Monday, August 6, 2012

Daily Bread...

Ron Lessin has a web site called Meet Me in the Meadow where he shares daily thoughts and insights.  This one is perfect to pray for your own children, grandchildren, or any child you know!


Prayer for your children’s daily bread 

Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV


Gracious Father, I ask that my children will always hunger after Your words. Increase their appetite. May they find Your words to be delightful, whole and pure, abundant in grace, and rich in mercy.

Feed them, Father with fresh bread, living bread, daily bread. Nurture them in their spirits, teach them that they cannot live on bread alone, and that they need You to sustain them with every word that comes from Your mouth.

Break to them the bread of life!
Thank You, Father, that Your words can be found, can be eaten, and can be know. May my children find Your words to be the joy and delight of their hearts. May they daily realize the awesome privilege they have to be called by Your name, to be a part of Your forever family, and to receive the words spoken to them from your heart.

Your words are like no other! May my children know the sweet taste of Your word, may its sound be a symphony to their spirits, and may the glory of Your word be a transforming light to their hearts and a lamp unto their feet.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Spirit of Resistance

The chief pang of most trials is not so much the actual suffering itself as our own spirit of resistance to it. -- Jean Nicolas Grou

Thank you for your patience with me as I neglected my blog during the most trying of times.  I know the whole purpose of a blog is for a person to give a running commentary on what they're going through in life in the hope that someone else may either be entertained by it or learn from it.

I guess I just couldn't find spiritual words to say as I was holding on for dear life.  I'm sure the Lord meant for me to share so my own trial could be a benefit to others who read my thoughts, and what I was learning.  But the above quote speaks volumes---I had a spirit of resistance to my trial.  Its amazing what comes out of us when we are squeezed! I entertained thoughts of not deserving what was happening, of disappointment with what God was allowing---doubt and disbelief---UGG!  My trial isn't over, but Easter Week has brought me to an awareness that Jesus left me a perfect path to follow through times of trial:

  • Deal only in truth when someone close to you speak lies. 
  • Pray and ask for deliverance, but end with "Thy will not mine be done."  
  • Realize the enemy has no power over you other than that which is given from above. 
  • Remember there is a high purpose for what my Father is allowing me to go through. 
  • Forgive.  
  • Consider the needs of others and don't focus on your own suffering.  
  • Commit yourself into the Father's hands.

May your Holy Week end in a glorious Resurrection!

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Bigger Circle

Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn't offended by your biggest dreams and boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren't impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? Because they don't require divine intervention. But ask God to part the Red Sea or make the sun stand still or float an iron axhead, and God is moved to omnipotent action.

There is nothing God loves more than keeping promises, answering prayers, performing miracles, and fulfilling dreams. That is who He is. That is what He does. The bigger the circle we draw, the better, because God gets more glory. The greatest moments in life are the miraculous moments when human impotence and divine omnipotence intersect -- and they intersect when we draw a circle around the impossible situations in our lives and invite God to intervene.
-- Mark Batterson in The Circle Maker

I have some circles I need to draw around some situations in my life and I need to draw them BIG!  The above devotion had a profound affect on me as it refreshed my faith in what God longs to do in my life---in yours too!  I've spent way too much time looking at my situations and not enough time looking at my Situation Solver.  
There is nothing I desire more in life than to give God glory in all things.  What I had forgotten is contained in the statement, "Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers." Is it possible I've been ROBBING God of His glory by expecting too little from Him?  Perish the thought!  Have I hindered what He longs to do for me by asking too small?  Quite possibly! Have I offended or insulted Him by asking for far less than He is capable of? 
Almighty God, forgive me!  I bring You all of my impossible situations right now in full faith that You can, and WILL intervene for my good and Your glory!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

God's Wings

"I will trust under the shadow of Your wings.  Psalm 61:4
There are many things in life that might cause us to be fearful.  For many right now fear of the future is a big one.  So many people have watched their life savings drop to zero.  People long past retirement age are scrambling for employment at a time when they should be enjoying the fruit of their life's labor.  The age when you can collect your full social security has been bumped from 65 to 66.  Today I read they're going to bump it even further to 67!  For those 10 years away from collecting it probably won't be there.  Thoughts like these can make me feel anxious about the future.  Fear of the future is closing in on public speaking as the number one fear in America.  Fear of losing your health isn't far behind.  

