Wow! The past few weeks were an emotional roller coaster to say the least. While all the festivities around my son’s graduation had me excited, I receive the news about the passing of my dear friend, Everlener Jones. Her homegoing was a praisefest to say the least. But my rejoicing was bitter sweet. I simply miss my friend.
Actually, she was more than a friend, she was family. A year prior, we said good-bye to her husband, Leslie. Les and Everlener Jones were more like an Uncle and Aunt than friends.
I’ve known them for decades. Their Christmas parties were legendary! One of my fondest memories with them happened approximately seventeen years ago. My husband and I lived in a rented townhome. When they raised the rent, he said, it’s time to buy our own home, and that is what we did. We received an initial closing date, but things took a bit longer. The problem was we had already given notice to our landlord and had turned in the keys. Everlener was more than happy, in fact, excited to have us come and stay with them during the interim. We enjoyed our time with Les and Everlener so much, none of us wanted to end our temporary living arrangement with them!
Closing date had come and gone! We had been given the keys to our new home, yet we were finding it very difficult to leave the Jones. Everlener and Les were happy that we were new homeowners, but told us they were in no hurry to have us leave, and WE were in no hurry to leave either! Even though the commute to our jobs was further and we had to get up earlier, we always look forward to coming home to the Jones in the evening after a long day at work!
It was winter time and snow covered the ground, and there was no nicer place to be then in front of the fire listening to Les tell us his stories (big smile), while Everlener cooked up something delicious in the kitchen. Time truly flies when you’re having fun. Before we knew it a month had gone by! Remember, this is AFTER we had closed on our home. I said to my husband, “You know, we do have a home of our own. We really should move in to it!”
Although we were no longer living under their roof, the distance between them and our new home location, did not stop the many years of the close friendship and fellowship we shared with Leslie and Everlener Jones! They were closer than family and will forever hold a special place in my heart!
Family is not always about blood relations.
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Believing In The Power Ministries Celebrates the Life of Bishop Edward Ramsey, Sr.,
who transitioned this life on October 1, 2018. Bishop Ramsey ordained Elder Marcus and myself in the Ministry of the Gospel 17 years ago this month.
Bishop Ramsey was a loving Man of God, Mentor, Covering, Ministry Leader,
Husband, Father, Grandfather, and a good Friend. He will be greatly missed.
March 15, 1956 - January 10, 2017
He longs for you with outstretched arms.
He seeks you now, will you come?
He is the bridegroom and He wants to share His life with you!
I beseech you dear friend, please say “I do”.
(Excerpt from Heaven)
Blessing Faith Family, I pray all is well with you all.
Recently, we lost a close friend. At her celebration of life service, I dedicated my poem “Heaven” to her. As I recited the words, I saw the faces of those who were connected and those who were convicted.
Those who connected were already believers and had some knowledge of the scripture references apparent in my poem - thus could relate spiritually. Those who were convicted were those who knew their lives were not aligned with the message that “Heaven” shared. And that is what opened the door for ministry.
An attendee approached me afterwards, to share that she had a problem with churches, which I interpreted to mean “people in the church” because I knew a physical building or sanctuary was not bothering her. Our adversary will definitely use people to get us off focus and off track to cause us to miss our blessings. God does not want you to be distracted by how everyone else is walking this journey out, instead make sure He is ordering your steps.
Where you fellowship is not the issue. Where you will spend eternity...is.
Where your name is written on a church membership roll does not take priority over whether or not your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Your kingdom citizenship takes precedence over where you fellowship.
Are you a citizen of Heaven? If not, let's talk :)
God so loves you with an everlasting love and it's unquenchable! You can trust HIM with your WHOLE HEART!
Elder Gail Moss
The Poetic Evangelist
Blessings Dear Friends,When you first open your eyes in the morning, do you stop for just a brief moment to say thank you to God? After all, it is in HIm that we live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
I encourage you, tomorrow morning when you awake to take just a moment to listen to yourself breathe. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. It happens automatically, doesn't it? Just as God designed it to. That’s a blessing. With so much going on in the world today to distract and overwhelm us, some of us would literally forget to breathe.
Thank God that He truly is “the air we breathe,” for if He would take away just that one element from our mortal lives, we would cease to exist. What a blessing to be among the land of the living. Aren't you thankful for another opportunity to let your light shine and bring glory to our Father in heaven?
That is what my dear friend did for all the years that I've known her. On last Saturday, I gave the eulogy at my friend's home-going service.
There a many blessings I could begin to name this Thanksgiving Day, But I am most THANKFUL for having experienced two decades of my life knowing my dear friend Elder Barbara Monroe. I will truly miss her friendship and presence in my life.
If you knew Barbara, you knew she LOVED the LORD! She was always a willing worker in ministry and a kind and generous person. Most importantly, she was a child of God. It is during these times, (when a loved one passes away), that we can truly be thankful to God for His gift of Salvation.
Barbara's life was ministry. In a world with so many people looking for a way out of the trials they are facing, Elder Barbara was a light in darkness. Sharing the love of God was like breathing to her. She encounter people from all walks of life. No one remained a stranger after 5 minutes with Barbara. She had three things for everyone she met:
1. A warm SMILE
2. A big HUG, and
3. A word of ENCOURAGEMENT.
Praying for and encouraging strangers came natural to Elder Barbara. She reached countless lives on behalf of the Kingdom. This world is vast with many in need. You can't help everyone, but you can help someone. You may not be able to change the WORLD, but you can change SOMEBODY'S world!
Elder Barbara Jean Monroe was a "World Changer". You can be one too, and I promise you, the lives you touched for Christ will be eternally THANKFUL!
Elder Marcus had the pleasure of ordaining Elder Monroe into the Ministry of the Gospel. We . dedicate this poem to the memory of our dear friend and co-laborer.
The Spirit of Thanksgiving
by Gene Griffin
May we always focus on the good
And count our blessings as we should.
May all our complaints depart
And thank God with a grateful heart.
Our troubles may be the same,
But we can still praise His good name!
Our load may be hard to bear,
But thank God, the Loadbearer is there.
We will forget to complain
And not mention life’s pain,
If our days are filled with praise,
And we thank God in all our ways.
Don’t think that things are so bad,
And don’t live with a heart so sad.
Countless blessings are ours each day.
Let us thank God when we kneel and pray.
Elder Gail Moss