A Lifestyle of Contentment

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:16,17 ESV

Picture yourself growing up as an orphan in Mozambique, Africa. Your father has abandoned you and you are raised in an orphanage. Not a luxurious place, well-provided for by a prestigious organization. An orphanage George Muller style, where you don’t know from what place your next meal will come. But you know your provider is the God of the Universe. Exciting, but sometimes a little nerve-wrecking. Our Heavenly Father will provide for us when we pray, but most of the time at the last minute. But never late!

Bruno is an 18-year old young man in Africa. He grew up in an orphanage like the one I described. Every week they pray for God to provide food for the next week. They live by faith!

I heard this testimony through Isik Abla, a Christian evangelist and host of TV and radio broadcasts around the world. You can look her up on Facebook. It touched my heart so much I want to share it with you.

This young man has nothing of material riches, but he has the riches that last for eternity. If he finds a bed for himself for the night he considers himself rich. If he has a corner where he can be alone and uninterrupted, he is rich.

Isik thinks he might not have eaten a full meal in his life, but when she offered to take him out for dinner he refused. He is not used to that life-style. Instead of dinner he would rather have some fruit. When Isik brought him fruit he was very excited! For six months, he had not eaten fruit.

Isik asked him what he needed, what she could pray for. “I have everything,” said Bruno. “I have Jesus!” But he wanted prayer to have a deeper walk with the Lord.

Bruno knows what the real riches are. “I am so happy,” he said. His dream was to be closer to Jesus! This is a young man who has a contentment life-style.

I was so touched by this testimony I spent the afternoon looking at the Apostle Paul and what he had to say about this subject. I’ve made a file of the Scriptures I looked up. You are welcome to use it. One is a WORD file so you can make your own notes.

To print and read:  PDF  Paul Models Contentment and Gratitude  

WORD  Paul Models Contentment and Gratitude

Contentment in Whatever Situation

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness [gentleness] be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. 14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. Philippians 4:4-7, 10-15 ESV

We had a couple of pictures hanging on the wall when I was growing up. One talked about Christ being supreme in the home. In fact, I have one myself, to be reminded that Christ is the unseen Guest at every meal that and the silent Listener of every conversation. The other picture had some virtues, one being Contentment. It said that contentment is the crown of the home.

Gratitude and thanksgiving bring joy. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me,” is verse we like to use. Agreed? Did you notice in what context Paul wrote those words? He was talking about being content. He said he could handle both lack and abundance. He could face plenty and he could face hunger. Then he said, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

May I encourage us to practice contentment. Did you notice I said “us”? I’m writing these words just as much for myself. Let’s praise the Lord for his goodness! Let’s be a grateful people.

Bruno in Africa was overwhelmed with gratefulness because of a bag of fruit! He didn’t desire material possessions but to have a deeper walk with Jesus.

What is your desire for this week? For life as a whole?

I WANT MORE OF JESUS!

Here is a contentment exercise I did three years ago:

As I was getting ready for the day I started counting all the things that are “wrong” with my body. That doesn’t sound very spiritual, does it? It’s not a very spiritual activity to get dressed and ready. My body feels fragile, like it could break any minute. Sometimes it feels like a freight-train has run over it. So I started my mental list: damaged nerves, pain in hands and feet, hernia, lack of lymph-nodes, tooth infection… Stop right there! There might be some things wrong, but I immediately made a 180 degree turn and started the list of things that are working.

First things first: I can breathe! I can see, I can hear, I can talk, I can use my hands, my heart functions correctly, my lungs are clear, I can walk (even if it’s not as swiftly as I used to), my liver works, my kidneys do their job, my hair has grown back out from when I lost it, my brain works fine, I’ve got all my intestines and they do their job, I have both my breasts, I still have my teeth, I have my nose intact (I don’t remember anybody punching it), I have all my 200+ bones… That calls for contentment!

Whenever I start feeling sorry for myself due to all the aches and pains, I just need to start counting my blessings and all the things that DO work fine! How about you? Do you have some missing parts? Are some of your parts not working properly? Start making the list of all that works fine and praise the Lord that you can breathe and that your heart pumps the blood through your system.

Bruno? A bag of fruit made his day!

Contentment is the key!

