Category Archives: How could we ever live without “Faith”?

& just like that our world was turned upside down!

& just like that our world was turned upside down! I don’t know if you’ve ever gotten that phone call or message that would alter your life forever, news about a loved one being in an accident or whatever the case may be.  Well we have gotten that news…too many times, more than I’d care to count.

You see we’ve lost multiple family members to car accidents over the years and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.  When you hear of someone else getting the dreaded news your heart drops for you know all to well the pain that they will have to endure.

Tonight I’m writing for a friend of mine’s family members… they have 2 family members in the hospital fighting for their lives and she’s asking for prayer intentions, believing for a miracle healing.  I’m standing in agreement with them and claiming a miracle healing in the mighty name of Jesus!

This is her post from earlier asking for prayer… I am starting an INTENTION process for tomorrow right now. And I need you all to write and comment and say the positive thing that WILL HAPPEN TOMORROW MORNING. In the morning the doctors WILL come in around 5 am and see that the swelling has went down and that he is good and cleared for surgery! They WILL take him to OR and clean him and reattach the organs. They WILL flush him of all toxins and sew him up. Christopher’s blood pressure WILL be exactly where it’s supposed to be and when the finish sewing him they WILL drain his lungs of ALL fluid! Gone! And doctors and nurses will slowly take him off the breathing machines and slowly wake him to a manageable state. This WILL HAPPEN! i will pray, dream, visualize this happening from this point forward and I NEED YOU ALL TO DO THE SAME! *** WILL PULL THROUGH THIS TOMORROW.

God knows who we are asking prayer for…

Father God I come to you right now covering these young men in the blood of the Lamb, rebuking the enemy and standing strong demanding a healing in the most precious name of JESUS!!! Lord I have no doubt that you will come through, touching these young men with your healing touch, restoring them to full health, showing the doctors & nurses that YOU are still in control.  Father send angels to watch over these young men, to encamp round about them, to keep the enemy at bay!

We know that the enemy is working hard, as he always does especially in vulnerable situations, but we know that we serve a mighty & powerful God!  Our God says ask and you shall receive, believe and it shall be added unto you…. Our God is a merciful God and he knows our needs & hearts desires before we even ask him….

Standing in the gap, believing for a miraculous healing….

 

 

Lessons from God’s Warriors; Sometimes you need to take time to care and be kind to others

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We have all heard the parable “The good samaritan” right?  You have a person that is beaten, left for dead and many others passed by like he was not even there.  The Bible says that even a Preist, someone that is supposed to show compassion did not come to his aid.  The Preist did not obey his calling today, he failed his test.  Then you have the Levite that got so close that he may have made eye contact with the injured but, he hurriedly went the other way.

So what do you think this poor injured man was thinking?  Was he thinking am I that unworthy that people will pass me by like nothing is wrong.  I mean it happened in the crowded streets, a main way back & forth for many travelers.  Not even the Preist thinks that I am worthy, I lay here suffering and no one seems to care… Have you ever felt that way?  Would you like to feel that way?

Finally a man stops by who had compassion for the injured.  He stops, puts the injured man on his beast..and he walked.  Then he brings the injured man to the doctor and get this, he pays the bill….wow!  Who would do that?  He had to be very compassionate and caring to do this.  Do you think that the Good Samaritan had an alterior motive, like getting called a hero? Personally I don’t, do you?  I think that the Good Samaritan had a great relationship with the Lord and he knew deep down in his soul that this was the thing to do.

I read a post earlier where a woman paid for a man’s dinner tonight because his card would not work, her kindness did not go unoticed.  When the gentleman realized that she paid, he immediately said God Bless you, thank you.  He was grateful.

