Matthew 7:24-27 NKJV — “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

 “But everyone who hears these sayings of mine and does not do them, will be like the foolish man who built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

STANDING at a DISTANCE from Friday to Friday, I have had a very full week. I have spent time with many people under many different and for the most part very important circumstances. Generally, I measure my week from Sunday to Sunday.

That is my recharge, my refresh day.

I have been very blessed in the mist of the many changes and challenges that we all have faced. Some of us have been challenged more than others, but challenged we have been. Personally, I find a defining Grace of Christ through Fellowship.

As I have heard in my spirit all week, “Be Still, in the presence of God Almighty.” — “Be humble in the presence of those who mourn.” — “Rejoice with those who celebrate.”

A scripture verse that has been on my mind is Ephesians 2:8 — “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and not from yourselves, it is a gift of God.”

Okay, pick a spot: the backyard fire pit, beach bonfire or perhaps your own hearth at home.

Story Time: The Carpenter

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying their extended family.

He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes.

But in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in the work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials.

It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career. When the carpenter finished his work, the employer came to inspect the house. He handed the front door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.” The carpenter was shocked! What a shame. If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

James 1:22-25 (NIV) — “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.


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