breathing, choking, coughing, obstacles, chaos
call, God, ministry, hear, obedience, follow
camp, youth, root, Romans
church, entertainment, missions, missionaries, abandoned
clean, dirty, rid, clutter, de-clutter
construction, building, remodel, transform
deaf, will, walking, focus
death, loved ones, love, good-bye, well done, God, tough
decisions, choice, Jesus, righteousness, seek, searching, looking,Alice in Wonderland, cheshire cat,
Faith, faithful, family, God, others, blessing,
Faithfulness, persecution, hot topics, issues, country, beliefs
friendship, life changes, thank you, what next, journey
good-bye, farewell, protection, provision, projection
hearing, listening, seeking, knocking, finding, voice, deaf, interpreter,challenge
hurt, pain, caring, ouch, coffee, ache
journey, busy, encouragement, Galatians 6
joy, fun, children, girls, memories, choices
locked, financial help, holy living, holy, worthy, call, evidence
loneliness, depression, invisible
Lord, Master, humble, humility, humbling, servant, elderly, self
loss, death, Kim, cousin
preserve, jams, jelly, savor, sweet, memories, legacy
raining, seeking Him,
salvation, fruit, harvest, teens, girls, youth, new year
salvation, ministry, reaching out, evangelism
The Waltons, family, simple times, basics, good things, be still and know
Trains, Hands, Building, Blueprint, journey,Results,Master
whale, animals, swallow,fall festival
NOTES FROM US
call, God, ministry, hear, obedience, follow
Everytime we begin to take a walk with our Heavenly Father in this
life and allow Him to have His way in our lives, He continues to reveal
Himself in a myriad of ways. He shows up for us as our Provider so many
times through our friends and family and Faithful Friend Partners. He
shows us that He is Faithful in all things whether we see Him or
not...we can rest assure He is working and moving on our behalf. He
shows up for us as our Comforter when we are in need or even grieving
the loss of a dear loved one.
Often in the Christian walk we will find ourselves confronting issues which may be uncomfortable. Other issues may make us take stands when we would rather run the other way or possibly ride the fence. In a day when knowing what you believe is so important, you better know what you are building your foundation on and just where you take your stand.
I remember one incident in which we were told we could not speak out against a certain lifestyle or we could be arrested. We are sensing the persecution across the land.
There was a story I recently
shared of a young woman who had the opportunity to teach a sweet class
of children. By the end of the day, she laughed with her family as she
reflected on the day. One of the greatest things that impacted that day
was that she never realized how many times she would have to hear her
own name from this class of children. The entire day consisted of
hearing things like: “Mrs. Smith, I don’t know what to do”, “Mrs.
Smith, can you help me tie my shoe?
I have been challenged recently by one of the young women to whom we have been ministering. It seems as though she feels she does nothing right, feels like a failure and just continues to drain herself with these thoughts of discontent, and lies from the enemy.
As I am a very positive person, I find it hard to listen to others who find such negative words to say about themselves or anyone. I am learning though that as I listen to others share their hearts, so many of them are just buried with guilt from their past, or they choose to live in such a horrible view of who they are as a new creation in Christ.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit with a young mother
who was sharing her heart with me. She
shared the struggles of being a new mom, the struggles of having to keep the
house, and finding a balance between who she is as an individual, a wife, a mother,
and friend. It struck me when she said:
“I think I’m invisible…even with the people I know.” Now, this is not just a very shy and quiet
mother who just sits in the pews. This
is a woman who has been actively involved in her local church, in the lives of
individuals, and in the community.
Sometimes the call can be difficult. The phone rings and you hear those dreadful words that someone dear to you has died. Our first response is sadness. But for those who believe, there is comfort and assurance in knowing they are a child of God. There is a peace that passes all understanding. Immediately, we realize we have been called to duty and hesitation isn't an option. Within 24 hours, we were on the journey of over 1200 miles to seek the family and friends who now grieve the loss of such a precious loved one.
I have been looking back over our journey and began thinking of how much God has done in our life. I look at not only how much He has changed who I am in knowing Him through the salvation experience I made many years ago, but more so how He has changed me as an individual, a wife, a friend, and even a servant for Him. In the last blog, I pointed out the importance of how Knowing Him seems to make a change on us not only inwardly, but outwardly as well. I was reminded of a the old song entitled, “He made a change”.
I once heard, “you don’t throw something away just because it’s a little broken”. I see how applicable this is when it comes to our lives as well. This week has been no exception.
This week, I have encountered stories from other women who are struggling with areas in their lives. One young lady came to me and discussed some areas in her life where she has begun to see she needs something more. She has lived a life of drugs and alcohol, of immorality, and great sin. She had even been told by someone that she was not worthy of the Christian life and God couldn’t forgive her.
As we have been able to go from place to place and view the beautiful sights of this country, we seen astonishing things. We have described some of the most precious places to you. We have given you images of secluded places, natural beauty, sights that were unimaginable and so many that were breathtaking. It has been so exciting to see what new and beautiful sight the Lord would bless us with each day. However, we have also shared with you things like forgotten faces of those we have encountered.
In our journey we never know what we may experience. Yesterday was truly an experience that will forever be imprinted in our minds and on our heart. One simple phone call from an aunt and our journey encountered a piece of the past. As we traveled the backroads of Virginia, northwest of Lynchburg, we found ourselves winding down around and through narrow paved roads, crossing small bridges, and in some cases, dodging the limbs of small trees. Some of the leaves were still embracing to the fall colors while others had given up and let go of the trees to give way to winters call. |