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Merry Christmas! ūüéĄ

All of my life I have heard the phrase¬†‚ÄúMerry Christmas‚ÄĚ in December. ¬†We were so happy that Christmas time had come at last. ¬†Preparations began the first week of December at our house. ¬†Grandma baked. ¬†She made the traditional Norwegian treats, lefse , sandbakkels, spritz cookies, kringle, rosettes, fatiman, fruit cake, and many other cookies. These were all stored in tins and put in the basement where it was cool until the big day arrived.

The 24th of December the family would gather together at Grandma’s house.  My uncle Everett would bring Mom and the kids to the farm, Dad didn’t come in the later years.  My aunt and uncle also came from a nearby town.  I was always excited for us to be together as a family because It did not happen often.  it was late that evening when everyone would leave to go home, well satisfied that it was good.

Christmas Day grandma and grandpa and I went to church.  It was tradition.  Church was a big part of our lives.  I loved every thing having to do with church.

Life happened, changes came and Christmas came around every year, but it was not the same.  Never the same.  When I had my own family, and became part of my husband’s large extended family, I tried to recapture the feeling, the essence of what I felt as a child.  It didn’t happen, so I adjusted to the new normal.

With time, Christmas began to be not only about family coming together, it became about presents, bigger and better, the latest fad, and spending more, charging it on your credit card and ‚Äúpay later‚ÄĚ. ¬†Presents under the tree, piled high and deep, that was a good Christmas.

As I grew in faith and began to search, I learned that Christmas as celebrated on December 25th was not the birth of the Christ child but rather a holiday concocted by the Roman emperor, Constantine, to make new converts to Christianity able to celebrate their pagan holiday.  Christmas was a man-made tradition.

At this stage of my life, Christmas is once more about family.  I know that it is a tradition and not the birthday of Yeshua, Jesus my Savior, I know that He did not ask us to remember His birth;  He told us to remember His death until He came back,  nevertheless, I have come full circle, Christmas is now family time.

We look forward to spending time with children and grand children over the Christmas holiday this year.  Our years here on planet earth are coming close to the end and we realize that it is time to make the most of the remaining moments.  Who better to spend them with than family.

May your Christmas be Merry and Bright!

Joy

 

 

 

Dear Dale

I have heard the sad news…you have cancer. ¬†Can we say that cancer has you? ¬†Perhaps that is more accurate.

Doctors and others say that cancer is not a curable disease.  Oh yes, there is radiation and chemo therapy and operations, but no one can remove it.

i am sure that you woke up that first morning after the diagnosis and thought that nothing had changed and yet everything changed.  Now you had to deal with the new normal.

The world‚Äôs way of dealing with disease is to embrace the ‚Äúfact‚ÄĚ that you have cancer. ¬†You must now adjust your thinking to accommodate it. ¬†You must acclimate your life around treatment; you must fight it at the same time as you accept it.

There is a better way.  God’s way.

I am no expert in dealing with disease because I don‚Äôt accept that it has a legal right to come on me. ¬†I chose God‚Äôs way of doing and being right a long time ago. ¬†And, I know the Truth and have been set free from everything that the Son of God, the son of man, came here to earth to do. ¬†The Bible says that His assignment from God was to ‚Äúdestroy the works of the devil, the accuser.‚ÄĚ

The works, the fruit of the devil, aka satan, are these:  sickness, disease, pain, sorrow, grief, weakness, doubt, and fear, to name a few.

if even one of these fruits is in your life, you give the enemy of God a place to get you under his control. ¬†His goal is your death. ¬†He hates you because man was ‚ÄĚcreated in God‚Äôs image and likeness.‚ÄĚ and he hates God.

You disbelieve this to your peril. ¬†And…whether you believe it or don‚Äôt believe it, it does not change the truth, There is a God in Heaven and a place has been prepared to receive you at the appointed time. ¬†There is a place in Hell that has been prepared for the devil and his spirits; God never intended for people to go there.

God never sends anyone to Hell, it is a person’s own decision.  God gave man the ability to choose the way his life takes, and that choice is made during life on planet earth.  After death, a man will go to the place he has chosen.

I have heard people joke about Hell saying they are going to join their friends there and have a party.  There will be a party alright, but you will be the entree!

God has allowed people to go to Heaven and HelL.  They have been sent back to tell what it is like and to warn people.  The internet has many testimonies of these visits.  You would be wise to check it out.  God never leaves anyone without a witness.

It is time to prepare for eternity, God made a way for you to come to Heaven when you die. ¬†The only way is through the cross, the finished ‚Äúwork‚ÄĚ Jesus did there. ¬†Jesus is the bridge.

it is written: ¬†‚ÄĚfor all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.‚ÄĚ ‚Äú The wages of sin is death.‚ÄĚ

No human being can say he has never sinned. ¬†It‚Äôs perspective. ¬†God is the judge, not man. ¬†Sin had to be paid for in God‚Äôs court. ¬†God made a way for that to happen. ¬†He came Himself, His earthly name is Yeshua of Nazareth, we call him Jesus. ¬†He is the way, the truth and the life. ¬†‚ÄúThe Word became flesh and dwelt among us,‚ÄĚ

His birth, His earthly life and His sacrificial death for mankind has affected the world in ways no other life has.  It is all written in the book called the Bible, in  the New Testament.  Whoever believes it and receives it, will be changed.

‚ÄúIf you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, you will be saved.‚ÄĚ ¬†There is no salvation without repentance. ¬†You must choose Jesus, confess that you rejected God and His way and ask for forgiveness. ¬†God accepts you and you become a new creation, your spirit is ‚Äúborn-again‚ÄĚ. ¬†That is just the beginning of real life. ¬†You enter a process where you allow God‚Äôs Spirit to lead you and teach you about the ways of God.

Your soul (your mind, your will, your emotions) must be taken to God’s Word, the Bible, in order to learn God’s right way of doing and being.  God’s Holy Spirit wrote the Bible, He will interpret it for you.  You will learn how to live here on earth and you will be being prepared for Heaven.

The alternative is living on earth, living for yourself, spending your time here on foolish things that have no eternal value and when the end comes, when you leave your body on earth where it belongs, you realize that what I am telling you now is the truth….only then it will be too late. ¬†You will descend into Hell where you will face torment forever with no reprieve if any kind. ¬†It will have been your decision.

No decision to follow Jesus is a decision.  The end of that decision is Hell, eternal death.

