox, being one driver, and David Letcher being the other driver. David was going to visit his girlfriend who lives in Alabama, so he was going to be splitting off with us somewhere in Nashville. I sooo wanted to drive the Nissan on this trip but due to the weather, I wasn't able to.
So I knew that the East District Convention was going to be the next thing planned in Cleveland that I wanted to try to take a trip to. Excitingly, and nervously.. it worked out for my brother Joey and I to go! You could say I was anxious and nervous all at once. I wanted to take the trip, but the closer it came to going, and thinking about driving through Nashville and Mounteagle the first time got me a little shook up in the head. Yet still.. I wanted to take the trip! So, early Friday morning came and we hit the road. Traveling there was a bit nerve wracking due to a semi who had decided he wanted to come over to my lane without turning on his blinker, or he was falling asleep. Either way, that was kinda terrifying..but God kept His hand over us and the only thing that was harmed was our mental state. Haha! So we made it through Nashville and then Mounteagle, then soon after we survived Chattanooga! Yay! Before heading all the way to Cleveland we stopped in Chatt. to eat lunch with some of my family, after-which we finally arrived in Cleveland!

Due to the weather I had to travel home on Sunday after the Convention was over so I could make it back before all the crazy snow came. Here are some pictures from our trip...
There were a BUNCH of deer that we saw before leaving town. So beautiful!


My travel buddy

Traffic on the road calls for pictures in the car :)
This was on Sunday, the last day of Convention and the
day we had to leave. :/
Sweet Gabie! Love that girl and her heart of gold!
This was on the way home. Crazy to think that I drove
through Nashville..twice! Ahhhh!
Thankfully gas was still $1.98 in Cleveland so of course
I filled up before hitting the road. I didn't get gas again till we got into Mayfield.
I was able to make the trip home with one tank of gas! Praise the Lord for His goodness!!!

VALENTINES DAY!

Another blessing that came with the Convention being that weekend was I was able to spend Valentines Day with my sweetheart! This was our very first Valentines day as a couple. :) :) :)
Since Jim was with us the week before Valentines day he decided he would do his special things for me early (I guess there was something at our walmart that he didn't know for sure would be at his walmart in Cleveland). SIDE NOTE TO REMEMBER: This guy had never before bought me flowers. He has sweetly picked me flowers before. Yet never spent money on flowers.
So, one night after Church my family went to walmart and I stayed in the vehicle with some of the kids while Jimmy, Joey and my mom went inside. After we got home I was told to stay in my room (while Jim brought in the gifts). Oh the wondering and waiting... after I came out of my room I went into the kitchen to hear Jonathan, my 3 year old brother, say something along the lines of "Did Jim give you the flower??" .... you could say Jim. was. bummed! HAHA. Thankfully he didn't murder the child like I would have been tempted to do... kidding.. kinda. So my Jimmy decided to go get the beautiful flowers and heart of chocolates he had bought and brought them out to me. :) I like my sweetheart!!




I still planned on doing Jim's valentines gifts ON Valentines day;
so early Saturday morning when I got up to get my shower I set up his gifts on the table
so he would see them. It worked out nice that his keys and wallet were on the table also.
It would have been hard to mistake that to be for someone else. (Grin) Happy Valentines day my Jimmy!!
That night after Convention we went out to eat with our
lovely chaperone, Gabie. God is good and I am blessed! :)
Thankful for my handsome Valentine! 
Yes.. the snow did come..LOTS of it! Do they look happy to you? ;)

Psalm 126:3 "The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad."

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014... A year to cherish forever!

Page 365 of 365 pages has been written out in history. It has been settled. Page 1 of 365 pages is now in the making. What a year 2014 has been! It is just crazy that it is already over. Of course I have reflected on some of the things that have happened to me during 2014 and I just want to thank the Lord for what He has done.. I mean, He IS the one who deserves the praise. Even though many people helped make this year what it was, if it wasn't for the Lord, my year would have been full of defeat and a waste of time. Yet with God, my year was full of blessings! No, I honestly can not say that I had a perfect year (who can?).. but it was definitely one worth remembering for forever.
I have learned many lessons throughout 2014. Some of which God knew I HAD to learn, even if I didn't really want to.. and some I may not even be able to tell you about. God has proved Himself over and over to always know what's best for me, even when I didn't realize it at the time.

I have learned that I can trust Jesus. Sure, I "learn" this pretty much every year for Jesus never once has shown me any different. But, through everything that I've gone through this year that was a message that Jesus wanted me to hear.. "You can trust me". Even if I didn't listen right away, or at all. His cry has always, and forever will be for His children "You can trust me". God continues to prove His word to be true when it says "..all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." [Romans 8:28] Thank you Jesus!
Thank you Jesus for every valley and trial that you have brought me through. Thank you for knowing me better than I know myself and for always taking care of me. Thank you for every new thing that you have shown me in the Word; every time you opened my eyes to something, blessed my heart and fed my soul. Thank you for all the friendships that you've allowed me to make and continue to have. Thank you for every blessing that you have bestowed upon me..for they are too many to count!

