Archives for May 2015

May 31, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 31, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

taylor & Lydia 1533911_10152136474621645_1004243655_nPRAYERS OF A WOMAN OF CONFIDENCE  ARE OF GREAT VALUE

As a pastor’s wife I have been challenged and convicted to pray for my husband.  This is out of love for him, love for the ministry and to glorify God.  We women may go to counselors, other women, seminars or support groups and indeed I have learned a great deal this way but I believe God is saying, “Try Me in this”!  The Lord is calling the church   “all born again Christians”  to Stand in the Gap.”  Can the Lord find us praying for our husbands, our marriages and our children’s marriages and praying for the leadership in the church.  This does not mean to go around and  to control people with your opinion of how things should be done but praying that God will give the leadership wisdom. He is Able. James 5:16 …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Ladies, praying should be your main ministry.  Can you imagine what this world would be like if women were praying daily for their husbands, their children and their mates? A woman partnering with God in prayer for her husband. Using your God given confidence is a powerful tool that God can use to pull down strongholds. This is not a means to get your way, women, it is for the Glory of God.  Titus 2:4 says:  “ That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.” Join me for at least one hour a day. This is the greatest way for you to show love for your husband. You might say I don’t have a husband.  Perhaps your husband is with the Lord or you are a single person.  Then pray for a son, grandson or nephew or a young man in the church.

Step up to the call  and into the challenge. Jesus is interceding for you.  He loves us with an everlasting love.  He delights in us.   Let the confidence you have in Christ within your feminine soul rise up and begin today. Partner with God for His Glory. Let us be women of prayer. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

How much time  does it take to drive to the grocery? Pray.  While you are preparing a meal, pray. Plan it. Choose verses that you can pray and put them on a card and post it at the sink. How about prayer during the commercials.  You all know what the mute button is. Or get up an hour earlier. If you wake in the night, pray. Make general lists and have them handy.  This is important?

We must understand that satan would have us and we must resist him. The Bible says we are the Bride of Christ and that we must submit to God–

Our Grand DIL  Lydia  arrived at her marriage to  Taylor  with a lovely white gown.   She had beautiful red flowers and as she lifted her dress to take a step you could she that she was wearing bright red Converse running shoes. I think we got the message that she was in it for the long haul…..    we  too need to think of that Bride in a beautiful white gown wearing work shoes, trusting God to defend.

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV) we read, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (NKJV).   Make sure your heart is right daily, and then start out each day praying. Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”




Angelina Jolie tells much of Louis Zamperini’s extraordinary life in the film “Unbroken,” released in 2014 after his death in July, but the rest of his story is being told in a short film released from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association “Captured By Grace”, on December 25, the same day Unbroken was released.

Zamperini was a former Olympian distance runner who spent 47 days on a raft in the Pacific Ocean before being captured and tortured by the Japanese. His gripping life story told in the best-selling book “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” moved Jolie so much that it drove the actress to make a film about his journey. .  The movie covered just 33 out of 39 of the book’s chapters and only mentioned in passing Mr Zamperini’s pivotal 1949 conversion to Jesus Christ,” 

Franklin Graham, told Fox News, that though “Unbroken” is an excellent adaptation of the Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Zamperini, the film has skipped essential parts in the former prisoner of war’s story, particularly concerning his Christian faith.

“The most important part of the book”, Mr. Graham said, since they explain how Mr. Zamperini really became ‘unbroken’ was his post-war struggles with revenge, nightmares, alcoholism and a failing marriage”  These were turned around after he gave his life to Jesus Christ at a Billy Graham Crusade revival led by the legendary evangelist.   Mr. Graham told Fox News that Mr. Zamperini was at first reluctant to take the elder Graham’s offer to put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ. But he did, and went home that night, got rid of his pornography, his alcohol and his cigarettes, and found the Bible given to him in the military.

Zamperini said, “I started to leave the tent meeting, and I felt [awfully] guilty about my life.   “Yes, I had a lot of great times, a lot of great experience, a lot of escape from death, but I still didn’t like my life after the war. I came home alive. God kept His promise. I hadn’t keep mine, and so I went forward and accepted Christ.”

