On Bended Knee

I am a woman with great passion for football! This passion started at an early age when, as an elementary kid, I donned shoulder pads with my helmet‎ and played football with my high school brothers. Yes, I was kicking field goals in my bare feet!

With every high school game that passion increased and came to glorious heights when I attended Ohio State during the golden years of the legendary coach, Woody Hays.  Fifty years later, I am still glued to Ohio State Football Games. Now, that’s a ton of passion and there is even room for my beloved Patriots with the big boys, the pros!!

As a former competitive skater, I follow sports as a whole. I have the deep conviction that in true sports you’re not out to beat the other guy but to beat yourself. You are constantly raising that bar higher and striving to win that title. In the end you can only blame yourself  in defeat or smile with great satisfaction with a win.  Character is built through either the joy of triumph or the agony of defeat.

But sports is not my first passion. My faith in my Lord and Savior‎ is my greatest passion. I cannot get enough of Him. I want to know Him more and more. This Man who died for me…who is He? Therein lies my passion for life.

Whoa, what on earth does your passion for football have to do with your greatest passion, your love for Jesus Christ? Can’t you see it?  It’s been on all the news networks and is the talk of the country. There is a common denominator, ON BENDED KNEE!!!
God’s Word teaches me, “Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.”   Philippians 2.10

Today, in the football coliseums, the warriors of that great sport, football, are taking a knee! Have you ever seen so many strong athletic men go down publicly on bended knee? Wouldn’t it be so incredible if they and the entire stadium would go on bended knees to praise the Name of Jesus and to give thanks for their very breath of life? Then after the completion of that prayer to rise and stand in strength to acknowledge that we indeed are one nation under God?

I’m confused when I watch football these days. Laws have made it that you cannot pray before a game,  but now they are allowed to go on bended knee in public demonstration. Men, you can’t have it both ways. If you’re on your knees, PRAY for our country and for your soul!

‎There’s only two times a grown man will go on bended knee. First to humble themselves before their almighty God and secondly to be on the same level as a child. If only all of God’s people would publicly go on bended knee to proclaim that He is Lord, and to glorify His name! And for those who are going on bended knee in the stadiums to make a statement,  this word is for them. “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”  I Corinthians 13.11

In these turbulent times, we need to remember the words of President George Washington written over 200 years ago but still appropriate for where we are today…

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Almighty GOD; we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection, that thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States of America at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of The Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech thee, through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen     George Washington’s Prayer for the United States of America

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Biblical Proportions

I love the Miracles of the Bible, the feeding of the multitudes of thousands with loaves of bread and a few fish, Peter walking on the water after Jesus called him, and perhaps, my favorite, which I deem the greatest, is the parting of the Red Sea so that God’s people could walk through.

Today, the world doesn’t have much use for the Bible, let alone believing in miracles. But every now and then God will do wonders that men can actually see when they have no faith to do otherwise. Such is the case of Hurricane Irma that God created..

I was not in Florida, but sat before the television to watch both The Weather Channel and Fox News. I wanted to be kept updated on the seriousness of the storm. It was while watching television that I first saw it and had the overwhelming desire to be in Florida to behold it first hand.‎ I will never forget the day, September 10, 2017

I visually saw what the people must have experienced at the Red Sea that day when God parted the waters so they could cross. I saw Tampa Bay emptied of all the water. The 1505059184086very breath of God did this.  The commentators say it has never happened in known history.  Did the rest of the world see it, too? Did it cause them to reflect on the Biblical proportion and remember the parting of the Red Sea?  Too often this has been scoffed and ridiculed for those that cannot comprehend the power of God and His almighty arm.

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform!  He plants His footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm!    William Cowper

I am in awe and bow humbly before my almighty Father in thanksgiving and praise for giving me the sight to behold His wondrous ways. I have always believed in that testament of God parting the Red Sea, but to think that I would witness such an act in my own lifetime I could not have  fathomed.

Did you see it and does it not increase your faith? Yes, there is a God that created you and me and all the living creatures of the universe – He created the sun, stars, and sea and has the domain and power to do wondrous acts for men to see and believe.

Did he part the Red Sea so many years ago? You betcha! Just look at Tampa Bay on September 10, 2017 during the Hurricane Irma and maybe you, too, will believe!

New Life

Tonight I stand before‎ 150 children ranging from five years of age to fifteen years old. What a challenge with such a diversified age group, and what a challenge to reach our children of today and to explain truth, respect and love. God, help me, as You have so entrusted me with this audience tonight – may they see Jesus, not I.

