Encouragment is good!

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  1. Eric Vickery

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    One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do.
    >Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.             At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried
    >horribly.             Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel
    loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at
    what he saw. With everys hovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was
    doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the
    farmer's neighbours continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would
    shake it off and take a step up.P retty soon, everyone was amazed as the
    donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!         Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The
    trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up.
    Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of
    the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and
    take a step up!
     
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    Brother Eric,
    Could use your encouragement today! Thanks, dude! Keep postin' and keep encouragin'--

    Your buddy,
    Blackbird
     
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    My pastor used this illustration from the pulpit once. Thanks for sharing it here.

    In Christ,
    Laurenda
     
  4. Eric Vickery

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    There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. And he was given a slingshot to play without in the woods. he practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. And getting a little discouraged; he headed back to dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse, he let fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the woodpile, only to see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing.
    After lunch that day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today, didn't you Johnny?" And then she whispered to him, "Remember, the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes. Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing, and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." But Sally smiled and said, "Well, that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help." And she whispered again, "Remember, the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed. After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's, he finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed that he killed the duck. She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. But I was just wondering how long would you let Sally make a slave of you."
    I don't know what's in your past. I don't know what one sin the enemy keeps throwing up in your face. But whatever it is, I want you to know something. Jesus Christ was standing at the window. And He saw the whole thing. But because He loves you, He has forgiven you. Perhaps He's wondering how long you'll let the enemy make a slave out of you. The great thing about God is that He not only forgives, but He forgets!!!
     
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    Mountain Moving Faith

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    A small congregation in the foothills of the Great Smokies
    built a new sanctuary on a piece of land willed to them by
    a church member. Ten days before the new church was to
    open, the local building inspector informed the pastor that
    the parking lot was inadequate for the size of the building.
    Until the church doubled the size of the parking lot, they
    would not be able to use the new sanctuary.
    Unfortunately, the church with its undersized parking lot
    had used every inch of their land except for the mountain
    against which it had been built. In order to build more
    parking spaces, they would have to move the mountain
    out of the back yard.
    Undaunted, the pastor announced the next Sunday morning
    that he would meet that evening with all members who had
    "mountain-moving faith". They would hold a prayer session
    asking God to remove the mountain from the back yard and to
    somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted
    before the scheduled opening dedication service the following
    week.
    At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation's 300 members
    assembled for prayer. They prayed for nearly three hours.
    At ten o'clock the pastor said the final "Amen". "We'll open
    next Sunday as scheduled," he assured everyone. "God has never
    let us down before, and I believe He will be faithful this
    time too."
    The next morning as he was working in his study there came a
    loud knock at his door. When he called "come in", a rough
    looking construction foreman appeared, removing his hard hat
    as he entered.
    "Excuse me, Reverend. I'm from Acme Construction Company over
    in the next county. We're building a huge new shopping mall
    over there and we need some fill dirt. Would you be willing
    to sell us a chunk of that mountain behind the church? We'll
    pay you for the dirt we remove and pave all the exposed area
    free of charge, if we can have it right away. We can't do
    anything else until we get the dirt in and allow it to settle
    properly."
    The little church was dedicated the next Sunday as originally
    planned and there were far more members with "mountain-moving
    faith" on opening Sunday than there had been the previous week!
     
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    Brother Eric,

    You ever watch Hulk Hogan? How the bad boy gets him on the mat--and it looks as if the Hulk has "had it" and that his arm(when the ref raises and then drops it) is as limber as a wet noodle--then the crowd start chantin'--and then . . .! Well, you know the rest of the story!

    Sometimes I feel just like the Hulk--the devil has me on the mat--my feet go into some form of contusions--and then the crowd(you, my friend) starts chantin'(postin') and then . . . .!

    I'm your buddy!
    Blackbird
     
  7. Sherrie

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    Eric these are wondrful stories. You should post these in the:

    "Praise & Inspiration Forum"
    Post inspirational stories and testimonies

    So everyone would be sure to see them. I am afraid we all get carried away on some of the threads, and these might be passed on by. I really love them, and have passed some on in email. It would be ashame if they are burried.

    Sherrie
     

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