The Little Boy Who Prayed

 

Years ago, a five-year-old boy heard a missionary speak about all the people in the world who didn't have God's Word. He decided he wanted to pray for one of these language communities, so he began praying each Sunday afternoon for God to send missionaries to the Rapa Nui people on Easter Island. His mom and dad would smile each time they heard his fervent prayer.

Finally a Wycliffe friend of theirs reported that he was assigning translators to serve the Rapa Nui! The little boy started writing to the translators and then began selling stationery so he could give them some of his profits. His parents later discovered that the missionaries had become interested in this people around the time their son began praying.

Even the youngest intercessor can make a big difference in the world.

Thank You, Jesus, that the consistent prayer of all ages accomplishes much!

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20 NLT).

Desperate for Healing

 

A man in southern Sudan suffered for years from terrible migraine headaches. He was desperate to be rid of the headaches, so without a doctor nearby, he went to the local witch doctor.

In the book Holiness, Howe Shute relates that the witch doctor assured the man, "Yes, I can help you, but you've got to find one of your closest relatives you really love and cut off that person's head. Bring the head back to me and I'll lay my hands on it and say the right words, and your headache will be transferred to this other head."

The man was desperate so he agreed.

It took him several days to determine the relative he would choose, and during that time missionaries arrived and set up a large screen. That night they showed the JESUS film.

In the crowd was the man who was still considering whose head he should get. As he watched Jesus heal many people, he thought surely this God could help him, too. So he prayed his first prayer to Jesus.

"Jesus, if You can do it for them, You can take my headache away."

Later, the man reported, "I felt a cold feeling move from my head all the way to the bottom of my feet. When that cold moved through my body, I was instantly healed."

The man became a believer in Jesus and is now active in his church.

Thank You, Lord, for Your perfect timing that rescued this man.

"Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness" (Matthew 9:35).

"But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture" (Malachi 4:2 NLT).

My Heart Was at Rest

 

My husband was to speak at a meeting in Florida, and on our way, we stopped in Atlanta to see our son. About 2 a.m. my husband and I both awakened, and he said, "I am chilling."

I groaned "Oh, no," remembering that in the last few days he had had multiple exposures to the flu both from family and patients. As I lay there praying for him, I thought of the verse, "As thy days so shall thy strength be"  (Deuteronomy 33:25). Even if I couldn't believe he would have perfect health, I could trust God to provide the strength his day demanded. I went to sleep.

The next morning Daniel was fine. He told me, "About an hour after we talked, I broke into a sweat. That's very unusual for me."

God promised His people a resting place, a place of repose where they would have rest from all their enemies.

To quietly rest in the Lord is not to be complacent, but to trust Him and to show Him our trust through faithfulness. In turn, His rest prevents stress and failure while providing peace, confidence, and joy. Our resting in Him is preceded by both faith and obedience.

There is a place of quiet rest
Near to the heart of God.
A place where all is joy and peace
Near to the heart of God.

"Now we who have believed, enter into His rest" (Hebrews 4:3).

Why Carry That Burden?

 

A friend called and told me she would no longer be a part of our small group. I hung up the phone and realized I felt rejected. What did that say about me as leader?
Unfortunately, I was taking it personally.

Jesus spoke to my spirit, "Let me carry your burden. Let that fall on me. I am your burden-bearer." After that thought went through my mind, I noticed I no longer felt the rejection. This scripture came to me: "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me" (Romans 15:3).

How wonderful that we have One who "who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). He is still bearing our griefs and carrying our sorrows. (Isaiah 53:4)

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so He weeps with us just as He wept with Mary and Martha. He shares every burden we bear. He invites us to cast all our anxiety on him because he cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)

"My great business in life is to please God. Walking with Him in the light, I never feel a burden," was Hudson Taylor's testimony. When we live the wonderful life of faith, the Lord is our burden-bearer. He says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but tell me your requests, and I will attend to them."

"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens" (Psalm 68:19). Just as a humble animal might bear heavy sacks of grain, so Jesus, in His infinite compassion, bears our burden in order to lift us up and relieve our distress.

