February 7, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

February 7, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

Ladies Who Are True Models

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,   5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

For some time as  I have been thinking about what that Scripture is really saying to me.  What is my responsibility as a mother, a grandmother and, yes, a pastor’s wife and leader/teacher?

This past week I believe the Lord has revealed part of this to me  in the Scripture that I have been writing in my “Journible” for  I Peter 5.

1 The elders which are among you, I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Peter is addressing pastors and deacons, and older men in the church.

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (In other words “Watch over or shepherd not for personal gain”)  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. (as models).   4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away (your reward will be in heaven).

Peter goes on to say to the younger men and we can make an application here to the women on the basis of Titus 2 where it says ‘likewise’ (in Titus 2:3 )

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be

subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Ladies,  we should be ‘models’ not by the world’s standard, but truly spiritual models as described in Titus 2:5   I used Webster for the following:

Discreet….  Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in      speech and behavior; circumspect:

Chaste…    pure, decent, or modest in nature, virgins

Keepers… an attendant, a guard, or a warden

Good…      efficient, useful, healthy, strong, happy or skilled

Obedient…Dutifully complying with the commands, orders, or instructions      of one in authority

For a true child of God, this all comes with a right HEART attitude for the elderly and the young; joyfully, not because you have to, but because you want to, not out of obligation, but out of your love for Christ and Christ alone.  Ladies, let’s become true models of God’s Standards. Run to God.

January 31, 2016 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help Mate

January 31, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart     Pastor’s Help Mate

ON January 9th  our grandson, Wesley Pierpont married Dylan Thomas In TX and they are now living in Grand Rapids.  She got a job with David’s House Ministries, who care for developmentally disabled and traumatic brain-injured adults. Their motivation is based on Matthew 25:40    “The King will reply,  I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

DYLAN PIerpont. FB Post…  1-23-16

“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

Matthew 6:30-34 MSG

   Sometimes it is extremely easy to forget His word and to let worry and anxiety weigh you down. To get so caught up in the world that we forget the One who created it. Reading His word this morning reminds me of how good and faithful our Father is.

I believe worry and faith have a direct correlation. In times where I feel overwhelmed or see the people I love burdened, I not only read this truth, but believe and trust in it. I encourage anyone reading this to do the same.

Circumstances do not determine the goodness of our Father. God promised us that with Him nothing is impossible and I think it’s time we live a life that reflects that kind of trust and faith. It’s impossible to live in bondage when you know and receive the love that set us free. “

That was sweet Dylan’s post on FB.

It was so true, and it sounds like she is trying to help her friend and family to rely on God’s promises.  Never doubt the love and the goodness of God to you. He doesn’t promise a storm-free life but He does promise to be the anchor in the storm so that you will not be overcome!

Trust Him daily. Trust Him hourly and learn to trust Him moment by moment. His resources will not only get you through but you will truly grow to experience Him as the source of hope overflowing “by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

This is not just a promise to “get by” or to be a “survivor”  Yes. it’s supernatural, it’s God’s part.  Remember His kindness toward us in the middle of our difficult circumstances.

January 24, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

January 24, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

Victory Through Christ

2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (KJV)  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.    8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;                9. Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

Victory over the penalty of sin = through forgiveness  and immediate forgiveness as soon as we confess our sins and receive Christ as our Saviour. This union with Christ is the foundational concept of the life of grace. Christ’s resurrection demonstrated His victory over sin. Now that you are united with Christ in His resurrection, you have the victory over sin. Consider this as true! Believe it! You are saved by God’s grace and you are on the victory side! (Romans 6:13, 16, 19).

Victory over death – Christ’s death was sufficient

We are to present—to yield or offer—our bodies to God. This involves responsibility to serve.  Yes, Works. Not to save us but a result of our salvation.  Don’t go on presenting the members of your body to sin. The picture is of a soldier presenting his weapons to his commander and awaiting his instructions. Sin uses the members of your body to wage war against you.  It is important that Born again Christian set about to serve him.

Revelation 12:10   “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night”.

One of satan’s campaigns against God is in the area of trying to break our trust of God, such as in Job, and the Book of Revelation says that satan is, has been and will be doing that “day and night”.

Let us be faithful in prayer for one another the the Lord will give Christian victory over satan’s attempt to sidetrack us on our journey for Christ.

Victory over the presence of sin – heavenly rewards will be separation from sin.

We all need to come to the place where we can join God on his side of the heavenly battle, in JOY, defeating satan.

We can softly and confidently say to God our Father,

  “I don’t understand, but I love you and trust in YOU. Don’t let me waver nor let You down in this battle.  Thank you, Lord,  for the victories you have won for me by your death on the cross.  Thank you for assurance of salvation and life after death.  Lord, give me daily JOY and victory over sin .”

