Touch with Caution “Mrs. Brooks, don’t t

Touch with Caution
“Mrs. Brooks, don’t touch me. You cheated on me!” Startled, I took a step back and stared directly at Andy. He went on, in a trembling voice, “I thought you liked me. I thought I was special to you. It was all a lie!”
I was a social worker in a facility for juvenile delinquents. One Friday afternoon, I fearfully watched one of our youngsters destroy my office. Almost immediately, the calming effect of prayer took over, and I realized that Andy was not a monster, but a young boy who had misconstrued Agape love for Eros love. Andy’s outburst made it clear that the staff and I needed to touch with caution.
Reflection: What is Agape love and how do you use it? Agape love is God’s unconditional love. When you’re employed in the helping field, and reaching out to a love-starved child, workers would be more efficient once Agape love is clearly defined, and boundaries are set.

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Matthew-2 My children had requested bike

Matthew-2
My children had requested bikes for Christmas, but there was no money in the Christmas account. I had relocated from New York to California and the expenses were more than I had budgeted. I desperately didn’t want to disappoint the girls, so I did what I could: I visualized my daughter riding their new bikes along with my prayers.
As I prepared for work early one morning, my phone rang. It was Matthew, my landlord. He told me to listen to the sound of the shredder shredding my December rent check. Once the machine stopped, he said in a joyous tone, “the rent’s on me and the Mrs. this month. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.” Yes, a Merry Christmas indeed. Now I had the money for the girls’ bikes.
Reflection: Everything isn’t always as it seems. Sometimes you have to believe that the unseen will be seen.

Touch with Caution “Mrs. Brooks, don’t t

Touch with Caution
“Mrs. Brooks, don’t touch me. You cheated on me!” Startled, I took a step back and stared directly at Andy. He went on, in a trembling voice, “I thought you liked me. I thought I was special to you. It was all a lie!”
I was a social worker in a facility for juvenile delinquents. One Friday afternoon, I fearfully watched one of our youngsters destroy my office. Almost immediately, the calming effect of prayer took over, and I realized that Andy was not a monster, but a young boy who had misconstrued Agape love for Eros love. Andy’s outburst made it clear that the staff and I needed to touch with caution.
Reflection: What is Agape love and how do you use it? Agape love is God’s unconditional love. When you’re employed in the helping field, and reaching out to a love-starved child, workers would be more efficient once Agape love is clearly defined, and boundaries are set.

The Muscle of Persistent Prayer Mary cal

The Muscle of Persistent Prayer
Mary called the prayer line. Her voice was breaking up, and she spoke rapidly, “Please help me,” she pleaded. “I can’t take it anymore.” The first time Mary phoned in, I silently thanked God for giving me her call.
In my professional career as a social worker, I had heard this hundreds of times. Mary hurt her leg on the job and was collecting disability checks. Through the healing process, she re-injured her leg and while waiting for the disability extension, her funds dried up, leaving her destitute.
I knew how to help her. I yearned to give Mary the information I had at my fingertips, but there was something stopping me. It was the Guidepost Prayer Ministry guidelines. The Holy Spirit reminded me that I was a prayer intercessor and that it was my job to pray to the Lord on the caller’s behalf. No advice whatsoever was to be given—that was God’s job.

I was a prayer counselor for a few months and a social worker for 15 years. The constraints I experienced during her repeated calls of despair? I desperately wanted to impart my social work knowledge, yet I had to stay with my commitment; so I put away my experience and realistic knowledge, humbled myself and waited on the solution from the universe.

Reflection: Practice humility. When you make a commitment, you must stick to your commitment regardless of your experience. God takes care of his children—even if you think you have the answers, He knows best. I learned that God didn’t need my help regardless of my credentials and/or knowledge.

Pray and Get Out of God’s Way I needed $

Pray and Get Out of God’s Way
I needed $300 to balance my monthly budget. Thinking about how to best meet my need I drove to see a friend. On my return home, a truck hit my car and totaled it. The next day a friend drove me to work and that evening he returned me and my office boxes home—I was fired from my job. Once my landlord discovered that I was let go at work, she feared my ability to pay and asked me to move out.

I called a friend to collect the $500 I had previously loaned him but was met with a sad voice on the other end of the line. His mother had just passed away and he was preparing for her homecoming. I couldn’t ask him for the money now; instead, I phoned Joan, a prayer counselor.
Reluctantly I confessed my dilemma to her, lovingly she responded, “Pray and get out of God’s way.” She guided me to take action for effective scriptural prayer that changed my immediate situation as well as my life.
Reflection: Faith is built by using scriptural prayer. In spite of the circumstances, don’t give up; Pray and get out of God’s way. The universe will release the angels to give you everything you need to handle the situation.

