Christmas in November

This title came to mind from a prophet on Elijah Streams I listened to recently. God is doing a marvelous thing in our midst and I am overjoyed! We had an excellent Operation Christmas Child box packing party at our church last evening. Our youth group and the local football team, people from our congregation and the community, gathered. It was pizza for all and many hands making light work of the abundance that was provided. Our goal of 150 boxes rose to a total of 228. Praise God from whom all abundance of blessings comes! May the Lord use all these gifts to make room for the gospel around the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

In other news, I was part of Leslie Leyland Fields’ four week Saturday morning writing seminar on zoom. She used her book, Your Story Matters, and taught us how to capture memories and write them down. Here’s a quote from the first chapter in this book:

“I’m going to guide you through this writing process chapter by chapter, but my words are only invitations to yours. In the end, your words in response to mine are what will matter most.” pg. 21

At the end of each chapter, Leslie has “Your Turn!“, where you can practice what you’re learning. She also includes examples from her other students to help you. Of course, the four weeks were not the full course; she did not cover the entire book. The Lord provided the funds for me to buy her eight-week course and all it includes for half price, $195.50, at the end of the seminar. I have paid for life-time access to the course, subscription to Mighty Networks, and support. One participant said she paid over $1,000.00 for a writing course that wasn’t anywhere near what this incorporates. As for the book, I recommend it to anyone who wants to get their life story down, even if you never publish your own book. It is extremely encouraging; Leslie has a lot of life behind her, raising six children on Kodiak Island in Alaska, and being part of a commercial fishing family. She has been an English teacher, taught many groups of people, and if you can find the free four week classes, which should be on YouTube, go for it! I agree with the saying: “Everyone has a story to tell, ” and when we do, it gives glory to God. Many tales from my growing-up years are being brought into focus by Leslie’s teachings.

I want to leave you with challenging Scriptures from K.P. (Metropolitan) Yohanan’s new booklet, Dependence Upon The Lord.

Thus says the Lord:

Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.

Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Notice, verses 7-8 are from Psalm 1. In these challenging days, what or whom are you trusting? Take a moment to examine your heart and realign yourself with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Until we meet again, Shalom dear readers.

Lost Month!

Wow! What a whirlwind month just flew by me! September was mixed with our yard sale production, dinners with friends, harvesting and processing and major projects. My husband is learning to hunt when he has the possibility of every day it doesn’t rain. He’s actually cut back to three or four days a week and not eager to hunt in the evenings. Part wisdom gained with age, part not having time constraints at this stage of his life. By the way, John took this photo of the moon shining forth the glory of God! (I was inside watching the pressure canner when he was out getting this photo for me)

Good Morning, Holy Spirit

I spent the month reading Good Morning, Holy Spirit by Benny Hinn. There’s a brief history with this book I want to share. About thirty years ago, I was the librarian for our small church. This book was on our shelves and I noticed it as I perused the shelves, but never read it. It was a book culled from the shelves a few years later (Benny updated the book ten years after its first printing) and I took it home, but ended up giving it to someone else before I read it. Recently, The Spirit led me to look it up on Amazon and I found I could download it to my Kindle for $1.99. I’m so glad I jumped at the offer since the Spirit knew it was perfect timing! Benny has an amazing story beginning with his origin in Israel, large family,emigrating to Canada, finding Jesus and turning his family against him, then a visit to see Kathryn Kuhlman. The Holy Spirit came into his life powerfully and he shares how it ignited his life and began his ministry. The fear, frustrations and the peace beyond understanding he experienced during persecution by his parents and family are such testimony to the saving, healing, glorious power of God. If you want to meet for the first time – or reacquaint yourself with – the Holy Spirit of God, I recommend this book. Good morning Holy Spirit! I ask You to pour out on me. Lead me and guide me, be my best friend as You walk beside me this day. Reveal Father God and lead me to the Son. It’s going to be exciting! Hallelujah!

Image result for Operation Christmas Child Logo Clip Art
https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

It’s time to think about Operation Christmas Child for 2021. I am on the planning team for our church and eager to meet with the rest of the team and get started! We hope to do at least 150 boxes this year, Lord willing. I see it as an easy avenue for sending God’s love and salvation to children around the world. If you reach the children, they bring their parents. Another good ministry to children with boots on the ground in our area is Child Evangelism Fellowship. Our local team has found challenges reaching out to school children during this season, but the Lord has inspired many new ways to reach out. Remember: if you reach the children, you reach the parents. Which ties in with Benny Hinn’s story; salvation came to him, then to his parents, then worked its way through his siblings. [click on the links and you will connect to the ministries]

Child Evangelism Fellowship
https://www.cefonline.com/

My dear readers, I hope I have inspired you to help pack Christmas shoeboxes, donate, volunteer, or pray for both ministries. The Gospel shall be preached to all nations and unity in the body of Christ shall come before the final day of the Lord. What is your part in this? I leave you with God’s words to Jeremiah that also apply to each of us. Remember, in God’s timing, there is no one too young; no one too old for Him to call; for Him to use for His kingdom purposes.

The Call of Jeremiah

1:4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;
    I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

All Glory Be To our God forever!