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Sunday
Jun282015

WORRY AND MORE WORRY

Be patient and wait for the Lord to act. Don't give in to worry or anger; it only leads to trouble. Ps. 37:7a & 8


"Don't worry, Grandma!" This was my grand-daughter, Samantha's favorite saying during her self-confident pre-school years. "Don't worry, Grandma! I know my way through the woods." "Don't worry, Grandma! I know how much lemon to put in a lemon pie!"

I thought with a smile of Samantha's word as I prayed for my husband as the surgeon worked to remove a melanoma from his arm. I again thought of her words as I prayed over our daughter who lay critically ill in intensive care. 

While Samantha was asking me to put my faith in her 3-year-old over-confidence, her words remind me to trust in the promises of Psalm 37. He is saying to me, "Be patient, my child and don't worry, it will only cause you grief." This promise comes from a very Great God through whom all things are possible.


Heavenly Father, we know worry is nothing more than lack of faith. Help us always to trust in Your loving care and divine guidance. Amen.

Madeline (NE)

Friday
Jun192015

"Lightning"

"Out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise" Matthew 21:16 NKJV


"My youngest grandson, Rhys, came to me one morning as I was working at my desk and asked me to write out what had come into his mind. As a grandfather who loves what my grandchildren create, I took pause from my writing schedule for the day and took up a pen to write down whatever he would tell me. As he is barely six, I didn't expect much-I was wrong!

He told me that he didn't know how to write yet and that he needed my help. At the end of the first sentence, I thought he was through and began to put down my pen. He said: "Not yet Papa, I'm not through saying what's in my head." Then, after thinking for a few moments, he told me what was bursting to come out. Each of the following words is his, I only gave the title; "Lightning" to his little Holy Spirit given prose.

Rhys, then said with an uncharacteristically mature sounding voice the following words; "Lightning is made of God because the Lightning is made by God. God is parading the Lightning of His voice calling the angels."

Why he was thinking about lightning on a clear Arizona day, only God knows.

Strangely, later he asked me what "parading" meant. At this my heart grew still and paused.

"Thank you Lord for speaking to us out of the mouths of babes. What would this world be without little ones?" "Amen and Amen."

Rev. Dr. Robert  (AZ)

Monday
Jun152015

A Royal Hotline

Pray at all times. 1 Thess. 5:17 TEV


The text of an old gospel hymn reads: Telephone to glory, oh what joy divine. You can talk to Jesus almost any time. Built by God the Father for his very own. You can talk to Jesus on the Royal Telephone.

In the communication era, something our ancestors could not have dreamed of, we expect to be able to reach others instantly and we expect them to stay in touch with us. If our cell phone goes through the laundry it must be replaced within the hour.

Do we feel the same about prayer? Jesus encourages us to beg and plead with the Father for his help (Luke 18:7). Do we even bother to call just to chat?

In a world that clamors for our attention, God does not demand it. It is our choice. We can allow Him to be crowded out of our busy lives or we can take advantage of the help He offers. The Royal Cell Phone is never turned off, it is never busy, and it never accidentally goes through the laundry.


Lord, help us to lay claim to the incomparable resource we have; a direct line to you. Amen.

 

Madeline (NE)

Friday
Jun052015

"Love Covers"

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. (NKJV)


"And so woodenly, mechanically, I thrust my hand into the one stretched out to me. And as I did, an incredible thing took place. The current started in my shoulder, raced down my arm, sprang into our joined hands. And this healing warmth seemed to flood my whole being, bringing tears to my eyes. "I forgive you brother!" I cried. "With all my heart!" Corrie Ten Boom made this statement as she forgave the guard at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp, for the death of her sister.

Love creates forgiveness and forgiveness makes peace, even peace in our heart. Love is the blood of Jesus, and it covers a multitude of sins. If Jesus forgives us for our sin, should we not in turn, forgive others for what they do to us?


Prayer: Please help us, Lord Jesus, to remember to forgive as you have forgiven us.

"In this manner, therefore, pray: 

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 (NKJV)

 

Rhonda (Virginia)

Saturday
May302015

LOOK TO THE LIGHT

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness. John 8:12b


My family history tells the story of my great-uncle who, at age fourteen, was sent to work for a neighboring farmer. His parents were homesteaders and the land was still open prairie. Late on Friday nights, if he wanted to spend the weekend with his family he had to walk home. Roads and fences were yet to be built, so his sense of direction could only be found in the stars and the moon. If there was cloud cover, he would have to lie down on the open prairie and sleep until daylight when he could get a sense of direction. How frightening, I thought, for such a young boy.

Most of us will most likely never have to cross an open prairie at night, but there is much darkness in our world even today that can be very frightening. Jesus tells us in John 8:12, however, that He is the light of the world. If we keep our eyes on Him, we will not stumble around in darkness. My great-uncle relied on the light from above to find his way home through the darkness. And we, in spite of the darkness all around us, will find our way home if we keep our eyes on the Light of the world.


God of light, illumine our path. Dispel the darkness with your pure light. Amen.

 

Madeline (NE)

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)