I In this YouTube video I share the story of the little Red Hen and how if we are not careful, we can easily be like the Red Hen's friends when it comes to doing the things God has for us to do.
We can want heaven when this life is over, but not want to live each day here for God right now. May that not be so about us.
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Many of us call ourselves Christians. But are we walking in obedience to Christ? Oh, we are quick to say yes, we are Christians, but are we willing to walk the walk and talk the talk and do the work? Or do we just want heaven?
It reminds me of the big red hen story.
Her friends didn't want to do the work of planting, harvesting, and grinding the grain for flour, but they sure wanted to eat the bread after it was said and done. Isn't that what most Christians want?
We don't want the pain, the suffering, denying ourselves, laying down our will and desires for Him, but oh we want the good stuff, and we certainly want heaven when this life is over, thank you very much!!
Go into the world and preach the gospel.
Nope I'm not a missionary, a teacher, or a preacher so that's no for me. Keep the 10 commandments?
Nope, they are done away with. ( Not! )
Deny self, take up our cross and follow Jesus. Sell what we have and give to the poor.
Nope, that's for someone else.
Here is what Jesus has said concerning these kinds of things.
" Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat:
I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. "
Matthew 25:41-46 KJV
"And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest:
go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" Mark 10:17-23 KJV
You know how everyone loves to have a job with lots of great benefits? Well did you know that the benefits of God are much better and everlasting than any job here on earth could ever give.
I mean their benefits are great for sure, but let's check out the benefits of serving God.
They can't even begin to give us what God can give us. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
Psalm 103:2-6 KJV Peace, joy, forgiveness, redemption, comfort, provision, hope, salvation, mercy, loving kindness , healing, and so much more!
But let's not forget that in this world we will walk through trouble, trials, death of loved ones, and have tribulation, but in the midst of it in Him we still have hope and peace, and are surrounded by His presence.
We still have all His benefits and promises.
Though we must make the choice of abiding and dwelling in Him. Rest and trust. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 KJV Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
Isaiah 26:3-4 KJV The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; Psalm 103:8, 11-12, 17 KJV
I love the story of Moses raising his arms up in battle in Exodus 17:8-15.
This is very significant I believe that Moses had his arms raised in battle toward heaven.
Giving honor to God to whom his help came from. Knowing the battle belonged to God and that they couldn't do it without Him.
And praising God for the victory before he saw the miracle. Believing the victory before seeing it. And praising God in advance.
There's something powerful in that.
Raise your arms in praise and worship right now for the One that is fighting your battles! You are never alone!!
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. Psalm 121:1-5 KJV Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.
So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.
And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah–nissi:
Exodus 17:8-15 KJV
Sometimes God takes us through things we would rather not go through, or into situations we would rather not be in, to get us to places in life He needs us. To prepare us for the work He has for us, so that we can touch lives that He wants us to touch.
To touch lives that we never could have, had we not walked that difficult journey, experienced that loss, went through that tragedy, that unfair situation, or rejection, etc..
Like the story of Joseph in the Bible, God is getting us into the place or position He needs us to be in to do the work He has for us to accomplish. It's in the middle of those painful and difficult things that bring spiritual growth in our lives, and we learn to trust our Heavenly Father even more.
All of which is part of the preparation. In the midst of our trials and storms we experienced His peace, His love, His comfort, His presence, His guiding hand, His provision, His protection, and we found Him faithful and trustworthy. God did not abandon you, He is preparing you for the work He has for you!
Our greatest spiritual growth moments don't happen when everything is going smooth & rosy, and falling in place just how we want and when we want.
There's no strength in that. There's no growing. But rather it's in those times of difficulty that we grow.
It puts our faith to a test. And we see just how much we need Jesus. When we've walked through pain and sorrow; yet we see His hand at work in our lives. In the midst of our storms we feel His presence and peace, and we see miracles happen. We know He is active and present in our. And we know we couldn't do life without Him.
The things that our enemy thought would break us, make us stronger!
It's easy to praise God when everything is going great. But we praise Him in the midst of our times of difficulty as well.
