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Gideon Stories July 25, 2011

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 7:52 pm

Our church hosted a Gideon speaker a couple of weeks ago who came and shared with us the mission of The Gideons International, which is to distribute God’s Word around the world and engage in evangelism.  This Gideon speaker was also my father-in-law!

He shared some wonderful stories of how God has used a small Gideon Bible in big ways to change the lives of hopeless, desperate people.  For every wonderful story the Gideons know about, there are probably 100 stories they don’t know about.

One story he told was about a man in Denmark who built a fire in his fireplace and noticed that the smoke was filling his house instead of going out the chimney.  Climbing to his roof to find the reason, he found, to his horror, that a stork had built a nest right on top of his chimney.  In their culture, it is considered bad luck for a stork to build a nest on a chimney because it meant someone in that household was going to die.  Immediately, he began removing the nest.  As he was tearing the huge nest apart, he noticed small, white pages woven into the sticks and leaves.  He pulled the pages out and began reading them, only to discover they were pages from a Gideon Bible in this man’s language!  This man and his household were saved!  That stork was anything but bad luck!  How amazing that God would use one of his creatures to bring the Good News to a man’s rooftop!

Another story was of a man in Siberia who was a very poor farmer and sat out in his field one day crying out to one of the many gods he believed in.  As he sat praying, something fell right at his feet.  He opened his eyes and discovered a little Gideon Bible in his language, which he read and learned about the one true God and was saved.  Little did he know, a helicopter flying overhead needed to lighten its load and threw a box of Gideon Bibles out, one landing next to this desperate man.  I love how God works!

The Gideons International is a Christian organization dedicated to distributing the Bible in 94 languages in over 190 countries around the world.  They place Bibles in hotels, prisons, and hospitals.  They give them to students across college campuses and to new military recruits.  To date, they have given away about 1.6 billion Bibles free to the recipients.  God is using this group in amazing ways!  Visit http://www.gideons.org/ for more information.

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Olympic Dreams February 20, 2010

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 3:25 pm

I have enjoyed watching some of the Olympic winter games this week.  My 9- and 7- year old children have also enjoyed watching with us.  I admire those athletes who spend years in training, while putting the rest of their lives on hold.  Great physical training and mental training go into preparation for the biggest games in the world.

As I watched the women’s and men’s alpine skiing the last couple of nights, I literally sat on the edge of my sofa with sweaty palms.  They have to navigate quickly around turns, skiing incredibly fast, up to 70 mph!  On some highways, that’s more than the speed limit in a car!  This girl would never dream of getting on a pair of skis and trying to make is across a finish line, unless we’re talking the bunny hill!

Some of the athletes made it safely across the finish line still standing and one finished in a slide after he fell and knocked his skis off just before the finish line.  Still others never made it to the finish line because of a crash.  Oh how I want to run out onto the ice and snow at such times and give those fallen athletes a hug and say to them “It’s okay…I’m proud of you because you tried!.”  Somehow I think that would not be such a comforting line to those whose Olympic dreams have just been dashed!

I think it is an honor for those athletes to participate in the Olympics!  To be considered at the top of your sport to represent your country is awesome!  To me, they are all worthy of a gold medal!  Good thing I’m not a judge!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day! February 14, 2010

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 9:16 pm

Valentine’s Day conjures up images in our minds of red roses, pretty chocolate boxes wrapped in bows, jewelry (especially of the sparkly persuasion!), dinner reservations, and marriage proposals.  It is a day to celebrate love!  It is a day to celebrate the one you love!

My parents were married on Valentine’s Day, and I have always thought that was so romantic!  I used to wish my husband had waited four weeks later than he did to propose to me, so we could celebrate our engagement on Valentine’s Day.  Instead, he chose January 15th, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday to propose!  Oblivious to MLK, his reason for that date, “I just couldn’t wait!  I was so excited!”  Now that’s romantic!

We don’t typically think of suffering, bleeding, or dying on Valentine’s Day.  However, Jesus suffered, bled, and died on the cross for us, and that’s the ultimate sacrifice of love.     He died to give anyone who calls on His name real life.  John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  Jesus, out of obedience and love, left his Heavenly home to come to earth and die for our sinfulness.  There is no other way to a holy, perfect God except through Jesus who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).”  His blood cleanses us and provides the way to Heaven.

