Faith that moves mountains, but….

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As we know, the greatest gift that can be bestowed upon humankind is love. It is the most delicate and priceless gift  ever given. But it does not always come in fancy wrapping paper with brightly colored bows; rather it can come with the ugliest wrappings and trimmings, which are also called human nature.

Is there someone in your life that has inflicted great pain on your heart and spirit? Has this someone caused you to stumble in your walk with the Lord? Have you gone from a dislike of this person to a dying decay of resentment, bitterness and even hatred??

I’ve had this experience and I finally realized that this was a God given gift to me showing me His infinite mercy and wisdom. Yes, He has blessed me with the spiritual gifts of prophecy and wisdom and I  have faith that moves mountains but with this one life that He put into mine, I could not love with a pure love, and thus, I became nothing.

Time has gone by while I have attempted to give this thorn to my Lord over and over. I testify to the fact that if we do not learn the lesson well the first time, the school master will return the lesson more severely and more painfully. The small thorn that once was a mere splinter had grown into the insurmountable weight of a cross and I had taken upon myself to bear the weight and after a time it had caused me to stumble.

I cannot change this person no matter how much I wish or try but God can change me and there lies my only hope. Hope is standing in the dark and looking out and seeing the light. I realized that to move forward I must surrender all of my emotions and feelings… I must surrender myself and put this person before me and above me in every way. I must reach out and hold them in my arms with an embrace and whisper, “I will never let you go for without you, without love for you, I am nothing.”

 

Friends, a new year begins along with a new day!  Let us remove the weights of bitterness, resentment, and hatred‎, and begin anew! All the ugliness and trimmings of your gift will be made new when you realize the person that causes so much pain in your life is a gift sent by the hand of God to show you that all you do and all you behold is nothing…

… but the greatest of these is love.

The Excellence of Love gives all and expects nothing nor seeks anything by its giving. Love is simply giving while forsaking looking for anything in its return.

December is Giving Month

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God in His timing is always perfect! We have just learned that PayPal will give 1 percent to every dollar donated to Sue Thomas Ministries for Operation Silent Night through their PayPal Giving Fund which is specifically designed to bless nonprofit organizations such as OSN. Friends, will you support this outreach and help get the word out to your friends through email or Facebook so they can join you in supporting OSN? To have this opportunity to receive a 1 per cent donation from PayPal right before we hit the streets for the homeless is a unique gift for which we give thanks.
OPERATION SILENT NIGHT is well on its way with bakers, baking, and orders taking! We are praying for a record of 450 dozen homemade cookies sold this year! You can see pictures of the cookies at www.facebook.com/operationsilentnight

The release of The Just Plain Values Magazine with the OSN story has just been released. You can read the article here  Yes, we are in full swing and we ask for your help from November 28th – December 31st.
Please simply hit this button to give  – your gift brings forth the warmth of blankets and clothes and food to eat to the hidden lost people of the streets.

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The greatest gift you can give is to the least of your brethren as you give unto Him. Your gift does make a difference!
For Him and Those Who Sleep on the Streets,
Sue thomas, Co-Founder
Deborah Shofstahl‎, Co-Founder

 

 

Take a breath

It’s that time of the year! Is your heart overflowing with thankfulness every day or are you holding your breath until the turkey arrives picture perfect on the laden table? Our National Day of Thanksgiving may be scheduled for next week, but before the count down begins and everything switches into full speed, and you’re madly dashing to complete and check off the to-do list, please remember to pause, take a deep breath, and give thanks for the countless blessings that have been bestowed upon you throughout the year, through God’s generous giving, or His gracious withholding. Oh, there is so much to give thanks for!  These winter months are a perfect time to smell the bouquets of fragrant roses that were handed to you throughout the year. First, give thanks for your very breath of life,  then take a deep breath and continue counting one by one. In today’s frantic society the season officially begins before Halloween. We all know this is nothing short of a nightmare, so if you have survived this far, then give thanks for the grace of getting through your nightmares!

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We stay busy around here. This month, my interview with Nancy Leigh DeMoss Wolgemuth airs on her radio program,  Revive Our Hearts. The dates are November 27th, 28th, and 29th.  Be sure to check your local Christian radio station for the time the program will air. It is called “Finding Hope In The Silence” and is a series you won’t want to miss.20170503_-204

The month also sees preparation for Operation Silent Night’s annual fundraising  Christmas Cookie Platters. Last year over 400 dozen cookies were sold -this year the goal is for 450 dozen! Please check out Operation Silent Night’s Facebook page for more information and delicious pictures!

We will keep you posted on current news so please stay with us! Our hearts are overflowing with thanks and we consider you to be one of our blessings.

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

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!