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Forgive Before Bedtime

Posted: February 7, 2011 in February 2011

Story of the day:  Forgive Before Bedtime

I often wonder how many times people go to bed with anger or bitterness in their heart.  Whether it is towards a loved one or a friend, the Bible makes it very clear in Ephesians 4:26, to not let the sun go down on your wrath.  When we have hardened hearts and our one and only desire is to be right, then it becomes difficult to heed this call.  But, just think how much more soundly you would sleep, if you just took the time and did your part.

In the story No Grudges After Sunset, Richard De Haan writes:

A little boy got into a fight with his brother and the whole experience left him feeling bitter.  When his brother wanted to make things right, he refused to listen.  In fact, he would not speak to his brother all day.

Bedtime came, and their mother said to the boy, “Don’t you think you should forgive your brother before you go to sleep?  The boy looked perplexed.  He thought for a few moments and then blurted out, “But how can I keep the sun from going down?”

He reminds me of some Christians.  They’re angry at certain people and hold grudges.  When they are confronted with their unforgiving attitude and urged to make things right, they sidestep the issue and refuse to heed the clear instruction of Scripture.  True, we cannot change another person’s heart, but we are responsible for our own attitude.  The Bible says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32)

 No, we can’t keep the sun from going down.  But we can keep it from setting–on our anger.  And that means we must forgive.

Quote of the day:  Bosch

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 4:26

“Be angry, and do not sin.”  Do not let the sun go down on your wrath.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have made it perfectly clear that it is okay to get angry as long as we do not sin.  I ask you right now that if I ever wrong someone that it is brought to my attention so that I can make amends with the situation.  I know that through Your Grace, Love, and Mercy that I can do this and make things right.  If the other person has wronged me, I pray for the situation to come to light so that the issue can be resolved.  Lord, I don’t like to go to bed with an angry heart, so it is much easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to stay angry.  I don’t want to lose my joy, so in Your Name, I am asking for You to prepare my heart for whatever darts are tossed my way. 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Bible verse of the day: Psalm 119:64 (NIV)

“The earth is filled with your love, O Lord; teach me your decrees.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord thank You for making me just as I am. There is nothing greater than coming into Your presence each day. I am thankful to have a Daddy who loves me as much as You do. Your love for me is beyond measure and I pray Father to be filled with that kind of love to share with others. Teach me by Your example how to serve others with compassion, understanding, patience, and kindness. Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen



Eat Your Spinach

Posted: February 2, 2011 in February 2011

Story of the day:  Eat Your Spinach

 As I child, my brother and I loved to watch the cartoon, Popeye.  We loved to act out scenes from this cartoon and wanted to be just like Popeye.  We would get cans and pretend to squeeze the can of spinach, eat it, and grow these muscles just like Popeye did.  The can of spinach looked so good and went right along with what my parents had said about eating healthy.  That doesn’t mean that I liked Spinach at the time, it just looked yummy.  Now, I don’t mind eating the spinach, it is actually pretty good.

Before Popeye ate the spinach, he was just an ordinary man who had no strength against anything or anyone, but once he ate the spinach, things seemed to turn quickly, which was a benefit for helping him out.  Popeye recognized that without his spinach he wasn’t able to fight the good fight.  It was once he ate the spinach that always seemed to help him get out of his bind.

We should take a closer look at this, because we, just like Popeye, are no good without our Heavenly Father and His Word. He is our Spinach.  We can do nothing in our own strength to fight off the bad.  It’s when we recognize that we need God, that He will give us the Spiritual Muscles to make us stronger in our walk, so that when we are faced with bad, we can fight the good fight.

Quote of the day:  Pappy

“If you’d eat your spinach, you’d not be losin’ your fight!”

Bible verse of the day:  Exodus 9:16

“But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My Power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I just thank You for such a blessed day.  Lord, I pray that You continue to teach me that I can do nothing without You.  You are the Strength, the Power, and the Might, all which are the Spinach, that works in my life.  I know that I need You and You long for that relationship with me everyday.  I pray for times that I start doing things in my own strength, to be able to hand it back over to You, so that we may move forward with Your Plan for my life.  Lord, I pray that I am also able to recognize that without you I will only tire quickly.  I pray that I, just like Popeye, will recognize that I need You to be my strength in all things.  I pray that the desire to serve, worship, and fellowship continues to grow within me and surfaces towards others, and especially towards You.  