All of this makes me think of the Pay it Forward movement since that movie…have you paid anything forward lately?  Have you bought a stranger lunch or paid for their gas?  These days people would probably think you were crazy to do something like that right?  What about the ONE person that would be grateful, that would be brought to tears because someone showed them compasssion?  With the job market the way it is these days so many people are out of work or their hours have been cut.  They are trying to make ends meet on a fraction of what they are used to making…how do you think this one kind act would affect them?  Maybe it would open their eyes to a bigger, brighter, more compassionate world.  .

It also makes me think of that song “Don’t let the chain of love end with you”  Joe changed a tire for a “well to do” lady and he would not take cash, he wanted her to do a kind act for someone.  Well the person that she came into contact with and did a kind act for happened to be his wife, who was about 8 months along and dead on her feet.  I love this song….

What about the compassion that Jesus showed for us?  He died on the cross because he loved us….each and every wretched one of us.  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but, have everlasting life.  John 3:16

So I challenge you today…make a practice of paying it forward.  If you can only do it once that’s fine.  If you really want to take things seriously make a practice of doing something for someone at least once a month.  Leave $20.00 to pay for someone’s gas, pay for someone’s meal at McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway or Quiznos…..do it anonymously and sit back and see the amazement on their faces.

The vanity of “Status” and it’s short life

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

Better is the poor and wise youth than an old & foolish king who will no longer be admonished.  For out of prison he has come to reign even though he was born poor in the kingdom.  Then I saw all thos who live and walk under the sun, along with the next youth who will arise in the kings place–the king’s successor.  There is no end of all the people to all who were before them.  Yet those who come later will not rejoice in him, they will not be pleased.  Surely thisis also vanity and chasing the wind, it’s meaningless.

The vanity of “Status” and it’s short life

These passages are talking about a young man who came out of poverty and prison and acheived great success, problem is he forgot where he came from, he developed and arrogance so his followers were not pleased with him at all. He forgot to be kind to others, he forgot that he needed to depend upon others at one time or another.  He rose from misfortune to great wealth, kind of like the story From rags to Riches.   Problem is because of his arrogance or the way he treated others, his followers and peers were not pleased with him.

It’s also talking about how it’s better to be young and wise rather than old and foolish.  Sometimes the young have more wisdom than they are given credit for.  It’s what they do with that wisdom that counts.  You can have all the wealth in the world but, it does not mean that you are wise.

Think about the workplace, how someone gets a promotion and everyone is proud of them and thinking that things will be different now and over time they become arrogant.  They tend to forget how it was when they were a little man, they forget how hard they worked and how the management treated them.  In the beginning they may have said oh, I’ll get this for you or that for you and later you get excuses as to why they can’t do it.   Thing is it will catch up to them, they will see the negativity in the workplace, production is down, profits are down and now they have alot to answer for.  In the end their “Status quo” will be short lived, even if it’s for the rest of their career, their era will soon be forgotten as others come in to take his place.

What does all of this mean?  It means strive to do your best, don’t forget to be kind to others, treat others with respect.  If you are afforded the opportunity to advance, give it your best shot, don’t walk all over people to get higher on the totem pole.  Be grateful, thankful for what you have.  Be an example to others so that your era will live long after you are gone.  Be the one that others will say, oh …..they did a great job, I sure miss….. Most of all be a Godly example.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this devotion.  I’ve enjoyed reading and researching for it.  God bless and have a great night.

Look upon the tears of the oppressed; Who will comfort them?

Ecclesiastes 4:1-12

Look upon the tears of the oppressed, who will comfort them?  There was force from the hand of the oppressor and no one there to comfor them….

Have you ever been in a situation that you felt so alone, that you felt you were being held under the force of evil or opression?  Who do you turn to?  Who do you look to for strength?  Do you have family or friends that don’t understand what you are going through?  I’ve been in many a situation that I’ve felt alone, I’ve cried and wondered who was going to catch my tears.  But, thankfully I was taught at a young age to turn to my faith, that God would catch my tears.  Think about the Footprints in the Sand poem.  What does it say?  It says that when we were at our weakest point God carried us, he did not leave us, he carried us.  Do you turn to your faith for strength, for comfort for understanding of why you are going through the things you are going through?

