Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

Many find comfort in these words – but for me, they can cause angst.  It’s the word “let” that causes problems for me.  I mean, what am I supposed to do when the trials and problems of life really do give me pause or cause me to have fear?

I know – I know –  I know what you Christian folk are saying, “Jan! take the thought captive, bring the thought into submission with the will of God!” Trust me – I KNOW!!  But that word “let” still gives me a lump in my throat.

I joyfully minister to many. There are issues where the money is just not nearly enough to meet the obligation. There are issues where the illness cannot be defeated. Marriages that are dying. Loss of loved ones that cause family issues in the midst of grief. OR – Maybe your life is on course and you are not only joyful but prosperous.  That is what I tell myself when I encounter people who tell me not to allow myself to worry.  I say to myself that they have no idea what it is like to be in my shoes! What about you!?

Well, I Thank God for His Word!  These words were spoken by the very Son of God, and knowing that Jesus said the words tells me that it really is possible for me to disallow my heart from fainting at the first sign of trouble.

I go on to read Christ’s words in Matthew 24 as he describes the perilous times the world will face but he reminds those that follow Him that they are not alone.  And then I remember that the Word of God gave me another “let” that gives me power and strength – “Let this mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus”  (Philippians 2:5)– and as I continue to read His Word and allow Him to speak to me I am reminded that if I have the mind of Christ I cannot be troubled for it is against the mind of Christ for me to have a troubled heart or mind even when all around me seems full of trouble.  Then I remember that He also told me that if I could only remember at all times that He has already overcome the world – I will know that I too will overcome.

Now, let me say that my heart began to feel lighter and the lump in my throat was less uncomfortable.  Let me also be clear that though my situation may not have changed – I am hopeful, truly, that He desires to, and will indeed, work it all out for my good and for His glory.  So today, you know – later on after I start thinking about my trouble again – the moment it seems that my heart just might faint, I will not let my heart be troubled, instead I will start singing, clapping, dancing and praising Him in advance of my deliverance!  As I praise – it will lift my heart from trouble to a place of triumph and I will not be able to stop myself from rejoicing.

Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled! As my mama always told me,  “Just trust in the Good Lord!”

Eliza Davis George. Liberia. 1913 – 1917

Eliza Davis George served in Liberia, 1913 to 1972.

Eliza Davis George was born in 1879.  In December 1913 she left Texas for New York; and on December 12, 1913, she sailed from New York to Liberia as a National Baptist missionary.

Eliza and another missionary opened a school for children in the interior of Liberia, where there were few missionaries or churches. They called the school Bible Industrial Academy, and their aim was to teach children to read the Bible and show them helpful life skills. Within the first two years they had fifty children attending the academy and saw more than 1,000 people accept the Lord in the nearby villages.

Eliza served as an evangelist, teacher, and church planter throughout Sinoe County, Liberia. Wherever she established ministries, she trained Liberian young people and sent them as missionaries to take the Word of God to their own people and to provide education for their children.

Five years after arriving in Liberia, Eliza’s mission board disbanded. Lacking financial support, she was approached by a British missionary doctor who urged her to marry him so that she would be able to remain in Africa. After much prayer, she concluded that God was permitting her to marry, and in 1919, Eliza became the wife of Dr. Charles George. Together they adopted three children: Maude, Cecelia, and Cerella.

Even when married, Eliza continued to live meagerly, trusting in the Lord’s provision and going to extraordinary lengths to secure support for the ministry Jesus had called her to. Her prayer life reflected her dependence on God:

“O heavenly Father, thou hast taught us to pray for our daily bread. Lord, thou dost know that I do not have one penny to buy food and pay the workers here at the mission. Father, send us something to meet our needs as thou hast promised. Help me to keep trusting Thee so that the children will know Thou art caring for them.”

In 1939, her husband passed away – yet she continued in the work for 33 more years.  By the 1960s The Eliza Davis George Baptist Association had twenty-seven churches in Liberia.

Eliza returned to the USA in 1972 at the age of 93 due to fragile health.  She passed away in Tyler, TX in March 1980.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Daily Quotes for This Week

  • SUNDAY – “I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” 
  • MONDAY – ” We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.”
  • TUESDAY – ”I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” 
  • WEDNESDAY – “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
  • THURSDAY – “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”
  • FRIDAY – “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  • SATURDAY – “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Steadfast Boldness

Because we are surrounded in this earthly realm with those who don’t really believe, we can be lulled into a sense of complacency. Thinking that it doesn’t matter what people believe AND thinking that it is not our business to ‘push Christ on them’.

BUT … if we believe – REALLY BELIEVE – that Christ is who He says He is; that He died and was raised to the end that our victory has been secured; then we must also know that there is no more worthy thing we can do accept work fervently, passionately and at full throttle for His Kingdom.

However, if we have merely accepted the idea of His resurrection and have not let it become a heart belief – then it is all – ALL OF IT – in vain!!! If you really believe in the power of His resurrection, then don’t waver; don’t be discouraged; and, work passionately for the Kingdom of Our God and Father.

As believers, true believers, in The Lord Jesus Christ we have a beautiful and power gain that we could not ever deserve without Him. Because of the beautiful sacrifice of His live, we can never do too much or go through too much to repay Him. Serve Him now because you have a guarantee that You will see Him for eternity. Suffer for the sake of His glory, because you will reign with Him in heaven. Even if you die for Him, you too will rise again one day and be crowned with glory, honor and immorality. His promise to us is everlasting life.

Father, help us to go hard after the things that build your Kingdom. Help us to love so that people are drawn to You. Help us to be bold about the only truth! Help us to remember at what price You secured us for Your own purposes. And please Lord, let us not be weary in well doing!

We Are Not Ashamed
Andraé Crouch
We are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for it is God’s power of salvation. To everyone that believes it, to everyone that receives it, we shall have everlasting life!
God’s word – His word is healing for every nation.
His word – God’s word is power unto salvation.
God’s word – God’s word came all the way from glory.
It set the captives free, made the blind to see.
We are not ashamed, we are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for we have everlasting life

My dad …

Clarence Lee Batties

Really missing my dad today. Actually … every Father’s Day just makes me think of him.

I often think of my wedding day. My dad chosen my husband, Lloyd S. Chinn. Daddy was clear to me that he knew that Lloyd was the man for me; he knew that this guy was his son in law. On my wedding day, however, he could not walk me down the aisle. Daddy had his tux on and everything! He came to the room where I was getting dressed, and he told me he just couldn’t bear to do it. I asked him why, and he said that even though he loved Lloyd like his own son, he could not give me to another man. It was too emotional for him. So my handsome nephew, Jacil Batties, stepped in. Jacil walked me down so that I was standing shoulder to shoulder with my dad as he stood at the pew where he was seated.  When they asked who gave me away my dad looked directly at the preacher, Pastor Crawford W Kimble Sr., and said “her mother and I do”. He always treated Lloyd like his son – and never stopped treating me like his baby girl. I know he loved me through the day that he died. In fact, for all the days that he was alive – I knew he cherished me!

I dream of him sometimes.  I hear his laugh often.  I see his smile in my nephew, Jonathan, and in my baby boy, Jeremy.  My dad didn’t want his best for me; he wanted God’s best for me.  Daddy loved me through my obstinate years and never brought the past up to punish or shame me.  Daddy was a great life guide.  He was a great listener.  He had great big hands that I believed could handle most anything.  His love for me helped me to love and trust God.

Yes — I miss my dad today.