The Ministry of Linda

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:45 NIV)

My caregiver has a heart for service. She not only see to my needs and that of LUX and KAYGEE, 7-days-a-week, but does so at two jobs, 6-days-a-week. She has had a dear friend on her mind lately and has attempted to contact her. Finally, she got a phone number and called Sammie, who lived just about 30-minutes away from us. This past Saturday, she took off from her second job, prepared a meal and drove to Sammie’s home. Once she walked in the front door, it was obvious that there had not been a full house-cleaning for some time. Sammie had fallen down stairs (too) and was not hurt badly, but bruised so much that she couldn’t move around. She had pretty much been bed-ridden for days. Linda immediately put Sammie back in the bed, started cleaning the whole house and caring for THREE dogs and Sammie. She arrived there at 10:45 am and returned, worn out, at 6:20pm. She had totally cleaned Sammie’s house and returned exhausted, but blessed, donchaknow. That’s my Linda and just as that of my eldest daughter who cared for her ailing Mother for years, using  ‘God’s Gift’ of service, unselfishly, to make things better for those in need and causing God to Smile!  Too Anointed to be disappointed and Too Blessed to be depressed.  And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.   Reach out and touch, today!  AMEN

Words In Scripture

While searching for “words in the Bible”, this is what comes up. Interesting enough, God is mentioned 4,444 times and Lord, 7,946. Heaven outnumbers Hell and Love is mentioned more times in the New Testament. Grace is mentioned predominantly in the New Testament and according to this list, Mercy, Saved, Salvation and Blood, don’t rate a mention. Interesting. And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates. AMEN

To KNOW Them

I would like to follow every office holder in Washington as they go to church. I would like to hear their prayers. I would like to observed them with their families on an outing. I would like to know what business interests they have. I would like to know them, personally; perhaps join them for a round of golf (I could drive the cart). I would like to accompany them to their favorite restaurant and favorite sporting event. I would like to sit down and chat with their neighbors. I would like to interview their Pastor/Priest and the teachers of their children. I really would like to be a guest in their home for four days and have them be my guest for three. I would like to be their ‘pen-pal’. I would like to pray with them. Of course, not one of these is probable, so how do we judge their service to us? Who do you think is truly “God’s People”?  Who are you truly comfortable with in making decisions for the common good? Is there one you can trust without reservation? Which elected official do you know for a fact that they have your best interest at heart? Can you respect every one of them? Just how important is integrity and honesty in government?  What are you doing to see that this is so? We all have opinions of others and based on what we say or write, how many get high marks? Do we really have all the necessary facts to make an accurate assumption?  If not, what??  And that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.   AMEN

The Distraction of Sadness and Grief

The past few days has been an Epiphany for me. Grief and sadness comes with the loss of a loved one. It impacts lives and leaves those who are outside God’s will, devastated and hopeless. Even though I’ve experienced loss of both family and close friends, it still hurts, deeply hurts. It is not a matter disrespect to move from grief to Glory!  As a believer, I expect tragedy and loss. The Bible is loaded with warnings of just what life will bring. I learned this at an early age when Psalm 23 was taught in Sunday School. Now, my family must move on. Marilyn Williams Austin is too marvelous a memory to continue to walk around under a dark cloud. Her life was one of giving and living to serve. She was a solid rock when left with four children to feed, clothe and shelter. I regret my part in that difficult time, but this special lady forgave me two years ago,when my second marriage failed. She must have felt exonerated what I had done came around to me. Now, the time has come for me to celebrate the life of my wife and I pray that my children walk out of the darkness of grief into the light of God’s Glorious Love for His children. The power to do so is awaiting! My heart overflows with love for those who so graciously recall the outstanding life of Marilyn Jane Williams Austin 1931-2019. That’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.  AMEN

Enough IS Enough

A lawsuit has been filed against the NFL following the highway robbery of a non-call at the very end of the game between the Saints and the Rams. Had it been the other way, even the Ram bench would have been furious.  It is time for the NFL to protect whatever truth remains by enforcing official review of ‘bad calls’. I saw the game. I saw the obvious interference and I was furious. Officials stop every game for good reason and sometimes for no reason. I propose “Official Review of every contested reception. What can a few more minutes be? That game should have been halted and whoever was the official “booth reviewer’, should have re-run the play. That receiver was tackled before the ball got to them. PERIOD! Someone was totally blind on that one. Perhaps prior to the game a panel of  3 fans could be selected at random to be the final decision makers, OR perhaps the NFL could select season ticket holders from teams that are not playing in the particular game. Pay for travel, meals and the game. I could do it when my Cowboys weren’t involved in a game. I saw interference overlooked at the Saints/Rams game that gave the Rams a berth in the cotton-picking Super Bowl. Disgusting!! Come on, NFL! This stinks! Makes my blood boil just thinking about a bunch of other bad ‘calls’ that robbed a team of glory, donchaknow. Really.  And, that’s what I get from My Box of Chocolates.   AMEN

Open Invitation

Beginning next Wednesday, January 30, at 7:30PM(Central), I will begin “Wednesday Night Prayer Circle” on ZOOM. If you wish to join, please leave a “YES” and your email address in comments. (this cannot be read by others). I will arrange a video visit on ZOOM for one hour. If you send the email address, I will send instructions and access information. I realize it a bit early for the westcoast, but I can’t stay up until 7:30 your time. I am excited at the prospect. (You do not have to voice your prayer) We need God to Anoint America Again, donchaknow. He wants “HIS PEOPLE” to lead and we are. Please download the ZOOM app in your country and let’s do what we can, with God’s Power, it will be sufficient to make that difference, again.

From Steve Arterburn

“Say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.’ – Isaiah 35:4”

Most of us tend to think too highly of ourselves. Our love for having the right answers, solving our own problems, and feeling in control of every aspect of our lives demonstrates our inclination to think we possess personal sovereignty. Consequently, we spend a lot of time worrying.

A businessman once constructed a ‘Worry Chart’ to keep a record of his fears. He discovered that 40 percent of his worries involved things that probably wouldn’t happen, 30 percent involved past decisions that he couldn’t unmake, 12 percent regarded other people’s criticisms, and 10 percent involved his health. He concluded that only 8 percent of his worries were really legitimate (if there is such a thing) that is, things he could actually do something about.

So how do we overcome our fears? How do we rid ourselves of worry and anxiety, most of which is unfounded anyway. The Bible says that perfect love cast out all fear. So maybe we should focus on God’s love, not on our fear.

– Steve Arterburn

Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength. – Charles Spurgeon