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Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Invite Others

I sought the Lord, and he delivered me from all my fears.            Psalm 34:4

Good Morning.  It is a cold Wednesday in northwest Florida this morning.  I am so blessed to have a warm coat, gloves, and heated seats in my car.  As you go out today, remember there are others who are not as fortunate.  Maybe they have lost sight of where they need to be, or maybe they have given up all hope.  Do what you can to help them.

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This morning while I was getting ready for work, I was planning our Sunday School Christmas Party!  I’m so excited. I have prayed that God will send me more people, and I am optimistic that maybe I will see some of them on Sunday.  As I was praying, I felt like God was telling me to invite people I wouldn’t normally invite.  You don’t have to be homeless to need help.  There are people who have money, but are misguided.  Then, it occurred to me that you could do the same at your church.

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So, if you are in my area, join us for Sunday School. If not, be sure to go this week and invite some folks to join you.  This time of year is a wonderful time to worship God and fellowship with others.  Trust me when I say, it will enrich your life beyond measure. I plan to invite everyone I see.  If you take on the challenge, let me know what happens.   God bless you!

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Give Back

I will walk by faith even when I cannot see.  2 Corinthians 5:7

Good morning.  Are you surviving the beginning of the holiday season?  Here I see shopping, traffic, and decorating.  It’s a busy time for parties, gift giving and joy, but also stress.  Be sure to take time to rest and read your Bible.  It’s quite comforting all year.  However, I feel like I take a journey away from all that is taking place in the world around me this time of year.

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The Christmas season is also a time to give back to others.  Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough money or time to give back?  Do you feel like you are one of the needy? Do you disagree with the causes asking for money?

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Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:4 that we are comforted so that we can comfort others.  Don’t get caught up in where the money is going.  Just give back.  Every year I’m amazed at how I can stretch my money and time  to give to needy causes.  Your life will be blessed beyond your imagination!

Enjoy your Saturday.  God bless you.

 

Be Thankful in Everything!

Happy Thanksgiving!  F4FA94D0-F726-4063-BCFB-BB5645025F78Every year I am reminded of how someone we love will not be around the next time we gather.  It’s usually someone we least expect.

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So today, count your blessings and enjoy your family and friends.  Tell everyone you love them.  Let the little things go, especially grudges.  Give back to others if you can.  God bless you.

 

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – Show the World Your Thankfulness

Give thanks with a grateful heart.  1 Thessalonians 5:18

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!  Over the past few weeks I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to Billy Graham.  He recently celebrated his 99th birthday and SeriusXM established a temporary channel so people could listen to his messages.  Yesterday was supposed to be the last day.  I learned this morning that the time has been extended a few more days. If you haven’t ever heard Reverend Graham, I have discovered that his messages are timeless.  What he was preaching in the 1970s is still relevant today.  It’s hard to believe that people still face the same issues, when the world is so different. So today, I am thankful and blessed for the opportunity to hear Reverend Graham preach.  I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.  You won’t be sorry.

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Have you ever just wanted to run away from your life?  You can run, but you can’t hide.  God always knows where you are and what hurts you. Besides, no amount of running will help.  There’s only one thing that will make your life better.  So, if you are running away from your problems today, stop and get right with God.  Then, count your blessings.  Think of all the things you have to be thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving, but everyday.   If you know someone who is running, gently guide them to our sweet Lord.  What better way to use your gifts!

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God bless you.

Try Something New Tuesday – Make It Fun

Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭144:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Happy Tuesday!  It’s hard to believe that it’s two days before Thanksgiving.

