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Sample His Word
Sample His Word
|Posted on February 14, 2014 at 7:55 PM||comments (64)|
Our Unemployed Americans
It is amazing to me how the people we voted into office to serve and protect our interest continue to bicker issues that could be resolved if they would seriously give consideration to their true purpose in office.
As I read an online article concerning our unemployed Americans posted by The New York Times, I became embarrassed to live in a country that would allow their constituents, who are fellow tax payers and viable human beings to enter into a new level of poverty, recognizable only by someone going through the same turmoil. You see, I am one of the 1.7 million who is unemployed.
I initially read the article as a measure of self-interest – researching my options and getting unemployment Plans D, E and F into place. Quite frankly, Plans A, B and C didn’t pan out. In actuality, I relinquished my research as I read the 470 comments attached to the article, which prompted this writing. My heart swelled with comradery and compassion as I read the comments of American seniors, mothers, fathers and single people of all ages crying out in desperation– trying to hold on to their very last –trying desperately not to trade their mortgage for a cardboard box.
Is this who we have become as a nation? God is certainly watching, and I am sure, just as many of us are – shaking His head in disgust at the actions and inactions of our congressional and senatorial leaders. Once again, I invite you to consider the passage of Luke 12:40-48. In this parable, Jesus warns us of the detriment of unfaithful servant.
You must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
"Peter asked, “Lord is that illustration just for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied, “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I tell you the truth, the master will put that servant in charge of all that he owns. But what if the servant thinks, “My master won’t be back for a while,” and he begins beating the other servants, partying, and getting drunk? The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut the servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
And a servant who knows what the master wants, but isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished. But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12: 40-48, New Living Translation.
I Must Add -
My purpose for this writing is to bring awareness, not only to the heartless politicians that will not allow assistance to our unemployed Americans, but to make you aware as citizens that the needs of our unemployed are everyday needs - 24 hours a day.
Certainly, there are many who have empathy and shake their heads in disgust over the unemployment situation, but in the end, you are warm and comfortable in your homes – mortgage paid, utilities paid, insurance paid, food on the table, and you will rest well for the night. Only when you hear again the report of $0 dollars coming into the homes of unemployed Americans – will you share the utmost empathy. And again, at the end of the day – all is well with you and the people in your household, and your nights rest is once again well.
Many of the people who left comments on The New York Times article, have already lost their homes and cars. Others wrote about the simple need of toilet paper, providing meals and clothing for their growing children, having the luxury of utilities, or having a phone and internet for job searches.
Please remember, for those that you know who are unemployed, whatever your needs are - they have the same needs– a place to stay, utilities, transportation and food. My brothers and sisters, thank you for the submission of your heartfelt prayers and please if you can, go a step further and extend a hand to help those families in need. May God continue to bless and keep you. Selah.
Thank you Lord for your many blessings, we praise your holy name.
We thank you for being watchful over the many individuals that are in need of your care and the benefit of your blessings. Lord we ask that you touch the hearts of the men and women who are responsible for the decisions that effect our unemployed Americans. Help them to understand how lives are affected when they are not responsible stewards in their positions. Father we also ask for renewed strength, viable jobs and positive attitudes for those individuals seeking employment; and a special blessing for those that come forward to help their brothers and sisters in Christ in their time of need. In the wonderful name of Jesus we pray - Amen.
|Posted on November 8, 2013 at 10:26 PM||comments (3)|
"Miles Williams Makes It To The Big League"
Parental love and support is an important element in developing the dreams of young people.
God has certainly blessed an outstanding athlete, Miles Williams of Winsdor, CA, with amazing parental guidance, love and support. Because his parents, Walter and Marilyn Williams, recognized and nurtured his talents, Miles remained focused on his targeted plan to become a major league baseball player.
His tenacity paid off in June 2013 when he had the opportunity of a lifetime offered to him - In his first year of eligibility at Cal State Northridge, he was selected in the 15th round of the MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins.
His Mother, Marilyn, forwarded an email to all that had played a part in supporting their efforts to embrace their son's dream of making it in the "Big League". This heartwarming email to Marilyn's family and friends is a true testament of love for her son. It reminds me of how God's love embraces us as we journey through our trials and tribulations. Just as Walter and Marilyn never left the side of thier son - God remains with us, carrying us when we grow weary of our situations. I pray that you will remember this Mother's message to let it remind you of God's love as it relates to your problems whatever they may be. Selah
I have attached the story that Cal State Northridge published today about Miles. This has really been a tough year for him. Most of you know that he fractured a bone in his right foot while playing a game in left field. He played the ball off the wall, turned to throw it and felt excruciating pain. He had no idea of the extent of the injury, but by day 3 of pure agony, he knew something was very wrong.
