My Favorite Thanksgiving Story! Have a CUP with me…..


Good Morning Dear Friends in Christ,

Glad you stopped by for a CUP!

Just some thoughts here on this Saturday morning as me and Reno and Daisy await the return of Sharon from Denver. She is visiting the kids and grand babies! Needless to say, she is having and AWESOME TIME!!! PTL!!! I was not able to go.

Please pray for my Sister Deb’s daughter Emily’s baby Wyatt! Wyatt was born this week, he was not due to come out into this world until Jan. 9th! He is just 3 pounds! He is already off oxygen! Please for this little fighter and his Mommy and Daddy!

We are also praying for Mike Fisher and Michael Fisher this morning! Today is Pat Fisher’s Birthday, she is spending it in heaven. It is a tough day for husband Mike and son Michael as they miss their wife/mother so very much! Pat played the piano for our first two Revivals in Windom, Minnesota! She shined the light of Jesus very brightly! She loved everybody! I so much miss her text messages of encouragement she would send me every week! Sharon and I send our love to you both!

Life Verse for Founding Pastor Dewey Moede:

“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” -Acts 20:24

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Some thoughts for you on this Saturday…….

EGO stands for Edging God Out

Attack the problem, not the person, speak the truth in love

They may end up financially well-off, yet their hearts have long drifted from an intimate and passionate relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Are you allowing people who have hurt you in the past to continue to hurt you now? Every time you rehearse and replay in your mind what happened, you allowed them to hurt you again. Resentment is self-destructive because it always hurts you most, and it prolongs your pain. While the people who hurt you go on with their lives, resentment causes you to get stuck in the past. You need to let it go. Christmas, the season of peace on earth, goodwill toward men, is the perfect time to offer the gift of grace to others! Written by Rick Warren

In my readings this morning I was looking at a book by John Bevere called ‘Under Cover’ and in it it talks about James saying that if you believe there is good outside God‘s provision then you can be deceived just as Eve was. Excellent point no matter how good it looks tastes or feels no matter how rich, abundant, wise or successful it may make you if it is not from God it will eventually lead you down a path of destruction! excellent point, there seems to be an epidemic of people going outside of God‘s provision for pleasures, what they call a good life, not good, the only life to live is a life with God.

