November 5, 2017         Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help-Mate

REJOICE EVERMORE

This is the first week approaching Thanksgiving…

I Thessalonians 5:16 -18  (KJV)     “16. Rejoice evermore.  17. Pray without ceasing.  18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  That is just not possible is it?   What is the difference of being thankful in everything or being thankful for everything?   In Philippians 2:14 -15 Paul tells us to: “do everything without grumbling or arguing,”    God would not ask us to be thankful for everything…..  He wants us to be thankful in everything.

Why?   “For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Have you ever noticed that some people never seem to be content, while other are easily contented and have a positive attitude flowing out of them continually. 

  

Why is it that nothing can touch our lives that God does not allow?  As Christ’s children we need always to look for the blessing in those trials and rejoice.   When we rejoice  in times of trial it becomes a  sacrifice of praise.    Even when it seems difficult, God wants us to have a thankful, grateful spirit.  What is God allowing in your life right now that requires an attitude adjustment?

In A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rev. John R. Ramsey tells how in one church a certain person provided him with a rose boutonniere for the lapel of his suit every Sunday. At first he really appreciated it, but then it sort of became routine. Then one Sunday it became very special.

As he was leaving the Sunday service, a young boy walked up to him and said, “Sir, what are you going to do with your flower?” At first the preacher didn’t know what the boy was talking about. When it sank in, he pointed to the rose on his lapel and asked the boy, “Do you mean this?”

The boy said, “Yes, sir. If you’re just going to throw it away, I would like it.”

The preacher smiled and told him he could have the flower and asked what he was going to do with it. The boy said, “Sir, I’m going to give it to my granny. My mother and father divorced last year. I was living with my mother, but she married again and wanted me to live with my father. I lived with him for a while, but he said I couldn’t stay; so he sent me to live with my grandmother. She is so good to me. She cooks for me and takes care of me. She has been so good to me that I wanted to give her that pretty flower for loving me.”

The preacher’s  eyes filled with tears, He had been touched by God. He said, “Son, that is the nicest thing that I’ve ever heard, but this flower is not enough. In front of the pulpit, you’ll see a big bouquet of flowers. Different families buy them for the church each week. Please take those flowers to your granny, she deserves the very best.”

Then the boy made one last statement, which Rev. Ramsey said he always will treasure. The boy said, “What a wonderful day! I asked for one flower but got a beautiful bouquet.”  That is a thankful spirit. Especially his love for his Grandmother.

December 20, 2015  Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

A COMPELLING REVELATION

Jon Swanson, Tom and Marion Kies son-in-law, & Nancy’s husband is a pastor and teacher and posts what he calls “300 words” on a  weekday  blog. 

Since he would be on a tour out of the country he asked for 14 people to post an article in his place answering the question,  “What story related to Jesus is most compelling for you?” The following is what I wrote and he graciously published.

Luke 1:26-55     A Compelling Revelation:

A young virgin is confronted with a humiliating decision by an angel who told her  she had found favor with God and that she would have a  baby boy and name him Jesus. He will be great and be called the Son of the Most High.  This young lady told the Angel that she was a virgin and did not understand how this could be. 

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the most High will overshadow you…. Just as your cousin Elizabeth will have a baby in her old age…. Nothing is impossible with God.”

Mary’s Precious Submission

In humble submission she immediately replied, “I am the Lord’s servant…. May it be to me as you have said.”

Then she hurried to tell her dear friend and cousin, Elizabeth the news whose own baby leaped in her womb before Mary even said a word. She too was filled with the Holy Spirit and said “you are blessed because you have believed what the Lord has said will be accomplished.”

Mary said these precious submissive words to the Lord….

– My soul does magnify the Lord    – My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour

– He cares for me   – all generations will call me blessed

– Holy is His name    – He is merciful to all who fear Him

-He has performed mighty deeds  – scattered those with proud hearts – brought down rulers  – lifted up the humble  – fed the hungry     sent the rich away empty   – Helped his servant Israel   – was Merciful to Abraham.

In this way Mary, the mother of God displayed her love and submission to the will of God in spite of her “circumstances”. 

Compelling us to Trust God’s Sovereignty

May 31, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

May 31, 2015    Jane’s Heart to Heart   …Pastor’s Help Mate

taylor & Lydia 1533911_10152136474621645_1004243655_nPRAYERS OF A WOMAN OF CONFIDENCE  ARE OF GREAT VALUE

As a pastor’s wife I have been challenged and convicted to pray for my husband.  This is out of love for him, love for the ministry and to glorify God.  We women may go to counselors, other women, seminars or support groups and indeed I have learned a great deal this way but I believe God is saying, “Try Me in this”!  The Lord is calling the church   “all born again Christians”  to Stand in the Gap.”  Can the Lord find us praying for our husbands, our marriages and our children’s marriages and praying for the leadership in the church.  This does not mean to go around and  to control people with your opinion of how things should be done but praying that God will give the leadership wisdom. He is Able. James 5:16 …The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Ladies, praying should be your main ministry.  Can you imagine what this world would be like if women were praying daily for their husbands, their children and their mates? A woman partnering with God in prayer for her husband. Using your God given confidence is a powerful tool that God can use to pull down strongholds. This is not a means to get your way, women, it is for the Glory of God.  Titus 2:4 says:  “ That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children.” Join me for at least one hour a day. This is the greatest way for you to show love for your husband. You might say I don’t have a husband.  Perhaps your husband is with the Lord or you are a single person.  Then pray for a son, grandson or nephew or a young man in the church.

Step up to the call  and into the challenge. Jesus is interceding for you.  He loves us with an everlasting love.  He delights in us.   Let the confidence you have in Christ within your feminine soul rise up and begin today. Partner with God for His Glory. Let us be women of prayer. The Bible says in I Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

How much time  does it take to drive to the grocery? Pray.  While you are preparing a meal, pray. Plan it. Choose verses that you can pray and put them on a card and post it at the sink. How about prayer during the commercials.  You all know what the mute button is. Or get up an hour earlier. If you wake in the night, pray. Make general lists and have them handy.  This is important?

We must understand that satan would have us and we must resist him. The Bible says we are the Bride of Christ and that we must submit to God–

Our Grand DIL  Lydia  arrived at her marriage to  Taylor  with a lovely white gown.   She had beautiful red flowers and as she lifted her dress to take a step you could she that she was wearing bright red Converse running shoes. I think we got the message that she was in it for the long haul…..    we  too need to think of that Bride in a beautiful white gown wearing work shoes, trusting God to defend.

In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV) we read, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (NKJV).   Make sure your heart is right daily, and then start out each day praying. Ps. 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”

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