And I thought that the dead were fortunate….  Still better than both is the one that has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

Have you ever been told when you loose a loved one “They are better off.”  I know that is very hard to hear when the pain of losing a loved one is so fresh.  Sometimes if you’ve lost someone that suffered a terminal illness–perhaps you’ve said that they are better off.  Maybe because they are no longer suffering, maybe because you are glad that they are in Heaven.  What about the ones that have not seen evil deeds?  Are you jealous of them, are you envious of them that don’t see the evil in this world?  I know I am–my dear sweet grandmother taught us to look for the good in others.  She was a God fearing woman if I ever saw one.  She had a pride that could not be matched, would not accept something for nothing.  But, she loved God and she taught us to love God and to turn to our faith in times of trouble.

Then I saw that all toil and every skillful work comes from one man’s envy of another.  This is also vanity and like chasing the wind.  The fool folds his hands and eats his flesh.

So are you envious of another?  Do you get consumed with envy causing you pain and turmoil, causing others pain and turmoil?  We are not supposed to be envious or boastful.  We are supposed to love one another and be kind to one another.  If you are envious of another, please pray about it and give it to God.  He can help you to let go of the envy and grow to love one another and have peace with one another.

There is a man who is alone, no son, no brother.  There is no end to his toil, and his eyes are not satisfied with riches to say, “For whom do I labor?” This vanity is a burdensome task.  Two are better than one , because there is a good reward for their labor together.  For if they fall, then they help each other up. They keep each other warm and if someone tries to overpower another two can withstand and a threefold cord cannot be quickly be broken.

Are you alone? or do you know someone who is alone?  Have you thought about befriending that someone? That would be a great ministry or act of ministry.  I have a friend that is a widow and I try to do what I can for her, she calls me sometimes just to talk because she is lonely and she longs for that friendship or companionship.  Sometimes we talk about everyday things, sometimes she is down and calls me for prayer.  I am also a widow so I try to be there for her when I can.  I know how hard it is to be alone to face life alone.  It’s not easy.  But, I’m thankful that God has provided for me and he’s blessed me with such a loving family.  A family that supports me in whatever I do.  So think about it, if you know someone that is alone or lonely befriend them, bring them groceries once in a while, call to check on them, just show them a little compassion and you will see the light in them.  You will also feel the light in your life, God will bless you for your act of kindness, no matter how big or small.

Hope you enjoyed this devotion.  I’ve enjoyed reading the Bible and putting together a little something for you to think about.  May God bless and keep you.  Amen

The Light of the Gospel in the darkest hour; Satan blinds but God gives light

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My family and I have been facing some very dark hours lately and God gave me revelation this morning that he is in the midst and he is in control.  Let’s rewind a lil bit…

My husband and I recently moved back to my old neighborhood, a neighborhood that used to be peaceful and calming, full of love and children laughing, playing in the street.  I’ve longed to be back at this place for some time as my dad’s health is beginning to fail and I want to be close so that if my mother needs help I’m here.

But, I’m afraid that the neighborhood that I left long ago has also been long gone….it’s become ridled with drugs and violence, just as much of the world has these days.  My husband is caught in the middle of a raging war and I don’t know what to do.  I’ve grown up with most of the people on this street, I’ve come to distance myself from the troubled ones and stay close to my family.  My husband had a different insight on the troubled ones and he saw a need, a need for guidance a need for training, a need for a better community.  He reached out to a couple of the kids in the neighborhood and did not get the response that he so genuinely hoped for.  My husband has such a big heart, he came from a troubled past himself, he has insight as to the path that these kids are on and he genuinely wants to help.  Over the past few months my family has been tormented by neighborhood kids that think they run the street.  I try to come home and not fool with anyone, I stay to myself and mind my own business.  But, these kids are running amuck–threatening my animals, threatening my husband and I’m not going to stand for it!

