Dear Family, Friends, and Readers,
Many of you who know me, know that I have felt broken, insecure, and not overly healthy or happy in life. I try to do what is right, but usually end up getting stuck and giving up or making a mess of things. My heart is in the right place, yet it just doesn’t seem to work out. Have you ever felt like this?
Anyway, I am asking for your prayers today. I have prayed that God help me find success in 2017 and that He use me to help others. I have prayed to be able to have a purpose and to make a difference.
The good news is that I believe God is answering my prayers. I feel like 2017 is going to be a great year. However, I feel like such an infant in this new journey. I feel like my faith is small, my knowledge is small, and my ability is small. But, I feel like God has a plan for me and He is working in my life right now.
So, why am I writing this post? What can you do? The biggest and most important thing you can do is pray for me. I don’t know God’s plan, so I can’t say what I really need specifically. I feel like I need to prepare for His plan though. I have started praying that God prepare me for what is to come. I have asked Him to open my heart and my mind as well as give me the strength, courage, and ability to be able to do what He wants me to do. I pray that I will faithfully step outside of my comfort zone and follow God’s call. Please join me.
I am asking for your prayers, inspiration, encouragement, wisdom, motivation, and support. I know God will choose some of you to use in relaying messages to me. I know that whatever you give to me to further God’s plan will really be Him working through you. And, I welcome whatever you and He has to share. Thank you. And, God bless. <3
One of the things that I had hoped I could do with DUO Inspirations is to give hope and encouragement to others. I know that I have been through hard times and I know the comfort in knowing that you are not alone when you go through difficulties. That is the purpose of support groups. This isn't a support group. However, I hope to show that others go through struggles as well. It is not just you. With that in mind, if you know anyone who is going through (or have gone through) struggles or difficult times and would like to tell their story, please contact me. I hope you will join me in my quest in "empowering people one inspiration at a time" through prayer, encouragement, and in doing what you can to help. Let's work together to do God's will and make our world a brighter place.
Here is an example to ponder. It is about a great Facebook friend of mine, Rhonda Patton:
First, let me tell you what I know about Rhonda Patton. She is kind, caring, talented, and helpful; someone who is willing to help people when she can. We have never met in person, but Rhonda has helped me many times and I know she has helped others many times as well. I have seen it.
Rhonda is struggling right now though and my heart goes out to her. She is facing financial difficulties, health difficulties, and emotional difficulties. However, she is doing it with a great amount of faith and courage.
Rhonda reminds me of the old woman in the Bible who gave two mites in the story in Mark 12:41-44 KJV.
"41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast
more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."
She will still do things for others out of the goodness of her heart for others, even though she is struggling herself. Rhonda knows that God will reward her some day for giving even when she had hardly anything to give.
Out of desperation, Rhonda has started a GoFundMe campaign. I can tell you that she hasn't enjoyed doing this. She felt horrible for doing it. Ashamed maybe. Pride maybe. Rhonda put it off as long as she felt she could. She and her husband has been looking for jobs, trying to sell their children's books, selling off personal things around the house to try to make ends meet. All this, while they both have health issues that barely make work a great option.
I know that Rhonda worries about how others see her. And, I think that she worries about how she sees herself as well as how God sees her. Some people may look down upon her. I don't know. However, I do know that God doesn't see her as unworthy. And, I do know that God has called us to help others if we can and to not look down on others.
Another verse that comes to mind for a situation such as this is Matthew 25:40 KJV.
"40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."
This verse doesn't mean that Rhonda and others who are struggling are less deserving than others. It just refers to people who are struggling, people who are in need, and people who often feel or are called less than others. It is used to show that, yes, you can be kind to other people who may not need too much. But, it is more difficult to help those who need quite a bit, who are hurting quite a bit, who feel like their lives are messed up quite a bit. If you can help those people, than you are showing God that same love and help. God helps those who struggle the most, because after all He really doesn't need to help those who seem to have their life in order. And, if you are helping those who struggle, you are helping God as well.
I would ask you: my friends, my family, my readers, to pray about this situation. Pray for Rhonda and her family as well as others like her. And, pray to see if God is leading you to help Rhonda or someone like her in some way. If you feel called to contribute to Rhonda's GoFundMe compaign, please do so. If you have a job to offer her or her husband, please get in touch with her. If you can't do either, please pray for her. That will help more than you know.
If you would like to get to know more about Rhonda, please check out her page on Facebook, as well as her graphic arts page on Facebook, and her children's book website.
I know there are so many people who are struggling and so many people or causes for which to pray. I can tell you that I feel really blessed that God brought Rhonda into my life. I know that He uses her to help me and teach me things often.
Many of you reading this have already said a little prayer for Rhonda and her family. I want to tell you that I appreciate it and I am sure that Rhonda does as well. Before I close, I want to add my little prayer as well.
I thank you for this day and this idea. I ask that you watch over and guide Rhonda and her family through this difficult time. Hold her in your mighty and healing arms, comfort her, and give her the strength, wisdom, and resources she needs. Lord, please bless her and her family, and all the people who feel your calling to pray for her and help her. I thank you and praise you for your blessings and ask you to continue to use Rhonda for your glory. I ask you this, through Jesus, your Son. Amen.
Hello everyone. I apologize for not blogging for a while. I have been ill and haven't felt up to doing much of anything. I am feeling much better now, thankfully.
I saw this verse from 1 Timothy, chapter 2, on a dear friend of mine's Facebook page. And, I thought I would make it the focus of my blog today.
Prayer and thankfulness are of the utmost importance in my life. I try to be vigilant about them both. However, there are times when I know I fall very short. Actually, if I am honest, I probably fall short more often than not. I guess that is the human way of it. My intentions and hopes are usually much better and more ideal than my actions.
One of the reasons I chose to write this particular post at this particular time is because of my recent illness. I know that there were some people out there praying for me and checking in on me via Facebook. I appreciated it more than they know. And, it got me to thinking about how much prayer and little kindnesses for others mean to people.
There were also some people who either didn't pray for me or didn't let me know that they were and didn't check in on me, even on Facebook, that I was hoping would. And, it made me sad. Yet, I thought about how many posts go by on my timeline each day and how easy it is to miss a post. I also know that there are so many people on my Facebook page and in my life who needs prayers every day that I don't check in on or tell them that I am praying for them. So, in the end, I understood. I can't judge, especially since I don't always do what I was hoping for either.
I do want to thank all those people who checked in on me in one way or another and who prayed for me while I was ill. I deeply appreciate it. Also, if you know of anyone going through a difficult time, needing prayer, or for whom you are thankful; consider checking in on them, letting him or her know that you care, praying for them, and giving thanks for them. I know, from experience, that it is very appreciated and means so much.
Thank you. And, if you need any prayers, please feel free to contact me or let me know in the comments. I will do my best to try to pray for every person and keep every prayer request in mind. Thank you. God bless.
Hi everyone. I hope you will both find and share inspiration here. Together, we can be "empowering people one inspiration at a time."