NOTE FROM LISA
Wow! As I started to put this issue of hopenotes together I was surprised
at how much stuff I had to share with you. Please don't feel you have
to read this newsletter all at once. Just save it and come back later.
than anything I want to thank you for your prayers and continue to ask
you for many prayers to cover Rest Ministries. The last few months have
held so many challenges for what seems like nearly everyone who is a
part of the volunter leadership of Rest Ministries. . .
health crises, the health of their children, being forced for financial
reasons to sell their home. I know some of you who receive this newsletter
have written to me about being abandonned by your families, by your
church body, and even going through divorce.
And I recently
asked for special prayers as I went out to speak at a couple of churches.
My body has been in a great deal of pain and as you know so well, after
a year or two of it wearing you down it can be hard to stay uplifted.
I made up little cards (they
are posted here if you want to print them out) that have scripture
on one side and the word NEVERTHELESS on the other. [My presentation
will soon be on available on CD if you're curious about the message
content, but you can likely tell the gist of it.].
a stack of my cards were in the garage where I had unloaded my boxes
from when I spoke and my 3-year-old son picked them up today (okay,
they were on the garage floor.) He said, "CARDS!" and lit
up. I said, "sure, you can play with those." I walked by a
minute later and he had them all spread out on the floor and was singing
"Jesus Loves Me." He's just caught on to this song, but this
was the first time I'd heard him start singing it on his own and continue
for the whole song.
55:11 says, "so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will
not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve
the purpose for which I sent it."
up at me and said, "cards, singing!" And I said "yes,
that's scripture! They do tell you Jesus loves you."
no shortage of colorful cards sitting around with Thomas the Train and
Wiggles and Winnie the Pooh, but these plain little cards that simply
had scripture intrigued him for ten minutes while he sorted them and
never understand God's reasoning for what we must endure here on earth.
But the Bible says we just need the faith of a child-- even that of
my child, who has been raised on excitement, colors, and glitter of
our world, and yet can know without a doubt that Scripture most worthy
of our time and "yes, Jesus loves us."
Founder, Director Rest Ministries
Editor, hopekeepers Magazine
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