Here we go....
1- TALENT...Though you might not feel you have tons of talent, or much of a gift to spare & share, the little you give has the potential to bring someone back to life. And spiritually speaking, this brings YOU back to life!
I often wonder what it would be like if the great authors, musicians and friends we hold in highest esteem had chosen to be silent and to not share with us. Some of us would possibly be devastated. Not to say that EVERYTHING we say, do and create has enormous value. But we often do not know the enormous capacity of good we can do and even more often, we underestimate the value we hold inside.
The option to be silent and not share has always occurred to me & I run from it. It might have felt like a LITTLE idea but I HAD to do A LOT MORE this year to reach the lost.
So ten supporters blessed me with funds to create the book and a few more helped create these graphically exciting cards with a free private link for the FINDING GOLD e-book. 500 plus not yet believers in Israel have now been given an opportunity to hear the truth... how I was once lost but now I’m found because of an awesome God, how He loves us and how He can save us from persecution and shame, and how we can be disowned by man yet adopted as daughters of the KING!
Please know today, if you are doubting the existence of your own life, that your simple acts and simple gifts have the power to reconcile your friends to themselves and with God who longs to hold each one in His arms. One day, in heaven, we will see in full all the lives we have changed. Until then, we must trust and use our talents, big and small.
2- TENACITY is a KEY to TRUE JOY and often a key to success
From Springtime to Summer, I called all around NY and Israel to outreach workers Joe and I know and everyone we spoke with was just plain busy doing hte work of the Lord. They were all doing amazing things and no one seemed to respond to my desire to hand these cards out for good reasons.
I promise you I almost gave up. Even the faithful missionaries who gave out my CDs told me that many of the people they reach do not have a Kindle App and do not read digitally. The thousands of young people in the land are reading digitally on their iphones and ipads or devices but I knew no one who knows them! I could not go to Israel myself because I have two small children and would need months to raise the funds. "Surely, "I thought, there must be SOMEONE who will go in my place."
GIVING UP WAS A NON-OPTION. PRESSING ON with tenacity. I continued praying and asking "WHO WILL GO? " (Just like my song title) That's when I found "M2" an outrach worker/scholar friend of mine who agreed to go with a cheerful heart. I felt alive inside, joyful and was so happy I moved forward when I received Dr. M2's postcard to me.
I know you have recived and will continue to receive joy when you hear God calling you choose to move forward despite the obstacles and nay-sayers. In His eyes, YOU ARE a true success. Go in the power of the Lord.
“Greetings with Shalom…No words can describe my visit to Israel this year o6/2017…. I passed out 98% of the box of your "cards" they are all over Israel from "Rosh Hanikra" in the North , way down south to Elat, and some fun giving them out. I hope you get Blessings from the effort, you deffinately should. We hope all is well and we pray for BLESSINGS on your family and You Michelle and Joe. Shalom , M2 & Mae" (name changed for protection)
3- TRANQUILITY- What good would it be to gain the whole world and lose our souls, our walk with God and our peace which comes from Him? Without His peace, we would not enjoy the love and blessings around us. WE MUST pursue God and we must pursue peace.
Definition pasted from Merriam Webster.com
a : free from agitation of mind or spirit a tranquil self-assurance : free from disturbance or turmoil a tranquil scene
"For to us a child is born, a son will be given to us, and the government will be upon His shoulder. His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God My Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and shalom there will be no end— ...the zeal of Adonai-Tzva’ot will accomplish this." Isaiah 9:5-6
"You keep in perfect peace one whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." Isiah 26:3
“Shalom I leave you, My shalom I give to you; but not as the world gives! Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid." John 14:27
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