Category: Soul Enriching


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The Bible tells us in Ecclestiastes 5:10 that “the one who loves money is never satisfied with money, and whoever loves wealth [is] never [satisfied] with income. This too is futile.” if money is the only reward of your job you will begin to deteriorate in your life physically, emotionally, spiritually and relationally. – Dan Miller

– and can I say even your values will change.  Seen this so many times in being in sales. Tsk Tsk.   And my prayer always is I don’t give in to the lure of Money or Wealth and compromise my values and beliefs.  So help me God. 🙂 May I honor You in everything I do.
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“OUR THINKING vs. GOD’S PROMISES”

MAN/WOMAN: “It’s impossible”
GOD: All things are possible (Luke18:27)
MAN/WOMAN: “I’m too tired”
GOD: I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30)
MAN/WOMAN : “Nobody really loves me”
GOD: I love you (John 2: 16 & John 13:34)
MAN/WOMAN: “I can’t go on”
GOD: My Grace is sufficient (II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
MAN/WOMAN: “I can’t figure things out”
GOD: I will direct your steps (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
MAN/WOMAN: “I can’t do it”
GOD: You can do all things (Phillipians 4:13)
MAN/WOMAN : “I’m not able”
GOD: I am able (II Corinthians 9:8)
MAN/WOMAN: “It’s not worth it”
GOD: It will be worth it (Romans 8:28)
MAN/WOMAN : “I can’t forgive myself”
GOD: I forgive you (I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
MAN/WOMAN: “I can’t manage”
GOD: I will supply all your needs (Phillipians 4:19)
MAN/WOMAN: “I’m afraid”
GOD: I have not given you a spirit of fear (II Timothy 1:7)
MAN/WOMAN: “I’m always worried and frustrated”
GOD: Cast all your cares on me (I Peter 5:7)
MAN/WOMAN: “I don’t have enough faith”
GOD: I’ve given everyone a measure of faith (Romans 12:3)
MAN/WOMAN: “I’m not smart enough”
GOD: I give you wisdom (I Corinthians 1:30)
MAN/WOMAN: “I feel all alone”
God: I will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5)
– Ed Archaletta (a Sunday school teacher)

Ref: http://www.smilegodlovesyou.org/promises.html

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What a good reminder! We always have a tendency to have “Pity parties” and when we do, we deny our true identity in Christ.

God’s thinking is unchanging. It will never be affected by any circumstance. His truth and promises will prevail no matter what situation we are in.

This simple comparison is such a good reminder and nudge for those of us who have self-doubts once in a while. Will print this and put it on my desk. So I get to dismiss all these senseless thinking immediately. The bible has the simple answers for all questions we’ve pondered on too long.


The story is told of a water bearer in India who had two large pots. They hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck, but one of the pots had a crack in it. While the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water to his master’s house.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do.

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?” asked the bearer. “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

In his compassion, the water bearer said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”

Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its failure.

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house.”

It is an amazing thing (but true) that God is able to accomplish some wonderful things through our efforts, in spite of our imperfections. Paul said of his role as a preacher of the gospel:

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.” (2 Cor. 4:7).

Though we may often feel inadequate and useless, if we will continue about the task that God has given us, we will produce fruit and influence lives in ways we may not even be aware of.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (I Cor. 15:58).

May your life “abound” this day in the work of the Lord! Though you may feel like a “cracked pot”, your efforts are not in vain.

Received as a “Thought for the Day” from Alan Smith, Boone church of Christ, Boone, NC.
http://www.weiady.org/illustrations.htm

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This story caught my attention because of it’s title. I have been boiling in my vision for so long wanting to cook it so bad but feel like it’s taking too long and sometimes doubting if I can really make the difference I want. I just happen to encounter this story when i was looking for a picture for previous post.. God probably knew i need to be encouraged.. This story reminded me that God can use me, no matter how many cracks I may have, or even if it may be taking too long, I should remain steadfast, for my labor will never be in vain if its done for the Lord. 🙂

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