Birthdays and Graduations

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Dear Family of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Good Day to you all!

I took most of the day off yesterday to be with Sharon,  Greg, Natasha and Gretchen as we celebrated Sharon;s birthday!

We had a blessed time and it continues today!

Today we are celebrating Lars birthday!

Happy Birthday Mr. Cinematographer!

The Quote of The Day: My Wife Sharon Turned My Life Around

It is a blessing to have Gretchen, Greg and Natasha with us here in Albuquerque. Lars is filming in Chicago! Michael and Stephanie are working in Denver.

Thank you all who have sent love and prayers to Sharon and Lars!

Please click on the above links to read more of my of my thoughts on family and birthdays.

This AWESOME story was sent to us by Wanell Pate a Best Friend and Board member of FGGAM. Very POWERFUL! Read it all the way through folks! We have lot’s more for you today here at the CUP!Cup Dewey House

GRADUATION DAY
A young man was getting ready to graduate from college.
For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and how much he loved him. He handed him a beautifully wrapped gift box.
Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with his name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, “With all your money you give me a Bible?” He stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible behind.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old. He thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.
But before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to him. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.
When he arrived at his father’s house, sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important documents and saw the Bible, new, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11, “And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?” As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as we expected?
If this touched your heart, please pass it on!!
Please read this to the end.
My name is God.
You hardly have time for me. I love you and always bless you.
I am always with you. I need you to spend 30mins of your time with Me today. Don’t pray. Just praise.

A blessing is coming your way.

Thank you Wanell for this moving story! WOW WEE! How many times have we missed the mark! Let us all continue to grow in our Lord. Let us all feel the breathe of our Lord always.  This story says so much! WOW!

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Published by Caroline E Pollock
Until I was 18 I assumed that my bed time prayers, church attendance on Sundays, and the ‘Religion Award’ in 8th grade meant that I had a great faith life. I was viewing my faith life like a recipe. Add one cup of prayer followed by two heaping handfuls of good deeds, mix, bake in the oven for 85 years. End result is every-lasting reward.Right? Oh, I could not have been more wrong.At 18, in college many states away from home I went through a series of events that shook me to the very core of my beliefs. Things that occurred severely altered my faith in humankind and God for that matter, and I didn’t think that I could continue living with the pain that I was in. Daily, I contemplated death. If I couldn’t face the person that I had become, why would God want to face me?As much as I didn’t want to face God, He chose to pursue me. One afternoon, after contemplating another way to end my life, I tripped on a stack of books on the floor. One happened to be my Bible. Here’s the thing, for growing up in the church and being reminded to say my prayers, I couldn’t tell you much about the Bible except for Genesis was at the beginning, Revelation was at the end, King David was a little boy who wrote the Psalms, and Luke has the prettiest description of the Nativity. (I think my knowledge about the Nativity has something to do with watching Charlie Brown Christmas for years, rather than paying attention in church).I happened to open up to the Book of Jeremiah 1:5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Those few words changed my life. I did not understand why He had allowed me to live, when there were times that I could have died, that He chose to sustain me. I wept for I realized that God had known about me before I came into being, that He had a plan for my life. I knew that even amid the pain I was in, uncertain of what the future would hold for me, God was holding onto me, that He would reveal His plan for me in His time. Whenever I grow frighten of what the future may hold, of the tasks that lie before me, I reflect on Jeremiah’s words and I find my peace again.When I am troubled, my first instinct is to bottle up the fears inside of me. I believe that no one is interested in my problems and that it is better that I deal with things by myself. But when I discovered King David’s opening verse in Psalm 130 ”Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice! Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!” I realized that as King David could recognize his neediness and feared that the Lord may not be listening to his pleas, I too could follow his lead. As King David was open about his anxieties, I should confide in the Lord when troubles assault me.Another verse that I turn to when worries pile up is in the Gospel of Luke 11: 9-13 “And I tell you, Ask and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him scorpion? If you then who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” This verse inspires me to recall that fear is useless. There is an abundance of love that the Lord has for me. Just as I work hard to provide the best for my child because I love him, the Father who is all good will provide the best for me.

With unemployment rising, the stock market plummeting and the national deficit mounting it is easy to get caught up in the hysteria that we will be reliving the Great Depression of the 1920′s. When I am tempted join the despair, I reflect on Matthew 6: 25-33“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. . . . Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. . . .your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” The Lord is aware of our daily needs and knows that many of the economic problems that are afflicting our lives is largely out of our hands. We need to pray that He will take care of us and have faith that He will care for us, as He cares for even the flowers that grow on the earth.

When I become aware of my own shortcoming and sinfulness, I reflect on Luke 15: 32“It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found,”the parable of the Prodigal Son. God’s love for us is so great that when we return to Him after being parted though evil deeds, He welcomes us back with open arms. God isn’t waiting in anger to rebuke us for our sins but rather rejoices that His child has returned.

Now that I am farther removed from the child I was at 18, I know that my spiritual journey is still so young. I know that my faith will increase each day that I ask the Lord for His help. He has sustained me though many trials thus far and as I grow older and my needs and desires change, I know that I will always find guidance in the Scriptures.

Published by Caroline E Pollock

Caroline is the co-founder of Digital Zen Ink, a freelancer, blogger, novelist, single mother, and coffee enthusiast. When not writing she can be found catching re-runs of her favorite crime procedural, coo…  View profile

Please continue to pray for us. I am trying to spend time with the family now. Greg and Natasha go home on Saturday.

May God Bless you and yours forever and ever!

For God’s Glory Alone in the Love of our Lord Jesus Christ, Dewey, Sharon, Paul, Jo, FGGAM Board and families.

Let us keep praying for each other and our families.

 

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