Go Fish Ministries, Inc. News Letter Jan.1, 2011
Sis. Kimberly Hartfield, B.S. M.S. Christian Counselor Contact or unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org
Well it’s January and the New Year is here! I hope every one had a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s Day! My family had a good Christmas with the help of a few who gave of what they had and God’s graces on my shopping expeditions and wallet! I did most of my Christmas shopping at Hudson’s, Hudson’s Dirt Cheap, and the Salvation Army, along with a few Garage Sales and God has blessed us tremendously! I found Joey a bike at a garage sale for $10, Selah one at the Salvation Army for $20, and lastly me one at Wal-Mart on clearance sale for $40. Now we each have a bicycle to help us in our efforts to be healthy and the kids have both learned to ride a bike in just a few days! We are now riding together several times a week. I don’t know about ya’ll but after the holidays, I need the exercise.
My winter garden is doing well and I have a good many greens growing now. Over Christmas, I found a book on MS gardening, which is just what I needed to give me more specifics about this area. It has certainly filled in some of the gaps in my gardening knowledge. I’m not spending as much time on it now that it’s winter, but on the warmer days I still do a little in the garden. I don’t ever want to be without one again, though it’s not quite sustaining us yet. I’m working on it, though. Now if I could just get some chickens going again without the dogs killing them! I’ll try that in the spring, after I build the fences a little higher. They did well last year till they could fly out of the fence and the dogs picked ‘em off one by one. I’m learning what works and what don’t – the hard way. Sasha, my husky, just doesn’t do well with cats and chickens, but I love her anyway, though.
Speaking of “loving anyway”, I’m learning how to love quite a few people anyway, not just loving them if they do what I think they should. Several of my children are rebelling against God and me too at present. I pray for them often, but I’m leaning on faith, not sight. My daughter Sunny, who is now an atheist brought home her husband-to-be for Christmas and I was sorely disappointed as he turned out to not only be an unbeliever but a God hater as well. He was the most disrespectful and rude person I have ever met and he had my Mother, who they were staying with, so upset that she said they were never welcome at her house again. I don’t blame her the least bit because he was unbearably disrespectful.
I was searching the scriptures after they left for home in answer to my dilemma over what to do in this situation. I love my daughter, but this young man is more than I can bear. Matt. 7:6 says Don’t give anything set aside for a holy purpose to those who fight against God, nor give your valuables to them, or they won’t appreciate it, and they’ll turn around and resent you for it. I had spent several days cooking and cleaning to prepare for my family’s Christmas dinner, and needless to say, my time and efforts were not appreciated by some of them. I sacrificed things Selah, Joey, and myself needed to have enough to buy all the fixings for Christmas Dinner, and not even that was much appreciated. I’ll think twice before doing it again next year. I see why Jesus said “go into the highways and byways and invite all who will come and not one of them will taste my dinner!” God must get awfully tired of doing things for those who don’t appreciate anything! I totally understand now!
In any case, we need to understand the difference between someone who is simply an unbeliever, and those who actively fight against God. We are to be examples to unbelievers in every way we can, but some people are so against God, that they don’t even see the good you do, and you just can’t reach them. The Bible teaches that we are to leave those kinds of people alone and have nothing to do with them. II Corinthians 6:11-18 gives us some input on this subject as well. Even though it’s speaking of marriage, I believe it applies to other relationships as well.
Have Hearts filled with Love and Separate from the Ungodly
You Corinthians, we speak clearly to you, and our hearts are filled with love for you. You aren’t kept from loving by us, but you’re kept from loving in your own souls. Now return our love to us, (I speak as to my children,) be heart-filled also. And don’t come together with unbelievers, to be married unmatched, because what can goodness have to do with ungodliness? And how can light blend with darkness? And what agreement has Christ made with Satan? Or what does one who believes have to do with an unbeliever? And how can God’s place of worship be filled with the worship of other things? And it’s your own innermost soul, which is the place of worship of the living God; as God has said, “I’ll live in them, and be active in them; and I’ll be their God, and they’ll be my people. So come out from among the ungodly people, and separate yourselves from them, says Yahweh God, and don’t touch anything that’s evil; and I’ll accept you, and I’ll be like a parent to you, and care for you as my sons and daughters, says the Almighty Yahweh God.”
So needless to say, I have told Sunny I never want to have anything to do with him again and though this is likely to hurt my relationship with my daughter as well, I have to do what God’s word says. I pray that she will wake up and realize what kind of person he truly is before she marries him later this year. Though she is an unbeliever, she has not been outwardly antagonistic toward God, nor Christians, while he, on the other hand, is toward both. He was a very bad influence on Selah and Joey and encouraged them to disrespect both my mother and myself. All my sons greatly dislike him as well for his attitude, so I know that it’s not just me who sees him this way. I had truly hoped that he was a nice young man who would be good for Sunny, and now, I don’t even feel I can or want to go to their wedding. Maybe this seems harsh to some, but I cannot agree to watch my daughter marry someone, who walked through Books-a- Million pointing at all the Christian books and Bibles he saw and called them “sh_t. He embarrassed me to no end, and I was ashamed to even be walking with him. It was not the fact that he’s not a Christian, but it was the fact that he was outwardly rude and disrespectful of all authority and God. He was clearly and enemy of God, and as such I can have nothing to do with him.
I hate it, because this means Selah will not be in her sister’s wedding and that I will not attend it either, which I had looked forward to up to this point. I hope Sunny will see the light before it’s too late, but if not, I pray that God will keep her in His hand and bring her back to the fold someday, as she was a strong believer at one time. This is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. I pray that I make the right one. Pray for our whole family, that relationships be healed and hearts be mended. I know it is God’s will for us to be a whole family. Pray for repentance, reconciliation, and forgiveness in each of our hearts. Me and my family are far from perfect and that I believe is why God will use us, because His grace be will shown in our weakness. My faith is not in our ability to fix things, but in God’s ability to work all things together for good to us who are called according to His plan.
I have just finished the paraphrase of the Torah (the five books of Moses) and have included the links if anyone wants to take a look at them. Comments and suggestions are always appreciated, if it’s constructive criticism and not just discouragement. My computer is giving me fits now, and I really need a new one. If any one has an old one or spare parts of one that can be refurbished, I would really appreciate it. A desk top would be good or a lap top. In any case, pray that if it’s God’s will that I finish this paraphrase, that He will provide the means. I feel as though I’ve completed a great portion of what God has called me to do, but I believe it is still unfinished. But I trust that God will allow me to finish what I’ve started for His Name’s sake, Yahweh God, the I Am that I Am.
- The Christian Christmas Song (gofishministries.wordpress.com)