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Love Bears a Heavy Burden.

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 Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Romans 12:9 Holy Bible Amplified Version

Being a volunteer in a seniors home I see many spouses, both men and women daily come in to care for their loved ones. I see the same thing with adult children come in and care for their elderly parent or parents. It is extremely difficult for them but of no consequence to them. They gladly serve out of love.

“Love bears a heavy burden and does not feel it.”Thomas à Kempis

As well the same can be said for those that care for disabled children or parents at home. It is a heavy burden on them which they gladly bear because of love. Sometimes it costs them a marriage or separation. They lose everything. Many times they serve with no help from the other family members.

I believe that those that love the deepest are those that serve the best during difficult times in anothers life. Joseph- Anthony: Green

For me I am blessed with strength, encouragement, patience, wisdom and peace in the gentle, strong, loving arms of Jehovah while caring for my disabled elderly mother. When the burden feels to heavy I go to Him and He blesses me with unending strength, peace, love, joy and wisdom to carry on.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Ezer (The LORD our Helper) for blessing me with a loving, patient, caring heart to encourage, strengthen and comfort those that are enduring trials and tribulations, sorrows and snares just as You have helped me through my numerous ones in my life. I thank You in the name of He who I always try to emulate in helping others Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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This is the Jewel in My Heavenly Crown

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This is the task my master has given me

My only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24 New International Version)

While enjoying my morning meal of “The Breakfast of Champions” Bible reading (after all, read the treasures within. Isn’t it chocked full of champions?) this verse stood out to me. It made me feel good.

Imagine a king or emperor giving a special task, just for you.

My task is being a Christian writer and the longer I partake of my divine task, the less of a task it is. Every time an article helps someone draw closer to Christ that will be another jewel in my crown in Heaven.

Then when Christ, the Chief Shepherd, comes, you will get a glorious crown that will never lose its beauty. 1 Peter 5:4 New Century Version

Do you know why the crown will never lose its beauty?

It is because the jewels which are more precious than jade or diamonds are the people I have been blessed to help draw closer to Christ. THEY are the jewels.

We all have our calling in the heavenly family. When you do your part, you too will inherit a precious crown. Are you doing the task our master has assigned you? When you feel exhausted or dejected and want to quit, remember your crown awaiting you in Heaven. Do not believe any task is little, small or insignificant?

The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest. Henry Home

When I was a teacher I planted the seeds in some of my students. I look forward to meeting them in Heaven and sharing huge hugs and tears of joy with them.

So too it is with you. The little seed you plant today may become a beautiful apple tree that produces much Heavenly fruit tomorrow.

Read about the great evangelists of yesterday like Billy Graham and Spurgeon or Billy Sunday. Some were real party boys. They heard one little sermon or had one little encounter with a Christian and they went on to set the world on fire.

You too could be the match that sets the next Billy Graham on the world.

“Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” – William Blake

No you do not desire your crown for pride but rather joy. The joy being that you have in some way guided another to heaven. It will be joy for them not pride for you. Joseph- Anthony: Green

If you believe you only have little in the way of skills or resources remember this: Little in the hands of Jesus can do much.

As well every time you serve Christ whether in your vocation, volunteer work or every day life, you will be putting another jewel in your crown.

There is no small act of kindness here on earth that is not great in Heaven. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Jireh (God our Provider) for the wonderful privilege of having so many precious jewels in my crown. I ask my beloved that You bless me with so many more opportunities to add more jewels to this crown. As well oh cherished one, may these jewels have their own crowns to give even more glory to You. I give thanks and ask for this blessing in the name of Him who wears the most treasured crown, Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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Doing So with Wisdom.

 

 

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 1 John 5:2 Holy Bible King James Version

That we faithfully are obedient to keep His commandments. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 Holy Bible King James Version

We are to be charitable while doing so with wisdom.

There are too many bleeding hearts out there that want you to give money to help those who refuse to help themselves.

How many in say Africa breed like flies on dung piles and then cry to those in the western world to give them money. If they cannot support their children do not have them. Why should we support a destructive lifestyle? When I was doing missionary work in Central America they kept on telling me I should be married and have lots of children so that when I get old the children will support me. When I asked them how much they helped their parents they looked at me in shock and informed me they had no money to help their parents. Then they told me because I was rich (which I was not) that I owed them and had to give them money.

