Jan Treat regularly writes of her experiences and thoughts in her walk with the Lord. This blog page is where her articles are published, with the most recent at the top, older ones below.
Words Of Life
When I was a little girl, I believed in God and I knew and really believed that He sent His son, Jesus, to earth to live and die on the cross for my sins, as well as for the sins of the whole world. I went to a church that talked a lot about doing good things for God and not much at all about knowing Him. However, when I was 9 years old, I went to a youth meeting where the speaker made it very plain that everyone was a sinner and that the only way to get rid of the sin was to accept Jesus into his/her heart and He would come in and make you a child of God. So, I raised my hand to accept Him. Then, the speaker asked us to come forward if we raised our hand. From then on, I was scared to pieces, but I made myself go forward. Said a prayer and went back to my seat, not really changed on the inside. I continued to be a "good girl" and not do anything that I thought was very bad, but I was self-centered, prideful, and conceited! Thankfully, at the age of 16, I just got sick of myself, basically. Ashamed of my self-righteousness and sin and I simply asked Jesus to cleanse me of all of it! I told Him to come into my heart and make me brand new! AND HE DID! All I can say is that He did something on the inside of me that was so grand that I never felt the same way again! He became my center, my reason for living, my desire! The joy and peace that filled my heart that fall day in 1959, at the age of 16, has never left me and I can only thank and praise Him forever!
Really I don't remember ever doubting that there was a God or that the Bible was God's Word but I didn't know Him before that day! And the more that I know Him the more that I love Him and the more that I love him the more I love others and want them to know Him!
Have you seen that picture of the little lamb that is lost and hurt and the lovely Shepherd is reaching down with His staff and pulling him up and out of this hurtful place! I think, Gail, that that picture describes so beautifully what salvation really is for us! It is all about His tremendous love for each one of us and about His grace that makes it possible to become His child forever! The first verses from the Bible that I memorized were Galatians 2, verses 8 and 9. They say: "For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast." Oh, He made it so easy and so often, we make salvation so difficult!
God is so pure and righteous and beautiful! He is love! But He cannot look upon sin! It is like there is this big chasm between man and God. I can't draw it on this email, but if you can imagine a hill covered with people and another hill beside it but with a deep chasm between this glorious hill where God is sitting. All these people you see on the hill are trying very hard to get to God. They are going to church, doing good for the poor, even giving money for good things, but inside they are the same sinful people and no matter what they do, it isn't enough to change them inside, so they can get over this chasm to God. God has a plan. He loves the people too much to leave them over there on that hill of good works and striving, so He sends His beloved and only Son Jesus to die on the cross for all of the people's sins. And the cross becomes the bridge! That there is only way to God, the only way IS THROUGH THE CROSS! Believing is not enough! The Bible says that even the Devil and his demons believe. One has to accept Jesus personally. Take the step to cross that bridge to God is really just taking the free gift He gives us- When I talk to our students about salvation, I often show them a $5 bill and I ask if they believe that I will give it to them. Someone will say, "Yes, I believe you will!" I say, "Okay! You believe, but you don't have it!" It is not until someone comes up and takes it out of my hand that they have it for their very own.
Jesus said in John 14, verse 6 that He is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father except through Him! That not only sounds very narrow, it is very narrow! He made it so clear that if we want to know God and be with God for eternity, we have to come to Him through belief and acceptance of the WAY which is Jesus Christ!
Words of Life
Without the Lord I would be
Lost through-out all of eternity.
Now I praise Him and bless His Name
He is the Holy One, always the same.
There is within my heart a song to sing
Unto Him I raise my voice in praise, thanking Him for everything.
Although I don't always understand
I choose to trust the One with the nail-scared Hand.
Someone said that without love the earth is a tomb.
I say without Jesus I’d shrivel and die without one bloom.
Because of Him I can dare to care.
I can make a difference everywhere.
Praying for others that they will be
Strengthened with might and given eyes to see.
To know the depths of His glorious love.
Until we reach our home in Heaven above.
A Melody In My Heart
A Melody in My Heart
Singing a new song of praise to our God,
Loving Him more every day.
Nothing can destroy the faith that we have
In our Master and King as we humbly obey.
You, only You, are worthy of praise -
You created all things.
We join with all nature and the angels in heaven
Singing, "Holy is the Lamb who was slain!"
You spoke those words not long ago:
"The Master hath need of thee."
Again we went forth to follow Your call
Helping others to hear and to see.
