"Uplifting broken people one heart at a time."

Monday, January 20, 2014

How Are You Doing?

"I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
                                                                                                       Philippians 4:14

  It's unbelievable that we are almost a full month into 2014. If you are like me, 2014 isn't much different than 2013. Did you make New Year's resolutions? I used to but I found that I was discouraged from not having kept them for more than a week or two. I do make goals yet I don't stress as much over them.
  In the work I do, it's important for my clients to have goals. It aids in their recovery. For those that don't know, I work with substance abuse clients. Each person has their story and each person has their own demons that they face. If they don't have a plan when they enter, by the time they have completed their time with our organization they do. Some succeed. Some don't. It's like that for all of us.
  If you aren't keeping up with the plans you had for 2014, there is still hope. I've often said that as long as a person is breathing, there is hope. Some of my hopes for this year are similar to last year. I'm praying for God's guidance in whether He wants me to go on another mission trip. I am seeking the Lord for help in my weight loss and physical situations. What are some of your goals or resolutions for this year? Whatever they are, you can trust God to lead you!
  I would love to hear what some of your goals are for 2014 and how you are doing!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Remembering Diann Hunt

  "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1

 A few years ago while at a writer's conference, the members brought up a member of our group who was very ill. I had heard her name mentioned before and had read some of her earlier books. Right now the names escape me, but I vowed I would pray for her. I not only decided to pray for her but I friended her on Facebook as I had done so many times before with some of my favorite writers. Her name was Diann Hunt and I began a friendship with a very special lady. Bear in mind that I never physically met her. I never spoke to her face to face, but her very words often cheered me up when I was down.
  Last year at this time, my family received difficult news. My father was diagnosed with cancer. It was at this time that I chose to write Diann. I wasn't even sure how to word my note to her. I had been praying for her cancer battle that she had faced for a long time, yet I knew she could possibly give me some insight. She wrote back immediately telling me that her walk with cancer had started in much the same way as my father's and that it had progressed to Ovarian Cancer. She was encouraging and uplifting and her words of encouragement, "I'm here until He calls me home," warmed my heart. She even told me that I had encouraged her and to enjoy the time with my precious father.
  Through the following 11 months I read every note from her and I prayed for her. I left for a mission trip in November and the week I was gone I noted that virtually nothing was said. The Lord took Diann home on November 29. For me, Diann showed Christ and showed that she loved Him above all else. One of the last posts I remembered reading, she posted these words:
  "Stop! Right where you are. What do you see? Taste? Feel? Smell? Hear? Root yourself in this very moment. Memorize it.

Life is made up of these. Don't be so consumed by the past or with the future that you are blinded to your moment. Right now. The one you're given by Almighty God to make a difference.

Go out and live for Jesus today, my friends! I mean REALLY live!! You can do it! Start now. Ready. Set. Go!"

  Diann made a difference in my life in two ways: she lived her life for her God and she passed the love she had on to others. I only hope that when my time on Earth has finished that people can say the same of me. What will people say of you?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Just a Little Hole

  Last Friday I was driving my car to Minneapolis when I noticed that the "check engine" light was on. I was concerned because my car is only a little over a year old. I stopped at a gas station to fill with gas and decided to try to assess the situation. It appeared that the overflow bottle of anti-freeze might be running low but didn't look that low. I drove on when the "heat" light went on. I found another close gas station, bought anti-freeze, put it in and drove on. The engine light would not go out. My husband checked all the hoses in the car but found nothing that would cause fluid to leak and there didn't seem to be any problem. Tuesday we took our car to the mechanic who repairs our cars. He came out with a short piece of hose with a very tiny hole in it. This was responsible for the loss of fluid and the engine light. 
  In life things may seem as though they are good. We might feel that we're walking close to God and things are in order, but perhaps something little might cause us to stumble. Perhaps a guilty pleasure. Fill in your own blank. The big things don't usually cause me to fold. I don't drink, I don't do other things but there are those little things that can cause me to stumble. It might be a questionable TV program or book or even worse, a thought. Before things get to the full blown sin point, the key is to keep the matter short with God. He longs to be close to us and only a simple little thing can break the fellowship.
  Whatever it is that is keeping us from being in fellowship with God, we need to get rid of it. Let's face it, a bruised rotten apple by itself isn't a big problem but if left with a bushel, it corrupts the whole bushel. Keeping short accounts with God often seems tedious but it's a must to be in fellowship. I know, I need to do this daily. Let's not let the little holes in life trip us up. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Bible Camp, Missions and Jesus

  Many years ago in the 50's a young couple with children were called as missionaries by the American Sunday School Union (Its name back then) to rural communities in Wisconsin. Their job was to win souls for Christ and in so doing, they would help to start Sunday Schools in those communities. One of the families they called on was a farmer and his wife and their three teenagers. The family built a camaraderie with the missionaries and soon they accepted Jesus. One of the sons would go on to graduate from Bible College as a Pastor and the parents would soon become active in their small Sunday School, hauling children to hear about Jesus and they would work with the Bible Camp that was hosted by these missionaries. Eventually the couple also helped to serve in various duties with the camp and missions themselves.
  When I was 8 I was privileged to attend Riverside Bible Camp in Amherst, Wisconsin for the first time. I remember vividly hearing a missionary speak about Africa and Jesus and it was then that I realized that I wanted to serve Christ as a missionary as well. Time marched on though and many other missionaries came and went in the rural communities. The family aged and grandchildren grew up and some became pastors, some became Christian teachers and in the third generation some became missionaries.
  The American Sunday School Union is now In Faith but its mission is still the same: to win others to Christ and like it was in the 50's they have Bible Camps and Sunday Schools. This year, my two granddaughters attended camp in East Central Minnesota and they made decisions for Christ. As I was driving home I remembered the story of my grandparents and my mother and uncles and I was humbled. Because of the faithfulness of willing workers, my family knows Christ. I haven't been to Africa as I wanted as a child, but the Lord has worked things out for me to go on a trip in November to Jamaica. I just want to thank those faithful ones who took the time to visit a farmer's family one day and shared Christ with them. Thank you and thank you to the present missionaries who serve in all parts of the world winning the lost! Who knows who you might lead to Christ?

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