Stepping Out in Faith

Sometimes you just have to have faith that God will help you when he gives you a nudge to do his will.

Daily Prompt: All About Me February 13, 2013


Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you. This is my response to yesterday’s prompt:

When I first started blogging, it was in response to our church’s need for someone to take over the website. I contemplated this for several weeks before offering to rise to this challenge. I had never run a website before and I had a lot to learn, but nobody else was coming forward to take the job.

After much prayerful consideration, I felt that I was being called by God to “Step Out in Faith”. I knew that God would provide the skills I needed to complete the task at hand. The blog was a result of my feeling of God’s tug to have faith in him. I felt that this was something I needed to share with others to challenge them to step out in faith also.

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Operation Christmas Child October 19, 2012


I attend the Church of Christ at Milan, in Indiana. For the second year, we are participating in the Operation Christmas Child ministry sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Last year, as a church family, we donated 47 filled shoe boxes! The shoe boxes are filled with everyday items that are very much appreciated by the children in countries all over the world who receive them. This year our goal is to fill 100 shoe boxes for this outreach. Collection week will be November 12-19, 2012. If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, check out the website for a list of suggestions for items to include and how to pack the boxes: http://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/OCC/ . Please be in prayer for the success of this project. If you live in the Milan, Indiana area and would like to participate you may contact the church office at 812-654-2177 or our website at www.milanchurch.com . If you live far from us, there is a link on the OCC website that will help you find a drop off site near you! Let’s all get involved and see how God touches this outreach project!

 

Father Christiaan Kappes Makes It To Safety! October 8, 2012


Father Christiaan Kappes and his translator Ioanna Lakakou have made it safely out of Greece. Father Christiaan Kappes has contacted his family and will be returning to the US in the next few days. What relief flooded over me as I read the most recent post on his sister, Nadia’s, Facebook page! Fr. Kappes last spoke to his family on Oct. 1st. There will be more news forthcoming later today. Many thanks to all of the people who have been praying for this whole situation!

 

Searching for Father Christiaan Kappes October 7, 2012


Friday evening, we sat in a local restaurant with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law, when my husband informed me about a call he had received that morning. He said to me, “You aren’t going to believe this one.” He proceeded to tell me about the disappearance of Father Christiaan Kappes in Greece. Immediately, my stomach got that sick feeling. Chris, as we knew him, is the step-son of a very dear friend of mine. Jenny Johnson Kappes was my field hockey, basketball, and softball coach when I attended Franklin College during my college career. We have kept in touch through the years. Jenny was maid of honor in our wedding and is my daughter, Ashley’s, godmother.

I called Jenny as soon as we got home and she confirmed what Todd had told me. The family is extremely concerned for his safety and that of his translator, Ioanna. At first, it was very difficult to get any help from the U.S. Embassy, who had denied help when Christiaan and Ioanna had gone to them for help. After many hours and days of phone calls and making contacts via the internet, Christiaan’s sister, Nadia Charcap, feels some relief that she is getting the word out and it is on the news and in the media in Athens. The authorities there are finally on the job. The family is asking for prayers that Father Christiaan and Ioanna are found and that the thugs that have threatened them and may have hurt them be brought to justice. I am including links to some info about this case.

Please keep Father Kappes, Ioanna, and his family in your prayers. We hope that they are found safe and sound, but they have been missing since Monday, so it is imperative that we pray for the safe return!

 

Pray For Your Children’s Future April 16, 2012

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From the time our children are born we wonder what their future will be like. What kind of student will they be, what will they choose for a career, who will they marry, what will their spouse be like, how about grandchildren…? And we pray about many of these things. The mysteries of the future go on and on. This Saturday night, my oldest daughter became engaged to her best friend. They have been together for several years now and he has become very special to us.  A man of God who is a leader in our church at the young age of 20, he has earned respect from many. I trust that God brought them together and has blessed their relationship. It makes me feel very happy to see that my daughter will be with a man who loves God, loves and respects her, and will be there for her always.

So, do I feel like she is taken care of and I don’t need to pray for her any more? Certainly not! My prayers will be to continue to keep God in their relationship. I still have another daughter that I will continue to pray these same kind of prayers for. I pray that when the time is right God will bring into her life a man with similar qualities. I will always be here for my children whatever their needs, but it sure is nice to know that God and a loving spouse will be there also! Keep praying for your children, Parents! God will answer in his time…

 

Ask, Seek, Knock February 25, 2012


“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened tI o you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV

This has always been one of my favorite scriptures. But, it’s been a little hard to fully grasp the whole concept. It has always seemed to me that I shouldn’t bother God with trivial things when there are people with really serious problems who need his help. I forget that God can do anything! He can deal with all of us at once. He hears all of our prayers at one time and finds none of our requests to be trivial. He loves us more than we can even imagine.

Even so, I don’t think about asking for help with things that don’t seem that important. But, I’m forgetting that he wants to guide me in my daily life if I will only let him. Sometimes I don’t feel like I need his guidance; that I can do it on my own. But why can’t I grasp the fact that God cares more about me than my family, my best friend, or even myself? I guess I continue to struggle with completely giving myself to him. He waits patiently for us to come to him with our requests and to fully trust in his will.

 

 
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