2014 held many changes for me. I knew it was gonna be a good year, sure.. but God had even more in store for me than I realized. I turned 17 and the same day started courting my best friend, Jimmy Cox. I graduated from Bible Training Institute and became the State BTI coordinator for Tennessee. I got my driver's license. I gained a sister-in-law, 1 niece and 2 nephews with a niece on the way. I got to attend South Carolina Ladies Retreat for the first time ever. I fell more in love with Jesus and maybe even grew in height a little bit (but probably shouldn't get my hopes up with that one). 2014 holds a special place in my heart.

Now is the time that people are making resolutions for the new year in hopes that they will be able to keep them. Some make a dedication to lose weight, find someone to love, get a better job, get married, pay off debt, have a kid, save money, live better, etc. I can try all day long to do these things if I wanted.. but I am reminded of the scripture in Isaiah that says "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
I want my year to be God's year. I want to know more about my Lord. I want to know more about the Word of God and how to live by it. I want to be more of a reflection of who Christ is. I desire to love more, to serve more, to be more. Lord, help me to give You more of me.. ALL of me. Keep me in Your will Lord, so I won't be in your way.

Psalm 67:3
"Let all the people praise thee, O God, let all the people praise thee."Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Simply blessed and thankful

 Psalm 71:8 "Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day."

The song comes to my mind during this sweet Thanksgiving season which says this.. "There's a roof up above me, I've a good place to sleep. There's food on my table, and shoes on my feet. You gave me Your love Lord, and a fine family. Thank you Lord for your blessings on me."
I could never express to you how blessed I truly am. I could go on and on all day long, pouring out my heart on this blog, but it would never be enough in comparison to how blessed I really am. I have SO much to be thankful for! My blessings are not limited to this post, for I have blessings that go far beyond what I will write about. The Lord has been so good to me.

Since the time I was born the Lord has been faithful to give me so much more than I deserve. I could never earn the Lord's goodness, yet He still pours out His blessings upon me. Let me tell you about a few...

First and foremost, I am thankful for the Lord and the salvation that He has purchased for me. The best choice I have EVER made was when I gave my heart to Christ. Although my testimony is not that I was in deep sin and lost for years until the Lord saved me, although those testimony are beautiful and it is great to hear how God still saves to the uttermost, even after spending many years in darkness. But my testimony is that God kept me from that. I never really lived much out in the world. Sure, I've has my share of sin, and I've made plenty of mistakes. But I don't know what's it's like to be so lost in the world. But I do know what's it's like to be lost in sin. I was once a sinner too, but for some reason God saw me and knew that I was in need of a savior. Yet along with purchasing my soul on the cross of Calvary He also purchased The Church of God which is another thing I am SO thankful for. In the world in which we live in it is not easy to find a true place of rest that we can run to, safe from all harm. The Church of God is that haven of rest for God's people. I became a member of The Church when I was just 8 years old, and over the years I have grown to love and cherish Her, learning more about her through God's word and through His divine revelation. Forever I am thankful for God placing me within His body, The Church of God, The Bride of Christ.

My family.. another blessing from God!
I have been blessed with the family God has placed me in, from my grandparents, to my parents, to each siblings that I have.. God knew what He was doing when He placed me where I am. I wouldn't be who I am today if I hadn't been through what I have, or have the people in my life that I do. I am blessed!
My parents! I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for these two.. HA..litterally.
I am thankful for my Pops and Momma. :) I love them both!
My oldest brother Dj and his beautiful wife, Caitlin. Love these people!
Andrew and his precious baby boy, Chase.
Tim and his beautiful little family. His wife, MaKayla, his daughter, Kasandra,
and their baby boy on the way, Mr. Timmy Jr.

Josh and his little family. His wife Tiffany, his daughter Shyanne, his son
Gabriel, and their precious baby on the way (Gender unrevealed..yet)
And those who are unmarried.. my handsome big brother, David. My beautiful little sister, Abigail,
and my little brothers, Joey, Sammie, and Jonathan.

I have been blessed!

    My Jimmy♡.. my blessing from God. 
I am thankful for James Noel Cox and his family. My sweetheart and I will be sharing our 7 month anniversary of courting tomorrow!! What a crazy, yet memorable adventure this courtship has been. Sure, I cannot claim that our relationship is perfect, but what relationship between two human beings is? I could proclaim my feelings toward this guy all day long but still I cant say our relationship is perferct. We have good days, we have not so good days.. but we are blessed to be living each day with eachother, as two people growing closer together and to the Lord. Jimmy has been my best friend, my brother-in-Christ and that "special someone" in my heart and life. My life would just not be the same without him. From every smile we've shared, to those special moments that we wish could last a lifetime, to praying for and with eachother..the Lord has been good to us both! So, Happy Thanksgiving and Happy early 7th month Anniversary to my handsome fella!