Now is the time to choose.  Will you?

I love you Dale.

Aunt Joy

Romans 1: 18-32; 3:10-18, 23;  John 1:1-5;  I John 1:1-2;

 

 

 

 

Intimidation and Other Lies

Katrina was the only girl in a family of four.  Her brothers were all favored by their dad.  She longed for favor from him too.

As a little girl her mother dressed her in clothes that her grandmother made out of feed sacks.    Katrina came to hate home-made clothes and longed for store-bought clothes.

When she became an adult Katrina exerted her independence, choosing pants and baggy tops instead of dresses or a skirt and blouse.

When Katrina was 14 years old her father began to molest her.  This was not the attention that she wanted from him, but she felt trapped, unable to fight back.  She said nothing about it to anyone for over 20 years.

When I met her, she was a tightly held, reserved woman who rarely, if ever, divulged a thought about anything.

Intimidation is an interesting subject.  Because first of all, the person who has been intimidated as a child does not know that they are bound up, they are coping as best they know how to.

Secondly, if that intimidation has come as a result of sexual abuse as a child, the bondage goes very deep into the soul.  It is like a giant tree that overshadows the whole life of the person.

There is in the person a “fight back” or “push back” reaction when anyone tries to bring constructive criticism designed to help them to be free.¬† And this is very hard to overcome, in fact, the only thing that can set them free is the love of God.

I know that I am loved by God, but accepting the love of other people and being able to trust them was a difficult thing for me.  I was thinking this morning about some things from my own childhood.

My grandmother took me into her home when I was 8 years old and raised me until I graduated from high school at 18.  Then, my aunt got me a job at the bank that she had worked at as a young lady.  I had no self-esteem.  I longed to be loved and accepted.

I was managed by my uncle.¬† He became the father figure in my life.¬† It was a love hate relationship. ¬†As a young man in his “twenties”, he was not prepared for parenting and especially not parenting a strong-willed child.¬† His method was to “crush” whatever rebellion he saw in me.

I was physically abused as a young child and there was some sexual abuse as well, but nothing in that time that would have been thought of as sexual abuse.  The result was that I grew up to be an angry person easily intimidated by anyone with authority.

Today we see sexual abuse spoken of freely in the media.  But, very little is done to help those who have been victims of it.  Rather, they are exploited to tell their story and they are paid well to do so, in some cases.  However, most of those who have been subjected to sexual abuse do not want to talk about it.

In my case, I did not tell anyone my experiences until just a few years ago and I am at this time 80 years of age.

As a young girl I was invited to stay overnight at a classmates home.  I loved to do that as I did not live in a normal home with a mother and father.  However, that visit was just part of the pain I experienced as a child.  When we got into the bed the girl placed her hand on my genitals.  It freaked me out.  Obviously, I never went there again.

There were things during my childhood that were thought to be “cute”, such as touching the genitals of a baby while changing a diaper, or an adult fondling the breast of a young teen-ager.¬† Or “planting a kiss” on your mouth in the presence of your friends that embarrassed you mightily.¬† None of these things were considered sexual abuse at that time and yet they left scars on the soul.¬† You were interfered with as one writer said.

In one culture the men in the family, whether fathers, brothers, uncles or grandpas sexually abuse the girls.  I was told that few of the women have not experienced sexual  abuse and physical abuse by the men in the family.

I would hazard a guess that most people have been subjected to sexual abuse in some form or other.  I suggest that most people have experienced some kind of physical abuse as well.  But the most difficult of all is the mental abuse, the intimidation and other lies that we all face as we grow up, these stay with us into adulthood.  Our character is formed through the experiences that we have.  It affects not only our mind, but also our will and our emotions.

Dr. Seuss wrote a book called, “Old Hat, New Hat”, it is the story of someone who goes into a hat store wearing an old hat.¬† He wants to get a new hat, but every hat he tries has something wrong with it and in the end he walks out wearing his old hat declaring that it is just right.

It is easy to get comfortable in your skin, even though you have experienced abuse.¬† You settle for living below your privilege.¬† This settling is usually across the board in your experiences.¬† Your attitude is really “less than”.¬† You settle for less than the salary you are really worth.¬† You settle for more stuff at a cheaper price rather than one thing of value.¬† You do not see that you are a person of value and worth.

Recently the Lord asked me to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.  People that have been abused are so intimidated by lies and deception that they have no voice.  I would be that voice today.  If that is you, know that I care, God cares more than anyone person could.  He also has the power to set the captive free.-

It is time for the abused to realize that though the world has dealt them a bad hand, God was not in it.  God is good.  Every evil thing that we experience is because we live in a fallen world, there is an adversary, and we make bad choices.

The world needs to wake up.  People are exploited for many reasons.  There are some who are involved in stopping sex trafficking.  There are some who are now talking about white slavery and prostitution.   Others are talking about the abduction of people by the occult for the purposes of ritual sacrifice.

This area is not status quo.  It is not comfortable.  It is messy and it is dirty.  We must wake up.

There are forces and powers of the kingdom of darkness, by the Luciferians, for instance, who buy, sell and steal children for their blood to be used on their altars of ritual sacrifice.

God cares, do we?

Recently, a case of a missing child was supposedly closed.  But, it was not closed really.  A fabrication was put forth and it gained a lot of media attention and people were glad that it was solved.  I was told by the Lord that this child was taken for ritual sacrifice.  Cover-up is a tool of the kingdom of darkness.  But, God sees.  There is a judgment for it.

So friends, I trust that I have stirred the pot a bit today, perhaps even woke some of you up to the prevailing, pervasive lies and deception that surround abuse in our society.  There are so many areas where this prevails and many stories could be told.  Both the high life and the low life are affected by abuse, it has a long arm.

What I am saying through all of this is be aware.  Be compassionate with people who seem hard to get along with, they may be carrying a heavy burden from the past.  Love people to life.  If you are a believer in Jesus and you know that you have been forgiven, then forgive as you have been forgiven.

God so loved the world that He gave His Son to be the Savior of the world.  Many, but not all, will receive Him and begin the process of preparation for eternity with God forever. In the meantime, we are ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, we must represent our King to a lost and dying world.  If not us then who?

Many need a touch from God; a hand on the shoulder says a lot to someone who is struggling with self-worth.¬† A listening ear for someone who is in need of letting out the “stuff” that is in their soul, not judging, criticizing, or condemning them, but understanding that “there but for the grace of God go I”.

