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Purposed To Give! by Elaine Davenport February 17-25, 2010

Ephesians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

10For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

I went to the doctor and oh the look  on his face,

You don’t have long to live my dear and that can’t be erased.

I went to my family and shared with them the news,

“However you want it done” they said…that gave me the blues.

I went to some people I knew for some quick sympathy; but they looked at me puzzled and thought:  “I’m glad it’s not me!

I needed to find a church; it had been long on my mind,

I didn’t know where to go; but God sent someone so kind!

Disgusted with it all, I went to the bank and  God had strategically sent a longtime friend!

We chatted and I thought I did a great job keeping my sadness in check,

But when we were through talking she took but a moment to  react,

Her words were anointed and power came out,

Yes, she spoke as an oracle of God and my ears stood at attention,

She talked about a church I should visit that she had forgotten to mention,

The devil was fighting me; he knew what was at stake,

so as my heart softened he started getting irate!

I was looking at her smiling and fighting this one strong thought,

He wanted me to say “No” ; I had been doing that a lot!

Yes…I’ll go…it was clearly time  for a change,

God was calling me and I was in range…

I went to the service where my friend said she’d meet me,

she wasn’t there so I wanted to leave.  I had to go back and ask myself why

was I there, the praise music went up and I started to stare.

It was lovely and angelic all around that place and I was overtaken  by joy and of course…His grace.

The minister spoke and oh how he Blessed me.  He let out a big smile and

looked at the ceiling…he looked forward and said:

“Let’s talk about healing!”

In the first ten minutes I wanted to shout as he marched through the word and said:

“God’s got a way out!”


In Conclusion

Alone and facing death; I only had You to trust.

It was a test which caused me to call Satan’s bluff;  a test to make me say enough is enough!

To me You gave a certain sort of peace, which allowed me to take

that medical report in and still feel at ease,

I began to get  medicine out of Your Holy Book, I didn’t have to buy it;

I just had to  look,

I absorbed it- it flowed all through my body when the word got through workin;

the report looked pretty shoddy!

People going to and fro, every where I went; they had no idea of the death knoll I faced,

or that  right about then, my time was almost spent,

One day tears flowed from my eyes as I wondered of Your plan,

the Savior came and held me and grabbed me by the hand,

That day was so special; my healing burst forth strong; my family saw me

shouting and wondered just what was going on…

I was in the kitchen shouting & Thanking God the Most…there was me singing in the kitchen

and all the heavenly host!

I made a vow to God that day You can count on me to serve,  I love you my Dear Father

just show me the way,

Yes, I will tell you; I wanted to live; but Yes, I will tell you  I wanted to give,

I had so much to give and I had wasted so much time, God is His mercy said:

I’ll show you that you’re mine!”

I am purposed to give…all that I can…my words, my thoughts, meeting needs that fit into His plan.

I just want you to know that God is so real…and that is why I make this appeal.

©Copyright, Bended Knee Productions, 2010






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My uncle the Agnostic by Elaine Davenport Sunday, June 21, 2009y Uncle the At

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This article is taboo in my family.  I’m going to tell you up front…but it’s got to be said.  A lot of people have stories like this in their very own families but I really hope it does not include you.  I mean that very sincerely.

You see, I had an uncle who was an agnostic.  That simply means that he was taking the middle ground when it comes to a life of commitment to God.  His world view was that the view that God is real could neither be proven nor dismissed.  Some people might call that a very “safe” position.  I call it dangerous.  I call it devastating.  If I had known then when I first heard him say it …what I know now… I would have said a lot.  That knowledge and ability may be critical to save our families.

To make matters worse…I later learned that when I wasn’t around; my uncle would confess to being an Atheist.  That means that he totally did not believe in God.   To me, that was amazing.   If I were to describe his life; people would think that I was judging him…and I liked him far too much to face those charges.  So, I’ll leave it mostly alone.  He was a great guy.  He was kind and considerate and he especially loved his family.  He was loyal and at times extremely generous.

He was also fairly wealthy and I suppose that as a result of that wealth; he somehow thought that he didn’t need God.    Armed with wealth and generosity; it made all of us on the receiving end a little jaded in our thoughts towards him.  It was a test and most of us failed it.

My only defense…is that I didn’t know what I know now…but I knew a little bit.  I failed the test.  I’ve repented.

He took great risks to acquire some of his wealth I was told; but I never wanted to know too much about it.  Surprisingly, he was a role model to many.

Out of the blue; he was diagnosed with a severe cancer, and in a flash he was here no more.  Perhaps for him, he thought that there was no life after death and so there was no cry for prayer or for healing.  I suppose he really didn’t believe in a future so he had a good time while he was here.

Some of us speculated about whether he would go to hell or not.  No one wanted to do that.   (speculate) With a spirit of boldness and concern for those who are still here who might want to follow in  his footsteps…I was the one who brought it up.  It went like this:

Me: “I wonder if Uncle _____________ went to hell?”

Family Member:  “Why would you say that!  For all you know he might have went to heaven”

Me:  “Well, yeah maybe just before he died, he confessed Christ, but I really doubt it because when we left the hospital he died right after we left.”

Family Member:   “You never know,,,”

Me:  “Grandma sure would be happy to see him.”

I  wonder who in my family that has gone before me will I see in heaven…I know I’ll see my grandma…and my step-father )who was the only dad I knew)…but I will say this…any family member that has not committed their life to God will be faced with making a decision if I run into them here on earth.  I am charged with going out to tell the world about Jesus The Christ and I will do it!

DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE I DID!  PLEASE LEARN FROM MY STORY.

DO NOT OVERLOOK YOUR  RELATIVES!  IT’S AN ACT OF LOVE!

Just remember that your faith or your lack of faith decides your future and that your earthly future is temporary…it’s not permanent.