ARCHIVES JULY-AUGUST 2018

 

 

Blog 73  for 8-25-2018

FELLOWSHIP WITH FRIENDS IS SPECIAL

Bess and I are enjoying special times of fellowship here in the mountains with friends. The Old Mill Restaurant was the setting for a wonderful meal with our friends from Toronto, Canada, John and Lorraine Armatage and Kaye Jeffrey. They have been faithful viewers and supporters of our internet ministry through the years. They came down to attend the annual Gatlinburg Gathering. Kaye brought me three more books by her late husband, Dr. Grant Jeffrey. His many books have    sold over 2,000,000 copies, and have been translated into more than 20 languages. He was an internationally respected Bible teacher of prophecy/eschatology, as well Biblical archaeology.

Roney and Jean Bunn from North Carolina met us at Carvers Apple House Restaurant near our cabins for lunch. Afterwards they came to our cabin for dessert. Jean is enjoying God’s miracle healing process from breast cancer. They have been faithful attenders of our services for over 10 years, and are looking forward to the winter season at Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland. We met them at the Gatlinburg Gathering on Friday, August 17, and were blessed, inspired and challenged with a powerful service of music and the Word.

Cecil and Ruby Felker from Nashville met us at the Gatlinburg Gathering for a Friday morning special service featuring great preaching and the music ministry of Karen Peck and New River, the Talleys, the Allens and the Whisnants. Afterwards we enjoyed great fellowship over lunch. Cecil and Ruby have been long-time friends. Through the years we have enjoyed special times together. They have been winter residents in Lakeland for many years and are looking forward to the winter season at Restoration Fellowship Church.

Karen Peck and New River have been special friends since their first appearance at Saturday Nights in Lakeland. We met up with them on Friday morning, August 17, at the Gatlinburg Gathering. They have an extra special anointing on their ministry. Karen knows when she sees Bess and me in the crowd she has to sing our favorite song, “My God Will Always Be Enough.” It happened once again when she saw we were present for the service. She made this statement: “Since Pastor Charles Kirby and sweet Bess are here, I am going to change our plans for our last song before the message.” She sang our song once again as the presence of the Holy Spirit swept across the great crowd. It was a perfect lead in to the powerful message of evangelist, C.T. Townsend, from II Kings 4.

As a matter of fact, when he stood to preach, he said that song is a tremendous prelude to my message. The service became the most anointed and victorious service we have experienced in a long time. A huge crowd responded to the invitation to climax the service. As Bess and I traveled back to our cabin, we felt like we had been in a glorious revival!

It really is true, friends are a priceless treasure!

Charles Kirby

P.S. It happened once again like it has many times before in various places. When Bess and I were entering the Gatlinburg Convention Center for The Gathering, there was a couple in front of us that stopped and said, “You are Pastor Kirby from Lakeland. We recognized your voice, and have watched and listened to you many times.”  We visited with them a few minutes, and found out they were from Kentucky. They are Bobby and Janice Reeves.






Blog 72  for 8-18-2018

MY BATTLE WITH SATAN

I cannot remember a time when my faith has been more severely tested as it has the last few weeks. Some of you are already positive you think you know the tests and battle with Satan that have raged in my soul, but I must say you are absolutely wrong! It is not what you are thinking. Before I go any farther, let me say just today, August 9, my Lord helped me to climb the giant mountain that was standing in my way to total victory. As I write these lines of a powerful testimony, I am rejoicing in grateful praise to my Lord.

A Scripture I have leaned on in my Spiritual journey through the years are the words of Jesus in Mark 9:23, “If you can believe, all things are possible to you that believe.” In my battle Satan tried to create doubt and disbelief in this promise of my Lord, but he lost! On July 29 in my message to the congregation at Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland, I told them and the hundreds watching on the internet, that the Holy Spirit was not only our Guide, but also our Helper. I was also preaching to Charles, because I really needed the guidance and help of God’s Holy Spirit at that very time in my life.

Many of you know that the Snuggled-In cabin is our life blood with rentals in our retirement. Four major happenings in the last six weeks have impacted this cabin. They have caused me some sleepless nights spent in prayer. I have done what Isaiah the prophet said in chapter 55:6, “Call upon the Lord while He is near.” I have claimed the command and the promise of Jeremiah the prophet in Jeremiah 33:3
 

“Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.”

