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A man ignored a restraining order and texted his ex-girlfriend 144 times with disparaging remarks. As punishment, the judge made him write 144 things good about her. Maybe the judge should have also had him list 144 reasons why she shouldn’t be with him. He might have realized she had a good basis for leaving the relationship. This man obviously doesn’t live by Luke 6:31 where Jesus tells us, And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Waitress

Most wait staff dislike working on Sunday because Christians are anything but generous.

It seems these days, we’re too quick to blame others instead of looking at our own actions. We seem to want others to change instead of being the change we’d like to see.

How many of you have ever had a terrible waitress—one who didn’t smile and seemed grumpy? Did you leave her a nice tip? Probably no more than the standard 15%, if any. I imagine you did a lot of complaining about her. How would you have felt if you’d discovered she had a sick child at home she was concerned with?

You’d likely feel sorry for her and understand her mood. Change your way of thinking, and you change the situation.

grumpy

A grumpy cat is nothing like a grumpy neighbor.

Next time consider something might be wrong at home or that she just had to deal with a large table of difficult customers who left a rather small tip. A lot of work for very little money. I imagine it would affect all our moods. That’s common for wait staff, especially on Sundays. So be the change. Instead of thinking that this waitress needs to be nice to you in order to get a good tip, consider being the type of customer she’d love to see come back through the door.

Again, change your attitude, you change the situation.

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Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy

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In order for others to change how they treat you, you might have to change the way you treat them. I’ve seen organizations where everyone gets along except two or three individuals. It makes a very unpleasant situation for the others who are in the group.

So be the one who makes the first move toward thinking of the other person, whether it be wait staff or someone in a meeting room. You might not change the way they are behaving, but you will definitely show others how God’s light is supposed to shine.

Have you ever been able to change the way someone is treating you? Maybe you got someone out of a sour mood. If so, share it with us in the comment section below, we’d love to hear your story.

Also, if you need us to pray for you or someone you know, please let us know in the comments below.

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Now on to the blog.

Falling Back

Have you ever felt your faith wane? Especially when others are constantly running around filled with joy, no matter their circumstances? Don’t think you’re alone. It happens to all of us.

Joy

Jump for joy in the name of Jesus!

New Christians’ faces glow, and the joy of God stands in their hearts. They’ll walk around with a feeling nothing can go wrong. And then it does. The devil will attack to try to pull them away from God’s love.

But even if you never turn away from Jesus, there are times when that feeling of euphoria fades. Our faith can feel normal, and we no longer feel the joy we once did. This is especially true during a time of crisis or a long difficult period.

Alone

You’re never alone when you have Jesus by your side.

Deuteronomy 31:6 states,  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. It’s hard to remember God is a constant in your life, especially during what we call valleys.

If you think about it, only a cruel father would desert his daughter in times of strife. God is not cruel. I’m sure He has shown His love in many ways throughout your life. You just need to recall those instances when you feel your faith diminishing. Even if you don’t feel the joy of God like you did in the beginning, there will be instances where you will realize he’s walking right beside you. Such times include the birth of a child, the healing of someone ill, or an unexpected raise.

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I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors. – Joel Osteen

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Very seldom would a king dessert his children, especially a loving king such as God. He will always be there to hold you when you need it. Just lift your hand to Him. He’s right there waiting.

Once you realize God is there with you always, some of that joy should return. He loves you and always will, even when you aren’t always close to Him.

And that voice you hear that says God has deserted you is false. It’s just the evil one trying to take you from His arms. The devil likes nothing more than to attack when we’re feeling weak in our faith. No matter what you might be feeling, God is a faithful father, and. He is always by our side.

True faith knows that no matter what you’re going through, Jesus is right there beside you with His arm wrapped around you.  Don’t lose sight of Him during hard times, because there is nothing worse than being alone. And eventually, the joy that has waned will return.

If you feel like your faith has diminished or you need some support from others, please let us know so we can pray for you. There is nothing more powerful than to have your Christian sisters talking to God on your behalf.

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