Go Fish Ministries, Inc. News Letter Aug.1, 2011
Jesus said: Follow me and I will make you fishers for the souls of others. Matthew 4:19
August is here! Where did the summer go? I’m not real sure but it’s been busy. Rocky and I and the kids all went back to the Choctaw Indian Fair in Philadelphia, MS. and had a great time again this year. We got to hear Leanne Rimes this year. (I hope I spelled that right.) She was great. We got rained out the first night but the second night was all clear and we really enjoyed ourselves. We camped at Turkey Creek campgrounds in the primitive area for just $10 a night. You can’t beat that and it’s a beautiful campground. The Lake had a great swimming area for the kids and a good fishing area for the guys. My favorite thing was the water lilies, which I had never smelled before. Rocky actually got some roots for me and brought them home to surprise me. I’ve got them in my fish pond, so I hope they make it. That was so sweet. This was my birthday present this year. I just turned 47 and am feeling really old and tired this year. But all is good and God is great!
Rocky and I will be celebrating 30 years of marriage on August 14th, this year. It’s been a very rough road, but God has been faithful during all those years. Though Rocky and I are still not living together, our love for each other has not failed completely. We still have wonderful moments together that we cherish and we have eight beautiful children as a result of some of those moments. There are plenty of times when in our humanity we might have given up on each other, but God in His goodness refused to let that happen. Things may not be perfect, but they can’t be this side of heaven any way. So I trust in God’s goodness and grace to help us find a way to heal all the breaches in our marriage and pray that in time, we might be reconciled. Please keep us in your prayers.
Well my chicken experiment has not gone well. The cages are working great against the dogs, as they have not got one chicken this year. But what took me off guard is how the rain got in during these summer storms. I lost several chickens due to the rainy weather. I had the cages covered and cubbies inside them to get into but the rain still got them too wet. Well I’ve learned a lot and am trying to save what I have left by making the cages more water tight, but it’s not going well and the rain hasn’t stopped yet. Pray the God will help me learn what’s necessary to keep them healthy and to find the means to build a better chicken house. I’m trying everything I can with what I’ve got, but it’s just not cutting it.
On a more positive note, I’ve been working on my paraphrases of all the minor prophets and have gotten such a blessing out of this study. I’ve now completed Daniel, Amos, Esther, Ruth, Habakkuk, Haggai, Hosea, Joel, Jonah, Micah, and Obadiah, along with the Torah. I still have much work to do and covet your prayers as I humbly attempt this work which I believe God has called me to do. One of the main reasons I felt led to do this was the fact that most, if not all of the newer versions of the Bible are all copyrighted, which can potentially hinder the great commission. You can’t copy more than a few verses without having to get special permission to use them. Not to mention the fact that someone’s making money off the Word of God. My version, as humble as it may be, will not be copyrighted and may be copied and used freely without charge, as God said in the Word, “Freely you have been given, so freely give.” I believe this verse was a specific word from God to me about this work when I first began it, that is, that God would not allow me to copyright it and limit its use, and not charge a fee of any kind for it. I do ask for donations to those who download it, but have gotten none as of yet, but that doesn’t matter, and the work must go on.
I believe that God holds the copyright on His Word and no one has the right to limit its use and spread to reach the world for Christ. I hope mine reaches the whole world eventually. But even if it just reaches one that otherwise might not have found God, this work will have all been worth it. Pray for me as I try to complete the work that God has given me. And pray that our needs will be met, until such time as God allows me to find suitable work. I’ve not heard back from any of those jobs I applied for recently, so unless something happens in the near future, I think God is still telling me no, don’t work outside the home for now. Even though I don’t really understand why it has to be this way, I trust God for His will to be accomplished in my life. As the great preacher Habakkuk once said, But even if the fig tree doesn’t grow, and no fruit is on the vines, the making of the olive fails, and the fields make no food, the flocks die from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls, I’ll still celebrate in Yahweh. I’ll be happy in the God who saves me! Yahweh God is my strength. God makes my feet as sure as a deer’s, and makes me go safely through rough places… 3[17-20]
Even so, we did get a few figs off the tree this year, and the blueberries and grapes were bountiful, too. No plums though. I’ve just built two more cold frames for my garden, and God help me, I’ve worked hard to make something grow in it. But until the recent rain which is great for the garden and not so great for the chickens, it wasn’t doing much. Now I hope to have a fall harvest, but God’s going to have to help me out to make that happen. I pray that I am worthy of God’s help, as like all of us at times, my sins are great, but not greater than God’s love, not more powerful than God’s hand to save! Well, that’s all for now, so God bless to all and go fish for Jesus!