When the last big challenge impacting Bess and me ended in tremendous victory, our hearts leaped with joy and praise to our wonderful Lord. We had just spent over $1,000 to solve challenge number 3, and now we were facing a huge expense of several thousand dollars. When the business owner, looking at our problem, told Bess to write him a check for $45.00 to cover his cost, we both could hardly contain ourselves. As a matter of fact, we have not stopped thanking and praising our Lord, and I slept last night like a baby! Let me close this blog by taking all of us to the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 4:19-24.
 

“And not being weak in faith, Abraham did not consider his own body, already dead {since he was about 100 years old}, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead."

Prayer is the key to heaven, but faith unlocks the door!

Charles Kirby






Blog 71  for 8-11-2018

THE COMING NEW WORLD

It is time for everyone to admit the fact that our nation and our world are in serious trouble. We have never seen as much hatred, strife and division as we are presently witnessing. It is appearing in every television news cast, and is the headline in newspapers. When we think it surely cannot get worse, then it does. It has caused me to think more and more lately about a new world that is coming.

The Apostle Peter writes about The Day of the Lord in 2nd Peter chapter 3. His description is very sobering in verses 10 through 12.
 

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?


But then he writes, “Nevertheless we, according to the promise of our Lord, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” In a few words is the description of the coming new world. It really is God’s answer to the chaos of the present world order.

THE PROMISE OF THE COMING NEW WORLD is described by Peter. He lets us know that “the day of the Lord will come” in verse 10. Peter shows us how wrong and foolish are the scoffers of these last days in verses 5, 6, 8, 9.

5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 

8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

Thus, the promise of the Lord’s coming and establishment of the new world are sure and certain.

THE PURPOSE OF THE COMING NEW WORLD Peter describes by writing in V. 13 “We...look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” God’s purpose in the new world has a threefold design. There is the Personal Design, God’s plan to fulfill all the expectations of His own people who look for the new world. There is the Punitive Design, the very fact of new heavens and a new earth presupposes the dissolving of the old heavens and earth. There is the Permanent Design, God will not be satisfied until He establishes a lasting habitation of righteousness. Peter writes about THE PEOPLE OF THE COMING NEW WORLD in verses 11, 12.  Three short words describe the present character and conduct of the people of the new world. They must be Holy, they must be Godly and they must be busy. These are true believers, people who are committed to growing in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The question we must face is whether we can claim to be among these people. If not, let us be warned that we shall have no share in that glorious new order of perfect joy, love, holiness, peace, satisfaction and happy service. Our prayer to our Lord should be, “Make me holy by your blood, Make me godly, Lamb of God; Keep me busy in the fray, Make me ready for that Day.”

It really is true, Jesus is coming again!

Charles Kirby





Blog 70  for 8-5-2018

 

WORSHIP LEADERS ARE NOT THE SAME

Since Bess and I retired from the pastoral ministry in May of 2017 I have made a discovery.  I should have known it, but I failed to recognize the facts. After visiting more churches than I would like to name, and experiencing many worship leaders, I have concluded they are not all the same. As a matter of fact, there are only two out of all of these churches that can come close to measuring up in my mind what a real worship leader should be.

This past Sunday, July 29, it really became clear to me. Bess and I traveled back to Lakeland to sing and preach at Restoration Fellowship Church. As I was experiencing real worship led by Darrel Gash, I said to myself, this is it! Darrel really is the model worship leader. Through the many years he and I have ministered together, I have always said he is the best I know. My friend, Dr. Jerry Goff, has agreed with me many times.

I watched and listened to him Sunday weave the congregation through a blend and variety of hymns and choruses that were beautiful and very inspiring. He was preparing the congregation for my presentation of God’s Word when I stood to preach. It was no different than all the other times through the years I have followed his leadership in worship. For me, it was a time to be reminded what a real worship service should be. I am now having some very pleasant thoughts! Beginning on November 4 I will have six months to sit under a master worship leader when I will be serving as the interim preaching pastor at Restoration Fellowship Church.

I have preached at Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland three times since its beginning on May 6. Every time I have preached there it has been obvious to me that God is doing amazing things! The spirit of love, unity and harmony is so beautiful to experience. The crowds continue to increase, even in the summer, with the largest crowd to date on July 29. I am already looking forward to returning on Sunday, August 26, and preaching at the 10:00 a.m. service. The Holy Spirit has already been planting Gospel seeds in my spirit for this Lord’s Day.

