Good day sister saints!
That picture above is one a sister sent a few days ago and with it text that scripture. I put it on the picture and returned it to her and thought I'd share it here for you also. She said that's from the mountain range close to where they live, way up north in another country. I'm blessed to know sister saints all over the world that love the Lord, are obedient to all His word, willingly do all the things godly women do without complaining (headcover, dress biblical, not be feminists) and love the other sisters in return (and the brethren as a whole.) I thought I'd just share some random pictures and thoughts of our time lately and maybe something from within it all might encourage you!
I'd make you a cup of coffee or tea or something while we talk about all sorts of good and godly things that sister saints do. Speaking of coffee, some people call it the "Christian drug" because it has caffeine in it. I'll start off on that by saying we drink instant now and use both regular and decaf, my servings are light and it lasts a long time so first off we are frugal in that. Next, we drink very little in the way of caffeine but there are times it's like a medicine especially for me. Third, caffeine is not sinful unless, like anything, it's abused. People can abuse food by eating too much. Sugar by having too much. Rest by having too much. See my point? Anyway, I'm not sure if I ever shared anything on caffeine before and me just say this....every single person that has said that to us is not living a biblical, holy life. Just sayin.
As we travel the southeast part of the country, we've been seeing a lot of these such signs and even smaller ones put about 10-15 feet high on telephone poles that call out repentance and faith in Christ. (Wondering how they got them up that high.) I hope the people putting them up are striving in all truth. The saddest thing about it is that in this day with technology, there's no website or contact info; there's no way to reach out if someone wanted more help in it all. That sign above, would have done absolutely NOTHING for me in that suicidal state I was in before Christ. I NEEDED THE GOSPEL!
(You can find that HERE and let us know how we can help you if you're confused.)
The bible doesn't just say proclaim the gospel....we're to do something after that if someone is seeking...
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.
Speaking of the gospel....we know a sister who's husband just died and her grown children wanted to do all the things the world does when that happens and she wanted nothing to do with it all. Since she was not going to be partaking of worldly events, she wanted to still be faithful and share the truth (none of her family claim to be born again saints). She took 2 tea cups and filled them with gospel cards and set them out. We rejoice in her faithfulness and we know one card was taken as she counted them before and after. That might seem disappointing to some, thinking that only one was taken, but we know how precious 'one' is.
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost,
until he find it?
We were on the streets the past couple days and many gospel cards were taken but even in that...if only one person is affected then we rejoice. No matter what people do with it, God is glorified when we are obedient in sharing it and I'm thankful for sisters who are diligent about that.
As I'm working on this post, another sister sent a picture of the gospel going out on a shop order she's sending off today! And a new sister mentioned the other day how we are great examples and encouragement which makes her want to be sharing the gospel also! Praise God for obedient sisters who love the Lord!
The picture of yogurt is evidence of another way the gospel can go out. I went into the store to wander around and see if there would be any witnessing to do and I saw an incredible deal on yogurt. I couldn't believe it so I saw a store worker in the freezer section behind me and asked him if he could verify it. He did and then walked off to finish stocking the freezer. I got my yogurt, walked back over to him, thanked him for his help again and gave him a gospel card as as I was walking away I saw him standing in the door of the freezer reading it. You can do that also sisters, ask for the location of an item, verify pricing, thank the workers for doing a good job and give them the gospel. Sometimes they want to talk and most times they receive it and continue working.
As I'm typing this, I remembered a woman from yesterday, who wanted a gospel card. We were at a busy festival proclaiming the gospel and I had just given out a gospel card to someone, turned to her and asked if she wanted one. She said "Oh yeah I do! Can you put it in my pocket for me?" (Her hands were full of festival food.) I had troubles holding my sign and moving her purse strap out of the way to do it and it took a bit of work on my behalf but while I was doing it, I said 'The word must be very important to you otherwise we wouldn't be going through this'. She said 'Oh it is, it is'. I said 'Good, test yourself and go deeper than man made religion is teaching you.' She heartily thanked me and off she went with a gospel card tucked into her pocket.
In van life, with limited space, we have to slide our signs in and out a small space which means they rub on each other and oftentimes need some freshening up, which is what we do before we go out. (I like that job:-) And see those zip ties? Brother James just bought me my very own pack of them so I can strap my sign to my walking stick when we go out. What a great witnessing tool, a gospel sign. We have them all over the van too and know a brother that just ordered some for his vehicle! There are so many ways to lift up Christ's name!
As we talk about lifting up Christ's name and what He has done, and what the world can do to gain eternal life through the gospel, we will suffer persecution because of it. (Thank you sister for that scripture verse.) That picture above has one of my favorite verses on it. It's hard hitting, blunt and we have no other course than to obey it. That goes for living in our weakened physical state also. Shed the flesh, get over it, get up and get going. We can lay around and moan about how hard things are, or our ailments or the mental or physical pain someone caused or we can get up and do our reasonable service unto the Lord, enduring that hardness as a good soldier.
I love seeing how nature teaches us and that tree above has had to endure hardness of hurricanes and tropical storms that have blasted the coast line throughout the years. It's standing strong and mighty year after year until it's time is over. Us saints have our time coming if we endure only we have a great promise ahead of us, unlike the tree which will just turn to dust in it's death.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:55-58
Persecution in His name might lead to jail time for some sisters like those in the past and some in foreign countries. It's coming to the free countries soon, the end times must be brought in for Christ to return. That picture made me think of sisters in jail with nothing taking away their joy.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Brother James jumper box came to good use for the gospel and to help someone again!
He saw a car hood open and went over to see if the person needed help. A woman was there and said her husband just went into the store to buy some jumper cables so brother James went in quickly to catch him. The man was just about to buy them when brother James told him he had a jumper box and would help him. The man was relieved because he had cables at home and didn't need another set. After it was all done, the gospel went out. That's a good tool to have because it's helped many people...they see us loving our neighbor and the truth gets given to them.
That jumper box would do nothing for these vehicles we saw on our travels, but the gospel given to the owners could save souls. Unfortunately we couldn't do anything about any of that but we do it ahead of time with all those we meet along the way. Be sure to do that in your lives sister saints...each soul is precious and needs that life saving truth.
While we were at a tourist pier preaching the gospel the other day, I walked out on it, took some pictures and talked to the people along the way. None wanted a gospel card but I did get to talk to that one woman sitting there and give her some truth.
I wanted to share this video with you of a really high and long bridge we went over and the video doesn't capture the awesomeness of God's creation.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Seeing all the salt and brackish back water here on the coast makes me so thankful for the fresh water we can find on the road.
A sister from across the world sent this picture of a water fountain because she knows we rejoice greatly when we find water on the road. What great blessings we are to be thankful for and not take for granted.
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is
I thought that van and camper was cute, we notice such things out here on the road living in a van. We would have reached out to witness to them if they had stopped by us but it wasn't to be. We did have our signs on the van so they, and others saw so we did our best. (Yes, we get a lot of opportunities to witness to other van/camper/car dwellers as it's a good door opener.)
Speaking of doors, lol, I thought you sisters might appreciate this picture. The moss, the old bricks and the cozy looking area would be a good place to sit and rejoice in the Lord. And since it's on the street of a downtown, it would be great to hand out gospel cards to anyone passing by:-)
A little Titus 2 Time. When I was in the store buying that yogurt, I walked through the produce section and saw these dragon fruit. What unique creation (that I have no clue what they taste like as they are expensive.)
And one more picture cuz I thought it was cute. (Nice way to use recycled materials.) Anyway sisters I have to go now. I hope you were edified and Lord willing I will be back again to share whatever might be encouraging to us all.
Hold fast and let us all glorify the Lord in our lives.