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My Birthday 2016

Yesterday turned out to be one of my best, if not the best, birthdays that I’ve had. I know that the reason is all because of the LORD and His love. I do appreciate all the calls and messages on Facebook and the time spent with my family. I am so grateful for all of the little and big ways that those whom I love showed me that they love me.

None of the love shown to me on this birthday would have been possible nor would I have been able to receive it if it were not for the LORD. For one thing, I wouldn’t have believed that I deserve it or that anyone could love me. For another thing, I would have hidden from everyone because of the disbelief in their ability to love me because of how much I did not love myself. Today I understand that God is the One who authors love and puts people in our lives to encourage us and He is the Source of all of my life and all that sustains me – including my ability to love myself and my relationships with others. I thank God for where He has me today.

I realize that no matter what anyone else is doing, my eyes should be on the LORD and I should stand on His Word and His promises and His truth – about who I am and who they are. I should not be so upset with anyone if they are acting out and especially if I know they are a believer. I should pray for them and forgive and ask God to heal, convict, grant mercy towards repentance, lavish His grace into their situation and TRUST HIM to be their Father, Teacher, Healer, and Comforter – just as He is mine. (Romans 14:4) If He can do what He has done in me, then He can do it in them!! Praise God! Do I really get it now?

When I had the revelation to stop focusing on the acting out behavior (sins) and to instead focus on loving the person and leaving the rest to God – I felt like I was hearing to stop demonizing everything that is sinful. What I believe that means is that God is still in control anyway so do not allow the fact that a sin is taking place to now make you believe that the situation or the person is unreachable. No! God is bigger than our sin! As believers we rest in the fact that Jesus did pay the price for our sin and He has redeemed us. And we should know that we are not made perfect in our actions the day that we are saved. The day that we accept the FREE GIFT OF GRACE AND SALVATION is the day that we are transferred from the darkness into His kingdom of glorious light but we are not going to live a perfect life from that moment on. We are made perfect in His sight and Jesus perfects us. If we understand this for ourselves, then we need to understand it for others.

When a person is a believer and is still struggling with overcoming a bad habit or a sin and they stumble or fall, God’s Word promises that nothing can separate us from His love. Romans 8 covers the whole idea of struggling with sin and becoming more than a conqueror in Christ. The reason Romans 8 talks about there being no more condemnation in Christ and that nothing can separate us from God’s love is because God knows how our minds work and how guilt and shame work to keep us from being more than conquerors. God wants us to walk in the love He has for us and to share that same love with others. That is exactly why He sent Jesus Christ to give us the perfect example, to show us His love personified and to pay the price for ALL of our sins.

Philippians 2:12-13 tells us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in us to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose. This tells us to be patient with ourselves and with one another because it is going to take some time to work out our salvation. Also, it tells us that God is the One who is working in us to get us where He wants us to be. We are not let off the hook. We are told to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. We need to stay surrendered to the leadership of Jesus, listen to the Holy Spirit and move when we are touched and obey His voice. The fear and trembling comes in as we are learning and we are not sure and we are constantly seeking to hear Him and to know Him and to do as He leads.

I am not saying that it is OK to keep sinning or that our struggle needs to continue over the same issues over and over again. No. But God is bigger than that obstacle, that bad habit that we are trying to give up, and that character defect that we do not want to have any longer. The sooner we surrender to Him, the more that we are in His presence and the more we learn of Him, the sooner we will overcome that which is trying to hinder us.

Also, when we or our loved ones are struggling, we need to remind each other that God is bigger and so is His love! And the enemy cannot overcome God! Whatever the enemy tries to use against us will not prosper! God can and will take what seemed meant for evil and He will turn it for good! So remember that and remind each other of that! Stand in that truth even when we see another person who is doing something that we know they may regret or that can turn out badly. And tell the enemy: “Devil, you may think you are winning here, but get behind me! I am surrendering to Jesus Christ and His authority and I plead the blood of Jesus over myself and put His spotless blood between us. You have no authority here! Go! In the name of Jesus I tell you to go and do not come back! I am redeemed! There is no weapon formed against me that will prosper! Your attacks and tactics will come to no gain for you or your evil purposes. God will take what you meant for evil and turn it for good.”

Proclaim that for your loved ones. Stop giving the enemy any room! Stop giving the enemy victories because we say, “Well the devil just keeps attacking him and he’s too weak or doesn’t want to choose the Lord.” Stand in the gap for your loved ones and even for the strangers and lost souls that you see on the street and pray for one another! The enemy of our souls only wins when we give up or give up on one another! Jesus never gives up on us. God never gives up on anyone! He moved heaven and earth for every human being on this planet! He wants no lost souls. We are all His children if we just believe!

At one time we were all enemies of God IN OUR OWN MINDS as shown by our evil actions. Colossians 1:21-22 “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”

That is definitely where I used to be! An enemy of God in my own mind, even though I had accepted Christ as my Savior as a child. When I got old enough to really understand what sin was and what a wretched sinner that I was, I had a hard time really believing that God could love me. I am so grateful that He has helped me to at least begin to grasp the depth of His love for me. 

God does not want us to be His enemies! He loves us and sent His Son to reconcile us to Himself. But because we did not understand or know about how great His love is for us, we thought we were His enemies and we acted like we were His enemies. We acted like we had to fend for ourselves and like it did not matter how we got the things that we wanted and needed for ourselves. Like orphan children with no one to trust, we acted out and lashed out. But now, now that we have such a great love shown to us, let us show that love to others and let us trust our Father in heaven.

~ Angela

 

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Update from Angela of 2Fools4Christ

Good afternoon to everyone who happens by our blog! And I know that it is God who has directed you here. This is just our meager attempt to give back to our Father who loves us so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins and shortcomings and mistakes – knowing what they would be in advance, He came and gave His life for us so that we can know the Father. We are forever grateful.

Even having acknowledged our faith in Jesus, we admit that we are still imperfect in ourselves and of ourselves. But we also say that is the Good News of the gospel. We are nothing. We do not try to make ourselves out to be something that we are not or take any credit for any good that we do. It is only by the grace and mercy of God that we stand, stumble, fall, get back up and continue every day to seek those new mercies offered by our Father in the name of Jesus. The Good News is that we all have fallen short of God’s perfection and He knew that we would, but loves us in spite of ourselves and sent Jesus to rescue and save us from ourselves, the world and the devil. We do have victory in Jesus! Victory is not us being perfect, it is that we are perfect in Christ even though we cannot be perfect – He gives us His perfection and perfects us.

We have to not be so hard on ourselves, but we must rest in the finished work of the cross of Christ. He cried, “It is finished!” for a reason. We need to stand on the promises of God even in the face of failure and dire looking circumstances and situations. Though we fall we must keep turning to the Lord for He is the One who picks us up and gives us more grace. I am like Paul who said: “Who can save me from the wretch that I am? But thanks be to God who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25). I am so thankful to know that my sins are not counted against me and that they are covered by the blood of the spotless Lamb. And so, I pray that they are not counted against you or anyone else. I pray that you are drawn by the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ and the Word of God and that you come to know Him so that He may reveal to you the Father, who’s love is unfailing and does not depend on who you are, where you are, what you did, what you did not do, how rich or how poor you are or any other thing. The Father so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son to reconcile those who believe on Jesus into a relationship with Him. That relationship is LOVE.

******* UPDATE******

I did not mean to say much more than that I am going to be posting some poems and writings from my teenage years and forward. These poems were written prior to being diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. Some of them are very strange and some of them are miraculous. I hope that they speak to you about the journey that I have been on ever since I can remember. As I do post them, feel free to ask questions or comment and thank you for stopping by our blog!

