Please Pray For This Family

This was on my Facebook May 25, 2020.

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Please take a moment a pray for this sweet young man.. This is just so sad on a day that wad supposed to be filled with joy.. 😢

Fleming County parents killed in crash on the way home from son’s high school graduation.

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Posted at 8:35 AM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 1:31 PM, May 25, 2020

FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two Fleming County parents were killed in a car crash on Saturday after leaving their son’s high school graduation.

Also in the car were two of their sons, who are recovering at UK Hospital.

Kentucky State Police say the crash that killed Nancy and Lyndon Barnett happened near the intersection of KY-599 and KY-11.

Dalton Barnett is their youngest son and had just finished getting his diploma at his social distancing graduation celebration when the crash happened on their way home.

Dalton’s principal, Stephanie Emmons says this tragedy is felt not only in the school but throughout the entire community, “being from a tight-knit community any kind of tragedy doesn’t just impact a small portion of the community, it impacts all of us.”

Dalton was one of the first grads to walk across the stage, his mother, Nancy, wore a shirt that read “some people wait their entire lives to meet their inspiration, I raised mine.”

Emmons says Dalton has plans to join the military after graduation.

Dalton and his older brother, Michael, are being treated at UK Hospital.

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To all of my readers, any of you that are praying people, please pray for this young man and the rest of his family, especially his brothers that are being treated at UK Hospital.

This young man and his brothers have a long way to go, and no parents to help to guide them when they need encouragement.

Also, please put this family on the prayer list at your individual Churches.The more prayers the better. Besides, prayers never hurt anybody. Thank you for joining me in my praying for them at the same time as some of you may be praying for them also.

You Don’t Have To React To It

This is from Facebook.

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When some people begin to blame their behavior on what they hear, they need to remember this Bible quote. What it boils down to is that just because you heard something mean or dirty, or anything bad doesn’t mean you have to act on it or repeat it.

Just Because You’re Struggling

This is from Facebook. I imagine that there are quite a few people that feel like they are failing when they are struggling. It’s very hard to understand how anybody can even think that they are not failing when the struggling gets worse and worse, and it seems like things are never going to change. I have gone through it many many times. But I have some secrets that I try to fall back on, and here lately they have worked just fine.

I love music, especially Christian music and Southern Gospel. Whenever things start going wrong, I try to sing as many songs as I can remember. This is especially true when I am alone. It’s sort of praying and singing at the same time, if you can imagine it. Music has always cheered me up. Especially the songs we sing in Church. After all the Bible says:

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I looked it up on Google and this is what the results are.

Psalm 100 is the 100th psalm in the Hebrew Bible of the Book of Psalms. In English, it is translated as Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.” in the King James Version (KJV), and as “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands” in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP).

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I make a noise that is joyful to me. I don’t know how joyful it is to other people, but as long as it’s joyful to me at the time, that’s all that matters.

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Sometimes I try to think of really special and upbeat things to try. One of the things that I try is reading the poem, “God Has Not Promised” You will find it below. I looked this up on Google as well.

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BY ANNIE JOHNSON FLINT
God hath not promised skies always blue, 
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun with out rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

Chorus:

But God hath promised strength for the day, 
Rest for the labor, light for the way;
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

Chorus

God hath not promised we shall not know 
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe; 
He hath not told us we shall not bear 
Many a burden, Many a care.

Chorus

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide, 
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep.

Chorus

* Public Domain in US Only.

Words © This text is in the Public Domain

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Not everybody has everything handed to them on a silver platter. And even the ones that do seemingly have everything, could still be struggling. Struggling just shows that you are trying to accomplish whatever thing it is that you are working on.

The Baby Bird Was Saved

This was on Facebook. A Baby bird had fallen out of its nest. The Mama bird was there just in time to catch the Baby bird by its feet, and even more amazing the Daddy bird just happened to be there to help support the Baby bird by its back and feathers until the Mother bird was able to pull it back into the nest. Just seeing this picture, shows in yet another way, just how awesome and amazing God is with the automatic instincts that were given to the Mother bird and the Father bird for them to be able to catch and save this little bird.

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Lívia Horváth to nature & wildlife

The little chick fell out of the nest, mama caught it, dad pushed it from below. ❤️
What a collaboration! What a photo! ❣️

Do You Pray?

