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Paula's Christmas Update

Friday, December 12, 2014
To All Our Family, Friends, and Faithful Prayer Warriors,

I am starting this letter the same way I started my day...."When upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed, when you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done". 2014 has been a difficult year for our family but we have received many blessings along the way, and I THANK YOU for having a part! Your prayers, love gifts, phone calls, cards and emails have encouraged and sustained me. God's perfect timing has made itself known over and over again. Although it gets scary at times, I am grateful for HIS provision and cling to HIS precious promises!! 

Hospice thought we were losing Billy this past March and had me make burial plans. I was concerned BJ wouldn't get home in time...but he did...and nine months later, Billy is still with us. Outside a few lucid moments, he doesn't recognize us, but he is comfortable, less irritated, eats with assistance, and sits up occasionally.

I have been encouraged with visits from family and friends at just the right time. God has made it possible for me to visit Billy almost everyday, except for a few breaks that I have been advised to take in order to be refreshed. This letter has been the most difficult for me to write because my heart is very heavy. At this present time, I have so many hurting friends and loved ones who are facing uncertain circumstances which will affect their Christmas. Yes, they know the Lord, and yes, they know God is Sovereign, but in their humanness, there is sorrow. I trust we will stop in the midst of our busyness to count our many blessings and pray for those who are experiencing a difficult time. 

As we celebrate the Reason for the Season, I would like to say THANK YOU again!!

From our home to yours, Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2015!

Paula Speer (Billy)

BJ's Christmas Update

Friday, December 12, 2014
Dear Faithful Prayer Warriors and Supporters,

What a tremendous year of positive highs, along with some difficult lows. Mom has shared an update on her journey with Dad and her life this year. Now I would like to share a few of my thoughts as I look back over this year. 

This year has been a nonstop effort to keep up my busy schedule with the Dartts, all while trying to make sure Mom is provided for back home in Tennessee. At times, I must admit, I have wanted to hide under a rock. But, through it all, God has given me strength and courage to do what He has called me to do. 

I am blessed and thankful for the support from all of you - whether it's in purchasing music, sending a special financial love gift, or sharing your love and prayers for our family through encouraging notes. I am thankful for friends my family has known for many years, along with new friends, who have stood with my family and fought this battle beside us. 

As the year comes to an end, I become a little concerned about the business side of Billy Speer Ministries and its funding to help Mom stay financially stable. Support has dropped quite a bit. We understand completely that times are tough and church organizations and ministries are taking a big hit. As support has dropped, there are many expenses that we continue to incur each month. Even though God has provided a wonderful place for Mom to live, there are still daily living expenses that add up.

I would ask you this holiday season to think about supporting Billy Speer Ministries as a special one time gift or making it a challenge to donate monthly. Any gift helps and goes to keep Mom at home while she continues to take care of Dad. My heart is heavy as I look at the finances at the end of the year. I will not fear, though, because I have seen our GREAT and ALMIGHTY God provide for my family time and time again. 

I appreciate all of you so much and feel encouraged that we will make it through another year of blessings and great joy! Each valley is just a stepping stone to the mountain top, so keep pressing on and remember to look up for His soon arrival! 

May you have a joyous and incredibly BLESSED Christmas!

BJ Speer

For gifts requiring a receipt, please make checks payable to:
Billy Speer Ministries, Inc. - 313 Brandywine Lane, Springfield, TN 37172
Gifts not requiring a receipt can be sent via PayPal at bjspeer@darttmusic.com or check made payable to:
Paula Speer - 313 Brandywine Lane, Springfield, TN 37172

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