353 Encouragement from the Holy Spirit

353 – Encouragement from the Holy Spirit

July 17, 1989 San Francisco

Dan and I were always wondering, what’s next? Are we being effective here, is this Your will, or are we to move on?

We were attending the SF Foursquare Church and also Sunday morning Japanese Sunday School. I wrote in my journal that I heard God say during the Japanese teaching: I can earthquake you out of this place and into My will. Our part is to seek Him, cry out, praise, and REST. He will get us where we need to be. This was prophetic, because we—and everybody else—were surprised by a 6.9 earthquake three months later. And we moved!

In the grocery store, observing the throng, I realized: the devil knows whose are his own. He can put thoughts in their hearts to do evil things or think evil things. 

We are wise, cautions, praying, watching, avoiding.

I have found GRACE meeting me more and more—to be peaceful, to be wise, to receive from the Lord, to be quiet.

July 19

Helen prayed powerfully for us at church tonight. This is what I remember: The time is ticking away; we need to be involved with Japanese people. We can, better than born-again Japanese Christians, reach certain people for Christ. She prayed that lies and weaknesses and insecurities would be bound and that we would go forth into the relationships the Lord has for us with Japanese people.

Mary exhorted us that only arrogance and pride will refuse to accept Christ’s death as atonement for ANY sin. She gave us Exodus 14The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Look up!

Deborah encouraged me that the Lord would provide a Japanese housewife to speak for me, that God’s language is agape (love). Agape would be my language and to not worry about it. Dan will learn it and the boys will catch it, and I am not to worry

341 – Our Ministry Goals

341 – Our Ministry Goals

February 13, 1989

I came across our newsletter, which we sent out to our friends and family. From the letter, which is a review of our last few months in order to catch everyone up:

As we crossed the country, our little motorhome performed flawlessly, only needing one tire, and that was provided without cost to us. We had to stop twice for Dan to work and earn enough money to go on and God provided wonderful friends to work for and with. 

Grace was ours to live in a 120 sq. ft. house on wheels without ever feeling like “I gotta get out of here.” And our new home is a wonderful refuge, just what Georgann had been praying for–in a wooded place where the boys can play out of city dangers. We live in a complex that used to be a convent and now is a Christian high school that rents out apartments on a floor that is not used for classrooms. It’s been very confirming to us just how our faithful Father has worked all this out. We feel confirmed that we belong here and built up in our faith to proceed.

When we first got here in SF we dove right into the Japanese community to find out all we could, attended some interesting Japanese Christmas parties at the Japanese Cultural Center, and hung around Japantown finding more Japanese than we expected who are ‘fresh off the boat’ so to speak, rather than American born. There is very little being done to evangelize among the Japanese, especially considering their numbers. I have walked through Japantown praying the streets and have rediscovered the ferocious entrenchment of opposition in the spiritual realm which surrounds Japanese culture, an entrenchment which can also be very aggressive and dark.

We are praying for strategy as we begin our outreach to the Japanese.

309 – Carrying a Vision – Part 2

309 – Carrying a Vision – Part 2

June, 2018

This is continued from the previous post, 308, an article I wrote about visions.

Dan had an idea (a vision) (in 1983) of a solar house he wanted to build. So, on property his dad had given him, he pursued that goal, while I was pregnant with our third son, and completed it about the time our 4th son was born.  

We had realized when we were in Japan that we were not as prepared as we had thought we were to live in a foreign country. We were not strong enough spiritually to battle the demonic forces. (Dan had been a Christian 2 years, I had been a Christian 5 years.) Through a movie about a missionary couple who lived in Papua New Guinea, Peace Child, God gave Dan the idea to get more training. We followed that vision and applied at several Bible Schools in America. Just when we needed a boost, God gave us a supportive and directive prophetic word from a friend. Our departure was delayed for two years while Dan helped our church family to fulfill their vision of building a new church.  We were finally emancipated and spent 2 ½ years in upstate New York at a missionary-preparing, missionary-sending school, Elim Bible Institute.