Jesus walked among us as a human man with the love of God radiating from Him.  Moved with compassion He healed the sick and diseased, set free captives.  He caused the lame to walk and the blind to see.  God longs for each of His children to do what His Son did.  That we cannot do so has been the biggest lie ever perpetrated upon humanity.

There will come a time when we will do what He did and greater things than that will we do because He went to the Father and there He lives to make intercession for us.  There will come a day when God will do what He promised He would do, He will pour out of His Spirit upon all flesh and a great harvest of souls will come into the Kingdom of God.  What a day that will be.  It will be a quick work and then there will be a separation that takes place.

God bless you today with His love and His liberty.  May you be healed and delivered from all that oppresses you.  May you know the love of God that passes all understanding.  Nothing is too hard for God, only believe.

Love, Joy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Rose By Any Other Name

I met him on the elevator of the senior high rise.¬† “What is your name he growled?”¬† “It is Joy, I said”¬† He continued to look down at the floor of the elevator not saying another word to me.

I didn’t see him again until several weeks later when I was having dinner with my friend.¬† We walked into the dining room where dinner was being served.¬† He was sitting at a table by himself.¬† No one spoke to him or attempted to sit with him.¬† “Strange”, I thought.¬† Everyone else in the room was seated at a table for two or four.

When my friend and I were seated I asked who this man was.¬† “Oh, they say he was a doctor”, she replied.¬† “He is Egyptian.¬† One time I approached him, he was very unfriendly.¬† I tried to engage him in conversation about where he was from.¬† I mentioned that I had been to Israel when he said he was from Egypt.¬† That seemed to make him irritated, I never attempted to speak to him again.”

Subsequently I have been to dinner a few times with my friend, and have seen him there.  The same scenario continues, isolation from the other residents.

This morning as I was contemplating this situation it occurred to me that he was of an  Eastern religion.  They are commanded not to even eat with infidels, which would be all the rest of the world who are not of their belief, that could be the reason why he keeps himself separate from the others.

As I thought on this, the last time I was there, after I was seated, I greeted a couple that I have come to know with a wave at the husband as he came into the room.¬† He just happened to be behind the Egyptian at that moment and the man thought I was waving at him, and he waved back.¬† A look went across his face when he realized I wasn’t waving at him, but rather this other man.¬† I felt badly for him.

Isolation is not what man was created for.¬† The God of Abraham is a God of family.¬† That is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray:¬† “Our Father who art in Heaven.”

As I have been contemplating all of this, I wondered what his name is.¬† I don’t know, of course, but I thought, Saleem.¬† ¬†Looking up the name online, it means “peaceful”.¬† Interesting, because the man seems anything but peaceful.

As I watched him, he would glance around the room at the people, never gazing long at anyone.  I made eye contact with him a few times and began to see what was in his soul.  He is envious of the others as they eat and visit together while he sits alone.  Yet his religion isolates him from the very thing his soul is drawn to.

He got up from his table, stuffing his aluminum wrapped food into a bag hanging from his walker, walked over to a table of four and gruffly, loudly said something to them, to which they didn’t respond, except to stare at him.¬† Turning away he shuffled out of the room….lonely still because of his manner.

My heart goes out to him.¬† I would like to say to him, “What has your god done for you?¬† You are alone, your health is gone from you, your end is in sight and you have no one who cares for you.”

Religion is a terrible thing.  It assures you that all is well, you are on the right track and heaven awaits you when you die.  It is false assurance which leads to a place prepared for the accuser and his angels.

The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is the only true God.  He does have a Son, and that Son became a man, Yeshua of Nazaret.  He is the door to Heaven, there is no other way.  It grieves the heart of the Father that people refuse to walk in the way that He willed.  He has done everything He could to make His will, His way and His Word known to mankind, yet there are those who choose religion over relationship.

Every religion is based upon works.  If you do, you can be, and you can have whatever they promise.  Relationship with God is strictly based upon what Jesus did for you, you cannot add anything to it, nothing.  It is so simple a child can understand it.

Religion blinds the eyes of the spirit and keeps the blinders tightly closed over them.

Religions blocks the ears of the spirit from hearing the good news that the price for your soul has been paid through the bloody sacrifice of Jesus over 2000 years ago and you can enter into His rest through faith.

Religion promises you Heaven, but keeps you from your desired destination.

The power of agreement is virtually unknown to most of mankind.  You will become like the one you agree with.  You will take upon yourself much of the thinking, much of the behavior of those you are around on a regular basis.  Adaptation is inevitable unless you are under the influence of a spirit, whether the Holy Spirit of God or a spirit of the adversary.

Saleem, “peaceful” one, what kind of peace is the experience of such a one?¬† False peace.

There are two kinds of real peace.¬† There is peace with God that comes to a person who turns from sin, from his own way of doing and being, to embrace God’s way of doing and being.

Then, there is the peace of God that comes to someone, who is in the process of getting to know the God of all peace, who is at the same time bringing their mind, will and emotions into subjection to the Holy Spirit of God.

God’s peace brings rest for the soul.¬† There are also many believers in Jesus, who have never entered into God’s rest, the still strive to be what they believe they should be.¬† I have a friend that says of these, “They always think, ‘shoulda, woulda’, coulda’.”¬† True.

Friends, I trust that I have provoked you to think about religion versus relationship.  God, my Father, would have all men to be saved and come to know the truth.  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.  He is the answer to every question, the hope for every desire and the love of your life when all others have failed you.  Come to the Father through the Son.

Affectionately,  Joy

 

 

CHANGES

My heart is somewhat sad right now because of circumstances in my world.  Not me or my husband, beyond that.

I have a friend who is beyond the 80 years mentioned in Scripture that we can have as humans on planet earth, actually I have a few friends that age.  This friend has recently gone through a bit of a hard time.

She developed a physical problem that worsened over the period of a few days and she ended up in the hospital.  Going through several days there, it was recommended that she go to a rehabilitation facility for a week.

She lost something through this experience.  She is not the same and it bothers me.

I know her to be full of zest for life.  Always one to be ready for an adventure, she would be ready to go at the drop of a hat if any of her friends suggested doing something.

She liked to talk about what was going on in the world, both secular and Christian.  And she longed to contribute something to the world, she wanted to do something, to be involved.

When I visited her at the rehab place she was searching why she was there and came to the conclusion that she was there to bring a smile or some joy into an otherwise dark place.¬† This she did by visiting people in their rooms and saying,¬† “Hi!” in the halls as she met people, and always with a smile.

