Sunday, August 28, 2016

What do you use Facebook for?

(This is late due to the baby's arrival. -Faith)

July 11th, 2016

So it's 3 weeks to my due date.

We've been rather busy (and keeping so) since I last posted.  We went to TX in May, last minute to switch out cars.  Our car was having trouble and John owns several (my brother) so we knew we could see what he had. Also we were able to go to a friend's wedding and get to visit my side of the family after not for several months.

We also then decided to go to D. C. (as I've never been) and see the sights before baby comes and it gets more difficult. That place is one big traffic jam, unless you wake at 3:30a to get in town by dawn like we were able to!  That was a blessings, you could actually find parking! :)

But with Elijah working I am at home alone a lot.  This has been a bit hard for me coming from a big family, and getting used to no noise. But thankfully about 3 to 4 weeks back a large family from church moved in downstairs and the sounds of a family are nice to listen to! :D  Still I have times of depression (my hormones going everywhere) and thus the other day in one such instance I was looking at facebook and seeing what 'everyone' is doing. I was disheartened and sad I wasn't able to join their 'splendors' or parties.  And I had to just pull myself away and realize WAIT!  I am here pregnant (nearly due) and married as I've ALWAYS dreamed of being.  And I'm not 'satisfied' and I'm lonely? And I'm sad????
The Lord was reminding me it is HIM I need to seek and not circumstances, friends, people or things.  Not even my husband (and he'll agree) since we began our courtship we've always reminded each other in emails/letters/words by saying "But remember love Jesus more than me!"
I am VERY grateful for such a man and I prayed for years he would love God more than me, and sometimes yes Satan uses it to try and get me jealous of God... but then it's like WAIT, jealous my man loves God more than me?  THAT'S GREAT!!!!!!!!  I shouldn't be jealous but JUMPING FOR JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So this last Sunday, Mr. P. (one of the Dads at our church who gives the sermon on occasion) talked of the eternal hope we have. And how we get distracted with life, tractors, jobs, babies etc. instead of reminding each other to look forward to Jesus' return.  As the early church always was reminding each other, for there is NO other hope besides.  And then my Dad in law commented on the sermon with how facebook has been called fakebook.  It made me realize my circumstance before in the week.

Facebook isn't bad, but it's a tool.  A tool we use to encourage and uplift each other, by posting what we are doing or whatever.  And of course we won't post of our bad days, that isn't encouraging.  And as a user and a human my mind instantly thinks your life is thus PERFECT (because of some 'nice' event/doing you did) on facebook.  But in reality facebook isn't your entire life.  And it shouldn't be! :D  Yet nor should I (in my mind) think it's your entire 'perfect' life.  You have your own struggles and I have mine.  We all just need to be reminded to only HOPE in our only hope, Jesus IS coming.  Be that tomorrow or 900 years from today.  He will make all correct when he comes and NOTHING will go unpunished or unseen!  And nothing now goes unseen.  He currently knows my loneliness and your struggles too.  He is CURRENTLY waiting to help as well.  If we just humble ourselves before him and submit our troubles, worries and cares to him.

I am blessed far beyond my imaginations.  And still I am human and I need to be reminded to seek my only hope and everlasting home, heaven.  Encourage one another to seek that blessed hope, for in this crazy, wild, lonely and sinful world it's all we have to look forward to!

Blessings to you all,
His Girl,
Faith Elizabeth Meggs

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bad Shepherds

In my reading recently I found a chapter that struck me immediately as I read it.
The resemblence between many of today's pastors, fathers and leaders struck me the most here.
With my family band, when I lived at home, I was privileged to do a ton of traveling (a past time I'm very fond of and miss)!  Along our travels to churches everywhere, from in the pines of East Texas, to the prairies of SE Colorado, to the farmland fields of NC, to the hot windy plains of KS, to the mountain tops of the Rockies, church after church we learned a lot.  Among the different churches we've sang at (over the 12 years I was with the band) we've made several lifelong friends of pastors who follow the Lord completely and aren't ashamed to, but sadly
many pastors fit this category spoken of in Ezekiel 34.
Ezekiel 34 (with some of my own commentary)

And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord God to the shepherds: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?  You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.  The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them. So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no once was seeking or searching for them."  Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: "As I live," says the Lord God, "surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock" therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall feed themselves no more; for I will deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them."  For thus says the Lord God: "Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.  As a shepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on a cloudy and dark day.  And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.  I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel.  There they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.  I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down," says the Lord God.  "I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy the fat and strong, and feed them in judgement.  As for you, O My flock," thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats.  Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your
pasture- and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet?  And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet." Therefore thus says the Lord God to them: "Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep.  Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, butted all the weak ones with your horns, and scattered them abroad, therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.  I will establish one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them- My servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd.  And I, the Lord, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.  I will make a covenant of peace with them, and cause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they will dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.  I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing.  Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase.  They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid.  I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. Thus they shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people," says the Lord God. "You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God," says the Lord God.

