9/21/16: On Calming Storms

•September 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

unknown-3Scott Krippayne’s amazing song entitled Sometimes He Calms The Storm alerts us to the proper perspective we need to have about the troubles that pass through our lives.

  • Verse one: All who sail the sea of faith find out before too long,
  • How quickly blue skies can grow dark and gentle winds grow strong.
  • Suddenly fear is like white water pounding on the soul,
  • Still we sail on knowing that our Lord is in control.
  • Chorus: Sometimes He calms the storm with a whispered, “Peace be still.”
  • He can settle any sea, but it doesn’t mean He will.
  • Sometimes He holds us close and lets the wind and waves go wild.
  • Sometimes He calms the storm and other times He calms His child.
  • Verse two: He has a reason for each trial that we pass through in life,
  • And though we’re shaken we cannot be pulled apart from Christ.
  • No matter how the driving rain beats down on those who hold to faith,
  • A heart of trust will always be a quiet peaceful place.

When Peter walked on water, he wasn’t walking on the smooth surface of a calm sea. He strode to Jesus on boisterous waves. Wind was whipping around, wreaking havoc with his hair and threatening to blow the tunic right off of his back. Yet, Peter walked on, staying on top of the waves as long as his eyes were on Jesus.

It’s the nature of a storm to cause devastation. We can expect a certain amount of fallout; it just doesn’t have to be us that falls out. Jesus eventually did calm the storm Peter was experiencing, but not until He had calmed Peter. And what calmed Peter? The simple knowledge that Jesus was there on the waves.

Psalm 107:29-30 says, “He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven” (NKJ). Our inner storms matter most to our Lord because we matter so much to Him. External circumstances run a distant second to His concern about the condition of our hearts.

Turn your attention today away from the storm raging around you. Focus on Jesus and Jesus alone. He will direct you as to how to walk on the waves. Before you know it, either the waves won’t matter to you anymore, or the storm will have passed. Either way, you will still be afloat.

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! 19 days to go! NOW THERE’S A $1,000.00 MATCHING GRANT! All donations sent between September 1 – September 26 will be matched up to $1,000.00. That means you’ll actually be helping with double the amount you send! I still need $1,055.00 – $1,555.00 for lodging, food, visas, gift books for the women’s conference, etc. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Donations so far have covered my air travel and my vaccinations.

The trip has been narrowed down to KENYA and ZAMBIA! I’ve seen the proof of the posters that will be passed out and the billboards that will be placed throughout the cities. I will be teaching at the Leader’s Seminars, encouraging the ladies at the Women’s Seminars, and preaching at the evening crusades. People travel all over the world every day, but it’s my first time and I’m pinching myself being sure it’s all actually real! Thank you in advance! You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net. Click “Donate.” [Remember that Paypal charges a 3-4% fee on my end.]
  2. By check sent to my post office box: P.O. Box 1519, Inglewood, CA 90308
  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott’s Africa trip.)

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Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • Pick up a copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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9/20/16: Restraint

•September 20, 2016 • 1 Comment

unknown-2An Italian Proverb says, “Big mouthfuls often choke,” and in William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It, Rosalind asks, “Can one desire too much of a good thing?” (Act IV, Scene I). Evidently, Rosalind, the answer is yes. We can get a taste of something great and figure we’re going for it – all of it, all at once. Then we find out that we were only exposed to the top layer, the outer façade. We discover there’s much more involved in having that particular dream than we even anticipated, and we could find that – as another wise saying aptly states – we have bitten off more than we can chew.

Restraint is the order of the day. Even good things need to be experienced slowly and in moderation. The Bible puts it this way: “Have you found [pleasure sweet like] honey? Eat only as much as is sufficient for you, lest, being filled with it, you vomit it” Proverbs 25:16 (Amplified Bible).

Let’s start today taking our time to savor the sweet things that flow through our lives. Enjoy the birds’ chirping; stop and watch the gracefulness of their flight. Feel the warmth of the sun or the coolness of the breeze; linger long enough to let that feeling register in the mind and heart. Experience breathing; really think about all that’s taking place in one cycle of exhalation and inhalation. Be grateful for the job or lack thereof; the job supplies a service, the time off provides room for growing faith. Show tangible appreciation to the ones we love: send a card, give flowers, shoot over an e-mail, make a phone call, give an unexpected kiss.

