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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~

Brrrrr!

February 22, 2017 — Leave a comment

Do you remember the commercial that said, “Baby, it’s cold outside?”  The first part of the year in West Texas can be cold, but not as cold as some of our neighbors to the north.

Let me ask you, what’s it like on the inside – the inside of you that only you and God know?  Have you grown cold?

In Revelation 2, Jesus is talking to the church in Ephesus when He says, “Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love.”

We can get so busy, even doing good, that we forsake our first love, Jesus.  Even things that seem totally correct, such as serving in your church, can be a hindrance in your devotion to Him.  Ouch!

Think of  it this way.  What if you were the chief advocate for your child?  You clean his clothes, cook his food, clean his room, buy him the latest and greatest of everything, but yet you never talk to him.  But, you talk about him to anybody who will listen.

However, if you didn’t spend any time with him, as he grew from that little boy into a teenager and then into a man, you wouldn’t have a clue who he was or who he had become.  What if you didn’t speak to him but once a week, say on Saturday morning?  Would he know how you feel about him just from your activities toward him?  No, I don’t think he would.

Examine the temperature of your heart.  If it’s lukewarm or cold, you know what to do.  Spend some time with your Savior. Gwen~

Love Thy Neighbor~

January 27, 2017 — Leave a comment

I know a woman who was prompted by God several years ago to give her unbelieving neighbor a bible.  A while later, she invited him to a Sunday School class party.  Now, she’s 25 years older than he, so it wasn’t like a date!

But she knew that he didn’t have a relationship with Jesus and she wanted him to see that Christians are normal people whose sins have been forgiven.

He agreed to go and he loved it.  The folks at the party were very kind and caring with him.  He agreed to come to church for the mid-week service because dinner was served.  Again, the folks loved on him and made him feel welcome.  (And the food wasn’t bad either!)  He came each week for the dinner and as he did, he built relationships with many there.

Eventually he decided he was ready for Sunday morning.  Again, his new friends were thrilled to see him on a Sunday and welcomed him warmly.  Of course, each time he was there, he was given teaching from God’s word and saw it being lived out in front of him.  And he saw the difference in his new friends.

I heard he has accepted Christ as his own and had been baptized into the family of faith!

You know, sometimes we are afraid to talk to people about Jesus because we are afraid they will ask us something that we don’t know the answer to.  Love Heart, you don’t have to have all the answers, I promise.

 If you will just listen to the urgings of the Holy Spirit, He may just allow you to be a part of something wonderful…like the salvation of a friend!  Oh yeah, his new slogan is, “I came for food and stayed for God!”  Don’t you love it?  Gwen~

Sonflower

October 31, 2016 — Leave a comment

I just love Sunflowers, don’t you?  They’re so bright and cheery, bold yet comfortable.

The leaves are heart shaped; they stand proud and strong, faces raised as a reflection of God’s love.  Did you know that there isn’t much that can stop a sunflower from growing?  These bold flowers are very persistent.

 

I’ve seen them take root and push through cracks in concrete.  This unique flower also draws impurities from the soil and still blooms into a beautiful creation. 

This bright yellow flower is a constant reminder to me I will face obstacles, but if I push through and allow God to sift away the impurities, there are seeds of hope awaiting me.

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36, NIV)

Just as the sunflower is drawn by the sun, we are sought by His Son!!~Debra

 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10, NIV)

Washed by the Water!

October 25, 2016 — Leave a comment

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.” (1 John 1:9, NIV)

We will all face trials and temptations. Some days we will fall short of our goal, question ourselves and our walk with the Lord.   No matter the storm, Christ is a solid foundation! (Matthew 7:24-27,NIV)  We may waver…but HE won’t!

Impurity, fears, unbelief, doubt, anxiety, lust, worries, adultery, pride, drunkenness, selfishness, anger!    

You’re forgiven!  Let the love of Christ wash over you! Deb~

“We we were overwhelmed by sins, you forgave our transgressions.” (Psalms 65:3, NIV)