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by Pastor Evelyn Peak | April 3, 2019
Maybe your mind goes back to hear your parents saying those words to you!!
There were a few other sentences, especially my momma, would say to me.
"Are you paying attention to me?"
"I told you once, do I need to tell you again?"
"You better not forget what I just told you!"
"And I mean it!"
"Did you hear what I just said?"
Or my most used phrase to the boys, ""You look me in the eyes!"
"Hear me!" How many times in scripture has God spoken to us and we didn't listen or we didn't pay attention. Through the course of life we’ve all found ourselves saying, "If only I had listened." I can't tell you the times I've wished I had listened in many situations. More importantly the times I wish I would have been much more attentive to the Lord!
Life is short, life is precious, there isn't a second go around, Harken to (listen, hear) His voice. It is a dangerous thing to turn a deaf ear to what the Lord has to say to us
““Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.”
Proverbs 8:32-35 NIV
Christ is Wisdom, and He is Life to all believers. ( Matthew Henry commentary notes)
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." John 10:27
"Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it." Hebrews 2:1
“This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”
Isaiah 48:17 NIV
It is good to be back with you again, to “echo” my thoughts. Why do I call this Echo’s from Ev?” It’s simply a reverberation, a reflection or a ringing from my heart to yours. Maybe in some way as I share my heart my thoughts might lift you up, encourage you, or maybe give you a chuckle.
Until next time.....remember, I love you!
January 18, 2016
by Mrs. Evelyn Peak | August 2, 2015
March 9, 2015
I think I could safely say that question has probably come from everyone’s mouth or mind at one time or other in their lifetime. Sad to say, the truth be known, the words “I care” may be spoken to us in stormy circumstances of our lives but are not truthfully lived out. Disappointing, but true. Peter wrote to the Jewish believers who were struggling in the midst of persecution. He encouraged them to conduct themselves in such a way that their character and conduct would be above reproach as they represented Christ. Peter left them with a message they could count on: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for HE CARES FOR YOU (I Peter 5:5b-7 NKJV, emphasis mine). Tuck that message deep in your heart! It will be with you everywhere you go.
by Mrs. Evelyn Peak | October 1, 2014
Under His wings, Under His wings, who from His love can sever,
Under His wings, my soul shall abide, safely abide forever.
I’ve been listening to this old hymn repeatedly this week. Each time my heart is stirred and it has made me ask myself some questions.
What does it look like “under His wings?” In my mind’s eye it would first look safe, and it would look inviting, snuggly, warm, comfortable, calming, a good place to go when I needed that environment.
Why would I want to go “under His wings?” Because there would be loving refuge, protection, help, comfort, someone to hold me close during troubled times, or perhaps for healing, and safety from the storms of life.
Have I been there? Oh yes, many times.
Under His wings I am safely abiding, Though the night deepens and tempests are wild, Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me, He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow! How the heart yearningly turns to His rest! Often when earth has no balm for my healing, There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.
nder His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment! There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er; Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me, Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.
Ps. 91:4 – He will cover you with His feathers and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and protector.
As Jesus spoke to Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37, He said, “How often I wanted to gather your children to- gether, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” What a sad, sad verse.
There is a place of refuge to go . . . don’t be too proud, don’t refuse that place thinking you can take care of yourself. If you are at a place in life where this is what you need, then go the Jesus and tell Him you need Him to open His wings and let you in. When you do, you will be singing with great assurance, resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.
July 10, 2014
I would like to “echo” the words of Paul in Philippians 1:3 . . . “I thank my
God upon every remembrance of you.”
Pastor and I remember with much thanks the very special Birthday
Party you gave us. The ice creams were WONDERFUL, all
the cards were BEAUTIFUL, and the fellowship of nearly 60 folks
was SWEET (ice cream and cake…ha!). You made turning 66 not
so bad after all. We both give thanks to the Lord for the blessings
of those years.
I would like to add a thank you to EVERYONE who worked tirelessly
for a successful VBS. Many days before, a team of people
decorated the sanctuary and Bethany Hall for the theme of a spy
agency for our Agency D-3 Bible School. The D-3 stands for Discover,
Decide, Defend—the Bible verse was I Peter 3:15 :
Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: be ready always
to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason
of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
I will not even begin to name names but off the top of my head
we had 30+ workers. Pastor and I honor and appreciate each one
for everything that was done to make VBS a success.
I would be amiss to leave out giving thanks to the Lord. I Thessalonians
5:18 tells us, “In everything give thanks for this is the
will of God.” At the top of the list would be God sending His son
Jesus to save us from our sins; the list could go on from there—
too lengthy for me to even begin.
Therefore, sometime soon after reading this Echo, get a pen and
paper and list the many things that come to your mind for which
you can give thanks with a grateful heart . . . give thanks to the
May 5, 2014
Spring has been so beautiful; the colors stunning as the red buds stood in all their glory along with the Bradford pears. Then the grass started coming out of the winter season showing new shades of bright beautiful green, which, unfortunately required the mowing to begin. Along with the change of the season came beautiful fragrances drifting through the air.
I know freshly mowed grass and all the new blooms creates misery for those who deal with allergies, and, I’m sorry for that but I must admit I love the accompanying smells. I’m not good with names of flowers for the season so I had to do some research. Some with beautiful spring/summer fragrance are lilac, hyacinth, sweet alyssum, wisteria, sweet peas, lily-of-the valley, gardenia, roses, four o’clock’s, peonies, some tulips, magnolia, and jonquils just to name a few. I can almost smell some of them now. Can you?
