GENERAL: The BANK
  • As much as I LOVE the DUMP, I also need a place where I can DEPOSIT examples of God's Blessings, Provisions, Answers to Prayer, and how He uses Anybody and Anything to whisper His love to me....The more Deposits We Make, our INVESTMENT in Faith, Courage and Love will Compound with Interest!

  • Yesterday I went in to my usual Starbuck's...I've gotten to know one of the baristas on a first-name basis...we joke around...I had filled out a survey online for them, so I was redeeming my Free Beverage slip... She asked if I wanted a Venti...I said the slip was only for a Tall, she nodded at me and said she would take care of me...she made this monstrous drink with 3 shots of espresso, loads of chocolate and caramel syrup, then she took a discount off my scone, to boot! [ I love the "small touches" of the Lord as He moves someone to just do something sweet and nice for me like that! ]

  • Rob121212Rob121212 April 2011

    amen

  • Rob121212Rob121212 April 2011

    how do i make an avatar?

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    I like the one you have now :-P

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    http://www.gravatar.com Register with the email you use here on the Prayer Wall. Upload the image, crop it, rate it, choose it and then confirm it. takes about 20 minutes or so to appear.

  • feline99feline99 April 2011

    @becominwhole10 Good idea for a topic, and such a nice first bank "deposit!" Wow - I'm wondering what you're like with 3 shots of espresso, plus the sugar!! Weeeeeee!!!! That's one of those special blessings from God. I love those kind of surprises! Of course, it's wonderful how He meets our "needs" but sometimes He goes out of His way to do those things that aren't "needs" but just things we like! Special treats for us, just "because!"

    That reminds me of a time, that I might have already told about on here before... if I'm repeating myself, chalk it up to getting older, lol!! Anyway, the story... Some months ago during ongoing financial stress, but when God was meeting needs every month in a variety of ways - out of the blue one day, a UPS delivery came to the door, totally unexpected. An online friend, who I'd never met in person, had sent me and my sister a large gift basket of Starbucks coffee beans (4 lbs, I think) and a couple special mugs. It was SO touching and really was one of those special surprises from God... so remind us that He's acutely aware of us - not only our "needs" but things that we just enjoy! Just like a father or mother, that wants to give a special gift just to see the smile on their child's face!! I think our Heavenly Father delights in us the same way and loves to bless us just to see our surprised faces!! Let's not forget to thank Him for those times!

  • @feline99...Amen to that! That's a good story and fun blessing...and it encourages me to use my money more freely to bless others, too...so Thank You in more ways than one for that testimony! :]

  • feline99feline99 April 2011

    Here's some inspiring words from a daily email I get from www.innergold.com... Add to it, God's strength at work in us, and it's even more inspiring!
    **It is only through facing weakness that we can be made strong. Today Abraham Lincoln would be called "unfit for office"- but his struggle with mental illness gave him the tools to bind a nation when we needed it most. Lincolns willingness to face his fears and to ask questions about whether he could face the misery of his life, led him, in time, to an understanding about himself. He saw that he had an "irrepressible desire" to accomplish something great, something meaningful, while he lived. This became his raison d'etre." Hard work and persistence were two of his qualities. May it thus be with you! Face your weaknesses, deal with them and keep trying.**
    BTW, Abraham Lincoln struggled with depression - severe in his younger years, and lesser degrees later on...

  • Wow....I didn't know that about Lincoln, and it IS inspiring...to know about mighty men and women of faith that struggled with depression throughout their lives, God did not completely heal them of it, and they still managed to accomplish beautiful things for Him, for us...well, that IS inspiring. Thanks, feline99, for sharing that piece of knowledge. :]

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    Good one feline thanks!

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    I'm often aware of the Lord's mercies towards me.

    But, being an agent in His mercies towards a brother was one of my recent pleasures.

    A guy used to attend our church fairly regularly. I guess I knew that he might have a slight learning disability, but not that noticeable and a man who has a heart of compassion toward everyone. (Example: he asks the Lord to show him who he can give little gifts of money to just to bless them) Well, one week, I noticed him sitting alone again and thought how I really didn't know him that well, and maybe should go out to lunch with him and encourage him on how to meet women or if he had other hangups. I soon found that this thought became a conviction for me, a feeling that I really ought to do this.

    I don't remember if I prayed about it, but Saturday evening and VERY clearly Sunday morning, the Lord impressed me to be sure to ask him out to lunch after church today. It was such a strong impression, it almost frightened me. After church I usually put away my guitar, shut things off and set my music up for the evening worship, and while I did that I felt the Lord remind me again, and I said, Keep him here in the lobby and I'll ask him. I go out in the lobby.. he's still there! and I ask him if he wants to have lunch. He says "sure, i'd like that. I could use some fellowship". He told me that he was buying, insisted on it! (This was fine with me, because having been unemployed a year or so, I couldn't afford to take him to lunch anyway.) At first we were going to go in his car to some place local, but I had it in my mind originally to use a coupon in a restaurant north of the church near my house. While I was in the car with him, he told me he could use the company, because he had just asked a woman out to lunch, but she turned him down. So, we took off... then i saw the festival being held nearby and told him to go back i wanted to get my car out of there so we didn't have to fight traffic later.

