May 28, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart….  Pastor’s Help Mate

Memorial Remembrance

The darkness of sorrow and grief and serious health issues

has come recently to some of our dear loved ones

in our church and families.

JIM FORD Member 5/6/2017

MAUDE GREEK  Member  5/8/2017

NAOMI GIEHL  Grandmother of Jennifer Pierpont 5/17/17

GLENN HARRIS-Husband Of Niece Beth Pierpont Harris’ 5/22/17

Joni Eareckson Tada reminds us in her devotional A Spectacle of Glory,  to ask the Lord to fill us daily with Himself so people who encounter us will see glimpses of Him, hear His kind, grace-filled words; and even catch His fragrance. She noted this poem in Mrs. Charles Lettie Cowman’s  “Streams in the Desert”, 1925, Zondervan. p.313. 

On February 1, 1901, the Cowmans left the United States to work as missionaries in Japan.  Charles was also one of the co-founders of The Oriental Missionary Society. Charles died in September 1924. After his death, Lettie found a note addressed to her in his Bible, stating, “Go on with my unfinished task.  After Charles’ death, OMS’ work continued with co-founder E.A. Kilbourne as the organization’s second President. Lettie continued serving with OMS as one of the co-founders. When Kilbourne died four years after Charles, Lettie became the third President of OMS, the sending mission board of our dear Marilyn Wykes.

Oh, give thy servant patience to be still,

And bear Thy will;

Courage to venture wholly on the arm

That will not harm,

The wisdom that will never let me stray

Out of my way;

The love that, now afflicting, knowest best

When I should rest.

Have you considered who is going to take the place of those who are not able? God wants us to lift up our eyes to Him and honor Him as we take up the cross and follow Him.  Also, as others take up the task that some of us once did, they deserve to see a better more joyous spirit in us as we continue to rejoice in the LORD and remember that we are so blessed, that we can still pray for those who do the work of the Lord.    Let us rejoice together!     What is your life?

August 7,  2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   Pastor’s Help Mate

This past Sunday we were with our son Kevin’s, family at Mt. Pleasant, MI.

The S.S. teacher presented a lesson from James Merritt’s video presentation and I would like to share what I gleaned from the lesson.  The lesson was based on Matthew 25: 14 – 26 on the parable of the Talents.

Faithful

How would you define  faithful?

Prov. 20: 6 “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”  God is faithful.  Would you describe yourself as faithful”

The lesson from Matthew 25, demonstrates  living up to  these 5 words – “You Can Count on Me”.

Today, I encourage each of you to take stock of the God-given talents He has given you.  Every one of us has God-given gifts and abilities.  It is not important what we have, but what we do with what we have.   I would like to ask you to think seriously this week about this subject.

  1. What God-given abilities do I have? What am I doing with them to bring honor and glory to Him? sewing, baking, serving, teaching, musical talent, money, time, prayer….

2.  What material things do I have and how am I using those things that I have to       

     bring glory and honor to God?

God does not compare you with how others do, but he does compare you with what you do, with what He has blessed you.  There is no reason to compare yourself with others. I wish I could sing like that, or had more money to give, etc.  Just do your best and be faithful to Him to the best of your ability.  Verses 23 says he will say, “Well done thou good and Faithful servant.”

When we only use that with which He has gifted us, for  a corruptible crown, He will say as in verse 26,  “thou wicked and slothful servant“.

When I worked with music students, I prayed that the Lord would help me to teach those who were trying to polish their God-given talent, that they would use that talent  for Christ Alone.

Pray that the Lord will show you what you should do for the purpose of carrying out the Great commission: by winning  the lost to Christ and  teaching them to observe that Great commission too. This is called discipleship.  If what you are doing with your talent is not for that great purpose, it is not an investment , but as in  verse 26, he called that servant, wicked and slothful.   

Will the Lord say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”? Are there some things that you should change?                  

CAN HE COUNT ON YOU?

My Heart’s Silent Song of Praise

My Heart’s Silent Song of Praise

 

I wrote this little song on May 30, 2015 and sent a note to our youngest son Nathan and ask if he could come up with an arrangement for me… in just a few hours he sent this back to me with the recorded song he sang in my place…  Thank you again, Nathan.

My Mother’s Voice

My Strength is gone
My voice is low
My hands cease their labor
Yet they raise to Him
My heart’s silent song of Praise

He knows my thoughts
With thankful heart
I lift my silent call.
To yield to Him my all.
My heart’s silent song of Praise.

Those gifts He loaned
To use for HIM
That others too could know
Of His great love.
My heart’s silent song of Praise.

Still Singing His Praise in My Heart.

This humble little poem is my Heart as I realize more and more how the Lord allows us to give our talents to Him which has been my desire since my youth.

I thank Him for the honor of having been able to serve Him in so many ways and now He is allowing me to honor HIM in other ways…. Praying that I will be open to these new ways as I continue to serve HIM as long as He chooses.

It is such a JOY to know that He has the plans.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. –Jer. 12:11 NIV

January 4, 2014     Jane’s Heart to Heart  …Pastor’s Help-Mate

January 4, 2014 Jane’s Heart to Heart …Pastor’s Help-Mate

God’s Expectations of Us vs Our Expectations of God?

As a Christian teacher I have often taught young people and adults various skills, such as voice, handbells, piano and the academics.  Often certain students were weak in Math but very gifted in  Art. Likewise some  did not seem to have any creative skills and were very successful academically.

I had a high standard for conduct and appearance during performances because family and parents would be in attendance and I desired a positive experience for both student and parent. The appreciation was as great for each performance of lesser or greater difficulty levels.

There was a time when I would wonder if some would ever be able to accomplish the task. The more experienced I became the more I realized that each person is created to be what God wants him to be.  Some students have to work very hard to maintain an average grade at best and others seem to be able to succeed in every area with ease.  Does that mean that we should not challenge either to higher expectations.

Having raised a budding  concert pianist we have attended countless recitals where as  he was the first pianist on the program rated as to his ability level and in later years sitting through the whole program  to hear him as the  last person on the program. Some of the times as his parent, even though he did well, we knew it was not his best. Just a few weeks ago we were brought to tears over his obvious dedication to the task.

Does God want us to be satisfied with status quo in our lives?  Of course not… Colossians 3:23 [in the Amplified Bible] says: “Whatsoever you do, do it heartily, for the Lord,, and not for men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive an inheritance as a reward, Christ is the Lord for whom you work as a slave.”

Often we do the same thing in our thinking about God with respect to our public worship….it is natural and right of course that it should be of highest quality and that we should give Him our very best.  Yet, we do not want to come to the conclusion that God is not honored by our humble efforts as compared  to a highly professional performance. The real issue is God wants our best. We are His servants.

Our God has the capacity to hold both Big and Small in His mind.  We need to do our part to honor Him is everything that we do for HIS Glory, not for our own glory. He knows if it is our best.

One day a young man proudly strutted up to the platform to speak and did an inferior job and came down with his head held low..

An elderly lady said to him later….  “Sonny, if you had gone up like you came down, you could have come down like you went up!”