What Do You Do When You Wake In The Night ?

Don’t count sheep …. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbe one.. follow the Shepherd. What do you do when you wake in the night…? A good question might be …Lord what would you have me to do..? Prayer? … have a prayer list ready…(my sweet hubby has his list memorized)… Read the Scriptures so,that He can speak to you. Have on hand some good devotional books that will encourage and strengthen your faith. …suggestions…Nancy Demoss’s The Quiet Place available at ReviveOurHearts.com   Our Daily Bread.com , (Last quarter they had a free offer for a nice devotional book of which I took advantage)…. Streams in the Dessert, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman…(there are several)… Oswald Chamber’s, My Utmost for His Highest…. Truly, ladies, we are without excuse. There is so much available to us….we can even listen to the Word of God. i have the Bible on CD. And I love to listen as I read because Of my visual difficulties I have difficulty, keep my mind on my reading and the audio is a great heal to keep me focused. Another book That is helpful to me is Prayers That Avail Much by Germaine Copeland….mostly Scriptures…

Little Nate’s First Sermon

parsonageMonday morning, March 22, 2010, Jennifer, (our youngest son, Nathan’s wife) called to inform us that her mother and dad, Bruce and Dawn Giehl, were coming from Ohio and she wanted to invite us to come for the evening meal.

Ken was on the road and I suggested that Nathan give him a call to see if that would work with his schedule and then Ken called me and said that we could, if it could be worked out with the management to cover for us  at Friendship Village while we were away.  We are the “Alert” phone workers.

I was expecting the manager to be back around 2:00 PM.  I gave the manager a few calls on her cell phone hoping that maybe we could get away a little earlier, but I was unable to reach her.

The mail usually comes between 12:30 and 1:15 PM, about the time that Ken usually gets home from driving.  While I was waiting I went out and got the mail and there was a sweet “Thank You” note from Jennifer’s mom and dad, which said….

“Sometimes God brings special people into our lives  and gives them a home in our hearts. You’re one of those people and you’re celebrated with love and thanks to God today.” and they added a note…. We are so thankful God brought your family into our family.

Dawn and I have established the habit for over a year now to pray together for our children whenever we happen to see one another on chats and it usually works out two or tree times a week at least.  It has been such a blessing to see those prayers answered.

When the manager got back in the office at 2:00 PM she returned my call and I asked her if she could stand in for us and she assured me that we could go and wished us and nice time.

We set out immediately for the hour and a half drive from Litchfield, MI to Kalamazoo and safely arrived at Nathan and Jennifer’s home where the boys and men were outside on the blacktop drive playing basket ball.

When we arrived we were warmly greeted and hugged. Then we all went into the house together to greet the rest of the family including Giehl’s black and white Cocker Spaniel dog, Patches.

As we gathered around the table for the meal our son Nathan made the statement,”let’s pray”….but while we were finishing our conversation and joining hand with on another, Little one year old Nathaniel Bruce got a little impatient and with his head bowed and peeking around the table, started mumbling to himself little prayerful words that sounded like “Thank. Thank.”   After we all chuckled a little his father began his prayer of thanks for the meal and fellowship.

It did not take long to figure our where Little Nathaniel learned the word “thanks” nor the idea of prayer before he ate.  

Matthew 21:16 (King James Version)

 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

After the meal and clearing the table we all adjourned to the living room where every one sat around the room and chairs were pulled into the living room from the dining area to accommodate the size of our crowd.

The little people of course were playing on the floor and were in an out some with there toys and we also had the honor of seeing Patches do some tricks for us.

We had such sweet fellowship with our dear family and as it drew close to the time for us to leave little Nathaniel went over to one of the large vacant dining room chairs and with much struggle, climbed up until he was on his knees, then finally got turned around and sat down and got his little legs to hang over the edge.

As his grandmother, I was watching him closely as everyone in the room was conversing.  I was afraid that he might fall off the chair, but then I began to realize that he was purposely getting set, just like every one else and though he can’t talk was making little sounds and looking around at everyone and making little gestures with his hand and smiling happily at every one.

At that moment I realized that Little Nathaniel Bruce in his prayer at the dinner table and his little conversation on the chair with all of us looking on had preached his first sermon to all of us.

That sermon was … “I love to do what you love to do….”

It was obvious, all of a sudden to everyone there that he was copying the rest of us.

It caused me to think…..

What if we had been arguing or swearing….

What if we had been drinking… smoking…. overeating….  You fill in the blanks to what is really important to you.__________

I know I certainly have had to do that myself lately.

What is really important to me and what are my descendants going to copy.

Lord, help us to be the example that we should be and be more like YOU, that we may nudge our dear ones closer to you. 

Joshua 24:15    “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

MOTHER’S DAY JOYS

Today I finally ventured out to take a walk very casually since my toe nail removal and then two weeks later I walked into a chair and got a hairline fracture of one the small bones above my fourth toe.

I keep telling myself that I am going to start walking.  Not a hard fast walk, just a chance to get out and enjoy the beautiful our-of-doors.

Several  trees are in bloom now, There are forsythia blossoms on both sides of the entry to our little village and a few flowers are popping there heads out.  It was  a blessing to be able to breath in the fresh air.

There is a nice little playground over by the Riverside apartments, and I decided to take the sidewalk to that and walked out on the basketball court over to the edge of the woods.  The birds were singing joyfully and I could see the water standing in the woods (probably the source of the mosquitos who torture us when we try to sit out in the swing in the evening).

I returned home after about forty-five minutes and sat down to do some bookwork and our granddaughter, Hillary, called and asked if she and sister Lois could bring some dresses to alter for a wedding for which they will be bridesmaids on the 16th of May.

They said they would pay me, but having them come with Hillary’s two little boys, Riley and Wyatt,  Lois and her friend Ben was pay enough for me.  As  matter of fact I should pay them for the enjoyment that I would receive. 

Just before they arrive I received a call on our alert phone and one of the residents needed an ambulance, so a hurriedly contacted “911” and gave them directions, then hurriedly grabbed my let-in key and went to direct.  By the time I was finished and on the way back to our apartment, Hillary drove into the parking lot.

After fitting the girls and marking the hem it was about time for lunch so I quickly made up some chicken salad and we had lunch together.

Our apartment was pretty small so I had offered Lois my old cedar chest, which our son-in-law is going to refinish for her. I had it standing on end in the corner in our bedroom.

I was happy when Ben took opportunity to flex his muscles as he picked it up and once he was outside raised it over his head and took it out to the van. 

After they left I checked my email and followed a link to our son, Ken’s, site

http:/wwwkenpierpont,com  and read a beautiful mother’s day greeting which he wrote to me in 2005 and posted today.

Then this evening our son Nathan contacted me through chats for a video chat and I was able to see and chat with all of them.

Today we also heard from each of the other children by email. 

My children and grandies are bringing me more JOY than I could have ever imagined and as I have said many times when the children ask what I want or need for a special day I truthfully had to say and will repeat again at this Mother’s day season.  “My greatest JOY is for them to serve God and be in the very center of His will every day”.  

They always interpreted that as “Be Good”.

I pray for all of them every day and though I would love to have them all closer geographically, I am thankful that they are close to God and faithful to HIM.  This is my JOY.

Some might interpret being in the center of HIS will, as being a preacher or a missionary or in full-time Christian ministry, but I mean being close to God everyday… There is no such thing as a “part time child of God”. It must be all or nothing.

Lord, Make me an Instrument  of love, peace, and joy and an example to all my children and grandchildren.

On Mother’s day I sang “To Be Like Jesus”, praying that I could encourage mother’s to live in such a way that their children would see Jesus in their daily lives and then the children too would have a desire to honor HIM in their own lives.

