August 2009

Kindled inside you

Story of the day:  Kindled inside you

On the prairies of the Midwest, a grass fire can be a good thing. 

“To ask whether a prairie needs fire is to wonder whether it needs water,” says Cindy Schreuder.  “Burns stimulate the growth of grasses and forbs, return nutrients to the soil, expose seed beds to the sun and suppress invading trees and shrubs.”

In the same way, God’s consuming fire brings new life when we willingly let him burn the fields of our hearts.   [Cindy Schreduer]

Quote of the day:  Sue Monk Kidd

In awakening to God there is always a moment of choice, a time to say an absolute yes, to commit yourself as best you can to the life of God that is kindled inside you.  The experience demands it.  And there will likely be a need for a reaffirmation of that choice numerous times as we awaken to God.  We are spasmodic, fickle creatures who must be brought back again and again to our journey. 

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 12:29

“for indeed our God is a consuming fire.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

There is a fire that burns deep inside of me that wants to spread.  I pray that my fire continues to burn as You light it each and every day.  I am grateful to serve You and to do all that you have gifted me to do.  I pray for those whose light may have been dimmed for whatever reason, and I pray that they too can find Your never ending spark to ignite their lowly flame.  I thank You that You never change and that I can always count on You to be my Rock.  Thank You for watching out for me and always knowing what is best for me and my life.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

August 2009, Funny Friday Picks

Funny Friday Quote: Of course it’s internal

Sorry this is just now getting out, our server was down all day Friday.  Jeff and I hope that you have a blessed weekend!

Christy:)

Funny Friday Quote:  Author Unknown

One day a lady called me and told me that she had a problem with her modem.  She said she couldn’t connect with the Internet.  I asked her, “Is your modem external or internal?”  She replied, “Of course it’s internal.  It’s inside my house!”

Bible verse of the day:  Habbakkuk 3:18 (NIV)

“Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being the strength in my life.  Your Grace and Mercy meet me each day and I am surrounded by Your never ending Love.  I thank You for this blessed day and all that it holds!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

August 2009

Weave your thread into a beautiful pattern

Story and Quote of the day:  Weave your thread into a beautiful pattern

I have always wanted to make a quilt from thread and weave a beautiful pattern out of it.  I see in my heart what I would like for it to look like, but the process requires a lot of patience and time from me the maker.  I also know that If I don’t do it, it won’t ever get done.  So I start this process and begin to see the start of something beautiful, which started from scratch.  In the same way our life is a mirror image of this beautiful pattern that God is creating from thread.  And though you may not see the completed pattern that He is creating from that piece of thread, or a pattern that He has already created in someone else, I believe:

It is important to learn these two things: never be discouraged because good things get done so slowly here, and never fail daily to do that good which lies next to your hand.  Do not be in a hurry, but be diligent.  Enter into the sublime patience of the Lord.  God can afford to wait; why cannot we since we have Him to fall back on?  Let patience have her perfect work and bring forth her celestial fruits.  Trust to God to weave your little thread into a web though the patterns may not show it yet. [George MacDonald]

Bible verse of the day:  James 1:4 (NIV)

“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for weaving my life into a beautiful pattern.  Though the quilting has just begun and You have so much more to add to my life by way of patterns, I get excited to see the beauty that You are creating.  Thank You for loving me as much as You do and for showing me Your Love through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  I pray for patience and perseverance in my life that I may stand up against any test that comes my way.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

August 2009

Guarding my mouth

Story and Quote of the day:  Guarding my mouth

Have you ever regretted saying something to someone that left you speechless?  Sometimes we may get on a roll with our words, like a snowball going downhill, and can’t stop.  You may even take a step to the side, watch yourself, and wonder, why can’t I stop?   And sure, we all mean well, not wanting to say mean things or hurt people that we love.  But, not wanting to hurt people isn’t always the case when we are dealing with this little part of the body known as the tongue.  We lash out with the same tongue that we use to worship God.  Why is that and what should we do about it?  First of all, the tongue is hard to tame and since we can’t control it on our own, secondly, we should pray to God about it.  The prayer that we should often speak is found in Psalm 141:3 which says, “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. 

There is nothing in all of life to which most of us give less attention than to our words.  We let them fly from our lips as the leaves fly from the trees when the autumn winds blow.  Many people seem to think that words are not important.  They watch their acts, their conduct, and then give full license to their tongues.  This is not right.  A true Christian should have a Christian tongue.  James 1 makes that clear.  Words have terrific power for harm if they are wrong words, and blessed, immortal power for good if they are holy words.  We need to pray continually that God would keep the door of our lips and set a watch before our mouths.  Only love should be permitted to interpret itself in speech.  Bitterness and all evil should be restrained. [J. R. Miller]

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 141:3 (NIV)

“Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I go about my daily activities, I pray that You place a guard over my mouth and keep watch over the door of my lips so that anything that comes from my mouth is nothing but pleasing things to Your Ears.  May the words that I speak be used to encourage others and not tear them down.  May my words be a sweet fragrance giving You all the praise and glory that You deserve.  You have equipped me with all the right tools and I pray not to rely on myself but on Your power to see me through my day.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

August 2009

His Canvas

quote of the day mountains                                                                                                                                                Story of the day:  His canvas

There are so many wonderful and beautiful things to see here in New Mexico. Whether it be the tall standing mountains, white billowy clouds shading the crystal blue sky, or the sun that rises and sets with the most beautiful shades of purple and pink, I am in total awe of His magnificent work.  Each and every day, I awaken to a new canvas that God paints on.  His artwork display hangs for the world to see and is a reminder of His Creative Touch.  He hangs rainbows at just the right time as a constant reminder of His promise and love for His children.   

Today as you are out and about, take a moment to stop and witness the canvas of artwork that God has painted just for you.

Quote of the day:  Clyde S. Kilby

“I shall open my eyes and ears.  Once every day I shall simply stare at a tree, a flower, a cloud, or a person.  I shall not then be concerned at all to ask what they are but simply be glad that they are.”

Bible verse of the day:  Isaiah 55:12 (NIV)

“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for displaying Your Artwork each and everyday.  There is so much in Your Creation that is so beautiful.  I am humbled by the mountains, the blue sky, the sunrises and sunsets, but most importantly by Your Grace to share it all with me.  You have placed the stars in all the right places to light up the dark sky in my life and I am forever changed.  Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

August 2009

Compassion

Story of the day:  Compassion

Mr. Alter’s fifth-grade class at Lake Elementary School in Oceanside, California, included fourteen boys who had no hair.  Only one, however, had no choice in the matter.

In an Associated Press Story, (March 1994), Ian O’Gorman, undergoing chemotherapy for lymphoma, faced the prospect of having his fair fall out in clumps.  So he had his head shaved.  But then thirteen of his classmates shaved their heads, so Ian wouldn’t feel out of place.

Ten-year-old Kyle Hanslik started it all.  He tlked to some other boys, and before long they all trekked to the barbershop.  “The last hing he would want is to not fit in,” said Kyle.  “We just wanted to make him feel better.”

Quote of the day:  Jeremy Jackson

“It is a fair rule of thumb that only that love of a neighbor which can also draw people to Christ is truly a reflection of that love for God which is its source.”

Bible verse of the day:  Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Help me to open my the eyes of my heart daily, to love others and as Galatians says to carry each other’s burdens.  Father, may Your Love flow out of me and into the lives of others that they may see You in my life and know that You are bigger than anything in this world.  I pray for wisdom this day and grace to get through it.  I love You Father and I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

August 2009

Funny Friday Quote:Things people notice

Funny Friday Quote:  Author Unknown

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