Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Life sure is not always a bed of roses...

 Life sure is not always a bed of roses nor is it a continuous walk on thorns but a combination of both.
 Alphonse Kerr said,"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."
 Difficult times don't last for ever.
 .•。Jeremiah 31:13 "Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow." 
 *¨`*•..¸Family is surely a school where God teaches us many things and develops the "Fruit of the Spirit" in us.
 As mothers most of our lives is spent helping kids with home work, pressing on, believing, holding on in faith, praying, paying bills, making beds, fixing breakfast and lunch etc.
 Some moms manage the home and a job outside.
Bringing up kids is not all fun and marriage sure is not a life long date but it's truly rewarding and fulfilling!
 There are times of joy and times of tears. 
 There will be ups and downs.
 Times of lack and times of plenty.
 There will be times of endless talking and times of long silence.
But when we hold on together through the pushes and pulls of life the end is rewarding.
 It's a joy to see kids grow, it is satisfying to see relationship with kids and spouse be strengthened through years.
 *¨`*•..¸ Our spiritual walk too is not easy. God did not promise we will not face the enemy's attack but promised to see us through and said we are more than conquerors!
 Looking back we can thank God not just for good times but also for the storms and thorns because it's the tough times that has made us stronger and so it is worth it all. 
And God makes everything work for our best and binds us with cords of love that cannot be broken!
 .•。Isaiah 35:1[ The Future Glory of Zion ] The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them,And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; ..

 When God allows us to pass through testing times we should know we'll come out stronger and better.Let's learn to walk through the desert praising God. 
 Soon the dry deserts in our lives too will bloom.
 God permits these desert walk so that we learn to cope with pain, rejection, misunderstanding, loss, death etc
 Let's thank God for the good and bad times, for the roses and thorns, for times of plenty and times of want. Our Lord is faithful to see us through and bring us victorious!
 Be Blessed,

Friday, June 1, 2012

You can make a difference!

Each of you can make a difference...
Just because you can't preach or teach like great preachers and write like those great authors of best sellers, don't think you are useless to God.
Just because you can't stand in the midst of the congregation and pray don't think you cannot pray. A whisper of prayer behind closed doors can make a ton of difference in someones life!
Sometimes you may wonder, "what difference can I make, I'm just too young or too old or a just a homemaker or am just too busy." There are countless excuses but God has countless ways you can serve Him.
Each of you can do something to make this world a better place!
Small acts can make great changes!
I just want to share with you a something I read that has blessed me so...much.
I don't know who wrote it...but it's the words that matters...
Be Blessed,

When you look at today's world, it's hard not to feel as though it is a 'lost cause'. After all, you are only one woman, what difference can you possibly make. You can pray, of course, and ask God to change the world we live in. But I believe He looks to His hands here on earth to show that God does make a difference.
Your hands and my hands . . . are God's hands.
To many we are the only Bible they will ever read. If we are to be like Jesus, we can't be like everyone else. People must be able to see a difference in us. If they see 'God' in us, and in our actions, then they're going to want God in their lives.

I spent a lot of time feeling frustrated and helpless. This wasn't the world I grew up in. It wasn't the world I wanted. It got so bad that I didn't even want to listen to the news or even read the newspaper. The overwhelming feeling of helplessness was just too much.
So I began to look for ways in which I could make a difference . . . even the smallest difference. And what a difference it made in my life!

Use your talent, whatever it might be, to touch another life.
~If you sew, make a rag doll for a homeless shelter. 
~If you cook, stir up a batch of your great cookies for an Alzheimer's facility. 
The list of things you can do is unlimited. Each one touches a life in ways you can never imagine. And while you are using your talents, your own spirits will soar and you'll feel Jesus in your heart.
~Make 1 phone call to someone who needs to hear from you. Let them know you are thinking about them.
~I adore greeting cards. I never leave the store with less than 5 or 6, buying them with no particular person or occasion in mind. Then I have them on hand to send (snail mail) with a handwritten note to someone needing a 'lift' or a 'touch'.Think how you felt the last time you received an unexpected card. 
~Tell a Bible story to a child.
~Make a phone call to your congressman, let them know what you support and that 'you' do care what they are doing. Christians don't have to be silent. Speak up! You see, you aren't helpless. 
Still feeling like there's nothing you can do?
Do you realize that if each of us only did a couple of things a week for others . . . how many lives we would touch for Jesus!
I personally want to give you my heartfelt "Thank you!" Spread the word that we are loved unconditionally by a Father who is never too busy to talk with us, walk with us and hold us up.
And we are His hands.
(Author Unknown)

James 2:17
So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). (Amplified Bible)