Genesis 1:27

So God created man in HIS own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

TO BE LIKE JESUS

 Dick and Melody Tuney

A LITTLE GIRL IS BEGGING FOR AFFECTION

A LITTLE BOY NEEDS A HAND TO HOLD

AND OH, HOW HE LOVES THOSE LITTLE CHILDREN;

HOW HE LONGS TO BE A FRIEND 

TO YOUNG AND OLD.

HIS TENDER SPIRIT WELCOMES ALL WHO SEEK HIM;

HIS GIVING HEART ASKS NOTHING IN RETURN.

AND I HAVE FOUND HIS PROMISES FAITHFUL;

I SEEK TO LIVE MY LIFE THAT I MAY LEARN 

TO BE LIKE  JESUS, 

TO BE LIKE JESUS,

TO BE THE ONE I WAS CREATED TO BE

TO BE LIKE JESUS, TO BE LIKE JESUS,

MAY ALL WHO SEE MY HEART 

FIND HIM IN ME.

WHEN I RECEIVED HIS SALVATION;

HIS HEAV’NLY LOVE FILLED MY EARTHLY SOUL,

AND I BECAME A NEW CREATION

MY BROKENNESS HE MADE COMPLETELY WHOLE      

AND THRO’ THE DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD

I’VE BEEN COMMISSIONED.

TO BE A LIGHT THAT SHINES
FOR HIM ALONE

SURROUND BY HIS INFINITE MERCY,

MAY MY LIFE ALWAYS BE KNOWN. 

TO BE LIKE  JESUS,    TO BE LIKE JESUS,

TO BE THE ONE

 I WAS CREATED TO BE

TO BE LIKE JESUS, 

TO BE LIKE JESUS,

MY ONLY EARTHLY GOAL FULFILL

WHEN I’M CENTERED IN HIS WILL

MAY ALL WHO SEE MY LIFE

FIND HIM IN ME

IN ME

"I Guess the Only Thing We Can Do Now is Pray.."

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So often we who know the Lord try to do everything we can to fix things and change things and then as I heard on the news yesterday some one said. “I guess the only thing we can do now is pray..”

Prayer is not a good luck charm nor a rabbit’s foot…..

Lord, help us to seek YOUR face without ceasing and stay in YOUR WORD in obedience with right heart attitude.

Help us to call out to YOU first for guidance to make right choices and allow You to guide us.

As a young person I learned this Scripture and it has blessed me so much. I have to remind myself of this when ever I try to fix things myself.

Memorize Ps. 100. Repeat it over and over… think about it’s meaning.

The following is my capsulized version… REJOICE IN THE LORD… SERVE HIM WITH GLADNESS… COME BEFORE HIS PRESENCE… KNOW HE I S GOD… HE MADE US… WE ARE THE SHEEP… HE IS THE SHEPHERD… GIVE THANKS DAILY… PRAISE HIM… BE THANKFUL… BLESS HIS NAME… THE LORD IS GOOD… HIS MERCY IS EVERY LASTING… HIS TRUTH ENDURES THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS….

Shout this out to the Lord today… And everyday. Then when trials come you can just lift your hands and heart to HIM and say humbly “I’m here Lord, direct my path and hold out your hand to him like a small child would do.”

GOD is faithful. He will lead you through that trail sweetly.

TO BE LIKE JESUS

My 2014 GOAL

The more of HIS WORD I have in me,

The more like HIS SON I will be. God helping me.

PSALM 119:11

“THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART 

THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST THEE.”

WHY?

II TIMOTHY 2:15 SAYS:   “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”

Read Psalm 119 and bask in the truth of the significance of being in the Word of God and having the Word in you to address all of life’s issues.

This past year in June we decided to give the little book “Treasure Path to Soul Winning” by J.O. Grooms1970 to all the folk in our church and then to all of our family that can read. This little book encourages Scripture memory to facilitate Soul Winning.

