Saturday, February 27, 2010

BUTTERFLIES AND BRENDA


I was thinking about butterflies the other day, how God made us kinda like them. We to start out in a cacoon and enter the world as a caterpiller and through the grace of God we can become a beautiful butterfly. If you were to become a butterfly, what color would you be and where would you live, what flowers would you land on.  As a butterfly your whole world would be nothing but color and you are only born during the warm time of the year. How nice.

I think I must be ready for spring to come.

Alvin is home and doing good, he is tired a lot but it will take time for him to get back to his normal self. I know he is not feeling good when he lets me get food for him. He is just grateful that he is finally through the worst of it all.

Thank each and everyone of you for all the prayers, I know God had to be busy listening to all of them. He had three churches full of people praying for him, his family and friends.  What a blessing. While all of you were praying for him, I was praying for you and giving thanks that so many of you care and would take the time to pray.

While Alvin was in the hospital he had a lot of family and friends come to visit but one lady stands out in my mind and heart so I know God put her there for a reason. She is a little tiny black lady that came here from New Orleans after the Katrina hurrican when they were bussing people to different parts of the states and she has never went back. She came to visit Alvin because she heard from his brother Willie that he was in the hospital. They have kinda adopted her and she calls them uncle. She of course is a person from the streets and uses drugs but what a loving person. We sat in the hallway of the hospital one night visiting with her. As she talked with Alvin, I just sat and listend and looked into her eyes, which are the window's to the soul and all I could see was God. She was telling us how she was listening to the radio and she heard God talking to her. She said it was a life channel. I asked her if it was The Family Life Radio station and she excitedley said... yes thats it....  and she had been listening to it for 3 days and God was saying things that she needed to hear. Our eyes met and I said to her, no matter what anyone else thinks we are all a child of God and God is a part of each and everyone of us. She started to cry and told me how people judge her because of the way she looks, but that she is really and good person and loves everyone, why do they have to judge her when they don't even know her... my heart was bleeding for her. I told her no matter what anyone else thinks, it only matters what God thinks and that he loves her as much as he loves me or Alvin and any of his children. She smiled and said she really liked me and told Alvin how nice I was and that she just loves everyone.

What came to my mind as I was looking at her and listening to her was that if Jesus or God came to earth again, he would look just like her because her love and compassion for others is so true and deep.

She had go give Alvin and I lots of hugs and tell us how much she loved us before she left. She has been in my heart and prayers every day since them. Something about her touched something so deep inside of me, she will forever be a part of me.

I asked Alvin about her when she was gone. He said her name is Brenda and she came her on the bus and just never wanted to go back. He said she is a really good person and is book smart but something happend in her life that took her into the streets. Everyone around Willie's place has just kinda adopeted her and watches out for her. She has her own place and money but he has seen her on the streets at all times of the day and night. I can hear the tenderness and compassion in Alvin's voice when he speaks of her.

So every day I will say a prayer for her and I would love it if you would also. I will try and get a picture of her so you can see what I see.

Thanks for listening to me and letting me share her with all of you.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ALVIN


Thanks to everyone for all the prayers for Alvin.  He came through the surgery just fine. It took almost eight hours but he did great. Yesterday he was was feeling no pain because of all the pain meds. Today he is dragging a little more. He has not been able to eat anything yet but I think they are going to start him on liquids today if he starts walking around a little more and gets things moving. He was thinking he might go home by sat. but I am sure that is not going to happen. I talked to his daughter yesterday that lives down south and she is flying in on sat to spend a few days with him and suprise him. That will make him feel much better. I just run up to Saginaw to drop my friend Marsha off and I am headed back to Lansing in a couple of min. Keep the prayers comming, I think he is going to need them, this is going to be a harder healing process than he thinks. Love all of you.  Betty

Monday, February 8, 2010

HEALING HANDS


We will be heading to Lansing today and Alvin will be going in for surgery at 7:30am. Please pray for him. Pray also that the surgeons hands will be guide by the Lord and that Alvin will heal fast.

In Church on Sunday Pastor Van and a few of the other members did a laying on of hands and healing prayer for Alvin, which I thought was a wonderful thing to do. Touch is such an important part of everyones well being.

I am going to take my lap top and will try and get a message out to everyone if I can.

