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It's funny how a song, a taste, a scent, or something as simple as a change in weather can trigger a memory. Certain times of year make me think about when I was homeless. Especially the winter. I started thinking about this one lady in particular who helped me out during that time. She was a good soul who saw me in need and gave me money and food. She didn't have much but what she had she shared out of the kindness of her heart. I told her that when I got successful I would pay her back. She smiled and said, "You don't have to pay me anything. I just felt led to help you."

I couldn't stop thinking about her the other day so I did some research and found her. Imagine her shock when I called her. She didn't even think that I remembered her. It's funny how something that was a small gesture to her was a huge blessing to me. As we went on talking, she reluctantly told me that she had just lost her job and was facing foreclosure. Of course, I did some things to help her out.

Why am I telling you this? I'm glad you asked. She gave to me out of the kindness of her heart. She gave to me from a pure place and expected nothing in return. The thing that brought tears to my eyes and blessed me so about this situation was this: this woman planted a seed in my life almost twenty years ago. But what she didn't know at the time was that the seed she planted would one day come back and bless her life just when she needed it most.

So what am I saying? I'm saying that if you are a giver of whatever you have... time, money, love, help, whatever it is... if you plant it in pureness it has got to come back to you. It may take a while but you will reap a harvest from that seed. Don't be weary in well-doing. It will come back to you. I know sometimes it may seem that all the good you do goes unnoticed by people, but if they don't notice, it doesn't matter. If they don't acknowledge your kindness, it does not matter. You know why? Because I promise you God sees it all and He is the only one that matters. And He is bound by His word, and that word says you will reap what you sow. So sow on, sow good seeds. They will grow and come back to you when you least expect it.

God bless you today.

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  • RDove South Orange, NJ

    Hi Tyler:

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    • RDove South Orange, NJ #1796795

      Hello Tyler: Sorry about the last post, but I just read your piece on the lost of the incredible Whitney Houston. I said to a friend, that in her last song (I look to you), she was really reaching out. I did support her last concert in New York and I enjoyed just seeing her in her come back. There are so many people in this world hurting and reaching out. It was painful and shocking to hear the news. We as people have to come to the place where we all feel "We are our brothers keepers". We may not be in your direct touch but at the end of the day, we need to keep each other in pray. On the Anniversary of your mother's death I say "Be strong in the Lord" and remember "through it all, God will keep you and he will continue to bless you" because you kept his word "Honor your mother and father that your days may be long". May God continue to Bless you in all you attempt to do and accomplish doing. Laughter is still the best medicine.

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    • Shelly Cleveland, Ohio #1796833

      Hi Mr. Perry, I too just read what you had to say in regards of Whitney Houston, of course I didn't know her personally but I knew her spirtually. I KNOW that woman knew Jesus! She wasn't faking at that award show when Kim Burrell & her sung together. EVERY TIME, I watch that piece I blow up in a shout when they sund the song I Look To You! I felt that all down in my soul. Yes I believe you when you said that she really tried to get herself together. The only thing about that is...WE CAN'T GET OURSELF TOGETHER! Onlg God can fill us up! I use to be a s***** when I was younger and I remember how hard it was. God bless you Mr. Perry for your understanding spirit. You not only has sympathy but you also empathize with us...WE LOVE YOU MAN! God Bless You & Yours!

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  • L D Tampa, FL

    Tyler, This Word ministered to my heart today, and how blessed you are to be used as a vessel for God's work. I, too, have be kind to (and helped) those in need, many times to my own detriment. I have allowed myself (yes, I'm now taking responsibility) to be so focused on fixing those around me (men, mother) and each and every relationship left me drained and bankrupt (emotionally and financially). I didn't understand why God would allow me to be so taken advantage of again and again. Yet, it's because of my mis-placed generosity (and losing everything) that Jesus came into my life, and I know that I am restored! I'm starting over, and through God's grace, I'm becoming the person He intended me to be. My generosity (time) is now given to those who need it the most (homeless outreach, church volunteering, etc.). To those who have taken advantage of me and mis-used my kindness and generosity, I say "THANK YOU!" Father God is using it ALL for my good, and when His financial blessings rain upon me again, I will STILL be kind and generous, but with the knowledge that God comes first! Knowing that, I can't lose!

