Archive | December 2011

Standing in the Gap, Serving Him

Yesterday afternoon, my husband, John and I were out shopping for a little while. When we came out of Michaels, we ran into a friend and our Pastor’s children. John made the comment, “Too many of us are getting too old and now you young folks will have to pull in the slack.” He was referring to serving the Lord.

My mind immediately jumped back to 1969 when I first attended Bible Camp with the other “young people” from Colonial Baptist in Blue Ridge, Virginia. Several like minded Churches used the same Bible camp at the same time and during the year, each Church held “Youth Rallies” which was basically a Friday or Saturday evening when kids from these same Churches met, shared special music, listened to a Missionary or special speaker challenging us to give our life to Christ for “full-time Christian Service.” Some of our favorite songs were during the late sixties through the seventies were:

  • Fill My Cup, Lord
  • Lord, Send Me Anywhere
  • I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
  • Whatever It Takes
  • Something Beautiful
  • Gentle Shepherd, Come and Lead Us for we need You to help us find our way…
  • Treasures
  • Just Take My Cross and Follow Close To Me
  • We Are More Than Conquers
  • They That Wait Upon The Lord Shall Renew Their Strength…

I could continue but I think you get the picture. Ours was a generation of consecration. We were willing to do whatever the Lord wanted us to do. To go wherever the Lord wanted us to go.  We were preparing to serve Him in the highways and byways.  Many were chosen by the Lord as Pastors, evangelists, foreign missionaries, Christian school teachers, Sunday school teachers, godly wives and mothers…  just as every generation. Ours was not the first generation to serve Him nor is it the last.

Many in my age group are thinking about retiring, relocating, the Lord has taken some of us home to be with Him while others suffer from ailments that take us out of our place of service leaving an opening for the newer, younger generation to step in and fill in the gap. After all, isn’t that what we were doing? Faces may change, locations may shift but since the early Church, we have been commanded to spread the Gospel and make disciples.

I had received Christ as my Savior in October 1968 and surrendered my life to Christ the following summer at camp and have never regretted serving Him. Due to health problems or other circumstances, I have wondered if the Lord could still use me or if I was a “cracked pot” just sitting on a shelf? He showed me in His Word that whatever our circumstances, to do all to the glory of God. So, whether I am writing, singing, playing the piano, or in the middle of a migraine or vertigo, I can still pray. Still serve Him – even though it is not the way I had imagined all those years ago.

My prayer for the current generation and for those to come is that they will keep their eyes fixed upon Him and to do His Will. (Not diverted by the world or politics or even by circumstance.) What is His will for believers?

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.’ ” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Did you get that? You are not alone – He is with you as you “stand in the gap” and serve Him.

May this year find you drawing near unto Him and serving Him wherever He places you. I challenge you to stand in the gap – He will show you where there is a need.

Happy New Year!

Love,

Kathy

 

The George Muller Homes

In The Vision of a Mother’s Heart, when “Mama” became ill, Isabel saw and heard her mother pleading with “Papa” never to allow the children to be placed in an orphanage. She had obviously heard horror stories and was afraid that the children would be separated and never be together as a family again.

There was a man in England called by God to provide a home for homeless children. He was not wealthy and it was said that one morning when there was nothing to eat, he had the table set for breakfast, the children at the table for prayer. He thanked the Lord for what He would provide.

There was a knock at the door. A baker had been prompted to bake extra bread and bring it to Muller’s children. Another knock at the door revealed a milkman whose cart was broken and he feared the milk would go to waste. He gave it to the children.

Our Heavenly Father knows our needs and provides before we even ask. This is why we are to ask with thanksgiving – something Mr. Muller taught his children. This is a slide show of some of the children who grew up in Muller’s orphanages. Praise the Lord for this man who wholly trusted the Lord.

“But let him ask in faith nothing wavering.”

James 1:6a

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Forgiveness and Fellowship

Miss Ruby hiding under the table after chewing the tree light cord.

Poor Ruby. When she gets bored, she chews on things such as the Christmas tree cord which was thankfully, unplugged. She also loves the strings on window blinds. At our former home, our mini blinds had a plastic twist-to open or close- rod. She loved to bat it back and forth and then she discovered the threads holding the blinds together. What a temptation!

She is actually the sweetest kitty I know. She loves to give “kitty kisses” and wants to be near us. (Maine Coons are not as snugly as some of our other cats but that doesn’t mean they don’t show affection in their own way.) If you stop and think about it, we are very much like that with the Lord. We give into temptation and then when we realize our sin, we feel guilt and run from the Lord.

When Ruby realized she was being naughty, (our scream might have been a clue – we were afraid she would swallow the plastic as thankfully, the lights were not plugged in.) she ran and hid under the kitchen table and chairs.  (It didn’t help that “big brother, Skip” pounced on her!) She didn’t want to come out and play or sit on her cat tree. Even though after the initial scare, and we were sure she knew the tree lights were off limits, we spoke softly to her and told her it would be okay.

She watched as John had to snip away the tight plastic ties holding the pre-lit lights to the branches. Eventually, she got closer and closer as she watched him remove the evidence of her destruction but she didn’t come out from under the table until after we put the rest of the tree together and prepared to go to bed. She followed us from room to room until she was satisfied she was forgiven or her guilt was lost with time.

How many times have we sinned against the Lord and our guilt held us back from reading His Word, praying or from having fellowship with other brothers and sisters in Christ?  How can we forget that He has already forgiven us? That the penalty of our sin was paid on the Cross by our sinless Savior? Why does it take us so long to agree with God about our sin? Pride? Fear? The old sin nature?

I John 1:5-9

Verse 5) “This is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light,

and in Him is no darkness at all.

6) If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth;

7) But we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of

Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8)  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Did you catch that? He paid for our sin on the cross with his precious, sinless blood which cleanses us from all unrighteousness. If we have confessed to him that I am a sinner, He forgives us – for always. The Word says that Jesus died once for all! He loves us. He wants to fellowship with us! He wants us to walk in the light – just as He is THE LIGHT.  Verse nine is for believers. When we sin, we break fellowship with Him. Just as Ruby felt guilty and hid away from us because she knew that she had done something wrong.

He wants our fellowship! He wants us to walk in the light and share in the joy of His love. He leaves it up to us. To come to Him and confess our sin to Him – agree with God that what you did, thought, watched, listened to or harbored in your heart so that our sweet fellowship is restored and we want to come to Him. To fellowship with Him, to read His Word above all else and to pour out our heart to Him in prayer. He is our Heavenly Father and loves us.

At this time of the year when parents warn their children, “If you are naughty, Santa won’t bring you anything for Christmas!” (Or in days gone by, he may have left a chunk of coal in your stocking instead of goodies.) In a way, children are being taught a system of works. (Check out Ephesians 28-9)  Isn’t it wonderful to know that Jesus has already taken care of the “naughty” and wants us to come to Him?

This Christmas, let the children come to Jesus and adore Him together!

Have a blessed Christmas!

Kathy

 

Nuttin’ For Christmas!

"I aint gettin nutin' for Christmas. Mommy and Daddy are mad. I aint gettin' nuttin' for Christmas."

"I ain't gettin' nuttin' for Christmas. SKIPPY SNITCHED ON ME!"

"I'm sorry. Will you forgive me?"

"I'll help!" I'm glad Jesus forgives too!