AUDIO: Coming Out of the Closet
Since 1992 my most delightful times have been in my prayer closet.
When our heavenly Father gave me a new heart He began filling me with new wine. In this new relationship and new life, as He was teaching me, I looked back to see where I had been and rejoiced that He had saved me from my sin.
The deception that was prominent in my living was totally opposite, counteractive, and counterproductive to the truth to which He brought me. I saw His Word as a powerful source that overrules and overpowers deception.
It was one of the first things I wrote about, believing that the truth is from God alone. Truth is hidden in Christ, His Son, and revealed supernaturally by His Holy Spirit. There was a sense that in His timing He unleashes, so to speak, the power of His truth, through Christ and His written word wherever and whenever He has planned. Eventually, it will, in its power, overcome all things.
Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” Luke 12:3
Avoiding the Social Media
All these years my prayer closet has been my hiding place, where I have prayed fervently for His Spirit of truth and His power in my own life, in the lives of my family members, in His church members and His ministers; in the world.
My avoidance of social media has been with a sense of fear of what happens when we are involved with the influences of the world, especially if they seem to have no sense of the things of God.
At one point computers seemed to be an evil device, then came the Internet, which all must admit is a web that can be used to entangle, to deceive, influence, and to become addictive.
My fear of using a computer was overcome when I learned how to do desk-top publishing on our daughter, Lee’s computer. Beginning with formatting Bogatzky’s Golden Treasury for print and eBook publication, other booklets followed that I shared with family and friends.
Five years ago my pastor suggested that I start a blog. That experience has been God’s way of sharing the truths of His grace and His glory. From other blogs and websites,
my understanding of communications and the media have broadened. The greatest impact has come in the last seven months, as we have learned from other authors how to format, publish and market what we write.
It seems that the majority of books are targeted toward readers who are looking for thrillers, mysteries, murder, horror, fantasy, romance, and the occult. Our work is just the opposite. Our genre is Christian non-fiction, with the emphasis on truth and reality, looking at the things of God that are eternal, not entertaining, but useful for inspiration, spiritual growth, and the teachings of His eternal kingdom. What I have begun to see is that our work is part of the antithesis that began in the Garden of Eden, with the promise of a Savoir, who would bring things back to the order of God’s plan. What the world needs ~ what God’s people need ~ are the means of knowing Him and living in the peace, joy, and love that He provides for us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
Our calling is to enter the battle with the knowledge of truth. A few years ago I would not have been ready. The preparation is ongoing, but the time is now or never. How much longer will we have this opportunity? We are born and redeemed to make a difference in the kingdom for His glory.
From this point, as I continue to pray, I will balance the time spent with the Father on the mountaintop with time spent in the valley and the wilderness, proclaiming His kingdom. So, I will live as if every day is my last. Jerry and I will be using his Facebook page to share what God has been doing in our lives. We have another page for Father and Family Books, a website, Father and Family, and establishing a Christian non-fiction group for writers and readers. Please pray for how He will use these for His kingdom.
Proud of Who We Are
As the culture of this world is in a time zone of pride ~ in who and what we are ~ let us as God’s children come out of hiding and proclaim who we are in Christ, and our purpose for being ~ to speak and live for Jesus Christ as King of kings, and Lord of lords ~ for His glory, His name, His kingdom, and our joy.
This seven-month trek through the publishing industry has been an amazing experience. The Lord has blessed through His Holy Spirit to make it a work of faith and a labor of love. With the encouraging support of family and friends, we are rejoicing that the Lord has made it possible for us to begin to share what He has given us these last twenty-five years. When I say, “begin” I mean that He is still teaching me the beautiful things of His kingdom that belong to all His people.
There are many more books in our files and more to be written; all in His timing.
That said, let me now say that we are not in this to make a lot of money, unless He desires to make this so, because we are giving away some books, and selling some, with the majority of the profit going to missions and charity.
Why am I writing this for this blog, today? This is for those who belong to His kingdom, who desire to know Him better, to love Him more, and to serve Him eternally. We pray that those who find these books will read and learn with us and continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Christ and His Church
The name of Christ and His church is taken lightly in the world today. It has been suffering abuse and we will continue in this mode until His timing for another reformation. With the tone of the world as it is, we can expect persecution. In this, we will see who belongs to Him and His kingdom. We must be ready to contend for the faith. We must teach our children the difference between our Father’s kingdom, and the kingdom of the world, so they know on which side they live and stand, and where they will be victorious.
The truth of God’s Word is the weapon with which we will succeed in overcoming the enemy. It is through His Word and the supernatural power of His Holy Spirit that He will use us as His children, His people, to make His kingdom known in this world. When the persecution becomes fierce, others will see our strength and faith and be drawn to Him.
The main point of our ministry through Father and Family Books is to proclaim the legacy of God’s kingdom. Why is this so important to us? If we know what we have, we will be able to declare and defend the inheritance that is ours in Christ. Our work is not to show how awful the world is, but to proclaim the power, the awesomeness, the goodness and the beauty of God’s kingdom. A rich person will be wrapped up in what He has. His thoughts and actions reveal his wealth to all who know him. So, we as His children live and talk about the wealth that is ours in Christ, even as we show others how they can obtain this inheritance.
