Insurance Sales Agent/ Staff Producer

Insurance Sales Agent/ Staff Producer

Insurance Sales Agent/ Staff Producer

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Mark Holihan – Farmers Insurance
Park Ridge, IL

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I thought ours was growing well. At least until recently! Gardening and preserving food at home have its advantages. For one, you know exactly what’s in your food and don’t have to worry about ingesting bugs, creature parts or other less-than-desirable items found in manufactured produce.

We’ve never grown Brussels sprouts in our garden until this year; my husband and I figured we’d venture into the realm of the unknown by adding turnips, Brussels sprouts, and a few extra delicacies we both enjoy. Although the little heads look like little cabbages, their stalks are incredibly unique. In fact, I feel quite safe in saying that no two stalks are identical. And the little heads … well, each one is as distinctive as a thumbprint. Such an imagination our Creator has!

This afternoon my husband harvested our first batch of home-grown Brussels sprouts. I couldn’t have been more excited to bring those little perfectly formed gems into my kitchen and being the preserving process. New challenges lie ahead.

I carefully sorted through the box, washing each sprout, trimming the outside leaves and core, placing it in a bowl of salt water. Oh, I could just taste them … cooked just right with butter and a dash of salt. My mouth was watering. As I began to peel back the outside leaves, much to my amazement, little crawly things were indiscriminately tucked away in the lush green leafy sprouts. I gasped!

How could such perfectly-formed delicate sprouts provide forbidden amnesty to such creepy crawlies? From our garden, no less! My imagination went wild. How could I be sure I found all the squigglies? How could they have gone undetected all these weeks while we watched the stalks grow and the little buds form under their leaves?

I began to pick through the sprouts dancing around in the heavily salted water. The crawly things began to squiggle and loosen their grip on MY sprouts. It took a leap of faith, but I finally decided I’d found them all and went on to prepare the sprouts for blanching and freezing while keeping a watchful eye out for those undesirables.

All the while, I’m wondering if the Lord didn’t have a lesson in here for me. Of course, I should have known that every natural circumstance has the potential to provide a powerful spiritual lesson, so I began to consider worms and sprouts although the picture in my mind’s eye wasn’t very pretty.

Let’s begin with the stalk of the Brussels sprout. It’s tall and its leaves spread out as far as they can reach, providing opportunity for their offspring to grow in a safe and healthy environment. There are no two stalks alike, unique in every way except for the fact that Brussels sprouts beget Brussels sprouts. Well, maybe with a few creepy crawlies included, but at least they begin pure.

Just as the stalks of the Brussels sprouts are unique, God created each one of us unique, formed for a purpose-to bring praise to the Creator who is, above all, worthy.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139:14 KJV).

But, also like small, tender Brussels sprouts which began pure as the driven snow, we tend to have undesirables tucked away in the recesses of our hearts where no one can see them. The Master Inspector, however, is totally aware of their presence. Because he loves us even more than my husband and I love Brussels sprouts, He carefully picks us up and begins to peel away the outer layers exposing the innermost man. He cuts off the hard core-the hardened heart and turns it into a heart of flesh, tender and compassionate, just like His.

The process goes on as He continues His work by seasoning us with salt … not just to preserve us, but to rid us of undesirable behavior and tendencies hidden in our hearts. As the salt is applied, those crawlies behind the surface begin to loosen their grip and separate themselves from our lives. The Master Preserver then takes us and purifies us even more by subjecting us to the fire, stopping the growth of those things which had previously so easily beset us.

“For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt” (Mark 9:49 KJV).

Carefully, we are put through the processor and prepared for eternity. While my Brussels sprouts will only last up to a year in the freezer, the Master Preserver seals us unto the day of redemption.

“…and grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30 KJV).

Who would have thought such a lesson could be found while preparing Brussels sprouts for freezing? While I’m still not thrilled about the worms in my those leafy green gems, I’m thankful that they served a purpose by revealing yet another way the Lord speaks to us through His creation.

