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Patience!

Patience!

“Patience under trials will keep us from saying and doing those things which will injure our own souls and injure those with whom we associate. Let your trials be what they will, nothing can seriously injure you if you exercise patience, if you are calm and unexcited when in trying positions…. ”   Our High Calling, page 70

The frontal lobe of the brain is the area responsible for emotional reactions.  But there are areas of the brain that can give the frontal lobe “a run for its money”, so to speak.  One such area is the amygdala.

The amygdala is that area of the brain that is responsible for emotions of fear, anger, panic, etc.  It’s the fight or flight headquarters of the brain.  The late Dr. Elden Chalmers once stated that it is only the frontal lobe that can cool the fires of the amygdala.  

Is your frontal lobe being developed to help you become “panic proof”?  Can you handle stress and still be kind and calm?  Do you become irritable when you have “too many irons in the fire”?  It’s kind of “natural”, isn’t it?  But God wants us to live a supernatural life.  And with His strength and training, we can.

One of the best things God has called us to in order to help us to prepare for the closing scenes of this life is country living; time in nature and in the garden.   If you’ve experienced it, you know what I’m saying when I say that gardening and country living develops patience!  We’re told in Revelation 14:12 that the people of God in the final scenes of earth’s history will possess patience….and the faith of Jesus.  

We’ll talk more about the faith of Jesus tomorrow.  But for today, do you have patience?  are you developing patience?  Are you choosing to allow the Lord to control your frontal lobe so it can calm that impulsive amygdala?  Day by day?  When you’re cut off in traffic?  When someone offends you?  When you smash your thumb with a hammer, burn the toast or are otherwise challenged?  Hiding the promises of God in the heart by memorization is a HUGE advantage here!

God help us to be willing to embrace the discipline it will take to become the people of Revelation 12:14.  

Closure for Jesus Family Camp 2018

Closure for Jesus Family Camp 2018

Closure for Jesus Spring Family Camp
May 16-20, 2018
1884 Rouse Branch Road
Liberty, Kentucky 42539
Theme: Closure for Jesus

Camp registration begins Wednesday, May 15, 2018 at 5PM; meetings will begin Thursday morning. We request you notify us of your plans to attend by the end of April so we can have an estimate of how to prepare. There are no housing accommodations available. Motor homes and campers are welcome, but there are no hookups available. Tent camping spots are available, and we will have outhouses and outdoor showers for campers. Camping is permitted (unless there are heavy rains) on the south side of the creek, but vehicles are not permitted. Supplies must be carried to camp sites on the south side of the creek.

Children must remain under the supervision of parents at all times. NO PETS!! No food is provided; campers must provide their own provisions. Please, no shorts or tank-tops or otherwise immodest clothing. We suggest you bring drinking water. We have water, but it’s sulphur and tastes icky to some.

There is no registration fee, however, there are expenses for us to have camp meeting. We request you consider a love offering to help us meet those expenses and continue to develop our camp ground and ministry building for future meetings.

This year’s keynote spiritual speaker is Dr. Norman McNulty and the theme is “Seeking Closure for Jesus”. Practical components will include: gardening, gardening with horses, natural remedies, wild edibles and medicinals, homestead finance, solar power, mental and emotional preparedness, etc. Speakers are (but not limited to): Kalon and Danna Gesellchen, Titus Morris, Brooks Fuller, Scott Esh, Trish Malpica. We will strive to video record as much as possible for those who cannot attend.

We will strive to keep time open daily for personal needs and personal devotions. General quiet time is from 9PM-6AM, during which time we request you be respectful of the needs of fellow campers for rest.

There is a gas station within 6 miles of our farm, and there are grocery stores and produce markets within 12 miles. There is a motel in Liberty, Kentucky, which is about 12 miles from our farm.

For more information, stay tuned to our web page (www.closureforJesus.com), Youtube channel (Danna Gesellchen), and Facebook page (Closure for Jesus). See you there!!

Off Grid at Ground Zero

Off Grid at Ground Zero

Our country living/homestead journey has brought some interesting experiences.  We believe that the Lord has used these experiences to show us things in our characters that we needed to deal with.  As a couple we have been brought closer together, and as Christians, we’ve been brought closer to the Lord.  We want to share some of what we’ve been through as an encouragement to others who plan to or are in the process of moving to the country.

Kids in the Garden!

Kids in the Garden!

In March of this year Medical Missionary Kids, a ministry focused on helping kids learn gardening, medical missionary work, natural remedies, etc., contacted us to ask if we’d be willing to produce a video introducing kids to gardening.  We agreed, and asked some friends who have lots of kids if we could “borrow” their little ones!  🙂

In contemplation of this video, I prayed one day that the Lord would give me a little song to go along with the video.  He answered, and here is the song and a little clip of the footage we did with the kids when they came.  If you’d like to see the full version, go to www.medicalmissionarykids.com.

Hilling Potatoes

Hilling Potatoes

When God made Adam and Eve He put them in a garden.  If you’ve ever had the privilege of working in one, you understand the character lessons that are found in a garden.  It takes a lot of care, but it is very rewarding!  It’s part of the experience we need in order to prepare for the closing scenes of this earth’s history.