Personal stuff – Gospel using deck of cards,

Monday, October 02, 2006

House of Cards

Thank you for your prayers. We had a great visit – no cavities for five people. Pretty good if you ask me. We also went to the World Trade Center site and spent some time at Rockefeller Plaza. The kids were off for Yom Kippur.

I have to tell you that God has been dealing with me for repentance lately, and I am repenting. I count myself so blessed to have the relationship with God that I have – never would I have thought that God would bless me so much with His presence. God is so awesome.

I save devotionals that are pretty awesome, and today during our long visit to the dentist my middle son was building houses of cards (granted that they were business cards) but it reminded me of the following devotional. I hope it blesses you. For most of my life I always thought that my life was as feeble as a house of card, but God has redeemed even that. May you never look at a deck of cards the same way again. This is from an anonymous source.

Deck of Cards 
This is a story about a soldier in the North Africa Campaign in World War II.
After heavy fighting, the man returned to camp.  The next day being Sunday, the Chaplain had set up church service.  The men were asked to take out their Bibles or Prayer Books.  The Chaplain noticed one soldier looking at a deck of cards.  After service, he was taken by the Chaplain to see the Major. The Chaplain explained to the Major what he had seen.  The Major told the young soldier he would have to be punished if he could not explain himself.
The young soldier told the Major that during the battle, he had neither a Bible or a Prayer Book so he would use his deck of cards and explained:  Well sir, 

    The Ace, it tells me that there is one GOD and no other.
The “2,” it reminds me that there are two parts of the Bible, the OLD TESTAMENT and the NEW TESTAMENT.
The “4” reminds me of the FOUR GOSPELS, MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE and JOHN.
The “5” it tells me of the FIVE UNWISE VIRGINS who were lost and that five were saved.

    The “6” makes me mindful that GOD CREATED THE EARTH IN JUST SIX DAYS, and GOD said that it was good.
The “7” it reminds me that GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY.
The “8” it reminds me that GOD DESTROYED ALL LIFE BY WATER EXCEPT FOR EIGHT PEOPLE, Noah, his wife, their three sons, and their three son’s wives.

    The “9” I think of the NINE LEPERS that GOD healed.  There were ten lepers in all, but only one stopped to thank him.
The “10” reminds me of the TEN COMMANDMENTS carved in stone by the hand of GOD.
The “JACK” makes me remember the Prince of Darkness.  Like a roaring lion, he devours those that he can.
As I look at the last card, “THE KING,” it reminds me that JESUS IS LORD OF LORDS and KING OF KINGS!
There are 365 spots on a deck of cards, and that is the number of days in each year.  There are 52 cards to a deck and that is the number of weeks in a year.  There are 12 picture cards and that is the number of months in a year.  There are 4 different suits in a deck and that is the number of seasons in a year.  And so, the young soldier then said to the Major, “You see, Sir, that my intentions were honorable.  My deck of cards serves as my BIBLE, my PRAYER BOOK and my ALMANAC.”  A deck of cards should most importantly remind us that we need JESUS 365 days, 52 weeks and 12 months a year and that we should always PRAY “4” others. 

    May you never look at a deck of cards the same way.  

I pray that God blesses you. I know that I am blessed by knowing all of you!


Off to the dentist this morning – ours is in New York City, hours away – so we won’t be back until late tonight – all five of us get our teeth cleaned the same day, usually around school vacations or days off – so it is a looooong day.

Anyway pray for me, I am petrified of dentists – and have panic attacks thinking. I am trying to not be afraid as God commands, but prayer can help in that regard. I keep telling myself it is just a teeth cleaning, just a teeth cleaning, sigh. I am still puzzled about some people’s careers and why they chose them. Dentists are universally not popular unless one’s teeth are hurting, then they are your friend.  Anyway, have a blessed day.

When I get back home, and can have access to the computer, I will try to respond to more of your comments. I appreciate your input into the Holy Spirit passages.



About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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