Thanks to everyone

Friday, February 5, 2010

WHICH CHOICE WILL YOU MAKE?


















Which one will it be? 
Which choice will you make?

Satan never fears the Christian whose Bible is covered with dust.

Does God seem far away? Guess who moved?

Psalm 96:13
Before the LORD, for He is coming;
For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
And the peoples in His faithfulness.

I must say that it has taken me a long time to finally listen the what the Lord is trying to tell me. I have always heard him talking to me in many different ways, but would not take the time to listen.  Now that I have opened my heart and let him in, he is changing my life. I am so grateful that he sent Pastor Van to help me open my heart. His kindness and sharing of God's word has been very comforting to me. I know I am a very hard headed and stubborn person. Pehaps that is how I thought I needed to be in able to make it in life. I really never knew that God was waiting to help me. I always knew God was with me, I just did not know how to let him in or how to ask him to guide me. I thought I was doing fine on my own. Once I sat down and really looked at my life I had to admit that was not true at all.

It is very true that we only have one of two choices in every decision me make in life.  Right or wrong, good or bad, happy or sad, negative or positive..........  God or Satan. That choice sets everything else in your life. The whole world can look at us and see which choice you have made.  Just because you say you are a Christian does not mean you are truly following the right path. God has to be first in your life. First before every person in your life and first before every thing in your life. If we could only get how easy this is. I know I have a lot of issues to work on in my life and a lot of things to change but I know God will help me, he will never leave me and will never forsake me.

All of this has made me think about my little Church today. Even though it is struggling right now, I truly believe that God will bring us through the darkness. Satan can try all he wants to take it down but God is always greater than Satan and will lead us through the Valley to the light on the other side. I know God is going to bring everything one and everything the Church needs.

I would also like to thank my uncle Bruce for taking the time today to call and talk with me. What a blessing he is in my life also. Once again God used him to answer a pray I had last night. I asked God to let me know if my writting this blog was really helping anyone and if I should keep going with it because at times I feel like I am just babbling and hope it really touches someones heart. Thank you Lord for using my uncle.




Thursday, February 4, 2010

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ

THE PRAYER OF JABEZ
I recieved a little book from a friend of mine a few years back called The Prayer Of Jabez. This little book is what started me on my path to seeking the kingdom of God.  This is the prayer.

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

9  And Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, "because I bore him with pain." 10  Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Thy hand might be with me, and Thou wouldst keep me from harm, that it may not pain me!" And God granted him what he requested.

In the little book it says that to should ask God to bless you and enlarge our borders so that we can share his word with more people. So, I thought if God would do that for Jabez, surley he would do it for me. Each night I would pray this prayer before I fell asleep and each morning when I got up I would pray it. When I was driving in my van I would pray it. After about 2 months of praying a couple showed up and bought my house in Harrison and I moved back to Saginaw. I was so busy once I moved back here that I did not even think of that prayer, then one day I came across the little book again and I took the time to sit down and read it. Once again I started praying the prayer, and it has lead me to The First Church of God in Saginaw. I still say the prayer everyday, I can not get it out of my mind anymore. After praying it the other day God put into my heart to do volunteer work at the underground railroad so I will be mailing out the app. this week. I believe so strongly that nothing happens by mistake, God has a plan for everything we do in this life and every person we meet. I am so gratefull for everyone that has passed through my life, for I have learned so much from all of them. I feel blessed everyday. I know God is preparing me for something great and wonderful that I can do for him while I am here in servcie to him.

We never know what tomorrow will bring for us, all we know for sure is that God will walk us through it and never leave our side.

Let's give praise and glory to our All Mighty God.

Amen



Monday, February 1, 2010

TALK WITH THE LORD


A PLACE TO PRAY

Everyone needs a place to sit and talk with the Lord. When we have no one to listen to us here in this world, we always have Jesus. He is on call 24/7 and is waiting for us to talk with him. Tell him your desires, worries, hopes, whishes, fears and needs. All we have to do is ask and he will open the doors we need. He told us... Ask and you shall be given, Seek and you shall find, Knock and the door shall open. He can not do a thing for us if we don't ask. Talk to him and share what is in your heart so he can open the doors you need. Most of all give praise and glory to the Lord and walk in faith everyday.

Tomorrow I will share with you what really started me on my walk with God.