Since the Fourth of July was celebrated this month, Bostic asked the club members, “How many put their flags out?” then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. For the devotion, she read Psalms 139: 1-5 and Hebrews 4:13. She talked about the negative thoughts that come in people’s minds and said we need to pray every night and ask God’s forgiveness for those negative thoughts that harbor in our minds during the day and also ask God to take care of us as well. She said, also, that we need to pray for people who are on drugs, for the ones that drink and for those out here who steal. “We need to pray that the Lord is going to touch them in a way that they’ll go to church.” she said.
Guest speaker Bettie Marlowe from the Cleveland Daily Banner began her talk with a riddle to illustrate God’s “long-range” plans for us. She explained the riddle was talking about the whale that swallowed Jonah as recorded in the Bible.
Then she explained the riddle saying the soul that God gave the whale and took away from him was Jonah. “This shows that God makes long-range plans,” she said. “From creation, He created man to serve and to worship and to glorify God — that’s a long-range plan, you know. It was not just for the moment it was not just for a temporary measure, but God’s plans are for eternity.”
Marlowe said we have things that happen in our life and sometimes we think, “Well it’s an accident, you know, whatever. Referring to a chorus, she quoted, “But with God things don’t just happen; everything by Him is planned. He sees each test and trial and His love will help you stand. So as you face the future, remember God is in control; He’s with you in every circumstance, He has it planned for you.”
She reminded the group of the Scripture, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV). “We think it’s hard to give thanks for everything, but,” she said, “we give thanks in everything — no matter what situation that you find yourself in, no matter what circumstances surround you — that does not hinder your relationship with God. We can give thanks in everything knowing that his plans are for us.”
Marlowe told the story of a missionary who was the guest of honor at a ceremony when she returned to the states. The master of ceremonies introduced her, telling “how God has blessed her plans.” Then the missionary got up and said, “The first thing I want to tell you is God has never blessed any of my plans, but I realize He did pretty good with his, so I just started trying to find his plans and get in them.”
“We look at things and say, ‘Well this is an accident and we don’t know what the results are going to be down the line.’ God’s plans includes us,” Marlowe said, “and I’m glad.” She read Jeremiah 29:11-13, “11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Marlowe said, “There may be times that we don’t understand what is happening and that’s the time that you trust. That’s the time when you walk by faith — that’s where trusting God really comes into play and it’s more than just singing the song, ‘Trust and Obey,’ she said. “Obedience is not that easy.
We also need to realize that these are not easy paths — for instance, when Abraham was told to pack up and move, Abraham did not tell the Lord, ‘There’s no way.’ He didn’t tell the Lord, ‘I can’t do this, I’d love to obey you, but I just can’t do this.’ He just packed up and moved.
“Sometimes God tells us to pack up and move,” Marlowe said. “I don’t mean literally, but He doesn’t always have to tell us where we are going, He doesn’t even have to tell us why we are doing this, but if we trust God we always know that He’s got a plan, we’re all in his plan; I am so thrilled that we can be in God’s plan,” she said in closing.
Martha Ledford won the first door prize, compliments of Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood. Lily Cunningham won the second door prize and Paul Denton won the third.
Calvin Davis offered the closing prayer as the meeting was adjourned.
Others present were club recorder Shawn Markie, Evelyn Denton, Barbara Tucker, Juanita Poteet and Kent Gunderson,
The next meeting will be held at Golden Corral Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 27. Visitors are invited to attend. For more information on the United Club, contact Bostic at 479-9207; Charles or Joanie Lupo at 478-5766; or Markie at 476-5426.