Are your Hands Different?

I attended church service today and the Pastor shared a story that speaks to God’s love and how we should share His love with others.

A friend of the pastor’s visited the countryside in Ghana where he was on assignment at a government hospital. He noticed from his office window that daily the sick passed the government hospital to travel on foot to the missionary hospital which was many miles away.

He watched people take the trek to the missionary hospital for a week and finally asked his friend why they chose the missionary hospital instead of the government hospital that was better equipped.

His friend replied that the medicine is the same. The people chose the missionary hospital because the hands were different.

In effect, they felt the hands of God upon them in every nook and cranny throughout the missionary hospital. They knew they were well cared for because God was present. The government hospital was medically far superior, but the atmosphere in the hospital was sterile and loveless.

My question is – are your hands different? How do people see you as a Christian? Do they feel the love of God emanating from you? Are you warm and welcoming, or cold and remote? Do you reflect God in your actions? Do you love as God loves you? Do you reflect Christ’s love, compassion, and strength in your convictions, or do you represent the emptiness of a sterile government hospital?

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Why Cane Killed Abel

A friend posted this sermon on FB. This makes you say, hum. We have heard this story throughout our lives, we know this story, and it may be time to hear it again, for many, it is time to believe it and move forward in the divine providence of God, meaning the protective care of God. (Online, dictionary.com)

Cain killed Abel not because Abel wronged him or fought with him but, it was because Cain couldn’t stand the FAVOUR OF GOD on Abel’s life.

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Sometimes you may wonder why people talk behind your back, why they hate you, why they do the things they do to you. It’s not that you have a problem, it’s because they can’t stand the favour of God on your life.

That’s why you don’t need to stress yourself over people who are determined to frustrate or misunderstand you. You have to understand that not everyone will like you but everyone shall witness that you are favoured by the Lord.

Stand firm in God and what you believe in and no one will shake you.

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When Prayers Go Up, Blessings Come Down

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This is a call for continuous prayer throughout this school year. Our children go to school every day and the parents wonder, are they going to be safe. Being safe was not a daily consideration earlier in the decade or in times past, but now it seems people are intent on harming and killing children in schools. We all need to pray for school safety this year.

Dear Lord,

We are praying that you keep all school children and schools under your protection this year. Don’t let any hurt, harm, or danger affect them. We know you are our refuge, our shield, and our strength and our ever-present help in times of trouble. We come to you know in prayer, asking for your blessings.

Please protect our children, and allow them to remain children with gleeful eyes, always questioning and believing the best about people. We know you can turn anything around, and we pray that if it is within your will, let no instances of school shootings occur this year. We praise you for who you are. We thank you for a violence free school year. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. (L. Blair)

God, thank you for being a mighty warrior and a strong protector. You call us to stand firm, not in our own strength and might, but in Yours. Your power has no end and your authority demands even the demons to obey Your will. Help us, O God, to rely on your matchless power to stand firm. Grant us victory rooted in Jesus. (Paraphrased, City Life Church, Standing Firm In The Faith, August 15, 2022)

God’s Word is more than stories. Children need to begin their Application Season Early in Life.

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Many years ago, God impressed upon me that our children begin life reflecting on Bible stories as just that, stories. Over the many years, I served as a K-8 principal and a Bible study teacher, I learned that our children are eager to learn more than the character traits and behavior told in school and at home. Once exposed, they want to emulate Christ-like behaviors. They want to apply the Word in their day-to-day living. This blog will assist you in developing your child’s application season of living by the Word of God.

I have two sites. My first website, Youngchristianwarriors.com, initially focused on our children, answering the question parents often posed – when should we begin training our children to live like Christ? Below is a partial list of posts I wrote in 2017, focusing on Christian child development. The later posts mirror lisasdailyinspirations.com posts and are still worth perusing. I hope all parents find the posts beneficial.

Children – Armoring Up Every Morning https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/armor-first/

Helping Children Put on Their Armor Through Prayer https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/the-prayer-putting-on-my-armor/

Fruit of the Spirit for Children https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/defining-the-fruit-of-the-spirit-for-children/

Activating The Fruit of The Spirit in Children https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/recipe-the-fruit-of-the-spirit/

Core Values Early in Life https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/core-values/

Children – How Do You Define a Friend? https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/ask-your-children-who-is-a-friend/

How To Train Your Children to Embrace the Word of God https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/how-to-train-your-children-to-embrace-the-word-of-god/

Introducing Your Children to the Peace of God https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/introducing-your-children-to-the-peace-of-god/

Defining the Fruit for Children https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/defining-the-fruit-for-children/

Children – Protected by Angels https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/angels-protect-us/

Children – New Mercies Everyday https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/children-new-mercies-everyday/

Children Should Expect God’s Blessings and Favor https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/children-should-expect-gods-blessings-and-favor/

God Urges the ‘Why’ in Children https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/god-gives-children/

Children Model After Christ https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/595/

Learn To Thank God as Part of Prayer https://www.youngchristianwarriors.com/children-thanking-god/

Stewards of the Earth

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We have been gifted with being stewards of the earth.

~ Lisa Blair

This morning on the BBC News, a story was reported about the effects of Climate change. The guest speaker stated, extreme heat increases mortality. We hear cases where throughout the world older people and people with illnesses often die from the heat intensity brought on by climate change. But the brutality is much greater than that which focuses on human beings. When we experience extreme heat, as we are this year, throughout the world, we experience droughts that reduce the water levels of lakes ponds and rivers. The ground dries and has no moisture needed to nourish living things to grow. Fish, wildlife, and insects begin to die off which creates another level of mortality due to starvation. When fish, wildlife and insects die, their purpose dies. As the heat lasts longer and becomes much more intense plants die, trees die and green life itself begins to pass away. Trees and plants are the filters that help clean our air, keep vegetables healthy, and diseases at bay.

Entrusted to steward the earth and all it offers

God created the earth and provided all of the resources for man to live and prosper. Have we been good stewards of His earth? I think not. But let us look at this a bit differently if we, Christians, are blessed with an earth to live on and sent Christ who in John 4:14 tells us, “Whoever drinks of the water that I (Jesus) will give him shall never thirst, but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” Then, doesn’t it stand to reason that our gifts should create a consciousness of stewardship? 1 Corinthians 4:2 calls us to prove faithful.

“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”

Are you a good steward? Am I a good steward? Are we doing all we can today? How do we impact the cycle of life? “Our stewardship of creation involves the caretaking of the environment and animals as well as our families and communities. Charles Bogg defines stewardship in the Holman Bible Dictionary as “utilizing and managing all resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation.”” (Bible verses about Stewardship. Biblestudytools.com. 02/23/2021)

And most importantly, how do you help those in need, not just through provision of things, but in finding Christ? When we become more responsible, the earth will reap the benefits, as will those who are lost.