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Love and Grace

September 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

th (7)Good Morning, Lord!  What an absolutely beautiful day!  Please help me remember that each day comes as a gift from you and not to place too much importance on all my wants!  Father God, that I not put anything before you; job, family, fun and relaxation. Show me through the power of your Holy Spirit, what I need to relinquish to experience your love and grace.  Please help me to balance every area in my life that you may receive all the glory. ~Debra

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (I Corinthians 13:4-8)

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:1)

I read this wonderful article in my morning devotional and thought it was just too wonderful not to share.  This family and many others suffered that day but chose to Turn Tragedy into Triumph! ~Debra
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2, by Os Hillman
09-11-2013

“So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you” (2 Cor 4:12).

th (1)On 9/11/01, New York City firefighter Stephen Siller had just completed his shift when he heard on his truck’s scanner that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. Siller quickly turned his truck around and attempted to drive back to Manhattan via the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel but found the entrance blocked by abandoned vehicles. Desperate to join his elite Squad One brothers, Siller donned 75 pounds of fire gear and ran a mile-and-a-half through the tunnel, before an emergency vehicle picked him up and dropped him off at Tower Two.

Siller had been orphaned at the age of 10 and raised by his much older brothers and sisters. Siller died that day trying to save others. He left behind a wife and five children.

His story proved so inspirational that it became a legend in the newsrooms and firehouses of New York City. His six siblings – who in many ways viewed Siller as a son, as well as a brother – found themselves grappling with a dilemma: should they allow the tragic circumstances of their brother’s death to paralyze and embitter them or use it as a catalyst to help others and preserve his memory?

The Siller family chose the latter.

Once they made that decision, and armed with no extraordinary wealth or political clout, the siblings combined forces to convince New York officials to close down the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel the last Sunday morning of each September and stage the “Tunnel to Towers Run” to commemorate their brother’s heroic last run.

Each year since 9/11 tens of thousands of runners have retraced the steps of a hero. As part of the event 343 New York City firefighters, each representing a fallen comrade and holding an American flag, stand throughout the length of the tunnel. They are joined by firefighters from across the United States, each holding a poster-size picture of a firefighter who perished on 9/11.

The Siller family has raised more than $1 million and donated the money to charities that benefit families of those affected by the 9/11 attacks.

This is a tribute to one heartbroken family who opted to channel its energy into triumph out of tragedy.

Mighty to Save!

August 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

images (3)That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, KJV)

We do serve a Mighty God and we do have a purpose! ~Debra

Lures

January 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

In Matthew 11:17 Jesus said “Come after me and be My disciples, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”

Have you ever been fishing?  If not; you probably don’t know that fishermen use different bait or lures to catch different kinds of fish.   

As a “fisher” of men the Lord ask that we be an example in all areas of our life; like how we act and speak.

Some will respond to the way we act with love and grace while others will respond by hearing our joy and peace.

Cast that line and keep it tight.  Let’s go fishing! ~Debra  

 

At my church our children’s minister, Mindy, posts names of the children in our Mother’s Day out.  She puts them on different designs.  This particular one was on a “Bee” for spring.  We are asked to take a “Bee” and pray for that child every day.

I chose a little girl who just happen to have the same name as my daughter!  I put my “Bee” in a place where I would be sure and see it every morning and pray for her that day. 

Mindy knew the name I had chosen and came to me one Sunday morning and asked…I need to know what you prayed for this child.

I looked at her in surprise but answered…I asked the Heavenly Father for protection, love, understanding and for her to know God’s love, grace, & mercy.  That she WOULD KNOW GOD!

Mindy smiles…and tells me what happened during the week.  Seems a little boy was very unhappy one morning.  My “Bee” climbs up in Mindy’s lap and ask what’s wrong.  Mindy explains.  My “Bee” climbs down goes to the little boy and says:  It’s ok…you don’t have to be afraid.  God loves you and if you ask Him he will make it better!  You can ask Jesus into your heart.  He will play with you, dance with you, you are never alone.  He will make it better!   

“And he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3, NIV)

“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise… “(Psalms 8:2, NIV)

Pray on…Love Heart!  God is listening. Deb~