Faith to Trust

By Sandy Kirby Quandt

When I was in junior high school, my English teacher read us The Monkey’s Paw by W. W. Jacobs. In the story three wishes are granted to the owner of the monkey’s paw with disastrous consequences. The theme of the story? There is an enormous price paid for interfering with fate.

To this day, multiple decades later, I still remember that story and it still creeps me out.

Be careful what you wish for…it just might come true, was what I got out of the story.

I wonder…how many times have we wished for something only to find if God hadn’t intervened and stopped us the consequences would have been disastrous?

How many times have we taken matters into our own hands, rushed ahead of God, and later wished we hadn’t?

How many times have we twisted what we read in the Bible, bent it to our own plans and liking?

While wishing on the monkey’s paw in the story was an awful thing to do, we don’t need to fear praying in God’s good and perfect will. He is the One who can do immeasurably more than we could ever dream, hope, or desire.

When times seem frightening or spinning out of control we need to remember who to put our trust in. We can trust the God who will not fail. The God who holds us when we travel down unknown paths. The God who will never abandon us.

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The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. Psalm 91:14-15 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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This video is longer than most I post, and gets repetitious in the middle. For some, that repetition may be annoying. If so, forward to about 6:45 for the ending.

Call Anytime

In the olden days of telephones…like in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s…when there were few cell phones in anyone’s hand, land line phones charged higher rates during peak hours. You were charged higher interstate rates, long distance, and forget overseas rates. Yes. I know. Sounds crazy, but it was true. A local call was about all your dime would get you. And of course, there was also the collect call.

With a land line phone, you didn’t have to worry about running out of minutes on your plan, you just had to worry about the extra cost of all those run-up minutes. I remember going to a week of summer church camp one year, where I was lectured by the sister of a boy who used to call me from upper Maryland, to my home near Washington, DC. Appears those calls were racking up quite the phone bill. It wasn’t my fault he called me so often.

Thankfully, God doesn’t work on a pay-per-minute plan. He doesn’t have special weekend rates, or an exclusive family calling circle. There is no need to be concerned with keeping the phone battery charged, or that he won’t pick up when our number flashes across the caller ID. We don’t have to fret that we’ll call after he’s already gone to bed. And he most assuredly will not put us on hold, when a seemingly, more important, caller buzzes in.

God’s always available. We can talk with him anytime. We’ll never run out of minutes in any given month, so we don’t have to worry about stretching out the times between our calls to him. And we definitely don’t have to schedule our call to coincide with the lowest rate, or worry about astronomical intergalactic phone charges.

Thanks be to God, we’ve been given a free calling card, through Jesus Christ, his son.

Why not give him a call? He’s waiting to hear from you.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

I call to you in times of trouble, because you will answer me. Psalm 86:7 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Human Trafficking Awareness Month

September is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. You may think, So what? I don’t live in an impoverished area of the world where such things transpire. It has nothing to do with me. I would suggest, if you are human, no matter where you live, it has something to do with you. I’ve talked about this before, but I feel once is not enough, given the statistics.

Here are some statistics according to Redeemed Ministries from my area of Texas, a major metropolitan area of diverse cultures:

  • Advertised Modeling Studios, Massage Parlors, and Relaxation spas…over 200
  • Advertised Gentleman Clubs (Strip Clubs)…over 100
  • Cantinas (Mexican Bars where women are bought and sold as sex slaves)…over 200
  • Hotel/Motel, Apartment and Residential Prostitution & Street…unknown numbers
  • Advertisements on Craigslist…

On their website, they share these facts:

QUICK FACTS: HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Human Trafficking in general: Estimated between 28 – 30 million people worldwide.
Roughly 80% of those are female.
Roughly 50% are children.
Human Trafficking generates approximately 32 billion dollars annually.
Human Trafficking is 2nd only to Drug Trafficking.  Why?  You can sell a gun once, you can sell a bag of cocaine once but you can sell a human over and over and over.

Roughly 14,500 – 17,500 victims are brought into the US annually for the purpose of Trafficking. Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking are different crimes. Sometimes Human Trafficking involves Human Smuggling.

It is estimated that we currently have approximately 600,000 – 800,000 domestic (that is US citizens) victims of Human Trafficking being trafficked within our borders.

Of those, approximately 300,000 – 500,000 are domestic Sex Trafficking victims. Domestic victims are harder to detect because they blend in more.

The average age of entry into the Commercial Sex Industry is 12. The age will continue to decrease as the demand increases. The most frequent form of recruitment known is through peers. Girls are also recruited off of Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites and chat rooms.

Victims are generally trafficked into the United States from Asia, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe. Many do not speak or understand English, and are further isolated and unable to communicate with relief organizations, law enforcement and others who might be able to help them.

Rapha House gives this definition of Human Trafficking:

Human trafficking is defined by the UN as the “illegal trade in human beings for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor; a modern day form of slavery.”

The United Nations estimates nearly 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are trafficked each year. Although the statistics are difficult to verify, it is believed that between one million and 1.5 million children are trafficked each year.

Human Trafficking is broken down into two different areas.

Labor Trafficking

The International Labor Organization estimates that nearly 250 million children are indentured through debt bondage, forced recruitment for armed conflict, prostitution, pornography and the illegal drug trade. Both adults and children can be victims of debt bondage. Often the victim is forced into bonded labor or sex acts to repay undefined debt that increases faster than the victim can repay.

Child Trafficking

Children are often the most vulnerable victims of trafficking.

Age is not a qualifier. Both small children and teenagers are often tricked, coerced, or sold into prostitution, pornography, or forced labor. Many are transported across borders into the global sex trade and are never again reunited with their families.

Free the Captives believes as long as there is a demand for the sale of humans, there will be trafficking. They suggest stronger efforts be put in place to end the demand. Especially during peak events like major sporting events and conventions.

At the bottom of my blog is a number to call the  National Human Trafficking Resource Center to learn more. Any of these agencies, and others, will give information to educate you on this horrendous problem, and ways you can get involved in stopping this madness.

At the very least, we can pray.

Speak up for people who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless. Speak for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31:8-9  Good News Translation (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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