Happy New Year!

January 4, 2009 at 11:16 am (Uncategorized)

This is adapted from an email I sent to some ministry colleagues this week:

I hope you are doing well.  This past year held some trying times for many of my friends, but I am sure that if you reflect carefully, you will see God’s faithfulness over and over.  For every day you felt you were alone, He was there.  For every time you didn’t have the money to cover an expense, He provided.  For every person who criticized you, He sent a friend to encourage you.  For every day you felt weak, He carried you.  And guess what!  You made it, you survived, you overcame.  The year ended and  you are still standing!

For me personally, 2008 was one of the worst years I can remember in many ways, but my trials were no greater than the ones that some of you faced.  Sometimes it seems that the rough times were so bad, that we forget the good ones, but there were also wonderful times along the way.  This past year, I lost the job I had worked for 7 years, I turned 50 years old, my tenth grandchild was born, and I returned to full-time ministry.  Still, I am excited about what the coming year holds, because I am looking forward in faith and determined to follow Jesus at any cost.  I have found such comfort and strength in several places this past year that I believe will help in the year to come:

1) The Word – Psalm 119:28 reads, “My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”  My old, worn out, tattered Bible is my favorite.  I often open the torn pages and find a breath of life when I’m feeling low.  It’s amazing to me how this Living Word can reach me exactly where I am at the moment.

2) His Presence – I know I don’t have to tell you this, but being in ministry does not always mean that you’re always on top of your game.  We often need to follow Jesus’ example and get alone in a quiet place where we have intimate communion with Him.  An awareness of His presence changes everything.

3) Obedience – This may not have been on my list any other year, but this year I have found peace in knowing I am following the path that God has laid out for me.  I have to remember that I can’t change a person’s life; that’s the Lord’s job.  So, even if I don’t understand it, I can say, “the LORD has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”  When I don’t like the way my day is going, I can say, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:23,24) 

4) My family – Even though I love being a part of the ministry through my church and through Truth Ministry, my primary ministry is found in my home.  In the Moore household, ministry goes both ways.  I give and receive ministry there.  Whether it’s one of the grandchildren running up saying, “Papa, you’re home!  I missed you!” as if I had been gone for a week, or one of my children refilling my glass at dinner, or an intimate evening out with Judy, I am sustained by the family God gave me.  They minister to me in ways that no one else can. 

I pray that in the coming year you will be strengthened and encouraged.  Please know that you you have friends who are praying for you and available for you.  I believe that we should look at 2009 as a year of great possibilities!  We will be called to declare the truth of God’s redemptive love during this year to individuals, and maybe even to communities, that need to hear that message of grace.  We may be challenged to learn to do things in a different way than usual.  Let’s be quick to hear, slow to speak, and always ready to minister the love of Jesus.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Hebrews 6:9

Happy New Year!

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Beware of SUDs!

January 18, 2008 at 7:26 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

If this is truly a year of significance, this has been a week of wonder!  I started out hearing God speak to me in ways that I thought were generalities only to find out quickly that He was being quite specific.  His ways are not as our ways, nor His thoughts as our thoughts.  One of the things that I heard through my pastor was “You will have choices to make in the days ahead that have the potential to change the landscape of your life forever.” 

SUDSYeah, yeah.  It seemed to me that you could say that to anyone on any given day and it could apply.  And it’s true – unless God is trying to get your attention.  I was reminded today of something that I have taught for the past few years.  Beware of SUDs.  I don’t remember where I first heard that SUDs stands for Seemingly Unimportantly Decisions.  Like the other suds, we can easily slip up on these. 

 I am reminded that every decision is important.  Especially now as I am looking forward with great expectatancy to where God will lead from here.  Our Cleansing Stream Ministry theme verse is especially meaningful this week.  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord.

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