She came “home” to a messy place, but together we made short order of picking it up so she would feel comfortable to welcome her family members who were coming the next day for a visit.

She reported being happy with the way the visit went.

So, what is my problem?¬† A part of the person that she was is gone, I can’t put my finger on exactly what, but I am sad.¬† I pray that it will come back, but if it doesn’t I need to accept that.

The consolation, and there always is a consolation with God, is that no matter what happens to my friend or any of us for that matter, who we really are in the spirit will never change, never die and if we are believers we will be together as whole persons forever throughout all eternity, and I praise God for that!

One of my children has gone through a divorce this year.¬† Never easy and always painful, divorce rips apart two people who¬†made a covenant¬†before God and witnesses to be together in sickness and health etc. “until death do us part”.

The relationship died before the people did.¬† It did not happen overnight.¬† It died by increments.¬† Hurts, wounds, expectations not met, offenses taken and more. Like knives being plunged into flesh, blood flowed, life left and death came.¬† The¬† covenant was broken, the end came…separation…then divorce.

Loneliness begins to set in like cold on a 20 degree below zero day and it chills the soul.¬† All one wants is to be warm again, to feel good again, to be loved again.¬† It is written:¬† “It is not good for man to be alone.”¬† Especially, a young man.¬† Each man is to have his own wife.¬† Each woman is to have her own husband.¬† That is what the Bible says.

Something will fill the void.

My child has chosen a “relationship” that will not lead to marriage.¬† This is very acceptable in today’s world, it is not acceptable in the Kingdom of God.

The worldly person wants to be accepted, as we all do, but they want you to accept what they do as well.  This a believer cannot do when it disagrees with the Word of God.  Jesus never did that, no one He ministered to left His presence untouched.  Only those who were in rebellion against God were not touched or changed by being in His presence.   He is our example.

How then do we walk this out?

Change is not easy for anyone.  Some accept it more readily than others.  But, change comes to all and many times over a lifetime.

My child is my child.  Nothing will ever change that, not what they say or do, nor where they go, whether alive or dead, they are my child.

Some children choose to walk away from their family.  Others choose to stay in relationship but not walk closely.  Others choose to continue on their pathway, expecting their family to accept who or what they have become.

There are some children who respect and honor their parents to the degree that they will ask for and consider the advice the parents give.  That is called honoring your Father and Mother, a command in the Word of God.

As a friend what do I do?  As a parent what do I do?

Love, unconditional love…first and foremost.¬† Then “watch and pray” as the Bible says we are to do.¬† Ultimately though, each of us is responsible to God for himself or herself.

If we are committed to Jesus, then we are to be led by His Holy Spirit.  Being led by the Holy Spirit means that we will be led into what we are to do in each and every situation.  He leads, we follow.  Sometimes that is through the written Word, sometimes through circumstances, sometimes through other people etc.  God is not limited by how He speaks to us.

We have an additional advantage as believers and that is that we are all part of the Body of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we can turn to another believer for counsel when we cannot see the way.   Our Father, is so good to us.

We do not need to ever second guess our actions when they come from a pure heart of love because God will make sure that all things work together for good because we love Him.  He is a good, good Father!

We do not need to ever receive guilt, accusation or condemnation.  God is not in any of that.  It is a work of the kingdom of darkness.  God is love and in Him is no darkness at all.

The Word of God tells us to Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from us.

Stand strong on the Word of God, stay in faith that God is involved in everything that pertains to you and your life because He loves you so much.

When it is all over here on planet earth, there is Life, Love and Laughter for all eternity for those who love God, for those who have received what Jesus did at the cross for them…It is personal.

Amen, praying for you today…. God bless you, Joy

 

 

 

The Message

Love:¬† Greek;¬† Agapao¬† “To welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly.”

God so loved the world that He gave…Jesus.¬† ¬†(John 3:16)

Show us the Father and it will be enough! Have I been with you so long and you do not know me. I am in the Father and the Father is in me.  If you have seen me you have seen the Father.    (John 14:9)

The image of Jesus is the image of the Father.   (Hebrews 1:3)

Let us create man in our image and our likeness.   (Genesis 1:26)

From the foundation of the world, I knew you.   (Ephesians 1:4)

All your parts were known to me and planned before the world was made.  In my book every day of your life was written when as yet there were none.  Psalm 139: 1-18)

God IS love.  Jesus is the face of God.   (I John 4: 8-20)  (John 14:9)

Many were offended and left…Will you leave also?¬† To whom shall we go, you have the words of Life.¬† (John 6: 66-69)

Eternity….no end.¬† (Isaiah 57:15)

It is appointed unto men once to die and then comes judgment.   (Hebrews 9:27)

Some men’s sins go before them openly and some follow after to judgment.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†(I Timothy 5:24)

No man comes to the Father except by me.   (John 14:6)

Forgive and you will be forgiven.  If you refuse to forgive then God cannot forgive you.   (Mark 11:24-25)

There are no liars, murderers, idolaters, adulterers, sorcerers, thieves, covetous, drunkards, extortioners…..in God’s Kingdom of Heaven….only those who love God and follow the Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world…God had a plan and He executed His plan.¬† There is no other way to God, to Heaven, except through Jesus.¬† (Revelation 22:15)¬† (I Corinthians 6:10)¬† (Revelation 13:8)¬† (John 14:6)

When you turn from darkness to light, you are transferred into the Kingdom of Light, the Kingdom of God.   (Colossians 1:13)  (Isaiah 57:15)

Eternity with God in the perfection and completeness of all things.   (Luke 12:37)

Eternity without God.  Complete perfection of darkness and evil.  (Matthew 25:30, 41)

You choose whom you will serve.  No one makes that decision for you.  (Joshua 24:15)

God loved you so much that He made a way for you to be with Him forever.  It is not your way.  It is not the way of any other.  His way is the only way.   (John 14:6)

There is a pouring out.  (Acts 2:17-18)

There is a time for everything.   (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

God gives because God loves.   (John 3:16)

This is not a new message, but it is a message that blinded eyes cannot see and it falls on deaf ears in each generation.  How shall they hear unless someone tells them?  Who will go?  Who will tell?  Who will pray that they may hear? (Romans 10:14)

This is not a message for the mind of natural man.¬† The message is for the hungering heart, the thirsting soul.¬† It is for the “whoever will come”.¬† (Mark 8:34-35)

