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Monday, October 20th, 2014

     That moment when I’m reading scripture, and something hits me hard. Rather than searching frantically trying to make sure I have lined up to the truth that God has just shown me, I will stop reading and repent before God. Realizing that I cannot live that truth out, and that is why it hit me. That’s why it felt so intimidating. As a human I can’t live up to it. In my flesh there is no way to live it out. But Jesus Christ can live that truth out IN ME, because HE IS TRUTH! So repent of TRYING and ask Jesus Christ to live out that truth through you. After all the mystery of the Gospel is “Christ IN YOU, the HOPE of GLORY!!”. 

NOW THAT IS SOMETHING TO JUMP UP AND DOWN ABOUT!!

God has shown us here at the Thrift store His goodness in so many ways in the past month, that as I take a few minutes on this Saturday afternoon to reflect, I am overwhelmed.  As I put my nose to the grind stone day after day it seems that all I see is our needs. So a few moments to reflect is very refreshing. 

This time last month we were feeling a bit of pressure wondering what we are going to do for furniture and household items. At the beginning of this month Leon mentioned to me that we need to start praying into the need. I whispered a prayer as I continued working (excuse me a minute. The doorbell just rang. That means that someone is here with some donations. Household items perhaps.) Household items it was! Praise the Lord! :) As I was saying, I whispered a prayer and continued to work. Not an hour later the doorbell rings and we find a nice car load of household items just waiting to be claimed. And that is the way that it has been all month. The shelves that we place the items on to wait for cleaning and pricing have never emptied. There are days that they start looking pretty bare, but without fail God fills them up. And the same way with the furniture, we always have what we need. WOW! What a GOD! 

God Bless each of you for your prayers and support! ~Luke~

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Monday, September 29th, 2014

YOU ARE LOVED

But now thus says the Lord,

he who created you, O Jacob,

 he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name, you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,

and the flame shall not consume you.

For I am the Lord your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I give Egypt as your ransom,

Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

Because you are precious in my eyes,

and honored, and I love you,

I give men in return for you,

peoples in exchange for your life.

Fear not, for I am with you;

I will bring your offspring from the east,

and from the west I will gather you.

I will say to the north, Give up,

and to the south, Do not withhold;

bring my sons from afar

and my daughters from the end of the earth,

Everyone who is called by my name,

whom I created for my glory,

whom I formed and made.”

~Isaiah 43:1-7~

God, with His everlasting unconditional love and unfathomable grace, is never far from us. He is always right by our side through every trial and every blessing. We are precious to Him! He has redeemed us! He loves us! There is nothing of this world that will keep Him away. He has called us each by name and we are His.

 This past week has been especially challenging for me. I have been struggling to understand all that God is doing right now in my life and in the lives of my families. But that is part of the beauty of my God. I don’t need to understand what is going on, or why He is allowing certain things to happen. He tells me in Matthew 6:25-34, Do Not worry for this life,” and right there in the first and fifth verse of Isaiah 43, “Fear Not,”. I “Do Not need to worry or fear what my future holds, He has great plans for me, ~ Jeremiah 29:11. He always has what is best for me in His plan. All I need to do is have faith and entrust my life in His hands completely. I have gone back to this passaged in Isaiah all week and I learned a new promise each time. These verses are from the heart of God, the Great I AM. They are for you and me. 

My challenge for you this week is to claim these promises in your own life. To go beyond the mundane of our usual everyday living and grasp a new awe and joy of our Great and Mighty GOD. Uncover something unique each time you open your Bible. Look for the unusual on each page. We are precious, holy, loved. Live in these Words of our Creator. 

 Blessings from our hearts to yours,

Patti

    

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Monday, September 15th, 2014

Positioning our Hearts in the Flow of God’s Power

In 2 Chronicles 20:1-30, King Jehoshaphat received some very terrible news. Three countries had banded together, forming a massive army to attack his much smaller country of Judah. Danger was thick. Defeat seemed imminent. Death on an enormous scale was a looming reality. Yet in the face of the potentially horrific situation, King Jehoshaphat didn’t freak out or explode. Instead he did five specific things that gave me a whole new perspective on how to ‘hold’ myself together when a life event threatens to blow me apart.

