Why Would God Want Me?

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I’m not perfect. I have all kinds of problems. I have no ability. I have no gifts. I’m just not worthy. Why would God want me?

Well, did you know that?…..

Moses stuttered.
David’s armor didn’t fit.
John Mark deserted Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Jesus was too poor.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a persecutor of the church.
Moses was a murderer.
Jonah ran from God’s will.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wart.
Noah got drunk.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul – well, lots of folks did.

But God doesn’t require a job interview for salvation. He’s our Heavenly Father. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, not blind to our need. He know who we are and what we are and loves us in spite of ourselves

SATAN SAYS, “YOU’RE NOT WORTHY.”
JESUS SAYS, “SO WHAT? I AM.”
SATAN LOOKS BACK AND SEES OUR MISTAKES.
GOD LOOKS BACK AND SEES THE CROSS.

He doesn’t calculate how you failed in ’99. It’s not even on the record.

Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t call us. But if we are in love with Him, if we hunger for Him, He’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, what we have done, or the fact that we are not perfect!

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Source: http://gatewaytojesus.com/

The Beauty Inside You

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The Holidays are here! Millions upon millions of people rush around looking for gifts to buy, decorate their homes, spend time with their family and friends and enjoy welcoming in the New Year with their loved ones.

Unfortunately, there is a flip side to this time of year…a dark side you might say. The holiday season is also the pinnacle of year in which an untold amount of individuals suffer depression, loneliness, and despair. It is during this point of time that the suicide rate around the world, is at its highest.

It is for this reason that I decided to share this video with you. Watch it to the very end. It is my hope and prayer that it will encourage and uplift you but most importantly, help you to realize that there is a simple beauty inside each one of us!

 

 

Farewell To A King and Queen

The King and QueenI was 12 years old and beginning my first day in 4th grade when I first met the teacher that would turn out to be one of my favorite teachers of all time…Mrs. Applegate. She was simply a great teacher who loved her class, made learning fun and probably, the awesome thing of all…gave all of us a really cool, metal moving toy truck, which was a miniature version of the moving trucks her family owned and operated.

It was during this time, that I also became friends with a kid who was a lot like me: loved adventure, forts, baseball, music, played in the school band, bike riding and swimming either in the ocean or in his pool. I remember when everyone had lunch and ate the typical sandwiches, cookies, and snacks, my new friend’s mom must have been really awesome…because she gave him homemade pizza for lunch…how cool was that??

We soon started hanging out at each other’s house and neighborhood and imagine how awestruck I was when I went over his house for the first time and saw two things, that to me, a 12 year old boy in the early 70’s, was simply remarkable. First, they had an in-ground pool! I thought that that was the coolest thing ever. Yes, our family always went to the ocean to swim because we didn’t know anyone with an pool…but now I did…and wow!…that was sooo cool! The second thing that I experienced at his home was when I stood there with my mouth open because there in front of me…was a real person who I had always believed in but thought was just a fairy tale…Santa Claus!! Actually it was his father, but the resemblance to the merry old soul was canny.

Over the next several years, my buddy and I became best friends and his parents became my second parents and visa-versa. His brother and two sisters became my surrogate siblings. If I wasn’t over his house hanging out, he was over mine. Our two families also had hours and hours of fun together. His mother made mouth-watering homemade pizzas (which I still think of to this day) and we would have these big pizza and pools parties where food and drink flowed like a river and cheer, laughs and merriment ruled the day. It was times like those that will forever be in my heart and memories.

His parents were teachers and were the simple, loving kind of people who loved their family, life, and all that went with it. They were strict but fair and made sure that their children grew up knowing how to work hard, live independently, and do things for themselves. They were truly the royalty of their family…the King and Queen of their castle.

As time marched on and the years went by, we all moved away to begin families, have children of our own and live our own lives. My mom and dad passed on a few years ago, my buddy moved to a far away land called Texas, his brother and sisters left the state, while his parents decided to live out their days together in a house that they designed themselves.

They enjoyed and treasured their time together and loved spending time with their grandchildren and kids when they came to visit. They had hearts of gold and loved to help and do things for other people. Cooking dinners at their church, playing Bridge with their friends, and inviting people into their home to share their love and affection for them was loved and adored by everyone who met them. These two, soft-spoken people, were truly beautiful people who God put on the earth to touch the hearts of many.

A few weeks ago, while driving home after having dinner together, they were both taken from this world together in a tragic accident. In an instant, the King and Queen left their temporary kingdom to touch the face of God.

I will always be thankful for the time that I spent with them, the things I learned from them and the ways that they touched my heart which will forever last a lifetime.

Having Lunch With God

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Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

One day, a little boy wanted to meet God. He packed his suitcase, brought a bag of some drink and cookies then started his journey. He walked a long, long way until he began to get hungry and tired.

He soon came to a park and decided to sit down and rest. He opened his bag, took out his food and began to eat. As he was eating, he noticed an old woman sitting on the bench next to him would not only looked very sad but hungry as well. Looking at the cookie that he was eating, he decided to offer her a piece of his tasty morsel.

She gratefully accepted it with a wide look of thankfulness and gratitude then smiled at him. Her smile was so beautiful that the boy longed to see it again. After some time, he offered her another piece of his cookie. Again, she accepted it and smiled at him.

The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As it grew dark, the boy became frightened, so the boy decided to leave and go home. As he up got to leave he had gone only a few steps, when suddenly, he turned around, ran back, and gave the poor lady a hug. She hugged him back, gave him a kiss on the cheek then once again, flashed the nicest smile that he had ever seen.

After a long while, the little boy finally returned home.When the boy opened the door, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you look so happy?”

He replied,” I had lunch with God.”

Before, his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? She’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen in my life!”

Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and asked, “Mom, what did you do today that made you so happy?

“She replied, “I ate cookies in the park with God.” Before his son could respond, she added, “You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”

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Remember, nobody knows what God will look like. People come into our lives for a reason, for a season, or for a lifetime. Accept all of them equally!

AND LET THEM SEE GOD IN YOU!!!!!

The Decline of Life (Pictures That Speak Volumes #69)

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Today’s picture is a beautiful image that demonstrates the wonderful circle of life. It reminds us that someday we will all come to the end of our journey of life, while at the same time, there are individuals that are just beginning theirs!