Broad is the way that leads to destruction, many follow its way.  Narrow is the way the leads to life and few find it.   (Matthew 7:13-14)

Every gate, every door leads to somewhere, something, some way.  A gate may look beautiful, fun, interesting but it may ultimately leads to destruction, death and Hell.  Choices matter for eternity.  (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25)

Jesus said if you are not with Him you are against Him.  (Luke 11:23)

There are many gates, many doors and many choices.  Choices can be made even if you are going the wrong way.  You can turn around and go back.  It is not too late.  As long as there is breath in your body, you can turn around.   (Revelation 3:20)

God calls you to come home, come back to the one who made you, the one who placed your spirit in that little bit of flesh in your mother’s womb, the one who grew and became strong enough to enter into the world of men.¬† He created you.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† (Genesis 5:1-2)¬† (Isaiah 43:7; 45;12)

Come home, can’t you hear Him calling?¬† “I love you my son, I love you my girl, come home.¬† You are welcome.¬† It doesn’t matter to me where you have been or what you have done, I love you.¬† I will clean you up, just trust me, come to me.”¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† (Revelation 22:17)

Pray:  Father, I come.  Just as I am.  Forgive me.  Thank you for receiving me.  I receive what Jesus did for me.  Thank you for giving me life eternal!                    (Psalm 61:2  62:7)  (I Peter 2:1-10)

If you have prayed to receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, welcome to the family of God.  It is important for your spiritual growth that you find others who believe as you believe and enter into relationship with them.  It is important that you have a Bible that is written so that you can read and understand it, it is the manufacturers handbook, so to speak, and you need it to know how to live from now on.

The new birth as recorded in John chapter 3, opens the way for God’s Holy Spirit to come to live inside of you.¬† There is a subsequent (or can be at the same time) infilling called the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as recorded in the book of Acts.

The Holy Spirit baptizes you into the “Body of Christ” and Jesus baptizes you into the Holy Spirit.¬† These two things are a work of the grace of God, independent of your works.¬† You cannot earn either one, you just receive.¬† ¬†(I Corinthians 12:13)¬† ¬†(Mark 1:8) (Acts 1:5, 8; 2:1-4)

“Not by works of righteousness that we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”¬† ¬†(Titus 3:5)

May the Lord complete that good work that He has done in you.  Amen!

Joy

 

It’s In The Book

This morning I was thinking of the mindset of a child, specifically a teen-age child. ¬†His mindset and worldview is so very limited and yet he arrogantly thinks he knows it all, he knows what is best for him, he doesn’t need an adult to tell him anything.

Just walk into any book store, Barnes and Noble for instance, and consider the plethora of books and magazines on their shelves. In addition they can tap into a catalog of millions,.  Can any one person know it all?

Nearly every city has its own newspaper.  Books, magazines and newspapers, the stuff of life for most people of my generation.  The local newspaper of the small town of 500 that I grew up near, wrote about who visited who over the week-end,  about the people who met at the cemetery to celebrate Memorial Day, and of upcoming events one must be sure to attend; such as the Democrats marching down main street in support of Harry Truman.  Now that last one makes me older than dirt, for sure, LOL!

If that doesn’t stretch your imagination… How about the Library of Congress? That vast collection boggles the imagination.

People have a need to know and others have a need to make known. ¬†Oh, how a person’s worldview affects his life here on earth, but not only on earth but also for all eternity. ¬†God hates pride, it is what started the archangel Lucifer on the path to destruction and those who belong to the Kingdom of darkness reflect his fallen nature. ¬†On the other hand, God loves the humble.

Corrie ten Boom, the Dutch author of “The Hiding Place”, once said that God has a “microscope and a telescope interest in us”. ¬†The creator God in His vastness, that goes beyond human thinking or understanding, has all knowledge. ¬†He knows us and, wonder of it all, loves us still. ¬†It is that love that caused Him to make a way for mankind to come to Him over the bridge of His Son’s sacrifice. ¬†John 3:16

I was just thinking of the verse found in John 21:25…”And there are also many other things which Jesus did the which, if they should be written everyone, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.”

Stretching the imagination helps to put things in perspective. ¬†How big is God? How small are human beings? ¬†Consider the vast array of books on any subject you can imagine and then consider the Apostle John’s statement above.

I have over 30 books on Heaven and Hell in my library. ¬†Several authors have spoken of seeing books of many kinds in Heaven. ¬†The most important book of all is the Book of Life. ¬†God keeps that special book for the final judgment. ¬†At that time it will be opened and if your name is not there your judgment is sealed, for all eternity you will have no part in God’s Heaven. ¬†One author called that book, “The Family Album”.

One person who was permitted to see Heaven, was taken to a huge building that housed many books, all of them with a person’s name on them. ¬†He was allowed to look at the patriarch Abraham’s book. ¬†He paged through it looking for the incident where Abraham told Sarah to say she was his sister to save his own neck from the people of the land he had run to. ¬†He was told by Jesus that He didn’t know what he was talking about. ¬†It was not in the book.

Under the Abrahamic covenant sin was removed by animal sacrifice, under the covenant in Jesus blood sin is removed by confession and receiving Jesus sacrifice as the substitute our sin.  I become the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ.

A righteous man’s sin is atoned for by Jesus blood and righteousness, not his own, even the old testament saints had the opportunity to hear the gospel when Jesus went to the place called Sheol and preached to them before taking them to Heaven with Him. ¬†Psalm 68:18 ¬†Matthew 27:52-53 ¬†Luke 24:50-51 ¬†John 1:12-13 ¬†Acts 1:3; 11

Doesn’t it say in I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”? ¬†Would it not be unjust to remember our sins, write them down in a book, only to judge something that we already repented of? ¬†Why then do we allow guilt, shame and condemnation to come upon us and torment us when sin has already been confessed and forgiven? ¬†It ought not to be. ¬†Acts 3:19 ¬†Consider the source of such torment and resist it in Jesus name. ¬†James 4:7

Before we came to this Earth, God wrote down in a book all of our days “when as yet there was none of them”. ¬†Psalm 139:16

Several people who have been to Heaven have seen “recording angels”. Everything is written down in books…according to their witness. ¬†What is written in your book? ¬†We will be judged by what is in the book. ¬†This is the works judgment for rewards not for salvation. ¬†Salvation is in the “Book of Life” and it is only through Jesus, there is no other way. ¬†Acts 4:12 ¬†Daniel 7:10

God loves us.  He is for us and not against us.  He truly knows what is best for us and yet has given us a free will.  We can choose our path through life. Hopefully, as a child grows into a mature adult, he will also grow in humility. After all Jesus said to enter the Kingdom of Heaven you have to be like a little child.  I think He means you have to be humble and trusting like a little child. There is no place for the arrogance or rebellion of the teen years there. Matthew 5:20; 7:21; 18:3

Revelation 20:12 ¬†“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. ¬†and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.”

