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CONFRONTED BY UNBELIEF?

Confronted by Unbelief?

by T. L. Wiens

Prayer

I know the difference prayer makes as do most followers of Jesus Christ. The answers may not always look the way we envision but we know God hears us.

Recently, I was confronted by someone who not only isn’t a believer but is anti-Christian to the point of being violent towards anyone who mentions anything to do with the faith. She got very angry as she listened in on a conversation I was having with a fellow Christian about how prayer got us through hard times. This woman interrupted and was adamant our prayers had done nothing. If she found herself in the same place, she’d have the same strength to endure.

Is she right?

At my dad’s funeral, a man watches as my family files into the church hall for lunch. As I pass, he grabs hold of me. With the lapels of my blazer tightly in his grip, he demands to know what kind of people we are that we could celebrate a death. I reply that we are Christians. I will see my dad again.

A young couple gets the devastating news that he is very ill with a deadly leukemia. They smile and pray their way through the months that follow. They are now married, the death sentence lifted.

A family friend is praying for her spouse to come to know the Lord. She endures years of abuse at his hand. Their daughter is diagnosed with an incurable illness. My friend’s spouse falls to his knees, pleading for his daughter’s life. She’s healed and he becomes a pastor and the loving husband my friend has prayed for.

While waiting in the hospital with my family, another family comes to us begging us to come sing “Amazing Grace.” They want Christians present during their loved one’s passing so that the death will be peaceful.

In Matthew 18:18-20 Jesus says:

“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

I believe in prayer. More than that, I’ve been a recipient of the power of words spoken to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. How sad to go through life without that lifeline! I’ll pray for this woman that she can experience God’s presence and attention to our prayers. I hope she’s ready for what happens when a follower of Christ prays.

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

WHAT IS THE MYSTERY BEHIND THE WALL?

The Mystery Behind the Wall

by  T. L. Wiens

peace

I wasn’t there but the nurse who sat with my niece as she took her last breath said she’d never seen anyone slip from life to death so peacefully.

My niece was born with a severe form of spina bifida that attacked her brains’ stem. At six months, doctors removed 50% of her brain. No one thought she’d live but she did for twenty-one years.

My niece never spoke, never cried, never walked or did many of the things that we would connect with quality of life. She did however, impact everyone who met her. There was something about her blue eyes that looked at you with an unconditional love. I wonder about her conversations with God.

At her memorial, the tributes spoke of a life that touched others in ways few of us ever experience. I believe my niece loved God. It showed in her face every time she heard a song about Jesus. It showed in her grace as she endured many painful medical procedures. It showed in the lives that were changed just by being around her.

She’s gone home and the world is an emptier place without her. I can’t help but feel a prayer warrior has gone home.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

WHAT IS A GRANDMA PRAYER BUG?

The Grandma Prayer Bug

by T. L Wiens 

Striving in Prayer

I became a grandma on the thirteenth hour of the thirteenth day of January, 2013. Some may see this as a sign of bad luck but I see it as a blessing. I was chosen to be with my daughter and her husband as they welcomed their daughter into this world. My life changed from the moment I lay eyes on this little one. And my prayer life went into hyper drive.

As a grandparent, sometimes that’s as close as you can get to this child that steals your heart but lives so far away. You know the hardships life can contain but you can’t always physically form a protective barrier for this precious life. But you can pray.

I will never forget the day my maternal grandmother passed away. I felt it as did all of her grandchildren. Our prayer warrior was gone.

“Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-28, KJV).

Now I understand the hours my grandmother sat in her chair with her eyes closed, her heart bent on her grandchildren. And I am so thankful for the years she stood there as my guardian while I faced life’s turns. Now, it’s my turn to pick up the torch not only for my grandchild but for all those who don’t have a praying grandmother.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

HOW CAN I PRAY FOR MY NEIGHBOUR?

How Can I Pray for my Neighbour?

by T. L Wiens

Pray for your Neighbours

Pray for your Neighbours

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it:

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matthew 22: 37-39, KJV).

Why is it so hard to share the message of Christ with my neighbours?

I think it’s the familiarity that makes it hard. My neighbours know I go to church and therefore must associate with the faith but seldom do we get beyond that knowledge and it’s a hard subject to approach.

I need to pray more for my neighbours. Pray that God will open the opportunities to share more about His part in my life. When I’ve done this, I’ve noticed more openness. But like so many things, my prayer life suffers and so does my love for my neighbour. I need to refocus, evaluate my priorities and remember where my neighbors are without Christ.

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

LAYING ON HANDS

Laying on Hands

In Prayer

by T. L. Wiens

“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure”  (1 Timothy 5:22 KJV).

Several local church ladies went to a convention where one of the speakers prayed over them. When the ladies got home, they felt they’d been anointed by this man with special gifts and wanted to spread this new thing. This group was forceful, demanding to lay hands on all members. One member of the church, on his deathbed, begged this group not to pray for him or come near him. They trapped another woman in a room so they could pass their anointing on to her. It wasn’t long after this event that this church moved away from Bible teaching. These women didn’t bring home an anointing from God but from a false prophet.

I’ve been reading through the Epistles and I noticed something. Sometimes Paul asks for prayer in his letters and other times, he doesn’t. I know nothing is an accident in scripture–there are reasons Paul doesn’t ask for prayer. Paul warns Timothy not to be reckless when laying on hands. This is something that needs to be done with prayer and discernment.

Prayer is a powerful tool that needs to be used properly. When you add laying on hands to the mix, it becomes even more effective if done in accordance with God’s word. Let’s not take the weapons of our warfare lightly or put them into the enemy’s hands by using them carelessly.

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Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

WOUNDED – WHY IN THE SAME PLACE?

Wounded – Why in the same Place?

