As we are coming into what I believe is the end times, I see so much pain, hurt, trials, anxiety, depression....the list just goes on and on.
I think back to my childhood and I know we as a family were taught to pray, taught to take all our needs to God in prayer. Along those lines, I also had to learn that many times our prayers don't get answered right away or the answers are not at all as we wanted.
But from my childhood into adulthood there was one thing about prayers and praying that I will always treasure. I honestly feel in my heart that my Dad, Frank Ehrhart, could pray from his heart like no one I really don't think I have ever heard. In all his prayers, he always prayed for each of his kids. Then as family got added through marriage, they got added into his prayers. Then came the grandkids and his prayers just continued.
As a farmer, he would pray for the rain to come when it was needed. He would pray for the harvest to be good.
I can hear him praying as my mom went through her cancer. I believe he prayed so intently for her that her healing came. When Judy had to have a bone marrow transplant about 16 years ago, he began to pray for God to provide a match for the bone marrow that would be perfect for her to heal. When they tested all us kids, Barb was almost an identical match to Judy. I believe Dad reached the very throne of Heaven with his prayers for her during those times. His prayes for Frank Jr, Betty, Karen, Barb and I for anything going on were all so intensely felt. We all learned when anything was going on, we wanted Dad to pray.
But in each of all those prayers for health issues, divorce, financial issues, farm issues...the most important prayer he prayed for all of us, our spouses and grandchildren was that we all would find a relationship with Jesus. He always said he didn't want to go home to Heaven until he knew where we all stood with God.
I treasure all those prayers he gave us and so many times lately, I wish I could have him here to pray for things going on. But I believe with my heart, he is still advocating at the throne of God for our needs, our hurts, but most of all still that we all find Jesus.
I love you Dad and will always know that I was blessed with a Godly Dad who prayed everyday for his children.
I have been blessed.
What a few weeks we have had. God has brought so many new people into our lives from so many different directions. We have become united with 4 different motorcycle ministries and we have had one united vision from God. Many times we have talked about how great it would be to have a Biker church in this area, but knew that it takes a crew to be able to do it.
God has shown us a building in Meadowview with reasonable monthly cost. As we stood up at the Night of Hope in Meadowview last night, there were a few of us who had conversations with several people that we shared our vision. These folks said if you start a church where the judgements are outside the door, a place where my tattoos don't matter, we will be there.
So many folks have been hurt in church or just don't feel comfortable in a traditional church. Well Jesus said in the Bible "to come as we are." People need to know that there is a place where they can come and bring all their hurts, all their issues and know that arms will be wrapped around them, prayers will be lifted, no judgement of where they have been or what they have done. Many churches these days want those who come to be cleaned up before they come in the door to find Jesus.
We are all uniting in prayer over this and know that God will provide the place, the musicians, the speakers and singers to bring this vision together.
GOD is on the move here in this area.....Be prepared to help, support and encourage this church to come together.
For the past few weeks, we have been able to have the opportunity to meet with several local police departments to have prayer with them and show them our appreciation for the sacrifice they give for our safety.
We have been to Abingdon, Bristol, VA, Bristol, TN, Sullivan County and this morning to Lebanon and Russell County.
What a blessing this has been for us and all the officers have been appreciative for the prayers and encouragement.
See they sacrifice their lives every day because they never know who they will meet or what circumstance they will come upon every day. These days people are just losing their minds and taking out their aggressons on officers. People are taking them down in their words and lack of respect every day.
They sacrifice, but there was a man who came to earth over 2000 years ago, who truly sacrificed His life for all of us. He took on our sins, our hurts, our hangups so that we had a bridge between this,life and eternity. If you don't have a relationship with Jesus Christ today needs to be the day. We never know what tomorrow will bring.
Love you all. Remember. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God don't make junk.
So last Saturday after months of planning, working, praying the Ride to Recovery came together at 9am.
I had been telling Randy for the last couple of weeks that I felt God was going to wow us, overwhelm us. So at 8 am we are standing in the parking lot. We started to hear bikes coming from all directions, sometimes 1 bike, sometimes 3 or 4 at a time. Old friends came, new friends came, from alot of different places.
Covenant Fellowship and the Covenant Bikers for Christ put on a great breakfast feast as always. The bikes still kept coming. I tried to hold back my tears as I saw the promise I knew God gave me was coming together.
We had 80 bikes, 3 dune buggies and probably about 100 people. God gave us a beautiful day to ride and put a hedge of protection around us all as we rode. We rode through so much of God's creation, you could hardly absorb it.
God blessed DASH Ministry and Tri Cities Recovery more than we ever imagined. Why are we amazed when He shows up big time, shows His will for His children? The Bible tells us that what we have not, because we ask not. God wants us to have the desires of our heart when those desires will bring God glory.
I don't think we could ever give God enough glory for what He did on Saturday, but I can't wait to see what He does next.
Tell God your dreams, tell Him your desires. Are you putting Him first in those plans so that He is glorified? If so, e prepared cause He is going to WOW you.