243 – A Good News Day

243 – A Good News Day!

December 16, 1986


It was a huge battle just getting out of the house. My nerves were frayed. BUT Josie came out of her apartment and prayed for me just as we were leaving and gave me directions so I could get to the WIC office. I would have ended up on the wrong road! The drive was therefore pleasant in Tim and Brenda Robbins’ Subaru listening to Keith Green.

*We received our first WIC checks! They are good for 5 months and then we will be interviewed again. They are for both Mark and Daniel. Mark’s will just be for 3 months until he is 5 years old. Bless God. We were eligible for WIC because our income is $1,565 per month (average) (which includes $300 a month estimated contributions).

*We got another letter of confirmation that we will receive $1,800 for the Suburban from the insurance company. It’s more than we ever thought we’d get. It only cost $2,100 (which the church paid) a year ago. Bless God.

*Donna Tresize came over and brought a very large plastic bag with four NEW AND BEAUTIFUL AND EXPENSIVE LOOKING LARGE STUFFED ANIMALS IN IT. (we will save them for the boys to open on Christmas)

*The UPS lady brought 2 large boxes from Aunt Connie and Uncle Jerry and 2 boxes from Bebo and GrampAl.

*Nicole and Donna Vandermeid brought over 10 bags of groceries yesterday from Vivian’s church! TEN!!!

I found myself saying this is ENOUGH BLESSING, Lord…stop! I feel overwhelmed and yet so loved.

In my devotions: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 which speaks of the various functions of various parts of the body…that there are diversities of gifts, differences of ministries, diversities of activities—but the same God who works all in all.

v 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.

This spoke to me regarding our receiving groceries from the village churches. Our fellow Christians have had generous compassion with our predicament and have been gracious in sharing with us.

242 – Warning and Prayers

242 – Warning and Prayers

December 15, 1986

Warning in my devotions:

Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well pleased: for they were laid low in the wilderness. Now these things happened as examples for us, that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved. 1 Corinthians 10:5-6

Cleanse me Lord; make me clean and pure in any way You see that I need it. Search me. My eyes are staid on Thee, my heart is full of Thee. Let nothing come between us.

I see friends whose marriages are in great danger right now because of cravings not taken to the cross. Please show them this truth this week. Please reveal the specific things you are not pleased with that they must let go of to get back on track in their marriages. PLEASE.

KEEP US, Lord, keep Dan and I true to You, keep us wholly Yours. Send grace to help in time of need.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

241 – Receiving is Hard

241 – Receiving is Hard

December 14, 1986

There was much confusion and warfare before church at Elim. It was unusual.

I felt some good things MUST be ahead. And I was right.

  1. The message was excellent. Stacey Cline, whom Dan admires greatly, preached.

We felt we received confirmation on our willing availability and total submission being necessary in order that dynamic power would come forth in our lives. This means pressure, tribulation, prayer and praise are necessary for release of power as well as holiness.

  1. We visited with Jim and Gail, new friends, for a couple of hours while Dan tried to fix our new station wagon. Couldn’t. But we had a good visit.

They gave us two bags of groceries later in the week, worried that with Dan out of work we could get hungry! Bless them.

  1. Vivian (our babysitter from down the street who is living at the Pletcher’s) gave our name to her church for Christmas handout of groceries and clothes!

I said: Vivian, why us?

V: Well, you don’t have a car…

I: right…

V: and Dan doesn’t have a job…

I: right…

V: well……….

I: oh…ok….

  1. Wayne Pletcher (and his son Chris)(whose car we borrowed Saturday night and Sunday) came over just as we got home, about 4pm. They invited us to Christmas dinner at their house! Praise God! Also –they offered to get us a Christmas tree! Praise God!

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

I am overwhelmed by the goodness of Our God. I am humbled and all this receiving is a little difficult.