Blog 71  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 8-18-2018

 

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