April 2011 Newsletter

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Go Fish Ministries, Inc.  News Letter   Apr.1, 2011

Jesus said: Follow me and I will make you fishers for the souls of others.  Matthew 4:19

Sis. Kimberly Hartfield, B.S. M.S. Christian Counselor                   Contact or unsubscribe: gofishbooks@gmail.com

Counselors’ Corner

Well April is already here and I’m in North Carolina, very unexpectedly.  Rose called me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I could come and help with baby Evie while she transitioned back to work.  Of course I said yes, so here I am!  I went to walk with Evie today while Rose was in a meeting at Duke and got to see the magnificent Duke chapel.  It was absolutely awesome!  It might as well have been the Sistine Chapel to me, as I have never seen anything like it before.  I walked around and looked at some beautiful metallic artwork of the stations of the cross and the stained glass windows above them were beautiful as well.  The architectural design of the building was absolutely amazing.  This was an opportunity of a lifetime for me.  How often does a Mississippi girl get to see the Duke chapel!  I was thrilled.

Baby Evie is doing well and has gained up to about 8 and a half pounds now.  She’s just beginning to round out a little and get some baby fat on her.  She’s so beautiful!  She likes me to walk her around town and campus in her stroller while Rose is at work.  She mostly sleeps, but I get to walk and get some exercise.  I made her a couple of little dresses since I’ve been here, but I’m a bit out of practice and made them a bit small. Needless to say I’m making another one a little bigger.  She’s growing so fast.  We also took her to get her first pictures made the other day, so I should have some to bring home with me.  I didn’t think I was going to get to see her for a long time so this was so unexpected.  God is so good and allowed me this opportunity to see my daughter and granddaughter.  And I’m loving it.

I left my garden back in Mississippi in pretty good shape so I hope it’ll be producing something when I get back.  I mulched between the rows with news papers and then laid plastic over that to keep moisture in and weeds out hopefully while I’m gone.  Selah and Joey promised me they would water if for me when they come home to check on things.  They’re staying with their daddy while I’m gone and he’s supervising their homeschooling.  I made out their school work schedule for three to four weeks, so hopefully they’ll be on track when I get home.  I miss them terribly, but Evie is taking most of my time up here.  I don’t have time or energy to miss them much, but I do anyway.  I’ve forgotten how hard it is with a new baby until this year when I got two grandbabies in two months!  WOW!  God is so good!

Back in January I told everyone how my computer messed up and quit working and how I needed another one.  Well God answered my prayer and my son Rock was able to get it working again for me and also got the internet working again on it.  God is so good!  Answered prayers remind me of that, even the ones I didn’t pray.  God knew how badly I wanted to see little Evie and I didn’t think there was any way I could.  Well Rose bought me a train ticket and now I’m here.  Rose may have bought the ticket, but this was clearly a gift from God.  All good things are from above!!!!!!!! I don’t remember what verse that is, but how true it is!   God answers our deepest desires, even the ones we don’t even dare to whisper.  I hope I never forget to thank God from the bottom of my heart.  Well, I’ll go for now.  But please pray for me while I’m here, pray for my family here and back home, and my children who are desperately in need of God in their lives.  God bless to all and Go Fish 4 Jesus!

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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