Dear Jesus, forgive me for every time I carry my own burdens instead of giving them to You.

How to Move the Heart of God

 

The late Wesley Duewel said he recalled that every time he came home from college or the mission field his mother would weep for the Chinese and the people of India in family prayer. She'd pray, "O Lord, save those precious people," then she'd be sobbing.

Ida Duewel, now in Heaven, has the joy of reaping the rewards of every tear she shed. A news item reports that Christian congregations are skyrocketing in China. "China is destined to become the largest Christian country in the world very soon," said Fenggang Yang, author of Religion in China: Survival and Revival under Communist Rule. Mao thought he could eliminate religion, but he had no power to compete with those who shared Jesus' burden for the Chinese.

Picture Christ on the throne today as a weeping Jesus. "During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears" (Hebrews 5:7). He's the same "yesterday and today and forever." We say that and usually refer to His power, but surely it's also His praying heart. The Jesus who wept over Jerusalem and at the tomb of Lazarus is still weeping today and interceding with tears. He "always lives to intercede" (Hebrews 7:25).

The key to moving the heart of God is to share the heart of Jesus. We should welcome any hunger to pray the Holy Spirit gives us, cherish it and be very faithful to that wistful longing. If we are loyal to an ever deepening burden, as we pray on, we may get an even greater desire.

Jesus said He "is not willing that any should perish" (2 Peter 3:9 KJV) How would we pray for our family, friends, church, and nation if we allowed the Holy Spirit to express His passion through us?

Dear Jesus, give me the kind of hunger that adds the Spirit's power to my praying.

"Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy" (Psalm 126:5, 6).

Would You Look After Me?

 

Caroline came to Anita's door begging to live with her. Her family had abandoned her and because of a nervous disorder, she was unable to care for herself. She walked the streets looking for "someone to look after me."

Anita dismissed her request. With a forty-hour workweek, she could see no way she could make herself responsible for Anita. Early one morning shortly after, though, Anita awoke to a message from God: "You could take her if you would."

So Anita brought her home from the hospital where she had been treated for an overdose of valium. She was thin and deeply depressed. She was nearly 70 and it did not appear she would live very long. But with Anita's nourishing meals, her health improved.

For nine years Anita cared for her. Then the nervous disorder progressed, and it became increasingly clear that Anita must move her. So she moved Carolyn to a personal care boarding home where she was happy and content.

Anita was returning from the home when she became aware of a Presence with her in the car. Her whole being was engulfed in His warmth, and she melted in tears. God was letting her know He was pleased with what she had done. Anita said, "I want to hear the words 'Well done' when I stand before Him, but in this case, I didn't have to wait."

Jesus, help us to remember that You do not forget one act of love we offer in Your Name.

"'I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'... 'I assure you, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'" (Matthew 25:40, 45 NLT).

What Ruth Graham Forgot

 

Ruth Bell Graham tells of awakening at three o'clock in the morning, and the name of one she loved dearly flashed through her mind. She knew there would be no more sleep for her that night. She lay there and prayed for the one who was trying hard to run from God. In the dark, her imaginations ran wild.

Suddenly the Lord spoke to her. "Quit studying the problems and start studying the promises."

She turned on the light, got out her Bible, and turned to Philippians 4:6, 7. The Amplified version has it, "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests] with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God."

Suddenly she realized the missing ingredient in her prayers had been "with thanksgiving," so she put down her Bible and began worshiping God for who and what He is and thanking Him for giving her the one she loved so dearly. She even thanked Him for the difficult spots that taught her so much.

And when she did, it "was as if someone turned on the lights in my mind and heart, and the little fears and worries that had been nibbling away in the darkness like mice and cockroaches hurriedly scuttled for cover."

Thank You, Jesus, for the joy of praising You.

"By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name" (Hebrews 13:15).