It is speaking to the Israelites specifically but in reading the first half, I couldn't ignore the resemblance....
"You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool"  They make money off the congregations and feed and cloth themselves and just use the people for their own gain!
"The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor sought what was lost; but with force and cruelty you have ruled them."  This is the MANY young weak people coming to be taught and nurtured but instead are forcefully ruled with unnecessary rules or and the 'broken' parents can't help as they are never bound up or fed either!  And those driven away aren't pursued, and they're usually driven away by 'be perfect' rules... you can't do that!
"So they were scattered because there was no shepherd; and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered."  So the world gobbles them up and 'teaches' them their ways and they are no longer able to be 'found' or convinced to return, for they are completely eaten up, they became food....
"Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture- and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet?  And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet."  And here we see the worst cruelty of these 'shepherds' and fat sheep; they polute the food and drink for the church, and thus give them wrong and false doctrine and filthy instead of living water!  Oh how Christ must groan and weep for our 'churches' of today!

And fathers too!  I was very blessed to have a good shepherd for a father, but the examples of this passage apply there too.
(And even if I did have a sinful bad shepherd father, it would still be up to me how to live my life and be, I couldn't blame him for my own choices in life. My mother is a perfect example of living a Godly life without a good shepherd father.)

The Lord is very clear here.  And I was grateful that my church has good shepherds as the leaders.  Who are also good shepherd fathers.  They all as it says in Hebrews 13:17, "Obey those  who rule over you, and be submissiver, for they watch out for your sould, as those who must give account.  Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you." And submit as to those who must give an account, for they do!  They do have to give an account to the Heavenly shepherd Lord Jesus Christ!!!

Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven! And you're doing just fine.  The Lord wants our all, and he tells us to follow and be submissive to leaders for a reason.  Even to ungodly leaders.  To show them how Christ followers are different!  (See 1 Peter 2:18-23 btw servants means 'employee').

Anyway I'll let you go!  Thank you all for reading and for your continued prayers as we still pursue north Africa!
-Faith Elizabeth Meggs

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Meggs Missions

We are in dire need of your prayers these days! :D

First let's update you all, we are expecting a little one who is due to arrive July 30th!  And along with this we are still choosing the midwife.  

Also we have several applications with several mission organizations and are in the process of talking to them all in effort of finding the best fit, where the Lord Jesus needs us.   We hope to go to northern Africa, as some of you know.  But aren't sure with whom (organization), where, when, how, and for how long we would go for the initial visit.  We do hope to live there long-term someday. 

So, we are deciding many things.  And prayerfully considering many different options, routes and paths.  We would really appreciate your prayers at this time!

Specifically please pray:  
  • That God would direct us to the right organization
  • That He would direct us to the right midwife
  • That He would give us wisdom concerning the many small decisions that influence the first two

May our Lord guide and direct you all as well!  Thank you!
Please comment (or email) if you would like to commit to being a part of our prayer team.
His servants,
Elijah and Faith Meggs

My Biggest Lesson

 3-26th and 28th-16

I have waited years for this, I've had chance after chance, trial after trial  that I failed and learned from, and here you've finally given me the next step in life, the 'wedding bells', the lover of lovers.  And atop that this amazing baby growing within me!!!

I had run for soo long on my own, I had held on to EVERY tiny detail and tried to make it turn out the way I wanted.  I let you have 'most' of my life but not all.... And especially my hardest and toughest problem young men... I'd blindly keep those issues or myself and think I could fix them better.  I blindly held onto them in fear that you might do something that would scar or harm me.

