Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:18
I have been really emotional lately and praising Jesus for the blessings in my life. I have so
many. It is so easy for me to forget how much good God has allowed in my life. I was at my girlfriend's cabin the other weekend for a girl's night. On the way home I was talking with one of the girls about money. We were complaining about how we never seem to have enough. She said that a few weeks ago she told her husband that she was "so tired of being poor!" His response to her made the hairs stand up on my arm. He said, "Honey, don't say that. We are not poor! We just do not have any money." WOW! She has no idea what an impression that made on me.
God used his comment to put things in perspective for me. Yes, gas prices have sky-rocketed. No, we do not eat out anymore. No, we do not live in a fancy home or drive fancy cars. But we DO have jobs. We DO live in a home and have a roof over our heads. We DO have a comfortable bed to sleep in at night. We do have a beautiful son. We DO have wonderful family and friends. We do have food in our cabinets and refrigerator. We are healthy.
Most importantly, we are loved and cherished by the CREATOR of the Universe! I challenge you to stop what you're doing right now, no matter where you are and whisper a thank you to God for all of your riches in Christ Jesus...
It is because of Him that we are not poor!
Sunday, March 25, 2012
The kid's meal comes with a small travel game and on the outside of the box is several activities. As if that's not enough fun (ha!), the lid turns into a crown for you to wear on your head. This may not increase your heart rate, but my son was about to bust! He immediately asked me to fit the crown to his head. In addition to his new accessory, he wore the biggest, brightest smile all the way home. It was priceless!
If this Crown doesn't increase your heart rate, you may want to check your pulse!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Again, there are several pieces that I am working on, but they are not coming together quickly. Usually, that means God has something different he wants me to write about. So, I am waiting on him! Not the first time! And I'm sure it won't be the last.
While we are waiting on God to reveal something profound, I'll tell you about a book that I bought this weekend that I am super excited about! Maybe you've seen it. It's called, "The Story." Basically, it is the Bible in story book form! Max Lucado wrote it. Anytime I see Lucado's name attached to something, I pick it up. I have not read it yet, but I intend to begin tomorrow. I will be sure and let you know what I think of it.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Unfortunately, these are not the only types of fruit you'll find in my home. Below is a list of a few I have been known to carry around in my basket:
I don't know about you, but when I load up my basket with these fleshly fruits, it definitely weighs me down. I should not be surprised. God has given us a list of His preferred fruit in His word.
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness..." Galatians 5:22
In order for me to be spiritually healthy, I must replace what's in my basket with the fruit God intended for me to tote around! It's MUCH lighter!
What's in your basket?
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Here's the deal. I am NOT IN CONTROL of when God gives me a devotion to write. There are days when He shows me two, sometimes three, and then there are times when I have NOTHING! Today is one of those days. My juices are not flowing. So, I thought that on days like today when I do not have anything that I have written personally, I will share something that I have found from somewhere else. Maybe it's something that has spoken to me, or something that I read in a book.
How does that sound?
There are a few of you (hey mom!) who come here on a daily basis hoping to find your inspirational story for the day. So, I will do my best to deliver...it just may not be from my pen!
Thursday, March 15, 2012
with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not
faint." Isaiah 40:31
Monday, March 12, 2012
I am the one trying to write them! By now, I should know better. I STINK as a writer! That probably sounds funny seeing as that's how I am trying to earn my living. But, it's true. It never fails, every time I sit down to write something, it doesn't flow and most of the time it's just not good. It's not until I clear out my heart and mind, and pray for God to use me as His vessel that a piece is worth reading. And I know that, so you would think I would stop trying!
We do that, as Christians, don't we? We attempt to write the story of our lives. And it's not our book! Each day I am learning more and more just how weak I am. When am I going to learn that I will NOT be productive until I sit back and allow the Author to take charge of the manuscript! It has taken me a VERY LONG and boring hour to finally realize what God is asking me to do.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
My plan this weekend is to rest, rest and then rest more! I am thankful that we have a four day weekend. THERE WILL BE NO NEW DEVOTIONS TO READ UNTIL TUESDAY!
I will accept and appreciate your prayers! I'm miserable!
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
"...while he himself went a day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. 'I have had enough, Lord' He then fell asleep." (v.4-5)
Elijah was God's man. In this book, he did some MAJOR stuff for God. However, now he is tired, lonely and feeling very sorry for himself. In the following verses, the Lord speaks to Elijah and tells him to go and stand on top of the mountain in His Presence. A strong wind came. An earthquake came. A fire came down. Where was God? After the fire was gone, Elijah heard a soft whisper. It was God! He was in the whisper.
Are you tired? Frustrated? Beat down by your circumstances? I, personally, am at a point in my life where I am ready to scream, "I have had enough!" Maybe that's you too.
- Maybe you're tired of the Cancer.
- Maybe you're tired of the abuse.
- Maybe you're tired of being dependant on a drug.
- Maybe you're tired of taking care of people and never getting anything in return.
- Maybe you're tired of your relationship struggles.
The good news is, we do not have to hike to the top of a mountain to be in the Presence of God. We just simply have to look for Him and ask Him to show His face! He will.
"All at once an angel of the Lord touched him and said, 'Get up and eat.' Elijah looked around and there by his head was a cake of bread and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time and touched him, 'Get up and drink.' Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights.." (v. 5-8)
God gave Elijah the strength to make his journey. One day at a time. He'll do the same for us! Whatever journey you are on right now, find the top of your mountain and stand in God's Presence. Listen for Him. He may not speak to you in a very loud voice, but He'll speak...
in a whisper!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
- The parents of the child with special needs.
- The wife of the man who was permanently injured in Iraq.
- The man/woman who lives with a chronic, but not terminal illness.
- The grandparents who are raising their grandchild because the mother/father chose not to stick around.
These are only a few of the people who wake up each morning, suit up in hazard gear and walk out the bedroom door to face the intense heat of their day. God is definitely with them, but the furnace they were tossed in to is a permanent one.
Is your name on that list? If so, you are tired. Maybe you feel like you are one breath away from suffocating in the fumes. Do me a favor and don't remove your mask just yet. The lyrics above, "Yes, I can see a light, that is coming for the heart that holds on. And there will be an end to these troubles, but until that day comes..." Those are for you! Your time on earth is hard, but there is a GLORIOUS light awaiting you at the end of this tunnel.
" No longer will there be anything accursed, but the Throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face and his name will be on their foreheads, and night will be no more. They will need no light of a lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever." Revelation 22:3-5
So, keep your suit on. Praise Him where you are and try to remember... the reward for your faithfulness will be well worth the flames you have had to endure!