Archive | May 2009

I WILL MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN

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   Our grandaughter caught her first fish this weekend!  WOO HOO!

   I’m reminded what Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19AKJV.  Another translation says, “Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish.”

   Sometimes I’m burdened because I want to witness, to evangelize, to bring lost to Jesus, and I feel like I fail so miserably.  But this morning I learned something very important from the Lord:  HE will teach me HOW to do it, in HIS way, in HIS timing.  I learned that the most important thing for me to be doing is to be listening for HIS instructions every day.  And He gave me a good example of how this works.

   I am a manager at a fast food restaurant.  I work with many young people that are hurting and struggling.  They need Jesus.  They just don’t know they do.  They have been blinded by the world.  They think the best they can hope for is the partying that they talk about all the time.  One of our backline cooks is a young man that’s kind of a loner.  I’ve seen him carry around books about New Age, and Muslim and other cultish beliefs.  I’ve never had an opportunity to talk to him about it.  But on Sunday he told me he was going to be taking his GED test on Monday.  On Monday morning, when I was spending time in the Word, the Lord just layed him on my heart so heavily!  It was amazing.  So I prayed that the Lord would help him get through that test, and do something amazing for him.

   I went to work Monday afternoon, and he was working that night.  I asked him how it went.  He said, “Amazingly well!  I did really good.  It seemed way too easy!”  And then I told him how the Lord had placed him on my heart and prompted me to pray for him.  He didn’t say much.  He said, “Thank you.”  I’m sure the Lord will be saying more to him, on his heart.

   Then, on Tuesday at work, a young girl shared how she was going to go to the doctor on Wednesday.  When I asked her what was wrong, she started naming off some medical things, but then she started tearing up, and said she wanted to ask the doctor for some anti-depressants.  She said she felt like she was going crazy.  Her family situation is a mess.  Her sister just recently tried to commit suicide.  Her boyfriend isn’t giving her any emotional support. 

   How I wanted to tell her about Jesus right then.  But it was like the Lord was holding my tongue.   What I said instead, and I felt the love the compassion that I know was Jesus himself,   I said,  “Amy, I love you.  I’m so sorry.”  It’s wierd.  Those few words I could tell, had such an impact on her. 

   Then this morning, (Wednesday morning) when I was spending time with the Lord, again I heard Him tell me to pray for someone, for this young girl.  And I did.  I asked God to supernaturally intervene in her situation.  To guide the doctors this morning.  To bring her to Him through all of this. 

   And tomorrow, when I see her at work. I will tell her also how God laid her on my heart;  how God had me praying for her.

   So what’s my point?  It is that JESUS teaches us how to be fishers of men.  Let us not ever think WE know how to witness.  Only Jesus knows how.  Because I believe every single person that is reached by Jesus, is done so when Jesus meets them in THEIR situation.  Their personal situation.  Let us remember that witnessing is such a personal thing and daily listen for the Lord’s direction, guidance and instructions.

blogwordfilledwednesday

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IS THIS WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY?

I love blogging.  I really do.  I try to be faithful about blogging on Wednesdays and Thursday.  Wednesdays are ‘WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY’ , where God’s word (no famous quotes or other literature — only the beautiful word of our Father) is shared through photo’s & a Bible verse!  Thursday’s are “THANKFL THURSDAY”, where we blog about what we are thankful for.

The past week has been really busy.  There’s been graduations.  I had  my grandchildren here for a couple days.    It’s been busy at work.  I’ve been helping Al do some landscaping.  We’ve had trophy orders to get done.  You know.  Life is busy!   As a result,  I fell off my system and missed last weeks Thankful Thursday.  I thought I’d get back on track this week.  But I thought today was Wednesday.  I realize it is Thursday.  So I’m going to combine the two days. 

I am thankful for how the Holy Spirit teaches us and speaks to us.  I have been really blessed the past two days as I’ve spent time in the Word.  I am so thankful for the Word.  This morning the Lord lead me to Matthew 24:45-46(NASB).   Jesus had been telling his disciples about what the world would look like before He came back again.  Then Jesus asked, “Who is the faithful and sensible servant whom the master will find feeding his household food at the proper time?”  Jesus then said, “Blessed is that servant whom his master finds so doing when he comes.”wordfilledwednesday

Well, I want to be found faithful.  I want to be found sensible.  This is how Webster defines sensible and faithful: 

sensible:  having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment; cognizant; keenly aware.

faithful:  thorough in the performance of duty; a faithful worker;  true to one’s word, promise, vows, etc.;  steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant; reliable

I started asking the Lord, “WHO is my household?  WHAT is the food I’m supposed to be feeding them?  WHEN is the proper time to be feeding them?”

And I realized that during these end times that we are living in, when we wonder “….what are we supposed to be DOING????……”, the Bible tells us, “do not neglect your spiritual gifts……” (1Timothy 4:14), that we are just supposed to be taking care of our ‘households’.   Each one of us has a ‘household’.  Our household probably consists of our families, our jobs, our interests, what we spend our time on.  So my prayer today is that when Jesus comes back, He will find each one of us being sensible.  Being faithful.  And feeding our households food at the proper time.  I realize we need to be asking the Lord to show us what food He would have us feed our household and when the proper time is.  We need Him to show us.  And He will.  He just wants us to ask Him and to trust Him.  Just like God told Noah what he needed to build the ark (gopher wood and tar), and He told Noah the exact dimensions of the Ark (Genesis 6:14-16),  and then waited patiently while Noah built it (1Peter 3:30)….. well today we should be asking God for instructions.  Then we should listen and obey.  Because there is a flood of the Holy Spirit coming!  God is waiting patiently for us to finish building our ‘arks’.  Let Him find us being faithful and sensible.  Because wThankful Thursdaye will be blessed!  SWEET!blogwordfilledwednesday

CONGRATULATIONS HOLLY!

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

(Our stepgrandaughter, Holly, is graduating from high school this week.)blogwordfilledwednesday

IF MY PEOPLE PRAY

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WORD-FILLED WEDNESDAY

2 Chronicles 7:14
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”