Daily Archives: March 31, 2009

Dominos

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Have you ever played with dominos?

When you finally get them all lined up just right, you wait in anticipation to touch the first one so it falls into the second one, causing a chain reaction.                     If you have set them up right, they all fall! 

Well, we are like dominos too.  God sets us up to cause chain reactions and when we are obedient our reactions cause action.   It is amazing to watch!     

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Let me give an example…when Nehemiah found out that the walls of Jerusalem had been destroyed, he sat down and wept. ( Neh 1:4)  Not only did he weep, he went into action.  He prayed, first with praise and then with petition.  He prayed for the people of Israel, as well as his own sins.  He desired success in speaking to King Artaxerxes about going to rebuild the wall.  He prayed for it and he got it.

Once there, he surveyed the damage and he formed a plan to rebuild the wall.  Praying all the while.  He was also sharing news of  the gracious hand of God with people as he encouraged them to rebuild the wall. ( Neh 2: 18)   He suffered opposition, but he kept moving forward, like a domino.   He told his naysayers,             ” The God of heaven will give us success!”  (  Neh 2: 20… my emphasis added)

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Nehemiah’s obedience to God caused a chain reaction in people to help rebuild the wall.  It was an amazing feat and was built in 52 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Nehemiah was a domino, causing a chain of events to happen to get the wall built.  All the gates were rebuilt first, laying beams, putting up doors, adding bolts and bars to hold things together.  ( Neh. 3)  God used everyone to get this job done. Not just a few, but all types of people with different gifts.  Goldsmiths, merchants, perfume-makers, men AND women, rulers, servants, priests,  and many others.  The people worked with all their hearts.  There was great opposition, but Nehemiah was determined and he continued to pray  fervently for God to help them.   He even asked God to strengthen thier hands.   ( Neh 6:8)  Have you ever thought to ask God to strengthen your hands to complete His work?  Nehemiah was a relentless domino.  He put GOD first and foremost and in doing so, the wall was completed.  Wow! 

I love the faith of Nehemiah.  His story gives me much encouragement to be a domino for God.  It shows me that by putting GOD FIRST in ALL THINGS, that we truly can DO ANYTHING.  We have no idea of the power of God until we ASK. 

Will you take time out of your day TODAY to seek GOD first and to ASK Him to strengthen YOUR hands, for whatever your plan may be, whether it is building a wall, getting out of bed, changing a diaper, doing a surgery, appealing a case, mopping floors, preaching a sermon, working with teenagers, feeding the hungry, helping the elderly…the list goes on.  Will YOU seek to cause a chain reaction for GOD today? 

It is my prayer that ALL who read this will be inspired by GOD to be a domino for HIM in another person’s life today!

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May the God of all creation strengthen each reader’s heart, hands, and faith today. 

May He pour His blessings of love, strength, goodness and encouragement upon you and your work today. 

In His Gracious and never-ending love,

Donna

Shoes

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We all have lots of shoes.

I have some shoes that I don’t even wear. 

Some kids don’t have much at all, not even shoes.

My mother’s shoes were old and wore out too.  She used to tell us that she would put newspaper or cardboard in the bottoms of her shoes because there wasn’t much sole left on them.  She was poor too. 

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He is a little boy that my friend Laura met while she was on a mission trip in Nicaragua.  He had a chance to play in a moon bounce but when he was told he had to take off his shoes, he decided he didn’t want to play after all.  Laura asked him why and he said he was afraid his shoes would be gone when he got out, and they were his only pair.    So she assured him that his shoes were safe with her.  And they were.

I have two kids and when they were younger they used to play in the playplaces at McDonald’s and BK and had to remove thier shoes.  They never thought twice about it, nor did I.  Kids shouldn’t have to think about these things, they should be having fun being a kid.  When was the last time you counted how many shoes were in your closet?  I can’t say that I have ever kept a count of them, but I know I have too many.  Hearing Marvin’s story makes me want to give my shoes away to someone who needs shoes.  Kids shouldn’t have to worry about these things, but they do.

My daughter and her friend want to have a yard sale to help raise money to buy Marvin some shoes.  They are 8!  They are also going to bed thinking about Marvin tonight.  My daughter wants to sleep on the floor with just a blanket and a pillow, because that is all that Marvin has.  My daughter’s friend wants to give the poor people her bed and some money so they can buy shoes.  She says she has “too much stuff.”  They are 8!!!  My 14 year old is ready to go to Nicaragua today!  She said she will be able to speak spanish when she gets there as she is into her first year of spanish now. 

Laura is a 19 year old and this was her first mission trip. She was obedient in going and obedient in trusting in the Lord to get her there and back.  She had no idea what was in store for her there.   Her words to us were ” this trip wrecked my life in the most amazing way possible.  I left my heart in the hands of the Nicaraguan children.”  Laura shared her testimony with us last night at church.  It was heartwrenching, amazing, and eye opening to all of us there.  Laura’s obedience has made an impact on our children.  Not just mine, but anyone who has heard her testimony about this trip.   This is how God works.  He ignites these little fires in people until they become burning hot with passion for Him and then it spreads like wildfire.  Laura was already ignited, and God breathed on the flame and made it a little hotter and a little higher.  Now He is using that flame to add to ours.  Some of us need more breathing on than others and some just need to be ignited for the first time, like these 8 & 14 year old girls.  Pretty soon it will be like a wildfire! 

Laura said that the difference between compassion and pity is that compassion takes ACTION.

Laura is starting  the ” Shoes for Marvin” project.  This is ACTION.  This is a result of COMPASSION.  These 8 year old girls want to help because they feel COMPASSION for the Nicaraguan children.  They want to have a yard sale to help buy shoes. This is ACTION.

Our God is so amazing in how he can work through a pair of shoes to reach the hearts of our children to make them aware of thier “stuff” and thier “needs.”  He is also making them aware of thier love for others, even those they have only seen a picture of, and don’t really know.  This is the beginning of a relationship with them, and with Jesus.  God is in the relationship business.  That’s all He wants, is for us to love one another, scars and all.   That’s it.   He will use whatever and whoever He can to do that.  Just like He has used Marvin, the moon bounce, the shoes, Laura, our church family and my two girls and thier friends. 

I am blessed to be their mother.   I am also blessed to have shoes with soles and many pairs of  them.  I am also blessed to have a husband who loves his wife, his children and the Lord.  I am blessed to have a roof over my head, clothes on back, food in my belly, and too many other things to list.  Like Laura, I too want to save the world.  But I know I can’t.  Only God can do that and I can only help one person at a time.  If we all help one person….then WOW!  A WILDFIRE!

Jesus said DO!

So go forth and DO! 

Blessings,

Donna