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Friendship Quote and Thoughts

Posted by Emma on March 31, 2009 | Filed under: Daily Thought,Friendship

“Friendship is something that can’t be forced, it must be built.”

A friend of mine wrote that and when I read it earlier today it struck me as being very true. I know from experience it does not work to force a friendship. That is a pretty sure way of bring that friendship to a close. True friendships come by persevering and building that relationship little by little as you spend time together and come to trust each other more. Do not force your friendships, be patience and work to build them. True friendships are worth the effort. I speak from experience. When I was building my first true friendships, I almost gave up many times, but I am glad that I persevered and built those friendships. I am glad God brought those people in to my life and I would not trade those friendships for anything. Ask God to help you build friendships that are worthwhile and will last. Persevere, you will find it worth it, if they are true friendships.

Encouragement

Posted by Emma on March 23, 2009 | Filed under: Character,Daily Thought,Words

Encouragement is a powerful thing. I was feeling down this evening. Several mistakes I’ve made in the past showed themselves, again, and life seemed discouraging. While feeling down, I was reminded of the power of an encouraging word and a little praise through a short video I saw and personal experience as I felt the lift encouragement gives to your spirit. I was working on a project when I came across part of a note that was written to me over two and half years ago. It was just a few lines, but a few lines is all it takes. I treasure that note, it has encouraged me many times. The writer doesn’t know how much it has meant to me. A few encouraging and positive words can go a long way. You may never know how far your encouragement reaches and how long it has an influence. I know that I need to keep that mind and try to say more encouraging things to people.

St. Patrick

Posted by Emma on March 17, 2009 | Filed under: Christianity,Heroes of the Faith

St. Patrick’s day is today. I wonder how many people really know what St. Patrick’s day is all about. How many people know that it is commemorating something more than green shamrocks and being Irish? How many people know who St. Patrick’s day is commemorating. Who is St. Patrick?

St. Patrick lived somewhere around 387 – 461 AD. He was born in Britain but spent much of his life in Ireland. St. Patrick was an incredible man of faith and he leaves us a remarkable testimony. His parents were strong Christians and from his childhood Patrick had incredible faith. When he was fifteen he was carried away to Ireland as a slave. Right before he was captured he fell from a high cliff, a fall which might have killed him. He realized that God in His infinite mercy had saved him for some purpose and on that day he prayed, “My life belongs to you, dear Lord, I will dedicate it to You and forever do Your will. But please reveal to me what Your will is.”

Although Patrick’s life seemed to have taken a terrible turn, God used this time to prepare Patrick for the mission He had for him. God didn’t leave Patrick alone in Ireland. An older man was captured at the same time as Patrick, who knew the Irish language and was able to help Patrick stay strong in the Lord and learn the language and ways of Ireland.

When Patrick was twenty-one, God opened the door and he escaped back to Britain. Patrick then studied the Bible and became a Bishop. He then went back to Ireland to preach the Gospel to them. God was with Patrick from the first day he arrived there. At the place he fist landed, the king sent Irish Wolfhounds out to kill him. Patrick was able to give the dogs commands and make friends with them because of his previous experiences as a shepherd. This opened the king of that area to hearing the message Patrick brought and he became a Christian.

St. Patrick traveled throughout much of Ireland preaching and working miracles. When one of the most powerful kings in Ireland challenged him to a contest of the gods, he readily excepted the challenge. Before the contest was started however, the king tried to poison St. Patrick’s drink. St Patrick blessed the cup and drank it all, except a small frozen drop that contained the poison.

The contest started with the Druid (the representative of the pagan gods of Ireland) calling in snow. He could not get rid of the snow. St. Patrick made a cross with his fingers and the snow melted instantly. The Druid then called for darkness. He could not get rid of that either, St. Patrick again made a cross and it vanished. Furious, the Druid now challenged St. Patrick to send one of his disciples into a little two room house. The Druid would be locked in one room and St. Patrick’s disciple would be locked in the other. The house would then be set on fire. Whoever came out alive, served the more powerful God. One of St. Patrick’s disciples volunteered and the final showdown commenced. St. Patrick’s disciple was the one left living. That opened the door for St. Patrick to preach.

Traveling to another part of Ireland, Patrick was told many of the people there would not convert until a big stone idol was destroyed. St. Patrick went to the place where that idol stood, and called upon the power of the Lord Jesus to cause the idol to topple and be smashed into bits. Saying this, he struck the idol with his staff and the huge idol fell and was smashed into millions of bits. When the people of Ireland heard about this, many were open to hearing St. Patrick’s message and converted.

It is common to see shamrocks around St. Patrick’s day. Although they now have many different things connected with them, they originally were connected with the day because St. Patrick used them to explain the trinity. A shamrock has three leaves, but is still one shamrock, just as God has three representations but is one God.

Although no one is absolutely certain that these stories are true, they are based on facts and legends. These stories only begin to tell of St. Patrick’s life and faith. He was an incredible man, afraid of nothing and a fighter for the Lord! If you want to know more about him, I would recommend the Landmark book titled: The Life of Saint Patrick by Quentin Reynolds.

This is who St. Patrick’s day commemorates. I think he deserves to be commemorated. We should read about his life and tell others about this remarkable man of faith on this day. The world has commercialized it because they do not know what it is really about and probably do not want to know. We should make sure that the real purpose of this day (to honor St. Patrick) is not lost by all the commercialization the world puts on this day. Let us remember St. Patrick and tell others about his life and the Lord he served.

Much of the material for this article comes from The Life of Saint Patrick, by Quentin Reynolds, copyright 1995, Random House, Inc.

1 Chronicles 9:13

Posted by Emma on March 15, 2009 | Filed under: Christianity,Daily Thought,Strength

“besides their kinsmen, heads of their fathers’ houses, 1,760, mighty men for the work of the service of the house of God.” 1 Chronciles 9:13 

This verse stood out to me earlier today. Throughout the first several chapters of Chronciles, mighty men are mentioned. But up until now the mighty men have for the most part been mighty men of war. We are now told about mighty men for the work of the service of the house of God. I would not mind being described as mighty for the work of the service of the house of God. That is something I want to be know for and I want even more to be know as mighty for the service of God, since the Temple, God’s house is no longer around. We are told however that Believers are the temple of the Holy Spirit, so I can be mighty for the service of that temple by servicing other believers. Doing good to those that are of the household of faith and to all people. Although it will take a lot of work and effort, I think living so that we will be known as mighty for the work of the service of God and the house of God would be a good goal to have.

Newton’s Third Law

Posted by Emma on March 13, 2009 | Filed under: Daily Thought

Newton’s third law came up in conversation today. I was thinking about that law later and how it applies to every part of life. Newton’s third law states: “To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” In every area of life we can see how this plays out. When you say something to someone, they will have a reaction to it. When you do something there is a result because of that action. We should keep this fact in mind and before doing anything consider what the opposite and equal reaction well be and whether or not it is what we want to have happen. We should live to have good results come from what we do and say. We need to weigh each decision carefully. We need to make sure we what we do causes good reactions.


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