I know this one is simple and maybe ridiculous to some people, but I am thankful for my coffee :) If anyone really knows me they know that I LOVE my coffee. So, thank you Jesus for the abundance of coffee that I have consumed through the years... because you alone knows how much that really is. Hahaha.


One more thing.. I am thankful for the ability and opportunity to sing, and play the guitar for the Lord. I know I am not the greatest at either one, but it is a blessing to be able to sing and play..at all. I still have much to learn in both areas, but I am thankful to God for allowing me to know what it is like to worship Him in song. The picture with me holding the guitar is when Jimmy suprised me with this beautiful and wonderful guitar and soon after asked me to court him.
The following picture is when Jimmy played for me this past General Assembly. Jim is SO good at playing the guitar. I have a very talented young man :)


Psalms 13:6 "I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me."

Like I said before, my blessings are NOT limited to this post, and the things I am thankful for is not based on this post alone; but I have soooo many things and people to be thankful for. As this Thanksgiving season comes to a close, and Christmas quickly approaches, I don't want to be one to fail at continuing to be thankful for ALL God has done for me. His blessings are without number and forever He is worthy of all the thanks! 

Truly, I am simply blessed beyond measure. God is good! 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tennessee Ladies Retreat 2014

"Paid in Full" was the theme for this wonderful and blessed Ladies Retreat. It was so good to be able to spend time with the Lord, and with some of my sisters-in-Christ.

 Last fall I was blessed enough to have been able to travel with 2 dear friends and sisters to the Southwest Region for their Ladies Retreat. What an amazing experience that was! From the first service to the last the Lord met with us there and filled or hearts with His sweet presence. The theme for the Southwest Ladies Retreat was also "Paid in Full". This theme was so powerful and striking to me. Talking, reading, singing and hearing about how God paid our debt, and how when He paid it, He paid it in FULL was a blessing to me. I am thankful to know that because of the blood of Jesus Christ that He shed on Calvary, not because of anything that I had done for I was a sinner in need of a Savior, yet He paid the debt for my sin fully and completely. Yet not only did He purchase my salvation on that old rugged tree, but He bought my sanctification, my divine healing and The Great Church of God! When Jesus cried "It is finished" He made it complete. The debt was paid and He had finished the work.
An article I found on Google says ".. Found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” istetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt that He owed to the Father; rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by mankind—the debt of sin."
How precious it is to know that because the pure and spotless Lamb of God sacrificed Himself, not only for me, but for the whole world, we can be saved from sin and death [spiritual death] and spend eternity with Him in glory. He knew that nothing that I had to give could pay the price, and nothing I could do would ever be good enough. So as the scripture says in Hebrews 9:24-26 "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself."
Paid in full.. because of Jesus Christ! I love the Lord and could never thank Him enough for the price He paid. God is so good!


Here are some pictures from Tennessee Ladies Retreat 2014 -
This picture was taken soon after we first arrived. I love how pretty the autumn
trees look! The weather was nice throughout the retreat. Although it was colder
in the mornings and at night, it was still a nice change from the awful heat of summer. 
 
Sweet Brittany Muse! I am glad she got to come to Ladies retreat.
It was good to be able to talk to her and spend time with her again.
She is one of those girls that I makes me want to strive to be more
of  a godly young lady. I love you, sis! 
Time alone with God is such a special part on the schedule. Being out in the country, it
gives us ladies an opportunity to venture off into the woods and find a place to pray.
It's nice not only to get away from every day life for a weekend and get refreshed in my soul,
but it is also nice to hide away somewhere that I can spend time with my Savior and King. 
I sat right here on this rock as I spent time with the Lord. 


Isaiah 40:8 "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word
of our God shall stand for ever. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

"..and they two shall be one flesh."

Ephesians 5:31 "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh."

Congratulations to the newest married couple in the Letcher family. Two people have become one.

One Saturday, October 4th, 2014, Joshua Daniel Letcher was joined hand-in-hand with Tiffany Blue Garcia. Yet beyond joining hands, they have joined hearts. Marriage in the eyes of the world has become less and less of a beautiful thing. It has become more of something you are free to do over and over, than something you do only when God ordains and blesses it. The bible says "And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." Genesis 2:18 Also, later in vs. 21-23 it says And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man."

When God ordained the first marriage, He began something that would continue on down through the ages. Marriage is honorable.. it's precious. It's not something you take lightly. I know that God is the best love story author there ever was, and ever will be.
As Josh and Tiffany stood before God on that chilly, windy day, they gave themselves to one another in holy matrimony until death does them part. Please continue to keep this couple in your prayers as they walk through life together. I am sure there will be ups and downs, valleys to cross and mountains to climb, but I know God is able to keep them from evil all the days of their lives, and to fill their days with love, joy, and true happiness.  God bless Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Daniel Letcher ♡