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.

Pound Party

Pound Party

Listening to our son Ken Pierpont‘s story this morning, reminded me of when we moved to Belpre, OH along the North side of the Ohio River. When we arrived with our U-Haul truck at Putnam St. at the beautiful parsonage many of the youth of the church made up an assembly line and unloaded that truck in short order. Some of the folk had planted beautiful flower gardens around the house. Then at the first service with those dear people, they had what they called a “POUND” party for us. I was not sure if they were going to pound on us or what. It turned out to be ‘a pound of this and a pound of that’, what other churches have called a “food shower” We had so many groceries that the table, counters, floor. refrigerator and chairs of our beautiful kitchen were loaded and bulging. I have some very special memories of our ministry there and many other ministries where we formed life-long Christian friendships. In all of our 56 + years of ministry the Lord has taken care of us in amazing ways. Another example was when we were in Oklahoma City, and we were low on funds and on of the ladies called us and wondered if we could use some pears. She had more than she could use and many were on the ground and she was not able to do anything with them. The kids still talk about eating pears with peanut butter on them for supper that day. The Lord will provide. Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.

August 8, 2015    Encouraging Words….

August 8, 2015 Encouraging Words….

Are you going through trials of many kinds….

James 1:2-4    Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,   3. knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.   4. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Let me leave with you an encouraging word from   Amy Carmichael’s words….

today.

 

Hast Thou No Scar 

by Amy Carmichael

Hast thou no scar?
No hidden scar on foot, or side, or hand?
I hear thee sung as mighty in the land,
I hear them hail thy bright ascendant star,
Hast thou no scar?

Hast thou no wound?
Yet, I was wounded by the archers, spent.
Leaned me against the tree to die, and rent
By ravening beasts that compassed me, I swooned:
Hast thou no wound?

No wound? No scar?
Yet as the Master shall the servant be,
And pierced are the feet that follow Me;
But thine are whole. Can he have followed far
Who has no wound nor scar?

Philippians 1:29, “For to you it has been granted for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

II Corinthians 12:9-10   “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 

Response to the Supreme Court Decision of June 26, 2015

This is Nancy DeMoss’s response to the Supreme Court Decision on 6- 26-15

 

My Desire for a Beautiful Trellis of Clematis

My Desire for a Beautiful Trellis of Clematis

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Ken and I often called on our Dear Friend  and member of the Jonesville Baptist Church, Blanche Dietz. She had such a precious testimony and often our church family provided meals for her in her shut-in years. She loved the Lord and had many video tapes of Adrian Rogers and Jack Van Impe.

Sometimes about 10 AM during school time Ken would run over to her house and whip her up some scrambled eggs.   She would devour them as if she had not eaten for a long time.  Many sweet memories of our dear sister in Christ.

She had a beautiful vine of Clematis which spread to the roof  on her front porch in Jonesville  at the Evergreen Estates  and I loved to see them in full bloom every year as we called on her so often.

Today in response to  a Group on FaceBook (I am participating) to  “Read the New Testament in a year” the leader of the group, Liza Miller asked us to comment on a favorite flower.  This triggered my memory about the above  picture which i took of the flower I had on the dining room table, of the one Clematis that I had purchased on the sale table at our WalMart store. Eventually  I planted it in the yard of the parsonage in Portersville OH while Ken was pastor there at the Zion Christian Union Church….. in 2007.  I wanted so much to see that vine grow but the Lord lead us back to Michigan and I keep thinking about trying again.

I told Ken today and he said, “Put it on the grocery list” so  this week I will try again. I also want to have a trellis with Clematis climbing to the top to enjoy in the summer.

I am excited about this venture.   Watch this site for progress and pictures.

 

2011 MOTTO – HIGHER GROUND

TRUE HAPPINESS AND PEACE  DO NOT EXIST

APART FROM GOD   ISAIAH 26:3

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.

… do you get a little nervous up on the HILL?

Our choir loft is three steps up to the platform and three steps into the choir loft…
I noticed that some of the members were a bit nervous about being up there and perhaps singing a solo or a special part in the choir or even just singing in the choir.