Since these things be true, what manner of men must we be, living in holiness, righteousness, freedom, love, peace and joy.  Amen!

 

 

Serenaded By Angels

One of my best friends died last night. It was the 6th day of July in the year of our Lord, 2017. In the early evening hours Jerilyn Wane Cox stepped out of her body, said goodbye to her loved ones and serenaded by angels, she began her journey home.

I imagine that she was able to ride in a most beautiful transport vehicle. I am sure it was gold and looked like Cinderella‚Äôs carriage, all sparkly and covered with gemstones. The angels took her on a tour of the cosmos. She was so excited to see behind her, the beautiful blue marble where she had lived…Earth…now, she was on her way home, home to the Father she loved so much.

They passed the nebula that looked like a big eye and the one that looks like a butterfly and she wondered in awe of Father’s artwork in the sky. Blue was her favorite color and she asked for one more pass around the eye nebula. It reminded her of the blue fire she had seen in the eyes of her beloved Lord Jesus on one occasion.

‚ÄúThat‚Äôs enough.‚ÄĚ she said, ‚ÄúI want to go home now.‚ÄĚ Sooner than a blink of an eye they touched down. She stepped out of the transport into the most beautiful garden she had ever seen. She breathed the air of Heaven for the first time and was in awe. The colors, the smells, the sounds washed over her and a wave of relief, she was finally home where she belonged.

There was a welcoming committee to meet her. The first person she saw was her mother, there too was her grandmother, her grandfather, other relatives and friends; and also people she had known on earth, whose lives she had touched. They hugged her and told how happy they were that she was there. They had known she was coming and they were excited to tell her about the wonders she would see. The family asked about the family still on Earth, they wondered how Al and the children, and the grand-children were doing.

Out of the crowd a beautiful woman with long dark hair came, she threw her arms around Jeri and held her close, it was her dearest friend and prayer partner on earth, Madeline. She was dressed in an incredible gown. It was cream colored with gold and silver threads. It had a royal blue band around the neck, sleeves and hem. She looked beautiful. Jeri could tell that she was of a higher rank than most of the others.

Madeline said, “The Lord has arranged a party for you with all of your loved ones, you and I will be able to be together soon. Smiling, she turned and walked away. What unspeakable joy Jeri felt. How blessed!

Turning to the angel, her own guardian angel, who had been with her since she was conceived, she asked. ‚ÄúWhen can I see Jesus?‚ÄĚ His reply was, ‚ÄúSoon.‚ÄĚ

Up to this time she had been so enthralled with her surroundings she had not even noticed her own body. She became aware of it as she stepped on the flowers that were everywhere, they were not crushed, they sprang right back. ‚ÄúMy feet, my legs, they are normal, by body is normal!‚ÄĚ, she cried. The angel said, ‚ÄúEverything here is perfect as is everyone who is here, because God is perfect and there is no flaw in Him so there is no imperfection in anything or anyone.‚ÄĚ She had no extra weight, she was free, healed, whole, she was finally the person that God had destined her to be. Joy and thanksgiving flooded her. Praise came from her lips and became a bridge that she walked upon to the gathering place.

In Heaven it seemed to her that each thing that she saw surpassed the next. The building where the gathering was held, was incredible. God truly was beyond what she had imagined. The joys that He has prepared for His people were so far beyond her earthly imagination that she was silent in the awe and wonder of it all.

King David rushed to meet her, expressing his thanks to her for interceding for the kingdom of His Royal Son. Deborah thanked her for being a mighty prayer warrior. Father Abraham took her in his arms and said, ‚ÄúMy dearest daughter Jeri, I am so glad that you have come home. I have been waiting for this day.‚ÄĚ Countless others whom she knew from reading the Word of God in the Bible presented themselves to her, welcoming her home.

Suddenly a hush came over the crowd and all turned to the direction of the golden arch and there He stood, He whom her heart loved more than anything or anyone else. Jesus. She ran to Him, falling down at His feet she worshiped. He lifted her up, cupping her face in His hands she heard the most beautiful voice saying. ‚ÄúAll of this I have prepared for you my dearest. You cannot know how I have longed for this day. You are precious in my sight and my own special love, if you had been the only one on earth who needed me, I would have paid the ultimate price just for you.‚ÄĚ

She was lost in His love. Looking into His eyes which were like love, she saw everything that He had done for her and again all she could do was worship Him.

Holding her close she could feel His heart and she knew that the love of the Father was in every beat. He said, ‚ÄúNow I must take you to the Father.‚ÄĚ, as soon as He said it they were in the throne room.

If she felt in awe before, it was increased at least a thousand times as much; words could not express what she felt as they came in, majesty, power, glory, magnificence, opulence, there were no words great enough, nothing but praise, worship, thanksgiving, peace and joy. She was on her face in worship when she heard her name. Looking up she saw her Father. This was the moment she had waited for. She ran to Him and leaped into His lap; He wrapped her up in the arms of Love. Now, she was home, home at last.

I dedicate this to the memory of my precious forever friend, Jeri, I loved you to the end and I look forward to the day when I too will finally be home…‚Äúserenaded by angels up to the throne‚ÄĚ.

“Serenaded By Angels”, by Kirk Talley on You Tube.

 

Bible time for Justin and Jacob

“I know the plans I have for you.”  GOD  

There is no one His equal.  He is love.  His compassion knows no boundary.  He has no boundaries known to man.  Except one…your will. 

He will not allow anyone to put Him in a box of any kind.  He will break out of it every time.

He was, He is and He will be involved in the lives of all mankind because He is the creator of all mankind.

All that He is, His power, His love, His majesty, causes anyone who is in His presence to come away filled with awe and wonder.  In His presence all fall on their face.  Pride crumbles.

He loves mankind so much that in His plan, knowing the past, present and future, He sent His Son, His own unique Son, into the world of men as a man.  He came as a man among men.  He displayed God to man.  He came to redeem, to buy back what had been given away by Adam, the initial created by God man, who made the decision not to trust God’s word.

