Young Mary was from an obscure place and from a common family, yet God had a plan for her life that would be filled with greatness and personal pain. Many people are looking for significance in life and often try to find it in the wrong place and in the wrong way.
On one of our internet platforms, we include some information about Pathway’s reach to the world. This is an excerpt: “The ministry of Pathway Outreach touches the lives of about 2,000 people weekly with spiritual bread and approximately 400 people weekly with physical bread. We have affiliated and partnership ministries in five countries of the world; USA, Haiti, India, Cuba, and Pakistan.” Even though I wrote this, I am a little overwhelmed when I read it. I want to emphasize, we are only a tool in the hand of God and you, through your concern, prayer, and/or financial support are a participant in this mission endeavor. Thank you!
I remember climbing into my mosquito-net-covered-bed while in Haiti and lying down to sleep just sweltering in the 85 degree heat even at 10:00 pm. It was June, we had no electricity, and my only relief from the heat was a little battery operated six inch fan positioned to blow a little relief over my torso and face. In that moment, I remembered a phrase I had heard or read but no longer remembered the source; it was something like, “Be comfortable, being uncomfortable”. So in my mind, I surrendered to the state of contentment; being comfortable with my uncomfortable situation and went to sleep in my sweat.
I know, it sounds like a weird topic. Tombs don’t talk—do they? When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the people were praising God for the things they had saw. The Pharisees called for Jesus to rebuke His disciples and He responded, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out” (Luke 19:40 NKJV). My thinking is, “If stones cry out, I guess tombs could talk!” Just a thought…
The thermostat setting in Heaven is peace.
Butch Suddath and I finally made our way to Haiti. We were hindered in February by the protests that had blocked roads and made our travel within Haiti almost impossible. God blessed us with clear roads and a calmer situation. We pray for peace and political stability for the country of Haiti. We had no problems during our stay but it is something that stays in the back of your mind. The embers of unrest can quickly flame up. We appreciate the prayers that were prayed for us.
“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him—” (Deuteronomy 11:22 NKJV).
Love the LORD your God
We sometimes overuse words. I believe the word “awesome” is overused in our society.
It seems every time I write a monthly update, I say something about the weather. So as I write this, we are seeing on the news the damage and loss of life in Lee County, Alabama from last night’s tornado (3-3-19). We are praying for all who were affected. Natural disasters are a sad reminder that we live in a fallen world.
Show Me Your Scars
The current population of the world (2-2019) is reported to be 7.7 billion with 2.3 billion Christians. About 2/3 of the world’s Christians live in difficult or unfriendly places. Those of us in the Western World are almost oblivious to the difficulties in other lands. It varies from extreme persecution of death to the difficulties of getting a good job or apartment because non-Christians will not hire Christians or rent to Christians.
Recently as part of my continual reading through the Bible, I once again “stumbled” upon a scripture the Holy Spirit used to grab my attention. It was in Exodus 36:2-7 where Moses instructed the people to bring an offering of materials for the construction of the Tabernacle. They were to bring items of gold, silver, bronze, jewels, linen, thread of blue, purple, and scarlet, acacia wood, and other items.