Archive | October 2013

Thirty Day Challenge

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The thirty day challenge my friend Tim recently posted on his facebook made me think of a drop of water. When a single drop of water falls into a pool of still or stagnant drops of water it produces a rippling effect that causes movement in all the surrounding drops. Lord, make us the drop that drops an encouraging word into the hearts of those around us.

Hebrews 10:24 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,” (NKJV).

Tim has  given me permission to share his post.  May his words and heart encourage and challenge you as they did me.

Today I went into a place to turn a thing into a guy who I’ve seen a few times before. He is always friendly, upbeat and always has a smile on his face. I walked in at 4:45pm and he was still smiling. So I stopped and said, “I just want to tell you, I don’t know how you do it, but you are always helpful, friendly, and smiling, and I just wanted to thank you for that and tell you how much I appreciate it.” He lit up like the 4th of July and said, “Thanks man. I really appreciate that. I try my best.” I said, “I just wanted you to know that I saw it and I appreciate it.”
So after I left there, I went to a gas station to fill up my little whip, and I noticed a woman at the pump next to mine who was having trouble untangling the pump hose. She was nicely dressed, probably just having gotten off work in an office, so I walked over and asked her to let me help her. (This is not commonly done in Boston). So she thanked me and gave me a beautiful but slightly uncomfortable smile. I thought, “I’m going for 2 for 2.” I said, “Ma’am, I don’t want anything from you, and I’m about to get in my car and drive away, but before I go, I want you to know that you have a beautiful smile. It’s very warm.” At first she was shocked, and then she kind of looked down, and when she looked back up still with that same smile, I thought I noticed that she had teared up a little. She said, “Thank you.

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a nice compliment.” I said, “You’re kidding??” She just shook her head and said, “No. I’m not. And thank you.” So true to my word I said, “Have a great weekend”, and I turned and went to my car and drove off. And it’s been bothering me all day. How are people like this not being complimented once in a while? It’s really not hard, and most of the time it’s well received if it’s genuine. Now you have to understand, I look like an escaped convict, so if it’s not sincere, people are gonna start dialing 911. Especially women. But so far, none have.
Here’s the deal – for the next 30 days, I am going to find some reason to compliment somebody I run into, whether I know them or not, and it’s going to be genuine. Gang – I’m going to be doing this in a city not known for its warm hearted friendliness, and if I can do it, so can you. Somebody jump in with me and say you will. 30 days. If you can’t do 30, do 15, or 10. Do ONE!!! Just try it. Don’t be crude, and be genuine. You never know when you’re gonna bump into somebody who really – and I mean really – needs it.”

 

Have a blessed day, 

Jeannie Diane

One Drop

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The label on a small bottle I found on the dining room table a few weeks ago caught my attention. It was a scratch remover, but not just an ordinary scratch remover. It was a scratch remover that was guaranteed to work by using only a single drop.  One drop—that’s all it would take to cover any scratch on any type of wood, no matter the color or texture.  By the appearance of the table it was apparent that no one had opened the bottle and applied it.

As I turned the bottle in my hand I thought about another one-drop scratch remover that I have applied. This scratch remover came from a body instead of a bottle. And it is applied to souls instead of surfaces. One drop of Jesus blood shed on Calvary was enough to cover all scratches or sins of mankind, for all time.  And it is effective and 100 percent guaranteed for all textures and colors—Have you opened your heart and applied the blood to your life?

 

“For God so loved the world that He have His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

“And from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,”(Revelation 1:5)

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Have a beautiful, blessed day!
Jeannie Diane