April 17, 2016   JANE’S HEART TO HEART    ….. PASTOR’S HELP MATE

FOX NATION 5th ANNIVERSARY CLASSICS: FLASHBACK: Paul Harvey,1965: ‘If I Were the Devil’ (Warning for a Nation)

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would, of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about, however, necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.”   To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”.  In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . .

If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work  because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and  thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.

If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If  I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.

You’ll never be a victorious Christian until you understand your enemy, Satan, the father of lies. In his vital message, “Satan’s Four spiritual Flaws?, Dr. Rogers exposes four of Satan’s biggest lies and how each one assaults the character and nature of God. This message is a “must” for every believer.

Hebrews 12:2  (KJV)   Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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.

MOTHER’S DAY JOYS

MOTHER’S DAY JOYS  (started this on Thursday, May 7, 2009)

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  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 grand-daughter, 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 a matter of fact I should pay them for the enjoyment that I would receive.

Just before they arrived 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 the squad to the correct apartment.   By the time I was finished and was 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 is pretty small so I had offered Lois my old cedar chest, which her father 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
and read a beautiful mother’s day greeting which he wrote to me in 2005 and posted again 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. They also came for a visit Thursday and we had a sweet visit.

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

Oh,  yes, they all called me on Mother’s day too.

Every one at church greeted one another with a “happy Mother’s Day” . and I said…..” Oh I certainly am, it is a wonderful Mother’s day.”

Praise the Lord, He Never Changes

Well, moving can be stressful.

First you begin right away changing your address so that things will go smoothly, call all utilities and have them stopped and started on the best days for all concerned, tell all your friends to get out their erasers, and then get on the computer and try to edit your personal data (which is no small task).

Then you dutifully go to the secretary of state to get a new drivers license….

Not so fast, wait, “do you have the list?” They ask.

Yes, that is right there is a list of things that you need to get a new drivers license.

To get a new MI drivers license I had to send for a certified copy of my birth certificate with a raised seal because mine was a photo copy (which I have used for I don’t know how many years, with no questions asked).

So I sent a photo copy of my copy of my birth certificate to Cassopolis County Clerk with a check for $13 and less than a week later I received my real birth certificate and they say and I quote, “please note” that the date on my birth certificate on file is august 28…..

I think someone must have been asleep when they recorded it because I have celebrated my birthday for sixty-nine years on august the 26th according to the copy my parents gave me.

I wonder who made the mistake.. My parents, the Dr., The clerk…. Oh dear…. This is pretty serious.
Now when should I celebrate my birthday….???

When I go to pick up a prescription am I going to have to give the 28th for my birthday….Will my drivers license expire on the 28th. Do I celebrate both days…. Ha ha!

I have always celebrated my spiritual birthday on the 28th as I remember being saved two days after my birthday. Which now makes my birthday and salvation on the same date.

What a trauma for an old lady. Then again why should I complain if I am two days younger.

“Praise the Lord, He Never Changes”

Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Hobbies and interests

I love singing and teaching voice and bell choirs.

I enjoy sewing, crocheting, keeping a prayer journal and computer.

I am interested in establishing a web page to encourage and help people who have a  colostomy.

Meet my family

My husband Ken and I have one girl and three boys. They are all married and  serving the Lord faithfully.

Melony & Jim with just three of their eleven children living at home now in Brooklyn, MI.

Ken & Lois with eight children, ministering at the Evangel Baptist Church  in  Taylor MI.

Kevin & Carolyn with eight children and are pastoring at Higgins Lake, MI.

Nathan & Jennifer with five children. Nathan is Minister of Music at Northeastern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI.