Category: 2014

Full Circle

dove metal art
Don’t you just love it when God prepares a special favor for you! That’s what happened for me during my very special gal friends getaway this past weekend. We got away for some much needed time together and with the Lord. We went for a walk on Saturday morning and were discussing our plans for the day trying to determine if we would just stay in or venture out?
About that time a neighbor stopped by while walking her dog. We chatted a while and then “out of the blue” she said,

“Ya’ll want to go to a shop close by today for fun?” She began to describe the shop where she and some other artist had some items on display, so we decided to go. We traveled to the shop and enjoyed looking at all the art and jewelry. Afterward my friend Debbie said, “Lets go to the World Village Store in Montreat.”
We were enjoying the shop with art from all over the world when we all congregated to the back where the clearance items were. Debbie looked up and said, “Wow, Ms Kearns look at that.” It was the art piece pictured at the top of the page. I was blown away. Months before I had been to that same shop and bought a single dove for our office. At that time, the sales clerk mentioned a covey of doves that they were going to get in soon. I longed to see it then and here I stood gazing at this beautiful creation and to top it off it was on sale.

At the time they were also giving 20% off your purchase if you donated a small amount to a charity in the area. It was not to apply on a sale item, but here again the favor came when the manager said, “Oh, I think we can arrange for you to have the discount.” Wow. At that point, I knew God had arranged for me to take this art home with me.
My friend Cathy said, “I believe you have come full circle.” The piece is in a circle and it is not just one dove but
several. She also reminded me of the newspaper article that was written from my perspective years later after our son’s
picture had been in the paper after his arrest. Things had come full circle once again when Henry Blackaby, who prayed
that this Mother would not give up, was prayed for when he was disoriented and could not be found by this very son he had prayed for years before. Wow, this piece is very significant in my walk and hopefully will open many doors to express how God brought me through all the hard times. Thank you Lord for the very first dove that came to minister to my hurting heart many years ago when I was ready to give up. May I never forget Your faithfulness to use my pain for Your Glory. You amaze me!!

Answered Prayer!

Answered Prayer!
Our prayer partners have been praying for Jesse’s upcoming presentation before the parole board. He had served 7 years of his sentence and done well with his education for a future employment in welding and had taken the time to better himself in other ways. I felt the 7 years was significant as it represents completion. That didn’t mean his time would be completed but we prayed it would. I gave his mother, Jerri, the 2 Chronicles 20 passage about the battle being the Lords….to stand still and see His deliverance.

I was in my study at home sitting at the window when I decided to call Jerri to encourage and pray with her. As we were sharing two deer came up to my window. I told her that the deer were very significant and that I would have to go back to SOS and study the passage where it talked about the deer looking in the window. I found the scripture in SOS 2:8-9, “The voice of my beloved! Behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth (“looketh in”) at the windows, showing himself thorough the lattice.” Wow!! The note said: “Mountains and hills in the Bible all refer to difficulties and hindrances. “He cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills” denotes that there is nothing so high or formidable as to hinder or prevent His approach to His loved one. Christ is risen and triumphs over every difficulty and hindrance. He leaps!!! All hindrances are removed.

Then as Jimmy and I walked in the neighborhood, 13 deer ran across our path twice…leaping and skipping. I knew in my heart that He was doing a work in Jesse’s case and might just bring him home. Mom texted me this morning to say: It is accomplished. I am praising God for all your prayers on behalf of this family over the years. We have been ministering to them at least 6 years or more. They have come full circle. Tears are shed for a season but joy has come this morning. I may just skip and leap!!! Our God is Mighty and Worthy of our praise. May this give you all hope in your own situation. We will hopefully hear from Jerri in the coming month or so.
Sandra

To What Are You Addicted?

Definition of Addict: “To apply or devote oneself persistently or habitually; to cause to pursue or practice continuously; one who is addicted to some habit, especially to the use of narcotic drugs. Accustomed; inclined to the pursuit, practice, or taking of anything. One is addicted to that which he has allowed to gain a strong habitual, enduring hold on him.” (Funk & Wagnalls)

As I reviewed the definition of addict/addiction I realized we are all addicts. We may be addicted to our job, our hobby, a sport, a relationship, a food, to luxury, or any number of things. I got to thinking about my addictions:

  • Coffee
  • Wonderful Food
  • Reading, Books
  • Busyness
  • Children – Grandchildren
  • Control

Now, not all these are bad addictions but they can be if I focus more on them than on my relationship with God. Our God is a jealous God and nothing is to come before Him. If we put other things or relationships first we cannot experience the intimacy with Christ that God intended.

