ACP Pastor Robert M. Celeste MCAC
An answered prayer. Friday April 11th, 2003
In the beginning of the year, I mentioned changing the state of Maine by making it into a Born Again Christian state though the election process. Below are links to four thoughts to refresh your memories, then follows a serious prayer request, one I would like you to take very seriously, for I believe this is the beginning of God's answer to my prayers for Maine's conversion to Christ.
In two days 2003 begins. Monday December 30th, 2002In two days
Happy New Year. Wednesday January 1st, 2003 Happy new year
But, why Maine? Thursday January 2nd, 2003 why Maine?
Could I be one? Friday January 3rd,2003 Could I be one?
Now, before you go back and read the thoughts above, i would like you read the e-mail I got this morning.
I just came across your website today. It gave me a lot of encouragement because right now I'm at a crossroads of deciding whether or not I should relocate..and for some reason Maine is the place where I think I ought to be..even though it sounds more and more like the place "I OUGHT NOT to be". IF you have time, would you please include me in your prayers and spread the word around to pray for me also. I really want to do God's will wherever and in whatever way He wants.
This is my background:
I am a 31 year old single mother, born again Christian for 12 years..celibate ever since my divorce.. I have an 11 year old, beautiful, precious daughter. I almost had an abortion almost 12 years ago when I was 19. I was married to an abusive, unfaithful husband, and my doctors encouraged me because of my heart condition. I was also feeling sorry for myself because of what I would have to give up.. I was also ashamed because this was the first man I had ever been with.. I thought an abortion would solve everything. Well, Thank the GOOD LORD, that I was born again and He changed my heart! I thank God EVERY day for my precious daughter. She is extremely gifted, talented, humorous, intelligent, beautiful, graceful, a peacemaker, leader, mentor to other kids, a passion for Christ. But, even if she weren't all those things, I remember the first moment I laid my eyes on her, I knew that God gave me someone better than I could have ever imagined for myself.
Now, my passion is to bring people to Christ, to learn languages in order to reach more people, to empower kids whom I teach to become GOOD citizens and active thinkers/participants in their community. I also enjoy witnessing to people about the HORRORS of abortion (I am PRO LIFE), to encourage people to trust in God and depend upon Him 24-7.. I also support our military, our president, our troops in Iraq.
I have worked very hard the last few years. I don't say that to boast in myself, but God has lead me to do many things that I originally didn't want to.. and I feel like I'm ready to finally reap some of what God has lead me to sow. I have put Jesus first in everything. My daughter and I have had to sacrifice a lot, but we've also been blessed quite a bit.
Some examples.. I didn't want to learn Spanish, but God taught me that it was necessary to embrace my ex's culture and make it my own. It helped me to forgive him very easily and I harbor no bitterness now. God also lead me to make friends with people who had nothing in common with me.. people who would embarrass me because they were not like the other co-workers around me (Puerto Rican maid, etc.).. God used these people to teach ME how foolish I was in my thinking, how He looks at what the world does not. I also went to Colombia South America to attend my friend's wedding. I didn't want to at first, but I did it to repay the favor my friend showed me for being by my side when I was pregnant with my daughter.. Everyone thought I was crazy b/c of the possible danger, but God kept me safe and used it to test my obedience in Him. It was the most spiritual growing experience in my life. I had to be willing to go anywhere for God.. and God promised me w
Anyway, back from my tangent. I didn't' want to go back to school (I'm the kid who almost failed out of high school!) and after I was born again I was inducted into both honor societies. I rec'd my B.A. from a Christian college and my Master's degree in teaching. I REALLY didn't' want to go back to school, but if I've learned ANYTHING in this life, God always knows better than I do what is best for ME.
Long story short, now, I'm trying to get a teaching job in Illinois. I have worked as a substitute teacher and site director for a before and after school program. I now see that God made me to teach because I love EVERY aspect about it.. the creativity, the hours, the planning, the research, the lesson plans, group discussions, encouraging, disciplining, guiding kids, etc. So, I can't understand WHY I couldn't find a teaching job in my district..and I was so frustrated and even mad at God that I didn't have my own classroom.. UNTIL I found that our district was 56 million in debt! (laying off all 1st - 4th year teachers.. since it's the 2nd biggest district in the state that will mean 800 teachers!!!). So, I had always depended upon and wanted to work in this school district, but now I see that I would have been stuck w/out a job and with rent payments (because I KNOW that I would have moved out of my parents home once I landed something).
So, this is my dilemma: Is it God's will for me to move out of state to Maine? Is this Insane?? I've trusted in God before, but here I would have to leave all my known resources (except for a couple of family friends we know in Maine). I want to stay focused on God, BUT, I am a single mother.. 40,000 in debt from student loans(200 a month payments).... but thankfully have no credit card debt.. so I can afford to make a living IF I just have my student loans and regular cost of living/rent payments). The thing is I can't move out UNTIL I get a teaching job (and this is really necessary.. my parents aren't committed Christians and it's like raising my daughter against a current).. but thankfully God knew that I'd get paid more money having a master's degree (I'm obviously NOT a teacher in order to be wealthy).
Please pray for me and give me ANY advice that you might have.
I wrote this letter in haste.. so please forgive all spelling errors and rambling.
Julia (I have taken out the last name)
Now, as you go back to the four previous thought links dealing with moving to Maine, you'll notice that I said, first the men come and then the lady's will follow. Looks like I had it backwards, first the solid Born Again Washed in the Blood women will come and then come the men.
Guys. pray for Julia, pray that she will be the first of many.
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:19&20)
Julia and I make two, will you not join with us and make it thousands?
The Lord be with and bless Julia, and may she be the first of many who will come to Maine, and through prayer, life style and vote make Maine into a refuge for solid Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christians. A state where there is no abortion, a state where young girls are protected by their dads and older brothers till they are under the roof and protection of their husbands, a state Lord that Julia can raise her precious little one up to be a young lady of God.
Lord let Thy will be done here in Maine and in my heart as it is in Your heaven.
Lord God Creator of all things, we, the people of the USA, give Thee thanks for giving us the second chance we do not deserve. We thank Thee Lord for our brave troops who are at this very instant freeing and liberating people through out the kingdom of satan. Amen. And Lord we beseech Thee that Thou would send to our men a Paul, to preach Your word to them before they go to free those held captive by the forces of evil left by Saul. Touch the Presidents heart Lord, lead him in a direction to send evangelist to our troops, give him the strength Lord to serve You, to use his office, that You have entrusted him with, as Commander in Chief to authorize and send solid evangelical Born Again Washed in the Blood of the Lamb Christian evangelist preachers to bring the Word of God to our troops, giving them both reason to fight and the Lord's plan of salvation.
Lord Jesus, it is in Thy Sacred and Holy Name I pray, Amen.
All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.
God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.
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