Friday’s mean it’s time for a New Angle! Here ya go! 😊
Do you have a shovel or spoon today?
We hold love, grace, mercy, kindness, forgiveness, patience, joy, and so many more virtues within our hands each and every day. How do we measure these out to those around us? Do we give these away like candy? Do we use a shovel to measure how much we give to others?
Or do we use a teaspoon, carefully divulging our treasures to those we encounter? Do they have to work hard to earn our love? Do they have to shed blood, sweat and tears to receive our forgiveness and kindness when there’s been a transgression?
The Word says, “It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” His mercies are new for us each and every day. He has a great big “shovel” to measure our mercies when the day is new.
Are we following His example today?
Please understand, this is not to bring condemnation, nor is it to approve of violence, abuse or sin. I am simply referring to how we treat one another in common arenas. It seems so many Christians are fighting with each other over petty opinions and haughty points of view. Too many have become so offended by the differences of, what I will call, “first degree” judgments that we ruin our witness with the very ones who so desperately need Him.
I read recently about the largest “bucket” machine every built. It was called the “Big Muskie.” It had a bucket capacity of 220 cubic yards and could hold two Greyhound buses side by side. God’s measuring devices are even bigger than that!
What if we tried using His measuring portions today?
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38
Let us never lead a little one to stumble. I have found that this Scripture can be interpreted in so many different scenarios. Literally, it can mean leading small children away in their faith (or in other things, for that matter). It can, also, mean distracting new converts from their new commitment to God’s calling, and it can even be mature Christians being directed down the wrong path by prideful, egotistical or ambitious fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
As Christians, we must be so careful not to lead “little ones” astray from the Word of God and from what He has in store for their lives. The Bible says it is better for a millstone to be wrapped around your neck and you thrown into the depths of the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble! In case, you don’t know what a millstone is, it was one of the large circular stones used to grind grain in grist mills years ago.
When we are called into leadership, when we are called into teaching capacities, and even when we are placed in situations by God to help someone learn more about Him, our number one goal should be to lead them closer to Him not away from Him! We can only do this as we seek His face and listen for His answers to their questions and wonderings.
Whether we are a parent, a mentor, a teacher, or simply a friend, we should never take lightly a position of influence in someone else’s life. We should boldly walk in the authority He gives us but never because of our own wisdom, strength or abilities. We should approach it with buckets full of humility and grace, lest we get filled with pride and lead one of His precious ones away from what He has in store for them.
Let us be ever prayerful and ever mindful when it concerns someone who is impacted by our words and deeds. Let us always be humble and full of grace, and never let us take lightly the positions of leadership and influence He gives us in someone else’s life.
“But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.” Mark 9:42
Cocina Fuentes (Mexican)
Location: Monroe, Ga
This place is probably the absolute BEST Mexican restaurant we have been to! It’s in the cute little town of Monroe, Georgia, and after you enjoy your meal, you can head downtown and the surrounding areas to find some great antique shops. The atmosphere here is great, and the service is always spot on.
The food is always made perfect to order, and everything tastes fresh and prepared with care. The steak seems to be of higher quality than most Mexican restaurants, and everything else is just perfect. They have quite an extensive menu from which to choose, and I do wish I had more pics to share with you.
My husband usually gets the Taco Quaintes (spelling?), and it is always delicious. I apologize that I don’t have the name of the meal above, but I can say it was also delicious! I have looked online for their website; however, there doesn’t seem to be one listed. However, they do have a facebook page, and here is a copy of their lunch menu.
Oh, and I do hope you don’t think me rude for posting a pic of the bathroom, but I wanted to be able to share the attention they give to details. Most places just stick a sink in there to get the job done, but this is actually stylish and beautiful. Their attention to details shows in everything they do. Drop by, and check them out!
My father-in-law shared this thought the other day, and I thought I’d elaborate on it a little and pass it along…
Everybody has a story. A story of pain. A story of heartache. A story of victory. A story of healing. What is your story? God uses our stories to bring comfort to those around us. If we don’t share our stories, then, others miss out on huge blessings, encouragement and healing for their own situations.