Did you know there is a fragrance, or an aroma that comes from our life? It can be a pleasant aroma, or it can be one that stinks. To stink sounds rather harsh but Isaiah 1:13-23 talks about ways of living that are a stench in the nostrils of God - lives once pure, once faithful, once just and righteous but no longer such bring no pleasure to God. How sad, but, in this same portion of scripture the Lord says that no matter how deep the stain of your sins he can remove it and make it as clean as freshly fallen snow.
Let me go back to the beautiful fragrance – that which is pleasing to our Lord…II Corinthians 2:15 & 16: For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death to death, and to the other the aroma of life to life.
If we are God’s children, saved by grace, we are a sweet aroma to Him. We no longer have the aroma of death, we have a fragrance that brings joy to the heart of God. Jesus’ life was a fragrant aroma to the Father. If we walk as Jesus, do our best to follow His ways then our life can have that fragrance. It is our aroma of praise to God, and, as we go into our world we take with us the sweet aroma of God everywhere we go.
Ephesians 5:2 Jesus said, “And walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
April 4, 2014
Okay, I know, not a very bright, cheerful way to Echo a message to you but, stay with me.
I’ll ask you a question and even though we are not face-to-face I’m fairly certain the answer you would give. Have you ever been, or felt, forsaken?
If you haven’t had that experience, consider yourself highly blessed. I
would echo to you, oh yes, I’ve both been and felt forsaken. Actually
rather recently, and it’s a terrible feeling.
Forsaken—to leave or to abandon. . . .
As I was pondering (you may notice I use that word often—I ponder
a lot!), my mind went to a piece of a scripture, “Persecuted, but not forsaken.”
Ponder, ponder . . . but, my circumstance hasn’t changed. I quickly went to find my Bible, and began reading 2 Corinthians 7:7-9:
“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence
of the power may be of God and not of us. We are
hard pressed on every side yet not crushed, we are perplexed
but not in despair, persecuted but NOT FORSAKEN,
struck down but not destroyed.”
When feeling forsaken, every emotion in these two verses is there;
hard pressed, perplexed, persecuted, struck down. NOT FORSAKEN?
Feels like forsaken to me. ONLY because of the life and death of Jesus,
on my/our behalf, can it be true—no other way.
Therefore, that chapter goes on:
“Do not lose heart because what is ahead for us is a far more
exceeding weight of glory; the things which are seen (being
or feeling forsaken) are temporary, but the things which are
not seen are eternal.”
As Paul encouraged the Corinthians, I encourage all of us . . . Do Not
Lose Heart. There is ONE and ONLY ONE who has promised He would
never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5b).
“Now may the Lord God of peace who brought up our Lord
Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete
in every good work to do His will, working in you what is
well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be
glory forever and ever. Amen (Hebrews 13: 20 & 21).
His peace makes us complete, NOT FORSAKEN.
November 13, 2013
This old world is filled with disappointments and troubles every day,
Many times I get discouraged and I almost lose my way;
Then I remember I’m just a pilgrim in this troubled world below,
That’s the reason I keep singing as I go.
We’re not home yet, children, so keep your eyes on the Savior,
Just a few more days to labor and we’ll sit down beside the river,
How we’ve longed to be with Jesus, and our loved ones gone before us,
Theres a better day a-comin’, we’re not home yet.
I have found myself living this song of late . . . yes, it’s another of my “oldies!” While watching the mile markers as we were driving back from Maryland — after a wonderful time with our children—my mind would sigh thinking, “Aren’t we there yet?” The answer back to myself, “We’re not home yet!” (Ooo, that’s not good . . . talking to myself and answering back!!!)
If you find yourself road-worn on this life’s journey, take heart . . . we’re not home yet, just keep your eyes on the Savior.
. . . Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
Remember, I love you.
October 7, 2013
How Can It Be So Hard?
Recently, I have found myself in diﬀerent situations where I needed to do something, learn something, or make a decision that I just couldn’t seem to ﬁgure out. Aﬅer a period of time I would stand back and say to myself, "How can it be so hard?” Sort of like seeing that little white ball sitting on a little wooden piece and all I need to do with a small club in my hand is hit the ball. Now, tell me, how hard can it be? Just for the record, on some days it can be very hard.
You have your own scenario—maybe several—going through your mind right now and you are saying to yourself, “Well, just how can it be so hard?” It maybe something as simple as deciding what you are going to wear on a given day, or it
maybe a dilemma that has your stomach in a knot. I think of a scripture in God’s word that tells us to trust in the Lord with all our
heart and not lean on our own understanding of things but in everything acknowledge Him and He will direct our path (Prov.3:5-6). From that I can realize the God of this universe knows my understanding is limited so He tells me to acknowledge Him, which
deﬁned is to recognize His existence, validity, or authority. Then it tells me if I do that, He will direct me in the path I need to take, or what I need to do. Yet, I spend minutes, hours, even days trying within my own understanding to ﬁgure it out when I ﬁnally give up and acknowledge Him. How can it be so hard for us to do that?
When I DO acknowledge Him, He DOES direct my path. I then look back and say to myself, “Why didn’t I do that sooner?!”How can it be so hard to liﬅ up our eyes unto the hills from where our help comes from? How can it be so hard to call out to our Father who simply wants us to acknowledge Him?
Oh what peace we oﬅen forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear because we lean on ourselves rather than acknowledge Him.
I would ask you to join me in acknowledging Him ﬁrst, not last. Now, tell me how hard can it be?
Remember, I love you.
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