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Stewardship-Part two

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kindness

She stood in front of me at the checkout with cash in her hand. I could tell by the look on her face she miscalculated the amount of groceries with the money she had. Embarrassed she asked the cashier to put back the bread, then the sugar, then the cottage cheese. I could already feel the compassion welling up inside of me. I knew I had to help her.

After wards while she was bagging her groceries it was my turn. I told the cashier I would pay for those items she had put back. He did then pushed them down her way telling the lady I bought them. She was stunned. I wanted to hide. I just didn’t want her to know what I did. But now I stood face to face with her also bagging my groceries.

“That was kind of you.” she said. “You are welcome” I answered. “That was extremely kind.” she responded. Then we chatted a while about how everyone in the world should help each other out, how much better our lives would be. Later at home I remembered this proverb.

“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” pro. 19:17

Can you imagine lending to the Lord! Finally I can do something for Jesus! After all he has done so much for me. He gave me eternal life, washed away my sins, and gave me the Holy Spirit. I love this truth that I can lend to the Lord by simply being kind to the poor. Then the rest of that verse says he will reward you. The original meaning is that he will pay you back. So not only can you do something for Jesus but he will pay you back!

You have nothing to lose, so why not help others in need?

K.

wife, author, pastor

www.bethelightministries.net

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Heart Matters

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As I started my day, everything and everyone frustrated me. It was going to be one of those days.

That morning I prayed and asked the Lord what time should I post my blog? He said 10 am. That was an hour later than I normally post. I knew one hour could make a big difference in readers. Despite what I thought, I obeyed the Lord.

Events throughout the day kept me in a constant state of frustration. I continued to pray and ask for direction and obeyed the Lord. Later I was able to talk to my husband who was so busy at work he did not answer my phone calls or texts; which led to more frustration! We had a short conversation and I gave him attitude which of course came out of what I was feeling. What a day! Meanwhile, no one was reading my blog and I knew it was because of posting an hour later than normal. But who am I to question the Lord.

“And let us not grow weary of doing good for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”        Gal. 6:9

Finally, late in the day, I sat down to pray and to ask for forgiveness, when I heard the Lord speak.

“Did you obey me today?”

I thought for a moment, “Yes Lord”.

“Did you do anything wrong?”

Again I thought for a moment. “Well, I gave my husband attitude, but other than that no.”

The Lord said, “Then why do you come to me with a repented heart?”

I was taken aback! Did I come to him with a repented heart? Yes, I guess I did. Wow, the Lord saw my heart. I heard him gently say, “Anyone would of been frustrated with the day you had.” That made me feel better. I had the feeling our conversation was  now over.

I called my husband and said sorry for my attitude. I knew everything was going to be alright. And you know what, it was. It is not a sin to be frustrated and to express those feelings. It sure felt good to know the Lord sees my heart even when I don’t.

“…the Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7b

K.

wife, author, pastor

http://www.bethelightministries.net

Faith

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This morning I must admit I was not in the writing mood. I was so warm and cozy in bed reading with my cup of coffee in hand. Then reality hit me, my blog! I forgot to get it ready last night, so now I frantically was trying to put one together. It is a great analogy of many people today and their faith. (ouch)

It’s true though. When people are in the good times, prosperous and healthy nothing else matters, not even their faith. However, when in need and frantic they desperately try to dig up their faith or call on God, “do something!”

The truth is Jesus did do something. When hanging on the cross he said, “It is finished!” He meant it, as a result we can stand on his Word to help us in our lives. But here lies the problem, many people of faith don’t know his Word very well. They don’t take the time to crack open their bible and learn what God has promised them. They stand on sinking sand instead of the Rock. Their faith is weak and so they do not know how to hold up their shield of faith.

Let me tell you, it is an awesome thing to stand on God’s word while in the storms of life, and not be moved by your circumstance. There is the peace that Jesus gave us, the peace that passes all understanding. So I say to you now, put some time into reading God’s word and build up your faith. Because you want to be able to stand on the Rock when the storm hits.

K.

wife, author, pastor

bethelightministries.net