Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Hope of the Resurrection




Good news, Sisters! We are not without hope, for we worship,adore, and glorify a Risen Savior!

As I ponder the Gospel message, I am reminded of how it is explained in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 which states:

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

What a beautiful Gospel, but can you imagine if there was no resurrection? The apostle Paul, also in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, tells us what our hopeless condition would be without the resurrection: our faith is in vain, we would be false witnesses of God, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished, and we are to be greatly pitied.

But Christ Jesus is alive! We have overcome the world by our faith, we are true witnesses of God, those who have fallen asleep in Christ and those of us still alive will one day forever be with the Lord, and our sins have been forgiven!!!

Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, and because the tomb is empty, we have the hope of eternal life!

HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mission Trip 2014

My sisters, thanks to all of you who lifted up prayers, petitions, supplications, and entreaties to the Lord for me and the mission team that went to Jamaica last month. I had requested your prayers in my last blog in March, and the Father truly answered in a mighty way!!

As I mentioned in my March blog, I was blessed to go for the first time in April of 2013, and God did some wonderful things through our team and in my life last time. Well, our God did it again! Lives were changed, souls were saved (Hallelujah!), and blessings were in abundance!

There were specific things that I had asked for all of you to pray for and here is how the Lord graciously answered:

Prayer request #1: Our mission team will be given travelling grace and mercy as we fly to and from Jamaica and while we are on the island. God’s answer: All of us who went got to our destination safely, and we had no problems during the three hour bus ride to our area of ministry. During our stay, as we were transported to different places among winding, narrow roads, and with fast drivers, the Lord truly guarded our going out and coming back again!

Prayer request #2: The Lord will do many great and wonderful things through each individual that is going. God’s answer: As we shared testimonies with one another each evening after the various ministry activities, it was quite evident that God had done a work in all of our lives, and there was always much rejoicing among our group!

Prayer request # 3: The people in Jamaica will be attentive to the gospel message and will be eager to ear God’s Word as it is taught at the various scheduled events. God’s answer: While we were in Jamaica, a youth rally was held at one of the schools, and about sixty-five middle and high school students professed that they wanted to receive Jesus Christ as Savior!!! I had the wonderful privilege of leading a group of ten students in prayer to receive Christ….God is so amazing!!! Also, by the end of our women’s conference that we held, over twenty women had come to faith in Christ!!! The Lord was Faithful to save souls, and we were extremely blessed to share in that experience.

Also, as many of us taught, as some shared testimonies, and as the pastors/ministers preached, we all saw the power of the Holy Spirit move, not only in our lives, but also in the lives of the Jamaican people that we were blessed to minster to. Many were so excited that they begged us to return in the future.

My last prayer request was that Our Savior would be honored and exalted in all that was said and done, and I confidently believe that He was in an awesome way!

Again, thanks for all the prayers!

**If the Lord has touched your live in a special way through a mission trip experience, I would love to hear from you**.

Friday, April 11, 2014

HAPPY EARLY EASTER

HAPPY EARLY EASTER.....(Sorry.....if you are tired of seeing my grandbabies....
just skip past them and forgive me.)
 


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Resurrection

TOUGH LOVE

There Comes A Time
When You Have To
Stop Crossing
Oceans for People
Who Wouldn't Jump
Puddles For You.
 
 
I saw this posted on Facebook and read it to my husband because I felt that it "fit" our situation.
 
It is a joke around everyone that knows Roger and I.....we are weirdo magnets.  I say that loosely. 
 
When I happen to be home and actually cook supper, I have to cook LOTS because you never know how many people we will feed.  One night we smoked ribs.....thinking we would have plenty left for left-overs.  We were originally cooking for our son and daughter-in-law; and our daughter, son-in-law & grandson and the two of us.  By the time we were cleaning up......we fixed the neighbor across the street (the one that does not work; does not want to work and feels that the world owes him.....and he is in his mid-forties.) Another couple down the street happened to stop by and were hungry (they do not work either and are always looking for small jobs to pay a fine, etc.)  You get the picture............before we finished, we had fixed 7 extra plates and delivered them.  (So in all that night we fed 14 people supper.)
 
