April 24, 2016 …Pastor’s Help Mate

KAREN WILSON’S STORY

A New Path

Most of us don’t like change. We don’t like new things and starting over. Simply stated, we don’t like the idea of changing the status quo. And yet God is forever stirring up our nest and redirecting our steps, and changing our circumstances. Change can feel good, and it can feel catastrophic at times. But through all of it, hopefully, growth happens, God gets the glory, and Jesus reflects more in our faces having walked that journey.

Philippians 4:11, 12, 13,
“Not that I speak in respect of want (Paul says) for I have learned (better translated, I am learning), in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

God has a vision for everyone. He has each day of our lives all scheduled for us before we even get started! (Psalm 139) One of my mother’s favorite sayings was this: “We make our plans, and then life happens.” And I’m grateful that a sovereign and a loving God is in control of that “life” and will walk with us each step of the way.

When I was in high school, I prayerfully made the decision to become a registered nurse. I took the classes in high school that would help me for college and then went to a good college to become a nurse. And I believe I became just that! A good nurse! I loved my career, and I loved the patients and the families. I remember working hard, often going the extra mile and doing the extra thing to make their lives better. I preferred working in geriatrics; felt it was my calling in life. I had a compassion for the elderly and a heart for the spouses and children of the old relative that had now become incapacitated. Many times I prayed with families, and even more, times prayed with the residents and ministered to them at their bedside during their final days.

Also, the simple fact I was a nurse, had a license, gave me the ability, “the power” to make life better for many, to see good things happen. It made me feel good, and I was rewarded so many times by the love and gratitude that was returned to me. I remember thinking, “Wow! I can really ‘be Jesus’ to these people, in a significant way!” And indeed, I was. And that was my projected plan for life. And yes, Mama, I made my plans, then “life happened.”

Circumstances as they were in my life, things got out of control. Big changes happened big losses. Big regrets and big tragedies. And I won’t make my list here. One of my most recent changes is I quickly became deaf. My “job” as a nurse, a healer, a Jesus-doer had ended. And I felt like a failure and useless. And I grieved about this! I remember being angry at God for allowing this. Finally, and by the grace of God, I had to come to a decision. I felt God say to me, “Karen, you have a choice here. You can curl up and die (which I already had tried a few years previous to this) or you can choose to LIVE, by My Grace.” So, trusting God, I made the choice to live, and to love, and to serve. No, I wasn’t going to be a nurse. I wouldn’t be making big money, and bringing forth change because of my college degree. But I could still love people, serve people, and touch people’s lives in a simple way.

God showed many comparisons about Himself to me. Yes. He is the God of the universe that can snap His fingers and galaxies are created. One morning before breakfast He spoke the world into existence. His magnificence and power can be seen by all. But He is also the God whose gentle tenderness can soothe a tired soul, He weeps with us when we hurt, and He’s also a God who isn’t afraid to roll up His work sleeves right alongside us, and serve. And I believe that is what He has called me to do. He gave me the vision of becoming the “odd job girl.” And the jobs can get pretty odd! Pulling weeds, cleaning houses, pet-sitting your dog. And let me tell you! The work is often very hard, and my back hurts plenty by the end of the day and I more times than not come home looking like a drowned rat with mud plastered to my face. But I have a peace in my heart that has been missing a long time! I feel useful and needed. And no, the pay doesn’t compare to what I made as a nurse, but that doesn’t matter! I am becoming RICH in what really does matter.
I believe that working in this “common way” I’m touching lives of people that might be intimidated or put off by a college degree or someone with letters and titles after their name. But Karen; deaf, and sweaty? Yep. She understands! And people open up to me. And I’m still touching hearts and loving others. And I pray that I’m being that “everyday Jesus” to them. And I want God to always get the glory!

What is God calling you to be? To do?

Remember, it’s not the super talented, but the super dedicated that God uses. 1 Corinthians 1: Paul says, “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.”

God uses us because we are available and we’re clean; we’re anointed, we’re surrendered, and we’re dedicated to His purpose. God’s love is infinite, and He has a wonderful plan for our lives.

He wants people dedicated to loving and serving. He cares about changed lives for the sake of Christ, and that the good news of the gospel is shared.

In the life of a believer, nothing happens by chance, fate or fortune. There is nothing such as coincidence. There’s no such thing as luck. We are God’s servants and God has ordained us to look like His Son, Jesus. And we do not determine a man’s greatness by his talent, or his wealth as the world does, but rather, by what’s inside. I encourage each of us to continue on in Christ, to persevere, and to ever keep our eyes on Jesus.

May our lives make lasting footprints and a difference in the lives of others!

January 10, 2016 JANE’S HEART TO HEART

2 Timothy 3:6-7  (KJV)  6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

The women mentioned in II Timothy 3 were always learning. The reason they were taken captive by false teaching—and were unable to “arrive at knowledge of the truth”—wasn’t due to a lack of information. It was due to a lack of holy desires. You see, right thinking and right living go hand in hand. If you are unprepared to live the way God wants you to, chances are, you’ll reject sound teaching and will simply gravitate toward teachers who will tell you what you want to hear.

Turn off the talk shows, turn off the soap operas….  all of this type of information can confuse your thinking of what is truth,  purity and honesty.

Stay away from reading that which does not confirm your faith.  Reading worldly novels or tabloids will only turn your desires to worldly ideas and desires. Often these distorted thoughts and opinions can cause depression and discontent with the things that really count for eternity.  Guide your children and grandchildren to read literature that is character building and up-lifting.

Are you discouraged or doubting your faith? Perhaps it is because you have stepped away from the things which will strengthen your faith: Church attendance, Bible Reading, Prayer, and encouraging others who need Christ. Perhaps you need to turn your back on the things which steal your JOY.

JUST REMEMBER THIS…

Are there any steps you need to take in obedience to God?  If so, what are you waiting for. 

Leviticus 20:26 (KJV)  And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.

You are set apart, Oh What a high calling…. How would this New Year be different if you were more conscious of this fact. Thank the Lord that he has chosen you to be His and set about to honor Him more in 2016.

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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.

 

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.