Tag Archive: Linda Thompson


Don’t wait for people to smile.  Show them how.

Let your guard down.  Talk to someone you don’t know straight from your heart.  Compliment them.  Don’t anticipate awkwardness.  Just be you in that beautiful way only you know and give them the chance to smile and connect with you.

Remember, your best friend was once a stranger too.

Love whoever is around to be loved.
-Kurt Vonnegut

  1. Smile often.
  2. Hold a door open for someone.
  3. Pay for the person in line behind you.

4.      Send a hand-written thank you card to someone who

         assisted you with something.

5.      Clean out all your old clothes and donate them to

         someone in need.

6.     Give a compliment about a waiter, waitress, sales clerk,

         etc. to his or her manager.

7.      Compliment a stranger’s appearance.  Flatter them.

8.            Leave encouraging post-it notes in a library books and

                        other random places.  (Read Operation Beautiful.)

9.             Help an elderly person carry something.

10.             Send flowers to someone anonymously.

11.            Be a courteous driver.  Let people merge in front of you.

12.             Volunteer at a children’s hospital or nursing home.

13.            Donate blood.

14.            Buy house warming gifts for new neighbors.

15.            Introduce yourself.  Make new colleagues, classmates, etc. feel welcome.

16.            Inspire others online.  (Check out Makes Me Think.)

17.            Send letters of appreciation to business owners/managers and other people who support you.

18.            Treat everyone with the same level of respect you’d give to your grandfather.

19.            Give everyone the same level of patience you’d have with your baby sister.

20.            Appreciate people the way they are.

21.            Share your lunch or a snack with someone who doesn’t have one.

22.            Put some change in an expired parking meter.

23.             Check up on someone who looks lonely.

24.            Tell your boss, teacher or professor that he or she is doing a great job and that you appreciate what they’ve taught you.

25.            Create places and things for others to enjoy.  Like decorating your house for the holidays or creating a piece of art.

26.            If you overhear that it’s someone’s birthday, go out of your way to wish them a happy one.

27.            Ask someone for their opinion or advice.

28.            Bring cookies or bagels to work for everyone.

29.            Tip waiters and waitresses well when they deserve it.

30.            Be a part of something you believe in.  Those around you will notice your enthusiasm.  (Read The Alchemist.)

31.            Leave a thank-you note for the office janitors.

32.            Help bag your own groceries at the checkout counter.

33.            Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left.

34.            Let someone with only a few items cut you in line at the grocery store.

35.            Wave to a kid in the car next to you.

36.            Spread good news.

37.            Repeat something nice you heard about someone else.

38.            Remember people’s names and address them accordingly.

39.            When you make eye contact with someone, smile.

40.            Replace what you’ve used.  For example, fill up the copier or printer with paper after you’re done using it.

41.            Share your umbrella on a rainy day.

42.            Listen intently to people’s stories without trying to fix everything.

43.            Dance with someone who hasn’t been asked.

44.            Call a stranger’s attention to a beautiful sunset or full moon.  (Check out What Money Cannot Buy.)

45.            Give words of encouragement toward someone’s dream, no matter how big or small it is.

46.            Ask someone who enjoys cooking for a recipe.

47.            Let someone else eat the last slice of pizza or cake.

48.            Stop and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand.

49.            Help someone get your parking space in a crowded parking lot when you’re leaving.

50.            Ask someone you see every now and then if they’ve lost weight.

51.            Do a little something extra to make someone else’s life easier.

52.            Use all the manners you learned in Kindergarten.

53.            Listen to someone’s pain and help them find a path through it.

54.            Give without expecting to get back.

55.            Encourage others to do one unanticipated kind or helpful act at least once a week.

56.            Observe everyone without judging.

57.            Say “Please” and “Thank you.”

58.            Forgive and let go of anger.  For instance, if somebody accidentally cuts you off in traffic, just let it go.

59.            Believe in yourself with all of your heart.  People will notice.

60.            Don’t be so serious all the time.  (Read The Happiness Project.)

61.            Treat every small interaction with another person as an opportunity to make a positive impact in both your lives.