If you have a prodigal son or daughter, I encourage you to join the new Facebook group "Mothers Praying for Prodigals." To join go to "Mothers Praying for Prodigals" on Facebook and ask to join. Since this is a closed group (and completely confidential) you will be asked three questions to validate your identity and help us minister to you. ONLY you and those who belong to the closed group will be able to read your posts. Your comments will show up on your page only. Outsiders are able to see who belongs to closed groups, but that is all. 

You can also read Rebecca Gentzler's blogs for mothers of prodigals here.

Prodigals Can Be Won and Facebook for Mothers of Prodigals

Karen often wrote prayers for her wayward daughter in her journal. One day Karen failed to put the journal away. Her daughter came by and happened to read the prayer. It make her furious.

After the angry daughter left, Karen cried to the Lord. Was there anything she could do to remedy the situation?
The thought came, "Go wash her feet." It was an unusual idea, but Karen was so certain the thought was from God that she got a basin and went to her daughter's house.
Her daughter opened the door and asked, "Why are you here?"

"To wash your feet."

"What?"

Karen repeated, "To wash your feet."

As Karen sat before her daughter washing her feet, tears ran down the faces of both. A sweet reconciliation followed. Her daughter later moved away, but even though far apart, they have a precious relationship and are even prayer partners.

Karen's humble dependence upon God led her to express love in a way her daughter could not miss. Daniel Webster said, "There is nothing so powerful as truth," but it is often love that wins the battle.

Dear Lord, teach me to be completely humble and dependent upon You, so You can teach me how to show love."

"Above all, love" (1 Peter 4:8).

God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 5:5).

If you have a prodigal son or daughter, I encourage you to join the new Facebook group "Mothers Praying for Prodigals." To join go to "Mothers Praying for Prodigals" on Facebook and ask to join. Since this is a closed group (and completely confidential) you will be asked three questions to validate your identity and help us minister to you. ONLY you and those who belong to the closed group will be able to read your posts. Your comments will show up on your page only. Outsiders are able to see who belongs to closed groups, but that is all. 

You can also read Rebecca Gentzler's blogs for mothers of prodigals here.

Increase Your Power in Prayer

 

C. Peter Wagner said that when he was young he attended "horse pulls." One of the strongest horses could pull 7,000 pounds and another an amazing 9,000 pounds. But when the two horses were hitched together, they could pull 33,000 pounds.

A similar phenomenon occurs in prayer. God multiples the results when we unite! When two or more people prevail together, their prayer power not only is added together, but it's multiplied. Deuteronomy 32:30 speaks of one man chasing a thousand and two putting 10,000 to flight.

In medicine a drug reaction called synergism parallels this principle. Some medicines by themselves are ineffective against certain diseases, but when combined with another medicine, they accomplish much more than either could alone.

We can be praying with others, though, and still only pull our individual loads of 7,000 or 9,000 pounds if we are not praying for the same thing at the same time. When we all desire the same thing, with one leading in prayer and the others either silently or aloud saying a heartfelt, "Yes, Lord," our prayers become synergistic.

Many light bulbs shining together make a bright light. But if they are concentrated into one light beam, they give a laser beam effect capable of penetrating the hardest substance. Think of your agreeing in prayer as focusing your light into a laser beam which God can use to penetrate those "inaccessible" situations.

Thank You, Jesus, for giving us a powerful reason to be united with others.

"Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you" (Leviticus 26:8).

Flowers From Jesus

 

While I stood outside an airport waiting for my ride, I saw a lady carrying a colorful bouquet of mixed flowers and thought, She wants to greet someone she loves carrying a gift of flowers.

The Holy Spirit impressed upon me these thoughts, "That's how I want to come to you each moment. Each moment enjoy My love for you. Receive it, believe it, rest in it."

Twelfth century Bernard of Clairvaux described God's love like this: "In his very essence he is the Lovable One, and he gives himself over, as the object of our love...With the refreshing of our souls he busies himself."

The closer we get to Jesus, the more His love becomes a reality. Andrew Murray wrote, "The heavenly Father, who offers to meet us in the inner chamber, has no other object than to fill our hearts with His love." He invites us to make it our habit during our devotional times to let Him love us.

