M.O.T.H.E.R.

You see shamrocks and green suits on St. Patrick’s Day, and elves at Christmas, so who watches over Mother’s Day. Is it a little white haired lady, or a career woman? No, it’s a special agent, engaged to his dream girl, who left his dream job to work for his Mother. H.R. Escutcheon is the point man to protect Mother’s Day. This year, find out what threats he has to face to ensure Mom keeps her special day. M.O.T.H.E.R. is available now from www.amazon.com/author/pruittwrites!

The new Mother's Day story from pruittwrites coming soon
The new Mother’s Day story from pruittwrites coming soon

A Testimony

The Screwdriver

Today, roughly three miles from the Church, we heard three noises and stopped on the side of the road. The tires, and everything else, seemed to be fine. We went on to the Church to unload some supplies.

When you step out of the side door of the fellowship hall, you’re on an elevated concrete stoop. It was then that I saw something amazing. Underneath the car, between the driver’s door and back door, was a screwdriver. It was lodged under the car.

When I pulled it out, it had not punctured anything. We let the car run for a short while to be sure. The screwdriver itself was also free from any liquid.

The Lord had His hand on us once again! It could have broken a belt or, at the very least, punctured a tire. Thank You Lord for Your provision and protection! I intend to keep this screwdriver as a reminder that God always watches over His children!

Second Chances

John 21:15 – 19
15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry [thee] whither thou wouldest not.
19 This spake He, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He saith unto him, Follow me.

I love The Word Of God for many reasons, one of which is when He points you to a certain scripture. you may have read it time and time again, only for Him to reveal something that you’ve never even thought of before. Today I was reading John 21.

This part of John has always confused me a little. I’ve heard great Men Of God open up so much from these passages. What blessed me today though, was something very simple, but extremely powerful. Before I even knew it, God was turning on the lights in the corridor of my understanding.

The first five words of John 21:15 hold a revelation, “So when they had dined . . .” He reminded me of another time, not too long before, where they had dinner. It was called The Last Supper, and during it there was this conversation.

Luke 22:33 – 34
33 And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
34 And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

The Lord Jesus said Peter, you will deny three times. Here is where I rejoiced, how many times did Peter declare his love for God in John 21? Three times! The Lord asked, and three times, Peter answered the way he had wished he would have a short time before.

At the previous meal, Jesus said, where I’m going you can’t follow right now, but you will follow later. At the end of this meal, Jesus told Peter “Follow Me“. In between those two things though, He told Peter how He would die. That might seem morbid to you, but if I were Simon Peter, it would reassure me.

In other words, “You don’t have to worry about fear the next time, I will give you the strength to stand at that day.” Aren’t you glad that He reassures us that we don’t have to worry about failing through fear. He was essentially telling Simon, “This is a do over! I’ve given you the opportunity to do what you said in the previous book, to go both to prison and to death for me.”

History records that not only did the Apostle Peter follow The Lord willingly as a martyr, but his wife did also. The man who had refused to be associated with Jesus, now gave his all. He instilled his love for God, first in his own family, and then the world. Peter had learned his lesson, and summed it up in 1 Peter 4:19.

19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Pre Calvary, Simon Peter thought he could be brave on his own. Post Calvary, He knew that true bravery comes through God. He also knew, from past experience, that His Creator would create another opportunity for you to do the right thing.

If you’re reading this today, and you feel broken, incomplete, or damaged beyond repair, remember the fisherman. The same man who once declared I don’t know the man, stood outside of an Upper Room and proclaimed Him. He would publish the name of Jesus from Jerusalem to Rome. The good news is, so can you and I.

If you’re in need of a second chance, God is still in the business of giving them, and it all starts with a conversation. We call it prayer, but it’s talking to Him. It’s the beginning of a process that can take you from denying you have a problem, to proclaiming His transforming power. He did this for Simon Peter, He did this for me, and He can do this for you too!