62.            Greed, anger and ignorance.  Avoid all three.

63.            Speak the truth.

64.            Teach others how to make a difference by setting an example.

65.            Help others be independent.

66.            Give people the space they need.

67.            Lend your shoulder to cry on.

68.            Offer encouragement after a failure.

69.            Acknowledge people for a job well done.

70.            Tell a good joke.

71.            Clean up after yourself.

72.            Excel at what you do.  People appreciate professionals.

73.            Create a care package and send it to an active duty military unit.

74.            Redirect gifts.  Instead of having people give you birthday and holiday gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a good cause.

75.            Stop to help.  The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire, or in need of assistance, stop and ask how you can help.

76.            Put a small personal touch on everything you do.  People notice and appreciate individuality.

77.            Take the time to teach someone a skill you know.

78.            Help someone get active.  There’s a coworker or acquaintance in your life who wants to get healthy, but needs a helping hand.  Offer to go walking or running together, to join a gym together.

79.            Send a nice email to a tech support representative who has assisted you.

80.            Donate food to a charity.

81.            Stand up for someone.  Lend your voice. Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them.

82.            If you see a couple taking a self-pic, offer to take the picture for them.

83.            Help the weary shopper in front of you who needs that extra two or three cents to avoid breaking a 20-dollar bill.

84.            Come to the rescue.  If you realize someone is sick, bring them some hot tea, etc.

85.            Stand up for your beliefs without flaunting them.

86.            Make yourself available and approachable.

87.            Over-deliver on all of your promises and obligations.

88.            Be positive and focus on what’s right.

 

Taken from:

http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/05/08/88-ways-to-make-a-stranger-smile/

Loving God

Lately I have allowed some situations and people to get the best  of me. Anger rises up inside me, I get stern in an unkind way, my face contorts in unpleasant ways, and at times, I say things I shouldn’t. I know it is wrong. I try to justify myself, but can’t because what I know from the bible convicts me of my wrong. Part of the problem is I am not using God’s Word to control my thoughts. Any time I act in a way I shouldn’t, it is because I have not been allowing God’s thoughts to become my thoughts.

This morning when I woke up I was thinking about what I have been dealing with in my mind. At first I was going to meditate on “love”, but I knew I needed to go to a study I have been working on about the fear of the Lord. You see, when we fear the Lord, we do HIs commands. We comply to HIs ways.

John 14:15 came to mind. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will do my commands.” Pretty simple, but what is HIs command? Matthew, Mark & Luke all share the answer. When asked what was the greatest commandment Jesus answered that we should love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind & strength, and that we should love our neighbor as ourselves. He said that all of the law hangs on these two commands.

It’s not complicated. When we love God we will love ourselves and in turn love others. So now I have to ask the Holy Spirit to show me what I do not like about me right now that is causing me to react in an unkind way. Obviously, I am not loving God in these instances and when I allow my thoughts to continue to go in a negative direction. As He reveals this to me, I can repent (change my thinking) about not believing what His word says about me. When I do not believe what His word says about me I am unable to display my love for Him. Then I will take time to think about fearing/respecting God. It is out of my love and respect for Him that I do what is pleasing in His sight.

So…my thought for today is: I show my love for God by abiding by, adhering to, yielding to, obeying His rules, standards, commands & laws.

Baby’s Hug

A lovely lady in our church just sent this to me. It is so sweet and sends a powerful message. Hope you enjoy it.         

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly sitting and talking. Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, ‘Hi.’ He pounded his fat baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment. 

I looked around and saw the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road map. 

We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled.. His hands waved and flapped on loose wrists. ‘Hi there, baby; hi there, big boy.. I see ya, buster,’ the man said to Erik. 

My husband and I exchanged looks,   
‘What do we do?’ 

Erik continued to laugh and answer, ‘Hi.’ 

Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby. Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, ‘Do ya patty cake? Do you know peek-a-boo? Hey, look, he knows peek- a-boo.’ 

Nobody thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. 

My husband and I were embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through his repertoire for the admiring skid-row bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his cute comments. 

We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat poised between me and the door. ‘Lord, just let me out of here before he speaks to me or Erik,’ I prayed. As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with both arms in a baby’s ‘pick-me-up’ position. Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man. 
Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love and kinship.

Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny head upon the man’s ragged shoulder.
The man’s eyes closed, and I saw tears hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor, cradled my baby’s bottom and stroked his back.
No two beings have ever loved so deeply for so short a time. 

I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled Erik in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on mine.

He said in a firm commanding voice,  “You take care of this baby”. 

Somehow I managed, “I will”,  from a throat that contained a stone. 

He Pried Erik from his chest, Lovingly and Longingly, as though  HE were in pain.

I received my baby, and the man said, ‘God bless you, ma’am,  you’ve given me my Christmas Gift.’ 
  
I said nothing more than a muttered thanks. With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car.
My husband was wondering why I was crying and holding Erik so tightly,
and why I was saying,   “My God, my God, forgive me”. 
    
I had just witnessed Christ’s love, shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin,
who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul,  and a mother who saw a suit of clothes.
I was a Christian who was blind,  holding a child who was not.
I felt it was God asking,  “Are you willing to share your son for a moment”?  when He shared His for all eternity. 
How did God feel when he put his baby in our arms 2000 years ago?

The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me,

‘To enter the Kingdom of God , we must become as little children.’ 

Not Compromising

Not compromising is a kindness. You might be thinking – “What? You have got to be kidding me! How can that be a kindness?” It is looking out for the interest of others. When we choose to think about how what we do may affect someone else, it is an act of kindness.

As Christians, we must choose to be doers of God’s Word. When we get off of it people are watching and it will be used, not just against us, but against walking with God. Paul tells us to follow him as he followed Christ. Jesus showed us that it is possible for humans to please God by acting on his word.

When I compromise by having a bad attitude, it affects others. I know someone who chose not to become a Christian because their neighbors who were Christians (the man was a pastor) fought a lot. He and his wife did not fight. If being a Christian meant you would fight with your spouse, he did not want to have anything to do with it.

I know a man who used to go to clubs. He would see girls from the church he grew up in at the clubs. These girls professed to be born again Christians. They looked no different in their actions than he did, so he figured there was no point in becoming a Christian.

Another example: A family I know has a daycare business. They are in an area where the Muslim population is growing. One of their Muslim customers told them if they did not pray with the children every time they ate that they would have more customers. Let’s face it, if someone went into a Muslim school and said that the Muslim would not even consider it. Unfortunately, how many of us might consider it to bring in more business, especially if business was down? I believe as this family holds on to the principles in God’s Word, it will be a witness to the Muslims. They will see the faith of these Christians and want Jesus. Also, God will bless them because of their trust in him.

Why would someone want to become a Christian, if we do not stand for what we believe in?

Hebrews 10:22-25 tells us to keep the witness of our hope strong and unshaking because as we do, it encourages others to walk in love and have right conduct.

How often do people say, “Well they did it.”? We have to keep in mind that they can say that about positive actions or negative ones. Most of the time the statement is made because of someone’s negative actions. Paul exhorts us to follow those who are not spiritually dull and indifferent; to imitate those who use faith and patience & as a result of it, receive God’s promise.

My encouragement is to be the best example you can be by believing what God’s Word says about you. As you do, others will want what you have and more people will come into the kingdom of God.

I Was One of Them

This article is just the tip of the iceberg of what you will get when you hear Holly Wagner at our Bella Conference October 6-8. Register online at www.fhclife.org  or go to or contact the church – 708-614-6000.

 

Most of us look at fashion magazines and feel depressed shortly afterward. Why? Because we feel as if we can never measure up.  When we look in the mirror our imperfections shout loudly.

“Big pimple in middle of forehead!”

“Serious baggage under eyes!”

“Very large nose!”

“Lots of crow’s feet!”

“Disappearing lips!”

Those women in the magazines look perfect. I would like to let you in on a little secret…shhhh…the women in those photos aren’t perfect either. I know.

 

Because I was once one of them.

 

I showed up on modeling assignments looking anything but perfect. It took: hours of hair and makeup geniuses…hemorrhoid cream on puffy eyes…tape to hold everything together…photoshop to get rid of the pimple… all to create an illusion. Honestly, there were times when the image was so fictitious it might as well have been a cartoon!

