Devotional by Cally Whiteland …
Galations 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
The focus: As Disciples of Christ we should continue to do good no matter how exhausting or how frustrating life can be. As we share ideas, please pray for discernment in the way we should go. It is easy to grow tired and stressed out with our own “to-do’s” and we forget what God created us … to do.
What kind of harvest does God want to see? What kind of seeds can we plant for our children, grandchildren and our neighbors? In what ways can we plant the seed of God’s love for someone who does not know God?
Let’s work together as the Church to continue to be the hands and the feet of love. As a small church we make big leaps! Christ has promised us strength, so that we can do the work as disciples without growing weary.
Gracious God, open our eyes, open our ears, and open our hearts so that we may enable and prepare a harvest of bounty. Amen.
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Anthony Weiss: “Jesus is REAL”
Wide is the path to destruction, narrow is the path to righteousness! Through the last few months of life, I have finally arrived to the end of myself and discovered ME. This is something I have spent an enormous amount of time on; it wasn’t until I asked Jesus to show me the WAY that everything occurred. So, I write this message with an open heart and enthusiasm to continue my walk with Christ. The best is yet to come!
The pain in my hand is not an issue, once I opened my heart some true healing has occurred! Speaking of the hand, the wounds from the finger re-plantation are about 95% healed … … …
Not certain of any more surgeries or procedures; the research that I have done has explained several folks requiring multiple procedures to correct, so we will see … … …
I have felt his presence more so than ever. I am finally getting to know Him. I now realize that this path is narrow, and most certainly won’t be easy. One thing for certain though that I have learned is this: Jesus is REAL! Once He removed these chains, Christ lifted me up and produced the most indescribably sweetest fruit I have ever tasted. I have come to the realization that I am worthy, and that Jesus has a burning desire to be in mine and everyone’s heart.
With God’s Love,
The first church I ever attended was Wesley UMC of Wichita Falls, Texas. When I was 3 years old my family and I moved to Waco where we attended Woodway UMC. I was 9 years old when my grandmother became ill we moved back to Wichita Falls. By that time my mom was divorced and raising my brother and I as a single parent.
Shortly after our return to WF my grandmother passed and we inherited her farm. The farm had so much nostalgia and history. But my favorite memory was right across the road where “the little church on the hill” stood. At night time you could see the green cross lit up on its steeple and I remembered my whole life seeing that and my mom telling me that the cross would lead me home.
Soon after, we became members at that little church on the hill. Friberg Cooper UMC. Even though I was raised up in Church, I was always a troubled soul. My whole life has felt like this tremendous battle against myself and that has been my biggest struggle. For many years I fell astray. It wasn’t until I became pregnant with my twin daughters in 2014 that I really took a look at my life and really wanted to be different. To be redeemed. Through all of my trials and tribulations God’s endless love and mercy has been my lighthouse on the violent sea. It took me many losses and many heartaches before I finally decided to love myself and to feel loved by Jesus Christ. And most importantly to forgive myself and let God heal my brokenness.
After letting go of all the self destructive behaviors and fully seeking God and fully giving my life to God, I finally found love, peace, hope, comfort, and contentment. Looking back, God was always there and so many times He rescued me. Since then I have found a wonderful church home at Friberg Cooper and many great friends who have stood beside me as an adolescent and into adulthood. Today my mom and I, and my two daughters attend church regularly and are active members. This has given me so much joy and thanksgiving. Who would have known just how much God loved me? Without the spiritual foundation that my mom built for me as a child, I would have never survived this cruel world. That is why my children’s Christian education and fellowship is very important to me. I know it will guide them, just as it did me. The love I have been shown by God and by my church has been overwhelming.
I have begun this wonderful new journey knowing God and feeling known by God… there is power in the name of Jesus. There is healing and there is hope. I pray that you will come visit us at Friberg Cooper UMC or any church for that matter, and wholeheartedly seek the God that knows every hair on your head and every atom in your being.
And always remember that the cross will lead you home!
Testimony from Beverley Borron
I am Beverley Ann Borron and this is my testimony. My favorite bible verse is Phillipians 4:13, I can do all things thru Christ that strengthens me. I have a pretty eclectic religious back ground. My first memories of God and church were at the Lake Worth Texas Pentecostal church of my Mother. As a small child I enjoyed singing and memorizing bible verses in Sunday school.
