Posts Tagged ‘presence’

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But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭7‬:‭6‬ NLT)

Rebecca was missing her soldier-husband, badly. Stationed in Afghanistan, he had told her he had no idea when he was coming home. Then the surprise: “The moment I saw him was just unreal…I saw the boots, the uniform, and then the face. It was just complete joy, disbelief and relief, which is why I fell on the floor and sobbed uncontrollably,” wrote Rebecca. “It was the surprise of a lifetime, me and my girls had missed him soooooo much.”

One of the greatest ministries you could ever accomplish is the ministry of presence. It means to be there for someone, brightening their day by simply showing up! No need for words, gifts, great skills, but just the ability to be their for someone in need. Love is the only ingredient necessary!

During this Christmas season, there will be many that are lonely or depressed for one reason or another. Take moments and be yielded to God’s leading. He knows who needs some love if you’re willing to be there. Your hug, smile, and friendship could be the best gift someone receives this year! You are loved today! Share it!

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I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me, that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭3‬ NLT)

There is a place that I love to be. Every year during Thanksgiving, we visit family at Bearden, AR, where my father-in-law pastors a Methodist church. In the bright of the day, with the sunshine passing through the stained glass in the sanctuary, it bathes the room with a warm glow. Coupled with the architecture style inside from generations past, it creates a nostalgia of wonder and peace!

When I sit in that century-old room, it’s like I can feel the generations of Central Arkansas families that stayed faithful to their spiritual post, passing down to each successive generation the faith and beliefs that they themselves had received. And in this very room are future generations of believers being groomed and trained to know what they believe and to stay faithful to the truth, regardless of society’s ever-changing ways.

In a place of continued thankfulness, say a prayer of thanks for countless hands that have helped to pass down the saving knowledge of Christ to you! Beyond persecutions and death, fads and false teachings, it now lies in your hands. Be careful to pass it on to those that follow so that they may share in this blessed legacy too! You are loved today and forever!