Encouragement, God’s plan, Mcdowell County WV, Uncategorized, West Virginia Mission

Coal Mines in McDowell County WV

The more I learn about McDowell County, the more compassion I feel for these families. I do realize other places face opposition but God has placed us here and my heart aches to bring them help, healing, and hope. I find myself daydreaming about rebuilding what was lost, an entire community of people living in unity, and striving to please God. But is this possible? They do come to hear the word. But James says to be doers of the word and not hearers only. Prayer will be our weapon to achieve this.

The information I’ve learned so far has helped me understand and connect more deeply with their pain, questions, and confusion.

In the 1950’s West Virginia had 125,00 miners. By 1970, machines moved in to replace these miners. I assume, they believed from a business point that this was more efficient but soon the number of operating mines spiraled downward. By the 1990s only 20,000 miners remained and today’s shocking number is 12,000.

(Above two images are from VirginiaTech.com)

Despite this history, McDowell County is still ticking along. I know many feel it will never be restored but I believe it is very possible with God. It will never be like it was but that doesn’t mean it can not be better.

When Daniel was cast into the lion’s den, the king said, ” May your God, whom you continually serve, deliver you!”

That was one of many things Daniel faced and God did deliver him.

This plant is right up the road from me. They load coal into train cars. It’s hard to get good pictures with the foliage. At night, it lights up like a Christmas tree.

God is going to do amazing things here so let’s watch him work!

Being Transformed, Encouragement, God’s plan, Uncategorized

The Peace of God

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Are you anxious and stressed out most days?

As women, we have a mind that never stops running.

When I lay down at night it takes hours sometimes to fall asleep no matter how tired I am. The entire day starts running through my head. I think about everything I did during the day. I come up with different scenarios of how it could’ve gone if I had done things differently. I eventually start talking to myself. I say, “Jessica, go to sleep!” Then I start planning the next day. Sometimes my mind will not shut off. My mind makes me tired. Let’s read a couple verses from Philippians.

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, KJV)

You know the Bible says to be anxious for nothing. You know this and I know this but what do we do to stop it. Well, the Bible tells us that too. Look at verse 6. It says be careful (anxious) for nothing but in every thing, pray.

The struggle is real but so is God!

Let that sink in. Let’s say it again.

The struggle is real but so is God.

I remember one time I was anxious above measure. My stomach had been hurting for a few weeks and I decided it was time to go see a doctor. We figured it was a hernia so off I went for a ultrasound. The results came in late that night and I missed the call. The women on my voicemail said your intestines are twisted and you need to go to the hospital early in the morning.

What?

I listened to it again. Same thing!

What?

What does that mean? How did that happen? What should I do tonight? Could I die before morning and what would happen to my kids? (Never google medical conditions)

I tried to call back for more information but no answer. Ok so now I was super anxious and stressed. Can you imagine my mind that night?

But as l laid there again going through scenarios, I decided the best thing to do was pray.

I ask God, “If I die tonight, will I go to heaven?” God gave me a peace that night like I’ve never before experienced my entire life. It was the peace of God. It was so peaceful that at that moment it didn’t matter what happened. Even if I died all was well with my soul. God said I got this.

I had a few more test and surgery that week. Everything went well. God is good.

Have you ever felt the peace of God?

I have felt the peace of God and it surpasses all understanding.

If you are worried, stressed, anxious and have difficulties going on in your life then remember,

The struggle is real but so is God!

He can give you peace and all the trouble will fade away.

I love my God. I don’t always understand His ways but I love and trust Him.

I love thee, O Lord, my strength. I pray that every person with struggles will feel your peace. I pray you comfort them like you did me and they see how real and powerful you are. I trust in you and have felt your power. Thank you, Lord.

In Jesus’ name, Amen

Encouragement, God’s plan

WHAT IF MY SPOUSE DOES NOT BELIEVE?

I would like to offer some encouragement to anybody that has a spouse that doesn’t believe in God. If there is one thing I could say to you it would be this:

Don’t start thinking it’s hopeless!

My husband did not believe there was a God. We had so many discussions (always brought on by me) after I accepted Jesus as my Saviour. He always had an excuse not to believe. He would say things like..

  • There are to many bad things happening in the world for there to be a God.
  • Good things still happen to unbelievers.
  • It’s an organized cult.
  • I would not want to serve a God who sends people to hell.
  • If God exists, why does He not show Himself?

See, he didn’t understand but neither did I until I was a Christian. And I’ll be honest, I got so frustrated at him at times. Sometimes, I felt like it was hopeless to try. I prayed and prayed and even started doubting the God I had put my faith in. I prayed hard and nothing happened. None of the approaches or schemes I tried worked. I bought him church clothes, played Christian music around him, posted bible verses on sticky notes all over the house and still nothing. I talked with my pastor and he came to visit us twice. The pastor gave him a couple books to read but that didn’t help either. So I stopped trying so hard. I prayed and stayed faithful to God. I lived out my faith without frustration and worry. Ever now and then, I would ask if he wanted to come with me to church on Sunday with a smile on my face. He would say no and I just told him I would be back.

But then it happened.

I went to the sanctuary for service after Sunday school and sat down. I few minutes later he walked in and sat beside me. I didn’t ask any questions. I just thanked God because He is always faithful.

And guess what! He is now the pastor of a church. He serves God faithfully and preaches his Word. Our God is working things out even when we don’t see them. Please, never give up hope. God’s desire is that all men be saved.

My husband is always telling people that he saw Jesus in me and wanted what I had. He said it wasn’t the books he read or anything I said. It was the glow, happiness, and joy I had. He saw a change in me. I was a new creature that visibly showed.

Don’t give up my friend, God is always working!

Remember, if you have found your joy in Jesus, share it!