God has given so much that is good. Instead of greedily misusing it, let’s savor its sweetness with restraint. There’s plenty where that came from.

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! 20 days to go! NOW THERE’S A $1,000.00 MATCHING GRANT! All donations sent between September 1 – September 26 will be matched up to $1,000.00. That means you’ll actually be helping with double the amount you send! I still need $1,055.00 – $1,555.00 for lodging, food, visas, gift books for the women’s conference, etc. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Donations so far have covered my air travel and my vaccinations.

The trip has been narrowed down to KENYA and ZAMBIA! I’ve seen the proof of the posters that will be passed out and the billboards that will be placed throughout the cities. I will be teaching at the Leader’s Seminars, encouraging the ladies at the Women’s Seminars, and preaching at the evening crusades. People travel all over the world every day, but it’s my first time and I’m pinching myself being sure it’s all actually real! Thank you in advance! You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net. Click “Donate.” [Remember that Paypal charges a 3-4% fee on my end.]
  2. By check sent to my post office box: P.O. Box 1519, Inglewood, CA 90308
  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott’s Africa trip.)

________________________________

Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • Pick up a copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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9/19/16: Are We Lazy?

•September 19, 2016 • 1 Comment

imagesThe writer of Proverbs learned a lesson one day:

“I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there it was, all overgrown with thorns; its surface was covered with nettles; its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest; so shall your poverty come like a prowler, and your need like an armed man” Proverbs 24:30-34 (NKJ).

The Hebrew word for lazy is “`atsel” [aw-tsale’] which means “indolent.” We don’t use the word “indolent” too much, so I looked that up too. It means “having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful.” In pathology, the word means “causing little or no pain; inactive or relatively benign, [for example], an indolent ulcer is not painful and is slow to heal.”

Do we find ourselves with a disposition to avoid exertion? Are we trying to be as inactive as possible so as to encounter the least amount of pain or strain upon ourselves? Let me say it this way: Are we vying only for the “cushy” positions? Or maybe we have a job, but we’re performing it in a lackluster fashion. We’ve become ulcers in the workplace; not ruffling many feathers, just moving at an agonizingly slow pace and not getting anything worthwhile done.

The passage above sees the end of a road traveled in such a way. While we lazily sit around bellyaching about not having enough money, our poverty is sneaking up on us like a prowler, and our needs are readying themselves to overtake us like an armed man.

Ten chapters earlier, this same writer proclaimed, “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” Proverbs 14:23 (NIV). Let’s take to heart the lesson of the day: it doesn’t pay to be lazy. Let’s give our work our all, no matter who’s looking.

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! 21 days to go! NOW THERE’S A $1,000.00 MATCHING GRANT! All donations sent between September 1 – September 26 will be matched up to $1,000.00. That means you’ll actually be helping with double the amount you send! I still need $1,055.00 – $1,555.00 for lodging, food, visas, gift books for the women’s conference, etc. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Donations so far have covered my air travel and my vaccinations.

The trip has been narrowed down to KENYA and ZAMBIA! I’ve seen the proof of the posters that will be passed out and the billboards that will be placed throughout the cities. I will be teaching at the Leader’s Seminars, encouraging the ladies at the Women’s Seminars, and preaching at the evening crusades. People travel all over the world every day, but it’s my first time and I’m pinching myself being sure it’s all actually real! Thank you in advance! You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net. Click “Donate.” [Remember that Paypal charges a 3-4% fee on my end.]
  2. By check sent to my post office box: P.O. Box 1519, Inglewood, CA 90308
  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott’s Africa trip.)

________________________________

Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • Pick up a copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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9/16/16: Heaven – It’s to Die For

•September 16, 2016 • 1 Comment

imgres-1When my sons were small, we lived for a time in the same house with Poppa and Grandma, my parents. Poppa’s Alzheimer’s didn’t bother the boys at all, and it certainly didn’t hinder their grandfather from loving these little boys. Matthew, however, had a special relationship with Poppa. They shared a quiet intensity of spirit and could often be seen just sitting on the sofa, not saying anything, just enjoying being close.

When Matthew was 5-years-old, Poppa died. After tearfully breaking the news to the boys, that quiet intensity caused Matthew to simply cock his head to the side and ask, “So Poppa’s in heaven, right?” When I said yes, he queried, “Then why are you crying? Heaven is a good place. I want to go too.” Somehow I was able to convince Matthew that it wasn’t time for him to go yet and the matter was settled for the moment.

