Thelma Keyes

Better to be a giver instead of a taker

Good Morning / Evening!
“Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it.”  1Corithians 13:5
The bible says that God’s love in us is not touchy. If we wear our emotions on our sleeve all the time, we may need to spend more time in His presence before we face the day. Our tears can provoke sympathy, but it is better to be a giver instead of a taker. Starting your day with God will keep you "sweetened up" and confident. As you enjoy His calmness and kindness; your spirit will become likewise filled and better able to overlook the offenses of others. Ask for a strong heart, ready to love as He loves you!
There are many places in our lives that can really test our love capabilities. None more trying as within the family unit. I find myself thanking God daily for my family and the bond we share no matter how many times we may not see eye to eye on things. When there is a need or a time of celebration we are a strong chain. And I see that our love overflows to our friends and extended families. I am not saying my family is better than yours; I just wanted to give public honor and appreciation to my family at this time. Family is very important to me whether near or far and I love you all; and everyone reading these words!
Sunday School lesson was a good one and we came away with a new insight of the Lord's Supper. Some of which is that we should look backward at the sacrifice Jesus made for us.
Look forward to His coming back.
Look inward to examine our motives as we prepare to take it.
Look outward as to how people see us walking in the life we proclaim as a follower of Christ. We who belong to Christ are not condemned but can expect to be disciplined when disobedient.
Our prayers continue for the sick and shut-ins everywhere; our prayer names----Charles Bradford, Ras Johnson, Sheila Hunt, Joel Hunt, Bobby Joe Harrison, Rev. Ronnie Whittington, Rev. Derrick Lucious, Rev. Neal Keeton, Mary Smith, Mack Arthur & Minnie Roberts, Jerry & Margie Haralson, Ethel Coleman, Resia Young, Joe Townsend, Terry Moncrief, Tad McDonald, Mary Denson, Eugene Odom, Paul Terry Reed, Tracy Barbagala, Shirley Townsend, Syreeta Derricks, Cahmari White, and all their caregivers.
Comfort and strength for the Ford; Harrison; Rasco; and Grafferee families during their grief.
I know that there is a need for encouragement all around us this week, so please if you will and are able lift someone's spirit this week with a smile, a hug, a compliment or just a kind look!



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