 

 

 

 

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Don’t be let down by circumstances

A ship doesn’t sink because of the water that surrounds it but by the water that it lets in. Don’t let yourself sink because of things that surround you.

I read this advice this morning, at a time in my life when I feel sad. My heart is broken. Sometimes things happen that take us by surprise, things that we don’t understand. But we can’t be let down by the circumstances. Then we’ll be like a boat that sinks in the environment that was supposed to carry it.

Salt and Pepper with Captain Bravo

I lead a very lonely life. I have mentioned before that I have neuropathy in my feet and hands as a side effect of the chemotherapy I had nine years ago. I can walk inside the house. When I go out I can walk about a block. How I would love to go on walks in my neighborhood; but I cannot. That is a big cause of my sadness. Other things that have happened are private; nothing to write about. But I can write the words of God that have comforted me. Psalm 34:18.

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.

One sad time in King David’s life was when he had trouble with his son Absalom, who revolted against him to take his kingdom. Read the story in 2 Samuel 15 to 18. What great pain his son caused him! But David never stopped loving him. When Absalom died, David felt so much anguish that he cried out saying, “My son Absalom—if only I had died in your place!”

David had his harp and God had gifted him the talent to write. How beautiful is Psalm 34! But if you look behind the scene he was in distress when he wrote it.  He had to pretend madness because of his enemies. But in the midst of it all he had the goodness of the Lord to brighten his days.

The sun has hidden behind the clouds. I hope that soon it will shine through. Meanwhile, I continue with the joy of my heart, to write for the thousands of Spanish-speaking children who receive my stories.

I’m happy to announce that I have launched a series of stories for children on my English resource page. It’s about two fun-loving boys called Salt and Pepper, that will learn many valuable lessons through their kind neighbor Miss Beatrice. There is also a little girl in the story, a girl who wins a special prize for guessing a word about something that is worth more than gold.

It’s been eleven weeks since this story was “born.” It’s not going to end soon because the more I write, the more ideas pop up in my head. These imaginary friends make me company. I think of them and the children who read the stories and the sun that has been hidden comes back out.

Invite kids to read the stories. Read them for your children or grandchildren. There will be a new chapter each week. http://MX1414.wordpress.com

We are praying for the nations. I had a request from Venezuela. The situation is very difficult. You might have seen on the news or read on social media about the suffering people are going through. Pray for God’s love to prevail, that in the midst of these critical circumstances people will come to know Jesus.

Another day I will be writing about the new school year. I have a very special assignment for this year. Apart from the company of my “story friends” I will have my grandson David coming to see me every school day. That’s a story for another day!

May I encourage you again to read Psalm 34? David looked to his Heavenly Father and declared: “Taste and see that the Lord is good!”

A ship doesn’t sink because of the the water that surrounds it but by what it lets in. Don’t be let down by your circumstances. Rise above them. Trust the Lord; He is good.

Just like David, I have tasted God’s goodness and I can say for sure:

HE IS GOOD!

 

 

 

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A Heart like the Heart of God

I’m reading a book called Love Story by Nichole Nordeman, The Hand that Holds us from the Garden to the Gates. How this book landed in my hands has to do with a super bargain sale at Mardel. I have a stack of books that I bought at the beginning of summer for one dollar each. I love these kinds of bargains. I even thought I could make a profit! (Don’t tell anybody, but I could double the price at our next garage sale!)

Joking aside, if it weren’t for the sale, I would never have bought the book. The writings of a recording artist and songwriter is nothing that speaks loudly enough for me as to pick up that kind of a book. But biographies and mission biographies do speak loundly! This book is a different kind of “biography.” Nichole writes about Bible characters and ends each chapter with lyrics from music inspired by The Story.

Have you read The Story? I’ve been reading The Story all my life! But this particular “The Story” tells The Story in an easy-to-read sequence, telling The Story from beginning to end… No, there is no end… We are living The Story. We are on our way to The Gates!

Have I confused you? A few months ago I sent a copy of The Story to one of my cousins who has grown up without The Story, because my uncle didn’t believe. I want her to know The Story, but most of all I wish that she will come to know the Author of The Story. I pray for her every day.

Have you grown up knowing The Story? Is the Author your Father and Savior? There aren’t words enough to express the gratitude I feel because I had parents who taught me The Story. I love The Story. I love the Author. Which brings me to the title of this blog: A Heart like the Heart of God.

