Sunday, February 25, 2007
We just did a very hard thing here at the ranch, something we have only had to do 3 other times in the last 15 years of this ministry. We just had to let the #34th boy go from this program, he was only here 8 months and because of some choices he made, we decided we can't help a young man that doesn't want to help himself. Some of the last words we, Jim, Cathy and Curtis, said to him was:
- Curtis said, "You hurt me bad it really hurt me but...... I forgive you and I love ya, man"
- Cathy said, "I hated your actions but I love you and the only way you will ever make it in life is if you turn to Jesus, because HE is the only true one that can help you."
- Jim said, "I really don't feel like hugging you right now but I'm going to anyway, I'm giving up on you, but Jesus will never give up on you."
We learned to love this young man through Christ's love and it is very hard having him as a part of our life trying to teach him right from wrong, and then having to let him go, knowing that he was choosing to still go down the wrong path. We know though that our GOD is a GOD of MIRACLES and HE used US to plant the seeds and HE will send SOMEONE ELSE to water it and HE is the only one that can make it GROW!
I Corinthians 3:5-7 "What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow."
Lord, Jim and I, know we are nothing, you have just chose us as your servant to be your tool, to just touch a portion of this young man's life, but we know that you are EVERYTHING to us and we trust someday you will be EVERYTHING to this young man, because you are a God of MIRACLES. Please just watch over him as he leaves our home, and put you arms around him and give him that hug everynight that we are not able to do now. We thank you in advance for what you are going to do in this young man's life and we thank you for letting us be a part of his life for the 8 months he was here. In Jesus Name, Amen
Laborers for Christ,
Cathy (for Jim and Cathy)
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
"I will maintain my love to him forever, and my covenant with him will never fail."
Monday, February 12, 2007
I get to take my cowboy hat off in about 3 days because I won't have to pull out those pictures to show everyone. I will be holding them all in my arms!!!!! We are going down to Branson, Mo 500 miles away to 3 of the grandchildren and our other grandchild that is 1000 miles away is coming up from Texas to meet us there. So I think I'm going to get a picture of all of them together, in the same picture. I can't wait! I also can't wait to hold them all and see how much their little personalities have changed.
Make sure you are ready when I get back. I will be puttin my cowboy hat back on and pullin those pictures out, fast, to show you how precious my grandchildren are.
Psalm 103:16-18 "But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children-"
I just thank you for your everlasting love and giving me the chance to share that love with my children's children, please help me to be an example to them as I love on them. I am so thankful you have given Jim and I this chance to get away to be able to do this. Thank you for bringing our son Curtis right now, to join up with us in this ministry, to give us this opportunity. You are such a loving God, and I thank you for loving me!
In Jesus Name,
I hope he's wearing his happy face when we see him!
Monday, February 5, 2007
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