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 I received this today in an email from Zig Ziglar’s company.  

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The Simple Truths of Service is a story about about how little thoughtful acts can make a difference in the lives of others.  Although I first heard it was a true story I’ve since heard it may not be.  Either way it’s inspirational!

Click here to view the video, The Simple Truths of Service or copy and paste this address into your browser: http://www.stservicemovie.com/.

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prayer is the key to heaven but faith unlocks the door

Prayer is the key to heaven but faith unlocks the door

Words are so easily spoken

Prayer without faith is like a boat without an oar

So have faith when you speak to the Master

That’s all He asks you for

Prayer is the key to heaven but faith unlocks the door

 

The band played this beautiful song last night for church.  I so enjoyed singing it.  It seemed to dovetail with the morning service which was truly a message from the Lord through Bro. Bernard accompanied by a downpouring of the Spirit.  The Spirit of the Lord was SO present in both our services yesterday.  It’s as if the Lord is just drawing me nearer to Him, making Himself more real and special to me.  Much like a suitor seeks to win a lady’s heart so the Lord seeks my heart, all our hearts, to be joined with Him, forever!  He has proposed to a people who will let nothing come between them and Him, their Head, their Lover, their Bridegroom.  Natural love and marriage is surely a mystery concerning Christ and His church.  Surely God has given us a picture that we can understand of His infinite love for us. 

Bro. Bernard gave an anointed message about getting rid of our evil heart of unbelief.  When we pray for people we must have faith that God will do what is right in that person’s situation.  He told of when my aunt was dying of cancer and God told him to go circle the hospital and pray for her, which he did for about half the night.  God spoke to him while praying during the night for her and told her that she didn’t belong to any of us but that she belonged to Him.  What a glorious knowledge to know that you belong to the Lord.  Bro. Bernard went on to say that all that mattered at the end was that we belong to the Lord.  We must believe and pray but no matter what, we must BELONG to HIM.  He told of another time when the Lord had spoken to someone to walk around the building where someone was at the point of death and pray for them and He would heal them.  He did it and the person was healed that day.  Obedience seems to be another important key.  Pray, have faith, obey what the Lord tells you to do, make sure you belong to God, and trust Him for the answer He knows is best.

God is SO wonderful and truly the Lover of my soul.

31 years ago today…

Thirty-one years ago today, the most wonderful couple in the world made a trip to Western Baptist Hospital for the birth of their first child.  It was a Thursday, in a most beautiful time of the year, at 2:38 in the afternoon, that a tiny little baby girl made her entrance into the world.  Having had only brothers, her father had no idea what to do with a girl and on top of that, the words that fell out of his mouth were, “Poor thing, she looks just like me!  (Not such a bad thing, I might add).  She was to bear his name, Rachel Michelle Hunt, and win his heart – so much that upon the arrival of the next baby he wasn’t sure what to do with a boy!  She became a treasure to these fine parents and remains so until this day.  I know, because I’m that little girl.  

I am the most blessed girl there could ever be.  There are so many people I owe so many things to.  My life has been made rich because of the investments many great people made in my life.  I wish I could name them all but my memory and time would fail me in the space of time I have to write this blog post. 

The people to whom I owe the most are my parents who gave me natural life, proper training, a wonderful childhood, opportunities to make many friendships with very wonderful people and many many more things. 

I owe God everything I am or ever hope to be.  He has given me the most blessed gift of all, His life inside my very being, an opportunity to have eternal life, a personal relationship with Him this side of Heaven, and other gifts and abilities for which I am so very grateful.  My desire is to allow the Holy Spirit to lead me and guide me.  I want to bring honor and glory to my Lord and Saviour in everything I do. 

So, this is my prayer today, in the form of a song which was inspired of the Lord twelve years ago.

Blessed Redeemer, Savior of men

Christ my Salvation, my dearest Friend 

Lead me forevermore in paths that are right

That someday I’ll be found worthy to stand

Clean in Your sight