I’ve been meditating deeply these last few weeks on the Apostle Paul’s words to the church at Ephesus:

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
Ephesians 5:1

I’ve been writing down scriptures on the subject and thinking about how to incorporate it in one of the stories about Salt and Pepper (I mentioned in my last blog the cute little guys that keep my mind busy these days). “Imitators of God, as beloved children.” Usually a child wants to be like her father, if she has a father, and if that father is a good father. I feel so sad for all the children who grow up without a loving father!

I’ve looked up to my father all my life. And I still have my father! We talk on the phone or on Skype several times a week. I called him today. “I don’t have very much to tell you, because of the heat I can’t get out much. But I wanted to hear your voice.” We don’t have to say very much. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation. But I want my father to know that he is appreciated and never forgotten.

As I am reading along in the book, I get to the part about David. (David, but not the David in The Story, is my favorite boy in all the world! How I hope God can say the same thing about him, as he said about the David in the Bible, that he was a man after his own heart!)

This is the part that touched me to the core, part of the lyrics, titled your heart:

At the end of the day, I wanna hear people say

My heart looks like your heart,

My heart looks like your heart.

When the world looks at me, let them agree

That my heart looks like your heart,

My heart looks like your heart.

“And when he [God] had removed him [King Saul], he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’” Acts 13:22

Yes, that’s what I want! I want my heart to look like God’s heart. So, how is God’s heart? This is the best description I can come up with!

I want my heart to be pure, like my Father’s heart.

I want my heart to be perfect, like my Father’s heart.

I want my heart to be good, like my Father’s heart.

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.” Ezekiel 36:26,27

This is what God’s heart looks like:

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32

This is the kind of heart that I want! “God, I want my heart looks like your heart.”

How about you, my friend?

Do you want to read “Love Story”? See: worthypublishing.com

May you also desire to have a heart that looks like God’s heart!

 

 

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Praying for the Nations

To my dear friends that faithfully visit my blog, I just realized it’s been almost a month since I last posted something. It’s been busy weeks! Today I did  a sigh of relief. I finally figured out how to post a very special project my assistant Cristina and I have been working on. You will hear more about it when I get the English counterpart of the Spanish on the move.

What is it all about? Something I have been wanting to do for a long time. We are going to be praying for the Nations!

Every other week the Spanish Sunday school teachers will get a country assigned to pray for with the children. My granddaughter Brianna is excited about translating the prayer needs to English. We use Google and then she edits it.

Our emphasis is now Syria. With the overloads of files I have on my computer, the English we did is gone. It’s a good thing I did a print-out. Now I remember that I did a PDF-file. Let me find it! It doesn’t have the final edit but I’m sure it can be used to as a prayer guide.

Pray for SYRIA

Everything else has taken second stage. My assistant Cristina has made the instructions on how to make a big map. Then we are making flags and faces of boys and girls to add to the flags and put on the map. You can go to a bookstore and buy a map. Set one up someplace in your home or in your Sunday school class at church. Let’s be real intentional in praying for the nations, for a world-wide harvest of souls for Jesus!

This is the map Cristina has made and has in her room.
It’s 57×32 inches!

But this is not all! I started to write a story about two little boys that I called Salt and Pepper.  I wanted to teach on the importance of watching out speech, that it be seasoned with salt! This was seven weeks ago! The story continues week by week. It will come in English too. My friend who translated them to English has had shoulder surgery so she cannot work with them for now.

Here are the cute little boys that keep me very busy.

I hope you are having a good summer. If you live on the other side of the Equator, may you be coping fine with winter.

I’ll be back soon! You will get updates on the countries we will pray for.

Please pray for the children in Syria,
that they will find the way to salvation in Jesus.

See the prayer-page in Spanish:  Oremos por las naciones

 

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It’s All About Jesus

I’m excited about this week. There is a big week-long conferences in Sweden called Nyhemsveckan. It’s arranged by the Pentecostal churches, a tradition that has been going on for 100 years. When I visited Sweden in my youth it was a highlight for me. Now I can sit in my living room/office and be a part of it. The wonder of the Web!

