To Love Again Ministries
Content Following God
Oddly A Couple
If Prancer Can, You Can Too!
The Long Road
Raising Children in Babylon
Credits Writers Debra Lilly Sarah Williamson Beverly Huffman Holly Rhody Kimberly Borst
Editing Alan Porter
Photography Cover by H. Koppdelaney (Photographers are named if available)
Design Kimberly Borst Copyright ÂŠ To Love Again Ministries 2012, Photos ÂŠ very
To Love Again Ministries Pick of the month This month we are highlighting
Relation with Holy Spirit by Reinhard Bonnke Reinhard Bonnke lives a modern day walking out of a follower of Jesus like no one Iâ€™ve ever seen. He embraces the Holy Spirit, the gospel and operates in the gifts prolifically! Totally inspiring!
Following God Debra Lilly God seldom shows us the whole
Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He will do it. Psalm 37:35(KJV)
path… just the next step. If He showed us the entire path or the ‘workings out’ in our life, what would we need to trust and obey Him for? We would say, “I see… I will take if from here!” Ah, but our loving Heavenly Father lights one step at a time – to keep us close to Him. We know not what lies ahead, but He does. Learning to wait on the Lord is a difficult thing to do. We think we know – but we don’t! Trusting and obeying His leading is the only way to live a life without regret because we have followed His leading wherever He takes us. He is the author and finisher of our faith. Only He knows the ‘what, where, how and when’ to guide us. We just think we’re making the right decisions. However, when we leave it up to Him, we leave the outcome or final result in His hands as well. This is ‘walking by faith and not by sight’. God is the only one who has true understanding of our lives because He is the all-knowing, all-seeing one! We can’t have true
understanding unless we were allknowing and all-seeing. We are to choose life in what He puts before us. Life for the Believer comes through seeking, trusting and obeying Him; seeking Him first and foremost above all else, believing His word, then doing what He says or shows us to do in obedience.
It’s pretty simple really; He’s the Father and we’re the little children. We can trust Him in all things! On my trip down the Grand Canyon on a mule one year, I was so impressed with my mule! I know that sounds funny, but I was told to put all of my trust in my mule. Why? Because my mule had made the trip down that same trail hundreds of times before and he knew what he was doing! I was told to just sit on him, look around and enjoy the ride! He did all the work and I did not once have to know where we were going! I trusted him that he wasn’t going to fall over the side, or get lost, or stumble. I
thoroughly enjoyed the journey and took hundreds of pictures as I went!
That experience brought clarity to the way we are to trust the Lord. He really does know what He’s doing with our life! He cares for us and loves us more than we can imagine! He has a hope and a future for us, plans for good and not for evil (Jer. 29:11); and He is the only One who knows how to bring it about!
Continually pray the prayer of surrender: Holy Spirit, think through me, love through me, live through me – not my will but Yours be done! He will do it! Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. 1 Thess. 5:24 Then shall we know if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth. Hosea 6:3 Ben Salter
Oddly a Couple Sarah Williamson Before I married my husband
A couple weeks after the
Jordan, I had only lived with my family, or by myself. I never had the “roommate experience” with a close friend or cousin. So, as I watched Jordan unpack all of his stuff after our wedding, I thought to myself “man this is going to be so weird!” I don’t think I had fully considered how strange it would be to live with someone that didn’t come from the same family background as me. Sure, we shared the same overarching morals; our parents disciplined us in similar ways; our political views mirrored that of each other. I thought that the most difficult part would be deciding who got to sleep on the right hand side of the bed! When we returned from the honeymoon we went grocery shopping, and as I watched Jordan put the bread and the peanut butter in the refrigerator, I realized how utterly unusual an adjustment this was going to be – I mean who puts peanut butter and bread in the fridge? My mom certainly never did!