Several days later, though, we arrived at the mortuary. When Matthew saw Poppa in the casket, his logical mind remembered our former conversation. “I thought you said Poppa was in heaven.” Matthew looked at me as if to say, Lady, you’d better straighten this one out, and quick! Okay, so how was I going to explain the separation of body and spirit to a 5-year-old?

After a quick prayer for help, the answer formed in my mind. I have since written about this whole incident in a poem, so here’s what I said, only fixed up now in verse:

  •  “Since our bodies weren’t created
  • To just fly away through space,
  • He had to leave his body here,
  • To see God face to face.”
  • “The part of him that loved us
  • Will live on in memory.
  • He now no longer lives in pain;
  • He’s happy as can be.”
  •  “Please try to understand that
  • Almost from his time of birth,
  • Poppa loved others right up close,
  • And loved God from the earth.”
  • “Now Poppa loves God right up close;
  • I think he’s having fun.
  • He’s hanging out around the Throne,
  • Just talking with the Son.” – From Mommy Cried This Morning, Sharon Norris Elliott ©1996

Poppa has been away from us for 24 years now, and I’m still able to look back with wonderful memories of growing up with a father who sincerely lived his whole life for the moment of his death. 1 Corinthians 15:42-44 and 50 tells of the necessity of death if we really plan to get to heaven:

“So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body… Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption” (NKJ).

People I have dearly loved have died. As hard as it is for us to let go, facing the death of loved ones is not nearly as crippling when we realize believers who have died are much better off in heaven than they would ever have been in this life here on earth. Their death is our loss, not theirs. They have received the ultimate inheritance, only possible through death because “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.” One day, that fabulous inheritance – the kingdom of God – awaits us as well. It’s so great, it’s to die for!

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! 24 days to go! NOW THERE’S A $1,000.00 MATCHING GRANT! All donations sent between September 1 – September 26 will be matched up to $1,000.00. That means you’ll actually be helping with double the amount you send! I still need $1,800.00 – $2,300.00 for the hotels, food, visas, etc. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Donations so far have covered my air travel and my vaccinations.

The trip has been narrowed down to KENYA and ZAMBIA! I’ve seen the proof of the posters that will be passed out and the billboards that will be placed throughout the cities. I will be teaching at the Leader’s Seminars, encouraging the ladies at the Women’s Seminars, and preaching at the evening crusades. People travel all over the world every day, but it’s my first time and I’m pinching myself being sure it’s all actually real! Thank you in advance! You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net. Click “Donate.” [Remember that Paypal charges a 3-4% fee on my end.]
  2. By check sent to my post office box: P.O. Box 1519, Inglewood, CA 90308
  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott’s Africa trip.)

________________________________

Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • Pick up a copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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9/15/16: A Wise Rebuke

•September 15, 2016 • Leave a Comment

imgresIt’s easier for me to hear a true, negative comment about myself than it is to tell someone else something negative about him/herself. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that I enjoy hearing negative comments, but if the statements are true, I need to know so that I can improve or apologize or make the necessary changes. What intimidates me is being on the other side of the fence needing to approach someone I care about with a true, constructive criticism about him/her.

I’ve had various experiences with this issue. One person I know almost never hears anything negative from me because I’ve tried it before, and the response is never gracious. Instead of accepting the criticism, this friend always has a comeback to justify the actions or to flip the script back onto me thus dismissing my assessment. Another person took what I said and read into it her own additional meaning, never once acknowledging her complicity.

Proverbs 25:12 says, “Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear” (NKJ). A wise rebuker knows how to deliver a negative message with gentleness and respect. That person only wants to make the situation better, and see you become better too. The only way this kind of awkward conversation can work is if the wise rebuker is dealing with an obedient ear.

If you’re ever on the receiving end of a rebuke, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond when someone who cares about me needs to share with me something negative about myself?
  • Do I consider the possibility that I indeed could be in the wrong?
  • Do I thank that person for his/her observation and ask, “What do you think I could do to make myself a better person in this area?”
  • Do I go before God and ask Him to fully reveal this area to me so that He can be glorified in all that I do?
  • Do I accept the rebuke and my complicity, or do I react in self-defense as if I’m the one being wronged for even being told?