    Keep reading... this gets a little mind-blowing. We go back get my car, agree to go to a restaurant that I didn't want to go to. I'm behind him and we couldn't cross traffic very well to go to that place, so I waved him to take the north bound exit, to go to the restaurant I had first intended to go to. He asks me while stopped in traffic to go to a restaurant that he likes and tells me he never wanted to go to the other one either! The heavy traffic is the only reason we didn't end up at the other local restaurant and were now headed to Quizno's with me as his guest. Excellent, so far. We get there. I find out that he's actually in his forties, has had girlfriends before but hasn't had a good date or girlfriend in years and was discouraged about it. He tells me that the woman he asked out, turned him down, saying that she wasn't dating at this time. He didn't know if she was just blowing him off or telling the truth, so he was feeling rejected. He never told me who it was that he had asked out. So, I talked to him about these things and my own life and how God can work all these things out. We were there nearly an hour, so it was a surprise when he said look there's so and so from church just pulling up.. a little late to be eating lunch, but we held the door open for them and they joined us as we finished our chips and conversation.

    So, the four of us, the widow, her daughter, Tommy and I, had a nice time together. Then, my friend came over to my house, because we still felt like talking. When he sits down with me, he was disturbed about something and tells me: "Jim, you're not going to believe this... but the lady who sat down with us at Quizno's is the woman who turned me down for lunch today!" I was dumbfounded and so was he. I knew this is why God wanted me to ask him out to lunch. He knew it was God to cause that to happen, but he didn't know what it meant-- what was God's message to him. I told him, that I knew this lady well enough to know that if she said she's not dating, then she's not dating... but to stay friends with her, because if God wants you and her to be together, obviously, He CAN arrange it.

    Anytime I think about worrying about whether I'm missing God, I think about how that happened and it encourages me.

  • My Goodness, EC...with all those factors and chess moves, the Spirit outsmarted all of you guys and brought His blessings....so cool! I am impressed with your heart for this guy...doing something simple and loving...those are the "details" of Church Life that I think are missed so often. Good Job and Thanks for sharing that story! :]

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    I was impressed.... only God could have pulled that scene together and all just to comfort one of his good hearted kids! :-)

  • SuricouRavenSuricouRaven April 2011

    I'm reminded of a sermon I once heard by... sorry, I forget his name. Pastor of a small church in the US. Baptist, I think, but that isn't important. What matters is that he has a boat.

    In one sermon he recited a story from that boat - how he was traveling across a lake, after a particually hard week of just being alive and dealing with things, and the outboard motor cut out. He was rather annoyed, but the motor refused to start, leaving him stranded in the middle of the lake for a time to ponder the situation. After a while of pondering if he should call for hope or try to paddle to shore he realised that this was a message from God - a reminder to have faith even after all his recent troubles. And so he prayed, and he pulled the starter cord, and the engine revved into life. Faith once again rewarded.

    I see a more likely explanation: The engine broke. Maybe it just needed time for something to cool down before it would start again, or for the old carburetor to refill, or for a vapor lock to clear. These things happen, and yet in this completly random event he saw the Hand of God at work.

    There are so many chances for interesting coincidences to happen in everyday life. It's not surprising that they happen quite often.

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    nice try, SR

    How do you like Rex the Rabbit, xxxchurch's mascot? video is here: http://www.xxxchurch.com/getinvolved/pornpatrol/rex.html I think Craig's wife was playing the rabbit... she kept getting "goosed". I saw a little of "District 9" today,... lol comedy... too stupid to watch.

  • @SRavin'....Thanks for sharing that testimony of God's Love for that Pastor...encouraging!

    @EC...That is a funny clip I remember from the documentary...I also remember that female porn star from some vids?! :o

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    sorry bw. I thought it was funny that being a mascot she couldn't say anything and was complaining to the guys for not stopping people from touching her in costume. Her friends probably thought it was pretty funny and didn't want to stop it... then he puts the video on here... funny guy.

  • yeah, typical guys being guys...I would've done the same thing!

  • feline99feline99 April 2011

    Today I was blessed by God through a good friend, who knows of some difficult circumstances I'm in. I had not said anything recently about the problem, but she called me today to ask how my grocery situation was, and offered to take me grocery shopping to help me out. It was a much needed blessing, and answer to prayer! Then, just to show how God not only cares about our "needs" but also about what is meaningful to us or just brings a smile to our face, my friend also asked if I had enough cat food for my cat - which I did NOT have nearly enough of. It just shows that God cares about all of His creation - including the little critters He created - and cares about what matters to us. This was also meaningful to me because I've had someone bless me by helping with groceries but with the requirement that I could NOT buy any cat food for my cat! That could be a whole other topic, but maybe not for this thread.... :)

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    Yay jehovah jireh

  • Right On..that is so cool! Thank You, Lord, for loving Cat1000-999 so much!!