Find this conference at: www.nyhemsveckan.se

Yesterday was Father’s Day. Apart from Church in the morning, it was a lonely day. In Sweden, where my father is, this day is celebrated in November. The father of my girls is already in his eternal home. It was a rainy day. I decided to study Proverbs about wisdom–wisdom in general and the wisdom of using the tongue to speak wisely.

For wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. Proverbs 8:11

This subject has been on my heart for several weeks and I’m writing some stories for children, weaving this subject into them. They will eventually be provided in English.

All treasures of wisdom are in Jesus! Meditate on this. Let that truth penetrate your innermost being. You can find all your answers in Jesus!

Then I had the surprise of my life! In 1960-61 I made friends with Olga and Oswaldo, two young people in Tarma, Peru. I have written before about how Olga and I visited the local hospital and the prison, and how we distributed Gospel tracts. When she met Oswaldo, and they had more than a friendship connection, I got to know that young man more.

Oswaldo being baptized    |   Olga with a bag of tracts

A while back Olga was promoted to her eternal heavenly home. I know this because her daughter has made friends with me in Facebook. Yesterday she gave me the surprise of my life. She called, because her father gave himself a Father’s Day present. That’s what she said! The present was to call me!

Oswaldo called me by a name I haven’t heard in ages: Chestin. It warmed my heart. He was doing his best to pronounce Kerstin in Swedish (sheash-tin). We talked old memories. He was so surprised that I sounded just like when I was 16. “I have to keep young for all the children I work for,” I told him. Then we talked about Olga and that we will meet again. That is the glorious hope we have if we love Jesus.

At the beginning of this month I wrote about a laptop my assistant Cristina and I ordered for her mother, who works as an English teacher for preschoolers in Lima, Peru. You might have been wondering what happened. We did not have much time to get the computer delivered to the person visiting Florida that had promised to take it back with her upon returning to Peru. It was right before the Memorial Day weekend.

It arrived on time! And it arrived in Peru! It was an answer to prayer! It took a while for Cristina’s sister to be able to go get the laptop once it arrived in Peru. But my friend Maria got it exactly at the right time. I can’t explain all the details, but things happened and new guidelines were set up at the school, so she really needed a laptop that worked! The timing when she received it was perfect!

God is perfect! Everything he does is perfect! He knew what was going to happen at Maria’s school, that she needed a laptop, and when she needed it. Such is our wonderful God. I’m so glad I  was a little part of this!

Now I will enjoy a week with Nyhemsveckan at a distance. “It’s all about Jesus!” Did I say that this is the theme for the conference? It’s also the theme of my life. Jesus is everything for me. Everything I do is for Jesus. When I push my “publish” button on one of my web pages, I look up to heaven and say, “This is for you, Jesus. Use it for your glory.”  I hope what I publish can be used for God’s glory.

It’s All About Jesus!

I hope you can join in with me letting Jesus be everything for you. Words cannot describe how wonderful he is. Jesus is everything to me!

 

 

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My Hobby Lobby Story

I picked up a book at Hobby Lobby last time I was there, written by the founder and CEO David Green. If you live in the United States you probably know that Hobby Lobby is a crafts and arts store, the most fun store somebody with creative juices can walk in to.

I was introduced to Hobby Lobby in 1994, when my late daughter Eva-Marie and I visited Joan, our friend from Peru. Joan was very excited about some crafts she needed for decorations and she took us to “Jabi-Labi.” I am in no way trying to make fun of Joan’s accent, but I thought it was so cute the way she pronounced Hobby Lobby, and from that time on I just loved “Jabi-Labi.” That visit was in Colorado Springs, and it had such an impact on us  (not Hobby Lobby but the visit and the climate) that we moved there, but that’s another story.

You have heard of my Princess Room, I am sure. The walls are decorated with cute things I have found at Hobby Lobby. The purpose of the room is to pamper a “Princess” God would send me, only for a weekend, for someone who just needs a little break. I even had journals with Princess, Daughter of the King written all over it. I wonder who is going to be my next guest. Of course, I have my granddaughters that spend time there every time they visit me. I have furnished and decorated it for Him, for his Princesses.

A wall-hanging, also cover of the journals

I started reading the book early this morning and couldn’t put it down. It impressed me, especially the part of Hobby Lobby being “A Company owned by God.” The Green family are what we all should be in our different areas–stewards, caretakers. All that we have is the Lord’s.

