By The Way! Thoughts from Sharon Wyatt

THE LAND WE CALL HOME                                                      BY THE WAY     

 

      You have heard it said, home is where the heart is. And there are other slogans such as, every man’s home is his castle, home sweet home, there is no place like home, any place I hang my hat is home, and it isn’t much, but it’s my home.  All of this pertains to our dwellings, humble or opulent as they may be, it’s the abode that protects us from wind and weather and usually has a mortgage or rent due each month.  We accept the fact that there are expenses for the upkeep to maintain and care for those four, or more walls and the roofs over our heads, and we pray God protects it all. The chances are there is garden space around it that needs looking after on a continuous basis.  We do our best to protect our residences, our private sanctuaries, from countless perils that threaten these domains we call ‘the place where we live.’

       Oh, yes that structure is indeed where hopefully you spend a lot of your time and have about you your necessities and belongings…but it isn’t your only home.  Your country is also your home, your homeland.  Within it’s boundaries you are protected by the governing forces engaged in keeping you safe and free.  Laws and regulations, rules and legislations are put into effect making living there a very good place.  Granted every land and home has its ups and downs, its good times and its bad, when things need looking after and changes must be made. We pray those changes are not disruptive and made by fools. Just as with our private dwellings a country has its own issues.

        When things are not looking too promising, it is not the time to turn away from the problem, neglect is not the answer to making things better.  So, turning your head away from the situations that will no doubt arise in one’s country, is not going to improve the existing conditions in the lay of the land.  As with a home, one must be diligent as to how things stand, and begin straight away rectifying the pressing matters that need to be dealt with.  If left to go on too long the expense will most likely be prohibitive and perhaps irreversible, irreconcilable, destructive and damaging, even bankrupting.

        Yes, home IS where the heart is, so be good stewards of your home and of the homeland you love. Safeguard it and help make it the best it can be, a place to be admired, enjoyed and respected.  Many have fought hard and sacrificed to make the country free and to protect those within.  This is your country and your home.  Appreciate all the God given beauty and nature, for caring for treasured places and beloved scenery.  Thank Heaven for the blessings, and do all you can to keep any evil from invading the sanctity of this place you call home.  Praise The Father for your liberty and protect it with all of your might.  Pray God is with you as you face any adverse circumstances.  Ask Him daily to bless your home and your country.  He has been there so far, and we need to recognize that fact, and give thanks and glory to Him.

       Under the favor of Almighty God, you have become a nation blessed with a celestial gift…freedom.  Hold on to it tenaciously, never letting go and always living By The Way.

 

 

THE BIBLE…BELOVED, BELIEVED AND BEHELD

May 2013

 

        When a person is asked what they would take with them if they were to be exiled on a deserted island, just about everyone answers, “The Bible”. Yes, the majority want the Word of God to be with them. This beloved book has a way of comforting, consoling, encouraging and teaching anyone who beholds it. How fortunate we are that we are not in such a plight as being abandoned in some remote, isolated spot, alone and cast away. But let us hope that if it be, we shall have our Bibles, and of course we know Our Lord will be there watching over us.

         The Bible has outsold every other book ever written. It is translated into every language, save for a very few, and can be found even in places on our globe hardly ever visited. It has long given mankind the comfort and teaching that has held us together even in the face of adversity. It is the belief in these writings that has sustained and encouraged His children for millennium.

         Recently, a wonderful series was presented for our edification and enjoyment it was “THE BIBLE”. Watched by millions of engrossed viewers, this successful series broke records and was talked about in all media. People everywhere spoke about the shows, and asked pertinent questions as to the content and stories that were depicted and televised over a period of several weeks.

        The show aired on cable television’s The History Channel, as the mainstream networks rejected it and wanted nothing to do with the religiosity of the programme. Millions upon millions watched the spectacle week after week, and all other stations were trailing profoundly far behind. Much to their chagrin they were left in the dust and had only themselves to blame for not contracting the producers of this triumphant presentation of selected Old and New Testament stories.

         It is heartwarming to see that God’s Word is important to people, and that they desire to learn and know more about the history held within the pages of The Bible. The popularity of the serial is more than a hint as to the nature of humanity to know more about our heritage dating back so far and to bring us the Messiah. We have been encouraged that so many of God’s children were tuned in to watch Bible stories brought to life. And we give kudos to the History channel for presenting this wonderful drama. It gives us an idea of what some out there are like, that they would choose not to present such fine entertainment, believing that there would be no interest in it, or that they are so anti-

religious that they would spite themselves. Either reason is utterly absurd!

       From Genesis to Revelations there are hundreds of more stories, each with something to be learned from the adventures and encounters of so many colorful participants in the history of God’s chosen and the redeemed. How Jesus is prophesied from the very beginnings and all through the Holy Scriptures we read of His coming and of His return.

        The Bible is filled with something for everyone, there is so much to learn and to live by in these sacred pages of The Word of Our Father. I pray that your Bible is not gathering dust on a shelf, but that the pages are limp with wear and are a precious source of solace to you. The world over, more and more people are growing hungry for a better way of life. They seek comfort in the stories brought to us by so many inspired authors, selected by God. Unlike some other countries where reading the Scriptures is forbidden, we are so fortunate that we can read and listen to the incredible writings of all sixty-six books. What we learn is priceless and profound, these stories are for all of us and teach us so much, learning always to live By The Way

 

Sharon Wyatt

 

 

 

 

BY THE WAY                           OH HAPPY DAY!                                Sharon Wyatt   

Two crosses on a lonely hill, rough hewn and weathered by time, standing in wait for those condemned to death by crucifixion. The hill is Calvary, the place and time is Jerusalem in the year said to be twenty-nine A.D. The sky seems murky and ominous, the air is still with a foreboding gloom and uneasiness as though nature itself has a premonition of what is to take place. One by one three convicted men make their way up to the top of this menacing site, Golgotha, where hundreds before have met their end in a gruesome display of brutality. One man carries His own cross to where it is laid down and He is bound and nailed to it. A plaque has been placed at the top of the cross that says King of the Jews, upon His head lays a crown of thorns. With His body bruised and broken, torn, scourged and crucified, He speaks these words, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.”

There are now three crosses that stand atop the hill, and a thief at His side asks for forgiveness and it is granted him. An executioner places a vinegar-soaked sponge on the end of a long poll and lifts it to the innocent condemned man’s face as a mockery. His death is lingering, so to hasten it, His side is pierced with a cruel spear…moments later, with His last breath He utters, “It is finished.”

The day darkens, veiled with haunting clouds, forceful winds begin to whip across the hill, howling in mournful grieving tones, thunder roars a menacing scream and lightning arcs across a turbulent pitch-black sky. Heaven’s storm unleashes its anger with a vengeance, and sends for cover all the witnesses to the executions. A terrifying quake shakes the earth and the curtain of the temple is torn in half. Rocks are split and tombs broken open, a centurion exclaims, “Surely this was the Son of God!”

All that remains, silhouetted against the storm, are the three crosses bearing the deceased. Silence falls on Calvary’s hill. The late afternoon sun, in its waning hours, is revealed as the storm diminishes off on the horizon. An unearthly calm now fills the air.

The mortally wounded body of the man, who wanted only to bring peace, is gently and tenderly lowered off that loathsome grotesque cross by family, friends and disciples. Pilate grants Joseph of Arimathea’s request to claim the body, (as he owns a sepulcher) and now his dearest friend is prepared for burial in that borrowed tomb.

The succeeding day finds his followers despondent, disheartened and discouraged. They are unable to console one another, for it appears to them that all of their hopes have been dashed and rent by the powers that be in Jerusalem. What shall they do now that He is dead and buried…

The tomb is visited on the third day, the stone that covered the secured entrance has been rolled away. The tomb is empty! In the days that followed He appeared to many, assuring them of His resurrection, even those that doubted were soon convinced.

The resurrection was the beginning of a faith that has covered the world. For it is the hope of mankind that we shall also see Him again in glory for eternity. What was gloom and despair turned into rejoicing, for Jesus had risen indeed.

What was a place of horror and grief is now the iconic symbol of Christianity…Calvary and the Cross.

