Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I've noticed a few things lately...it seems if a couple doesn't "HAVE" kids...they tend to NOT want kids around. I can understand this as MOST peoples children aren't well behaved or they don't have good control over their kids. I don't know about you but I'm DEFIANTLY noticing in our society that kids are treated more like a burden than a "Gift" from God. I grew up in the Assembly of God arena and kids went to EVERYTHING...I don't think there was an event at church that didn't involve the kids...this day and age you never know "WHAT" you can take your kids to...there's ages set on teas, game nights, a "no your kids aren't invited" to showers and weddings...gee wiz! The word of God says that children are a gift from God and a blessing...what an unfortunate time to be a kid in our society!!!
Friday, April 10, 2009
Our church has these post cards you can send and invite someone to church...we've given them out before but to no avail. This time we mailed one to my dad, our daughter/son-in-law and granddaughter and my brother. We went to breakfast with my dad this morning and he's coming to church with us on Sunday for Easter Sunday...WOW - Praise God...this is UNBELIEVABLE. This is the ONE thing my mom wanted before she died - this will be the second time in my life the other time was when we had Heather dedicated. I'm so excited!!! God is SO good!!! (Just found out that my brother is coming to church on Sunday too...WOW!!!)
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Have you ever missed it? I mean, when the Lord spoke to you ever so quickly to help someone - have you ever reasoned it away? Unfortunately, I have. The other night we went to the Dollar Tree and I went through the store and got what I needed (only spent $2 + tax...not bad for a Dollar Tree trip :-). I was headed out the door when something else caught my eye...remembering that Easter is in a week...I thought I'd better pick something up for that since I didn't have any kids with me (Larry & Heather were in the car eating DQ...YUM :-) I grabbed the items that I needed and got in line behind a lady with an ADORABLE little girl. The lady loaded her items on the counter and was almost done placing them up there when she asked the cashier what her total was so far...it was something like $12 - the lady continued placing the rest of her items on the counter and the little girl kept asking her for a quarter...the cashier just finished and said that will be $19.52 and the lady told the little girl that she couldn't give her a quarter because she was going to need the quarter to help pay for their things...the Lord started softening my heart when the lady asked how much her total was about 3 minutes earlier and I was considering HOW to politely say that I'd like to bless her and pay for her stuff...I never got the words out...I somehow reasoned it away. I didn't have a quarter for the little girl cause I rarely carry cash, somehow the mom did find another quarter in her purse and gave it to the little girl...right after she told her that daddy was going to not be happy that they spent so much money...OUCH...shame on me! I could have helped them and I froze...why did I reason my way out of it? It has been a while since I have shopped but I used to be pretty good at listening to the leading that I felt about paying for someones meal or purchase...urgh - this family was in more need than most any of the others that we had helped and I missed the opportunity to share the love of the Lord with her...I have repented and I know that I am forgiven but what a bummer!!! I've been praying them...I pray the Lord can make up to them where I missed it or that he will let me run into them again. Pray for me to be a better listener when the Lord wants me to help someone...will you?