Wednesday, May 30, 2012
We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." What peace that should bring us, knowing it's the Lord who determines our steps. As the puzzle of life is put together, you may not see the completed puzzle yet but only bits and pieces. However, there is someone who sees the completed puzzle, and He's the Lord. And as His plans come together, there's nothing quite like it :)
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it." Wisdom is speaking very clearly to us here. Addressing us as beloved children, and pleading with us to listen to him. If we do listen and follow there's the promise of joy and wisdom. Whether our choice to not listen is unintentional or not, we can't fall its trap. Today the Lord is speaking. The question is whether or not we'll choose to listen.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners." It's hard to miss the love that God has for each of us. A love that's so powerful, strong and willing. When you see things or hear stories about those who sacrificed their lives for others, don't forget to thank them for their sacrifice, but also be reminded of Jesus' sacrifice for us :)
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/05/study-usa-does-well-in-wealth-not-so-much-in-happiness/1#.T7unao5Z6fQ. I've personally been around people who have millions of dollars to their name and yet there seems to be so much turmoil within their marriages, their family and personal lives. Money is not necessarily the cure for happiness and joy. Proverbs 10:22 definitely comes to mind when it says, "The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it." All too often we do everything we can to have riches, yet it's the Lord who makes a person rich. And not only that, but if it's the Lord who does it, He adds no sorrow with it. Plus I've seen this firsthand. I do know people who the Lord has richly blessed financially and He has added no sorrow with it. And I must say that these people are some of the most giving and generous people I know. If your desire is for riches, make sure it's the Lord's doing, because you'll definitely not want sorrow to come along with it.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash." Why would He tell us this? Because some people will hear what He says and yet still don't do what He says. This is not the kind of Christians we're called to be. Today, people all around you will watch how you live. Will it draw them closer to Christ? Will your life line up with the Bible today? That's my desire :)
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God." They aren't there because of man's doing, but God's. And instead of being critical and negative towards them, we should be lifting them up in our prayers. In getting to know some people involved in law enforcement throughout the years, I do pray for them and lift them up as they put their lives on the line to protect and serve others. Try it today. Pray for all those people who God has placed in a position of authority. Being a leader is no easy task and I think any person carrying responsibility and leading would appreciate knowing that people are praying for them :)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me." All of us have challenges in our lives and areas of weakness. The question is whether or not we're going to let those things hold us back, define who we are, and stop us from achieving those things God has placed before us. What will you do?
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The exceedingly grasping, covetous, and violent man entices his neighbor, leading him in a way that is not good." The Message is pretty blunt by saying, "Calloused climbers betray their very own friends; they'd stab their own grandmothers in the back." I think this is pretty clear and is a warning that too many people ignore. There's no need for fear or panic here, unless you're blind and naive and allow someone to lead you down a path that's not good. I regularly get asked by people how to be more alert to this? According to the Bible, one of the best ways will be in their fruit (Luke 6). What kind of lifestyle do they live? What comes out of their mouth? What's their reputation? Fruit can be faked for a short season but what's really there will be evident sooner or later. I'm thankful for the amazing men and women that God's put in my life to help me daily hit the mark as a Christian :)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me." Being a Christian is about following Jesus. It's doing His will and His desires, not our own. Following Jesus will mean paths that maybe we wouldn't choose, or routes we'd rather not travel on. And as we trust in Him, He won't lead us on a path that's too much for us, or one He'll leave us on. He's an excellent guide and knows exactly what He's doing. So today will involve some paddling. It may be tiring, yet necessary to get to the place where you can catch waves. Then you see you wave and you begin paddling even more. You catch your wave, stand up and enjoy your ride :) And sometimes even though your wave might not be what you expected, Jesus knows what He's doing, just like with this incredible surfer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nS_aR8XX_U
Monday, May 14, 2012