One: Remember who you are.

“Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all of Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek Him.” (2 Chronicles 20:3-4)

The two words that immediately precede and follow King Jehoshaphat’s name - alarmed and resolved - represent two realities that are significant. Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved. The king had resolved to inquire of the Lord. Although he was alarmed over the situation, Jehoshaphat was resolved. He predetermined to remember who he was: I am a child of the great I AM, holy and dearly loved, whom God has set apart for a mighty plan. Remember who you are!

Two: Redirect your focus on Jesus.

“Oh our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we have no power against this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2 Chronicles 20:12) 

I love the honest admission by King Jehoshaphat and his people. They didn’t know what to do, but they new who to turn to. Their attention was fixed on the Lord.

The human soul is designed to recognize and respond to the calm assurance of Jesus. When I’m in a hard place, I can invite a power beyond my own into a situation by simply speaking His name. I don’t have to know what to do. I don’t have to have all the answers. I just have to remember one thing, one name – Jesus. Invite Jesus into every life moment. Redirect your focus on Jesus.

Three: Recognize God’s job isn’t your job.

“Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.’” (2 Chronicles 20:15)

Sometimes I get into situations where I’m consumed with trying to figure out what to do. The more I think through options, the more frazzled I become. Ultimately, the responsibility for winning this battle I’m facing doesn’t belong to me. I’m not responsible for figuring it all out. My job is simply to be obedient to God in the midst of what I’m facing. God’s job is results. Obedience positions us in the flow of God’s power, working with God’s ways not against God’s ways.

A few years ago I went on an intense hike, straight up the side of a mountain. Climbing up the mountain against the force of gravity was hard. Really, really hard. But coming down was a completely different experience. I navigated to same rocks and roots without feeling nearly as stressed. I enjoyed the journey. I was able to notice the beautiful surroundings and have enough breath to breathe in the clean, woody smell of the forest.

Later it occurred to me how the experience of this hike was to my Christian walk. Starting at the top of the mountain and working with the force of gravity was so much easier than starting at the bottom of the mountain and working against it. Although I had to navigate the exact same path both directions, being in the flow of gravity made it so much better. It’s just like when I face a hard issue in life. Operating in the flow of God’s power is so much better than working against God’s power. Seeking to obey God in the midst of whatever circumstance I’m facing is what positions me to work in the flow of God’s power. I still have to navigate the realities of my situation, but I won’t be doing it in my own strength. Recognize God’s job isn’t your job.

Four: Recite thanks and praise to God.

“Then Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. And the Levites, of the Kohathites and the Korahites, stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice. And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe His prophets, and you will succeed.” And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever.”” (2 Chronicles 20:19-21)

If I had been facing certain death at the hands of a marauding horde, my first line of defense would not have been to send out the choir. If only I was more in the habit of a thankful heart full of praise instead of a grumbling heart consumed with my present circumstances. I just don’t feel very thankful in that moment when problems start bumping into my ‘happy’. I don’t feel like breaking out into a praise song when my ‘world’ is blowing up. How do I shift from having an attitude to walking in gratitude?

I can’t authentically praise God for anything wrong or evil, but I can shift my focus to all that is right and praise Him for it. In the story of King Jehoshaphat, making this shift – from looking at what was wrong to praising God for what was right – worked a miracle.

“And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set traps against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the war men of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one turned to destroy another. And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead, bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.” (2 Chronicles 20:22-24)

When I stop being blind to all that is right and good, I see so many more reasons to praise God. And when my heart is full of praise, my emotions aren’t nearly as prone to coming unglued. Recite thanks and praise to God.

Five: Realize reactions determine reach.

