I got up out of bed this morning and went to the bathroom. I know that sounds grotesque, and you really don’t care to read about my personal business, but please bear with me. So, upon completing my “business” I reached over to get the paper… that’s right, just like you do my friend… and THERE WAS NO PAPER!! You, more than likely, know exactly how I reacted to that most horrific of all tragedies – I let out a disgusted phrase like; “why in the world do people not replace the paper, why do I have to pay for somebody else’s mistake!”
Then, after recomposing myself from that despicable moment, I made my way to the kitchen to make some coffee. I noticed that the coffee maker was unplugged, so I plugged it back into the electrical outlet and proceeded to rinse out, and fill the coffee pot with water. When I poured the water into the coffee maker, it started spewing and spiting water everywhere, and dripping old coffee water onto my clean coffee pot and spilling over onto the counter. My reaction: “Why do people just unplug the coffee maker without turning it off? Everyone knows you’re supposed to turn the thing off! Why do I have to pay for somebody else’s mistakes!!?”
At that moment, I heard the Holy Spirit speaking softly to my heart these words: “Jesus paid for yours.” WOW! As tears came to my eyes I thought: “My Savior volunteered to pay, not for my little petty oversights, but for all of my wicked and awful sin!” “He, that knew no sin, took upon Himself my shame, all because He loves me, and He never once complained.”
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” Ephesians 2:4-5 KJV “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 KLV
Conviction came swiftly to my heart and I was reminded of the following words: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
“Thank you my dear Lord Jesus, for paying for my sin, and for forgiving me. Help me to be more like you.”
PS – You’re probably thinking; “you dummy, you’re supposed to make sure there’s toilet paper on the roll before you sit down, and you’re supposed to check if the coffee machine is on or not before you pour the water into it.” My answer to you; “thanks for being like Jesus and forgiving me.”
"The single most indispensable factor in missions work is God's call upon a man to go, if you stick to that, the many other important factors will follow."
"Dear God, please call men to go into all the World and preach the Gospel to every creature, move upon these men to answer positively to that call, and please dear Lord, call upon Your Church to send them were You have called them to go and move upon them to answer positively to that call, because nothing less than the precious souls of men, women and children are at stake."
What a great service the Lord gave us at the Johnson Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Tennessee. It was a joy to meet Pr. Ted Pegram and the sweet folks of this church out in the Tennessee countryside. Not even the snow flurries falling outside could chill the warmth that we felt among such kind people.
After church we enjoyed great fellowship and delicious food at the Dinner Bell Restaurant and General Store at exit 62 off I-75 in Sweetwater, Tennessee.
Then we drove back toward Georgia stopping by the Harvest Baptist Church in Acworth for the evening service. Even though we just “dropped in”, Pr. Dan Reed gave me the opportunity to share with the Church Family what God is doing through us in Joinville. I praise the Lord for this Missions Hearted Church.
On this day we were privileged to present our burden for the Brazilian people to the Catawba Falls Baptist Church in Old Fort, North Carolina. Pr. Phillip Wishon and all the Church Family were so kind and receptive. After church Pr. Wishon instructed us to stay at the fellowship hall and enjoy some delicious sandwiches, chips and sodas they had bought for us. We thank the Lord for His provision!
For the evening service we were blessed by the opportunity we were given to present our ministry to the Center Pigeon Baptist Church in Canton, North Carolina. Pr. Allen Blanton and the precious folks at this church made us feel so very welcome. At one point Pr. Allen asked Priscilla to give a testimony. She was kind of caught off guard, but did a great job. It was so sweet to hear about her surrender to missions and her desire to follow the Lords leadership in her life. You know several of us were in tears over it.
After the service Pr. Allen and his wife Debbie took us to Pizza Hut. We enjoyed the great fellowship and some real good pizza too.
Our trip back to the USA was a good one, praise the Lord, although just as we crossed over into Georgia air space Thursday morning we entered into some turbulence.
The funny thing about it is that I had just been given a cup of hot coffee, and it was very difficult keeping the coffee in the cup! Somehow though, I managed, but as soon as we flew out of the turbulence and it was smooth sailing, I placed my cup of hot coffee on my tray, and would you believe it, I managed to then spill it on my leg, and into my Mom’s carry-on bag, and on her purse!!
Mom, I’m truly sorry about that. Thanks for your sweet spirit of forgiveness, and for the wet wipes.
Thank you all for your prayers for Mom and I. Our trip to Brazil was absolutely terrific. We thank the Lord for watching over us and for bringing us back home safely. We praise the Lord for this opportunity that we were given to minister for Him these two weeks in Joinville.