We have had quite the winter here, with 2-3 feet of snow accumulated in our yard. God has blessed us with a warm home and electricity. Well… most of the time, anyhow!
Winter used to be fun for me. While living for 3 years in and around San Francisco, I really missed the 4 distinct seasons. To help ease my desire for winter, I would drive to the mountains, 4-6 hrs away (depending on the snow and if passes were open). Most of the time I chose to go by myself to a small area in North Lake Tahoe where I could stay in a little cabin, and then cross-country ski for hours on groomed trails nearby. The peacefulness of swishing through such exquisite beauty was balm for my soul.
Years passed and I finally ended up back home in Johnstown. The next year or two dumped more snow on the area than we probably had had in a decade. The mere task of shoveling my driveway only to have the snowplow come past and plow it shut was daunting! I honestly thought that the plow guys (thank you, Jumpin’ Jack Michaels on KEY 95) had it in for me! Winter lost all aspects of fun and beauty after that. I tried to cross-country ski, but never quite regained any sense of real fun for the winter. It was all dread and depression.
This year, something changed. Was it the purchase of new XC skis, way overdue? Or was it snow accumulating on the trees, making a Hallmark Card scene all around me? Maybe it was encountering two porcupines up in the hemlock tree while XC skiing? Being a girl originally from suburbia, I was scared that the porcupines would shoot their quills at me as I skied under their tree (they don’t do that, by the way). I don’t know, but I once again felt the excitement of new snowfall and the opportunities it would allow to bring a peaceful balm to my spirit.
JP Knights does that for me, too. As I follow the characters in their journeys, I am excited for the changes that occur with them seeing angels. Joel goes from being a follower to a leader. Jill is shy with poor self-esteem, and then she becomes bold and confident. The list goes on.
But it’s not really the angels that are directly responsible for this. What makes the difference is that the JP Knights experience the joy of God’s love and interaction in their lives. They become more aware of what God is doing, not only in each of their lives, but in the lives of others. They see the angels carrying out God’s plans and know that this has been happening all along. This hope, this knowledge, lifts them up to be able to become who God made them to be. Everything is new and exciting… Like me enjoying winter snow again as I look for porcupines up in the hemlock trees.
What do you need to do to become more aware of God’s work in your life? Think of some situation where God seemed especially real to you…when you received a balm for your soul. Remember that angels are specifically carrying out God’s plans in your life.
Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
FOR THE LAMB!
It has been such a privilege to be God's servant regarding the JP Knights story! As Dr Kevin McAfee keeps us up-to-date on the movie aspect, I am drawn to think of how the story of spiritual warfare has impacted each one of us lately.
Unless you lived in a cave during 2020, I know we have all experienced the recent struggles. Who could have anticipated the country being hit by a world pandemic in the middle of a very controversial presidential election year? The arguments and division, even among family members and good friends, were unlike anything our generation has ever seen. Isolation, along with the threat of severe illness and death, were encountered by countless individuals and families. If you managed not to get on each other's nerves before the pandemic, you were not likely to miss out on that once social distancing and work-from-home scenarios kept everyone in places they maybe would not have been otherwise.
There have been times during the past year when I have acutely discerned the spiritual warfare around us. The message of JP Knights is to remind us that we are not alone in our struggles! Not only does the Father directly intervene with just a word, but He sends his many angels to fight against the enemy for us. If only we could see just one time what is happening around us in the spiritual realm, I believe our hearts would at once go cold with the sight of our spiritual enemy, and yet, hopefully, choose to rise up and fight alongside the Lord's Host.
Imagine yourself with Tsadde or Gimel by your side! This is what you do when you pray, when you decide not to say that hurtful thing, when you call a family member who is isolated at home during the pandemic, when you refuse to allow political opinions to come between you and a friend or family member, when you choose to love someone who is different than you... These are often unrecognized spiritual battles! Think of Garrett, in JP Knights, when he encountered a situation that could make him tardy for school. This is a minor example, but just as important to see how we may act and react when normal life happens, and make that decision to fight the spiritual battle.
If any of you have The Harvester Chronicles: JP Knights book, maybe it is time to read it again, and see how you can apply God's message about spiritual warfare to your current life. You may be surprised how applicable it is!
Blessings to you all!
For the Lamb!
Happy Valentines Month and we hope each of you are doing well as we continue to progress in moving the ball forward with JP Knights. I am especially thankful for all of you who are members of our prayer team as we have needed your prayers and we would like to begin this update with prayer.
Our team was adversely impacted by the COVID-19 Virus this past month with Jim Gromer, one of our screenwriters, his wife Rachel, Lynn McAfee and myself all contracting the illness. We have deeply appreciated your prayers and everyone appears to be on the mends, but we are praying for the safety of the entire team during this time. This is why we are somewhat late getting our monthly update to you.
Gary Lambert has also asked for prayer requests for his back and we want to remember him during this season. With cold winters in the North East and Midwest, this is especially problematic for many who have bone issues. Please remember these prayer requests as we remember you in prayer too.
Our film production team has been adding some key leadership to the Oceania Films group in Dale Wallace as legal counsel from Birmingham, Alabama and Jag Gholson, our securities advisor from Athens, Georgia has also brought in his partners into the mix.
Jennifer Willingham and I have been meeting with William Morris/Endeavor about several areas for our future. This means our access to film stars is now a huge benefit to the Oceania team. The continued development update is in the area of needed long term capital financing, development and marketing plans for JP Knights. Please remember in prayer these important leaders in moving forward in our long term planning, coupled with the high priority for short term planning and provision.
The long term prospects of our financial support is looking more and more exciting every day. This is for the equity positions within the making of our motion picture. There are a new group of long term financiers over the next few months we will be meeting with personally.
The short term funding is still a higher priority because the fundraising group will need operational support, travel monies and legal. As everyone knows, we are looking to place one or two more $25,000 units at this time in the market place via Gary and Beth Lambert. Gary has been meeting with the Economic Development Leadership team in Johnstown. We remain steadfast in finding a couple more individuals or one person for this cause.
Even tho we are not doing Zoom Calls anymore, we would like for the prayer team to commit to pray the first Monday evening of every month at 6 pm EST as we get closer to moving our project forward. We believe even if we are not all able to connect on Zoom or conference call, your unity in prayer will make a huge difference in our future.
May the Lord continue to bless the evangelistic efforts of JP KNIGHTS as we are praying 2021 is our year. If you have any interest in helping fund the development costs, please contact our team immediately. We believe the fund raising is essential for our future.
In His Service,
Dr. Beth Lambert is a Pediatrician and Medical Director in Pennsylvania. JP Knights is the first film from her books.
Kevin & Lynn McAfee along with Jim and Rachel Gromer met to begin the script writing process for JP KNIGHTS the movie. Thanks for praying for the entire team!
Dr. McAfee and the team of GRP with Stephanie Musser met with city fathers in Pennsylvania at the Holiday Inn to discuss strategies for shooting in Johnstown.