Go Fish Ministries, Inc. News Letter July.1, 2011
Well we just celebrated the Fourth of July and had a wonderful holiday. We had our usual celebration on the third at Temple out on the lawn and watched the fireworks and listened to the music. We cooked out and ate watermelon and visited with some neighbors we haven’t seen in a long time. Rocky, Rock, and Jonnie came and it was good. But I was disappointed in the fact that the music was mostly not Christian in nature, but rather secular. A few songs had some patriotic themes and a few had Christian themes, but none were really Christian. Another thing that bothered me is that there was never a call to prayer unless I somehow missed it. This is a time in our country’s life when we need to be praying the most and we didn’t even pray for our country. I’m sure God was a little disappointed in this as well. Maybe we need to rethink our priorities for next year’s celebration and include some songs that might minister to the lost and add an opening and closing prayer just before the fireworks or something. I think it’s the least we can do.
On the Fourth, my family and I went to the coast and played on the beach. We took our kayaks and paddled around the area we were at and swam and caught hermit crabs. We watched more fireworks and ate some more watermelon and then headed home. It was the first time in a long time that I actually had three of my sons together for a day. That was such a blessing to me. I got a chance to talk to Tommy and Rock one on one for a while as we drove and played. Selah and Joey had a great time with us and enjoyed having some time with their daddy. Jonnie had stayed home to visit with friends for the day and Merry is still in North Carolina with her older sisters and I pray she is having a good time and doing well. God has truly blessed me with an abundance of children and unfortunately with them comes an abundance of worry. But it does make me more faithful to pray, so I guess that is a blessing, too.
I was blessed this month in so many ways I can’t begin to remember everything God has done. God is really teaching me to be faithful with my tithes, even when it’s just a few cents. Every Sunday, I try to give what I can and sometimes I’m embarrassed when the people next to me have large checks to contribute while I put in a handful of change, but God is so faithful and blesses whatever I give in great ways. I give $1.00, God gives back $10 somewhere else. Or I give .50 and God gives me 5 bags of squash. It’s not always monetary blessings but it’s usually something we want or need. I gave my few cents last week and I ran across a stainless steel gas grill this week that someone had put out on the side of the road for the trash. I gutted it and it made a great wood burning BQ Grill out of it and it works just fine for me.
I sold two of my puppies this month and had one left and I had just about decided to keep her when the strangest thing happened. I read an ad in the paper for baby chicks and I scraped up enough to go buy 5 of them. But as I was getting ready to go get them, I felt in my Spirit that I needed to bring the puppy with me for some reason. I almost didn’t do it, but at the last minute thought about her needing a flea collar, so I loaded her up in her little portable kennel and brought her with me. On the way I stopped and bought her the flea collar she needed but I didn’t have a knife to cut it with so I decided to ask the man with the chickens if he had a knife to cut it with so I could go ahead and put it on her. He and his kids all gathered around and fell in love with that puppy. I told him I had been trying to sell her but hadn’t been able to, so he asked me how much I was trying to get for her. I told him $150. He said he’d love to get her, but that was out of his reach.
I thought about it for a minute and told him I’d trade her for 25 chickens. He said he would and we made the barter. This was a nice Christian family that wanted a puppy and I needed the chickens. If I hadn’t listened to the Holy Spirit’s direction, neither of us would have gotten what we needed. I’m trying to learn to listen more carefully when I feel something in my spirit, and God gives me guidance in the most unexpected ways sometimes. We need to all learn to discern the Spirit and listen, even when it seems odd or seems as if it’s just something we thought of ourselves. Sometimes it’s God that puts those thoughts there to get His purpose done. Just make sure what you hear lines up with what the Word of God says, and you can’t go wrong. God is so good and knows what we need even when we ourselves don’t. He speaks to us, if we’ll but listen!
The Last Fourth of July?
It’s our country’s birthday, the Fourth of July
And I’m watching a million fireflies in the sky
A thousand people or so out on the church lawn
Celebrating the times that are now all but gone
Freedom to speak, to believe, and to pray
But how long will we these last passed today?
Times are changing and I don’t like what I see
Without God’s grace, how can be free?
Tonight we’ve forgotten a call to prayer
Not one Christian hymn was in our music fare
Yet our country is dying before our eyes
So why should it be such a great surprise?
God’s Word calls all Christians to humility
To pray for grace, not trust our own ability
Yet we are arrogant, proud, and sinful
And God’s wrath will be very vengeful
Unless, we, the people, get on our knees and pray
And humble our hearts for God’s will to obey
Our country is lost to us though we don’t know it yet
And the country that forgets God, God will also forget
- The Last Fourth of July (gofishministries.wordpress.com)