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NAVIGATION

ACTS 27

Not far from where I live is the inlet to Port Phillip Bay.  The ‘heads’ which overseas shipping must pass through before reaching safety of the bay, is one of the most treacherous in the southern hemisphere.  Many ships, in our earlier history, came to grief while trying to sail through the rip which gives entrance to the bay.

Therefore, a navigator who knows the bay very well, who has done the required training and has obtained the relevant certificates that enables him to navigate large ocean going vessels through the ‘heads’ is called upon to guide the waiting ships safely into harbour.

I have watched as men in pilot boats churn through seas of all seasons to ferry  the navigator to the waiting ship. When on board he is able to guide the ship through the swirling waters of the heads and into safety.

In our lives, we have times when we are experiencing turbulent waters of life. Who do we call on to help us navigate through them? Do you have a navigator that you can call on to assist you through the turbulent waters?
There is a chorus that we sang as children.  WITH CHRIST IN THE VESSEL YOU CAN SMILE AT THE STORM.  That does not mean that we will cease from experiencing the storms of life, but rather, with Christ as our navigator, we can confidently know, be assured of the fact, that no matter  how rough the waves, how strong the winds, how sleeting the rains of the storms, we are in the hands of the greatest Navigator, Jesus.

There was a young boy who was sailing with his Captain father on a ship.  A dreadful storm was buffeting and rolling the ship so that even some of the crew became worried.  One asked the little boy if he was scared. “No sir,” he responded, “my daddy is at the helm.”  That is the kind of trust and faith we need in the storms of life.  Our daddy, “Our Father in Heaven” is at the helm.
 May His loving arms surround you in the storms of your life and bring you into a  harbour of peace and joy.

God  bless,  Carla Evans

CAN YOU WALK ON WATER?
 
Matthew 14:22-33
 
Jesus was a man, even though He was the Son of God.
He came to earth to reveal to us the way to goodness and righteousness and introduce us to the love of His Father in Heaven.  He also shows us the way to be set free from evil influences and be loosened from the chains of darkness and oppression.
 
The bible tells us that Jesus had had a pretty busy day around the shores of Galilee in preaching, teaching and healing the sick and diseased.  At evening, he sent the people home, including His disciples. Jesus was exhausted and needed to refresh Himself by prayer in the presence of His Father God.
 
It was just before dawn.  The stars were spasmodically seen as scudding clouds driven by the rising wind concealed their glory. The wind rose and began to moan in intensity and caused the waves to rise and become white tipped.  
 
The disciples, many of whom were fishermen, knew the potential treachery of the Lake.  Quickly they began to furl in the sails and were very alert to their danger.  
 
Suddenly, looking behind them, they saw a man walking towards them on the water.
 
Now put yourself in their place. What would you do? What would you say? How would you react?
 
One of them cried out, “It is a ghost!” They were all terrified.
 
 “Don’t be frightened, it’s only me!” yelled Jesus.
 
The dear, extroverted disciple Peter, yelled in response, “If it is you Jesus, let me come to you walking on the water.”
 
Jesus said, “Come.”
 
So Peter, putting one leg over the side of the boat slowly lowered himself onto the water. He took one step, two steps, three steps, and low and behold he was walking on the water towards Jesus! Wow! Peter was actually walking on water too!
 
He was a few steps from the boat when he did the human thing.  He became conscious of the winds and the waves, and took His eyes off Jesus. Fear took hold of him.
 
 “Jesus save me,” He cried as he began to sink beneath the waves.  Jesus took Peter’s hand and lifted him up. Together they climbed into the boat and joined the other disciples.
 
Oh Peter, you had it!  You were doing it! What went wrong?  He took His eyes of Jesus, the One who is our rock, our strength and our Saviour. The One who can do the miracles in our lives and keep us steady in all storms.
 
That’s what happens in life to us when we take our eyes away from things that are good and honest and of good report and fasten them onto the pleasures and things of the world.
 
But I cannot judge Peter.  He was human, like you and me. But even in his sinking under the waves through fear, he still called on Jesus and was saved.
 
Who do you call out to when frightened or confused?
 
Can you walk on water above the storms of life and the powers of evil that would bring destruction to your life?
 
Call out to Jesus.  He is still there to save and hold your hand.
 
God bless

Chaplain Carla Evans






WHAT IS FAITH?
Hebrews 11:1

Have you ever been talking to some people who believe in the bible and they say something like, “You have to have faith!” What is faith and how does one get it?

