Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The witness



One evening after the children were put to bed; my step mother prepared a wonderful cinnamon tea. Each cup held the aroma of a pleasant sweetness.

During this evenings tea...I gave my father and his wife my testimony of salvation. An added blessing for me in being able to share my testimony was to have the very one who led me to the LORD right beside me...my husband.

The opportunity to witness has got to be one of the greatest joys in a Christian's life. To recount that glorious day when one has trusted Christ as their personal Saviour. The beginning of a new life! That fulfilling moment of a clear conscience!

FORGIVEN!!!

A favorite hymn of mine:

Redeemed how I love to proclaim it

Redeemed by the blood of the lamb

Redeemed through his infinite mercies

His child and forever...I am..

Redeemed..Redeemed...

Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb!

Redeemed and so happy in Jesus

No language my rapture can tell..

I know that the light of his presence

With me doth continually dwell..

Redeemed...Redeemed...


and so with my witness...came not only the joy of telling of the mercies of GOD, but the joy of speaking...in person...to my earthly father...about my Heavenly Father.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:16-17



My father and his wife were very kind in listening, expressing their happiness for my life.

His wife had grown up in church and had sang in the choir in her youth.

My dad....he was an atheist.

...a recovering alcoholic, he had been sober for a year.

It was quite alarming for me to find out my father was an atheist.

my happy world had been shattered.


I felt I had lost him again...in my heart.... where I held the treasure of his presence and that dream of..."My Earthly Father".....and his receptive heart intertwined in mine with my "Heavenly Father".

A man of his own means...he was proud of himself having taken on the challenges of his life. He was strong now and of course happy with his new found family.

When I went to bed each night of our visit; I prayed that the light of God's presence would shine in us and my father could not deny GOD any longer!

I thanked the LORD for the continuing days we had in our visit and each door of utterance that opened, revealing GOD in our lives. We requested prayer at each meal. The children sang Sunday School songs...compelling his wife to sing along familiar songs from her youth.

These moments lifted the burden of my heart...reminding me...GOD is in our midst always. His work continues as we wait patiently...trusting in his good work.


This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersover thou goest.

Joshua 1:8-9

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

My Father's....Princess!




My twenty-fifth birthday was approaching...and so was the trip to visit my father.

My dream come true...at last...a reality.

(this is usually said about a husband...he too was my dream come true!)

And he would share this journey with me.

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Proverbs 27:17


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It is January 1980 and my stomach is so full of butterflies, I can't sit still in my seat on the airplane. As I walked to the back of the plane, the flight attendants were standing there chatting. As we said hello, the usual in flight conversations started.

"Is this a business or pleasure trip?"

Oh my...what a question to ask me of all times!

And so I began with the letter reaching my dad and his phone call and that when we land, I will see him for the first time in 21 years!

They were ecstatic! The depth of the meeting began to sink in when they saw that I was with my husband and three small children as well.

Not only was this man going to see his daughter...but three precious Grandchildren!

They now could not wait for the landing themselves. I had to hurry back to my seat as the approach for landing was now underway.

As we touched ground...my husband gripped my hand with assurance. Assurance of hope...that GOD was in this!

As we waited our turn to exit the plane...

My father and his wife were pacing the waiting area. He had set his alarm on his watch for the exact time our plane was to land. And it did sound off! He was counting every moment!

Coming down the walkway...we knew immediately who they were. They looked just like the photo my father had enclosed with the tickets. A pleasant smiling couple.

Now....they were waving...smiling and trying to get closer.

My father immediately reached out his arms to embrace....his "Princess"

The tears of joy overflowed within our hearts as well as upon our faces. He knelt down to hug each of ....his grandchildren.

And then he gave my husband a tight hug of approval.

His wife also was beaming with joy...she was the one left to explain all that was going on while the flight crew and Captain stood watching with tears in their eyes.

The Captain shook our hands and said what a pleasure it was to deliver such precious cargo on his flight! He wished he'd known.

Perhaps it's just as well he didn't...we might have had the newsmen there and a brass band! The brass band would have been nice!

I can't help but imagine the Angels in Heaven singing praises at the good work of God.

We all huddled together chattering away as we picked up our luggage.

My father just looked at us over and over in amazement. He was so happy.

and...I was too.

The "Princess" treatment began as soon as we arrived to their home.

There were gifts for everyone...a special coffee mug with my (real) name on it.

Yes, just for the "Princess"

The children had their own room and some new toys.

We felt so at HOME.

I did not realize that all the neighbors knew about this meeting. And later their very close friends living across the street came to meet us. A wonderful couple with three children...close to the ages of my own. (God is so good!)

(I wondered...if they had peeked out the window upon our arrival...I think so!)

There was so much to talk about...years...photos...and today.

The next day...was shopping day. Just my father and I.

He wanted to take me out for my birthday and buy an outfit. How nice.

A nice dress? NO...head to toe outfit!

I found a lovely skirt suit...and a must was a lovely blouse to match...and shoes..and a purse!

Indeed.... I did feel like my daddy's...."Little Princess"



When we arrived at the house, my husband greeted us at the door, smiling from ear to ear.

"So what did you get?"

as we entered I heard... "SURPRISE!!!"

There was the neighbors and my step mom laughing as I looked upon all the children seated around the dining table wearing bright yellow plastic cowboy hats and surrounded by western decorations...and a huge decorated cookie in the center of the table!

It was just so cute to behold.

My father and his wife lived in Texas and since this was our first time to the state...it was only appropriate to bring in my birthday...Texas style!

Everyone began to sing...and I cut the first piece of the cookie.

(I always wondered if my children thought that was an just ordinary birthday party!?)

During the visit...we went to the zoo...the ice cream shop...barbecued. All full days filled with making....memories.

I know my father was trying to make up for lost time. At times I felt awkward knowing this..and didn't want him or his wife to feel that they owed me anything.

This made them happy though...and you could tell.

It was the joy of finding him that brought me such happiness...

deep within...knowing God's hand was upon this...

the witness of his saving Grace was within reach.

I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
Psalm 72:14

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"Please Forward"


Walking to the mailbox...an everyday habit...usually expecting a bill of some sort..

My father found a letter

A very special letter with his daughter's name as the sender!

and "PLEASE FORWARD" written on the front and back of the envelope..

She's looking for me!

His heart so full...he stood at the mailbox for a long time, just holding the letter unopened.

His wife noticed it was taking him quite a while to check the mail and as she walked out the door...

he drew near, he held his hand out with tears in his eyes

She too was amazed!

Oh, she must have just gotten married and wanted to tell you!

As they both sat down to read the letter...

Words came of her wonderful husband and small growing family...and a life of joy as a Christian young woman...

He sat dazed...she hadn't forgotten me!

His wife would tell me later...it was the happiest day of his life.

Is it possible that all these years, he wanted a "Little Princess"...but was too ashamed of his life and the reasons for divorce...and the agreement to stay away.

He also had a deep void in his life.

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Just as he had gone to the mailbox as usual...

I was busy about my daily home keeping when the telephone rang...

"It's your DAD!"

I rolled my eyes thinking it was a friend playing a joke...but my husband with a serious look on his face said...

"It IS your dad!"

I froze for a moment...

MY LETTER...MY LETTER!....reached him!

...GOD answered my prayer!

Hear my prayer, O LORD,
give hear to my supplications:
in faithfulness answer me,
and in thy righteousness.
Psalm 143:1


We spoke for a little while. He asked how I found him and how much it meant to him receiving my letter.

"We want to fly you and your family to visit us! Can you come?"


I couldn't believe what I was hearing...now a trip...visit in person!

All expenses paid!! I was overwhelmed.

The journey of a "Princess"...was about to begin.

Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the LORD;
trust also in him;
and he shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:4-5

Monday, September 15, 2008

A Burdened Heart


As a young woman of nineteen years I began my journey with the LORD...my heavenly Father. What joy I found in knowing Him! I could read this love letter every day...any hour.

Just as a young child climbs into their father's lap for comfort and security. I now found mine...in the Words of GOD, my Father.

I was always troubled at some one's death. I had no assurance of where they went when they died. I wanted to know!

In the witness of this young man; it was at that time of my salvation that all peace flooded my soul. I knew.. I knew now...by faith in the shed blood of Christ for the remission of my sins...I now..will go to Heaven! Washed clean from my sins! AMEN!

Of course I married this young man, who won the admiration of my heart. We started a family and he eventually attended Bible College.

We both grew in the grace and knowledge of the LORD and understanding of His ways and will.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promises, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:9

Once again..my thoughts began to reflect on my earthly father and I became very burdened for his soul.

Lord, I have to find him...I have a father out in this world somewhere...is he saved? Does he know you LORD?

Please, help me find him. I must give him the Gospel...I must give him the truth and hope!


Where do I begin to look?

My grandmother had passed away years earlier and I had not been in contact with any of my father's family.

I pondered many ways...and then decided to seek out one of my uncles.

His wife, the one who always wrote my mother. She was SAVED! I remember the letter with her testimony!!! I'll find my uncle...I'd remember the address. They lived there for so many years..they must still be there!

Of all places...New York! and with a very common name...my chances seemed slim. But, with prayer and confidence in my trek...I was sure to find him.

"Hello Uncle..this is your niece. I am fine, thank you. Oh, I'm 24 yrs. old now and happily married with three children. I'm calling to ask if you know how I can reach my father?

You do...you have his address! Oh, that's okay if it's an old one. (he had not heard from my dad in a very long time) I'd like to write him a letter. I'll just put "forward" on the envelope. Oh, thank you so much. It was wonderful talking with you. I will...I'll keep in touch.



My prayer was answered..there was hope!

Praise ye the LORD, Praise the LORD, O my soul.
While I live will I praise the LORD:
I will sing praise unto my God while I have any being.
Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:
Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever.
Psalm 146:1-6

Monday, September 8, 2008

A Love Letter


My searching could never bring me peace. The "religion" I was brought up with gave me nothing but a repetitious prayer life and redundant church service that led me nowhere.

