Unexpected…

Prayer is not to be taken lightly, because God just may give you what you ask.

Acts 3: 4-6 Peter looked directly at him, as did John. “Look at us!” said Peter. So the man gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”

I don’t think the rules of “pray for one” were explained to me correctly. The way I saw it I was to ask for God to show me someone I could share the love of Jesus with and help THEM right?
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You know, save the world n stuff..
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I did not expect my “one” to heal me…
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Quite frankly I didn’t know that I was broken(but I was).
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I won’t name names but this individual and I had a severe falling out several years ago and that is putting it mildly, it was bad enough that the police were called in. Well this person turned back up recently and sought to work for me again but not after one of the most honest and sincere heartfelt apologies, we talked of poor choices made, becoming lost and the slow path to recovery,
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You know, if you ask God to show you someone don’t think He won’t take you up on your offer if He finds the spirit willing.
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What was I to do?
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The only thing I COULD do, I showed this person the love of Christ and forgave, after all it was what I ASKED for.
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Long story short This person now works for me again but you know what really blows my mind?
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I was witness to two people getting up and walking that day…
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He by being released from the chains of regret,
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And I from the chains of anger and resentment.
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If you’ve got chains He’s a chain breaker..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGYjKR69M6U

A firm foundation

Luke 6:48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

This brought a smile to my face!

I went to a new jobsite earlier this morning, while I was waiting on the contractor I happened to look down at the floor and saw one of these verses written on it, curious I began looking throughout the house and found verse after verse written on the floor in permanent marker. As I Wandered from room to room I found myself thinking about how many other workers did just as I did, looking and wondering.

This brought up a memory of a post I made back in January about the Pharos Lighthouse, there is an interesting story about the designer of that lighthouse that goes like this:

The lighthouse’s designer is believed to be Sostratus of Knidos (or Cnidus), though some sources argue he only provided the financing for the project. Proud of his work, Sostratus desired to have his name carved into the foundation. Ptolemy II, the son who ruled Egypt after his father, refused this request, wanting only his own name to be on the building. A clever man, Sostratus supposedly had the inscription:

SOSTRATUS SON OF DEXIPHANES OF KNIDOS ON BEHALF OF ALL MARINERS TO THE SAVIOR GODS

chiseled into the foundation, then covered it with plaster. Into the plaster was carved Ptolemy’s name. As the years went by (and after both the death of Sostratus and Ptolemy) the plaster aged and chipped away, revealing Sostratus’ dedication.

So here I am standing in a brand new house, looking at the word of God laid into the foundation of this family’s home, soon to be covered up only to be revealed at some later date…

A firm foundation indeed.

P.S. I’ll let you guess in which room each verse was written

Opportunity

I’m just going to say, wow!

When you prayed for “one” and the one He showed to you wasn’t the “one” you wanted.

You took a pass and asked for another…

When he said “come, take up my yoke” and “my burden is light” He didn’t say “you don’t have to put forth any effort”

What He said is “I won’t let you go at it alone”

That “one” you passed up as too hard to deal with?

Give them a second look, there was a reason He chose that “one” first.

Don’t miss the opportunity.