Exodus 20:5: “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”
Years ago, I read fiction novels. Whenever I started one, everything else took a back seat. I was into the story and had to see it to the end to find out what happened. I had quite a collection of these books until I was convicted of the time I spent reading them. What did they really profit me anyway? There was nothing in them that helped me on my spiritual journey or educated me in the ways of The Lord. They had to go. I made a vow not to read secular books again and I have kept that promise.

Even spiritual books can consume our time leaving us little time to read God’s Word. In 2014, maybe you would like to examine yourself along with me. What has come between you and God? How is your time spent? What do you pursue or practice above your pursuit of God?
I found myself addicted to my children. Trying to fix them, guide them, prevent them from hardships in life, control their choices, and protect them from being deceived by the evil one. I made so many mistakes and often prevented God’s plan in their lives due to my addiction of control. I was out in the wee hours search-ing for our son, or standing at the window hoping and praying that his lights would crest the hill, and then get up and go to work on little sleep the next day. That sure didn’t help me or him. Instead of giving him to the Lord, I was attempting to fix it. It never worked till he was ready to make better choices for himself.

Sometimes, I see some of you struggling with the same things. It took me so many years to let go and let God work. I understand your ad-diction to your addict, but there is a better way. En-trust your loved one to God. I am now watching Him work in ways I never imagined. I want that for you, my friends. But just like with our children, we can advise but we can’t make their choices. It will be a choice you make for yourself.
On Wings will continue to pray for your freedom in Christ to be realized, just as we pray for your prodigal. Make the choice to get healthy for you and allow your prodigal the same choice.
Sandra

“Mighty to Save”

Isaiah 63:1

By the words “to save” we understand the whole of the great work of salvation, from the first holy desire onward to complete sanctification. The words are multum in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only “mighty to save” those who repent, but he is able to make men repent.

He will carry those to heaven who believe; but he is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of his name to bend the knee before him. Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work.

The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by “the Mighty God.” The bush burns, but is not consumed. He is mighty to keep his people holy after he has made them so, and to preserve them in his fear and love until he consummates their spiritual existence in heaven. Christ’s might doth not lie in making a believer and then leaving him to shift for himself; but he who begins the good work carries it on; he who im-parts the first germ of life in the dead soul, prolongs the divine existence, and strengthens it until it bursts asunder every bond of sin, and the soul leaps from earth, perfected in glory.

Believer, here is encouragement. Art thou praying for some beloved one? Oh, give not up thy prayers, for Christ is “mighty to save.” You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty. Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for his strength is sufficient for you. Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is “mighty to save;” the best proof of which lies in the fact that he has saved you. What a thousand mercies that you have not found him mighty to destroy!

Taken from Charles Spurgeon Devotion

Do You Love God With All You Have?

“Love GOD, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!”  Deuteronomy 6:5 (The Message)

In February we tend to focus on ways to express love to our sweethearts, family and friends as the valentine cards, candy, and gifts start to flow. Almost 44 years ago my husband and I were married on Valentine’s Day. I thought it was so romantic and would help my husband to always remember our anniversary! I would be upset if he didn’t express his love on that special day, but it is also important that we show our love to each other on a daily basis.

This year as I read this passage about loving God, I began to wonder what our expression of love to our Abba Father might look like. How do I show Him that I love Him every day? What can we give Him as an expression of our love? Here are some ideas:

  • Get to know Him as we pray and read His Word
  • Verbal expressions of Thanksgiving and Praise
  • Service to Him as we minister to others in His name
  • Striving for holiness as He is Holy
  • Share His Love with others
  • Obedience to his direction
  • Worship Him corporately and individually
  • Spend time with Him daily
  • If you haven’t done so yet, give Him your heart

 

Let’s ask him to show us new ways to express our love to Him this year and then act on it. Add to this list and commit to loving Him with all that’s in you. Once you make your list, post it close to your quiet place where you meet with Him as a reminder of ways to express your love to Him daily. He is worthy of our love and praise. What better way has He shown us His amazing love than when He took our place upon the tree? Love Him with your whole heart.