In each of the twenty-six verses in Psalm 136, we read the refrain "His love endures forever." Jehoshaphat and his army went into battle proclaiming: "Praise the Lord; for his love endures forever!" (2 Chronicles 20:21). Of all the reasons given in scripture to praise the Lord, His love could well be the most often repeated but perhaps one we seldom remember.

Father, help me to be more aware of Your love to me today.

"I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness" (Psalm 138:2).

Carole Changed Her Focus

Carole Mayhall and her husband Jack offered counsel in a heart-breaking situation in which a pastor friend had left his wife for his secretary. Soon after the counseling session, Carole and Jack went on their annual two-week time in the mountains for study, prayer, and writing.

During their first morning in the mountains, Carole's heart felt heavy. Why was she depressed? she wondered. She had so looked forward to this get-away. When she did a little digging, she realized she was still preoccupied with their friends' situation.

The Lord reminded her, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things" (Philippians 4:8).
The Lord questioned her heart, "Carole, what are you thinking about? Is it true, admirable...?" The Lord took her through the whole list, and she realized the thoughts she was brewing on met only one of the eight qualifications on God's list.

If we guard our thoughts, our words and actions will be right. "All our thoughts belong to God. We must faithfully control them with an eye single to His glory. We cannot let them go straying helter-skelter with impunity," stated W. B. Godbey.

Thank You, Jesus, for reminding me to focus on the good.

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things" (Colossians 3:2).
"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you!" (Isaiah 26:3).

The Ruler of All Things

When the people of Nazareth drove Jesus to a hill, intending to push him off a cliff, Jesus allowed them to drive Him to the edge. Then He simply slipped through the crowd and left. Jesus never lost control of the situation. He was always the One who chose the final outcome.

What a good word for us! It may seem that Satan has gained control of situations in our lives, but "The Lord sits enthroned over the flood" (Psalm 29:10).

The Psalmist said, "All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me" (Psalm 42:7 KJV), but he acknowledged that they were God's waves and billows! He acknowledged God, and so was not overcome by the circumstances.

To acknowledge God in all our ways is to believe that He is there, not in a passive way but actively controlling every situation. We see Him as allowing our disappointments because He has a higher purpose. We call all the waves and billows His!

Because God is sovereign, we can trust Him no matter what happens. When He acts, He controls every detail. Nothing stands in His way.

Jesus, I acknowledge that You are actively controlling every situation in my life.

"You are the ruler of all things" (1 Chronicles 29:12).
"Ah sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you...O great and powerful God whose name is the Lord Almighty. Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds" (Jeremiah 32:17, 19).

Gail's Preparation to Serve

 

Gail MacDonald, in her book High Calling, High Privilege, tells of preparing to visit a hospitalized friend who would be undergoing cancer surgery. Gail sat at her kitchen table and reminded the Lord of Jacob's words: "I will not let you go, unless you bless me" (Genesis 32:26). She knew she could not be a blessing unless God blessed her.

Two hours later she was ready to go. The thought came to her to take a hymnal and choose songs of worship and comfort. She herself was spiritually prepared as she worshiped through those hymns.

The time she and her friend shared in the hospital deeply affected both of them. "No amount of human caring or charisma alone could have made those moments so special," she said. "It was the time that I'd spent earlier in the presence of Christ that made the difference. She knew it and I knew it." Ringing in Gail's ears as she drove home from the hospital were Christ's words, "Without me you can do nothing," and, "With me all things are possible."

"Until the Spirit descended upon Him at His baptism, Jesus created no stir in Nazareth, but then events of world shaking importance began to happen," noted J. Oswald Sanders.

Dear Jesus, help me to never sacrifice my time with You so I can be a channel of Your words and Your Spirit rather than going in my own strength.

"My heart says of you, 'Seek his face!' Your face, Lord, I will seek...Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord" (Psalm 27:8, 14).
 

My Son's Lesson

 

When our son Gregg was about four years old, I became aware that it's a mother's responsibility to take her children into Jesus' presence.