Read 1 Chronicles 29 about the offering David and the people prepared for the temple Solomon would build. David had in his heart to build a temple for the Lord, but God said he was not allowed to do it because he had been a warrior and shed too much blood. So, he prepared the materials for the great task his son Solomon would undertake. Here are a few words that show David’s perspective:

 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding.  O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.” 1 Chronicles 29:14-16 ESV

The book I just read is called “Giving it all away… and getting it all back again, The Way of Living Generously,” by David Green with Bill High. Published by Zondervan. I highly recommend it!

In the book you can read about the lawsuit they won against the United States Government. Because of their Christian faith they could not pay for drugs that might cause abortions. The whole issue was because they could not cover the morning after pill or the week after pill. At the time the book was written, more than 57,000,000 abortions had occurred in the United States. This is heart-breaking! The book tells the miracle of how they won the lawsuit. But that is not what impressed me the most.

What I appreciate most from my reading is about leaving a legacy. Hobby Lobby started as a little business in the garage of the Greens, with the whole family working together doing picture frames. God has blessed them immensely and they are now a company in the billions. How do they manage the resources God has entrusted to them? They give them away to ministries that enhance the Kingdom. David Green is not storing up riches for his grandchildren here on earth but rather he is storing up riches in heaven, by giving to worthy causes, not randomly but by meeting monthly with his children to decide where the distribution should go for that month.

I think a lot about legacy. Why did I move to Fort Gibson? I wanted to be closer to my grandchildren to leave them a legacy of my time and influence. When I had the cancer almost ten years ago, my prayer was to God that he would let me live so that I could declare his wonders to the next generation.

The “next generation” for me includes:

  • My grandchildren
  • All the children I reach through my on-line ministry of story-telling

Many times there is a conflict because of these both interests, like the other day:

Sarah: Why are you always working?

I: Teachers and children are waiting for the stories.

Sarah: Why cant’s you retire?

David: She is retired.

Sarah: Then why is she working?

Brianna: She likes what she is doing!

I: You didn’t tell me you were coming. If I know when you will come I can rearrange my schedule to spend time with you.

It hurt me that I couldn’t give Sarah my undivided attention at that moment. I was finishing off my story for the week to send to my assistant so she could do her part.

All of us face conflicts in one or another way. Let’s keep our priorities straight and do our best. “We need a sense of urgency about God’s priorities for the resources we’ve been given,” says David Green. God has entrusted him with billions of dollars. That is a great responsibility. If we have been entrusted with 10, 100, 1,000 or 10,000 dollars, we have the same kind of responsibility, to be faithful and use what has been given us as best we know how, to forwards God’s Kingdom.

Here are some verses I’ve read many, many times:

 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”
Luke 6:37,38 ESV

Not until today did I stop to mediate strongly on the last part: “For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Let me repeat it:

“For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Meditate on what it means in your life. It can be in finances, in generosity, in forgiveness, in kindness… Let the Holy Spirit speak to your heart. What does He want to teach you in this area. What does He want to teach me?

Have a blessed week!

“Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over…”

If possible, get the book!

 

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Turn Worry into Prayer

I think I should change the title to “Turn Frustration into Praise,” because that is what wants to overcome me right now. Instead of feeling frustrated I need to praise God! I just happened to hit a wrong key on my computer and lost everything I had written about turning worry into prayer. “Suck it up, buttercup” I heard the preacher say in his sermon. I will suck it up, go on with life, and start all over!

We had good preaching this morning. It lasted over an hour. Nobody was getting nervous about it, even if the service was going way over the usual time. How do I know? I sit at the very last row, not because I like to sit way back. I have been sitting on the front row ever since I first visited New Life Assembly of God in Fort Gibson. But I need to memorize people and faces so I can connect them with names, and that way get to know who is who. I want to make some friends!

MY BLESSED SATURDAY

Before I tell you about the sermon, let me share about my Saturday. It was supposed to be “de-stressing,” since the week had had enough stress. So, I decided not to turn on the computer. But then, very soon, I had a feeling that I should turn it on. It was right! My Peruvian friend from youth, Anita Olsson, who for many years was a missionary in Peru but now lives in Sweden, sent me a request for help. She was going to teach a class and had found something that would enhance the experience. I usually prepare materials for Anita and she had some that she had used before with another set of children, so we were sure she was all set. But, then, this new thing she had found would be so good. Could I help her?

