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I was in a training session where 5 volunteers were handed a roll of toilet paper.  Each one wasvolunteers instructed to “take as much as you need.”

Some took a few sheets while others rolled off many.  The only man in the group had rolled off a lot.

As it turned out, the object was for each volunteer to tell the group one thing about himself or herself for each tissue square they had.

toilet paperWhen it was Chris’ turn, he started out with his name, and gave us a little more information about himself with each additional square.  Then he said, “I’m an alcoholic.”  Another square – “I was unfaithful to my wife.”

The room was dead silent.  We were all taken aback, and I was thinking, oh, my goodness!  Chris continued. “Jesus saved me.”  Another square – “I have been forgiven.”  “I have been redeemed.”

I couldn’t help myself.  When Chris finished, I just squealed and hooted with delight!  Others clapped their approval.

Now, that’s not the kind of thing you expect to hear in a workplace environment, but Love Heartreasons, it thrilled my soul!  The middle part of 1 Peter 3:15 popped into my mind.  “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

Chris seized the opportunity to testify to the glory and awesomeness of God.  What an impression it made on me! In those moments, we all knew where Chris stood, and we knew Who he was standing on!  Praise be to God.  Gwen~

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

“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.


September 3, 2013 — 2 Comments

th (10)There is always going to be someone to remind you of your past.  They want you to believe that because of that past, you have no future.  I’m here to tell you; that is bull!

Satan will use every means necessary to make you feel unworthy.  When you hear that being whispered in your ear, remember; “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy!” (John10:10, NIV). Christ has come that we may have life, and have it to the full.

We serve a Risen Savior! Put your hope and trust in Him! ~Debra


Enough Said…

July 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

thNOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things (we) hope for, being the proof of things (we) do not see and the conviction of their reality (faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses).  Hebrews 11:1, AMP ~Debra


His Anchor Holds

July 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Do you ever feel like your world is coming unhinged? What a wonderful reminder that there is one and only one – sure Anchor!

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” (Hebrews 6:19, NIV)

Jesus Christ is our anchor, firm and secure! ~Debra