We never lost what we felt was our ‘calling’ to go to Japan. We were accepted into Elim Fellowship, a missionary-sending arm of the Bible School. AND I had a heavenly vision of babies while we were living in New York. The Lord seriously began to teach me how to carry a vision, how to work with Him to see it come to pass. It was a long six years before the vision was explained and then we went into action to bring it to pass. We had returned to Reno after 8 years away, we joined the foster care program and were foster parents for the next 12 years. We cared for 52 foster children: 5 elementary school age kids, many toddlers, and 26 newborns straight from the hospital. We also adopted our first foster child, who is now almost 25 years old.

During this time, we received the vision from God to homeschool our 5 sons, and later Dan received a vision to go back to school to get his masters degree as well as his marriage and family therapy license. He has worked as a therapist for 8 years.

We are currently seeking God for a new vision. Dan will be 70 in July, and I just turned 73. How can we serve you, Lord? We are in excellent health, we have been Christians for over 40 years. We have 9 ideas that we are considering. We need God’s nudge toward one of them OR we need another idea that He would drop on us!

In the meantime we have had many many God-inspired visions: Dan had a ministry teaching the churches about missions, for a few years Dan organized and ran a teen group that helped senior citizens in the morning by doing yard work, by running a vacation Bible school at a local motel in the afternoons. I mentored 3 teen girls for 3 years. We read purity books.

308 – Carrying a Vision – part 1

308 – Carrying a Vision – part 1

Without a vision the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

This verse is only quoted in this way in the King James Version. This is how I learned the verse 43 years ago and it has been a bedrock of my faith.

Bedrock (dictionary.com) = the fundamental principles on which something is based.

[to read 25 versions of this verse, or any other verse, google: Proverbs 29:18 Bible Hub.]

Here are a few of the definitions of vision on google.

1- having a vivid mental image &&

2- relating to a dream or a trance, a supernatural experience ^^

3- the act or power of anticipating what will come or may come to be++

4- the ability to think about and plan for the future using intelligence and imagination **

5- someone’s idea or hope of how something should be done or how it will be in the future. **

 

&& Google dictionary

^^  Google dictionary

++ dictionary.com

**online Macmillan Dictionary

To me, ‘without a vision the people perish’, means that my faith stays alive, it thrives, when I am pursuing the Lord with an idea in my mind which I believe is from Him. Having a vision brings purpose to my days because rather than be confined to merely the tasks at hand in the multitudinous days of bleak and boring daily life, I have a mysterious side issue.

When we became engaged, Dan and I agreed to give our family planning to God. It was #4 type of vision. We sat on my back porch steps and thought and planned for the future, and we agreed that since I was already in my early thirties and since we had no goal but to serve God, we thought it wise to put this important topic in His hands and trust Him. By the time we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary we had a 1 month old newborn, and our other sons had just turned 2,4, and 5.

When we became engaged in May, I had already been accepted to begin Bible School in September in England. Rather than cancel, Dan decided to join up with my vision to study for more in depth Bible knowledge . We followed the vision through the weeks of our engagement and actively pursued our goal of Dan getting accepted at the school also. We were re-routed to their school in Germany and the registrar requested his paperwork and a payment as soon as possible. We spent five months of the first half year of our marriage in a foreign country in an English-speaking Bible School. This again was #4

In Bible School in Germany we caught school’s vision to go out into all the world to share the gospel. As a new Christian I had been interested in going to Africa. But since Dan had recently been to Japan he was very interested in taking his new faith to the Japanese people. We prayed, put out a fleece, and received the vision to visit several missionaries in Japan. The Lord provided the funds and Dan took time off work. Our son Tim turned one year old in ___ and I was pregnant with our son Steve. We spent 6 weeks in Japan.

