When the sign turned.

CorPDear friends,

Happy New Month.

I know we all have a rushing feeling as the year 2016 draws to a final close. If you are like me, there will be so many reflections about the year. What went well, what didn’t go as planned etc. In all of this, please be encouraged by the devotion below. All things work together for our good.

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A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said: “I am blind, please help”. There were only a few coins in the hat. A man was walking by and he took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat.

He took the sign and, turned it around and wrote some words on it. He put the sign back so that everyone who would walk by would see the new words. Soon, the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving more money to the blind boy.

That afternoon, the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognised his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write? The man said, “I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way. I wrote: “Today is a beautiful day; but I cannot see it.”

Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind and asked for sympathy. The second sign reminded people how fortunate they were to have their sight. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?

Be thankful for what you have. Be creative, be innovative. Think differently and positively. Be positive and have a great attitude. Be positive, patient and persistent. Don’t forget how blessed you are. Being negative only makes your life’s journey more difficult. Don’t be negative when you have so much to be positive about and at least, you are alive.

Count your blessings, not your burden. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear.

It’s already December! No matter how 2016 has been, keep the faith and drop the fear. Faith is not about everything turning out OK. Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out. If you appreciate this message, please share.

For every bad event that may have happened to you this year, there is at least, one good thing.

Focus on that good thing as the year ends.

Source: Our Daily Manna. October to December 2016.

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Jesus Hold Me Now….

God knowsDo you feel alone, all by yourself, in life struggles? Does it seem as if you have not heard from God in awhile? Are you in a place that seems like the only way out is for God to actually find you?

This song is one of Casting Crowns songs I go to whenever I feel like any of the above. It’s lyrics are apt for this present time and situation that so easily besets us. I am sure it will lift you up as it does me.

 

 

 

 

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Living on my own, thinking for myself
Castles in the sand, temporary wealth
Now the walls are falling down
Now the storms are closing in
And here I am againJesus, hold me now
I need to feel You in this place
To know You’re by my side
And hear Your voice tonight
Jesus, hold me now
I long for Your embrace
I’m beat and broken down
I can’t find my way out
Jesus, hold me nowCourse this morning sun, drags me into one more day
Of reaping what I’ve sown, living with my shame
Welcome to my world, and the life that I have made
One day you’re a prince, and the next day you’re a slaveLord, I just looked up today
And realized how far away I am from where You are
I don’t know what else to pray
Broken at Your feet I lay
The life I’ve torn apart
Jesus, hold me now
Jesus, hold me now
Jesus, hold me now
Jesus, hold me now
End.
Dear friends, if you find yourself here, there is always second chances with God. Never walk away from him, no matter what it is or where you are. His arms are always open, he is our God.
Talk to him, as simply as you can, trust me, he is waiting.
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Lyrics by azlyrics. Listen on Youtube

 

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When a child explains God

Heart of stoneHappy new month dear friends,

We are now in period that some people will fondly call the “ember” months. Reviewing and reflecting on the last few months is typical. I have been blessed with so many things but among them is the mind of my daughter and how she easily translates what the word of God says without her even being aware of it. This article below just reminds me of how we really do need to see things from a simple perspective. I hope this reading touches you and re-positions the way you need to see GOD in these times.

 

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8 years old Danny Littoi of Chula Vista (Califirnai, USA) had a class assignment to “Explain God”. Below from a child’s eye, you can see God better.

“One of God’s main job is making people. He makes them to replace the old ones that die. He does not make grown ups; just babies! I think it is because they are smaller and easier to make. God’s second job is listening to prayers and that is because people are so many including preachers, who pray when God is supposed to be sleeping. God has no leisure (rest time) and He has no time to listen to radio or television.

Because he hears everything, there must be terrible lots of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off. Jesus is God’s son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles. People finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified him. His Dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all is hard work on earth so he told him that he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did and he is helping his dad out by listening to prayers like a secretary. You should always go to church on Sundays because it makes God happy. Don’t skip church or do something like going to the beach, washing clothes or watching television. And besides, the sun does not come out till noon anyway.

Its’s good to know God loves everyone. He is around you when you are scared in the dark. But you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figured that God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. That is why I believe in God.

Source: Our Daily Manna, July to September 2016

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