I had just overheard Gregg take the Lord's name in vain. I led him by the hand to my bedroom where we knelt beside the bed, and he dutifully prayed, "I'm sorry, God. Please forgive me." It all seemed to be so routine. I didn't sense any genuine repentance, so we stayed beside the bedside talking, praying, singing.

Finally, I reminded the Lord that when He was on earth and mothers brought their children to Him, He blessed them. Would He do that for my son? At once Gregg began to cry, his unconcern was gone, and the joy that accompanies the Lord's presence was real to both of us.
For weeks I noticed that Gregg was happier and more obedient after being in Jesus' presence.

God wants to help us feel concerned when our children do something that hinders them from going into His presence and then wants us to spend time with them trying to help them regain a clear conscience.

Jesus didn't say, "Make the children come," but, "Let the little children come to me." Children will go to Jesus if encouraged and not hindered.

Thank You, Jesus, for inviting the children to come to You.

"People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.' And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them" (Mark 10:13-16).

Kindness Takes Time

 

In Come Share the Being, Bob Benson told of an electrician they nicknamed Motormouth because he was such a talker. He always had a smile and a ready answer to any question. But one day Motormouth shot himself.

Benson wrote, "I'd asked him lots of times how he was doing, but I guess I had never asked him in a way that made him want to tell me. Life in a way is like those electric bumper cars at the amusement park. We just run at each other and smile and bump and away we go."

Kindness is time-consuming. It takes time to visit people, to do small favors, to listen to the heartaches and heart longings of others, to run errands for them, to help them with their work, to write them letters, to give of our time, and to brighten their lives.

Kindness requires a sincere interest in others. It is a matter of awareness and sensitivity that is very simple in nature. A smile. A hug. The Old Testament word "lovingkindness" is derived from a Hebrew word meaning "to bend or bow oneself" which indicates a gracious, humble spirit.

Someone has said that if you wanted to express Christianity in one English word, you would use the word "kindness." In the early centuries, pagans confused the words "kindly" and "Christ" because the Greek words were so much alike, but, as Tertullian remarked, they were so close in meaning that no harm was done by the confusion.

Jesus, please help me not to grieve the Holy Spirit by being unkind.

"Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God....Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other" (Ephesians 4:30, 32).

Where to Read in the Bible

 

When my husband Daniel was about to begin his third year of medical school, we knew he would have to be on call at night, sometimes leaving me alone as often as every third night. I was terrified to stay alone. We began praying that I would not be afraid those nights he had to stay at the med center.

The first night Daniel was on call, I happened to open to Proverbs and read, "When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet" (3:24 KJV). That verse proved to be absolutely true. When I would lie down, I was not afraid. One night I heard a noise outside, and, remembering (and believing) my verse, I hurriedly hopped in bed. Sure enough, I was not afraid and went right to sleep.

Sometimes God does speak to us like that, but a better habit is to read according to a routine and expect the Lord to give us what we need in that passage. One day I was desiring God's blessing in a certain situation and wondered if I should fast breakfast and lunch. I knew the Spirit would lead me. In morning devotions our daughter read Psalm 37, and I took the phrase "Wait on the Lord" as my answer. I would fast to tell the Lord I was waiting on Him.

The next morning I opened to Isaiah thinking, I really haven't been getting much out of these chapters. I was tempted to skip to another book but stuck to reading Isaiah. When I came to 25:9, I knew God had this special promise there for me that day: "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation."

Jesus, thank You for seeing commitment to the routine as faithfulness and responding to it.  

"Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15).

The Secret to Deep Contentment

Joe Smalley, director of Athletes in Action in Europe, developed a brain tumor and faced suffering, pain, and death.

During his illness, he said, "I have come to see that this is God's plan for me. It is not His punishment; it is His beautiful plan for me. A difficult one, but a good one. I have even come to praise Him for it. This may seem difficult for some people to understand. People say, 'What about your children?' How sad for my children, but they are God's children first and foremost. God cares for His children."

On Sunday, March 7, 1999, Joe Smalley went home to be with the Lord. Shortly before he passed away, several people, upon entering the room, saw bright light surrounding him.

