I met 'my Moyne' on Nov. 2, 1951.....God was (and still is) faithful.
I surrendered to preach in Mar. 1954.....God was (and still is) faithful.
She was (and still is) all I need in a wife and pastor's wife.
Every church I've pastored, La Moyne has become a 'beloved person' in the hearts of the people.
She truly believes that during our 54 years of married life that God has truly....
'Guided and Provided'.
God is not finished with us yet....
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LET US LOOK AT THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD:
"Hear my prayers O Lord; answer my plea because You are faithful to Your Promises." (Living Bible)
I was working on this paper during the nighttime...long before La Moyne's 74th birthday last week.
While serving as a Pastor's wife at the same time she was caring for our active family (and dealing with Lupus flares), La Moyne has been my 'right arm' all these years!
People in our churches loved her deeply and in fact, she rec'd many b'day cards from some of those members last week and that was most encouraging!
I've told you before that if we ever get our book written, the title will be...
'How God Has Guided & Provided'. He has been FAITHFUL in both!
It's kinda like parents teaching a child to ride a bike....protective, yet not possessive.
Life has some 'falls', but we get up, learn from the mistakes and try, try again.
God is the 'perfect parent'....He loves us with an everlasting love...
but He wants us to learn from life and move on 'up' in our experiences.
With this being Fathers' Day weekend, I would like to share from my 6-18-'05 article..
'A Farmers' Faith'.
What I said about my Dad's faith could be said about anyone who cherishes 'Faith in the Faithfulness of God.' If anyone has to do this, a farmer does!
(Just ask the wheat farmers who have been trying to harvest amid wind and rain)
But God is faithful and rewards faithfulness.
Good rains came earlier this year and the yield of the wheat is good here.
Cotton farmers will equally have some problems with the heat/dryness of summer.
Other than milking the 20 cows (which HAD to be done), my Dad did not believe in working on Sundays.
He believed that if you worked on Sunday, the machinery might break down on Monday!
One time a farmer wrote an article to the Lubbock, Texas newspaper, bragging on how much more his crop made in comparison to his Christian neighbor who wouldn't farm on Sundays. The editor replied, "God doesn't settle all of His accounts in October!"
We of course realize that many people do not have a choice concerning working on Sundays, but God knows our hearts and understands those situations.
Here are the main statements of that paper:
1) The 'faith life' rests on an experience of complete trust and follows life's best example, Jesus.
2) The 'faith life' always sees some Hope...
we just have to look above this earth to The Creator Who loves us so much...
that He sent Jesus to die for our sins and to give us a Perfect Example for living.
3) The 'faith life' always sees eternity in life.
The material life can be fine, but the spiritual life gives it more meaning.
4) The 'faith life' is living life under the control of God....
centered in submission to the Will of God.
My Dad always believed that we will 'reap if we faint not'. (Gal.6:9)
5) The 'faith life' is being good stewards of God's gifts and blessings to us.
Dad loved harvest time and we all should love the Harvest of lives and souls.
6) The 'faith life' is a life lived with enthusiasm.
My Dad was a good example for Mom and us 4 sons (and our families).
He died at 62 yrs. of age, so he didn't get to love his gr'children for very long.
But to this day those who were old enough to remember, still talk about the joy of being around Papa.
He not only loved life, but was a very expressive person and said often...
"It's a GREAT DAY to be alive!"
My folks believed the old saying:
"I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life....
God gave me life that I might enjoy all things".
La Moyne and I were VERY blessed to have fathers who were openly expressive in their love for family with lots of bear hugs and kisses!
Both of our Dads loved to sing.....La Moyne's Dad sang tenor and my Dad sang bass.
(Too bad that they were never able to sing together as they would've enjoyed that.
But we know that they're singing together now in Heaven!)
Some songs about 'Faith':
'Have Faith in God when all else fails about you'
'My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary'.
'My faith has found a Resting Place'
So let the 'weight of your life down' (by faith) on the Solid Rock of Jesus!
'Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!'
(Words by Thomas O. Chisholm and Music by Wm. M. Runyan)
Faith in God's Faithfulness is a daily experience (or should be).
Bring your Faith-Experience up to date.
Remember past lessons of life and learn from them, but don't 'camp by them'.
From 'Streams in the Desert' on June 9...(which is La Moyne's birthdate):
I once met a poor woman who earned a precarious living by hard daily labor...
but who was a joyous, triumphant Christian.
"Ah Nancy' said a gloomy fellow Christian lady to her one day, 'it is well enough to be happy now, but I should think the thoughts of your future would sober you.
Only suppose for instance that you should have a spell of sickness and be unable to work.....
Or suppose your present employers should move away, and no one else should give you anything to do.....
Nancy cried, "Stop! I never 'supposes'!
The Lord is my Shepherd and I know that I shall not want!"
"And Honey,' she added to her gloomy friend, 'it's all those 'supposes' that is making you so miserable. You'd better give them all up and just trust The Lord."
There is one text that will take all the 'supposes' out of a believer's life, if it be received and acted on in child-like faith.
"Be content with such things as you have for He hath said..
'I will never leave thee nor forsake thee, so that we may boldly say...
'The Lord is my Helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me". Heb. 13:5-6
(Hannah W. Smith)
The eagle that soars in the upper air....
doesn't worry itself about how it's going to cross rivers!
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