honeymoon we thought the differences were sort of cute. As more time passed, we discovered that someone left the lid off the toothpaste constantly, someone showered more than once a day, someone snored really loudly at night, someone had to sleep with a fan on even in a blizzard, someone always left laundry in the washer, and one culprit never put a towel down before jumping in the shower! Every time I came home from work I felt like laughing and crying at the same time. It was partly hilarious that we ended up being so different in the way we did our daily routines, and on the other hand I wanted to sob uncontrollably because what the heck, is this really what I signed up for? I remember on one particular occasion I had wiped down all the counters using soap and a washrag, I then left the washrag in the sink because that’s where our washrag always remained growing up. Two days later I
couldn’t find my sink washrag anywhere. I finally asked Jordan if he had moved it because I had looked everywhere else. I’ll never forget the guilty look he shot me when he said “Oh, I threw that away a couple days ago. It had all this stuff on it and it was just sitting in the sink, I didn’t think it could be saved in the washing machine because the smell was so bad.” I then looked at him, laughed for awhile because it was sort of funny, and then I decided it wasn’t actually funny, because washrags don’t grow on trees, and I was particularly attached to this washrag! I kept yelling “Who throws out washrags? They’re washrags for crying out loud! You can keep using them even when they have holes in them BECAUSE THEY’RE RAGS!” Poor Jordan had no idea what hit him. Jordan and I came from different backgrounds with two very different sets of parents. Where my mom cut the mold off the bread and assured me it was basically penicillin, Jordan’s mom would have thrown the whole loaf away. The thing about differences is - they actually bring us closer together, and set us apart from each other. They don’t have to be a
negative thing in marriages; they can be one of the best parts, because the differences we both share make us the unique couple we are. My husband is one of the quirkiest people I know, so it took me awhile to realize that I didn’t need to understand his ways; I just needed to love and appreciate the excitement and differences that he brought into my life. If nothing else, our oddities supply a constant amount of laughter, and celebration because of the ways that we compliment each other. So at the end of the day - it’s okay that he has all of the expiration and sell by dates memorized for every food item we keep in our pantry and fridge, because if he doesn’t throw it away, I’ll eat around the mold and pray a silent prayer that I won’t spend the night throwing up. Somewhere in between his weird and my weirder, we have found a balance that may not be normal to most; but we’ve developed our kind of normal and that seems to work just fine for us.
Prancer Can, You Can Too! Beverly Huffman adventure of locating the chair and then searching for a pet that could enjoy the freedom it would provided. Prancer is not the only one who was “lifted up” in this story. Karin has a new motto, “If Prancer can do it, then we can too!”
Truly inspirational, Karin! When we
Prancer is now among the happiest dogs! Living at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Shellsburg, IA (www.lasthoperescueia.org) has brought a sense of relief. But when you can’t walk… The other four-legged kids run, play, jump and seem so full of life. And, there you are. You get the picture. Her sunshine began to rise when Karin Bond, an animal lover, found a pet wheelchair. Karin was as excited to give as Prancer was to receive. Prancer can now walk!
Her heart overflows with joy. And, she shares it! The first time I heard about Prancer was the morning Karin bounced into my office beaming, absolutely beaming. She said, “You’ll love this! This is inspirational!” She told about her
begin to look at what we have, what we don’t have is less of a problem. Magnify the solution, and then the problem seems small. Hope blossoms! Look for the good like searching for treasure among trash. (See Philippians 4:8.) At the heart of this great story is the foundational truth that carries us forward. Karin could have simply talked about what a good idea it would have been if someone would have bought a wheelchair, but she put action to it.
A man at a yard sale shared his story. He had purchased a building full of equipment. As he began to sell it off, he located an old hand-crank hospital bed. He asked himself what he could possibly do with that. Finally, he called a hospice unit. His eyes became wide with astonishment. An Amish family had just contacted them that day asking for a hospital bed. “That day!” he emphasized. Their loved one was in the last stages of life. The
bed could not require electricity because they did not have any. Their mother choked when lying flat and had to sit in a chair to sleep. That’s perfect timing. I call that a Divine Appointment, God arranged, just like Karin’s wheelchair find. God does that you know!
Grandma Katie, a grandma to the whole church, got a glass of fresh water and placed it on the podium for the Pastor almost every Sunday. When she planned to be gone, she would announce her intentions to the Tuesday night prayer group so someone else could cover for her. She continued that practice until shortly before she decided to move to heaven in her late 90’s, nearly 100. She was a delight! She was a giver and her heart was full of joy because of the lifestyle she chose to live.
and reap the harvest. Good or bad, we reap whatever we sow. Seeds of kindness will not get us to heaven, only accepting Jesus into our lives can do that. (See Romans 10:9-10.) But, giving and receiving is a Kingdom principle that God said will last forever. (See Genesis 8:22.) We sow and we reap. Karin showed us how exciting that can be! And, “If Prancer can do it, we can too!”
And whoever gives to one of these little ones. Even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple, surely I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward. Matthew 10:42
Now for the rest of Prancer’s story. She continues to give joy and experience the freedom she had only dreamed of before her wheelchair arrived. My prayer is that Prancer will be adopted into a good home, a loving one. Karin previously adopted one of Prancer’s rescue center siblings. “Wishbone” is one of the blessed ones. Once just another pet in a cage waiting for a family to adopt him, he now has a home of his own. His mamma loves him and treats him like a little king. Prancer’s day will come! Why do people go the extra mile in their community, church and neighborhood? Why do people invest their time, money and talents? It is a joy. Giving is like planting. Everything we do is a seed. We sow seed
Taking the Long Way Holly Rhody Have you ever experienced an occasion
I recently read the following excerpt
when God’s mysterious leading proved wiser than your impatient pleas for progress?
from Wayne Stiles book, Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Lands of the Bible. It reminded me of my “long” desert journey with God as I waited for my “Promised Baby”. Perhaps there is something you are waiting for…a promise yet to be fulfilled. I hope this will be an encouragement while you are waiting...
