I Wish I Hadn’t Said That!

In my quiet time this morning I came across Proverbs 10:19:

When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable,
But he who restrains his lips is wise. (NASB)

Two angry businesswomans.If you are like me, there have been countless times in your life you have said something you regretted. Perhaps your words hurt or discouraged someone. Perhaps they weren’t altogether honest. Maybe they stirred up anger.

So often we need to slow down and not spout the first words that come to our mind. As this scripture reminds us, we need to “restrain our lips.” Not always easy, but so important.

Other scriptures come to mind.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. (James 1:19 NLT)

There is more hope for a fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. (Proverbs 29:20 NLT)

When we speak too quickly–and too much–we usually are not considering the other person’s thoughts or opinions. We are so intent on what we think, we fail to listen.

If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame. (Proverbs 18:13 ESV)

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. (Proverbs 18:2 ESV)

Please join me in striving to speak more slowly, speak less, and listen better.

Let all that you do be done in love. (1 Corinthians 16:14 NASB)

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Fix Your Thoughts . . .

peacePhilippians is one of my favorite books of the Bible. And the fourth chapter is one of my favorite chapters. As I read the familiar passage this morning, one section spoke to me in a special way.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8 NLT)

Daily we hear news of disasters . . . heartache . . . and even the shocking ugliness of sin. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by it all?

We can’t ignore what is happening in the world today. We need to be informed. We need to view Bible prophecy coming to pass. We need to pray for individuals and circumstances. We need to seek God’s direction. Each of us needs to be sensitive to whatever He is leading us to do to make a difference in the midst of the chaos, a kingdom difference.

But our thoughts must not stay fixed on the sadness and tragedy and outrageous sin we see. That can only lead to anxiety . . . fear . . . anger . . . depression . . . and hopelessness. Paul makes it clear in this passage that we are to fix our thoughts on what is good. What is “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” Things worthy of praise. Our eyes must be fixed on Jesus. Only then can we experience peace amidst the storm.

I encourage you to once again read chapter 4 of Philippians. You will be reminded how to find peace–no matter the circumstances.

 

 

 

A Child Is Healed

In 1963, my son Brett was born with a physical problem that doctors first had a difficult time diagnosing and then didn’t know how they were going to treat. But when Brett was two and a half, God stepped in and did a miracle. Here is the story I wrote about three years after he was healed (with minor edits) . . .

A Child Is Healed
 . . . Many Lives Have Been Changed

Brett was born unable to swallow. Part of what he ate went to his lungs instead of his stomach because of a constricted muscle. He was being fed through a tube going directly to his stomach.

Here is a summary of what happened three years ago:

Mrs. Evelyn Murdock, Brett’s babysitter, called me at work one afternoon to ask me if she could keep Brett for a while that evening. There was an evangelist in town who was supposed to be able to help people be healed through prayer. I told her she could take Brett, as I couldn’t see any harm in his going, although I was quite sure this evangelist was a hoax. I had a feeling I should go to the meeting also but talked myself out of it. I convinced myself that there was nothing to it and going would be a waste of time.

When Mrs. Murdock brought Brett home that evening, she told me she had talked to the evangelist about Brett and he had told her to come back the next night with me and Brett . . . and a sandwich! I looked at her in horror. “I’m not going to give Brett a sandwich–he could choke to death on the spot.”

My fiance and  discussed the whole situation later and decided that it might be interesting to go see this fellow for ourselves, anyhow. And I did hate to hurt Mrs. Murdock’s feelings–I knew she had her heart set on going.

We planned to go that night right after work without eating dinner first–that would give us a good excuse to leave early. We were all set to leave–without the sandwich–and stopped to tell my fiance’s parents about it on the way. They suggested we take a sandwich–just in case we decided we wanted it. So I tucked one away in my purse so no one would even know I had it.

We picked up Mrs. Murdock, her daughter, and Brett and off we went–Mrs. Murdock filled with hope and prayer. My fiance and I filled with skepticism with just a faint gleam of hope. We arrived late at the auditorium and had to sit in the back row. Soon a man came to us and asked us if this wasn’t the little boy who belonged in the front row (which was now filled). They promptly made a new front row for us.

