Pastor Dewey Note: Today is Shari Johnson’s Birthday!!! She has been with FGGAM, Team Jesus, since 2013!!! What a blessing she has been to us!!! Sharon and I love her so very much! Over the years Shari has ministered to thousands here at the FGGAM website! Shari has traveled for 3 years to Windom, Minnesota to share at the House of Hope Revival’s! At her home in West Virginia she ministers to so many!!! Shari writes, sings, speaks, teaches, all for God…..plus her artwork for JESUS!!! We are so very thankful for all the artwork Shari does for us here at the ministry! Most all the banners you see on the FGGAM website are created by Shari. Shari does not charge FGGAM anything for all her work! What great LOVE! She is so very multi-talented! Shari uses all of her God given talents to serve God! That is a challenge to us all! We must use all that God has given us to serve our Heavenly Father! Amen!
Most of all we are thankful for the testimony Shari puts forth to the world everyday! A very humble, loving, and thankful Woman of God, who gives everything she has to God. Shari has such a deep passion for JESUS and people.
William Booth who founded the Salvation Army said this…….
“What are you living for? What is the deep secret purpose that controls and fashions your existence?
What do you eat and drink for? What is the end of your marrying and giving in marriage-your money-making and toilings and plannings?
Is it the salvation of souls, the overthrow of the kingdom of evil, and the setting up of the Kingdom of God?
If not, you may be religious … but I don’t see how you can be a Christian.”
Shari Johnson lives for the salvation of souls! Glory to God! Amen!
What are you living for?
The following is a post Shari wrote in April of 2018 entitled “Forever Young” It has been a very popular read here at FGGAM!
You don’t have to get honest and point out any of the flaws in my being. Believe me, the mirror attests to the fact that I’m no longer 18, and should the makeup I apply conceal my age, my skeletal and muscular being cry out in agony most days as I attempt to keep up with the younger me within. This was a conversation that my friend Gloria had on one of our recent adventures in the big city. I remember the street we were on, the plaza we were passing and everything about that day just like it was yesterday. But in actuality it was day before yesterday, just like the time I was 18, or so it feels. How is it that our body ages so aggressively and yet our mind continues in the state of youth? At least until you lose it. And perhaps even then we are forever in a state of youth.
I love the scripture promise in Ephesians 5:27 when it says “That He (Christ) might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
I’m going way, WAY, out of context of this scripture, but it’s truth none the less. I sooooooooo look forward to the day that I am presented before Christ, without age spots, or wrinkles or any blemish on this ever so blemished body that I now reside in. Now, of course, if you’re a theologian your right eye is probably twitching because you know that that scripture refers to the blemished, sin filled bodies, we now reside in and the presentation of them in that day when Jesus calls us home and we will receive a glorified body.
But I’m here to tell you, my inward Shari is unblemished and forever young and eternal now. And so is yours if you’re saved. If you’re unsaved, you too have an eternal nature, but it’s not going to receive a new and glorified body. It will be cast into the eternal fire of damnation in Hell and away from everything good that you love. If that’s you, go to my plan of salvation page and fix that matter before God right now. Then you too will know the feeling of being forever young.
It was a stark reality for me the other day when I realized my first born child was the same age now as I was when I got saved. Wait a minute, I was a grown up woman! “How did we get here so doggone fast” I asked myself? I don’t feel 55. Except when I get out of bed and then I feel 85.
So Gloria and I both glorified God that He has given us the understanding of eternity and that this world is a step in the process of aging out to forever young. When we get that glorified body, we will no longer experience the degradation of the one we now reside in. Even Christians forget that we are eternal beings. We want to hold on to this world and everything in it when we should be working to take everything that matters with us. And that’s the people we love. They too are eternal and need to know Christ as their Savior.
Gloria and I are going to a “bigger city,” than the usual big city this week. We’re heading south for a little R&R for the psyche and the soul as we follow the Marietta Bible College Choir on their Spring tour down south. I hope to get renewed and refreshed and feel the youth in my bones as well as my soul for a day or two. Follow our adventure on the Jesus Chick page on Facebook. I hope to share some live video feeds of our time. We’d love you to come along!
This blog is in it’s 8th year. Hosted on godaddy.com for the past five. Expenses incurred for the operation of this site are without complaint and with gratitude for the opportunity. If the Lord would impress you to give to help cover some recent technology issues, I’d be grateful. I’ve not been in the world’s workforce for 3 years and for that I glorify God. It’s given me the opportunity to not only write and work on music, but minister to nursing home patients, volunteer in the Christian School teaching art and help other ministries with marketing. All of which require technology, communication, time and gasoline. Again it’s without complainT… but just in case you have a desire to help, or have “extra money” ???? Know that I would be eternally grateful.
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