Written by Linda Schreurs
Linda with her mother Dellrose, and her late father, Gunner
IN THIS ISSUE:
- Leave A Good Legacy
- Little Me. Big God.
- Crazy Talk - Guest Columnist, Ruth Ann Polston
- *See correction on dates for Solitude Retreat
LEAVE A GOOD LEGACY
On the day after Valentine’s Day of this year, I lost one of the loves of my life - my father. A massive heart attack took him quickly as my husband and I drove the two hours to the hospital barely arriving in time to say goodbye. It was a drive I’ll never forget. The Iowa winters are cold and dark. It felt colder and darker that night. The Iowa winters can also be warm, cozy and wonderful when one is tucked inside a happy home for the evening. This was true in my family upbringing. My siblings and I were more than well cared for growing up. We had the model love of a mother and father who loved each other, us kids, and the Lord. It doesn’t get any better than that! It’s a lasting legacy of love. What about you and I? Since death is part of life, perhaps we should give this legacy thing a little more thought.
Understand this, their 68 years of marriage wasn’t without trials, pain and heartache. Through them, however, I learned the truth of the old saying: ‘Get better or get bitter.’ With the help of the Lord, prayer, commitment and love, they chose wisely. When one has less than a high school education as my dad did, it took arduous hard work to provide for the needs of his family.
The paramount thing I remember the most about my childhood is that ours was a home of laughter, singing and dancing. Mom and dad could ‘kick up their heels’ just about anywhere on a whim! My husband more fully understands why I love to dance while worshipping the Lord!
Our family was extremely fortunate because we were able to take vacations to a favorite fishing spot during our growing up years. It was usually dad and I who would head out on the lake before dawn to try for the ‘big one’. I still love early mornings! I even learned to bait my own hook and take fish off the hook. But honestly, I could never clean ‘em! But this was the family’s reward for my parents’ hard work where dad was employed at the John Deere Tractor Plant in Waterloo, Iowa for 36 years; mom at Rath Packing Plant for 26 years.
The family togetherness of those years is a treasured memory to be sure. It’s been said, the family that prays together, stays together. I’d also add: “The family that plays together stays together.” But it seems more and more in our day, each family member is off doing their own thing, whether it’s video games, sports events, shopping, Facebook , texting, etc. Too many meals are missed together at the dinner table. Extended family gatherings are fewer as people have become more mobile. Certainly all our techy devices keep us connected but not in the same way as face to face. What has happened to us? It now takes more concerted effort to have those quality times of spending time with each other. I suspect our elders didn’t have it so bad after all!
My dad left BFF’s (best friends forever) everywhere he went – waitresses, store clerks, neighbors. People talked about his big smile. If there was a theme at my father’s visitation at the funeral home, it was that I heard over and over again, “Gunner left a good legacy.” I can’t tell you how that warmed my heart! Even his dentist came to say goodbye! After awhile, I began to respond, “Yes and Amen. How much better is that than to leave behind a legacy of heartache, pain, sorrow, regrets, unforgiveness, resentment, alienation, bitterness and a host of other dark things.” Those are the plaguing things that creep into those souls left behind and to those who grieve because one did not live for the Lord Jesus. God’s Holy Word tells us over and over again that there is indeed a distinction between those who are HIS and those who are not. (Some references are: Ezkl. 34; Matt. 13; Rev. 20:12-15; Rev. 12:6-9)
There needs to be a frontal attack in intercession in this hour of humanity for those going by the wayside of worldly sins that condemn them to a horrid eternity in the pit. We’ve just got one shot at making a difference in this life and what’s left behind just very well may affect generations! I love what Kris Vollotton said at a conference recently, “Love rewrites history.” That’s what my dad did with my mom. Circumstances not being perfect, love rewrote the family lineage. Now that’s a hallelujah statement!
Leave A Legacy Of Love
Leaving behind ‘holy tracks’ is such a blessing! Christian ‘tracts,’ which briefly give the salvation message are good things, but a life well lived speaks loud and clear and is not soon forgotten. There are many passages in God’s Word that attest to this. Ecclesiastes 7:1 says that a good name is better than perfume, so don’t leave any ‘stink’ behind!
Psalm 48:9-14 says that God will guide us until death, so it’s imperative to let HIM be the driver and not yourself. If He’s in control, you’ll find your way to your eternal home.
Psalm 112:2 speaks of how the generation of the upright will be blessed, so we need to make proclamations and decrees that align with this. It’s been said that ‘what we say is what we get.’ God’s Word attests to this even more so, especially in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” We can crush someone’s spirit with a word, or we can build them up with encouraging words of grace and love. Which are we engaged in the most? That will tell us a little bit about ourselves and how we’re doing with our legacy should we die today.
Psalm 145:4 and Psalm22 :22-31 says that one generation shall praise God’s Words to another, even to those yet unborn! Speak up! Don’t be silent, but don’t be in people’s faces either. Be gentle. Be kind. Be loving. Love people where they are, for you and I once were lost, but are now found. We too once were blind, but now we see. Pray accordingly.
Living your faith speaks louder than words to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. I told people at my dad’s funeral that he didn’t have to preach the Gospel, he lived it! Shouldn’t we all be about our heavenly Father’s business in this manner?
Do Not Be Discouraged
Are you in a battle right now? Are you in the ‘fight of your life’? Are things pressing in so hard against you that you don’t know which way to turn? Beloved believer, listen to me. Do not be disquieted and discouraged in your heart because of trials, heartache and pain that may be present in your life. Hold fast! God is holding YOU if you’ll allow Him! Hang on. Don’t let go. Be firm to the end, even if your fiery trials cost you your life, as it has many martyrs through the millennia. Read about Stephen in Acts 7 for inspiration. God’s glory is coming! There are multitudes who have left powerful legacies of love by enduring trials through the power of God Most High! Are you and I one of them?
