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Some children walk the high road

While others tread the low,

A parent's life determines

Which way a child will go.

The conscience is like a sharp square peg in our hearts. If we are confronted by a questionable situation, that square begins to turn, and it's corners cut into our hearts, warming us with an inward sensation against doing whatever confronts us. If the conscience is ignored time after time, the corners of the square are gradually worn down, and it virtually becomes a circle. When that circle turns within our hearts, there is no inner sensation of warning, and we are left without a conscience.

For all the negative things we have said to ourselves, Jehovah has a positive answer for us:

You say: "It's impossible" ~ Jehovah says: All things are possible. (Luke

18:27)

You say: "I'm too tired" ~ Jehovah says: I will give you rest. (Matthew

11:28-30)

You say: "Nobody really loves me" ~ Jehovah says: I love you. (John 3:16 &

John 13:34)

You say: "I can't go on" ~ Jehovah says: I will help you. (2Cor. 12:9 &

Psalms 91:15)

You say: "I can't figure things out" ~ Jehovah says: I will direct your steps. (Prov. 3:5, 6)

You say: "I can't do it" ~ Jehovah says: You can do all things. (Phil.

4:13)

You say: "I am not able" ~ Jehovah says: I am able. (2 Cor. 9:8)

You say: "It's not worth it" ~ Jehovah says: It will be worth it. (Romans

8:28)

You say: "I can't forgive myself" ~ Jehovah says: I FORGIVE YOU (1 John 1:9,

Romans 8:1)

You say: "I can't manage" ~ Jehovah says: I will supply all your needs

(Phil. 4:19)

You say: "I'm afraid" ~ Jehovah says: I have not given you a spirit of fear.

(2 Tim 1:7, Isa. 41:10)

You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated" ~ Jehovah says: Cast all your cares on ME. (1Pet. 5:7)

You say: "I don't have enough faith" ~ Jehovah says: I've given you a measure of faith. (Rom 12:3)

You say: "I'm not smart enough" ~ Jehovah says: I give you wisdom. (1 Cor.

1:30)

You say: "I feel all alone" ~ Jehovah says: I will never leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5)

You say: "I don't have what it takes to be a good witness" ~ Jehovah says: I accept what a person HAS not what a person does NOT have (2 Cor. 8:12)

Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity

First plant five rows of peas:

Preparedness, Promptness, Perseverance, Politeness and Prayer.

 

Next sow three rows of Squash: 

Squash gossip, Squash criticism, Squash interference.

 

Next plant five rows of Lettuce: 

Let us be faithful, Let us be unselfish, Let us be loyal, Let us love one another, and Let us be thankful for everything we have.

 

No garden is complete without turnips. 

Turn up at meetings, Turn up with new ideas, Turn up with real determination, and always Turn up with a smile.

Pouring concrete is hard work. A solid base must be prepared before anything else is done. Then, when the concrete is poured, it must be shaped before it sets, because once set up, change is only possible if preceded by removal of what has already been laid down. If done correctly, a well-poured footing will last far beyond the original owner's lifetime. If done incorrectly, the evidence will appear soon enough as a crumbling surface, structural cracks, and a shift in walls and floors. 

Raising children is like pouring concrete. Before a baby arrives, a couple should prepare a solid base in their marriage and share a readiness for parenting. After the child arrives, the first few years can be likened to the time before the concrete sets up. By our presence (more than presents), by careful and thoughtful attention to the thousands of details and tens of thousands of repetitions required, by unfailing prayer and careful instruction in Jehovah's ways, we parents attempt to set a mold that will last a lifetime and more - into eternity.

Some people seem to expect the Bible to hit them like a jolt of adrenaline each time they read or study it. Although the "jolt" may hit us periodically, the benefits of the Jehovah's Word act more like vitamins. People who regularly take vitamins do so because of their long-term benefits, not because every time they swallow one of the pills, they feel new strength surging though their bodies. They have developed a habit of consistently taking vitamins because they have been told that, in the long haul, vitamin supplements are going to have a beneficial effect of their physical heath, resistance to disease, and general well being.

The same is true of reading the Bible. At times it will have a sudden and intense impact on us. However, the real value lies in the cumulative effects that long-term exposure to God's Word will bring to our lives.

Be Fishers of Men.... You catch 'em, He'll Clean 'em. 

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