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Allow me to begin with an apology. I have neglected this blog for a few weeks because we were moving house. Sorry.

We love the new home and are settling well so I am now back.

I enjoy reading other people’s blogs and one of those I subscribe to is Fresh Manna by Pastor Tim Burt. Always worth a read. The latest had a great story so I emailed Pastor Tim and asked if I could reproduce it here. He kindly gave me permission.

The Spoon that Feeds

A man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”  

The Lord led the man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew which smelled delicious and made the man’s mouth water.Long Spoon

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

  The Lord said, “You have seen Hell.”  

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.  

The man said, “I don’t understand.”  

 “It is simple” said the Lord, “it requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other. While the greedy think only of themselves.”  

Gal 5:13 “For you have been called to live in freedom–not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love.”   The Spoon That Feeds – Author unknown

I love that analogy.

It exactly reflects the idea behind Christian House Sitters. This is a ministry where everyone helps each other and in turn is helped at the same time. Home owners wanting to go away get a reliable Christian to look after their home and pets free of charge. House Sitters get  rent-free vacations all over the world and all the income (note income not profit) goes to provide for needy children in a Christian Children’s home in Kenya.

Everyone is both blessed and a blessing.

Have a look at the website (www.Christian-housesitters.com) and if you have any questions feel free to contact me

God bless you,

Ray

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Priorities. (This is funny)

The folowing funny story was sent to me by a friend. Sorry I do not know who originally wrote it so I can’t give the author credit.gold chest

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

An angel hears his plea and appears to him, “Sorry, but you can’t take your wealth with you.”

The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules.

The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.

Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. Seeing the suitcase Peter says, “Hold on, you can’t bring that in here!”

But the man explains to him that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough,. Peter checks and comes back saying, “You’re right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I’m supposed to check its contents before letting it through.”

Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, “You brought pavement?!!!”

(Rev 21:22)

Oh how important that we get our priorities right!

God bless you,

Ray

www.Christian-housesitters.com

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