(small ’s’ on satan is my desire in my life the Lord helping me)

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January 17, 2016     JANE’S HEART TO HEART   …Pastor’s Help Mate

January 17, 2016 JANE’S HEART TO HEART …Pastor’s Help Mate

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that was made.”

“No creaturely need is outside the range of prayer.” Catherine Marshall

This is a quote from Catherine Marshall, in  a month of Daily Devotional Readings from Edith Schaeffer’s writings entitled  “The Art of Life”.      I would like to spend some time sharing some of the truths I have gleaned from this book.

In 1953 Francis Schaeffer became convinced that God was calling him and his family to a higher level of giving and working and sacrifice: to give up the security of a fixed income for an uncertain, non-structured work in Europe, possibly with a Swiss base. As the spiritual head of the house, he laid it all out before Edith and their four children all of the alternatives.  The decision was unanimous, to say “yes” to God’s call and depend upon him to provide the $1800 needed for their boat fair to Europe and the circumstances dictated that the monies be raised in three weeks, by September 9th.   Their daughter Priscilla charted on a thermometer on the wall and little by little,  the Great provider spoke to hearts and from the most unexpected sources, in less than three weeks all of the money needed was supplied.

Catherine Marshall recounted when she and her husband visited the  Schaeffers,  that they felt God’s love as all felt it at L’ Abri,(shelter), in their deep concern and interest in the young people, especially the hippies and the floaters. They cared passionately, totally, with utter self-giving about those who didn’t know what to believe, who had lost their way in life. “

I have also read several of her writings and one which is named, Dear Family: The L’ Abri Family Letters 1961-86.    The book contained just letters to home, describing the rewards of living a life dedicated to Jesus Christ and enables readers to appreciate more fully the sprit of the Schaeffer’s message as they sacrificially shared their home, food, and their very lives to help people who were struggling in their faith, often with out work or a place to live.  They had a literal school and housing where they educated and cared for many floundering confused souls in an attempt to teach them the truth of the Scriptures.

There great desire was to teach that there is truth to  be found in the Scriptures, that God will see to it that we have that truth— that is the fire in their souls, the light in their eyes and the ring in their voices.

If you were  privileged to knock at the door of any L’ Abri “shelter” around the world, you would be met with the understanding that you may be one of God’s divine interruptions in the midst of a very full hour or day, reflecting the attitude Edith modeled for every Christian.    

We all need to exhibit the love of God in the whole spectrum of life. 

Psalm 84:11King James Version (KJV)

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Business Friendships = in Memory of Geneva Gates 1931-2015

Business Friendships = in Memory of Geneva Gates 1931-2015

I have met many people as  a pastor’s wife for over 56 years concurrent with being a seamstress  over 40 years, teaching school 11 years, working for Weight Watchers in the Hillsdale, Jonesville, Battle Creek, and Marshall area, and office manager for a construction company.

Today I post this as a memorial of a dear friend and one of my favorite sewing clients, Geneva Gates.   (click on link to see obituary).

Geneva called on Tuesday, Dec. 7th and asked if I would hem two skirts for a special occasion coming up soon.  I did them right away and called her the next morning to let her now they were ready and I believe she picked them up later that day on the 8th. I was alarmed when we heard on Hillsdale radio obituaries that she passed away on the 14th.

She didn’t make it to those special occasions. God had other plans for our dear friend.

I considered Geneva a special friend as I continued to sew for her over the years from 2009 – 2015.

I especially enjoyed the little  stories she shared with me about her trips and reading her witty articles in “Over the Fence” in the local Tip-Off.

One such article was about a collection of bookmark .  After I read it, I crocheted a Bible Bookmark Cross for her to add to her collection and mentioned to her that each time she passed the book mark in her Bible reading,  I wanted her to know that I was praying for her.  She was a special lady.

The first time she called me, while we lived at the Friendship Village in Litchfield she mentioned that she needed her skirt and jacket shortened.  I have long arms and I told her that she could just buy two outfits and I could use the fabric that I cut off hers to make my sleeves longer.

The apartment there was small and the bedroom was right by the entrance door and she must have  noticed my very plain green bedspread and when she came to pick up her alterations, that “little lady” had a huge bundle in tow.  Yes, she had a beautiful floral bedspread and it appeared to be new… But she said,   “No, I just got a new one and was just about ready to take this one to the Good Will.  Geneva was such a giving person (a tray of cookies, fruit for Christmas, a little Christmas tree, towels for the kitchen a lamp shade) each time she came and went I felt like I should pay her.  

She often had work for me as she was preparing for one of her guided trips, she so loved doing.

As I always do, when I make out a bill for a client I include a gospel tract.  She would always comment how she appreciated them and other literature that we shared with her over the years.

