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Friday
May222015

Few Words

Proverbs 10:19 "In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise." (NKJV)


It is so very hard for me to let my words be few. Every time a thought runs through my mind, it seems I want to comment on it. I think part of this stems from having an outgoing personality; but, it is also a lack of control. Jesus wants us to let each word have meaning and thought before coming forth. 

Maybe, if we slow down a bit and think of how Jesus would say it, we could have this control and be more like Jesus. That is the desire of my heart, and I pray it is yours, also.


Prayer: Lord Jesus, please let each of our words count and be a blessing to you; in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

Rhonda (Virginia)

Friday
May152015

LIFE'S LITTLE COMPLICATIONS

The Young son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. Luke 15:13b TEV


With her dog on a leash, our ten-year-old daughter headed for the stables. Fed up with the restrictions of home, she was riding her horse, taking her dog, and they were heading to Texas to live with her aunt who already had nine children of her own. This would be a 900 mile trip. These minor details, however, escaped her. As she marched down the road, I called after her, reminding her that she would need to take bags of oats and dog food. After digesting my reminder she wandered around a bit and then finally decided to return home.

The prodigal son, unfortunately, did not listen to any warnings of complicates from his Father. The information he needed to bring him back home came much later. And the complications seriously threatened his well-being.

While we may not be intentionally running away as were my daughter and the prodigal son, we distance ourselves from our Heavenly Father when we neglect scripture reading and prayer. When we choose to sleep-in on a Sunday morning or forget to ask his guidance and direction, we voluntarily forfeit the bountiful blessings of a close relationship with Him. He warns us of the complications that come with distancing ourselves from Him; something we do not like to hear.


Heavenly Father, while you long for a close relationship with us, we seek your forgiveness for so often distancing ourselves from you. Help us to truly value and treasure that relationship. Amen.

 

Madeline (NE)

Friday
May082015

Whose Eyes?

"...What is seen is temporary..." 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

 


Whose Eyes? 
“…What is seen is temporary…” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)

Life is hard. Walking this journey is challenging. It’s just not easy at all.

I am encouraged by 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

God took void and with the sound of His words turned it into life. 
God took death and with the power of His plan brought about resurrection. 
God took epic failure and with the purpose of eternal connection, created Redemption. 

This same All-Powerful God knows the curvature of our lives. 
He has been with us up the hills, and around the bends. It has been His protective and providing hand that has carried us through to this point. 
Some of our points are dull and nonthreatening, and some of our points are sharp and painful. 
Whatever your point looks like, never forget that God sees the unseen. 
Don’t get stuck focusing on troubles we see through our human condition, because today’s troubles are only temporary. 
No matter the size of them, no matter the outcome we think they may bring, no matter how they make us feel…they are temporary.

We see troubles… God sees trust.
We see doubt… God sees delivery.
We see no way out…God sees the Exit Door.

Let’s fix our eyes on our Great God who sees all the little that we see and all the big that we don’t!


Thank you, Father for being a God we can trust with all that we don't see and all that we don't understand. You are so faithful to us!

 

Vicki (AL)

Monday
May042015

HUMBLED BY A POTATO

You did not choose me, but I chose you to go and bear fruit -- fruit that will last. John 15:16 NIV


I reached into the vegetable bin for potatoes to a cook for dinner. Not a little irritated with the extra work, I began to pick off the sprouts that were in the way for peeling. 

"Why" I wondered to myself, "so many sprouts all of a sudden?" Then I realized that spring was just around the corner and the potato knew that.

My husband and I are avid gardeners. The seed potatoes we buy each spring have beautiful sprouts ready to grow into lush plants. These servants of their Creator are ready to do what they were created to do.

How can they possibly know? And how can they know when to prepare to do it? Do vegetables have a direct line to God? Perhaps that will be a question I will have answered in heaven. But I do know that I am humbled by the potato I am peeling. It is probably communicating better with it's Creator than I am. How often have I failed to seek God's direction before taking on a task, trusting my own instincts. Something the lowly potato would never consider.


Creator God, help me to better know your will for my life. Help me to allow your guidance in all that I do. Amen.

Madeline (NE)

Wednesday
Apr222015

Orphnages Are Like Bitter-Sweet Chocolate

"Whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? I John 3:17 NKJV


My father was an orphan left on a door step in San Francisco when he was a month old. He was then raised in an orphanage in San Francisco. Adopted, he was taken to Visalia, some 75 miles south of Fresno, CA. His original name was Shelton. 

Touchingly, Dad never forgot his days at the orphanage and sang before he went to sleep: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to Him belong, we are weak, but He is strong.” 

The mission trip that we made to a Rocky Point, Mexico, orphanage, taking donations for a shopping spree at Costco, meant so much to all of us. We were with them as they chose several wagons of milk, a 25 pound roast etc. I also bought some cookies that weren’t on the shopping list to brighten their little faces. 

Orphanages are like bitter-sweet chocolate. The sweetness of the childrens’ faces is mixed with the bitterness of the reality that so many others aren't being given the love and care that they need.

“At least we can rescue some”, my quiet heart reminds me. I feel moisture in my eyes and wonder whether those small tears are because of the joy at some being rescued, or from the fear little ones feel without loving arms to protect them.

My trusting soul prays: “Lord please take care of the little ones.” In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Robert (AZ)

Friday
Apr172015

LIGHT EQUALS LIFE

Jesus said, "I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will have the light of life," John 8:12 TEV


I was given an amaryllis bulb for Christmas. The outdoor temperature hovered between 10 degrees above and 10 degrees below zero. The sun peeked through the clouds occasionally. The bulb had a six inch white shoot that desperately needed sunshine. How was this ever to happen?

In the King James Version of the Bible, the word "light" is found 272 times. In the Old Testament God's Countenance is referred to as "light." In the Gospels The Light dispels the darkness; it leads us along dark paths lest we stumble. The Gospel of John tells us "Jesus IS the light of the world."

The temperature on my sun porch stays above freezing for a few hours each day, so my amaryllis plant now has a little color. It desperately needs the sun's rays. And we desperately need the Son's rays -- Jesus, the Light of the world -- for our spiritual health.


Lord, shine your Light upon us. Fill us with your pure and holy light that we may never walk in darkness Amen.

Madeline (NE)

Friday
Apr102015

DYNAMIC DIFFERENCE

When the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8 TEV


When construction workers, demolition crews or miners really need a big job done, they will use dynamite, one of the most powerful explosives available. It can accomplish in minutes what would otherwise take weeks of manpower to accomplish.

The word dynamite comes from the Greek "dynamos," which means "power." In the first chapter of the Acts of the apostles Jesus is about to ascend into heaven and tells the disciples that they will be filled with "power" -- that is "dynamite" -- to do the work He has commissioned them to do. Then in chapter 2, on the day of Pentecost, they receive that "power" as the Holy Spirit descends upon them. Immediately the witnesses can tell a difference. 

Jesus did not abandon the disciples, nor has he abandoned us. In Joel 2:28 & 29 God promises to pour out His Spirit, (dynamic power) on everyone. 

When we begin to digest the full meaning of the root word for "power," we cannot help but be left in a state of awe. Gd has gifted us with dynamic, super-human power to do his work here on earth. What a gift! However, the question does have to be asked; can the world tell the difference?


Lord, empowered by your Holy Spirit, we commit our lives to your service. Amen.

Madeline (NE)