The Flowers In The Wild – Poem by Jean Penner
There’s a message in the breeze, It whispers love to me, And everywhere a flower blooms, His love is there to see. For flowers growing in the wild, Blooming without care, Are a gentle, sweet reminder, That His love is always there. The colors of their petals Show the grace splashed on my life, Their petals, as they open, Offer hope in times of strife, Their magnitude of beauty, Reflects His love within, For the message they are sending Is blowing in the wind! Jean Penner
Source: The Flowers In The Wild Poem by Jean Penner – Poem Hunter
God intends us to penetrate the world. Christian salt has no business to remain snugly in elegant little ecclesiastical salt cellars; our place is to be rubbed into the secular community, as salt is rubbed into meat, to stop it going bad. And when society does go bad, we Christians tend to throw up our hands in pious horror and reproach the non-Christian world; but should we not rather reproach ourselves? One can hardly blame unsalted meat for going bad. It cannot do anything else. The real question to ask is: Where is the salt?
2 Timothy 4:2-4 (NIV)
2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
5 Ways Satan Speaks I wrote about 5 Ways God Speaks: Creation, Scripture, the Spirit, Other Believers, Circumstances. But beware that Satan counterfeits God’s voice: 1. He speaks through Creation, encouraging us to worship creation instead of Creator, defending animals but not unborn babies, worshiping sex outside God’s design, promoting evolution (Romans 1:18-32; 2 Peter 3:3-7). 2. He speaks through God’s Word, twisting, cutting, pasting, and misusing it (Matthew 4:1-11, esp. v.6).
Source: Bite Size Bible Study: 5 Ways Satan Speaks
1. Telling people “I’ll pray for you” without actually praying for them. Guilty as charged. I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t done this at one time or another. And while most of us don’t actually mean to forget, it’s probably best that we just set aside time on the spot to pray for people. Are we really so busy that we can’t stop and pray for someone’s needs? We need to make sure we are fulfilling our duties as Christians and actually follow through with them. One prayer could be the tipping point to someone coming to know the love of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak life into someone because you don’t think you have time.
Source: If You Are a Christian, Please Stop Doing These 5 Things
When someone ask you to pray for them it is handy to have a notebook ready. Write down their name, just their first name will do if they want to remain anonymous, and the reason they want prayer to make sure that you don’t forget.
I also have had business cards that have my contact info, and my website address on them. That way they can contact you with questions about your faith, or to give you an update on their prayer request.