What is Nail Soup?
In days of western lore, legend has it that the cook who tended the chuck wagon, when he didn't know what to cook , would put a rusty nail in a pot, add water and start it boiling. From there he would add anything he could find, maybe an onion or some potatoes or carrots. Maybe a soup bone.
When thinking of a name for this page, which is a place to put miscellaneous items, I thought about the nail soup.
Then I really thought about the nails. About the nails that held my Savior on the cross. The ones that pierced his feet and hands. I thought about everything He bore for me on that day. About my miscellaneous sins.....so many I could not even try to name them. And he did it just because, before I was even born, he loved me. He loves you too with the same kind of love.
Maybe when you click on this page out of curiosity, you will find something that will help you in your daily Christian walk, devotionals, household tips, child rearing, and even how to stretch a dollar. Maybe we can inspire you to be all that God intends for you to be.
We are looking for stories or experiences of encouragement that might help someone else. Do you have something funny and good-natured? A story of hardship that God brought you out of? A testimony? Lessons for today that might have been instilled in you by your mother or grandmother?
A good recipe other sisters might enjoy? Maybe a mentor in your life left such a mark, you would like to share; a special teacher, a pastor, a church mother, a complete stranger.
These stories can be personal stories pertaining to what the power of God has done in your life. Has God performed a healing in your life for you? Tell the world about it. Tell the world about Him,
We want to be a source of encouragement to those needing encouraging. We want to rejoice with the ones rejoicing!
This is a great insight into what being a child of God is all about.
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~ Rules from God~
1. Wake Up!! Decide to have a good day.
"Today is the day the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalms 118:24
2. Dress Up!! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance;
but the Lord looks at the heart." I Samuel 16:7
3. Shut Up!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth,
so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking.
"He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3
4. Stand Up!!... For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything..
"Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up
. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10
5. Look Up!!... To the Lord.
"I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me."
6. Reach Up!!... For something higher. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding.
In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6
7. Lift Up!!... Your Prayers. "Do not worry about anything;
Instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING." Philippians 4:6
Legend of Three Trees
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.
They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a great treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated with an intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take Kings and Queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. People will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."
Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill, look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me."
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter" and he began cutting it down.
The tree was happy, because he knew the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree the woodsman said,
"This looks like a strong tree. I will be able to sell it to the shipyard."
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. One of the men said, "I don't need anything special from my tree, I'll take this one," and he cut it down.
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he had prayed for.
The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying Kings had come to an end.
The third tree was cut into large pieces, and left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.
Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.
Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said "Peace" and the storm stopped. At this time,the tree knew that it had carried the in its boat.
Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.
A new minister was walking with an older,
more seasoned minister in the garden one day.
Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do,
he was asking the older preacher for some advice.
The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the
young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.
The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher
and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do
with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry.
But because of his great respect for the older preacher,
he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact.
It wasn't long before he realized how impossible this was to do.
Noticing the younger preacher's inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it,
the older preacher began to recite the following poem...
"It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine."
"The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die."
"If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?"
"So I'll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step of the way."
"The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord knows.
I'll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.
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