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Monday, November 28, 2016

Tell me A True Story Blog Party week 11/28/16


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Counseling   (A true Story from my Book "Rescue the Stories # Three)

 
I heard the frantic cry of my husband, “Hazel, Please come in here quick,” was his plea. 
I'm Listening

We were assisting a small church in their Christian Educational department, but my husband was often asked to perform other duties. 
 

On this day, a distressed woman had asked for counsel as she was having a problem coping with her distraught husband.  The gentleman had recently suffered the loss of one of his arms, and feeling that he was less of a man, he ending up by pushing her away. 
 

Arriving to answer my husband’s call of concern, I entered the office to find the woman dressed provocatively in mini shorts, a deep cut blouse and heavy make up. 
 

One important thing they teach you in any Bible School is to protect yourself against gossip or suspicion that could end in slander.  Here was a typical example in full view.
 

Ministers should be careful if at all possible not to council the opposite sex with the door shut, and if available to invite their mate, or another person to sit in on the session. 
 

Sobbing, the woman poured out her story, and it was extremely evident that she did not actually want direction and guidance.  She was searching for someone to agree with her and comfort her in her decision to leave her husband. 
 

A few months later, we saw her again, and this time she informed us that she was happily engaged to be married to a fine gentleman.  We offered our congratulations.  What else could we say? 
 

I am reminded of the wedding vows, so easily forgotten by some, in times of illness, accidents, or even when angry, “Forsaking all others; until death do us part.”  
 

Many times, the grass on the other side of the fence that appears so inviting will soon surprise you, because it has been sprayed with weed killer, and will quickly wither and dry up.   
 

Not all exchanges are for the better.    

Only one is; The great exchange.  This is when you give Jesus your old life and you receive HIS everlasting life to live inside your heart.  

When it comes to counseling, for myself, I have discovered long ago, that a little talk with your best friend, Jesus is safe, and He does not pass on to others, what you have shared with Him.  

 
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Monday, November 21, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Blog Party week of 11/21/16


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Good Grief !! 
 
Tears flowed down my face when I received the telephone call from my mother and she informed me that my father had passed away from his long illness. 

Although I knew he was in heaven, it did not stop me from grasping the fact that I would not be able to visit and speak to him any longer, here on this earth. 

My husband, Robert told me, “Hazel, those tears are because you are ‘feeling sorry for yourself,’ and they are not tears of grief.”  You must change your thinking.”  Robert continued with some other words of wisdom that caused me to consider what he had said.   

How often do we enjoy a good “pity party, and get pleasure from feeling sorry for our-self,” and we call it grief for what ever reason.   

Honestly I have seen some people weep and wail more over one of their animals who died then they did when one of their own family members passed on. 

There is a time to weep, according to the Bible, and a time to rejoice.  Our grief time is sadness usually because we will miss the person here on earth.  

God does not want us to STAY in the mode of grieving; for how long, I can’t say, but it should be temporary.  A short time to grieve is okay, but then there comes a time to wipe away the tears.   

There are moments to remember the person for who they were to us and the memories of happy times together.  

Even if there were sad times, those can even yet be forgiven whether the person is with us or not.  Speaking out the words “I forgive you,” is healing. 

If the person was Hell bound, then we should really grieve.  Then do what we can to give and live the gospel to those who are still with us.  The rich man in hell wanted someone to warn his brothers to repent and come to God, because he knew Hell was real.  His was true grief. 

As we live here on earth, may we do our part to show others who a Christian is, by our example and by reaching out to others with kindness and encouraging words. 

When it is our time to cross that river between earth and heaven, may our friends and loved ones, grieve for a few moments, and then rejoice with us that we are with Jesus. 

Isaiah 53:3  He was despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Blog Party week of 11/14/16


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Commitment

Our friends from our Bible School had telephoned us and begged us to come help them in their new church that they had started in Texas.  A group of family and friends were their core group but they wanted another couple to assist them in their ministry.  Possibly take Wednesday night services and set up a Sunday School program, and give a helping hand in their work. 

I was so excited.  These were our dear intercessory prayer partners that we had spent so many joyful hours with, while we attended the Bible Training Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  I was anxious to join with them in their ministry.  “Let’s do it,” I told Robert. 

BUT – my husband had already “COMMITTED” us to be a part of our local church as Christian Education Directors and to begin a Book store in the church.  He was to be the Associate Pastor and assist when the Pastor was away for a few days. 

My husband had given his word to our local pastor – and that was it.  We could NOT go back on our agreement. 

A wife is bound by Christian love to respect, honor, and follow her husband, so that is what I did.  Casting aside what might have been, we settled down to minister where we were pledged and planted at this time. 

In the Bible there were times when men gave their word, and it was their BOND.  Often it was the cutting of blood to create a “COVENANT.”  

When your word is given it must stand.  There are many times in life when we give our word.  The marriage vows come to mind, but there are other times too.   

Joining a Church with a group of believers is a commitment.  Joining the military, or giving a promise to a cause.  We commit to pay our mortgage, and our car payments, and we sign on the dotted line.

I am reminded when God gave His Word that He would send a deliverer to save us from our sins.  This promise was fulfilled in Jesus.   

At Christmas time, we celebrate that Jesus came to earth to be born of a Virgin.  He grew up to become a man and to minister, working miracles and healing the sick.  He died on a cross for us, and true to His WORD - - - He rose again on the third day. 

After meeting with his friends and believers for forty days, Jesus gave His WORD again.  “I shall return and there you will be with me also.  Wait for the Promise from the Father for the Holy Spirit will Give you Power to be my witnesses in your city – in the surrounding areas, and then into all the world.” 

God is faithful and he always keeps His Committed Word! 

May we ever follow the example of God, and when we make a commitment let us always keep our word.
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Tell me a True Story Blog Party week of 11/07/16



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Lien on Me or Lean on Jesus


 
Our roofing business was being recognized by many of the general contractors who were building apartments and condominiums.  To protect ourselves we hired an attorney to help us put certain language into our contracts to indemnify us.

Our attorney also told us to be sure to place a Lien on each job that we accepted. 

This became my duty to make certain a lien was prepared and applied at the recorders office. 
 

A large job came our way and the work was proceeding.  Our contract had asked for a partial payment at each stage of the job. However the payment did not arrive.  The following day, we did not show up to finish the work.  Their foreman phoned me and said they were ready for us to continue. 
 

I told him, we needed the partial payment before we could return.  He said, they were short of funds and I told him we also were short of funds and we could not purchase the material and pay our men unless they paid us.  He said that he would see what he could do. 
 

Later he called me back and told me I could pick up a check and I told him we will be there and we were.
 

The day came when we should receive our final payment for work completed.  Again there were delays and the word was out that the general contractor was asking all the subs to receive 50 cents on the dollar – take it or leave it.
 

Thankfully we had heeded our attorney’s advice and had placed a lien on the property.
 

When they offered for us to take less, we stated that we had given them a bargain price up front and we intended to be paid in full.
 

A year went by and the property had a buyer, but they could not complete the sale until we were paid and our lien was removed.  Eventually they paid us and we were pleased.
 

Fortunately, during the months of waiting, we had our day to day roofing jobs that kept us afloat and we did not suffer loss. 
 

In life there are times when LIFE is TOUGH, but Jesus tells us to lean on Him and rest.
 

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.
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