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A procrastinator, A Rip, and a REALIZATION…

Do you know that procrastination should go hand in hand with a thankful heart? I never thought about such a question, until this morning as I began to iron a pair of slacks for my son’s event. I kept remembering every day this past week that ‘the pants are needed on Saturday,’ which is NOW TODAY...IMG_7836
As I completed the last pressing along the pocket area, I was thinking “Not too bad, I got this!” I took a deep sigh of relief, thinking how I could NOW get on with my day…

 

IT WAS THEN, IN THAT MOMENT THAT I realized all too precisely why I had been given a weeks notice about the slacks… ALONG the pocket area was an inch and a half RIP …. Oh dear!!! needless to say, I wasn’t expecting this! Seems that I recalled something about a pair of slacks with a rip, but who’d think that it was THIS PAIR, I had like five more pairs to choose from, but he needed this pair!!

As I got my sewing machine out, wound a black thread bobbin, and threaded up the machine, I began to sew frantically hoping that it would work correctly. Once I saw that it turned out perfectly, It was then that I realized just how thankful I was that God is always there to calm and help me. I’m not the best seamstress, IMG_7837.jpgand someone with my limited ability needs all of the help that they can get…May sound silly, but I know that God watched over me, not only to get it done but done correctly!

1 CHRONICLES 29:11-12
11 Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.
12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.

David acknowledged God’s greatness. Our constantly changing world is controlled by a constant and unchanging God. During our lifetime, we see objects fade, materials decay, and friends change, but we can depend on God’s control. His love and purpose for us never change.
Only when we understand this can we have real peace and security.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: No matter if we see the GREATNESS of God through the parting of the Red Sea or repairing a torn pocket, God knows all things and is in control. I learned my lesson about procrastination as well as a reminder that God is always with us through the big and the smallIMG_7835.jpg

Let’s do our best in acknowledging the GREATNESS of God today and every day!

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Today’s 2 minute fruit bite:)

Looking at today’s blog more closely 🙂

Are you distressed with your thorn today? DON’T BE :))

Did you expect NOT to learn the hard way? As I look back over the past nine years since accepting Christ into my heart, I realize just how much I didn’t know when making my profession of faith. I understood and trusted that Christ died for my sins, forgave my sins once I repented, and my salvation was secure in Him. The Holy Spirit indwelled and filled me with a willingness and hunger that’s always been hard to explain, in fact, my family sometimes thought I may have been just a little over the top at times :))!!
I’ve recently begun to understand that it truly is trials in life that cause us to grow in our trust in Christ. I’m talking about situations that cause you to know what it means to say “I’m a sinner saved by GRACE.” IMG_7773It’s only after repeated attempts to get out of where we currently are trapped in our situations that we have no control over, That we are finally aware that He is entirely in control and will give us all that we stand in need of this day and every day.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:8-10
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ sakes: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
We don’t know what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was because he doesn’t tell us. Some have suggested that it was Malaria, epilepsy, or a disease of the eyes (Galatians 4:13-15). Whatever it was, it was a chronic and debilitating physical problem, which at times kept him from working.
This thorn was a hindrance to his ministry, and he prayed for its removal, but God refused. Paul was a very self-sufficient person, so this thorn was difficult for him. It kept Paul humble, reminded him of his need for constant contact with God and benefited those around him as they saw God at work in his life.IMG_7772

 

 

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: Although God did not remove Paul’s affliction, He promised to demonstrate His power in Paul. God’s power shows up in weak people and should give us courage.

Let us recognize our limitations, admit our weaknesses and affirm God’s strength today and every day!

May we never doubt…

So I ask you today, what comes to your mind when you think of rusty nails? Odd question, huh? This morning as I took my puppy Jack for a walk, I wandered beside my son’s old wooden swingset. I stood there for a moment and thought of all the wonderful memories and fun laughter that once filled the air. As I turned to leave, I noticed the tree with the nails that he had so carefully hammered on a day long ago.

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I had forgotten about the nails from long ago

My mind automatically thought about Christ, and the nails that had pierced His body. Now a distant memory for most, as well as some that doubt that it ever actually happened, but as Christians, it should remain at the forefront of our mind and heart.

JOHN 20:24-25
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.