Faith is believing in something that cannot be seen.  It  is a hope that something will co me to pass and believing that it will.

Faith cannot be seen but the results of it can be. Faith is something that comes from the heart and a confidence that God, who loves us will be there for us.At times faith by-passes the brain!  The brain sees something and knows it is an impossibility to achieve, faith looks at it and says, “Yes this can be achieved in God.”

So faith needs to be switched on.  When we t urn on the light switch, we expect a light to come on.  When we plug in the coffee jug, we expect hot coffee will soon be available.  When we turn on a tap, we expect water to flow from it.

This is faith. Faith that a light will appear, that the water will  boil and that water will also flow from the tap.
When we ask God for something, because He is our Heavenly Father, He h ears us.  Hebrews 11:1 says : FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE OF THINGS HOPED FOR, T HE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN.
How do we get faith? Romans 10:17 SO THEN FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.  So to obtain faith, we have to believe in God our Father in Heaven, and then the more we listen to and for Him and the more we read His manual of life, the bible, the more easily faith comes.
It is very simple, so simple that those of us who think intellectually and who try to reason faith out, have a hard time comprehending it!
If we trusted our parents to care for us, we had the faith to believe in them that they would supply our needs.  So it is with our Heavenly Father, we can have the faith that He will work all things together for good because we have faith and trust in Him.
Even if things don’t work out the way we planned, if we continue to believe that God holds us in the palm of His hand, things will indeed work out well in the end.  For one of God’s names is Faithfull!

My prayer for you this month is that God will enable you to believe that He is God and that He loves you unconditionally, without condemnation, and yearns for your presence and faith in Him.
God bless

Chaplain Carla Evans

WE ARE GOD'S MASTERPIECE
Eph. 2:10
The fear of being nothing but a big zero can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  It works like this:  When its time to go for a job interview your fear kicks in and you think, "I'll never impress them, I'll look stupid. They'll ask me questions I can't answer.  A mouse in a lion'es den has better odds of success." 
 So you fail miserably and descend yet another level into the basement of self-defeat.  Or consider the girl who's asked out on a date by a good looking guy.  So good looking, that she wonders what he sees in her.  She's sure that once he gets to know her, he will finish with her.  So insecurity drives her to use the only tool she trusts, her body.  She sleeps with him on the first date for fear there won't be a second, and she ends up feeling like the disposable woman she didn't want to become.  The fear of insignificance creates the very result she dreads and arrives at the very destination it tries to avoid. ... 

Stop!  You're disagreeing with God!

You're questioning His judgment and second-guessing his taste.  His Word says he can't stop thinking about you. If you could count His thoughts of you, 'they would be more in number than the grains of sand." Psalm 139:18 NKV.  

Why does God love you so much? for the same reason an artist loves his paintings.  'We are God's masterpiece.  He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.' So when you get up each morning, look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I matter, because God loves me!"
Bob Gass,  WORD FOR TODAY.


GRIEF

‘Good grief’  is a common expression.  But is grief ever good?

Recently our Jack Russell dog died at 14 years of age.  I was overwhelmed with grief. She had been my companion, confidant and ‘friend’.  She sat at my feet when typing on the computer, followed me around from room to room in our house, came outside and waited for me while I hung clothes on the line.  She was always one step behind me. And now she is gone.  If there is a doggie heaven, I know she will get her reward!

Grief needs time to be worked out.  It can be postponed, but it will rear its head until honestly faced and accepted.

In action there is no time to grieve as the facing enemy must be contended with.   The grief experienced, must be buried for a time, in a hole somewhere in the emotional makeup of a person.  Later though, if that grief cannot have an outlet, it turns to anger, bitterness and perhaps violence. In the fullness of time, it will probably cause an illness, for example blood pressure, ulcers or other problems. 

The initial sharpness of grief turns into a dull ache.  It’s the kind of ache that sits inside of us. A photo, a thought, a memory, a smell, a scene or a place reactivates the grief and causes it to come flooding back. A flashback of what used to be, of what happened and is no more.

Every individual deals with grief in their own way.  Some like to hibernate for a season, others refuse to talk about it. Others want to talk about it, others become emotional, are violent, some drink, do drugs, get bitter and angry. Some get physically sick.

How do we deal with it?  How do we live with this ache inside of us all the time, trying to put on a happy face, be normal and do what is requested and required of us on a daily basis?

First, be honest.  Hey, I’m grieving here, give me space!

Second, Give yourself time to grieve.  Grief is an emotion and when we are emotionally hurt, it takes time to heal. A physical body needs time to heal and so does the emotional part of us.

Third;  Don’t be frightened to talk about what you are grieving over.  Tears may flood your eyes and block your nose,  you are expressing your grief!

Find someone who is a good listener.  For myself, I know that God is always there waiting to hear from me.  I know He does not have “skin on”, but He is there and gives me peace of mind and heart when I communicate with Him. If God helps me in my grief over a dog, how much more is He willing to assist you in your grief over a friend, spouse, neighbour, sibling, workmate, career, etc.? He is faithful. That is one of His names; Faithfulness. He does not think it weird that we grieve.  He made us, and He made that ability in us to feel emotions, and grief is one of those emotions.

Don’t get impatient with yourself and think you should be over something when you are not.  Time has a way of dealing with things if they are faced honestly.
In the meantime, thank God for the friends you have, the home you live in, the work you do, the family you are a member of.  Thanks and praise is the power of Heaven.
God bless, and for recommended reading try NONE OF THESE DISEASES, by Dr. P. McMillan.  
My prayer is that those of us who have experienced grief will be able to honestly ask God,the Creator of all mankind, to come and heal us and make us whole and fill us with His peace.
Car la Evans




                A Veteran produced video clip after being challenged for serving his country.
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BUSHFIRES AND MENDING FENCES

Every summer here in Australia, we experience ravaging bush fires.  Sometimes they are an act of nature and sadly, at other times, they are instigated by the human hand.
Years of a farmer’s hard work goes up in smoke.  The carefully planned financial management of properties is left in dust and ashes.  Livestock burned, trees left standing bereft of all their green-ness, stark silhouettes against the scarred and flattened ground around them.
Lives too can be lost. Homes, cars, livelihoods all succumb under the ravaging tongues of fire that sweep across the paddocks.
Insurance companies jump up and down, stall for time, but eventually trickle payments to those who were wise enough or who could afford the insurance premiums to cover such a catastrophe if it should occur.
Then, not to be beaten, farmers once more turn to their land, which in some cases has been in their family for generations. Fences are mended to keep newly purchased  live stock within their boundaries, homes are slowly rebuilt, and the slumped shoulders of those who suffered begin to straighten.
The law courts hopefully catch those who insanely started the fires for a thrill that only they understand.  Friends and neighbours come to the aid of those who have been devastated both physically and emotionally. And life slowly returns to a sense of normality.

Our lives can be like this.  We can have a bush fire of circumstances that leave us reeling, burned out, flattened, damaged, the end of the road for our dreams, hopes and aspirations.
But you know what?  When the smoke has gone, when the coals of heat are cooled, when everything stops and one doesn’t know what to do or where to go next, that’s the time when we need to call out to THE ONE who can help us like no other.  He is the One who will come and help us rebuild which has been lost, perhaps not in the same way, but He is there to help us rebuild and gives us hope to continue on in life, and restore sound minded-ness to us.
There are some farmers though, very sadly, who just give up and walk away from life.  It has become too much for them. They reject help and assistance, they have had enough.  That is all understandable.  BUT WHAT IF they had reached out at that point, and received the offered help, and accepted the assistance of friends and neighbours? 
Life is full of choices that we have to make.  Sometimes when we are suffering so much we cannot think straight, that is the time to trust THE ONE who makes the wisest choices for us and believe it or not, He can use friends and neighbours to bring assistance.  He can use the counselling services, medical people, or even a chaplain!
Sometimes the situation might be so bad we feel we cannot even call out for help to anyone. Have I got good news for you! Jesus is always there, only a thought away, a whispered call of His name, brings His attention to you immediately.
In life we can be knocked down, but please don’t let the situations of life knock you out!
God bless
Chaplain Carla Evans



John 15:13.
GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAN TO LAY DOWN ONE'S LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.

 I’d like to share some information about someone really special.  In fact, I have never met another like him and I stand in awe of him as more stories come to light of his life.  It is recorded  by those who knew him that he didn’t mind putting himself out for a neighbour in trouble, he paid tax bills for those who didn’t have the money and he provided food for those who were hungry, he managed to find the right words for those who were grieving and had compassion on those who were going through real hard times. 

Being the eldest son, he followed his father into the carpentry business and from what I can learn of him, it appears his father died leaving this young man to become the breadwinner for his siblings and mother.  However, at the age of 30, he knocked in his last nail, put down his carpenter’s tool bag and hit the road for an adventure of a life time.. 

Along the way he met some other young men and they became friends.  They came from all walks of life, one that I know of worked for the government in the tax department, others were in the fishing industry. They knocked around together for about 3 years. During this time the man who is the pivotal point of this story, earned the respect and love of his peers. He stood up for the poor, challenged those members of the community that were trying to get rich off the backs of the innocent workers, he also stood in some church buildings and called the local pastors and leaders some  names that got him into a bit of trouble. In fact, he upset these religious people so much, they were after his blood. And they got it. 

They arrested him in the darkness of the night when no one could see what they were doing, put up a false jury, and according to the authority they had regarding the laws of the land, had him put to death.  But not before they whipped  and beat  him up; viciously and ruthlessly. Their anger and jealousy of this man was beyond comprehension. 

This man, His name was and still is, Jesus.  He did pay peoples debts, He did feed the multitudes of people, He did heal the sick and raise the dead.  His Father was the God who created the universe and who loves us so much that He can’t abide us living in sin and being condemned to live in darkness separated from Him.

Jesus, the bible records, was a man of great love and passion for truth and justice, had mercy and grace high on His personal agenda of life. He died for you.  Not accidently, but purposefully.  His blood became the living sacrifice that paid your debts of sin and iniquity.  And today, in this age in which we live, people are still trying to put those who believe in Jesus to death  or cause pain and trouble in their lives. Why? Because when one accepts and becomes a believer in Jesus, we are changed.  A peace that is unexplainable flows into us, and gives us courage and strength to stand up for things that are right and just. Jesus becomes the pivotal point of our existence. His Holy Spirit who lives in each of us, when invited to do so, enables us to follow the teachings of Jesus and at times, do the works He did. 

And even as in the days of Jesus, so it is today.  Men love darkness rather than light.  They try to put the light out of holiness and righteousness.  But if we read the bible, at the end, we know that God will win this battle against evil. Jesus paid the price of His life so that we could live free of the darkness of sin. His life for ours.  What greater love could He display than this? It is the season of Easter.  The season where the world accepts that Jesus was crucified.  But He is not dead.  He lives in those who believe in His name.  He is risen.  How do I know He lives? I am a believer and I know He lives in me. Why don’t you ask Him to come and live in you too?

 Carla Evans Chaplain


John 3:16,17
FOR GOD LOVED THE WORLD SO MUCH THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY SON SO THAT ANYONE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.  FOR GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN IT, BUT TO SAVE IT.

Can we really believe that there is a love so great it does not condemn us at all?  Can we really believe that this Someone who created the universe and mankind, should love us so deeply, richly and unconditionally that He was prepared to allow His only Son, Jesus, to come to earth as a man, and become a sacrifice for all the wrong doing of mankind? 

According to early Israelite history, a lamb without spot or blemish of any kind was sacrificed for the sins of the person offering the lamb.  
God allowed His Son Jesus, to become a living sacrifice, just like the lamb, for our sin and wrong doings.
That means that since the days of Calvary and the death of Jesus, man has been freed from sin. It means that since that day of Calvary when the sacrifice of God's Son was made, we can live in victory over the powers of darkness that causes untold pain and it is possible to be healed through the blood that was shed on that Cross.

Quoted from the Living Bible, Isaiah chapter 53;3ff

WE DESPISED HIM AND REJECTED HIM - A MAN OF SORROWS, ACQUAINTED WITH BITTEREST GRIEF. WE TURNED OUR BACKS ON HIM AND LOOKED THE OTHER WAY WHEN HE WENT BY.   HE WAS DESPISED AND WE DIDN'T CARE.  YET IT WAS OUR GRIEF HE BORE, OUR SORROWS THAT WEIGHTED HIM DOWN. AND WE THOUGHT HIS TROUBLES WERE A PUNISHMENT FROM GOD, FOR HIS OWN SINS! BUT HE WAS WOUNDED AND BRUISED FOR OUR SINS. HE WAS CHASTISED THAT WE MIGHT HAVE PEACE; HE WAS LASHED AND WE WERE HEALED.  WE ARE THE ONES WHO STRAYED AWAY LIKE SHEEP.  WE WHO LEFT GOD'S PATHS TO FOLLOW OUR OWN.  YET GOD LAID ON HIM (JESUS) THE GUILT AND SINS OF EVERY ONE OF US.

