SHARING

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Earlier in the week USA today reported on the “pay it forward” chain at a Starbucks in St. Petersburg, FL. It is so great to see strangers doing something kind for one another. God call us to share what we have and this story shows that sharing can be a small act of kindness to a stranger.

Luke 3:11 (KJV)- He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.

Isaiah 58:7 (KJV) -Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

I love this next verse!

John 6:9 (KJV) – There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

Sometimes we forget that nothing is impossible for God. God can take 5 loaves of bread and two fishes and feed thousands. Just imagine what He could do with one act of kindness towards a stranger by each of us.

Most importantly, we are called to share. We must remember that everything we have belongs to God. We only have temporary possession of the things He has given us. We are to use all that He has given us to uplift and help others.

I challenge all of us to do something kind for a stranger over this labor day weekend.

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REST

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Here in my area it’s the first day of school. My little girl was so excited to go back after a long summer break. This got me to thinking about how fast the summer seemed to go by and how important the summer vacation or any vacation can be. Rest is good for our physical, spiritual, and mental health. God calls us to rest and rejuvenate.

Exodus 33:14 (KJV) And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.

Matthew 11: 28-30 (KJV).Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Psalm 127:2 (KJV). It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

Exodus 34:21 (KJV). Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

God makes it clear that rest is extremely important. In Genesis, after God created everything in existence in 6 days, He rested on the 7th. To be fully rested is a spiritual need.

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Prayer

The goal of this blog is to promote positive environments. I sometimes do that by looking at a negative situation and then looking at God’s word to show how His promises can overcome any negative situation, no matter how horrible.

While looking at my past posts I’ve noticed that more often than not I try to show some goodness out of bad (which is O.K., it’s what God led me to write at that particular time), but today I want to focus on one of the best promises that God gives us over and over. It’s His promise to listen to us whenever we speak to Him, and we can speak to Him anytime through prayer.

John 15:7 (KJV): If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Philippians 4:6 (KJV): Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Mark 11:24 (KJV): Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV): Pray without ceasing.

James 5:16 (KJV) : Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

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Grief

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Earlier this month in Texas, a man gained entry to a home and shot a family of seven, killing 4 children and their parents. The fifth child was left for dead but survived.

The grief that the surviving child has experienced has to be unimaginable. This story broke my heart and I just pray that God will send peace and comfort to this grieving child.

Matthew 5:4 (KJV) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Psalm 147:3 (KJV) He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Revelation 21:4 (KJV) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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GOD’S TIMING

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There was a recent story on msn.com that told the story of a 1953 class ring that was found in a dried-up lake 60 years later and was in the process of being returned to its owner. A ring being found after 60 years. Amazing!.

After reading the story I started thinking about God’s timing. The human race seems to constantly be in an ever-increasing hurry. We sometimes expect God to operate in our time constraints and on our schedules. We forget that God is the creator of the universe and we must conform to His view of time.

Psalm 27:14 (KJV). Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV). To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2 Peter 3:8 (KJV). But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Psalm 46:10 (KJV). Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psalm 90:4 (KJV). For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

We often expect God to respond to our request and prayers immediately and often become agitated or anxious when He doesn’t respond as quick as we think He should. We must remind ourselves that God is perfect, His plan is perfect, and His timing is perfect.

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Leadership

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On June 2, 2014 a Florida judge punched an assistant public defender during a disagreement outside of the courtroom. The judge has since apologized for his actions but this type of behavior is not uncommon.

http://www.angermanagement.net explains that approximately 1,000 murders in the U.S. take place at work. Also 1,000,000 injuries per year are a result of coworker attacks.

We look to judges as leaders of our communities and judicial systems. One would think that judges would behave at a higher level of self control. I am in no way judging this man, I am simply perplexed by the behavior.

Anytime we are confused by the behaviors of our leaders we should turn to the Bible to see what God says.

Phillippians 2:3 (KJV)Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Romans 12:9-13 (KJV) Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

Deuteronomy 1:16-17 (KJV) And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

If we expect our leaders to behave morally and with self-restraint we must pray for them. It is extremely important to pray for our leaders daily.

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Abuses Against Women

It seems like during the entire month of June we have been bombarded with stories of horrific abuses against women around the globe. We have heard of the Pakistani women (one was pregnant) who were attacked by for marrying men that their family’s did not approve of. The pregnant woman was beat to death with bricks and rocks while the other was shot and left for dead but, thankfully, survived.

We have also heard of the Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death for marrying a Christian man and refusing to denounce her Christian faith. Thankfully this woman had her sentenced overturned and was freed.

When we see stories like these, it is difficult not to feel some sort of anger. While we can experience righteous anger, we have to believe that God is in control. If we read what God says about these situations we can use His Word to pray prayers of intercession for victims of these types of abuses.

Colossians 3:19 KJV:
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 KJV:
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Psalm 10:17-18 KJV:
Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJV:
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

John 13:34 KJV:
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Whenever we hear about abuses and atrocities around the globe, we should reflect on scriptures and pray.

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