1985 Spring Fling -3 of 3
HAPPENINGS ALONG THE WAY TO HEAVEN
October, 2012 (Part 3 of 3)
"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?
So run, that ye may obtain" (I Corinthians 9:24)
Breakfast was served between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. When we entered the banquet room, I thought, "How much more beautiful can Heaven possibly be?" The ladies were all singing softly and in harmony. Everyone was softly singing songs like, "Something beautiful…He made something beautiful out of my life…God is so Good…I have decided to follow Jesus; no turning back…Peace like a river…Some glad morning, when this life is o'er, I'll fly away." It was a little bit of heaven on earth: a feeling of peace and tranquility.
Hundreds of husbands baby-sit their children these two days, so their wives can attend -- and Wanda was no exception! How precious it was on Saturday morning to see her husband bringing Rachel (one year old) to Wanda for nursing. There were a lot of other young Christian fathers bringing babies to their wives for "breakfast."
At 8:00, we went to the Twiggs Bar, where Wanda nursed Rachel. I wondered what Rachel must think about her Daddy putting her in the car and traveling to this place. The surprise of meeting her mother and grandmother there to hold her and love her for a few minutes before putting her back in the car to return home to her sisters, staying with the maid.
The Twiggs Bar was the biggest meeting place in the Hotel. This bar was built for drinking alcohol: we were "drinking" words from God! We were here to attend a seminar on "The art of Counseling" by Marge Caldwell. She was to discuss the "do's and don'ts" of helping a friend in need or in crisis. She began by saying, "I don't CARE how much you KNOW until I KNOW how much you CARE." Marge is a very gifted person and it really is a blessing to be with her.
For the next session, Wanda and I went to different seminars. I attended one on "That's Entertainment," about parties and entertainment in the home.
Wanda and I met again to attend the lecture on "Spiritual Warfare" -- how Satan attacks the Christian, and God's tools for victory. We were given an outline of the seminar, with Scriptures. This was very good.
"Sin is fulfilling a God-given desire in a God-forbidden way."
God hates sin! The No. 1 sin in America is tolerance for things God calls SIN.
At 12:30, we had lunch in the ballroom…a fantastic salad lunch. This was followed by Special Music and Sharing Time. Beverly Terrell sang several songs, ending with "He Touched Me." When she sang that song, I believe the Lord touched everyone in the room.
She asked us to think of the time when God touched us and we were saved. Then, to go to the microphone and tell about it.
Many ladies gave beautiful testimonies. It was such a precious place to be.
My shoes began walking up the aisle, and I wasn't even in them!!! Or was I??? Am I really going up there? NO! I can't talk…my emotional stability is "nill"…I won't say a word, just cry…turn back to your seat…what are you going to say? Why are you doing this? What ARE you going to say? 500 people are watching you!....and then, there was the microphone, something I have had NO experience speaking into…and hundreds of people are listening!
But a strange composure came upon me, and I began with when the Lord touched me and I was saved; and I kept relating other incidences when the Lord touched me.
Much later, trying to recall what I said, I realized there were seven chapters in my life I had shared…seven, the magical number in the Bible!
When I was 14, God saved me.
When I was 17, He led me to teach a Sunday School Class of 10-year-old girls.
When I was 25, He led me to teach a class of teenagers.
When I was 30, He really laid a challenge on me to teach women ages 35-40.
When I was 38, God and I really struggled when He led me to teach ALL the women in a little new country church. It was here I began illustrating the pastor's sermons with flowers and objects on the pulpit. I made the Sunday church bulletins.
When I was 50, He gave me a corner adjacent to the sanctuary of one of Houston's largest churches to illustrate the Sunday School lessons.
Today (1985), He touches my life with adventures to illustrate and write about. I love the song "My God and I walk through the fields together," and I look for an experience with Him every day.
(This adventure was written in l985. He called me to write "Happenings" in 1987.)
The testimonies were soul bearing, emotionally sensitive, inspiring about heartaches and victories. One woman, about 45 years of age, told of how she was saved as a young teenager; then fell into the worldly ways; and now she has come back to serving God. She said how greatly she regrets she was not faithful all the way. She let alcohol almost ruin her life.
A young lady about 25, confirmed that most of the ladies in attendance were young. She wanted to pay tribute to the older women who are an example of strength and encouragement to the younger women. This was great coming from a young person.
I dare to say, every person in the room was brought to tears by the presence of God in our lives. They touched me! As did ALL the precious Christian "sisters" I met this weekend: all the seminar leaders, the entertainers, and Karen and Mary. I have a great appreciation for all the workers who planned this event, which brought so much pleasure to me. I just wanted to share it with you.
HAPPINESS IS FOUND ALONG THE WAY -- NOT AT THE END OF THE ROAD.
TILLIE WIER, inspirational writer and employee of Logos Ranch, LLC shares her adventures with God so that others may see Him in their everyday lives.
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