Love one another

Every year my wife and I plus a couple of our close friends make Thanksgiving baskets. We want to show everyone love. Not everyone can afford to have a fancy meal so we love to help as many as we can and God is good. He always supplies the right amount of people and food. These baskets consist of a full turkey sweet potatoes regular potatoes marshmallows green beans, everything that is necessary for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This year Thanksgiving is creeping up on us and we hadn’t even announced that we were going to be doing them. My wife and I have been so busy with our three businesses that we haven’t had the time to even plan it, but God knows our hearts and knows that we have been yearning to do something great again this year. Normally we would have announced it at a couple different churches, but since all the churches are closed down because of the covid we were unable to. But that doesn’t stop our mighty God. He impressed my wife to speak about it and we were gifted way more money than we normally would have received, plus a place to put everything together. It looks like there’s going to be a bunch of needy families receiving baskets this year! 2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in the beauty inside with his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Jesus, Remember Me? 🙏

”Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom? ” This was said by one of the criminals, hanging on a cross next to Jesus. The thief on the cross knew he was guilty and was being punished rightly so. Hanging on the cross the thief recognized and believed that Jesus was the Messiah. Upon, hearing the request, Jesus responded, ” I assure you today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Jesus, remember me!

God knows all our needs, including problems and situations we are going through. Having faith in Jesus, like the criminal on the cross, call out to Jesus. Jesus, remember me! He will answer your cry!

“Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1588/isa.41.10.amp

Clean

That familiar smell hit my nose as I pulled up to the local landfill. The mix of odors like that of soiled baby diapers, moldy onions, and stale beer and sodas 😝!!! Regardless of the putrid smell, the relief of dumping your garbage and walking away is totally worth it. God asks that of us. He asks us to bring him all our problems and lay them at His feet so that we can feel burden free making it easier to help others. If you want to feel free and help someone in need just hit your knees and ask. “Heavenly Father, thank you so much for yet another beautiful day. I leave you with all my worries, fears, and doubts. I trust and believe that you will lead and carry me through this day so that my burden is light, making it easier to carry someone else. In Jesus name amen!”

“Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you.”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NCV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/105/1pe.5.7.ncv

Are U beautiful inside and out?

My friend Alyssa put this on Facebook today.

Thank you, Alyssa, for such a thought-provoking question. I sat in my favorite chair, drinking my morning coffee, pondering the question. Would I look beautiful if the words that come out of my mouth were printed on my body, for the whole world to read? Are my words kind and encouraging? Or are they negative and hurtful? That is the question!

I pray that my words are always kind and pleasing to God.

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭15:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/114/mat.15.18.nkjv

I previously read a devotional by Jason Cruise called, The Mouth is the Mirror of the Soul. Yes, the words we choose, and the topics, that we select to talk about are equivalent to a mirror reflecting who we truly are. Jason wrote, ” Listen to what comes out of a person’s mouth and you can begin to discern the pulse of that person’s spirit.”

What does your everyday speech say about you? Is it pleasing to God? If not, ask God to forgive you and help you to be like Him. 🙏

Thank You!

Matthew, and I, both had a desire to share the word of God, and testimonials throughout the world. We began writing together in 2016 and published our book in July 2017. Our book was mostly purchased in the United States. God presented an opportunity for us to start a blog on WordPress in 2019. Glory be to God! He has led each one of you to find our blog, Are U up for the challenge? You may have found it through, Linkedin, Facebook, search engines, Pinterest, or WordPress. The blog has been an excellent platform to reach twenty-seven countries. Thank you, for taking the time to read what God has impressed upon our hearts. Below I have listed all the counties that we are currently serving. We ask you to please share our blog with family and friends. Help us to spread God’s word and pray for souls to be saved. God bless you and keep his loving arms around you.

Love your friends,

Karen & Matthew 💕🙏🙏💕

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭16:15‬ ‭KJV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1/mrk.16.15.kjv

What does God require of YOU!

God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. He doesn’t want your money, or silver and gold, or any earthly treasures that you value. God wants YOU. You are made in God’s image and he loves you, you’re a priceless treasure. When sin entered the world, in the garden of Eden, it separated man from God. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you, me, and everyone in the world. He paid the price so that we could be FREE, from the bondage of sin. That is truly unconditional love.

This is what God wants from you and everyone in the world!

“No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
‭‭Micah‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬
https://www.bible.com/116/mic.6.8.nlt

But God had other plans

Jeremiah 29 11 is an excellent verse and I will write it down in a minute for you all to read. We all like to make plans don’t we? What we will be doing this weekend, or who we choose to date. What plans we have for a certain occupation or who we will become friends with. Who we choose to bless, or what church to go to. What we will eat for dinner, to which seeds to plant in our new garden. Our whole life is one huge ball of hundreds of thousands of tiny little plans. How many of our plans actually pan out though? Have there been times when our plans have derailed and went a totally different direction? I can tell you from personal experience that the one who has the best laid plans are from our heavenly Father. Growing up my BIG plans were to become a professional athlete and it didn’t matter which kind really because I did really well at most of them. Rugby to wrestling, and powerlifter to boxing. I set outstanding records that most only dream of and kept going. God however had other plans! For the better part of twenty years I have been remodeling residential homes and have been extremely blessed. It’s not just the enjoyment of seeing a finished product come out perfectly but the opportunity that I receive to chat with the customers. Telling them what has been going on in my life with different people and our church. The best part however is when they open up to you and share personal things about problems they may be facing or God experiences that they have had increasing both our faiths in him. It has been an amazing journey to say the least. My body has been slowly having problems after problems and I seem to be having a lot of trouble bouncing back for some reason. My friend Karen tells me that it’s because I am getting older but I refuse to believe that 41 is old. Isn’t it the new 25? I’m not worried about what I will have as far as work is concerned though because I know that God has something special planned for me. If you are going through something similar, I only ask that you take it to God. He will direct you where to go and what to do. Jeremiah 29:11 for I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.