I’ve been praying for God to protect us, praying for peace on my street again.  I have family on this street that I feel is very vulnerable and I want them to feel safe at their homes.  I have neices that are at very impressionable ages and I don’t want to see them caught up in this either.  I don’t want them to be exposed to the drugs or the violence, they deserve so much more.

So this morning, I’m watching a TV ministry show and God gave me an AHA moment….

The following verses are in 2 Corinthians

Satan blinds but, God gives light
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.…

So we are supposed to let our light shine upon the nonbelievers….hmmm Let’s see, we need to be the gospel, we need to be the Bible that they see.  If our gospel is hidden, it’s hidden from the lost.  It’s our charge as Christians to be the gospel, the light to the lost to show them the love of Christ.  I think it’s easy to loose sight of certain things when we are living in such a dark world.  It’s easy to give in to the fleshly body and fight fire with fire so to speak.  We need to get back into the word and resist Satan.  The word says if we resist Satan he will FLEE!!

So this is my prayer:

For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son, that whosover believeth in him should not perish but, have everlasting life.  Lord I know that you love each and every one of us the same, you say come as you are.  We are all sinners saved by grace.  The grace that you afforded us by sending your son to die on a cross, to be beat, to be tormented, to be ridiculed to be ultimately SACRIFICED for us.  For wretched sinners…..sinners such as I.  Lord I plead the blood of the Lamb over my neighborhood, I plead the blood of the Lamb over these troubled children, I claim them in the MIGHTHY NAME OF JESUS!  Satan you MUST FLEE FROM BY BLOCK!!!!!  YOU ARE NOT WELCOME HERE!!!!!  I CLAIM PEACE, I CLAIM JOY, I CLAIM LAUGHTER IN THE STREETS, I CLAIM A VICTORY IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS!!!!

THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, I’M GONNA LET IT SHINE, LET IT SHINE, LET IT SHINE

The War on Faith is real people; How great thou art

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So recently the Brandon High School band was banned from playing a traditional hymn during half time at a football game.  They were going to play the tune, no words but, what happened was so much more powerful. You know I’ve been in several situations where God has taken a bad situation and turned it into something so good.  He has used the bad intentions to strengthen us, to show us his love, his grace and his mercy.  When he was finished I had no doubt in my mind that God was in control the entire time.  That he had used my situation to put my enemies to rest.  I really feel that this one event, this one statement is going to resinate for a long time, the public will remember that this town had heart, this town had strength and moreover this town has had enough and was not going to stand by and take this judges orders.

“A lone voice began to sing the forbidden song” Then sings my soul, my saviour God to thee, how great thou art…

Who does this judge think he is, who do these people think they are!!  I’m so tired of “O this offends me or O that offends me” CRAP!!! We are supposed to have religious freedom in the Constituiton of the United States!  A country that was founded on good Christian Values has sure fallen by the wayside!  When are we all going to stand up and say we’ve had enough?  When are we going to stand up for what WE believe in?  We call ourselves Christians but, we’ve been silent.  We’ve been sitting on the sidelines letting the non-believers win!  It’s time for us to take a stand, it’s time for us to fight!  It’s time for us to say WE BELIEVE!

I’m so very proud of this small town, a town who had the guts to say WE BELIEVE in unison.  The guts to send a message to the government, the politics saying oh yeah!  OH NO!  We are not going to stand by and allow you to strip us of our rights.  We refuse to be silenced!

I believe this is a big step in the War on Faith in the right direction.  We wonder what has happened to society, to our youth to our government to our country.  What happened is that we’ve removed the backbone of the roots that this nation was founded upon-God!  God has been our strength, he’s been our guide, he’s been our rock.  We’ve gotten so wrapped up in things that we want, things that mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.  Material things…. We are all so busy trying to buy more stuff, that we’ve lost sight of the most important thing in the world…God.