Psalm 42:1-2 As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God, My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: When shall I come and appear before God?”

Every year right after Christmas, I begin thinking what to do the next year for my family and loved ones for Christmas that cost little monetarily yet will be significant and my final realization this year after Christmas was over I realized that the most important thing that I can give them is a wife, mother, grandmother or friend who is living the Word and praying for them. The only real gift of value.

This is my continuing Goal for 2014 and my gift to others, the Lord willing.

Knowing God and His word will help me to be productive for HIS GLORY.

My song for this year is:

TO BE LIKE JESUS

Words and Music by Dick and Melodie Tunney, ©1989 LCS Songs, Pamela Kay Music, Dick & Mel Music/ASCAP

A little boy is crying for affection.    A little girl needs a hand to hold.

 

And oh, how he loves those little children.   How he longs to be a friend to young and old.

His tender spirit welcomes all who seek Him.  His giving heart asks little in return.

And I have found his promises faithful.   I seek to live my life that I may learn …

Chorus

To be like Jesus, To be like Jesus.  To be the one I was created to be.

To be like Jesus, To be like Jesus.   May all who see my heart find Him in me.

When I received His supreme salvation  His heavenly love filled my earthly soul.

And I became His new creation.  My brokenness He made completely whole.

And through the darkness of this world I’ve been commissioned

To be a light that shines for Him alone.  Surrounded by His infinite mercy,

May my life always be known …  My only earthly goals fulfilled

When I’m centered in His will.  May all who see my life find Him in me.

 

John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

WHEN YOU KEEP YOUR EYES ON CHRIST EVERYTHING WILL COME INTO FOCUS”    ODB

Joyful Words From The Parsonage

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The Cozy Country Parsonage

DID YOU EVER WISH YOU HAD DUCT TAPE ON YOUR MOUTH ;-)

TAILOR MAID – HEART COUNSEL

DID YOU EVER WISH YOU HAD DUCT TAPE ON YOUR MOUTH ;-)

OH DEAR! Have you ever wished you could have your words back or undo the hurt they may have caused.

I John 1:9 “ If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Try this “Fruit”….

Gal. 5:22-23 “The fruit of the Spirit is…. gentleness and self-control.

I Pet. 1:13 “Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled.” Prov. 15:1 “ A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

It is O.K. to stop mid-sentence…. say I am sorry…. and prepare ahead of time what you would say that is uplifting and encouraging.

Pray and ask the Lord for help in this and the Lord will help you.

Sing a Song of "JOY" IN 2012

REAL JOY

As I have been thinking in the last few weeks about choosing a Key verse and song for the year 2012, I thought of the struggles that I have been having with a lot of pain from degenerative disc disease and also the fact that I am not able to sing as I have in the past. I have always signed my letters and named my web site, and recently ordered our grave markers and had engraved by my name, the phrase, “Singing His Praise”.

Since singing for me is much harder, and the pain and inability to do many things that I once did easily, I am finding that satan would steal my JOY. I share this so those who have similar situations may be encouraged.

When I was just a young child we sang a song in Sunday School and week day Bible Class that met once a week after school.

My good friend Beverly Smith (Yokum) and I would use our study hall to write the memory verses for our Bible class teacher.

I have determined to make this my theme song for the year 2012… and rejoice that I can still Sing His Praise in my heart and not allow self pity.

Along with that little song is an important message that we so need to keep in mind.

“J-O-Y”

Jesus and Others & You
What a wonderful way to spell J-O-Y
Jesus and Others and You.
In the life of each girl and each boy.

J – is for Jesus, for HE has first place,
O- is for other, we meet face to face.
Y – is for You in what ever you do,
Put yourself last and spell JOY.

The way to have real JOY in our lives is to follow the rules to this little song.

Philippians 2: 2 – 51 will be my verses for 2012 to help me “Forget about (myself) and concentrate on Him and worship Him.” (“We Have Come Into His House” 2).