My favorite Thanksgiving story…………

We are so very thankful to be able to share this article by our Dear, Precious, Friend Dave Fjeld of the Cottonwood County Citizen! I first met Jennifer Anderson at the 2016 Windom Revival! Jennifer walked up to me and introduced herself and a relationship to glorify God started right there! In the next few days I got to me her wonderful husband Loren! Sharon and I love them so very much and all their wonderful children! We are also very thankful for the Godly writings of Dave!!! Dave is such a talented writer, he makes you feel part of the story, yes we all are…. The Citizen is one of Americas best newspapers! We sure serve an AWESOME GOD!!! This story is a MIRACLE of GOD!!!! AMEN!!!
Thankful to give thanks
The Andersons will celebrate Thanksgiving as a family, something that wasn’t possible
a few years ago.
When the Loren and Jennifer Anderson family discussed what to do for Thanksgiving dinner this year, Jennifer offered two options:
“I can either make Thanksgiving dinner, or I can make reservations,” she recalls suggesting to her husband and three children.
After a family vote, “We’re eating out,” she confirmed.
Six years ago, such simple options were not an option. In fact, six years ago, the Anderson family didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving together. Even though four of their family of five were in Windom and Jennifer was in Shakopee, they could just as well have been in three different worlds.
Jennifer was less than a month into a 74-month prison sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine. Loren was battling his own alcohol-related demons. Their children — Kennedy, Mikal and Jace — were living with Jennifer’s parents, Ralph and Mary Poynter.
It was a less than thankful time, which makes this Thanksgiving and the four past November celebrations just the opposite.
Indeed, the Anderson family is together, there are smiles on their faces and, together, they truly know what Thanksgiving is all about.
“They (children) have said and still say, ‘I’m so glad my parents are together,’  ” Jennifer says. “When it comes up, they talk about the night I was arrested and how scared they were, but also how glad they are we have a house now and that we’re all together and very grateful when they lived at grandma’s house.”
It’s been a long road to this kind of thankfulness and happiness for the Andersons. Jennifer’s troubles had been aired in court documents, which were covered in both newspaper and radio reports. Loren’s issues with alcohol were not quite so publicly known.
But in both cases, local residents only received half the story — the difficult, ugly half.
The other half — the positive side — was revealed in Jennifer’s testimony at a Dewey Moede-led revival at BARC just a year ago.
“When Dewey asked me to speak at the revival, it was scary and I was so honored at the same time, because if my story can help one person see that it doesn’t always have to be dark, it will have been worth it,” Jennifer says. “Now, Dewey has invited me to come out to West Virginia in April and speak at a revival there.
“It’s pretty cool how God lifts you out of the darkness and says, ‘Now, go be my light!’  ”
The Andersons have come full circle, especially Jennifer, who was the same in 1994 when she graduated from Windom Area High School as she is today, happy and together.
But when she headed off to college, she indulged in one key new-found “freedom” — the opportunity to make her own rules. She fell in with the party crowd and it wasn’t long before she was skipping classes.
She lasted two years in college, then dropped out and returned to Windom and began working various jobs.
She was working as a bartender in 1999, when she met Loren, who also was a bartender at the same bar.
Loren, meanwhile, was rebounding from a failed marriage. Loren says he was living what seemed to be the perfect life — married, two daughters, a well-paying job, a nice car and home and heavily involved in church. Then it all fell apart.
He lost all he had and turned to drinking.
Just a year after he and Jennifer met, they were married in 2000. Their first two children came shortly thereafter and their third was born in 2008. But once their last child was born, Jennifer and Loren fell back into the party scene.
Jennifer went to treatment for alcohol addiction. However, knowing that she couldn’t remain sober if Loren was still drinking, they separated.
But the separation didn’t solve Jennifer’s problems. Instead, she discovered methamphetamine. She was immediately taken with the euphoric, energetic high she got from it.
“It was like I could conquer the whole world,” Jennifer recalls. “It’s a terrible cycle. Even if you don’t want to use, you have to, or you do nothing. You’re sick.”
Because they were separated, Loren had no idea the self-destructive path his wife had started down.
Jennifer says she heavily used meth for about three years until her she was arrested in November 2012 for manufacturing meth.
Because Loren was still drinking and, by his own admission, not capable of caring for his children, Jennifer’s parents took custody of their children. However, Loren saw them every day.
“Thank God for grandma and grandpa!” Jennifer says and Loren echoes.
Jennifer spent time in the county jail where she damaged a sprinkler head in the overhead sprinkler system.
“When I was at boot camp, I talked about that and the counselor said that was probably my brain and body still detoxing,” Jennifer says. “He said I didn’t even think about what I was doing. And I had been in jail for two months when that happened. He said that meth can take two years to totally get out of your system.”
She ultimately served seven months in the Minnesota Adult Correctional Facility for women in Shakopee. It was there, where her life began to change.
Jennifer took a class titled, “12 Steps to a New Day.”
“I grew up in the church. It was always important in our lives,” Jennifer explains. “But I heard ‘Jesus loves you. Jesus died for you.’ Now, I had heard this my whole life, but it wasn’t until I heard it in Shakopee that I got it. He sacrificed his life for me.
“After that class, things began to change at Shakopee. I wasn’t in this blackness, loneliness, despair. There was some hope in my life again.”
It was a couple of volunteers, Dave and Lois, who taught the class.
