Sunday, October 13, 2013

Carrot, Egg or Coffee?

Grandmother says... Carrots, Eggs, or Coffee; "Which are you?" A young woman went to her grandmother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose. Her grandmother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs and the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her granddaughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they got soft.She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The granddaughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma. The granddaughter then asked. "What's the point,grandmother?" Her grandmother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity--boiling water--but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water. "Which are you?" she asked her granddaughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?" Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength? Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart? Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level? ~Author Unknown

Have you ever thought that maybe at times when you do want to give up thats the devil knocking on your door? I certainly do! those times are the hardest, because without thought of mind its very easy to just give up. However, someone, somewhere, somehow loves you! Can you believe that that individual is the one who created you, the one who doesn't judge you until your own judgement day, but you have all that time on this plant to think about what type of person you are and what type of person you want to be. All in all that person you create here is the way of life you will live after death. Kind of a weird subject and strange thing to even talk about (after death) so... we will leave that for another time. Tonight above is enough to ponder with the way you live RIGHT NOW!

God Bless!

~Victoria Clouse

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I did not forget about you....

It has been awhile this I know!!! I am sorry as I am finishing up school right now (BS in Business Analysis) and after that I am going to focus so much more on this Blog and reading more stories in the bible. Did you know that a man named Job was tested by the devil. The devil said to God that basically he (Job) isn't as strong as God says he is. So God says test him, but don't touch his health.... through terror and torment of having EVERYTHING taken from him from food and cattle to his own children he still worshipped God. God in my eyes laughed at the devil saying see I told you. The devil says let me take his health. While the devil took his health, his wife left him, his friends tried to steer him away from God and thats when God came to Job and his friends and said "Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them". Job 40:7.... 

All the while you ask God questions, but why not listen and answer some that He may have for you. I knew a little bit about this story, but my husband is the one who shared the in-depth version and my own worded version above. It opened my eyes to the fact that Job never gave up his faith even when his wife left him and his friends were telling him to just stop and give up hope, he NEVER did. You are who you surround yourself with, keep that in mind when someone is telling you that God is not the answer or trying to sway you away from Him. Of course as humans we question things that happen to us and direct it toward God, but in the end who are we to question Gods will??? 

Listen and read the words of this song as I feel it relates whole-heartedly to Jobs faith and then the bible verse above.

I'm not skilled to understand 0:27... What God has willed, what God has planned 0:32

God Bless All of you!

~Victoria Clouse

Good Father

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