The joy of the Lord is my strength!

Charles Kirby






Blog 69  for 7-29-2018
 

WE MET TONTO’S SON IN THE SMOKIES

Jay Silverheels Jr.

There are many reasons why it is great and exciting to spend time in the Smoky Mountains. One of the reasons is the people we meet from time to time, and we have met all kinds. Some of these we may know, and others we have no idea who they are when they recognize us from the 19 years of ministry on the world wide web. It really is fun to get acquainted with these people and to hear their story.

Bess and I, along with our dear friends, Jay and Pat Ahlemann, had a special time on Wednesday July 17. We were driving through Cherokee, North Carolina and stopped for lunch at a great place where Bess and I had

J. Silverheels & Wife with Bess and Me

eaten several times. A man we had never met, and did not know, came to our table and asked if we were preachers. That began a special time with this man and his wife. We were shocked to find out the man was the son Tonto from the Lone Ranger television series. All of us had watched many episodes of the Lone Ranger and Tonto series through the years. I must admit, when I am here at our cabins in the mountains, it is still fun to watch when it is on the network. I guess I am reverting back to my childhood days when it was one of my favorite television programs to watch.

We found out that Tonto’s son is Chief Steve Silverheels of the Mohawk tribe and lives in Cherokee.

He is a minister of the Gospel of our Lord. His mission statement is “To Reach, To Touch And To Bless.” You can find out more about him by going to “google” in the internet. His dad, Tonto, was a member of the Church of Scientology. Before he died in 1980, the Chief, his son, led him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We spent some time hearing about the ministry of the Chief and his wife, rejoicing over God’s abundant blessings.

On a different note, but very important, every morning Bess and I are praying for our great nation, and for God’s wisdom to guide our president. It is very important that everyone votes in the upcoming elections that should concern all of us. Christians really can make a difference! It is a sad fact, many professors of the faith of our Lord never vote. Please don’t let that be said of you in the upcoming election season.

Bess and I will be ministering at the new Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland on Sunday July 29 at 10:00 a.m. Bess will be singing and I will be preaching a message God has given me for this special Lord’s Day. It really will be great to worship with so many people we love and appreciate.

I still believe the best is yet to come!

Charles Kirby






Blog 68  for 7-21-2018

FRIENDS ARE PRICELESS

Bess and I are being overwhelmed with all the heartwarming expressions of love and appreciation from so many people. Some drop by our cabin in the mountains; others call us on the phone, send emails, send a card and some send a text. It is a joy to meet others at some of our favorite restaurants...the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Carvers Apple House in Cosby, The Taste of Danridge in Danridge and Harbor Inn in Ashville.

When November arrives, Bess and I will be back in Lakeland. We are already looking forward to spending time with friends. Even though I plan to be the interim preaching pastor at Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland from November 4 through April, I will not have the full weight of the church on my shoulders like I have had in my past pastoral journey. This will allow Bess and me plenty of time to meet with friends. It will be exciting to make this a part of my weekly schedule!

Bess and I will be meeting with friends from different parts of the country at the National Quartet Convention in September in Pigeon Forge. Some of these people will be staying in our Snuggled-In cabin during this time. We will meet with others in the huge lobby of the convention center and in the food court. For the past several years it has been fun to meet people we have never met that have watched us through the internet ministry. Every time, we have been amazed, once again, with this incredible outreach ministry. It is always great to add more people to our list of friends. Out of 40,000 people attending the NQC, you never know who you will meet and spend some fellowship time together.

Thank you, Lord, for friends!

Charles Kirby








Blog 67 Charles Kirby

I HAVE A STORY TO TELL...A LIFETIME OF PREACHING

I have been notified by the Florida  Nazarene District Superintendent, Larry Dennis, because of my plans to be the preaching interim pastor of Restoration Fellowship Church in Lakeland that my ordination credential will be revoked.

I met all requirements to be an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and was ordained at the altar of Little Rock, Arkansas First Nazarene Church by General Superintendent D.I. Vanderpool on September 13, 1963, at the South Arkansas District Assembly before a great crowd. I can still feel his holy hands on my head asking if I would be faithful in preaching God’s Word without fear or favor. With Bess by my side, with tear stained eyes, I said I would, and also keep myself above reproach.