The darkness flees when the Light comes in
As we all continue to sing.
The delight of those who receive your touch Keeps us coming and loving as new hope we bring
Are you a happy person? It has been said that happiness isn't on the road to anything... happiness is the road. Just the other day, a friend told me that every morning she awakens with a song. She finds herself singing all day long. If not out loud, in her heart she is singing. Now there is a heart that is joyful. No matter what one has to face each day, the choice is ours. Joy or discouragement and worry? If we want to have strength, we will choose joy for "The Joy of the Lord is our strength."
Living With Jesus
Oh, the beauty of Jesus.
Oh, the light He lives in.
Peace and joy are His calling card.
Ask Him to cleanse you from sin.
With Him you will be victorious.
You’ll dance and lift up your hands.
Your worship to Him will be glorious.
You won’t need a professional band.
So, sing and do not be silent.
Let your mouth bring forth pure sweet praise.
You’ll be glad that you know Him as Savior.
As your voice rings out songs of high praise,
He fills our mouths with pure laughter
And He gives us songs in the night,
Look closely, He is coming to take us.
To where there is perpetual light.
So, let’s be like the bee and keep working.
Pressing through the wax of problems and pain.
We will find our wings and our way home.
And there, with Him, forever we’ll reign.
We consider it a great privilege and responsibility to take the Light of the Gospel to wherever He leads as your hands of love extended to the nations. Nothing can we withhold from our King!
We are amazed at the way God is blessing our school after the disaster of June 13th. Our beautiful school was completely destroyed by a flash flood of epic proportions. A wall of mud and water totally submerged the school building leaving behind a ruined building, furniture and all our curriculum destroyed! But our student body and our great staff determined to build back what had been demolished by the mud, worked for days until the government said it was condemned and they had to leave. We are thrilled to tell you that we found a building that we can move into on time and it is affordable. At the bottom of this blog piece is a video you can click that will show photos of the tragedy. Before and after.
Nothing is too difficult or impossible for God when we just give it all up to Him.
Earl has said that the school is not the building but it is the people. While we know that this is true we have had to grieve the loss of our labor of love in the actual building a school that was very beautiful and efficient as well.
Your prayers and sacrificial gifts are appreciated so much! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We could never fully express our love and gratitude for you and for this church.
After the devastating flash flood of June 13, we feel in many ways that we are starting over. However, that is just another of Satan's lies. The truth is - many lives have found peace and love, salvation and hope. No one or no thing can take away these treasures. Literally thousands of students have been taught the way of the Cross and they have been changed! All of the furniture and all of our curriculum was totally destroyed. We have sacrificially been given $25,000 to help replace the PACEs or workbooks. Yet even with that still more is needed to prepare each PACE and classrooms for the students. If you have ever given to our mission work or prayed for us and our work,THANK YOU! We'll be eternally grateful!
It is our prayer that God will continue to pour out His greatest blessings upon you and yours now and always.
With joy and hope we serve.
Life - A Treasure Hunt
Sometimes life hurts, yet there is joy unspeakable full of glory in life. A life of joy is a life of peace. What are the enemies that would steal our joy and our peace? As I considered this question, I concluded that fear is our greatest enemy. Fear robs us of intimacy with God. "They hid themselves from His presence." These words in Genesis are some of the saddest in the Bible. Adam and Eve had a glorious relationship with God and they lost it when they chose their own way instead of God's way.
Doubt is another enemy that we must stand against. This life is a journey. If we follow the Shepherd closely there is indescribable love and sweet fellowship. I read somewhere that as we travel through the years of life, we must believe without proof in one certain thing... God is always with us. "The Lord your God is in your midst, the Mighty One will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:3) When we are lonely, troubled, sorrowing the loss of a loved one, or any loss, any adversity, we can call upon Him and our faithful God will encircle us with His comfort and love.
While visiting David and family in Nagaland, India several years ago, we had a treasure hunt for Bo, Luka, Zakie, and their cousins.
We have a dozen grandchildren and I have taught hundreds of little ones. I'm pretty sure every child that I have been close to has gone on one of my treasure hunts. To find the treasure that I have hidden, they soon understand that they must carefully read the clues that tell them where they must go to find it. Sometimes the clues or directions are not so easy to follow and the children may need a bit of help and encouragement.
