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Ordinary to Extraordinary!

July 25, 2012 by  
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In my kitchen, I have a very small bud vase that I keep to put tiny flowers in. A few of days ago, I picked a couple rose buds from the different rose bushes in our yard. Today as I was sitting at the table reading my Bible, I looked up at the vase. The ‘buds’ have opened and the vase has two beautiful roses in it. But one rose stood out.  It was striking in its beauty. What made it so striking? Although the rose buds came from different bushes, they were almost identical in color… but the edges of one rose was fluted. It made it look fuller and drew my eye to it immediately…and it was fragrant. Two roses: almost identical in color but very different to behold.

I thought about the “fluted edges”. It was as if the Gardener had taken pinking shears and clipped along the edges of each petal. It made the “ordinary” extraordinary! And the fragrance…I think that was the Master Gardener’s gift to each one that would take the time to “smell the roses”.

I think that as a Christian our life can be like that…two roses side by side but it was the “fluting” that set the one apart. In our lives as Believers, it is the “fluting” or work of God in our lives that sets us apart. Sometimes, it may seem like someone is going over the edges of your life with pinking/pruning shears…and the Lord may be doing that in your life. But it has a purpose:  to set you apart, to add beauty to your life. And then HE will add HIS sweet fragrance so that each one that your life touches will be blessed by your love and obedience to HIM.

Isn’t it something how the Lord can speak to our hearts through the simplest things…like a small bud vase?

 

Linda Kropp got saved at 14.  ” I always say that I didn’t get into a lot of trouble…because my mom wouldn’t let me!”  Linda was a was a missionary from 1973-1985 in the States, Europe and Asia, 9 of those in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Her husband was in the same mission, “Christ is the Answer” and they were married in Sri Lanka in 1980.

They have one daughter, Elisabeth, a son-in-law, a 4 yr. old granddaughter and brand new granddaughter.  They attend College Avenue Baptist Church in Bloomington where they both are Sunday School teachers.  In September of 2009, Linda was praying about a way to help missions and she felt the Lord put on her heart to open a thrift store in Clinton, IL and give 100 % of the profits to missions, crisis pregnancy centers and food pantries. So she did.  They also have a weekly Bible study; a mentoring program for homeschooled and public school students.They also have had numerous people commit their lives to Christ since they opened. It has become a ministry…and that is just the ones who have gotten saved. Many people come in daily with prayer needs and they pray for them.  They work with DOVE (a domestic violence program), the IDHS in Lincoln, and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.

 

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