Mr. Zamperini gives his own testimony on the DVD, and said  “ When I found Christ as his Savior, that was the heart of my whole life.

That is what conversion to Christ.should be like….

A complete change in your life .

May 17, 2015   Jane’s Heart to Heart   ….Pastor’s Help Mate

My Darling, Best Friend, and Husband of 60 years this Dec.24.

Faithful Provider – 25 years studying, working, being a pastor, teaching, so that he could support his family while ministering in struggling works which could not pay a full-time wage. While a Chaplain in Viet Nam he wrote me a letter every day and even sent some of his living money home in addition to our dependency allotment. When he got home from VietNam he immediately found any honest job… One doing a Corn Huskers Lotion survey dressed in bib overalls and a straw hathe gave them a $10 bill if they could produce a bottle of Corn Huskers in the house, three times work several total years as a church custodian in 4 separate churches including Catholic, Two Methodist, and a Baptist church in conjunction with pastoring his own church,  We always joked about how those other churches were supporting our ministry.

Timely Even when working full time, attending college and seminary he was always  there when he said he would be there and still is… When he is out calling or on an errand…most of the time right on the minute I could plan the meal and have it ready and the kiddies could watch out the window.     The kids tease him still because  he always gave fair warning when he would depart saying “5 minutes” or  “2 minutes or in the car at 8:34. (Why I love living next door)  Beginning in the morning he somehow calculates just how much time it takes to go to Kies house or to see Evelyn in Jackson or  to fix the light in the sign.  If he is running late I can be pretty sure he had a problem and with  the cell phone I will receive a call even if he is only a mile away.    Since I have been pretty much on liquids and he knows how satisfying McDonald Frozen Yogurt is for me, he will bring one packed in the cooler a special way to keep it cold and a “sorry”  if it tips en route.  Thank you, Honey.

Patience – Though he was not always a patient waiter he never kept us waiting if he could possibly help it. When we go to WalMart on Monday morning I ‘jump” on a scooter and go my way and he goes his and when we have had ample time we try to meet in the grocery department to finish up together.  I watch for his black Russian hat and the box with the bottled water in the cart. Last week I zoomed back and forth and could not find him  in  his usual places and finally decided to go to the front to see if he was there– sure enough, looking back and forth Patiently waiting and when I apologized he assured me it was only a few minutes. 

Selfless – He has never had a hobby or night out with the guys. His love is the ministry, serving God, his family and helping people to find Christ and earnestly wants to be there for you in the hard times.

Servant – helps with laundry – holding up one of my shrunken sweaters- suggested that our youngest g-gr-daughter, Keira might be the right size.  When finishing dishes often delights in exasperating me by piling them around the whole counter in precarious positions… Which he doesn’t do as much since my  shaky hands and failing vision cause me to knock them over and break them….. 

Oh, well, Nobody is perfect  but today is His birthday and he is a “Basket Case when it comes to gift shopping,   but his stedfast faithfulness, patience and love shown to me exemplifies this Scripture:

“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7)

Happy Birthday, I love you, Sweetheart!

May 10. 2015     Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

May 10. 2015     Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Memories of My Mother
When I was in the third grade my parents were divorced. My mother,  my elder brother and sister and I were living in the apartment of a dear Christian lady, Mrs. Rice, in Dowagiac, MI.  My parents, having been divorced just under a year,  we later learned that because of the prayers of this Godly woman and my grandmother Shipley, my sister and me, my parents got back together and remarried and  we  moved to Sister Lakes a few miles out of town.

Two years later when Mrs. Rice became ill, my mother would sit with her off and on for several weeks whenever she could.  My sister and I attended the Calvary Bible Church and our pastor, Allen Robbins  had Mrs. Rice’s funeral.  There my  mother heard the gospel  and gave her life to the Lord.  My dad was saved as a boy but was not living for the Lord. When my mother got saved everything changed.  They both stopped drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes and they stopped swearing. When  family and friends came to see us  at the lake my folks asked them not to bring their alcohol and began to witness to them and informed them that we would all be in church on Sunday from then on.

