For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance! Acts 28:30-31
Isn’t it amazing and so like our God, to take the very thing that from our human perspective would seem to cause the greatest hindrance to Paul’s ministry, turn it around, and cause it to remove all hindrances instead? Here is Paul, a prisoner for two years,
"In the shadow of my hurt, forgiveness feel like a decision to reward my enemy. But in the shadow of the cross, forgiveness is merely a gift from one undeserving soul to another." Andy Stanley
When I read this I knew what God was trying to tell me. I had unforgiveness in my heart. Like a growing root it had taken residence. Each time I remembered it, the thought fed and nourished the disdain.
The bible has warned us over and over again about not loving,
We were soundly sleeping when I felt a very familiar touch. It wasn’t my husband but my dog spunky scratching at the side of the bed! This can only mean one thing, thunder! If I am too slow to respond, she jumps up on the bed, in between my husband and I. This makes for a fun night! It has been said that certain breeds are more sensitive to thunder than others. ow Spunky is an Australian shepherd, Chow mix and she is definitely afraid.
When tragedy strikes, unsuspecting, how do we get through those first days? How can we possibly pull anything good out of this senseless moment; let alone breathe. How can we talk, eat or sleep knowing that our lives have suddenly changed forever; knowing we have to cope with-out our loved one.
So many decisions have to be made, questions to be answered; sense out of the senseless. Family, friends, church members wanting to give comfort to the comfort-less. Can we get through the
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
The state of Texas is facing many mountains right now,