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

This story was written about three years and it is a constant reminder to me about having complete faith in God for every area in my life.  

Story of the day:  The PLANE RIDE   

So, I have always been fearful of flying ever since I was a teenager and the flight from Dallas, Texas to Spokane, Washington was a little more turbulent than normal.  I think had I not had the window seat and my brother (who loves flying) making comments about the plane, I might have enjoyed the flight a little more.  So needless to say, I hadn’t flown since and really didn’t have the desire to get into anything that would take me more than 100 feet off the ground.   

 Many years passed by and as this ministry got underway, God began to show me things that Jeff and I would be doing in the future that would require flying.  I kind of struggled with the thought of having to get into a plane again, but I kept praying to God about it and one day, while I was alone and driving in my car, a peace came over me about flying and so I gave total release and control over to God and He planted this in my heart, “Christy, if you are working for me and I need you somewhere, I need you to have the faith and trust in Me, you know the faith and trust that you write to others about, and know that I will take care of you.”  I agreed with God and said “Okay, I can do this.  If you ask this of me, I will do it.”  I really thought to myself, okay, I have a few years before this happens, so this gives me more time to prepare for whenever Jeff and I both have to get on a plane. 

 Little could prepare me for what God had in mind.  The situation with my grandmother, and the doctors telling us that we all needed to be home meant that I either A needed to drive 16-17 hours one way or B get onto a plane which would only take 2 hours.  I had remembered the conversation that I had just had with God about 3 months before this situation occurred and I tried reasoning with God and saying, ”Can’t I start flying once we start going places for the ministry?”  Boy, if I could hear crickets chirping that would have been awesome, but instead, I heart God say, “Christy, you need to do this.” “You need to get on a plane and go and see her.”

 So as Jeff drove me to Columbus, OH, so that I could depart from there, everything that I so desired to take with me on this plane trip, was left at home.  No family to fly with, no Christian music, no laptop, and no portable movie player.  It was just me, my Bible, and God.  Remember it has been nearly 20 years since I have been on a plane.  Not only was I going to fly 35,000 feet in the air without things that could distract me, I was flying Hon Solo with total and complete trust and faith in my God.  I prayed for the pilot, where in actuality God was piloting this plane.  I prayed for the person that sat next to me, poor thing she was going to need it because of me, and for the flight attendants for they may have to bring me back to consciousness once I passed out.

 All kidding aside, I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous, because I was.  My palms have never sweated as much. Having a husband that works with planes and knowing all the stories that are associated with them, every now and then thoughts about situations that could occur while I was flying, which are almost slim to none, would pop into my head. But just as quickly as those thoughts popped into my head about the plane, I was able to quickly find peace and comfort in God, because of what He has planned for this ministry.  With the peace and comfort that God provided, my spirit was calmed and I was able to find rest in Him. 

I didn’t even realize it at the time, but this first trip was all part of God’s plan for this ministry.  It was the beginning of things that are yet to come and because of God’s Grace, Mercy, and Love for us all, I was able to fulfill the plan that He prepared for me while I was in Texas.

Whatever you are fearful about, pray to God about it, allow Him to pull you through it, and have total faith and trust in Him to get you past it.  Once you give it over to God, the control,  there are many blessings awaiting, and a freedom from the fear to allow God to use you where He needs you to be. 

Quote of the day:  Rubem Alves

 “Hope is hearing the melody of the future.  Faith is to dance to it.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 1:17

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are such an Orderly God.  You have planned out my every step, just as You have numbered ever hair on my head.  God, I have overcome my biggest fear of flying because of You and Your promise for my life.  I am so saddened by even allowing this fear to set in for as long as it had.  God thank You for the opportunity to begin a different phase of this ministry.  I didn’t even know that going home was going to be a part of it, but it was and I was blessed by it.  My prayer today is for those that have some sort of fear in their life that they have yet to overcome.  I pray that they release this to You and have total faith and trust in You to get them past whatever it is that is keeping them in bondage.  God, only You know what is in store for our lives, and as the days pass, if we aren’t following the path that You have so designed for us, I pray that it is revealed to us so that we can walk in freedom for whatever it is that You do have planned for us. I continue to ask for prayer for Jeff as he is still not doing well.  I pray for complete healing of his body so that he can move forward with the other part of this ministry. I thank You for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen