November 13, 2016   Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

November 13, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

bike-free-vintage-clip-art-images-vintage-tandem-bicycle-clip-art-t9dftg-clipartJim and Melony Evans are moving Tuesday, to Ohio, to  a new ministry. Melony and her dad have worked all week doing all they could to lighten the load while Jim was finishing his last days of work in Lansing. I sat here in my office and prayed for them as I  heard both of them literally running up and down the steps bringing box after box to the garage from the upstairs and the basement.  

I thought of when I taught Children’s ministries, of Paul’s missionary journeys. I felt a tug in my heart as I thought  of the changes that new  ministries bring.

This little story speaks of this Cautious Journey toward real JOY.  I found IT in Juanita Purcell’s,  “Joyous Journeys,   Around the Detours” RBP.

THE BIKE RIDE

At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or Hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the President. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn’t really know Him.  But later on when I recognized Christ, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride; but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal. I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since…  life with Him as LORD, that is. He makes life exciting.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!”

I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are You taking me?” He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure; and when I’d say, “I’m scared, ” He’d lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey; our journey, my Lord’s and mine.

And we were off again. He said, “Give the gifts away. They’re extra baggage, too much weight.” So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him at first, in control of my life. I thought he’d wreck it. But He knew bike secrets, knew how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high places filled with rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.

And I’m learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, my Higher Power.

And when I’m sure I can’t do anymore, He just smiles and says, “PEDAL!”

-Author Unknown

Phil.3:14     “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

February 7, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

February 7, 2016  Jane’s Heart to Heart…  Pastor’s Help Mate

Ladies Who Are True Models

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,   5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

For some time as  I have been thinking about what that Scripture is really saying to me.  What is my responsibility as a mother, a grandmother and, yes, a pastor’s wife and leader/teacher?

This past week I believe the Lord has revealed part of this to me  in the Scripture that I have been writing in my “Journible” for  I Peter 5.

1 The elders which are among you, I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

Peter is addressing pastors and deacons, and older men in the church.

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (In other words “Watch over or shepherd not for personal gain”)  3 Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. (as models).   4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away (your reward will be in heaven).

Peter goes on to say to the younger men and we can make an application here to the women on the basis of Titus 2 where it says ‘likewise’ (in Titus 2:3 )

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be

subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Ladies,  we should be ‘models’ not by the world’s standard, but truly spiritual models as described in Titus 2:5   I used Webster for the following:

Discreet….  Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in      speech and behavior; circumspect:

Chaste…    pure, decent, or modest in nature, virgins

Keepers… an attendant, a guard, or a warden

Good…      efficient, useful, healthy, strong, happy or skilled

Obedient…Dutifully complying with the commands, orders, or instructions      of one in authority

For a true child of God, this all comes with a right HEART attitude for the elderly and the young; joyfully, not because you have to, but because you want to, not out of obligation, but out of your love for Christ and Christ alone.  Ladies, let’s become true models of God’s Standards. Run to God.