Home Sweet Home!
Most of us have a place to shelter, a roof over our head. For some that I work with, the assumption is not so. God provides but it is our responsibility to accept His provision. For some that I work with, this is very difficult.
Pricilla and I are very grateful for the home God has provided. I recently thought about this when Priscilla’s sister from Oklahoma visited us. She made the outside of our home beautiful with some much needed landscaping. Jesus said that even more important than the outside is what’s going on inside our life. As long as we follow God’s path the inside is blessed day by day.
Sadly, for some I work with, they want to achieve some appearance of outward beauty, but have real struggles following the path God explains in His Word toward a better life in one’s heart.
We want to be an encouragement to those in our path, who are struggling. Some of the struggles for these individuals are part of life. But some are due to decisions they have made contrary to God’s direction for their life. Pray that we are patient and passionate. Pray that we point these folks in the right direction, but restrain from doing the hard and necessary work that they must accept to move forward in their lives.
Your prayers are important. You may not know the names and detailed circumstances. But God knows your heart as you pray for those we work with.
We are working with several who are struggling with dependence on others to meet their needs. What we all need to be reminded is that unless our dependence is on God, all help from others will fall flat. We are working with a couple that have had to file bankruptcy, a man who is short sighted and not choosing a long term path that is available immediately to him, which would be difficult but solve his short term crisis. Not a quick fix (which he is looking for) but a sustained fix. We are also working with a young man who is facing homelessness by May 19th. We are working with others who are on the right path but are facing very difficult challenges.
On a more personal note, pray for Priscilla and I as we travel to Michigan to visit our grandkids, and other family members. We really enjoying visiting Priscilla’s dad, who is 88 and getting along well at home. “You’ve got to keep moving”, he says. What great advise!
The kind of one-on-one work we do is very time intense. This is made possible with your financial commitment. Thank you.