As He is continually teaching us to serve Him, we are still learning to live in relationship with our Almighty creator, who reveals Himself as our Redeemer. He is our Father who knows, maintains and provides, through His Son, Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit, all our needs according to His riches in glory.
Humility and service are the keys. As His servants, sharing in the wealth of our master, all our life here is for His name, His kingdom, and His glory, until He brings us to share His heavenly glory with Him forever.
Please visit our website to receive the gift of our first book, First Things That Last Forever. Then we invite you to sign up for our monthly newsletter and receive a second free book, Two Full Plates ~ Learning to be a Caregiver. These are all available in eBooks and paperback. When you purchase other books, you will be contributing to missions that will carry the message of Christ to others. We may publish these in audio, as we also finish other books.
Please pray; join us and walk with us as we continue to seek His kingdom and His will for His name’s sake, His kingdom, and His glory.
Dear Father, we have but one purpose for being here, as you have planned it ~ for your glory; to know you and to love you as you prepare us for eternity with you. We thank you and praise you for your Son, our Lord, and Savior; for the great salvation and inheritance that you have given us in Him ~ a legacy for which we will stand and fight. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Dear Reader, please understand that the content of what you see here did not easily make its way to this webpage. Even before computers came on the scene technology had been my foe. Our home has been without a television for fourteen years because of my addiction.
Most recently when our PC died we were encouraged to try a Mac, which we now have. The contention has continued as I have not yet learned how to do what I want to do on it; so much time is spent just trying to use the documents from our PC which are in booklet form. I do not “love my Mac.” Nevertheless, I am here on January 28, 2011, blogging—something I NEVER wanted to do. In my thinking, blogging was akin to clogging. (Imagine this 71-year woman with the short skirt on the dance floor.)
Second Childhood ~ New Legacy
Many years before I ever wanted to use a computer God had drawn me to his Word, The Holy Bible. Through my study, and prayer, He revealed Himself to me in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Since then hundreds of articles, poems, essays, booklets, and books have been written of the experience of God’s grace in my life, (most writings being relegated to a Posthumous File.) My long-range plans for retirement was to be a simple wife, living a simple life, enjoying my husband and family, attending church without my services being required. All I wanted, as I had learned to wait on God, was for Him to “show me His ways, teach me His paths, lead me in His truth,” for me to do His will as humbly and simply as He would enable me to do. He had always given me “the will, the zeal, and the skill” to do whatever He wanted me to do.
My union with Christ, not remaining stagnant, but always growing, and my communion with the Father, has been a result of His own working. By His grace, He has brought me to these latter years, and through many trials, rejoicing in Him. This second childhood I am going through (I must be out of my mind to think that now is a good time to have books published, and to start a blog to be a support for those who will read them,) needs more than my small bit of dust and time. This will require more wisdom, knowledge, and strength than this frail body is able to muster.
Filled, Fit, Fat, and Flourishing
The new birth in Christ that comes by-way-of the legacy of grace is like a second childhood experience. The Father’s inheritance comes through His Son, Jesus Christ~”For it pleased the Father that in Him all fulness dwell.” (Colossians 1:19) “And of His fulness have we all received, grace for grace;” (KJV) “grace upon grace.” (ESV.)
How can we be satisfied with half a legacy? “To whom much is given much is required.” More grace is promised and required for us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 3:18) To “taste of the Lord” is to see and know that “He is good.” Just a taste will not do. He promises that as we know and grow we shall be filled with “all the fulness of God.” (Ephesians 3:19) It is a lifetime process. A baby does not remain in a crib all his life, but is fed, happy and satisfied; and continues to be fed and to develop physically. Like so, God, our Father makes us fit—enabling us to live the Christian life—to be “partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; having delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son.” (Colossians 1: 14)
At this age and stage are we to rebel and turn back? I thought my life was full already. Are we to sit back and rest on our laurels? He promises that in old age His “righteous ones shall still bring forth fruit; they shall be fat and flourishing.” (Psalm 92:14) God’s grace has no limits. As long as we have breath we are His building, His field, His voice, His hands. Not physically able, nor mentally prepared, my dependence is solely upon the power of His Holy Spirit to work in me what He wants—what He is “exceeding abundantly” able to do in me. It will be more than we can ask or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)
In the ministry of intercession my prayers continue for the working of His grace in the hearts and lives of His people—“earthen vessels” filled with the treasure of Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:7) As a vessel created and redeemed for His use my heart’s desire is to desire what He desires.
The possibilities for a new ministry through this website are overwhelming. And having a tendency to be carried away, I ask that you pray for me to stay focused on Christ, who is the center of my life; and not on what I think He can do through me. There is the potential for addiction to this technology as there is to anything else.
Please pray for those whose hearts and hands will help me in this new endeavor to share God’s grace and His glory—for His glory and our joy.
Addicted to His Grace ~ Fran