Archives for August 2014

August 24, 2014 Jane’s Heart to Heart…Pastor’s Helpmate

A few weeks ago Pastor pointed out a chapter in Warren Weirsbe’s book… Be Joyful, a chapter on Sacrifice. Let’s look at Phil.2:1-11   I will just read the first five verses.

Philippians 2 New International Version (NIV)  1. Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Wiersbe asks, “Is it costing you anything to be a Christian?” He states that submissiveness to God leads to JOY.  If what we do for the Lord does not really cost us anything it is worth nothing. Sometimes our sacrifice consists of suffering, sorrow and pain. This means giving Him a life of service, your finances, your children, your health. If we hold anything back that thing we  hold back is worthless. If it costs us nothing it is worth nothing.

When visiting Nathan & Jennifer last week she loaned me a book she just read by Jennie Allen entitled “anything”, She is basically saying the same thing…. “If you say, I love you, Lord. I want to serve you and I will do “anything“… but __________.” 

My childhood pastor always taught, that until we were willing to go  and do anything for Him (even the most dreaded place that we could imagine) that he would not use us right where we are.  Until we are willing to give our all to Him, what we hold back is worthless.

Mary,  the mother of our Lord willingly surrendered to the rejection of her fiance’, persecution from her community, the pressure of raising the Son of God, and ultimately the pain of watching Him die an excruciating and humiliating death. In Luke1:38 she said: “Let it be according to your Word.”   Mary said that she was wiling to do as the angel said and agreed with God that she was willing to do “anything”.

Look at the scrap book of your life.  Does “anything” stand out as a sacrifice for the Glory of God.  If there is “anything” in your life more significant or important  than God, it is a “false God”, it is an  “idol” and it has power over your life and it is stealing your JOY. Your life many consist of  many good things yet not a sacrifice for Christ.

it is never too late to change the course of the rest of your life.  Do we live more afraid of losing what we love here than of facing God in eternity, Solomon says in Ecccl. 1:14 “ I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.  Are you clinging to “anything”?

August 17. 2014  JANE’S HEART TO HEART    …PASTOR’S HELPMATE

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“My Heart has heard you say, Come and talk with me.” and my heart responds,  “Lord, I am coming”.” Psalm 27:8 NLT

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  I Pet. 5:7

Enjoy a regular time when you talk to the Lord, 

Read the Word of God so that He can speak to you.  

Take time to, just be quiet and let the Lord work in your heart.

I love reading the Word of God. For several years I have listened daily to the Bible on CD following the Our Daily Bread Devotional’s guide  reading the Bible through in a year. I also read along in my Bible (a different version each year).

Then I especially enjoy going back through the same selection each day underlining important things using a color code. [such as, highlighting the names of God, the  Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit = Yellow.  A red cross through the name = Christ].   The reason I do this is to just concentrate on the meaning more and help myself to glean special truths from God’s Word.  [Truths, knowledge, laws = green. sing, pray and rejoice = blue].

I also love to just pray the “Scriptures”. I have found Germaine Copeland’s book, “Prayers that Avail Much for Women” especially helpful to me. Harrison House, 1997.

I also love to read several devotional writers: 

Elisabeth Elliot                

Corrie ten Boom

Nancy DeMoss

Edith Schaeffer

Joni Erickson Tada

Mrs. Charles E (Lettie) Cowman “Streams In The Desert” Series

George Beverly Shea often sang “How Long Has It Been”, and wrote this comment in his book, How Sweet the Sound. Tyndale 2004

     “Our friendship with God can be like that.  He looks forward to having

      Us  share  our  most intimate  secrets  regularly  with Him. He doesn’t 

      want  us to forget that He is there and He desires to share our burdens.” 

HOW ABOUT PRAYING THIS PRAYER EVERY MORNING: 

Psalm 25:4-5 “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths. 

Lead me in the truth and teach me.” NKJV

August 10. 2014    JANE’S HEART TO HEART   ….PASTOR’S HELPMATE

“Good Morning Glory!”  Those words are etched in my memory and re-occur in  my mind  whenever I see a lovely Morning Glory, as I on Face Book just few weeks ago.  “Good Morning Glory” was a daily greeting of my  mother’s cheery voice as she came to our bedroom and sang out to waken us. What a happy memory.

My father always said to us “Remember Whose You Are” as we parted.  I wonder what positive lasting memories my descendants will have of me.

While I was a patient at Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, our youngest son Nathan and his family came to visit and I could see the very seriously subdued looks on the faces of even the smallest child.

Seeing grandma with an NG (nasogastric) tube in her nose didn’t present a very  pleasant picture, drab hospital gown, disheveled hair and ashen countenance. I waved and said just a few words to assure them that I was, OK, but the tube caused me so much discomfort, I was not able to talk or swallow, so I lay quietly and everyone else carried the conversation. Ken and our son Nathan stood talking in hushed tones at the foot of my bed. Jennifer and the children seated in the area provided for guests and little Hudson (2 1/2) fearfully pressed against his mother’s knees, looking back and forth at me and the men. I smiled to reassure him. Cautiously he stepped away from his mother and moved to stand between the men obviously mimicking  their stance  and looking up from them and to me he tried to duplicate their conduct. When they all lined up to give me a hug as they left, he fearfully came over to the side of my bed and reached up to join the family in a farewell hug. Mommy picked him up and he laid his sweet little red head on my chest.

Yes, children watch us and react as we do. What a great responsibility we have as God’s children  to allow our children to see by our conduct, through the joys and trials of life, what is really important to us. To point them to the proper responses to things that come our way. Not to shield them from the trials of life but to include them and show them by example how we can truly trust God.

That evening Lissy stopped to visit on her way from LCC to her home in Kalamazoo and after our visit she and her grandpa  prayed for my situation and then her safety on the road.  As he closed his prayer, without the slightest hesitation, Lissy began praying and poured out her heart to her Saviour for my healing. 

Deuteronomy 6: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.  8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.  9. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Part 13:   Psalm 23: 6b  “…and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

The shepherd leads his sheep back to stay close to him. To arrive home safely in the valley they follow their shepherd and obey him all along the way. 

Jesus wants to lead you on the journey of your life.  One day He will take you to the special home He’s made ready just for you in heaven.  

John 14: 1-3 in the J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

“You must not let yourselves be distressed—you must hold on to your faith in God and to your faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s House. If there were not, should I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? It is true that I am going away to prepare a place for you, but it is just as true that I am coming again to welcome you into my own home, so that you may be where I am.

Are you ready to “dwell in the house of the Lord forever?”

If you aren’t ready, you can bow your head and pray this prayer.

“Thank you Lord for sending your Son to die on the cross for me.  Forgive all I’ve done wrong. Come into my heart. Thank you for loving and forgiving me.  Thank you for promising me a home in heaven.  Help me to turn my back on sin and live for you now that I have received you as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Remember: Now that you know Christ…. I John 1:9 says “If you confess you sin, HE is faithful and just to forgive you your sin and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness.

 “…and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”