I Timothy 1:12-16 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given the strength, that he considered us faithful, appointing us to His service. Even though we were once a blasphemer and a persecutor and violent, we were shown mercy because we acted in ignorance and unbelief. The grace of our Lord was poured out on us abundantly,along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance in Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners--of whom we were the worst. But for that very reason we were shown mercy so that in us, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.
Randy and I both feel so blessed that God has given us this ministry and this plan in our lives. Ten years ago when we moved here to Virginia we had no idea what God had in His plans for us. I visited some friends in Beaufort not to long ago and the first thing said was "did you ever think you and Randy would be doing what you are right now for the Kingdom of God." I have to say, "no, but I guess God did."
God has given such a passion in both our hearts for those that are battling addiction and other life controlling struggles. Satan has tried his best to just taken over this area and the rest of the world with drugs and alcohol. He is destroying families and friends, he is on a mission to thrill, kill and destroy.
But our hearts are so blessed when we see someone who has never accepted Jesus find a relationship with Him and then we get to see what He does in their lives. Nothing gives us more joy than to see someone regain the relationships that they had lost, get jobs, get custody of their children, but most of all watch them begin to make a difference in the community. When they begin to tell their story of finding Jesus and what God has done in their life, it makes this ministry so exciting to be a part of.
The thing is when all of us get saved, we all are to get out of the church and share Jesus with everyone we meet. We all have a ministry, we all have a testimony we can share, a journey with Jesus. Feel the blessing that only God can give when you reach out and share Jesus and they accept God's free gift of salvation.
Step out in faith and God will provide your needs and will give you encouragement through people,divine appointments to stay on the path on the journey that He has planned for you.
God bless all of you. If we can ever be of any help to you or someone you know, our phone numbers are on the webpage.
I have an older sister named Judy, who is in the midst of battling round 2 of a blood cancer. She first battled this back in 1999-2000 and needed a bone marrow transplant. We as a family will never forget listening to DAD pray over and over for God to provide a perfect match for her transplant. God listened to all those prayers and provided a perfect match with our sister, Barb.
But now in September, Judy was diagnosed with this same cancer. Her numbers were worse, not sure of what the treatment would be. But then there began an outpouring of prayers from not only all of us here, but from Dad. I know he has been still sending his prayers to the feet of Jesus for healing for Judy.
The treatments started out rough, the numbers in her bloodwork weren't responding the way that she or the doctors knew that they should. But then God started to show Himself in every step,, every treatment, every lab. She has been posting her story, her words of wisdom to someone else who might be in the battle, to her friends on FB. Judy has been a private person and really didn't like me posting about her on FB, but I am watching God do a miracle through her postings on FB. She gives God all the glory for the path that she is on and knows that He alone is her Healer and that he is giving her the grace and mercy that she needs every day to face this battle.
We have had our share of disagreements, our share of sibling issues. But when my Mom and Dad passed years ago, she took over the role of the one that the rest of us talk to, share with when we need family. Mom and Dad were our examples of what God can do for us when we let Him have control of our lives. We were a blessed family.
I know that God has the plan for Judy and all of us. She was to share her testimony at church right after they got the diagnosis this second time around and so that got put on hold. But reading the words that she posts every day, giving God the glory for the strength, courage and grace that He is giving her, Donald and the girls is her testimony playing out.
I am blessed to call her my sister and to see the encouragement that her words and her strength in the midst of the storm are giving to others. I don't know what the process is going to be or what tomorrow holds for Judy or even all of us, but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds our hands.
If you don't have a relationship with Jesus, make today the day. See we all never have a promise to wake up tomorrow. We never know what the doctor is going to say, but with God on your side, cry out to Jesus. Your cries will awaken the Master and He will bring you through the storm.
This past month has been a real eye opening time.
Do you believe in God's timing? Do you think things happen by coincidence? God shows up in a big way when we allow Him to be in control.
Randy had not worked from April until September. Unemployment was what we dealt with, oh ugh. I hate dealing with the government and all their red tape. But God took care of us. At first Randy spent alot of times just sitting in the house. Really got on his nerves. Then he started to go fishing. He had a young man that he works with that went with him. This young man doesn't have a relationship with God. But God used this time for many conversations about God and who He is to Randy.
Randy got to go to Revival in June with Rocky and Gail and the whole week and circumstances all pointed that God intended Randy to be there. He got to get extra time at The Laurels and extra time of ministry with folks pointing them toward God who breaks the f chains of addiction.
He went back to work Sept 14 working 8 days coming home for 6. He came home Sept 22 and then on September 24th things went out the window again . I was supposed to speak at Recoveryfest and I ended falling and breaking my wrist. Now out of work for 6 weeks after surgery.
I questioned God a few times since then, why? Why did I have to get hurt now, how can we afford all these doctor and hospital costs? But then I look at the timing of it all. God had Randy back at work full time before I fell. He worked all things out. I think I may have needed some quiet time to be with God in fellowship. But I also learned that God puts people in our lives that are there to help us and encourage us even when others we always thought were our encouragement were not. People who have blessed our ministry so much in the past year, checked on me more than so many others I felt were family and friends. I have had alot of times to sit back and see God working on alot of situations. God is on the move in my life, changing me in some ways.
With Randy out of town, God is showing me how precious Randy is in my life. He is using Randy as an example to those he works with that he lives his life just as he shows it through the ministry. He really lives his faith and he is an example of a man changed by a God who loves us all amid all our flaws and failures.
God's timing is not what we understand at times, it is not for us to understand. We are just asked to have the faith in God to follow His path and His direction. Make choices based on what He shows us.
God is always faithful, always with us, never forsaking us
God's timing is ALWAYS PERFECT! TRUST HIM!
So, last weekend I fell and broke my wrist. Had surgery on Wednesday this week and got a plate and 7 screws. Ugh, not how I wanted to go into fall.
But the day I fell, we were at Clintwood's Recoveryfest 2016. They had,asked Randy and,I to come and speak. You know that day, I had Randy there as far as family and a couple friends who help out with DASH. Steve Ray and,Lloyd,Sheets were there to support this group who have been working hard to get through recovery.
There were some friends we had met through the ministry and some we hadnt. But what was so important to me was the love,and concern I felt that day as I laid there on the ground. Some of these folks were in a really bad place when we met them. Their families,and friends had become tired of dealing with them and their,addictions and were tired of being hurt by them.
But when we meet folks in this ministry, our main goal is to show them love, to show them that God loves them regardless of where they have been or what they have done. My day was made even as I laid there in pain knowing that we had made,an impact somehow in their lives. My heart beamed to see those who have found recovery and,are making new ,lives for themselves. As they stood around us,waiting for the ambulance, I felt their care,and concern. I am blessed by those God has brought into our path if this ministry. I pray for all of them to find a,relationship with Jesus Christ and to find a life in recovery.
I love you all that read this and I pray for you all every day. I pray that you know if Randy and I can ever be of help or support to you, that you contact us.