Just Keep Swimming

Posted: March 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Just Keep Swimming

Story of the day:  Just Keep Swimming

     In the Movie, Finding Nemo, a little fish named Nemo gets caught by some divers and is taken to live in a dentist’s aquarium.  To Nemo, being stuck in the tank is pretty trivial compared to not ever seeing his father again.  Little does Nemo know that his father is going to all links to try and find his son so that he can bring him home again.  Through rough waters, sharks, jellyfish, and unknown territory, Nemo is finally reunited with his father, but it was because of consistant perseverance. 

     One line from the movie that is a great reminder of this type of perseverance is when Dory says to Marlin (the dad), “Do you know whatcha gotta do, when life gets you down?  Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.”  And even though these words come from a little fish, these words are a great reminder of what we should do once we…

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Time to Reflect

Posted: March 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Story of the day: Time to Reflect

In the last few months, my last two seminary classes have proven to be very challenging and yet at the same time very re-warding. Through this time period, I have had time to reflect on all the hours spent studying and trying to figure the theological perspectives that I have had to come across. Though I can say that seminary is very intensive, I have learned a great deal about God and myself. There are so many great life lessons that I have encountered and hopefully will be able to share with you all.

Have you ever had a sense to want to go out and conquer the world? I know I have and yet God’s timing is not my own and a sense discouragement seems to radiate throughout my life. I know that doing things for His Kingdom are just that, for His will. Anytime that I try to add my own timeline or idea of what needs to be, I always seem to mess it up. As harsh as that sounds, I know that God knows what is best for my life and if I just hand over the reigns, things always seem to go a lot smoother and when I least expect them to. I know that when I wait on God in my life, it is His perfect time and will for me no matter what challenges that I may face.

Eagles are known for soaring. They glide in the air. The amazing thing about eagles is that they don’t work that hard to hang in the air like they do. Eagles depend on o wind gust and updraft.

When an eagle catches the wind, he can soar for a long time, just pausing over now and then to flap his wings a bit. An eagle doesn’t fly, furiously beating the air with his wings. If it did, many of them would probably poop out because their wings are too heavy to do that for any length of time. They rest on the power of the wind.

Many people are tired of furiously fighting their way through life, trying to do the best that they can. God would have us to catch the wind. He wants us to link into His will so that we don’t have to struggle unnecessarily where He’s provided a way. His commandments are not burdensome.[1]

Quote of the day: Tony Evans

“Have you caught the wind?”

Bible verse of the day: Matthew 11: 29

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I come to You today knowing that Your Will for my life is a perfect plan and no matter how hard I try and get things done on my own timeline or with my own wind, I will be working for my will. Today I take Your Yoke for my life and learn all that You have to offer for me and my family. May my soul find rest this day.

 

In Jesus Name I pray,

 

Amen


[1] Tony Evans, Tony Evans’ Book of Illustrations, [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2009.] 137.

 

Funny Friday Quote:  Things that are checked

Spare tire:  The one you check the day after you have a flat.

Short Cut:  A route on which you can’t find anybody to ask where you are.

Sign at the auto repair shop:  Try us once, you’ll never go anywhere again.

Automobile:  A machine that runs up hills and down people.

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 71:3

“Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for being my solid rock and the foundation for which my life is built.  Protect me this day and guide me in Your Way that I may continue to grow in You.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  “We were created to put our love to work”

In The Pursuit of Excellence, Ted Engstrom writes:

I was cleaning out a desk drawer when I found a flashlight I hadn’t used in over a year.  I flipped the switch but wasn’t surprised when it gave no light.  I unscrewed it and shook it to get the batteries out, but they wouldn’t budge.

Finally, after some effort, they came loose.  What a mess!  Battery acid had corroded the entire inside of the flashlight.  The batteries were new when I’d put them in, and I’d stored them in a safe, warm place.  But there was once problem.  Those batteries weren’t made to be warm and comfortable.  They were designed to be turned on–to be used.

