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Thursday, March 22, 2007


Hetty Green was once one of the richest women in America. When she died in 1916, her estate was estimated at nearly $100 million. Yet she was miserly to an extreme, living in cheap boardinghouses, wearing tattered clothes, and riding in a carriage that had once been used as a henhouse! - Source Unknown.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19.

Last week I had to go to the Dentist for the third time in a month. The Dentist is situated in a very busy part of the city, and parking is of a premium. I was frustrated as it was getting near to the time of my appointment, and here I was going around in circles looking for a parking spot, finally I found one, and slid into the spot quickly, and locked my car, only to realise that the ticket machine was at the other end of the street, and I really was pushed for time.

I thought to myself, I need to run, which is an effort for me (whenever I feel like exercise, I usually lie down till the feeling goes away,) just as I took off, this old lady who was in the parking bay next to me, grabbed me by the arm, and asked me if I was going to purchase a ticket. I thought that she was going to ask me to buy her a ticket.

“Yes, would you like me to get you a ticket as well?”

“No! I have one already and I am leaving, there is just over an hour left, and it would be a shame to waste it. Would you like it?”

I could have kissed her right there on the street, but being a Pastor, and having trouble with my teeth, I checked myself, and gave her a hug instead. She looked at me very strange as I went on my way laughing out loud. Needless to say when I walked into the Dentist, and saw the patients, my smile disappeared quickly from my face! But I could not help but marvel at God’s resources, even in the very little things.

A poor old widow, living in the Scottish Highlands, was called upon one day by a gentleman who had heard that she was in need. The old lady complained of her condition, and remarked that her son was in Australia and doing well.

"But does he do nothing to help you?" inquired the visitor.

"No, nothing," was the reply. "He writes me regularly once a month, but only sends me a little picture with his letter."

The gentleman asked to see one of the pictures that she had received, and found each one of them to be a draft for ten pounds.

This is the condition of many of God's children. He has given us many "exceeding great and precious promises," which we either are ignorant of or fail to appropriate. Many of them seem to be pretty pictures of an ideal peace and rest, but are not appropriated as practical helps in daily life. And not one of these promises is more neglected that the assurance of salvation. An open Bible places them within reach of all, and we may appropriate the blessing which such a knowledge brings. - Moody's Anecdotes.

Loving Father, I thank you that you have provided for me in every way. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit, to appropriate your blessings. I ask this in the wonderful and mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Be encouraged!

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