Of course, I would help her! You call me anytime you need teaching materials and I’ll be happy to postpone house cleaning! It took us a while to figure out where the thing was that she had “found” that would be so good if I did it in Swedish for her. I have 370 stories published, and if you can’t give me the number of the story I can have a hard time finding it. The only thing she could say was that it was a clock, and she confused me because she mentioned my English MX1414.wordpress.com page. I went through everything there but there was no clock. Finally, I asked her to take a picture and send me.

When we at last figured out what she wanted I went to work. There is a time-change of seven hours between her place and my place. She had sent me the request early on Saturday, but since I had decided not to turn on the computer I received it when it was evening in Sweden.

If you want to see what I did, it’s a combination of a picture of a boy in a story about a clock, a clock that has an activity, and then a puzzle. The title is: Your Heart is Valuable. For the puzzle, you look at the different times on the clock and get the letters, that spell: Take care of your heart.

Would you like to have this in English? I’d be happy to do it for you. Write me!

Swedish activity: Ditt hjarta ar vardefullt

This morning, in the middle of the sermon, my phone rings. I usually don’t put it on silent because nobody calls me during church, but Anita wasn’t sure about the time difference and she was excited to tell me what a blessing that activity and the other materials she had prepared were. Good thing I was sitting in the back! She called me back later.

Did she have a big class? Not what most people would consider big. “Just” 2 boys! And three adults, counting herself. But those were the boys that never could sit still. This time, they loved the activity. They even colored the boy on the picture. Other times they had never wanted to do any activities. Guess if I’m happy about postponing my cleaning!

I did get my washing done and my kitchen zinc cleaned. The other stuff will be there tomorrow and the next day. Have you noticed that the more you let it sit the more the dust will accumulate? Can that be called a blessing?

GOD PROVIDES TENNIS-SHOES

The more you give, the more you get! That’s a blessing! Let me tell you of a lady at church that had a blessing. She has been doing garage sales to help with money for our church van. We just got a van, and it’s paid for in full. She and her husband needed new tennis-shoes. She was hoping that something might come in for the garage sale. Low and behold, somebody brought a pair of “New Balance” in her size! She got excited and told the person that donated them about it. Since they were her size, the person donating the shoes told her to keep them.

“I can’t do that,” she said. “They are for the garage sale. I will have to buy them.” “Well,” the person said, “let’s put a price on them. One dollar.” Then, that same person, the one that had brought the tennis-shoes, took out five dollars and “bought” the shoes she had donated, and she then gave them to the lady doing the garage sale.

It’s so exciting to see how God works in different ways to provide for his children. Here, he provided tennis-shoes for a very generous lady, giving of her time and energy to provide for the church van.

DON’T WORRY, PRAY!

Are you still with me? Let me just say some words about the sermon we had this morning. “Breaking the Spirit of Worry and Anxiety,” was the title. Romans 12:1 was the key Scripture, about renewing our mind.

I’m not going to preach the sermon here, but I will just tell you, what you probably know, that worry, anxiety and fear keep us in bondage. But Jesus has come to set us free. We can speak the Word of God over every situation, and instead of worrying we can have victory.

It was last Wednesday that I had the overload of stress. I could not sit back and roll my thumbs and wait for God to drop the answer in front of me in a nice little package. I had to work in finding an answer to my problem. But I prayed as I worked, and I asked Jesus to have mercy on me.

I also had my Assistant working on the problem. When I had done everything in my power and I could not think of one more thing to do, Somebody (I believe it was the Lord!) dropped an idea in my head. So, I did one more thing! I wrote an SOS email. If you read my previous blog you know what happened. At the eleventh hour, the answer came. At 11.00 pm I sent my final file with the book I had been working on so diligently for several days.

I turned my anxious and worrisome thoughts into a prayer of victory! That’s what Pastor Orman talked about today. That’s what I would like to encourage you to do.

I’m sure there are a lot of challenges ahead of me that I don’t know about. Lots more opportunities to practice what I preach, and what Pastor Orman preached about. The same God that was with me yesterday, is the same God that is with me today, and the same God that will be with me tomorrow. He will never fail. He will never leave me.

It’s the same for you! Trust the Lord, no matter what!

Blessings in abundance for a super amazing week!

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