Lord I thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for the blessings you have bestowed on my life. Thank you for providing me with more than I could ever have imagined. Thank you for giving me family and friends who bless me every day with kind words and actions. They lift me up in ways that keep my eyes focused on you and make my spirit soar. Thank you for protecting my family and friends, and for providing for them. Thank you for the strong bond we share, and the love we have for each other.
Thank you for the privilege, opportunity and ability to share your word on this phatform, to bless and encourage others.
I thought it would be good to share my testimony on tithing, so that anyone out there who may be doubting or even just without the know how, can start trusting God because He honors His word above His name.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2
When was the last time you had to trust God for the outcome of something? I mean really trust God?
I am a follower of Christ. I was raised in a Christian home and dedicated my life to Jesus at the tender age of 12. I have had times of closeness with my Saviour and times that I have felt a chasm separated me from Him but He has always been there.
The struggles we face as Christians are real, but there is something in the struggle that is necessary to becoming what God has ordained us to be; and we serve a God who will help us to overcome.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, as David says but God, in his time and way, delivers us from them all. And his is a lasting deliverance, one the devil cannot hinder.
The reality of a jury trial is different from what we see on television or read in books, where the action moves quickly towards the acquittal or conviction of the defendant. On television the opening arguments, the witness interrogation, and the closing arguments are all pertinent and exciting. Of course, on television the trials are filled with action, with both sides winning points, stumbling, and articulating rational and often distressing arguments.
When I was summoned for jury duty, my expectation was that while there might be some down time waiting to be selected for a jury panel, once picked, things would move along quickly. Reality, not surprisingly, proved quite different. Perhaps some trials are filled with drama, interesting cross-examinations and surprise endings. But my experience as a juror was, for the most part, all about waiting and listening intently.
The evening the summon arrived at home for me to serve as a Juror, I cringed. I was not excited about exercising this privilege. The thought of being gone from work for three weeks up to a month for jury duty evoked feelings of nervousness and annoyance, but, believe it or not, it is possible to enjoy the experience. I think you will find it to be an eye-opening, if not transformative experience.
My jury duty experience lasted over three weeks. I was part of a jury where the defendant was accused of three counts – forceable abduction, sexual touching and rape. It was a case with a defense attorney at law who had a great sense of humor and a jury group that was pleasant to be with and took the responsibility seriously. The jury team was made up seven members of society (including myself). We did not have an equal representation of men and women as it was made up of an odd number, nor did we have an equal age representation as we were randomly selected. From the start, we all seemed to bond pretty well. As a group we often found a way to laugh despite the boredom and heavy subject matter. Prayer brought us together and made us an incredibly efficient and productive jury: hearing over 25 cases.