This Valentine’s Day don’t forget to celebrate the One you love!  Show God how much you love Him by spending time with Him and thanking Him for all of your blessings, including your husband and children!  Flowers fade, chocolates disappear (and reappear on the hips), and jewelry gets lost.  However, the love of Christ is a gift that lasts forever and can be celebrated any day of the year!  Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Relief in Haiti January 19, 2010

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 11:32 pm

Like you, I’ve been so saddened to see pictures of the devastation in Haiti caused by one of the worst earthquakes to hit the small, poor country in over 200 years.  It is heart breaking to hear the stories of mass graves necessary to handle overwhelming  numbers of the dead, orphans without formula, relatives seeking word of each other, and relief supplies not being able to reach the injured and hungry.

The needs of Haiti are many, and at times, seem insurmountable.  However, in the midst of such devastation, God can work to show His Hope to the hopeless there.  The people there have probably never been so desperate, and these are the times God can send revival.

I’ve been encouraged to see the world unite to help Haiti.  Many countries are pledging monetary support and are sending planes with relief supplies.  Our military are heroes for their air drops over the country and for going in to rescue the helpless.  Churches across the United States are taking up special offerings for Haiti.  Our church’s RA’s and GA’s are collecting supplies that are most needed right now in Haiti.  A family in our Classical Conversations group made beautiful cookies and colorful sprinkle brownies that they sold for donations which will go to Samaritan’s Purse’s relief efforts in Haiti.

I would encourage you to give (to a reputable organization of your choice) to help these precious people because it could just as easily be us in need.  The amount does not matter.  I love this quote from Mother Teresa:  “If you can’t feed a hundred, feed one.”  Our gifts together can be huge and can make a difference and can show the love of Jesus.  Let’s unite our hearts in prayer for Haiti and watch for the miracle stories that are sure to come!

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear.  Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.  Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”  (Psalm 46:1-3)

 

More Hours in my Day? April 16, 2009

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 12:30 pm

How many times have we wished for more hours in our day?  I can’t help but think that if we could have more hours in our day, we would just fill those hours up with even more things to do.  We already have enough to do!  God ordered our days perfectly with 24 hours for a reason.

I am preparing to travel with my husband to Chicago for a conference next week.  Our children are being dispersed to family members for the week, and I am a busy mommy getting us all ready to go.  Some of the things that have been part of my schedule this week include speaking at a homeschool curriculum sharing event, a doctor’s appointment, a lunch date, having a friend for dinner, a play date, grocery runs, buying a birthday gift, pulling summer clothes out of the attic for my kids, haircuts, a field trip, oh, and getting in a week of school lessons!

On busy days, we may try to justify skipping our quiet times with the Lord because we have so much to do, but I think busy days are all the more reason to NOT skip our time with the Lord.  Seeking Him daily through prayer and Bible reading is what focuses us for the day.  I often pray that God will give me wisdom and discernment to handle whatever may come my way.  Sometimes we are thrown into circumstances that we do not plan on, and He is able to guide us through those times.  Psalm 34: 10b says “those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”  He wants to help you order your day, and he will give you the strength, grace, and wisdom to get done for the day what is sufficient.  Sometimes that may mean looking at our “TO DO” lists and setting priorities.  Sometimes that may mean saying “no” to something good.

No, I don’t wish for my hours in my day!  Thank you, God, for giving me a new day and help me to live it to your glory!

 

Happy Easter April 11, 2009

Filed under: 1 — Michelle Ferguson @ 1:27 pm

I believe Easter is another attempt of the secular world to “hijack” a Christian holiday.  It has become so commercialized, just like Christmas.  The emphasis is the Easter bunny, Easter baskets overflowing with goodies, egg hunts, candy, and new spring outfits.  I certainly do not believe any of these things are wrong, but they must be put into proper perspective.    As Christians, we must remember and emphasize that this holiday is all about Jesus and what He did on the cross for us!

As my husband and toddler ran an errand yesterday afternoon, Good Friday, he witnessed someone dressed as Jesus, carrying a cross, and  surrounded by Roman soldiers, walking beside the road.  It struck me as an awesome reminder of the true meaning of Easter.  Jesus was sent to the earth as a baby, fully God and fully man.  His sole purpose was to sacrifice His life on the cross for sinners.  God put His wrath and punishment of sin on His One and Only Son, Jesus, so that we can be saved and go to heaven.  We can be saved from the punishment of hell because of what Jesus did for us.  Three days after Jesus died, He rose from the grave.  He is alive!  He is preparing a place in heaven for Christians!  That is something to celebrate!  That is what Easter is all about!

Take time to share with your children what makes Easter so special.  If you don’t tell them, they may never know.  I love to use Resurrection eggs to tell the story.  Each plastic egg contains a piece of the Easter story that children love to see and hold.  Read afresh the account of the last days of Jesus in the book of Matthew, chapters 26, 27, and 28.  Pray and ask the Lord to show you anew the realness of His love for you.  God’s Word is powerful and refreshing!