If you find yourself in the position to be the rebuker, ask yourself:

  • Do I pray before I approach someone needing correction, asking God to temper my words and provide the perfect time for the conversation?
  • Are my motives pure in even bringing this up? Is this something that has to be said?
  • Am I mentioning the problem in order to help my friend be a better person? (Hopefully he/she doesn’t already realize that what they’ve said or done was wrong or hurt others.)
  • Am I approaching my friend in love?

A wise rebuke, both delivered and received correctly, makes everything better.

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! 25 days to go! NOW THERE’S A $1,000.00 MATCHING GRANT! All donations sent between September 1 – September 26 will be matched up to $1,000.00. That means you’ll actually be helping with double the amount you send! I still need $1,800.00 – $2,300.00 for the hotels, food, visas, etc. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Donations so far have covered my air travel and my vaccinations.

The trip has been narrowed down to KENYA and ZAMBIA! I’ve seen the proof of the posters that will be passed out and the billboards that will be placed throughout the cities. I will be teaching at the Leader’s Seminars, encouraging the ladies at the Women’s Seminars, and preaching at the evening crusades. People travel all over the world every day, but it’s my first time and I’m pinching myself being sure it’s all actually real! Thank you in advance! You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net. Click “Donate.” [Remember that Paypal charges a 3-4% fee on my end.]
  2. By check sent to my post office box: P.O. Box 1519, Inglewood, CA 90308
  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott’s Africa trip.)

________________________________

Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • Pick up a copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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Boomerangs Videolink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JH_gbinMk

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9/7/16: His Grace Toward Me

•September 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

imagesWe think quite a lot of the apostle Paul and well we should. Here was a man who humbled himself so completely to God’s service that he ended up writing most of what we now have as the New Testament. He suffered many things for the sake of the Gospel, planted churches wherever he went, and mentored young preachers. If some of us could dedicate ourselves to God even a fraction of as much as Paul did, we’d really make some headway. Then, knowing some of us, we’d get pretty cocky about all God was doing with and through us.

Paul, however, was very clear about himself. I Corinthians 15:9 – 10 says, “For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (NKJ).

Let’s learn some things from Paul:

  1. He remembered the base-ness of his sin.
  2. He acknowledged the basis of his situation.
  3. He recognized the balance due to his Source.

A quick recollection of where we were when Christ finally got through to us should be enough of a memory-jogger to put us where Paul was. Paul never forgot the base-ness of his sin. He had persecuted the church. You know what happens when you threaten a man’s woman, and Paul had raised his hands against the bride or Christ. Jesus had to deal with Paul personally by knocking him off his horse and temporarily blinding him to get it through his thick head that this just wouldn’t be tolerated. Paul didn’t forget that encounter; nor should we ever forget how bad off we were when Jesus finally got our attention.

Second, although Paul acknowledged his apostleship, he still realized that he was in the job he as in thanks to the grace of God. He didn’t shun the job nor make excuses for it, but he knew he didn’t deserve to be there. God’s unmerited favor was allowing him to do all he was doing. So it is with us. The basis for our situation in Christ is God’s grace.

Finally, Paul says, “…and His grace toward me was not in vain…” Paul continued to work realizing the balance that was due to his Source. Paul’s service was a repayment of a debt, so to speak. He always felt indebted to God; his service was a perpetual thanksgiving for all God had done for him. Again, as with Paul, so it should be with us. We serve God because we owe unending thanksgiving for His marvelous grace.

Let’s keep working and serving, but be careful not to get it twisted. Maintain the attitude Paul wrote about in another place in Scripture. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20 (NKJ).

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! 33 days to go! NOW THERE’S A $1,000.00 MATCHING GRANT! All donations sent between September 1 – September 26 will be matched up to $1,000.00. That means you’ll actually be helping with double the amount you send! I still need $1,800.00 – $2,300.00 for the hotels, food, visas, etc. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Donations so far have covered my air travel and my vaccinations.

The trip has been narrowed down to KENYA and ZAMBIA! I’ve seen the proof of the posters that will be passed out and the billboards that will be placed throughout the cities. I will be teaching at the Leader’s Seminars, encouraging the ladies at the Women’s Seminars, and preaching at the evening crusades. People travel all over the world every day, but it’s my first time and I’m pinching myself being sure it’s all actually real! Thank you in advance! You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net. Click “Donate.” [Remember that Paypal charges a 3-4% fee on my end.]
  2. By check sent to my post office box: P.O. Box 1519, Inglewood, CA 90308
  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott’s Africa trip.)