Sandra

Standing in the Gap

Are you willing to stand in the gap?

“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have con-sumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord God.” Ezekiel 22:30-31.

Ezekiel was looking for someone to stand in the gap. Why? So that God would not have to bring down judgement upon the heads of the people.

We know there is a penalty for our sins and God has to bring judgement….but God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to stand in the gap for us….to pay our pen-alty. We can stand in the gap for our Prodigal. They are sitting in the dark, blinded by the enemy. It is a war. We can stand in the gap to keep the enemy from making an entrance or continuing to blind our loved one. We are wres-tling with principalities, powers, and the rulers of darkness of this world as it speaks of in Ephesians 6:12.

Make sure you have on the armor of God as you pre-pare for the war you are entering.

Pray this prayer as taken from Prepare for War by Rebecca Brown:

“Lord, please let me stand in the gap for ____________ and fight for him so that his eyes will be opened and he will be freed from demonic bondage so that he can see his need for Jesus.”

As I stated last month God has given us the passage in Isaiah 9:2 that those in darkness have seen a great Light. I believe that it is in the power of our prayers as we take up the burden of each other to intercede not only for our prodigal but for ALL prodigals that we will see scores of them come out of the darkness this year.

I have asked some ladies to come to the office to pray in our prayer room over your prodigals in a more concentrated effort to storm the gates of heaven this year and see God bring home the prodi-gals in ways only He can. But we have a part in this battle as we join the ranks for the Prayer War-riors for the souls of our lost ones. I want to be more than a soldier; I want to be a Warrior. A warrior is on the front lines of the battle.

Won’t you join us this year in this battle? You are welcome to come and pray in the prayer room Tues-days-Thursdays 10:00 to 2:00 PM.

Sandra

Revolving Door

By: Elaine Altman-Eller
I removed that revolving door on my heart today; the one that kept on being used in ways that were harmful to us both. I re-moved it after I read and learned through my readings that you and I were caught in a cycle that wasn’t healthy for either of us. That revolving door was confusing my head and taking up too much of my mind space in all the wrong ways. I allowed it to be that way because I thought that was how it was sup-posed to be. That revolving door on my heart kept me so busy that I had forgot-ten that I was important too. I read about boundaries and enabling and saw myself in a way I had never thought of before. I realized that by speaking out and reaching out to others that I was being used as an escape for your continued use of the very thing I want to rid you of. My heart wanted to keep you close and safe, but by allowing that revolving door to spin around and around, I was adding to your con-fusion as well. So I closed it off. I have replaced it with a single door that swings only one way. It will open up when you do and admit that you are ready to create change. It will not close completely on you, because I do love you. I just had to come to terms with the fact that if I allow you to use me, you will never use your sense of ability to see a different way; to live a life that you can be proud of and have peace. The door to my heart is open to you, al-ways has been and always will be. Just a slight adjustment so we both will get what it is we need from one another.

A Word for 2014 from Sandra

We began 2013 by praying the Jabez Prayer at our planning meeting and God responded by providing an amazing office space from which to minister, enabling On Wings to reach more children with the shoe box outreach, bringing more struggling families, opening the door to teach in the youth detention center, and expanding our out-reach to inmates.
So it is with great anticipation that we race into 2014 knowing that God is our faithful Guide, Provider, and Counselor.
He keeps bringing scripture to me in regards to His Light. I want to en-courage each of you with this passage that I sense He is giving us for 2014.
The passage comes out of Isaiah 9:2, “The people (prodigals) walking in dark-ness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a Light has dawned”. I believe He is saying that 2014 will be a year when we as His light bearers, will see many come out of the darkness; out of the enemies camp and they will see a great Light shine into their hearts and transform them.
One of our inmates wrote us: “I am so thankful God sent OWLAD into my life. I have begun to love myself again and to love Christ and He is making everything brand new in my Life. I can never ever forget our friendship be-cause when everyone in the world thought of me as a monster, you gave me hope, encouragement, courage and peace.”
This inmate, who was walking in darkness has seen a great Light. We are called to love the seemingly unlovable as Jesus loves.