I emplore you take a stand, take a stand for your Christian faith, take a stand for your Country!  Take a stand for your children, your grandchildren, your neices and nephews.  We must take a stand and let our voice be heard or we will be silenced as Christians.  The war on faith is real people, it’s very real and it’s here to stay.  Question is are you ready to stand and fight and let your voice be heard.

Our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven give us this day our daily bread forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us lead us not into temptation but, deliver us from evil for thine art the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever amen.

The war on faith is real people; How great thou art

So recently the Brandon High School band was banned from playing a traditional hymn during half time at a football game.  They were going to play the tune, no words but, what happened was so much more powerful. You know I’ve been in several situations where God has taken a bad situation and turned it into something so good.  He has used the bad intentions to strengthen us, to show us his love, his grace and his mercy.  When he was finished I had no doubt in my mind that God was in control the entire time.  That he had used my situation to put my enemies to rest.  I really feel that this one event, this one statement is going to resinate for a long time, the public will remember that this town had heart, this town had strength and moreover this town has had enough and was not going to stand by and take this judges orders.

“A lone voice began to sing the forbidden song” Then sings my soul, my saviour God to thee, how great thou art…

Who does this judge think he is, who do these people think they are!!  I’m so tired of “O this offends me or O that offends me” CRAP!!! We are supposed to have religious freedom in the Constituiton of the United States!  A country that was founded on good Christian Values has sure fallen by the wayside!  When are we all going to stand up and say we’ve had enough?  When are we going to stand up for what WE believe in?  We call ourselves Christians but, we’ve been silent.  We’ve been sitting on the sidelines letting the non-believers win!  It’s time for us to take a stand, it’s time for us to fight!  It’s time for us to say WE BELIEVE!

I’m so very proud of this small town, a town who had the guts to say WE BELIEVE in unison.  The guts to send a message to the government, the politics saying oh yeah!  OH NO!  We are not going to stand by and allow you to strip us of our rights.  We refuse to be silenced!

I believe this is a big step in the War on Faith in the right direction.  We wonder what has happened to society, to our youth to our government to our country.  What happened is that we’ve removed the backbone of the roots that this nation was founded upon-God!  God has been our strength, he’s been our guide, he’s been our rock.  We’ve gotten so wrapped up in things that we want, things that mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.  Material things…. We are all so busy trying to buy more stuff, that we’ve lost sight of the most important thing in the world…God.

I emplore you take a stand, take a stand for your Christian faith, take a stand for your Country!  Take a stand for your children, your grandchildren, your neices and nephews.  We must take a stand and let our voice be heard or we will be silenced as Christians.  The war on faith is real people, it’s very real and it’s here to stay.  Question is are you ready to stand and fight and let your voice be heard.

Our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven give us this day our daily bread forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us lead us not into temptation but, deliver us from evil for thine art the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever amen.11889577_1142541812440708_1237591187998380446_n

As a child I was taught this saying “Vengenance is mine saith the Lord”

As a child I was raised in church by a God fearing Grandmother, who always made sure that she was in church at any given service.  She was a wealth of wisdom, a wealth of morals and a wealth of love.  She did not have much education as she only attended part of the 1st grade.  You see when she was young school was not required nor was it of importance, or so they thought.  What she had was a genuine heart, a loving heart and a Christ like heart.  She taught us to be kind to others, to help others when they are down on their luck and to always forgive and remember that God will take care of those that wrong his people-“Vengenance is mine saith the Lord”

My grandmother was saved as a young woman at a church service on the bayou side.  They did not have a fancy building, what they did have was the love of Christ, the desire to be like Christ and they trusted in Christ to be their guide.  They did not desire material things, they did not desire fancy buildings or lots of money.  What they did desire was to serve the Lord with a sincere heart, to reach out to others and to spread the word of God.  My grandmother got saved and hit the ground running so to speak.  She got saved and NEVER looked back.  Once she accepted Jesus, giving her life to him she turned her life around.

