Wednesday, January 22, 2014

God's Word

A woman I know hands out Gospel tracts to people everywhere she goes, and leaves them in public places, praying that people will come to know Jesus as Savior.

Some have tried to discourage her, saying, "Nobody will read a tract. You are wasting your time and money!"

On Christmas Eve, she was in a mall, and felt inspired to tuck tracts into the pockets of men's jeans.
Her children told her, "Mom, the store security was probably watching you on surveillance cameras!"

After Christmas, she decided to call up a coworker she hadn't seen since they both retired.

"How was your Christmas?" she asked.

"The best Christmas of my life!" her friend exclaimed. "You remember my son that I've prayed for all these years? You won't believe this, but he was at the mall on Christmas Eve trying on jeans, when he found a gospel tract in the pocket. As he read it he was so touched by God's mercy and love that he sat down right there in the dressing room and surrendered his life to the Lord!"

How encouraging that God let this woman know about the fruit of her labor!

Not too long ago, I shared the Four Spiritual Laws with a young man with a master's degree.
"Oh wow!" he said. "So that's John 3:16. I would see people holding up a banner that said John 3:16 at ball games, but I never knew what that was!"

He accepted Jesus as Savior!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 
John 3:16-18

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

No one else can touch my heart like you do

I gave birth to four children and none of them is like the other! Yet I love them all dearly.

When my youngest child died, a friend sang, "There is None Like You" at his funeral. This song meant a lot to me.

Some people mistakenly thought that a parent would love a child less if he was born with defects and serious delays. I loved Caleb with all my heart and he loved me (and everybody he met!)

The lyrics to the song were written for us to sing in worship of our awesome God, but I can imagine that God might sing them to us. After all, each of us is His favorite!

There is none like you.
No one else can touch my heart like you do.
I could search for all eternity long and find
There is none like you.
(In memory of Caleb, 9/29/92 - 1/28/96)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mission Trip

God had put it on my heart to go with a group on a mission trip to Portugal in August, 2001. The Lord had given me a picture from the beginning of a rock climber and the words: "Stick to the trail like a tick on bare flesh." So I knew I was supposed to not let anything stop me.

Finally, I was on my way. Th jet taxied away from the terminal, and there we sat...for an hour and a half....while the August sun shone down and the air got stuffy and hot. The plane headed for Portugal was packed and I was wedged in the middle seat between two strangers.

I wanted to get off the plane and head for home instead of continuing with my first overseas trip, but there was no way out. I began to feel panicky, when I stumbled upon a booklet in my purse that someone at church had handed me the previous Sunday.

It was a list of encouraging promises from God's Word. I was reading as if my next breath depended on it, when I noticed the young lady seated next to me was reading over my shoulder. We exchanged a knowing glance and then laughed at our anxiety. She, too, was a Christian with a wonderful testimony of all the blessings of knowing Christ. Soon the plane was on its way and the temptation to turn back forgotten.

I was ready to give up just because of an inconvenient delay! I thought of all the people who came to faith in Jesus Christ during those Lisbon evangelistic meetings and I remembered the words to this old hymn:

It will be worth it all

When we see Jesus.

Life's trials will seem so small

When we see Him

One glimpse of His dear face

All sorrow will erase

So bravely run the race

Til we see Christ.


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DNA of a Champion

"The enemy will try to use anyone or any situation to cause you to drop your sword, but realize it is only a ploy to keep you from stepping into the miraculous. Truly, one of our greatest weapons to fight this kind of attack is forgiveness – it's powerful. Keep it as your shield and you will deflect many arrows. And know this, the attack against you isn't about you, it is against the Kingdom you belong to. You are a part of something much greater than yourself and therefore the attack against you can seem relentless at times, but you have everything you need for victory – you have the DNA of a Champion living vibrantly on the inside of you." -Victoria Boyson The Birth of Your Destiny

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:57

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sweet Song

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have any being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him;
as for me, I will rejoice in the Lord.
Psalm 104:33-34

Isn't it wonderful how music is such a universal language. I watched a video recently where a tribe of people, formerly unreached with the gospel, loved to learn the new worship songs the missionaries taught them. Then the natives began to write their own songs. To their amazement, the missionaries heard the people singing the melody of "Just As I Am" with lyrics they had composed. The missionaries had never taught them that song.