Dish of Dirt, Anyone?

Dirt 1“When my daughter was a toddler, I used to take her to a park not far from our apartment. One day as she was playing in a sandbox, an ice-cream salesman approached us. I purchased her a treat, and when I turned to give it to her, I saw her mouth was full of sand. Where I had intended to put a delicacy, she had put dirt.

Did I love her with dirt in her mouth? Absolutely. Was she any less of my daughter with dirt in her mouth? Of course not. Was I going to allow her to keep the dirt in her mouth? No way. I loved her right where she was, but I refused to leave her there. I carried her over to the water fountain and washed out her mouth. Why? Because I love her.

God does the same for us. He holds us over the fountain. “Spit out the dirt, honey,” our Father urges. “I’ve got something better for you.” And so he cleanses us of filth; immorality, dishonesty, prejudice, bitterness, greed. We don’t enjoy the cleansing; sometimes we even opt for the dirt over the ice cream. “I can eat dirt if I want to!” we pout and proclaim. Which is true—we can. But if we do, the loss is ours. God has a better offer.”

MAX LUCADO QUOTE

(Excerpt from Max Lucado’s Book: ‘Just Like Jesus’)

Quit Straddling The Fence

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But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” -Joshua 24:15


You simply cannot serve God while holding hands with the devil. Get away from the worldly ways and get into God’s will.  Quit riding the fence, walking that fine line.   Who are you serving?  Step out, and step up boldly for our God!  Whatever it takes no matter what!

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Ordered By God

Our steps are ordered by God. However, this not always the case.  Let me explain.

Have you ever been somewhere and asked yourself, “Why am I here?”  I have, and I realized very quickly I brought me there, not God.  We have to be very careful that we don’t confuse our desires to be leading of God.  I believe God.  I trust God to lead me to where He wants me to be and to be with whom He needs me to be with for a specific time.

We make wrong decisions all the time when we don’t allow God to do the leading.  Secondly, peer pressure is a killer of being where you’re supposed to be.  Sometimes, we do things we’re not to do just to please others.  This action is one of the most destructive things you can do.  I marvel at the most ridiculous reasons people tell me to excuse things they do.  I find myself saying in my mind, “Just shut up, keep quiet, don’t say a word!”  I look at their lives, and I clearly understand why all the havoc.  May I suggest before you go anywhere ask God, “Are you leading me to such a place or a person?”  It doesn’t matter if it’s the greatest place, or person on earth. It’s not about the place, or the person.  It’s all about are YOU to be there?

There are places and people God is trying to lead you to, but you’re getting in the way of His ordered steps for you and aborting them because you want to do what you want to do.  Pray, and ask God to lead you to the people and places where He will use you to bless others to bring him glory!  Be lead by His Spirit to high places where you’ll stand in awe of the purposes of God!  God’s plans can’t be stopped unless you remove yourself from His perfect will.  The more I work and listen to people, the more I realize just how much people lose for going their own way.  Today, you have a choice.  There are two roads before you clearly marked, “God’s Way” and the other, “My Way.”  God’s way might seem the hardest at the moment, but I promise you it will lead you besides still waters.  The other, your way, will led you to despair, and destruction; it will also death of dreams, plans, hopes, and desires.  People think in the end what will be will be.  This is the biggest lie of the Devil.  It happens to countless people.  They miss out on God’s blessings and purposes because they choose the wrong road.  Listen to people talk.  You’ll hear them tell you of their disappointments, heartaches, and troubles they caused themselves for going their way- never accomplishing their goals and dreams.

As for me, I’ll do it God’s way.  Which road will you choose today?  I’m begging you, choose God’s Way, you’ll lead the most exciting, liberating, purposeful life ever!!

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.