Love reaches out

Where there is great love, there are always great miracles!

One morning as I neared the hospital where I worked, I noticed a frail, stooped, elderly man hurrying in the same direction. I wondered where he was going in such a hurry and at such an hour. I also questioned whether it was safe for him to be out alone in his obviously poor state of health.

Later that day, I was surprised to see the same man walking down a corridor in the hospital. I found out he had always enjoyed helping other people, so one day he had come to the hospital and offered to work as a volunteer. He comes two mornings each week to work in whatever way he is needed. He enjoys the interaction with the staff, the patients, and their families. By helping others, he has been able to forget his own health problems. In giving of himself, he has found a new lease on life and a new reason to get up in the morning.

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Got potential?

by Maria Fontaine
“We want to go by God’s definition of ‘realistic,’ and often His definition of ‘realistic’ is ‘potential.’ With God anything is possible, and He knows that no matter what has happened in the past, or what our current weaknesses or lacks, we can change and He can use us. We must learn to see ourselves and others through the eyes of faith, through the perspective of what we and they can become, what Jesus’ power can transform us into, what God can be in us.”
This quote reminded me of some quotes from John L. Brandt, on the theme of “potential,” Here’s his encouragement that you can be whatever the Lord needs and wants you to be in any area of your life!

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A finger to hold

By Carrie Wilkerson
Our team has been busy, busy as usual—but one of us has been especially busy. LauraLee, our 11-month old, has been really focusing on her walking! She will be 1 in a few weeks and she decided about 6 weeks ago that walking looked like something she wanted to figure out.

She’s wobbly. She falls a lot. She sometimes needs a hand to hold, sometimes just a pinkie or finger for confidence. She prefers to walk towards someone who is reaching out their arms for her. She’s bumped and scraped from obstacles. When she hits her head (or any other body part) it doesn’t seem to hurt as much as normal because she’s so focused on her destination. But, most importantly, she keeps getting up and trying again.

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Waiting for the happy ending

By Maria Fontaine

Choices. Life is full of choices. Every day there are choices, large and small. Every day that passes gives you a greater legacy of past choices, past decisions. Some turned out to be good, some turned out to be bad, some a bit of both, and others you’re not sure of yet. But all those choices have played a part in making you what you are and bringing you to the point you’re at right now.

Here are a few important principles that I find helpful to keep in mind in thinking about the past and what has brought each of us to where we are today.

Your future isn’t limited by your past. No matter what decisions you have made in the past, or what others decided for you, and what point you’re at now, the future is still as bright as God’s promises—one of which is “Nothing is impossible to you,”(Matthew 17:20) and all things are possible if you believe (Mark 9:23). If you’re not where you want to be, there is time to change that!

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Dealing with dragons

Authored by Marie Story

Have you ever faced a challenge? A challenge that seemed so big and scary that you wanted to run away from it before you even assessed its enormity and level of difficulty? We all reach these points in our lives when we say to ourselves, “I’m too small to tackle what’s ahead.”

Dealing with scary challenges isn’t easy. It takes a whole lot of courage.

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Through the storm

Our heart is heavy when we see people’s suffering and hear about their heartbreaks. The other day we received the following email. We pray that God will answer speedily. May He give strength and courage to those in similar situations and open doors for those who need jobs. 

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