When I retired after 56 years as a pastor in May of 2017, I did not retire as an ordained preacher of the Gospel of my Lord. The preaching flame has been burning in my heart since I was a young boy preaching in a make-believe church in the barn at my old home place. It will not go out until God calls me home!

I began my preaching ministry in my first year of college after God healed my stuttering, stammering tongue. At the altar of College Hill Nazarene Church in Nashville I told God I would surrender to His call for me to be a preacher of the Gospel if He would heal my stuttering. It was a miraculous healing, and almost immediately launched me into a preaching ministry. I began to get calls to preach revivals on the weekends. I would leave the college campus on Fridays in my 1954 green and white Ford, and travel across the Southeast to preach Friday night through Sunday night, returning to the campus usually early on Monday mornings for an 8:00 a.m. class. God really blessed me tremendously during this time with great victories in all of these churches. I even went back to most of these churches a second and third time. It really was an exciting time in my life! It was a fact, God was honoring my obedience to His call to preach His Holy Word! After Bess and I married, we continued in revivals until we began our pastoral ministry in a home mission church with three people.

In June of 1972 I was a featured speaker at the General Nazarene Sunday School Convention with thousands attending in Miami Beach. At that time Bess and I were serving as pastors of Tidewater Central Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The church had grown to become the 10th largest Sunday School in the Nazarene denomination. Roy Henley, from the Department of Church Schools in Kansas City, interviewed me concerning our growth. The providential exposure to thousands of Nazarenes from across the country and Canada opened a brand new door of preaching opportunities for me that ran into 2007. That is 35 years of preaching in conferences and camp meetings while maintaining my pastoral ministry and preaching on Sundays in my local church. I have just today, Wednesday July 11, 2018, reviewed my schedule and counted 45 states and districts where I was a featured preacher during those years. It included other denominations like Wesleyan, Churches of Christ in Christian Union, Missionary Demonination and a week's tour of Western Canada, along with a special Central Canada convention. I have not counted any revivals I held during these years, just conventions and camp meetings.

It goes without saying, God has blessed me abundantly and beyond my greatest expectations as a preacher of the Gospel of my Lord. I am so thankful for every opportunity He has given to a stuttering and stammering Tennessee country boy. Every morning God wakes me up He reminds me He is not finished with me yet. So I will continue to preach His Word at every opportunity until He calls me home!!!!!!!

With a thankful heart!

Charles Kirby

Blog 73  for 8-25-2018

MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1. ONLY GOD CAN GROW A GARDEN IN A FIELD PAVED WITH ASPHALT.   Author unknown

2.  WHEN YOUR LIFE’S FALLING APART, TRY READING GOD’S INSTRUCTION MANUAL...AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. Author unknown

3.  IF GOD SENDS US ON STONY PATHS, HE PROVIDES STRONG SHOES.  Corrie Ten Boom

4.  NEVER CONSIDER WHETHER YOU ARE OF USE; BUT EVER CONSIDER THAT YOU ARE NOT YOUR OWN,  BUT HIS.  Oswald Chambers

5.  FAITH WILL PUT A  MOUNTAIN IN A WHOLE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE.   Author unknown


God loves you and so do I.

Have a great week.

Serve Jesus with a passion.

Bess

P.S. Hope one or more of these thoughts will have served a purpose in your life.  Perhaps they will encourage you on your journey. It is my prayer.






Blog 72  for 8-18-2018
 

4 EXTRA SPECIAL DAYS

 

58 years ago, August 19, 1960, was the first of four extra special days.  Why? It was the day I said “I DO” to a Tennessee country boy, named Charles.  Wow!
Life was full of promise. The future was bright. We were ecstatic!!!

 

July 3,1961, was the second extra special day.  That was the day our son, Chuck, was born. Every father wants a son.  God provided.

Lots of days filled with the experiences of life, continued to keep us busy.

 

The third extra special day was December 4, 1964.  Guess what happened? Our daughter, Micki, was born. Every mother wants a daughter.  What a blessing to have both, a son AND a daughter.

 

54 years later, August 19, 2018, Charles and I celebrate 58 years of marriage.  God has been so good to us. To Him be glory and praise. So please induldge me.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY DEAR CHARLES,

YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME.

YOU ARE THE FLAVORED CREAM IN MY COFFEE;

YOUR ARE THE SUGAR IN MY TEA;

YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE;

YOU ARE THE REASON I SING;

YOU ARE THE SMILE ON MY FACE;    

YOU ARE THE SUN IN MY SKY;

YOU ARE THE ICING ON THE CAKE;

AND

YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE!

LOVE YOU FOREVER.

Bess

 





 

Blog 71  for 8-11-2018

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

1.  Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal.  Sir Thomas More, 16th Century

2.  Don’t let a few “little” giants stop you.  Press on!   Judi Wiegman

 

3.  The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy.  Corrie Ten Boom

4.  When the Word of God is your power source, there’s no such thing as a dead battery.  Unknown author

5.  If the Word of God has sealed your lips, it’s impossible to stick your foot in your mouth.  Unknown author

Have a great week.

Bess

P.S. Hope one, or more, of these thoughts has encouraged you and been just what you needed to hear today.







Blog 70  for 8-5-2018

TAKING A JOURNEY/THINKING OF HEAVEN

We had to go to Florida last week-end, because Charles had to preach.  We had just gotten the rental car and were on our way back to our TN cabin to pack the car for the trip.  Going down 321 from Newport (where we had gotten the rental car) to our Cosby, TN cabin, the mountain views were magnificent.  As I gazed (and, I like to do that!), I thought about Heaven. I wondered, “What does Heaven’s terrain look like?” God’s beauty on this earth is amazing...it’s “beyond belief.”

After we packed the rental car, we headed south toward FL traveling the major highways.  The majestic mountains, the towering church steeples, the National Forests, the massive views were as striking, as majestic, as magnificent as the ones near our cabins, maybe more so.  I couldn’t help but start singing in my mind, heart and spirit, that great hymn of the church, “This is My Father’s World.”

As our trip continued and my awe-struck gaze continued, I saw layers and layers and more layers of high, beautiful mountains.  My mind went to the changing seasons of the years, and how these massive mountains would reveal a different, amazing picture to me 4 times a year; the new growth of SPRING, the lushness of SUMMER, the brilliant colors of FALL, and the wonderland of WINTER. I wondered again, “What would Heaven be like?  What does Heaven’s terrain look like?”

About 700 miles later, we arrived safely in Florida; and, after the preaching, we headed back to Tennessee. I was still thinking about God’s creation and viewing it as we traveled north.

And in our travels, we saw flowers and trees that filled the countryside; the “Snowball” bushes that outline the driveways; the gorgeous azaleas that beautify the golf courses; the “knock-out” roses everywhere; the day lilies that border roadways; the crepe myrtle trees that adorn the landscape, and don’t forget the National Forests. Here I go again. I wonder, what kind of flowers and trees will line the streets of THAT CITY? How many trees will be on the Mountains of God? What season of the year will it be when it’s my time to go?

On your journeys, don’t miss His Beauty! Marvel at the Sun, Moon, and Stars. Enjoy the fluffy clouds. Dance in the rain. Gaze until you can’t see the end of God’s waterways.  Listen to the gurgling streams. Fish the lakes.


If this universe is so awesome, I can’t even imagine what Heaven’s terrain will be like?  I just know it will be perfect. It will be beautiful. I want to go to Heaven. How about you?  But, “I want to see my Savior first of all, before on any others I will call…”

Look for me at Jesus’ feet; then you might find me, stepping on the clouds!!!

                                                               Bess





Blog 69  for 7-29-2018

 

What is Spiritual Growth all about?

Is it necessary?

Let me tell you my story.  Hopefully I won’t bore you with a lot of details.  I was…

    Born in the Mississippi Delta, in Greenwood, to Gus and Mildred Pearson, the 3rd daughter, 2 sisters and 1 brother.

    Attended Houston, Mississippi, Public School all 12 years. Lived all of my public school life in Houston, where we attended faithfully the SAXON MEMORIAL CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE.  It was during these years that I made a vital choice as to which way I would go. I chose God’s way.

    Completed a 4 year degree at Trevecca Nazarene College, majoring in English; minoring in Psychology and Speech.

    Met Charles there.  Married on August 19, 1960.

    Had our first child, Chuck, on July 3, 1961.

