Posts by Peter Walters


The Wedding Was Called Off And She Made Lemonade



I’ve been a minister for over 25 years and thankfully I have only seen a wedding called off a few times.

Here is the story of a lady whose $30,000 wedding was called off and how she made lemonade out of it

Sarah Cummins
INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana woman didn’t want her cancelled $30,000 wedding to go to waste, so she threw a party for the homeless.

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A bus pulled up to the swanky event centre on Saturday that Sarah Cummins had booked for the reception in Carmel, a suburb north of Indianapolis. About a dozen veterans from a local organization were among the guests who dined on bourbon-glazed meatballs, roasted garlic bruschetta and wedding cake.

Cummins told the Indianapolis Star that she and her fiance called off the wedding a week ago. She declined to give a reason, but she said they were left with a nonrefundable contract for the Ritz Charles in Carmel and a plated dinner for 170 guests.

“For me, it was an opportunity to let these people know they deserved to be at a place like this just as much as everyone else does,” Cummins said.

Cummins said she decided that rather than throw away the food she would bring some purpose to the event and contacted area homeless shelters. She cheerfully greeted and welcomed her guests when they arrived Saturday.

Several local businesses and residents donated suits, dresses and other items for the guests to wear.

Charlie Allen, who’s spent three months at a homeless mission, received a donated jacket.

“I didn’t have a sport coat,” he said, tugging gently at the lapels. “I think I look pretty nice in it.”

Like other guests, Allen said he was grateful for the invitation.

“For a lot of us, this is a good time to show us what we can have,” he said. “Or to remind us what we had.”

Three of Cummins’ seven bridesmaids, along with her mother and aunts, came to support her at the event. Guests also dined on chicken breast with artichokes and Chardonnay cream sauce and wedding cake.

Cummins, a 25-year-old Purdue University pharmacy student, said her ex-fiance, Logan Araujo, footed most of the bill for the wedding contract, with Cummins and her parents, along with one of Araujo’s family friends, paying the rest. Cummins said that when she approached Araujo about donating the dinner, he agreed to what he believed was a selfless way to handle the situation.

Cummins said she is not sure yet what she will do with the wedding dress.

“It’s too painful to think about.”
(CTV News)

None of us will make it through life without our fair share of challenges. How we respond is extremely important to our well being at the time and our ability to move on in the future. Obviously, the pain of the breakup will remain with this lady for a long time to come. However she was able to look beyond her pain and say, “Since I’m here how can I help someone?”

No matter what you are going through today find a way to help someone. As you do you will help that person and yourself at the same time.

Time to make lemonade !!!


Do This And Improve Your Preaching This Sunday

It’s tough when you’re trying to play “catch up” with what everyone else already knows. I didn’t take biology in Grade 10 but because I needed 2 sciences to graduate I had to take it in Grade 11. Early in the course, my teacher told me I would fail. (Not sure if this was a backward way of inspiring me or if he just thought I was stupid.) It was tough sitting in class day after day feeling left out of the conversation and having to whisper and ask what certain terms meant.  Continue reading…

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Never Give Up! Persevere!!

Persevere – “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition”

Never Give Up!!!Persevere



Here is a visual reminder of what it means to persevere and not give up.


“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

“Then there is the call to spiritual perseverance. A call not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately, knowing with certainty that God will never be defeated.” (Oswald Chambers)


“About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” (Acts 16:25)

“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.  As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.  And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” (Philippians 1:12-14)

“God doesn’t want us to let our circumstances drive us.” (Wally Odum)


Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)

“He loves you enough to allow you to be refined. We can only be refined when trials come.” (Brad Henry)


Do you know someone who needs encouragement today?  Pass this on to them.




Preacher! Please Expand Your Illustration Pool

I remember walking into the church office one day and one of our pastors was visibly frustrated. She looked at me and said, “If I read one more sports illustration in this book, I’m going to lose my mind.” (She was reading a popular book on leadership.) Lately, I’ve been listening to a very well-known preacher and enjoying the way he unfolds Scripture. As I’ve listened, I’ve begun to realize that his illustration default is C.S. Lewis. He can quote him 3-4 times in one message. (Can I still go to heaven if I’m not a great lover of Narnia?) Another pastor whose church I often visit while on vacation has personal illustrations as his “go to”. These are not criticisms just observations.

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Sermon illustrations are windows in a message and for me the more windows the better.  Continue reading…


A Guaranteed Way To Get Your Kids Home On Time

I was talking with a friend the other day and the topic turned to parenting.  In the course of our conversation I said that we were fortunate, we never worried about our kids so we never had to give them a curfew.  My friend told be what their parents did to make sure they were home on time and I thought it was brilliant!!!

A Guranantee Way To Get Your Kids Home On Time(2)


Step One

Buy an old-fashioned alarm clock.  You know the one ones that wind up with the bells on top.

Step Two

Show your teenager how it works and how to turn it off.

Step Three

Before your teen heads out for the night, state the time they must be home and set the clock to that time.  In their presence put the clock at the bottom of the steps and say, “You need to be home to turn this off before the alarm goes on.  If the clock wakes me up there will be a price to pay.  Good night.”  Then go to bed and sleep well:)

Told  you it was simple:)


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