It’s the same with us.

Quote of the day:  Ted Engstrom

“We weren’t created to be warm, safe, and comfortable.  You and I were made to be “turned on”–to put our love to work, to apply our patience in difficult, trying situations–to let our light shine.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that You light a fire under me each and every day so that I don’t get comfortable where I am.  May the bar in my life continue to be raised as I serve You.  I ask that You show me areas in my life where I have become complacent so that by Your Grace it can be changed.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Live it! (Part 2)

Posted: January 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

Story of the day:  Live it! (Part 2)

So we finished off Live it out! (Part 1) where Quan was allowed to clean out the dirty cells of where he was being held.  It was here that Quan showed servanthood towards the guard and was willing to do even the medial tasks so that another could see Christ through him.  From this point on, several weeks have gone by in which Quan chooses to continue to serve the guard.  Notice how God was able to use his Christlike service to witness to those around him.

Ben stood in the chilly winter air.  As usual, he waited nervously, trying to keep warm and to will Quan out of the black hole, that would be his cell.  Someone was being led out of the building now, a frail, older man with a pronounced limp and yellow skin, as if he had jaundice.

Ben watched the man, who for some reason was walking toward him.  He felt his heart freeze. “Quan?”  He tried to disguise his horror.  They touched right index fingers through the fence.  “You smell like…..soap.”

“Yes.”  Quan beamed, his face and voice surprisingly animated.  “This is better than I smelled last time, yes?  I have wonderful news!  You must tell my family and house church.  God has answered prayer.  He has given me a ministry!”

“What?”

“I go from cell to cell, bringing Jesus’s message.”  But thought you were in an isolated cell.”

“God opened the door.  I go to the other men.  Most have never had anyone else come into their cell except to beat them.  I help and serve them as I clean their cells.  I bring them the love of Jesus.  Twelve men I have visited.  When I left their cells, six I did not leave alone.”

“What do you mean?”

“When I left, Jesus was with them.  Three were already believers, one of them a pastor.  He had known my father, Li Tong!  Three more bowed their knees to Jesus, who promises never to leave or forsake them.  When I walk by their cells on the way to clean the others, I sing to them, ‘Heaven is my fatherland.’ When I finish cleaning all the cells I will start over.

“The guards let you do this?”

“The smell that used to cling to the guards is almost gone.  Their shoes are not ruined.  The prisoners are excited to no longer be alone.  Excited to realize that even if they die here, they will have eternal life.  Excited that God has not forgotten them, that this world is not their home, that they will find release.”

“Sounds more like a revival meeting than a prison.”

“Those in prison are not so distracted as those outside.  They think about death more.  They ask, “Is this the day?”  They do not put so much hope in their plans and successes in this world.  I tell them about Jesus and Heaven, and they listen eagerly, much more intently than most free men I speak to in the locksmith’s shop.  (in Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn, Tyndale House, 2001, 276-277).

The story of Quan is a great picture of laying down one’s fleshly wants and to serve just as Christ did for others.  It was his serving that opened the door for sharing the truth of Christ.

Quote of the day:  Woodrow Wilson

I would rather fail in the cause that some day will triumph than triumph in a cause that some day will fail..”

Bible verse of the day:  Mark 10:45

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for teaching me all about having a servant’s heart.  It is through this story today that I am able to see just how important it is to die to my flesh and live with a humbled attitude.  I pray that my heart continues to soften each day and that the love for people continues to grow.  Father, I pray for those that don’t know Your Son, Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.  I pray that they not rest until they do and that their life is forever changed.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Live it! (Part 1)

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Story and Quote of the day:  Live it! (Part 1)

I read this great article the other day and I found it full of Truth, inspiration, and lots of love, showing how one can shine Jesus by Living it out.  Randy Alcorn tells the story of a fervent Christian named Quan.  He was unjustly thrown into jail for publicly proclaiming his faith in China.  He writes:

Quan whispered into the darkness words hidden in his heart.  “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh, I will see God.  I myself will see him with my own eyes-I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!”

