184- Encouragements

184- Encouragements!

April 10, 1986

Genesis 7:16 So those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him; and the Lord shut him in.

Noah and his family obeyed God, did their part, and He did His part.

Us+Bible School –we are obeying-He will do His part and help us keep doing our part!

Genesis 8:1

Then God remembered Noah…

It was a long time of storm and rain and high water level—BUT GOD CAME THROUGH FOR THEM.

It has been years of seeking to go to Bible school, and God is coming through for us

Genesis 8:15

Then God spoke to Noah…

In His timing, God gave direction…

I am encouraged also that there was lots of unbelief surrounding Noah (the people watching him build the big boat did not ‘get it.’) That did not affect God’s perfect will and plan. And Noah just kept working and doing what God had told him to do.

Dan prayed this morning for encouragement for us through the Word or whatever way God would give it. I got VERY encouraged by the above insights. Dan was VERY encouraged when he went to the prayer meeting. Someone instigated the prayer for him. Jack B encouraged him to talk to Pastor about Life Center becoming our non-profit organization to handle our support money. Praise God for this revelation!

When I went to the Spiritual Warfare class, the leader talked to ME directly—almost as if I was the only one there! It was very uplifting. Jesus, thank You!

183- His Promises

183- His Promises

March 24, 1986

Streams in the Desert: (paraphrased)

Quote God’s promise back to Him.

          “YOU SAID…”

He cannot say no. He must do as He has said. 

Make your requests with definite earnestness if you would have definite answers.

Accept God at His Word. Believe that He really means EXACTLY what He says.

Pastor’s sermons have been on a similar theme.

My experience has not taken me here yet.  But I am on the threshold.

My experience is: praying in the Spirit on my entire ½ hour walk. And during my day keeping on praying in the Spirit, and NEW LIFE is coming.

Father, it is very sad that I did not obey You one year ago when through Gloria Copeland You told me to pray in the Spirit one hour at the beginning of each day .

Also today I prayed more earnestly than I usually do. I felt a new thrust to do this 2 or 3 days ago. To let go of the self prayers, the woe is me’s, the list of needs. And just to put Your Spirit in the driver’s seat.

182- Keep the Spirit in Control

182- Keep the Spirit in Control

April 13, 1986

Revelation: I must be fully in the Spirit in my relationship with my children, my circumstances, my body.

My wisdom teeth pulling experience last week was an outrageously beautiful experience and picture of the Spirit being in control.

My body was being torturously dealt with! I can see the grotesque faces of the nurse and the doctor frantically trying to get those teeth out. My cheek felt like it was tearing at one point and the drilling noises were screeching and high-pitched and deafening.

BUT I HAD ASKED GOD CLEARLY: NO MATTER WHAT MY BODY GOES THROUGH LET MY SPIRIT– MEANING YOUR SPIRIT IN MY SPIRIT– BE IN CONTROL.

I was several times reassuring the doctor and the nurse that I was fine they were apologetic for putting me through so much but I was able to comfort them!

Now two days later, weakened from not eating because of the discomfort in my mouth, the boys are rowdy, my temper is short, there was an early morning phone call….

….but to the Lord I went as my Refuge. How can I reign with Christ Jesus? I felt He said, “Take dominion over the boys and don’t let the dirty dishes take dominion over you. You are in control. My Spirit will fill you and lead you. Be confident.”

181- Preparation for Elim

181-Preparation for Elim

February 9, 1986 

Lord, this is what we are counting on YOU to breakthrough—these are the obstacles we see and right now we can’t see past them:

*finances: Tim’s emergency room bill, IRS due, VW bus debt, Dan’s truck engine debt, mine and Dan’s dental work, moving expenses for furniture, gas, motels, campsites, food.

*relocation expenses: rent, phone & power hookups;

*school fees: tuition $3,500; Dan’s uniforms (blazer with emblem); application fee, books

*living expenses for one year: $22,000 or more, You know, God.

We believe that You will handle all of this, that nothing is too difficult for You.

 

180- New York is On Our Minds

180- New York is

 On Our Minds

January 27, 1986

Were we supposed to wait on God and keep waiting?  Or were we supposed to grab His hand by faith and go forward with Him? We had already been delayed a year and a half. We were ready to leave home, friends, church, city, and launch out into our preparation for our calling to be missionaries to Japan.

Dan and I agreed that we are to begin planning to go to Elim.

We also believed that there is wisdom in counsel.

