I was scolding our pastor for his habit of starting church services late.
I mentioned that in my years with the Air Force, when the general scheduled us to take off at 0700 hours, he didn't mean 0705 or 0710.
The pastor looked at me and said, "My general outranks your general."
"Waking up when you are a parent is like being shot out of a cannon every morning right into the middle of the circus and immediately begin handed flaming batons to juggle."
"It is one thing to believe the Bible but something else altogether to allow the Bible , through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, to impact and change your life."
- A. W. Tozer
Sandra felt as low as the heels of her Birkenstocks when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind.
Her life had been as sweet as a spring breeze and then in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a "minor" automobile accident stole her joy. This was Thanksgiving week and the time she should have delivered their infant son. She grieved over their loss. Troubles had multiplied. Her husband's company "threatened" to transfer his job to a new location. Her sister had called to say that she could not come for her long awaited holiday visit. THEN! Sandra's friend suggested that Sandra's grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer.
"She has no idea what I'm feeling," thought Sandra with a shudder.
"Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?" she wondered. "For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag that saved her life, but took her child's?"
"Good afternoon, can I help you?" Sandra was startled by the approach of the shop clerk.
"Transformation is serious business. Most believers are living in the bare margins of what God actually desires to do for them."
- Lance Wallnau
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