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The Carrot and the Horse

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Charles Spurgeon told a story how once upon a time in an old kingdom, there was a gardener who grew an enormous carrot in his garden. Now this man loved his sovereign (aka the king) so he came and presented the carrot to the king, saying, "This is the best carrot my garden will ever grow. Receive it as a token of my love." Now the king discerned his heart of love and devotion and saw that he wanted nothing in return. This moved the king and he then gave the gardener far more land than he currently had for his garden, so the man went home rejoicing. Now a nobleman at court overheard this conversation. He thought to himself, "If that is the response the lord makes to such a small gift, what will he give in response to a great one?” So the next day he brought the king a fine horse, saying, "This is the best horse my stables will ever grow. Receive it as a token of my love." But the King discerned the nobleman's heart, and in response he just received the hor…

God Wants to Bless You!

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Have you ever been moved up to the head of the line for no apparent reason? Perhaps you were in a restaurant and someone payed for your meal without you expecting it? When blessings occur that you have nothing to do with it’s called "favor". The favor of God surrounds the believer. That means good things will happen to you and come into your life that you did not make happen...God did! God wants to bless you! (Say that out loud!) I was once in a meeting where many people had gathered to hear the speaker. I arrived about10 minutes prior to the event with a friend of mine and we sat where the open seats were, all the way in the back! I did not mind, I wasn't grumbling, I was just happy to be there. In a few minutes someone that I had met one time many months previously, recognized me and came to say hi. Then they asked me to get up and follow them to the very front row and even gave me a bottle of water to drink! They happened to be on the staff of the person that was spe…

Attractive Conversation

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"Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone." Colossians 4:6 NLT
Can you imagine having the right response at the right time for every person that you meet? It seems somewhat unattainable to me yet in reading this I see that by letting a little grace and beauty season my words, I become equipped and empowered to respond properly. That means I could have the right words at the right time to bring about the right result!  I thought about some of the conversations I have overheard others have in the coffee shop or in line at the grocery store. I have heard words with no grace and talk that was absolutely NOT attractive. Attractive conversation draws people to you. It creates an environment for growth, hope and encouragement. And that is what every one of us needs today. Imagine what would happen if followers of Christ starting talking differently than their Christ-less co-workers:) You and I should stand out! Beautif…

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'It’s so enjoyable to come before you with uncontainable praises spilling from our hearts! How we love to sing our praises over and over to you, to the matchless God, high and exalted over all! At each and every sunrise we will be thanking you for your kindness and your love. As the sun sets and all through the night, we will keep proclaiming, “You are so faithful!” Melodies of praise will fill the air as every musical instrument, joined with every heart, overflows with worship. No wonder I’m so glad; I can’t keep it in! Lord, I’m shouting with glee over all you’ve done, for all you’ve done for me! What mighty miracles and your power at work, just to name a few. Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything you do. Such amazing mysteries found within every miracle that nearly everyone seems to miss. Those with no discernment can never really discover the deep and glorious secrets hidden in your ways. It’s true the wicked flourish, but only for a moment, foolishly for…

MErcy Begins With ME

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“Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.  Matthew 5:7”
“Mercy is not simply having sympathy for someone. It implies an "active sense" of compassion or pity for someone suffering or in distress.
I am putting this mercy thing into practice. I am extending it to others so that it will come back to me! I am certain that there will be a time when I need mercy and if I do what God says, I will get it when I need it. I am also learning more about the Lord as I read through His Word this year. If you don't read it every day I encourage you to start. I came across Psalm 41:1-3 the other day and the first three verses really picked me up as I gleaned some insight on what God can and will do for us as we help others. It says...
Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; ..he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. The LORD will sustain him on his…

Commitment to Change

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“The Lord says, “Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever. I will be to Israel like refreshing dew from heaven. Israel will blossom like the lily; it will send roots deep into the soil like the cedars in Lebanon. Its branches will spread out like beautiful olive trees, as fragrant as the cedars of Lebanon. My people will again live under my shade. They will flourish like grain and blossom like grapevines. They will be as fragrant as the wines of Lebanon.” Hosea 14:4-7‬NLT This scripture describes the beautiful restorative power of the Lord when true repentance takes place. Repentance is the activity of reviewing one's actions and feeling contrition or regret for past wrongs, which is accompanied by commitment to change for the better. (Wikipedia) It’s not simply enough to be sorry for the bad decisions and choices of the past. True repentance requires a commitment to change for the better.That commitment to change wi…

In a Little While?

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“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”  1 Peter 1:6-7  So the other day in our Staff Chapel at church, during the worship time as we were praying, the Lord brought this scripture to my mind. I like to go to any type of church service with an expectancy and a hope that God will speak to me. So when a verse comes to mind, I immediately look it up. This morning was special for me because I am in a season where I want (need) a WORD from God…maybe more like a PARAGRAPH! I want to know the future! Doesn’t everybody? As I read the first four words I was getting excited, “so be truly glad.” Add to this the …