So if Jesus died for us and our deeds of darkness, why do we still live as defeated, overwhelmed, miserable people?

AWAKE! Walk in the victory that is ours.  Our debts of sin have been paid! If God said it, you'd better believe it!  Perhaps our biggest problem(s) are that God would do that for us, and we are unable to forgive ourselves.  If you haven't asked Him for forgiveness, now might be the time to do it!

Carla Evans









I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE AND NO ONE CAN COME TO THE FATHER EXCEPT BY MEANS OF ME. 
John 14:6  (Living Bible)


OFFENCES/OFFENDED

The last thing we want to do when we have been offended against is to forgive the offender, yet for our own benefit, we should forgive -  immediately! But it’s the last thing we want to do – right?

Sometimes the hardest thing to do when we have causedoffence is to apologise.  (As we are always right in our comments and deeds aren’t we???) The next hardest thing to do is to forgive ourselves. 

When we are the innocent ‘victims’ our mind screams to us to get even or justify ourselves. Secondly, we mull over what has happened and regurgitate the event over and over again in our minds. If we have some close friends, we rehearse the event in their ears.  We feel  anger rising from deep within and perhaps grief starts to sprout its seeds of bitterness.

If we had access to a sphygmomanometer (I just love that word!) alias a blood pressure machine, we would find that our blood pressure has risen alarmingly because of the anger of being offended. Acid starts to build in our stomachs (here come the ulcers!!!)and we literally feel quite heavy and dark within ourselves.(Is that depression knocking on my door?)

No wonder Jesus said we need to forgive 70 times 7.  It seems it takes that amount of times to get us to the point of actually forgiving!!! Forgiveness is a choice and it is an emotion.  So the first step on the road to a sound mind again after being hurt and offended is to choose to forgive.  It’s a case of opening our mouths and voicing those words,  “I choose to forgive this person or that situation for the offence or hurt against me.”

However, the emotion of the event can almost cause us to choke on those words in trying to get them out.
Once said, it is easier the second time, then the third. About this time, it pays us to start to think something positive about the person who caused the offence.  I try praying for them and ask the Lord Jesus to bless them because they have offended me. Praying for the person who hurt me takes my mind from myself and asking my Father in Heaven to take the pain from me is a relief!!  A blessing always nullifies hurtful words!

What spurs me on to forgive is the words in the bible that says that if we do not forgive those who have offended us, God won’t forgive us of our wrong doings.  Do you know how many wrong doings I have done in my life  and how many negative thoughts I have had towards others?  I would not be able to stand in God’s presence  on this count alone, let alone all the other things I have done wrong.  Thank God for His grace and mercy towards me and His forgiveness to me, this sinner, is unbelievable, yet because He loves me, He forgives me.

When I utter the words of forgiveness, I am starting on the road to forgiveness and healing. I am starting to forgive that offence in, and with the strength of God my Saviour, to help me to come to that place of true forgiveness.  It’s hard. Terribly hard and sometimes it takes some time to overcome in this battle.
But God can see my heart and He witnesses the battle that I am in on forgiveness.  He helps me through the murky waters that the hurt has landed me in and brings me into His green pastures for healing.

Does that mean though that I have to put my head back on the chopping block with the person who caused my hurt?  No, rather be guided by wisdom and God’s forgiving love towards that person. 
The idea with unforgiveness is not to let it take root.  The quicker it is dealt with the easier it is to overcome. The longer it is left, the longer it festers and grows and contaminates us.

Its just as hard to forgive ourselves.  For like a fiery dart, the things we said or did flash into our minds and give us no peace.  Who feeds our minds with this condemnation?  As believers in God, we have an enemy, and it is He who throws those darts of condemnation.  God never condemns, rather He convicts and there is a world of difference in those two words.

How sad it is when talking to some people they say to me “I could never forgive them for what they have done to me.”  I am very sad, because as well as their heart being hardened, that unforgiveness effects  people around them and may affect decisions made because of being wary of being hurt again.