Since the beginning of the school year, two or three days a week I take my grandson to preschool. He’s three and it’s a good time to get him acquainted with going to school, playing, learning and making friends. Of course, he doesn’t want to go.  At first, I thought he was afraid.  I stayed with him an hour, before I left him.  Big mistake!  Then, I realized he didn’t want to go, because he’d rather stay with me or his parents.  That’s sweet and I can understand.  Wouldn’t we all like to stay home with our loved ones rather than go to school or work.  Unfortunately, that’s not reality for most of us.  A very nice friend suggested I try something that was working with her great-granddaughter.  On the way to the classroom, they picked up rocks to give to the teacher.  So, I made a slight variation, we picked flowers in the yard to give to the teacher.  That worked a little, I guess.  After a while it became a game of how to delay the dreaded trip to school.  Last week, I decided to try something a little different, which I knew was a big mistake when I started it.  It’s funny what you will resort to when you are desperate.  I bribed Landon with a toy.  The promise was if he was good at school, he would receive a surprise. He didn’t quite understand the delayed gratification, but he was a little better.  He still pouted as he walked in slowly.  This morning I did the same thing.  As you can imagine, it didn’t work as well.  So, I started playing games and singing songs with him while driving to school.  Then, when we arrived, we raced to the door.  He looked a little disappointed when he realized he was at the door to his school.  He went in a little sad, but a little better than last week.    I’ve been through all of this with my own children, but it seems a little worse with my grandson.  Maybe because I want him to love me and not think of me as the one who drops him off every day.

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As I sit here I realize that whenever we don’t want to go to school or work, we can also play games and do something fun.  In fact, many of us already do this regularly.  There’s nothing wrong with turning dreaded tasks into fun games and rewarding ourselves from time-to-time.  Most things I dread, I really like after I get started.

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One thing many people dread is reading and studying their Bible. I have heard people say that they don’t understand it, and it puts them to sleep.  Once you develop a habit of reading, you will be amazed at the stories in the Bible!  So, why not make a game out of reading the Bible.  There are trivia apps on the Internet that you play to test your knowledge.  You can memorize a Bible verse a week or a day.  You can challenge others to participate in games.  Before you know it, reading the Bible will be fun for you too.

God bless you.

 

 

 

 

Your Disrupted Plans Might Make a Huge Difference for Others

When you go through deep waters I will be with you.  Isaiah 43:2

This morning I’m drinking my coffee watching the television coverage of Hurricane Harvey.  My prayers are extended to families affected by the storm and for the safety of those in the storm’s path. Living in Florida I understand how destructive and frightening hurricanes can be.  I urge anyone in danger to take the precautions local officials are issuing.

Have you ever been on such a tight schedule that you have every minute  planned?  Do you feel like unexpected events throw you off course?  Well, say hello to my life! Yesterday, I had rescheduled my hair appointment and had plans to get my shopping done, get home early and start cleaning house for a birthday party.  Instead, in the middle of washing out my hair color, I received an emergency call to pick up my nephew from school.  My poor friend and hairdresser had to rush.  Before it was over I picked up another nephew and a niece.  My time was gone.  Add to that, that the past just keeps swiping me in the face.  Sometimes it’s more than I can tolerate alone.  I’m so glad I’m never alone.  God has me.  Perhaps this is what I was born for – to help and provide comfort to those around me, even though, I’m probably more broken than the others.  So, this morning I’m looking at my dirty house thinking “does it really matter how clean the house is?”  I’m reminded of the story of Martha and Mary.  Martha wanted everything to be perfect for Jesus, but Mary soaked up his attention, not wasting a moment.  Yes, some cleaning and preparations need to be done, but at the end of the day, people matter most!

Today, I encourage you to take a step back and put your priorities into perspective.  God bless you.

 

Spread the Love Friday – Build Them Up

Encourage each other and build each other up.  1 Thessalonians 5:11

Good Morning!  Have you ever been so excited that you just can’t wait for something to happen?  Tomorrow we are giving my grandson a birthday party.  He turned three on the 18th,  but I’m still excited.  Funny, when I was a child it seem to take so long for birthdays to come around.  Now, birthdays come around way too fast.  We are so blessed to be able to see the world through his eyes.

I’m beyond happy this morning, but everyone does not feel the same.        If you know someone with struggles this morning, build them up.  If you are struggling, know that everything is temporary.  I love you and God loves you.  Never give up.

Have a blessed day!  God bless you.