Rebecca West: Words & Music

Our Online Romance
by Rebecca and Bob West with the Holy Spirit

Chapter 12

Bob's Dilemma




From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca Lynn
Date: April 18, 2009, 1:02 PM
To: Bob


Hi Bob!


Sorry I was so "down" when I wrote before... it passes quickly, when I start counting all of my blessings! God is so good to me --- every day!


Satan sure creeps in whenever he can, doesn't he!!! I am so blessed and my heart is full of praise for the Lord.


Writing has become my passion --- I love it.


I would not have started this singles group if my girlfriends had not "begged" me to do something. But, we will have fun.


Like you ---- I am happy being single. I only want God's perfect will in my life.


Being single has its advantages! Sometimes satan likes to throw a curve ball, but he looses every single time.


God bless you, dear Dr Pepper. You are a great encourager, and a wonderful friend.


Have a great Saturday!


Love and hugs
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca Lynn
Date: April 18, 2009, 1:14:57 PM EDT
To: Rebecca


WAY TO GO, GIRL !!!


I can see that you have a smile on your face. And you put one on mine. :-D


God bless you, too, Rebecca Lynn, my dear friend and special sister, and a great encourager yourself!


I'm glad you're feeling better. That news makes me feel better too. Thanks for letting me know.


Much love,


Bob





From: Bob
Subject: Being single
Date: April 18, 2009, 4:50:57 PM EDT
To: Rebecca


Hi again, Rebecca!


I still haven't worked on OFC today. I started to, but the thought of how nice the weather is outside and that washing the windows is on my list of things to do kept coming to my mind. I began to think that the Lord was telling me that today is the time to wash the windows and that I could work on OFC later, even tonight after it is dark outside. So I fixed a pan of water mixed with vinegar and got the window washer (a mop-like thing with a squeegee on the opposite side attached to a pole that can telescope out to a length that allows me to wash and squeeze the windows on the second floor from the ground on the first floor level outside) out of the garage and I went to work. Now the outside of all the windows in the house are clean. I feel good about that even though I am very tired now. I'm not sure if I'll do the inside of the windows. Certainly not today. That will be more time-consuming, dealing with the screens, etc. They look pretty clean. I may not do them. I'll decide later.


While I was outside working, I kept thinking about what you said, "Like you --- I am happy being single. I only want God's perfect will in my life." I, too, only want God's perfect will in my life, but I don't think I have thought of myself as "happy" being single. I'm content being single. Even though I am very lonely at times. Sylvia apparently gave it some thought, because when she came home from the hospital and rehab in 2004 after being in a coma for over a month and her near-death experiences and miraculous healing, she told me that I should marry again. And shortly before Sylvia died in 2007, someone told me that Sylvia had told her that she was ready to go be with the Lord if that is what He wanted, but that she worried about what would happen to Bob.


I want God's perfect will in my life. I believe that involves continuing the work on OFC, which is time-consuming. I can't imagine being married again, too. So, I'm content being single. As I think about it, I guess I could even say, and mean it, that I am happy. God has been blessing me more than I could have thought to ask.


Speaking of blessings, I'm really looking forward to May 12, and the days that follow. They will certainly be happy days!


Thanks for listening...


Much love,


and a hug too,


Bob





From: Bob
Subject: Prayer for understanding and application of the Lord's will for me...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT
To: Bette, Rebecca


Dear Bette and Rebecca,


After weeks of struggling with this, I have decided to ask you two if you would pray for me and ask the Lord if He would show me in some way that my "Our Father's Children" (OFC) comic strip is truly what He wants me to be working on, and that it is not just something that I Have decided on my own to do. Maybe He will give you something to tell me. Or that He will show me more clearly.


The reason I'm concerned is because it has been getting more and more difficult for me to do the drawings, etc. I used to enjoy doing this work. Now I dread it. And I wonder if I'm really accomplishing anything for good.


You may remember that a few weeks ago, the Lord gave me this message through Richard Jennings at Joy Outreach: "Stop the DOING and begin the BEING in Me, says the Lord. Lay aside every weight that easily besets you and look unto Me, the Author and Finisher of your faith. I've called you forth in this hour to speak My truth in love. Receive My grace and enter into My peace, says the Lord. Bring forth My truth as a new born babe, wrapped in My love and righteousness. Stop the DOING and begin the BEING in Me, says the Lord."


The only thing I've been DOING (that I can think of) is OFC. Maybe the Lord was telling me to stop. And when I didn't, the work got harder (as if I'm now doing it on my own without His help). Then again, maybe it is the devil that doesn't want me to do it and his opposition may be what is making it harder for me to do it. If that is the case, I definitely don't want to get discouraged and stop. But if the Lord wants me to stop working on OFC, I will gladly do so. I will gladly relax and take it easy. I just want to be certain that whichever decision I make that it is the right one. God's will be done!


I hope you're both having a good day.


Thanks, Musketeers !!!


Much love and many blessings,


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Prayer for understanding and application of the Lord's will for me...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009, 8:42 PM EDT
To: Bob


Dearest Bob ----


I just got home from a long Sunday at church, then at my sister's house. I just read your e-mail and I would like to share with you what I discerned from it.