________________________________

Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • Pick up a copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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Boomerangs Videolink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JH_gbinMk

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9/6/16: Hurts, Scars, Forgiveness

•September 6, 2016 • 1 Comment

images-3Years ago, I injured my hand while I was washing dishes. Under the suds, I gripped the dishcloth and placed my hand in a glass. Little did I know that the glass had an imperceptible crack in it. As I rotated the cloth to clean the bottom of the glass, the glass cracked and the sharp edge sliced my hand in two places. The cuts were so deep that they required stitches. For weeks, my dominate right hand was bandaged and virtually out of commission. It was difficult to perform even the most menial tasks.  Even though the glass did not continue to cut into my hand, the pain and inconvenience of the stitches and bandages still hindered my movement. Others could see I had been hurt. Those who depended upon me — especially my boys who were toddlers at the time — were also effected by the lack of my ability to use my right hand.

Little by little, my hand began to heal, and little by little, I was able to re-enter my world and do all the things I used to do with my right hand. Two things now remain after a full 27 years: the memory and the scar. The memory has caused me to wash glasses much more carefully, but I still wash them. The scar is hardly visible, and no one has ever noticed it or asked me anything about it. If someone did ask, I have a neat story to tell because I’ve learned some things from the incident.

imagesI learned that emotional injuries operate in the same way in our lives. Our hurts often spring from imperceptible cracks that already existed in those with whom we were dealing. Those cracks spring from the sin nature and everybody has one. Nobody is perfect. We connect and rub each other the wrong way, then we get injured. As with my glass in the water, the injury was not intentional nor malicious. The action of the glass was not premeditated. It didn’t mean to hurt me; it just happened.

So what should we do? As the injured party, the first instinct is to take care of the wound. Stop the bleeding; get stitched up. But what then? Just as it was not an option for me never to wash dishes again, withdrawal from ever dealing with those who hurt us is not an option either — not if we truly love each other as we have always said. Even the most menial, regular expressions may be difficult at first as the wound heals, but those expressions must be allowed to return. The Neosporin for an emotional wound is the salve of forgiveness.

images-1Cleanse the emotional wounds. How? Communicate. Talk and listen. Forgive. If we don’t, infection will set in and there will be pain and trouble for who knows how long. Irreparable damage can happen to ourselves, our loved ones, and our relationships when we wallow in our personal pain. We can become the sharp edge of the glass, slashing everyone else, or we can be gentle, realizing we’re handling glass from now on. Consider the Bible’s truths concerning these matters:

  • Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. (First Corinthians 13:4-5)
  • Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (Colossians 3:13)

Forgiveness may set us up to be crushed again, but it is also the only way to set us up to be cherished again. images-2

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Unknown-2Mission Trip Update! 34 days to go! NOW THERE’S A $1,000.00 MATCHING GRANT! All donations sent between September 1 – September 26 will be matched up to $1,000.00. That means you’ll actually be helping with double the amount you send! I still need $1,800.00 – $2,300.00 for the hotels, food, visas, etc. Please do not hesitate. I really need your financial donations now. Donations so far have covered my air travel and my vaccinations.

The trip has been narrowed down to KENYA and ZAMBIA! I’ve seen the proof of the posters that will be passed out and the billboards that will be placed throughout the cities. I will be teaching at the Leader’s Seminars, encouraging the ladies at the Women’s Seminars, and preaching at the evening crusades. People travel all over the world every day, but it’s my first time and I’m pinching myself being sure it’s all actually real! Thank you in advance! You can give three ways:

  1. Via Paypal through my ministry website: http://www.lifethatmatters.net. Click “Donate.” [Remember that Paypal charges a 3-4% fee on my end.]
  2. By check sent to my post office box: P.O. Box 1519, Inglewood, CA 90308
  3. Via Paypal through the HSBN.tv website. (Be sure to let the network know your donation is for Rev. Sharon Elliott’s Africa trip.)

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Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • Pick up a copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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Boomerangs Videolink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JH_gbinMk

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Sharon’s other books still available:

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