  • Without my family having organized any kind of Easter gathering...something that absolutely didn't happen in the past when my mother was alive...and now our two separate Christian families are divided...my friend from my old church invited me over to her mother's place to spend time with her clan....it was a good, fun, blessed time.

    Thank God for the Extended Family of Christ!

  • feline99feline99 April 2011

    @becominwhole10 It's such a blessing that your friend's family included you in their Easter get-together! God was looking out for you on a day where you were especially missing your mother...

  • feline99feline99 April 2011

    Speaking of holiday gatherings, (this blessing goes back several years) when I had moved across country on my own, for a ministry opportunity, one of my good friend's family would always include me in their holiday dinners. That was such a blessing since I was a few thousand miles from home! Every major holiday for a couple of years, they included me as if I were part of their family.

    A few days ago, out of the blue - I got a Facebook message from the mother of the family! She had just set up an account, and thought of me. We've not been in touch for about 10 years, but what a surprise blessing to have her contact me! She mentioned how back then, I used to give her occasional encouraging note cards, and to this day, she still takes them out to read! I didn't even remember writing her those notes... So not only did she bless me my contacting me again, she also showed me how even small acts of kindness can mean so much to someone. It's a reminder for me to keep it up!!

  • You've done that for me and others here, too, feline99...I'm grateful for your presence in these forums! :]

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    I was stranded in college during Thanksgiving one year and was taken in by complete strangers... very nice.

  • alex13alex13 April 2011

    i finished my paper.

  • Good! Give us the update after it's graded, too! :]

  • alex13alex13 April 2011

    i will but idk when that will be. but im PM it you some people to read :)

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    congrats ALex13 I'm 'enery the eighth myself. Don't ever hurt such a nice person again please. when i got depressed or down, I used to lay my head on my guitar and play songs.

  • SuricouRavenSuricouRaven April 2011

    The rabbit is amusing, but the costume is just terrible. Replace it.

    Rex: http://www.flickr.com/photos/xxxchurch/1198872373/in/set-72157603866414030/lightbox/

    Basic retail (non-fur-made) costume: http://www.amasquerade.com/images/products/animals/rabbitfullface.jpg

    IF you want something more distinctive and unique, ask a fur. The community offers some very skilled costume-makers, and they do commissions so you'll have one unique and to your own design.

  • alex13alex13 April 2011

    @suricouRaven eastcoast is a hamster not a rabbit. and the rabbits costumes scare me.

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    SR i'd like the link again to the rabbit girl doing dishes haven't been able to locate it.

  • alex13alex13 April 2011

    oh while rex the rabbit scaies me. i hate rabbit costumes

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    Its not an attractive outfit anyway Maybe you would like this one better http://www.flickr.com/photos/selth/4452603823/

  • SuricouRavenSuricouRaven April 2011

    "i'd like the link again to the rabbit girl doing dishes haven't been able to locate it."

    Huh... let me see what I can find.

    East: I know that rabbit. Actually, I was almost certainly at the event where that photo was taken. I'm not in it though. I am in the background of another photo in that stream, but I won't say which.

  • SuricouRavenSuricouRaven April 2011

    There we go, Eastcoast.

    http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Megan-Giles/cleanart.jpg

    Now bow before the Goddess of Data!

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    :-D You did it!! I think I remember you losing it for awhile.. Yeh. she's a hottie as cartoon bunnies go and every guy wants to help her now.

    Okay, http://www.myemoticons.com/images/emotions/awad/bow-down-together.gif but that's "goddess" with a little g .

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    okay

  • feline99feline99 April 2011

    You know how sometimes God blesses us with a surprise of provision? Today I got a phone call from a relative.... to let me know that there's a gift coming in the mail for me. They thought I might like to know it was on the way... I guess sometimes God knows that sometimes, it's a comfort for us to have a clue about what's happening even if we are trusting Him... This was one of those times!

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    That's very nice to do it and to let you know

  • It is nice to have a hint of what someone or SomeOne is doing...I tend to think God is holding out to stretch my faith, BUT why isn't He doing it to build up the suspense? He is also our Father, for cryin' in the night! Thanks, kitty98+1 :]

  • I'm a sucker for cloud formations...today while driving the freeway I clicked some cool photos with one hand on my phone/dig. camera (the other hand safely on the wheel, don't worry!)...it looked like a big long cotton blanket had been laid down over us from above!

  • feline99feline99 April 2011

    Too bad you can't upload that here for us to see, BW10!

  • I wish I could upload my photos...I've caught some pretty Works of Art from the Great Painter Himself!

  • feline99feline99 April 2011

    That's a good one @eastcoast !! :o
    @becominwhole10
    "The Great Painter Himself".. I like that!

  • eastcoasteastcoast April 2011

    @becominwhole10 If you're photos are digital, upload them to Flickr or similar spot.

  • SuricouRavenSuricouRaven April 2011

    Incidentially, there's a load more work by that artist in the same directory. I've skimmed through it and don't see any porn, but beware other artists on the same server, as they will have.

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