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Monday, May 29, 2017

Pull Together...Toward Joy!

            Have you had your Joy Juice today?  Drink in the joy of Jesus and know that you are not alone!

            Priscilla Shirer tells a great story (in her book And We Are Changed)  that illustrates the impact of knowing we are not alone:

One day a man was on his way out of town, and his travels took him down a rural, dirt road. Somehow he hit a bump and fell into the ditch.  A farmer who lived nearby saw the accident and rushed over to see if the man was okay.  “Is there anything that I can do to help you?” he asked.

“Yes, indeed.  Do you have a horse or tractor that can help pull my car out of this ditch?”
The farmer said, “Well, sir, I do have a blind cow named Nellie.” The man thought that was odd, but he needed any help he could get.

The farmer went and got Nellie and hooked her up with the chains necessary to pull the car out of the ditch. The two men stood back and the farmer yelled: “Cameron, pull!” Nothing happened. “Sophie, pull!” and still nothing happened.  “Casey, pull!”  The man was beginning to think the farmer was nuts! And then, he yelled, “NELLIE, PULL!” Immediately, the blind cow pulled with all her might and the car came out of that ditch.

The man shook his head in disbelief! “I really appreciate your help,” he said to the farmer. “But why in the world did you call all those other names before you called on Nellie to pull?”

The farmer answered, “It’s really simple. Nellie is blind; if she had known she was doing this all by herself, she would never have tried in the first place.”

           Ask God to send you sisters and brothers in Christ that will help you pull in the right direction….the direction toward joy in the Lord!

Ecclesiates 4:9  Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.”

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