I know I sure have! After years of struggling with infertility, my husband and I wanted to “hurry things up” by getting on an adoption wait list or trying medical intervention techniques for pregnancy. However, as I prayed to hear God’s voice on the matter, He clearly said, “Wait on Me, and I will bring the baby to you”. Although my husband and I were tempted to try and make things happen within our timetable, we made the decision to obey God’s voice and have faith that He would fulfill His promise to us. The following months and years seemed to progress in very slow motion. But, after two years of waiting, God was faithful to fulfill that Word of promise! One glorious day, we received a surprise phone call from a young birth mom, who had met a friend of ours, and was looking for a couple to adopt her baby boy! In hindsight, the two years of waiting seemed so very long, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way now. My spiritual growth, and my faith and trust in God, grew in gigantic proportions throughout those two years! During that time, I learned spiritual truths that will carry me, for the rest of my days, as I walk with the Lord.
I recently read the following excerpt from Wayne Stiles book, Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Lands of the Bible. It reminded me of my “long” desert journey with God as I waited for my “Promised Baby”. Perhaps there is something you are
waiting for…a promise yet to be fulfilled. I hope this will be an encouragement while you are waiting... “The brand-new Hebrew nation began their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land by promptly turning away from it. Rather that heading the Hebrews down the direct coastal route to Canaan, God directed them southeast toward the Red Sea. The direct route led through the land of the Philistines, and while God could have just destroyed the enemy (as He did the Egyptians at the Red Sea), He
was more concerned with the unprepared and fearful hearts of His people (Exodus 13:17).
A journey that could’ve taken three weeks ultimately took forty years! But God purposed to give His people something far greater than a parcel of land,: He offered them changed hearts. The land, the journey to it, and even God’s Word along the way came as but the means by which they would learn to know and trust Him.
Finally, when it was time to enter the Promised Land, instead of entering from the south where the people stood, the Lord led them east around Edom. As a result, the people “became impatient because of the journey” (Numbers 21:4). Why take the long way around? The extra miles seemed pointless.
But as the passage unfolds, we read how God gave Israel victories all up and down the King’s Highway east of the Jordan River until they ultimately gained control of the majority of the Transjordan. This allowed them to prepare to cross over the Jordan River
into the Promised Land at a location far more strategic than from the south. They long way ended up the best way after all.
In our lives, it often seems as if God needlessly extends our journey. For years we pray for a loved one’s health, a friend’s salvation, or a missionary’s financial needs. We plug away endlessly at a miserable job with no promotion. The long way seems the wrong way and, like the Hebrews, we become impatient because of the journey.
Yet when we look back in hindsight, we see God’s grace in His delays. We come to appreciate how God used the journey—and all the victories and failures along the way—to prepare us for something we felt ready for much earlier but really weren’t. While we strain to see over the next horizon, God sees a map from above—and so He always knows the best way to proceed.” Adapted from Wayne Stiles, Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Land of the Bible (Ventura, Ca.: Regal Books, 2006), 66, 89.
Raising Children in Babylon Kimberly Borst Briel Borst
Guarding our own hearts is a full time job. Guarding our kid’s hearts can feel almost insurmountable. We were so conservative with our first 3 children, yet sin still slipped in and so did resentment. For a long period we had no TV. Later, when we did have a TV, the kids only watched Christian videos or selected Disney movies. We used exclusively Christian curriculum and home schooled. No overnights were allowed with very few exceptions. Every night we read kidoriented devotions. I worked full time to accomplish a separatist agenda, but there is no true separation when you’re in the
middle of Babylon.
As time went on we adopted a more in the world but not of it philosophy. Still the world presses in. We still strove to have a Christcentered home but to allow more choices. Secular music came with karaoke and movies were looked up and content was evaluated to decide what could be watched. This seemed more reasonable yet boundaries kept expanding.
I know God’s grace is enough for our mistakes or extremes. I’ve seen kids come out of grossly non-Christian homes who love God and guard their heart far better than some of my kids do. I really think it’s far more about
capturing their hearts than making rules. (Not to say we donâ€™t need rules.) If we passionately love God it has to change us. We should want to follow God and be holy like He is holy. Matt. 6:24 (NAS) says "No one can serve two
masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (or worldliness.) As our hearts are captivated by God and we spend time with Him, His kingdom comes and His will is done.
If we want to help our children live a victorious, righteous life on earth, it will only come by truly knowing and loving God, and ensuring that our children know they are loved. Many of the things we do as parents are good but only if our children meet Jesus. He and He alone, is worth living a Godly life for. This broken and confused world needs our kids, as well as each of us to bring Godâ€™s kingdom to it in the flesh.
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