“And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.” (2 Chronicles 20:29-30)

In the midst of it all, King Jehoshaphat honored God with his actions and reactions.

He felt alarmed but stayed resolved. He kept his focus on the Lord. He stayed in the flow of God’s power by being obedient to God’s Word. Though it wasn’t easy, he shifted from having an attitude to practicing gratitude. And his reaction positively affected everyone around him, not only people in his own kingdom, but even those in surrounding countries. This is the kind of leader I want to follow. This is the kind of leader I want to be. Not that I leading a kingdom, but I am influencing the people around me. The interactions I have with my family, my friends, my neighbors, my church, even the checkout clerk at my local grocery store – they matter. My reactions testify to the kind of relationship I have with Jesus and the effect He has on my heart. I’m reminded in the Bible that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. When my ‘happy’ gets bumped, what’s really going on in my heart is on display. In those times I will either add to the authenticity of my love for Jesus or, sadly, negate it.

In the midst of it all, I want to honor God with my actions and reaction. Our reactions determine our reach.

My hope is for those of you who read this to be encouraged and empowered. We can do all things through Christ who strengths us (Philippians 4:12).

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Monday, September 8th, 2014

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

~Helen Keller~

     This past week, we were so blessed to have a wonderful youth group from Green Terrace Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania come and help with projects around the Door of Hope buildings. The gentlemen worked all week on building a new wash house at the Hannah House property. They put in long hours of work in the intense Carolina heat, and the new building looks incredible. The lovely ladies did various tasks. Whether it was cleaning houses/offices, packing items for our manager’s move, or working at our thrift store, they put their full hearts into their tasks with much joy bubbling forth. 

   This groups amazing dedication and servant hearts has blessed us all not only for all the work that has been accomplished but for the hearts that have been touched by this loving, fun-filled group of youth and their leaders. 

A big thank-you from all of Door of Hope staff!

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Monday, August 25th, 2014

Psalms 61:1-4

Often in life, it is too easy not to trust God. We say we do, but when life’s struggles and pains come our way.. where do we turn? When times of heartache and grief come, do we instantly begin to worry? Do we take our problems to friends or family? Do we try to distract ourselves with other materialistic things? Or do we take all the hurts and fears, all insecurities and shortcomings, every piece of who we are and every trial in our journey and trust God to protect our hearts? Instead of putting our absolute complete trust in our all-powerful God, we often take our problems into our own hands and try to fix them with our weak human capabilities. We work out of past hurts, the moments that have changed our lives forever by cutting us in the deepest places of our hearts. Whether it was a major life altering event or the slow wear of harsh words, everyone has been changed and broken in some form. We hold our hearts as closely to ourselves, so as to “protect” ourselves from more pain, hurt, and disappointment. Unfortunately, the closer we try to hold ourselves together the more we fall apart. Our God is beckoning us to release control, to be vulnerable with Him, and to trust Him with all we consider ugly or broken. He is asking us to believe in His unfailing, all-consuming love for us. He wants us to be so captivated in who He is that we can say without a doubt that He is our Everything, our Protector, our Healer; He is all we need.

~Keisha Burkholder

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Monday, August 18th, 2014

Promises: His Language, Who He is

     ”The promises of God are His direct contact with my heart, soul; with my future, who I am, and where He wants me to go, and what He wants to do through me.”   -Wayne Weaver

Colossians 1:21-22

     ”And you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works yet now hath He reconciled, In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight.”

    “The Christian’s greatest difficulty is to take literally the promises of the Savior. Said the Lord Jesus: ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.; We are told to come to Him, not to some friend, not to some experience, not some feeling or frame of mine. We are not even to come just to the Word of God: rather, we are to go through that Word to the person of the Lord Jesus Himself.” (V. Raymond Edman, They Found the Secret) 

     Do you live your life allowing the Promise of God to inhabit you? 

Current Events: God is Good.

