Turn that Frown Upside Down

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Jesus did not commit to man…, for he knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25)

We are supposed to trust people but in reality the only trust we should rely on is our trust in The Lord Jesus Christ.  As human’s we are faltering and sinful.  We can strive to be Christ like which is great but we will never be as perfect as he so don’t lose heart.  Turn that frown upside down.  People will disappoint you but what God teaches us through disappointment is compassion, love, and grace for one another.

Live each day to the fullest and love one another as God loves you.  As you walk the path he has chosen for you keep him close to you.  We can fight our battles with The Lord as our armor. Your trust in The Lord will shine through in a smile even when you are a little grumpy.

Hear Me Now

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One of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of listening.  Even if you just listen to one person a day you have saved a life.  There is a company called StoryCorp that travels around the United States recording people’s story.  Anyone who wants to share their life story can do this by just sitting with the team of StoryCorp and answer questions designed to keep the flow of the interview on course.

I believe StoryCorp has great potential.  There are so many people who go unnoticed for too long that the sadness steals their life away.   I heard on K-Love that one Evangelist asked a business man to lunch and said to him, “I realized I do not know much about you. Tell me about your life.” and the man did; for hours he poured out what he had been longing to share.  The mans wife had written a thank you note because she saw the huge change in her husband from the simple act of kindness and interest the Evangelist took in knowing more about the business man he was having lunch with.

I know if I do not speak to friends or family for long periods of time I can be overwhelming and a big chatter box.  I talk so much that I feel like I have to apologize for being long-winded and you know what they say to me, “Stacey it’s okay. You really don’t talk much.”.   I laugh at this because I have so much to say but when I say too much about someone else I have remorse because I think back on the words that I said and think “maybe I shouldn’t of said that.”  I remind myself that I am human and I am not perfect. I get upset at people and myself so venting is only natural, however, we should filter our words because the person who may have upset you, may have been reacting from something that happened prior to your encounter with them.

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Stormy Waters

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We all have a story and one of the toughest times in my life brought me to the greatest place; total surrender to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Through a broken seasonal storm Jesus reached down into the storm and crushing waves and lifted me up out of the dark waters of my life and into Gods light of Truth.  His greatest love is what we call tough love and it is compassion without compromise.

Out of this great awaking of revelations a book was born which is a testimony of what brought me to Christ and “Closer to The One”.

I hope that you will read it and share it with others.  We all can learn from one another and if you have a book that will encourage and inspire others to surrender to The Lord please share with me.