Friday, April 23, 2010
This is what I shared with the work team. I had given them each a little frog I made as a memento of their time at my house. The t-shirt says "FCWC 2010" on the front
and "Fully Rely On God " on the back.
Fully Rely On God. A cute little reminder. But let's take a closer look at FROGs They are amphibeans. They breed and lay their eggs in water, and eventually hang around on land - but when in danger, they head for the water. That's really where they're in their element. Thay can live okay on land, but they're meant for the water.
If you're a Christian, you've been born again from above - there's new life in you, you're a new creation. You can get around okay while you're here on earth But now you're just IN the world, not OF it. You're MEANT for Heaven. And when danger threatens, running to the world's way of doing things is a bad move. We need to head for the Depths of God's wisdom - deep calling to deep. The depths of His love. Of His Spirit.
If a frog is away from water for too long, he can die - that skin needs to be moist. We, too, need to be immersed in the Holy Spirit, to have the Rivers of Living Water inundating us.Did you know, a frog can "breathe" through his skin? That's why he can be under water for so long. The Holy Spirit is our Living Water - but also He is the air we breathe.
Another thing about frogs. They eat bugs. Zap 'em with their tongues. You may or may not know that another name for satan, the devil, is Beelzebub - or Ba'al Zevuv, which is Hebrew for Lord of the Flies. You know, we're made in God's image, and part of that is having power in what we say. And in Christ, you have authority over satan and all the other little demon "flies" - Speak God's Word at them and they're toast. ZAP!
So yes...Fully Rely On God, and remember what that means!
This family has had to Fully Rely On God...You need to cultivate your relationship with the Lord - immerse yourself - so you don't dry up! When the attic rooms were left in such uninhabitable estate, we had no recourse to make repairs. My DH is on disability but that goes to pay our credit debt. DD's on public assistance. I am the only one working. We have been crying out to the Lord for "the fix-um-ups" of the house, especially the attic rooms.
Flower City Work Camp is part of an answer to prayer. Each member of the team is one of the "jars of clay" that contains the precious treasure of God's presence. His love can move us, as it has moved them, to give of our time and energy to serve the Lord. Every now and then my gratitude to Him in working through FCWC has welled up in tears, even sobs - and I pray He will pour out blessings on them, multiplied - so that when they face trials (which they will!) they will also be blessed by God moving through other kids of His to help them.
I love to hear testimonies of peoples' salvation. I knew ABOUT God, ABOUT Him having a Son, Jesus, born on Christmas, crucified, even the "story" of resurrection, but I had no inkling as to how it all applied to me, personally - until my senior year in high school. I was looking for something more to life. I'd begun to smoke"weed". When a friend told me about this coffeehouse where people were "high on Jesus" I wondered if this was what I was looking for. We went - stoned on a quarter tab of mesc. Someone sat down with me and explained the gospel to me - and the Holy Spirit convicted me that, as "good" as I had considered myself, I was far short of heaven's requirements, and if I were to die that night, I'd be in BIG trouble. I was convinced of my separation from God, and when asked if I wanted to receive Christ as my savior, I said yes. I received His death on my behalf, and the forgiveness of my sins. And ALSO when I told them of my drugged state, they prayed for me and I was immediately freed from its effects.
I have faced numerous trials in my 39 years in the Lord. My first and worst crisis of faith was when I had an emergency C-section on Christmas Eve but still lost my first child. I didn't know I if I wanted to trust God any more - but finally decided, if I couldn't trust HIM, whom COULD I trust? And I really did (and do) believe He is GOOD, He is WISE, and He LOVES me - and so I determined that I would trust Him, come what may. He has seen me through a near divorce (DH and I will celebrate 37 years together in October), problems when my kids were teens, the violent murder of my father and step-mother, marital problems and financial problems - because I have learned to Fully Rely On God.
I've made 7 mssion trips to Peru and acquired a lot of "spiritual kids," my favorite 2 having lost their own moms when they were very little. When I was loving on the Lord and thanking Him for the great joy they bring me, He reminded me that it was because I trusted Him back when I lost my first-born, that I was able to come to be a missionary and so gain oh-so-many spiritual kids who give me such joy and delight - a joy I could never have imagined or anticipated those years ago.
Fully Rely On God. I testify that in Him, any hardship you face will be worth it. They purify the gold of your faith. Proverbs 3:5, 6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."
Now here are some pix of the work they accomplished.
They painted the kitchen ceiling...
And themselves and each other!
They put in new kitchen cabinets. Here's the "before"
And after. LOOKEE! NEW CABINETS!
While there wasn't time to finish up the attic rooms, they accomplished enough so that MAYBE DD's BF and friends can finish things up:
The North room is most finished, and has insulation now,which it did not, before
And the South room is MOSTLY done, and could be finished by DD's BF...
The team left us with a signed devotional, a closing prayer, and hugs all around.