Crutch or Crown?

By: Shawntay Warren

 

Almost two years ago, I fractured my leg playing flag football. That was the most excruciating pain I’ve ever had to experience to date. To add insult to injury, it happened at the most inopportune time–a mere six days before my 27th birthday. I had plans to really live it up and enjoy myself, but suddenly out of nowhere, I found myself on bed rest, popping painkillers and hobbling from room to room in my house. Talk about a setback…I really don’t have to tell you that I didn’t take that situation very well. Then there were the crutches. I swore those crutches were going to be the death of me. I didn’t have much upper body strength to begin with, but there I was left with no other choice than to carry all of my 100-something pounds of weight everywhere primarily by the strength of my arms. The worst part was hobbling up and down the stairs of my building (I live on the top floor of a building with no elevator). You can imagine the workouts I got just from doing simple things like getting the mail or just some fresh air! So that was my life for what seemed like an eternity.  On a daily basis, I watched the muscles in my legs gradually diminish from the lack of use. I often complained and felt sorry for myself because I am very into physical fitness. The inability to be active was pure agony…but then I began to notice something. While one part of my body was weakened, another part of me was getting stronger than ever. Soon, I began to appreciate the muscles in my arms, as well as the crutches that inspired my new-found strength in a place where I least expected.

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Bad Decisions

 

 

Waiting_girl_outlineBy Carlyn Paschall

 

Ever made any? We all have and unfortunately it can have a snowball effect. Did you marry the wrong person and are now loaded with emotional, mental and financial debt? Did you have a baby out of wedlock and thought the guy would marry you, then he didn’t? The person you were once enamored with has now become a thorn in your side, because you, knowingly or unknowingly, stepped a head of God.

He or she had money, a nice car, looked good and had it going on in all the right places. Basically, they looked good on paper, but did they look good to God? God looks at the heart and will provide you with someone who has your best interest at heart. He will provide you with the Prince or Princess you need, when you need them.

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Tam’s Tidbits

Stop Complaining

 Tammy A. Phillips

My early days as a full-time missionary did not fill me with joy.  Mosquitoes had left bruises, bumps, scars and the remnants of all three on my limbs, feet, neck and face.  The Internet was as reliable as a Jamaican snowman.   Transportation, food and electricity were shamefully expensive.  Most people operated on the “I’ll see you whenever I get there” schedule and I had not had a cup of decaf in weeks.    While I was adjusting to my new life as a missionary, God had to remind me more than once of His word:  “Do all without murmuring and complaining” and “pray without ceasing.”

I was reminded of those around the world who are covered with sores that will never heal.   I remembered those whose lives are so full of pain, suffering and fear that they could care less which gadget was not working.   I thought of places where food and water are like precious stones: scarce and available only to the privileged. Continue reading

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Heart God

by Sharman J. Monroe

As I used my new MacBook Pro this morning, I thanked God again for providing it to me. I had prayed for one since January when I started my radio/podcast show so I could edit my podcasts at home and not have to wait to use the station’s IMac during available time slots here and there. A new MacBook Pro was also on my 2014 goals lists that are taped throughout my house (the story behind this action is another blog post!). Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, a series of circumstances arose that allowed me to get a new one within my budget! Jehovah-Jireh in action! I thanked God!

When the Mac came in the mail, I lifted my eyes and thanked God. I thanked God as I rubbed my hand across the Apple logo o the top. I thanked God as I looked at all the accessories that came with the Mac. I thanked God when I used the 24/7 tech support (4 year plan) that came with the Mac to install software. I thank God every time I learn something new my MacBook Pro can do that my PC couldn’t do (I was a PC person).

But this morning, I heard, “Does God know you really appreciate getting the MacBook? After all you haven’t Continue reading

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