Look at it this way.  If we could travel back in time and see all the pain, the bruises, the bloodied body of Jesus hanging on that cross of Calvary for us, how big is the pain of our unforgiveness against what he endured for us? Unforgiveness is too heavy to carry around.  Far better for it to be offloaded so that we can walk lightly in the days allocated to us.
Ephesians 4:31 (LivingBible)  Stop being mean, bad tempered and angry. Quarreling, harsh words and dislike of others should have no place in your lives. Instead, be kind to each other, tender hearted, forgiving one another, just  as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ.
Matthew 7:14,15  Your Heavenly Father will forgive you if you forgive those who sin against you; but if you refuse to forgive them, he will not forgive you.

God bless and fill you all with His peace and please, walk in Victory!
 Chaplain Carla Evans



 
 
 
 
 
 
IMPOSSIBLE MOUNTAINS
 
 My heart was in my mouth so to speak.  There sitting on top of the slippery dip was our 18 month old grandson.  He had managed to climb the ladder and was sitting on the flat top trying to find the courage to slide down the length of the slippery dip. 
 
 His Father was standing nearby and saying, “Come on, you can do it Joshua.  Come on, you can do it.”
 
 I dare not say anything but wondered how an 18 month old boy could climb up a ladder, clamber onto the flat ridge and face the long slide down to the ground by himself. I could see the dangers and I wanted to go and rescue this grandson of mine, but he was his Dad’s responsibility so I held my tongue, and watched and waited.
 
 With encouragement from his Dad, Joshua finally let go and began his descent.  He had reached half way when his body turned causing him to roll over and over and hit the ground with a bit of a thump.  His Dad did not move.  He quietly said, “Come on Joshua, get up”. 
 
 Joshua got up, had the biggest grin on his face, and ran to climb the ladder again.  It wasn’t that his Dad was not concerned for his well being, it was just that a Dad knows what his child is capable of and with encouragement can do things we, as bystanders, don’t think they can do.
 
 You know God is like that.  He knows us very well. He knows what we are capable of doing. He encourages us to keep trying to do what we think is impossible. How does He know we can do something we don’t think we can?  Because He has given us the abilityto do it.Like Joshua, we might roll and tumble a bit at first, but we get there. God, being our Heavenly Father, stands by and encourages us to keep trying, to keep at the given task and not to give up.  
 
How sweet is that success when we have, with God's help, conquered that ‘impossible mountain’ in our lives.  God never leaves us, He is always standing by encouraging and confirming us.  “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me,” are words of a song sung by George Beverly Shea. 
 
 It is written in God’s word, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13“For He has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 
 
 Go out and conquer your problems, go back and mend your fences, go on and be encouraged for our Father in Heaven has given us the ability, strength, wisdom and courage to do all that we need to do for Him. 
 
 God blessChaplainCarla Evans  
 
Something different to further explain God's greatness!
 
God truly is Amazing.God's accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs... . .For example: -the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; -those of the canary in 14 days;
-those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; -The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days; -those of the mallard in 35 days; -The eggs of the parrot and the  ostrich hatch in 42 days.

(Notice,they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)
God's wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily. 

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works His creation! God's wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.

-Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.
-Each orange has an even number of segments.
-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.
-Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.
-Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one,so that one row has an even number and the next row
an odd number.-The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.
All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundred fold all even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day. Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing   the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life. If you try to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and a failure. Only the One Who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end.  I HOPE YOU FIND THIS AS FASCINATING AS I DID. May God Bless You In Ways You Never Even Dreamed Today!.CarlaEvans
"Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."
 
  
   
WHAT TO DO WITH A BROKEN HEART or MIND.
PSALM  147: 3
GOD HEALS THE BROKENHEARTED AND BINDS UP THEIR WOUNDS
 
MATTHEW 12;20,21
A BRUISED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK AND SMOKING FLAX HE WILL NOT QUENCH TILL HE SENDS FORTH JUSTICE TO VICTORY AND IN HIS NAME GENTILES WILL TRUST.
 