There are so many things that we can be fearful about that we really have no control over.  That's where faith comes in.  God is in control of everything, all of the time.  So when I find my stomach tightening and my heart racing I close my eyes and picture myself like one of these little birds---under the shadow of His wing.  If God is for me, who can be against me?  If He cares for the birds of the air how much more will He care for me, His child?  I love this picture of the bird sheltering its babies.  I hope you will call it to mind like I do when you begin to feel fearful, whatever the cause.  God is greater, and He loves you.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankfulness or Murmuring?

Give thanks in everything—1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks for everything—Ephesians 5:20
Pray about everything with thanksgiving—Philippians 4:6
Do all things without murmuring—Philippians 2:14

Thankfulness is the presence of gratitude and the absence of murmuring. Thankfulness is an attitude of appreciation for everything that is received; murmuring is an attitude of complaint for everything that is withheld. Thankfulness is rooted in humility; murmuring is rooted in pride. Thankfulness says, “This is more than I deserve.”; murmuring says, “I deserve more!” Thankfulness is the doorway to contentment; murmuring is the doorway to dissatisfaction. Thankfulness travels on the highway of joy; murmuring travels on the highway of gloom. Thankfulness causes the disposition to be sweet; murmuring causes the disposition to become sour.

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are His. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving; go into His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100 NLT
There is nothing I can add to this other than "Lord, forgive me for all of the times I have murmured over things withheld (no doubt for my own good) instead of being thankful for all I have which is so much more than I deserve!" Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Looking For A Rainbow

"Instead of looking for a rainbow in your dark cloud, BE a rainbow of blessing to others in the midst of the cloud."

This is a concept the Lord has been pressing into my heart a lot lately.  I've gone through wanting the dark clouds to go away to looking for the "rainbow", the blessing, that He might have for me in the cloud.  But now it seems He's asking me to reach for more---to BE a rainbow.  This is a true challenge because it carries with it the thought that the dark cloud may stay.  It may become the new "normal". 

I don't like to think that things won't turn around for us financially.  I've been hanging on by my fingertips for the moment of deliverance!  Oh, I see the rainbow that's in the cloud.  It certainly has cured me of being a shopaholic.  I've learned to appreciate food on the table.  Dinner out used to a French restaurant.  Now its Carl's Jr. on a coupon "twofer", and I'm so excited to not have to cook!  I've been stunned by the love and generosity of friends.  One even sold some of her jewelry and gave me the money to pay bills. She insisted its what the Lord had told her to do. Talk about love...

I'm certainly more creative for birthday's.  One day the Lord impressed on my heart to give something I loved to someone I loved more.  So for the last year I've been giving special pieces of jewelry to friends on their birthdays, and I've found such joy when I see them wearing it because its a symbol of my love for them.  They've been blessed, but I've been blessed more.  Still, its all been temporary to me, just a way to get by this terrible time.  But what if it doesn't pass?  Will I let the dark cloud swallow my joy?  No, I'm determined to be a rainbow, keeping my joy, sharing my love, and thanking God that I'm rich beyond measure because I belong to Him.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Jesus Cares About Peas

In weakness we receive His strength; in conflict we receive His peace; in pain we receive His healing; in uncertainty we receive His guidance; in sorrow we receive His comfort; in heaviness we receive His joy.
Ron Lessin

There's a song by the Christian group Hillsong that I love called "Jesus You're All I Need".  The above quote from Ron Lessin speaks to that so well.  It is an eternal amazement to me that there is no hole in my life that Jesus can't fill.  He desires to have an intimate relationship with me and to be personally involved in my life.  Once I realized that, I stopped saying "amen" after my morning prayers.  Now I just go on into my day talking to Jesus.  If I'm frustrated by a slow driver I tell Jesus.  Usually, He prompts me to pray for the person and my frustration melts away! If I'm stuck in traffic I put in a worship CD and make my car a sanctuary.  I'm almost disappointed when traffic starts to move because I'm enjoying myself so much!  I talk to Him about homeless people, mother's with crying children, people in limousines, whoever crosses my path.  I talk to Him as I grocery shop!   Someone once said to me with a smirk, "You don't really think Jesus cares what brand of peas you buy do you"?  Actually, I do! 

I believe He cares about every aspect of my life, and He knows the end from the beginning. This reality has released others in my life from my expectation that somehow "they" are responsible for my well-being.  All people have their limits.  There is some tipping point with every human being that will cause them to step away from you.  But not Jesus.  When He said "I will never leave you or forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5), He meant it!  His love is unconditional and not based on our merit. He love me because its what He's decided to do.

There is no need in your life that Jesus can't meet.  Whatever is lacking, He will fill with Himself, because He cares---even about that brand of peas!