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Topic: A new start

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My husband and I are volunteer youth leaders at our church. We heard Mike speak at a conference-wide youth retreat last weekend and we have not been the same since. We bought his book, read it in a few days, and both felt that God was trying to tell us something. We started a prayer journal to try to figure out what God was calling us to do. Some of the verses that we were led to last night were Jeremiah 22:16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know Me? declares the Lord. James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: To look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. So anyhow, we spent time praying and feeling like we were being called to something. In the midst of all of this, we just bought a new house (well, actually an old house - it was built in 1890) that has a whole host of problems...flooding basement and foundation problems to name a few, but it was all we could afford. We've both been so stressed out about the house that we have forgotten how blessed we are. Tonight we went into town to get some ice cream at Dairy Queen. We live near Bellefonte, PA which is an old Victorian town with cute little shops and a park. Not where you would expect to find homeless people. However, we had been feeling like God was laying it on our hearts to reach out to those in need after reading Mike's book. So here we are in front of Dairy Queen and in front of the courthouse, there is this man in an old winter cap with a yellow Dollar General bag picking things up off the ground. We kind of looked at each other wondering if this could be happening in Bellefonte. We went into Dairy Queen and bought a chicken sandwich to go. All kinds of thoughts were running through our heads, obviously Satan trying to deceive us, like, "What if the guy isn't homeless and he gets offended because we think he needs help?" and "What should we say", etc, etc. We crossed the street to where the guy was and my husband said, excuse me, sir, my wife and I were eating at Dairy Queen and we have this extra sandwich. Are you interested in it? The guy said, well, I'll see what I can do with it. And he took the bag. Wow, talk about God using us in the right place at the right time.

Posted: 2006-11-27 20:04:00

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Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. What touched my heart the most was your desire not to bruise the man's dignity.

Celebrating His life with you,

Humble, TX

Posted: 2006-11-28 09:51:00

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I loved your story! It is simply how God works, isn't it, thru divine appointments, and you may never know how much your simple act may have helped him! We are simply laying God's seeds and he is watering and making them grow.

It sounds like your house problems may have been spiritual warfare, to see where your heart is, or helping you appreciate what you have, who knows? Or, whether or not it is spiritual warfare, or just having an old house, or just life, these problems always arise at the worst time, don't they? I find that to be true with me, the enemy attacks or life attacks me in the strangest ways sometimes, and usually the timing is so obvious, the week, day before, or the very day we are going down to feed the homeless something crazy, weird, tragic, or just life happens. Then I find that when I am faithful and obedient, the attack, sickness, whatever it is just simply disappears, sometimes completely, sometimes it does come back, but only after I am done with God's work. God is so faithful!

But how wonderful that you do have house, flooded or not, because as we all know, there are millions who would love to have an old house full of problems, because it would mean they have a roof over their heads. I need to work on that, to be content with what I have, because I am very blessed, and then I complain about not having enough, when the homeless have nothing. It sort of changes your perspective, praise God that it does.

I pray for your protection and God's blessing on you and your family. Thanks for sharing your story!

Posted: 2006-12-16 02:15:00

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