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.”


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


Choose Wisely


Choosing destructive paths only hurts you in the end.

It’s sad to watch people make choices without thinking, and worse asking God, “Is this choice I’m making one that will not come back to hurt, embarrass, and bring me shame?”

Remember, perhaps, all things are permissible, but do they bring you and God honor?

People lose so many things they desire even God-destined will for their lives because they are foolish.

It’s a choice, Folks.

Which road will you take today? Honorable, or dishonorable?

One which brings you blessings or curses?

As for me, “I have hidden your word in my heart so that I will not sin against you!”

People, be more.

God didn’t make foolish people.

Choices made by us reveal the true us.

Choose wisely.

Those who choose wisely are triumphant in all they do.


Teresa Allissa Citro,

Founder & President

Thread of Hope, Inc.


What Are You Following?

“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!’” -Ruth 1:16-17

Are you willing to go the lengths to follow Jesus?

What obstacles are in your way?

What excuses are you making?

Even Jesus said it wasn’t going to be easy to follow Him.

We have to put aside the way of living that we are accustomed to. Yes, a change of lifestyle!

Does that mean giving up comforts?  Perhaps, changing our vocabulary, more than likely.

Will we lose friends?  Yes, very good chance of losing friends too.

Being a follower of Christ is indeed a change for the better. Personally, since I’ve come to Christ, I have lost friends, changed my vocabulary, given up comforts… yes, it’s been a total lifestyle makeover.  Has it been worth it? Every breathing moment of it has.

There’s absolutely nothing that will put me back to how I once was- absolutely nothing!!

Well, what are your excuses?

When are you going to put that old lifestyle down and follow Him at all costs?

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.