The guard peered into Quan’s cell through the little barred window, which was two handbreadths across.  Long used to the darkness, Quan could see the contempt in his eyes.

“Stop smiling!” he yelled.

“I am not smiling,” Quan said.

“Yes, you are!” shouted the guard.  He rattled the door, but moved on to the next cell.

Suddenly, Li Quan stood and pressed his face against the bars. “Guard!” Quan called.  When he didn’t come, he called louder.  “Su Gan!”

The guard came back and rattled the door violently.  “Who told you my name?  Be silent or I will come in and make you silent!”

“Su Gan, sir, please, I have a request for you.”

“Unless you can pay me, I can nothing for your requests.”

“Can I do some labor for you?”

Quan saw in the jailer’s eyes surprise mixed with contempt.

“This prison is so filthy,” Quan said.  “There is waste everywhere.  The rats and roaches feed on it.  You are not a prisoner, but you must feel like you are.  Su Gan has to breathe this foul air, to walk carefully because of what oozes out of the cells.  Li Quan can help you.  Let me go into the cells one by one and clean up this filthy place.  Give me water and a brush and soap, and I will show you what I can do!  My father, Li Tong, was a street sweeper, a great cleaner of the ground.  The finest in China.  And I am my father’s son! [Alcorn, Rnady.  Safely Home.  Tyndale House, 2001. pgs. 273-274]

Quote of the day:  Mary Nordstrom

“It is our privilege to have world evangelism as a passion, not our responsibility to have as a burden.”

Bible verse of the day:  Titus 2:7 (NKJV)

“in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Oh to have a servant’s heart like Your Son Jesus.  I pray that my heart is full of love, compassion, and truth ministering to those around me.  Father, reach into my soul and fill it with Your mercy and grace that my life mirrors who You are and what You have done in my life.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Death is never easy

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

*Dedicated to Krysta, a sister in Christ that I never met, but with whom I was connected to by God’s Grace. Play your harp today in Heaven sweet little Krysta. Jon and Cindy, my prayers go out to you and your family today.*

Story of the day: Death is never easy

Any loss of life, brings us sadness.  There isn’t a prescription for the right response to suffering, just as there isn’t a magic cure for a person that’s going through the pain.  Those that have died, have left, and we are missing them. So when we are faced head on with these feelings, what do we do? How do we find peace or joy? When I answered this question a few years ago, after losing my grandmother, I was able to find peace and joy from the love that people shared. They didn’t have to say a word, just knowing that they were there and that they cared, spoke volumes to me.  Here’s a little story that I found in a short story titled Joy in the Midst of Grief. Author Dennis Fisher writes:

After only a few art lessons, 10-year-old Joel decided to try his hand at painting a flower.  By looking at a color photograph of a Rose of Sharon, Joel was able to paint a beautiful mixture of blue purple, red, green, and white.  This made the flower, which had been photographed on the day Joel’s Aunt died, seem to come to life.  To the family, his painting, symbolized a bittersweet mixture of feelings.  While it provided a lasting reminder of the loss they had suffered, it also carried a celebration of life and how it was able to give joy in the midst of their grieving.

Grieving can be like that.  While there is sadness in looking back, it also includes a promise of joy in trusting God for the future. Even in a devastating loss, we have this hope:  The Lord provides joy in the midst of grief.

Quote of the day:  McNeil

“Even in the bleakest times, Christians have the brightest hope.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 11:35

“Jesus wept.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for life.  It is so precious and often taken for granted.  Death is never easy and not knowing what to say can be difficult, so not saying anything is okay. Father, I pray for those going through this right now. May Your comfort pass through each of them and Your Love covers all of their hurt that they are feeling.  I pray that they too can find joy, even in the middle of their grieving.  I love You Father and I am so thankful for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen