Precious Time with Former Roommate

What a precious few days I spent with a former roommate and dear friend from nursing school.  Over the years we kept in touch and even traveled great distances to get together with our husbands and families.

This however, was the first time to spend quality time alone. This was also the first time we’d been together since her husband’s passing.  It was a time to reflect on memories and happier days. We talked, we walked on the beach, we shed some tears, we laughed hard and most importantly, we prayed together.

On our last morning together we walked along the beach and shared the Lord with tourists as we went.  She let me know from the start that this was way outside her comfort zone. But Hey!  I still had a stack of tracts I didn’t want to bring home!  She was a good sport and we did have fun!

We met lots of friendly people—interesting people from different countries. Two even invited us to go with them on a fast banana boat!  Would we have had such an invitation had we not been adventurous?  God is so good!

I’m glad we used our last day doing something so important.  After all, we are all sinners and we all need the Lord.  Everywhere we go, everyone we see is going to spend eternity in hell—IF they don’t have a Savior—and there’s only ONE.

__________

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and www.godlife.com

 

 

Posted in BEACH, COLLEGE CAMPUS, PEOPLE, PRAYER WORKS, TRAVELING | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Anxieties

Today I purchased some bedding plants from the nursery.  A young employee was helping me make decisions when I noticed his unusual bracelet.  “I imagine there’s a story behind that bracelet you’re wearing.”

“Yes there is.  I struggle with anxieties and my doctor put me on some medications that I became addicted to.  I ended up in a rehabilitation hospital where I made this bracelet myself.  I’m glad to say I’ve been off all medications for over two months now.”

“Excellent!  So how are the anxieties?”

“Bad.”

“Hmm.  I wonder…could you help me load these plants into my car?  I want to talk with you.”   On the way to the car I told him that I’d suffered with anxieties, fears and panic attacks all my younger life.  “I was 27 when I attended my first Bible study.  I soon came to know the Lord Jesus and made a decision to surrender my life to Him.  My life changed immediately!  He sent His Holy Spirit to indwell me and fill me with His peace, His joy and His love.  That peace has stayed with me all these years.  Soon I realized my anxieties, fears and panic attacks had disappeared!  I didn’t even ask God to remove them–He just did!  They have never returned.”

He listened with interest as I explained God’s plan of salvation in sending Jesus to pay for our sins—both his and mine.  He admitted that he was a sinner and needed help.

I asked if I could pray with him and right there in the parking lot we bowed our heads.  Then I invited him to church.  I found some Jesus booklets in my car.  He thanked me and said he’d read them on his break.

I did not feel led to ask him to pray and receive Christ right then. He needed time to digest what he’d heard and what he will read.  I did show him the prayer in the back of one of the booklets that he may say when he is ready.

I expect to see him in church.  If not, I know I’ll see him again–I know where he works!

  • One booklet I shared with him:  Would You Like to Know God Personally?  By Dr. Bill Bright…   https://www.cru.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
  • Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.    Galatians 6:2
  • SONG: THE PARALYTICWords from Mark 2:3, 5-12; Music by Kathleen

_________________

  • [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and www.godlife.com
     
Posted in DOCTRINE, HERE & THERE, ILLNESS or HOSPITAL, PEOPLE, PRAYER WORKS | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Summit Ministries for Teens

When the twins, Jessica and James were 16, their parents  forced them to attend a two-week program at Summit Ministries for Teens Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO. That’s right, they were forced against their will.

Their parents explained that this program would prepare them to defend their biblical worldview once they’re away at the university.  The teens felt there was no need—they were already grounded in their faith!  They did NOT want to go!

But they went.  They called home after their arrival.  The first meal was disappointing. The rules were too strict. Two days later more calls. “We have to listen to lectures the entire day and even in the evenings! They don’t give us enough free time for sports!  They inspect our rooms! Our beds have to be made perfectly! My hairbrush must be out of sight!”

The complaints continued for a week.  Their mother encouraged, “You are already halfway through!  I’m praying for you.”

When they returned home both said it had been two of the best weeks of their lives! What?!!

They claimed the information they gained would prepare them for life. Moreover, they met the most interesting young people from all over the country.  The hiking adventures and the white-water rafting were the best!   WHAT?!!

When Jessica had completed her second year at the university she made a surprising announcement.  She had applied for a summer position at Summit Ministries!  Being part of the staff at SM is still one of her favorite memories.

Teenagers are full of surprises!  Aren’t they fun?

  • For more information:  http://www.summit.org/conferences/student/colorado/
  • California:  http://www.summit.org/conferences/student/california/
  • Tennessee: http://www.summit.org/conferences/student/tennessee/

 

  • Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.    Ephesians 6:1

_____________

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and www.godlife.com

 

 

 

Posted in DOCTRINE, RAISING KIDS, TRAVELING | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Ice Blended Mocha

Last week we had four workers digging trenches in our yard and laying pipes. They were all Hispanic and spoke broken English. When they took their lunch break I went outside carrying paper cups and a pitcher of ice blended mocha. I told them I’d also brought them something to read.

Their leader asked, “What is it?”
“It’s about Jesus! These are little comic books in Spanish. I think you’ll like them.”          “Really? Are you Christian or Catholic?”                                                                                          “I’m Christian. But Catholics also consider themselves Christian because we both believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior.”                                                                                                          He said, “Can I ask you some questions?” From there he asked one question after another.

The next day they returned.  They had enjoyed their booklets and two had shared them with their families. Did I have more they asked? I did.

There were more questions: “Do you believe in heaven and hell? Do you think Jesus is going to return? Do you know of any Spanish-speaking churches?”

The four guys were from three different nearby towns. I went online and found churches in all three towns—churches with Bible studies and church services in Spanish. Three of the guys were happy. One was reluctant. Their boss said, “You take it and you go to that church. You need it! We all need it!”

Their next questions were about the problems they had with their teenagers, with their ex-wives or girlfriends. These guys were dear young men with regular problems and genuine fears and concerns for their families.

When they finished their job I gave each a New Testament in Spanish. The leader said boldly, “Thank you! I’m going to read this! I’m going to read this!”

  •  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.     Matthew 28:19
  •  My recipe for Ice Blended Mocha:  Place in blender: ice chips, water, instant coffee, cocoa powder, milk and sugar to taste.
  •  Comic tracts:  http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0001/0001_01.asp 
  •  In Spanish:  http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0570/0570_01.asp  

 _____________

  • [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and www.godlife.com
    [Looking for SHARE buttons?  Wish to LEAVE A COMMENT?   Go to: www.kathleensfaithwalk.com   and scroll to the bottom of page.]

 

 

Posted in DOCTRINE, PEOPLE | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

The Illustrated Bible

My friend Lauria  and I enjoy our power walks along the beach promenade.  Before setting out, we’ll fill our big pockets with Jesus materials to share along the way. Among our supplies will be a copy of the New Testament of the Illustrated Bible.

This Bible came about when a high school teacher noticed one of his students doodling during his lecture.  When asked to see the student’s work, he discovered the boy was drawing delightful cartoons–and he was talented!  He asked the student if he might be interested in drawing illustrations for a new Bible.

It wasn’t long before the New Testament NIrV was complete.  That is, the New International Reader’s Version.  It includes Billy Graham’s “Steps to Peace with God” and lots of illustrations including crossword puzzles, charts, maps and cartoons that make reading God’s Word most enjoyable and comprehensive.

We recently stopped to talk with a father and his 10-year-old son watching the waves.  The father was eager to look through the Bible and said he would enjoy reading it together with his son.  Today Lauria gave one to a 12-year-old boy with his mother.  He looked through it and said it was something he’d like to read.  One day we stopped to talk with a surfer who was taking a break.  He said he didn’t have a Bible, but this was something he would very much enjoy.  Another day on the pier we met a young family on vacation.  Their two teenage boys flipped through the New Testament and thought it was “Way cool!”  We decided they should each have their own.

  • For information on how you can obtain an Illustrated Bible New Testament:  www.biblesplus.com
  • For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.     Hebrews 4:12
  •  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.      2 Timothy 3:16-17

SONG: ONLY ONE LIFELyrics by C.T. Studd, circa 1900; Music by Kathleen

 

  • [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and www.godlife.com
    [Looking for SHARE buttons?  Wish to LEAVE A COMMENT?   Go to: www.kathleensfaithwalk.com   and scroll to the bottom of page.]

 

Posted in BEACH, PEOPLE | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

God Rewards Obedience

As an online missionary for Global Media Outreach (www.godlife.com),  I received a letter from a dear woman in a developing country.  She wrote:

“The Lord is awesome! I want you to know that your work is not in vain. You told me about God’s love, but you also talked about sin. You said God is not pleased when couples live together outside marriage.  Your words touched and motivated me.  You see I celebrated 30 years of marriage but I had never taken marriage vows and never had a ring on my finger!

“When I read your email I called our pastor and asked him to marry us.  Praise God, we had a wedding and we got blessed with rings after 30 years!

“Praise God, after that the blessings began falling! Our son passed matric and now has a good job. I was very ill and God healed me and restored my life. We are being blessed financially. Our little girl Rayleen is doing well at school and is in matric. God continues to bless us and I praise God that I learned the importance of being obedient to HIM.  Thank you for teaching me God’s way is the right way.”

Yes precious friends, obedience IS importance.  I often see God rewarding my obedience as well. Obedience to Him is for our own good. Is it easy to be obedient? No. Yet God blesses us when we are.

  • If you love me, keep my commands.     John 14:15
  • SONG:  I Know Him By Kathleen:  
    _______________________
    [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and  www.godlife.com
    [Looking for SHARE buttons?  Wish to LEAVE A COMMENT?   Go to: www.kathleensfaithwalk.com   and scroll to the bottom of page.
Posted in DOCTRINE, GLOBAL MEDIA OUTREACH, Love & Romance | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Jesus Is Your Lord? NOT!

A 21-year-old stopped at our Bible table at the beach. He said he made Jesus his Lord and Savior two years ago, but he stopped reading the Bible and going to church because he felt he would be a hypocrite when he fornicated or smoked weed.

I said, “Jesus is NOT your Lord if you are continuing in your sin.  When a person gives his life to Jesus he changes. The Holy Spirit comes into his life and gives him the desire to please God and the power to obey God. You don’t seem to have the desire OR the power.”

He said he wanted to recommit his life “for real.” He said he felt God led him to our table for a reason. He needs God in his life and he wants to turn away from his sin.  We prayed with him, that the Holy Spirit would fill and empower him.

He seemed humbled and appreciative.  He promised to return to church, and we sent him on his way with a new Bible.  Please pray for “J” that he can get into a men’s accountability group to help him stay strong.

________________________

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and www.godlife.com

  • [Looking for SHARE buttons?  Wish to LEAVE A COMMENT?  Go to: www.kathleensfaithwalk.com   and scroll to the bottom of page.]

 

Posted in BEACH, DOCTRINE | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Should Christians Drink?

I still remember my first date in college.  We doubled with Gloria, a friend from high school, and her date. I always admired Gloria for her good judgment. I didn’t know then that this was because she was a follower of Jesus.

Alcohol was served and my date offered me a drink. I had just turned 18 and felt a rush of excitement as I glanced at Gloria. What would she do? After all, we need to protect our reputations! To my amazement, Gloria accepted one!  I did the same.

I soon emptied my glass and my observant date offered me another.  Again I stole a glance at Gloria. She was already on her second drink! I hesitated, but I was still thirsty so I accepted.  Halfway through the second drink it hit me.  As I noticed Gloria finishing hers, I said, “This is making me dizzy.  How are you doing?”

“Oh,” she replied, “I’m just drinking plain soda.”

Suddenly I felt embarrassed. I had followed her example. Yet in her innocence I had been misled.

It was years after my marriage that I came to Christ.  One night at a party I was holding a glass of orange juice when I was suddenly aware of the example I was setting. For the first time in twelve years I thought back to that college party with Gloria—and the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart.

