Mom isn't saved

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  1. Miss Bobbie

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    My mother has recently come to live with us. (She'll be in a mobile home on the other side of the yard as soon as the electrician is done.) It is becoming more and more obvious to me that she is NOT a Christian, and alas, I am not an outspoken witness. In fact, I'm more or less a silent witness - people see a change in me, I constantly wear a cross and Christian T-shirts, I'm very involved with my church, etc., but I don't know how to talk to Mom about Jesus.

    Since I became a Christian in '01 and joined a church and was baptized, the rest of the family (mom and brothers and sister) has treated me like I'm a religious fanatic. From their reaction to the changes in me, you'd think I'd run off with a cult, that at last the black sheep had gone off the deep end, and these reactions are based only on my statement of having joined a church and gotten baptized!

    I don't know what to do about this situation. I certainly don't want Mom to be lost, but I honestly don't think she'd believe anything I might say. To add to the puzzle, her brother is a Presbyterian minister! She attended church every Sunday when she lived with him for two years, and either she never heard the gospel or the information didn't sink in.

    My biggest fear is that the Rapture could happen before she might be saved. She'd be all alone after that, and I'm the child (of 4 to choose from) that she decided to live with. I can't let her down!

    My husband I believe we were led by God to care for my mother. Either I am the child that needs her the most, and I am the child that SHE needs the most. See my predicament?

    Would it be cowardly of me, or a burden on him, if I asked our pastor to pay her a visit? This is tearing me up. I've asked God for wisdom in this matter, and I don't want to goof it up.
     
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    Dear Miss Bobbie,
    When I married my husband David, my pastor told me to be aware that we were unevenly yoked, I was a new Christian, and I`m afraid I didn`t heed his advice, and went ahead and married. It was hard... really hard, as I had a lot of trouble when I went to church meetings, and was called all sorts of names, [​IMG] it was about 5 years later that God answered my prayers, and my husband came to meetings with me, he is now getting more out of the meetings, and although I don`t think he reads the Bible a lot, we can now discuss things of a Christian nature, and he is coming to know the Lord. So, I would say to you PRAY and wait. If God wills it Mom can be saved.
    Psalm 27 verse 14 - pray and wait.
     
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    i will be praying w/ you for your mom, when i first got saved , lost all my friends, but thank the Lord most came back & one even asked if he could get what i had; a lot got saved,
    not because of me but because of Jesus in me .
    Paul told the jailer you & your family will be saved in the book of Acts. hang in there! Jesus came to seek & save that which was lost!...bill
     
  4. Miss Bobbie

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    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I realize that I can't save Mom, but maybe my "silent" witnessing will get through. Today she read one of my Christian T-shirts when she folded the laundry for me and I caught a glimpse of her looking at a videotape box that holds "The Rapture of the Church." And this week I've spoken up to other people THREE TIMES about Jesus when opportunities came! So there must be hope for me AND Mom. [​IMG] It's sometimes difficult for me to "let go and let God" but I'm working on it.

    Love, Bobbie
     
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    Hello Miss Bobbie,

    Praise the Lord you got saved! Think about how that happened. What series of events led you to a place that you repented and accepted Christ. God works in each of us differently, but He brings things in our path that lead us to that place.

    God has given you a high honor in which to witness to your mother. Let me say this, I struggle with my own mother so I definetly know where you are at, but we could never live together let alone be neighbors. It will take great wisdom and discernment on your part.

    Here is my suggestion: In the Bible it says that a wife may win her husband by her conversation(behaviour) and not by word. It is possible that this will work with your mother. Through your unwavering life in Christ, your mother will see that what you have is real and be curious. That is the seed that you can plant. You talk about Jesus not by telling her about Him(of course you can) but by choosing righteousness over evil. If she asks you to do something contrary to the word of God, kindly but firmly say I can not do that or participate in that. Don't compromise for the sake of getting along, Christ never comprised His position but He dealt with sinners in a loving and compassionate way. God is love, show God by loving your mom, honour her(commandment)and most important pray for her. [​IMG]
     
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    Families are often the hardest to speak to. Whatever you do, ensure your life is a presentation of christ in terms of lifestyle etc. They will see faults quicker than most, but will also appreciate that you are living something better

    yours, Jon.
     
