It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.

Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~

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April 22, 2010

Paying it Forward...

Yesterday while driving through the drive through at McDonald's (to get a large ice coffee) - I looked in my rearview mirror and see a police officer behind me, placing an order.  I was feeling kind of down and I thought to myself - hmmmm what can I do to "pick my spirits up a bit?"  And somehow it crossed my mind that today would be a good day to "Pay it Forward..."  Have you ever heard of that term?  Its a term my mom taught me years ago.  Its when you try to give back a little of what you have been blessed with by doing something to bless someone else.  So when I drove up to the window to pay for my coffee - I said to the cashier.  "...And I'll also pay for the order of the car behind me."  She raised an eyebrow and looked at me in surprise.  I could tell she wasn't use to people being generous.  I told her - "When he drives up to the window - please tell him his order has been paid for - and that the woman in front of him hoped that God blessed him today, and that he had a good day."  She indicated with a nod of her head that she would.

I share this "not to toot my own horn" because the Bible tells us not to let "Our left hand know what our right hand is doing." But because it picked up my spirit.  I smiled as I thought of the look of surprise on his face when he pulled up to the window.  I of course had already drove off by the time he was collecting his meal.  It also made me think how it really does feel good to give.  Unconditionally. And lastly, it made me think about how Jesus paid the price for my sins.  How He died on the cross for forgiveness of my sins.  He paid my price. 

What have you done to make a difference in someone's life?  Make someone smile? Thought about someone other than yourself?  We get so wrapped up into our own circumstances, problems, thoughts - that we often don't count our blessings...   The ironic thing is - I don't know who felt happier about my actions... It was just a small really "insignificant thing" but it made ME feel good - "paying it forward." 

Imagine what a better world this would be - if everyone decided to "pay it forward?"

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