 

I recently interviewed Jennifer Strickland who at one time had been a model for the designer Armani. She told stories of the price she, and other young women, paid to look the way designers wanted them to look. There was not one young model she encountered who was not using drugs or dealing with a serious eating disorder.

She told of one model known for her smile.

In fact her smile graced many billboards advertising toothpaste.

She looked ‘perfect’ and happy.

In reality she threw up nine or ten times a day and was desperately unhappy.

She looked in the mirror and saw flaws.

She saw what she wasn’t.

 

I have read articles and heard various news stories of women around the earth who are desperately trying to change themselves into some image of beauty. There are young girls in Japan who are putting steel rods in their legs because they think that taller is beautiful.

Who said?

There are women in India who are paying to have their skin lightened because they think lighter is beautiful.

Who said?

There are some Asian women having surgery to have their eyes made rounder.

Who said that round eyes were more beautiful???

 

Why is it that we always see someone else as more beautiful?

The only way to defeat this way of thinking is to look in the mirror and shout…

Go ahead.

Shout it out loud.

 

I praise you (God) because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. (PS 139)

In fact…why don’t you just whistle at yourself right after you shout!! We were created in the image of our creator and he calls us beautiful…marvelous…every curve, freckle and strand of hair…beautiful.

I get this picture of God right after he created us. He looks at us and does the Italian thing with his fingers against his lips…bellisima…perfecto!!

God has declared that we are marvelous…beautiful.

Yet, we don’t really believe it, so we look and wait for someone else to tell us. Some of us dress in such a way to show every curve…cleavage (if you are lucky enough to have some J)…hoping that someone will say we are beautiful. Your creator has already said it…but I can too…ok…you are beautiful. No matter the shape of your eyes, the size of your nose, the color of your skin, the texture of your hair, or the smoothness of your skin…YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!

Most of us have probably seen the movie Shrek. At the end of the movie, after ‘true loves’ kiss, Fiona is disappointed to find out that she did not turn back into the woman, but instead remained an ogre. She looked at Shrek and said “ I was supposed to be beautiful.” He replied, “But you are beautiful.”

You and I have been given true loves kiss.

And He says we are beautiful.

written by Holly Wagner  http://www.godchicks.com/hollys-blog/i-was-once-one-of-them/ 

Hayley DiMarco is an excellent speaker and teacher. Here is a glimpse of what to expect at Bella. Register now.

An apology is a beautiful thing, especially when it’s given to me. But ask me to apologize and I’m just sorry you’re such a sensitive person that what happened hurt you. And I’m sorry you think I did something wrong. My apology is all about you, not about me, because frankly, I don’t do anything wrong. If I do anything that offends, hurts or affects you badly it’s an “accident.” “I couldn’t help it.” “The road was slick,” “the deadline was too quick,” “the oven was too hot.” Most of my life I’ve never taken blame for my mistakes, but blamed the circumstances.  After all, if they had been different, then I wouldn’t have made a mistake. But tell you I was wrong, or that I shouldn’t have done what I did? Confess my stupidity or miscalculation to you? Are you crazy?! I can’t bear such humiliation.

How I’ve gone most of my life never apologizing to anyone, but continually shifting blame to ‘bad conditions,’ is beyond me, but it’s true, and so I confess it now. Not so that you will forgive me, unless of course I’ve done this kind of thing to you, then I ask, “please forgive me for being so self-obsessed,” but to confess ignorance for myself and for all the others out there who don’t know how to apologize like a grown up. It’s a familial thing, runs in the blood.  Adam and Eve started it when they both blamed someone else for their choices, and we all continue it on a daily basis. Which is ironic since the Christian faith rests on the power of confession, which is the best apology in the world. We are not saved till we confess our sins and our inability to save ourselves. And these sins and all the others that follow that original confession, aren’t meant to be hidden away and protected from prying eyes, but boldly brought out into the open to be examined and prayed over by others. The words that best taught me this are found in James 5:16, which goes like this, “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16, ESV)

Much of my life I have refused the personal insult of an apology, in favor of keeping up the charade of my own perfection, without really knowing the perfecting-power of confession. When I refuse to take the blame, I not only look ridiculous, but I further prepare myself for an even bigger fall.  May I never forget that “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18, ESV) And that “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” (Luke 14:11, ESV)

I confess my non-apologies, may they never (rarely) happen again.

written by Hayley DiMarco: http://hungryplanet.net/confession/confessions-of-a-bad-apologizer/ 

Just Pray…..

This blog isn’t the typical do something nice for somebody exhortation. It’s doing something good spiritually for someone that could make or break a life. Praying for others should be at the top of our kindness list. The bible tells us to pray for all men everywhere; to pray without ceasing; to pray for those who have been unkind to us and have used us……Praying is being obedient to Holy Spirit, especially when He nudges us to pray.

 

Here is an example from my own life that I hope encourages you concerning the importance of prayer and responding immediately when we are asked by the Lord to pray.

 

Every year on September 11 I am reminded about the importance of prayer and responding to the Holy Spirit when He nudges us to pray. On September 11, 2001 me and a group of our leaders were headed to a meeting. I really felt we were all supposed to pray in the Holy Spirit as we drove, but I kept putting it off since we were enjoying each other’s company. I reasoned that it was important for us to build relationships as a team and that praying could wait. While en route we received a call that told us Tower 1 of the World Trade Center had just been struck by an airplane. Of course, we were all stunned and then we began to pray. When we reached our destination televisions were on showing what happened. As we watched, the second plane hit the other tower. Needless to say we left the meeting and went back to the office because we were unable to concentrate and wanted to pray and check on loved ones. I will never know what may have been prevented had I been obedient to the Holy Spirit. How many lives might have been saved, if I would have prayed?

 

On the other hand, I know a pastor’s wife who was instructed by the Holy Spirit to pray. At first she did not know what for, but then He revealed to her what she was praying about. He told her she was praying for a soldier in Iraq and gave her his name. She did not know him, but prayed. A week or so later she saw the young man’s name in the newspaper. It told the story of his bravery and how he was kept safe.  The incident occurred on the day she was praying. What if she had not been obedient? Perhaps this young man and many others might have died, but because she prayed he was protected.

 

So often when Holy Spirit asks us to pray, we do not know why or what for, but He does. Our job is to pray. Our prayers have great power, are effective and have wonderful results (James 5:16).

Just Whose Roar is It?

This is such a great article by Holly Wagner who is one of our speakers at this year’s Bella Conference. Be sure to register. It’s October 6-8. I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.

 

I think God puts us in situations where we come face to face with our own inability…face to face with our need for Him.  Because it is those situations that our need for Him becomes clear…it is in those situations that His name is exalted…and not our own abilities.

 

As Joshua entered the Promise Land, I would imagine he was just a bit nervous by the combat ahead of him, and was waiting for God’s big battle plan.  Jericho was a very fortified city. But then God appears and tells Joshua, “March around the city for 6 days…Have seven priests carry trumpets..and on the seventh day march around the city 7 times with the priests blowing the trumpets…then have all the people give a big shout. Then the walls of the city will collapse and you can go right in.”

 

Lets be honest…this is just a bit weird…I wonder if Joshua wanted a second opinion!!

 

What was God doing?? He was orchestrating this so only He would get the glory. Because what you didn’t hear after the walls fell…was “Way to go Eli on the horn! Wow…Jake when you hit that high note it was powerful!”

NO…you hear each one realizing that only God could have done this!

 

This is how God works.

He puts his people…you and me…in positions where we are desperate for His power…and then He displays His greatness!!

Every hero of the Bible encountered fear.

And every one of them who praised their God destroyed the fear.

When they lifted their hands and voices to the great I AM.

 

AND every modern day hero encounters fear.

And we destroy it when we lift our voice to the King of kings.

When we praise our God, we are acknowledging his awesomeness, His majesty.

His kingdom and His cause.

We are acknowledging that He is God and we are not.

There’s a thought.

If you and I just stay faithful to the path…the life that our God has given us, then we can rest in knowing that He is on the throne.

 

Turning our focus to God destroys fear.

 

Remember the movie The Lion King?

Simba, the young cub, decided to do some exploring on his own.

He encountered those nasty hyenas that would have loved to eat him for lunch.

Simba stared them down and let out a little growl.

It was not a very intimidating one.

In fact, the hyenas just laughed.

Now Simba was afraid.