…in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:17

I asked Jeanette, Betty, and Bev to pray. Dan had already talked to several men and is talking to pastor right now. May Pastor Dave have the discernment from Jesus to guide us, the foresight, the faith, the courage necessary to release us or not, as God Himself wills for us. Amen

Pastor advised Dan to go into pastoring–to find a church or plant a church–not go to school. But he said he would support us whatever we choose. 

We kept praying and seeking God.

February 7

We had dinner with Norm and Marge. They paid for the baby sitter. $12. We found out that they know about Elim and the Spencer family (founders). They are excited for us! They encouraged us and prayed for us. We were very lifted up in our spirits.

Our Pastor agreed with the district supervisor that we plant a church. They believed Dan was ready to minister and not in need of further schooling. 

Norm and Marge agreed with Paul and Karen–that we begin planning to attend Elim. 

We had just received a letter from Elim requesting: $75 fee, reference letter from our pastor, phone interview with their Dean of Married Students, list of indebtedness while attending, and our  means of support while attending the school. We replied and mailed it.

March 26

Palmer Johnson called Dan from Elim:

   ……..they want us! All is go….

179- Have Faith in God

179- Have Faith in God

January 2, 1986

Papa and Tutu brought Dan’s and Aug’s electric train over from when they were young boys. Dan mounted it on a large piece of plywood and we put it in the basement. Great fun for all.

Nancy (my childhood friend) and husband and son came today to visit. Although I’d prayed lots and had some others pray, I had that same self-centered, enough-to-vomit feeling; I was boastful, arrogant. I want out of my heart’s abundance to come Christ-centered conversation, no matter who I talk to.

January 3

Dan and I are reading The Willow in the Wind, about Ivan Spencer, who was led by God to begin Elim Bible Institute. Karen met a woman who had been to the school and liked it very much.

Still reading in Mark!

10:27 With men it is impossible, but not with God, for with God all things are possible!

10:29 Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

Please reveal what this means.

January 6

Mark 11:24 When you pray, believe…

Someone said: you will never need faith in comfortable surroundings.

Father, we don’t have the faith for all that is ahead—having people support us, moving across the US, setting up, getting Dan through two years of school, pastoring in the US two years, going to Japan and living there. But we do have faith for today.

What do we KNOW?

*the focus of the Bible is Missions.

*We have the desire to take our family and see the Lord save people through us.

*We know it is impossible with us.

*We know that nothing is impossible with God.

*We do believe that God has an opinion, a call, about this for us.

*I believe GOD CAN GIVE US A WORD, CLEAR AND PLAIN TO BOTH OF US, TO GO AHEAD TO ELIM.

I can believe God for that.

178- Have Courage, Not Fear!

178- Have Courage, Not Fear!

December 11, 1985

Mark 5:9 We may ask a demon his name.

            5:19 We are to report to our families and friends the great things the Lord has done for us.

            5:28 We are to BELIEVE. Believing does make something happen. God listens. God works on our believing! Believing cam make us well. Believing in Jesus Christ, His power, His desire to touch us, His love for us.

            5:36 He wants us to believe and not fear…DO NOT BE AFRAID ANY LONGER, ONLY BELIEVE (AND KEEP ON BELIEVING)

December 12

Mark 6:6 Jesus cannot work with unbelief. Be careful when with your own people. They will say, “it’s only George and Grayce’s girl, the teacher.”

            6:7 Jesus wants us to use authority over unclean spirits.

6:8 When we go, we take VERY LITTLE.

            6:12 He sent people out in twos to preach repentance, heal sick, cast out.

            6:20 John the Baptist preached, to His own death, but lifting up Jesus.

            6:31-32 Jesus wants us to rest a while and get away from ministry for a time.

  6:50 Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.

            I am in your circumstances, Georgann.

                                   Do not be afraid.

 

December 16

Mark 7:15 What I SAY defiles me, and what I DO.

            7:20-23 Those rotten things come out of my heart—evil thoughts and evil deeds and evil words come right out of my heart.

I will go to prayer to ask for a CLEAN heart, pure heart, consciousness of Christ.

Also, the Pastoral meeting is tonight. I must be given over to my Lord.

177- Be Like Jesus: Do Good and Heal the Sick

177- Be Like Jesus: Do Good and Heal the Sick

December 10, 1985 – 6am

Mark 2:23-3:5 Walk in the Spirit and do good.

            3:10 The people saw Him heal others before their eyes—“they all pressed about Him in order to touch Him and be healed.”

            3:12 Jesus must have been frustrated by the disobedience of the unclean spirits revealing His identity.

            3:13-14 He chose 12 to teach them how to preach and cast out demons

            3:25 He doesn’t not want us to be “a house divided against itself.”

            3:27 He wants the strong man bound.

            3:35 He didn’t so much deny his mother and brother, but took everyone else in who loved and Him and obeyed God.

            4:20 Be good ground for the Word, accept it and let it bear fruit.

                    Don’t be distracted by affliction or by the worries of the world or the luring of deceitful riches.

            4:39 He wants us not to be intimidated by the elements. To trust Him.

Later: Mary, from next door, and I went to get the Christmas tree! They are not living in the apartment but are salvaging what they can from the ashes. She was happy to purchase our tree and the boys were ecstatic.

Sandra came to make a Christmas craft. The boys like her a lot and they had fun sitting at our restaurant booth kitchen table coloring and cutting and gluing. Tomorrow we will go to Jackie’s and make popcorn balls. Next week we’ll go to my parent’s for the holidays.

176- Mark says…

176- Mark says…

December 9, 1985 – 4:30am

Quote from Tolstoy’s story of ‘The Cobbler’s Visitor’

“Your despair comes because you wish to live for your own happiness. Read the gospels: there you will see how God would have you live.”

So, I am reading the gospel of Mark.

1:8 He wants me to be baptized with the Holy Spirit

1:9 He believes in water baptism

1:15 He wants me to repent (turn from not believing) and believe (put my trust in) the gospel

1:17 He wants me to be a fisher of men. He will make me one if I come with Him.

1:2 He wants me to take authority over unclean spirits (“do the works that I do”)

1:35 He went early to a lonely place to pray. I am to go early and alone to pray

2:5,6 Jesus wants faith from me, not Pharisaical reasoning.

I put my trust in You for time to work on Timmy’s reading, the chores, the needed Christmas gifts—my reason tells me it is too much, but I put my trust in You.

2:17 Jesus went to the sick, those who knew they needed Him.

I am trying to minister to people who do not need me. Saw this last week. Send me to a sick person, Lord.

 

Father, it just occurred to me that at church I do not feel valued. I am not asked to participate. I am not called to pray nor is my opinion asked, by my fellows in leadership. It is as if I am of no value to them and that they do not respect me or my spirituality. They are ‘significant others’ to me, consequently I am hurt deeply. I put this at Your feet. Help it not to matter, or change me, please.

How can I learn from this? How can I help my sons and my husband to feel valued. This I lay at Your feet also.

175- Christmas Prayers

175- Christmas Prayers

December 7, 1985

Today I must CAST MY BURDENS ON YOU AGAIN, Savior!

*the boys’ clothes – that we would ALL have very decent clothing to take and wear on our Christmas trip to my parents. Thank You, Savior.

*the boys’ gifts – that we could give them a few NICE presents that we are not ashamed but thrilled to give. Also some items for their stockings.

*a Bible for Dan – that’s what he wants for Christmas. I rebuke doubt away from this request. YOU CAN DO THIS!

*that mailed items will arrive before Christmas – Beth, JoAnn, Karen, Vanna

*getting the new truck very cleaned up inside and out for our trip home

WHAT IS THIS TRUCK?

*hearing from You about Elim.

*mixing home school, Christmas errands, and sanity, plus exercise and outside play for the boys

*should I try to go to the Thursday Intercessory prayer meeting beginning today at church?

*what about the Spiritual Warfare class beginning in January?

*our Christmas letter – printed and postage and addressed and notes on them and mailed before Christmas

*taking the boys Christmas shopping with their $6

*putting away or giving away all of the clothes that have been coming to me – from JoAnn, Connie, Mom and Virgi

*small gifts for Jan and pastors

*a dog! Carol, after we had been praying nightly on the phone, said out of the blue—you need a dog! She’s right. I could then walk in the mornings, the boys would have a play pal. Hers is big and gentle, yet barks at strangers not friends. Hairy, but an outside dog.

*Dan said we could support more missionaries once the $179 no longer goes out monthly for the bus.

*Put walking back in my day. It is very dark from 6-6:30am.

PRAISE GOD FOR ALL OF THESE NEEDS.

They are wonderful needs to have and I am excited about HOW GOD WILL HANDLE EACH ONE.

I soundly and confidently rebuke all doubt that God can and will take care of each one.

I open my spiritual eyes to SEE ways of provision that are totally unique.

I welcome Your hand moving, and I open my hands WIDE to receive from You.

Bless You, bless You, Father. Keep speaking to Dan and I about Your desire to provide. Keep building our faith. Keep moving into our lives. Keep Yourself overflowing from us to others who need You!