The Impact of One Act

A greeting card we received ten years ago stands on our computer desk. We received it from someone we did not know, who wrote, “Dear Fran and Jerry, We have you on our “permanent” prayer list and have been fervently praying for you regularly.”
A neighbor of ours had asked prayer at her church for Jerry, after his leg was amputated. The card was sent from someone who knew of his slow process of healing, saying, “We are so thankful for your Godly example in dealing with adversity and staying so faithful to trust in our Sovereign Lord. We will continue to lift you up! For His glory, Sarina and Michael Roth
This card was among many others, with emails from those who were praying, encouraging and supporting us during that difficult time, but this one stood out from all the rest because it came from a sister-in-Christ that we had never met.
It was over three years, and a third surgery, before Jerry’s wound from the amputation was healed. For nine years I kept the card in a special place. Last year, after I published TWO FULL PLATES ~ Learning to be a Caregiver, I took the card out of the envelope, read the message again, and was led to find Sarina on Facebook. I contacted her to let her know how much her card had meant to Jerry and me, that we were still blessed by reading it. I told her about the book and sent her a copy. In the process of our communication, I learned that Sarina is a photographer and creator of her own greeting cards (perhaps another reason this card was so special to us).
Since our connecting on Facebook, she and Michael were involved in a motorcycle accident. Both sustained injuries, both are recovering, but Sarina cannot yet use her hand for her photography. My prayers for her and Michael are fervent and daily for their healing.
When she sent her card to us so many years ago, she had no idea how her act of compassion toward us would impact our hearts and lives.
Jerry and I were actually impacted by two acts. First, Sarina prayed.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
Then Sarina, in an act of kindness to us, encouraged us by letting us know that she was praying.
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,” Colossians 3:12
We should never doubt that an act of kindness, no matter how small, will make a difference in someone’s life, and that kindness be returned to us when we least expect it.
 Dear Father in heaven. We praise you for working in the hearts of your people to care for one another. Thank you for revealing your love everywhere, especially in our kindness to others. Thank you for the blessing of Sarina’s card so many years ago, that proves a love that recycles, and truly is evident “all around us.” I ask for your continued healing for Michael and Sarina; for Jerry, as he still needs our care, and your mercy for all in need of healing. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
~ Fran

If God Brings You To It ~

 

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 7.21.44 AMThe week before Jerry’s heart attack on December 28, this thought, “If He brings you to it, He will bring you through it” was brought to mind. It was not until after a week in the hospital, and recovering at home, that it surfaced again. Not only through that trauma, but also with God’s continual presence in these last five months, this truth is evident ~ If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

Before and during Jerry’s hospital stay, the Lord was bringing me to see how we could publish four of my books. At first, we planned to do eBooks, but since beginning this project, we are doing these in print also. The Lord has led me through the process of drafting these books for publication as soon as we have finished building our website.

Father and Family Books ~ Proclaiming the Legacy of God’s Kingdom will be a station from which we will share what He has been giving me for the past twenty-five years. This legacy is meant for all of His family, and through His leading, we will share what He continues to teach me.

It is a joy, at the age of 77, to still be learning ~ in my second childhood, so to speak. And concerning God and His kingdom, we will be learning through eternity.

Even though sequestered, as Jerry’s caregiver, there is nothing to prevent the reality of Jesus’ last words to His disciples before He ascended back to the Father. In Acts 1:8, He said, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

At first, we had thought to share these at no cost, but now we understand that we are to offer these at a reasonable price, and designate the profit for missions. This will establish a community of God’s people to be a part of this venture for His kingdom. The first eBook is free; from our website. FIRST THINGS That Last FOREVER is to share what we are about and to encourage those who are disciples of Christ to know the unsearchable riches that we have in Him. A second book TWO FULL PLATES ~ Learning to be a Caregiver is free when you subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

In the next few weeks, we will post information about our progress. In the meantime, we will share something about the four books that will be published. (Update on September 6, published these five books on August 2.  Now available.)

If you are on Facebook you can find Father and Family Books there.

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The first three are part of the series Little Books About the Magnitude of God, each less than 100 pages.
TWO FULL PLATES ~ Learning to be a Caregiver is a short version of how God has worked in my life as His servant.
The Garden of GOD’S WORD ~ The Purpose and Delight of BIBLE STUDY is a sixteen-year experience in God’s Word.
The LITTLE BOAT and other Short Stories of GOD’S GRACE is my only work of fiction.
The fourth is the first of the series What the Holy BIBLE Says About Light is a ten-week devotional study.

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