Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game

Ralph & Norton Playing GolfIn England a gentleman is a man of breeding descended from royalty. Only gentlemen were allowed to play the 1st golf courses.

Last February, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland, at they very heart of the game since 1754, decided to allow women to join the club for the first time in its 260-year history. More than 85% of its 2,400 members voted for its change. Golfers Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davis became it’s first female members. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game.

Golf has a strange fascination all its own. It is not easy. It is a humbling game, as well as challenging. The object of golf is to get a ball in a hole in as few strokes as possible. Golf is a game of control not power. In the game of golf you need to hit long and short shots, high and low shots, as well as straight shots & crooked shots. A golf course is not flat and does not have a uniform size like a tennis court or a football ground. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game. http://www.standrews.com

In the Old Testament the children of Israel had the same opportunity as the object of golf but failed miserably for 40 years. And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp. And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the Lord, the fire was quenched. And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. – Numbers 11:1-2 & 4-6. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. – Numbers 13:1-2. So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight. Numbers 13:21 & 27 & 32-33. And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they. – Numbers 14:1-2 & 6-10 & 11-12. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game. http://www.biblegateway.com

If the children of Israel had just followed the object of golf to get the ball in the hole with as few strokes as possible then they wouldn’t have spent 40 years in the wilderness. They just needed to stop complaining, follow Moses directions, and believe. God had already performed the great miracle of parting The Red Sea for them to pass through. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game.

Live each day like the game of golf in regards to God. Strive to do as God directs you so you can obtain success, and please God in as few strokes as possible. Christian Books – Donna Louis – A Gentleman’s Game.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude

gratitude-is-riches gratitude-opens-door In everything give thanks:  for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18.

The definition of gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus. He was an ancient Greek philosopher as well as the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism.

Most things in life come in upgrades:  Used car – Brand new car; Apartment – House; Boyfriend – Husband; Laundromat – Twin set Washer & Dryer. For those of you that are old school – Beepers & Pagers – Cell Phone. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude

The key to continual elevation in life is gratitude! Christian Books – Donna Louis Gratitude

The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get.” -Oprah

There is an old saying ” a dollar and a dream” but, nowadays as most of you are aware most scratch off lotto tickets are two dollars and above. There are countless individuals who have won the lottery and for one reason or another lost it all. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude

All of us have the capability to dream but, we should not forget to have gratitude for what we already have. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude

Gratitude is the essential oil that it’s perfume aroma reaches the nostrils of GOD and rains down showers of blessings! Gratitude is not just done verbally it is also done physically.

  1. You have an old car that you feel is more trouble then it’s worth but, it beats walking. While you’re dreaming about the new car you want keep this old one clean and do the necessary maintenance. This is an example of gratitude for what you have.
  2. You live in the projects and there is no laundry facility. You have to take your dirty clothes in a bag in a shopping cart and walk several blocks to the coin operated Laundromat. Be grateful that you have the ability and movement in your arms and legs to walk and push the shopping cart until, you upgrade to an apartment that has a laundry facility or has a washing machine and dryer in the apartment complex. This is an example of gratitude for what you have.
  3. You’ve been married for several years and the fire is not as high in flames like the Bellagio Fountain in Las Vegas. All you two do is fight and argue all the time. Be grateful that at least you have someone to fight and argue with because there are loads of single people that would love to trade places with you and cancel their online romantic connection site. This is an example of gratitude for what you have.

REMEMBER THE MAGIC WORDS AND SAY THEM DAILY AT LEAST THREE TIMES LIKE THE TRINITY. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” – ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – ― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him. Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.” – Thomas Merton

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say thank you ” – William Arthur Ward

Unsure of how to verbalize gratitude, try this: 

Dear GOD, I am grateful for life because it helps me to be thankful and appreciate the sun, the moon, water, food, flowers, rainbows, storms, my health, my job, the money I have, and the relationships I have. If you did not breathe the breath of life in me daily I would not be able to indulge in any of these things. I just want to show my gratitude for what I have now while you are preparing an even brighter future for me.

GRATITUDE…INDULGE IN IT….AND PASS IT ALONG TO OTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Gratitude

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Hope In God

god-gives-hopeNow the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. – Romans 15:13. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Hope in God.

The word hope means:  to cherish a desire with anticipation; to expect with confidence. – www.merriam-webster.com. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Hope in God.

Once we have no hope we might as well be dead! Hope allows us to dream about what could happen or what could be true.

