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The Greatest Trial Of Your Life

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The Greatest Trial Of Your Life

Tears are no a stranger to any of us. We came into this world crying at the top of our lungs. For some, not much has changed, except where they now choose to cry.

Many events in life can bring us almost unbearable pain. We cry out to God for help and solution to our problems. We beg Him for relief and consolation. Our emotions crave His comfort and resolution of our problems.

Every one of us seeks to be happy. Even the founders of our great country wrote about the pursuit of happiness.


Mr. Webster Said ‘Trial’ Was The Opposite Of ‘Joy’


joy – noun

A feeling of great pleasure and happiness: tears of joy | the joy of being alive.


Joy – noun

Whoops of joy: delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, rapture; enjoyment.

ANTONYMS – trial.


The Apostle Declared The Source Of His Greatest Joy


3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.


If This Is True For Us, Then The Opposite Is True As Well.


We Have No Greater Trial Than To Know Our Children Do Not Walk In Truth!

Praying today to every mother, father and grandparent whose very heart is crushed with the knowledge that the ones they love so dearly have walked away from God. All we can do is pray and have faith.

(If you close the door to your home to them, you might have just closed the door to the church at the same time.)

May God Hear Your Prayers For The Restoration Of Your Lost Loved Ones!


Written by Martyn Ballestero

June 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

What Makes A Mother Happy?

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What Makes A Mother Happy

3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.


Here are some brilliant answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions!!

Why Did God Make Mothers?

  • She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
  • Mostly to clean the house.

How Did God Make Mothers?

  • He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
  • Magic plus super powers, and a lot of stirring.
  • God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What Ingredients Are Mothers Made Of?

  • God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
  • They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why Did God Give You Your Mother And Not Some Other Mom?

  • We’re related.
  • God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s Moms like me.

What Kind Of Little Girl Was Your Mom?

  • My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.
  • I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
  • They say she used to be nice.

What Did Mom Need To Know About Dad Before She Married Him?

  • His last name.
  • She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
  • Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why Did Your Mom Marry Your Dad?

  • My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
  • She got too old to do anything else with him.
  • My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s The Boss At Your House?

  • Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because Dad’s such a goof ball.
  • Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
  • I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What’s The Difference Between Moms And Dads?

  • Moms work at work and work at home, and Dads just go to work at work.
  • Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
  • Dads are taller and stronger, but Moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.
  • Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What Does Your Mom Do In Her Spare Time?

  • Mothers don’t do spare time.
  • To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What Would It Take To Make Your Mom Perfect?

  • On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
  • Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

If You Could Change One Thing About Your Mom, What Would It Be?

  • She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
  • I’d make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
  • I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.


Things My Mother Taught Me

  • Kisses make everything better


    My Precious Mother, Content Gleason Ballestero

  • Tell the truth – honesty best policy
  • Clean-up my room
  • Be respectful – Adults, rich or poor
  • Be kind
  • Cleanliness is next to godliness
  • No shame in being poor, but there is in being dirty.
  • How to forgive
  • Importance of having my will broken
  • Clothes don’t make the person
  • The person makes the clothes.
  • Pretty is as Pretty does
  • Share
  • Money is not everything
  • Family is God’s greatest gift, 2nd only to the Holy Ghost

She Taught Me To Respect Her House

She Taught Me The Importance Of Prayer

  • That prayer changes things
  • That prayer changes people
  • That she loved me enough to pray for me
  • She taught me about God
  • She taught me to respect God’s Word – Don’t play with the Bible
  • She taught me to respect God’s house

She Taught Me Jesus Could

  • Heal me


    My Precious Mother-In-Love, June Starr Davis

  • Save me
  • Deliver me
  • Help me
  • Forgive me

She Taught Me To Put God First

She Taught Me That Jesus Loves Me


Mother’s Never Stop Worrying About Their Children

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Soul

Mother’s Never Stop Loving

Mother’s Never Stop Praying



What Makes A Mother Happy?

3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.


For Her Children To:

  • Love her
  • Honor her
  • Respect her
  • Obey her

To Have Her Children Become Responsible Citizens

What Makes A Mother Happy?

  • When she walked down the aisle to dedicate you
  • When you walked down the aisle at graduation
  • When you walked down the aisle in marriage
  • When you walked down the aisle and gave your life to God

She’ll Thank You For The:

  • Flowers
  • Gifts
  • Card
  • Sweet Words
  • Help around the house
  • Phone calls

But Her Greatest Joy Is When Your Heart Gets Right With God

Her Greatest Joy Is When You Obey God’s Word In Acts 2:38

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Repent Of Your Sins

Be Baptized In Jesus Name

Receive The Holy Ghost, Speaking In Tongues


A Prayer For Mothers Day

  • God, it is mothers’ day.
  • It’s the day we set aside to honor our Mothers


1. We Pray For Your Blessing On All New Mothers:

  • Be near to new mothers.
  • Through the Demands of new motherhood
  • Sleep deprivation, weariness.

