• Tonie Roberts

As I sat on the couch watching tv, I received a text message with a simple request, ''Can you wash my feet?" After giggling at the request, I remembered the story of Jesus washing His apostles’ feet.

I thought about all the person making the request has done for me. All the sacrifice, all of the selfless acts they performed for me. And then I thought about the statement Jesus made to His apostles. In John 13:7 Jesus said, “You do not realize now what I’m doing but later you will understand.” Jesus, our Savior, humbly sacrificed Himself, and made Himself a servant to serve those who should have served Him.

Jesus said in John 13:16-17 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

By serving others, we will be blessed. God told Abraham in Genesis 12: 2 I will bless you, and you shall be a blessing. Verse 3 says I will bless those who bless you. The Lord will pour His favor on those who are a blessing to others.

“Can you wash my feet?” My pleasure.

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  • Tonie Roberts

We are living in tough times. There isn't anyone on earth that hasn't been affected by the times whether that be physically, emotionally, or spiritually. It has been hard for our world to cope and grow accustomed to the new norms . It can become overwhelming and difficult to remain optimistic and joyful.

Before this pandemic, I saw myself as a very mentally strong person and without realizing It, I was stripped of that confidence. I struggled with anxiety for months but I prayed to God for strength and healing and he has delivered me. I had this verse in mind to help reassure me. Matthew 10:29 "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father."

God is working. God is in control. God has not abandoned us. Not even a sparrow can die without God's consent. Trust and believe that you are more valuable to God than a sparrow and His plan is good. Even when things are chaotic, remember that verse. We are often overwhelmed because our point of view differs from God's. He is all knowing and He has all power.. God can make good out of anything. Everything He does, and allows is strategic, and he has a plan in place that we aren't yet aware of.

Be in peace… I am now at peace because God knows best in any situation. Even if we don't understand, we need to trust Him. Without Him there is nothing, there is no purpose in life. God is working!

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  • Tonie Roberts

The darkness of Covid 19 touched the world! Shut in, some began to experience depression, oppression, and anxiety. The lack of social interaction impacted children, teens, and adults. No one escaped the darkness!

Ironically, prior to Covid 19, some of us had already chosen to hide out. We hid behind our failures, our low self-esteem, what our momma said, what our daddy did! We were shut in before Covid 19 hit.

Now’s the time to come out. Come out of the depression come out of the oppression, the anxiety and from every negative word said about you. It’s time to put the past behind you, and “PRESS towards the mark for the prize for the High calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13)

You might say to yourself, letting go of years of negativity is not that easy. You’re rights!

I’ve got good news for you. If you choose to come out and press forward, instant assistance awaits you.

The Holy Spirit is waiting to comfort you, healing your sorrow, to teach you, giving you hope for tomorrow, and to guide you into all truth, replacing the negativity with the word of God. (John 14:16 , Isaiah 61:1 John 16:13, 1Peter 2:9)

As Joyce Meyer says, “Let your mess be your message”. Whatever God has brought you through should be used to bring others out as well. Look around! If there ever was a time that people were in dire need of hope, it’s now!

You have gifts inside of you the world is waiting for. You are anointed to do what the Lord designed you to do. His divine power has given you everything you need for life and godliness in the knowledge of Him who called you to His own glory and goodness. That’s right! His divine power has given you everything you need for life.(2 Peter 1:3)

So what are you waiting for? No more excuses for not being who the Lord has called you to be. Come out and be about our Father’s business!

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:3-5


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