Easter: The Called Shot

Babe Ruth

John 10:17-18
Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

In 1932, legend has it that Babe Ruth, in the fifth game of the World Series pointed towards center field, and hit a home run. People still debate the validity of the Ruth legend. Either way, Ruth hit the home run.

Whether you agree with Ruth’s story or not, a much greater called shot happened over 2,000 years ago. The Lord Jesus, repeatedly, declared that He would not only die for our sins, but that He would rise up three days later.

I’m so glad that He called this shot, even before He was born in the manger! He prophesied it through the prophets, from Enoch to Malachi. Isaiah declared it triumphantly, David rejoiced at the sight. Abraham saw His day, and was glad. The breath taking thing is this, as soon as Eve’s decided to eat the fruit, God decided to save us. He never wanted them to sin, but He was prepared to offer Himself to reclaim us!

He called the shot while His voice was Adam was still burdened with guilt. He called the shot before they were thrust out of the garden. As the tears of sin flowed down their faces, tears of love promising redemption flowed from God’s face.

This Easter, I’m so thankful that He cared enough to communicate my victory. For He didn’t just call the shot from a Heavenly throne. He carried it out through blood and agony, and looked back triumphant from home plate as the tomb stood perpetually empty.

Gallery

I love to use my iPad Mini, and iPad first generation before it to draw. It’s relaxing for me, I’m just an amateur, but I thought I’d share some with you. A few are covers and illustrations from our eStories.

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Meet Dr. Ed

The following is a fictional, hopefully inspirational, interaction. It occurs in a studio in a corner of my imagination. It is my hope that this light hearted interview will bring a smile to your day.

T.J.: As it is our readers first time talking to you, I’d like to let you just give them some background.

Ed: I will be glad to proceed with the interesting interrogation examining my inner character and characteristics.

T.J.: You’re a doctor aren’t you?

Ed: Yes, I’m a H.O.P.E. and am trained in S.I.L.L.Y. and J.O.Y. Seminars.

T.J.: Those letters mean what?

Ed: You mean other than how much school cost my Parents?

T.J.: You’re fictional, so it didn’t cost them.

Ed: Well, you get what you paid for. H.O.P.E. stands for the study of the History Of Positive Encouragement. S.I.L.L.Y. seminars are Strategically Inspiring those you Love and Lead while denying Yourself. J.O.Y. is paradigm training, it means Jesus Others and You. This is the order that we should follow in our lives.

T.J.: So through laughter you help people.

Ed: I try. There is so much negativity in the world today. So many hurting people, desperate folks, and angry people. Why put down when you can build up? Why not find a way to make people laugh?

T.J.: You got your name for a reason, what was it?

Joshua 22:34
And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: for it shall be a witness between us that the Lord is God.

Ed: I was named after an Altar, loosely Ed means Witness. So I witness to those who need a shot of upliftment the arms. After all, flabby arms aren’t flattering, neither are flattened spirits. Sadness seeps into lives and controls them. My job is to edify, enlighten, and engage in laughter!

T.J.: With your looks, I can understand the laughter. Orange and yellow bow tie, silver buzz cut, Einstein mustache, cowboy hat in your hand, and a brown suit with burgundy shoes. You look like a cartoon drawing Ed!

Ed: That’s Dr. Ed to you, and my visual characteristics are your curious construction sir! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a patient arriving soon.

T.J.: Who are you treating today?

Ed: A songbird that’s forgotten her song.

T.j.: How will you help her, give her sheet music?

Ed: You hopeful boy, you went looking for humor, too bad it alluded you so completely! No, I merely shall remind her of her reason for singing. She is alive, living in a world of God’s creation, with an opportunity to bless others.

T.J.: To bless others?

Ed: Yes, through her song! Give her a reason to be happy, and she’ll remember her song. You see, she’s not really forgotten her song. She has forgotten her reason to sing, remind her of that, and the words will come easy.

T.J.: So if I meet someone sad today, I should tell them they have reason to be happy?

Ed: No! No! No! They won’t need your knowledge, but they may need a kind smile, a hug, or simply a I love you! Lift them up to where they can see the sky, and they’ll know what to do once they’re there. Share your love, not your opinions Timothy!

T.J.: Yes, Dr. Ed, see you next time!

Click here for your next appointment with Dr. Ed!

Think Differently

I saw the title of a book today, “Steve Jobs The Man Who Thought Different.” Now I know, I love Steve Jobs, but I want to focus more on the title, “The Man Who Thought Different”. To think differently, is to look at something twice. Two often, we are guilty at looking at things once.

If we have a problem, we size up the issues, determine a course of action, and proceed. That’s valuable, only if our first thought is the right thought. This is why The Lord says that their is safety in a multitude of counsel.

In other words, I may be looking at something with the wrong perspective. If I talk to others, their view point can save me a lot of trouble. To think differently shows maturity. As an impetuous young man, I charged ahead. Now, I’m a little older, and I walk slowly forward.

Before we dismiss our problem as inevitable, or unsurmountable, let’s stop a moment. Grab a cup of coffee, maybe a nap, spend some time in Prayer, and look at it again. We may find that what seemed so gigantic yesterday, is much smaller today.

Yesterday, I looked at something bigger and meaner than me. Today I see something much smaller than The God that I serve. A day before, I looked at it alone. Now I see it with a group of warriors on my side.

Steve Jobs surrounded himself with geniuses. People, whom he knew, could do what he could not do. Perhaps that is why he was able to look at things differently. He didn’t view them through the eyes of Steve Jobs the individual. Instead he saw things as Steve Jobs, head of Apple. A company accustomed to doing what others thought couldn’t be done.

So do you have a problem today? Close your eyes tightly, take a breath, and reopen them. This time, don’t look at it as John Smith, view it as a Child Of An Omnipotent God.

Steve wasn’t the only one who thought differently.

Isaiah 55:8, 9
“8 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

1 Cor 13 The Picture Of Love

1 Corinthians 13 is the picture of Love. One of my favorite verses says, “Love is kind“. He doesn’t say love is sometimes kind, or once in a while kind. The Apostle simply says that Love’s nature is kind. It is so because God is Love. It’s nature is His nature, as He is, so is Love.

That doesn’t mean Love is always on top of the world. When Christ’s back was split open as blood poured out with every heartbeat, Love was kind. Even prior to that, when He took chords and drove the money changers out of the Temple, Love was kind.

When He sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden, Love was kind. You see, He could have killed them, then and there, but He didn’t. He had a kind plan to save them in mind.

When the money changers were forced out, it was because He loved His people enough to return His house back into a place of prayer.Think about it, an unkind God would have left them there. He was even kind to the money changers. He drove them out, but He cursed the fig tree. They were given an opportunity to come back in the right way. The fig tree withered away.

I said that to say this, as Love is consistently kind, it is continually consistent. Every attribute of Love is constantly present in every interaction with it. You may say, “People’s love hasn’t always been consistent with me.”

My response would be, that’s true, “They were not consistent.” The problem is not their love, the problem was themselves. How often have we made the same mistake? We’re tired, so we don’t do what we did when we were dating. Valentina’s day used to be an event, now it’s a day on the calendar.

I’m not saying you should spend the same amount that you did back then. I am saying that it should be approached with the same enthusiasm. If we made our spouse feel special,when we were really just acquaintances, how much more when we’re two halves of a lifelong partnership?

It’s not just a holiday in February that I’m referring too though. It should be a lifelong 365 day consistent treatment of the ones we care about.

John 13:35
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

He didn’t specify a time period, or if we feel like it, He merely said we would love. Love is _______.
Whatever we expect to receive from that statement, we should work to faithfully contribute to its state or existence. I see areas in my life that I need to work on, but with God’s help, I intend to intentionally and consistently mirror my God and His Love.

With that being said, Happy Early Valentine’s Day Ashley, I love you!