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Here are some words of wisdom from Charles Spurgeon for you:

“He who grows in grace remembers that he is but dust, and he therefore does not expect his fellow Christians to be anything more. He overlooks ten thousand of their faults, because he knows His God overlooks twenty thousand in his own case…When our virtues become more mature,…we shall be more tolerant of infirmity, more hopeful for the people of God, and certainly less arrogant in our criticisms.” -Spurgeon

These words are kind of like a short sermon from Ephesians 4:32

“And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ sake hath forgiven you.”

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I am amazed each and every day, how good God is to Grace and I.

I love the fact that any problem or situation, no matter how large or how small can be taken to our heavenly Father, and He is bigger than the situation, bigger than our fears, and can do so much more than we can ask Him or even imagine He will do for us.

I say this not just because of the things I’ve seen God do in my life, but also because of the things I see Him doing in other people’s lives.  Let me explain a little more…..

A friend of mine shared a prayer request with me some time ago…..she was very burdened and concerned for her daughter.  Her daughter had grown up in church and claimed to have a relationship with God, but last year, she walked away.

She just up and left.  She left their church, family, and walked away from God.  She got involved in many things and with many people that she shouldn’t have.  This went on for over a year, she didn’t care what anyone had to say, she was going to do what she wanted to do.

My heart was burdened for this family.  I thanked my friend for sharing this with me and told her that I would pray for her to have wisdom, and for her daughter to turn back to God.

This seemed like a tall order.  Her daughter wasn’t showing any signs of change.  No signs that she even desired to return to her family, or to God.

At one point, she said her daughter told her, why bother?  She felt she had already messed her life up, so what was the point in even trying to please God?

My friend kept emailing me, we kept praying, and I kept encouraging her not to give up.

Then, last week, it happened.  I got an email from her that her daughter had attended some church services and turned her life back over to God.  She moved back with her family, and has been attending church services.  She’s making an honest attempt to repair her relationship with her family and most importantly, her relationship with God.

I’m not going to share her name with you, but please, pray for this girl and her family……she’s taken the first step, but she has a long road ahead of her.

I can tell you first hand though, that God can do it.  He can strengthen and empower her to walk with Him and can restore to her the joy of her salvation.

I share this with you not only because my friend and I are SO excited about what God is doing in her daughter’s life, but also because I want to encourage you.

If you know someone who has walked away from their relationship with God……please, keep loving that person, and don’t stop praying for them.  I can’t tell you how long it will take them to turn back to God, but I can tell you that He is there with open arms, just waiting for them to return, so don’t ever stop praying.

And if you’re reading this today and you have walked away from God, I want you to know that it’s never too late, you can turn back to Him.  Whatever it is you’ve done, God can forgive, and He can use your life to glorify Himself.  No matter what you may think, He’s standing there with open arms just waiting for you to come to Him.

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YUM!  Is all I have to say about these 🙂

I worked at a restaurant in high school that served Garlic Parsley Potatoes, and they are one of my favorites and SUPER easy to make.

Here’s what you do:

Fill a medium size sauce pan 1/2-3/4 full of water.

Salt the water and turn the heat on medium high.

Cut up 10-15 medium size red potatoes (I cut mine in half and each half into quarters.)

Add the potatoes and let them boil until they are soft.  Don’t over cook them or they will start to  mash when you’re putting on the sauce.

When your potatoes are about halfway done, put 3/4 to 1 stick of butter in a small pan and melt the butter. (Please do not try this with margarine, it will not taste the same.)  You don’t want the butter to boil or burn, just melt.  Add garlic powder and parsley flakes to taste, stir up the sauce.  (For 10-15 potatoes, I use approx. 1 tablespoon of parsley flakes and 2-3 teaspoons of garlic powder.  You can use more or less depending on your taste.)

Drain the potatoes and put them in a serving bowl.

Pour the butter sauce over the potatoes and with a large spoon, gently reach to the bottom of the bowl and lift the potatoes on the bottom up so other will fall down into the bowl.  Keep doing this gently until the potato chunks are covered with the sauce. Don’t stir the potatoes or they will start to mash.

These are so yummy and look pretty too!  I’ve tried it with yellow potatoes, and it doesn’t taste as good.  Enjoy!

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