God allows us to go through stuff sometimes; so, we can, in turn, share with someone else our struggles, our lessons learned and the moments we overcame. Why should we hold these within our hearts, never giving them away? You might learn things without a teacher, but isn’t it easier to hear of another’s experience and learn from his or her mistakes before going through the same thing ourselves? We all go through painful storms, but isn’t more comforting to walk alongside someone who’s been through it before rather than walking the journey alone?
We are the Body of Christ. We are made to be a community. We are created to help one another, to teach one another and to even “sharpen” one another. Share your story. You never know the impact you may have.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
Oh God, please help me to see…
I look in the mirror and see my own face.
I tend to neglect the needy to embrace.
I listen intently to hear my own voice.
I seem to ignore the hurting that need to rejoice.
I go my own way, busy in my own life,
Forgetting You’ve called me to be a good wife.
I run from here to there, scurrying to get the job done,
Neglecting You’ve told me to raise my young son.
I read in Your Word to always put Jesus first,
Believing that I do until I realize my own thirst.
I hear from Your servants, “Never make idols to love,”
Believing that I don’t until I recognize what they’ve become.
Change me and my perspective. Make me what You desire.
Draw me out and cleanse me from this filthy mire.
Transform this mind into the intellect You have planned.
Make this heart as malleable…
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As I was thinking, today, of how fast time flies and about our boys growing up too fast, I was reminded of this post. I can’t believe it’s been over 2 years since I wrote this, and now, we have a 15 year old and an almost eleven year old. Cherish the time you have…it’s like sand slipping through your fingertips… ❤️
I watched as my 12 year old walked into school the first day of seventh grade. He had on his favorite shoes, his uniform shorts and shirt; his laptop strapped across his back, and his wheeled backpack handle tight within his grasp. As I looked on, I saw a young man entering that building full of confidence and dreams. I realized in that moment, I could have just as easily have been watching him board an international airline destined for the other side of the world.
He is growing up so very fast. The past two years have seemed quite like a whirlwind…maybe more accurately, a hurricane. Don’t misunderstand these have been wonderful years full of fun, wonder, excitement, adventures, questions, dreams and, yes, maybe a few tears…of course, those have probably been more from my eyes than anyone else’s! Yet, it still feels like a hurricane when I think of how fast…
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location: Talking Rock, Ga
Biguns is probably one of my absolute favorites when it comes to BBQ. The they know what they’re doing, and they do it right! They smoke the meat to perfection, and when they serve the plate, whether it be a sandwich or a platter, they don’t overdose the meat in sauce, they let you do that. 😉 there are about four or five sauces to choos from, too.
They, also, have a plethora of sides! Oh my goodness! They have coleslaw, green beans, baked beans, fried okra, fries, etc., and all of them are great! The sweet tea is good ole Southern sweet tea, and the desserts are delicious! Oh, and if you like BBQ spuds, you know, baked potatoes with BBQ in them, these do not disappoint! Oh. My. Goodness! They are Huge, and they don’t skimp on the meat they put inside! I wish I had a pic to show you. You wouldn’t believe it. Did I say they were huge?! Well, it’s no joke! 😂
Don’t be fooled when you drive up,, either. Yes, the restaurant is actually in a gas station; however, it not like those nasty gas station restaurants where they’ve forgotten how to use a mop! No, sir.
They have remodeled the inside to make it look like a log cabin, and everything, including a the drink coolers, are encased in wood. It has a really great atmosphere. They’ve got lots of booths and even big tables for bigger parties. The restrooms are always clean, too, and the service can’t be beat.
If you’re anywhere close to the Talking Rock area, you’ll not want to miss a trip to Biguns!! Shoot, even you’re over in the Ellijay or Big Canoe areas, it’s worth the 30 minute trip to get there! However, beware. You’ll want to get there early. They fill up quick at noon. Check out their website here.