Geneva did not talk about her faith but one time when she brought work to me she mentioned that she had been very ill with the shingles and commented that she had learned a whole lot about talking to God during that hard trial.

Another time she handed me a sack and held on to my hands before I opened it and asked, “Have you ever been shopping and something you saw just called someones name?”  As soon as I saw the word ‘God’ I knew I had to get this for Jane,”  and When I looked in the sack it was a beautiful black and white apron with embroidered words on the bib that said, “Every Day Is a Gift from God”.  The colors in my kitchen are black and white with red decor and in previous visits she had brought me red and black dish towels.

One time she asked me to decorate a hat she had for one of her trips. which I did and I also had another hat that  I thought she could  also use and she was so pleased.  Not to be outdone the next day to my great surprise, the florist arrived with an amazing floral arrangement, in a hat with a beautiful  butterfly in it

While we were visiting last I showed her how we had moved the laundry room up into the kitchen and we joked a bit about how it was hard getting older and I reminded her to be careful on the narrow steps. 

As she left she reminded me that she  was just ten minutes away and if I ever needed her she would come running.  I felt that was so kind and thoughtful of such a very busy lady.

Geneva was a thoughtful, kind and giving person and I love her and I am sure I am not the only one.

This occasion has caused me to be alerted to the fact the we do not know when we will have a last opportunity to show love to someone else.

“You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

January 10, 2016 JANE’S HEART TO HEART

2 Timothy 3:6-7  (KJV)  6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

The women mentioned in II Timothy 3 were always learning. The reason they were taken captive by false teaching—and were unable to “arrive at knowledge of the truth”—wasn’t due to a lack of information. It was due to a lack of holy desires. You see, right thinking and right living go hand in hand. If you are unprepared to live the way God wants you to, chances are, you’ll reject sound teaching and will simply gravitate toward teachers who will tell you what you want to hear.

Turn off the talk shows, turn off the soap operas….  all of this type of information can confuse your thinking of what is truth,  purity and honesty.

Stay away from reading that which does not confirm your faith.  Reading worldly novels or tabloids will only turn your desires to worldly ideas and desires. Often these distorted thoughts and opinions can cause depression and discontent with the things that really count for eternity.  Guide your children and grandchildren to read literature that is character building and up-lifting.

Are you discouraged or doubting your faith? Perhaps it is because you have stepped away from the things which will strengthen your faith: Church attendance, Bible Reading, Prayer, and encouraging others who need Christ. Perhaps you need to turn your back on the things which steal your JOY.

JUST REMEMBER THIS…

Are there any steps you need to take in obedience to God?  If so, what are you waiting for. 

Leviticus 20:26 (KJV)  And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

You are set apart, Oh What a high calling…. How would this New Year be different if you were more conscious of this fact. Thank the Lord that he has chosen you to be His and set about to honor Him more in 2016.

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JANUARY 3, 2016    JANE’S HEART TO HEART    Pastor’s Help Mate.

MY 2016 CHALLENGE

This year I have decided to change my plan of Bible Study.  I plan to spend time writing the Scriptures, including some more in-depth study while listening to a passage and even maybe adding a bit of calligraphy.

Appropriate Scriptures:

Psalm 109:30-31 (KJV) 30 I will greatly praise the Lord with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.  31 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul.

Ps 73:24 “Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel and afterward receive me into Glory.” 

As for a motto, I am returning the one chosen  for my web site years ago….

“TRUE HAPPINESS AND PEACE DO NOT EXIST APART FROM GOD.”

— Write out short portions of Scriptures (thanks to a friend on FB I found “Journibles: the 17:18 Series”),  which is a journal into which one can copy the Scriptures and add  notes and comments.  (based upon  Moses’ instructions to the future King in Duet. 17:18).   Author, Robert J. Wynalda.

— Try to study  the passage more deeply making notes. personal comments.

— Listening to those Scriptures as I write

— I also plan on spending more time praising and rejoicing on my piano keyboard with an appropriate hymn, with expression and thoughtfulness to the words .

— Spend time in prayer regarding what I have studied and then have my prayer time regarding those included in Jane’s Prayer Ministry, family, and church  ministries.

Proverbs 9:10 (KJV)   10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

(attached)

SONG OF PRAYER:   

“THE QUIET HOUR: Speak, Lord, in the Stillness” E. May Grimes 1951 Singspiration.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/q/u/i/quiet_hr.htm

Dec. 27, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart    …. Pastor’s Help Mate

WHAT IS SIGNIFICANT IN YOUR LIFE TODAY??

As we approach the new year in the next few days, I would like to challenge each of you today to ask yourself this question.

What is your greatest concern for the New Year?   

People rarely feel comfortable in their own skin.  Many of us live with deep insecurities that we carefully mask when we are in the public.  The thought of letting people see our real self is scary because we are flawed. So fear holds us back. We post flattering pictures of ourselves on Facebook and carefully hide all the ugly parts of our appearance and personality.