Drink in and embrace 2 Timothy 4 and how he said there was no one at the first to support him and how everyone had deserted him. Have you ever felt that way? I’m sure most of us have at some time or another. But staying in the Presence of the Lord and in fellowship with Him, loving His Word – His Divine Breath – will well equip us for certain and everlasting victory! Always remember - LOVE NEVER FAILS! (1 Cor. 13:8) If you’re wearing your heavenly armor from Ephesians 6, you can’t help but be a winner in the ‘now,’ and forever and ever!
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly ones.” Psalm 116:15.
Leave a legacy of love!
Little Me, Big God
Looking down at my flesh, at my body, I know how little I really am. I did not make me. I did not will myself into existence. I am here because God brought me here. He put me together in my mother’s womb. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Ps. 139:13-14)
When I look at the earth from outer space, I see how small I really am; I can’t even be seen! So who do I think I am? I am an indiscernible speck in the realm of space and time, but especially that of eternity. But in God - I am a wonder in and of myself because He so loves me, that He gave His only begotten Son to save me from myself, from my own depravation and the prevalent sins of fallen humanity.
The God who is ‘I AM THAT I AM’ (Ex. 3:14) is majestically eternal, so who do I think I am? I am little me, with a big God. I am little me now co-existing with our Divine Creator because I’ve bowed everything within me to Him.
Little me, praises the great I AM THAT I AM because He is and always will be most worthy of my love and praise forever and ever.
By Guest Columnist: Ruth Ann Polston
This is a picture of Ruth Ann and I from a few years back, but I’ve always like it. This mighty woman of God has led me through many events in my life. I talk about her a lot as WOFF knows! Along with my mom, Ruth Ann is one of the greatest women I’ve ever met. Her dynamic Winning Women Bible Study in Waterloo, Iowa was a highlight of my life for many years until we moved out of the area. She and Pastor Don Polston, of whom you read of in the last issue of this IWG Journal, have impacted our lives beyond measure. Together they’ve raised two children, have numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of whom love and serve the Lord. Ruth Ann has written many books, spoke in many venues far and wide and is much loved by a fast amount of people who have been blessed enough to know her. Below you will read and enjoy her unique style!
Our granddaughter, Kelly, surprised us one day by saying, “My family always talked Crazy Talk. Now that that Greg and I are married, we talk Crazy talk too!
What in the world is this Crazy Talk? It’s acting and speaking without a shred of visible evidence, that what you believe will come to pass, the Scriptures also bearing witness.
Ninety-nine year old Sarah laughed inside the tent door as she eaves-dropped on a conversation and heard them tell Abraham that she would bear him the promised faith son. Hers was a laugh of unbelief. Abraham laughed a laugh of faith and perhaps started making a cradle. (Gen. 17:17; 18:12) Sarah’s faith caught up. Perhaps she started making booties. Since faith is contagious it’s not unlikely the neighbors observed her expanding waist line and had a shower. Within a year they were rocking Isaac.
Unbelief is faith in reverse and works negatively to positive faith. Angels or demons wait for the signal to put God or the devil to work.
My own grandmother knew a lot about Crazy Talk as she prayed into the Kingdom of God eight children and an alcoholic husband. Her three sons were saved after she died, but she left this world speaking Crazy Talk. I saw them individually come to Christ…one even seeing a preview of heaven, angels and Mom, Pop, Jesus, and the New Jerusalem coming down! (Rev. 21)
Blessed are the Crazy Talkers of Hebrews 11 and those rare, wonderful souls today who know the power and release of Crazy Talk.
Women of Fire Fellowship – Held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 10 AM (through April; no class on 4/6 due to the retreat) at Strategic America offices, 6600 Westown Pky., West Des Moines, Ia. 50266. Register on line at: www.intimacy-with-God.com or call Linda at 515-270-0231. Each WOFF meeting will be filled with a ‘high level, governmental briefing from God’s Throne Room,’ followed by teaching, prayer and impartation. Be a part of the army of fiery, passionate, anointed women the Lord is raising up in these strategic times in which we live.
Women’s Solitude Retreat - April 5-7, 2013. This will be our first Solitude Retreat in many years! This is different from the hermitage experience, as everyone is in the same building but have their own room. On the hermitage, each one has their own one-room cabin, thus a bit more secluded from others. In both however, silence and solitude is key in order to spend uninterrupted, undistracted coveted time alone with God in prayer, meditation, reading, resting, taking reflective walks and being refreshed in mind, body and spirit. The Solitude Retreat is 2 nights and 3 days, is $30 per night, plus traveling expenses and some food. The first night’s fee is your registration fee. Details will be sent upon registration. Email or call your request to Linda Schreurs before March 22nd, as there are limited rooms available! LindaSchreurs@intimacy-with-God.com or 515-270-0231.
Women’s Hermitage - Sept. 26-29, 2013. (3 nights/4 days; $55 per night plus traveling expenses and some food). More information with registration.
Linda’s Books and CD’s can be viewed and purchased on the website or ordered directly from the address below.
Intimacy With God Ministries
Mike and Linda Schreurs, P.O. Box 1294, Johnston, Ia. 50131-1294, Phone: 515-270-0231
E-mail: LindaSchreurs@intimacy-with-God.com Web site: www.intimacy-with-God.com
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