Hope is the word which GOD has written on the brow of everyman. – Victor Hugo (Victor Marie Hugo was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the greatest and best-known French writers). www.wickipedia.com. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Hope in God

We are rapidly approaching one of the biggest holidays of the year:  Memorial Day. Countless people will be saying this very phrase:  “I hope the weather is going to be good on Memorial Day because I intend to barbeque.” Hope is built in us but, it is up to us whether we choose to ignite the flame. “Without GOD there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of everyday darkness.” – Jean Paul (Jean Paul born Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, was a German Romantic writer, best known for his humorous novels and stories). – www.wickipedia.com. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Hope in God

“A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood”. Rachel Carson (Rachel Louise Carson was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement). – www.wickipedia.com. We all know the story of Cinderella, a girl, a shoe, and a prince. Cinderella lived an unhappy life as a young girl. Her mother was dead and her father had married a widow with two daughters. Her step-mother didn’t like her one bit and so she made her life miserable. Cinderella was forced to live in poverty while those around her enjoyed the good life especially her step-sisters. The story of Cinderella teaches us to enjoy simple pleasures, about endurance, and about the importance of maintaining an optimistic attitude and holding onto hope. As adults we need to become more childlike and Visualize a tomorrow with endless possibilities. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Hope in God

HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL!

H = Healthy

O = Outlook

P = Positive

E = Energy

This is what we need to have on a daily basis. A healthy outlook with positive energy about our futures.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”. – Socrates (Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy). www.wickipedia.com

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration”. – Nikola Tesa (Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system.). – www.wickipedia.com

“Energy and Persistence conquer all thing”. – Ben Franklin (Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat). www.wickipedia.com

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life”. – Aristotle (Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece). – www.wickipedia.com

The word HOPE is listed in the bible many times:

Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; – Romans 12:12

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:2

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope [is] in thee. – Psalm 39:7

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity. – 1 Corinthians 13:13

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? – Romans 8:24

The hope of the righteous [shall be] gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. – Proverbs 10:28

But if we hope for that we see not, [then] do we with patience wait for [it]. – Romans 8:25

Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. – Jeremiah 17:7

But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more. – Psalm 71:14

So why should we have Hope in God? Having anything else can be destructive to us. ANGER weakens the liver. GRIEF weakens the lungs. WORRY weakens the stomach. STRESS weakens the heart and brain. FEAR fails the kidneys. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Hope in God

Godly character produces an increasing measure of expectation of what the Lord will do in and through and with us. Hope boosts our sense of worth, confidence and optimism.

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
John Lennon

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Hope – National Day of Prayer

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 National Day of Prayer! What is prayer? Prayer is a dialogue communication relationship that we have with God, requesting help or giving thanks.  Christian Books. We have all types of dialogue everyday without even thinking about it such as:  Wife to Husband – “Don’t forget to put the garbage out.” Husband to Wife – “Ok.” Son to Father – “Dad you have been working every weekend for the past month, don’t forget my baseball game this Saturday.” Father to Son – “I will be there son, I promise.” Daughter to Mother – “Mom, remember you promised to give me money to get my nails & toes polished for the play at school this Friday.” Mother to Daughter – “I will have it for you tomorrow.” Bank Teller to Customer – “How would you like your cash back?” Customer to Bank Teller – “In large bills please, thank you.”

These are all forms of regular everyday natural conversation and dialogue with people. Why then do we become tense and over think how to pray? Eventually, we get frustrated and all tied up, because we feel if we are not eloquent when praying why bother. Christian Books.

In the Old Testament of the Bible when people wanted to ask God for forgiveness or give thanks they had to come with an offering of an animal, Normally a ram, goat, bull, or bird (dove).

When Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead three days later that was a glorious day! The resurrection of Jesus confirms that God accepted Christ’s sacrifice for sin on the cross, and gives us access to a right relationship with him. So if we now have a right relationship with him just keep it simple. What is an example of simplicity with no thought process? Breathing! For the majority of us we never really think about it except; for allergy season, or when we have a cold and we are unable to breathe through our nose or our chest feels tight.

Today is National Day of Prayer. It seems like every month now has a celebratory day for something. www.wickipedia.com

April = Administrative Professionals Day & Earth Day, September = Grandparents Day, – October = National Boss’ Day.

Scientists have stated that women speak 20,000 words per day while men speak only 7,000 due to higher levels of protein found in the female brain.

