America Growing Cold

Written by Joyce C. Lock

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When crossing foreign soil, particularly in tourist areas (where they know you're coming) ... beggars (disguised as vendors) seem to come out ofrepparttar closet, all at once; bombarding you torepparttar 139718 point of annoyance, if not aggravation. And by this time, using one's sword comes to mind (wherever it happens to land), asrepparttar 139719 righteous have no need to beg. Psalm 37:25

However, there seems to be no place to hide, as one can't even open their inbox; most of such requests not even being true ministries. And, if they ask you to come to their country to share your ministry with them, their plan may either be to rob you upon arrival or they want you to see their plight (to guilt you into offering financial assistance). Also, many prayer requests, viarepparttar 139720 computer (for which we sobbed, prayed, and sometimes sent relief), turned out to be hoaxes.

As a whole, and rightly so, we have just about had it with people jerking our heart strings and or unloading condemnation for our not having given enough ... and, as a result, cries for help go unheard. If unknown senders e-mails haven't already been designated forrepparttar 139721 delete file, e-mail gets deleted fromrepparttar 139722 momentrepparttar 139723 reader realizes it's another request, advertisement, or bogus offer that involves money.

Yet, because it is our heart to helprepparttar 139724 needy (many, viarepparttar 139725 net, also being low income, fixed income, and disabled), people still try to help by visiting sites where a company will further support 'special named causes' with every designated click ... until they realize, when we do, we are taking funds that rightfully belong to stockholders.

So, we give up and respond that we already gave atrepparttar 139726 office. But, in reality, we're still giving at home ... to our own grown family, often lacking in spiritual maturity because they were never allowed to experience blessings that come as a result of accountability or to thereby discover all needs are met when looking higher.

We have given so far beyond reason that, from pure exhaustion, we finally look to consider our failing bodies and depleting bank accounts, only to realize our shoulders are not big enough to be their God. How could there be any question but what America cares? Only, there is no end of allrepparttar 139727 people. Did we take it upon ourselves to be God or interfere when God was trying to do a greater work? 1 Cor. 5:5 Did we become an embarrassment torepparttar 139728 testament of God (our only true provider and theirs) by thinking He couldn't accomplish it without us? Romans 1:18-24

The only way left to protect our heart from growing cold is to revert to what we know to do; what we would have been doing all along (had we not entrusted our calling to others) and what we should have trusted God for (concerningrepparttar 139729 rest) inrepparttar 139730 first place, our Biblical mandate. Matthew 7:13 And, being thatrepparttar 139731 giver receivesrepparttar 139732 greater blessing, why would we want to send our donation to middlemen?

When God places a burden upon our heart, He is calling us; our part then being to report for duty. When we have two coats and see another without, we share one of ours. Whenrepparttar 139733 solution is not so obvious, we seek God for further instruction. Perhaps 'within our testimony' is justrepparttar 139734 word of hope needed, we happen to haverepparttar 139735 necessary tool of information, or are somehow otherwise being called upon to be their friend.

And, when need isn't metrepparttar 139736 way hoped or expected, we hold their hand and remind them our hope isn't to be in people because God gets jealous, too. He causes people to fail so He can have that special place in our heart. Then, we reassure them that God can be trusted and, by our own testimony, we 'know' He always answers in time. Thus, we watch for God to answer, together, and He always does; giving God back His rightful place (in our heart and theirs).

Then,repparttar 139737 next time someone comes at you as if you owe them, remind them you are following your Biblical mandate for their blessing and they need to be following theirs. James 1:5

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30

2005 by Joyce C. Lock This writing may be used in its entirety, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

Joyce C. Lock is a published author, poet, and columnist. In addition, she founded and maintains the email ministries "Heavenly Inspirations" and "Share a Smile" Joyce's writings encourage us in our relationship with God and each other.

Dislike Someone? Two Ways to Inform Them

Written by Laura Hickey

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A Cup of Tea- No, no, don't inviterepparttar person down for tea or coffee or anything like that. Sometimes, but not alwaysrepparttar 139579 best approach isrepparttar 139580 direct approach. Not going up torepparttar 139581 person and telling them where you'd like them to go, but explaining in a calm and nice tone that they aren't someone they would like to be "close" with. They aren't your cup of tea. You don't have to be rude and hateful even if you hate them with all your might when explaining this. They may ask why so be prepared for a sensitive answer because they may be emotional after.

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