It could be said that all of mankind is engaged in a worldwide, colossal treasure hunt. Sadly, many seek treasure from earthly sources, such as wealth or public acclaim. But there are some who make Jesus the cornerstone of their lives. We need to stop and ask ourselves: what kind of treasure hunter am I? Let's not allow the search for worldly treasures to become our primary focus! Does your Heavenly Father have first place in your life? Let's put pleasing Him our highest goal of every day! He is the most glorious treasure that can be found. The Bible gives us many clues to help us find and keep this treasure that will not pass away.
THE ULTIMATE TREASURE - PARADISE
Some glad morning when my life in heaven has just begun.
I'll join the heavenly chorus and sing like I've never ever sung.
I'll look into my Savior's face and see the love in His eyes.
Yes, I’ll rejoice in Him and know peaceful rest there in Paradise.
On earth He’s good and gives His children so much.
I pray I won’t fail Him for I live for His touch.
Jesus is my hope for today and tomorrow.
Even in death we shall have hope with the sorrow.
But today He is calling me to get ready to fight
For a battle between light and dark is just out of sight.
I hear the low rumble of war coming near.
He says He's prepared us and we are not to have fear.
Now, He is speaking not only to you and to me.
But all of the people must be warned; may they clearly see.
"I'll make your hands to be strong and your feet to be sure.
You'll be able to fight through the night; you'll endure."
His Kingdom on earth is coming; indeed is already here.
He gives us sight to see heavenly things when they appear.
I’ll not fear the enemy, but instead I’ll rejoice.
I’m on the victory side for I made the right choice.
He says, "You won't fail Me, so just keep on giving and living,
Until you enter the place I'm preparing, it's called heaven."
Some folks can’t believe in what they don’t see.
But through faith comes salvation and the way to be free.
Paradise comes through believing in Jesus, God’s son.
It will be our new home when the victory here has been won.
As we keep His commands, we live deeply and surely in Him and He lives in us. And this is how we experience His deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit He gave us. (I John 3:24 MSG)
You are His beloved. A treasure of infinite worth. Life is a journey of discovering this glorious truth.
(Taken from my book "Following the Shepherd")
It had been a warm summer day in northwest Kansas, when the Lord had first spoken to me about His promise for our sons! A girlfriend and I had taken our children to a park to play. As I was sitting under a tree reading my Bible and praying for our sons, I ran across a verse in Isaiah that seemed to leap off the page at me! It was Isaiah 54:13 - "All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.”
That verse that had seemed to come alive in my heart and has never lost its power in me through the years! In fact it has even grown in its force and our blessed Lord has given us the promise that this is not only for our children and their children, but is also for the children in our Christian school in Georgia.
At the time, we only had three sons and both Earl and I had decided that our lives would be dedicated to bring them up for our Lord. They were healthy, strong, and active! Each day, I truly loved being a housewife and mother and didn’t think I ever wanted to go back to my teaching career.
It was in the fall of the year; the late afternoon sun shone brightly across the wheat stubble fields, but my heart was heavy and there were tears in my eyes so that I had to keep rubbing my hand across my eyes so that I could safely drive. Our third son, Daniel was only a few months old and I was returning home from a Gideon meeting in a town some miles from our farm. I kept looking down at his beautiful face as he was sleeping peacefully in his car seat next to me. The afternoon sun glistened off his bright red hair and his long eyelashes lay upon his round pink cheeks! He seemed to be glowing!
The speaker at the meeting that I had attended was talking about the terrible satanic worship services that were happening in our area! It sounded so horrific and I felt sick to my stomach as she told of animal-blood rituals and I felt very frightened and alarmed as I meditated upon her words! How could Earl and I raise our wonderful sons to be secure and happy in such a world?
After arriving home from the meeting, I put on an album of Doug Oldam’s that was fairly new. It was one that I had not listened to closely. As I was still so upset, I was praying for peace to come back to my heart. As I began to nurse our baby boy, Doug began to sing the words to that brand new song straight into my worried heart! It was “Because He Lives”! The words to the first verse penetrated my anxious thoughts: “How sweet it is to hold our newborn baby and feel the pride and joy He gives. But greater still, the calm assurance, that he can face uncertain days, because He lives!” Again, our faithful and glorious God heard the cry of this mother’s heart and poured His balm and peace over my whole being! I knew we could trust him each step of the way as we raised our sons for Him!
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:7, 8)
There is a call that’s very clear.
You’ll not hear it with your natural ear.
But in your heart you’ll hear and know.
