“When my Grandma would visit, she would clean, cook, clothe, babysit, bath, change diapers, and help with the best ACTions of Attitude and Gratitude to spread Love to the next generation, as a real Matriarch.” ~ Jon Barnes
I listened to my Grandma because of my respect and her righteous attitude of doing the Best job, showing the Best love, and kindness, which made me Grateful with Gratitude. I wanted to please Her and do the best I could do so that she would be proud. I did this for my parents, teachers, children, family, and ultimately God! God blesses a Heart full of Gratitude and obedience with Grace, Goodness, Eternal Gifts.
The Patriarch ACT
A Patriarch has the source of Gratitude and Grateful Attitude that makes everyone else around them take notice and fall in line with Family Values passed down from God in the Bible. Grandpa was cool, but Grandma’s execution of excellence was extraordinary. I was inspired to obey and tow the line. No, you can’t make everyone obey, yet we all know the truth and it’s origin. Practical Application of the scriptures in daily life is passed on from generation to generation, because the children were paying attention, doing the work, an ACT of LOVE. You must be clear on this. Children who are not doing God’s work are ACTing a FOOL!
Common Ground ACT
I learned this principle of love to pass forward to the next generations when we all attended church, studying the Bible, Praying, learning, and living. The rest was up to me to obey. Many of us know the way, but refuse to obey, as if we will have a second to say, God Forgive me before dying. Are you really going to try and fake your way into heaven, just as you have been faking love with people all of your life? Here’s the deal. Fake people can only have fake love and fake gratitude, destined for a Fake Heaven, called HELL. I would encourage us all to do what my good grandma, mom, aunts, and other family members should do; listen, learn, and obey God’s commandments before it is too late. Gratitude is Golden!
Are you willing to pick up the torch of Gratitude?
Enjoy Today’s Reading.
Acts 6New International Version (NIV)
The Choosing of the Seven
6 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widowswere being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
8 Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Opposition arose, however, from members of the Synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called)—Jews of Cyrene and Alexandria as well as the provinces of Cilicia and Asia—who began to argue with Stephen. 10 But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.
11 Then they secretly persuaded some men to say, “We have heard Stephen speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God.”
12 So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin. 13 They produced false witnesses, who testified, “This fellow never stops speaking against this holy place and against the law. 14 For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us.”
15 All who were sitting in the Sanhedrin looked intently at Stephen, and they saw that his face was like the face of an angel.