Monday, December 29, 2008

Coleman's Body is Welcomed Home to the US

For those of you who have been following the story of Coleman Hinkefent, I thought you might appreciate this video coverage of his return to the US, and all of the veterans riding in his honor.

Please continue to pray for the Hinkefent family. 

Coleman's memorial service will be on Tuesday. If you'd keep them in your prayers for that day, I know that their request would be that God's glory will shine forth, and that the Gospel will be presented in Spirit and in Truth.

Please pray for many to come to salvation through Jesus Christ that day.

Many thanks for your precious prayers. 

Friday, December 26, 2008

Celebrating Hanukkah

We are celebrating Hanukkah in our home again this year, and I thought I'd share a picture from the first night with you.

I love the story of Hanukkah because in it, I see God's faithfulness to His people. I see His love for Israel, and how He moved on her behalf through a small band of people, for His Name's sake.

I love that God still works miracles today, just as He did for His people Israel during the time of the Maccabees. 

I love the whole story of Hanukkah, and I want my children to know the miracle of Hanukkah. It's important to me that they understand what God did for His people...and how very much He loves Israel to this day.

What I love about it the most about the Festival of Lights is how much of the celebration of Hanukkah points to Messiah Jesus Christ, the Light of the World..and how the lighting of the candles is a picture of what happens when we as believers allow His light to shine in our darkness flees when the lights shine brightly.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Psalm 43:3
O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; 
Let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling places.

It's Christmas night here, so I'm not going to make this any lengthier. I just couldn't resist sharing this precious picture with you!

Christ the Lord has come, and He is risen indeed!

Praise God for sending the promised Messiah!

Merry Christmas. 
Happy Hanukkah.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

We'll see you soon, Coleman. :)

Thank you to all who have prayed for the Hinkefent family. While our hearts break for them, we know as they do, that Coleman is right where we as Christians all long to be. And, his healing is absolutely complete. 

The apostle Paul said, in Philippians 1:20-24 

".. but {that} with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 

But if {I am} to live {on} in the flesh, this {will mean} fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. 

But I am hard-pressed from both {directions,} having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; 
yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. 

Coleman has gained today...he is with Christ. We grieve, but not as those who have no hope. 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 

For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of {the} archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 

Therefore comfort one another with these words. 

We are comforted tonight, by the Word of God and by His Holy Spirit.

If Coleman's life and death have made you question who Jesus Christ is, and why Coleman and his family could have such assurance of eternal life in Him, know that my family and I are here to help answer your questions through God's Word. 

There could be no greater tribute to Coleman than a life changed by the Lord through his testimony. 

You may e-mail us at any time by using the address listed in the left sidebar of this blog. 

Thank you again for your many prayers. 

Merry Christmas. 
Happy Hanukkah. 


Friday, December 19, 2008

A Song of Praise ...

As I've been thinking about my friends the Hinkefents today, this song has been on my heart.

It's funny, when I was brand new believer, all I wanted to listen to was contemporary Christian music. I still love a lot of it today, but I find that the longer that I walk with the Lord, the more I am drawn back to the hymns that I used to hear my mother and grandmother sing in praise to the Lord. One of my favorite memories is of my mom singing, "Oh, How I Love Jesus!".

The doctrine in these hymns is so strong..they are written from precepts that come straight from God's Word. 

This one is wonderful! If you want to hear the melody, click the link below and you'll be able to listen to it. 

But, take a minute and just soak in the truth of the words...I love where the author says he found the inspiration for this amazing hymn.

Singing this as a prayer for the Hinkefents today...

Thomas O. Chisolm wrote this hymn in 1923. says, "According to Chisholm, there were no special circumstances which caused its writing—just his experience and Bible truth. 

Here are the words to this precious hymn. I can remember hearing my sweet grandmother singing these words...oh, how she loved the Lord and His Word!

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dear Friends...

Thank you so much for your prayers for Coleman. So many of you have e-mailed to say that you're praying.

You could give Coleman and his family no greater gift. Thank you!

His situation looks dire right now. We ask you to continue to pray pray fervently.

We trust in God's perfect plan, and will praise Him no matter what He chooses for Coleman...for either way, Coleman will be healed. One healing would be temporary (here on Earth) one will be eternal (in Heaven with the Lord for all eternity).

We do pray, though, that the Lord will allow him more time here on Earth. We pray that he'll be able to stay with us and fight the good fight as a foot soldier in the army of the Lord.

There are praises tonight through all of this...

1. God moved for Eric and Belinda to get passports in 2 days so they could be with Coleman.

2. The doctors in Germany have been the very best. They've listened to Eric, explored all options, and have even been responsive to looking at research that the family has provided.

3. Eric and Belinda have been able to be by Coleman's side around the clock. Initially, they were only given an hour a day.

4. Some precious believers in Germany found out what hospital Coleman was in, and one of them (A Calvary Chapel pastor) went to see the family and prayed with Coleman. Eric and Belinda have contacts of others believers in Germany, should they desire company through this tough time. Regardless, they are not alone...they have the ministry of the Holy Spirit with them each moment.

5. Multitudes of people across the world are praying for Coleman and his family right now. Thousands have been united in prayer.

6. The plan of salvation has been explained on Coleman's blog...more than once. The gospel is going forth! This is the best news of all!

Again, thank you for your prayers. Please keep them going up...

In Jesus,

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

For Coleman, from Caedmon - age 8

My sweet little boy just brought this to me, and then crawled up into my lap and cried his heart out for Coleman. He has such a tender heart. He just kept crying and asking, 
"Why, God? Why?"

Aren't those the sentiments of our own hearts so often? 

What a treasure it is, though, when God finally brings us to the point of being able to say..
"OK, God. OK. You're sovereign. We trust in You."

As I held Caedmon's long, lanky body in my arms, I thought about you, Belinda, holding Coleman. 

Through my tears, I am thanking God that He worked everything out so quickly for you to be able to be with your be by his side and whisper your love to him like only a Momma can. To tell him how much you love being his mom, and what a joy he is to you. And, I know without question  that you are reading the Word of God to him and praying many prayers over him.

What a blessing you are to your family as well as to the family of God!

I can't help but wonder how many nurses and doctors are witnessing the Scripture come alive through you and Eric, right before their eyes. How amazing God has you is in the very land where men tried in vain to try to make people believe there is no God of Israel!

He never ceases to amaze us, does He?

Shine, sweet friend. Shine. Shine for Him as He shines through you!

You know, Belinda...last night as I sat staring at my Christmas tree, just thinking about you, the thought hit me... You've left nothing on the table when it comes to your children. You've always been such an awesome mom. You've let your light shine before the rest of us, and you've used your life to teach us by example what is most important to God, that a wife and mother makes her family and her home her first ministry.

I remember when you all left your lovely home and moved out to the country... I didn't understand it at all. I couldn't "get" why you'd choose to do that. All I could think was,
"They are going to the Boonies and leaving this beautiful house!"

I "get" it now. Oh, how I get it! Oh how I'd LOVE to have the Boonies to offer my children right now!

I've thought of you so many times with regard to that decision, and as the mother of a young man now, I understand that you sacrificed to give your boys what they needed the most....a place to run and scream and shoot bb guns, and ride dirt bikes, and get dirty, and learn to be young men.

Oh, how I hope to follow in your footsteps on that one day!

The past few days, I keep replaying in my mind a conversation you had with me about 6 years ago or so. You all had just lost a young friend to a motorcycle accident and you shared the story of how the mother of that young man had called one of your boys over to her at the funeral and had taken them by the casket and told them that she knew without a doubt that her son was with Jesus at that very moment. She had shared that her son had lived life fully, and that he wouldn't want your sons sad for him. She told them to rejoice for her son...for he was with his Savior.

I've thought about that story so many times. What a huge testimony that mom must have had to your boys. What a woman of grace she is! What confidence she has in Jesus Christ!

You're just like her, Belinda. You too are pointing people to Christ Jesus, even through your heartache. What a precious woman of God you are.

Praising God again for your lives, and that He moved so that you and Eric could be right with Coleman. There could be no better advocates for him here on earth!

We love you all, and are praying for you without ceasing,

Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does {anyone} light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Urgent Prayer Request

Dear Friends,

I write to you tonight begging you to go before Throne of Grace for one of our soldiers, Coleman Hinkefent from Tulsa, OK.

He was serving in Iraq and became very ill. He is now fighting for his life in a German hospital, having been diagnosed with acute leukemia.

Coleman and his family were friends of ours when we lived in Tulsa. His mother is such a faithful student and teacher of God's Word...she is always thinking about the lost, and focused on equipping the saints.

Her name is Belinda and her husband is Eric.

You know how there are people in this world who minister to you by their example? Belinda was that person for me when I lived in Tulsa. Without even knowing it, she was discipling me through her own life. They are just wonderful people...she led a whole kids program through "Wrong Way Jonah" and directed it as a play. 

They have set up a blog with updates on Coleman. It is

Would you please pray for him? He is having hallucinations due to his liver being so toxic right now, and although his parents are now in Germany with him, the hospital is only giving them an hour a day with him....his parents can hear him screaming from his room in ICU, but can't go in to hold him or help him.

I've no doubt that this precious family will glorify God no matter what happens, but my mother's heart feels like it's breaking for my friend.

Thank you for your prayers..

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Amazing "Coincidences" With God

I had a night to myself tonight for the first time in a really long time. I'd been to see a rheumatologist and Shane was gracious enough to give me all the time I wanted after the appointment was over.

To use however I saw fit. :)

Good man! I have a very good man! (Thank you Lord Jesus!)

I know you'll ask, so I'll tell you...the Doctor's appt. was a real let down. Still no real concrete answers. His first words to me were something along the lines of,"Wow. You really need to see a Neurologist for this." UGH!

So...I leave the office, and all I can think is "FOOD! I NEED FOOD!" I was all the way in Glendale, and although I thought about calling my friend Davina to see if she wanted to have dinner on the fly, I really just needed some time all by myself. (Plus, she would have still been in the car traveling home from work...and she's been feeling yucky (please pray for her!) I figure she'll give me a "bye" in grace.) :)

I pulled into "On the Border" and snuggled into a warm booth and had a DE-LIC-IOUS burrito filled with fresh veggies and avocado .... mmmmm....and I enjoyed just sitting and reading through some chapters in Romans. (If you don't have the Bible on your Palm/'s easy to get...just go to . Mine even links with the Strongs definitions in Hebrew and Greek. (Does Greek rhyme with Geek? 'Cuz if so, I guess I've officially made it!) 

After resting through my dinner, I found the energy to do about 1/8 of what I had planned to do. (I will be so HAPPY if I'm ever myself again!)

But,to top of my list was a trip to a thrift store. I am such a tightie...if I can find it on the cheap, that's where I'm going to be found...digging through other peoples' clothes and books and vacuum cleaners ( I desperately need a vacuum cleaner!).

Tonight's mission included:
Jeans for me - Yippie! Everything in my wardrobe is getting too BIG!
Khaki kick about pants for me.
Slacks for Shane for work - I'm looking for Wool Gab...mmm, love that stuff on him!
Games for the kids for Christmas.
Computer games for kids - they don't know it, but they're getting a used computer from Shane's company. They'll be so excited! And I will be too! (Homeschooling is about to take on a new dimension!)

HOWEVER....I am completely incapable of going into a thrift shop and spending any less than 1/2 hour in the books section. I love books...I love reading...I love that my son now loves reading and that my daughter is chomping at the bit to really be flying with reading too!

Yet, tonight, before I even thought to go to the books section, and as I was walking through the store I stopped to pray. It went something like this:
"Lord. You know my heart. You know I'm not in here just to buy a bunch of junk we don't need and won't use. Lord, I want to be wise in my purchases. Would you please guide me in wisdom in here? And Lord, I don't even know for sure what I need the most...and I'm tired, I don't have much in me right now...Lord, would you please point me to what is here that I'll be able to use for my family...oh and Lord, I'd love to have some really good books. I pray this according to Your will, Lord...and in the name of Jesus."

I'm almost certain that by now you are thinking I've flipped out. I mean, who prays in the Savers store?!

Yes, I found a pair of IZOD jeans...cute ones! $7.99
I found some jeans for Brennan too $3.99
And some Gap cords for Caedmon $3.99
I found a few Christmas presents for my family, but gotta keep those hush-hush. :)

But, here is where I was floored by my Lord. Hey! That ryhmes!

As I turned a corner in the book section, I quickly realized that they had these books sorted by category, and I was smack dab in the center of my favorite one...books about the Bible! 

I found an awesome book by George Barna about the importance that children must hold in the body of a healthy church. Whew! Can't wait to read it!

But here was the one that I was really excited about...I found a book by the late Ray Stedman, a respected teacher of God's Word. I was so excited to find it, and I liked the title "Let God be God" . 

That was all I needed...Ray Stedman letting God be God..I'm set. 

Book in cart...check. 
Book paid for...check. 
Book made it home...check.

Here's where the amazing "coincidence" comes I was telling Shane about the book, I told him that the subtitle is "life-changing truths from the book of Job".

Wow! Goose-bumps all over kind of wow.

You see, I've been in such a hard place spiritually lately. I'm reading the Word.
I'm praying. 
I'm trying to remember to praise the Lord even in the midst of the storm...but still, it's been such a hard and painful time that seems to have no real answers for "why?"

Is it Spiritual Warfare, Lord? If so, help me to recognize it as such so that I can stand firm in You.

Is it just that I'm not pushing myself hard enough?

Is there sin in my life that I'm not seeing, Lord? Please...convict me of it..stick it right up my nose if you have to, Lord!

And then the really hard questions that assail me...

"Lord, are you pleased with me at all?"

"Father, have I failed you?"

"God, will I ever be my old self again?"

"God, what does everyone think of me?" (UGH!)

"God, what is my response supposed to be right now? How do I dig out of this?"

When I bought the book, I didn't care what it was about,I was just drawn by the title and the author, so I didn't see that it was a study on the book of Job.

Once home, I thought to look also at when it was published. You see, Ray Stedman has been dead since 1992. 

So I flipped to the first page to see...published in 2007 by Elaine Stedman.

Goosebumps God had answered my silly prayer by pointing me right to a book that I've no doubt is going to answer some of my deepest heart cries in the coming days and weeks...and although it was written over 16 years ago, it was only published last year.

I'm going to get to "sit at the feet" of a faithful saint who knew God's Word and taught it in Spirit and in Truth...and I'm going to hopefully learn what God has for me from the very book that has been pressed on my heart for weeks...."Job".

I am ever amazed at how deeply my Father loves me, and at how He provides for me just what I need, at the moment that I need it.

"I love you, Father. Thank you for the sweet kiss of love tonight."

Your loving daughter,