Oh Happy Day, for it was there, in His Precious Blood, that our sins were washed away.

 

 

By Sharon Wyatt                                                                                                   January 2013

 

MAY THE RIGHT PREVAIL

There is no better time than the New Year to set out for ourselves a plan for the next twelve months. It is a tradition that goes far back, for a person to make a resolution and keep it, hopefully!

Oh, the usual promises are losing weight, conquering a bad habit, saving money, seeing loved ones more often, or less often if that’s the case! Strangely these commitments last for no more than a hare’s breath, but we do start out intending to keep the faith and carry on with our new resolve. C’est la vie, these plans dry up and are gone with the wind, in most cases by February.

It is a sad indictment of the human condition, but more often than not it is a typical case scenario. We all seem to laugh it off and take lightly the fact that more often than not we fail ourselves when it comes to making a promise of this nature. If you think you will fail than you shall. If you ask too much of yourself, then you are being set up for failure. If life becomes a series of failures and broken promises, you will not think that you are capable of accomplishing anything important to you. And thus begins a steady depletion of one’s self esteem. May I add at this point that you not only disappoint yourself, you disappoint others, and worst of all you disappoint God! He does not want to see you fail at your high-minded ambitions…Did you begin your project with Him at your side, asking Our Father for His guidance and His merciful assistance? If not, you will be off to a shaky start and false hopes.

By keeping true to yourself you will find a success rate that can and will benefit you in all that you aspire to do. This is not a difficult task, the act of supporting your ambitions and hopes and dreams. It is just rethinking the thought processes that have brought you this far. Put yourself on the side of ‘right’, aspire to be the best you can and be the person you and yours can be proud of.

The right shall prevail and will overcome the adversities that have hindered you in the past. The right helps you engage in honorable behaviors and ambitions. It is there to support you as you endeavour and strive for the goal that you have placed before you.

Do not endanger your chances at life by sabotaging your every move…make the path straight that lies before you. Enter each project with full enthusiasm so that your enterprise will be a jewel in your crown. Stay clear of any entanglements that would hinder your progress, and be entirely enthralled with each day on the road to being the best you can be.Begin your quest as a righteous person, entreat God The Father for your victory and allow Him to be with you all the way. The right shall prevail! It will not hinder or limit your move forward. In time you will look back over your pilgrimage with the satisfaction of knowing you accomplished and reached your goal. Keeping God first is the key to fulfillment in all of life’s decisions. Putting your hand in His and letting Him guide your steps will be made easier if you live By The Way.

 

 

 
 
 
 
By Sharon Wyatt                                                                                                   December 2012

 


A SEASON OF GREAT JOY

 

As we come upon Christmas, a favorite time of year, we look back over our memories of holidays past and hopefully our hearts are warmed by these thoughts of Noels gone by.

To celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus is uplifting and a pleasing privilege we must cherish, for there are places on this globe that would not allow such yuletide glories without perilous danger to the celebrants…God love those who are under such horrible bondage and evil oppression. Let us commit to prayer for those faced with such a menacing threat, that they too will someday have the freedom to worship Him in all seasons, and that we too may always retain our liberty, live out our faith without outside intrusions, and to openly praise and exalt Our Savior.

We must focus on the reasons for all of December’s festivities, and not get too caught up in the frantic “march” to the twenty-fifth. Take time to make fond memories and do all you can to make those days last for years to come. When what presents we got are long forgotten, delightful recollections will prevail and bring joy unto you. When we do not forget the reason we gather together, and the merriment thereof, the thoughts of each passing Christmas will long dwell for a lifetime in our hearts. This is a tradition that MUST go on for years to come.

It seems in these days, when God’s omnipotence is more and more ignored and the commercialism of Christmas proves to be a way to monetary gain by the secularists. The “real” icons of the season are fewer and fewer on display…even jolly old St. Nicholas is losing his charm and becoming less and less that ‘merry old elf’.  But hopefully Christ the Lord is so deeply embedded in our hearts and minds that our souls need none of the reminders or an aide-memoire to bring us into His presence with joys and prayers for peace on earth. You must see to it that you and yours enjoy the season and all it brings, the decorations, the tree glowing with ornaments and lights, gatherings with friends and family and the merriment within all of that…making fond memories to be cherished and passed down through generations. All of this is well a part of what the season is all about, the joy in celebrating the birth of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Make the best of the season and its truth, let the true light shine in you, loving and giving, and glowing as brightly as the Bethlehem star, for that light shown on Christ, guiding the Magi to Him. Let your light guide and compel people to Our Lord, and help to give them fond memories of great joy. How much easier this is done when you live By ‘The Way’. 


 

By Sharon Wyatt                                                                                                   November 2012
 
      Pardon the use of a time worn phrase, but it fits so well, for the holidays are upon us. All the department stores are certainly preparing for just about every one’s favorite time of year, and they are wasting no time in getting the decorations up and readying for that merry band of shoppers.
Thomas’ favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, that day is set aside for us to give thanks to The Father for the bounty and the blessings He has bestowed upon us through the year, and yes, through our lives. All of his life he has loved that day with all the good food and family and friends gathered around a festive table. That tradition continues at our home, and we give thanks to be able to host such gatherings.
October 31st is for me the unofficial beginning of two months set aside for the holiday season and all that that entails. At this point I must ask, has someone shortened the year? I still haven’t lost the weight from last Halloween’s candy!!
But on a serious note, we pray for all of you and we give very special thanks to God for you being in our Wings of Healing family. Your love offerings have fed hundreds of children this past year, provided much needed medicine for so many of those you help support. Supplies for the schools the Wings started nearly seven decades ago. Clothe the orphans and house them in our orphanages in several countries. You have helped with disaster relief here and abroad and every dollar counts.
Without you, we could not be on all the radio stations bringing the “Good News” to thousands of God’s children so hungry to hear it. Our prayer is that the contributions increase so that we can expand the Wings commission to bring the Gospel to more listeners, by being able to afford to have the broadcast in more areas of North America and the Caribbean.
To those of you who do support this ministry, we send you our sincerest gratitude for the help you provide, allowing this work for The Lord to ‘be there’ for all of those depending upon us for their survival. I wish we could thank you all in person and tell you how much we appreciate your thoughtfulness and your compassion for the Wings of Healing. It is a labor of love, and a calling we both gladly and gratefully accept.
We give thanks for our wonderful and dedicated staff, for bringing such joy to us, and the workplace, with their sweet spirits. They are cherished by Thomas and I.
Yes, the holidays are ‘just around the corner’ and we wish you all the very best. Dear ones, we thank you for your Love of God which you have shared with us for His glory. May the blessings that you have bestowed upon the Wings return to you tenfold. You are a part of His work with your support and prayers and in so doing you are definitely living By The Way.
 
 
 
 
       Do remember as well this ministry as you gather with friends and family to give thanks. There is no better way to actively demonstrate your feelings of gratitude for all that God as done in your life than in expressing it with a tangible gift. A gift toward the International radio ministry of The Wings of Healing that others may know of the unsurpassing love of God. To the children in India, Africa, Haiti, or Guatemala, or the evangelists that labor with so little to bring the gospel to remote villages in India, Kenya, Nigeria, the Cameroon’s, or so many other places. Do ask the Lord what He would have you do.
Also do not forget we are hear to join with you in prayer for your personal request. We faithful will join with you and believe with you for an answer. We are available at 526-693-3873 Monday through Thursday (8:00am-4:00pm PST), leave a message in the message box, leave a message on our Website at thomasrwyatt.org, or write at P.O. Box 900, Whittier, CA 90608. We will attend to your request immediately, knowing our God answers prayers.
 
 
 
                        
 
 
 
 
AMONG OUR FATHER’S HARVEST                                  BY THE WAY          October 2012
 
Many are called but few are chosen. That is something I have heard most of my life, and it is a good thought when making decisions for The Lord. Are we doing what would be in His favor, or are we merrily going about our business on our way to nowhere?
Harvest time can be likened to God’s harvest, when He sorts us out of the mix, and places us in His kingdom… separating the sheep from the goats. (Sheep who follow along as they are being guided, and goats, who in their stubbornness, give the shepherd a more difficult task.)
Have you been given a ministry or a talent that God would have you put to good use with which to bless others? Or are you hiding your ‘gift’ under a bushel basket and being very stingy with it? We are not spared the hard work if we apply ourselves to the commission God has given us. Gifts are not just plopped in our laps without there being some dedication, and yes, sacrifice to carry out that which has been placed upon our hearts to do. Certainly complaining about what must be done, will only lead to you being very much on your own in accomplishing anything. Keeping a strong yet tender and enthusiastic heart, will help you through the demanding times and give you solace and confidence even when the odds seem very much against you.
Being gathered into His flock, with a ministry of any sort, is an honor, for you are doing His work here on earth. You are embarking on a calling that has been ordained, by God, for you to do. He has chosen you for a specific job that needs to be done, but if you grumble and protest about what it is that you must do and become discouraged, He will pass your gift along to someone else. I have seen this happen many times, where the person kicked up such a fuss, and before too long their life began to falter and vacillate, where dragging their feet and blaming others proved to get them deeper and deeper into territory far from God’s will! It didn’t just happen that you were called into His service, you were chosen.
In God nothing is coincidental, there is a purpose under Heaven for everything that happens in our lives, many of them being ‘life’ itself and all that that entails. He has given you this time on Earth, and what you do with it depends very much upon you. Embark on all that Our Father has endowed you with, with that courage of conviction, so prevalent in those who seek to do all they can for Him. Be thankful for your God-given gifts and the opportunities you have to impart them to others, from this you shall be a blessing beyond imagination. Make this your creed for all of your days hence forth.
Now as life’s shadows lengthen, and you begin to reflect on your past, be critical and honest with yourself as to how much was given unto others and to Our Father… it is never too late to begin to give. He is gathering unto Himself a flock. Let us strive to be among Our Father’s Harvest, being a part of His Kingdom and always living By The Way!
 
 
 
 
 
THROUGH A LOOKING GLASS DIMLY….                                  BY THE WAY         September 2012
 
A clear picture of the future is daunting at best to see far into what lies ahead. We do from time to time get glimpses of what we might expect, whether it is for the world or ourselves. There are those instances that are so definite, as to what will happen, that there is no doubt in our minds of it coming to fruition. Most of us would appreciate having some knowledge as to our destiny, so that we can embark on the trail stretched out before us without any hesitation and be prepared for what we may encounter en route.
Fortune tellers make a handsome living relying on those so obsessed with their prospects that they become regular guests at those cutesy cottages with gnomes scattered about the grounds waiting to greet the eager-to- learn-souls of the coming times.
How nice it is when someone who has been given the gift of prophesy, bestows upon us a word from God, giving us the guidance necessary to proceed on with our lives, operating in what Our Lord has intended for us. So many people are not on the right path because they have not sought out what The Father would have them do. Then there are those misguided souls that have received a prophetic word and ignore it, or completely turn their backs on it…woe be unto them for they will soon see desolation and despair in their lives. A terrible spiraling downward that gains momentum as the days continue on. Soon their lives are filled with fits of confusion and disappointments.
Some would sooner not hear what The Lord would have to say to them, and they merrily go about their business missing the fulfillment that was to be their portion in life. I have to add there is a price to pay for such a decision, so pay attention when you are singled out by a prophet or one with the word of knowledge, for what they have to say is a directive from Heaven above. There is a caveat however, beware of false prophets that would mislead and misguide you. You will know when you have been given a word from above, for what you are being told is usually an answer to what you may have been seeking The Lord for.
Be mindful as to whether or not you are going about your life in God’s will…the right decision will make all the difference in the world as to your contentment and happiness. And as for that looking glass that presents itself so dimly and elusively, keeping your eyes upon Jesus and living your life in Him, will give you a much clearer view as to what lies ahead in your future. Those dreams and hopes so well planned, may they be centered in God’s will. From this day forward you can redirect your fate by making a commitment that you will always keep Him first. Ahead of you lies the rest of your life, and in Jesus we do have insight as to our destiny…The Hereafter…better attained when you live By The Way.
 
 
 
 
TO BE THERE WITH YOU                                         BY THE WAY                                   August 2012
Over the many years of counseling dear ones with a multitude of different and varied needs, I have always wished I could be in many places at the same time, so that I could ‘be there’ with them at that very moment. But alas, that is simply impossible, and the telephone, in many cases, is the best that I can do for those who live many miles away and all across the country.
            Recently, a very dear friend was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy and radiation. Even though she lives in close proximity, unfortunately, I could not be there as often as I wished. And it was then that God gave me the inspiration to write a book that would serve as my surrogate, so that anytime, day or night, I could ‘be there’ with those in need of guidance, prayer and words of comfort and encouragement.
            And so with that wonderful word from above, I set about writing my latest book “Until The Clouds Go By.” It is a collection and combination of many of the problems I am confronted with by those in need of a touch from Our Lord. The everyday matters that can afflict us and unfortunately the catastrophic and devastating disasters, all the things that can and do try our souls.
             Understanding what is happening to you psychologically and physically is very helpful in bringing you through any crisis. And in facing any of the many subjects covered in the book, it is always to keep your eyes on the Lord, for He is our strength and our salvation in times of trials and tribulations.
            So if you or anyone you know has had to face one of life’s terrible difficulties, such as the loss of a loved one, the loss of your home or job, having to move far from friends and family, being a victim of nature’s awful wrath, coping with a serious illness, (either your own or a loved one’s) and relationships. This book, I pray, will be of great comfort to you in your times of sorrow and the inevitable adjustment period that always accompanies it. The information is good to know so that you can ‘be there’ for someone you know, and very valuable for your own times of adversity.
              I am happy to report that our dear friend has recovered well and that she and her husband are getting back to living life, thankful for the healing. For they both have faith in God, that is exactly what comes with living by The Way.
 
 
 
 
 
    I Wish To Thank You                                                                 By The Way                   July 2012
 
Yes, I want to thank all of you who have ordered my book, “Your Own Worst Enemy”.  It was a book I had wanted to author for many years, and one day I felt the urgency (God’s urging) to do it once and for all.  The response from so many of you was humbling, and I have been so blessed by the comments from you that have been brought to my attention.  The book is now in its third printing and I am pleased to say there are still orders coming in.  So many of you have said it has changed your way of thinking about so many things, and has helped you with personal challenges and accomplishing goals. To those of you who have ordered multiples to give as gifts, I send you many thanks, and pray those who received this book have been helped with that old nemesis, one’s self.
Some of the comments that have been made are from; 
Audrey of Minneapolis, Minnesota.   “Sharon:  Thank you for your book, “Your Own Worst Enemy” it was wonderful, keep up the great work for the Lord.”
Wilma of Chino, California.  “Sharon:  Robert has been reading the first few chapters of your new book, “Your Own Worst Enemy” and is seeing himself more clearly.  Praise our wonderful Lord.”
Roger of Saint Peter, Minnesota.  “Sister Wyatt:  Your book “Your Own Worst Enemy” is something everyone needs to read, it is so well put together.”
Helen of Swift Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada.  “Dear Mrs. Wyatt:  I got your book “Your Own Worst Enemy” Sharon, and have read it.  It gave me the help I needed at a time when I didn’t know what to do.  My son is also one that needs to read this wonderful book.”
There are more kind remarks, but these represent the many comments that I have received from those who have read the book.  My darling brother ordered many more to give as gifts, as he said “We are all in some way our own worst enemy, so that makes this book the best thing I have ever read, as I am seeing things differently now.” 
I have finished writing my next book, “Until The Clouds Go By”. It is another self help book, meant to encourage and uplift you during times of trial, despair and great stress and sorrow.  It was written to be a comfort to you and to ‘be there’ for you, so to speak.  Of course nothing can take the place of Our Lord for comfort and Divine guidance.   It is based upon the years of counseling dear ones through their tribulations.   It will be going to print in a couple of weeks.
So, again I say, thank you ever so much for your orders.  All proceeds are for the ministry’s outreach, so thank you for your support.  You are all very precious and dear to me.  May you be as blessed as you have blessed me.  I pray that by having read my book, it has been helpful in your living By The Way.
I remain most sincerely and devotedly yours,  
 
Sharon L. Wyatt
 
 
 
    
FORTY THREE YEARS AND COUNTING                                  BY THE WAY                     May 2012
August, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and sixty-nine Tom and I were married.  He was co-pastoring with his father a church in Portland, Oregon…Portland Temple Wings of Healing.  I left my home in North Hollywood, California and relocated in Portland, having become a pastor’s wife.  The church was wonderful, the congregation welcomed me with warmth and open arms, and there was a kind-hearted rapport between us all.
Early on, I asked my mother-in-law for advice on being a minister’s wife.  I was fully expecting days on end of counsel and direction with many examples and stories.  We were on the platform when I had queried about what guidelines I should adhere to.  Claire Maude put her hand on the pulpit Bible that was placed on the rostrum, and said, “Here’s the Bible, read it, here’s the piano play it, there’s the Sunday school teach it.”  It was short, sweet and very much to the point, though I knew that there was much more to it than that…loving the congregation certainly was a big and wonderful part of it.  But I took her recommendations to heart and began my new life as the wife of a dedicated clergyman. 
 Claire’s advice was taken seriously and thus began what seemed to me to be like four years in graduate school.  A lot was to be learned and God was with me all the way, praise His name.  I asked Him to use me wherever I could be of help.  I would ‘be there’ for Him and hopefully have the talent and wherewithal to carry out what He would will me to do.
In nineteen seventy-three, Evelyn Wyatt asked Tom to come and work at the headquarters of the Wings of Healing, in Los Angeles.  Tom had worked there and preached Sunday afternoon services, several years before. After much prayer and soul-searching, we felt it best for all concerned that we move on.  So, it was decided that we would indeed take up his grandmother’s offer, and two months later we were in Southern California. 
I was very interested in the work The Wings did here and throughout the world.  The many outreaches that they had was impressive, and all those helped by the ministry warmed my heart, and I, was very happy to be a bit of “a part” of the Wings of Healing.   (That was then)
Tom missed pastoring, as did I, so we worked through the years for many church’s.  Tom was an integral part of those ministries, for so many of them needed the help.  One of our favorite commissions was the last church Tom was pastor of.  It was while there that our dear Evelyn ‘went home to be with The Lord’.  Tom, because of his pastorate had to cut back on his hours at the Wings.  So he had a profound decision to speak to God about at length, when he was asked to continue the tradition of a Wyatt as president of the organization.  It was the wish of his beloved grandmother that he do this, and The Lord showed Tom that this was indeed where He wanted Tom to be, and that Evelyn was definitely in God’s will.  Doing God’s work at the Wings is more than a full time job, so Tom had to relinquish the pastorate at the church.
In the interim years before Tom becoming president, we went out on the evangelistic field for the Wings with our young son. Tom, at another time, along with one of the other ministers and his wife went on tour having meetings in many mid-west cities.  I stayed home with our two boys Gregory and Jeffrey.  I really missed seeing those who were supporters of the ministry, and came to the meetings. That is to say, being with ‘you’ is a wonderful experience and always a blessing.            
So now, here we are in the year two thousand twelve.  Looking back over these years does not seem as though so many have passed since the early beginnings.  But they have, and much has taken place.  Oh yes, I have read the beautiful Word of God…I have played the piano for many services…and have taught Sunday school.  That sage advice given to me by my dear mother-in-law has certainly been put to good use.  From that the years have taught me quite a bit more, and I expect more lessons with every passing day. 
These forty-three years as a minister’s wife have certainly provided a wide variety of wonderful experiences.  I thank God everyday for Tom, and Our Lord’s hand at work in putting us together.  I cannot imagine any other life.
The past almost eight years has put me in the midst of the Wings of Healings ministries.  I praise Him for giving me the time and ability to do what is needed to be done to further His work.  Whether it be in music writing for the broadcast or moderator, I am so blessed in spirit to be asked to do these things.  He has given me the inspiration for the ‘By the Way’ articles in the newsletter, and now to write books.  I am loving all that He has asked me to do, especially being a part of the Wings that allows me to feel nearer to you as partners in this work for Our Almighty God and Father.
The Wings of Healing still impresses me with its dedication to all the ministries to which we extend support and help.  The callings of the past to reach out to the world are still as fervent as ever.  The needs are many in all the countries of this earth.  Proclaiming The Lord to all lands and peoples is the great commission.  We pray daily that more of God children will join this ministry and become a part of the work God gave the Wings to do seventy years ago. Seventy years later we still have the enthusiasm and energy needed to get the jobs done.  I pray that seventy years from today, what we are doing now will be commemorated and all we have done will indeed make a difference for better tomorrows.
Yes, it has been forty-three years and counting as a part of this wonderful work for humanity and Our Lord, and the blessings are too numerous to count, but never too small to acknowledge and praise Him for.  There is a wonderful Spirit here at The Wings.  We all enjoy one another so very much.  The dedication is profound and the love for Him beyond measure.
 can only say, that when working for or with the Wings of Healing, you cannot help but live By the Way.  
 
 
 
              
 
 
 
                                               EASTER                                                             2012
 
Easter, like Christmas, is shrouded with myths that veer far from the real reason for celebrating these special days.  Oh, yes, I remember waiting for the Easter Bunny to deliver that big basket filled with confections, hand painted tin boxes filled with more candy, curiosities and adorable toys.  The big decorated egg, made entirely of sugar, with an opening at one end, that you could look into and view a spring scene with an “Easter” theme.  You know…bunnies, ducks, tulips and colored eggs on a grassy knoll.  It seemed the entire family would have a new Easter ensemble, complete with hat to wear to church and the subsequent Easter party, many times hosted at our home.  The Easter egg hunt, the candy, the jelly beans, the special dinner that left you at the end of the day in not the best of shape.  But the fun and joy with such jovial fellowship made it all worthwhile. 
We were all very aware of the real reason for the day set aside for the festivities.  It was a day to celebrate, for Our Lord had risen from the grave!  So, the Easter party was such, not very solemn or restrained, but rather filled with joy and gladness.  As for the children……delight, exuberance, revelry and merrymaking was how the day went on.
It is my feeling that as long as the REAL reason and definition of Easter is emphasized and observed with great detail and awareness, then Easter bunnies, baskets, decorated dyed eggs and candy are just a way to celebrate a day that should be the most important day to everyone…for He is risen, He is risen indeed!  Hence, the promise to mankind is proven.  This truth is what should be that which keeps us going, for it tells us that He has gone to be with The Father and is a preparing a place for us, while watching over us and hearing our prayers
So celebrate with joy and jubilation this glorious day set aside…take the promises with you every moment of the day.  Praise Him with thanksgiving, for when the Risen Jesus is in your heart, you cannot help but live By the Way.

 

      By the Way                            Before and After                                                 Feb. 2012 
                 
      If indeed you are one of the many who came to The Lord as an adult then this is for you.  What was your life like before you met the Lord and took Him into your heart?  How did you face each day with all it had to besiege you with?
      Knowing The Lord as your personal savior changes everything.  He has that hand-to-hold to comfort you while facing obstacles.  Even in the darkest of days, when your world seems as though it is possibly going to crash in upon you, He will not let go.  And if in tragedy your world does collapse, those who know Him face it differently than those who do not.
      We have seen some who have faced tragedy not knowing Jesus.  They do all that they can to summon up the strength to persevere, but not without a tremendous amount of travail, they struggle to pull through, and the time needed to do this is interminable.  Then there are those who face the same misfortune knowing God is with them, their attitude and that peace that passes understanding, brings them to a greater degree of acceptance, of whatever befell them, much sooner.          
     The “before and after” aspect is something you can no doubt relate to.  Recalling how you reacted to any given situation is probably a memory you have retained quite clearly.  I like to think about the “before and afters” in my life, how the old Sharon responded and now how the new Sharon does.  What I do realize more than anything, is knowing I have Him to talk to, not through anyone else, but a one on one conversation with my Lord and Savior.  Having His strong and gracious hand to hold.  It is not to say that there is no emotional reaction anymore, no, the tears still easily do fill my eyes.  But there is that feeling of being uplifted and comforted and knowing that His promise is constant.
        Oh yes, “before and after” our walk with Him is truly profound, I wish I had had that personal acquaintance that I do now, when I was younger, I would have been able to face some of those things that life throws our way, stronger and perhaps wiser…just one of the benefits of living one’s life By The Way.

By The Way                                     All Things Bright and New                            Jan 2012 

 
Another year has passed…at light speed may I add.  2011 was filled with new ventures and endeavors,  both personally and for The Wings of Healing.  We have kept you in our prayers and have seen many prayers answered, and we praise our Lord for each and every blessing and for all He has done for all of us.
       As we look forward to another year, we anticipate His hand in all things, and His banner over the faithful.  As the year evolves, each day should begin with a prayer and thanksgiving.  Do not take for granted the passing of time.  Make each day count, and set goals for yourself that are attainable.  At the end of each day, look back over it and assess what you accomplished…were you devout in your faithfulness?  Did you manage to be a blessing to someone?  Were you joyful in The Lord and did you praise Him with all your heart?  Did you experience the Holy Spirit at work in you?  Were the fruits of The Spirit evident in all you did?  Can The Lord say, “I am well Pleased”?  Make each day His, and you will not fail.  Put Him in control. Our human failings can get us into trouble, and they usually do, that is a given.  We must learn from our mistakes and make a resolution to do everything we can to avoid repeating them.
        A new year psychologically seems to erase the past and give us a clean slate ahead, use that mindset to set out to change that which has made you stumble in the past year (s) and take that step of faith to set your new goals to a better you.
         We wish you a wonderful, healthy and prosperous New Year.  And please know that you are always in our fondest thoughts and prayers.  You are definitely an important part of our Wings family, and that is to say, you are very important to the entire ministry.  So many people, young and old alike, depend on you and your generosity.  Bless your hearts one and all, and we thank you with all of ours!
         On a personal note, I cannot go on without mentioning the newest member of the Wyatt family, our sweet little grandson, Christian Thomas, born to our son Greg and his lovely wife, Amber.  That little one is such a delight, and we are so very happy with the new role as grandparents…wonderful!!!  Christian has been in our prayers ever since the day his parents announced that this bundle of joy was “on the way”.  He will always be in our prayers, we know his life will be God-centered and full of happiness and blessings, all of this being made possible for we know he will live “By The Way.”

 

 

 

By The Way                         GONE TO SEE THE QUEEN                                    Nov. 2011
 
This is one of those Thanksgiving memories that goes back to my childhood so many years ago.  It is a fond and loving memory that I shall always cherish.  It concerns a certain pair of turkeys, that my old world Italian grandparents purchased, to fatten up for what they considered to be a very special American holiday.  I was not allowed to get friendly or attached to these very beautiful birds, but I would watch them over the fence as they wandered about in my grandparents garden…I wasn’t even allowed to go over at feeding time and help grandpapa spread the feed.  Now mind you, we did not live on a farm, but rather in the heart of Hollywood, California!  The lots were big and Sir Thomas and Sweet William roamed about with great pride and feeling quite smug at the “good life” they had.  My parents were mortified that I had named my two feathered friends, but they did not make a big issue out of it. You see, I was four or five years old, and the less said the better.
One day I went to peer over the fence and did not see either of those glorious BIG foul pecking about in the kitchen garden.  I went back in the house and announced to my mother that neither turkeys were anywhere about.  “They have gone to London to see the queen.”  Mother replied, without missing a beat.  In my own world that made perfect sense and I accepted the news without question.
Later, while out with my parents shopping for the groceries for the big family feast and banquet, I saw several turkeys in the butcher’s case, and thought to myself how fortunate Sir Thomas and Sweet William were to have gone to see the queen.
             Through the years, as my dolls would become old and shabby, they too would make that lovely voyage to London to see her Majesty…It made the inevitable much easier for me to accept their being gone.      ……………Much time had slipped by…………..
And several months, after mother had passed away, I mused at MaMa’s old quote, and said out loud…”Mootie you have gone to London to see the queen!” I was happy to realize that she had in fact, actually gone to Heaven to see The King!!  What peace and joy that gave me.  I have such great thanksgiving, for it is so reassuring to know that we too shall indeed someday see The King!  And all that is made possible when we live By “The Way.”
 
 
BY THE WAY!                                     Thoughts from Sharon L. Wyatt       Oct 2011
 
                         There is now more “pow” in His power!
God’s power, His mighty omnipotence, unending omniscience, undying love, ultimate sacrifice, patience, kindness, tenderness, compassion, benevolence, and beloved. There are simply not enough words to even begin to describe our Heavenly Father, the creator of heaven and earth.
Even in what seems to be the small things, His immeasurable strength exceeds all that we can possibly comprehend. There is no limit to what He can and will do. Not for His own glory, but for His creation. That, of course, includes all of His children, sinners though we are. Each of the descriptions on the aforementioned list, could be a book written to explain the meanings pertaining to God, with all the historical and current evidence in each category. He can send His down His angels to do mighty works. He can give us His Son to be sacrificed in our behalf. He can make the earth shake and cause mighty winds to blow, and yet He knows each and every sparrow. Then how much more are you in His eyes?
When you are hurting or in need of a word of encouragement, though your troubles seem trivial, He will see to it that your needs are met, and do whatever it takes to bring it about. People seem to think that God’s power is not what it was in Biblical times. Well, I’ve seen much of God’s work. Nothing, I tell you has diminished. I’m certain He is watching this earth with disappointment, grief, and woe; at the way things are going in so many miserable directions.
It is only a matter of time before His wrath will be wrought upon the wicked and shameless. But to those who have held fast and strong in His word and promises, their path has been made clear, for they have been true in their walk “By The Way.”

 

By The Way               Joy To The World                                                  Dec. 2011
 
“Oh come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.” These are the lyrics from a beloved Christmas carol, do we even think of what the words are saying?  Or are they so familiar that we do not pay attention to the meaning in these cherished songs that we hear every year at this time?  More than likely we listen with that warm Christmas spirit, but as to the very meaning of each verse we just sing the words.
This sacred music of the season is filled with phrases of joy and adoration of The King. “Joy to the world The Savior reigns.” He reigns indeed with “wonders of His love.” “He rules the world with truth and grace,” and the song proclaims our love for Him, as we lift our hands praising “the glories of His righteousness.”
“Jesus, to Thee be glory given.”  “Word of The Father now in flesh appearing.”  “Glory to God in the highest.”  “Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.” We praise His Holy name for our redemption and reconciliation.   “Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings.” “Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Emanuel!” He is “Christ the everlasting Lord.”
“When the New Heaven and Earth shall own The Prince of Peace their King.”  We look forward to the day when “the whole world sends back the song which now the angels sing.”
Yes, “come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant” lift up your voices high in praise, and “repeat the sounding joy.”  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.”  “Away in a manger” “Born is the King of Israel.” “From Bethlehem to Calvary” Our King of Kings is our redeemer to worship and behold.  “O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Let the lyrics of these hymns, carols and many other favorites of this Holy season be rediscovered.  Let them lift you and inspire you.  Let them fill you with the glories that the birth of our Savior brings.  May you be blessed in abundance by Our Lord, and may you always live by The Way.

 

       Another year has passed…at light speed may I add.  2011 was filled with new ventures and endeavors,  both personally and for The Wings of Healing.  We have kept you in our prayers and have seen many prayers answered, and we praise our Lord for each and every blessing and for all He has done for all of us.
       As we look forward to another year, we anticipate His hand in all things, and His banner over the faithful.  As the year evolves, each day should begin with a prayer and thanksgiving.  Do not take for granted the passing of time.  Make each day count, and set goals for yourself that are attainable.  At the end of each day, look back over it and assess what you accomplished…were you devout in your faithfulness?  Did you manage to be a blessing to someone?  Were you joyful in The Lord and did you praise Him with all your heart?  Did you experience the Holy Spirit at work in you?  Were the fruits of The Spirit evident in all you did?  Can The Lord say, “I am well Pleased”?  Make each day His, and you will not fail.  Put Him in control. Our human failings can get us into trouble, and they usually do, that is a given.  We must learn from our mistakes and make a resolution to do everything we can to avoid repeating them.
        A new year psychologically seems to erase the past and give us a clean slate ahead, use that mindset to set out to change that which has made you stumble in the past year (s) and take that step of faith to set your new goals to a better you.
         We wish you a wonderful, healthy and prosperous New Year.  And please know that you are always in our fondest thoughts and prayers.  You are definitely an important part of our Wings family, and that is to say, you are very important to the entire ministry.  So many people, young and old alike, depend on you and your generosity.  Bless your hearts one and all, and we thank you with all of ours!
         On a personal note, I cannot go on without mentioning the newest member of the Wyatt family, our sweet little grandson, Christian Thomas, born to our son Greg and his lovely wife, Amber.  That little one is such a delight, and we are so very happy with the new role as grandparents…wonderful!!!  Christian has been in our prayers ever since the day his parents announced that this bundle of joy was “on the way”.  He will always be in our prayers, we know his life will be God-centered and full of happiness and blessings, all of this being made possible for we know he will live “By The Way.”

 

 

    By The Way                                   Joy To The World                                  Chrisdtmas 2011                   
 
“Oh come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.” These are the lyrics from a beloved Christmas carol, do we even think of what the words are saying?  Or are they so familiar that we do not pay attention to the meaning in these cherished songs that we hear every year at this time?  More than likely we listen with that warm Christmas spirit, but as to the very meaning of each verse we just sing the words.
This sacred music of the season is filled with phrases of joy and adoration of The King. “Joy to the world The Savior reigns.” He reigns indeed with “wonders of His love.” “He rules the world with truth and grace,” and the song proclaims our love for Him, as we lift our hands praising “the glories of His righteousness.”
“Jesus, to Thee be glory given.”  “Word of The Father now in flesh appearing.”  “Glory to God in the highest.”  “Peace on Earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.” We praise His Holy name for our redemption and reconciliation.   “Light and life to all He brings, risen with healing in His wings.” “Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus our Emanuel!” He is “Christ the everlasting Lord.”
“When the New Heaven and Earth shall own The Prince of Peace their King.”  We look forward to the day when “the whole world sends back the song which now the angels sing.”
Yes, “come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant” lift up your voices high in praise, and “repeat the sounding joy.”  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.”  “Away in a manger” “Born is the King of Israel.” “From Bethlehem to Calvary” Our King of Kings is our redeemer to worship and behold.  “O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Let the lyrics of these hymns, carols and many other favorites of this Holy season be rediscovered.  Let them lift you and inspire you.  Let them fill you with the glories that the birth of our Savior brings.  May you be blessed in abundance by Our Lord, and may you always live by The Way.
 
 

 

 

BY THE WAY       August 2011                                                                                             By Sharon Wyatt 
  
   
 
                                            WHEN DIGNITY TAKES A NOSEDIVE                  Aug 2011                   
 
        This is a subject over which I am deeply concerned.  Every day I see evidence of society being on a rapid decline toward Gomorrah.  The sightings are everywhere, even in church!  I shall get right to the point. The behavior and the mode of dress out there is only the opening argument as to this demise of mankind.  Where did it all begin?   Well it has been with the human race since the very beginning.  Thank goodness there were those among our ancestors that had a sense of right from wrong and what was more appropriate behavior.  They created standards that were for everyone to aspire to, and for the most part many did.
           With our Jesus more was developed as to how to treat our fellow man.  His teachings are wonderful blueprints for us to follow toward being a better person.  Self esteem came from having a good sense as to His love for us.  A gentility arose from Christianity that lifted the human race and the human conscientiousness  out of its doldrums.  The human condition was greatly improved.  It was for everyone; young, old, rich or poor, educated or not.  The standards were not out of any ones reach.
           Decency is for everyone to exercise and to live by its code.  It promotes a tolerable world that seems much less offensive than the one spinning around out of control today.  What has happened  to the ethics that people once lived by?  It has apparently gone by the wayside.  We are becoming too tolerant of this demise.  We have slowly been jaded and desensitized to the true seriousness of the situation.  This sneaking up, as it were, suddenly is in our faces and the horror and shock is appalling.  The woman wearing cut off shorts, that left nothing to the imagination, and a top that barely covered any of the essentials, not to mention beach shoes, comes to mind.  I forgot to mention this was at a church we were visiting.  She seemed very out of place, but we could not help but have compassion for the poor thing.  Even though her demeanor was filled with an attitude that screamed out “I don’t care!”   Not only was her ignorance and lack of an upbringing, crying for attention, her belligerence was intolerable and made any compassion for her very difficult.  Many people were offended that someone would come to church dressed so inappropriately, indeed her attire was cheap and obvious. This took place over twenty years ago!   Think of ‘how far’ we have come since then. 
          Thank heaven there are still those that have self esteem and dignity.  Hold on to that, for some day the pendulum will swing back, and there will be those who need role models for so many facets of polite society.  I look forward to that and to seeing little children dressed like tots should be, and not cartoon characters, someone much older, or factions of the population that have fallen into degradation.
 
 BY THE WAY July 2011                    SO PROUDLY WE HAIL!
 
     It is hard to find a place to begin such a subject as patriotism.  It really does not come in that many forms, nor does it always show.  But when you have it, you know it.
     There are those who dedicate themselves in service to their country, and don the uniform that lets us know, these people are willing to give their lives to protect us and the freedoms we cherish.  Bless them all.
      Are you one of those that gets a bit misty eyed when you see the banner, that so proudly we hail?  When the color guard passes by, or the National Anthem played, I do experience that certain emotion. 
     Our flag represents so much.  The list could go on forever, and each of us has our own special place in our hearts for Old Glory.  It has waved in so many different places.  More often than not, we have lost loved ones in order for that to happen.  Thomas has done funerals for veterans, and when that flag is taken off the casket, and so respectfully folded and then presented…there is so much, in an underlying power, that takes place in that part of the graveside service.
      On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our independence, won so many years ago, and defended ever since those fateful days, when our forefathers set about developing a new nation.  We must never take that for granted, nor any other part of our history, where our freedoms were threatened and our armed forces saw to it that we were kept safe and secure.
       But there are always those who thrive on their determination to undermine what we so tenaciously guard.  We must always be vigilant and never complacent, for we all bear some of the responsibility for keeping this country of ours what the founding fathers intended.   
         Give thanks to God for all we have.  It is something that could be taken away.  But for today let us indeed thank God for our liberties, for our freedom to worship Him without fear. And do pray for those who do not have such privileges. Proudly hold your hand over your heart, whenever the Stars and Stripes passes by. It is a grand old flag that flies over our country. We have our burdens and scars, but that banner can still be seen gallantly billowing in the dawns early light.
Forever in peace may our colors wave.  May we all be flag bearers reminders of what we stand for…what this country was founded upon.  The esthetics, the virtues, the high mindedness, the upstanding, the honorable, incorruptible and the righteous!

       God was NOT left out of the principles and never should He be!!  There is something that connects those who are patriotic and those who live “by The Way.”

 

 

By The Way     June 2011                             TIME TO COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS           
     
      Well, the time has come for some real positive thoughts to encourage and lift our spirits.  So with no further ado, I shall get right to the point. We must start with all that we have to be thankful for. I am speaking of the individual godsends that have been given to us one on one.  Granted, they may be bogged down with a lot of the unpleasant news of the time, but they are there, and it will be delightful rediscovering them.  It is easy to let them be pushed aside by other things.  So, let’s go on an expedition, an excavation, if you will, and look for all those blessings that have been bestowed upon you through the years. ( If you need to make a spread sheet do so.  Seeing things in print can be fulfilling.)
       So many of our blessings originate in Heaven, and are undoubtedly God’s Hand at work.  Others can be less obvious.  God will use other people, and others of His creation, to provide the necessary elements for a blessed touch from Him. No matter how it is administered, His timing is absolutely perfect.  He will bring that “gift” at the precise moment when it makes the most impact.  It can heal.  It can calm and reassure. 
       These touches can, and will, give you the will and courage to go on.  The faith to face the unknown.  The strength to take that leap of faith. That uplifting thrill that lets you know He is there and touched your life…nothing else can compare! Now, think about those inexplicable, unexplainable occurrences that have taken place in your life…There, now do you remember one?…Ah yes, there are more, just sit back, relax, and keep thinking about those special times.  Let each memory wash over you like springs of living water.  Each recollection should bring back the thrill of the moment, when you had the revelation of what was occurring. When the Hand of Our Lord was reaching out and was upon you.   Count on Our Father to do what is best for you!
        Be assured that He is not finished with His blessings.  Ahead of you are more of those experiences.  He will inspire and give you the wherewithal to do things above and beyond what is normal for you.  He has and He will again heighten your talents to an extreme, giving you that certain something that can only be from God.
        Keeping this in mind will lift your soul, and soothe and lighten your heart. This will help you face anything that lays before you.  Ponder the wonders of Heaven’s gifts. Count your blessings, and name them one by one.  Relax in the wonderful thoughts this little exercise brings.  Take time to dwell on past blessings, and be ready for new ones to be bestowed upon you.  For that is just the way it is when you live By The Way!
 
 
 
 BY THE WAY       May 2011                      “the Signs of the Time.”
 
      Do you remember the slogan, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”?  Well, to be honest, I cannot possibly think of one thing I could do to fool the little dear.  Nature can be vicious and has far too many tricks up her sleeve.  Against any of them, I am just a straw in the wind.  All of man’s efforts to protect us from those times, when she is having one of her temper tantrums, mostly prove to be weak at best.  But it does give us a sense of security, and in some cases they have been very effective, thank Heaven!
       It is very apparent to me that these many varied disasters seem far greater, stronger, more deadly and worst of all, occur more often!  The devastation is beyond belief.  All the lives lost, the destruction of property, the desolation of the land, and the loss of everything people own.
      All of us here, at the Wings have prayed a multitude of times, over all these years, for people involved in so many different catastrophes.  And have done all we can to help the victims of these casualties, thanks to your monetary help.  It just seems now, more than ever, these tragedies are hugely cataclysmic.
       In many cases, there is absolutely nothing we can do, for there is no forewarning.  But we can at least do everything we can to be prepared for when nature strikes.  None of us live where we can say we are absolutely safe.  Nowhere in this world is there such a place.  (Only Heaven!)  So, since we are among the residents of the Earth, we have to take into account, this place can be very dangerous!! 
       There are hurricanes, monsoons, cyclones, tornadoes, gales, wind storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, tidal waves, storm surges, volcanic eruptions, wild fires, forest fires, grass fires, peat fires, oil spills, blizzards, ice storms, hail storms, floods, swollen rivers, extreme tides, mud slides, avalanches, sink holes, fissures, thunder storms, lightning strikes, flash floods, famine, drought, sand storms, and uv rays!
        Yes, the perils out there are numerous.  Sadly, there are those that are manmade. Ironically many of them can be just as dangerous as anything nature can do to us. Being prepared can save lives.  Emergency kits are now readily available. Do add to these supplies what you feel is needed.  Do not forget any medication, you may be taking, in your kit. 
         The best counsel I can give you is having faith in God.  Being prayed up is important for your soul.  Trust in The Lord, and in His divine mercy.  The signs of the times are disconcerting, and we know we are no match against what nature will do, but The Hand of God upon us can wrought miracles in the face of danger.  Here we are living our daily lives, not knowing what tomorrow will bring, trusting in Him to carry us through whatever befalls us.  How easy that is to do when you live, By The Way!  

 

By The Way                 ON A HILL FAR AWAY

               

                It seems the older I get, the more difficulty I have holding back the tears, when I sing, or hear sung “The Old Rugged Cross”.  Each verse is filled with vivid descriptions of that sacred place.  In that wonderful piece of music I find I cannot help myself from imagining I am there at Calvary.   I see My Savior and King upon that cross, enduring that horrible death, and how He suffered for my sins.  My precious Lord is then placed in the tomb to rise again in three days, all of this to redeem us, to be saved by His Blood, and to be cured by the lashes of a cruel whip.  Yes, by those stripes we are healed. It is because of Calvary we are atoned and given life everlasting, for He has gone to prepare a place for us, to dwell with the Heavenly Hosts.

                All of this has been promised by that day, now called Good Friday, to those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, for whom so ever believes in Him shall not perish, but have life everlasting.” (John 3:16)  We are so blessed to have something so wonderful to believe in and to have been given such a gift.  The gift of redemption!

                Yes, Jesus is the hope of the world, and a light in the darkest of days.  That old rugged cross has made the difference for mankind, for without it we are nothing and all hope is lost.  But because of that symbol of our Christian faith, we can be assured that all Our Jesus taught us is our inheritance.  We are the partakers of all that is divine and all that is righteous.  We must practice what He taught, and make every word our daily walk.  He knows our human failings, but He is so quick to forgive.   All we need do is ask, sincerely, that we be pardoned.  He gave so much and asks so little.  But let us give back by living a life in Him.  By striving endlessly to achieve that goal and to win the crown.  It is not impossible, for nothing is when you put your faith in God.

                To that Old Rugged Cross I will ever be true.  It is the tie that binds, the glue that holds our lives together, the framework that is the model for how we wish to shape our lives.  With Him, we are the light shining on the top of a hill, thanks to a hill far away… Calvary!   It is important that we never forget that hill and what happened there.  That place where Our Jesus gave the full measure for us upon that terrible tree.  We must remind ourselves of that day more often than just at this time of year.  We must be willing to be true to the cross, and to stand up for all it represents, it is stained with blood so divine. We must never forget what happened on that hill and all that that one event means for all mankind.  Yes, we shall cling to that old rugged cross, holding on tenaciously all of our lives. This is not a difficult task to do, when you live by The Way.

 
 
 
 
BY THE WAY!                                     READYING FOR THE STORM
 
          Batten down the hatches while the decks are still clear!  But, alas, the pending storm seems to have arrived.  Not just the blizzards and the severe weather that may become the storms of the century, but a much bigger and more dangerous storm.
Here at the Wings we wish to keep our finger on the pulse of world events, and how they may and do affect all of us.  Then, we pray, our words of encouragement will give you strength and hope to face each day.  Yes, if it isn’t nature doing its worst, it is uprisings and wicked despots threatening world peace by acting and behaving like bullies on a playground.  A person cannot turn around, turn on a radio, turn a newspaper page or turn on a television, that we do not see, in picture or in print, the slings and arrows from one thing or another.  Each disaster, if not by nature, has its roots deeply embedded in forces of evil and darkness.
           You obviously know where I am going with this writing.  Knowing what and WHO we stand for, gives you an idea of where this will eventually end up.  But before the grand finale, let me say a few words before the encouraging part as promised.   Yes, there is a distressing amount of evil-doers out there…those carrying out the deeds from the dark side and enjoying every minute of it.  They, at times seem to be gaining strength.  Momentum appears to set in, and in some cases a feeding frenzy begins.  All of this is distressing to say the least, especially when world leaders do not seem to react responsibly,  or with a will of iron that could thwart these menaces. 
          Where is the leadership?  Where are our champions of justice when we need them?  Where is the wisdom and resolve we so hoped they would possess?  Bah Humbug!  Unfortunately their weakness even glows in the dark!  Oh, for those with a crusader’s heart, the courage that stands out in this crowd. Thank heaven for those that do have the conviction and determination to speak up against the wrong doers and the inadequately pathetic.  God bless them!
          But even these sentinels have their limitations and human failings.  There is only so much we can expect of them and entrust them to.  WE MUST, each and every one of us, be defenders of the faith.  Each of us has a responsibility to be keepers  of our God-given rights.  We must be sentries against evil and greed, and above all keeping watch for the coming storm.  Hold fast to your faith in God and trust in His continuing protection of His flock.  Know your enemies and keep your “armor” shined and at the ready.  Trust in Him, for His promises are true and we can rely on His strength to see us through the darkest tempest.  Though the waves may try to overtake us, and the winds might endeavor to blow us off course, He is the lighthouse!  Remain steady at the helm, for He will cast His light upon us to guide us to the safe port of His open arms.  Yes we can weather the storm.  We will come through stronger and wiser!  He brings the victory!
           So keep your eye on that “Lighthouse”.  Hold fast to your faith and trust in Him, for He is The Defender.  You shall know Him and be able to see Him through the darkness of a blinding gale, if you live By The Way.                 
 
