January 1, 2017  JANE’S HEART TO HEART   …  PASTOR’S HELP MATE

January 1, 2017 JANE’S HEART TO HEART … PASTOR’S HELP MATE

MY 2017 CHALLENGE  Motto:

  The Way Up…  is Down

This new challenge for myself I share from  the chapter Bend Your Knees!  in the Ann Graham Lotz book, I SAW THE LORD….. 2006

But does it matter whether we sit, stand, or kneel to pray? Of course not, there are people who physically cannot do that.…Joni Earekson Tada  who is wheelchair bound….

A soldier who lost his legs…. even his arms…It is most importantly,  our heart attitude,  a person bedridden can utter a prayer even though he or she cannot speak aloud.

Why kneel,  in your heart?

It is an attitude of humility in your heart and mind and your trust in the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ who loved us and gave himself for us.

Ephesians 3:14

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

2017 Song:  Give Me Jesus

 by Jermey Camps

Give Me Jesus
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
In the morning, when I rise
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
When I am alone
When I am alone
Oh, when I am alone
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You can have all this world
Just give me Jesus
Jesus
Give me Jesus
When I come to die
When I come to die
Oh, when I come to die
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu2E2FUcIiE&list=PL05B763E33237346C&index=2

Ask yourself each day this year, is there anything holding me back from saying, Give Me Jesus. Then allow Jesus Christ to come into the center of your life. Repent of any unconfessed sin.  Trust Jesus alone as the sacrifice of the Cross for you. Claim Him as Lord, Master, and Teacher: Ruler and King.

MY 2016 CHALLENGE 

“TRUE HAPPINESS AND PEACE DO NOT EXIST APART FROM GOD”

Proverbs 9:10   “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” 

SONG OF PRAYER:

“THE QUIET HOUR: Speak, Lord, in the Stillness” E. May Grimes 1951 Singspiration.

 

2016

As  August  passed,  I began to think of my  annual challenge as I approached 2016.   After praying about it  I have began  a new plan for my Scripture Reading rather than reading through the Bible in a year as I have for longer than I can recall.

I want to spend more time studying God’s Word  and memorizing it rather just trying to get it read, so I have been praying and seeking the Lord for His will for my Bible Study.

I have decided to begin with Ruth and I want to write it out as I read it and begin memorizing it.

I have chosen 2010 motto again….  “True happiness and peace do not exist apart from God”.

Song…. The Quiet Hour,  Speak Lord, In the Stillness.

Grimes/ Alfred B Smith

Speak Lord in the stillness,  While i wait on Thee

Hush’d my heart to listen  in expectancy

Speak, O blessed Master In this quiet hour 

Let me see Thy face, Lord.  Feel thy touch of power

For the words Thou speakest   They are life indeed

Living bread from heaven  Now my spirit feed.

All to Thee is yielded;  I am Thine alone.

Blissful, glad surrender,  I am thine alone.

Fill me with the knowledge;  of Thy glorious will,

All Thine own good pleasure,  In this child fulfill.

Like a watered garden,  full of fragrance rare,

Lingering in thy presence,  Let my life appear.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest

-Max Lucado

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2015 – MY ANNUAL CHALLENGE –

MY 2015 CHALLENGE

“WHEN WE PUT OUR LIVES IN GOD’S HANDS

HE PUTS HIS PEACE IN OUR HEARTS”  (ODB) 

Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.   Trust ye in the Lord forever: for the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”   

Romans 15: 13 “ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” NIV

If we continue without praise in our trials we give up peace and contentment and JOY.  We make things even worse when we remove ourselves from His grace and fellowship during these hard times by whining and complaining.        

We can counsel and train your hearts by being obedient and offering a sacrifice of Thanks letting God’s truth lift and sustain our spirits.

Christian contentment is that sweet, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.”  — Jeremiah Burroughs

Being joyful is not what makes you grateful

Being grateful is what makes you Joyful

2014 ANNUAL CHALLEMGE – TO BE LIKE JESUS

My 2014 GOAL

The more of HIS WORD I have in me,

The more like HIS SON I will be. God helping me.

