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  1. David @ Red Letter Believers
    January 3, 2011 @ 4:16 PM

    I agree that Jesus in the workplace is needed. We tend to keep him home on Sundays. I think you should pray that Christians spend some time living out their faith in word AND deed

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  2. Debbie Simler-Goff
    January 3, 2011 @ 4:24 PM

    Thanks David! I wholeheartedly agree! Think what would happen if every believer earnestly lived out their faith in word and deed at work as you suggest.

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

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  3. Marcus Goodyear
    January 3, 2011 @ 5:08 PM

    We just don’t pray about work often enough. I still remember the first time I prayed intentionally about work. I was an English teacher, and the school librarian was in a fight with the English department. (Strange, no?)

    Things got so ugly, I started to pray about it. At first, I prayed for God to smite my enemies, but that didn’t feel right. I didn’t want to smite the librarian, I wanted him to stop being my enemy.

    That changed my prayers until I found myself asking God to help the librarian. It sounds a bit self-righteous to share it, but praying for my coworkers always helps me remember that we are all in this world together, on the same field, playing at the same level, just children, really.

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  4. Debbie Simler-Goff
    January 3, 2011 @ 7:47 PM

    Awesome story Marcus! Thanks so much for being willing to share this with all of us. And kudos to you for taking the whole thing to prayer!

    It is so true, whenever I really pray about issues at work things improve tremendously – especially in my attitude.

    Earlier this year, I started taking my complaints to God first before venting to anyone else. Doing this put things into such perspective. Imagine telling God how something isn’t fair, when He is the just judge of all.

    Thanks again Marcus. You put a tangible face on dealing with conflicts at work.

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  5. Laura
    January 3, 2011 @ 9:39 PM

    A very thoughtful post, Debbie, and one that has me thinking about my workplace. There are definitely places that I see Jesus working there. Others, well, I’ll just say we need more prayer. I like what Marcus says about praying for those who seem to be against us. I’ve been in that place before–needing that perspective. It helped change my heart to pray for those folks.

    Happy New year, to you and many blessings!

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  6. Debbie Simler-Goff
    January 3, 2011 @ 10:46 PM

    Thanks Laura!

    Our perspective makes such a difference doesn’t it? Oh, that God would fill our hearts and minds with His viewpoint of the world around us.

    So nice of you to share your thoughts Laura. Hope to connect with you agains soon.

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  7. DenaDyer
    January 4, 2011 @ 5:59 PM

    Debbie, what a great article. I have had all different experiences in the workplace–some not so good and some excellent. I do think people praying makes a HUGE difference.

    Thanks for offering to pray–that’s amazing. I would love prayer that we here at CFS (Catholic Family Service) in Amarillo would be able to tap into “veins of influence” in the faith community to support the work we’re doing with refugees.

    BTW, I also enjoyed your article on HCB today. Keep up the good work!

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  8. Debbie Simler-Goff
    January 4, 2011 @ 6:16 PM

    Dena!

    Thanks so much for leaving such a thoughtful post.

    I am convinced that God uses the ups and downs of our jobs to whittle away at the rough places in us and teach us all about true servanthood.

    I too have had a wide array of workplace experiences but learned so much through each one.

    And yes, I will pray for a vein of influence to open up at CFS. As a matter of fact let’s pray right now:

    Oh Precious and loving Heavenly Father,

    How deeply concerned you are with all of humanity but certainly your ever watchful eye must be closely upon the refugees that CFS supports. Right now, in Jesus name I ask you transform the hearts and minds of every man, woman and child in Amarillo. Make them sensitve to the work that CFS is doing and raise up a following of faith filled believers who adhere to all of your word.

    And Jesus, bless my new friend Dena. Give back to her 100 fold for all she’s done and for the deep burden she carries for her ministry.

    In Your Most Precious Name, Amen.

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  9. Muhammad Furquan
    January 8, 2011 @ 3:52 AM

    Debbie! I just wanted to tell you to keep up the excellent effort, especially this blog. It’s very inspirational to read all that you have written about Christianity and more. I will continue looking forward to your posts in the future. Take care! – Muhammad

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