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Grace and peace to you from God 
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
1 Corinthians 1:3
 
 
“I always thank God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus.  For in Him you have been enriched in every wayin all your speaking and in all your knowledge–because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.  Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” 1 Corinthians 1:4-9
 
– You have been enriched in every way.
– You do not lack any spiritual gift.
– Jesus will keep you strong until the end.
– God is faithful.
 

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“Rivers of living water will flow
from the heart of anyone
who believes in me.”
Jesus
 
 
Recently, one of my close friends had an experience that I found inspiring.  I asked her to write about it so that I could share her story with you;  I pray that it challenges you like it has challenged me.
 
 My Friend’s Story 
 
After a long day at a home with my children, my husband gave me a much-needed break.  I went to a restaurant with my Bible and journal in hopes of being rejuvenated.  When I got there, I saw a nice booth by the window in the bar section.  I decided to do my reading and journaling there, though it seemed funny to me to have my “quiet time” in a bar.  While I was there, I ordered something to eat.  When the bartender delivered my food, I struck up a conversation with her.  After chatting for a few minutes, I asked her if there were anything I could pray for her about.  She looked somewhat surprised and sat down across from me.  Then she said, “No one has ever asked me that before.”  She seemed genuinely touched.  She then proceeded to tell me about some financial struggles she and her husband were having.  I asked, “Would it be OK if I prayed for you right now?”  “Sure” she replied, so I prayed specifically about the things she had mentioned.  
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In the months that followed, I continued to think about the bartender.  Gradually, I started to feel that the Lord was leading me to give her one thousand dollars, money that I had been saving (for a long) time in my benevolence fund.  I decided I would visit her at the bar and give her the money.  It had been eight months since our first encounter, so I wondered if she would remember me.  I decided to enclose the cash inside a card so I could write her a note.  In the card, I told her what my life was like because I knew the Lord.  I also enclosed a short essay that I had written, explaining how much God loves us, along with my phone number.  I wrote that I would be happy to answer any questions she might have, but that there was no pressure to contact me.

I was very nervous about going to see her, but I went anyway.  When I arrived, I sat down and waited while she was with other customers.  When she got to me, I asked, “Do you remember me?  I was here several months ago.”  At first she gave me a blank look, but then she said, “Oh yes, you were my angel who prayed for me.”  I was really surprised by this, but I was pleased that she remembered me.  I gave her the card and asked her to open it on her way home.

I left the bar feeling exhilarated.  It was so wonderful to follow through on what I felt the Lord was asking me to do.  I never did hear from my bartender friend, but I know that her life (and mine) is different because of how the Lord used me.
 
Good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.  1 Timothy 5:25  

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When they walk through the
 Valley of Weeping, 
They make it a place of springs…
Psalm 84:6
 
   
When I am in the kitchen, I enjoy listening to The Book of Psalms on CD.  I have found listening to the Psalms an easy way to imprint these words on my heart.  For the past two months, my favorite has been Psalm 84.  I find this Psalm especially comforting when I am going through the “valley of weeping.” 
 
 
How lovely is Your dwelling place,
       O Lord Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints,
       for the courts of the Lord;
       my heart and my flesh cry out
       for the living God.

 Even the sparrow has found a home,
       and the swallow a nest for herself,
       where she may have her young—
       a place near Your altar,
       O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;
       they are ever praising You. 

Blessed are those whose strength is in You,
       those who have set their hearts on finding You.

When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
       they make it a place of springs;
       the autumn rains also cover it with pools.

They go from strength to strength,
       till each appears before God in Zion.

Hear my prayer, O Lord God Almighty;
       listen to me, O God…

Better is one day in Your courts
       than a thousand elsewhere;
       I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
       than dwell in the homes of the wicked.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
       the Lord bestows favor and honor; 
       The Lord will withhold no good thing
       from those who do what is right.

 O Lord Almighty,
       You bless everyone who trusts in You.  

 Psalm 84

 

This is a combination of the New International Version, New Living Translation, and the Contemporary English Version.  I also made some minor changes, such as, “set their hearts on pilgrimage” was changed to “set their hearts on finding You” (verse 5). 

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  Blessed are those who are generous…
 Proverbs 22:9  
 
  
 
Question of the day:
Why does it please God when we “do good” and “share with others”?
 
Answer:
Doing good + sharing = person feels loved
 
While thinking about this question, I realized how many people in the past two months have been good to me and shared with me.  I feel very loved and would like to say thank you…
 
– to my Aunt Carol and Uncle Bob, for sharing their lake house
– to the person who hid $100 in my purse
– to Angela, for helping me fold clothes
– to Steena and Missy G., for editing
– to Renni, for listening and sharing her wisdom
– to my husband, for regularly taking our three children to the grocery store
– to my parents, for a gift card for my anniversary
– to Stacy W., for paying for a babysitter for my anniversary date
– to Melissa, for her kindness to my children
– to D.J., for sending Aubrey Anne to tennis camp
– to Christine, for sharing her pool
– to Stacy J., for also sharing her pool
– to Mrs. Alice, for sharing her beautiful garden
– to my sister, for sending two of my kids to a day camp at Owl Hill’s Nature Sanctuary
– to my parents, for feeding my children breakfast every day while we were in Nashville (and all the other things they did to help me)
– to Andrea, for giving me the book “The House that Cleans Itself”
– to Missy and Leslie S., for giving me time and advice
– to Leslie C., for sharing her heart
– to the Osmans, for sharing their spacious place
– to the Lord, for all of my family and friends  
 
my son Preston

my son Preston

 

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You are the most excellent of men
And your lips have been
 Anointed with grace
Since God has blessed
You Forever.
.
Psalm 45:2
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For my Southern Gentleman Husband,
on the occasion of our 18th wedding anniversary.
Your love and faithfulness are a reflection of God’s love.
Always yours,
Sara
 
 
Free Gift idea: see comment section.

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