 

by T. L Wiens 

Wounded by a Fence

This past week, my daughter and I took on the task of building a doghouse. As with most such projects, there were cuts and slivers in my hands from the wood. One particular nick on the tip of my index finger made itself known with each step of the building process.

Then we had to put aside our building project to work on a fence for the horses. We keep them in small pastures, moving the electric fence every two weeks or so. It was fence-moving day. As I pulled and tugged trying to get the fence into place, a small piece of wire broke lodging itself in my previous wound on my index finger. It hurt.

“Why in the exact same place?” I asked as I shook the pain away.

It wasn’t a prayer but it filled my head with verses from the Bible and questions. Why did Job go through what he went through? Paul was shipwrecked and bitten by a snake. Jesus was beaten and crucified. So many of the faithful faced multiple challenges.

As I pulled out the splinter, things looked different. Maybe when life gets complicated and hard, it’s a sign that God has entrusted us with being faithful to Him. So, even though right now life in my home is complicated with far bigger issues than splinters and cuts, I’m going to trust God and praise Him.

 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8: 31-39KJV).

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WHAT DO I DO WHEN I SEE A SNAKE?

Encounter with a Snake

by T. L Wiens

Encounter with a Snake

I stepped out my front door and found myself face to face with a rattle snake. The only reason I didn’t step on him was a quick last second action to step to the side so that I had to jump off the front steps to my house. We live in an area where rattle snakes aren’t supposed to be but here I was facing a coiled up snake with a very distinct tail. I started to pray for protection and help as to how to not disturb him anymore so we could both retreat to our safe corners.

This encounter reminded me of something—even home can sometimes not be a safe place. We need to be prepared for the enemy at all times and yet not filled with fear every time we move. The church is supposed to be a safe place, a second home amongst brothers and sisters but sometimes an enemy sneaks in. How do we face these types of encounters? The Bible has the answer. I Thessalonians 5:8-22 has some good advice for believers to help them when the enemy is staring them in the eye.

VS 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

VS 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

VS 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

VS 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

VS 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

VS 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

VS 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

VS 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

VS 16 Rejoice evermore.

VS 17 Pray without ceasing.

VS 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

VS 19 Quench not the Spirit.

VS 20 Despise not prophesyings.

VS 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

VS 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

VS 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

VS 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

VS 25 Brethren, pray for us.

VS 26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

VS 27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

VS 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

We need to study our Bibles, be obedient and as I look over this list, we need to communicate with God in prayer, praise, giving thanks for ourselves and our brothers and sister in Christ. When our hearts are in the right place, we will have the protection we need to avoid getting bitten by the enemy even when we encounter one.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

 

 

HOW DO I FORGIVE?

Father, Forgive Them

by T. L Wiens

As we forgive those …

I was assaulted two months ago. This month, I face my attacker in court. I have a lot of mixed feelings as I contemplate all that has happened in between these two events in my life.

How could someone hate me that much? The attack was unprovoked.  But then I think about Jesus Christ facing the charges against Him. How could they hate Jesus Christ? They did.

How did Jesus react? He prayed for them. In Luke 23:34, we have this prayer:

“Then said Jesus, ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’” (Luke 23:34 KJV).

And in this action, Jesus shows me where I need to be, what my thoughts must focus on as I sit in the courtroom facing my attacker. I will pray for the strength to love her and thank God for the opportunity to show the love of Christ by forgiving.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

CAN WE REST IN GOD’S ARMS?

Rest in His Arms

by T. L. Wiens

Lamb

Lamb by T.L. Wiens

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 KJV).

It’s been a hard month. So many things are going on that aren’t part of the norm in our lives. One of our “out of the norm” events was a little orphan lamb that came into our lives.

The other day Lamby was jumping around my feet. Slowly he got braver, ventured further away and then made an extra big leap into the tall grass beside the road. He landed with a thump, not having realized he was getting in deeper than he thought. The bleating followed. I picked him up and held him in my arms until he calmed down. Then I set him back on his feet. He wobbled for a bit and then scampered off, this time staying away from the tall grass.

It reminded so much of the way we as humans get ourselves into messes. One moment, we’re beside the still waters and the next, we’re floundering in the valleys of the shadow of death. We bleat for help or rather send up a prayer. It’s then that our shepherd, Jesus Christ, lifts us into His arms and cradles us close.

When I pick up Lamby, he crosses his front legs and relaxes so completely. I know when I cry to my Shepherd, that’s where He puts me as I navigate life’s obstacles.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

PRAYING WITH IMPACT

Praying with Impact

by T.L Wiens

Years ago I attended meetings on prayer. The speaker went on and on about how we had to pray “right” to expect an answer. He left the audience feeling like we should tread lightly and be wary of our words as we prayed. I wasn’t comfortable with his theories and began searching for a more biblical approach to prayer.

Recently, I listened to Charles Price preach about the first miracle Jesus performed at the wedding in Canaan. (John 2:1-11) Something he said put all the pieces into place—we need to be the water. Let Jesus decide what to do with that water. It’s all so simple. I have to be the water, filling the cistern to the brim. Nothing special; just water. Jesus will add the miraculous.

With every aspect of my faith now in a new focus, I listened to Charles Price the next week and he spoke about the feeding of the five thousand. He pointed out something I’d never noticed before. John 6: 11 says:

“And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.”

Then in John 6:23, it says:

“Howbeit there came other boats from Tiberias nigh unto the place where they did eat bread, after that the Lord had given thanks:”

There’s no mention of the number of people fed but there is mention of Jesus giving thanks.

Now my life has changed. I’m comfortable as the water, sending my requests to the Father with thanks, trusting Him to take my ordinary words and do the extraordinary.

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit her website for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.