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Nov. 30, 2014   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Nov. 30, 2014   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

Praise and Thanksgiving….for Delayed Blessings.

Often on Face Book I come across and connect with dear friends, parishioners and students from past ministries Pastor and I have been privileged to know.  Sometimes it is a sad reunion when I find that some of them are not serving the Lord at all and their lives are ruined.  But many times it is a JOY to connect with those who are still faithfully serving our Lord and raising their families for Christ.

A few months ago I was able to connect with a former  student of ours and a pastor’s daughter. She is teaching in the public school and is an adjunct professor at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. She has a sweet testimony and in the course of our conversation she wrote this note to me. 

She very respectfully said, Mrs. Pierpont, your husband gave me a “motivational speech” when I was goofing off in high school (imagine that) and it really meant the world to me.  He said some very positive things that I still remember, and it really inspired me to get my act together, earlier.  I’ve been married for 25 years (with God”s grace) and have four children.  I met my husband in college, and he is so wonderful.  My parents both passed away in the last couple of years.  My dad was in poor health for quite a while, he had a bad heart from his youth.  My mother died unexpectedly in her sleep, she was 82.  I miss them both terribly.  As we have such a big family, I am quite young to have lost both parents.  However, I rejoice in the hope of heaven and “I don’t sorrow as those who have no hope” (I Thess. 4:13). 

I would love prayer for my oldest son who was honorably discharged from the Navy due to illness, but it was a huge blow to his self-esteem and now he is “searching” for who he is.  Definitely struggling with the Lord and with us  – parenting young adults who don’t live with you is hard!  Would greatly appreciate prayer- you raised three sons too so I know you understand!  Thank you for praying!! 

Then she added, “How can I pray for you?”  This was encouraging to me because it told me where she was herself, spiritually.  Someone desiring her loved one to be right with the Lord and concerned and praying for others  – wonderful!

Perhaps another time I can share other examples of those who are faithfully serving the Lord that we have been honored to influence for Christ’s Glory   Thank you Lord for such delayed blessings!

NOV. 23, 2014   JANE’S  HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help Mate

NOV. 23, 2014   JANE’S  HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help Mate

This is Thanksgiving week and It is Always Time to Praise the Lord

God tells us to praise Him.   Psalm 147:1 states that it is good to sing praises to our god.  As I praise the Lord and thank Him in all circumstances, I find that I focus my attention on who He is and His power; on His characteristics and not my circumstances.  It is good to praise the Lord; as I praise Him, He is glorified.  

There are many Scriptures in the Bible that you can pray back to Him.

Revelation 4:11   “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”  NIV

Phil. 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Exodus 15:2  “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Ps. 59:17  “O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”

Eph. 1:3 “Praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

Ps. 145:3 “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.”

Luke 19:37 “Luke 19:37-40 (NIV) ”When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!  Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!. Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “ I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”

Psalm 34:3  “Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.”

Prayer: God, I praise You, You alone are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power for you created all things. Help me to be obedient, to praise Your name, and to give you all honor and glory.  I desire to be thankful in all circumstances, even those that are difficult.  When I do not understand all that is happening, My desire is to be obedient and  praise You thankfully.   You alone are my strength and song, I exalt You.  You are worthy of praise that if I do not praise You, the rocks will cry out.  Hallelujah!  In Jesus’ Holy Name, Amen.

#3   LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY THESE WORDS….

#3 LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND SAY THESE WORDS….

November 2, 2014     JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help-Mate

November 2, 2014 JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help-Mate

I have to say with Billy Graham….”Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life”.  Someone else said, “Old age is not for sissy’s”.

Now I do not want to be a Whiney, Wimpy Woman, so I will not dwell on my losses, but with me perhaps some of you have experienced some of your own losses or you are realizing that you just don’t have the stamina that you once had: Sunday School teaching, teaching school, leading choral and handbell choirs and musicals, singing solos, walking and standing,  dressmaking, crocheting, carving. Losses like having to be separated from your dear children, grandchildren, parents 

and siblings, these loses can define who we really are.

Be faithful in prayer for your children and grandchildren. Keep in touch on a regular basis. They are God’s gifts to you. Think about the impression that you will leave. Write to them, give them your time even if separated by miles they need to know you are a person of prayer and faithful in service for the Lord.  ”Encourage one another and build each other up” I Thes. 5:11.  That verse says encourage, not lecture.  Mend broken relationship if you have any.   Daily we can wait upon the Lord and look forward to what He has in store for us by staying in the Word and focusing on the promises found therein. Then we we can truly say, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:   And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” John 10: 27-28  KJV).  It is like when the phone rings and it is a member of the family or a close friend.  You know their voice, because you  talk together a lot and they belong to you. You will know the Lord’s voice when you stay close to HIm.

J. Pierpont Morgan, perhaps the most influential banker in history. penned these words into his will in 1913.. “I commit my soul into the hands of my Saviour, in full confidence that having redeemed it and washed it in His most precious blood, He will present it faultless before the throne of my Heavenly Father; and I entreat my children to maintain and defend, at all hazard, and at any cost of personal sacrifice, the blessed doctrine of the complete atonement for sin through the blood of Jesus Christ, once offered, and through that alone.”   What powerful dying words.

Remember the greatest legacy you can give your heirs is not your money nor the things you have accumulated in your lifetime but your character and your faith  and your testimony of JOY in the Lord to the very end.

Old age does not exempt us from fulfilling our purposes in Life. “When I am old and gray-headed,

O God, do not forsake me,

Until I declare Your strength to this generation.”  Ps. 71:18