     -We are pleased to say that the month of July has been a record in monthly sales, production was at an all time high as well.

     -Keisha, whose year commitment ended on the 11th of July has extended it by 6 months.

    -We are excited to announce a new staff member, Baby Massey will be joining in February of 2015! :)   

                                                                  -Rachel Campbell

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Monday, August 4th, 2014

Counting All As Loss 

Isaiah Chapter 6:8-13

  8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: ” ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ 10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “For how long, O Lord?” And he answered: “Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, 12 until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken. 13 And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.

   I want you to notice a kingdom principle that we have pretty much lost sight of. That is that God cannot let us see and understand the things of His kingdom until we have totally come to the end of ourselves, until our “hearts of flesh” are completely annihilated. When Isaiah asked God how long this was to go on, God responded with “Not till the existing Israel has been annihilated”.  We have all experienced times in our lives when we have begged God for understanding, yet because we were asking in the flesh, God could not let us see or understand. 

   You see, God cannot let us turn and be healed and understand His kingdom until we surrender. Many times we try to select the parts of us that we are willing to let God “destroy”. There are parts of our belief system that we don’t want God to touch… areas of our lives that we know that if we let God have His way, He would change. So we hold back a tenth and wonder why God isn’t “Coming through for us”, or why we feel like we aren’t receiving the Grace we need for the trial. God told Isaiah, “And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste”. In other words, until you are all in and holding nothing back, you will experience the “destruction” over and over and over. 

   That is not the end though!! Look at the glorious promise that God gave! ”But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.” Once you surrender all, once all of yourself is cut down; God says that His HOLY SEED will remain in your land as a stump.

Isaiah 11:1-3a tells us who that Holy seed and stump are.

   1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him– the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD– 3 and he will delight in the fear of the LORD.

This is not a gift but an inheritance. A gift is worn on the outer man; an inheritance is planted deep inside— like a seed. Yet even though it is such a small planting, this planting grows and, in time, fills all the inner man. ~Gene Edwards (A Tale Of Three King)

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Monday, July 21st, 2014

Jehovah-Jireh~ The Lord who provides.

Out with the old and in with the new. This past Thursday, one of our long wished for dreams came true! New counters for our register space!  Our new counter area includes one large counter top with shelving on both sides and two display cases. As us wonderful thrifties love to do, we made a fun night out of the work! It was a great evening filled with hammers, saws, pizza, and laughter. We can only stand in awe of our wonderful Provider. 

 2 Corinthians 9:8-12 (AMP): “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! And [God] who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness and charity]. Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God. For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God.”

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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Part 2: Freedom, What does it mean to you?

          From before time began all beings had the freedom of choice. Lucifer and all of the fallen angels had a choice. I and every human being ever created has/had a choice. The choices are to live for, love, and serve God, or to live for me and everything that I want to do. I either live for God-good or Satan-evil. The choice is to either believe Truth or lies. Truth is, Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He came and lived the perfect life that I couldn’t live. He was the only Way that the relationship between God and man could be restored. He was the perfectly perfect and completely complete sacrifice, the only one who could by the shedding of His blood redeem myself and everyone else to the Father. Truth is, God’s love is great. Truth is, Jesus is Perfect, Pure, and Holy. Truth is, you and I were created for a great purpose; we were created to bring honor and glory to God. We were created to further His Kingdom, so that all may know Him and the power of His gospel. Truth is, perfect love cast out all fear. (1John 4:18) Truth is, “Thus said the Lord.” “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

    Because we were created with the freedom choice. We can choose all of Truth; or we can become enslaved to the enemies lies. We have the freedom to choose surrender. We have the freedom to give God complete control of our lives. He plants Truth deep within the heart. It becomes my identity. He takes my heart and replaces it with His own. He even places His Spirit in me as a seal. (Ephesians 1:13) When I surrender to His Lordship, there is freedom because I have surrendered to Truth, thus breaking the bondage of lies. Freedom is found in surrender, because then He plants Truth into your heart. 

