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Saturday, November 22, 2014

True Story Blog Party will open on Monday night


 
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Monday evening, the TRUE STORY Blog Party will open.
Please return Monday to enter YOUR TRUE STORY.

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Clean Dishes - Clean Feet

As is my practice, I rinsed off the lunch dishes and placed them in the dishwasher. What I did not notice was that there was water standing on the tops of the cups.

In a few minutes I heard my husband emptying the dishwasher.

OH No, I exclaimed. I just put some dirty dishes in there.

He protested, “Well it is too late now because I am almost done putting them away.”

It is just the two of us living here, and when something like this happens you just make the best of it. If we were out camping who knows how those dishes might have been washed. Perhaps they might have even been washed in cold water or only rinsed at best.

As I reflected on this incident I was reminded when Jesus said “He that is washed doesn’t need to wash again only to wash his feet, because he is every bit clean.”

He meant that once we receive Jesus into our heart, we don’t need to get saved all over again. We are clean and each day as we follow the Lord he keeps us clean.

It is only when we knowingly step into a place where “our feet get dirty” that we need to repent and get our feet washed so to speak. Jesus also said in another place that “You are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.”

That is why it is important to read our Bible daily because it is the Word of God that washes over us and keeps us clean.

So next time I rinse the dishes, and start to place them in the dishwasher I will pay better attention to see if there is water standing on top of the cups.

This is a Blog Hop and will open late Monday evening for your entry.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

True Story - Gloria and Ann



I Told You - - I Don't Like Change !

Tell me a Story has a new format.  I will be telling one of my true stories here.

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Each Monday evening, a new TRUE STORY Blog Party will open.
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 Gloria and Ann ( a true story)
Gloria was a Mean Girl and Her Words hurt
 
My first grade teacher asked my reading group to arrange our small chairs in a circle at the back of the room. I sat between Gloria and Ann. Gloria leaned across me and spoke to Ann in a voice loud enough so I could hear.

She said, “Do you like Hazel?” Ann replied, “Yes.”

Gloria laughed and forcefully said, “I don’t like her at all. In fact I hate her.”

I felt like crying! The color in my face drained and so did my spirits! Even though I had been taught not to hit, I was tempted to slap Gloria’s face!

Attitude is a Choice
In my six year old mind, I knew I had a choice. I quickly decided that I would pretend that I had not heard Gloria’s remarks.

Those Sunday School lessons on loving your neighbor had paid off! I would treat her with kindness.

Years later, I realized that Gloria had been teasing and joking. Some families enjoy pranks and playing those ugly games, but it is not a good practice.

Children can be injured by the words they hear and remember. Scars can be left that often cause insecurity and feelings of rejection leading to emotional and even physical illness.

“Dear Gloria, I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to learn to exercise the practice of walking in forgiveness.”

“I HATE YOU!” Yes, I said those words once when I was very upset with my Mother. Mother quickly responded and instructed me that there are some words to which a person should never give a voice. The word hate is one of them. She let me know that the person to whom I had spoken these words would always remember what I had said!  Ouch! Thinking back I still remember the first grade incident.

Mother continued, “No matter how much you beg forgiveness and say you are sorry, they will continue to remember those words you spoke in haste.”

“Yes, Mother, I love you and I believe I have never told a person since that time that I hated them.”

The Bible was Mother’s tool for emphasis. It made an impact on me! Mother explained that the Bible tells us not to stay angry. While it is not a sin to be angry, it is our obligation to make things right with the other person before the sun goes down.

“Ahhhha Thank you dear Mother....”You taught me to forgive even when I did not feel like forgiving! You also taught me to keep certain words unspoken.

So my friend, here is my challenge to you. Are you setting a watch before the words of your mouth? Do practice telling those who are close to you that you love them?

Do you use words to show your love even as you show love by your actions? Take special care to use words of respect that build up and not words that tear down relationships. Words can hurt or words can heal – it is your choice.

And, last of all, are you also acting out the Lord’s Prayer and forgiving those who you think are sinning against you? Just do it! It’s a lot easier to forgive the more often you do it.
 

Friday, November 14, 2014

New Pups and Top Dogs

I Don't Like Change !!

Tell me a Story has a new format.  I will be telling one of my true stories here. 
You are invited to follow by e-mail. The follow box is on my left side bar. 
Each Monday evening, the TRUE STORY Blog Party will open. 
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New Pups and Top Dogs
I noticed our neighbors new 6 month old German Shepard puppy was limping.

He seemed to be accepted by the two older dogs as they ran the yard. Our neighbor told me the pup would get in the box with the other dogs and cuddle. In the night our neighbor would hear a yelp and the next day it was the pups other leg that was limping.

Did you even feel like you were the new pup at work?

New jobs often create jealousy if you do your job faster or better than the ones who have been there awhile.

Or did you ever feel like the new pup at your church?

Were you being accepted as long as you sat down – shut up and put your money in the offering?

Give it more time and keep your humor. The older dogs will soon realize you are not one to bully and you should just keep smiling and praising the Lord.

Of all things do not stoop to snippiness or treat the other dogs with bites back. (back biting.) 


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Welcome - Week of November 10, 2014 True Stories Party


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You might enjoy these words by Mike Bickle

 
Deepen Your Intimacy with God – by Mike Bickle
 
In the last days, God says ... I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. ... And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. —Acts 2:17, 19-21

Signs and wonders in nature are not to be taken lightly, because they are not given for trivial reasons. Don't expect God to show a sign in the heavens concerning which car you are supposed to buy.