The visit to the podiatrist with his head coach and me on the phone dealt him a heartbreaking blow; he was out for the season with a Jones fracture. The doctor told us that his best bet was to have surgery because that was the only way he would heal 100%. That hurt him so much. I went down a week later for the surgery and it went well. They started physical therapy a week later and of course he thought he was ready to go back out in four weeks. It took eight weeks and their last series, for him to get back on the field. He had a great comeback and a standing ovation from both teams. I wish I could have been there to see that, however I'm so very happy that Walter was there instead.
Miles has always wanted to play baseball; no other sport could take the place of the bat and the ball. I remember once when his 12 year old team and families went to watch the Texas Rough Riders play in Frisco, Texas. After we all got in the stadium, Miles came up missing, we couldn't find him anywhere. Someone finally spotted him on the field warming up with the Minor League team. After running a fly ball down in the stands and since he was wearing his team uniform, the players invited him to come down and warm up with them. That was a great day for him! When Miles was about 9 years old we also met “POD”, a religious rock band in St. Louis, at Walter's family reunion. All the kids were asking for their autographs, well all except Miles. He asked them if they wanted his autograph because he was going to be a pro baseball player someday. They took his autograph and couldn't believe the kid had so much confidence; hope they kept it. He has a long road ahead of him but he's on his way to living his dream!
Miles has completed his junior year in college at Cal State University Northridge and is really looking forward to this opportunity to get better in the big league. Walter and I support his decision 100% and since the MLB will pay for him to finish up college later he just can't seem to lose. Hopefully he will finalize his plans in the next few days and then hit the road to do what he wants to do. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you all for your support of Miles over the years, even when you thought we were nuts for spending all our vacations at baseball tournaments. This kid has given Walter and I more joy than words could ever express. You know what? He's happy so we're happy! To Uncle Rod in heaven, thanks for telling him at age 4 what to do with the bat once he hit the ball, "Drop the bat and run".
God Bless each of you.
Link to the Cal State Northridge article: http://gomatadors.com/sports/m-basebl/2012-13/releases/20130608fobmkl
“Narrow is the way . . . .”
|Posted on December 25, 2012 at 12:51 PM||comments (13)|
"My Nth Degree Confession"
For years I wanted to publish a Christian magazine. My magazine (wearing the same name as this website) had been ready for print for some time, however, it never came to fruition because of the publishing cost. But one December night in 2010 at 9:00 p.m., God spoke to me and provided instructions to develop a "web publication" of my magazine, "TheSingleBlessing.com".
Clearly, He instructed me to take the articles from the magazine and place them on the website. Not thinking that I was going against His will and instruction, I chose to utilize only a certain portion of my articles, because I wanted to salvage some for the publication of the magazine at a later time.
Unknowingly, I was disobedient and it was costly. However, the cost was never a realization to me because of the vast number of people from across the globe that visited the site. Honestly, I have been truly amazed by the numbers! I can only imagine the results, had I followed His instructions to the nth degree - just as Noah did.
He had also clearly told me that the site would be global and it immediately was and continues to be. Glory to your name Father!
Now, I can only apologize for not fully following God's instructions to the nth degree. In the realm of obedience, Noah is and has been one of my major guide posts. I thought that I was being much like him – carefully taking God's instructions and remaining within the guidelines that He provided for me. Thinking back to Noah, his ark worked just as God planned - perfectly, with no mishaps.
It was only today, as I shared with a Christian friend how the site was developed, that I realized my failure to fully follow God's instructions. As I explained the development to my friend, the words "take the articles from the magazine and place them on the website" burned my soul - - the realization was so heavy that I could no longer continue the conversation. I felt an urge to get things right and I went directly to work on correcting my mistake. My measurements were off, and my "boat" had to be restructured so that it could truly sail and not just be kept afloat.
As amazing as TheSingleBlessing.com has been – I am so excited to see what happens next. Father, I thank you for your "guidance and perfection" and allowing me to correct the error at hand.
Lesson learned: My mistake was that of selfishness - - I wanted to publish the magazine. But there was a serious conflict at hand, I couldn't operate in the will of God and abide by things of my own choosing. Unknowingly, I rode the fence – but now I no longer straddle. It feels good - - Confession is good for the soul.
My brothers and sisters, how often have you partially done what God expected of you? - - And yet, you expect full results from Him. Selah.
Lord, I ask that Your blessing remains with TheSingleBlessing.com and that you take the ministry to yet another level so that those in need of your comfort and protection will see and feel the realization of what hope in Christ really means. I pray Father, that you accept my confession of failure to follow instruction and turn it into a positive lesson for those in need of knowing how to realize the comfort of your protection. Grow me Father, guide me - - I know that you have forgiven me. With all my heart I love You and live to do what is right and good in your sight. Your provisions are astronomical – beyond my wildest dreams and I thank you Lord, thank you. Amen.
“Narrow is the way . . . .”