Heart Keepers Ministries

HURRY! CALL 911!

by Debbie on October 6, 2017

As I was getting ready to go to bed tonight I noticed the time on my husband's cell phone said 9:11. I watched as he slept soundly in his recliner and I was thankful.

However, the 911 on his phone made me very aware that many are in a state of emergency right now.

So many things crossed my mind like a quick slideshow before my eyes.

From the friend who just shared with me about her sister's husband suddenly leaving his earthly home, seemingly so untimely, and going to his heavenly home and leaving many behind to endure all the pain and grief that such a unexpected situation would certainly cause.

Then I saw the many in foreign countries and my own country who have lost their homes and even worse their families to sudden freaks of nature such as powerful wind storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, mudslides and things that just can't be explained or truly prepared for.

Then the evil of unnecessary deaths happening at events that are supposed to be escapes from the stresses of life such as concerts, parades, marathons and company parties.

What does one do to find shelter? Who does one call upon?

There is a 911 in God's Word that is a safe and good place to start.

Psalm 91:1 says:

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

It's so good to hear first of all that the Word of God does not discriminate but clearly states that "whoever" is welcome to dwell in the shelter...!

Are you looking for a shelter from the storms of life that are trying so hard to beat you to a pulp? That are trying to drown you? That are trying to steal your joy? That are testing your faith? That are distracting you from seeing our big God? That are causing you to keep your eyes on the storm?

Then call your 911 God now!! The Most High God will answer and walk you through it. He won't hang up on you. He will give you comfort and wisdom to help you know what to do next. He also has some mighty powerful angels that he will send out immediately to rescue you , guard you and do whatever is necessary to keep you through this time of uncertainty!

As a matter of fact, Psalm 91:1-16 has more to offer than just a temporary storm shelter.

Take time to read it, pray it, believe it. There is a 911 call that you can make that will never hang up. The Most High God will stay connected to you as long as you will let him. Give him a call right now!

Most High God,
I'm calling your 911 number tonight on behalf of all people who are in emergency situations. Lord send your angels to minister to them and walk them through these tragic situations that they are trying to live through. Most High God I ask that you pull each one to you and shelter them under your wings and give their grieving hearts a rest. Lord all I can do is call and ask and respond to those that ask me to help. May many be helped by your emergency number in Psalm 91. May they read it, pray it, believe it and most of all be able to live through all that they are facing because you answer their emergency call and never leave them hanging on without your guidance and wisdom to walk them through it. You are faithful and available and we are so very grateful! Because of Jesus we are helped. Amen

PSALM 91

1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

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Just Passing Through

by Debbie on July 26, 2017

My family used to live in a very small town in Florida called Campbellton. It was one of those places that if you blinked a couple of times you would pass right through it without even knowing it.

When I was younger I hated living in that small town. There was absolutely nothing to do there but work at our Mom and Pop store/vegetable stand.

I pumped fuel into the cars of the tourist who were passing through and sold them fruits and veggies for their vacation stay elsewhere.

I could smell the Coppertone suntan lotion on them, from their stay at the beach and I dreamed of the day I might get to go to the beach as well.

To this day I cannot smell that suntan lotion without thinking of that small town with all the beach goers just passing through.

The tourist, as we called them, also loved browsing through our unusual inventory of mostly "junk" that my dad called his valued inventory. But as the old saying goes, "one man's junk is another man's treasure.

To be very honest, I am so thankful that I don't live in that small town anymore. However, there was a very significant event that took place in that small town when I was 12 years of age.

My Mom, dad, sister, and I were baptized together at the First Baptist church of Campbellton (the oldest Baptist church in Florida).

When I pass through that small town now, I think of all the hard work I had to do there and I remember all the tourist that were just passing through.

Yet even though I would not want to go back to that place to stay, I am very thankful that I gave my life to Christ as I was "passing through" that little town.

Those days of living in that little town were very hard days in my life. Too many hard days to share in this post. Yet I am thankful for those days as I look back at the things God accomplished in my life in this small town.

I learned how to pump gas, and how to sell all sorts of things to all sorts of people who were mostly passing through. I learned how to work hard and how to communicate with people I had never met and probably would never meet again.

Once we even had a lady who called herself a gypsy spend a few days with us. She only had one leg and her car was packed with all her "stuff".

I still remember her smell. It was that of strange smelling spices. What were my parents thinking?!

She too, being the gypsy that she claimed to be, was only passing through this small town.

As I reflect on the time I spent in this small town and all the people I met who were only passing through, I am reminded of this scripture in Isaiah.

Isaiah 43:1-3

..."Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And when you pass through the rivers,
They will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you
Will not be burned;
The flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior..."

I am thankful that I was only passing through Campbellton, Florida but I have to remember that one of the most significant things that ever happened in my life took place in that small town...I met my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at the age of 12.

I don't know where you are in life but I can tell you this, you are "just passing through."

There is a popular country song called "Don't Blink" that really describes how quickly our time flies.

And whether we are in a storm or in a fire we must remember that we are only passing through and it is a place where our Savior will meet us and see us through to a better place. Don't blink and miss that time, whether it be a hard time or a good time, Jesus is with us.

All those times of wishing I was one of those tourist going to the beach became a reality in my life later on. My Savior thought it pleasing to move me from that small town to the beach life.

Yes, I moved to Panama City Beach and have spent many days on the beach smelling that wonderful Coppertone lotion.

I still live close to the beach and I am so grateful that I was just passing through that small town of Campbellton, Florida.

If you are in a place that you hate, or a place that is hard don't let it "stop you". Remember that with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is with us always until the end, we are "Just passing through".

Enjoy the journey. Better things are yet to come!

Wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ,
What a great promise in your Word that we are just passing through. We are grateful that we know our destination when we know you. That destination is a perfect place called our heavenly home. May we enjoy this short journey on our way home to you. Help us not to blink but live each day to the fullest and hang on tightly to you when we pass through the storms of life. We love you and thank you in advance for the lessons we will learn and cherish as we are just passing through. In your name we pray Jesus, amen.

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