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  • Debra Gant Burlington, nc 27217

    Loveeeeeee love loveeeeeeeeee Madea gets a job. Thank you for the wonderful find of Patrice(hattie) omg she is too funny. ooooooooooooooooooooooo!! ooooooooooooooo!! oooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! Looking forward to much more from you and all the wonderful people you cast.

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  • Glenn Harris Pierre,SD

    I been dreaming big since I knew you were doing your showers and the messages have been touching my heart. I think I been goin the wrong direction in people sowing a seed into my vision of buying land to build Gods Kingdom. I know if I sow it first it can happen and I know it will come to pass if I just wait on it. If you know how . Thanks for this story

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  • Ntombi Gauteng: South Africa

    Profound! Tyler, this is practical theology. Continue to preach as well as enact Christ's Word and teachings. May God continue to bless you as you do so.

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  • Veronica Chesapeake

    Thanks for sharing this experience, Tyler. You ministered to my heart. I am a very giving soul, often sacrificing myself to give to others or help others. My blessing and payback comes from when I see the person take those seeds and grow them. God bless you for using what He has blessed you with to bless others - not just in situations like your experience with this lady - but in all situations in which you have selflessly blessed others. To God Be The Glory, Always!

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  • Stephanie Campbell MD

    Tyler, I don't know what you are going through and I don't know where you have been. Only God knows where you are going. But know this, you are on the top of my prayer list and I pray that God continues to strengthen, encourage, and empower you to do everything that He has assigned for you to do. Stephanie C.

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  • Derrick Clark Columbus, Ohio

    I truly agree! I do understand about giving back! I advocate at the Columbus Urban League Choose 2 Change program for ex-felons. I have work on helping tenants with landlord conflict. Try to educate them with their rights. I help my friend Moma Dogg on her Forgotten One Ohio for hunger. She feed the men at the homeless shelter,give them clothes&and speak to them. She have others to come out to speak also! I been homeless! So know there pain. Plus I join a grassroots organization called The Peace Keepers. We focus on building up our families and commmunities. One of the focus is youth violences. My life purpose is to help strenghtening bodies,empower minds&heal souls. I go by Chosen! I have a link would like to share: I hope you like it? I appreciate any comment.

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  • Toinette Hueytown, AL

    He may not come when you want him but he is always on time. To God be the glory. As a good and faithful servant you were listening and being obedient to be an example. Full circle of life. Take care.

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  • Ms. Proverbs Owings Mills, Maryland

    Hi Tyler, Just wanted to share God's Love with you this morning... Checking on you Have A Blessed, Restful, & Peaceful Day! Sending you smiles.(*_*) (*_*) (*_*) Ok Talk to you Later..It's Worship Time..Saying a Prayer for you too God Loves You, Ms. Proverbs

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  • Regina Reddick Conyers, GA

    Amen! Amen! Amen ! Thank you so much for the encouragement to the saints of God and to the good at heart on this earth. Your good works will never go un-noticed by God. I love you and God Bless you.

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  • Katherine Miller Highlandville, Mo

    Thank you!! I love how God uses sweet people like you to touch people's hearts when they need it most. I am the Minister of the children's department at our church. Now, our church is small but I consider some of our members the biggest blessing I could ever recieve. I love them dearly but some of them lack the heart of serving where it is needed. One word of teaching or holding a baby for a couple of hours and they all run out the door like there is a fire! LOL. It has been quite a struggle for me to try to take on so much myself. God gave me a huge heart to care for and teach such a precious generation. Lately I have felt like my works go unnoticed and I have not had the passion I once had. I do very little lately, just enough to make it Sunday to Sunday I suppose. It is so hard sometimes when our flesh needs the praises and the recognition of man. We forget that there is only ONE we serve and I thank you for this reminder and I thank God for using you to give it to me. Love you and Bless you Tyler Perry! Kathy

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