May 14, 2017   Jane’s Heart to Heart…. Pastor’s Help Mate

FIVE SPECIAL LADIES IN MY LIFE

Charlotte Celeste (Burch) Shipley       

Worked hard… bore three children and when she was no longer able to bear her own she took in three abandoned little foster children for two years,   and  when i was in high school my parents adopted my brother Jim.   She made bloomers for Sue and me with feed sacks, also called gunnysacks, when we were small. She held many jobs to help make ends meet. She and my dad took care of the children’s nursery of Grace Baptist in South Bend, she  taught Bible Studies, Called on many in the nursing homes and hospitals. She was the Chiffon Cake Baking Queen and everyone wanted her to cut their cake for special celebrations, made the richest chocolate fudge and cheese cake and her chop suey  was to die for. She always liked the table set and served a balanced meal  right down to the last meal before the Lord took her home.

Grace Geraldine (Sasser) Pierpont… 3 children,   worked at the Farmer’s market, home maker, pastor’s wife, S.S. Teacher.  When ever they came to visit us while Ken was attending college and seminary they would bring groceries, clothing for the children and what ever else they thought we might need.   In the years she lived with us after Ken’s dad went to heaven she helped around the house in every way she could to make my burden lighter and was a blessing to have in our home.

Mrs. Mary Robbins, for five important years was  my pastor’s wife, one of my Sunday School teachers, lyric soprano, and mentor.  While I was  in Jr. High we lived a half block away and she would come to our house or we would go to hers and my mother would french braid her hair for her.  She was the teacher who shared the story of the little lady who took her prayers in a basket to the alter at the church and took each one out and as she prayed put them on the altar and when she was finished she picked each one up and placed them back in the basket.   Then she reminded us the importance of leaving our burden with the Lord.  I never forgot that.

My Paternal Grandmother, Grace Shipley had two children and  my grandfather left her when  my father was nine and  she worked full time  at Clark Equipment until her retirement. She did not drive so she walked to work every day. She raised my father and Aunt Wilma alone.  She attended church on Sunday and Wednesday night faithfully. She gave each of us children a brand new bicycle  for our birthdays one year.. She got a 12 bass accordion and let me have it until I “left home”.  She was a faithful Christian lady and raised her children for Him and was an example of Christian grace.  I also believe she spent may hours in prayer for our family.

My Aunt Wilma  Paul, was my dad’s sister and I alway loved getting to see her and the family at thanksgiving and Christmas and other special times. She was was very prim and attractive. She was my long distant mentor.   She sang, played the accordion and piano, led choirs,  crochet and knit.  She was a fine Christian Pastor’s wife and mother of my two cousins. 

Prov. 31:28

“Her children arise up,

and call her blessed;

her husband also,

and he praiseth her.

May 8, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart      …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 8, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart      …Pastor’s Help Mate

Happy Mother’s Day, Dear Ladies

The importance of  being in God’s house with your family.

My greatest desire as a mother was

  • to raise our children to trust Christ at an early age
  • to Love and memorize the Scriptures
  • to love being in church in fellowship with other Christians.
  • to love Singing His Praises!

I found Saturday as a most important time of preparation for the Lord’s day.

  • making sure those shoes can be found, shined and clothes are laid out before bedtime, a little money for the Lord and a Bible  in their hand.

Be sure that your attitude about being in the Lord’s house, during the week, is one of excitement and enjoyment. 

This can be catching!

Born 1918, Billy Graham will be 98 this year in Nov.  This was Billy Graham’s Prayer For Our Nation on September 4, 2015  at 95 yrs. old 

HE  SURELY HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT’S HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY

Ladies this truly would be a  great prayer for us to pray in our homes.

Heavenly Father,

We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that is exactly what we have done.

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and set us free. Amen!’

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called:

‘One nation under God!’

May 10. 2015     Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

May 10. 2015     Jane’s Heart to Heart   … Pastor’s Help Mate

Memories of My Mother
When I was in the third grade my parents were divorced. My mother,  my elder brother and sister and I were living in the apartment of a dear Christian lady, Mrs. Rice, in Dowagiac, MI.  My parents, having been divorced just under a year,  we later learned that because of the prayers of this Godly woman and my grandmother Shipley, my sister and me, my parents got back together and remarried and  we  moved to Sister Lakes a few miles out of town.

Two years later when Mrs. Rice became ill, my mother would sit with her off and on for several weeks whenever she could.  My sister and I attended the Calvary Bible Church and our pastor, Allen Robbins  had Mrs. Rice’s funeral.  There my  mother heard the gospel  and gave her life to the Lord.  My dad was saved as a boy but was not living for the Lord. When my mother got saved everything changed.  They both stopped drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes and they stopped swearing. When  family and friends came to see us  at the lake my folks asked them not to bring their alcohol and began to witness to them and informed them that we would all be in church on Sunday from then on.

Mrs. Rice’s family later gave my mother one of her little books –  “Whatsoever Ye Shall Ask” –Walters. In it were several little notes torn from a journal with prayers for my mother. Does God answer prayer?

Ruth and Bob Hoff were dear friends of my folks and Bob had suffered a stroke and was disabled and had a difficult time communicating. Then Ruth developed liver cancer and when she had to have surgery my folks helped out with some of Bob’s care while she had to be hospitalized.

I have one of my mother’s journals and I want to read some of the things she wrote  there.

“Taken From Ruth (Iles) Hoff’s kitchen”  – “I have been here all week with Bob — Ruth had major surgeryMonday, 30th of Jan– ’95.”  (I am assuming that these were plagues on Ruth’s kitchen wall.)

“To look around is to be distressed.   To look within is to be depressed.   To look up is to be blessed

“Many people treat their religion as a spare tire, they never use it except in an emergency”

” To know God’s will is life’s greatest treasure, to do God’s will is life’s greatest pleasure.

My mother also had this song in her journal that I had written and sang for Mother’s Day to the tune of “I Wonder, Have I Done My Best for Jesus?”  I recall her calling and asking me to give her the words.   Here they are.

I Wonder, Have I Been the Best of Mothers?

1. I wonder have I been the best of mothers. And taught my children how to pray

To read His word and trust in Christ the Saviour,

And follow Him along the narrow way.

2. I wonder have I cared for my dear children or have I let them fend alone?

I might have lead my children to the Saviour.

The precious seed of life I might have   sown.

Chorus: How many times I failed to read the Bible.

How many times was I too rushed to pray.

I wonder have I been the best example

And pointed them to Christ the WAY.

3. Do I go with my child to Sunday School or does he have to go alone?

Do I depend on teachers for his training

When I should show him daily in his home?

4. How many times I’ve flaunted God’s commandments,

Then prayed my child His will to do.

Lord, give me grace to make the rightful judgments

And see at last my child stand for Thee true.

Last Chorus: Dear Saviour, may you always be exalted…

Through my beloved children every day.

That of me at the last ‘twould be recorded

She pointed them to Christ, The Way.

Mother loved the Lord and loved people and often visited shut-ins in the nursing homes and loved to do for others.  She also enjoyed working  with flowers and plants. her home was full of plants of every kind and she often shared them with other people. She was a very giving person.

What a wonderful change in her life came when Jesus came into her heart….  Thank you Lord for such memories of my mother.

                                                                               

MEMORIES OF MY PARENTS — Autobiography Chapter Two

I,(Jane Ann Shipley) was born in Cassopolis, MI

http://www.swmidirectory.org History_of_Cass_County.html

 DADDY ‘S HOME Town

My father, Beryl (Bud) Allen Shipley of Buchanan, MI,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buchanan,_Michigan   son of Grace Moyer Shipley who raised my father and his sister Wilma alone, after a divorce  when my father was about nine. His father’s name was Ownan Shipley, and lived the rest of his adult life in Glendora, MI.

She raised them in the fear and admonition of the Lord as she served faithfully as a Sunday School teacher in the Church of Christ in Buchanan, Michigan. She also worked for the Clark Equipment company until her retirement.

My father had trusted Christ as his Saviour, I believe, in his teen years (As in the article below).

Daddy was a carpenter and had a hand in many projects over the years in the Indiana – Michigan area.  

MOTHER’S HOME TOWN

While I was quite small we moved to the little town of Dowagiac, MI which was nick-named “Dog – Patch”.  I have looked it up to see why and I have only found a few nick name forums that affirm that fact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dowagiac,_Michigan

We lived in the former grocery store of my maternal grandfather, Frank Porter Burch who was married to Bertha Marie (Green) Burch. 

I recall my mother telling that her father had the name  “Lottie” put on her birth certificate when she was born to her mother’s grief (a former girls friend’s name).  They had agreed to name her Charlotte Celeste Burch.

A little closed grocery store building was on the same property as my grandparents home. 

My earliest memory when the store was still in operation, was to go see my grandparents and there were large barrels in the middle isle of the store and they would let me stand on my tip toes along with my brother and sister and reach into the barrel and have a few soda crackers or sometimes a big pickle.

 I can remember the very tall yellow and brown Sunflowers and beautiful blue Morning Glories that my grandfather grew just outside the back door of the store.  I do not remember a lot about those days. I must have been very young.

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Some Things My Mother Taught Me

(Written approximately 1960’s by Grace Shipley) My paternal grandmother.

Thinking back as a great- grandmother there are  so many  things my mother taught me it would be hard to name them all. Altho she was not a Christian at the time, she was interested in having her children attend Bible School.  At the age of six, I attended my first year.  I had a perfect attendance record and was awarded a pin by my teacher with  the Scripture words, “fear not I will help thee”, which I have carried in my memory through the years.

When we moved to the country my mother provided a way for us to attend the country church in which we also had an active part in the services.  I knew there were times when we disobeyed her, but she was always kind and understanding and willing to help us with our problems.

I became a Christian in my teens and down through the ages wherever I have lived I found a church where I could serve the Lord in some way.

On Dec 18, 1922, I took fellowship with the Church of Christ here in Buchanan, MI, having been a member of the U.B. Church.  As a member here I have spent some of the most enjoyable years of my life in serving the Lord and having the fellowship of Christian friends. 

On April 27, 1924 my Mother and son were baptized into Christ in this church which made me very happy.

The most important thing my mother taught me is that it was right to go to church and has had a great influence in my life.  In rowing older we cherish the memories of the many things our mother’s teach us and the things she did for us and how richly we have been blessed by having such a mother.

We are twenty in number in our family group.  I have a sone, a daughter, six grandchildren of whom for are married, and five great-grandchildren.

Out of this number we have two ministers, a choir director, a youth leader, four pianists, and others serving the Lord in many ways.  From the youngest to the oldest these twenty are in the Lord’s house every Lord’s day, which makes a very happy great- grandmother.

In Proverbs 22:6 we read, “Train up a child in the way de should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

MOTHER’S DAY JOYS

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 the 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 granddaughter, 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  matter of fact I should pay them for the enjoyment that I would receive. 

Just before they arrive 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.  By the time I was finished and 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 was pretty small so I had offered Lois my old cedar chest, which our son-in-law 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

http:/wwwkenpierpont,com  and read a beautiful mother’s day greeting which he wrote to me in 2005 and posted 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.

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