2. We Pray For Your Blessing On Mothers Who Have Lost A Child.

  • Through miscarriage or death
  • Through adoption
  • Through abortion
  • Or Through the breakdown of a relationship.
  • Be near to those mothers
  • Grant them peace and strength in their sadness and pain.

3. We Pray For Your Blessing On Mothers Who Long For A Better Relationship With Their Child

  • Would you to heal the rifts in their lives,
  • Help them to know how reach out and to let go appropriately.

4. We Pray For Your Blessing On Women Who Parent Alone

  • Thank you for their courage
  • Help them as they seek to be both mother and father to their precious children.
  • Place others alongside them to help and encourage them.

5. We Pray For Your Blessing On Women Who Long To Be Mothers.

  • Comfort them, heal them, sustain them, be near them.
  • We pray for babies for them, in your time.

6. We Pray For Your Blessing On All Mothers Today.

  • Give them an ever-growing love for their children.
  • May they raise them in the fear and admonition of the Lord.


God, We Thank You For Our Mothers

  • For the women who bore us and birthed us
  • For the women who fed us and cared for us
  • For the women who and disciplined us and loved us

Thank You For Our Mothers, And Bless Them All Today

You Don’t Have A Godly Heritage? Start One Today.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

God Answered Her Prayer

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God Answered Her Prayer

Fannie Thorne lived with a deep dark secret. She didn’t know who her biological father was. Her mother was also born out of wedlock. Now, two generations in a row had endured all the whispers and shunning of polite society.

Other members of Fannie’s family were religious. Very religious indeed! Two of her brothers were preachers in the Assemblies of God Church.

Fannie’s Grandmother had not been allowed to marry the father of her child because he was not of the same religion. He was a professional boxer. Actually, he was the World Champion Heavy Weight Boxer, Bob Fitzsimmons.

A kind and loving Mr. Thorne married Fannie’s mother and adopted baby Fannie, giving her a last name.

Fannie grew up going to church. Her family settled in the Fresno, California area. They attended a large Assemblies Of God Church pastored by the renowned Rev. Charles Price.

As Fannie grew into young womanhood, she attracted the fancy of a dashing Catholic boy named Charles. They fell in love. Fannie had to push aside her Spirit-filled Assemblies of God background to allow herself to be married to Charles.

Against her family’s arguments and disapproval, she married him anyway. Charles and Fannie lived in a nice big house on S. Main St. in Los Angeles, only twenty blocks from the Courthouse.

Two sons were born to them. The Birth Certificates certify that the oldest son was named Charley, and the youngest son is listed as Joseph.

Soon after little Joseph was born, Fannie discovered she had Tuberculosis. For several years she struggled to survive. The Doctors weren’t much help.

She was treated in a Sanatorium in Fresno for her sickness. It was there that she desperately prayed for God to heal her so that she might raise her children. Her boys were now six and four years old.

When she lay on her deathbed, at the age of twenty-six, her brothers and aunts heard her pray her last prayer to God.

“God, would you save my baby boy and make him a preacher?”

Young Fannie died and was buried in an unmarked grave in Mountain View Cemetery in Fresno, California.

The boys were raised as Catholics in spite of their mother’s prayers. Little Charley and Joseph became devout Catholics and attended a Catholic school. Their father turned to alcohol for solace after losing his young wife. He never remarried.

The constant drunkenness of their father caused the state to take the boys away from their Father and place them in Foster Care. Joseph was placed in fourteen different Foster homes. He ran away from eleven of them.

More than fifteen years later, young Joseph went down to the altar the first time he visited his mother’s old church in Fresno. God filled him wonderfully with the Holy Ghost and he spoke in tongues.

About four years later while in the U. S. Army, Joseph found Christ Church in Oregon City, Oregon and was baptized in Jesus Name by Pastor Andrew Baker. God called him into the ministry, and he willingly accepted.

Joseph preached all over America. He preached twenty-five years as a Pastor and twenty-five years as an Evangelist. He travelled and preached everywhere, until his body and health gave out.

His Birth Certificate only showed the name Joseph and his last name. You knew him as Carl Joseph Ballestero. I called him Daddy.

My Grandmother Fannie Ballestero lay in her grave for nearly twenty years until it happened. And then… God answered her prayer! Just like she prayed, God saved her baby boy and made him a preacher!



Fannie & Charles

Fannie & Charles

Written by Martyn Ballestero

October 29, 2013 at 11:32 pm

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