His Need – Our Need

It is almost impossible to for us to say, “The Lord needs”. We have relegated ourselves to t faith that places no responsibility at all on us because we say that He doesn’t need us, but He chooses to use us. If that were true, it would mean we could neglect the work of the Kingdom. In fact it would mean that we were useless to the Kingdom. But, the Word reminds us that we colts have a part to play in lifting the King and carrying Him in to places where there is need for Him. Oh! that we would learn that He has need of us!

Our Lord has dominion over each one of us … He can use us when and how He chooses to. Who He is (Our Lord, King of Kings, Lord of All) – takes a great post over – who we are (Servants of God, Children of God, New Creatures).

When He has an occasion for our service, we have to learn and submit to His place as our Savior, Our Lord. We are supposed to be ready to allow Him to use us as soon as He needs us to carry out the task He created us for. I know for myself that this world tries to convince us that each of us is supposed to be this amazing servant of God that is known. But that’s just not the truth. Not at all! Our Lord uses the mundane, small, and ordinary! I mean come on! If He had them to say “The Master needs it” regarding a donkey, He can certainly use you too!!

This missionary heart of mine is pleading that the Lord will move all of our minds and hearts to hear Him and submit. I’m praying that Our Father will help us to stop using His Word as a way out of Kingdom work. I’m praying that He will remind us that there is a need for us to do what He has created us to do … no matter how small, mundane or ordinary the task may be! I’m praying that we will, each one of us, cry out to Him to use us and give us willing hearts … obedient hearts.

COVID-19 … God’s Got Me! I Trust Him!

As for me and this COVID-19 … I am contented with any trouble it may bring. Why? Because I have no doubt at all that all of the troubles I ever face make me more patient – a patience that proves that I am strong; a patience that gives me hope. True hope that just cannot and will not disappoint! My Father has poured out His love to fill my heart through the Holy Spirit he gave me.

Now, don’t get me wrong! I have felt some sadness, and have even become upset a few times … but I’ve had the good sense to wait on the help of my Father. I’ve had the good sense to praise Him in advance because I know He will heal and deliver! I know He will!

He has commanded me to be strong and brave …. AND not to be afraid. He’s with me!!

I will be strong and courageous and act as He leads me to act. I will not be afraid or discouraged, for He is with me!! He never fails, neither does He forsake me.

Yes! I am happy with the troubles I am having right now. He takes care of me! He notices me and I know I’m important to Him. He Gives Me Strength!!

Praying that our hearts will remain in praise and Thanksgiving!! No fear. No doubt. He is just way more than enough!!

‭‭Romans 5:3-5
Psalm 42:5-6,11
Joshua‬ ‭1:9
1 Chronicles 28:20

Walk In Righteousness …

I grew up in a house where I was taught – AND TOLD – to obey. Not just to obey God, but to obey all elders in my family. Generally speaking, I was a good girl! I seldom did without anything at all that I desired and I was never pushed away from the family. When I entered my teen years, this did not stop. I obeyed, mostly; and when I didn’t, my desire was hardly kept from me … I even got a car at 16, as I requested … and their love for me did not decrease. When I became a grown woman, I still had to obey my parents and all elders in my family; I did that … mostly! 🙂 But when I fell short, nothing I desired was kept from me and no one cut me off from the family.

What I’ve experienced not that I am in ministry is that all that is for the sake of His glory … he leads us to do. He guides us to know what we should do and what we should think; in how we should walk and how we should talk; in where we should go and what we should see. As a missionary, I’ve seen that going in obedience was coupled with what we were to do when we got there. And as we said, ‘YES’ to what He told us to do, we saw amazing victories over and over again! He opened our eyes again and again in ways that we could not ever have done on our own.

When we yielded to Him, there was not a ministry failure to be faced. We wanted everyone near us to see Him, and not us; for that He was glorified and He was was pleased with us – we knew it because we felt it in so many areas of our lives that could only have made it with His touch. But … we weren’t perfect!