This is from Facebook. It’s talking about the different things to pray about, and how those are done. There are things that we do as a matter of habit and don’t even give them a second thought. For me, that was until today when I first read this prayer. I am doing some of these things myself, and never even consider that they could be and/or were a form of prayer.

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Other than prayer being how we are supposed to talk to God, I never really thought about it this way.The biggest thing about praying was being taught that I was supposed to thank God for everything. And the EVERYTHING included the good and the bad. It was the thanking God for the bad stuff that I couldn’t understand.

I was in my mid to upper twenty’s before it was explained to me the way that actually made sense. In the process of explaining it to me, a poem was used about what God had and had not promised us.Here is a copy of the poem that I looked up on Google:

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God Hath Not Promised

1 God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
2 God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
3 God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river, turbid and deep.******************************************************************************************************************************

In that being explained to me, as the saying goes, “I saw the light.” I realized what thanking God even for the bad stuff meant, and it finally made sense. We have to have some things bad in our life or we would never know just how good the good was. Even after it being explained to me in a way that I could understand, it was hard to thank God for it. So in my prayers, I even told God about not wanting to thank Him for the bad stuff, and how weird I felt doing it. But eventually, I came to a place where I could thank God for everything while saying my prayers.

It no longer seemed illogical to do it, like it first did. I even started lifting prayers up to God during the day, and not just at bedtime. It really does make a difference in my whole being and how I feel throughout the day. Now instead of never thanking God for the bad, I literally thank Him for EVERYTHING that happens in my life, and everything that is given to me, as well as things that I had at one time, but no longer have for various reasons. When I catch myself getting upset about certain things that I have lost, I talk to God about that too.

If you are a person that does not pray, you may want to start doing it. You will feel strange at first, but after doing it for a while, it will become very pleasant to you. There have even been times that I wished the day would hurry up and end so I could say a long prayer instead of just praying little prayers throughout the day.

Forty Is A Special Number

This is from Facebook. There are some very interesting facts in this article.

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Forty must be a very important number to have been used all of those times.

A Small Church Pastor

This too is on Facebook. It is an article written by a Pastor of a small Church. It’s interesting to read. You will feel a lot of emotions when you read it.

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small church pastor

For years I bucked against the idea that I am a small church pastor.

Instead of seeing it as my calling, my heart and my passion, I treated it like it was my penalty for not having the skills to be a big church pastor.

So I consumed every church growth book and devoured all the “10 Reasons Your Church Isn’t Getting Bigger” lists like they were a prescription for a disease. And if the prescription was to grow your church, the disease must be that the church was small. Or so I thought.

But the antidotes didn’t cure anything, because small churches are not a sickness to overcome, a problem to fix, or a theological error to correct.

Being a small church pastor isn’t my penalty for something I’ve done, or am doing wrong.

And, since embracing it, it’s becoming an area of great joy and passion – even expertise.

Lean In to Your Ministry Calling

Imagine if you went to medical school with the idea of being the world’s greatest surgeon but, instead of having the manual dexterity for surgery, you had a surprisingly ability to diagnose diseases others missed.

But you still wanted to be a surgeon. So, instead of going into residency to become a great diagnostician, you went back to whatever school would have you, as you tried in vain to become a better surgeon.

Determined not to give up, you became stubborn. Instead of helping to spare people from years of pain and sickness by correctly identifying diseases other doctors misdiagnosed, you kept fighting a losing battle to become a surgeon.

You didn’t want to “settle” for becoming a great diagnostician, so you “overcame” your weaknesses and became a mediocre surgeon.

We don’t need more pastors trying to become something they’re not.

We need dedicated, passionate ministers who are using the gifts they’ve been given. Even if those gifts lead them to different places than they expected to go.

It’s not giving up or settling for less to recognize that you’re called to be a small church pastor. As long as you do it with all the skill and passion you have.

We need to see small church pastoring as a specialty to embrace, not a penalty to endure. When we do, everything changes.

When we stop wasting so much time and energy trying to be something we’re not, we can discover what it means to be great at what we are called to do.

You’re not a small church pastor because you’re a lousy big church pastor. You’re a small church pastor because, if you embrace it, you can be great at it.

It’s all about attitude.

Don’t see it as a penalty, make it your specialty.

This article originally appeared here.

…..Just Like That…..

This is from Facebook. When you look at this picture, you can automatically tell what’s happening. A person is snapping their fingers. Everybody knows that it takes no time to snap your fingers. This is stating that anything God wants to do, He can do it just that fast.

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