Good evening sister saints!
I hope your day is fruitful in good works unto the Lord! We saw this lake the other day on our travels when we stopped to put out a gospel card at a wayside. How peaceful and not too far behind me, as I took the picture, was a really busy, loud highway. Our perception is all a matter of our focus isn't it sisters? You could focus on all the noise of the highway and be distracted by it (flesh) or you can turn around and focus on the Lord and what He has made (Spirit).
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
Just doing some sister sharing here, random pictures that make me think of things that we can learn from. That load of wood made us think about the wood carving business we had. It was a great avenue into the beginning of our travels to preach the gospel and fund ourselves but we're thankful to be set free from it to be in full time service of the Lord. We're older, financially set enough to do this because we are very wise and frugal with what resources we have, we have no children at home and are free to go...we have no reason not to go and why would we not want to for all the Lord has done for us?
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
That car with the scripture on it belongs to a woman we witnessed to. She was given much truth and encouraged to go deeper into the scriptures and obey them, with the offer of our help. She has a zeal, as you can see by the vehicle, but sadly it's misplaced with disobedience and man made religion. Makes me sad cuz we see more zeal from some of the worldly church people than some that claim the name of Christ. We're to be zealous for good works.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
I was filling up the salt shaker today and thinking about what a blessing it is to flavor foods. They are good without it but even better with it. (Well Job would have something to say about the egg white though.)
Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?
More importantly is this warning...
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Makes me think of this:
Remember Lot's wife.
She looked back...
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
We have that same warning today don't we?
And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
I saw all these wilted plants that weren't taken care of (maybe got hit by frost or not watered) and thought of all the people, throughout the years that we've come across, who didn't take care of their spiritual lives (biblically and obediently) and they wilted into destruction (or so it seems by their rotten fruit being shown). Brother James and I take it seriously to keep encouraging you all on whether you are born again by the biblical gospel or are a seeker....test yourself to the gospel HERE.
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
2 Corinthians 13:5
I took that picture for a specific reason but since I'm doing this post, it seems to be a good spot to put it, after seeing the death of those plants and talking about the spiritual death of those who don't nurture their faith. Anyway I took it to tell you that I put a gospel card in that book and hopefully whoever reads the book it will read that good news and repent. I used to be an avid book reader before I was born again and yeah...read books like that and other wicked things. I'm so thankful to be set free from that and to be able to be a daughter of the most High God!
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18
Speaking of gospel tracts, shortly after that I was able to witness to a Mennonite couple. It was a husband and wife so I didn't go too far into doctrine and encouraged the husband to reach out to brother James. I did however tell them how we warn people of the vain traditions of man (listed a few) and a quick testimony how we came out of the world and man made religion. Then on the way out of the store, it was still raining so I put up my umbrella and was walking back to the van when I saw an older woman putting groceries in her car and getting soaking wet. It times out so I arrived by her just as she finished and I told her I would put her cart away for her since I had my umbrella. She was thankful and I gave her a gospel card. She said 'Saved by the blood of Jesus' then get in her car and shut the door. I put the cart away and headed back to the van when I saw another older woman putting her groceries away. I did the same thing and she thanked me for the gospel card and away she went. Just doing our reasonable service out here on the road and sharing all this with you so maybe you can get some ideas for when you're out looking to share the gospel too.
On the topic of shopping carts, there are 5 in this picture and more laying down the hill and the store that they belong to is in another parking lot over. This is evidence of beggars / homeless people doing what many of them do....stealing carts, using them to push their stuff to where they want to go then dumping them off. (Yes we know this because we watch them...we sleep not far from many of their encampments.) I share this not to be mean about anyone (just stating the facts) and to warn sisters not to be taken by many of their ploys asking for money and such things. (No, I'm not saying all of them are like that but so far all we've met are, based on what they tell us and what we see with our own eyes.) We still reach out with the gospel and share the best and most valuable thing with them, the bread of life. (Yes we offer food for those who are truly hungry but that's rare in this rich country with food banks all over the place, of which they tell us.)
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Living out here on the streets is certainly a blessing because we get to be right with the world, sharing the life giving gospel and being a shining light and contending for the faith. It's also a flesh killer in many ways, of which we're also thankful for because it refines us and strips away the flesh, leaving more of the spirit. I'm sharing a picture of that leaf that I found in our bed because it represents the things I, as a Titus 2 woman, deal with. As we travel down the road we get dirt that comes in from the windows, dust from gravel roads, leaves and sticks flying in when it's windy and we have our doors and windows open and it's no different than you sisters out there in your homes. It's a cycle of cleaning and when it's done, doing it over again....and over again...and over again. Lol. But it's all good works done unto the Lord and I love hearing how my sisters are doing such good works with joy and thankfulness.
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men
On to some more Titus 2 Time...
I eat mostly soft cooked soups in the cooler weather so I was laughing about my grocery receipt the other day when I bought just a bit of this and that to add to some veggies I already had, for another batch of soup.
On the subject of soup, I love this picture....a sister sent this to me:-)
Another sister made some bread.
I can't make bread like that anymore in the van life but I can buy it. If we were all together we could share meals together but since sisters are scattered all over the world, we can all partake here in thought and love across the miles. Our love is from the Lord...
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Some glimpses into my Titus 2 works finding fruits and veggies on sale. Such good, wholesome nourishment and I'm so thankful for it. When I was a child, we were very poor and much of what we ate was grown or hunted so I have a great thankfulness for God growing our gardens so that we could eat. Being the only girl with 3 brothers, I had to fight for my food and eat it quickly otherwise it would disappear off my plate when mom (or dad if he ate with us) wasn't looking. I used to love going into the garden (which I had to work hard in) with a salt shaker and eating right from it. Bugs and dirt didn't bother me as I pondered this great God who grew it.
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord ; and there is none else.
I love that picture of the house and thought it looked cozy. A nice place to look out the window overlooking a little creek that was running by it. I actually took that when we were walking down the street to a busy section of town to share the gospel.
The ending of our sunlight has come for this day and I share that pic from a couple days ago. It was so vibrant and beautiful. We're so blessed to be able to see the creation and give the Creator the glory He deserves. (In our daily lives lived for Him also.)
I hope you all have a joyous evening and much love to you all. Keep striving on and I'm here to encourage you, as long as the Lord gives me breath and I have the means to do so.
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