But my life didn't begin until I LET go to you everything and every detail, completely- it all, nothing held back.  I HAD to trust you COMPLETELY.  And you wanted to know if I did first before you gave me a new lesson, a new lot in life.  And I had to trust you, to let life work out as you planned. I HAD to let go or else I'd still continue to try and run my life the remainder of it (and this is a battle I still fight).  You had to become my ALL in ALL or else life would just be a constant battle against you... a hard (VERY HARD) opponent.
And if I couldn't learn to TRUST you, who would I EVER trust?  ...No one  (but I couldn't see that).
If I couldn't LOVE you completely, who could I EVER truly love? ...No one.
If I couldn't submit or give you my heart, who would EVER see my heart, the REAL Faith? ...No one.
LEAST of all a human man!  For here you were the CREATOR of my every ounce and I was warring with you over what would be best for me.  You who knew my heart in and out and all its hopes, dreams and desires.  You who crafted my tiny odd feet, my 'too short' fingers, my odd this and odd that... who crafted me to look JUST the way I did and I was going to challenge your design and tell you that this pot didn't want to look so different....  But as I slowly let my walls of fear down and as I offered you this or that part of my life and NO harm or scars occurred, no pain erupted I slowly let my trust in you grow... But why I WAITED I don't know??? WHY I didn't trust you completely from the truth I'd read and known of you I don't know?  But when these 'sacred' areas of my heart were finally surrendered and given over to you I learned you DID care for my heart, my pains, and my comforts and my tiny little silly dreams far much more than I even did myself!
You and I slowly became one... I let you into my hidden closet, where I hid my young men issues, I let you into that closet that I'd held you out of for years... you could freely roam my 'entire' soul but just not that part... until I eventually realized I was making it worse and worse EVERY TIME I tried to fix it, I was failing over and over and it was getting tiresome...  And surely you, who had created it, wouldn't HARM it? So MAYBE I could trust you????  But would you harm it????  What risk.... too much for me to take too quickly!  Yet today my soul moans, for the foolishness of my heart NOT trusting you completely...  So I began, slowly at first and then one day after another miserable failure on my part (and after I'd tried and tested you in MANY 'safe' areas of my soul) I finally gave you the right to go in my closet. You had the permission to clean, fix or repair what needing doing...  I finally restrained myself (still somewhat scared of the outcome) and told myself to leave you to the closet and I WOULDN'T come check on you... that was too painful and hard.  It was better for me to turn away until you were 'done'....  I didn't want to know what you did... Yet I REALLY, REALLY DID!!!!!
That was the hardest thing I've done.  "But it NEEDS doing" I told myself, "I HAVE to trust HIM with everything!" And my only real comfort was "surely if he created me he won't HARM me????"
And as you told me just to cling to you and that truth.....  I did.  And you were so sweet and so kind, you quickly showered me with the biggest blessing in that area of my life, my husband!!!!!    I didn't even realize it but as I was busy 'trusting you' the very man you had me marry came into my life and you told me "Just wait for a fellow like this".....  My reply was something like, "Okay, okay... but we're not discussing that issue... just 'fix' it... I can't handle it!"   And yet I was drawn to this man... My soul seemed to rise every time he entered the room, or moan when he left......

Lord, you worked on my 'closet' and I just prayed and prayed feeling like an utter fool for liking a fellow THAT much that I'd JUST MET...
Then you worked it out and before I knew it I was writing this man emails.  He was writing me ones just as long...  What was this new thing?  I'd emailed fellows before... but not so easily... not so carelessly...   I wasn't 'in charge' and I wasn't 'controlling it'... it WAS VERY SCARY yet VERY fun at the same time, for I wasn't MAKING it happen, or forcing it like before....  This wasn't my plan....... and it was beautiful.... and it only kept getting more and more lovely!  Sweeter and sweeter, as I continued in prayer after prayer.... "IS THIS OKAY GOD??????? JESUS, is this or that allowed???  Do YOU want me to be here writing this man?????"  And you seemed to reply, "It's okay, don't worry about it, just live your life. If you get an email, like you do when you get one from anyone, do what you always do, reply it." And it just continued and then before I knew it the man came walking up to my door again... in the morning hours to surprise me... and that weekend we were engaged........

Lord Jesus!  Trusting you had been the most difficult thing to do at first...  The toughest task.  My whole body and soul warred against doing it!  I could BARELY trust myself.... how was I EVER going to trust anything/anyone else???  But after test after test, I gave you my soul... all of it completely.    And you know that as I went through those little tests I didn't have it in my mind 'I'm testing God's trustworthiness'... nor did I even think 'I'm going to learn to trust God.'   I had just gotten so good at trusting no one completely, it was all I knew. And I did it even with you my God!  But your Holy Spirit was busy, busy at work, dissembling my stone walls around my closet... my heart.  You knew what was in there and you knew exactly how it worked, but you needed me to trust you.   And sure enough this man, whom I was engaged to, was the VERY living man I'd ALWAYS dreamed of, the very face, the very form, the very personality.... And even tiny details that I had thought too silly, yet had dreamed concerning my man, were manifest completely in this man....  His hairstyle, his passions, his hobbies, his heart's desires.... They were not just a perfect match to what I'd dreamed, but FAR MORE and Beyond!  He was what I'd 'hoped for' in fleeting moments then told myself "You're a weirdo thinking you could get that in a 21st century man!"... But Jesus, you recorded my every thought, my every desire, my every preference and silly dream and made Elijah!!!!!  And this atop your DYING FOR ME???  Atop your coming to bleed to death and face hell and your father's wrath for me!!!!!!!!!!!  Oh Jesus you are the LOVER of LOVERS.... the All in all we can't live without!  The giver we can't THANK enough!!!

And in this season, we recall especially your resurrection.... Oh EVERYDAY should BE "EASTER", we SHOULD NEVER forget this.... for all life, all love, all creation, would be worthless without your RISING!  Without your love!!!!!

And all I can say is Thank you, thank you for breathing breath into mankind, for breathing your spirit into believers, for leaving us your spirit as the best friend we need to speak to and confer with!  Thank you for the time and years you put into working with and for your children.... You never gave up on me through the MANY, MANY times I'd say "okay I'll give you the men in my life" yet then I'd take them RIGHT BACK and TRY doing it on my own again!!!!!!!  OVER and OVER.....  Thank you for your depthless patience!  For your forbearance....  When I deserve hell for eternity, you just waited on ME to give up, and start to trust you!!!!!  Your grace and MERCY are matchless and your love is divinely DEPTHLESS!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Your child,
Faith Elizabeth Meggs