To be continued… 

221 – Exhorted to Live in His Presence

221 – Exhorted to Live in His Presence

October 15, 1986

I see that the only way we can be gracious and go with the flow is to have come through our  experiences and stressful times being in continual companionship with Jesus.

I got to go to early morning chapel on campus yesterday. It was wonderful and God was present and moving.

Brother Edwards spoke of seeing the Lord’s presence manifested and His manifest presence. I forget which is which.

But as I read in Acts 2 this morning:

22 Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst.

25 “For David says of Him, ‘I SAW THE LORD ALWAYS IN MY PRESENCE; FOR HE IS AT MY RIGHT HAND, SO THAT I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN.”

26 ‘THEREFORE [being in His Presence] MY HEART WAS GLAD AND MY TONGUE EXULTED; MOREOVER MY FLESH ALSO WILL LIVE IN HOPE;

28 ‘YOU HAVE MADE KNOWN TO ME THE WAYS OF LIFE; YOU WILL MAKE ME FULL OF GLADNESS WITH YOUR PRESENCE.’

O Lord, My God. In your presence I will not be shaken. In Your presence my heart is glad and I have hope. In Your presence we fellowship and I am full of gladness. I love gladness!

210 ~ It’s All About Jesus

210 – It’s All About Jesus

Sept 21, 1986

Dan keeps getting from Chapel and other services at school (like Weekend of Prayer), how MUCH Jesus loves us and WANTS to have fellowship with us. I want to know that, too, Lord.

This ministered to me this morning! [yes, it’s out of order, but this is the way it flowed for me that day]

Hebrews 12:1-7,11 in the Bible’s words and my words:

*Think about Jesus, and the hostility from sinners against Himself so that I do not grow weary in my walk and give up! 

*Fix my eyes on Jesus, remembering that He is the beginning of my faith and the One who will perfect it! 

*He endured because there was great joy awaiting Him in heaven. 

*He despised the shame but He is now in glory and receiving glory for His steadfast work of obedience. 

*Jesus is my example and there are many witnesses watching, rooting for me, cheering me on!

*Lay aside encumbrances, hangups. 

*Forsake the sin that trips me up. 

*R-u-n the race with Him, aware of His nearness! 

*Remember how much Jesus went through.

*Remember God disciplines those He loves.

*Remember discipline is good for me, just as correction is good for my children.

*Discipline is sorrowful at the time it is happening, but righteousness comes from it.

HOW DOES THIS WORK, Lord?– keep finding strength in the Lord, keep on straight paths, pursue peace, keep bitterness at bay, don’t get yourself in the rejection mode, Georgann!

144- Our God is a Redeeming Father

144- Our God is a

Redeeming Father

February 27, 1985

During those midnight hours while walking baby Daniel, I was recalling Jamie Buckingham’s message on KNIS: Find your purpose in God’s eternal plan and go after it and walk in it. You will find it through your ‘cross’ experience! Through pain and trouble!

Jamie’s story: As a pastor he was caught in immorality twice and fired twice. Completely devastated and repentant and broken, he felt led to attend a Guideposts magazine Writers’ Conference. On his second day there he received a challenge to write Nicky Cruz’s story, and co-authored ‘Run Baby Run.’ Millions of copies were sold, and many many people came to the Lord and into the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He wrote 36 books in the next 12 years. That is a redeemed life. That is a Father’s unconditional love.

Remembering this story, dove-tailed with what God was showing me. He did not leave Jamie in a gutter, He directed him into years of active front-line ministry. God did not leave me shattered in a gutter from my own troubles. He already had His plan in motion: In my brokenness, His servant, Jackie (a different Jackie—see blog post #19), took me to her church. In talking to her and reading my Bible I understood His forgiveness and repented. Two years later He directed me to marriage to Dan and then immediately into building our family. My Lord loves me with an unconditional and everlasting love. My Lord is a Redeemer.

Jamie found His purpose. Could they—Dan and Timmy and Stevie and Mark and Daniel –be where I find God’s purpose for me?