    We left Nashville, college life, in August of ‘61; bound for Greenwood, MS (where I was born) to pastor our first home mission church (Nazarene Church, that is) and for me to teach English and Speech, my first year in Greenwood High School.  It was a small church.

Had our 2nd child, Micki, on Dec. 4, 1964.

    That was our beginning.  And we ended our pastorial journey with retirement, 56 years later in Lakeland, FL, at LAKE GIBSON CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE.

Wow! What a journey through 6 states and 11 wonderful Nazarene Churches.  God has been so good.

This story is about God and me.  You can’t imagine what God has brought me through.  And, actually, I cannot tell everything He’s brought me through; just know that, God won’t leave you in the battle alone.  He’ll be there every step of the way. He’s brought me through death threats, deep hurts, difficult pregnancy, break-ins, scary places, hypocrites, criticism, child rearing, lonliness, disobedience, church trouble.  That doesn’t cover it all, but it is sufficient for you to know that I’m human.

Growing up, I never, in a million years, would have thought my life could/would be affected in some way during those pastorial years, by things such as these: divorce, drugs, alcohol, prison, lies, stealing, demon worship, suicide attempt, depression, murder.  

So, what’s a girl gonna’ do?  How will she make it 56 years and counting?  By the Grace, Mercy, and Love of Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior. I must talk to the Lord.  I must pray. I must grow in the knowledge and admonition of the Lord. I must forgive. I must love.  I must be kind. I must read and study God’s Word. I must memorize scripture. I must forsake not the assembling of myself, that I might gain strength for the day. I must seek spiritual wisdom and understanding.  I must love the Lord with all my heart, lean not to my own understanding; in all my ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct my path. Listen: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” 2 Tim. 2:15  What about 2 Pet. 3:18, “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Everyday I live, I get closer to the final curve in my life’s journey.  I started out about 70 years ago (about 1945) having made the choice to take the narrow way.  And…

“Through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God.”

1.  “I’ve had many tears and sorrows.  I’ve had questions for tomorrow. There’ve been times I didn’t know right from wrong.  But in every situation God gave blessed consolation that my trials only come to make me strong.

2.  I’ve been to a lot of places and I’ve seen many faces.  But there’ve been times I’ve felt so all alone. But in that lonely hour, in that precious lonely hour, Jesus let me know I was His own.

CHORUS: Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God.  Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon His Word.

3.  So I thank God for the mountains, I thank Him for the valleys; I thank Him for the storms He’s brought me through, ‘cause if I never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that He could solve them.  I wouldn’t know what faith in God could do.”

    So, I’ve grown spiritually through the years; but I’ve not arrived yet.  I’m still growing. I trust the Potter’s Hand. Please come along and grow with me.

 Bess






Blog for 7-21-2018   

 

BE ENCOURAGED TODAY

(Some statements & thoughts taken from “My Daily Meditation” by Henry Jowett)

(Lyrics by and some statements & thoughts are mine.)

 

1.  “God’s sceptre does not fall from His grasp, nor is snatched by alien hands.”  Psalm 97

2.  “God is never lost among our mysteries.  When we are bewildered He sees the road and sees the end even from the beginning.”  Psalm 77:11-20

3.  “God often appears in the common bush.  We do not recognize His footprints in the little turf-clad hill that is only a few yards from our own door.”  It’s a great day when we discover Him in the common bush and we remember. He works in mysterious ways His wonders to perform.  Psalm 106:1-12

4.  God does not stumble upon His disciples by accident.  His discoveries are not surprises. He knows where His nuggets lie.”  He knows all about you and me.“  He does not come in late and find the performance half over.”  He knows us from the beginning. He is Alpha and Omega. He knows His sheep.  John10:14-15

5.  One of these days, certain inequalities are to be ended. There will be a leveling. One of these days, “certain crookednesses are to be ended. They are to be made straight.” One of these days, “roughnesses are to be ended. They are to be made plain.” The bleeding family of God will one day live in a frictionless peace. “  When the Lord is enthroned the fires will be put out, the heat will pass, and the twisted fellowships will be rectified.”  Jesus is coming again.  Is 40:1-31

 


“God is still on the Throne, and He will remember His own.  Tho’ trials may press us and burdens distress us, He never will leave us alone.  God is still on the throne, and He’ll not forsake His own. His promise  is true. He will not forget you. God is still on the Throne.”


Bess