Wednesday, July 9, 2008

SIGNS, SIGNS... What's on your cardboard?

Signs! They are everywhere: the flashing neon variety, computerized signs, faded billboards, and even cardboard ones. Have you been reading the signs?
Maybe this one is familiar in your area too.
Picture this... a possibly 'homeless' man at the end of an exit ramp... His sign says, 'Hungry. Need work. Please help. God Bless.' We want to read his cardboard box story, but often we don't want to really see the one holding the sign. Is he for real or not? We question that. Know that feeling?

I started a new Sunday School class last year, The Piranhas...Hungry for God. Because I have a slightly creative, mostly goofy side to my personality, I decided to use this cardboard sign to promote our class in the coffee/bagel area of our church. You might say it was an 'out of the box' move, something you might expect from a turtle girl. (Tell me, how many people really read the church bulletin?) People saw my sign... and I felt God was asking them the question, not me....Were they hungry for MORE of Him in their life?

Are you hungry for more of God in your life?

The results of my cardboard sign ad were interesting. Some wanted to know more and others pretended not to see the sign. Bagels were the bread of choice.

Sometimes we try to contain and control God in our life. That does not work for Him. He wants to tear our cardboard box open and use it for His Glory. Or better yet, choose to break your own alabaster box. Others are reading your sign every day. What's on your cardboard? People want to know, 'Is He is for real or not? ' Don't leave your story unwritten... God sent us a sign, a universal one. He hung His sign to us on a tree set on a hill that could not be hidden.

Point others to HIS SIGN! It reads:

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

"B" His Girl
****Notice the rays of light on the "H" in my Hungry for God sign. Can you see the rainbow of colors there? He left His sign on my sign. Thank you Lord. I am taking that response as a sign of your approval of this post. I am counting this as a comment on my new blog. : ) Post anytime Lord. You are just too much for me...for all of us. Your greatness we cannot fathom!
Check out more cardboard signs on youtube!


  1. Barbara,
    I copied and pasted my reply from "Love One Another" below.

    "The opinions I have are developed out of research and unrest for answers that square with me.

    There is a verse in the Bible, Matthew 9:36 that discusses Jesus' "compassion" for a massive crowd of people gathered at the shore of Galilee (detailed below). Jesus' compassion is basically referring to what His Gut feeling was. Or, maybe a deep nauseous feeling of greif.

    Anyway, not that I feel nausiated with grief, but unrest. You know, the term 'gut feeling' that people use to say they are confident.

    So, I search until I feel that I am somewhere close, if not on target to having an accurate understanding.

    I get a lot of opposition to my research. But mainly by lay persons. When I come to a conclussion on many things, I run them by people who are more educated (Master and Doctorit degrees) than I. I am just another lay person, by the way.

    Getting people to 'at least' hold debates with me on issues is a step toward maturing in Christ. Myself included. I'm sure other people do not feel this way when they are debating. However, the result is that we have listened to one another.

    The Bible says, "As iron sharpens iron, man sharpens man".

    I look forward to reading your next post.

    ἐσπλαγχνίσθη (esplankv-is-they)or σπλαγχνίζομαι (splank-id-zo-mai) is the Koine Greek term used which is where we get our word 'splanknology' - a study of the digestive system or visceral parts".

  2. 5-18-2009 Loved this too. I think out of the box like you! What a gift you are to many. Thank you, Jesus.

    And this sentence pulled on my heart. "Or better yet, choose to break your own alabaster box."

    Why? Because this morning after I posted my blog I went over to my music player and shuffled the songs. "Alabaster Box" is now FIRST!


    You love us so much, Jesus.

    Thank You for the rainbow. And thank You for the courage B has to B who You've designed her to B.