The Muscle of Persistent Prayer Mary cal

The Muscle of Persistent Prayer
Mary called the prayer line. Her voice was breaking up, and she spoke rapidly, “Please help me,” she pleaded. “I can’t take it anymore.” The first time Mary phoned in, I silently thanked God for giving me her call.
In my professional career as a social worker, I had heard this hundreds of times. Mary hurt her leg on the job and was collecting disability checks. Through the healing process, she re-injured her leg and while waiting for the disability extension, her funds dried up, leaving her destitute.
I knew how to help her. I yearned to give Mary the information I had at my fingertips, but there was something stopping me. It was the Guidepost Prayer Ministry guidelines. The Holy Spirit reminded me that I was a prayer intercessor and that it was my job to pray to the Lord on the caller’s behalf. No advice whatsoever was to be given—that was God’s job.

I was a prayer counselor for a few months and a social worker for 15 years. The constraints I experienced during her repeated calls of despair? I desperately wanted to impart my social work knowledge, yet I had to stay with my commitment; so I put away my experience and realistic knowledge, humbled myself and waited on the solution from the universe.

Reflection: Practice humility. When you make a commitment, you must stick to your commitment regardless of your experience. God takes care of his children—even if you think you have the answers, He knows best. I learned that God didn’t need my help regardless of my credentials and/or knowledge.

The Muscle of Persistent Prayer: Mary ca

The Muscle of Persistent Prayer:
Mary called the prayer line. Her voice was breaking up, and she spoke rapidly, “Please help me,” she pleaded. “I can’t take it anymore.” The first time Mary phoned in, I silently thanked God for giving me her call.
In my professional career as a social worker, I had heard this hundreds of times. Mary hurt her leg on the job and was collecting disability checks. Through the healing process, she re-injured her leg and while waiting for the disability extension, her funds dried up, leaving her destitute.
I knew how to help her. I yearned to give Mary the information I had at my fingertips, but there was something stopping me. It was the Guidepost Prayer Ministry guidelines. The Holy Spirit reminded me that I was a prayer intercessor and that it was my job to pray to the Lord on the caller’s behalf. No advice whatsoever was to be given—that was God’s job.

I was a prayer counselor for a few months and a social worker for 15 years. The constraints I experienced during her repeated calls of despair? I desperately wanted to impart my social work knowledge, yet I had to stay with my commitment; so I put away my experience and realistic knowledge, humbled myself and waited on the solution from the universe.

Reflection: Practice humility. When you make a commitment, you must stick to your commitment regardless of your experience. God takes care of his children—even if you think you have the answers, He knows best. I learned that God didn’t need my help regardless of my credentials and/or knowledge.

Coincidence: My dream of writing was sha

Coincidence:
My dream of writing was shattered the day I stared down at that monster F written on my English paper. The words of my professor resonate to this day, “You are not a writer. If you want to eat in this lifetime, change your major.” He spoke those words with so much disdain. It tainted my spirit and crippled my motivation to write.
Attempting to squelch the desire, I studied sociology and became a social worker, yet the aspiration to write continued to be a longing in my heart. Then one day my friend invited me to meet her at Starbucks. I never thought I would thank God that my friend never showed up to coffee. While waiting in line for her, I met a man who happened to be a writer, an English professor, and a meticulous editor. Coincidence? Perhaps, but I believe things fall together when you’re open to God’s plan. God had his hand in this—and I am fulfilling my lifelong dream.
Reflection: Practice Faith: In life, when a naysayer tells you that you’re incapable of fulfilling your dreams, turn away. Naysayers cannot see your vision. It’s your dream God placed in your heart. In spite of your current circumstances, practice Faith to believe you will have all that you need to manifest your desires. “Things fall together.”
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”

Pray and Get Out of God’s Way I needed $

Pray and Get Out of God’s Way
I needed $300 to balance my monthly budget. Thinking about how to best meet my need I drove to see a friend. On my return home, a truck hit my car and totaled it. The next day a friend drove me to work and that evening he returned me and my office boxes home—I was fired from my job. Once my landlord discovered that I was let go at work, she feared my ability to pay and asked me to move out.

I called a friend to collect the $500 I had previously loaned him but was met with a sad voice on the other end of the line. His mother had just passed away and he was preparing for her homecoming. I couldn’t ask him for the money now; instead, I phoned Joan, a prayer counselor.
Reluctantly I confessed my dilemma to her, lovingly she responded, “Pray and get out of God’s way.” She guided me to take action for effective scriptural prayer that changed my immediate situation as well as my life.
Reflection: Faith is built by using scriptural prayer. In spite of the circumstances, don’t give up; Pray and get out of God’s way. The universe will release the angels to give you everything you need to handle the situation.

2. Be Still and Know That I Am God I app

2. Be Still and Know That I Am God
I applied for an apartment with “B” credit, no job and no money. Both the landlord and a friend thought I was foolish—and I probably would have agreed with them if I hadn’t spotted a certain scripture in the Bible. “Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10.
The landlord told me that someone took a chance on him when he decided to become an investor; and that “chance” increased his financial stability tenfold. Then he gave me the keys and told me it was time to Pay It Forward.
Reflection: Practice Obedience. Through I wanted to debate and plead, I continuously reminded myself to practice obedience: “Be Still and Know That I am God”— I spoke again to say only “thank you” for the apartment keys.