~Rachel Campbell

        Freedom is living a life of constant surrender. Normally when we hear the term surrender in a fight or war, we think of the person who was too weak and is giving up. In life, it is the exact opposite. When we surrender all we have, all we are, and all we want to be to the One who is our strength and who fights for us, we then can be set free. 

And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is 

made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather 

boast in my infirmities, that the power of  Christ may rest upon me. 

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches,

 in needs, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake. 

For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

We cannot find freedom with our own strength, but with our God we can overcome all things. Surrendering all to Him, so that in His perfect strength we find the freedom we are looking for and are made whole; made free. Because God is the Utmost, the Complete, we can stand fully surrendered with our hearts wide open knowing we are safe in His arms. Resting in the hands of our Saviour is the only place our souls may truly be free.

~Keisha Burkholder

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Monday, July 7th, 2014

Greetings from the thrifties!
     We are very excited to introduce to you our newest member at the thrift store. Luke Massey and his beautiful family (Victoria and Kamden) have come on board the Door of Hope family! 

     In honor of Independence Day, we (Luke, Patti, Keisha, and I) wrote a essay on what freedom means to us as individuals. This week will be Luke’s and Patti’s and next week will be Keisha’s and my own. 

What does freedom mean to you? When I was little my Dad use to say, “Freedom is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself.”

Our Country has experienced freedom in many ways. Being freed from England’s gripping rule and freedom from slavery, to name a few. We herald our freedom from the roof tops. “We are free!” “We are free!” we chant. Yet are you truly free? Have you found freedom in your own life?

For me freedom is physically, emotionally and spiritually breaking off chains.To step out in the liberty of His light. To act, speak and think as He wants without the restraint of Satan’s lies and fears holding me down. I no longer hide in fear from people. I don’t carry the baggage of guilt. I don’t feel ashamed for who I am. 

Christ’s freedom is not the end…. ’tis only the beginning of the journey. 

-Pat

Freedom is Surrender. You remember how it was when you were a child. Your parents made a rule that said you were not allowed to… (Fill in the blank). When you ears the words, in your mind you protested. You felt like they were binding you. Restricting your territory. You were convinced that if you could just do “that thing” you would feel free.   So you “did that”. You weren’t going to be restricted. From that moment on you were looking over your shoulder afraid that someone had found out, and you were going to be punished. Slowly you closed yourself into a corner shutting others out of your life. After all, it wasn’t safe to be open with others and share your life with them. What if they “found out”?    Now who was restricting your territory? 

    Maybe as a teen or adult you failed. But you are afraid of what people will think so you don’t confess. You once again slowly withdraw.   Again. Who is binding you?  Our humanity screams for freedom. God created is with the ability to choose, and we believe that as long as we can choose what “we want” we are free. 

     When Lucifer chose “Freedom”, he was cast out of heaven and bound for all eternity. When Eve chose to hear Satan’s words, she suddenly saw God’s words as restrictions. And because of that she was no longer “free to eat of all of the other trees” but felt bound to reach out and eat of the “one tree”. Ever since then humanity lives under the lie that got Satan cast out of heaven. That lie is “I will choose for myself so I can have freedom.” 

     Jesus said, “Come to me. Be yoked to me… Learn of me, and you shall find rest unto your souls.” In my own words, “Come to me, surrender your life to me. Learn from me how to walk in my kingdom for my purposes, instead if trying to ‘walk in my kingdom for your benefit’, an you will be meek and lowly (surrendered) in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls.” 

     John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” 

     If we want Jesus to “make us free” we must be yoked to Him. Lay aside our thoughts, ideas, and notions about God and His kingdom and surrender our mind, will, and emotions to the King himself so He can teach us His ways and purposes. 

     You were created by Him for His purpose and His glory. The only way to be free is to surrender your entire being to Him and His design for you. -Luke Massey