Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Faith Blog

Sometimes we of great faith have great doubts.  I have just read a book I highly recommend and will probably keep it and read parts of it again and again. 

This book is EVIDENCE NOT SEEN, about Darlene Diebler Rose, who was a missionary in New Guinea just before World War II and who saw terrible times when the war hit their island.    POW for four years of one bowl of rice full of worms for lunch.   You can buy a copy at the link under the title above, and there are used copies for $2.64 plus S&H.   It has a 5-star rating at Amazon.

This book is literally full of miracles and God's promises in spite of truly grueling experiences, and the deepest faith I've maybe ever encountered.

Darlene Diebler Rose is a woman you won't soon forget when you read this amazing book.  I hope you decide to be thoroughly blessed by reading it.

"“Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.”  John 14:27

Have a great the book!



sue hanes said...

Z - I'm always amazed at what some people go through during the war. Their faith is so strong it makes me feel weak. Sounds like great book.

Have a great Sunday.

Ed Bonderenka said...

You read "Dying Out Loud", and I'll read "Evidence Not Seen".

Mustang said...

"LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."

The LORD replied:

"My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

There are miracles happening around us every single day ... but we just aren't looking for them.

God Bless you Z ...

Bob said...

Thanks Z and Mustang. i needed those words, today.

Z: I really hate to buy more books on Amazon, but, here I go.

Z said...

Bob, you will not be disappointed. I can't stop thinking of how much UTTER BELIEF AND FAITH she times of SUCH ASTONISHING HARDSHIP!....this Darlene Diebler Rose. It's also a good historical overview of POW camps in New Guinea during WWII.

Mustang, I love that story of the footprints. I believe that when we do notice the miracles, they come more and more often.
As you know,I've had a pretty big disappointment in my life recently and it's shaken me more than I think it should have, frankly. But, in every direction, I've had great comfort from you and Ed and others who know (and, obviously, friends and family!!)
But, I want to share a story here I didn't think I'd share:

Kurt Silverfiddle and I email from time to time...not often.
I wrote to him and spelled his name with a C....without looking at who my computer finished typing in the "TO" line (it went to Helen CURTIS, a friend in OK by "accident") I sent my sad story to our buddy Silverfiddle.
Suddenly HELEN, who I've known for about 10 years but not that well (she belonged to a group I belonged to until her move about 3 years ago), wrote back telling me she was sure the email wasn't for her but she'd read it and was so sorry about what I'd written and that she hoped the following would help:

"When you're walking with the Lord, change is always in your favor."
"Don't ever doubt in the dark what God showed you in the light."

Coincidence that she got that email and had just what I needed to hear? I don't think so.

pretty neat, huh?

Z said...

Ed...It's ordered on MY end :-)
Sounds great.

Z said...

I just came across a terrible story on a German blog...

there's a 25 year old widow who's under threat of floggings for having had 8 men rape her, at least one is married....this is in Sumatra...
Islam's Sharia Law again. If they feel 'enticed' she's the guilty one.

Please pray for women throughout Islam.

Baysider said...

Z, those words from Helen speak a lot to me now, too. She was like 'mom' to us all, wasn't she? So wonderful to see her this week.

I am sure I heard Darlene Diebler Rose interviewed years ago. I need to hear her words again, and see I can get her book in our local library. What a perfect time for your post.

My mom had a friend in the 60's who was from one of those countries where Islam holds sway. Not radical like now, but women still had their 'place.' She sooo loved being in this country. It was the beginning of the feminism movement and she said 'women can't imagine how good they have it here. This is the best place for a woman. I would never go back [to my country of birth].'

Ed Bonderenka said...

Mustang: and the Lord said "See where there is only one set of footprints in the sand? That's where I had to drag you kicking and screaming to get you where I wanted you."

Baysider said...

Ed, that is laugh-outloud funny. Because we can all identify with it! Ouch.

Z said...

Baysider; yes, Helen is very special. And you can youtube Darlene and hear her speaking.

Ed...well said. Really good!

Ed Bonderenka said...

Book is ordered on my end. :)