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Many of us have hard lives, and others of us just think we do. But consider our brother Job. Now there’s a guy who knows trouble and in huge quantities! In one fateful day, he lost all his considerable wealth and all his children.

Shortly thereafter, he was afflicted with boils that covered his body from his head to his feet. A more miserable man would have been difficult to find. One verse in the book of Job has always really stuck out to me. It says, “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.”

Now Love Heart, to say that takes conviction! Most of us want to collapse at the hint of a hangnail, but Job was keenly aware that his only hope was in God.

He listens to the advice of his friends then decides to plead his case directly to God. The ensuing conversation is a bit one-sided. At the end of the story, Job has a much clearer understanding of who he is and who God is. And still, he knows his only hope is in God.

Have circumstances gotten you beaten down? Are you trying to do it on your own? Whatever it is, take it to God. Know this – He owns all the resources, and your best resource is Him. Gwen~

The Gray Matter

November 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

               The brain is a magnificent piece of ingenuity.  Different parts of the brain are responsible for different functions.  There is the math area, the speech area, the motivation area.  There is the processing and decision making part.  Then there is the whole left-brain, right-brain thing.  But, what about wisdom and understanding?

In Job 38:36, God is addressing Job, and it ain’t a pretty sight.  God says, “Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind?”  The answer?  God – and God alone.  Don’t try to compare yourself to Him.  You’ll come out on the short end of the stick every time.  There is none like Him and all you do is frustrate yourself when you try to take on His role.

When God begins to address Job, the majesty of the universe unfolds leaving the reader completely awestruck.  If you have a little time, read it for yourself.  If you’ve never read it, prepare yourself to be blown away by the awesomeness of your Creator.  Gwen~

Beautiful Feet

January 15, 2015 — Leave a comment

th“How, then can they call on one they have not believed in? And How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them.  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:14-15,NIV)

As a believer it is our job to share the gospel.  How else will they know! ~Debra

Good New, Good New, Christ died for me. Good news, good news, if I believe, Good news, good news, I’m saved eternally, that’s wonderful, EXTRA good news!    th (1)

Character

June 27, 2011 — Leave a comment

A few years back I worked at a hospital here in Abilene.  It just so happened that at the same time my father-in-law was chairman of the board, which means absolute nothing except that my co-workers viewed it differently.

We were called to a mandatory meeting in the conference room.  No biggy, this happened periodically.  I made my way over to the meeting. 

We were all chatting when the president starts the meeting with the introduction of… you guessed it, chairman of the board, Monroe Levrets.  Ohhhh, Noooo!  I knew what was coming! 

Once the name was announce all eyes were on me.  I smiled sweetly and continue to listen to my father-in-law speak.  He is a wonderful man…by the way! 

When we returned to the office one of the transporters spouted off.  Well, we know how you got your job.  I very calmly asked him a question.  Do I do my job?  Yes, he replied. 

You see, I think his actions spoke to his character.  He saw the situation as a license to be a slacker! 

I saw the situation entirely different.  I felt I had to work harder because of who I was. More importantly, who he was! My Father…!

“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character hope.” (Romans 5:3-5, NIV)

The point of this story:  Do others see you trying harder because of who your “Father” is or can they tell the difference?   What do others see when they look at you?  Character or Slacker???  Deb~