“They came every week to carry this message, to meet with us and personalize it for us. They said, ‘Jesus died for all of us, but even if there was nobody else, he still would have died for you,’  ” Jennifer recalls.
After seven months, she was accepted into the Challenge Incarceration Program, a six-month, early-release program in Togo, Minn. — a military-style boot camp.
“When you make a mistake, you stand at attention and ask to do push-ups,” she says. “You have a uniform. You shine your boots every day. It is very structured and you also have four hours of intense drug treatment every day. We were up at 5 o’clock every morning, shoveling snow, working out.”
But the boot camp did something arguably more important than provide daily intense drug treatment. It taught Jennifer how to manage her life.
“You learn to pay attention to every little detail in your life,” she says. “When you make your bed in the morning, the cuff at the top of your bed better be four inches. Your shirts better all be hung in the exact same way.
“We asked once, ‘Why is this so important?’ They told us that if you’re not going to pay attention to the little things in your life, you’re not going to pay attention to the big things. And they’re right. They taught us, if you’re going to do a job, do it 110 percent. Don’t do just what you need to do to get by. They were true life lessons.”
When she completed boot camp, she returned to Windom in May 2014 and began rebuilding her life and the lives of her children.
She and her children stayed with her parents in their small two-bedroom apartment for three months before moving back in with Loren.
Meanwhile, she began working at Godfather’s in Windom as a night delivery driver. She’s now worked up to assistant manager.
While Jennifer was getting her life together, Loren was doing the same.
“I had quit drinking,” Loren says, noting that he had been to treatment a year or two earlier, but had continued to drink after treatment. “I had to quit drinking. I knew that for her and the kids to come back, she told me that this is the way it’s got to be.
“I just quit, cold-turkey.”
Loren has worked at Hy-Vee for eight years, including the past two years as assistant night manager.
However, acclimating back to life in Windom was overwhelming for Jennifer — and frightening. She admits she was downright scared to return home. She feared how she would be accepted and if there would be whispers.
But Jennifer got the validation she needed when she returned to the church where she was raised, American Lutheran. She stepped inside the door after returning to Windom in 2014 and was greeted by then church secretary, Gail Derickson.
“She saw me, started crying and said, ‘Oh, Jenny!’ She gave me this big hug and said how glad she was that I was back,” Jennifer recalls. “Then it was OK.
“I was like, ‘Yes, I’m back and I’m not who I used to be.’ I think that was the moment I realized that what happened, happened. But this is a re-do and this is our time.”
While that was one hurdle she cleared, there were others. For instance, when she went to purchase a cell phone, she was so overwhelmed by the choices, she left and didn’t buy one. She had gone from having every aspect of her life structured and decided by someone else to, again, having choices and decisions to make.
But what Loren and Jennifer quickly adapted to was a different life together.
“When we got back together, we weren’t fighting and screaming at each other,” Jennifer says. “When we were drinking, we fought a lot. We were realizing that it was OK to be together and that things were going to be OK. We were learning how to trust each other again.”
Jennifer is not naive about her addiction. She believes in the adage, “once an addict, always an addict,” and knows that if she lets her guard down, she could relapse.
“I know I can’t do it, even once,” she says.
Loren says the same goes for him.
That’s why they continue to keep God at the center of their lives. When Jennifer returned to Windom, she was required to do community service. She did custodial work at her church and she admits, “It’s easy to do Jesus, when you work at a church.”
But when she had completed her community service, God followed them to their home. They pray regularly as a family.
“Sometimes we’ll get in a hurry and our 10-year-old, who was 8 at the time, said, ‘Mom, we forgot to pray,’  ” Jennifer says.
“When the kids first moved in with my mom and dad, Mikal said, ‘Grandma, I don’t believe in God.’ Mikal got confirmed last year and my dad died last May and he said to my dad, ‘Papa, I’ll pray for you.’ He has seen, first-hand, the changes God has made and that God is alive. God is the center of our lives. We’re not perfect. We still do things wrong, but we talk about grace and God’s love and second chances. We talk about God as a family.”
And what does Jennifer’s mom, Mary, think of their family reclamation?
“She’s been the rock,” Jennifer says. “And she is so grateful that everything has happened the way it has. Now that dad has died, we try to help her out and she says, ‘No, no, you don’t have to do that.’ And we say, ‘You were there for us when we couldn’t be. You took care of our kids when we couldn’t. So, please, let us help you.’  ”
Jennifer’s dad also saw their family transformed before he died last year. It reaffirmed his long-held belief that “today is a new day.”
“I don’t know if it was a Christmas or Thanksgiving one year, but we were all together and he just sobbed. He was so happy because of where things were,” Jennifer says.
The Andersons also remain involved in their church. Loren teaches confirmation, while Jennifer runs the sound system during services and also plays in the bell choir. She is also a part of the church’s Befrienders Group.
Two years ago, they bought a home on Buckwheat Ave., in Windom, to which Loren has done a number of upgrades.
They also keep busy following their children’s activities.
When the Andersons sit around the Thanksgiving dinner table this year — yes, even at a restaurant — Jennifer will marvel at and be thankful for what God has done in their lives.
“When we’re sitting together eating, I see that God took this broken family — mom was in prison, dad was in his own hell and the kids were with grandpa and grandma — and he brought us all back together. We’re all snuggled in the arms of Jesus,” Jennifer says.
“Everything that we’ve prayed for, God has provided. I would have never thought our lives could be this good.”

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