It was not unusual for me to come home and have some random something on the porch.....that Roger has taken as a "pawn" and loaned someone money until they got paid.
 
We are called to court.....to the hospital......,etc.......just from folks in the neighborhood.  (These are not even our church folks.............our church is 32 miles away.)
 
I read the above quote and told Roger.........we need to stop and listen to that.  Don't get me wrong............we HELP People....all the time and I feel like that is something that God wants us to do. 
BUT.....we do not hesitate to tell parents of grown children that many times they need to practice "tough love" and make them accountable for their actions.  We are guilty....of not practicing Tough Love to our "Neighbor Clients".  It is fine to show them Christian Love, etc......but we need to be careful and not enable them to not even try to help themselves.
 
We are doing much better and have been practicing this for several months.  We still feed them.....when we have left-overs.  (I can't even let stupid folks starve.....)  We still pray for them.  And we still listen to them.........BUT....we do not loan anymore money; we do not pawn items; we do not allow them to consume our every moment that we are home.  We have definitely backed way off.
 
It is very hard to accept that "You Can Not Help Some Folks"...no matter how hard you try.  You CAN pray for them and live an example that would be pleasing to the Lord.  But, you don't need to try to "Cross the Ocean".....it won't help them....it will only hurt you.
 
Even as Christians.....we need to sometimes practice "Tough Love".

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Step Out.......of Your Comfort Zone

Step Out.....of Your Comfort Zone.

Yes, you heard me right.  I, of all people like the comfort of STAYING in my Comfort Zone.  I do not like change period.  I work really, really hard to over-come that problem.....but deep down, I like the comfort of "familiar".

I have been asked to do something that is totally out of my comfort zone.  (I am sure you will hear more about it in months to come.)  Anyway.....while fretting and pondering and even worrying about it............a dear email friend of mine sent these words to me:  "Sometimes God has to kick us out of our comfort zone in order to give us a blessing we would have missed otherwise."  

She sent me a reply to an email that I had sent her and that same day, I read an online devotion that pretty much said the same thing.  In the devotion it said that when we continue to STAY in our comfort zone, we get so comfortable that we are able to function......without HIS HELP more so.  The devotion talked about how we need to even pray for opportunities to be able to step out of our comfort zone....so we are forced to FULLY RELY ON HIM.

Anyway.....through Michelle's words and the devotion, God spoke to be and clearly showed me that I NEED to STEP OUT.

Are you guilty of being like me and "staying in your comfort zone" or have you already taken the challenge and "stepped out of that zone?" 

I would love to hear testimonies from you concerning "stepping out".

Please pray for me.......as I take this challenge.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

PW: Prisoner of War or Pastor's Wife???

A couple of weeks ago, our church ordained two young men; one as a deacon and one as a minister.  As we were shaking hands with them and their wives afterwards, I commented to the new minister's wife, "Welcome to the club; the PW club."

She asked me if that was the same thing as the prisoner of war club?  We got a good chuckle out of the joke, etc.  

Afterwards, I got to thinking......as pastors' wives, we many times feel like a prisoner of war.  I mean, once you are labeled a PW....pastor's wife, Satan is going to work overtime to discourage you.....to throw curves to your plans.....to irritate you so you can take it out on your husband.......to cause your children to act up, etc.  He is going to battle to try to use you to get to your husband.  If he can tear down a marriage....or even rock the boat or anything else......to STOP your HUSBAND'S MINISTRY,  he has gained victory. 

As ministers' families....we are always in the line of attack.  Satan uses our church members; our friends; and anyone he can find to distract us and pull us into the "world".  

We do not have to be prisoners of war............we can stay PRAYED UP, MEDITATED UP, STUDIED UP, etc. and send Satan a trotting and not give him a chance with us.  BUT....we MUST load up on Bible Study, Meditation, Prayer......so that we can FIGHT SATAN and not give him a chance.

Then and only then can we truly sit back and enjoy being PW's.......Pastors' Wives.