A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Here’s to the Return of “Safe Haven”
I bet you’re all wondering, “What happened?”
After losing the flash drive that had every issue I’d ever written, I found myself spending more time trying to recreate what I had lost rather than just moving forward. Finally I just gave up on it altogether.
Truthfully toward the end of the newsletter’s demise I felt myself becoming stagnant. Not just with the Safe Haven, but everything in my life. I was unhappy with where I was as a whole (both naturally and spiritually) but I was complacent about it. I felt myself settling and I began to think, “I guess less than average is the best I can do…”
I prayed and told God that I wanted to change, I wanted more for myself but I just didn’t have any desire to push through, “I feel like it would take something drastic.”
I moved in with my best friend and roomed with her for a while she finished her last semester of school. Right after that I got on a plane from Texas to Golden, MO to work at Kids Across America for the summer. When I got back home in August, the end of that month I moved out to Houston to stay with my friends on God’s orders.
(You can read about it in detail here on my personal blog, Hear See Write LIFE.)
Now it’s 2016, I’m back home, and in the midst of all those transitions, God isolated me away from all my crutches. I was forced to lean heavily on Him, I had to acknowledge how weak I was and where I was lacking spiritually. I had to grow up and mature into the woman He called for me to be. While I still hadn’t achieved a lot of stuff I wanted to do, the Lord broke me down and rebuilt me back up with a new drive to not just pursue after my purpose but to make Him the focus in my life.
That being said, I must apologize to those of you who read the Safe Haven, but I truly believe the time away was needed in order for me to better minister to readers through my writing.
Thank you for your patience and your support. We are now officially open and ready for business.
Time to get to work.
Local news in the area
TEMPLE OF REFUGE SEEKS TO COMPLETE RESTROOM INSTALLATION
by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
Editor in Chief
Temple of Refuge COGIC is currently raising money to finish installing a restroom.
Over the years, TOR has made a few adjustments to their edifice: new chairs, AC units, a porch and double doors, and now a restroom. The stall has been built and everything is in place. The only thing left to do is to hook up the water.
Because of the building’s location on the property, the church will need to dig in order to connect to the water lines.
This coming Sunday after service members will be meeting to get an estimate of how much they will need to pledge to cover the costs.
For anyone who would like to donate to the Temple of the bathroom installation, they can give online at: ktorradio.com and click on the “donation” link.
Sunday Sermons, Wednesday Messages
Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 “What Did God Say? (Hewbrews 13:5)”
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13:5 KJV)
The Bible is God’s instructions for the believer, “…if you’re going to accept Him you have to accept this Word.” In order for us as believers to live for Him we have to know how and that starts with our Word, “If you want to be successful in life you have to read your instructions.”
One thing about the Bible is that it is a two-edged sword. It is designed to attack the enemy, but it also slices into us so we can look more like Christ. The Bible was not intended to be used as a way to tear people down, “We don’t study to nitpick but to build up…You can find bad in everyone, including yourself, but…you have to find the good in [people.]”
Salvation first begins with us, “Can’t save the world until you first save those in the house.”
Too often we think that we shouldn’t have to go through anything to get the blessings the Lord has for us, but that isn’t true. The minute God releases a blessing in our lives, the devil immediately begins to attack. Satan will do whatever is necessary to keep you from getting it.
We have to learn to keep ourselves encouraged when pressing through to whatever it is God has for us, “Caleb had to encourage himself for forty years…The scripture didn’t say that he didn’t complain or was happy all the time, but he didn’t quit.” Be patient, wait on the Lord’s timing and continue to press toward the mark.
Every prayer you pray is a seed being planted, every tear waters it, but when God shows up it’s your season.”
No matter what season you might be in right now, remember that the race is given to the one who endures. God always keeps His promises. Just because it hasn’t come yet doesn’t mean He changed His mind; it just isn’t time for you to receive it yet.
Click here to listen to the sermon in it’s entirety: Sunday Morning Live
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016 “The Death of a Friend (John 11:38-44)”
Regardless of how grave the situation might be, we still have to learn to lift up a praise, “Sometimes we have to keep it moving even when we have every excuse in the world to be down…At some point we have to go to the next assignment.”
There are times where we become so discouraged that we settle for less than what God promised because we have lost hope, “…how can the greatness [of God] exude itself if you keep shutting down? How can you be a light if you keep turning your light off?”
No matter what we can’t neglect our post. We must remember that it’s bigger than us; we’re a part of the body and we should consider what can we do “to keep the team going.”
You cannot say you believe in Him and then doubt Him at ever turn, “Don’t expect God to move if you don’t believe He can—that’s like serving a God you don’t believe exists.”
When Jesus raised Lazarus up, Lazarus wasn’t the only one in the tomb. Jesus called out Lazarus specifically, “There’s room at the table for everybody…what’s your blessing is your blessing.” There is no need to go trying to take someone else’s blessing when God already has one just for you, but, “Do you know and trust what God has in store for you?”
All we have to do is follow and obey, “Lazarus obeyed in life and in death.” Lazarus came when Jesus called him out of the grave. We have a hard time obeying Him in life, “It’s easier for God to lead me rather than for me to try and lead God.”
You can hear the full lesson (recorded live) on our church website: ktorradio.com
THE ART GALLERY
Poems, shorts and other creative pieces
by Jacqueline S. Sadberry
What do you want to be when you
Most of us as children have all been
—asked this question before
And some children
Possibly said something
Quite ridiculously cute
“A super monster fighting ninja
Yeah, gotta admit
That last one does tickle the ribs
Just a little bit
As we mature
And become adults
That question becomes more
What do you want to be
When you grow up?
What is it you want to do with the rest
—of your life
Some of us map it out
And some just go for the ride
Until they find something they’re good
Or something they like
Make a killing at it
And it’s all she wrote from there
But what about the rest of us?
What about the rest
Who find themselves walking into
Closed door after closed door
One after the next?
The ones who take someone’s advice
Try another route
And still come up empty
Those pitiful few
Who have an idea, an inkling
As to what they want to do
Have all the ducks in a row
But for whatever reason
Those ducks keep flying away
About deferred dreams
Didn’t make much sense
Until I found myself about to burst
When it’s all right in front of you
You know what you were born to do
And yet every time you reach
It stays within centimeters of your
But you’re never able to touch it
So what happens to the rest
When the hope inside them dies
And they lose their purpose?
Do they still have a chance to grow
Or do they just wither up into another
I used to be, I wanted to be, I could have
Broken by the torments of life
I suppose only the determined survive
For those who are the rest
I say unto you
I’ve been broken down a hundred times
And probably a hundred more
Before my life is through
But I’ve learned
You don’t give up on the things
That you know God has given to you
Wait on His timing
And keep busy in the work
He has called you to do
To the rest, I ask
What has the Lord spoken over you?
Events and announcements for February
- Feb. 1 – Last day for voter registration
- Feb. 4 – Brother Michael Prince II’s birthday
- Feb. 7-12: District Meeting, Beaumont, TX
- Feb. 11: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, 6 p.m., Prairie View A&M University
- Feb. 13: Political Forum, 9 a.m., PVAMU, Don Clark auditorium
- Feb. 28 – “The Remedy” Fourth Sunday talent showcase, 5 p.m.
**This issue has been edited**