“…make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5. Your attitude should be that same as that of Christ Jesus.”
In my counseling ministry I encourage those who struggle with discouragement and depression to follow this bit of advice, I am giving myself, and read I Corinthians 13 (THE LOVE CHAPTER) every day for one month and journal how those verses have helped them at the end of the month.

1 New International Version, Harvest House, 1995

2 “Celebration of Praise, Rick Powell, P. 27, Zondervan, 1980.

Intercessory Prayer And Waiting On The Lord

In 1996 while Ken and I were in ministry in Michigan one of our dear ladies asked us to call on her brother who had a terminal illness. After calling a few times Ken had the wonderful privilege of leading his wife Lily to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior. Then a few months later her husband also trusted Christ as his Savior. After he went to be with the Lord the wife came faithfully to the S.S. but due to her poor health and inability to get around easily she was not able to join the church but was faithful and loved the Lord. Eventually she was house bond and for several years confined to her bed.

In 2007-2008 we had moved to Ohio to a ministry south of Zanesville, OH in Zion. We loved the people and the ministry and I especially enjoyed the little back porch where I had my swing (a gift from my parents). The porch was in the shade almost the whole day and I spent many hours crocheting and reading. I also started my “Chats With the Pastor’s Wife” on this site.

We often corresponded with Lily and she was very faithful to write, send birthday wishes and prayers for us and our ministry.

One afternoon the phone rang in the parsonage and it was Lily. She was excited and asking us if we thought we would be interested in a job that was available at the little retirement Village where she lived and where we had called on her many times.

The job consisted of an opening for a “sitter” at the village there in Michigan and she described it as “being responsible for setting up and managing the emergency phone system. which included our housing in exchange for our services”. This necessitated our having a key to access the apartments of the residents in times of emergency.

We were happy where we were in Ohio and loved the folk there and had no thoughts of leaving there and so we thanked Lily and told her that we would pray about it and that we would get back with her soon.

Ken and I talked it over and prayed about it and had pretty much decided to turn it down. and dismissed it from our minds and a short time. Then we began to think that we should consult with our children. We really did not wish to retire from the ministry but we also realized that it was quite a hardship for the children to come so far to visit us and they were concerned about our advancing years and some health issues that Ken was having at the time.

We the children an email asking for their advice and in no time we received emails back from them all saying that they felt it would be a nice thing for us and it would be a somewhat central location for them to come to visit us and visa versa. Prior to our moving to Ohio they had all let it be know that if we every needed a place to stay we were welcome in their homes.

We contacted Lily and she put us in touch with the management. After a few interviews on the phone, our back ground checks, an agreement that we would be available pretty much around the clock, and that we would want to be able to be free to attend church twice on Sundays and prayer meeting on Wednesday nights we set up an appointment to be interviewed. We were hired and arrangements were made for us to move in July 2008.

We began sorting our belongings, threw away or gave away many of our treasured items since we would be moving to a one bedroom apartment in the village. When we arrived we had to rent a storage place because to still had too much “stuff”. Over a period of a month we were able to persuade some of the children to take some things off our hands and fit a few things into the apartment.

The day after we moved in we were scheduled to go with the providers of the “alert phone system” and show us how to program them. I stayed in the apartment while Ken ran when with the service man and each time the program one of forty phones the phone would ring in the apartment which I would answer to confirm that it was working. In the intervening times about every 10-20 minutes I was trying to get settled and unpacked.

Of course we were all happy because her apartment was right across the street from ours.

Many times while we lived there we were able to go over and visit and have a time of prayer and devotion with Lily… I often would pray with or sing to her.

While we worked there we also had opportunity to volunteer our services distributing the monthly and quarterly commodities (which got to be quite a job in itself), I loved doing it as far as the paperwork and interaction and friendship with the other volunteers but it was way to hard on me physically.

