Hello All! I hope you all are having a great day in the LORD! I have been on the go all day.
Whew! I am so tired today, but it is a good tired though! :)
I just want to pass on how important it is to tell someone about JESUS. Whether it is in the store, Walmart, ( Ahhh Walmart... we do not have a Walmart here in Belgium...BUMMER!) at work, or just anywhere. All you have to do is open your mouth and let THE HOLY SPIRIT work. You might say that you have a fear of rejection, but remember that they would not be rejecting you. Our command is to tell others of the GOOD NEWS ( GOSPEL) of JESUS. It is not a failure if a person rejects the news of JESUS, it is a failure if you do not open your mouth to share. The BIBLE says that GOD is the ONE who draws them, so pray and let GOD lead you. You never know who is ready. Trust the HOLY SPIRIT promptings when you feel like you should tell someone.
Another thing you could do is buy GOSPEL tracts and give them out to people who pass you by. Can you imagine how many souls could get saved? It is amazing when you think of it. You might say that you do not know where to get tracts. Go to your nearest Christian book store they should have some, but if you really want to step it up, go to "Way of the Master" and check out the site. This site is a great tool to increase your witnessing knowledge, and it has a store with a plethora of GOSPEL tracts to choose from that is so affordable. Way of the Master also has training tools to help you on your way to becoming a witness. This ministry is so SPIRIT filled that it has spilled over to me and I am ON FIRE to tell others.
I hope to hear from someone soon telling of their witnessing story. It helps us all if we share our ups and downs. What worked and what did not. I am excited to hear from you all. Please leave comments and let me know how you are doing. Let me know if you have a site for me to see. Maybe we can link each others site. Let me know! Smiles!
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
Hello All! Sorry I have not been on in a few days. I was not feeling well, but I am doing much better. PRAISE GOD!
Today I want to tell you about a lesson that GOD taught me and I hope it will help someone else out there. Well, where do I start with this? HUM??? I guess I will start at the beginning ... It was 1999 and Randy's brother was in a horrible car accident that almost took his life. He was in the hospital for sometime recovering. PRAISE GOD he survived! He had a family which included a wife, an 11 year old and a new 4 month old baby. The house they were living in was pretty old and falling apart and they really needed another, especially with the baby.
Randy and I got a loan for them to get a house with the understanding that in time they would take over the note. Randy's brother recovered and went back to work and was doing real well making payments on the property.
A significant change took place over the course of a few years. In 2001, Randy went through a lay off at Boeing after the terrorist attack happened. He began taking some classes while he was on unemployment. Before Randy lost his job, we had been putting out our portfolio to many adoption agency's. We were trying to fill our home with children, but repeated miscarriages was preventing us from doing so, so we were trying to adopt. During Randy's unemployment season, we had an interview with a young lady who needed parents for her soon-to-be born child. We were elated to find out that she wanted us to be "said" parents. After we brought Brandon home from the hospital in July of 2002, I just wanted to stay home and be with him, but at that time I had to continue to work while Randy was still going to school and unemployed. After about 4 months I became pregnant again, and again miscarried. It reinforced the feeling in me that I needed to be home with Brandon. So, Randy had to make a serious decision...to stop school and get a job, but the economy was not good. Where would he get another job that would keep us in our home and keep us living the way we had been accustomed to? He could not locally, but he could enlist in the military and he could work and I could stay home and raise Brandon. It was a hard decision for us to make, but we chose to take the leap. It was scary, but worth it!
Randy left for basic training and AIT in 2003 and we were in Belgium in January of 2004. I told you major changes in our lives! It was hard going through it, but I can attest to you today that we are stronger people for all we have gone through. It is hard enough to be new parents, but to be new parents, change jobs, move from our home, leave our family and friends and go to another country all within 18 months was a bit much to handle, but again, we are stronger people because of it.
OK , now that you have the back story I need to get to the lesson GOD taught me. ( HE taught me many things on my journey, but I have one lesson in particular) So remember Randys brother had the house and making payments, ( remember that the deal was that they would eventually take over the note) he and his wife split up and each had moved out of the house. They never took over the note and also, we found out that they had quit making payments on the property. They abandoned the home, left us in serious debt, and on top of it all they refused to help us get it in shape to sell. It was left with so much junk inside and out and they would not even help get THEIR stuff out. We are in Europe and living on a meager military pay. We do not have extra money to pay for anyone to care for the property, so some of my family that lived not far from the property took charge and worked hard to get it cleaned up and in selling condition. THANK GOD for them! WHEW!!
My heart was heavy and I just wanted to find them and yell at them for doing this to us. How could they do that after we had helped them? My heart continued to get angrier and angrier at them. I would even pretent to talk to them in thin air just to relieve my stress. The house has been on the market for some time now and no one is intrested, and in this bad market, I was feeling defeated. Then GOD spoke to my heart. HE said, " The devil is a liar. Trust in ME and I will help you." I immediately became so peaceful. It felt wonderful to feel peace again in this area. But HE was not done with me. HE also told me that in order for HIM to forgive this debt, I would have to also forgive my brother and sister in-law for thier debt against us. It was so strong. I asked GOD to forgive me for harboring bitterness for them and to help me forgive them. HE told me that their spiritual wellbeing was more important than the large loan that is due. I felt ashamed of myself and for the first time I could think of them and actually feel love for them. I saw them through the eyes of GOD. HE wants them in HIS kingdom and if I continued the way I was going I would never show the true love of GOD to them. I would have done what the devil wanted and that is to hate. The BIBLE says that anyone who hates another person is equal to being a murderer. I thought about that I was horrified to think of myself as a murderer. Well, forgiveness abounds here in our home and I know for sure beyond any shadow of doubt, GOD HIMSELF will help us sell the property and all GLORY will be HIS.
My sweet ARMY husband just returned recently from a six month deployment. What joy and excitement to have him home again. I remember when he left; it was a time of sadness in our home, but also a time of being proud of my wonderful soldier. I had the kids and it was rough some days. I had just had my thyroid removed and at one point I was a bit unbalanced. (POOR KIDS) But, it did not take long for me to realize that I was not acting normal. I went to see the endocrinologist and he told me that my levels were extreamly high. Once my meds came down I felt much better and even my kids saw a great difference in me. I could have used my husband at that time for sure.
I tried to keep busy over the summer taking the kids to different places. At one point my daughter was able to go on a youth trip to Switzerland which is about eight to ten hours from here. She had a blast! She came back with beautiful pictures of the swiss mountains. I know that experience will be with her forever.
While Alyssa was in Switzerland, Brandon and I got to go see Randy in Germany. His ankle which he had surgery on at the beginning of the year was really causing him grief. Randys commander flew him to Germany to the hospital there to be seen. When I heard he was going to be there for a few days I loaded up the van and Brandon and I drove to see him. It is only four to five hours from here. It was really great to see him. He had been gone for two months by this time. Seeing him was so wonderful, but the morning after I arrived, Brandon came in our room where we were staying and was struggling to breath. We were right down the street to the ER and we ran there. They got Brandon in immediately and started him on a breathing treatment. It was so scary. We were there for about three hours and Brandon returned to normal. He has asthma and something in the Germany air set it off. I am so thankful that Randy was there to be with me during this time.
The days went by and it was time to go back to Belgium. Randys ankle results came back and there was nothing they could do. When he had his surygery earlier on in the year his bone had been cut during surgery and it takes bone a real long time to heal. They gave some pain medicine and sent him on his way. So, once again we had to say goodbye to Randy. It was so hard.
The rest of the summer went pretty well, but it was so lonely without Randy. The only thing I can say that got me through it all was GOD. I have ( had) a great fear of driving, but GOD gave me strength to persevere and I was able to drive to an unknown region. HE and HE alone did that for me. Through every tough time that I had to get through alone, GOD was there to help me. The BIBLE says HE will never leave us nor forsake us and I know that to be so true. GOD has shown me that with HIM I can do anything, but without HIM all I do will fail and I will end up living in continuous fear. The kind of fear that paralyzes me to the house. I strongly dislike that! But the BIBLE says that fear is the opposite of faith and for me not to have faith in my HOLY GOD would be sin against HIM. It would have been like telling HIM that HE is not capable of helping me. What an insult to HIM. I love GOD too much to insult HIM. So, with that, HE helped me replace fear with faith and voila, I made it to Germany and back not just once but twice. GOD is so good!
GOD did teach me alot during that time alone with the kids and though it was tough sometimes I know I was not truly alone, my FATHER in HEAVEN was there. Now that it is all over and my sweetness is home, we can get back to being a family. It takes a bit of time to get reaquainted after some time apart, but it has been so wonderful. The kids and I are enjoying every minute with Randy. Thank you GOD for bringing him home to us, and Honey...welcome home!
Hello all! My name is Donna and I am a novice to the blogging world. So, be patient with me. I am not sure what I am doing, but I know as time goes on I will get the hang of it.
I hope to just write about my day to day happenings and tell others how GOD has blessed me in that day. I hope to also get to know my brothers and sisters in CHRIST whom I do not know yet, while leading others to the CROSS so they too will come to know the SAVING GRACE of JESUS. I WANT MORE BROTHERS AND SISTERS!!!!