When it comes down to it all, it doesn’t matter how many words we speak just keep it simple and apply some to daily prayer. We shouldn’t have to place a spotlight on a specific day to have dialogue/conversation with God, that should be everyday. If you don’t know what to say revert to the 23rd Psalm which you can access anywhere, anytime now with modern technology on your cell phone, tablet, laptops, etc. When all else fails keep it simple:  Thank you Lord for all of your blessings. You know my needs and desires, and I have faith in you that you will work it all out for my good. Amen. Christian Books.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you:  Matthew 7:7

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. Christian Books.

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The goodness of God is not only an attribute of God but a foundational truth every Christian should embrace and one that is found in most Christian books.

“no person can be his own savior…An individual must come before God in penitence, confess his sin and obtain pardon from a merciful God who repudiates sin but shows covenant love to the sinner.” – R. K. Harrison ( was an Old testament Scholar).

Goodness is the state or quality of being good, moral excellence; virtue, kindly feeling; kindness; generosity, excellence of quality, the best part of anything; essence; strength. – http://www.dictionary.com

Instead of a river, God often gives us a brook, which may be running today and dried up tomorrow. Why? To teach us not to rest in our blessings, but in the blesser Himself. – Arthur Pink ( was an English bible teacher who sparked a renewed interest in the exposition of Calvinism. This is a major branch of Protestantism that follows the theological tradition and forms of Christian practice of John Calvin and other reformation – era theologians. Pink became one of the most influential evangelical authors in the second half of the twentieth century). Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God.

There isn’t a single person reading this blog now who hasn’t experienced outrageous, lavish, unexpected, undeserved kindness. What is more, we experience these serendipities every single day. They are poured out over us constantly. I know I have. At one time or another most of us have been driving and look in our rear view mirror and see those blue flashing lights. Our hearts start to palpitate and we know what we’re in for. That happened to me about 1 1/2 years ago. I was running late and needed to make time and the police officer pulled me over. You know the regular routine:  license and registration. I had just been to the bank the previous day and needed to present my license for a withdrawal and forgot to put it back in my wallet. That made the stop with the officer even longer because now I had to provide my DOB and have him check for tickets, warrants, etc. Eventually he returned to my car and gave me a monologue about all the tickets he could have given me doing 65 in a 45 zone, no license etc. instead he gave me a warning and let me go.  That is an example of the goodness of God. Miracles, Hope, and Proof of the Existence of GOD. Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God.

Now, you may not have a story like mine but everyday we all receive goodness from God. You may have noticed a sale at your local supermarket, pharmacy, clothing or shoe store and then life got in the way and you didn’t make it there within the dates. You stop by anyway and notice that the sale signs are still listed and the store personnel states they will give you the items at the sales price anyway because it was their error that the signs weren’t removed. That is an example of the goodness of God. Miracles, Hope, and Proof of the Existence of GOD. Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God.

Your friend has a big birthday party the night before you have a doctor’s apt and you forgot about the appointment and stay out late eating past the bewitching hour. Once you return home you check your date planner or refrigerator and see the scheduled appointment. You are going for your second A1C testing and have been advised if the numbers don’t add up you will need to go on medication. Now you can’t sleep and you’re worried what the test results will be. You go to the doctor’s and do your testing and now you wait for the results. After a few days you are told everything looks fine. WOW! Relief sweeps over you because you know that all your proper eating and managing yourself did not go to waste in one night. That is an example of the goodness of God. Miracles, Hope, and Proof of the Existence of GOD. Christian Books – Donna Louis – The Goodness of God.

GOD is goodness and it’s listed in his word in the bible:

Psalms 23:6 – Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Psalms 31:19 – [Oh] how great [is] thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; [which] thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Galatians 5:22 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Psalms 27:13 – [I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalms 65:4 – Blessed [is the man whom] thou choosest, and causest to approach [unto thee, that] he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, [even] of thy holy temple.

Psalms 25:7 – Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

The goodness of God is everywhere everyday. Take some time and reflect on your life and once the smile comes across your face you will have your own testimony of God’s goodness.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle

 

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The US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King addresses, 29 March 1966 in Paris' Sport Palace the militants of the "Movement for the Peace". "Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King's killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history. (Photo credit should read /AFP/GettyImages)

The US clergyman and civil rights leader Martin Luther King addresses, 29 March 1966 in Paris’ Sport Palace the militants of the “Movement for the Peace”. “Martin Luther King was assassinated on 04 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. James Earl Ray confessed to shooting King and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. King’s killing sent shock waves through American society at the time, and is still regarded as a landmark event in recent US history. (Photo credit should read /AFP/GettyImages)