That's acknowledging that He is still good to us. He never said life would be easy, but He would always be with us. He said He would never leave us nor forsake us.
And Jesus told us in this world there would be tribulation.
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33 KJV
Blessings, Mae Renfroe
Mae Renfroe , wife and homeschooling mother of soon to be 10, gives advice and encouragement for those of little ones.
The more you have doesn't mean it's harder.
It actually gets easier.
visit Mae over on her website and blog for encouragement, resources, and to see the 5 books she has written.
Music: Happy Summer
An update with Mae Renfroe.
The ladies meetings I started in my area, talking about how God works the impossible, and our family finally got a motorhome after years of searching and praying.
Please visit Mae Renfroe over at her website and blog. Mae is available for speaking and loves being a guest on podcasts.
Five Reasons to memorize Scripture
Five years since the loss of our precious son, Clayton.
In this video I give hope, encouragement, and helpful resources for those walking a difficult journey in life. And I share about my latest book, Holding on to Hope.
For much of the resources mentioned in this video visit my website and blog.
And for the book on my website as well.
For the video series I mentioned, Hope From the Cemetery series summer 2020, look here on my YouTube channel.
A study on Truth. God is God of truth
. If we don't have Truth we don't have God. I absolutely love all the verses that are about truth.
And I wonder if we realize what truth really is and the importance of it. God is the God of truth!
And I love this verse. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 KJV We can't reject the truth and think we still have God.
We can't substitute the truth or compromise the truth. If we love God we must love the truth and walk in the way of truth. There's no other way!!
No other way to the Father but by the way of Truth only!!
This week the children and I took a much needed spring break.
But I didn't want it to be just a wasted week.
I wanted them to continue their learning and also find creative or productive things to do.
So one of the things we are doing in the mornings is thinking together of things they would like to see how they are made.
Then we look them up on YouTube and watch them on our big screen.
It's very interesting and educational to see how things are made on a huge scale and in massive quantities in the factories.
YouTube can really add to your education plan for your children's school and make it work for you in a good and positive way. But be careful of the junk there as well.
There's a mainstream Christianity that isn't built on the truth of God's word.
Jesus warned us of false prophets, false doctrine, and lying wonders Satan would be doing to deceive as many as possible, and especially in the last days.
How alert we must be and constant in the Word of God.
Please read Matthew 7: 21-23,
Matthew 24, and 2 Thessalonians 2.
Is there something you've been praying for, hoping for, and excitedly waiting for but it's just not coming about when you wanted, how you wanted, or not looking at all they way you thought it would?
Don't lose hope, hang in there, God's working it out in His timing and His way for His glory and your good!
His way doesn't always look the way we imagine it would.
And when we have to wait on things it builds character, strength, patience, perseverance and endurance.
So it's all good!!
Here is the video I referred to this video called How The Megachurch Destroyed Christianity. https://youtu.be/5BuiwgGqNx4
Wow Mom host, Ellen Mongan, , interviews Mae Renfroe about her book, "Holding on to Hope".
When tragedy hits a persons life all you can do is hold on to the hope you have in Christ Jesus, our Savior and our Lord.
With wisdom and encouragement Mae tell her story .
She brings the light of Christ to guide those who grieve and are broken hearted.
This is a story of hope and will touch the hearts of many. Listen and pass it on.
I've been a homeschooling mom for 16 years now.
Here are my 5 reasons why I do what I do, and I keep going even though it's the hardest job I'll probably ever do in life.
Yes, it's hard, but it's worth it for some reasons and so many ways!!
Five reasons/benefits of reading the Bible together daily by Mae Renfroe.
I share the importance and benefits of reading the Bible together daily in our home. don't underestimate the power of the Word in your home.
The more you have it pouring in , the more you have it pouring out!
Hey you all!
Here are my five reasons I do nighttime devotions with my children.
I encourage to do this in your home as well.
It will be worth your time and effort! I promise you! :)
Here is a list of 20 songs that were a real life saver to me after the loss of our 14 year old son.
There's nothing like the power of praise and worship.
And these songs speak about going through hard things, but yet God is good, He's in charge, and always with us.
To connect with me or for more great resources please visit my website and blog.
I have a page just for grief support.
And you can find my book there about our family's story of loss and the hope that keeps us going.
Five reasons to listen to Christian music & list of 20 songs that helped me cope with grief and loss
Five reasons to listen to Christian music.
I give you my 5 reasons why I listen, and highly encourage or recommend others too as well.
Plus my list of 20 songs that helped me cope with grief and loss.
May you be blessed and encouraged!
Music used in the video:
Musician:Koichi Morita URL: http://maoudamashii.jokersounds.com
Musician:ASHUTOSH URL: https://soundcloud.com/grandakt
I'm excited about the Canadian freedom convoy, and I'm hoping it brings about all changes they are wanting. I pray it all goes well!!
But can I talk about where true freedom comes from.
That's what we all need. so I hope you all enjoy this video. You can all visit my website and blog at www.maerenfroe.com thanks for watching!
Welcome to this week's video. I talk about the importance of looking for God in the little things in life.
Too often we can be looking for the big things and waiting on those answers for the big prayers we have been diligently praying, that we miss seeing God at work in the everyday.
I share two very amazing God divine appointments in my life recently and encourage you all to not overlook or downplay those little things. The little things often have just as much importance or impact as the big things and in some cases even more.
In Him, Mae Renfroe
It's a new year! May we look forward to all the new things this year will hold!
Look for new opportunities and new ideas for evangelism and outreach. Be open to new things God has for you to do or new places He wants you to go.
He just needs eager servants, obedient believers, and devoted followers!
Here is a link to the video I mentioned to David Platts message at Passion Conference 2022. It's very convicting and powerful message for our time.
May each one of us be found faithfully living out the purpose of God in our lives!
We must work the work of God while we still have time. And remember just as Jesus is we too are the light of the world.
Hey there, and welcome to this video.
I recap a bit in 2021 and give encouragement and inspiration to make the most of 2022. Inviting you to a more intimate relationship with God. Putting off the things of the world. So that we can be vessels for God's use. May we be found faithfully doing things God has called us to do while we yet have time.
' Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.' 2 Timothy 2:19-22 KJV
Be inspired today to seek more of God and please and honor Him in everything and every area of your life. Keep shining your light for the world to see!!
To connect with me and for more great resources please visit my website and blog. Mae Renfroe
Hey there, and welcome to this video!
In this one I talk about my usual for this time of year. The traditions of Christmas, where they originated from, and why we should care, what God's Word has to say, and why it all matters. If you've never heard before that Christmas contains a lot of pagan origins surrounding the traditions, I understand you would find this upsetting and maybe even shocking. So please hear me out in the video and do your own research too.
For my video series I mentioned on here that I did this time last year just look for the video series or playlist Desiring Truth.
Please feel free to connect with me and to contact me please visit my website and blog.
I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Mae Renfroe
I know many of you have been following along with me on our family's journey since the loss of our son, Clayton, in 2017. You have seen as I've been given encouragement and inspiration through Facebook, here on my website & blog, and my YouTube channel of what God has been doing in our lives, and the hope that has kept us going. And now my new book as well, Holding on to Hope.
Well, I would absolutely love the opportunity to share with you in person that hope & peace I have and my message of hope & encouragement. If you have friends or family, or ladies from your church that you feel could benefit from my story and message. You can get them together for an evening or afternoon of refreshments and fellowship and I'll be glad to come share. And I'll bring along a few of my latest books.
It can be as small as a handful of friends in your living room or bigger like at a community center or your church.
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we may go through in this life."
And that's what I invite women to, is that close and intimate relationship with God that produces that true peace and joy regardless of our situations and what we go through in life.
Please contact me by commenting below, or by email, and I will get with you as soon as I can. Anything that is out of my preferred traveling area at the moment, I will consider for the future when I might be in that area.
Looking forward to hearing from you!!
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I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae