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Winning March 16, 2014

Winning

My Dad recently gave me a book by John C. Maxwell to read ~ “25 Ways To Win With People; How To Make Others Feel Like A Million Bucks”. It is quite interesting that Dad would be reading this, since I thought he was the master. He’s always been amazing at making people feel good about themselves.

Pictured here is a family who he has helped in many ways. They now host a weekly Bible club with many neighborhood children. My Dad is constantly winning with people, and here are some ways that you can, too:

1. Start with yourself.
2. Practice the 30-second rule. (Within the first 30 seconds, say something encouraging.)
3. Let people know you need them.
4. Create a memory and visit it often.
5. Compliment people in front of other people.
6. Give others a reputation to uphold.
7. Say the right words at the right time.
8. Encourage the dreams of others.
9. Pass the credit on to others.
10. Offer your very best.
11. Share a secret with someone.
12. Mine the gold of good intentions.
13. Keep your eyes off the mirror.
14. Do for others what they can’t do for themselves.
15. Listen with your heart.
16. Find the keys to their hearts.
17. Be the first to help.
18. Add value to people.
19. Remember a person’s story.
20. Tell a good story.
21. Give with no strings attached.
22. Learn your mailman’s name.
23. Point out people’s strengths.
24. Write notes of encouragement.
25. Help people win.

That’s my Dad, and I love him so much!

Thank you, Mr. Maxwell, for writing this wonderful book!

thejohnmaxwellteam.com

 

Jesus Loves The Little Children February 27, 2014

Jesus Loves The Little Children

What is it about kids and their simple faith? I am overwhelmed with a huge sense of responsibility as I teach these precious little ones about Jesus. They hang onto every word I say, and accept each new thought happily and completely.

Last week, I had 52 in my neighborhood Bible club. The most rewarding part of the day, however, was my translator. Wilguemps.

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This genuine young man grew-up in our school and is now being used to reach kids just like himself.

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His younger brother listened to us intently as we talked of miracles and faith. He beamed with pride at his older brother, and I have great hope that he will follow in his steps.

Thank you, God, for loving the little children!

 

Beautiful – MercyMe March 7, 2013

You are treasured, you are sacred, you are HIS.

 

Romans 12:5

Romans 12:5, originally uploaded by Xapa.

 

RESTORE // The Film – Part 1

I love this concept beyond words.

I don’t love fellow humans being called “The least of these.” It reminds me of how my old church branded people as “bus kids” for life because they were reached through the bus ministry. It carried an unfair stigma.

I still love this video.

 

What if? March 6, 2013

What if prayer stopped being a daily “To Do” list for God and became a renewal of surrender and availability to that for which God has for US to do?  I’ve heard thousands of people pray (myself included), and I can’t help but wonder if it is annoying at best and even nauseating to God for us to give him our fleshly lists of instructions, recommendations, reminders, demands and suggestions.

Lord, just bless us.  Lord, just protect us.  Lord, just lead us.  Lord, just heal us.  Lord, just provide for us.  Lord, just make our team win.  Lord, just prosper our journey.  Lord, just give me the job I applied for.  Lord, just make her fall in love with me.  Lord, just make my neighbor stop being so loud.  Lord, just give me an A on my test.  Lord, just do what I say, really, just do it.

What happened to “Thy will be done”?  Where is the “Here am I, Lord, send me”?  Why don’t we ask God, “What do YOU want me to do today”?  Would it be so terrible to surrender control of the day to the One who created it and has a perfect plan for every one of us?

The paradoxical reality is that His way is always, always better than ours.  We can’t see this for a variety of reasons, but the fact remains true, nonetheless.  Not only is he worthy of our surrender, but completely trust-worthy.  I have yet to hear someone declare that trusting and obeying God ended in destruction.  It always leads to blessings in abundance.

If we are honest with ourselves, we can certainly admit that God is wiser, stronger and more able than we treat Him.  He has more resources than we count on and more options than that of which we are aware.  Than why do we begin the day with a barrage of commands to our God and King?

I would dare say it would make more sense and absolutely behoove us to kneel at His feet, empty ourselves of any agenda, and humbly ask him to use us in his eternal kingdom.  I am by no means an expert on prayer, nor do I have the Christian life mastered to any extent.  However, I can only imagine there is more to a relationship with God than a constant string of cryptic instructions and annoyed reminders of what He is “supposed” to be doing for us.

This is for me, but you’re welcome to read it.

Love.

 

Stephanie Fast

Amazing story of grace and love.