God has breathed new life in these old bones this spring. These last few weeks were busy with a speaking tour in GA, TN, VA, NC and SC. The appointments ranged from doing two weekends of women’s retreats, a deaf church, regular church, prayer conference, Bible College and Missionary School. The schedule was full but by God’s grace we completed the task set before us.

‎We head to Michigan on May 4th and on the 5th will tape a couple of radio programs with Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth and then speak for  Mothers and Daughters that evening. Then we return back to Ohio on the 6th to hitch our trailer and will head north to Vermont until November.

There is much excitement as we return to Vermont which holds our ministry, WaterBrooks. The Lord has blessed us and this summer we will erect our first Prayer Cottage and be ready to serve those that God sends our way. We have attached a 4 minute clip of WaterBrooks which will give you a glimpse of the foundation which this prayer ministry is built upon. Be sure to turn your volume up to hear the sounds of WaterBrooks.

Please pray for us whenever God brings us to mind. Pray for the volunteers that come to build this refuge, this strong tower of the Lord. Pray for the pastors, missionaries and others that He sends to rest beneath His shadow to be restored and renewed. We invite you to WaterBrooks, as well.

May the radiant days of spring hold new life and joy for you and yours. He has risen my friend, HE HAS RISEN INDEED!!

Sue with Deborah
Faithful Women of WaterBrooks

Spring Speaking Tour

Today may be first day of spring,  but WaterBrooks in Vermont shows no traces of thawing. cabin in snow 2017

As you can see, our little cabin and the pond are completely blanketed with the cold white stuff. The second picture is of our porch by the door.

We are to return to WaterBrooks on May 9th to open the ministry for the season but this snow must be totally gone by then!

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Thursday we leave for our spring mini-tour of speaking and most excited to be heading south with warmth and not north with snow! First we head for Virginia Beach, VA where we are doing a Christian women’s retreat. We are blessed with the location of the retreat being at a large beach house right on the water. I will be speaking four times over this weekend and looking forward to making new friends while in this area.

Next  we plan to stop in a quiet place for a few days to hide and do writing projects. This is total seclusion where the brain hits the paper while the keyboards fly‎. We are digging in and vowing not to leave without something to show for it.

We then hit the road for Greenville, SC where we spend the weekend at a Prayer Conference at the Evangelical Institute of Greenville. I will be speaking for their Saturday afternoon session before leaving Sunday afternoon for Columbia, SC where  I will be returning to my spiritual roots at Columbia International University formerly known as Columbia Bible College and Seminary. It will be the first time I will be in Columbia and my spiritual father and dear friend, Dr. Robertson McQuilken will not be there. He always covered me with his prayers. I  will speak for the school’s chapel service on Tuesday, April 4th. Monday, the 3rd, I will be doing two chapel services for Ben Lippen Missionary School‎ so our plate is full with a short stay before beginning our trip back to Ohio on Wednesday.

Friends, we would so appreciate your prayers for this small mini-tour of travelling, speaking and writing. Pray us on for safe travels as we cover the miles, for words of encouragement and utterance as I stand and bear witness to those that God would have to hear, and for wisdom and discernment for all that God would have us do.

It is a joy to be back on the road and to be a “tramp for the Lord” by bringing the good news and bright hope to God’s people.

We covet your prayers and thank you!

We, too, go up to our Jerusalem,

Sue, Deborah and ‘Rodney’

Sweet Success!

Our 4th Annual Open Heart Gala was a sweet success!!

The evening’s highlight was our fabulous cake auction where 28 beautiful homemade cakes were auctioned off and brought in a whopping $13,245.00!! Let’s just say the winners of these cakes “had their cake and ate it, too!”

Just look at these cakes! Our ladies and even a couple of young men totally outdid themselves with the best of the best this year with creativity. Can’t wait to see next year’s cakes! Save the date…it will be February 24th, 2018 and we sure hope you can come.

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Total proceeds for the evening came to $25,717.00!! This surpassed the total for last year by more than $4,000!! We are grateful for all of the volunteers who made this a huge success!

Two ministries so uniquely different, share in the blessings of this evening as they build the houses that God has trusted them with.  Sue Thomas Ministries is joined by Olive Branch Ministries in giving thanks for the great and mighty things that He is doing.

‎We move upward, onward, and forward as we continue to build for the glory of God and the hope of His people!