Go Fish Ministries, Inc. News Letter June1, 2012
Jesus said: Follow me and I will make you fishers for others. Matthew 4:19
June is already here and summertime is officially here. I tried to start the summer off great by taking a day trip to the beach on Memorial day. Selah, Joey, and I drove down and got there about 2:00 and stayed till dusk. We had a great time swimming and playing in the ocean waves and built our sandcastles, of course! We met a couple of nice families and had a great day over all. As we drove there and back, we all sang some good old fashioned gospel songs like I’ll fly away, Just a closer walk, and Farther along, which was my daddy’s favorite gospel song. Speaking of Daddy, Father’s day will soon be here, so if you still have your father with you, don’t forget him on that day. Give him a big hug for those of us who no longer have our fathers with us. Templeis showing Courageous on Father’s day evening and having a family cookout, so come and join us!
My son Tommy and his wife Amanda just had their second child, Kody, so Tommy has two children this Father’s day. He finally just got a full time job and is working two part time ones as well. He’s doing all he can to provide for his family, but it’s been stressful to say the least. Their marriage is suffering, and just two weeks after the baby was born, Amanda has decided she wants a Divorce again. She hasn’t had a very good example as her parents were both married and divorced several times each, so I know she thinks divorce is a just normal part of marriage. Please pray that God will open her eyes to see that marriage is a commitment, not a fly by night arrangement. We all love her, but she needs Jesus! Pray for her salvation as well. Nothing will ever be right till she gets that part of her heart right with God.
This period in our lives reminds me of the book of Hosea, who was a prophet told by God to go and marry a prostitute. This book shows how she left several times and how God instructed Hosea to go and get her again. God said this is how His love is toward us, that even when we least deserve it, God seeks us out and brings us back to Him. What great love God has for us! Another verse I like in Isaiah asks, Can a nursing mother forget her child? The Scriptures answer saying, Yes, even these may forget, but I will not forget you. As I have just spent the night bottle feeding formula to little Kody, my heart breaks for him that his mother didn’t love him enough to continue nursing him, but we are assured that God’s love will never forget us, even when those who are supposed to love us the most don’t. Well that’s enough from the evil mother-in-law side of me. Pray for them both and the kids too.
Speaking of bottle feeding, I’ve been bottle feeding a couple of puppies too, whose mama disappeared four days after they were born. The pups are Lab and Aussie mixes. I managed to get Queeny, my little dachshund, to adopt them. She’s been letting them nurse on her some and she has even got milk in now. She hasn’t had any pups in a long time, so I didn’t know if that was even possible, really. But the pups are surviving, though they are small to say the least. They don’t like taking the bottle much, but I don’t think Queeny can produce enough to sustain them long. In any case Queeny and I are tag teaming them and doing our best. I hope the little things make it. They are a little over two weeks old and by three weeks I can start trying to feed them some out of a dish. If they make it that long, we can try and start them on puppy food by about four weeks. I pray that they make it. If any one is interested in adopting one of these little guys let me know. Be prepared to bottle-feed them for another week or so though.
Well this last month has been as good to me as the one before it. I now have six collections of my writings published in books put on kindle through their Kindle Direct Publishing website. My Author profile page at Amazon is located here: https://www.amazon.com/author/kimberlyhartfield I’ve had about 1700 people check out my books to read at this time. But these are not actual sales; it’s more like checking it out from the library. I thought I was supposed to get a cut of a $600, 000 dollar pot, but I apparently didn’t read the fine print carefully enough and I’ll get nothing for all those check-outs because they were on promotion days. It was not made clear in the fine print that the books are removed from the lending libraries on promotion days, so all those check-outs on those days, we get nothing for. But I’ve decided that it’s more important to let people read my works than to get paid for it, so I ultimately decided to leave them up. I have had a few actual sales, though, so maybe I’ll actually get a little something for all the work I’ve been doing for nothing all these years. In the mean time, I’m still the starving writer!
We had a couple of more book sales this month and have managed to pay our basic bills of electricity and water, along with a handful of groceries. Still not enough money coming in to get a phone or any other extravagance like that, but our needs have been met. We had a raffle for a mother’s day basket and gave that away just before mother’s day and made one lady very happy. I plan on doing up a father’s day basket as well. I need some new places to do some of our fund raisers, so if anyone knows of a place we can do one, let me know. We give our Christian books away for any donation to our ministry, so I hope we are benefiting the Christian community, as well as paying the bills, so I can keep my ministry afloat, and help as many as I can. It takes a lot of time and effort to keep the website up and running and reaching out to those in need of our services. I pray that my efforts are not in vain. God’s word says that we shouldn’t muzzle the cow that treads the corn, so I don’t think it’s wrong for me to use the funds we collect to pay our basic expenses, as it helps me to continue working in this ministry. Without electricity I can’t continue my work on the paraphrase or do any writing, which is a vital part of my ministry.
Speaking of my ministry, my website has reached over 43, 000 views now. My best post is the one about Waiting on your Boaz. It has been the most popular one I have ever posted. I didn’t write the original version, but I added a little of my own insights there and people really seem to enjoy that one. I pray that God continues to bless my efforts and that whatever I write will bring glory to God, and wisdom to others. I try to give people a godly and Christian perspective of everything I write about, and try to use Scripture throughout my writings. I pray that even if someone never opens the Word of God, that through my writings, they might catch a glimpse of God’s glory and His love for them.
My garden is producing a few beans now and my tomatoes are just getting some blossoms, now. I hope I’ll have some tomatoes soon. I’ve got a few cucumber and squash blossoms so maybe I’ll have a few of those soon. I got a couple of carrots and beets for the first time this year, which was surprising since I’ve not had much success before. My onions are still growing slowly, but they’re growing. My day lilies and lantanas are blooming, but we desperately need rain. We’ve been picking blueberries, and I just made some blueberry syrup and jam. The fig tree is full of green figs, so I hope to get enough to make a few more jars of preserves this year. We still didn’t get many plums this year and we actually lost a couple of the trees. I got one that still has plums on it, but they look different than usual. This tree has red plums and they are not very big. I wonder if I somehow managed to cross breed my American plums with something else. I’m waiting to see what this one is going to do. I’ve still got a lot to learn I guess, but I hope to eventually be self reliant and not have to depend on groceries stores, which can easily shut down in natural disasters like Katrina. I said before, Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Well that’s all for now. God bless to all and go fish for Jesus!
Notes and Prayer Requests
- Pray for Tommy, who just got a full time job, and is still working the other two part time jobs as well. Pray that he gets back in the police academy this summer.
- Pray for Amanda, who just had their second child, Kody, and is probably going through some kind of post-partum depression.
- Pray for Jonnie to be motivated to go take the ACT soon. He has been taking some practice tests, so I think maybe he will soon.
- Pray for those of my kids that are straying from the faith, and those who are rebelling against God.
- Pray for those people and ministries, which make contact with my website, that they will be blessed and find what they need through it.
- I am a Christian Counselor and would be willing to provide services to those in need for a love offering. I have a master’s degree in Psychological Counseling and am an ordained Minister as well. Please pray that I may be useful to God’s kingdom.
- I have published all of my New Testament paraphrases and Old Testament Torah on my new website located at https://gofishministries.wordpress.com/ Also there is a link to my bookstore there too. I just redid this page and we have added a lot of Christian books and products through Amazon.
- I’m almost through with Isaiah, now, so I hope to finish it this week and begin on Jeremiah. Pray for me to have the spiritual passion to get this work finished this year. Thank all of you who are praying for me on this.