My mother was a very religious woman and read the bible to us at night. We moved to Bowie Texas when I was 11 and my Mother and I attended a very small Pentecostal church there. I was very scared of the Pastor who preached a lot of Hell fire and brimstone. I did enjoy the music, singing and clapping hands and of course my favorite hymn is still “Victory in Jesus”. I gave my life to Jesus at the age of 12. At 15 I started attending 1st Baptist Church with my friend Joyce, and at 17 I was baptized there also.
I graduated from high school on Monday nite and moved to Wichita Falls, Texas Tuesday morning, as the song said happiness was Bowie in my rear view mirror. I married December 1972 and my husband and I attended Faith Baptist here in Wichita Falls, Texas. On April 10th, 1979 we were in the terrible tornado and lost everything we had but God spared our lives and showed that he cares for us. I had 2 daughters at that time, ages 1 month and 3 years. We divorced in 1987 and I was 34 and I had 3 little girls aged 5, 8 and 11. Alice Shaffer invited me to Friberg Cooper, and I kept hearing the still small voice that I should join this small church and sing in the choir and 20 years later I am still here. I have enjoyed each pastor and learned a lot from them.
I met my husband Curtis in 2005 and we were married here at Friberg Cooper and although we have faced many losses together, included the death of his Father, my 3 brothers, 1 sister and my oldest daughter, God continues to bless our marriage and it continues to grow. He is my best friend and I truly believe in our case that he saved the best for last.
My love of Christ has grown so much thru the leadership of this small church and I have been so honored to have made life long Christian friends here, my faith has continued to grow and God has blessed me over and over which has led me to become a strong Christian woman of faith.
“The Lamb of God” …
“To God be the glory great things He hath done”
It’s a beautiful drive out to Friberg Cooper United Methodist Church.
The Texas Farm to Market Road 171 winds its way past the airport with dips and curves as it slowly climbs towards the church’s northeast Wichita County location, purportedly the highest point in the County.
Keep your eyes open and don’t carry too much speed!
At the bottom of this little draw where the little creek crosses the road, deer often browse, how gracefully they simply leap over the fence back into the seclusion of the cover.
Nonchalantly that flock of wild turkeys struts through the field basking in the morning sun, look there’s even a Tom Tom with them today, he’s so proud!
Stay alert if it’s dark … ¦what’s that set of red eyes in our headlights peering at us from the roadside ahead … a feral cat is it … no it’ll be a possum … probably another one of those armadillos … it’s not a coyote, they won’t stop like that … I saw a bobcat along here more than once … yes it is possible it’s a badger, but theyre the most secluded/rarely seen of them all, only once I’ve spied one … whoa slow down, there they go across the road! … oh it’s a Momma raccoon with three cubs!
But who is the majestic one of this awesome wheat and cattle prairie?
There’s one soaring in a lazy circle, look he dove into the short grass of the bar ditch, does he have a catch? I think every telephone pole has been appropriated as a perch for preening and sun soaking. The true sentinels of the prairie, the Redtail Hawk surely owns this landscape.
Let’s slow down and listen, it’s such a beautiful calm winters day, the wheat is green, the coastal is brown and who are all those little guys popping back and forth amongst the vegetation with those bobbing heads … do you hear it? … no it’s not a BobWhite … don’t you hear the “ta teedal dee” of those formally dressed little guys with the nice yellow vest and jet black V ascots? … Yes a Meadowlark basking in the sun!
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” (Matt 6:26)
Those Meadow Larks sure are happy all the time aren’t they?
Hummnnn … hey what was it we were talking about, that “whoa is me” of what will we do now? …
Well now, maybe it’s really not so sooo bad … God is in control! … we better get going … Church is starting soon! 😉
Testimony from Becky Patterson
I became a Christian in February of 1977. How I ever got along without the Lord is beyond me. I am so glad that I excepted him as my Lord and Savior because the next few years became rough for me and I would never have made it without him in my life.
My first husband, Chuck, and I came to Wichita Falls in January of 1980 and thought at that time I would only be here for 4 years since he was military however him I am 30 years later and with a new husband Joe.
When I turned 40 my world fell apart I lost my Mother, my husband of 19 years, and my 16 year old nephew in a car accident. I did not think it was right to be mad at God until someone told me that he knows your mad and its okay. So one day while in the shower I just started yelling and saying God I am really mad at you. I have done everything you have ask of me and why are you taking all of these things from me. I treat people the way I would like to be treated, I am a compassionate person so why God why. He did answer me in his time not mine.
