We made our fund-raising goals, thanks to you! We're on our way very soon. And two friends are going with us, so our team includes four people who are excited about reaching out to women from Central and South America.
Thank you for your support!
Happy Valentine's Day! Read below for an update on our fund-raising goal. So exciting!
1000 $ 400 $ 270 for 100 CDs
We Made It! Over $1000 came in for CDs
$2400 has come in for my expenses
Only $2400 needed for Mike's trip expenses
You have enabled me to give 100 inspirational music CDs
to missionaries overseas, by donating $10 per CD.
I will deliver the 100 CDs to the missionaries.
Would you like to help fund Mike's expenses for the trip to Central America in May?
Help pay expenses for the trip, AND bless 100 Christian missionaries.
Our Next Mission Field
Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I've been invited to lead worship at a women's retreat for American missionaries in Central America, this spring. Visit the Newsletter
page for details, and the Donate
page to partner with us.
Lead on, O King eternal,
we follow, not with fears,
for gladness breaks like morning
where'er thy face appears.
Thy cross is lifted o'er us,
we journey in its light;
the crown awaits the conquest;
lead on, O God of might.
Text: Ernest W. Shurtleff, 1862-1917
Music: Henry T. Smart, 1813-1879
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Paul, the apostle, said we are to rejoice always...but it's so hard, after last week's public tragedy. Grieving hearts, and thoughts of children and grandchildren, gone in an instant. How horrible the pain must be. And yet many people are grieving quietly every day, with their own pain and loss.
In fact, I think Paul was in prison when he wrote to the church, to rejoice always. He knew what pain was. Yet, he had true joy.
Joy is more than giddy happiness. It's that deep sense of peace and well-being, knowing that whatever fires, floods and high winds we experience (Isaiah 43:1-3), God is with us, and will bring us through.
Faith is seeing the invisible power of God, today, and letting Him fill us hope for tomorrow. (click on my newsletter page to read more on this topic)
This is my prayer, today, written by Henry Van Dyke in 1907:
Joyful, joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!
Mortals, join the mighty chorus
which the morning stars began;
Love Divine is reigning o'er us,
binding all within its span.
Ever singing, march we onward,
victors in the midst of strife;
joyful music leads us sunward,
in the triumph song of life.
Keep the Faith
Today, our pastor preached from Hebrews 11. He chose a passage I've read many times, but today, it really encouraged me in a new way.
It says, "He (Moses) CHOSE TO BE MISTREATED along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. HE REGARDED DISGRACE FOR THE SAKE OF CHRIST OF MORE VALUE than the treasures of Egypt, because HE WAS LOOKING AHEAD TO HIS REWARD. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because HE SAW HIM WHO IS INVISIBLE." Hebrews 11:25-27
Do you ever get discouraged on the journey of life? Do you ever feel mis-treated? disgraced? like you can't see the forest for the trees?
I hope you'll let Moses, yes Moses, encourage you. He was mistreated, misunderstood, and miserable, at times, and yet...he never gave up. He kept the faith, even when most everyone around him was losing theirs, because his eternal reward was more important to him than temporary treasures that could have been his by selling out.
He saw beyond the immediate, to the eternal reward. He KNEW his God, and chose to suffer for Him. Kind of like Jesus. Once you really know God, and the power of forgiveness and grace that comes from knowing the eternal Creator, it's possible to endure the impossible.
"I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10
"Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed." 1 Peter 4:12-13
So, be encouraged, and keep the faith!
The Miracle of Life
"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body,
and knit them together in my mother's womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
It is amazing to think about.
Your workmanship is marvelous and how well I know it.
You were there while I was being formed
in utter seclusion!"
Mike and I are enjoying the miracle of life in our home. Every time we hold our precious grandson, we are in awe of God's greatness.
In the United States of America, over 50 million babies have been unjustly murdered in the womb, legally, since 1973. This is of great concern, not only because it's grossly immoral, but now the country is paying the price socially and economically. America used to have three workers for every retiree. Now, there are three retirees for every worker. Abortion has killed off a great number of people who would be contributing to society in many ways.
When man takes matters into his own hands, and tries to "fix" his problems, he usually just creates more problems.
Proverbs 3:5, 6 reads, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."
Abortion does not solve problems, but it does create guilt for those involved. And it's a decision that cannot be reversed, once it's done.
However, all of our mistakes and sins can be forgiven, if we'll only humble ourselves, and ask Jesus to forgive us, making us pure and clean, innocent again, as children of God.
When we follow God's path, instead of our own, He will bless and direct us. He won't necessarily make our lives easy, but He will walk through the "fires" of life with us.
Isaiah 45:2, 3 promises "When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up - the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, your Savior..."
He will see us through and give us peace that is beyond all understanding.
The Living Bible says, "Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-8
Mike and I care so deeply about life, that we visited a university campus recently, passing out brochures and engaging students on the issue of life vs. abortion.
Some students on university campuses have never considered that abortion is murder.
But after seeing graphic images that cannot be ignored, many are convinced that the fetus in the womb is a real, live baby.Being confronted with the actual aborted baby images, is a powerful way to convey the unborn baby's perspective.
Students today are lied to, by adults, telling them that the baby in the womb is merely tissue. I've also heard fetuses compared to cancer, that needs to be eradicated from the woman's body. After just witnessing our first grandchild born, this year, I can testify that he is the opposite of cancer - he is a unique and precious boy with a special calling and purpose for his life.
Psalm 82:4 says "Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people."
We are pleased to work with the Genocide Awareness Project(GAP) to promote life.
Please consider what you can do to rescue the helpless.
Mike and I are committed to sharing biblical truth in love, wherever we go.
We appreciate your prayers and support.
On Saturday, March 24th, I spoke in Bath, Maine at a conference for women. The theme was "Contentment, Courage and Calling."
Ladies were in attendance from over a dozen towns, including Bath, Brunswick Bowdoinham, Buxton, Gorham, Harrison, Hollis Center, Phippsburg, Lisbon, Livermore, New Gloucester, Orrs Island, Richmond, Standish, Steep Falls, Topsham, Windham and Woolwich.
First Baptist Church of Bath hosted the event. Men from the church helped with the brunch and two young adults led worship to open the conference.
The verse of the day was taken from Philippians 4:11, 12 - "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need."
We also pondered Psalm 92:12-14 and how to grow straight & tall with deep roots and a fresh fragrance in our lives.
"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
planted in the house of the LORD,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;
He is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
"If you are looking for an uplifting event,
It is special, spiritual, musical, biblical, and wonderful!!
is a great part of the retreat.
Come, relax and enjoy it.
I love it and
look forward to it each year! "