I remember my grandma telling stories about how she would go to church and come home to my grandpa who would be angry that she went to church and he would beat her.  She knew when she left for church that she would be facing those consequences when she returned.  But, she went to church anyway. God was the rock of her life, he was her strength, her breath, her faith was in him.  My grandma, as I said did not have a formal education and she had young children to take care of.  That’s why she stayed with my grandpa, she thought that since she had no education she had to stay to be sure that they were fed and had a roof over her head.   She always taught us to work hard and get our education.  That we did not have to depend on anyone, that we did not have to take anything from a man.  That if the man loved us he would treat us right.

One of the biggest things that my grandmother accomplished in her life was starting a church on our street.  One of her brothers donated her some land with a small building to start the church.  It was a struggle, sometimes she would go alone but, she was there serving the Lord.  She ran this church for many years, had many ups and downs but, she never gave up, she always had faith that God would provide, that he would send the people to get the job done.  I remember one Sunday evening we went down to the church, my grandmother, my brothers, sisters and I.  We were having song service and a gentleman walked in wearing his work clothes.  We welcomed him, he apologized for wearing greasy dirty clothes.  My grandmother told him something that I will NEVER forget.  She told him “It does not matter how you are clothed, it matters that you are here and that you are here to serve the Lord with all your heart”  I can still see that man standing there praising with song, the smile on his face, the peace in his heart and the fact that he was welcome in the house of the Lord.

You know the Bible says that you should come as you are, come follow Me says the Lord.  He says that no matter how broken or battered you are he will take you in and love you.  He will heal you and comfort you, he will lead and guide you.  All you have to do is follow him, follow him with your heart.  Have faith in him and trust him with everything in you.

This is the kind of church that I miss, this is the kind of mentallity that I miss.  I long for that acceptance, that Christ like love.  Too many churches today believe that it is more acceptable to look down on others because of the way they dress or the way they look.  They believe it is more acceptable to think more of the building than of the people.  The people are the church not the building.  God is the true foundation of the church.  You can have the biggest, immaculate building but, without the spirit of God what kind of church do you have?

This is where “Vengenance is mine saith the Lord comes in”–when you have a church body that suppresses the faith, supresses the outreach and fails to show the love of Christ.  Fails to welcome even the most wretched person, failing to realize that Jesus died for them too.  We are all sinners saved by grace.

Dedicated to my dear sweet grandmother

Asking God

Who gives this woman to be wed? “We do” said the children

God has a master plan for our lives
God has a master plan for our lives

We have had the pleasure of meeting a young couple at church recently.  They have been very quiet and reserved, just kind of getting aquainted with everyone.  So they decided to get married with a very simple ceremony last week.  I was so excited when I heard the news, as was their families.  I told the bride that I would make her jewelry and she loved the idea.  It tickles me to be able to do things like this.  So the plans were being made, the marriage license was applied for, the flowers arranged….
The groom was so excited, he took care of most of the details while the bride to be sat back and relaxed.  She felt such peace about the decision to be married and she relished the fact that her groom wanted everything just so.  Her Groom to be has recently found some perspective in life, he has decided to follow Jesus.  This decision has transformed their lives, they want to live right by God and they love one another so.  They’ve been together for some time and they have young children.  They want to be Godly examples to their children by walking in Christian faith.
A fairly small crowd gathered at the church to witness this union, they “officially” welcomed each to the other’s family tree.  There was such joy in the church, such peace & happiness.  Simplicity was the biggest part of this union.  It was just a homey celebration.  I got to meet some of the family & realized that I knew some of them already…small world.
It’s time to start the ceremony, the groom and his best man, the oldest son, stand at the front of the church with the pastor.  The groom was filled with so much emotion he could hardly contain it.  He stood there ever so quietly, but very eager to have his bride meet him at the altar.  The bride was stunning, she wore a pink sundress, her hair was down but, pinned back with some rhinestone barrettes and the jewelry was the perfect touch…crystals and pearls adorned her neck and ears.  The bride was escorted to meet the man that she will pledge her love to by her young children.  Who gives this woman to be wed?  The children answer “We do” (priceless)  Now the bride and groom join hands to be united in holy matrimony.
The ceremony was beautiful, the pastor always has to add a lil humor.  He says here’s something for you to remember…if your wife asks you later why you don’t buy roses, tell her-why should I buy you something that is going to die?  My love for you will live forever, the crowd got a kick out of that.  He also got serious, he said husband submit to your wife and wife submit to your husband.  Put each other’s needs above your own, love, honor and respect one another.