It is the same with these TV evangelists who are always crying for money. I used to listen to a few on the internet. Before the show they cry that they need money. Then, at the end they are talking about how you will have a great time with them on some cruise. Excuse me but if they can afford to go on cruises why do they need my money. I say they should publicly reveal their wages if they publicly ask for money.

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10 Holy Bible New International Version

Do not give to the lazy. There are too many welfare bums that are capable of working but are too lazy to do so and expect the hard working of society to support their laziness. How many are also involved in drugs and alcohol? Serving as a volunteer in soup kitchens I saw a lot of this.

Prayer: Please Jehovah Abba (God our father) bless me to imitate Your divine love to everyone today so as to be an obedient child but to give wisely not foolishly. I request this in the name of Your most loving son Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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We Need to Love as He Did.

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Holy Bible New International Version

As Christians we need to emulate our role model Jesus.

Think of how patient Jesus was with His disciples. He never belittled them when they did not get it but patiently explained it to them. We need the same disposition with others in our daily conversations. Jesus’ kindness knew no boundaries. Think of how He went out of His way to heal Darious’ daughter or how He talked with the woman at the well. We need to be more kind in this world. Try to do one act of kindness a day and write down what it was and how you it affected the soul you were kind with as well how it made you feel. See how much it changes your life. Jesus did not envy the rich but accepted them as individuals. Just because someone has more money or is better at sports than you or any other number of things does not mean you have to envy them. Jehovah gave each of us our own distinctive skills and be grateful for them. Jesus was a member of the Godhead yet He did not brag about it and talk down to others. When you are blessed with a certain skill do not lord it over others. You are no where near as good as Jesus. Jesus was never a tongue wagger. He did not gossip about anyone and neither should you. Do not say anything about anyone behind their back that you would not say to their face. Jesus never cared about His own will but that of His Heavenly Father and those around Him. When you only care about yourself you only end up with yourself. The self seeking end up living lonely miserable lives. Jesus took a lot of rubbish from the Scribes and Pharisee’s yet did not lose His temper. I think we all need help in not losing our temper which is a good thing to pray for every morning. If you are easily angered, you are suppressing hurt, bitterness and jealousy in your life and it would be a good idea to get into counseling. If you do not it will slowly eat you until it destroys you and everyone around you. I have seen it and it aint pretty. After Peter repented Jesus never brought it up again how he denied Christ. Neither should you. Now that is not to say you are to forgive and forget. Those who do not learn from the past as dammed to repeat it. That does not indicate that you are to hang it over the offenders head every chance you get but to remember it so that when you see this beginning to happen you know the correct action to take.

Prayer: Please Jehovah Heseh (God is love) bless me with a loving heart that is committed to serving You by serving others. Please bless me with the Holy Spirits help to emulate Your divine example of love Your loving son Jesus Christ. I humbly request this in His loving name. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.

 


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The Best Advice can be Found

David conferred with each of his officers, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. 1 Chronicles 13:1 New King James Version                                                                                     

When you need advice where should you go?                                          

Go where the best advice can be found.                                                    

It has been said that an alcoholic will listen to the advice of a recovered alcoholic more than someone who has a piece of paper hanging on the wall.  

 Why do you think that is?                                                                          

Could it be because they will listen to someone who has gone through what they are going through so they understand them?                                  

So too it is with all aspects of life.

 

If you want good advice why not seek it out in Godly Christian councilors that have gone through what you are experiencing now?

This is why it is a sin for Christians to sit on the sideline when they see others suffering what they have gone through and do nothing to help them. Yes we are to help others as we have been helped. If no one helped you through your difficult times think of how much you would have appreciated some help. Then do something about it when you see someone else going through their trials and tribulations, sorrows and snares.                                                                                                           

On the flip side there is a prevailing belief amongst the younger generation that the older generation is useless and holds no wisdom that can help them. That is why they suffer in silence so much. 

             

If you are young and need help do not be arrogant and too proud to seek the advice of the older generation. Do not just whine to them but listen to their advice and obey it. 

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Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Ecclesiastes 7:11 New International Version 

There is an old saying:”The more things change the more things are the same.” 

