Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Problems children’s workers can face:

In 1995 Mr. Sam Doherty asked my husband to sit at his desk in his office in Kilchzimmer, Switzerland with his head in his hand and act out as if he is a children’s worker with problems.  This photo was used on the cover of his book  “The problems of a children’s worker and God’s solution.”
( You can download all Mr. Sam Doherty’s books from CEF specialized Book Ministry)
Two weeks ago my husband, who turned 80 last December, faced a tremendous health problem. We were all shocked to hear the bad news, but we experience that the God that Dan and I proclaim in our ministry, is faithful and gives us peace and direction.  Dan wrote a letter to our family and friends:
“This letter is just to bring you up to date with what is happening in our lives.  On the 18th of February 2015 after a CT scan I was diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer.
The bile duct from the gallbladder was blocked because of the  tumor in the mouth of the pancreas and a stent was inserted into the duct on the 26th of February, in order to widen th duct and allow the bile to flow again.
I came out of hospital on Friday the 27th of February and for 2 days I felt very bad.  I am regaining my strength slowly.
There are specific times in one's life when specific Bible truths stand out all the more clearly. During the  last few days many such truths have come strongly to the fore in my own life – God  is Sovereign and in complete control of my life and I can rest in that blessed assurance; God is faithful to His promises and will never leave or forsake me and, the trials of life are given as special times for the believer in Jesus Christ to declare the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2.9)
We are called to be lights in this world and I ask you to pray with me that ‘this little light of mine’  will keep shining until the end.
Obviously the light the believer has is only a reflection of the light that has been poured out in his life. Paul makes it clear that this is only possible because of God’s grace and likens  it to the miracle of creation itself in 2 Cor. 4.6: “For God, who said, ‘ Let light shine out of darkness’, has shone in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory in the face of Jesus Christ”.
David is facing great trials but his first words in Psalm 27 are triumphant: “ The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?”
In verse 4 he prays: “one thing I asked of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD (in the presence of the LORD) all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”
My ‘little light’ will keep on  shining as I keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter  of our faith.” (Hebrews 12.2)
My prayer is that my Saviour and Lord will be glorified in my life and death!
Once again thank you for your  love and prayers!
Thank you for the fellowship in the Gospel we have enjoyed over may years.
Every Blessing
In Christ.

In Chapter 9 of Mr. Doherty’s book – “The problems of a Children’s worker and God’s solution” he writes:
 The Results We Can Experience
 A s we see God, know Him, focus our thoughts on Him and worship Him what can we expect to happen in our lives? What does the Bible teach?
We have already seen most of the answers, but it will be helpful to summarize them and revise them. I am not in a position, of course, to make promises or give precise and absolute guarantees. But I am sure, from what we have already seen and studied in the Word of God, that there are many blessings which God has promised to those who know Him, and who then on the basis of that knowledge obey Him.
 This does not necessarily mean “success” and the instant and immediate solution of the problem(s)—although it might. But it does mean that God will, more and more, give strength and grace to overcome failure and to handle problems, as we give Him His rightful place in our lives.
Knowing God Can Help Us in Our Prayer Life
The more we know about God and the better we know Him, the more we will know to whom we are speaking, and the more we will be able to trust Him for His answers.
All the great men and women of the Bible, and the great “prayers” show a clear and deep knowledge of the One to Whom they were praying.

May God help you with your  problems.  May you experience God’s grace everyday.

HE GIVETH MORE GRACE – by Annie Johnson Flint

He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,
He sendeth more strength when the labors increase;
To added affliction He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, His multiplied peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,
Our Father's full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure;
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth and giveth and giveth again.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Valentine's day - it is all about LOVE!

There is a song about Jesus' love that is so wonderful:  

Jesus' love is very wonderful (3x)
Oh wonderful love!
It’s so high you can't get over it,
So low you can’t get under it,
So wide you can’t get round it,
Oh, oh wonderful love!!

May you experience with Valentine’s day that Jesus’ love is the BEST LOVE that you can dream of!!

Without the love of God in your life, your week will be like this:
Sunday will be a Sadday,
Monday will be a Moanday,
Tuesday will be a  Tearsday,
Wednesday will be a Wasteday,
Thursday will be a Thirstday,
Friday will be a Frightday,
Saturday will be a Shatterday.

A little story to illustrate love:    
Norman was a good boy. He helped with the washing up and looked after his
baby sister. He was a bright boy, too, and he noticed that when other people
did things around the house for his mother, they sent bills and got paid. For
example, after the plumber fixed the pipes he sent a bill for his work and his
mother wrote a cheque to pay him.
Norman began to think, Why shouldn’t I get paid too? So one morning Norman
laid a paper like this at his mother’s plate at breakfast time.
 He tried to make it look as much like the other bills he had seen. So he printed words like these:

Mother owes Norman
1.  For washing the dishes 5 times …….…..….……  R10.00
2.  For looking after baby sister ….……..….………    R10.00
3.  For going to the shop …………….…..…………      R10.50
4.  For being a good boy ……….……….………….      R10.50
Total ………………………......……………………            R41.00

Norman’s mother sat down at the table and read what Norman had written, but she didn’t even smile. She just laid it aside and ate her breakfast. When Norman came in for supper that night there was a bill on his plate! It read:

Norman owes mother
1. For 10 years of happy home ……………….                  nothing
2. For food and clothes for 10 years ………..                 nothing
3. For nursing through chicken pox, flu.and measles      nothing
4. For being good to him all his life ………..                     nothing
Total ………......……………………………..                           nothing

When Norman read it he felt bad! Big tears ran down his cheeks, his lips
quivered and he ran to his mother’s arms and cried, “Mum, I love you and I’ll
do all I can just because I love you. I don’t want any pay.”

What children say about love:    
"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."
"I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones." 
“If falling in love is anything like learning how to spell, I don't want to do it. It takes too long”. 
“Love is like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.”  
“I think you're supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn't supposed to be so painful.”  
“No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with how you smell. That's why perfume and deodorant are so popular.”   
“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good to”.  
“Once I'm done with kindergarten, I'm going to find me a wife.” 

“On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.”