Obeying God in the Grocery Store

Obeying God in the Grocery Store

Guest Blog Post from Lauren Holmes who blogs at The Naturally Inspired Life

I was waiting in line at the grocery store, and the girl in front of me checking out said to the cashier, “you’re gonna hate me…I forgot all my cards at home.” I watched her go through her wallet twice, (no cash or cards in there,) and was on the verge of tears.

Trust me when I say I had no intention of helping, lol, just being honest. ?

I’m thinking, “God, I can’t step in….I am on a strict budget and saving for my Caribbean trip…plus I only brought $60 to cover what I need for myself.” …still, I felt I was supposed to help.

I told her and the cashier that I’d pay for her groceries, and she rushed over and surprised me with a huge bear hug in the middle of Krogers, which gave me just enough time to whisper to her that God loves her, and that I was happy to help.

When the cashier finished ringing up everything (hers and my groceries), it was of course more than I’d wanted to spend. I reached in my wallet to pull out the $60 cash I’d brought, and in the next pocket, there was a random extra $20, and I have NO idea where it had come from!  It covered the girl’s extra groceries which had come to $16.84 extra, and then some. ??

After she left, the cashier asked me if I even knew her, to which I replied, “No; sometimes I just feel like God wants me to help people in certain situations”. The cashier told me that we need more people like me in the world, and I had to be honest – it’s not that I’m so great, I’m just trying my best to do the right thing and to be obedient to God.

I am not sharing this story because I’m so wonderful…I’m not…in fact, my first instinct was honestly to turn my face away… to ignore the person right in front of me who needed help. But, what if instead of turning our faces away to those in need, we opened our arms, helped those in the grocery stores and in the streets, and really tried to BE the hands and feet of Jesus??

What if instead of just throwing a $20 in the offering plate here and there, we set aside $20 to be intentional about buying someone’s groceries, or paying a bill for a single mom or widow? Lauren - Naturally Inspired Life…I’m sure that girl at the store is thankful for what I did, but I am even MORE thankful for the reminder of what I need to be doing to help others. ☺️?

I don’t share this story to make myself look good, but as a reminder of how we can turn our eyes to those around us who may need our help. ☺️ (I’ll post this on my blog when I get more time, but wanted to share via Facebook also.) ?


Taking the Next Step

Taking the Next Step

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries

2 Samuel 15:1-12 (MSG)

15 1-2 As time went on, Absalom took to riding in a horse-drawn chariot, with fifty men running in front of him. Early each morning he would take up his post beside the road at the city gate. When anyone showed up with a case to bring to the king for a decision, Absalom would call him over and say, “Where do you hail from?”

And the answer would come, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.”

3-6 Then Absalom would say, “Look, you’ve got a strong case; but the king isn’t going to listen to you.” Then he’d say, “Why doesn’t someone make me a judge for this country? Anybody with a case could bring it to me and I’d settle things fair and square.” Whenever someone would treat him with special honor, he’d shrug it off and treat him like an equal, making him feel important. Absalom did this to everyone who came to do business with the king and stole the hearts of everyone in Israel.

7-8 After four years of this, Absalom spoke to the king, “Let me go to Hebron to pay a vow that I made to God. Your servant made a vow when I was living in Geshur in Aram saying, ‘If God will bring me back to Jerusalem, I’ll serve him with my life.’”

The king said, “Go with my blessing.” And he got up and set off for Hebron.

10-12 Then Absalom sent undercover agents to all the tribes of Israel with the message, “When you hear the blast of the ram’s horn trumpet, that’s your signal: Shout, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron!’” Two hundred men went with Absalom from Jerusalem. But they had been called together knowing nothing of the plot and made the trip innocently. While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he managed also to involve Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s advisor, calling him away from his hometown of Giloh. The conspiracy grew powerful and Absalom’s supporters multiplied.


As we continue to grow and develop our true devoted relationship with Jesus in 2017, there are always obstacles. The scripture says that narrow is the gate, and difficult is the way. So as we determine to become the man God intends for us to be, we already know that it’s not going to be easy. But He also tells us that ALL things are possible through Him. So in review the gate is narrow but we can make it through, and if we rely on Him, the difficult path has a navigation tool as well. So guess what? If we say “Yes” to Jesus, we make it!!

We also need to be cunning, and innocent but those are topics for a later day. As we press in today I want to expose one of the enemies that will try to shut us down before we can enter the gate of our calling. He is a hindering gatekeeper that wants to turn you away, and make you feel good for leaving. His name is Absalom. In 2 Samuel 15, we see this man who hates King David. So he stands at the gate of the city and misleads, and deceives people who are trying to get to the King.

Lenny Hall, Sons of Thunder MinistriesSo here is the hard question, but it must be asked. What is keeping us from going through the gate? What is keeping us from going to the King? Is it the Absalom of drugs, alcohol, pornography, adultery? Or is it simply the Absalom of pride, unbelief, hatred, bitterness? Whatever this Absalom is in your life, Jesus is the King. So call on the name of the King, and He will remove any Absaloms in your life that are keeping you from getting to Him.


Attention Men!  Sons of Thunder Ministries will be having a Men’s Ranch Meeting on Thursday at 7pm at the Son’s of Thunder Ranch location:  1352 Ridgeview Rd NW Floyd, Va 24091.  All men are welcome!  They meet every 3rd Thursday of the month.
Encouraging Spiritual Growth in Kids

Encouraging Spiritual Growth in Kids


This original blog posting can be found at Family Christian’s website.  Links included within will take you to their site for additional available resources.  

from Family Christian’s blog post on September 2, 2016:

“…Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6 NIV…”

“…This verse is both a command and a promise – a command to raise children who know Jesus, and a promise that God will be faithful in holding up His end of the deal. He doesn’t ask us to be perfect but He does ask us to be purposeful. Encourage your kids to pursue Jesus with these guidelines for fostering spiritual growth….”

“…Get Them Involved In God’s Word Introduce your little one to God’s Word with a kid’s Bible. Get them excited about their faith by taking them with you to pick one out. Have their name imprinted on the cover to personalize their Bible and explain how God’s Word speaks directly to them…”

Glad It’s Me

Glad It’s Me

Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of  Tree of Life Ministries
Pastor Kingrea writes “The Journey” posts daily via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here.

The JOURNEY- Glad It’s Me – Col.1:24 MSG – “I want you to know how glad I am that it’s me sitting here in this jail and not you…”

I’ve had only a few times when I was glad to take someone else’s suffering on myself. I know I’m not as good a person as the Apostle Paul. I would like to think that, given the situation, I would definitely give myself for the Message of Christ, His Cross, and His Church.

Like any good parent, I’ve absolutely had times when I saw kids suffering that I’d wished I could take it. Paul was like a parent to the church. Guarding it with his life but He was more determined to share in the suffering of his Savior. I’ve never suffered to the point of the Apostle Paul and certainly haven’t to the point of my Savior. The little suffering I’ve had in life is so miniscule compared to what Christ has done for me and a speck in the Kingdom compared to what Paul and others have gone through.

If you’re down because of the suffering you’re going through, do a short comparison with Christ and others in the Kingdom. It will either make you glad to join in or it will frustrate you. If it frustrates you then you have much growing to do. If it makes you gladly appreciate the opportunity by saying “I’m glad it’s me…”, then you’re slowly maturing. The “jail” of suffering you’re in on the job, with family, sickness, and pain, emotional or mental abuse, attacks on you faith, are all part of the sharing. Sharing in order for us to realize on a small scale what Christ went through for us. For the cause of Christ Message, “I’m glad it’s me…”