What does it mean to be broken-hearted? Or  live our lives like a bruised reed?
  1.  It means that a person is grievously sad from a betrayal or failure of a love/trust relationship. 
  2.  To be crushed completely or have one’s feeling shattered of trust in a person, a belief or friendship.
  3. To lose a loved one from this earthly realm.
Whatdoes it mean to bind up?
  1.  To strap up
  2. To swathe in bandages
  3. To cause a joining or uniting
I believe this means that those of us who have experienced the wounds that caused our hearts to be broken can have them bandaged by the healing power of God.
When a person has a very bad external infection, bandages can be applied and even though the suffering pain of healing goes on beneath the bandages, we cannot see the healing taking place.
When we have been hurt on the inside of us, it is only God that can reach in to the very depth and source of the pain and bring His love and healing to us by swathing the pain and hurt with His love and healing power.  (That is of course, if we really, honestly ask Him for healing!)  We can’t see Him working, but even as we cannot see the healing  going on under the bandages that have been applied to our external wounds, we can be assured that God does heal on the inside of us too. 
Healing of the external can sometimes take some time, and so does healing on the internal parts of us.
However, when one has wounds, it is normal to seek someone who can care for those wounds.  Ie a medic  or doctor. Steps must be taken b y the injured to ensure that they come into the presence of someone who can apply the needed assistance.
When we have internal emotional bruising and brokenness, we need to take those first initial steps towards God who can, when we ask, begin the healing process and bind up our internal wounds.
If you are hurting so bad on the inside of you, what have you got to lose in asking God to start His mighty healing power in you?
Jusetask Him along these lines:  “Please Father God, The bible says that you are the same yesterday, today and forever.  I am asking you if you will come into my life and heal this pain that won’t go away, heal this ache caused by the weight of my grief and hurt.  Help me to thank you day by day for the work that you are doing in the dealing with my hurts.  In Jesus name. Amen.”
If you want to name some of those hurts in the ears of God, He will listen and hear you.  Please know though, He already knows what your pain is, but He still wants us to tell Him about them.  This is good, because it is step one of our healing as when we whisper to Him our hurts, that  starts the cracking of the wall of pain we have put up around us.
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God bless, keep, support and sustain you all
Sincerely
Carla Evans
 
 
 
 
 
 
MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU; FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS.
                                                                                         2 Corinthians 12:9
 
 
 
                                                                   LOVE LETTERS
 
 
I will confess that as a teenager I received my share of love letters.  They were kept in a little blue and gold sewing box along with other personal items.   
 
Some young man had taken the time and made the effort to write to share with me some of his personal thoughts and feelings.  Those letters, when first received, made my heart flutter and made me feel so special.  They meant that someone liked me! Wow!
 
Of course, that meant I had to write and respond didn’t it? (Communication in those days was not by text messages, skype or other modern means of technology!) For days I waited for his response as no doubt he had waited for mine.
 
Recently, for some unknown reason, I thought of those letters. They are long discarded now but the memory of them still makes me think the sender of them was kind and sweet.
 
Today, I am in possession of another love letter. When I opened it and began to read, my heart began to beat and flutter all over again!  I was amazed!
 
 The author of this letter asks if He could love me forever and promises that His love for me is unconditional.  He shares how He has always loved me and has always wanted the best for me in life but couldn’t tell me this until I was ready to hear it.
 
Parts of this letter state that His heart longs for my love and attention and He wants to fill me with His love and to know me intimately.  Along with all this, He promises to provide for my needs and can care for me because His wealth is unlimited.  He is willing to listen to all my secrets, to share my heartaches and embarrassments and will hold all confidences.  Wow again!
 
He has also prepared for me an advocate to be on standby if I ever I should need one.
Is this for real I asked myself?  Yep, it certainly is.  Do you want to read this letter?  Please open up the bible and read your love letter from the One who loves you so much that He died for you.  He loves you so much He promises to care for you in life and in death. He promises, if we allow Him to, to put His love within us so that we always can sense His presence and protection. 
 
Isn’t it something wonderful to be loved like that? All we have to do is ask the Inspirer of the Bible for His love and forgiveness and believe Him for it. So very easy yet so very hard.
Jeremiah 31:3   YES, I HAVE LOVED YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE; AND WITH LOVING KINDNESS HAVE I DRAWN YOU.”
Carla Evans
 
My prayer for you is that the God of love, the Creator of love and life will encompass you with His power and presence, filling you with His peace so that you may be blessed as you are a blessing!
 
 
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The Veterans Coalition Ministries of Faith comes under the auspices of the Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. (VVnW) & The Veterans Coalition.  Our mission is to serve the spiritual and emotional needs of veterans and their families in a Christian capacity.
 
Our aim is to offer short Bible studies, testimonies and other material beneficial to those currently and those who have served their nations in the theatre of war or conflict.
 
Our ministry team is made up of qualified pastors and chaplains under the oversight of Chaplain Carla Evans.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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