  7. MissAbbyIFBaptist

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    Family is definatly the hardest to win. Here's my advice: Live out your Christian life, invite your mom to church, when you get the chance tell her what the Lord did in your life and the peace you now have. PRAY PRAY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PRAY! I had to pray constantly for two years to see my mom saved, and I didn't have the advantage of actualy knowing were she was. Love her and have patience with her. Gently remind her that she isn't promised another day and she really needs to get her eteranal soul secure.
    Miss Bobbie, If I can do anything, please let me know.
    Just drop a PM.
    ~Abby
     
  8. Miss Bobbie

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    I'm happy to say that all our prayers have been heard - today I was able to speak to my mother about Jesus! She had passed on to me a paperback book that she was given and wasn't interested in, called "The End of the Age," by Pat Robertson. I came home from work and told her I'd started reading it, and that it's a blend of Biblical prophecy and fiction, and the things mentioned were really going to happen. I very clearly explained, several times in different words, who was going to heaven and who was not - only true born-again Christians! I gave her the complete gospel and she had a few questions, but you know how older folks can be at times - we both ran off on tangents. [​IMG]

    Still - the message is out, and the line of communication is open. Praise God!

    Also, last night a couple of ladies came to visit Mom from our church. Mom wasn't available, but I told her what she'd missed, and she wasn't against the idea of their visiting at another time.

    Thank you ALL for your prayers that have helped plant a seed. Praise God forever!

    Love to all, Miss Bobbie
     
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    Praise the Lord Miss Bobbie!
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    amen

    yours,Jon.
     
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    amen

    yours,Jon.
     
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    Thats great! I will keep your mom in my prayers.

    Sherrie
     
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    Miss Bobbie the first thing I noticed from your post,was the love between you and your mother,further to this is your love of Christ.And His love for you,lets not forget that.With all of this love around you,and the power of prayer,it's only a matter of time.How about your pastor or some other Christian friends, can you sort of get them to come and see you? God wont mind if mum is there at the same time,will He.
    John [​IMG]
     
  14. Miss Bobbie

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    I'm a happy daughter today! Your prayers have meant the world to me, knowing so many are remembering Mom. A few days ago she brought me a small gift - a cross on a stand inscribed with "The cross is where you leave your burdens and walk in faith."

    And this evening she came to church with us!! She had a met a few people from our Wednesday night suppers and they all welcomed her with hugs. She enjoyed the service, too! [​IMG]

    Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow! And I know y'all are smiling and praising with me.

    Love to all, Miss Bobbie
     
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    Dear Miss Bobbie,
    I certainly can relate to all you have gone through. Here is my perception of things. I grew up Catholic until I was saved in 1999.I can not speak for any other faith but what I know so here it goes.

    "Our Religion" as Independant Baptists, we are not understood. Things the way we do them in others eyes is too hard and too much work. They like the fact that someone else has written a prayer for them so all they have to do is memorize that. No sweat! All I have to do is tell a priest my sins and all is forgotten! No Sweat! All I have to do is have my name on church envelopes and put a little cash inside! No Sweat! And they consider me a member for having thoes envelopes! I feel involved! All I have to do is show up for church once a week! Hey, NO SWEAT! It's in the bag, I am for sure going to heaven!

    See, we Baptists have to read the bible on a daily basis, and live as God wants us to live, and to confess only to him and to pray, and to attend church as often as possible, and be involved, and tell strangers about Jesus and Salvation, and do what the Bible tells us to do!

    Well I am sorry, I can't fit that into my schedule so I will take the easy church!

    Miss Bobbie, I could be totally wrong but this is how I view things. You have to just keep doing what you are doing and let God guide you. I did the same with my mother and she was finally saved and baptized a month ago. You are doing good so don't give up. Just keep at it and we will all pray with you that it happens!

    LauraB
     
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    That's wonderful about your mom, Laura!

    And I think you hit rather a bunch of nails on the head with that post. Being a true Christian, a true follower of Christ, is a whole lot more than one hour a week and a few rites and words. Amen!

    Bobbie -- you are some kind of a daughter! God bless you for all you are doing and I pray your quiet witness will continue being blessed in the changed life of your mother. Don't abandon us here! Let us know how things progress so we can join and support you in prayer.

    I should have PM'd you or something -- but I've been reading this and have been excited for you and praying, too. It's fun to be on the front row seat of something like this, isn't it?
     

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