Thankfully, because Immanuel, God With Us, came to earth, anointed by the Spirit of God “that [we] might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD” (Isaiah 61:3 KJV), He will be continue to be glorified as the cleansing and purifying process continues in each of our lives until the Harvest.

I’ll certainly pay more attention to worms in the future … how about you?

© 2009 Jan Ross All Rights Reserved

Jan Ross and her husband Ron make their home in Willard, Ohio; they are the parents of six adult children who have blessed them with fourteen amazing grandchildren. Jan is an ordained minister, published author, and piano teacher. With a heart relentlessly motivated by the Great Commission, Jan co-founded and serves as President of Heart of God International Ministries through which she has frequent opportunities to minister the message of salvation through Jesus Christ across the globe. She oversees ongoing and growing ministry activities in India, Uganda, Haiti, Kenya, Soldiers Bible Ministry, JournEzine, Women of Passions, and various other local and international initiatives. Jan’s servant heart and deep passion for the Word of God continue to bear much fruit to the glory of God. http://www.heartofgodinternational.org

 
Tips To Ensure Your Big Day Is Perfect
 
You are planning your big day. Tons of time and effort goes into this process and the end result had better be good. So how do you make that happen and still keep your sanity along the way? The answer is quite easy and that is to read along and we will provide some wedding planning tips that can really help anyone to make it to the big day.
 
Do not forget to learn about how you will handle tax reporting for your business. Reporting taxes for a business is much more complicated than filing taxes for yourself. You might need to hire a tax accountant to sort out what you have to do in the first year that you are filing as a business, just to make sure that it is done correctly.
 
If you are planning an outdoor wedding you will need to consider the possibility of bad weather. If you do not have a backup plan, this could ruin your wedding and inconvenience all of your guests who are attending. Always prepare for the worst on important occasions.
 
When the wedding has ended, you will most likely receive gifts from the people who have attended. Make sure that during this time, you and your spouse are together so that you can both show the appreciation that is deserved. Thank everyone regardless of what type of present they give you.
 
You should try to create a wedding that is extremely personal by having elements which encompass you, your fiance, and the relationship between you two. Think about your time together and find a theme which matches it.
 
An outdoor wedding has its own natural beauty but you should still check on the place where your wedding will be held right before your wedding. Check to make sure that the grass has been mowed, leaves have been raked, and it is clear of debris. If you notice something that you do not like, make sure it is taken care of before your wedding day.
 
For the woman who is about to get married, don't skimp on the dress. This is your day to shine, to look the most beautiful you have ever looked before, and to be decorated with unending compliments. So go buy that expensive dress you have always dreamed of wearing on your wedding day.
 
Skip having guests throw confetti at your wedding as it makes a mess and isn't good for the environment, nor will you like picking it out of your hair. Instead, give your guests a noisemaker with the date of your wedding and your names on it to take home as an inexpensive keepsake.
 
Make sure that you never plan your bachelor or bachelorette parties the day before the wedding. There may be a lot of drinking at these parties, and the last thing that you will want to do is ruin the day of your wedding because you are not fully functional. Have a calm day right before your wedding.
 
It is okay to let loose at your wedding reception. Many people take their wedding day too serious and do not remember it is supposed to be a joyous occasion. When this happens, they look back at their special day with unpleasant memories. Laugh with your guests, and dance to upbeat music.
 
Share your discounts on airline tickets with family and friends who will be attending your destination wedding. If you have Airmiles, see if you can help by purchasing tickets for your family with the reduction in cost thanks to those miles. Ask around with all attendees to see if they can pool their resources and get more discounts!
 
When picking out your wedding ring, make sure to get one you know you are going to like years down the line. Many people pick a random ring, and later decide that they do not like it. Also, if you are going to get matching bands, make sure both of you like them.
 
The time has come to plan your wedding. It is the biggest day of your life, and you're putting every drop of energy into the process. You just might lose your sanity along the way, right? Wrong! If you follow the tips we have provided, you can make it to your big day and keep your sanity intact. Take a deep breath and enjoy the ride!
 

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