He cleared his throat and opened his mouth to roar again.

But instead of a squeaky little noise, a giant, powerful roar came out.

It actually wasn’t his roar.

It was the roar of his very strong, very magnificent father standing behind him.

His little roar got swallowed up by a bigger one.

 

Our fears get swallowed up by a much bigger God.

 

This post is taken from Hayley DiMarco’s blog. Hayley will be one of our speakers at our annual women’s conference “Bella” October 6-8. She has written a number of books and appeals to younger women. You’re really going to enjoy her. Read this article to get a taste of what you will hear in October.

 

I wrote the book on Mean, literally. So who would think that I could be a Mean Girl? Definitely not me. But it’s true, I’ve been mean, and not just once, but like time and again. How can I be so dumb? How can I teach, write and preach anti-meanness and then be so mean to people? My only answer is the only answer I give to everyone of my sins, and boy are there many, the answer to all of them is my pride. Pride, I find, is the foundation of all my sins, all of them. Pride, my thoughts about myself, my wisdom, my feelings, my ideas, all drive me to sin in some way or other. And it’s no different with mean.

So here’s an example. My friend tells me about a book she’s excited about reading, and I make an ugly face. I hate the book. Think the author is a sham, and I show it. Not only do I show it, but rather than letting her be all excited about the things she’s learning and being inspired by in the book, I’m opening my big mouth and saying things about how bad the book is. As I say them I see her being deflated, instead of inspired and it’s as if the good me is trapped on the inside, and I can see my mean self saying things that don’t need to be said. I want to take them back, I want to just let her enjoy herself and feel inspired by telling me about the good stuff in the book, but no, I can’t get them back, I can’t even stop them going out. And BAM, I’m a Mean Girl, thinking more about making my point than letting a friend share her feelings. I do that a lot. I’m an expert. Ha! Proud is more like it. I study, I write, I know things. Ha! I know nothing, “if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Cor.13:2) Ugh. Where’s the love Hayley?

Love is patient, it’s kind, it isn’t proud! So how do I find love when pride permeates all I do? I have to kill my pride, humiliate it, embarrass it, and reveal it to others so that it can’t stay hidden and healthy. And so today I confess my pride that leads to mean. I confess that I don’t want to be mean, but pride flows out of my heart through my lips effortlessly. If I’ve said something that has hurt your feelings I confess my pride and ask your forgiveness. If I’ve been selfish and you’ve been the recipient I confess my sin, and ask you to remember the words of James 5:16 that tells us to “confess our sins to one another” and, here’s the good part, to “pray for one another, that you may be healed.” I covet your prayers, and I ask that if you wish to confess, here is the place. Confess your sins to one another and let us pray that you too may be healed.

Let us live our lives believing that God’s Word is not only true, but that living it makes it all make sense, gives it purpose and proves to the world that we are His disciples.

True Religion

I oversee a ministry in our church that is called “True Religion”. Through it we reach out to widows. This is a testimony from one of our widow partners. I hope it encourages you to reach out to the widow and fatherless according to James 1:27.

 


I just wanted to share that I put myself out there (
with my widows).  Couple times not getting a call back after phoning them.  I didn’t let myself get discouraged.  I finally met with each of them.  They were a joy to listen to and were really excited to share about what has been going on with them.

I discovered a great testimony from Deb who was going to stop looking for a home church.  We were her last stop.  She had a bad experience with her previous Pastor’s wife talking about her as she was walking into church without nylons.

She told God that if anyone talked with her unkind or was unfriendly to her, she was going to stay at home and watch TV and read her Bible.  Some gentleman in our parking lot greeted her. Then the 1st person to go out of their way to greet her was your Mother-in-law.  Mrs. Lillian was extremely friendly and kind to her.

On another occasion, Pastor shared his testimony the first time her husband stepped foot in the church.  He always thought that holy men like Pastors didn’t have sinful pasts or struggles.  He started coming faithfully and has now gone home with our Lord.

Her last comment to me was, she was so sad when he passed and thought she was going to be alone, but through this ministry with me reaching out to her, luncheons, people besides her family contacting her and Tasha that God has not left her alone.

Love T.

 

Never underestimate the power of being kind and extending yourself to others.

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