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I Dreamed a Weird Dream

I had a strange dream, it was very much like a vision….
In the dream, Jerry and I were going to help fix a friend’s car and we were following them, but I got ahead of them and pulled over at a gas station in unfamiliar territory, to wait on this friend. In the meantime, Jerry got out and the friend wanted him to drive so that he could see exactly how their car acting. I had the kids with me and we got delayed. Jerry and the friend didn’t realize that we weren’t ready to leave and they went ahead and left. So me and the kids were left there….
this is where it got really strange
I took out my phone to call Jerry and tell him that we were not behind them but my phone wasn’t quite cooperating.
It was broad daylight, between noon and 3 p.m. and I realized this because…
The sky became like it was midnight…
It was very dark and the people coming and going from the gas station all got very quiet for a minute, all of looking around, like, it isn’t nighttime??!! We all looked at our phones for the time, but they weren’t working, and we knew it was just the middle of the day, anyways, and we were all a bit scared for a second…
but there were two ladies who came near to me and we looked in each other’s eyes and we had tears in our eyes for a moment…
I asked the one lady, that had grabbed my hand, “Do you know Jesus?”
She said, “Yes, thank Him, I know Him” and we smiled at one another. We hugged and then the second lady joined us and we all said, “Everything is OK, good, actually” and we smiled and they went on their separate ways…
I was looking up at the sky and the clouds were doing strange things, it looked like they were attacking and covering the moon, swirling around it, etc – but I also felt like the Lord was working in it all and was doing something. Some of the people stopped at the gas station were looking up expectantly, but others were running around scared and screaming and afraid. But there were a few of us that were kind of calmly looking up in the sky and seeming to be wondering just what God was doing, because we knew that He is in control and that we didn’t have to be afraid..
Then, this beautiful light covered the moon (and I am not suggesting anything, but just telling you what I was seeing and it was like a message in the sky, not exactly what is going to happen) Then, it was like a cartoon looking scene there in the sky, like the Lord was using a cartoon drawing in the darkened sky to show us something wonderful. He showed us the moon was really a picture of the earth and that He is doing something, something that He has already foretold us in His Word. The cartoon drawing of the earth, where the moon was previously in my dream, began as a normal looking earth but then it was bare and then it began changing, the shapes of the continents and waters and everything was changed and then the land began to show green, with grass and trees and forests and all types of new life and it grew bigger and bigger. And  I got so excited in the dream, I was like, “O my goodness that is what the Lord promised, a new heaven and a new earth!”

I looked down at my phone I wanted to call Jerry and see if he was seeing what I was seeing, but there was a cartoon type drawing on my phone that I had never seen before and it was angelic looking, like cartoon angels drawn with message bubbles beside them like they were telling something, but I couldn’t see to read the words there, and I could not dial out on my phone, either…. and the sky became bright again like nothing ever happened and the people there at the gas station, some of them went on their way like nothing ever happened, but others of us were quietly looking at one another like we had a common knowledge among us, and also, like, we knew we had to share with others….

what does this mean? of course, I really don’t know for sure, but I do know that I love the Lord. I do know that He shows us things for a reason. I felt like He wanted me to share this. And one more thing, I felt the urgency as I did in the dream when I asked the lady if she knew Jesus, that we need to not wait any longer to tell others that we love them and that Jesus loves them and for us to love them as Jesus does, RIGHT NOW. TODAY, while you hear HIS voice, please answer, TODAY, while there is still light, hear His voice and surrender to the love of Jesus, that is what it is, His LOVE, not His law, but His LOVE – right where you are and He will do the rest. And if you are His, share His LOVE, walk in His love, allow His love and compassion to motivate you to share yourself and the gifts that He has given to you with others, we are all here for a reason and have been blessed to be a blessing.
If you took the time to read this whole thing, God bless your heart for realz!

Here is the verse of the day, today, June 1, 2015 on biblegateway.com :

Verse of the Day

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Revelation 21: 2-4 NIV

HALLELUJAH! TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR AND PRAISE!
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What’s New with 2fools4Christ as of November 26 2014

2fools4Christ recent photo nov 2014

We have not added any new posts lately to the blog and I feel really sad about that in a way! The only reason that I am not sad about that is that we have been really busy with a huge blessing and responsibility. We have felt led to share our testimony with others and Jerry has also felt led to start a Bible study outside of our home. Recently, we had contacted a sweet sister in Christ who said that she had a small church in her family that her grandfather built in the 1930’s. She said that the little church had not held services for the past 5 years and that she would love for someone to use it again for the Lord. Jerry told me to write to her and ask her if she would be willing to rent it to us. We met with her a few weeks later. We have been praying for the Lord to show us the next step and for the past year, Jerry was telling me that the Lord would open the right door when He was ready and He felt that we were ready. So, after praying about it and receiving various confirmations from the Lord, we stepped out in faith and started having services at the little church.

Now, Bro. Jerry and I are worshiping at the little church that we felt led to call “The King’s House.” We have had only a few that are coming to the meetings but each time the Holy Spirit has led our fellowship and worship and the messages that Jerry is sharing from his heart that the Lord lays on him to share. There are times when we know the Lord is speaking directly to me and Jerry – as there have been a couple of times that we were the only ones there, too. LOL Our meetings and those that have attended with us have been blessed with the Lord’s presence. There have been some amazing testimonies of the Lord’s work and power in our lives that have been shared.

