Friday, October 22, 2010

Outlive Your Life By Max Lucado & A Book Giveaway!

Max Lucado challenge's believer's to be more like Christ in his inspiring book, Outlive Your Life.  He reminds the reader of the difficult times that we are living in and the hope that we have.  Christain's are called to share the hope and love of Jesus Christ.  This book reminds me of  a saying I once heard that made a great impression on my life, that the greatest preaching does not come from speaking but through our actions.  By living one's faith.  Max Lucado guides us through the Gospel of Acts and the Days of Pentecost urging us to have that same commitment and like enthusiasm to walk daily in the Spirit.  In his book he states that when you look upon the poor, you are looking at Jesus.  When you look at the needy, you are looking at Christ.  We all can do our part in assisting and showing the Love of  God.  In doing so, our lives are more enriched and those around us will be blest.  Max Lucado stresses that with each one doing our part we can reach a multitude of  souls.  We will be leaving a legeny, making our mark on a world that so badly needs the Truth.  He also forewarns us that it won't be easy  and that we must expect persecution.  The members of the early church put the Lord first in all that they did and God blessed them greatly for their efforts.  I love the urgency that the author puts in his writings as he reminds us that the time for action is now.  I had the great priviledge of reviewing this book for Book Sneeze.  In celebration of  the start of my new blog,  I will be running a giveaway. All you have to do is become a friend of this blog and comment.  The contest runs until Oct. 31, 2010 at Midnight (EST).  Winner will be announced here.  Spread the news!  I will be giving away one copy of  Max Lucado's "Outlive Your Life".

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Spiritual Platter

When my Grandfather DiFalco came to America seeking riches, little did he know what God had in store for him.  He left his hometown of  Venice, Italy in his early twenties in search of a better life.  He met my Grandmother Rapheala and after a short courtship, they married and settled in Detroit, MI.  Grandpa landed a very good job at Ford Motor Company and it was a blessing he did as he would bare twelve children.  When my grandmother was pregnant with my father, Ether, she decided to give her life to Christ.  Grandpa and Grandma were both attending The Church of Jesus Christ~The Restored Gospel and fell in love with The Word of God and wanted that lifestyle for their family.  In time both of my grandparents were baptised and raised their family in a Christain home.  By the time I came around, the entire family was fervent in serving the Lord and I happened to be blessed into a huge immediate and extended family that put God first.  Although I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth, I feel that I received much more.  I was given a spiritual platter.  I was raised in the Church, became baptised in my teenage years and have experienced walking in the Spirit for more than forty years.  I grew up hearing many of the brothers and sisters testify about how God did miracles for them and over the years have witnessed miracles in my own life over and over again.  Thus, the title for my blog "Miracles".  I didn't realize that other people did not have the same background as I and even now I find it hard that people question if Miracles truly occur.  The purpose of my blog is to share some of my many experiences in hopes of  encouraging others.  I believe that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The many blessings he has given me, he is able to do for others if we open the door.  My heart is overflowing with gratefulness and I have found, that by putting God first, everyday is true joy. The key to contentment is being thankful no matter where we are in this life.  Thank you for wanting to share in my journey.