PART 2 – First Half of 2013: Continued Immersion in the Word of God, Friendship with Faye, and More Leading by The Holy Spirit to People and Books
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.” (Proverbs 4:20-21)
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise”
PEGGY CONTINUES HER TESTIMONY:
As soon as I completed one “ABC Challenge” in September, I immediately began another one!
I felt like the discipline to daily spend time in God’s Word really paid off in life with wonderful benefits of supernatural favor. In fact, I’ve continued on with the “challenge” 3 times per year, or for nine months per year. I did “The Challenge” in the Amplified Version several times, The Message Bible several times, and The New King James Version several times. Once, I tried The New King James while reading along with an audio CD set of the Bible. If anyone wants to try this “challenge,” I would highly recommend reading Faye’s short book first. It provides really good motivation to want to try this!
Here is an interesting side-note about the book: when Faye was asking the Holy Spirit for leading as to the colors to be used on the cover, it was given that she was to use a black background (symbolizing today’s darkness), the title “Heaven Rules” in bright white (symbolizing the light of the Word of God), and two red stripes to symbolize the blood of Jesus Christ.
By the time the September 2012-2013 school year began, I just knew that it was time to retire from teaching music and that God was calling me to retirement for His purposes. I think that the amount of “Word” in me allowed me to see that. I hadn’t even thought about retirement before.
As I spent time in that last school year closing out and detaching mentally in preparation for a new life in retirement, I found interesting non-school related activities being offered to me. For example, from January through March of 2013, Faye Aldridge opened up an “ABC Challenge Group” as a private group on her Facebook page. This group from all over America and in an age group from 20 to well over 80 years of age, had committed to taking “The Challenge” for those 90 days and also purposed to share their experiences and encourage others in the venture.
It was a wonderful experience and everyone received very unique answers to their prayers as a result of this daily and dedicated washing in the Word of God to a saturation point. At this time, it became apparent to me that for most of us, “Facebook” meant “FAYE’S BOOK” or Heaven Rules because her book led us directly to the book of books, living and active, THE WORD OF GOD! We all had received wonderful motivation to all to dust off our Bibles and learn for perhaps the first time that it is a living and powerful book!
In relationship to this “ABC Challenge” Facebook Group, I would be remiss if I neglected to mention Carol Armstrong Brown. I never met Carol face to face. She lived many states away. I was in my fifties and Carol was in her eighties, and was a lovely true believer. A year or so prior, she had picked one of Faye’s prior books at a yard sale and told her it was one of the best buys for her money she ever purchased. She proceeded to send Faye a copy of her own book, “Speak Lord, for Your Servant is Listening.” After hearing about this book, I ordered a copy. They are now difficult to get since they are out of print. But, oh my, how anointed! There is a short message from the Lord on each page, and many are End-Times messages.
I have absolutely loved just asking the Holy Spirit what message I need to hear, and then open at random. WOW! It’s ALWAYS something so amazingly pertinent! I have given out a number of these books, and everyone says the same thing. Carol also mentioned that she has heard that same comment from readers hundreds of times. Amazing!
We were actually surprised when Carol joined the “Challenge Group” on Facebook. She had said previously that she didn’t think it was “for her.” Well, she thought twice about it and was very pleasantly surprised when she finished “The Challenge.” She ended up with a very positive and unexpected major improvement in her health!
As a side note to the above information about Carol Brown, I will mention that Carol and I corresponded by e-mail and on the Facebook “challenge” page. By March of 2013, Carol said that she decided to send me her manuscript for second book of messages from the Lord. It is called A Light Unto My Path. She said, “the mantle has fallen on you” to continue the messages by sharing. Carol said that she didn’t have intentions of publishing it because that involved more money and time that people could imagine. Carol gave me full permission to share parts or all of it with anyone that I felt led to. Therefore, please let me know if you would like me to e-mail you a copy of this manuscript [see contact form below]. There are over 200 messages in it. They do address end times to a degree.
Going back to my journey, now ——>
I truly believe that as a result of being saturated in the Word of God, that the message of the End Times began to interest me deeply. I was led to books that were dictated by the Holy Spirit to Susan Davis of Indiana. There was a series of 6 volumes called I AM COMING! (Urgent Messages from God The Lord Jesus, God The Father, and God The Holy Spirit). I devoured these wonderful books of both exhortation and encouragement. I also read Susan’s other books: Rapture or Tribulation, Left Behind After the Rapture, Bride of Christ Prepare Now! (copyrighted in 2013), and The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (and End Time Events; Words for this Last Generation). It really was interesting that the messages in the Book of Revelation were being warned about TO-DAY! I was seeing direct correlation to Revelation 3 on the church of Laodicea being actually written about.
My friendship with the author of Heaven Rules, Faye Aldridge continued. Faye and I had never met in person. We had not known each other previously. We lived in states many miles apart, but nurtured our friendship through computer communication and fairly frequent phone calls.
Faye always claimed that the Lord sent me to her as a Divine appointment, but I insist that it must have been the other way around. Faye became a wonderful mentor in the faith and narrow road. Heaven Rules was a wonderful reinforcement and important reminder of the importance of being “saturated” in the Word of God, the necessity of repentance, true conversion, and spiritual discernment.
She also had a chapter in her book on the reality of hell. I found that when I gave this book to others, they were struck with the idea that hell REALLY could be real.
Faye recommended a book to me to further explore this concept, and it was called 23 Minutes in Hell by Bill Wiese. It was outstanding and totally supported by Scripture. A few years later, I purchased another equally outstanding book by the same author called 23 Questions about Hell. In addition, I found other books that detailed personal visits to hell, and all were very thought-provoking.
“They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might”
(2 Thessalonians 1:9)
In early 2013, I submitted 3 stories to Faye for publication in her next book, Real Messages from Heaven, Book 2 (More Stories of Miracles and Divine Interventions). Some of these stories were contributed by Faye, but most came from everyday people from all over the United States. I really enjoyed reading this book when it was published in April of 2013.
Once again, Faye firmly stated her convictions about Heaven and the reality of hell as well as mankind’s need to make a decision about accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. One of her chapters was called “Heaven and Hell.” Faye also included a “Prayer of Salvation” at the end of the book, as she did for Book 1. Also, as in Book 1, Faye continued to cite Scriptures within the stories to support them by the Word of God, as she did in Book 1.
I truly enjoyed the opportunity to purchase many extra copies of Book 2 as well as Heaven Rules. I was so happy to have these witnessing tools. I was connected personally with both books and hoped that the connection would draw those in my sphere of influence to the saving reality of God’s Son Jesus Christ. I hoped that they would be led to really spend time in God’s Word, too, since Jesus is The Word as stated in the Book of John. I would pray about whom to distribute these to, and sometimes would be led to place them in Doctor’s offices, Nursing Homes, and Restaurants.
It was my way of spreading the Gospel Message, and I was so very happy to be a part of it.
I began to get quite “on fire” about the End Times and spreading the Gospel, and playing the part that God had designed for me. It became so very apparent that retirement from my teaching job after 36 years was definitely the God-ordained next step. I also knew that fuller devotion to Him and His Word in full time
service was on the horizon.
” ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’ ”
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