The past two weeks at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home have been very fruitful indeed! I thank God for blessing the girls as God has equipped me, by His Spirit, to be a blessing and empower them.
~”God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”~Genesis 1:28, New International Version~
~”For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”~1 Peter 1:16, New Living Translation~
Last Wednesday, I led a devotional on the a story from the Classic Bible Stories Treasury that I ordered from Amazon. I opened the devotional with prayer and read the story called, “Jesus Walks on Water,” and asked them a series of questions related to the story. When I asked the question, “How is the fact when Jesus asked Peter to walk on water an act of faith?”
One of the girls, who I will call Jade, seemed very interested in this story and said after I posed this question, “When Jesus asked Peter to walk on water, this was an act of faith because it proved that Peter believed in Jesus as he walked on the water!”
After Jade answered this question, I asked other questions, of which the girls answered with enthusiasm as they showed interest in the story. I closed this devotional I led with a word of prayer as we ate lunch together on that day.
~”For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”~2 Timothy 1:7~
This Wednesday, one of the girls, who I will call Andrea, exhibited signs of depression as well as separation anxiety from her biological mother. I was led by the Holy Spirit of God to go and talk to her (with gentleness and boldness) to give her tips about how she could cope with her depression and separation anxiety. I told her that she could draw, write in the journal that I got for her, pray, and pick a Scripture to read from the Bible. I offered to walk her into her bedroom with her in order to alleviate her separation anxiety, but she turned down my offer as she continued to draw on her sheet of paper with eyes on it while listening to me talk to her.
After she declined my offer to help her, I told her as my shift ended for the day, “I will be praying for you.” This was not easy to say, but as part of ministry, I know and am aware that I will offer many times to pray or assist and will be rejected. God is preparing me for these types of situations, such as this one, that come up, as well as giving me discernment for when to talk about spiritual things to the girls at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. Regardless, God will honor me for stepping out on faith to help Andrea with her needs as well as praying fervently for her.
~”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”~John 1:1-3, New International Version~
This Friday, the girls and boys of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, including the staff and me, went to the Atlanta Zoo. It was altogether very beautiful to see the animals as I and we admired these wondrous creations of God!! I especially admired the pandas and flamingos !! 🙂
Harmony helped me take most of the pictures of the animals at the Atlanta Zoo!! She, along with Maggy, seemed really excited for me to be with them as well as accompany them on this field trip! Madeline, one of the girls who went on this field trip, pointed out to me of a gorilla, who was sitting on the green grass and eating straw. I thank God for the bonding that the girls experienced with me as well as the blessed fellowship experienced during our time at the Atlanta Zoo!!
~”As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”~Proverbs 27:17, New International Version~
~”But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.”~1 John 1:7, New Living Translation~
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