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Peek-A-Boo God Sees YOU

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Joan Watson – Missionary Helper

Did you ever see a little child place their hands over their eyes thinking because they can’t see you you can’t see them? I think sometimes as Christians we do the same thing when we ignore what the Lord’s plan is for our lives. We cannot hide from God. Psalms 139:2-12 tells us that he knows where we are at all times.

Moses was on the backside of the desert when the Lord spoke to him. Exodus 3:1-2

Gideon was threshing wheat by the winepress, to hiding from the Midianites. Gideon was able to hide from the Midianites but not from God. Judges 6:11- 12

Adam and Eve could not hide from God after they sinned as much as they tried. When God came into the garden and said to Adam,” Where art thou?” God already knew where they were and what they had done. Genesis 3:9

God saves us for a purpose. God has a plan for our lives. God knows where we are. Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Are we trying to hide from God? Are we ignoring His call on our lives. Are we missing God’s blessings on our lives because we are not willing to yield to His plan for our lives?

Remember Baalams donkey! Numbers 22:21-33. If we are not willing to yield to God’s will for our lives we may be in for a rough ride.

Controlling our Tongues

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I count it a privilege to have been asked to write to the wonderful Godly ladies of the church. As I reflect on this months topic on controlling our tongues, I cannot help but to pray and ask God to reveal to me some of my weaknesses and strengths in such a critical area. Psalms 34:13 says: Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile.

I am thankful (but always aware) that in most cases the Lord has enable me to control most of what I say, as to not to offend or hurt other Christians, or worse a lost soul. To what would it profit Christ, the HOLY one, who gave us such a precious gift of our Salvation. I sympathize with those who constantly struggle and at times fear that they will speak words from their flesh and then they must deal with the consequences. But our God also warns us in James 3: 8. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. God knew that some would struggle in this area but if we lean on him in prayer and acknowledge his ways he will direct out paths.

God also commands that we be prepared always to speak and witness for him. 2 Tim 4:2 says: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. This area of not using our tongues for Christ can be just as devastating. Perhaps its because of fear of what to say or because of rejection, regardless we could sinfully loss the opportunity for a loss soul to be saved. This area is one that I struggle with most.

I believe that every Christian lady could easily fall into one of these categories. I challenge you all as ladies of Blackstone Valley Baptist Church to work out these weaknesses so that we can develop a Godly balance between the two. Every word spoken should glorify our heavenly father. Psalms 35:28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the daylong.

Pat Boucher

He is Always Faithful

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Holly McLean – Missionary to Scotland

Over the past ten years, John and I have ministered in three different countries: the U.S., Trinidad and Scotland. Did we plan it that way? I would have to say, *no*. However, we did surrender to go where ever the Lord would send us. I think of Trinidad as our training field. We learned how to reach people and how to build relationships with those we were working with. Never did I feel homesick. I loved learning the new culture, eating the spicy food and opening my mind to think of things in new ways. The people were just as I had hoped they would be. I could have lived there till my dying day; but God had other plans. It was through the illness of my husband that my eyes were opened. We had to leave*leave the people that I loved. This was not an easy decision even though I had surrendered to go where ever the Lord led. I had always thought of myself as a third world country missionary. Never did I consider Europe as a place I would go.

I then found myself in Scotland. All the freedoms of outreach in the U.S. and Trinidad were now illegal. No one speaks about their spiritual condition. They have more faith in their soccer players than they do in God. This was not the place I had imagined I would be when I surrendered my life to God as a teenager. Homesickness finally got to me. Instead of wanting America though, I missed Trinidad. It seemed more like home to me, because it was in my comfort zone. God had to stretch that zone a little bit more to include Scotland. I knew how to reach people in a third world country; however, I now have found myself in an over civilized place; a place where people are blinded by socialism. Most Scots are atheists at heart. How could I reach them? I am still learning the answer to this question. I have also learned not to compare the two countries but to see them both as a step forward to what God has in store for me. He is definitely molding me into what He wants and teaching me that whatever is accomplished is by His power and not my own. It is not always easy following God. He may bring you to places you thought you would never go; but I have learned to look forward to the surprises He has in store. No matter what country I find myself in, He has always been faithful to me.