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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Mamma's Green Thumb
Mamma has the greenest thumb of anybody I know. She just has that knack. One time, Aunt Elsie Huckleberry asked her what her secret was. She said, "You gotta' love diggin' your hands in the dirt to plant the seed, then you gotta' keep a check on it to make sure it gets the right amount of water, food, 'n sunshine. It gives me such pleasure watchin’ it grow! You gotta' have the right tools 'n knowledge so you know what to do."
Saturday, March 16, 2013
What A Friend We Have In Jesus - Alan Jackson
One of Mamma's favorite hymns
Mamma said that Jesus is your best friend! Amen to that!
Thank you Lord for bein' our friend at all times. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Guest Blogger Jean A. Sturgill
Christian Author and Speaker Thanks so much Jean!
Realizing Your Winning Potential
You may have heard me say that God never asks me to do anything easy. I used to drag my feet, become overwhelmed, make excuses, and even – at times – deny understanding what was being asked. Eventually, I would come around to God’s way of thinking.
When God asks you to do something difficult, how do you respond?
When I lack desire to move ahead with what God is asking, I think about Jonah. Jonah did not want to do what God asked. Instead, he ran. How often have we been like that?
Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.
Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Jonah’s running from the Lord ended in his being swallowed by a whale. Once he came to see things God’s way, God put him back on course courtesy of the whale. This time, Jonah listened. I wonder how much hardship we could avoid if we just listened?
Even when we don’t run, we can still be a lot like Moses. Remember his initial response to God?
And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
Moses got off to a good start. He replied, “Here am I.” After he found out what God wanted, the excuses started. We could pick on Moses for making excuses, but he did do one thing right in all of that. He didn’t just refuse to act. He took those excuses to God, and God provided. We need to do that too!
Now, let’s consider what Jesus first ask of Paul.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Paul responded with, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?“ Jesus told Paul to go into the city, and he would be told what to do. Sounds simple enough, right? Think again. This incident had left Paul blind. He had to be led to the city at which time Ananias restored his sight. Even as a new believer, Paul was given a challenging task.
Hopefully as you grow spiritually, you find yourself being less like Jonah and more like Paul in your response to God.
Our challenge today is to realize that God does not need us to be a part of His plan; He invites us to be a part. Each man – Jonah, Moses, and Paul - was given a challenge, and God provided for each. Whether you are a new believer or a more mature believer, you’re going to have some challenges. Remember, just as God provided for each of them, He’ll provide for you!
Jean SturgillChristian Author and Speaker
Realizing Your Winning Potential
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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Me and my sister had an imaginary friend when we were little. His name was Little Elmo. For every meal, Daddy had Mamma set a place at our kitchen table for him. Daddy would stop on our way back home from church to pick him up. My sister, Daddy, and me thought it was so much fun playin’ like Little Elmo was real!
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Is Your Light Shinin'?
When I was growin’ up, Mamma kept a flashlight in every room of our house. I asked her why we had so many, ‘n she said, “So we’ll have a light to see by when the power goes out.” The power used to go out a lot in Frog Holler.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Cousin Claudine's Calamity
Cousin Claudine is a take-charge kind of lady. Whenever there’s a task to be done, she steps up and charges forward! Cousin Claudine knows how to get things done. There’s only one problem…it’s usually done her way, in her power. Last year she was the chair of the church’s homecomin’ committee. That’s when she learned that glorifyin’ God is better than glorifyin’ herself.