I have come a long way from that day and he carried me every step of the way even when I wanted to control the situation he let me and waited patiently for me to say okay you take care of it.
Let me tell you who he has put in my path to help me along the way, my best friend Alice, who brought me to Friberg-Cooper church and was and is always there for me, my church family who loves me unconditionally and a singles church group that I used to go to.
I am now married to a wonderful man who truly loves me and takes very good care of me and I wonder if God had him in store for me along, who knows.
Well as you can tell I am much better at speaking in person than writing my thoughts but I do want you all to know that I could do nothing without Jesus in my life and I am thankful everyday for his guidance and helping me stay on the path that he wants for me. Sometimes it is very hard and you know how stubborn I can be but he is just so patient and so full of love that he waits.
If you do not know the Lord as your Savior I pray that you seek him out.
A Testimony from Keri
“The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? -Psalms 27:1
Out of all the beautiful scriptures in the Bible, this seems to be my favorite. I quote it when I am worried or when I just need an uplifting thought. I have never really been on a “first name basis” shall we say with the Lord. Even though my Mother said the sinners prayer with me when I was a little and was baptized at seven, I didn’t completely understand the wonderful future that was ahead of me. I was too interested in clothes and school to think about the Lord and my relationship with Him. I kept him in my back pocket and hardly prayed at all. I thought that I didn’t need him to help me through the day and instead worried about my grades and if I had a clique of friends to keep me company at school. It wasn’t until a few months ago that my whole perspective on life changed.
When I graduated it was like freedom! I didn’t know what to do next. I wanted to try everything the grown-ups did. Shopping in broad daylight, sleeping in and not having a care in the world. I soon enrolled at a college and starting taking classes. Nothing could stop me; I was on top of the world. However, all of that soon changed. The sleeping in and shopping didn’t satisfy me anymore. I wanted something enriching in my life. I didn’t like the person that I was. Always thinking of myself and being so self-absorbed. I was tired of thinking about myself because I was lonely. I neglected my Mother (my rock and support system) who was going through some tough times. I couldn’t believe that I was being so selfish to spend all my time thinking about my self when there were others in my life that needed me. I wanted to change my life around and be more compassionate and giving. What could I do to change?
That night I turned to the One who is always there. I prayed to God (which I had almost forgotten to do) and laid down my troubles before him. I asked for his forgiveness and told Him that who was I to be so ignorant as to think that the world evolved around me. The stars, sky and universe evolved around Him! Right then and there I turned my life and future over to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Praise God!
Ooouuew …. …. What’s thaaaaat!!!!??
“Through the eyes of a child” … by CJ Weiss
The almost three year old little boy had just come in to MeMaw’s house, just shrugged off his coat and was exploring his surroundings. In the dining room he stretched up on his tippy toes to investigate what that open bag was there on the round oak table … Ooouuew … … what’s thaaaaat!!!!?? He exclaimed in the simple, delightful voice and dialect that only a two year old possesses.
There was a multicolored open bag spilling out with the most glimmery, shiny yummy looking little oval pieces of hard candy you’ve ever seen … emerald green, deep purple, shimmery red, orangest of orange and bright lemon yellow … the sight was one of sparkle and absolutely pure delight for a two year old.
Soon there was one piece in each hand and one on the tongue … this little boy was totally in the moment, not a care in the world … and when MeMaw wrapped him up with a big hug … well … … could you get closer than that …
to heaven on earth … Just… Total … Bliss!
“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.” Rev 21:3-4
“The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone.” Rev 21:18-19
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.” Rev22:1-2
“There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” Rev: 22:5
… It will be for us all again, as through the eyes of a child …
but it will be even way beyond … way way beyond … unimaginably beyond !!!
Ooouuew …. …. What’s thaaaaat!!!!??
A blast from the past … from the WF Times Record News Editorial page:
How come at least 85 per cent of articles in the newspaper are about people dying or robberies and bad things? Why can’t we look for good in some people? The world is not full of bad things.
I can see about writing that someone has died or something. Yes, people do have a right to know things. But why can’t we know good things? Every day we open the paper and read about people killing people over little things. Why can’t we read “Doctor saves five pound infant from dying” or something like “Man (or woman) saves 185 people from dying in a bomb in California?”
At least 2000 good things happen every day in the world. Don’t waste time on reading someone killed so-and-so.
Cally Whiteland Age 10 Wichita Falls