A Women and A Fork October 4, 2013Posted by Streim in Living in the Real World, Time for Sharing.
Tags: Christianity, family, friends, funerals, Gospel, Heaven, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Joy, pastors and church leaders, Praise, story, terminal illness, worship
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A Woman and A Fork
There was a young woman in her late twenties who suffered from a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order,” she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her home to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what Scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered
something! “There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” the Pastor asked. “This is very important,” the young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.” The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you Pastor, doesn’t it?” she said. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” responded the Pastor.
The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me a story, and from that time on I have always
tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement.
“In all my years of attending family get-togethers, church socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming … like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!”
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder, “What’s with the fork?” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.”
The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged her good-bye, knowing this may be the last time he
saw her before her death. But he knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing
and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, “What’s with the fork?”
And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.
In John 14: 1-8 Jesus said “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to
come. Have a beautiful weekend of filled worship, praise and thanksgiving to our God. Our Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! ♥ Streim (** I am not the original writer of this story, however I did some editing**)
Singing In Our Hearts August 9, 2013Posted by Streim in Music of the Heart, Random, The Joy of His Love, Time for Sharing.
Tags: Encouragement, friends, grace, hymns, Jesus Christ, Joy, life, Lord, Love, Music of the Heart, photography, Psalms, spiritual, wisdom
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I sat here wondering what I wanted to share today…
Hoping your days are filled with melodies joyfully sung to the Lord in your heart. ♥ Streim
Is Something Missing in Your Armor? July 9, 2013Posted by Streim in God's Word~Our Guide Book, The Power of Prayer, Time for Sharing, Trusting God.
Tags: A.W. Tozer, being still, concerts, Corrie Ten Boom, Exhortation, fervent prayer, Heavenly Father, Hope, Jesus Christ, life, missions, pastors and church leaders, prayer, retreats, spiritual armor
I read in an article this morning written by K.P. Yohannan, founder and president of Gospel for Asia, he shares an alarming statistic. “Studies show pastors spend about 12 minutes in prayer a day, and the average Christian spends on eight. At the same time, they don’t mind engaging at length other Christians activities, such as… concerts, retreats, charity work. Why does prayer come last on our list of priorities? Could it be that the enemy succeeded to convince us that all those other activities are easier and produce better results than prayer? The truth is the devil knows the Almighty God restricted Himself to act on the prayers of His people.” (Read 2 Chronicles 7:14; John 14:13-14)
When our Lord Jesus Christ lived on this earth in human form… prayer was His highest priority!
(few examples–Matt. 26:41 & 53; Mark 6:46; Mark 14: 32 & 38; Luke 6:12; Luke 9:28; John 14:16; John 17:9,15,20)
We need to do the same. We all know the verses about putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6)… however, as you can read for yourself below that the armor needed for our spiritual warfare includes fervent PRAYER for the Church.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
A. W. Tozer said “The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos; the church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.”
My prayer for each of you who reads this will ask themselves this question “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” (Corrie Ten Boom). May this post bless you and increase your growth in our Lord Jesus Christ. It definitely has impacted me. ♥ Streim