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Spread the Love Friday – About Talents

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:14-30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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It’s Spread the Love Friday!  I hope you are having a wonderful day spreading God’s love everywhere you go.

Have you ever noticed how different people are talented in different areas of their 2B489918-164A-4BF1-AA73-767E22DCE5B2lives?  Have you noticed how this concept carries over in church and work?  Do you ever wonder what your talents are?  Have you ever wanted to sit back, enjoy life and not get involved?  Have you ever been afraid to do what you feel God is calling you to do?

You are not alone.  We all have different talents, but sometimes we are unsure where God is leading us.  As we study, read, pray, listen and work, God reveals to us his plans.  No one starts at the top, and if you are at the top in the business world, you can’t just make a lateral move in the church.  However, serving is important.  As we use our BA30ACB1-B0F2-4A8C-A120-FBF42A1FC021talents, we grow spiritually.  Don’t be the one who never takes a chance and has everything taken away because of being afraid or unwilling to serve.  God gave you talents that are unique for you.

Have a wonderful Friday.  God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spread the Love Friday – Be a Revolutionary for Christ

The wicked desire the stronghold of evildoers, but the root of the righteous endures.
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Happy Friday!  Spread God’s love everywhere you go.

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Have you ever been teased for being a Christian?  Have you ever felt that you had to stifle your beliefs or that you were be considered a “goody two shoes”? Have you ever been left out or ostracized for your beliefs?  Well, you are not alone.  Christians are revolutionaries for Christ.  As such, we are called names, teased and ostracized.  It’s not easy and it sometimes hurts.  We need to rely on Christ to work through us, especially in our weakest moments.  Do we have to give up things or avoid going certain places?  Yes, but what we gain is much greater.  I have found so much happiness in being a Christian and doing God’s work.

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If you are discouraged because you aren’t accepted.  Think of all the good you are doing when you let Christ work through you. God bless you.

 

Praise the Lord Sunday – Have Faith

We’re not in charge of how you live out the faith, looking over your shoulders, suspiciously critical. We’re partners, working alongside you, joyfully expectant. I know that you stand by your own faith, not by ours.
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1:24‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Good morning from New Orleans.  This is the beginning of my second full day in Nola.  My first evening didn’t go as planned, but yesterday was wonderful.  I’m here for a business conference, so most of my day I was in meetings.  I know it may sound a little weird, but they were great.  I learned tons!  Then, last night I went on an eating tour.  It was great too.  It was more of a tour of the history of New Orleans and information about the best restaurants, but we did sample some creole food.  By the way, now, I know the difference between Creole and Cajun.

While we were walking, a man dressed like Darth Vader started dancing in the middle of the street for donations to the Death Star.  I saw kids tap dancing on the sidewalk, and a parade of pirates marched by very serious about their work.  I saw a couple of lost pirates looking for the parade.  I said “they went that way,” and pointed.  The response I received was “a pirate is never lost, because someone is always telling them where to go!”  Hehe  Everyone seems to be having fun here, maybe that’s why they call it the Big Easy.  Today, it’s raining and from what the tour guide told us last night, when it rains it pours.  Every day can’t be sunny.  Into every trip a little rain must fall.

The speaker at my conference yesterday was Derreck Kayongo, founder of Global Soap Project.  He was very entertaining, but his story was inspiring.  As a ten-year old child in Uganda, he watched the police call out four people at a time and shoot them in head until someone confessed to a crime.  He later became a refugee and he and his brother were brought into the country.  The people who took them in provided the boys with the best education money can buy.  Derreck knew the people in Uganda didn’t have soap needed for every day life, let alone medical uses.  Many women died from infection after childbirth and the children were ill.  The first time he stayed in a hotel he noticed three different types of soap:  face soap, hand soap and body soap.  Derreck visited different hotel chains and asked for used soap to recycle to send back to Uganda.  Then, while watching an infomercial he came up with an idea to seal the soap and draw out all the air, like one would freeze food.  Afterwards, he had the soap tested and the bacteria was removed.  So, his project continues.

I encourage you to read more about Derreck Kayongo.  Often I wonder how much of our donation money goes to keeping people who don’t want to work from trying.  This is a clear case of where two young men, one an entrepreneur and the other a Nephrologist, not only tried, but continue to make difference.  The clear message God gave me yesterday is that we need to also have faith in others.

Have a wonderful day.  God bless you.

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Gentle Conversation

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Good Morning. Today is the last day of my mini vacation. I needed a few days to recover from so many long days at work and to catch up on some school work. I’m pleased to say that my house looks better and I have written two essays. The essays are still being edited, but I am pleased at the progress I was able to make. Also, this past weekend was birthday weekend. One of my children was born on the 9th and the other on the 11th. It was nice to have everyone here to celebrate.

Throughout the week I enjoyed the company of my husband, Dominic and Singer. The very playful Dominic will be a year old on the 23rd. It has been nice to wake up with him stretched out beside me in the mornings. I’ve heard it said that all good things must come to an end, but I just jump from one good thing to another.

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The second most important commandment is to love your neighbors as you love yourselves. You may wonder how you can do this when families can’t even get along. One way is to be mindful of your conversations. As you go out today, I encourage you to be careful what you say and how you interpret what others say. In fact, if there is the slightest chance that you might be misunderstood, don’t text. Texting lacks tone and can be easily misconstrued. There is nothing wrong with speaking your mind, but choose your words and approach carefully. While the receiver may forgive you, some words will not be forgotten. I encourage you to be careful how you interpret what someone is saying. Often that means stepping outside yourself and thinking of the other person’s perspective. Be careful when you blame someone. The situation may be different from what it seems. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. Be careful not to overlook or take some people’s efforts for granted in the recognition of others.  Finally, hang on the words of God.

Have a wonderful day. God bless you!