Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Free ice cream

This morning, I had morning devotions with my children.  One of the things that I challenged them on is to have a mindset of being about the Lord's business where ever they go.  Two of them really have a heart for the Gospel.  The other two are still discovering their particular style with sharing the Gospel and are still maturing in this awareness.

My oldest has his driver's permit and is frequently asking if we need anyone to drive us to the store. As we were at the self-checkout, a man approached us and asked if we liked Graeter's ice cream.  Graeter's is a locally (think East Coast) owned ice cream manufacturer.  It is very costly because they don't whip air into the ice cream so it's very dense.  I answered that we do like it.  When he asked, "Would you like some for free?"- he had my undivided attention!  He whipped out a coupon and said that he had new coupons he just wanted to try out.  He was a representative from the company. He went and personally picked out a pint for us.  He scanned the coupon and after I realized it wasn't a scam, I thanked him.

Before I could say anything further, my son opened his wallet and handed him a million dollar bill and said, "Thanks a million!" We told him to read the message on the back as he was walking away.  He smiled and said he would.

This encounter happened so quickly, in less than 5 minutes because he was in a hurry.  Could God have used this encounter and us going to the store at that particular location, at that particular time of day, at that particular checkout to hand this man a tract that would plant a seed for his salvation?  We'll never know this side of eternity, but God does and He is looking for Christians He can use for His pleasure to accomplish His perfect will.  Are you willing to be obedient to God in the little things?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Spring Cleaning

We are a family of voracious readers which is no surprise when you home school. We have LOTS of books.  I got the love of books from my mother who always nursed a healthy stack of books by her chair or her nightstand.  Recently, I decided to do some Spring cleaning and thought I'd try to sell some of my books on Ebay or Amazon.

I listed a few and the next day I had my first sale!  I didn't know it was that simple!  In my excitement I printed that sales receipt, packed it off and shipped it within the hour.  It was outta there!  The next day I got 2 orders!  These particular books and DVD's sold on Amazon.  I began getting e-mails from Amazon walking me through how to take care of the customer and emphasizing the importance of good seller ratings.  The thrill of someone wanting and actually purchasing my "stuff" was intoxicating!

After the third sale, the Lord impressed upon me, "Hey, you do know that this is an opportunity to share the Gospel, right?"  I was stunned.  It honestly had never crossed my mind in the excitement of me selling these items.  As if that wasn't bad enough (that I hadn't even considered this an opportunity) - wait for it- I actually balked!  Did you know that my first thought was, "Wonder if I get a negative rating because I'm a new seller?  It would kill my ability to sell!"

(sigh) I can't believe that I'd put the praise of man and the opinions of man above my obedience to God.  Seriously?  Am I still struggling with that?

I repented and the next sale I tucked a tract in the book.  If I happened to sell it to a rabid atheist who gives me low ratings and complains to Amazon, so be it.  I play to an audience of One and His opinion is the only one that matters.  Are you aware of the little opportunities God has placed in your life to be faithful?

Friday, March 1, 2013

This was too funny to pass up

Simple Reminder

great quote..."Happy moments, PRAISE GOD. Difficult moments, SEEK GOD. Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD. Painful moments, TRUST GOD. Every moment, THANK GOD..."