I Love Fall

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 26-11-2009

It’s so easy to love fall!!  I love the autumn colors and leaves.  Love the beautiful sunsets.  It’s not too cold and not hot either.  I find that it’s very easy to say “thank you God for the leaves, nature, etc..”  But I was thinking over the past few weeks that it’s not easy to thank God for the trials that you go through.

That’s something everybody knows, but I think that I needed a reminder.  Last week was horrible with stressors in the house and outside the house.  I was ready to scream or break down, or travel to Moccasin Bend!!  I couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me.  Spend the nights crying and the days upset with myself.  During our Thanksgiving Meeting last Saturday, I realized that I was missing the attitude of gratitude.  I was more upset with the trials I was going through, rather than grateful to God for the blessings provided.  I needed a serious work up and change of heart.  I began to take the time to praise God, and to say thank you for the trials.

I reminded the Scribblers last week, and I guess was preaching to myself, too when I said “no matter how long it takes, keep on praying, because the prayers are not in vain.”

God bless you this Thanksgiving season.  I pray that your heart and life demonstrates thanks to God.  Take the time to praise Him each day for every thing.

With love,

Susan

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Construction!!

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 13-11-2009

Hello dear readers!

As you can probably tell, the blog is under construction, so please pardon some of our delays!

Thank you so much for your continued prayers on LWR’s behalf. 

You might have heard that last Sunday was National Orphan Sunday.  Though we did not “celebrate” it, I have a burden to one day build an orphanage from the little information I read about orphans.  We know from the book of James (1:27) one of the main missions of the church is to rescue the fatherless and help the widows. There is a billboard/sign out here that reads “Every abandoned child, is our child.”  In the same way, I feel that every orphaned child, is our child. If the church cannot rise to do this, then who will?

Please pray that God would help us, and burden us and use each of us to fulfill His ultimate plan for each and every child. 

Because every child matters!

Susan

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Scribblers International :)

Filed Under (Blogs) by Susan on 07-11-2009

I’ve told you before about the Scribblers, a young women’s ministry in our church that is dedicated to “sisterhood and servanthood.”  It’s a work in progress, with plenty of room for improvement; but we’re getting there, praise God.  When we were in India, specifically in Chitoor where the cleft lip surgeries should have taken place, there were during the evenings open air meetings and during the day Bible studies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  It was also in Chitoor that I had the opportunity to share Philip’s testimony on Saturday night.  

The main speaker for the special meetings was from Sri Lanka, a Pastor Mendis.  About 60 people from his church flew to Chitoor and attended the meetings. On Saturday I spoke to a few young women who were from Sri Lanka (I will call them the Scribblers International).   The young women were delightful and very sweet and pleasant to talk to.  They made me feel very comfortable in Chitoor .  (Shout out to Vihara, Moughavi, Sister Agnes, and Souganthi ).  Well, on Saturday, one of them came to me to talk about her own pain and heartaches in Sri Lanka.  Soon a few others joined, and we decided to spend some time in prayer.  I remembered that before we left from America, Pastor Abraham encouraged my husband and myself to lay hands and pray for the people.  I’ve never done that before on my own, but I felt that the Lord was telling me to do so.  I  could not help but weep for the young women who came to pray.  They are so dedicated and later I would see that even more so.  

I had noticed that a big bus filled with the Sri Lankan believers would arrive almost 2 hours before the evening meetings started.  As it turned out, the young women came and talked with me for a little while before the service on Saturday, before standing together in unison saying “We must go and pray for the meetings, Pastor expects it.”   I watched all of them go kneel on the hard and rocky earth (open air meeting, remember) and lift their hands and cry out to God.  They stayed there for one hour, even though the musicians began practicing their songs, the people remained in prayer for one hour.

On Sunday night, I could not sit in the crowd, I had to go and join them.  It was a powerful time of prayer, I believe.  Pastor Mendis has several thousand believers in his church, and it all started with a handful of believers many years ago.  He is a prophet, has prophesied about the tsunami and other disasters over the past several years.  God raised a man from the dead through Pastor Mendis’ prayer.  

It made me think a lot.  We can mock our leaders who have done horrible things and are on TV for their sins finding them out.  We can disrespect and judge our leaders.  We can also complain and point fingers and say there are no results and where is the fruit?!  But what if we cried out, in one accord, and prayed for them, what would happen?  I learned a lot of things about the Indian culture and more importantly about spiritual warfare and true sacrifice.  I heard that some believers were on a schedule waking up every morning 3a.m. to pray.  The “International Scribblers” do not know what they have done to change some things in my life.  I hope that you, too, pray that God would open your eyes to see what needs to change in YOUR life.  What needs to be done differently, where is your sacrifice?   I promise you, our God is faithful.  Just as I saw with Pastor Mendis and his full blown ministry.  But we have to do so in unity, and make sacrifices.    I’ll never forget Pastor Sean Teal’s message “God will not trust His Kingdom in the hands of prayerless people.”   May God help you and me to do so. 

Because every child matters!

Susan

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