Posted on Sep 26, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Let it be known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the house of the great God, which is being built with huge stones, and beams are being laid in the walls; and this work is going on with great care and is succeeding in their hands.” NASB Ezra 5:8 Are you committed and careful about doing your work with diligence, enthusiasm, and persistence?  Are you careful to look for work to do, pay special attention to details and follow through with consistency?  If you are in management, are you setting up systems and training your employees to perform their work effectively.  Give it your best and be sure the quality of what you have to offer is the best and your clients will love...

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Posted on Sep 19, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“I walked by the field of a lazy person, the vineyard of one with no common sense.  I saw that it was overgrown with nettles.  It was covered with weeds, and its walls were broken down.  Then, as I looked and thought about it, I learned this lesson: A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.” (NLT) Proverbs 24:3-034 This last verse in The Message reads, “You can look forward to a dirt-poor life, with poverty as your permanent houseguest!”  Little, Little, Little!  Do you get the idea that Little is really a big deal.  My wife will say to me, “Honey, it’s the little things that are important for a woman.”  A little neglect here and a little neglect over there and that only leads to failure. Sometimes we can be so focused on the big picture, we miss managing and doing the details that will produce that big picture.  Our prayer might be something like this:  “Father, search me and show me if I need to refocus my energies and put more care and concern into the details of my...

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Posted on Sep 5, 2011 in WEEKLY WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT | 0 comments

“Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages.  He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives.  When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke.  So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd.  ‘What a huge harvest!’ he said to his disciples. ‘How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!'”  (The Message) Matthew 9:35-38 What do you see when you look at the crowds?  Do you simply see a man standing on a corner in the congested streets of the city with a sign that reads, “PLEASE HELP, GOD BLESS YOU”?  Or do you have eyes to look beyond the moment? Oh, Father, that you would give us 20/20 vision to look at the crowds with compassion as Jesus did, so for that moment we can see how dispirited, aimless and confused they are.  Father, break off the calluses of our heart, the judgments we make.  Give us a heart that breaks as our Savior’s heart broke for those in need.  Renew our minds to think as David thought when in Psalm 72:12-14 He said, “He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.  He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them.  He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him.”  (New Living...

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