The bride and groom stood there hands in hands, giving each other the assurance and strength to get through the ceremony, bonding their lives forever.  The pastor also talked about the ring having no seams, it is endless,,,so sould their love be endless.

I end this blogpost with a prayer for this young couple:

Please Lord bless their marriage, bless their home with love & laughter, peace & harmony.  Help them to be the Godly examples that they long to be to their children.  Help them to stand tall & proud in their faith.  Be a guiding light to them and help them to fulfill their life as a Christian.  Lord, put a hedge of protection around them and band of angels to stand watch over them at all times.  Cover them with your love & mercy, embrace them and comfort them when they need you to.  Let them feel your love and ours.  Amen

Should the elderly on a fixed income be forced to tithe?

Most of the elderly in our country are FAR below the poverty level.  These are our grandparents and some are even great grandparents.  They have paid their debt to society, they have paid their tithes, they have put in their time at the church.  Heck, they have even had a hand in raising us.  And we are far better for it too. They have stepped up to take on the responsibility even when it was not theirs.  They are a generation that carried pride & respect.  A generation that held firm to “I give you my word” & you could take it to the bank, so to speak.
To hear that an elderly woman received a letter that she was no longer welcome because she was not giving a monetary donation disgusts me.  Yes, I understand the tithing aspect but, if she has been there for 50 years, I’ m sure she has given her fair share of tithes.  She has assets, YES ASSETS, far greater than tithing, she has wisdom. Wisdom of a God fearing elderly woman is PRICELESS.  I know because my grandmother instilled some of that very wisdom on me.
A friend of mine & I were talking today about that very thing today.  I always share how my grandmother taught me to do unto others as I’d have them do unto me.  I never knew how much that one principle would affect me in my everyday life.  So my friend says I thought I was the only one who thought about that these days.  It is all about how you treat people that you are around.  She also brought up another principle-It’s about how you make someone feel.  I can’t remember exactly how it went.
So how do you think this elderly woman felt, being told that she was no longer welcome at a church that she had invested years of her life into for not tithing.   I’m sure she felt pained and neglected.  You know one of her family members said it right-I know it takes money to run a church but, church is about more than money, it’s about God.  Now what would God want us to do for this Treasure of a woman?  He would want us to take care of her, he would want us to meet her needs and he would want us to pay very close attention to the lessons that she is teaching in her everyday life.
You know we cared for my grandmother during the last couple of years of her life.  As we would help her with everyday tasks that she could no longer perform she would tell us or ask us rather-“How am I ever going to repay you for taking care of me?”  Really?? We told her no Maw we are trying to repay you for what you have done for us & we will never completely repay you.
Can you sense the pride, the compassion for others, the sense of humility?  I’m so sorry to say that those traits are disappearing and our world is suffering for it.  We have turned our backs on precious treasures like our elderly, like the fear of God and newborn babies that are being aborted up until the time they are full term.  Yes these are treasures, gifts that God has given us and we have washed our hands of them.  As a result our society has paid thd price, children are coming up with no respect or morals.  God’s laws are being changed and rewritten to be more socially acceptable.
I pray for this Treasure of a woman, I pray for her church & I pray that this pastor would change his ways & be more understanding of the elderly in tithing.
God bless & have a great night.

92 Year Old Woman asked to leave church for not tithing