A Deliverance of Biblical Proportion

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Have you ever felt like things were so bad that the only solution was running away?

I did. One year I determined to fit all my most important possessions into 12 boxes.

“Why 12?” you may ask.

Because I2 was how many would fit in my trunk.

When whittling your life down to the bare necessities, you will realize just what really is and is not important.

When Jesus asked the disciples to throw down their nets and follow him, they traveled even more lightly than that.

My material life with all its material things had left me so spiritually empty that if Jesus had come along and offered me the same deal, I’m sure I would have taken him up on it.

I fantasized about how it would feel to just ride off into the sunset and never be seen again.

At some point, my husband shook some sense into me by telling me how I would never be able to live with leaving my new boss in the lurch.

He was right, of course, but I couldn’t help the feeling that my situation had much in common with Abraham being instructed to kill his only son… In this case, the sacrifice was to be me.

The very next day I went into work with a new attitude. Rather than trying to figure out how to escape the job I hated, I determined to see it through.

The second day of my commitment, my new boss was coming into town to meet with me. I even stopped by a shop and got him his favorite coffee drink.

The meeting started at 8. Within 10 minutes he fired me. He FIRED me!!!!!

Most people would be upset by such news, but I felt that God had decided to spare me.

I was elated.

Those 12 boxes really helped me see that all the big things are nothing in comparison with being happy and feeling free.

Give me 12 boxes and a spirit filled with joy. I’ll be just fine.

What would you put in your 12 boxes?

 

People in Brown Paper Packages

Interesting people can be found everywhere at every moment.

Most often we fail to notice them.

They are so subtle, so ‘unimportant looking’… like packages wrapped in plain brown paper.

Some of the most important things and some of the most important people fail to impress us at first blush.

We tend to judge a book by its cover. We make an early snap judgment based on appearances.

If someone is bigger than life, famous, and throws around the names of their ‘important cronies’ or their ‘grand accomplishments,’ we tend to look on them in awe and rush to be near them and their perceived power.

We look right past what we consider to be the small, inconsequential people standing right in front of us.

Sam Walton drove the same old pickup for years. You could likely to run across him in a bibbed overalls looking like an old farmer.

Imagine him driving on a new car lot in that truck.

Can’t you just see the salesmen looking at each other, hoping someone else will go out and waste their time on the old man?

Jesus was born in a lowly manger.
No innkeeper would even make room for him.

An amazing thing was about to happen.
Some lucky innkeeper could have played a big part in the story, but it all looked very ordinary and unimportant to him.

He dismissed them without regard.

Each person born to earth is amazing in their own special way, not to be looked past, or around, not to be ignored.

Brown paper packages… amazing people inside.

__________________________________Dina Dove

As an author, inspirational speaker, and coach, I am dedicated to helping people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to career and personal fulfillment.

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One Word Changes Everything

I seem to be doing a great deal of coaching with people who ‘give too much’.

These are an outstanding group of people who do amazing things. They are gifted, giving, humble, gentle and unfailingly kind.

They are the quiet, unassuming types who go about their days spreading happiness straight from the heart.

They give to everyone, even to the point of depriving themselves.

While intending to follow the most beautiful commandment, “Love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself”, they are accidentally missing the boat. And it’s all because of one little word. The word is “as”.

Love God with all your heart and your neighbor AS yourself.

That one little word, when emphasized, changes everything.

It’s wonderful to shower love on others, but if you leave yourself out of the equation you’ve completely lost its intended meaning.

Remember to treat yourself as much consideration as you do others. Not only will it improve your life… you are encouraged (even commanded) to do it.

And really, it’s all about God in the end. For how can we best show our love for Him on earth?

By loving his children. And… you are one of his children, too!

You deserve a measure of kindness equal to that you give others.
_______________________________________Dina Dove

As an author, inspirational speaker, and coach, I am dedicated to helping people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to career and personal fulfillment.

For further information, please contact me at support@DinaDove.com

www.dinadove.com

http://www.facebook.com/BagladysGuide