 
 
 
By The Way                                                                    Love  Is Here To Stay
 
Love, according to the Oxford dictionary is: a feeling of deep affection, a deep romantic attachment to someone, a great interest and pleasure in something, and the list goes on.
            All of this is, of course, true definitions of the word, but Valentine’s Day aside, I am speaking of a LOVE that surpasses anything found in a dictionary…truly a constant love. I recall, in the seventies, a catch-phrase, that one could see written everywhere…JESUS IS LOVE.  Truer words were never spoken when describing the LOVE that passes understanding.
In our world today, it would seem the media dwells on the negative bad news and completely over looks or neglects the positive stories, those that are up-lifting, and give us the strength to face those disconcerting headlines that often seem grim at best.  I am not saying that we should behave like the proverbial Ostrich.  No, we need to “be there” to encourage those that are adversely affected by the current events that try our souls.  We need to seize the strength that will help us face the bad news that just doesn’t seem to go away.  Be a good Samaritan, helping others and not hiding in shadows, being there for them as our Jesus is here for us.  Give them hope, and words of encouragement.  We now more than ever must show Jesus’ Love.
The news today makes us forget the fine, clean things people do.  We must remember that love is in most people’s conscientiousness, thus they respond to the kindness shown them.  His LOVE helps us maintain sanity in a crazy world.  Showing this LOVE can be the “ life- line” someone may very desperately need.  The major part of the news is unpleasant and discouraging, but we have within us, what is written in the Holy Scriptures, The Good News, the hope, the strength, the peace, the joy and the understanding that gives us the ability to forge ahead and face trials and tribulations through the power of prayer. Holding securely to the promises God has given, and allowing His strength to show within us, exemplifies His Love.
With all that is going on in this ever-growing secular world, the discontent, disrespect, displeasure, discouraging discourse, disdainful conversation and disgusting behavior.  We have a sanctuary where we can be restored and readied to face the unpleasant conditions that seem to permeate everything.  Pray that God’s hand lays upon the land, and that a healing begins to remove man’s hedonistic selfishness and greed. Pray diligently that there be a reawakening in God’s people. Despair not, for God is in control.  He has given us what it takes to face this world, definitely because we can trust and believe in Him..      
            So, in the midst of everything surrounding us, hold on to your faith…for we are assured and confident that with the immoralities, the slacking of good manners and the sense of what is  right and wrong, the hatred and unrest between nations, uncertainties, a shaky economic future, the decline of respect for the sanctity of life, and harshness becoming the norm.  We can depend on His Love shining through, even if there are organizations trying desperately to abolish anything pertaining to God!
Through it all, we’ll be victorious because LOVE IS HERE TO STAY.  We know for we have seen His LOVE conquerors all, especially for those who live  By The Way
 
 
 
By The Way                      He Crowneth The Year With His Goodness (Psa. 65:11)
 
      Another year has passed, much too quickly may I add.  So, here we are making those resolutions that will more than likely be broken by the end of the month!  I do believe I should make a resolution not to make resolutions …I’m certain I could keep that one.
       We, all too often, hear people lamenting on how they could not keep the promises made to themselves, to lose weight, stop a bad habit, visit friends and family more often, and take care of those things on the long-awaiting “to do” list.  So, with all good intentions they start the new year with eagerness and hope to accomplish what they have set out to do.  Only to find, what started out with a bang has ended with a fizzle.
        All too often we have a tendency to set our goals too high, setting ourselves up for failure, hence a feeling of guilt and disappointment, often leading to a worsening of the habit we hoped to change, and depression to the point of not caring wither or not the long list of must do’s ever gets done. May I make a suggestion that is sure to make attaining your goals more successful.  You have a Friend that is with you all the time.  Talk to Him, tell him your hopes and dreams, and speak to Him about your weaknesses and failings.  He is always there to listen to you complain, whine and moan about that which troubles you.  Unlike most friends, you have His undivided attention twenty-four seven, and He is always understanding and compassionate. 
       Speaking to God just makes things seem better, and a sense of well-being begins to set in.  Suddenly you are not so overwhelmed with all the issues that have taunted you, perhaps even for years.  Answers begin to come into focus and tackling those problems, big or small, seems manageable.  He is the answer to all that troubles you.  Make a resolution to speak “WITH” Him everyday…life will improve for you…Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psa. 37:4).
       Nothing is impossible with God.  Now this does not mean that you ask for a mansion on Mars, that would be ridiculous, however if He wanted you there, you’d be on your way!  Our Father wants only the best for you.  Wanting you to be happy and contented with who you are. His child.
      Remember keeping Him first and foremost in your life will make all those human failings much more manageable.  Put Christ in control, let Him crown your year with His goodness and His glory, and may you live everyday victoriously by The Way.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

By The Way                               GONE TO SEE THE QUEEN
 
This is one of those Thanksgiving memories that goes back to my childhood so many years ago.  It is a fond and loving memory that I shall always cherish.  It concerns a certain pair of turkeys, that my old world Italian grandparents purchased, to fatten up for what they considered to be a very special American holiday.  I was not allowed to get friendly or attached to these very beautiful birds, but I would watch them over the fence as they wandered about in my grandparents garden…I wasn’t even allowed to go over at feeding time and help grandpapa spread the feed.  Now mind you, we did not live on a farm, but rather in the heart of Hollywood, California!  The lots were big and Sir Thomas and Sweet William roamed about with great pride and feeling quite smug at the “good life” they had.  My parents were mortified that I had named my two feathered friends, but they did not make a big issue out of it. You see, I was four or five years old, and the less said the better.
One day I went to peer over the fence and did not see either of those glorious BIG foul pecking about in the kitchen garden.  I went back in the house and announced to my mother that neither turkeys were anywhere about.  “They have gone to London to see the queen.”  Mother replied, without missing a beat.  In my own world that made perfect sense and I accepted the news without question.
Later, while out with my parents shopping for the groceries for the big family feast and banquet, I saw several turkeys in the butcher’s case, and thought to myself how fortunate Sir Thomas and Sweet William were to have gone to see the queen.
             Through the years, as my dolls would become old and shabby, they too would make that lovely voyage to London to see her Majesty…It made the inevitable much easier for me to accept their being gone.      ……………Much time had slipped by…………..
And several months, after mother had passed away, I mused at MaMa’s old quote, and said out loud…”Mootie you have gone to London to see the queen!” I was happy to realize that she had in fact, actually gone to Heaven to see The King!!  What peace and joy that gave me.  I have such great thanksgiving, for it is so reassuring to know that we too shall indeed someday see The King!  And all that is made possible when we live By “The Way.”

 

By The Way,        Are You Your Own Worst Enemy Or Your Own Best Friend?               Sept. 2011
 
Most people are in one way or another their own worst enemy.  After many years of counseling people, we have found it to be all too true.  Sadly, it seems to be a syndrome that permeates modern culture and the human condition is profoundly affected by it.  For quite some time now, I have felt a need to write a self-help book.  One that could bring to light the necessary awareness to better understand just what it is that causes it tohappen.
Focusing mainly on personal problems…failures at goals and ambitions, inability to break and end a bad habit or addiction.  My book, ”Your Own Worst Enemy” endeavors to motivate you and help you to conquer your weaknesses that have proven to be harmful to your health and well-being.  The book allows you to see the problem from a different perspective.  It strives to set you on track to better self-esteem, determination and control of yourself.  With those set correctly in place you can connect with the best friend in you to help you find the inner strength that is in all of us.  Unfortunately it is all too often over shadowed and dominated by the worst enemy that raises its ugly head all too often.
“Your Own Worst Enemy” would make an ideal gift for someone who perhaps is struggling with the aforementioned issues.  If you or anyone you know needs to be awakened to the fact that the enemy within has a greater grip than it should have, this is a book that should be read.
Reading it will give you insight and fortify you to tackle that which you have wanted to accomplish but have been held back and made ineffective by the tormentor in you.  Finally you will have the help to face the habits and insecurities that have kept you from being the best you can be.  With this information you will be more aware of yourself and what makes you who you are.  When you have read it, you will find it even easier to live By The Way.

 



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