I recall going to a different church once with a friend...and for the first time, I heard in depth about people who knew God and how he was a part of their lives! For once, I realized there was more to a church service...there was a BOOK about God that people could read for themselves!

I wanted this Book.


On one special occasion in which I was advanced in my "religion"... a gift is given by your parents. I requested a BIBLE. Much to my disappointment, I was given a little book of my religious affiliation.

I had so many questions about God, but there was no one who would take the time outside of a programed lesson, to give me assurance and hope and trust.
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In my Blog...Watering Wells Of Hope... I wrote a post about Trust. Here is an excerpt of this post...

TRUST


Trust~ definition: firm belief in some quality of a person, thing; hope; confidence in, rely on, believe.

A person's personal testimony is one that cannot be refuted as it is theirs/mine. One can choose to believe it or not..as is with anything of choice in life. However, when the life reflects the depth of truth...it is more tangible and as the definition of TRUST states..we have confidence in it and there is an eventual belief of that truth.

I remember reading a statement not long ago..actually in regards to the present youth "thought" on belief... that saddened me. It isn't necessarily in regards to GOD either.

it stated: It's true... because "I" believe it. NOT I believe it.. because "IT" is true.

There can be so much personal deception here...if "I" just want to believe something..maybe because it makes me feel good, happy, sounds good etc. there is great danger in it possibly NOT being true.

But when it is TRUTH ~ definition:( facts-conformity to fact, correct, honest)...then, I can put my complete confidence in the fact, that it is indeed true..I won't have to worry about it changing how I feel or my happiness etc. because it will remain a fact and true.

The Bible verses that brings great confidence to me in regards to Truth are found in the books of

Hebrews chpt.13 verse 8.... Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day and for ever.

I Corinthians chpt. 14 verse 33... For God is not the author of confusion

and most of all...

St. John chpt. 1 verse 17..... but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

I am currently enrolled in a church history class...and it is notable that for the true facts about Jesus and others existence...it is the testimony of the enemy about them that makes it clear historical evidence of events etc. Some spoke of Christ and his Crucifixion as an event that took place...others mention names ..such as James the brother of Jesus. Confirming..Jesus did live on this earth. We even ourselves take the "testimony" in a court of law as evidence..and weigh it with facts surrounding the word of the testimony to make a judgement.
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This morning (Sept. 2008) in my devotional reading of Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon...I noted this..

Spurgeon said... "redemption like creation has it's word of might"...

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God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis 1:3

Jesus healed with the simple words... " I will"...and one was healed..completely! Matthew 8:3

Jesus also said.. "I am the way, the truth and the life" John 14:6

To know that there is a perfect book of God...the Holy Bible...found in the King James Version. Is a complete comfort of the truth.

Redemption is found there. It is a word of might!

Another letter for me...came by a young Christian man God brought into my life. God knew the desires of my heart.

I wanted the TRUTH. I wanted to find the way...the truth...and the life!

On the first meeting with this young man... he opened the BIBLE! His witness to me of his own life as a born again Christian so touched my heart that I wanted to hear more and more....and read more and more of God's Holy Word.

It was a loving letter...of God's love...for me.

I found I could trust this faithful Christian in his desire to give me hope and assurance about God's love and redemption for my sins. Because he used God's WORD to show me the way.

I found I could trust...GOD.

Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

God is not the author of confusion. God's promises are sure and he said he will show us the way...and he has.

His WORD is perfect.

Dear Reader...I challenge you today to compare your version with the KJV. All other versions are "missing" verses...words! WHY?

People still read Shakespeare! is it archaic? The KJV is the only BIBLE that has sold more than any book published..it has no copyright and is freely read.

I also challenge you to a search of the truth... Gail Riplinger has several resource's at her website... www.avpublications.com that will truly guide you into the truth of this issue. On the right side bar of this site is an example to read by clicking chpt. previews of NKJV error.

If you were to hand God the KJV today and ask him to "correct" it...do you honestly believe he would! and go against His own character of faithfulness and truth to all generations.

His WORD says...Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day and for ever! Hebrews 13:8

Psalm 12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

He is faithful. Always, remember GOD is faithful, just and of truth.

In my search and emptiness of a father....I found the greatest Father of all

The Lord, my Saviour and my God.

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.. II Corinthians 1:3

My empty void was filled now with love...assurance...and trust.

As God changed Sarai to Sarah...meaning "Princess". I became a princess too.

When I trusted Christ as my Saviour...I received a new name that day.

I belong to him....He is mine and I am His.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Answered prayer!

Thank you all for your prayers...we did NOT have to evacuate..and though the Storm came ashore close to my son...all is well..he didn't even loose power. And..we need to pray for IKE as it is going into the Gulf they say.

It is a very stressful time for folks...I know just the day to day watch of do we go..do we stay and what to take.

Your prayers are very much appreciated. I am so thankful to the LORD for his gracious hand at this time for us.

God bless you all..
HOPE

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Post Delay

Due to Hurricane Hanna...my post for this week will be delayed until next week.

Thank you for stopping by...and pray for us!

EDIT...pray now concerning Hurricane IKE....

I will set this to post next Tues...just in case we need to prepare for IKE.