Saturday, October 20, 2007

Deuteronomy 31:8

Deuteronomy 31:8
“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

What a verse of HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT! The very God who created the heavens…the earth…all things under the earth…and all things above the earth IS ON YOUR TEAM!! WOO HOO!! He’s watching the competition’s tapes. He’s studying your team members, and He’s bringing ‘em out of training and making trades at times when it will benefit the team the most. And in the midst of it all we are commanded to surrender the fear and to live in courage and hope. He never lets go!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Vote Now!

You may have notice there's a little "survey" on the side bar ~ if you have, make sure you "vote." (even if you haven't...make sure you vote! :) )

It's not a formal survey, and there is no personal information gathered by it, it's just for my own curiousity. It seems that God works in so many different areas in different people...and it's always good to see where He's working...

Proverbs 17:9
“Disregarding another person’s faults preserves love; telling about them separates close friends.”

Here’s a personal zinger! As moms we are called upon to correct papers, fix mistakes, look for details out of place and formulate better, more efficient plans for regular duties. We do this so often, in fact, that it becomes second nature to look for what’s wrong…in homework, housework, and humanity.

As employees and bosses we're called to the same kind of "constructive criticism" type of mentality. We are constantly looking for a better way, a better employee, a better this or a better that...

Ask yourself what faults you regard…do those you're closest to have annoying habits? Do your children have character flaws you pray no one else will notice? Do you often think that “they” have a lot of learning to do? Then take them to the Father and release them asking Him to help you DISregard the faults of others and simply love them through His everlasting love.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Ecclesiastes 12:13
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

This verse comes at the very end of the book of Ecclesiastes ~ the same book of the Bible from which, “to everything there is a season…” comes from. In one verse at the beginning of the book (1:3) the writer basically asks what this whole life is all about? Throughout the book, he says repeatedly, “everything is meaningless.” However, this statement often comes in response to looking for meaning in the things of this earth. Emptiness will always remain if we think we will find fulfillment in our jobs, our homes, our friends, our kids or activities…or even in our church/ministry involvements. We may find enjoyment for a while, but our purpose on this earth is to live in such a way as to bring glory to God knowing HE is God and everyone ultimately answers to Him.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Psalm 118: 5-6, 8

Psalm 118: 5-6, 8
“In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and He answered me by setting me free. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?...It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”

I just found out a good friend of mine has breast cancer. It’s far enough along for her doctors to tell her on Friday and ask her to schedule a mastectomy and lymph-node-ectomy for the following Friday. She is understandably scared, and yet when I talk to her there is a foundation of trust that God hears her cries of anguish…and that through His Son, Jesus, He has already set her free. Although the future of her health and her family is uncertain they stand resolutely on the promises of Christ as life storms all around them. Amazing Grace! And you…? What storms are raging, or maybe just rumbling in the distance? If Jesus is your Lord and Savior you, too, can stand firm in His promises. If He’s not…it’s never too late to invite Him to be.