CHN is a network of volunteers from churches throughout the United States of America and throughout the nations. Our mission and passion is to carry on the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ.

November 2015

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness., and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.” (Psalm 107:8,9)

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are fine, and praising God for all He has done in this past year. It is amazing how we go through both good times and bad, and can somehow get discouraged when things do not exactly go our way. Isn’t that the truth? We seem to always be longing for something to fill our hungry souls. As I look back on this year, I can see both the good times and the bad, and when I truly concentrate on the details of it all, I am reminded of how things could have been. There have been ups and downs, but now I can see just where God stepped in and said “No more!” When I became ill with pneumonia and a bladder infection, I had to go to the hospital for a week. Doctors there tried to say that I had cancer, but my doctor, who is a Christian, and not looking to make money on tests that I did not need, argued with the hospital staff, refusing to let them touch me. I heard him from the hallway outside my room. I thank God every day for him, for his excellence in his work and in his ethics. So what seemed so horrible was truly taken care of by my Heavenly Father and a doctor who hears from Him.

There were other times too, where I saw my Father step in on my behalf. Times when I was late for an appointment, but found out later that exactly where I was supposed to be there was an accident, or something else going on. I learned quickly in my Christian walk to keep praising God through all circumstances. People get this mixed up sometimes. We are to praise God through the circumstances, not because of them. When we praise God the enemy has to leave! He cannot stay where praises are!

I think that as a child, when I had polio, I did that without realizing what I was doing. I remember at first being frightened, and sorry that I had to stay in bed because I could not move. It was summer time and all my friends were outside playing. I was eight years old at the time. My third grade teacher told us all on the last day of class, that if we were ever afraid or lonely, to call on Jesus because He is our best Friend and would always come to us. So, I relaxed, and spoke to Jesus all day and all night when I could not sleep. I kept thanking Him for being my Best Friend. Then one day I heard His voice telling me to get up and out of bed. I told him that I could not move and if I tried and could, my mother would be angry because she told me to never try to get out of bed.

But He said it again to me, and I did move, but fell to the floor. So, I got mad and told Him that now He had to get me back in bed before my mom found out that I disobeyed her! And, for the first time, I was able to have strength and feeling in my body and I got back in bed. For several days I kept doing that, and one day I stood up strong holding on the dresser, and called my mom to come in. She yelled at me, ran to call the doctor who was there, I think in 10 minutes, and the two of them looked at me and cried. My doctor asked what happened and I told him that Jesus told me to get out of bed, and He healed me. He really cried then, and told my mom that this was the only explanation for what happened because he didn’t do it, medical science didn’t do it. So that was the experience in my life that led me to ministry.

I can think of so many times in my life where I was in danger, and God stepped in and took me out of the situations. I am sure that you can think of those times also. Why not take a few minutes right now to look over your life, and see how in some instances the outcome could have been far worse. Then know that Jesus was there all the time! He has never left you, and He never will! His Word says:

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Ps. 107:19,20)

Are you going through something right now? Have you been feeling alone and wondering what will happen in your situation? Please know that God is with you, that this situation will NOT last forever! Whatever the outcome, if you truly trust that God will do what He says He will do, the situation will work out for the good. You may not see it right away, but somehow, in God’s plan, it will be so. Know that He loves you with an everlasting love, and that nothing can come between you. His Word says:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

God’s Word also says to meditate on things that are pure and of good report. (Phil.4:8,9) Therefore, think about what is good and encouraging. Do not let discouragement near you! Think about all the times that God has come through for you, all the times when your prayers were answered. Sometimes our prayers are not answered the way we think they should be, but.... in God’s timing we will see that He was there and He knew better than us what we needed. Take time every day to praise Him, to read His Word, to be encouraged that He is with you. Take time to praise and worship Him!

Father, in Jesus precious Name, we worship and adore You! Glory to Your Name! We thank You for all You have done, and are doing in our lives. We give You praise! We thank You for always being there, and always hearing our prayers. We trust that Your answers are exactly what we need to understand You more, to understand this life that You have given us, and to keep us close to You. We thank You for Your love and care of us and our loved ones. Amen! Happy Thanksgiving!

In His Service,

Pastor Barbara