We were quite impressed with the evangelist’s appearance. He was a captivating speaker. But whether or not he could perform miracles was another question.

It wasn’t long before he came up to me and asked me to stand and briefly explain Brett’s problem. He said he was going to pray for Brett that night and that he wanted me to take him back to the doctors and run the tests they had before. I assured him I would, although he knew I was quite skeptical. He told me and the congregation that if Brett died, he would bury him, give me a million dollars, and take full responsibility. Obviously, he believed Brett would not die.

Much later in the evening after praying for many people in the audience, the evangelist again approached me and told me to bring Brett up to the stage near the pulpit. I took the sandwich with me. He prayed for Brett. Brett was healed. The next day I took him to the doctor and he said his gag reflex, which had never worked properly, was quite active. They x-rayed him and found nothing wrong. His esophagus worked a little sluggishly, but this was to be expected since it had never been used.

It has been three years now since Brett was healed. Through this healing God has blessed us and others. Many have received encouragement and increased faith through knowing about this wonderful miracle of God. I have come back to the Lord. Brett is now five and a half and is growing up with the knowledge that Jesus healed him and is learning to trust him for all things. He even testifies to people about his healing on his own and we find out about it later.

As you can imagine, that was a real turning point in my life. I learned later of other children being healed because their mothers had heard about Brett’s healing. Their faith grew because they knew if God could do that for Brett, he could do that for their child as well.

I didn’t receive this awesome blessing because I deserved it. Far from it. I received it because of God’s grace and love. Just as he reached out to me and to Brett, he offers his grace and love and power to you as well. Whatever your need, I encourage you to trust God for the answer.

And Brett? All these years later, he is walking with God. He is a husband, father, and grandfather and runs his own computer business. Through the years he has blessed many lives–especially mine. Here is a picture of him and his family. Grams (that’s me!) is sitting with our great-grandchildren.

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Brett Webber and his family. Praise God for healing him all those years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Are You, God?

Because of my husband’s health issues, we usually are limited to “TV church.” We regularly watch First Baptist Church Cleveland. Recently Pastor Allan Lockerman preached from the book of Habakkuk. Although I’ve read that book any number of times as I read through the Bible, if you had asked me what it was about, I wouldn’t have had a clue. From now on, I don’t think I’ll ever forget–thanks to Pastor Lockerman’s teaching.

Habakkuk described the world as he saw it:

“Violence is everywhere!” I cry, but you do not come to save. Must I forever see these evil deeds? Why must I watch all this misery? Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted. (Habakkuk 1:2-4 NLT)

Fear - Jigsaw Puzzle with Missing Pieces. Sound familiar? What a fitting description of today’s world.

Habakkuk was questioning God. He wondered why God had deserted them when times were so bad.

How long, O Lord, must I call for help? But you do not listen! (Habakkuk 1:2 NLT)

As we look at today’s world, we may be tempted to ask the same question. Where are you, God? Everything has gone crazy and you aren’t doing anything! Here is part of God’s reply to Habakkuk:

“Look around at the nations; look and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.” (Habakkuk 1:5 NLT)

As we look at what is happening in this world these days, it would be so easy to be overcome by fear . . . anger . . . frustration. It would be so easy to lose hope, to wonder where God is. But God promises He is here! Just as He was in all that was happening in Habakkuk’s day, He is in all that is happening today. That doesn’t mean He is causing it all, but He is working through it to bring about His perfect plan. He is in control. Jesus promised He will always be with us.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20 NLT)

HopeInstead of giving in to fear or anger or doubt, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Keep looking up. Live with an eternal perspective. Only then can we walk in peace and hope. Only then can we move forward to do what God is calling us to do. He has a plan for each of us. Let’s not get distracted by the confusion around us. Let’s remember He is in control and will bring good from it all.

