STAND -Strength To Achieve New Direction
A great friend of mine, Aliya, was sitting at the hospital after her newborn baby was born premature; she was dealing with all the complications of handling this precious little one and seeing the care she was receiving from the nurses. She called me up and said, "I could really use a word of encouragement right now. Do you have an acronym for PREMIE and NICU?" I told her "No, but I will ask God." Seconds later I sent her the following acronyms:
I was reviewing all my Goodnews Letters over the past few years and noticed that I frequently repeated the same acronym; sometimes two months in a row! I was concerned at first, then I realized that sometimes it is important to reiterate the same thing, hoping that it gets through to someone who needed it.
It reminded me of a story I heard about a young pastor that was just starting at a new church. He began his first sermon preaching on the "Love Chapter" 1 Corinthians 13. The congregation loved it! The next Sunday, he preached on the "Love Chapter" 1 Corinthians 13. The congregation liked it. The next Sunday the new pastor preached on the "Love Chapter" 1 Corinthians 13. The congregation started to wonder. The fourth Sunday, the new pastor preached on..yep, you guessed it-- The "Love Chapter". The elders decided they had better have a talk with him. "Pastor, you are a very eloquent preacher and well-liked by everyone, but we are concerned that you don't know how to preach about any other topic." The new pastor simply smiled and said, "I do have numerous other sermons I'd like to share with you, but I can only move on with them when I see that you have this love thing figured out."
I will continually post new blogs and monthly put out Goodnews Letters, hope you will chose to follow them and comment. Your comments are valuable!
One of the common expressions I hear from people is "Wow! You have a gift from God to come up with these acronyms!" I know that I could not do any of them without Him, believe me I have tried and I've failed miserably.
I was sitting in my Church on Sept 29, 2013 listening to a speaker share about the features and benefits of being a FOSTER parent. As she was speaking, the Lord gave me the following acronym for FOSTER:
Families Offering Strength That Encourages Restoration
I shared it with her and she was enthralled by its clarity! I love when God reveals these definitions of words so quickly to me! Thank you Holy Spirit for your never-failing leadings.
PEACE - People Enabling A Caring Environment
Take a STAND by Nick Furey
Emptiness envelops so many people, young and old.
Could we truly bear to hear the stories they have told?
Of abuses and pain, humiliation and fear
Of hopelessness and abandonment and wondering why they’re here.
Because of their color lifestyle, or status in life
They are made fun of and hurt and left with undo strife.
Racism, hate crimes, bullying and judgmental minds
Must begin to look in their heart and discover what they’ll find
Take a STAND for these souls give them a sense of HOPE,
for you never really know if they may be on their last rope.
Suicide kills more than a life it kills HOPE as well
It makes us realize how life can be a living hell.
Take a STAND in your school, on your job or on the street,
knowing your support and grace might get them on their feet.
Strength To Achieve New Directions is the hope their longing for
To know that they’re life is worth it and see love outpoured.
Where there’s violence, Take a STAND
When there’s injustice, Take a STAND;
Where there’s hopelessness, Take a STAND
PEACE be with you all!
I am so glad that you took the time to checkout my site! I hope that you find it resourceful and encouraging. I would like to point out the Acronyms page as it has quite a few acronyms there. Did you notice the Goodnews Letter on the Home Page yet? Soon we will have the prints available for sale. The customized Name acronym prints have been a big hit!