PSALM 119:11

“THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART 

THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST THEE.”

WHY?

II TIMOTHY 2:15 SAYS:   “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.”

Read Psalm 119 and bask in the truth of the significance of being in the Word of God and having the Word in you to address all of life’s issues.

This past year in June we decided to give the little book “Treasure Path to Soul Winning” by J.O. Grooms1970 to all the folk in our church and then to all of our family that can read. This little book encourages Scripture memory to facilitate Soul Winning.

Psalm 42:1-2 As the hart (deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God, My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: When shall I come and appear before God?”

Every year right after Christmas, I begin thinking what to do the next year for my family and loved ones for Christmas that cost little monetarily yet will be significant and my final realization this year after Christmas was over I realized that the most important thing that I can give them is a wife, mother, grandmother or friend who is living the Word and praying for them. The only real gift of value.

This is my continuing Goal for 2014 and my gift to others, the Lord willing.

Knowing God and His word will help me to be productive for HIS GLORY.

My song for this year is:

TO BE LIKE JESUS

Words and Music by Dick and Melodie Tunney, ©1989 LCS Songs, Pamela Kay Music, Dick & Mel Music/ASCAP

A little boy is crying for affection.    A little girl 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 little in return.

And I have found his promises faithful.   I seek to live my life that I may learn …

Chorus

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 supreme salvation  His heavenly love filled my earthly soul.

And I became His new creation.  My brokenness He made completely whole.

And through the darkness of this world I’ve been commissioned

To be a light that shines for Him alone.  Surrounded by His infinite mercy,

May my life always be known …  My only earthly goals fulfilled

When I’m centered in His will.  May all who see my life find Him in me.

 

John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

WHEN YOU KEEP YOUR EYES ON CHRIST EVERYTHING WILL COME INTO FOCUS”    ODB

2013 ANNUAL CHALLENGE

MY 2013 GOAL

PSALM 150:6
“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord, PRAISE THE LORD!”

“GOD GIVES US BREATH TO EXHALE HIS PRAISE”  KAP

Song:Find Us Faithful
by Jon Mohr, 1987

2012 ANNUAL CHALLENGE – Sing a Song of JOY

REAL JOY

As I have been thinking in the last few weeks about choosing a Key verse and song for the year 2012, I thought of the struggles that I have been having with a lot of pain from degenerative disc disease and also the fact that I am not able to sing as I have in the past. I have always signed my letters and named my web site, and recently ordered our grave markers and had engraved by my name, the phrase, “Singing His Praise”.

Since singing for me is much harder, and the pain and inability to do many things that I once did easily, I am finding that satan would steal my JOY. I share this so those who have similar situations may be encouraged.

When I was just a young child we sang a song in Sunday School and week day Bible Class that met once a week after school.

My good friend Beverly Smith (Yokum) and I would use our study hall to write the memory verses for our Bible class teacher.

I have determined to make this my theme song for the year 2012… and rejoice that I can still Sing His Praise in my heart and not allow self pity.

Along with that little song is an important message that we so need to keep in mind.

“J-O-Y”

Jesus and Others & You
What a wonderful way to spell J-O-Y
Jesus and Others and You.
In the life of each girl and each boy.

J – is for Jesus, for HE has first place,
O- is for other, we meet face to face.
Y – is for You in what ever you do,
Put yourself last and spell JOY.

The way to have real JOY in our lives is to follow the rules to this little song.

Philippians 2: 2 – 51 will be my verses for 2012 to help me “Forget about (myself) and concentrate on Him and worship Him.” (“We Have Come Into His House” 2).

“…make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vein conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5. Your attitude should be that same as that of Christ Jesus.”
In my counseling ministry I encourage those who struggle with discouragement and depression to follow this bit of advice, I am giving myself, and read I Corinthians 13 (THE LOVE CHAPTER) every day for one month and journal how those verses have helped them at the end of the month.

1 New International Version, Harvest House, 1995

2 “Celebration of Praise, Rick Powell, P. 27, Zondervan, 1980.

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.