That means that okay maybe your grandma or grandpa does not know how to use a computer but events that occur in your life are the same as that which has occurred it theirs.                                                           

 “God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.” J. H. Jowett                                                            

Listening to wise council has helped me tremendously to deal with some very serious issues in my life. If it were not for their Godly advice I do not think I would have made it through those extremely difficult experiences.                                                                                                 

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Jireh  (God is our Provider) for blessing me with many wonderful Godly wise mentors which have guided me through numerous difficult times. I humbly ask my Love that you open my eyes to the opportunity to emulate them when I see other brothers and sisters in need of Godly wisdom, compassion and encouragement. I sincerely request this in the name of the best mentor ever Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful love bless you today and every day.


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We Shall Reap.

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9 New King James Version

We all go through it don’t we?

We all go though those times when it seems as if there is no progress in our service unto Jehovah. We wonder if we are doing any good. Trust me from my experience we will be shocked when we get to Heaven how many are there because of the words or actions we took in this life. When I was a teacher in Asia I would live the Christian life and freely talk about walking the Christian walk when they curiously asked me why I was different from the other teachers. Most laughed at me and I wondered if I was getting through to any at all. It was very difficult. At the end of the semester there would always be a handful of students that quietly came to me and informed me that they accepted Jesus into their lives because of my example. Oh did my heart ever jump for joy. I often wonder how many accepted Jesus later on in life because of the seeds I sowed. We may not see the harvest of our planting in this life but please do not ever give up planting those seeds.

We also wonder what will happen to us as we age and have no money set aside for retirement because we have spent a lifetime in service to Christ.

I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken. Psalm 37:25 New King James Version

GOD PROVIDES

Now in my elder years this is my rock of hope that is my mantra. Folks ask me what is going to happen in a few years because I have no money set aside (The funny thing is that every time I saved a nice little nest egg something would come around and wipe it out. I believe Jehovah did this to keep me dependent upon Him instead of being dependent upon a retirement fund.) to depend upon in retirement.

I firmly believe in the saying: “What goes around will come around.”   Even stronger is my believe that Jehovah God is real and that I am His child. What father would not take care of their child?

The same goes for Jesus. I have spent over thirty years faithfully serving Him. I strongly believe He will always take care of me.

I pray this article has been of comfort and strength to all in the service of our Heavenly King.

 

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Chatsahi (The Lord is my Strength) for blessing me with Your divine strength, comfort, encouragement, peace, love and joy as I humbly serve You. Thank you for promising to care for me in my elder years and look forward to seeing the beautiful flowers that I have sown in my service to You. I exalt You in the name of He who served You so admirably here on earth in His ministry Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful love bless you today and every day.


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To Get Riches.

 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.1 Peter 3:8 New King James Version

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.—Sherry Anderson

How would you like the idea of enjoying astonishing riches. 

The best way is to volunteer. The unlimited supply of delightful joy this brings is immeasurable.

I spent ten years of volunteering in Hospitals in Ontario. Those truly were the best years of my life. Yes there was the gratitude of the nurses and doctors. There was a wonderful feeling of the fact that I made the world a better place for those less fortunate than me. But there was also a wonderful sense of the joy that can only be gained by helping someone. 

For those of you who are just graduating from school or the unemployed it is also a great place to make contacts to get a job.

For seniors it is a great place to use the skills you have honed over the years to pass on to the younger generation .

In both cases it also prevent depression from slowly eating away the joy in your life.

SHARING

Come on, there is an unlimited supply of opportunities to serve. Why not volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen to help you realize how blessed you are. Why not be a reading buddy with a child in a local school. Why not visit seniors or volunteer with meals on wheels. Why not volunteer at your local Salvation Army Thrift store. 

When you begin volunteering it may be difficult at first, but hang in there. If it doesn’t work out try someplace else.
I believe it should be mandatory for all middle and high school students to participate in some form of volunteer work as part of their curriculum.

I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. Mark 9:41

Prayer: Oh Jehovah our God of love, please guide me to where my skills can best meet the needs to serve others, there by serve You. After all didn’t Jesus say;” Do not think the Son of man came to BE served, but rather the son of man came TO serve. In His kindhearted name I pray. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.