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Potter’s Hands

March 31, 2017 — Leave a comment

“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seem best to him.” (Jeremiah 18:4, NIV)

JEREMIAH 18…~Debra

Come to Jesus

March 25, 2017 — Leave a comment

Are you stuggling today?   Is there a burden that you are carrying?   You don’t have to carry it alone Love Heart.  He’s here for you…Come to Jesus!  Debra

Psalm 55:22a” Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you.”

A-Admit:   Admit to God that you are a sinner, Repent, turning away from your sin.  (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Acts 3:19; I John 1:9)

B-Believe:  Believe that Jesus Christ is God’s Son and accept God’s gift of forgiveness from sin.  (John 3:16; John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:11-13)

C-Confess: Confess y0ur faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. (Romans 10:9-10, 13)

 

 

Long Black Train…

March 15, 2017 — Leave a comment

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

Whispers

March 9, 2017 — Leave a comment

When my children were growing up my husband and I helped in the youth department at our church.   

My son introduced me to a young man that was at church visiting and they seemed to have hit it off.

I wasn’t impressed.  This young man was outside of the box…long, saggin shorts, chains hanging from his pockets, spiked hair, and pierced ears.  I had grown up in a VERY conservation household.   

I was going to keep an eye on this one especially if he was going to hang around my son.

In doing so; I learned a lot about this young man.  His parents were divorced and it wasn’t pretty.  They fought constantly and he was caught in the middle.  They expected him to choose and be loyal to one or the other.

After several months of being with this young man we became very good friends.  The Lord just opened my heart for him and I was able to listen while he expressed his heart.

One day he was telling me how his mother was bad mouthing his father.  He seemed so troubled.  I could see that he was wrestling with something.      

I looked at him and said…you know all the things your mother is saying about your father are true, but he is still your father and you wish your mother wouldn’t talk like that about him. He looked up into my eyes with sorrow and we prayed together.

Months later we had an exercise in our group.  A person was put into the middle of a circle and those surrounding him were to tell what that person meant to them.

You guessed it…I was put in the circle.  When it came to this young man…he said; she hears my “Whispers!”

Love Heart, we serve a wonderful, mighty God; who gives us the ability to serve others.

What I would have missed if I had kept my distance from the young man because he didn’t fit MY expectations.  If God hadn’t prevailed upon me to just to listen and support.

Alan and I are still friends today.  He is now married with children of his own.  I will hear a knock at my door …and there he is.  What a blessing! ~Debra   

 

Business consultant was training more than 3000 employees of a mid-western grocery chain to approach their jobs with a goal of creating a memory for their customers. She stated that “this is what will distinguish your store from all others.”

Johnny was a 19-year old bag boy that had down-syndrome. His first response to the consultant’s suggestion was “I’m just a ‘bag boy.'” Nevertheless, he went home and shared what the consultant said with his mother.

They began to ponder the consultant’s words about how he could create a memory for his customers. Johnny had a habit of collecting inspirational thoughts that he would often read. He decided he would begin printing these sayings and place one in each of the bags of his customers.

When customers came through the line he would place the sayings in their bag and say, “I’ve included some of my favorite sayings in your bag in hopes it will encourage you today. Thanks for shopping with us.”

After just a few weeks, an amazing thing began to happen. One day the store manager noticed that all the customers were lined up at only one cashier station when there were other stations open. He began to panic, thinking the other stations were broken. After further investigation he found this was not the case. Actually, customers wanted to come through Johnny’s line in order to get his saying of the day.    

One woman came up to the manager and said, “I used to come to the store only once a week, but now I come everyday!” Johnny’s example spread to other departments in the store.

The florist began giving a flower to each florist customer. The meat department put Snoopy stickers on each meat order with a special greeting. This one act by a bag boy changed the entire climate of the store.*

How can you create a memory for someone in your workplace today? Jesus was all about creating memories.

*Ken Blanchard, presentation made at 2004 His Presence in the Workplace conference, San Antonio,TX, 2005

You never know what kind of light you are bringing into someone’s world.

“You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5: 14-16, NIV)

 

Shine wherever you are…not matter the circumstances! Deb~