TODAY FOR CHOIR PRACTICE…
I gave this devotion to them

I asked them….
Do you get nervous…up here on the HILL?

Then I reminded them of Matthew 5:14
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

People will look up to us and see our good works and though we all know and say it is “all about HIM” they may not be willing to look at HIM but will look at you.

When we are up in front of people taking part in our church services we are like the city set on a hill, How does your light shine?

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We who are in the Choir / Praise team, soloists, Pastors, leaders, have a huge responsibility to live our lives in such a way that other will follow us to the Savior, so that we can show them to trust HIM and look to HIM instead of us….

Author and composer Bruce Ballinger penned these words in 1976

We Have Come into HIS House

1. We Have Come into HIS House and gathered in HIS name to worship HIM
2. So forget about yourself and concentrate on HIM and worship HIM.
3. I will lift up holy hands and magnify his name and worship HIM.

{my version of the 3rd verse is}
I will give my heart to HIM and magnify his name and worship HIM
Worship HIM Christ the LORD.

Next time you are uneasy or nervous about serving in the choir or special music remember this little acrostic.

P= Pray without ceasing
E= Entrust yourself to HIM
A= accept your weaknesses
C= Concentrate on HIS STRENGTH
E= Expect a blessing

He will make you strong as you submit to HIM. He gave you talents to use for HIS glory. Certainly HE will strengthen you for the task.

THE THIMBLE HAT & THE BOOK

I MADE THIS LITTLE THIMBLE HAT
WITH LOTS OF LOVE AND PRAYER
JUST FOR YOU ON THIS SPECIAL DAY
FOR YOUR MENDING, SO BEWARE!

NOW DON’T PUT THIS IN A HIDING PLACE
SO YOU CAN’T FIND IT IN A HURRY
OR YOU WILL LOSE THAT PRETTY BUTTON
AND CAUSE LOTS OF WORRY.

IF YOU PUT IT ON A LITTLE SHELF
OR HANG IT UP SOMEWHERE
YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO LOOK AGAIN
FOR A NEEDLE FOR REPAIRS.

SO AS I SEND THIS LITTLE GIFT
I PRAY THAT YOU WILL KNOW
THAT THE WORD OF GOD NEEDS TO BE
IN A PLACE WHERE IT WILL SHOW

THEN WHEN YOU HAVE A SPECIAL NEED
YOU’LL KNOW RIGHT WHERE TO LOOK
TO SEEK WISDOM FROM ABOVE
AND FIND PEACE IN THE “BOOK”.

ISAIAH 26:3 – 4
“HE WILL KEEP IN PERFECT PEACE
ALL THOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM,
WHOSE THOUGHTS TURN OFTEN
TO THE LORD.
TRUST IN THE LORD GOD ALWAYS,
FOR IN THE LORD JEHOVAH IS
YOUR EVERLASTING STRENGTH.” LB
by Jane A Pierpont 8-27-10

“TRUE HAPPINESS AND PEACE
DO NOT EXIST APART FROM GOD”
(I wrote this little poem to give with the “Thimble Hats” that I crochet for my dear friends. See the link on this site. http://jane.wpatch.com/2008/11/17/crocheted-thimble-hat-needle-holder/)

Nathaniel Bruce Pierpont’s First Sermon at Age One

First Sermon

Monday morning, March 22, 2010, Jennifer, (Nathan our youngest son’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 Nate 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 here 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 one 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 out 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 and out some with their 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. I glanced over at his Grandma Giehl and she looked at me knowingly.

At that moment we 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.

PRAYER IN COUNSELING

Though there is some value in this I do believe that far too much emphasis is placed on digging up the past and dwelling on the details of those incidents.

I personally believe there is no substitute to pointing that person to the one and only person who has the answers to all problems and that is  Jesus Christ.

Pointing them to Christ and his saving grace and teaching them the need to pray (talk to God) and know that He cares and answers prayers and to stay in the Word of God daily for direction for their lives is the most important counsel one can receive.

Church attendance in a solid Bible peaching ministry is of significant importance in the life all Christians.

Wading through all the methodology of counseling without the sure knowledge of  Christ and His forgiveness of sin can only serve to give that person deeper distress.