Could You?

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‘A few years ago, I was sitting in my backyard. I sat there contemplating all that was happening in my life with overwhelming feelings of despair.

I had married a man who was abusive and somehow managed to hide it from everyone else, including the kids. After hours and hours of prayer, I remained hopeless in knowing what to do. As I sat there in my thoughts, my eldest son, who was about 14, came up and sat down beside me. Although I was distracted, I could tell that he was in deep thought about something.

We sat there in silence a few minutes and then he spoke. “Mama, could you withstand the things that Job did?” I answered quickly saying, “Adam, I would have a hard time losing my children.”

He did not answer, as we sat there again in silence. A few moments later, he said, “Mama, could you withstand the things that Job did?” This time I hesitated and reflected upon his question a little more, realizing that he needed an answer. I thought about it a moment more and then said, “Well Adam, as I said, I would have a hard time losing my children.”

He nodded and we continued to sit there, with my mind returning to what I had been thinking before he sat down. After a few more minutes of silence, Adam said, “Mama… could you withstand the things that Job did?” This time his question hit me like a bucket of cold water.

I realized that either I could or I couldn’t. I looked at my son and said, “Yes, Adam I believe I could.” I always wondered why Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him (John 21:15-17). Now I know.

Adam is now attending college, studying to become a minister. But his ministry began years ago, as he sat there beside me asking, “Mama, could you withstand the things that Job did?”‘

Credit— Barbara Barker — Texas

*Thanks Barbara

Job’s story starts (LINK HERE)

So, could YOU,….withstand the things Job did?

 

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Somebody’s Daughter

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*Shared; true story

Somebody’s Daughter

‘One day while a friend and I were ministering to a prostitute, by buying her dinner in a Chinese restaurant, I opened my mouth and this came out : “You know, People Do Not Want To Hear About Jesus-They Want To Meet Him “. I left that day hoping that through our kindness the young lady had met Jesus.

Two weeks later she showed up with her friends at a church that I was attending. They all accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.

 
It turns out that she was working as a stripper to support herself and friends. They ate out of a local grocery store’s dumpster. The food we had bought for her and the twenty dollars we had given, restored their hope, faith and gave them the courage to believe that they could change.

She was 19. She was somebody’s daughter. She met Jesus.’

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1 Pet 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:….”

 
Lk 14:23 “And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”

 
2 Cor 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.

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People Are Like Rose Bushes

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*The following is a tad longer than I normally like to post. Albeit, I have posted lengthy ones here from time to time. However, I found something even I could relate to……so, It’s with my deep pleasure to submit this to you…I think you will find it inspirational. And if you do; please share it with others. ThanksMoraldiplomat

‘One spring morning a single woman in her thirties was sitting in her garden. The woman, mother of two, was depressed with life’s challenges and thinking how hard it was trying to manage a career and raise two children on her own. She began to think of how strong her belief in God was, but still could not help feeling overwhelmed with the difficulties in her life. Her eye caught that of a rose bush in her garden and she began to look hard into the bush.

She started by looking at the base of the bush and how it was formed by one trunk coming up from the ground. She compared the trunk to the beginning of her adult life and how simple things seemed to her then. No grave responsibilities, just herself to take care of.

As she moved up the trunk, it started to bend, and a branch had formed. This branch had reminded her of when she was married. She admired how smoothly the branch sprouted from the main trunk and how bliss her marriage was in the beginning. But as she moved up the branch, it became twisted and bent and riddled with knots. Her thoughts changed to how her marriage had developed, and how it became abusive and tormenting.

The branch seemed to go on for a while, as did her marriage and then the branch just seemed to end without reason or understanding. But from this branch she noticed two rose stems that had sprouted from the branch. She was amazed of how the rose stems came from such a twisted and knotted branch. Then she realized that these were her two beautiful children.

Each stem different from the other but still the same. One having more thorns than the other, but both were dark green and strong. At the top of the stems grew the largest and most beautiful flowers on the entire bush. Both were a brilliant dark red. She thought of her children, and though they may not be perfect, they were hers and they were absolutely beautiful.

The woman then went back to the base of the trunk and noticed another branch, which from its beginning was as straight as a board, then began to bend slightly. This branch signified her career.

As with any trial in life, things first began smooth and as time went on challenges began to occur. Although this branch wasn’t as twisted as the first, its small imperfections still reminded her of the mistakes and misunderstandings that have happened to her throughout her career. This branch sprouted many rose stems. Some were in full bloom some had yet to be opened. She thought of the many accomplishments throughout her career and how there are more yet to come.

