Saved by His grace in 1974, from 9 years of professing atheism into His loving arms. Living with my husband in the middle of a mountain meadow. GRIN! Wanting to spread the good news about His redemptive plan for our lives through written media.
I am writing this one so we can ponder along together. I was
thinking about the stock market crash not too many months back when most of
those invested in it lost 1/3 to ½ or more of their investments. I am thinking
from a Biblical perspective about what we know.
Matthew 6:19-20 (New
King James Version)
Lay Up Treasures in Heaven
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth
and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but
lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys
and where thieves do not break in and steal.
We have already read the final chapter and know there will
be one world government and one monetary system which probably means that our
US dollar will be worthless, especially since they are printing it so fast and
there is no gold or anything valuable to back it up.
So, the interesting idea which popped into my head is why
not take what amount we have and give to missions, God’s work, the spreading of
the gospel now, while it is still worth something.
God provided manna in the wilderness. He provided food for
Elijah at the Brook Cherith.
1 Kings 17:1-5 (New King James Version)
Proclaims a Drought
1And Elijah the Tishbite,
of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “Asthe LORD God of Israel lives, before
whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”2Then the word of the
LORD came to him, saying,3“Get away from here and
turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.4And it will bethatyou shall drink from the brook, and I
have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”5So he went and did
according to the word of the LORD, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith,
which flows into the Jordan.
So is it too much of a leap to
trust Him to provide our needs while we take what we do have and entrust it to
Him, partner with Him in spreading the Gospel to all nations?
Whew. That was a thought that
brought a smile to my face, then a knot in my stomach and trembling to my
My greatest gifting side kicked
in, you know, the GREAT WHAT-IFer. I know, when I “what if” it shows my lack of
faith, trust, yieldedness, peace, giving up “control”…. Like I said, it is
probably my greatest “gift”. OK what I really mean is my greatest challenge.
Mick and I have many friends in
ministry. We know who they are and what they are doing and how they are
touching many. Our Youth With A Mission friends and the many internationals I
am blessed to call friend from my over 9 years working at Every Home for
Christ. We know people personally working with and sharing the Lord in
practical ways with children all over the world, people in Muslim countries,
children delivered from prostitution, adults who have no work and are taught
how to grow food, raise animals or do a small business. The opportunities
One of the greatest joys in my
whole life was being able to pray over some inherited money and see where the
Lord wanted it to go. To bless those who were “full time” working for Jesus in
countries all over the world, including the US and pastors here. We have
actually become a great mission field in our nation.
BUT who doesn’t save for
retirement? Who thinks social security is, well, secure? Never mind that Mick
and I totally trusted the Lord with finances while we did short term missionary
work. I recall a time when I didn’t even have a quarter to make a reverse the
charger phone call. Yet there was no lack. God provided abundantly in the most
incredible and creative ways.
Lord, is this really You laying this on my heart? Could it
be possible while our money still has value to spend it hilariously for Your
kingdom business? Could we really turn loose and depend upon You?
So I take my wild and crazy idea
to my dear, sweet husband who loves Jesus and has walked many of the same paths
filled with provision and miracles that I have over the years.
“Jo, we already give enough” was
his initial response.
Now mine is to pray and seek the
Lord and if it is really Him and His will for us, He will speak to Mick’s
heart. This has definitely happened in the past and it spares up both from the
“dripping wife” routine. What, you don’t know about that one? It really is in
Proverbs 27:14-16 (New King James Version)
14He who blesses his
friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning,
It will be counted a curse to him.15A continual dripping on a very rainy dayand a contentious woman are alike;16Whoever restrains her restrains the wind,and grasps oil with his right hand.
So while I am praying
I thought I would toss this idea out to you. What do you think? Do you think
God is able to take care all of our needs through His riches in glory? Do you
think this might be a most incredible investment? Investment in the eternal
rather than getting, accumulating and buying more “stuff” here on earth? Do you
think it might be a way to reach out to those suffering and less fortunate and
be the Lord Jesus’ Christ hands reached out and His arms extended?
What have I learned
over the years about God’s provision? You simply cannot out give the Lord. Mick
and I have proved this over and over. He is faithful and provides and blesses
in so many ways.
We look at the recent
loss in the market and it hasn’t all come back, has it? and jus think what
could have been done if that had been KINGDOM invested before it was lost.
I know, some of you
are going to think I am meddling once again. Actually I am think that is
becoming my new gifting rather than “what-if-ing”. Not a bad trade off is it?
If you don’t know the
Lord Jesus as your Savior you probably already think I an nuts by definition
and that’s OK, we can, once again, agree to disagree.