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come." OK, so physical training is good for me, but I can't in any way ignore training for godliness either. I can't simply do the one and not the other. In fact, I need to do both, having an emphasis on the training for godliness. When it comes to physical training I'm often concerned when I see the state our nation. With millions of people dependent on medications and obesity affecting a growing percentage of the population. People need to get out and start exercising. As I'm strapping on my running shoes right now, I know that my run this morning is going to profit me, even if it is only a little. Plus I love how it feels when I arrive home after having completed it. I challenge you to get out and do some exercise. Whether it's walking, biking, running, or something else, it will be so good for you :)
Saturday, May 12, 2012
"...This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy." Children need to hear affirmation from their parents. They need to hear and see how proud their parents are of them and the joy they bring. For some parents it's difficult to say anything about their children, let alone anything good. I challenge you today to affirm them. If you're proud of them, let them know. There's nothing like a child hearing their parent say something that lifts and builds them up. And David, I'm so proud of you and thankful for you. Happy Birthday son :)
Friday, May 11, 2012
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son." This is amazing! The Word of God actually became flesh and we know Him as Jesus. And we know what Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." Jesus and the Word are TRUTH. While a lot of what's found on the internet is not truth, we can rest assured knowing that everything found in the Bible is truth :)
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them." So if you've fallen off the treadmill before, don't let that stop you from getting back on it. Have fun cranking out a few miles on the treadmill today. If you've had a bumpy flight, look forward to your next flight and enjoy getting safely to your destination. If you had a rough day yesterday, today is a new day full of great things :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VtTzI69hvw
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants..." I'd say a hundred fold blessing in a time of famine is pretty amazing. I can't stop thinking about the wording of verse 13, "The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous." It's so easy for people to look at the circumstances around them such as a weak economy or high unemployment. However, God is the one who brings the increase. He's the one who can make things happen when they shouldn't. But look at what Isaac first did. He chose to sow in a time of famine. Today you may be in a difficult situation and in desperate need of God, but that's a good place to be in. He sees what's going on and what needs to happen. His hand is on His hear to listen to the cry of His children. But we must first choose to sow. I'm so excited to see some of the things that God does in this next season in people's lives :) I believe there's going to be some hundred fold blessings and some prospering in people's lives :)
Saturday, May 5, 2012
, "So today when I came to the spring, I prayed this prayer: ‘O Lord, God of my master, Abraham, please give me success on this mission." We know God did direct Abraham's servant and did bring him success. Every single day we have decisions that we need to make, and sometimes it's easy to just do what we think is best, without even asking the Lord. Maybe we think we know better than Him, or perhaps we're afraid to bring it to Him because of what He might say? Over the years I've learned to bring everything before the Lord, especially those things that are big deals, and to ask for His direction and success. He does answer us if we'll listen. Sometimes it's by giving us a peace, or opening a door, or using someone else to speak to us about it. If we'll wait on Him and listen, He's faithful to give us direction and success. Don't feel like you have to make all those big decisions, but bring them to the Lord today and ask Him to help you :)
Friday, May 4, 2012
But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ." Today we all have an opportunity to experience His victory for our lives if we choose to accept Jesus and what He did for us. He died on the cross, taking all our sins upon Himself. Because of His actions we now have victory over sin and death. It's no longer about losing and failure in life, unless that's what we choose. But today will you choose to live in victory because of Jesus?
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour." Have you ever thought what that might look like? A roaring lion wanting to devour you. It's definitely not a pretty thought. But it's true. As Christians we have an enemy who hates us and would like nothing better than to rip you apart. To get an idea of what he'd like to do, take a moment to watch this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fbahS7VSFs. He hates you! He despises you! And all because you've chosen to serve the Lord instead of him. One of the the things I'm most thankful for with the Lord is His protection over my life. He is my protector throughout my day. Imagine what this clip would look like if there were no safety glass? Just like the glass protects this child, it's such a great picture of what the Lord does for us. He surrounds and protects us from all our enemies, especially the devil. David talked about it in 2 Samuel 22 saying, "The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence." Will you choose today and allow Him to be your protector?