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Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. – Galatians 6:2

What is a miracle? It’s getting past yourself and giving back to the world. – Ryan C. Lowe (Positive Attitude Coach). We are all looking for a miracle in some form or fashion. Once we receive it then life throws us another curve ball and then we are in hot pursuit of another miracle. Jesus performed countless miracles in the bible but it was contingent on doing something first. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle. The Wedding in Cana:  John 2:1-11 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him. So what was done for the miracle to happen? And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim. Man born Blind Healed:  John 9:1-7 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.  I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. So what was done for the miracle to happen? And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. Tax/Tribute Money:  Matthew 17:24-27 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. So what was done for the miracle to happen? Go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle.

There is a recent story on the internet about a woman named Caroline Boudreaux, who had all the material things she wanted living in Austin TX, but was dissatisfied with her life. She took a year off from work to travel the world and came across an orphanage in rural India. There was not enough food for the children there to eat and poor living conditions. She was so moved by what she saw that she created an organization called The Miracle Foundation. They have now been in existence for over 16 years and have helped over 1,700 children. Caroline is now satisfied with her life. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Be Someone’s Miracle.

I recently attended a “Night of Hope” event with Joel Osteen and was so moved by the amount of people that chose to become a part of an organization named World Vision where you can sponsor a child. There were hundreds of people in line holding their card with the picture of the child they were given to sponsor including my husband and myself. My husband jokingly said to me, it’s taken you 31 years of marriage to finally give me a son.” I can tell you it is a rewarding experience to help someone else. If you don’t believe me, here are quotes from other people:

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. – Booker T. Washington

I prefer death to tiredness. I am never tired of serving others. – Leonardo di Vinci

We rise by lifting others. – Robert Ingersall

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quicker by helping others to succeed. – Napolean Hill

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Winston Churchill

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. – John Bunyan

However, let’s look at what GOD has to say about helping others:

Hebrews 13:16 – But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Philippians 2:4 – Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

1 John 3:17 – But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels [of compassion] from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

Matthew 25:35-40 – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

James 2:14-17 – What [doth it] profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

John 15:12 – This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Proverbs 19:17 – He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 22:9 – He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

Matthew 5:42 – Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Romans 15:1 – We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic

SheepDayPicSheepChristian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic? My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27. http://www.biblegateway.com.

The dictionary definition of a sheep states:  an animal with a thick woolly coat that is often raised for meat or for its wool and skin. Then it goes on to say:  a timid defenseless creature. www.merriam-webster.com. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic?

Sheep are gentle, quiet, innocent animals. They do not give their shepard’s a lot of problems. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic?

Sheep are mentioned in the bible more than 500 times, more than any other animal. Now, there has to be a reason why GOD placed so much emphasis on sheep in the bible. GOD wants us to be like these animals that are timid and defenseless so then he can mold us to be the images he do desires. GOD wants to purify us like how a fining pot (a vessel) refines metals. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic?

Goats unlike sheep are rebellious. In the bible goats are sometimes used to symbolize evil.

God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? – Pslam 74:1

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. – Psalm 100:3

But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. – Matthew 9:36

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. – Matthew 10:16

So who should we mimic, a sheep but of course! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Who Should We Mimic?

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance

Steve JobsChristian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance! The definition of perseverance says the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. – http://www.merriam-webster.com/

If we are to enjoy the good things in life that GOD wants for us we all must learn how to persevere. Nothing good in life comes without endurance and hard work. Does GOD really want us to enjoy the good things in life and live abundantly, you better believe he does because he says it in his word. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10. However we are not to skate through life and expect to be blessed abundantly. GOD’s word has a lot to say about that also. The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute. Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.  The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them. The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious. In the way of righteousness is life: and in the pathway thereof there is no death. – Proverbs 12:24-28. He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. – Proverbs 18:9. Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death. The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked. He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall. – Proverbs 10:2-8. A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape. – Proverbs 19:5.Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,  Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:  So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man. – Proverbs 6:6-11. http://www.biblegateway.com. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Prayer is the acid test of the inner man’s strength. A strong spirit is capable of perseverance until the answer comes. A weak one grows weary and fainthearted in the maintenance of praying. Watchman Nee. He was a church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the 20th century. Christian Books – Donna /Louis – Perseverance.