That we all must listen and then… “GO!”
Are we ready? Are we set?
The prize before us we shall get.
If we keep our focus and run with grace,
We will surely win this race.
Trying to win alone is too tough.
Without His love, it will never be enough.
We must stay united and help one another,
Always remembering that we are sisters and brothers.
We ‘GO’ with joy each day that we teach.
And the students are glad if their goals they can reach.
The seeds that we plant in each student will grow.
Wisdom and truth are some of the seeds that we sow.
We ‘GO’ with order in our classrooms and halls,
Always thinking of others while peace and calm falls.
Our goal is to have a supportive, respectful environment.
To have a great school this must be a requirement.
Our students are different for they know how to live.
For joy and love shine out of their lives as they give.
Gaining confidence daily to all it would seem,
That the leaders of tomorrow follow hard after their dreams.
Together, we run with a desire to win.
Building character in our young women and men.
Helping develop life-learners who are wise and secure.
Our aim for their best will always endure.
A Conversation Of Hope
Jesus paid the price for our sin when He died on the Cross. He loved each one of us that much. Why do we worry and fret? Why do we grow fearful and look in the wrong places for relief? Chasing after fleeting pleasures, seeking things to fill the empty places. We even try to deny the effects of aging and disease. And all the time our Lord wants to bring us out and give us joy unspeakable and full of glory. The gifts He has for us are too numerous to list here, but all He has He freely gives to us. Oh, yes, they are free to us all that reach out and take them.
As you may know, I have been battling the disease of Parkinson's for nearly 16 years. Because of this and other issues, we felt it best for me to "keep the home fires burning" the past two trips to our beloved Georgian school , staff and students and Georgian friends and family. As we were seeking God to guide us concerning our up-coming spring trip to Georgia, we looked at all the issues and evaluating every aspect, we both feel that we need to be together. So in quietness and putting our complete trust in Jesus, we purchased our tickets. We leave on May 14th and return on June 24th. "In returning and rest you shall be saved. In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." Is. 30:15 And also the verse in 2 Cor. 12:9 - "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness."
Our precious "adopted granddaughter" Asena who lived with us for about 6 months this year and had to return home because of health issues, called me yesterday from Georgia. After I hung up from that call, I felt that God spoke through her and said for me to return again to the former call and He will sustain me. The old hymn I found myself singing this morning was "I Would Be True". And when I went in to play a few hymns this morning, the old hymn book I use was open to this very song; confirming what I already knew - Apart from Him, I can do nothing, but through Him I can do all things.
You may remember this poem as I wrote it several years ago. It still speaks so clearly to me and so I'm sending it out to my blog and to you, our precious praying family of faith, in the hope that it blesses you: (Picture was taken last time I got to go to Georgia.)
Candles burning... you and I.
We only have this one chance to light up the sky.
For the dark world needs someone to show them the way.
There is not time to tarry nor count the cost we may pay.
He's not looking for perfection to sparkle and shine.
But willing hearts that hear His voice quietly say, "You are mine".
So let's pick up our torches He gives every day.
And say to the world, "Follow the Light, it's this way!"
We'll point all to Jesus for He is our Light.
It's in the darkness that His beauty shines bright.
Though pain, doubt or fear tries to put out our flame.
We'll keep trusting in Him and lift up His glorious Name!
"For it is God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (I Cor. 4:8)
A Mantle of Contentment
Here I am Lord…listening for Your voice. Looking to see Your face. Knowing without You there would be no grace.
“Take up the mantle I gave long ago. It’s one of contentment wherever you go.
This mantle is made to fit on your back. There’s freedom from pain and health, that’s a fact.
Don’t argue, just take it for it is a gift. It’s light and it’s strong…all your burdens I will lift.
The choice is yours to make but don’t hesitate. For I give it now, tomorrow may be too late."
Oh, Jesus, I’ll take it…just place it upon me. The mantle of contentment you paid for on the Tree.
Thank you and I praise You, knowing that You give without cost. You’d have none to perish for you heal and save the lost.
Worthy is the Lamb to place upon me, this glorious present that all may see.
You say not to worry or expect Me to fail you. I keep my Word, it’s pure and it's true.
Thank you, God, for all these things. Now, I can rest in the Truth Your Word always brings.
Be glorified in me, and let Your light so shine. Others will see and believe when they see what is mine.
He asked me:
Do you realize what this binding covenant that we have with each other actually means?
