This morning, I greet you in the lovely name of the Lord Jesus and bring you greetings from our Christian brothers and sisters in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), West Africa.
In Psalm 9, David wrote: 1) “I will praise (thank) thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all thy marvelous works. 2) I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
I’ve often asked the Lord to help me to not be ungrateful, especially since I have so much for which to be thankful. Just a few days ago, I was reading Free Will Baptist pastor and author, Robert J. Morgan’s book, My All in All. In his May 27th devotional he wrote, “the temperature of our spiritual health is measured on the thermometer of thanksgiving”. May my degree of gratitude indicate that I’m spiritually well.
For just a few minutes, let me thank and praise the Lord for His omniscience . . . He knows everything!
- He knew that I’d be born into the Smith family at Winifrede, WV on May 30, 1946.
- He placed me where He knew that I’d be able to hear and believe the Gospel at the Winifrede (Old Glory) Free Will Baptist Church.
- He knew that I’d be born into the Family of God on June 4, 1961 (50 years ago!). Being saved, born again is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me!
- He knew that He would call me to be a missionary and that I’d fall in love with the people of Ivory Coast, West Africa. This call included His faithfulness in qualifying me, equipping me, and providing all that I’d need for following Him.
My heart’s desire is that you continue to support your denomination’s efforts to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. May you adopt other Free Will Baptist missionaries and learn to love them as you have loved me. God bless and keep you!