Also, when the alert phones rang in our apartment we would respond and determine whether an ambulance was needed. We were not required to help them physically but at times it would be something that we could do for them (such as their phone needed maintenance or their was a strange sound in the apartment) and often serious emergency needs which required our calling 911 and open the apartment for them to enter. We helped with holiday meals for the residents and I also worked for a time in the office answering the phone.

Being there for 22 months we met a lot of dear folk and established some lasting friendships and of course found the need to pray for many of them and considered it an honor to pray for them and do little errand or acts of love as you would in any neighborhood.

We were especially concerned for one lady who was very limited and had many needs We tried to be neighborly and encouraging to her and we were also concerned because she needed the Lord in her life. I would stop in and Ken would check on her often to make sure that she was o.k., since she had fallen several times and was not able to help herself.

I volunteered to start a Bible Study in the community room and several of the ladies attended. One of the ladies (Jenny) who attended the Bible study was a member of the South Litchfield Baptist Church and they were in need of someone to preach for them while looking for a pastor. She knew that Ken preached at several surrounding churches to fill in for area pastors. She gave the pulpit committee Ken’s number and we were contacted. and in September of 2009 he filled the pulpit for the first time and several times after that until January when they asked him to be interim pastor.

During this time Lily’s health was deteriorating rapidly and her family made the decision to begin to make the arrangements to move her to a nursing home in the Fort Wayne area where she would be closer to her son.

As things progressed at the church they decided to call Ken as their pastor and he gave his notice at the village and Lily moved to Fort Wayne about one week before we moved to the parsonage.

The one lady that we tried to help and prayed much for was moved recently to a nursing home and when we heard of it Ken began including her in his calls to the nursing homes.

This past Tuesday, when he called on her after three years of prayers she trusted Christ as her personal Savior sweetly praying in her own words to receive Christ.

The Lord used Doris who was concerned for her brother’s spiritual needs and prayed and asked the pastor to call on him.

Donald & Lily trusted Christ because of those faithful prayers and concern.

God used Lily to be instrumental to bring us back to this area, in His wisdom he used Jenny to share with the pulpit committee of our availability and now here we are involved in the ministry to which he has obviously lead us.

We have had the privilege of ministering with this dear congregation for two years since Ken first filled the pulpit until now and we have grown to love them. We are so happy in the service of the King and so thankful for his wonderful provision of a place to serve him.

Wait on the LORD… He is in control and knows so well what is best for each of us. Thank you Lord.

ISAIAH 40:31

“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

I Thessalonians 5:17
“Pray without ceasing”

HIGHER GROUND

Listen to Higher Ground

Still Singing His Praise – PROVERBS 2:3-5 “If you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.”

This is my choice of Scripture for 2011…. and my song is “Higher Ground”

Each New Year, as many do, I like to think about what I want to happen in my life.

The Lord has burdened me for the lost and I would love to win some souls to HIM this year…..

I have selected the above Scriptures and Hymn for part of my goals for this year.

There are so many around us who need the LORD in their lives. Even some who profess Christ as their Saviour, yet deep in their hearts they know that they need to draw closer to HIM and be more faithful and obedient to HIM.

Are you reading the Word of God every day and are you praying for guidance every hour of the day? Are you attending a church where the Word of God is preached faithfully?

My personal desire is to point others to Christ. Either to introduce them to the LORD or help those who know him to grow and love serving HIM daily in a way the they too will ultimately win others to HIM.

Perhaps you have stress or anxieties that you deal with and that gets in the way of your faithfulness and obedience to God.

Let me pray for you. Leave a comment.

Those who are reading this and know the LORD, please pray with me concerning lost souls and that I may win those with whom I come in contact.

I do not want to put a number down because I do not want to limit myself nor the work of the Holy Spirit in lives.

So, I am praying for many lives to be brought to a saving knowledge of Christ or a closer walk with HIM in 2011 because of my witness.