The Real Thing

Worthy Thought: You can see the character of a person the same way you look at a tree.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.

-Abraham Lincoln

“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

-Matthew 7:16-20

Holy Bible (NIV)

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

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Refuge

Where you take refuge matters.

Many refuges may be easier to go to, but they won’t bring lasting peace, protection, or comfort.

What they bring you is immediate but only temporary gratification and satisfaction while also keeping you in lasting bondage.

Counterfeits Can’t Comfort.

When you need to retreat and find shelter from the storms of life make sure you are taking refuge in God.

He is the only worthwhile satisfying and complete refuge that can help.

~ XXOO Michelle

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”

-Psalm 91:1-2 AMP

Wisdom

WORTHY THOUGHT: If you have wisdom you have a future.

Wisdom is a gift from God.

James 1:5 states, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” God blesses us with wisdom in order for us to glorify Him and use the knowledge we have of Him.

“A wise man has great power,

and a man of knowledge increases strength;”

-Proverbs 24:5 (NIV)

“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

-Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)

~ Angela Lipe-Patengill

Show

WORTHY THOUGHT: Jesus came to live and walk the ways of this earth to show us how to live.

Jesus has shown us as an example that God’s Word is life-oriented not information oriented.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” -Deuteronomy 6:4-8

We as parents need to be reminded it is not enough to tell our children how to act; we must show them just like Jesus has shown us.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

Prayer

WORTHY THOUGHT: Worrying doesn’t change things, prayer does.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ. -Philippians 4:6-7

Mornings are better when you talk to God first.

“God does business with those who mean business….so pray, believe, and get ready to receive. “ -Jeff Schreve

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, -Ephesians 6:18

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill

Ambassadors

WORTHY THOUGHT: How should we deal with people as God’s ambassadors.

Your throne is founded on two strong pillars- the one is Justice and the other is Righteousness. Mercy and Truth walk before you as your attendants.

-Psalms 89:14-15

The scripture tells us the fundamentals of how God deals with people. We as ambassadors should also deal with people effectively out of justice, righteousness, mercy and truth.

If we showed people our actions as unloving, unfair or dishonest it is not from God.

Through the faithfulness and mercy of God allows us to experience grace.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill