Thursday, Janurary 26, 2012
Rest In Me
The Lord wants us to stop to rest in Him. We had so much happening, I neglected to rest. To not stop when He tells you to is disobedience. Why do we not obey, but only “half” obey? James Pollard taught a very good Bible study on obedience last Thursday night. Not obeying is disobedience. Even in little things, He teaches us total trust in Him when we obey…but how many times do we say, “as soon as I have time”? Then one thing adds onto another and there is no time left. Rest seems to be an important lesson. I’ve talked to others about rest and here is what we do, “I’ll rest in a little while, as soon as I’m finished with this or that.” One thing after another keeps us from obeying Him when it comes to rest. One woman told me she has trouble resting because if someone sees her sitting down, they think she’s lazy…you always have to keep busy! Then, if she does take a moment to rest, she feels guilty. Is work ever going to be finished? I don’t believe it will until Jesus returns. So, trust Him, take your rest, and see Him work. When I was in the hospitals and rehab centers, the Lord led me again to a place I visited a lot early on after my first healing. It was my resting place. I’ll try to describe it as well as I can. There was a stream running through a grassy incline with trees overhanging the quiet place, cool breeze flowing, and the light just filtering through. I would concentrate on Jesus, and such a peace would come. I had the same peace and calm while in hospitals in spite of what was happening. I won’t lose that again! Find your place and visit it often. It puts new life and strength in you. May the Lord bless you with His perfect peace. He is more capable of handling the problems than we are. Trust Him and obey.
In His Love,
Bill and Delores
Thursday, January 12, 2012
New Year 2012
We have once again come to the end of a year. And what a year it has been!
First of all, I want to thank the Lord for bringing us through. How does anyone live without Him? We must be better witnesses! We cannot thank Him and praise Him enough every day!
I want to thank those of you who know what happened to me and continued to support us financially as well as in prayer. To those of you who never got the word of my illness... It was a strange and bewildering time for us. We stayed the night in Pineville after holding a service. During the wee hours of the morning, I woke up in excruciating pain. I got out of bed, collapsing to the floor when my legs refused to hold me up. I was rushed to the hospital. After a week’s stay, I was transported by ambulance to my home where Steve and Sharon Bramham, from Georgia, took care of me for about six weeks. Remaining incapacitated that entire time led to the beginning of a long process of different hospitals and back surgery. Much of the time I was unaware of even where I was. People were with me even though I didn’t know they were there.
They didn’t know what was wrong. The fusions had not broken, yet the pain was terrible. A doctor friend told me he knew it was my back, and he wanted to bring in an orthopedic specialist. I dreaded another back surgery. Several weeks later, I asked Bill when the surgery would be. He told me I had been out of it…I had already had the surgery, but didn’t know it! Goodness of God! Then I went into a code blue. Two doctors were with me. I could hear them, but could not see them…but we had another “Man” in the room. I could see He was Jesus. I thought He came to take me home. One doctor said, “Let’s let her go.” The other said, “No.” Then Jesus turned and left the room; I knew I had to stay. I went through the whole thing in peace and calm. All, the goodness of God. I am recovering now, mainly using a cane and with the help of physical therapy. I am still serving the Lord and will continue to do so.
In the midst of this, our beloved President of the Board, Ed Hughes, died. Keep his wife, Maxine, in prayer. She’s doing well, but it was a shock.
Now, thank you again. I pray this next year will be a Blessing to you and yours. Stay close to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit have His way with you. Look on the webpage after the New Year holiday. We will be focusing on staying strong in the Lord!
Bill and Delores
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Update and Thank You
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” 1 Peter 4:12-14
Dear Friends, it is good to be able to write to you again. It has been a long time and quite an ordeal. First of all, I want to thank you for your prayers for me, Bill, my family and staff.
A long with my ordeal we had to say good-bye to Ed Hudges who was President of the Board for 18 years. He passed last month. Although we knew he wasn't well, it was a shock. Maxine is doing well, but please pray for her and their two daughters who extremely helpful through this time. It is so wonderful that we can enter into an eternal blood covenant with Jesus. We know Ed is now in paradise with Father God and Jesus. This is a time for celebration!
In other news, we have a good God. He guided my family through five months of hospitals and rehabilitation centers. I am so thankful for Chris and Andrea, Doug and Ann, Mike and Jan, Jeanie Hefner and Steve and Sharon Bramham. Their help has been tremendous, and the experiences during the ordeal have been insightful. I am so thankful for the peace and calm that surrounded me the entire time.
Today, I am still learning to trust the Lord because there are always new ways to trust. He has promised to protect us and keep us safe. We must simply us our authority and ask for protection. I ask each one of you to keep me in your prayers. I need specific instructions from the Lord. I am alive today because I still have a purpose to fulfill, but I am unsure of this purpose.
“for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.” 1 John 5:4-9
Again, I cannot begin to acknowledge all of the people who helped us.