First of all, part of the word of the Lord to you was.... "Lay aside every weight that easily besets you --- and look unto Me --- the Author and Finisher of your faith."


Then on down in your e=mail you said, "If the Lord wants me to stop OFC, I will gladly do so ----- I will gladly relax and take it easy."


So here is my thought on this. God has been the Author of OFC, and He is now the Finisher of OFC. Your faith and passion has been OFC, now it is time to allow Him to be the Finisher. You allowed Him to be the Author, now allow Him to be the Finisher. When you said you would gladly stop if the Lord wanted you to do so --- and gladly relax and take it easy, it was as if I heard your heart talking. Listen to your heart.


I have travelled and sang all over the United States. That was my love and my passion for many years .... but the Lord had to show me that seasons change. Now I am writing and really love it. Just because we have done something that was perfectly in the will of God for many, many years, does not necessarily mean that we will do the same thing forever. It is for a season. A wonderful season, but when our heart says it is time for change, when God releases us from what we have always done, then He becomes the Finisher of that particular thing we have always done ... and He says, "Well Done. You have done a wonderful job .... now allow Me to show you what I have for you next. Relax a little ---- let Me drive. Take it easy ... I know what the next season of your life holds for you. You do not have to struggle. I know you well. I know where to take you. Rest in Me."


Bob, please know that I do not want to tell you what to do ... only you know, it's your decision. The Lord will not be displeased with you whatever you decide, but it is never His will for us to have to struggle. His way is easy. His burden is light. He said, "Come unto me all ye who are weary and heavy laden. I will give you rest."


I pray that this will help you. I would never say anything unless you had asked. I only say all of this in love and not to push any decision on you or persuade you one way or another. But this is truly what I felt through your e-mail. It was like a call for help.


God bless you, my dear friend. When you make the right decision ------ you will feel a great burden lifted off of you.


Much love and prayers for you ------
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose
(God is the Author of all new things. He is writing a new chapter for you.)





From: Bob
Subject: Thanks! Is it okay to share what you said with Bette?
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
To: Rebecca


Thank you, dearest Rebecca. That sounds so right!


Do you mind if I share what you said with Bette? She is praying and listening for the Lord's response too. Both of us have been waiting to hear what the Lord might be telling you. Let me know if it is okay to send her a copy.


With love and appreciation,


Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Thanks! Is it okay to share what you said with Bette?
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
To: Bob


Yes, absolutely! I just talked with her -- just now --- I was just checking on her to see how she was feeling today. I told her I was concerned about you, and my heart went out to you. I just wanted to reach out and make everything okay.....


So, yes. Go right ahead and share with Bette.


Much love
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Prayer for understanding and application of the Lord's will for me...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
To: Rebecca


Dearest Rebecca,


Thanks again, so very, very much. You certainly have the gift of discernment. What you said seems so very right! Your explanation of the Word makes sense to me, and reveals why I have been struggling with the idea of stopping OFC even though it has become a burden to me. Because I have no doubt that OFC was an assignment given to me by the Lord, and therefore I didn't feel at liberty to stop it even though I didn't feel like going on with it or could see how I could finish it (take it all the way through Bible history and through church history up to this present time). It did not occur to me that while OFC was once God's will for me, that it does not mean that it is still His will for me. That realization seemed to take a burden off my shoulders.


Now I will ask Him if He wants me to stop immediately, or at a natural stopping point, like at the end of the current chapter, the story of Abraham. I only have about ten more episodes to do. And it is a natural stopping place because the last words in the last strip in this chapter are an exchange between Jesus and Father God where they compare Abraham's sacrifice of his son with God's sacrifice of His Son. If the Lord wants me to stop it, that seems like a good place to stop it. I could have that done in about three months.


I just got your e-mail saying it is okay to share what you wrote to me with Bette. So I'll go ahead and do that now. Thanks!


Love, Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Prayer for understanding and application of the Lord's will for me...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
To: Bob


Bless you, Bob!


Yes, see! God has even provided a natural stopping place. It's perfect. I am so glad you are at peace with what I wrote. I really do feel it was from the Holy Spirit, because I heard your heart.


Then, get ready for the next season of your wonderful life! Not only will your burden be lifted, but your joy will be full!


Love and prayers for you ------ the best is yet to come.


Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose





From: Bob
Subject: Re: Prayer for understanding and application of the Lord's will for me...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009
To: Rebecca


Rebecca,


I'm so fortunate that God brought you into my life. And I am so glad that you're coming to visit. I'm really looking forward to meeting you! :-)


As I said, I do think you're right that OFC was just for a season and that season is coming to a close, but I feel sad for Bette. We both felt like God wanted her to help write the script for OFC beginning with the next chapter. I hope she won't be disappointed. Since she has her Daily Christian Journal website to take care of, maybe stopping OFC will be a relief for her too.


Thanks again! Rest well. I know that I will.


Love, Bob





From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Prayer for understanding and application of the Lord's will for me...
Date: Sunday, April 19, 2009 10:04:58 PM EDT
To: Bob


Yes Bob ------ I think DCJ is enough for Bette to handle. It is so easy to get "bogged down" with too much to do. I think she will be happy and relieved too.


Me too ---- because I sense your relief already!


Good night --- sweet peaceful sleep.


Love and prayers ------
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose






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