Comparison is like an addiction. Once we start, we can’t seem to stop. We feel insecure when our friends are prettier, more cultured, or have better jobs or marriages. We are confronted with images of models and movie stars, and we feel unworthy by comparison. We long for something to distinguish us, something to make us stand out, something to give us a sense that we are worth something. Our longing for attention puts us in a vulnerable position.

A new year gives us a chance to start again. To be a better person than we were the year before. But it is no secret that most resolutions fail. Good intentions can’t transform a frog into a prince. So our fresh hope crumbles before January is through.

But what if your resolution was to find contentment with who you really are? What if you could uproot your insecurity and finally be free of it?

Following is a summary of Nancy DeMoss (Wolgamuth’s) Devotional for Dec.22-31

P-  PRAYER- Ask for wisdom, help to be faithful, disciplined and obedient.

R-  REVIEW –  the priority of walking with GOD

I-   INVENTORY – are your priorities according to God’s will. Keep a 15 minute log for 24 hours.

O-  ORDER- be careful not to let the hours slip away with nonessentials

R-  RESIST – being distracted by non essentials and try to discern  God given interruptions.

I-   INPUT – be sure you stay tuned with God and wise counsel.

T-  TIME – how wise and intentional are you in using spare time.

I-   IDENTITY- “Little foxes” Sol. 2:15  Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards”, or  “fox trails”

E-  EXPERIENCE- Learn to experience the moments as they come, at their fullest, as from the LORD.

S-  SINGING WITH EXULTATION. SURRENDER – in the JOY of SALVATION

December 20, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart    … Pastor’s Help Mate

It seems  that in this day and age we are trying to make Jesus into an icon.  Some say they are “Jesus people” or refer to God as “the man upstairs”, or “Daddy” and other trite expressions. I do not want to question their motives, but for me I prefer to address the Lord with respect and honor.  How  we who love our Saviour must guard ourselves from using God’s name carelessly.

We don’t address Him as “Jesus the Great”. He is not the “Great” —he is the Only. There is nobody like him. He has no rival and no successor. 

“Who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:29

I would like to say these thoughtful worshipful words by Pepper Choplin,  from Night of the Father’s Love.  Lorenz 2010

FALL ON YOUR KNEES    

Come see the child, He is here by the fire.

Silently come draw near the manger side.

Look in His face and see the world’s salvation,

And feel the Holy peace

Fall on your knees

Open your eyes now the Holy star is rising

Rays of the light will shine to touch your soul

Open your heart to the glory and the wonder

Feel the Holy peace

Fall on your knees

Fall on you knees

Oh hear the Angel voices

O night divine, O night, When Christ was born.

O night divine, O night, When Christ was born.

Come now and fall on your knees

As you worship in His presence

Thanks be to God you have found the Holy child

Blessed are all who have seen the Lord’s salvation

Come and lift your voice,

Let your heart rejoice

Then with the Prince of Peace

Fall on your knees, Fall on your knees.

December 20, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

A COMPELLING REVELATION

Jon Swanson, Tom and Marion Kies son-in-law, & Nancy’s husband is a pastor and teacher and posts what he calls “300 words” on a  weekday  blog. 

Since he would be on a tour out of the country he asked for 14 people to post an article in his place answering the question,  “What story related to Jesus is most compelling for you?” The following is what I wrote and he graciously published.

Luke 1:26-55     A Compelling Revelation:

A young virgin is confronted with a humiliating decision by an angel who told her  she had found favor with God and that she would have a  baby boy and name him Jesus. He will be great and be called the Son of the Most High.  This young lady told the Angel that she was a virgin and did not understand how this could be. 

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the most High will overshadow you…. Just as your cousin Elizabeth will have a baby in her old age…. Nothing is impossible with God.”

Mary’s Precious Submission

In humble submission she immediately replied, “I am the Lord’s servant…. May it be to me as you have said.”

Then she hurried to tell her dear friend and cousin, Elizabeth the news whose own baby leaped in her womb before Mary even said a word. She too was filled with the Holy Spirit and said “you are blessed because you have believed what the Lord has said will be accomplished.”

Mary said these precious submissive words to the Lord….

– My soul does magnify the Lord    – My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

– He cares for me   – all generations will call me blessed

– Holy is His name    – He is merciful to all who fear Him

-He has performed mighty deeds  – scattered those with proud hearts – brought down rulers  – lifted up the humble  – fed the hungry     sent the rich away empty   – Helped his servant Israel   – was Merciful to Abraham.

In this way Mary, the mother of God displayed her love and submission to the will of God in spite of her “circumstances”. 

Compelling us to Trust God’s Sovereignty