I encourage you to read Habakkuk. It’s a short book, only three chapters. In the end, here is Habakkuk’s conclusion:

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields,  and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the LordI will be joyful in the God of my salvation! The Sovereign Lord is my strength! He makes me as surefooted as a deer,  able to tread upon the heights. (Habakkuk 3:17-19 NLT)

Please join me . . .

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The Christian Church is under attack around the world. Almost daily we see end time prophecies being fulfilled. We must band together as Christians to encourage one another . . . to pray for one another . . . to glorify God in all we do . . . and to reach the lost.
I have started a blog that I hope will help draw believers together to pray for ministries around the world. And that’s the name of the blog . . . PrayForMinistriesAroundTheWorld.blog.

I am posting praise reports and prayer requests I am receiving from ministries around the world. And more and more people are following the blog so they can join me in praying for these ministries. I hope you will join us.

“Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers
for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT

Here are just a few examples of the ministries we are praying for:

From Bungoma, Kenya

KIBACHENJE CHURCH WATER NEED:

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Sister Irene looking at the new borehall being dug. We pray and hope to finish it as God enables.

Due to a big need for clean, safe domestic Water in the area, BY FAITH we started digging another Borehole Well as we expect the Lord to complete it; The Borehole is expected to go down over 40 feet and needs Culverts, Cementing and a Manual or Electric Pump and possibly Storage. All by His Spirit…

Read more.

 


From Andhra Pradesh, India

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Sharing the Gospel

Beloved Sister, Reaching the unreached with the good news of gospel of Christ with a great burden. I drove along with our team to many houses in the Tribal villages by walk to share the good news which change their lives. I know many people are perishing without knowing the gospel. The villages that we minister don’t have facilities for proper  living. They eat wild roots and honey most etc. . In our second visit one of the village ‘GANDIKOTA’ we have distributed provisions (Rice & Dhal). They are so excited. It’s our spiritual responsibility to share the good news to the unreached and people who didn’t hear the gospel for the first time in their life. It’s challenging thing because I worked among Non-Christians . And I was financially week. I request each and every one to pray for the efforts that we have been doing in difficult areas for the extension of the Kingdom.  Read more.


From Visakhapatnam City, India

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Water project in 2016. By God’s grace, they were able to reach out to even more people this year.

WATER PROJECT to HINDUS & MUSLIMS (Non Christians) who can read in our Language (Telugu). By this Project many came to the knowledge of CHRIST and wanted to WALK in the LIGHT. Pray that these people stand for Christ in these end days.

Read more.

 

 


From Pakistan

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Hello, I want tell you about the Pakistani Christian peoples how spend spiritual life in Pakistan. They don’t know about God and Bible but they are just naming Christian but they nothing know about Christianity but I am go there and tell about the God and Bible and now they know what is importance of God in our life. Now they accept the Jesus Christ. I am work outreach peoples.


I invite you to browse through the many posts already there and follow the blog so you can join me and others in praying for these ministries. And tell others about this prayer opportunity.

“Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers
for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT

The Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) on a bird table.This morning as I was having my quiet time with the Lord, I gazed out my kitchen window at the wonders of his creation. In this case, I focused on the birds flocking to our bird feeder and the squirrels eating the seed that had made its way to the ground.

My son and his wife recently purchased the bird feeder for us, and my husband and I have enjoyed it so much. So have the birds and the squirrels! In fact, so many frequentsquirrel the spot, I’ve come to think of this little area in our yard as a sanctuary for them. They seem to feel pretty safe. Yesterday one of the squirrels climbed up on our kitchen window ledge and peeked through the window!

As I was thinking about our bird and squirrel sanctuary this morning, the thought came to me that God is my sanctuary. He protects me . . . provides for me . . . and gives me peace even in the midst of storms. Recently he brought the thought to me that he has put a blanket of peace over my anxieties, and he reminded me to keep my eyes on him.

Lord, thank you for being my sanctuary.

I love you, Lordyou are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. (Psalm 18:1-2 NLT)

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I hope you’ll check all this out. Please let me know what you think by commenting on the post! Are there other sites you’d recommend for the page? I’d love to learn about them. Please post a comment or email me.