Fire fell from heaven and consumed Elijah's sacrifice, the Red Sea parted, and a star led the wise men to Bethlehem. These were not insignificant events in the progress of God's plan and purpose.

God's power displayed by signs and wonders in nature in the last days will be unprecedented because it will serve to confirm and signify one of the greatest events of all time—the last ingathering of souls and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The purpose of the outpouring of the Spirit, the increase of the prophetic ministry, and the signs and wonders in nature is to awaken the church to passionate Christianity and to bring people to salvation.

{ PRAYER STARTER }
Help me to understand Your work in these end time days, dear God. Let me always remember that Your Spirit is being poured out upon man to awaken Your church and to bring people to salvation.
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Welcome - Week of November 03, 2014 True Stories Party


I Love a TRUE Story !!
 

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You might enjoy this amazing true story about John Lake written here by Rod Parsley
John Lake an Apostle of Faith
The Spirit of Life by Rod Parsley 

For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. —Romans 8:2

John Lake was a missionary in Central Africa when an epidemic broke out. Thousands of people were dying.

One of the doctors sent by the local government asked him what he used to inoculate himself with against the virus.

Lake directed the doctor to put a sample of the living virus under a microscope, and view the masses of living germs. He then took the sample in his hand for a moment and then returned it to the microscope. To the doctor's amazement the germs were dead.

"That is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," he declared. "As long as I keep my soul in contact with the living God-.-.-.-no germ can attach itself to me. My spirit and body are so filled with the blessed presence of God, it even oozes from my pores."

The "law of the Spirit of life" is the regulating, activating power, and life of the Holy Spirit that has set us free from the power of sin, hell, and the grave.

Fill me Lord with Your Spirit of life.
Empower me to overcome the
power of sin, hell, and the
grave in Your mighty
Name. Amen.
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Welcome - Week of October 27, 2014 True Stories Party


 
Reading a True Story
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Enjoy these words by Beth Jones
http://www.jeffandbethjones.org/

EAT WELL AND LIVE -

Eat, Chew and Digest God's Word
 
"Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; for I am called by Your name…." Jeremiah 15:16, NKJV

Living on the go? Eating strange meals at weird hours? Visiting the fast food joint a little too often? We all have seasons that seem to get us out of our desired routines and healthy habits.  I think we’ve all had the nights, where we work late and eat the "dinner of champions"— a piece of cheese, a box of raisins, a V-8 and a giant cappuccino. Anyone else?

But these little snack-like dinners remind me of how things can be spiritually at times. We get so busy doing things, even worthy things, that we forget to eat the Word!   We snack on a verse here and a verse there, but we get busy and end up treating God's Word like a fast-food operation. I know I have been guilty. On crazy days, we pull up to "the Lord's drive-up window" and ask Him to super-size a verse for us and off we go to our busy lives.

Thankfully, God is merciful and gracious and at times, He does accommodate us in this way. But, we all know for the long-haul, this is no way to eat!

We need a healthy, regular diet of God's Word…loaded with all the spiritual vitamins, nutrients and energy we can get for life and godliness. Today, I hope we are all encouraged and reminded to set aside the time we need to spend with the Lord—eating His Word.

Prayer: "Father, I thank You that Your Word is my bread, honey and milk and contains all the nutritional value I need to operate in life. Help me to manage my time in such a way that I sit down with You to eat regular, healthy meals from Your Word! In Jesus’ Name, Amen."
 
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Welcome - Week of October 20, 2014 True Stories Party


Time to Read a True Story
 
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"How To Position Yourself for Miracles"

Pastor Bill Johnson, Redding, CA
(Bethel church, Redding, California - Where Miracles occur.)

When the Holy Spirit equips you, it's so you can do the impossible.

Many times throughout the Bible, the Lord spoke to His servants saying He would be with them. Sometimes He even described it this way: "The Spirit of the Lord came upon them." I once made a list of every such encounter recorded in Scripture. I found an interesting truth: Whenever the Lord said He would be with someone, it meant he had just given them an impossible assignment.

 
God gave such a promise to Moses. It was connected to his assignment to lead Israel out of Egypt and out of the cruel control of Pharaoh into the Promised Land. A similar word was given to Joshua, the one who took over when Moses was not allowed into the Promised Land. Joshua was assigned to lead them into their inheritance, in spite of giants and other fearful enemies. The same promise was given to Gideon, who was then to deliver a weak and humiliated Israel from the powerfully oppressive hand of the Midianites. And again the same was given to the 11 remaining disciples in the Great Commission in Matthew 28. It was tied to their assignment to disciple nations. The implications of the promised presence are staggering.
God's presence requires something from us—
the invasion into the impossible.

Something is always expected from us when God is revealed to be with us. It is a grave mistake to think the Holy Spirit is among us simply to comfort or encourage. That is a given. He is also present to make possible the impossible task in front of us! Perhaps this is part of what the apostle Paul wanted us to see when he asked God to show us the hope of our calling (see Ephesians 1:18–19).
 
"For God Was With Him"

One of my favorite verses, one that has had the most impact on me, has to do with Jesus, the eternal Son of God:

"You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." Acts 10:38

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What Do We Owe YOU, GOD? 
(Digested Sermon)

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