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ENTOURAGES MANTLE
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by Barbara Sanders

Issue 103 June 29, 2002

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=>Top of the Mantle - Word from Editor
=> Scripture Mantle -devotions
=> Special featured devotional
=> Weekly Mantle-featured Entourage links
=> Quote of the Week
=>Traveling Mantle-Web links
=> Weekly Recipes
=> This 'n That
=> Snippet from the Mantle - news
=> Gold Dust on the Mantle
=>Subscribe/Un-subscribe information

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TOP OF THE MANTLE

Hello from Barbara's Entourage

Learning to Manicure

This week has been one of little sunshine and much rain. We needed the rain, but our grass could use cutting. When it rains, and keeps the ground wet, it's hard to keep it looking the way my husband would like - manicured! Ladies can all identify with 'manicures'.

Sometimes we feed our soul like the weather - it has a drought period, then we fill it with 'rain' (the Word of God). But, unlike the ground, our soul can't survive on a little 'rain' - but needs a daily outpouring. We get so busy in our every day lives, that we sort of shove our 'spiritual' lives aside, until we 'have time'. And, we often don't realize how 'hungry' we are getting, until perhaps it's too late. We get involved more and more in worldly things, and don't realize how much we are disobeying God's commands. Disobedience can bring us lack in both our spiritual and earthly lives.

Perhaps each of us needs to do a little 'manicuring' in our lives, to get closer to the Lord. We need to clean and clip all the portions of our being that divide us from God. Then, we need to imbed ALL of the Word deep within our soul, so it can bring us peace, joy, contentment, healing, and a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father.

Deuteronomy 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

Copyright ©June 29, 2002. Written by Barbara Sanders, all rights reserved.

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SCRIPTURE MANTLE...
Devotionals at Barbara's Entourage this week!

Master's Table Weekly Devotional

Healthy Soul Food

Weekly Archives Devotions can be found at Master Archives.

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Miss a day of Daily Dose this week?
Daily Dose of God's Word June 24-28, 2002

Things Change, But...
Change My Heart, Oh Lord
My Church, Your Church, His Church
You Cannot Escape
Keeping Our Mind On Him

Visit Daily Dose archives to read past devotions at Barbara's Entourage.

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SPECIAL FEATURE DEVOTIONAL

Our America

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I'm going by the upper road, for that
still holds the sun,
I'm climbing through night's pastures where
the starry rivers run:
If you should think to seek me in my
old dark abode,
You'll find this writing upon the door,
"He's on the Upper Road."
---Selected.

Streams In The Desert

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WEEKLY MANTLE...
Featured links found in the many pages of Barbara's Entourage!

America: Land of the Free

Independence Day

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

A little more kindness, generosity,and goodness within the heart makes the difference between being in the Kingdom of Heaven and being forever outside of it.

Messages: A Selection of Pastoral Essays
By Guy McGowan

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TRAVELING MANTLE...
Christian friends sharing their faith on the Net!

Annie's Fourth of July Welcome Page

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What The Presidents Did on the Fourth of July

It Happened On The Fourth of July

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WEEKLY RECIPES
From Around The Web

Lemon Cake with Strawberries

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'THIS AND THAT' ...
Joy, Humor, and Faith on the net!

Carrot, Egg, and Coffee

A certain daughter complained to her father about her life and how things have been so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and she wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed that just as one problem was solved another arose. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen, filled three pots with water and placed the fire on high. Soon the three pots came to a boil. In one he placed carrots, in the other he placed eggs, and in the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. The daughter sucked her teeth and impatiently wondered what he was trying to do. She had problems, and he was making this strange concoction.

In half an hour he walked over to the oven and turned down the fire. He pulled the carrots out and placed them in the bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in the bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her he asked.

"Darling what do you see." Smartly, she replied.

"Carrots, eggs, and coffee."

He brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Her face frowned from the strength of the coffee. Humbly, she asked. "What does it mean Father."

He explained. "Each of them faced the same adversity, 212 degrees of boiling water. However each reacted differently." "The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. But after going through boiling water, it softened and became weak." "The egg was fragile. A thin outer shell protected a liquid center. But after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened." "The coffee beans are unique however. After they were in the boiling water, it became stronger and richer."

"Which are you," he asked his daughter.

When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

Are you the carrot that seems hard, but with the smallest amount of pain, adversity, heat you wilt and become soft with no strength? Are you the egg, which starts off with a malleable heart? A fluid spirit. But after a death, a breakup, a divorce, a layoff you became hardened and stiff. Your shell looks the same, but you are so bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and heart, internally.

Or are you like the coffee bean? The bean does not get its peak flavor and robust until it reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water gets the hottest, it just tastes better. When things are their worst, you get better. When people talk the most, your praises increase. When the hour is the darkest, trials are their greatest, your worship elevates to another level. How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?

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SNIPPET FROM THE MANTLE
A word or two from ......

If you are concerned about this nation's future (OUR future), and was upset at the decision on the Pledge of Allegiance by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California, you might be interested in reading the following articles:

Federal Appeals Court says 'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance is Unconstitutional

Pledge of Allegiance Ruling Will Not Stand

Is God An American Institution?

Religion and the Constitution

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"GOLD DUST" ON THE MANTLE

"Lean on Me, for I am Meek and Lowly of Heart"

Be Humble
1. Humble with God

Only pray fervently; let your prayer be thoughtful and reverent, sweet and full of hope. The poor have nothing left to them but prayer; but that prayer, so humble, so pleading, ascends to God, and is listened to with Fatherly love!

Do not have a number of varied prayers, but let the "Our Father" be ever on your lips and in your heart.

Love to repeat to God the prayer that Christ Himself has taught,and for His sake is always accepted.

To be continued.

By Charlotte M. Yonge - 1880

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ULTIMATE!
That's a Roundup from Barbara's Entourage for this week.
"Head knowledge makes you smart; heart knowledge makes you HIS!"

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HIS ENCOURAGING WORD...

Psalms 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

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