God is love.  Love gives.

Jesus taught His disciples that God is a father, “Our Father who is in Heaven”.  In this dispensation we are the beneficiaries of the last will and testament of God’s son.  He is the mediator of this New Testament.  He came to Earth to showcase who God is. 

God is a Savior.  God is a healer.  God is a deliverer.  God is a provider.  God is a protector.

God is a God of order.  He is not causal or careless.  He is purposeful and intentional.  He is not haphazard.

Corrie ten Boom, author of the book, “The Hiding Place”, tells the story of God’s love for those who abused and murdered her family and the Jewish people.  The Word of God says, “What does it profit if you love those who love you, love your enemies and do good and pray for those who use you?”  Corrie had to forgive the guard, who before receiving Christ as his own personal Savior, had abused her sister Betsey.  She could only do so with God’s love.

Can you pray blessing on one who has “done you wrong”?  Pride can’t, pride won’t.    Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping that the one you hate, the one who offended you, the one who stole from you…dies.  Flesh wants a pound of flesh. 

“Tit for tat, butter for fat, you steal my dog I’ll steal your cat.”

You are only a human being, you are not God.  Apart from His appropriated power you cannot forgive from your heart.  And only truly seeing your own “self” in the light of His love and then seeing your offender through the lens of God’s love, only then are you able to forgive.

“With God all things are possible.  Nothing is too hard for God.”  With you?  Not so much.

Most of your life is ahead of you.  The path in front of me is much shorter.  I am advising you to make the most of each day.  Choose to follow the path least travelled.  “Broad is the way that leads to destruction.”  Many people are walking there.  The surest way to reach your desired destination is to stay on the narrow path, keep focused on the goal.  God is calling you to walk with Jesus, led by His Holy Spirit.  If you do so, you will fulfill your destiny

Religion will keep you satisfied, just a normal, nominal Christian.  Keep drinking that Kool-aid and you will leave this world having made your mark on the world.  “He was a good person.”, they will say.  “Only God is good.”,  Jesus said.  

A Christian is a Christ One.  Christ is not Jesus second name.  Christ means the sent one.  Jesus is the one sent.  His name in Hebrew, the language of the people when He was on the Earth, means Savior.  Jesus Christ…sent one to save, that was who He was.  It was love that sent Jesus. 

Who He is now is King.  A king has a kingdom.  When you accepted Jesus as your Savior you were brought into the Kingdom of God.  You are now looked after, taken care of by King Jesus.  You have to learn the ways of The Kingdom.  The Word of God will teach you the way.

Someone once asked thus question.  “If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”  This is something you should consider.

A true Christian will touch the world around him with the love of God, he will impact the life of every one whose life he touches. You have influence. How do you choose to use it? 

Learn to love.   May what motivates you be the love of God.

My prayer is that when you stand before God, the Righteous Judge, there will be more than enough evidence written in the book of your life to hear these words… “Well done good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of your master.”  Amen!

The Kidnapper

Under cover of darkness the evil one comes.  Doing the work of his evil father, he is:    The Kidnapper.

 

 

Manual and Rosita Rodriguez had saved enough money to come to the resort on a family vacation. They were so excited to be there at last.

 

Manny, that’s what Rosita called her husband, worked with the street department in Anaconda, California. ¬†He had come with his family from Mexico when he was just five years old. ¬†Manny’s father worked hard to provide for his family and when he became an American citizen he was committed to raise his children to be good citizens, and they were.

 

The Rodriguez family had been raised in the Catholic tradition but through the kindness, love and compassion of their neighbor, they came to know Jesus personally and began attending the local Pentecostal church she attended, though neither of them took religion or God too seriously.  They thought that going to church on Sunday was good enough, the rest of the week they pretty much did what they wanted to.

 

When Manny was twenty five years old he met Rosita. He went to a Fiesta with a friend and there she was. ¬†She was small with a slight build, her hair fell in waves over¬†her shoulders and her dark eyes were rimmed with long lashes. ¬†She captured Manny’s heart. ¬†It was love at first sight for Manny. ¬†It took some doing to win Rosita’s heart, but eventually he did. ¬†They had been married now for ten years and had three children.

 

The oldest child, a girl they named Manuela, after her father, was nine. Their second child was a boy named Jorge, he was seven.  The baby, Carmelita, was just three months old.

 

Life had its ups and downs for the Rodriguez family as it does for all of us.

 

Manny had worked as a grounds keeper for a wealthy family.  It was a good job and he was able to provide nicely for his family.  But the security that they had hoped for was not to be.

 

A property developer wanted the property to build a multi story apartment complex with shops on the lower level, as the area was expanding and he could see dollar signs in the future.  The family was more than ready to let go of it because they were past retirement age and ready to move into something smaller.

 

After a six month struggle without work, Manny got a job with the Anaconda street maintenance department. Life went well in the ensuing years.  They were able to save a little and had plans to buy a house the following year.

 

God had a plan for this family, it was a good plan, but the events that took place certainly didn’t make it look that way. ¬†Sometimes the plans He has for us look like defeat, but from His view He sees great victory. ¬†That is how He saw His son’s death and resurrection.

 

Arvad Cheminsky was a bell boy at the resort, though he was no longer a boy.  He was born and raised in Moldova to a poor family, but he had grand dreams, dreams of lots of money  He hated being poor and vowed the day would come when he would never be poor again.  When he was sixteen he left home and went to Russia.

 

Times were tough and he found whatever work he could, sweeping floors, loading trucks and loading cargo on the docks.  It was on the docks that he met Boraas Plenovich.  Like himself Boraas was young and ambitious. They became friends.  In time Boraas told Arvad that there was a lot of money to be made if he was interested. Boraas said he had connections.

 

Arvad was fond of a certain bar that was operated by a young couple.  The wife was a sturdy, well built girl and the husband was a nice-looking man with a big mustache and a deep voice.  They became friends.  Boraas came with Arvad a few times and saw a money making scheme that would pay big.  He suggested to Arvad that he ask the husband if his wife could accompany him to Thailand where they would meet up with a man who could provide an opening for a bar in the city of Pattaya, Thailand.  He assured him that it was quite lucrative and would be a great investment.  The husband gave his permission.

 

He never saw his wife again.  He searched for years trying to find her or Arvad to no avail.  After many years and lots of money and heartache, he learned that Arvad had sold her to human traffickers in Thailand.

