As I wind up my season of time alone with the Lord & ministry work in south Florida, I am thankful to the Lord for all He has done in and through me, exhausted from what turned out to be quite the challenging season, and in need of prayer given the past few days!
Sunday, someone went under my car with equipment and stole my catalytic converter and sensor just days before hoping to trade it in for a replacement ministry car. After a very long and intense search for the right car for being on the road for Jesus & ministry with my handicapped ministry dogs, today I planned to finally purchase a car. The car I have driven for years now has about 260,000 miles on it.
Working on the car purchase took about 10 hours from start to finish. In the midst of it, walking back and forth to my hotel next door to the car place, I discovered tons of police and realized someone was likely killed or committed suicide at the hotel given the crime scene they had set up. This following the police who helped me after my car theft a few days ago. And this after yesterday’s police at the hotel searching for someone and something.
Along with this, I ended up with a group of workers at the car place gathered around me pressuring me to sign paperwork lying and telling the government my trade-in car has a catalytic converter. I told them we will all stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and have to give an account of our lives and I would not lie. In fact, I would be willing to lose the $2000 trade-in value and do right in God’s eyes over lying before the Lord. Their hatred, pressure, disgust, and judgment of me was very harsh. They wouldn’t let up.
I bought the car, but now have my old car as well in an area where I have no friends and family to help me get to a car place or store my old car and am not sure how to proceed and am waiting on the Lord. I have the option to try to get it fixed and lose about $500 on the trade-in value. Or find a junk yard which would be really sad.
By God’s grace, I have love, mercy, and forgiveness in my heart. Every one of these people including the thief and the car store workers pressuring me to lie all need Jesus as we all do.
The darkness and evil in this world are worsening, I see more and more hatred and ungodliness and less and less love. And the more I love and serve Jesus and tell the world about Him, the more I find myself in situations like these. Hated, Despised. Rejected. People disgusted with me for loving Jesus and wanting to live for Him. But oh I am so joyful to belong to Jesus forever and that the Lord carries me through it all!
I am excited to say in the midst of it all God is keeping me strong, I am more on fire than ever before for Him and for helping others to love and worship and follow Him forever. But I confess the spiritual warfare is intense, I am worn down at times, and I am ever in need of love, encouragement, and prayer.
The Lord has spoken to my heart after much crying out to Him regarding my current location, and Lord willing I will soon be taking off for my next location(s). This I hope to share with you soon in more detail.
In the meantime, please pray for me. I am extremely verbal about Jesus. I gave Gospel tracts to the people who treated me very poorly today, and I am ever looking for the Lord’s leading regarding sharing the Gospel and helping people to follow Him. The Lord has given me much boldness to proclaim Him to the world, and it comes with a price. It also comes with the greatest reward in the universe. Jesus forever and the privilege of helping people all over to repent and believe in and follow Him forevermore.
On another note, I am using my personal savings to pay for most of the new car for Christ, my ministry mobile, while some ministry donations will help with some. If you are led to donate toward the car for Jesus, or for the ministry as a whole, your giving would as always be much appreciated.
love in Jesus,
please read these verses. God brought them to mind today to really encourage me.
“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12
“FOR THE EYES OF THE LORD ARE ON THE RIGHTEOUS, AND HIS EARS ARE OPEN TO THEIR PRAYERS; BUT THE FACE OF THE LORD IS AGAINST THOSE WHO DO EVIL.” And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “AND DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THEIR THREATS, NOR BE TROUBLED.” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:12-18
“Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.” Luke 6:22-23