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Barb’s thoughts:

Sometimes the Lord speaks to us in unexpected ways. I would like to share an experience that I had that proves this. This winter, when things weren't looking so good at our house, I read my morning devotional before leaving for Rochester. It was from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I repeated that verse to myself many times that morning. When we checked into the lab for some blood work I sat in the waiting room. After only a short time a woman walked in front of me carrying a large tote bag. On the bag was plainly written in large letters “I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENTHENS ME.” I clearly felt I was being given the reassurance of the Lord's presence. I was going to tell her about her tote bag message and what it meant to me, but she was called before I could tell her. My sister even commented that maybe she was an angel sent to give me this message. I'll never know, but I got it.

There are two messages in this little story. I felt I was being given reassurance that I needed of the Lord's presence in our lives. The second message is from this unknown woman. Why did she choose that particular bag that morning? Did she choose it for its size? She probably wanted to take several things if she was facing a lot of waiting time. Maybe she chose it for the scripture verse but in reality, probably not. Yet the Lord used her to give me a message and she never even knew it. It made me wonder how often that happens. Do we know we are sending a message in our behavior? Are we sending messages to others for good or ill? When we wear a gold cross or Christian themed tee shirt and then are impatient with the clerk at the check out line, what message are we sending?

I was inspired to leave my devotional inside the Gideon Bible at my motel. Perhaps the cleaning staff saw it and threw it away but who knows, maybe a bored traveler will be curious about what was stuck in that Bible, and read it. Sometimes we need to speak out to share our faith, but other times we can be a silent witness never knowing who we have touched. Thank you, unknown woman, for being a vessel of the Lord that day. Help us also to be a vessel of the Lord by our deeds and actions.

Prayers we need to remember:

+Our church and its members that we may reach out to others

+That we may always put Jesus in the center of our lives

+Little Lambs and its mission to our children

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