There were times when we heard someone else, and did what they felt was best. There were times when we just felt like we couldn’t, and moved another direction. There were even just a few times when we truly did not listen completely. Each and every time, once we repented to Him … we could feel His forgiveness and love and were, once again, blown away by His work in the ministry that is His! He never took His joy from us! I bless His name for that!

I do want to encourage your heart today. As His children, we surely do reap great joy and peace when we walk in the way He tells us to. But, as His children, when we fail Him and feel the distress and despair; we will feel it fully that our joy and peace will not be taken away. We only have to repent to Him, not to any man. We only have to fall before Him admitting our faults, and the forgiveness will be felt. I’ve heard of people that hold grudges against people for a lifetime!!! But, Our Father does not do that.

Walk in righteousness … walk in Him. This brings peace and a feeling of safety. When you walk in Him, you’ll know that falling into anything that is not of Him, cannot take away His hand from your life!

Sweet Smelling Savor

I was asked by a friend how joy filled I was in the life I am living. They were asking if I was content and convinced that being in a life of global missions was satisfying to my heart. They asked if having to raise support and having to adjust to many cultures were not making me want to just change my focus. Well …. The truth is, my heart is joy filled. The whole satisfaction for my mind and my heart are living a life that I know brings the God I serve; the God I adore tremendous glory and sincere thanksgiving.

Having things my own way many years ago never left me in a place of full satisfaction. I always needed just one more $1; I always needed the acceptance of just one more person; I always needed to be bowed down to; I always needed to be seen and heard; I always needed to ensure that I was completely satisfied …. and you know what?!?! I never was!!!! Pleasing my flesh led me down a road of hurt, harm, sadness, danger, weakness, fear, stupidity, dissatisfaction, ignorance, arrogance … and much more.

But once I made the decision to give myself to Him, all things changed. I remember when I felt the change come … I was blown away. I did not know what He was telling me to do, but I felt His presence and only took a step if I knew He was saying ‘take the step’. I laid my dependence on my flesh and the people around me down and gave my complete dependence to Him. The more I leaned into His Word, all that I wanted to do was please Him in all ways.

Giving myself to Him completely has been a goal of mine. I mean, I truly want to be laying my life before Him as an offering … submission, bowing before Him; gratefulness, gratitude; and, delightful – satisfactory. I want the offering of my life to Him to reflect the offering of the life of my Savior. Christ gave His life willingly. Christ gave His life with willingness to suffer. Christ gave His life in true love of God. Christ gave His spirit, soul and body to The Father. Christ gave His life in obedience to God’s command.

The amazing picture of an offering, a sacrifice, that is a sweet smelling aroma in God’s Word in a couple of spots … mind blowing for me.

Father, please help me to give myself to You as an offering that pleases you. An offering free from sin and self seeking worth. An offering that expresses my gratitude for Your love for me, Your grace towards me, Your brand new mercies that meet me every day. I want You to have all of me. I want You to use me. I want Your desires to be accomplished in my life. Every thought I have and every aim I have, take them and change them. Thank You for giving Your Son for me! I pray that my life will bring Him complete glory, complete praise and complete thanksgiving.

Althea Brown Edmiston. Congo. Served 1902 – 1937

Althea was born in 1874 in Alabama. Her parents were emancipated from slavery, and she was raised on her father’s farm in Mississippi.

She attended Fisk University, graduated in 1901. Althea was commissioned as a missionary in 1901 by the Southern Presbyterian Church. She sailed for the Congo in 1902 and worked at a mission station run by William Henry Sheppard – another Black American Missionary.

In 1905 she married Alonzo Edmiston and they had two sons, both born in the Congo Region. Her husband was also a Black Missionary.

Altheas’s work was as a nurse and also in the area of linguistics. Her work was amazing because she did the linguistics work without any prior training. In the local Bushong language, she ensured that a a grammar and dictionary resource was published. Liturgical and educational materials were translated by Althea so that there was a small library printed for her students to read in their own language.

She passed away in 1937.

The book pictured is a great story of her life.