Recently, I received a mug in the mail from an inmate who I have been writing for several years. I’ve seen remarkable progress in his walk with our Lord since we have been writing.
Along with the mug was the following note: “My Dear Friend, you simply can’t imagine what a gift from God it’s been to lean upon your kindness time and time again. To know that I have someone who will listen with concern, and help me through each trial with lessons learned. You simply can’t imagine how you’ve blessed me beyond measure, and how I pray your life is blessed with all the joys you treasure.”
Oh my goodness, what a blessing! It really touched my heart and I cried tears of joy at what God has done in both of us through our correspondence. I would like to encourage all pen pals with the knowledge that you are making a difference in lives as you write to your pen pal. God is doing a work through the relationship you develop with them as you share how God has worked in you and your journey.
Most of these folks have no one else who writes or visits. You are their connection to a world outside the darkness they see daily. Thank you for your commitment. Always share the light of Jesus with them in hopes that they will begin to have a closer relationship with Him. If they don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, pray that they will come to know Him through the love you show them.
Thank you, Robert, for this wonderful unexpected gift. It means more to me than you can imagine. I pray that you will continue to follow Jesus and walk with Him regardless of your daily surroundings. I can’t wait to see how God uses you!
Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28. Our Retreats are designed to pull you aside from your difficult circumstances to a place on the mountain to find rest for your weary soul. Retreat means: to withdraw; it’s a place of retirement, quiet, security. If our Lord needed to withdraw from the daily activities as He walked the earth, how much more do we? We believe this invitation is from God calling you to come aside to rest in Him.
Recently I found these words in my Charles Spurgeon Devotional:
“Come to Me,” “Come,”——a simple word, but very full of meaning. To come is to leave one thing and to advance to another. Come, then, laboring and being burdened; leave your legal labors; leave your self-reliant efforts; leave your sins; leave all in which you have trusted before, and come to Jesus. ” If you want to come before His throne and find His favor in your walk, join us in May. We will discover together the Preparation needed to approach Him. We will also talk about the Protocol of the King and what He longs for as we draw closer and closer to His chambers. One night with the King changes everything. Come and join us. The time is drawing near. We already have several who have registered, so be sure to reserve your spot. Remember there will be part and full scholarships available if you need them.
If the King is calling you away with Him please don’t say no to Him. Come and find REST for your weary souls. Come and advance towards your King of Kings in a deeper more intimate relationship. Be refreshed and renewed on the mountain so that you will be better equipped for the valley.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and send in your $50.00 deposit. The rest will be due by May 1, 2014. We are looking for you to COME.
“Do not be afraid of the enemy; (earnestly) remember the Lord and imprint Him (on your minds), great and terrible, and (take courage to) fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”