Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Memories of John Richard Wike





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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What a Day May Bring

"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring" (Proverbs 27:1).

The view from my office window is dreary and gray.  Winter has been long and cold this year but one page turn of the calendar reminds us that spring is but a few weeks away.  With spring comes a hope that blooms as surely as the daffodils that will soon burst through the soil in search of the sun.  But what about those days that we have neatly planned and prayed over only to find that God had another plan in mind all along, a plan that perhaps changes our course in ways we might not understand?

With my husband comfortably settled into his cozy apartment nearly a thousand miles away and adjusting to the responsibilities of a new job, my assigned task was to get rid of clutter we have accumulated over the past thirteen years, sell our home, and pack our remaining belongings to complete the relocation of our family at the end of the school year.  That's our plan, but is it God's?

Shortly after Steve moved to Virginia, his father experienced a health setback which was similar to one from which he recovered a year ago.  But this time is different.  Steve is not here and his dad is not bouncing back like we'd hoped.  I have wondered if perhaps God's plan is that I should stay here a while longer than originally planned in order to look after his aging parents.  Only time will tell as God unveils His will for all of us.

While it is wise to plan it is foolish to think that we are ever in control of our destinies. If my walk with God has taught me nothing else, it has taught me that God is unpredictable at times but always -- ALWAYS -- trustworthy.  His divine detours are meant to reveal more of His glory and enhance our journey through this life.

It matters not when or where I go as long as He walks beside me.





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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Until He Comes

Every now and then life becomes a little overwhelming and it seems that our prayers are unheard.  We know that God is faithful to His promises and we eagerly anticipate the day when He will return to take His saved ones home to heaven.

But until He comes...
  • Life will be stressful.
  • We will experience the unpleasant role reversal that happens when our elderly parents become more needy and we have to assume responsibility for their care.
  • Cancer and other illnesses will continue to ravage the lives of friends and family while we offer prayers for healing, knowing there is little else we can do.
  • Young people will be caught up in human trafficking.
  • Innocent lives will be lost to abortion.
  • Teenagers will rebel and embrace a self-destructive lifestyle characterized by drug use, sexual activity, and violence.
  • The homeless will languish on the streets of our cities, overlooked by those who cannot imagine such a way of life.
  • Animals will be abused.
  • Marriages will shatter on the rocks of unfaithfulness, disillusion, and domestic abuse.
  • Hearts will be broken over the loss of loved ones and betrayal by those we thought were our friends.
  • The freedoms we have enjoyed will cease to exist because corrupt and foolish politicians will continue to enact legislation that is contrary to the very moral and spiritual foundations on which our laws were established.
  • The poor will die hungry, diseased, and forgotten.
  • Our lust for more will destroy any hope of financial peace as our debt skyrockets.
  • Those who don't know Christ will perish unsaved and spend eternity in hell....

Therefore, until He comes...
  • We must shine as His lights in our dark world and be salt to those who taste death and destruction in all its forms.
  • We must live what we believe, true to the life set out for us in God's Word.
  • We must not do anything which would cause anyone to stumble or see believers as hypocrites but rather live with authenticity as the Christians we profess to be.
  • We must show our faith by our works by serving those in need, giving to the church, and helping the poor, homeless, and downtrodden among us.
  • We must fight for our constitutional rights and the welfare of our society.
  • We must share, with our lives and the word of our testimony, the message of salvation with every lost soul God puts in our paths.

The time is short.  Jesus is returning.  But until He comes there is much work to do to ensure that all men have the opportunity to hear and receive the message of salvation that will ensure their eternity with Jesus in that heavenly place where there will be no more sorrow, sickness, or death.

What will you do until He comes?




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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pray It, Don't Say It

The most difficult challenge I face as a Christian and mother of teenage and young adult children, is learning to pray constantly and consistently instead of saying over and over again the things I want them to do and the truths I want them to embrace.  My own mother prayed me through a long season of sinful living when I was a young adult, but she never said much about the hurt my choices were causing her, let alone myself.  Somehow I never considered her silence a bad decision on her part as a parent, but rather cherished the prayers that eventually led me back to the Lord and turned my life in a more positive direction.  She was never controlling or overtly opinionated, as I am, but by the grace of God loved me when I was unlovable, prayed His protection over me when I was unstoppable, and never gave up hope that God would turn me from a destructive life to one dedicated wholly to Him.

Why is it hard for us as parents to simply pray for our kids and trust that God will show them mercy and redeem their sins as He did ours?  Could it be that we are so busy trying to prevent our kids from making the same sinful choices and mistakes we made, that we have forgotten that God is God and we are not?  If God could pluck me from the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock, so can He do the same for my children no matter how far they stray from His will and His ways.

Make no mistake, I am not saying that as parents we should say nothing and let our kids live with abandon.  But I am saying that we should love God and our children with abandon and model the godly lifestyle we hope they will embrace.  Certainly we need to instruct and guide them, but attempting to control their behavior as they mature, instead of releasing them to learn from their mistakes, only hinders the grace of God and conviction of His Holy Spirit, which will ultimately result in their salvation and restore their fellowship with Him.

When I consider the unconditional love of my heavenly Father I am reminded that I need to extend the same unconditional love toward those, both inside and outside of my circle of influence, who may not believe or act in a manner consistent with my convictions and life choices.  My children need to know that no matter what they do, I will always love them and be here for them.

Lord, give us grace to love others as You do and to not become so caught up in trying to guide and direct them that we hinder the work of Your Holy Spirit.  Help us to remember that You love them far more than we ever will, and that Your heart is as broken when we sin as our hearts are broken when our children struggle to find their way.  Give us grace to trust You enough to say less and pray more!





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