Our motto must continue to be perseverance and ultimately I trust the almighty will crown our efforts with success. William Wilberforce. He was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. – James 5:11

I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. – Revelation 2:2-3

Below is a collection of quotes on perseverance from people from all walks of life:  past presidents, past prime ministers, philosophers, inventors, novelists, hall of fame baseball player, wwe wrestler, famous musician, son of a hall of fame past football player and coach, physicist and chemist, a king. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

Genius is divine perseverance. Genius I cannot claim nor even extra brightness but perseverance all can have. Woodrow Wilson

To persevere in one’s duty and be silent, is the best answer to calumny. – George Washington

If you are going through hell, keep going. – Winston S. Churchill

It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop. – Confucius

It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back. – Abraham Lincoln

Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

If you fell down yesterday, stand up today. – H.G. Wells

Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. – Babe Ruth

When things go wrong, don’t go with them. – Elvis Presley

When you get to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Once you learn to quit it becomes a habit. – Vince Lombardi Jr.

Dreams become reality through faith and perseverance. – K D Hanes

Get on top of the obstacles and they become vantage points. – Tom Althouse

I’ve often said a man’s character is not judged after he celebrates a victory, but what he does when his back is against the wall. So no matter how great the setback, how severe the failure, you never give up. – John Cena

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained” – Marie Curie

Who is the wise man? He who sees what’s going to be born. – King Solomon

King Solomon was the wisest man in the world, and even he knew the value of perseverance.

Challenge yourself on a daily basis to persevere and maybe you will come up with your own quote to inspire someone else one day. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Perseverance.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration

easter-wallpaper-background-03Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration!  HE IS RISEN—EASTER SUNDAY!!!

Multiple services and the beautiful sunrise service especially designed for all of the early risers and day people.

Coloring eggs, making baskets, and the egg hunts for the young people. Elaborate Easter dinners with family and friends at your home to celebrate the day. Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Easter Sunday is special because of what it represents historically, biblically, spiritually, and personally. http://www.wickipedia.com

What happens when all of the hoopla is over? When the congregations have depleted and the pews/seating in the church is back to normal? Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Easter Sunday and Palm Sunday have always traditionally had churches packed. People who are normally too busy for church seem to remember Proverbs 22:6, Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. If when you were a child and your parents always took you to church on these special dates you will remember this and attend. Churches make it so easy to attend with the multiple services they offer on Easter Sunday. My church for example had four services with the last one starting at 1:30pm. They also did a wonderful play depiction. Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

Why is it so easy to revert back to our old ways after two weeks? Why are we inclined to feel that it is fine to put GOD and church on the back burner after Easter and Palm Sunday?

If we want GOD to show up in our homes and lives regularly with blessings then we need to show up with praise and worship in his  home regularly! Christian Books – Donna Louis – After The Celebration.

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Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor

Picture of FavorChristian Books – Donna Louis – Favor. Favor, what does it really mean? When you receive favor you are getting an attitude of approval or liking. It is an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.

Has any of these situations ever happened to you?

a) – You pay a bill but then you forgot about it until you see that it has posted to your bank account before your payroll. Miraculously, you don’t get a bank fee charge for overdraft or insufficient funds. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

b) – You’re in a hurry and you’re speeding, the police pull you over. You know the drill license and registration. You forgot your license at home. The police officer asks for your name, address, and date of birth. Now you sit and wait for an eternity as if you weren’t in a rush in the beginning. Miraculously, when the officer returns to your car he says your info checks out, you don’t have any warrants or outstanding tickets so I’m going to let you go with a warning. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

c) – You rush out the house to pick up your child from school but you forgot you left a pot on the stove boiling. You immediately make a U-turn and head back to your home. Miraculously, the pot has boiled out, and the contents of the pot has begun to burn but, no smoke or fire has started. Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

THESE ARE ALL EXAMPLES OF THE FAVOR OF GOD! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

Let’s take a look at what the bible says about favor: http://www.biblegateway.com

Thou hast granted me life and favor, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. – Job 10:12

For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield. – Psalm 5:12

Lord, by thy favor thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. – Psalm 30:7

For thou art the glory of their strength: and in thy favor our horn shall be exalted. – Psalm 89:17

So shalt thou find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. – Proverbs 3:4

 He that diligently seeketh good procureth favor: but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him. – Proverbs 11:27

A good man obtaineth favor of the Lord: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn. – Proverbs 12:2

Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favor. – Proverbs 14:9

So let’s be mindful when things happen that we know should have turned out in a negative fashion but, instead was positive it’s not a lucky break it is THE FAVOR OF GOD! Christian Books – Donna Louis – Favor.

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