Still again she looked at the base of the rose bush and noticed a third and final branch coming from the main trunk. This branch was thick and consisted of many small, yet smooth curves throughout. For every turn in the branch there was a rose stem. This branch seemed to her to signify the friendships and relationships she has encountered throughout her life.

Some of the stems had flowers that had died or wilted which made her recall some of her friendships that didn’t last or those she just didn’t keep in touch with. Yet there were many others on this branch that sprouted beautiful roses, both strong and full of life. These were her current friends. There were many of these roses on the bush and it seemed to fill up the bush and give it color and life. She was thankful they were there.

The woman then sat back and realized what she had been doing and seeing in the bush. She noted the absence of herself in the bush, and how everything seemed to point to someone else or some other aspect in her life, but she didn’t see herself. She began to weep because the bush was full of roses, thick and beautiful.

Then without warning, she heard a deep and warm voice from within. The voice said to her:

My child, do not weep, for what you do not see is in front of you. This bush is YOU. For every brilliant colored rose is a part of you. The bush grows upward to the heavens, which tells me of your faith. Each rose you see at the end of a stem, you see something else. I declare to you that this signifies that your faith will be rewarded in the end. As you trim the roses away, they grow back each time. This I declare to you is my promise to you that your reward will always be there. Each bend or twist in a branch and every thorn on a stem are obstacles in your life. But as you can see, each branch and stem has a rose. I tell you now that each rose shows that I have been there with you throughout your life. Your responsibility is simple, continue to water this bush as you have with your faith and it will continue to grow higher and stronger than you can imagine.”

The woman began to weep again, only this time it was of joy. She was filled with a new spirit of faith and determination. To this day she has continued to care for this bush, watering it daily and trimming when needed.

The bush now stands six feet tall and is covered with brilliant roses. The two signifying her children, still the largest and brightest of all. And each day she seems down on her luck, she goes to the bush and is given new strength to see the day through.’

2 Cor 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:…”

 
Rev 22:12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

 

True Story

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His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat.

The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. By now people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!) By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves, “You can’t blame him for what he’s going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?”

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The people are thinking.

The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do and now, they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won’t be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion.

When the minister gains control he says,

“What I’m about to preach, you will never remember.
What you have just seen, you will never forget.

-Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.”

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Reach for Excellence- Be Significant

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*Adapted from a writer “Derek” with only minor changes. Seize the day! –Moraldiplomat

-Seize today, the moment, this second.
But reach for significance not success.

Success is often the illusion we see when we dream of what we think will make us happy. It is not the ideal, just an hallucination of the actual ideal.

But when we seize today and the significance we find that nothing else matters, because what else is there but those things that are significant to us??

I don’t think all people will reach for excellence let alone ever achieve it. Many will live lives of “quiet …” but in the end will have found some significance. Family, friends even strangers will be a part of that.

To think that we will all be reaching for greatness I think is a disservice to the masses of fellow humans who don’t “make it”. However there is a promise that all of us have, just because we are born; that is we have lived and we were here to experience the many things that God gave us making our lives significant to others.

Living with passion is a nice idea, sure we should, I guess, try to. But for those who just live don’t feel bad…that’s what I do and I am happy as well.

You may not lose all the weight you want, find the man or woman of your dreams, or make a million dollars. But you will be able to say ” I was here and I did my best!”

When it all comes down to it, significance is the only thing that matters any way… no matter what anyone else says.

Mt 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? “

Our Moments

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We move forward with the certainty that we don’t have the faintest idea what we’re doing at all, which can be a very frightening prospect in a world; in a world where the boundaries of nations and the balance of nature can change over night.

We, like our brothers and sisters across the lake have received blessings also. God is a sure foundation in the hearts of both old and young- and can face any future problems- for we are armed with faith! And though tomorrow is uncertain, as a people, we cannot be diminished because the tide has turned.

The paths of our European ancestors and their children’s children are ours, will not go away simply because political divisions surface from beneath. So regardless if whether or not the future does not meet our expectations or the fates are cruel to some at times, no one can ever take away our moments as a people from us. From me, from you, from any of us. No one can ever take away our moments in time.

*Dedicated by anonymous for those living in Britain- Have faith in God Britons

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Eph 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Col 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

Time Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

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Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day.

Rich people can’t buy more time. Scientists can’t invent new minutes. And you can’t save time to spend on another day.

Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you’ve wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.

Success depends upon using it wisely – – by planning and setting priorities. Time is worth more than money, and by killing time, we are killing our own chances of success in matters.

Ps 77:5 “I have considered the days of old, the years of ancient times.”