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Found this very inspiring. I want to make a difference…how about you?

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1, NIV)

Run you race! ~Debra

Second Chances

May 21, 2016 — Leave a comment

I was watching a movie the other night about a young man who had been called into the ministry.  He ran from his calling and became a very rich investment banker.  Not a nice one I might add…

He had also left a young woman who loved him very much at the bus station expecting him to return.

Then story takes a twist…After 15 years he receives an invitation to come hear her speak at a church in a small town near by.  He decides to go.  As he’s racing down the road in flashy new sports car, it breaks down and who comes to his rescue but…an Angel.

This Angel announces that he is being given a Second Chance.  He is transported into the life he didn’t choose.  He’ married, has two girls, and is the Preacher of a small church. 

You can imagine the ciaos.  He struggles with resentment, anger, and bitterness.  After a time, He begins to see the love of those around him.  Prayers being lifted on his behalf…the love his wife and girls have for him.

One night he is called to minister to a dying man.  This man is not a believer and very old.  He shares with him the parable of the workers in the vineyard from Matthew 20:1-16.

He wanted him to realize that it’s never too late!  No matter when you decide to accept the Lord, our reward is the same, eternal salvation.

God’s mercy and grace is His to give as He sees fit.

The parable from Matthew indicates that several believers weren’t happy

Love Heart, celebrate God’s grace and mercy regardless of when a person come into His saving Grace.  It is never to late to serve and it’s never to late to accept Chris as your personal Savior.

 

CAUTION:  Scripture warns, that we have no promise of tomorrow!

Take that second chance to serve the Lord and rejoice when someone comes to serve Him, no matter how late they arrive.  ~Deb

“No one knows about that day or hours, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36, NIV)

 

 

 

 

 

I had a fabulous weekend…I had my grandgirls.  We spent time doing girl stuff.  Shopping, cooking, getting the Barbie hair untangled and put back to their former beauty.

When it was time to wind down for the evening they asked me to tell them a story.  I was thinking to myself they know all your basic fairy tales and the Holy Spirit spoke these words to me… “Esther.”

I asked them…how about a true story about a Queen?  They loved the idea.  Of course when I said, Esther…they said, who?

Esther was a beautiful, Jewish woman living in Persia.  She was being raised by her cousin, Mordecai because her father and mother had died.

King Xerses ordered and edict that all young girls where to be brought to Susa and put under the care of his servant Hegai so that he could pick a queen.   

Esther was brought to the palace and place under Hegai’s care.  She found favor in his sight.  Esther hadn’t revealed her nationalityand family background  as a Jewish because Mordecai had forbidden her to.

The King found favor with Esther and liked her more than any of the other woman.  He took Esther as his wife and she became Queen.

Now, one of Kings Xerses royal officials, Haman, had a problem with Mordecai because he wouldn’t bow down to him.  So he plotted to have all Jews killed.

Who else was a Jew but nobody knew about it, Esther!

Haman twisted the truth and had the King sign a paper saying that on a specific day all Jews would be killed.

Mordecai asked Esther to speak to the King on behalf of her Jewish people.  the was one catch…if she went before the King without being summoned. she would be killed unless he held out a golden scepter of acceptance.

Esther was frightened, but she went to speak to the king on behalf of the Jewish people.  “…I will go to the king, even though it is against the law.  And if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16, NIV)

Esther did go before the king and he did hold out his scepter.  Yes, her beauty helped but it was her character that won the Kings heart.

God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. He uses people to orchestrate His will!  David slaying Goliath, Nehemiah rebuilding of the wall, Moses leading of the Israelite’s and Esther saving God’s people.

Remember you don’t have to be supernatural…that God’s job.  We just have to be willing!  Deb~

 

 

 

 

 

I read a story recently about a man who loved animals.  He worked from his house and his front door would not stay closed unless it was locked.  The man rarely bothered to lock it.

One day he was working and heard his front door open.  He went to see what the noise was and discovered that a neighborhood dog named Buster had pushed it open.

The man gave Buster a treat and ruffled his ears a bit.  The dog returned each day.  He would push the door open and wait for the man to come to him.  He never barged his way in or begged for his treat.  He just waited patiently until the man came to him and he always came. 

As the weeks went by Buster started bringing some of his friends with him.  Sometimes these furry friends wouldn’t go home! People would smile as they went by the man’s house.  The front door would be open and they knew that he was inside enjoying the fellowship of Buster and his friends.

This man showed love.  The ones he shared with shared and look what happened.   Unconditional Love and fellowship.  I think we all want a little be of that!  Reach out and share the love of Christ.   Someone is waiting for an invite!!  Deb~

1 John 4:7-8  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

I’m Excited!

April 18, 2016 — Leave a comment

I know a little tune from way back that says, “I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it!”  That perfectly describes me!  The weird thing is I don’t know what I’m excited about…exactly.

I’m excited to see where God is going to take me and what He’s going to do in my life.  I’m still excited about Love Heart Ministries and the people who are being touched for the Savior.  But, all this is completely unknown for I haven’t a clue what God will do through me and with me. I have no idea what His plan is.  All I know is that I can completely trust Him.

He’s always amazing me because I would have never been able to come up with this ministry.  It was His idea and He just shared it with me and Debra.   But, this I do know, Love Heart, I don’t want to miss out on a single thing He has in store.  How about you?  Are you looking forward to what tomorrow might bring?  Trust your Savior!  He won’t let you down.  Gwen~