Be thankful for new opportunity when evicted from almost everything & everybody but Jesus

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The Food Pantry at Southeast Baptist Church is full of food to feed many and full of the possibility of new life. We have over two thousand cans of food to give away but while we are distracted by our lack of housing, others are not. The other day I learned some folks in one of our other ministries may have discovered this opportunity to meet the needs of others through food on Thursday nights!

He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

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The newly created Lunch and learn program is stalled a bit due to the weather. Women in the neighborhood are walking to Southeast Baptist Church on Wednesdays to break bread over a bowl of soup and study the word of God. How exciting is this, it’s just too cold and icy right now to continue.

He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

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Teenage children are no longer coming to the God-sized Dream House to sit by the fire and feast on food which is plenty. Not one of my family members are with me as in living with me. I currently have not the resource to cook and feed my fifteen year old son a home cooked meal. But our Father is faithful and difficulties present opportunities of the once in a lifetime kind.

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Me and Jimmy had a loss of income on the very same day. I cut my hair, purchased a black suit on sale from Dillard’s and proceeded to find a job. But, likely due to my Google status, jobs were found but unemployed … one could say is my current status. But one could also say my status is self employed. Our Father works in units of time and HE controls even the east of winds.

When we moved into the God-Sized Dream House some two years ago, we had been without a home for three days and our Father was faithful to provide. And, when we lost our home to foreclosure, like many others (2011) our Father was faithful to provide us a home … after three days.

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I’m not saying this is the case in our situation but sometimes we get in trouble not for what we are doing wrong         but for that which we are convicted is right.

I’m not saying this is the case in our situation but sometimes we get in trouble not for what we are not committed to but for that whose cause we boldly believe in and on.

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Years ago, it was my Job to feed the four-year olds at a preschool, here in the Boro. Mind you, I only cooked breakfast for the four-year olds. Their lunches were cooked at another school and sent over … for me to serve the children. Well, as faith would have it … the roof of the building leaked. Nasty rain water fell in scattered buckets among my children as they napped. One day, this became too much for me. I was overwhelmed with grief as drops of nasty rain water splashed on the faces of my sleeping babies. One day (after many promises of repair) it became too much and I wrote a letter to the principle. I wrote a letter with the mention of OSHA and three days later the old roof was being torn off and a new roof was in place.

At the end of the school year I was not rehired and a black mark remains on my service file. But every single time I drive by the school, I am thankful for new roofs of opportunity.

Today we are linking up with Kelly Balarie.

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