I rarely hold a beverage these days. I’ll sometimes go without anything rather than possibly mislead another. I would never say it’s because I’m a Christian that I don’t drink. After all, Jesus turned water into wine!  But to me, drinking in today’s American culture has a different connotation than it did for the early Church.

Jesus expects us to love our neighbors.  If by my not drinking, I can cause a weaker brother to feel comfortable doing the same, then I have shown love.  Who knows, there may be someone nearby just waiting to hear, “No thanks,” so he can comfortably say the same.

  •  Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves.”     Luke 17:1-3a
  • We Have One Business in Life:  Quote by John Wesley, circa 1780; Remaining words and music by Kathleen:
    _______________________
    [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells; but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and  www.godlife.com
    [Looking for SHARE buttons?  Wish to LEAVE A COMMENT?   Go to: www.kathleensfaithwalk.com   and scroll to the bottom of page.

     


 

Posted in COLLEGE CAMPUS, HERE & THERE, PEOPLE, RAISING KIDS | Tagged , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Should Newlyweds Tithe?

Brian’s story:  “When we were newlyweds, the thought of getting a full-time job and supporting a wife was frightening.  I was a Christian, yet I was unsure about tithing 10% of our gross income.  My wife and I prayed about it and decided we would trust God and do it.

“After one year, I can honestly say that God was faithful.  We were able to pay all our expenses and still save a good amount.”

A close relative questioned, “Why are you tithing 10% of your gross income? You are just starting out in life. You need that money for yourself!”

Brian’s response,  “That money belongs to God.  It is not ours to spend.”

Seventeen years and six kids later they are no longer tithing 10% of their gross income.  Now they are up to 30% and their future goal is 50%.  Meanwhile they have a small house. Brian recently received a substantial raise.  They decided it was time to search for a larger house—and they found one.

Brian and his wife discussed the pros and cons of having a larger home. Then Brian said, “We can get this house, but if we do, we will no longer be able to bless as many people.”

They decided their small home is perfect.

  •  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.   2 Corinthians 9:7-8 
  • GOD IS READY – Words and music by Kathleen; Robin Poem by Elizabeth Cheney, circa 1931:
  • [To leave comment:  Click on the title of this post and scroll down]
_______________________
[This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and  www.godlife.com
[Looking for SHARE buttons?  Wish to LEAVE A COMMENT?   Go to: www.kathleensfaithwalk.com   and scroll to the bottom of page.
Posted in DOCTRINE, Love & Romance, RAISING KIDS | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Is Abortion Bad?

I was 13 when I first learned about abortion.  I asked my mother, “Is abortion bad?”

“Yes, it’s bad!  Abortion is the killing of an unborn baby!  It’s a terrible thing!”

That was it for me!  If my mother said it was a terrible thing, then it was.  Years later as a registered nurse,  I watched a video of an abortion. What affected me most were not the cries of pain from the unconscious mother.  It was the callous attitude of the abortionist.

He seemed unnecessarily rough as he jabbed at the mother’s insides.  I thought it was brutal.  He removed the baby’s body parts with a look of disgust. Did he know he was being filmed? If so, what must he be like without a camera on him?

I felt sickened and sad, not just for the baby and the young mother, but for the nurses and the doctor as well.  Everyone in that room would go home trying not to think about their day.

I wonder what happened in the earlier life of that doctor or the nurses?  What causes people to make baby killing their life work? What do they talk about on their coffee breaks?  What kind of people are they when they go home at night?   I wonder if they ever think about God.  Perhaps they try not to.

  •  You shall not murder.    Exodus 20:13
  •  Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.    Psalm 127:3
    _______________________
    [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells; but our souls will continue to live forever!  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and  www.godlife.com
    [Looking for SHARE buttons?  Wish to LEAVE A COMMENT?   Go to: www.kathleensfaithwalk.com   and scroll to the bottom of page.

 

Posted in DOCTRINE, HERE & THERE, ILLNESS or HOSPITAL, PEOPLE | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments