Sunday, November 30, 2008
Who doesn't need to know the Wonderful Counselor? Who doesn't need to know this One who can offer advice when they are facing a difficult situation? This One who has the answers for their marriage or family dilemmas?
Who doesn't need to know the Mighty God? You certainly know people who are dealing with a rebellious teenager, aging parent, sick child or an impossible job situation. When was the last time you told them how strong the arms of YOUR God are? Sometimes we need to be reminded of how mighty God is (Isaiah 40.)
Who doesn't need to know the Eternal Father? Who doens't need the sense of hope that come from knowing that...although we may suffer for a while...we have a God who dwells in eternity, which means that there is more to life than what we see around us?
Who doesn't need to know the Prince of Peace? In a culture of road rage, long lines & short fuses, with strained relationships & simmering discontentment, who isn't starving for deepr, more-lasting peace? Who doesn't need to know why even the most desirable possessions & experiences leave them feeling unsatisfied? Who doesn't need a peace that passes all understanding? Who doesn't need more of the Prince of Peace & His peace in their home?
This Christmas, be watching for people in need to know Jesus for who He is. Pray for more opportunities to share Christ's love with others while Christmas has them more open than usual.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I believe that God is sitting on his throne thinking the same thing. We allow the simple and small things to bring us so much joy as well. Clothes, jobs, spouses, family members, ministry, money, etc.; and He is dreading the day that those things are taken away from us. We trust in those things to bring us joy, and the minute they are gone we react in our way the same way children do. Scripture tells us that the things of this world will rot away. God gives and He takes away. Therefore, lets strive in placing our complete joy in Him....the one and only thing that we'll never have dread popping or coasting into the sky. Think about the things that bring you joy and picture what your reaction would be if those things were taken from you. Let God be your joy today!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Anything I put before God?
Anything I want with all my heart?
Anything I cant stop thinking about?
Anything I give all my love to?
If you found something to answer either of these of questions, God longs for you to drop it at HIS altar. Don't find yourself any longer bowing to the throne of these things that have been taking over your life. There is one altar and one throne that was create for us! This altar actually has something to give us. The throne of grace has it all and gives it all if empty out everything else and let it.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
To trust means to have confidence; hope… Things work out if one only trusts. I love this description of trust because it opened my eyes to the power of fully trusting in God’s perfect plan. As a single girl, one of the most difficult tasks is to trust that God is preparing that Mr. Right without any help from us. Having the opportunity to speak with high school girls, I’ve found that most fall into the trap of trying to make things happen.
We’ve all done it; you see that cute guy down the hall and you have no reason to be down there and you’ll probably be late for class, but you push through the crowd and position yourself at just the right timing so he can see your outfit when he walks by. I’m smiling because we do it all the time. The problem is that women were created to be the beauty of the Lord and even at times when you don’t feel beautiful, you are, and you can make things happen. Any one of us, at any time, can give up this exhausting search for “the one” and find a pretty good guy and end up another divorce statistic. These couples end up spending all their energy focusing on saving a dying marriage instead of being a team who spends their time on the kingdom-the whole purpose of marriage. When we rush, when we settle, we miss out on God’s perfect plan, and in my opinion, to be genuinely loved is something that most women never experience in their lifetime; even in marriage, I believe most never experience the fullness of love.
I challenge you to really trust; stop and think about this sentence…Things work out if one only trusts...Realize the power having complete dependence on God in this area of your life will bring. When you stop trying to make things happen, you take the focus off yourself and put the focus on the heart of the father, allowing Him alone to make things happen. Stay focused on His heart, guard your heart with ALL diligence (that takes effort), and God promises He will add all these things unto you. Love will find you, but we must first love God with all our hearts and love ourselves, just as we are because that is who “the one” will be looking for.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
When Jesus came as the Messiah, He wasn't at all what people expected. Many looked at Jesus & said, "What a sissy! He sure ain't much of a man! What kind of a Messiah is this?" Jesus never said a word, though. He took all the abuse that the world could throw at Him. He was ridiculed, humiliated, spat upon, whipped, crowned with thorns & hung on a cruel cross. Satan did everything he could to destroy Jesus & to make Him the laughingstock of the world. Jesus never opened His mouth. He willingly accepted it because He knew that in the end Satan would be defeated. Satan & all of his demons would ultimately be crushed under the foot of the Savior. And of course, that's exactly what happened on Calvary. What a Man!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Hope this precious child finds you smiling in whatever you're doing.
And yes, Flintstone crew y'all were just as precious! And if we were having a "contest," we'd have to call a tie. Love you all so much! Enjoy your Friday!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The Garden is gone. Or at least inaccessible to man.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
This is a small glimpse of the love our Heavenly Father has towards his children. Just like this precious child who had serious complications and serious needs; the love, the affection, and the nurturing attention from both of his parents never failed him. God's love will never fail us. It does not matter what our complications or our needs are or how serious they might be, His love is unconditional. Nothing will stop our Father from loving us and using us for His glory. Just like Elliot depended on his parents for EVERYTHING, God has called us to depend on Him. Without the love of his parents, Eliot probably would not have lived to see "day 99." Receive as much of God's love as possible today, and you too may see a longer life filled with everything you need.
He is proud of you.
He wants to use you.
His love knows NO BOUNDS.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
A Hippie and Someone you can "count" on
The Flintstones and the Rubbles