The Wrong Label

I never noticed the label on this honeydew when I chose this particular one at the grocery aisle. I only noticed the wrong label when I decided to cut up the sweet, firm flesh to be the healthier option for our after dinner dessert. I recognized the fruit so well among the other fruits that I did not even pay attention to the wrong label it had.

Label says "spaghetti squash"

But I know it is a "honeydew"...sweet honeydew...














Wrong label…That’s what I had been going through in this difficult battle I had been in at my workplace.

Where others say I’m disabled, God says, “You’re able…”

When they think I am guilty, God knows “I’m not guilty.”

When they are sure that I am weak and powerless, God says, “You can do everything because of Christ.”

When most of them tell me, “It’s impossible…”, God is quick to say otherwise, “Nothing is impossible.”

When they accuse me of lying, God says, “I know the truth.”

When they rush to end my career by making plans, God is the One Who directs all the steps.

When they want to see me suffer, God gives me His gift of joy, peace and abundant blessings.

Wrong labels…They don’t matter to God. It is what is in our hearts that He sees and what matters the most to Him.

“7But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart." – 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV)

10 comments:

  1. What an awesome post! I love the wrong label too. So funny!

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  2. I am so sorry that you are going through such a trying time at your work... I am thankful that we worship a Father than not only knows our heart but sees it too.. I will continue to pray for you.
    Love to you
    Kelly
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  3. What a great example to share! I know what the Bible says and that is what I choose to believe. However, the world always says something different. For me, I find that I must spend time each day with the Lord to confirm what I know.

    blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  4. Such a precious post, bless you. This is Denise, from shortybearsplace.

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  5. Oh Rosel that is toooo funny. Great analogy you shared here dear one. Thank you. Blessings

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  6. Thank you my sweet friend and sister for continuing to uphold me in your prayers. If you only knew how much you bless me. Times are certainly hard and we are going through so much. Prayer is so powerful and I am forever thankful to so many who pray on our behalf along with us.

    You are continually in my prayers no matter what is going on in my life...even when I have been so sparse on the computer these days.

    Love you and many hugs sent to you this day,
    Alleluiabelle

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  7. Gosh it really does make ALL the difference; knowing that our God is in control of everything and that He has a plan for us. Your response to all these difficult situations inspires me in my own difficulties.

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  8. Hi -

    Thank you for this rich piece. It stirred my soul indeed.

    You offered such encouragement and hope here.

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  9. Only one label counts - the one that says we are loved by God.

    Thanks for this post, Rosel. It is true, the world loves to attach labels to us. But none of them matters, if they do not match the way God sees us.

    Blessings on your day as you spend this day worshiping God in church, and having a fresh intake of His word as preached by your pastor.

    May God refresh you and infuse your heart with fresh joy.

    Love
    Lidia

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  10. ((((Rosel)))) came back to give you some hugs.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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