Tuesday, February 16, 2010
My girl friend and I ate out at Furr's recently and the service was not good. I needed water but although I asked for it I did not get any. I noticed our waitress was covering a huge area and she was running as fast as she could. She was very frustrated. Finally my girl friend went to get the water.
Well, I thought I always leave a tip but this time I won't and I will even write a note letting them know what bad service we got. Actually it was the restaurants fault.
THEN I FELT I NEEDED TO TALK TO THE WAITRESS. I do this often and have never had anyone offended. She was taking a break and eating her lunch as they had put several waitresses on the floor. I went over and talked to her. I said I didn't mean to be mean about the water but I really needed it. Then her story came out. She is the single parent of a 14 year old girl. The girl has cancer, has had chemo and her immune system was low. She got an infection and was in the hospital. The waitress had been with her until 10:00 a.m. and had to be at work at 11:00 a.m. She was very tired, hungry, and frustrated. My heart went out to her and I hugged her. I asked if she believed in prayer. Yes she said, that is what I have been doing all night. Do you mind if I pray for you I asked. No, not all she answered. Do you mind if I pray for you right here? No, please do. So I prayed. I prayed for her daughter and I prayed for her. I prayed for her finances as I knew if she didn't need to work she would be with her daughter. God led me as I prayed for her.
I left her with my telephone numbers and hope with a little hope in her heart.
Of course my girl friend and I tipped her well.
So you see you never know what someone is going through.
Let's keep our hearts open, be kind in all circumstances and we will find our own frustrations diminishing. We smile at someone, they usually smile back. We are happy, we usually eat less, We eat less we usually see our weight go down so let's love our neighbor as ourselves and think about it you have to love yourself first or you can't love your neighbor as yourself.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
Understanding football is not one of my strong points but I decided I would watch it this evening. I was rooting for the Saints but it looked like they were the under dog. Indianapolis was going to win, so they said.
I understand the Saints had tried and tried and failed and failed. Now you Saints fans if I am wrong let me know. At the beginning it looked like they were right. Indianapolis scored, the Saints did not but then they began to give them a run for their money. They put all their effort into it and they began to pull ahead, sometimes little by little and other times a lot. They were not going to give in. They were not going to say I can't do it. They were not going to say I have tried before and failed. They made up their mind. This time it is going to work. And work it did and they won WOW did they win.
You and I are working toward a goal, a healthier us. Sometimes we think it is no use, we just can't do it. We have tried and tried and failed and failed. The scale didn't move, the tape measure must have shrunk as it just wasn't coming off. We watched what we ate, watched what we drank, did our exercise but all in vain. Then all of a sudden things started happening. The scale started moving, the inches came down, strength was building up, health was improving and we had a whole different us. Why? Because we didn't give up.
So don't give up. Keep on keeping on.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Many of you have had back pain,
and just pain, pain, pain.
I hope this encourages you. God bless.
Years ago I had terrible back pain. I had spasms in the lower back, I couldn't sit, stand or lay down without pain and sometimes fell to the floor because of the pain. I wore a back support and took pain pills.
One day I received the Lord as my Savior. I did not know about divine healing or even how to pray but was so hungry for the Lord. I would go to the altar every service and one night the Lord said "If you ask me I will heal you" I said, "Ok Lord heal me". No big prayer. Well he did. I went home took the back support off and never wore it again and although I kept the pain pills for awhile just in case :) I never used one.
For years I did not go to a doctor or take any kind of medicine. I grew proud in my heart and wondered why other people did if they were saved. I didn't realize God uses doctors, medications and other means. I let pride grow and grow.
Then I got terrible pain in my hip. I was living in the basement of the church I was pastoring and it was not good. I had to walk clear to the back of the lot to go to the outside toilet. When it snowed it was quite a chore. I also had to climb steps to get to the church auditorium and outside. Every step was excruciating.
One day I could not climb the stairs. It was Saturday and I knew I had to preach on Sunday so I gave in, put my pride aside, and called a doctor. He made a house call and came to see me. He gave me three shots. He asked after each one if the pain was gone and I said no. After the last I was like a drunk as I guess I was full of dope. I said. I will try to get up and walk if you want me to. He said no way.
Then he said tomorrow the ambulance will come and take you to the hospital. I said I don' want to go. He said you are going anyway. Oh how my pride did hurt as he came right in the middle of service. Church came out to see the pastor taken away in the ambulance.
They took x-rays and said I had no cartilage and sent me home with crutches. You know back then they had no surgery for this. Every day I prayed and tried to walk but couldn't. The doc said if I didn't stay off that leg he would put me back in the hospital.
One day I was washing dishes leaning on the sink. I was staying with a family from the church. God said, "You can walk". So I left my crutches and walked. PTL
Then years went by and I got the pain back. This time I did not want surgery as I wanted God to do it like he did before. I wanted my will not His. I had it figured out for him. Well, I didn't get better so finally decided to have the surgery. I used a walker and cane and went to Reynosa to the Bible School. Now I have no pain in my hip. I do limp but can go to the gym and work out.
I hope this helps you to put all pre-conceived ideas to one side, pray and let God meet your needs however he sees fit.
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