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      pamela spurling

      To my sisters in the LORD… Welcome Home!

      Today I’d like to share a little with you about life along the way.  It is a joy to me to sit down here at my desk in the kitchen to write to you each week.  I do praise the LORD for this opportunity.  I wrote earlier to a friend of mine---sharing my heart, telling her of my desire to walk in obedience to the LORD and yet feeling totally inadequate to share wisdom and understanding.  Thoughts and messages nearly bubble over each day and my compelling desire to share becomes more intense with time.  But then, I have no message, I have no superior ability or understanding,  I see I fail to be utterly obedient to God.  I fail at accomplishing the most basic tasks some days.  Each day as I come before the LORD, I seek His Will and seek to be used of Him.  And you know what He says?  Follow Me. 

      Learning day by day, my hope in the LORD is strengthened day by day.  As we grow older, and the inevitable changes come in our home and marriage, I’m determined to learn to love my husband through life changes, to fulfill his needs and desires as they inevitably change.  Our home isn’t perfect and my skills are still lacking in different areas---but I am striving to learn and apply techniques and use tools to better order and maintain our home.  Our children range from young toddler to married with children and another away from home, their needs are very different one from another.  Additionally, they range from very obedient to the LORD to wrestling with the LORD. The ones who’re obedient to the LORD are very easy to direct and pray for, my heart aches as I pray for one who still wavers in his walk and I implore the LORD on his behalf.  I tell you the truth---I pray no half-hearted Christians in our children but that they would each one be completely sold out to Jesus and that none would esteem lightly the great and awesome price He paid for our life and salvation.  So, then, the emotions of the past six years have ranged from heartache to sheer joy.  Nevertheless, no matter what happens, the LORD is on the throne, all God’s ways are good: *that* my soul knows right well.

      So my dear sisters in the LORD, if one of your children is not walking with Him, or one is trying to keep a foot in church and a foot in the world, if one is wandering, if one doesn’t hear the Call or rejects it all together-------then may I encourage you today my friend, keep on praying keep pressing on and give thanks unto the LORD, for He is good and His mercies endure forever.  I can truly rejoice that God loves us so much that He has allowed us some years of dark waters and heartaches concerning a wandering son, for I once thought I’d die if one of my children rejected me or the God I serve.  I thought the embarrassment would kill me when he left home.  I thought the shame would destroy me if others knew we had a son who no longer wanted to live here.  O, but God who Heals and God who Hears has walked along with us all the while and has provided for every step of the way---this son is at once the joy of my life and the aching of my heart.  Maybe you have a similar situation with a son or daughter.  Maybe your heart feels like it’s splitting in two.  O, sister in the LORD, I pray that as you read this, you will know the peace of God that passes understanding and that you will trust Him to complete the good work He has begun in you.  Our son heaps praise on us and thanks us for the things we did for him and his compliments seem unending… but I still see him wavering in his beliefs. I still see him resisting a wholehearted walk with the LORD.  I have literally wished away years praying to see the salvation of the LORD.  Yet, if the LORD had answered my prayers and had taken me away, then I would have missed the chiseling and pounding and molding and reshaping by the Master Potter in my life in this and many other areas.  I praise the LORD for His mercy because only the LORD has sustained us.  If your heart is breaking, please know that He will sustain you, too.  No matter what the circumstances are, you can trust in the LORD as He only allows what is ultimately good for us and we are not to think it strange the fiery trials that come upon us.

      The LORD has mercifully shown me that He can still use this cracked pot to pour out a blessing and that is my greatest desire: to be a vessel the LORD will use.  A vessel that will pour out a fragrant blessing to my husband, to my children, and to my sisters in the LORD.  I pray that each week as the LORD prompts a message, that I will be able to minister to you in such a manner as to be an encouragement and a blessing to you; and then my prayer for you is that you also will be a vessel the LORD will use.

      You see, it’s not because of any special ability, it’s just the way the LORD has worked in us together, taught us through many life experiences and has worked throughout our days to bring us to where we are today and will continue His Work until He calls us home. We know that anything that we do can only be the LORD.  Do you see that *you* are a proclamation for the Lord Jesus?  He loves you so much that He created you uniquely to give His message to the lost world and to those who need what only you are gifted to provide.  You were created to worship Him and bring Him glory and honour.

      When I think on this, I ask the questions: do I live out this proclamation?  What does my life proclaim? Are my motives in accordance with the will of the LORD?  When others see me, are they drawn to Jesus?

      What do you see when you look in the mirror?  Do you see a woman who loves the LORD and is radiant for Him?  Is there an inner joy that dances in your eyes?  Oh, I pray so.  I pray that as you read this message today that something I have written will inspire you to seek the LORD and to ask Him to carry you and to guide you.  I pray that you will rest in the LORD and that whatever the burden is that you are carrying, that you would give it to Him today and walk in the freedom of Jesus.  I pray joy for you today.  Joy in your heart, joy in your marriage, joy in your mothering, joy in your home: Joy in Jesus.

      Titus 2.5 says we are: “To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”    “…that the word of God be not blasphemed.”  Isn’t that interesting?  Our behavior matters.  Our lives matter to the watching world.  What is it about our behavior that would cause the enemy to speak reproachfully, or what behavior brings reproach?  Could it be that we have doubted God and His Word and actually worship a god of our own design in a religion of our own creation?  What has led me to think on this are these verses that give direction as to the behavior of a godly woman and the interesting  portions at the end of each verse: “…that the word of God be not blasphemed.”  and,  “…give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.”

      1 Timothy 5.14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

      This is why I continue to write on the subject of appearance and behavior.  Our behavior, and appearance have a direct bearing on what others think or say about God and about the Word of God.  Though we live under grace and are not saved into bondage, it is still important---if not more important, that we seek to live inwardly *and* outwardly as set apart, clean and fresh and reverent to the LORD.  We represent Him wherever we go…even when we think no one is looking or noticing.  Isn’t this interesting?!  I think it is critical that we get a handle on where we’ve been, where we are now, and where we’re going.  Either we are living in obedience to the Word of God or we’re not.  It’s a narrow path… it’s well defined… it’s direct.  But we blur the lines, don’t we?  We seek to widen the road and redefine the message of the Bible, don’t we?  Why? Why, because we’ve listened to the whispers and we’ve looked around and we’ve blindly followed the mainstream as we have often left God on the path.  Just like I shared with you in the past about the dangers of looking around at other men---not to lust after them sexually, but to lust after them for what they do or how they *seem* better than our husband’s.  That looking around is probably one of the most dangerous activities and it is truly no wonder that the LORD addressed it in the Ten Commandments.  Thou shalt not covet……quit lookin’ around.  I pray that we would each one be content with such things as we have.

      Oh, dear sisters in the LORD, would that we be like Abraham’s servant who received instruction and in faith obeyed it, and the obedience was rewarded marvelously: “And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.” - Genesis 24.27  I pray that we would in faith obey the Word of God and that we would trust Him for the rest of the way.  The way of the LORD is perfect.  What “way” are you in that the LORD may be looking to use you? Will you allow yourself to be “…in the way?”  I pray so and I pray it’s today.

      Thank you for allowing me to send you these thoughts each week in the Welcome Home messages.  I am so blessed to be able to do so.

      “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” -Psalms 91

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      I send you love and flowers today...
      In Jesus,
      pamela

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pamela spurling 2004


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