We feel led to have this little church just be like a visit to a living room where brothers and sisters in Christ are worshiping, praying, having fellowship with one another, learning and growing in Jesus and His love, together. We pray that the Holy Spirit is in charge every time that we meet there. Sometimes it is like a church service in that we do pray together, we sing together and Bro. Jerry gets up behind a pulpit and shares. At times we have just met and prayed and shared with each other about what God is doing or has done in our lives and what we are learning at the moment. Every time we meet we welcome the Holy Spirit to lead the gathering and Bro. Jerry encourages anyone who wants to share, give a testimony, ask a question, sing or pray to do so.

In the beginning we were unsure of how long this would go on. Like, we really still do not know exactly what the Lord is doing with us at this time and in this place. But, we do know that He is with us and He is leading us and so we trust that He is preparing us for more of His work in building the kingdom and sharing the gospel. We don’t know how long we will be meeting at The King’s House for sure, but we know that we feel like it will be at least a few months. We are really just praying to continue to be led by the Lord and that He continues to work in us to will and to act according to His good purposes.

I have been able to video several of the messages that Bro. Jerry has shared and I will be sharing them here on the blog under the category: “The King’s House” It does take a little time to convert the videos and get them uploaded. I pray that I get better at all of that.

Also, we are going to be holding Celebrate Recovery meetings on Thursday evenings and we have had great response to that announcement. We believe that the Lord is going to do mighty and glorious works with the Holy Spirit through His people at these meetings, as well. Thanks to a dear brother and sister in Christ that have known us and have seen us through all the good, the bad and the ugly for the past ten years, we have a leadership package for the Celebrate Recovery program and the guides for working through the steps.

Another great development is our involvement in a group on Facebook that is called Alabama Christian Family Praying and Providing. Melanie Pruitt and Brittney Lowe started this group earlier this year and it has grown into the group that it is currently named and has over 3000 members. Melanie found Jerry and I in an ad that we had placed on Craigslist for sharing our testimony. She asked for me to be a member and an administrator for the group to help spread the Word of God, pray for others and share our testimony. Jerry is not as involved as I am in the group but he does support them with prayer and keeps up through me. 🙂 God definitely has His hand on this group and there are many prayers and lives being changed through the love of Jesus being expressed there. Also, there are needs for food, clothing, electricity and Christmas being met through the group, too, as the Lord leads and provides.

An unexpected miracle that I was able to participate in that is related to ACFPnP is that we were asked to be on a local radio talk show program, Priority Talk. We were invited to come on air and talk about how the group got started, how it works and what the goals of the group are. Melanie was going to go, but she had to work and asked for me to be the spokesperson for the group. Wow, that was such an honor. I prayed so hard about saying the right things to honor and glorify the Lord and to make sure that the group message was presented clearly. That morning the Lord gave me a verse and it was right on time! It is so like Him to bless us that way 🙂 (I Corinthians 1:5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge—) I claimed that verse and thanked the Lord for giving it to me. When I got to the radio station, I was pretty nervous, but I felt really calm considering that I had never done anything like that before then. According to everyone that listened and the host, the interview went really well. I know that I didn’t seem to stutter around and feel like an idiot like I usually do when I talk to people that I don’t know and in stressful situations. So I give God all the glory!!!

The last part of this update is about Jerry and court… our next date is in December. We are still just trusting the Lord. There is a reason that He intervened and that this has been delayed and going on since November 2013. It will have been over a year since Jerry was charged with “under the influence.” We have not released every detail due to Jerry suffering injuries and a concussion and amnesia and uncertainty of even being charged and then relying on the city’s public defender. This case is so unclear and there is so much that is not known to us. We did hire an attorney after Jerry got a job back in June. The attorney feels strongly that this case should be dismissed or that Jerry should be found not guilty even if we have to appeal to the county -finally after the lab results come back. We will do our best to keep updating and writing for this blog in the meantime. And as always, we welcome questions!!! If we have left things out, it is unintentional. We would love to hear from you! We welcome the chance to share everything that we are going through!

Also, as Jerry’s wife, I am so glad to see how the Lord is moving in our family and in Jerry. There has been miraculous deliverance through the Lord and in His name and so much more freedom and peace in our home. I am so thankful for all that the Lord has done, is doing and will do! Jerry and I both are more grateful than ever before in our lives to the Lord and are actually really only beginning to understand a smidgen of His goodness. He blows our minds with His love!

We pray that you also come to the point where your mind is blown by the length, the breadth, width and the height of God’s love through His Son Jesus Christ and experience the filling of the Holy Spirit and that you are rooted and firmly grounded in this love of Jesus!! So that your joy may be full! And that you may be whole and complete and lack nothing! In the name of Jesus, amen….