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November 2, 2011 by  
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Who would have ever believed Betty Overstreet would be in a position to be persecuted!!

I always thought that it was important evangelists or missionaries in foreign countries or perhaps a Christian living in a country that didn’t allow the Bible, but me, in America.  Wow, unreal!

Well, let me back up a little and tell you of my experience that happened a few years ago. 

While attending a Women’s bible study, we were studying about the fact that if we live for Christ, sooner or later we will be in a position of being persecuted.  I thought at the time, “We senior ladies are not likely to have to worry about  that.

I was asked a few days later to sing at the next Senior luncheon and had committed to do it. 

A couple of days before the luncheon, Gary and I had a visit at our home  from one of the leaders of the church who had read  my book “The Lord still Speaks, are you listening” that includes  my testimony of how the Lord had spoken to me, telling me to write inspirationally and it would be published.

The man who spoke to us said,  “We would love to have you sing at the luncheon, however, we are aware that you claim The lord has spoken to you and we all know He does not speak to people in our times.  You must not say this to our church members while you are on the stage.”  As I sat there listening to him, I realized I was being tested to stand up for my beliefs. 

I replied to him, “ I have committed to sing at the luncheon, and I will not let John down.  He would not be able to find someone on such short notice, however, I may not say a word while I am on the stage if I have to be careful not to tell of my very special experience with my Lord.” 

After he left our home Gary and I talked about the situation and I said, “Gary, I may not say anything and just worship through my music, however, you may say whatever the Lord puts on your heart .”

The day arrived and we began our concert, singing the old hymns, some of the Gaither’s songs and some of my original songs.  Then, Gary announced that everyone would remember the next song and we would love for them to join in with us. 
The music began and as Gary and I sang, “In the Garden”, at least a hundred people in the room sang each word with us, very loudly—“ And He walks with me, and He TALKS with me, and He TELLS me I am His own.  And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.” 

It was sometime later that I realized God took care of the situation.  All I did was sing a very old Gospel song that I sing in every concert  and all those church members grew up singing it as I had.  He walks with me and He talks with me.  And the very man who told me I could not say it, sang it right along with us!!! 

 

Betty Overstreet is a Christian author with four books published within the past few years: ” The Lord Still Speaks, are You Listening?”, “Water to Wine, 2 Fish to a Feast”, “Mistletoe Memories” and her newest, “The Lord still speaks to Lovers”-a collection of Christian love stories from around the world. Her newest  book is available at www.lulu.com

Betty is a freelance writer, with articles and poetry published in Grit (a magazine for seniors) as well as many online Ezines.

Ms Overstreet is also a Vocalist/songwriter, singing at Churches and Senior Retirement communities nationwide.  She has had concerts in Colorado, Missouri and Tennessee and appears regularly at Senior communities around the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Betty resides in Vacaville, California with her husband, Gary.  They have six children, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

 

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