So what do you all
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Eek! Why does everyone call me Eek? Don’t they know that I
have a real name? It is not some exclamation. It is Martin Mortenson Mouse. Now
I know that might not be very pretty but it is a name of substance, not some
shrill syllable like EEK….
Why do I upset so many people? It was rats that carried the
plague and they are much nastier than I am. Cute, furry, I have been known to
be even cuddly at times. then there is their C-A-T. No, I will not say it out
loud as it might summon that terrible beast. Yet they pet and coo over that
horrid thing with his 10 sharpened weapons which try to do diabolical damage to
me and my family.
Perhaps they should be afraid of him? He sends out his
purring signal and within seconds can be using those sharp talons to wound
them. Why can’t they see who the treacherous one in the house really is? Surely
it cannot be me – I really don’t eat THAT much. And what comes out the other
end is so small I don’t even need one of those terrible boxes filled with
“sand” andphew, the smell, whew.
Harrumph. I wonder how we mice have gotten such a bad rap
for such a long time?
Mama mouse never knew the answer to this either. We don’t
enjoy instilling fear into the hearts of women everywhere. I could see it if we
were poisonous like a crawly thing, snake is what they call them or an
arachnoids type spider but sweet, furry and with pretty blinking eyes? Such
misunderstanding and abuse – there has to be an answer.
“Hey. Mom, Jenny’s white mouse had some babies, can I have
one for a pet?”
Not likely to be a question in this household in my
lifetime…. Oh, I could dream about this, being cuddled and pampered with my
favorite mouse snacks from the mouse deli…..
“Sam, get that peanut butter and the mouse trap! I think I
just saw another one scurrying under the piano – quick…”
Well, at least they
got the peanut butter part right but I know what happens if I want even the
tiniest little taste – “WHAP!” Oh, no, here comes the Samari C-A-T, sniffing
and prowling around my little door yet again. If anyone should have a
persecution complex it should be me, Martin Mortenson Mouse in this terrible, twisted
house. They really do not understand!
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What prevents praise? Have you ever thought about those times when
you would think about praising God and then think of many reasons why you
One of the things which “prevents” praise is unconfessed sin. Sin – whatever the sin is: repent and confess
and ask the Lord to cleanse you. He will meet you there and forgive you making
your sins “white as snow”. When you are feeling fresh and clean then praise
will, once again, flow freely.
Self Abasing – pride
prevents praise: renew your mind in the Word. Confessing the pride is good too
as that is also sin. Actually, pride is what got satan “kicked out” of heaven.
A most beautiful angel, leader of worship and music and guess what, the leader
of praise until he decided he could become like the Most High. He has been
trying to tempt us to be tripped up by the same thing ever since, pride. We
need to nip this in the bud.
Problems – our focus on
problems rather than Jesus prevents praise: renew your mind in the Word. The
Lord God is bigger than any problem we have. He is our healer, provider,
deliverer, banner, covering, counselor. Books have been written just about the
names of Jesus and what they mean to us. Can we trust Him? How can we not?
Wrong Concept of God –
our wrong concept prevents praise: Jesus=God=Jesus: renew your mind in the
Word. Come, taste the Lord and see that He is good. He is able. He is our all
in all. You can rest in that and praise will flow.
Fear – opinion of others
rather than what God thinks, rejection, ridicule prevents praise: renew your
mind in the Word. Remember that we are “but dust”. Satan accuses. Sometimes we
can agree with him. Yep, I am weak but in my weakness God is made perfect. It
is a wonderful partnership; God and me. I am lacking and He more than makes up
for anything missing in me, alleluia!
Prayer is always
appropriate. We are so blessed to have a Father that we can come to with
ANYTHING. Try taking those things mentioned above; sin, self abasing, problems,
wrong concepts of God and fear directly to Him who is able!
Praise puts God between
you and your circumstances!! Praise involves a choice, an act of our will.
Think of a cross. The vertical piece represents God’s Word and His will. The
horizontal piece represents our will. Our will appeals to our intellect,
reasoning and our flesh. We need to surrender our will to Jesus. Surrender
daily, probably or even more often that that!
Yielding our will
becomes a sacrifice of worship and we are free to praise!
[ To the Chief Musician. To the tune of “Death of the Son.” A Psalm of
David. ] I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole
heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. (NKJV)
I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your
name, O Most High. (NKJV)
I will freely sacrifice to You;I will praise Your
name, O LORD, for it is good. (NKJV)
Prayer: Lord Jesus,
please help me to get ME out of the way so I can freely and clearly praise and
worship You. You alone are worthy and You alone are able to keep this captive
captivated only by You! AMEN
This was written in
February 2011 partially from notes taken by Marijo Phelps in May of 1980
Virginia Parks speaker Women’s Aglow Fellowship in Modesto California.