Mary met the announcement that she would be a mother, although unmarried, with true submission: "Behold the handmaiden of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy will" (Luke 1:38 KJV).

Is there any point of contention in your life with God's will? Any area in which you can't gladly say, "Be it unto me according to thy will?"

If so, it is costing you the peace of God.

Jesus, help me to accept with deep contentment whatever You allow.

"Acquaint now yourself with Him [agree with God and show yourself to be conformed to His will] and be at peace" (Job 22:21 Amp.).

Don't Buy That Book

 

Our psychiatrist friend shared that for a while he went through a period of deep depression. One day he prayed, "God, You are all I've got. Show me You love me."

Soon after his prayer, his wife and son went out of town. He went to a bookstore to get a book on world-class soccer. As he walked through the store, he noticed a lot of pornography.

The thought came to him, This is the best chance I'll have. It's a weekday and no one else is in here. He began glancing through Playboy and Penthouse and picked them up to buy. When he did, he heard, "You can't do this." Surprised, he put them down.

Then he reconsidered. "I really wanted those magazines," he admitted. He again picked them up and again heard clearly and so forcibly it was almost frightening, "You cannot do this."

Reluctantly, he put them down, paid for his book, and left the bookstore.

He had walked only a few feet outside when someone called to him. It was a patient he had been treating for pornography. Our friend greeted him and the patient asked what he had bought. With unspeakable relief, he showed him the book on world-class soccer! At that moment, he knew God, in His love, had delivered him from a potentially embarrassing and harmful situation!

Dear Jesus, thank You for the creative and practical ways You express Your love.

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him" (Psalm 103:13).

 

She Did It Just for Jesus

 

A lady in our Bible study had considered the verse, "As ye have done it unto the least of these, ye have done it unto me," and began to consider the possibilities of ministering to children in her neighborhood. She previously had resented having the rowdy kids in. "I felt in control when they weren't there." But she decided to change her attitude and treat them with love for Jesus. 

Shortly after this decision, a boy knocked at her door at lunchtime. Earlier she would have told him he could sit on the porch and wait 'til her boys finished eating. Instead she invited him in and asked him if he had had lunch. He had, and she was thankful for that.

"Would you like something to drink, Johnny?"

"Oh, I'd love a glass of chocolate milk," he said, noticing what her boys were drinking.

She reached for the milk carton and drained the last of her milk into his glass. "Oh, no," she groaned to herself, "I'll have to go to the store before dinner. But that's okay, I'm doing this for Jesus."

The boys went on out to play, but in a few minutes Phillip was back with an unopened carton of milk in his hand. She said that in her mind she could just see the carton of milk come zooming down from the sky, but she said, "Phillip, where did you get that?"

Phillip replied, "Our neighbor came out and said, 'Phillip, I think your mother needs this. We're getting ready to go on vacation so we can't use it. Would you give it to her?'"

What an incredible response to her doing it, "Just for you, Jesus."

Jesus, I praise You, because I can never out-give You.

"God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them" (Hebrews 6:10).

Mother's Huge Promotion

 

One August my mother's chemotherapy failed to control her ovarian cancer, and we knew we were looking at the beginning of the end of her life on earth. She had stayed with us off and on during that year, but now she would be in our care continually.

Mother had seen me talking privately with her doctor that day in August, and when we left his office, she asked in a straightforward manner, "What did the doctor say? Don't keep anything back from me."

I didn't know how to break the news gently, so I simply stated, "He said you only have weeks to live."

I needn't have worried. Mother was ready for the news. She began to rejoice. "Oh, I'll soon get to see Jesus! I'll get to see my other loved ones!"

If you or someone in your family has received a huge promotion, then maybe you can understand the jubilant feeling we had when anticipating her soon-arrival in heaven. The sense of celebration was unmistakable. We rode down Rainbow Boulevard (the actual name of the street) crying for joy.

Her race was almost finished, and victory was in sight!
On January 5, 1992, she saw Jesus face to face!

Jesus, I praise You for the glorious hope we have as we anticipate leaving all the sorrows and pain behind and seeing You, the King of glory!

"No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).