“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep'. In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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Monday’s Mission

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”; those are the only words in the song Monday’s Mission by John Tesh. Monday’s Mission, what could that possibly mean? To me, initially it was that Christ died on Friday and conquered death three days later, giving the world a new mission, Monday’s Mission. Today, it tells me about my new job starting on Monday, and what is my mission?

Tomorrow will be the last day I work where I do. I have been there about three months and have had the chance to testify, witness and share the gospel with so many people, the word blessing can’t even begin to describe it. Today though, you know this is the day I should have that spring fever, looking on to better horizons. I walked into the office and two co-workers were sitting there one of them making a crude joke to our secretary. OKAY! Not so crude, but it was “who invented marriage……women, haha” well I’m sure he was about to back it up with a list of points, but the Holy Spirit was preparing for and interjection. “GOD, God is where marriage came from, when He removed the rib from Adam, Adam said ‘this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh’ after this is stated the Bible says ‘That a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife and they become one’.”

A few opinions were made, but someone much more powerful was giving someone undeserving the strength to spread the word. “What is so amazing about this verse, is that from the very beginning God created marriage, and specifically mentions that a man should leave his father and mother, when these two had no father or mother, from the very beginning it was assumed that the father and mother were still ONE, from the very beginning we see God’s creation of marriage and how divorce should be non-existent

Well, since I had a captive audience, I had the blessing to speak of other small things. Then was challenged with the “why does God let little children be murdered.” well, it was a long discussion, revealing that the dark prince of this world ‘Satan’ has dominion, though God is in control. But, we are gifted with free-will and have the opportunity to kill anyone, a moral obligation not to. Also, that God good He is the creator of love; everything bad in this world is from the devil, it is simply just sin.

Finally, this mini-sermon, focused on prayer and healing, blessings, promises, living eternally in heaven made perfect and new. My friends, what is so amazing about this is that though I have tried to share the Gospel with many before, I did it in baby steps, or allowed the listener to have control. This time though, the Holy Spirit gave me the right words to say, the correct attitude to approach it and perhaps the last time to share it with these two. I had other places to go, so I left with both of them speechless, and that is how our Wonderful God works, such a beautiful experience, the first of many to come. That is what excites me about Monday’s Mission, I am going to a new job, with more people, still in small group settings. Yesterday I was discouraged about the pay cut, but today I am ecstatic for the opportunity to share the Gospel with someone who needs it. “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path” well, the lay-off has led my path to a new place, hopefully temporary, but long enough to ignite or re-ignite the flames in the hearts of everyone I come in contact with!

Testimonies

I am 33 years old and for the first 28 years of my life I was misinformed. That’s putting it nicely, in reality I was lied to but never intentionally. I was baptized when I was born because my parents being Catholic believed that this is how they would guarantee that I would get into heaven. When I was younger I knew about God, that his son died for us, that Noah built the ark, and about Adam and Eve. That was about the extent of my knowledge, I only knew this because my preschool and kindergarten were church based. I was not raised in a God-fearing home but I, like my parents, and so many other Catholics thought that because I was baptized and was a good person I was saved and guaranteed to spend eternity in heaven. It wasn’t until May 2008 that I can begun to know differently. Who would’ve thought that on that Mother’s Day weekend I would learn so much from a soldier home on leave?Well that’s not entirely true either. I learned a couple things but most importantly a seed and a question had been planted. It slowly started to take root and a few months later when that same soldier came home on leave again and we started to talk a lot more that little seed he planted began to sprout. It grew into a small but straight stalk but it was cared for sporadically and when times got really rough, but it didn’t wither, it continued to hang on. Turned out, that little stalk that many thought was weak and wouldn’t last was hardy and just a little bit of a late bloomer.
My life before I truly found God was no where near the best. The years before were like a bad movie on The Lifetime Network at 3am. I went from one bad relationship to the next; sex, drugs, and alcohol played such a major part in it. Even though I tried to be a good person I was not doing good things and I was as far from God as a person could be but I knew what I was doing was wrong and I wanted to be better.
In January of 2008 I hit rock bottom. I had recently separated from my boyfriend at the time; who really wasn’t much to speak of but I still cared for him greatly. A friend came over after work on a night that when I was really upset over my “loss” and we were drinking. After too many drinks I began to feel funny and sick so I went to my bed alone. I woke up a few hours later to him on top of me. I tried to push him away and said no but I couldn’t get my arms to work correctly. The next day he acted like it wasn’t a big deal but it was. It was rape plain and simple. I could barely get myself out of bed each day and struggled with the whole thing and my trust issues grew more. Weeks later I learned that I was pregnant. I kept it to myself and tried to decide what I was going to do. I wish I had spoken up to someone because if I had I would not have murdered my child. I wanted to die but because of my daughter I chose not to. At the time I thought why kill 3 lives by ending mine, if I just aborted the child in my womb I would only be ending that single life. Little did I know that I would end up killing a part of me also, which made me be a less than great mother to my daughter. That decision haunts me to this day but eventually through God it will hurt not as much.
Because of that seed I started to read more of the bible and was thirsty for knowledge of God. When years later the soldier started to get back where he was needing to be with God and we talked more about it the stalk grew stronger.
The night came where we started to really talk about forgiveness and how abortion can be forgiven. That night I got down on my knees and prayed and asked for forgiveness like I never had before and I accepted Jesus into my heart and then I felt a peace envelop me. Less than a week later my mother received a call from my brother in law that my sister had tried to kill herself. For years she has been addicted to Vicodin and used it to make herself feel better. That day she walked down the stairs and no one acknowledged her and the thought that no one would miss her stayed with her the whole day. Later that day she took a bunch of pills and he found her passed out on the kitchen floor. My sister is selfish and weak but she is still my sister and I love her. I felt called to save her and on the advice of the soldier I sat down and started to write her a letter. Two Sundays later I heard a sermon that said you can not save someone unless you yourself are saved. That thought stuck with me. Talking again with the soldier I was told that you have to be baptized in the water to be truly saved. A lot more of researching on my own I found this to be true so after praying daily I am ready to fully accept God and to start living my life daily for him. I hope that I will be able to do great works for him but if I’m just meant to serve I will be content in the knowledge that I will now spend eternity in heaven.
That soldier was Michael Lambert who is also the creator and driving force of 2nd Life Ministries. He has been of of the greatest friends I have ever been blessed with and if it wasn’t for him I would never have gotten to where I am now.
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“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep'. In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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