Jesus was hard on Thomas for his doubts. Despite his skepticism, Thomas was still loyal to the believers and Jesus himself. Some need to doubt before they believe. If doubt leads to questions, the questions lead to answers, and the answers are accepted, and then doubt has done good work. It is when doubt becomes stubbornness and stubbornness become a lifestyle that doubt harms faith.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: When you doubt, don’t stop there. Let your doubt deepen your faith as you continue to search for the answer.

Let’s do our best today and every day to believe without seeing!

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May we never forget what Christ did for us long ago and what He still continues to do for us today!

2 min Fruit Bite: Are you facing any GAINTS today? Click the ‘view’ button in order to watch🙂

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Hello blogging family:)

I hope that you all are well and busy encouraging others in Christ!! You all are a blessing to me and encouraging as well:))

I want to tell you about ‘FRUIT BITES’ !!IMG_7556

A FRUIT BITE is a 2 minute video segment for encouragement. I hope to upload on M W F.

I hope it will encourage others. Sometimes it’s easier to watch than to read, so maybe on the days that you are running short on reading time, you can just listen to the 2 minute FRUIT BITEIMG_7557 and get a BIG BITE of encouragement to help you along in your day!

God Bless you ALL and please continue to keep up the GREAT EFFORTS that you all put forth with encouraging others in Christ!!

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone with creating FRUIT BITES. We must be fruitful for Him! 🙂

 

Sincerely,

Kim Mefford

Godsfruitful.net

Do you ever feel like weeping? DON’T!!!

Have you ever thought that we Christians have it tough? I’ve been teaching an overview of the Bible and have just started looking into the Major and Minor Prophets.
Talk about people who were trying to serve God and get discouraged in doing so…Poor Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet.

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TRUSTING that God is with me, although I don’t hear or see HIM right now!

 

 

 

I’ve felt like a weeping prophet before, how about you?
No matter what situation that the prophets found themselves going through, God was always there with them.

JEREMIAH 1:6-8
6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

Often people struggle with new challenges because they lack self-confidence. They feel they have inadequate ability, training, or experience. Jeremiah thought he was too young and inexperienced to be God’s spokesman to the world. But God promised to be with Him. We must never allow feelings of inadequacy to keep us from obeying God’s call. He will always be with us. When you find yourself avoiding something you know you should do, be careful not to use the lack of self-confidence as an excuse. If God gives you a job to do, He will provide all you need to do it.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: God promised to see Jeremiah through trouble, not to keep trouble from coming. God did not insulate him from jailings, deportation, or insults. God does not keep us from encountering life’s storms, but He will see us through them. In fact, He walks through these storms with us.

Let’s trust that God will be with us today and every day no matter what life brings our way!IMG_7555

Something new at Godsfruitful… 2 minute “FRUIT BITE”

TWO MINUTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT IN ONE FRUIT BITE:)

Are you sitting still and a little bored?

Here comes the start of a new week, but do you somehow feel like there isn’t much “new” to the week?
Do you find yourself hopeful as to what this week will hold and bring about for you by Friday?                               OR…..

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OH HUM DEE DO…ANOTHER NEW WEEK…I CAN HARDLY WAIT…NOT!!!

Do you feel like your just sitting still and little a bored?

Let’s NOT be like Negative Nellie and Doubting Doug…Let’s trust in the Lord for ALL things!

PROVERBS 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.

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Nothing exciting happened last week…AND I DOUBT THAT IT DOES THIS WEEK!

This precious promise of divine guidance in one’s life choices is conditioned upon complete trust in God’s wisdom as revealed in His Word, along with unashamed acknowledgement of Him in all our dealings with others.

As Christians, we are aware of what God’s Word instructs us, SO let’s make this week a successful week in the Lord!  Let’s do our BEST to adjust our attitudes!!! If you find yourself discouraged by your circumstances, I want to encourage you to lift your voice in song and sing to the Lord. I know that your probably thinking “That’s the last thing that I feel like doing.PLEASE JUST TRY IT… The Spirit will comfort you and before you know it you will be feeling so much more positive in your day::)) Remember God is with us!

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: We trust that God has the best plan for us as He directs our paths. Let’s come into His presence daily,  and acknowledge Him as our Lord and Saviour.

IMG_7341Let’s be willing to sit quietly and trust in the Lord with ALL of our heart today and every day!

My First online video lesson 🤔Abraham’s testing 

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