Susannah’s friends, Mr. and Mrs. Olney, visited her one Sunday afternoon. That aroused her curiosity since they considered the day holy. Plus, she had never seen them so excited. A young preacher had spoken at the morning service, and they begged her to attend the evening service with them. She agreed and attended New Park City Chapel that night. However, when the young man appeared in the pulpit, Susannah was disgusted.
The minister was very young. He wore old clothes that fit poorly, and his hair looked terrible. Further, when he began sweating, he wiped his face with a spotted handkerchief. How distressing for a sophisticated young lady. However, she did hear his message. The church hired him, and she continued to visit with the Olneys. Over time, his words sank in, and she realized the Olneys wisdom. The young man was Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Later, Susannah married him, and he became a famous preacher.
Many times, I have judged someone unfairly because I looked at the outward appearance. Fortunately, God doesn’t do that. “…For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
This month, February, let’s find ways to show God’s love, even to those less lovely.
Are you working on your “new” habits, on your “new” dreams… on looking forward instead of back? Reminder: I created a Habit Tracker to help organize your monthly goals. Here you can jot down your monthly goals and even include the Bible Verses that have inspired your goal. Each day, read those verses as you pray to our Everlasting Father and ask for strength and determination to get you close to His design, His will for you.
And as we do each month, let’s pray together: Dear Father, how can we express our deepest thanks for your chased, unfailing love? As a sinful people, we deserve death and hell, not your love. Yet we are grateful you found a way to demonstrate your love by giving your son as a sacrifice for us. What a debt we owe to your mercy and grace. May we come to know more deeply the breath, the depth and the height of your steadfast love that surrounds us every day of our lives. Bless your holy name! In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
For your monthly encouragement, download, the February 2023 Others Centered Calendar Challenge, click here.
Recently, I took my granddaughter to the play ground and watched while she threw herself into enjoying the equipment and making friends. She was free and peaceful.
As we get older, we experience an influx of intrusive thoughts, and we second guess everything we do. Conflicting voices torment our thoughts and rob our peace.
My guest this week was author and therapist Tracy Taris. She offered advice about sorting through the chaos so you can have a peaceful mind.
For more on peace, listen here.
Last week we talked about how to have that hard conversation with your children. This week, I want to expand on that. What will your kids say after you are gone? What kind of messages do your actions give?
My guest was Gwyn McCaslin. She has an advanced degree in counseling and she offers wisdom laced with grace.
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