Wednesday, January 20, 2016
My Dad was a little man, but mighty after he came to know Jesus.
Dad had shared with me that his Father had beat him many times when he was young and that his Mother had just sat by and watched not saying a word. I was told that my Dad was a drunk and unfaithful to my Mom before he came to know Jesus.
I wasn't there for any of those times, so it is not my experience with him.
My Dad was a good Dad.....
A good Dad who would sit up in the middle of the night with me when I couldn't sleep because of fear or because I had questions to ask. He would pray with me and read the Bible with me.
A good Dad who would take my friends and I to all of the football games and buy us treats.
A good Dad who loved Jesus and taught one of my Sunday School classes, I still remember the lessons he taught.
My Husband is a good Dad
Boy, time can really get away from me....
A couple of years ago God broke my heart for children in our community who lacked in the most basic of needs. At that time I had no idea what to do or how to do it.....but I was 100% convinced God placed that burden on my heart......
So we started. We asked some of the teachers in the church how they thought we could be a benefit. We went into the community and began asking strangers what they felt was the biggest need.
The first need is the kids are hungry. This fact makes me cry at the thought. We have children in our community who are hungry.
Second, we need to help kids do better in school....one on one.
........ we have a very limited budget and a limited number of people who will help.
In my heart I am fully DOUBTING God can do anything through us......(in the mean time we were facing some hard situations......cancer and all that goes with it, good friends getting angry with us...)
But Jesus was saying press on......so we started in our Church, not knowing yet how or what, we started SMART
and most of all Dinner
After a full school season of running SMART in our Church, which was fun, but not really needed, God opened the door.
Currently we are running SMART in a low income house development and have an average of 15 kids ages 8-15 attending.
I am believing God that He will bring these children into HIS fold. We may never see the end results here on earth.
So what's my point?
Start......whatever it is God has told you to do.......start.......it doesn't have to be big, but you do need to take a step. Be faithful at it. You cannot decide to be there one day and not the next.....it takes
time and work and love......
Ask God to bless it and direct you.
I know He is not done with SMART, it is still becoming what He wants it to be, but our little band of soldiers will continue to fight for these kids and their success.
I know your tired.......do it any way!
Monday, January 11, 2016
Nothing tries our faith like waiting for God to answer prayer. Waiting tests our loyalty to Him as our trusted Heavenly Father . Waiting is not ceasing from all activity; it is submission to God's better idea. Waiting for God means that all of our life is brought under God's umbrella of authority and direction. If we run ahead of God, we will be painfully chastened by turmoil, exhaustion, and failure.
Waiting for Him.........He will work all things for our good.......!
Monday, January 4, 2016
Freedom of speech is absolutely at the core of the freedoms we share in the U.S. It is also a freedom we should not take for granted and should protect.
Having said that, as a believer in Jesus, we do need to be mindful of all that comes out our mouths and it needs to be true..... We are responsible for every word, every syllable.
Be so mindful dear Christian, because the very words we speak not only reveal what is really in our heart, it can make or break someone else's desire to receive Jesus. I know you don't want to be responsible for someone else, but simply by being in proximity to people, you are.
Jesus was aware of His surroundings and awake to whom He was influencing.
46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
As we push through the crowds this week, let us be mindful not only of whom we consciously touch, but all those we come in contact with......
.......with words of blessings, of good comfort, and generous peace. Be a difference maker.