Something bound is secure, doesn’t move, can be trusted, and relied upon. A covenant is a legal agreement or promise between two parties to fulfill completely a right to something. A mantle shows authority, protection, place’ “Rooted and grounded in love.’ Contentment means wanting nothing, needing nothing, missing nothing and cannot be broken unless by the parties that be.
Three Stories - "There is someone in this house"
"There is someone in this house!"
A few years ago on a crisp fall night in Tbilisi, Georgia, these were the words I spoke. What happened after I spoke them may make your hair stand on end. Mine did and I couldn’t move after I said them! It is amazing my heart kept beating! Let’s back up a bit and let me catch you up on where we were and what was happening to us.
It was the early nineties when, after living in the Fort Collins, Colorado area and being very involved in our great church and Christian school for nearly seven years, we heard the call of God. It was clear that He wanted our family to take His love and light through starting a Christian school in one of the recently freed Soviet Union Republics: Georgia.
Our whole family was involved in the move to the capital city of Tbilisi. We came on the first plane to fly into Georgia after the civil war. That is a story to tell at a later time. I'll just say Tbilisi was very dark and dangerous at this time.
It was around 5am and still dark for it was late October. Earl and I were sleeping soundly when I heard glass breaking. At first I thought I was dreaming and then I thought, “Oh no! The beautiful chandelier in the living room has fallen and is broken on the wooden floor!"
I woke Earl and whispered, "Did you hear glass breaking?"
He whispered back, "Yes, I think I did!"
Then, we heard another sound and saw a flash of light like that of a match being lit. The sound was a chair scraping across the kitchen floor. That is when I whispered those fearful words, “There is someone in this house!” I froze in fear!
Earl, on the other hand, sprang to his feet; hands in fists were all he had for protection and he ran out into the hall with a loud “Hey!”
Some scuffling and then… it was perfectly quiet!
I thought, “They killed him and they will be coming in here any second!" I waited, paralyzed! Hardly able to breathe and more frightened than I had ever been in my entire life, I truly thought that we would both die that day!
Then, I heard the sweetest sound ever , “Jan Honey, come quickly!"
Earl was calling to me. He was alive! I ran to him and looked out the open window where our polite “cat burglar” had jumped. I say “polite” because when he saw Earl running toward him he turned to jump back out of the window, repeating over and over, “Bodishe! Bodishe! Bodishe!" Which is of course, “I’m sorry! I’m sorry! I’m sorry!”
We thanked God for His protection and that we only were left with a broken window from this harrowing experience.
Now, as to what happened the last time we were in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was again in October and around five o'clock in the morning when I felt, or did I see... light upon my face? I knew that it was true again: “There is someone in this house!.” However, although these words were my first thoughts and I felt certain that there was Someone shining a light on my face, this time there was no fear for I felt, no, I knew that the Someone who was calling me to come follow Him was Jesus Christ the Lord!
In the Bible (Matthew 11:28) Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest."
I firmly believe that Jesus is calling us all to come to Him. He says to us, “Yes! I want to live in your house. Your body-house, your soul, your family-house, your school-house and I am waiting for you to invite Me in. I will never leave you nor will I ever forsake you! Do not fear My coming to your house for I only want what is best for you. I love you! I came to give you life, to show you 'The Way' and to teach you the truth. If you will only open the door of your heart and let Me come in, I will bring you joy and peace like you have never known. My love for You is so deep you can only begin to know it completely."
Yes! The thief comes to kill, steal and destroy, but Jesus comes to give us an abundant life, full of hope, peace, and contentment. There is great joy in having Him in your house, your heart - always! I pray that you will say with me, "There is Someone in my house today and always. Not only in me, but in my family, my school, my country, and my world."
"There is Someone in the Fire"
The Bible also tells the story of the three Hebrew young men that would not back down and worship King Nebuchadnezzar who was the king of Babylon, even though they knew that their refusal to worship him instead of their God could cause them to be thrown into a fiery pit. When the king looked into the fire he said, "Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire? Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed and the fourth looks like a son of the gods."
And when he called them to come out, not a whiff of smoke was upon them. There was Someone in the fire with them and His name is Jesus.
I love what they said when the king told them that they must worship him or be thrown into a blazing furnace: "If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. BUT even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship your image of gold." These young men were very brave and wise. They had a deep faith in their God. And, yes, there was someone in the fire with them. The same Someone who is here with us today. (Daniel 3 and John 10 NKJV)