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Hi!

This morning I was on FB sending a friend a message.  While there I read an inspiring post from a FB friend whom I have never met.  It was from John 1. 

The Word (Jesus) became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.-John 1:14a

When we love our neighbor as our self we get to become the Word of God made flesh living in the neighborhood!

Be a blessing!  ( SC)

THIS is why I enjoy FB.  My friend’s post-the friend whom I have never met-has lifted me up, encouraged and affirmed what is going on in my own heart, head,  and life.  Thanks friend!

I have been called a FB addict and rightly so.  I have been trying to be more diligent in not being there so much and one of the things I have realized in doing this-is that people miss what you post and what you post does matter.  There are people out there reading it that you may never know and in my experience this week-they DO read and when you are gone they miss hearing God’s Word or that bit of encouragement you share through your posts.   I use my FB as a ministry tool to post encouragement and scripture.  In today’s world people need to hear more about encouragement, love and grace than they do the other stuff.  We hear so much junk all day long- in our jobs, the news, tv, politics-  is it no wonder our minds are condemning and judging of others?   Condemnation seems to rule the world.  We cannot let negativity ( which is from the darkness-satan) rule our world. 

What we fill ourselves with matters. 

What we listen to matters. 

What we read matters

and what we speak and say matters and what we post to FB matters to someone else. 

That might be the ONLY bit of encouragement that person sees in a week.  We might be the only bible or Word of God that people see or come in contact with that day, week or month.  When we put on the Word, people see the Word and that includes putting it on our FB page.

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God has given me the gift of encouragement and I intend to use it as much as possible. We need air to live and air keeps our lungs full of life. Encouragement is like air.  People crave encouragement and when we don’t get it- we deflate and become mean and ornery and we feel unloved.   Been there, done that.   It happens to all of us, it’s a part of life.  But the really cool thing is that God loves US for who we are right now- mean or nice. I didn’t say he liked our meanness-but that he does love us despite ourselves.

It’s sort of like the dog that bites you out of pain-you know the dog is hurting and that’s his way of expressing pain-he bites.  He didn’t bite you because of anything you did, but because of his injury.   You don’t bite back-you don’t shoot him and you don’t kick a dog when he’s down.   You find out what is causing his pain and then you carefully take care of his wound by getting him the help he needs.  

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Now replace the word DOG with the name of someone you might know who is hurting…

Then make a commitment to God to encourage, to pray, to help them heal and then watch them come back to life.  God’s grace can heal all wounds…if we choose to let it.  It takes time, patience, prayer and a whole lotta love…

GRACE.

  None of us deserve it, but we get it anyway.  When we receive God’s grace to the fullest that we can, here on earth -it prompts us to pour it out here and there and everywhere.  Like a drink offering.  We fill up with the grace of God so we can pour it out over dry, thirsty, hot, and hurting souls.  Then we watch them come back to life.  It takes time, it takes patience and it takes being a prayer warrior who is wearing blinders.    We can’t fix other people-only God can do that-but we can serve them grace.

Going into ministry has been the most fulfilling thing I have ever done. ( besides being married and having my beautiful kids!)  Also the hardest, most spiritually demanding, draining, emotional and JOYOUS!!!!!   I can’t imagine doing it without a call on your life from God to GO and one of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given was from a dear friend…

she looked at me and she said…” Donna, love them…just love them…” 

I recall those words as they ring in my ears and I feel God’s encouragement quicken my own heart…love them as I have loved you…just love-even when it hurts…one day it will stop hurting…I promise…

THIS is what I am called to do-not only be a hearer of the word-but a doer also.  FB is a part of our world-it’s where we meet people we may never see and we minister to their hearts through the Word, encouragement, counseling and prayer.  This past week I was blessed to have the opportunity to pray for a young man in Sudan through FB.  I have shared photos of where our missionaries were in Sudan, as well as prayed for them.  I have invited people to church and a few weeks ago I was blessed to be at the baptism of that family.   Those are just a few things of many.  There IS a ministry here and what you do with it is up to you. 

Be encouraged to share God’s Word through social media!

We can change the world one post at a time.

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About godw1nz

I am the mom of three beautiful daughters, wife to a genius, sister to a teacher, sis-in-law to an engineer, daughter to a yankee and a rebel, and a woman chasing God. I love to read, draw and be with my family. If the reading inspires me, then I draw what I read. Almost everything I draw is based around or about Jesus Christ. I attend church at First United Methodist Hillsville. Ronnie Collins is my associate pastor, also a blogger here. I love the Lord with all my heart and I hope what you see here will inspire your heart.

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