When I met La Moyne in 1951, she was working at the Colorado Springs Telephone Company. Each day as she rode the bus to and from work, she used Scripture cards to memorize Scripture.
The Scripture she was memorizing when we met was I Corinthians 10:13:
"There hath no temptation(testing) taken you but such as is common to man:
but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able;
but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that youmay be able to bear it."
That 'way' of course is the Faithfulness of God.
A poet said:
"I've tried in vain a thousand ways
my fears to quell, my hopes to raise.
But what I need, the Bible says,
Is ever only Jesus"
When God became Man in Christ and dwelt among us....
He underlined all the Promises as true!
II Thes. 3:3:
"The Lord is faithful Who shall establish (stabilize your life) in His way and keep you."
At age 11, I took God at His word, was saved which was the greatest miracle of my life.
Now almost 70 yrs. later, my life affirms this to be true! He will never leave me nor forsake me!
Therefore feed on God's faithfulness as good dairy cows do when a farmer bids them to come for feeding or milking. Each morning (and evening), my Dad, my three brothers and I milked 20 cows.
Dad would call them and they knew his voice and would come running as they knew Dad was faithful. Would that we be that regular at God's calling and feeding.
Don't be stubborn by listening to others (or gadgets) and miss God's call. It's harder for God to get our attention now as it sometimes seems 'gadgets' are more important than time with God. This paper is an SOS for us who try to relate to the younger generation....be patient with them, but firm in your convictions and your example.
There is no substitute for God. Tell them...but better yet show them!
You CAN make a difference!
Many people think that ministry is only via church-related work, but there are MANY ways to minister. Any ministry we do in Jesus' name has to feed on God's Faithfulness and if so, God will honor it.
Recently our son Kevin retired after serving 29 yrs. as an Oklahoma State Trooper.
He said that there was never a day that he dreaded going to work as he LOVED his job.
During the first ice storm after Kevin retired, I told him that I imagined he was grateful that he didn't have to be out in that weather. He replied, "I miss helping people."
He is now ministering in new and different ways as he and his wife, Michelle own three 'Just Between Friends' franchises. Since children outgrow clothes, toys and strollers so quickly, this is a great ministry....especially in these difficult economic times.
If you'd like to learn more about Just Between Friends, you can look it up on:
www.jbfsale.com/home/ or saintcharles.jbfsale.com)
We are only channels, but sin and selfishness can plug the channel from receiving all that God desires to give us, then via us to others.
Therefore take all that God gives....and give all that He asks!
While preparing this paper, I took a break to water the flowers in our backyard as it's been a long time since we've had any rain. I noticed this morning that it looked like the flowers had grown an inch or more...and one was even blooming.
God's Faithfulness can do for us what that water did for those flowers!
Earlier this week La Moyne rec'd a good report on her Coumadin level (which has been very erratic since her heart attack in Jan.) To celebrate, we stopped to get a Subway sandwich, forgetting that it was lunch time, so there was a LONG line.
Instead of fuming/fussing, La Moyne began talking with a college student who was in line behind her. When we were ready to leave, the young lady said that she would like to have information about our website so we gave her one of our cards.
To me this was an instance of La Moyne 'blooming where she was planted'.
Blooming where we're planted can make a difference not only for now....
but hopefully for Eternity.
The Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah prophesied in difficult times wrote:
"I recall about the Lord and it gives me hope. The Lord's mercies are new every morning and great is His Faithfulness. It is good that we hope, wait patiently and see the Lord work". (Lamentations 3:21-24)
'Have Faith In God' (by B.B. McKinney)
Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely.
He sees and knows all the way you have trod;
Never alone are the least of His children;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.
Have faith in God when your prayers are unanswered,
Your earnest plea He will never forget;
Wait on the lord, trust His word and be patient,
Have faith in God. He'll answer yet.
Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow,
His heart is touched with your grief and despair;
Cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him,
And leave them there, oh, leave them there.
Have faith in God though all else fall about you;
Have faith in God, He provides for His own:
He cannot fail though all kingdoms shall perish.
He rules. He reigns upon His throne.
Have faith in God, He's on His throne,
Have faith in God, He watches over His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail,
Have faith in God, Have faith in God.
Glorious and Precious friends, Travis and La Moyne: Our true God has greatly blessed us with your friendship and care. God's aim is to delight our hearts through your love, and your wonderful care for us,who are part of your readers.
Glory be to God--and a bouquet of a Million, Red, Thank You Roses for your great sincerity in writing from your heart and from your life! We are honored to have you in our life ..Amen