Mrs. Rice’s family later gave my mother one of her little books –  “Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask” –Walters. In it were several little notes torn from a journal with prayers for my mother. Does God answer prayer?

Ruth and Bob Hoff were dear friends of my folks and Bob had suffered a stroke and was disabled and had a difficult time communicating. Then Ruth developed liver cancer and when she had to have surgery my folks helped out with some of Bob’s care while she had to be hospitalized.

I have one of my mother’s journals and I want to read some of the things she wrote  there.

“Taken From Ruth (Iles) Hoff’s kitchen”  – “I have been here all week with Bob — Ruth had major surgeryMonday, 30th of Jan– ’95.”  (I am assuming that these were plagues on Ruth’s kitchen wall.)

“To look around is to be distressed.   To look within is to be depressed.   To look up is to be blessed

“Many people treat their religion as a spare tire, they never use it except in an emergency”

” To know God’s will is life’s greatest treasure, to do God’s will is life’s greatest pleasure.

My mother also had this song in her journal that I had written and sang for Mother’s Day to the tune of “I Wonder, Have I Done My Best for Jesus?”  I recall her calling and asking me to give her the words.   Here they are.

I Wonder, Have I Been the Best of Mothers?

1. I wonder have I been the best of mothers. And taught my children how to pray

To read His word and trust in Christ the Saviour,

And follow Him along the narrow way.

2. I wonder have I cared for my dear children or have I let them fend alone?

I might have lead my children to the Saviour.

The precious seed of life I might have   sown.

Chorus: How many times I failed to read the Bible.

How many times was I too rushed to pray.

I wonder have I been the best example

And pointed them to Christ the WAY.

3. Do I go with my child to Sunday School or does he have to go alone?

Do I depend on teachers for his training

When I should show him daily in his home?

4. How many times I’ve flaunted God’s commandments,

Then prayed my child His will to do.

Lord, give me grace to make the rightful judgments

And see at last my child stand for Thee true.

Last Chorus: Dear Saviour, may you always be exalted…

Through my beloved children every day.

That of me at the last ‘twould be recorded

She pointed them to Christ, The Way.

Mother loved the Lord and loved people and often visited shut-ins in the nursing homes and loved to do for others.  She also enjoyed working  with flowers and plants. her home was full of plants of every kind and she often shared them with other people. She was a very giving person.

What a wonderful change in her life came when Jesus came into her heart….  Thank you Lord for such memories of my mother.


May 3, 2015    JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 3, 2015    JANE’S HEART TO HEART  …Pastor’s Help Mate

The Name of Jesus means: Jehovah Saves

Isn’t that an exciting thought.   Think about it.  There is Power in the Name of the Lord Jesus. I  love that song:

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: Phil. 2:9..  Jesus not only came and died for our sin He also came to take away the penalty, Yes, He can even take away the love of sin and yes, one day even the presence of sin.

“There is Power in the Name of the Lord.”

Crowds have lined the narrow street
To see this man from Galilee
Just a carpenter some say, leading fools astray
Yet many kneel to give Him praise

And in His eyes, they glimpse the power
That sees the heart of all men
And He knows His Father’s mind
He speaks His Father’s words
For He comes in the name of the Lord

There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
There is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord

When my plans have fallen through
And when my strength is nearly gone
When there’s nothing left to do but just depend on You
And the power of Your name

And as we call upon Your name
Your strength through weakness to show
We can know the masters plan extend the masters hand
When we come in the name of the Lord

There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
There is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord

His name will be worshiped forever
Creator, Redeemer and King

There is strength in the name of the Lord
There is power in the name of the Lord
And there is hope in the name of the Lord
Blessed is He, who comes, blessed is He, who comes
Blessed is He, who comes in the name of the Lord
In the name of the Lord, in the name of the Lord