 

Arvad and Boraas worked with the Russian mafia. Though they never met anyone higher than their local contact, they didn’t care, they didn’t want to know, as long as they got paid, and they got paid well for a good specimen. ¬†They made a lot of money and all they had to do was deliver the goods to their contact.¬†¬†It was a nice clean operation. ¬†They had what they wanted. ¬†There was no shortage of drink and women as long as the money flowed.

 

When the Rodriguez family checked in at the front desk, Arvad was there.  He took their bags up to their rooms paying special attention to their conversation and observing the children carefully.

 

The two older children were slight in build like their mother.  The contact wanted specimens that would last awhile, so Arvad always looked for ones that were more sturdy.  In this case the baby was promising, besides the contact said that her contact wanted something different and this baby might just be the thing that would bring a higher price.  He dallied, moving a chair here and some flowers over there, as the family excitedly examined their quarters.

 

The older children were excited to get into their swim suits and go to the pool. The woman wanted to get her baby to bed as she was fussy and tired.  Arvad watched where she took the child and after receiving his tip he left.  All he had to do now was watch for an opportunity.

 

His next assignment was the pool area. Fortunately for him, the Rodriguez family was at the pool.  Manuela and Jorge were playing and splashing in the pool while Rosita held Carmelita and Manny took pictures.

 

Bringing a pitcher of lemonade over to their table he heard Manny suggest to Rosita that they put the children to bed after supper and when they were asleep they could go for a stroll in the gardens.  It sounded so romantic and it had been a long time since they had time alone together, and in such a beautiful setting.  Though she had some hesitation about leaving the children alone, Rosita consented.

 

They walked in the flower lined garden, stopped to admire a beautiful orchid growing on a tree, and sat down on a bench.  The night air was beginning to cool off from the heat of the day. The sky turned a beautiful orange, then pink leading into shades of night gray.  They reluctantly returned to their rooms as the sun was beginning to set.

 

Rosita went into the room where Manuela and Jorge were sleeping.  She paused a moment to reflect on what a wonderful day it had been.  Going into their room to the crib where she had laid Carmelita, she was horrified to find that she was not there.  She screamed. Manny came running into the room to see what had happened.  Their baby was gone.

 

Arvad saw that the Rodriguez’s had gone out of the room. ¬†What wonderful timing! ¬†He alerted his contact to be ready as he would hand off the baby to her. ¬†She posted a watch on the Rodriguez’s to make sure they were not surprised before they snatched the child.

 

Carefully letting himself into the room with the master key that he had stolen, he went to the room where the baby was. Picking her up he placed a rag soaked in a drug solution over her nose and mouth to¬†keep her sedated so she wouldn’t cry.

 

Opening the door to the adjoining room where his contact waited, he gave her the baby, she would take it to the next contact.  Arvad would get paid handsomely for this one, he was sure of that.  She was plump with rosy cheeks, someone would pay big for her.

 

Every step along the way was carefully planned.  There were no clues left behind, no trace of anything for the police to go by.  The kidnapping made the papers and the news media was all over the resort. Arvad hung around long enough to not arouse suspicion when he left.  He went back to Russia with a lot of money in his pocket.

 

Devastation is the best word to describe the Rodriguez family. Manny blamed himself, Rosita blamed Manny and herself.  The children were inconsolable.  The request for prayer went throughout the world. The only hope was a miracle.  Manny and Rosita turned to God with all of their hearts, begging for the return of their daughter.

 

Pattaya, Thailand, a man walked into a cleaning establishment. ¬†He asked about their laundry and cleaning facility and mentioned that he had some needs and wondered if they knew where these needs could be met. ¬†Eyeing him carefully, the owner asked if he had any preference for his needs to be met and when he said that he didn’t the owner lead him into a back room.

 

“I have something very¬†special for you.” ¬†He said. ¬†“I am sure your needs will be taken care of.” ¬†They agreed on a price; it was paid and the shopkeeper¬†opened the door to a dimly lit room. ¬†Entering the room the man¬†saw a baby. ¬†His stomach turned. ¬†He thanked the shopkeeper and closed the door.

 

When he was brought into the back room, he noticed a door with an exit sign. Scooping up the baby in his arms, he carefully opened the door a crack to make sure no one was outside.  The coast was clear, running as fast as he could out the door and down the street, he came to the place where his friend was waiting for him.

 

The newspapers and TV carried a picture of three month old Carmelita Rodriguez as she was returned to her family with the caption: ¬†“God does a Miracle, baby returned to her parents!”

 

 

When I was in Chicago a few years ago, I was at the Union train station waiting for my train to come. ¬†I was totally unaware that bus stations and train stations are used by pimps and prostitutes to get easy money. ¬†They prey upon unsuspecting, gullible people. ¬†No doubt they saw me as their “pigeon”. ¬†I have learned since then that these places are favorites for pimps to pick up girls fresh from the country who appear lost or lonely.

 

I had purchased some lunch and was sitting in a designated eating area.  A girl, solidly built, loud and coarse, sat down at a table next to  me.  She began to speak into her phone to her father.  She was telling him that she wanted to come home but that a guy was watching her and she was scared.  She asked him to wire her some money she could catch a bus home.  I felt so sorry for her.  I walked past her and put $20.00 into her hand.  She immediately got up and took off, very quickly followed by a black man.

 

I had been had!

 

I wrote this story today to make people aware of what is going on in the seamy world of human trafficking. ¬†I don’t know a¬†lot about it, but I do know¬†some. ¬†The story about the baby and the bar owner are true stories that I embellished with my imagination.

 

Parents and caregivers to pray for protection for the children in your care.  Educate yourself in the ways of those who deal in human souls for profit.

 

My sister left her two little girls by a jewelry counter in Walmart several years ago. ¬†She told them to stay there, that she would be right back. ¬†A man approached them, getting close he punched the older one in the stomach so she couldn’t cry out. ¬†He began to take them toward the door as my sister came around the corner and saw him. ¬†She yelled so loudly¬†he got scared, dropped the girls and ran from the building. ¬†Many years earlier I had a vision in which I saw that attempt and prayed for them. ¬†God was merciful. ¬†We cannot be too careful. ¬†There are predators who think nothing of taking your precious treasures. ¬† Be alert and aware.

 

It is written:

 

“Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” ¬†Matthew 18:6

 

“It is not the will of your Father which is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Matthew 18:14