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blue-hills.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                            Story of the day:  It’s the little things made great!

    My mom loves to order things while using the word little.  “I’ll take a little cheeseburger, a little pizza, or a little coke.”  We usually joke with her about this, because if anyone has ever been with her when she’s ordered something, knows exactly what I am talking about:) 

    Well, my mom may just have had something there.  Although these things were “little” they always did their job and did it abundantly meeting the need of my mom.

    I began to look for “little things” in the Bible that God “ordered” and how their small purpose became magnified.  One of the things I found was a “little maid”.  This “little maid” in 2 Kings 5:2 God used to cure a great man.  God also used a “little cloud” in 1 Kings 18:44 to bring a tremendous shower.  In 1 Kings 17:12, God used a “little oil” to supply the need of His servant in a great famine. Matthew 15:34, tells of how He used a “few little fishes” to feed a hungry multitude, or in Matthew 18:2, a “little child” to be an object lesson on humility.  A “little flock” in Luke 12:32 to posses the Kingdom, and finally “little children” in 1 John 4:4, in the family of God are victorious.

    So although things may appear “little” to us and we may not think that things great can come from things so small, think again, because our Heavenly Father has just shown us many examples of “little things” made great!

Quote of the day:  William Penn

“God, help us not to despise or oppose what we do not understand.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 4:4

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My little mind can’t comprehend all of Your abilities.  You are so many great things and as You have showed me, have taken some “little things” and made them great!  God, thank You for Who You are, and for sharing with me just a little bit of Who You are.  I wake up every day and think to myself what an Amazing Father that I have in my life.  Even through all the rough times in my life, You have never left my side.  As my love for You grows with every second that I am alive, and my Spirit is humbled by Your Mercy, I only wish to serve and Worship You all the days of my life.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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water-lilies.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny Friday Quote:  Family

    “Years ago, my happy married life almost went on the rocks because of  the presence in the household of old uncle Buddy.  For twelve long years he lived with my wife and me, always crotchety, always demanding, always the first one at the table at mealtimes.  Finally, the old man caught double pneumonia and died.  On the way back from the cemetery, my wife told me that she had a confession to make.  “Darling” she said, “if I didn’t love you so much, I don’t think I could have stood having your uncle Buddy in the house all the time.”

    I stared at her aghast.  “My uncle Buddy!” I exclaimed.  “I thought he was your uncle Buddy!”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 89:1

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for such a blessed week!  I ask that You give us rest this weekend, and restore our minds and bodies from the busyness that the week brings forth.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

j04231031.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                      Story of the day:  What’s in your closet?

    Getting dressed is a part of our daily routine.  The same should be true of our Christian attire.  At one of the railway stations in the North of England, a man whose clothes were covered with lime, got into one of the carriages of a train.  He was evidently employed in a neighboring lime-kiln.  His fellow passengers made room for him and wished him in another compartment, because as he brushed against them, he left his mark upon one and another.  Far from scorning the traveling toiler, who had an equal right to use the carriage, we are now indebted to him for this practical lesson.  As the Lord’s children, let us be so decked out that, wherever we go we shall leave a lasting impression behind us. Here is an inventory of what should be in a Christian’s wardrobe:

1.  “The armor of light” Romans 13:12-“The night is far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”

2.  “The Lord Jesus Christ  Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill it’s lusts.”

3.  “The whole armor of God  Ephesians 6:11  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

4.  “The breastplate of righteousness”  Ephesians 6:14  “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness”

5.  “The breastplate of faith”   1 Thessalonians 5:8  “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.”

6.  “The heart of compassion”  Colossians 3:12  “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering”

7.  “LOVE”  Colossians 3:14  “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

If these were worn by Christians, under all circumstances, we should be able to make a deeper impression than we do at present upon those with whom we come in contact.  So, now I ask you, what’s in your closet?

Quote of the day:  C.S. Lewis

“I became my own only when I gave myself to Another.”

Bible verse of the day: Colossians 3:14

“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My heart continues to change daily and the love I have for people grows with every breath that I take.  God, my heart’s desire is that I continue to look into my wardrobe daily and no matter what the circumstances are, that I check myself to ensure that I am putting on each one of these pieces of clothing.  God, I am far from perfect, but the level of holiness that I am seeking is one that I continue to raise the bar on.  I pray for my family, that You continue to guide and protect them, I pray for my friends, and for those that You have yet to place in my path, that You bless them beyond measure. I pray that we continue to seek You daily in every decision that we make and that we don’t get distracted by the daily upcomings and turn our eyes off of You.  I pray for continued wisdom from Your Word in knowing what to say and when to say them.  I love You Lord and I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

dsc00753.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                 Story of the day:  JESUS

    I love when people write in to the website and when doing so, I whole heartedly welcome your responses.  Remember, I am a very simple person and as much as I would love to wow you with a very theological response to things, I can only give You what My Father in Heaven has shared with me.  “The best way to prove the truth of the Bible is to study it.”  After I woke up this morning and had seen something on the news that the media of course tried to play more into, it got me to thinking about why things aren’t just simple anymore.  Why can’t “a cover of a magazine just be a cover”, without something more being added to it or taken from it.  Why do we constantly look for flaws in everything? 

    Well, I thought that I would tell you about JESUS in as simple form as possible,  yet His name alone can speak so powerfully without having to come across so complex.  Jeff, being in the military, uses a lot of acronyms, and so I thought that I would share this one with you:  JESUS.

J-ustifies by the Blood of His atonement. Romans 5:9  “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

E-ndows in his peerless person.  Ephesians 1:3  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”

S-aves in His vitalizing life.  Romans 5:10 “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

U-nites in His baptizing Spirit.  1 Corinthians 12:13  “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-and have been made to drink into one Spirit.”

S-anctifies by His indwelling presence.  Galatians 2:20  “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Quote of the day:  C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him:  “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.”  That is the one thing we must not say.  A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher.  He would be either a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell.  You must make your choice.  Either this man was, and is, the Son of God:  or else a madman or something worse.”

Bible verses of the day: Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”  Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your Son paid it all.  It is as simple as that.  Father people have a choice to: have faith, believe that Your Son was Who He said He was, died on a cross, and was raised after 3 days.  We have a choice to accept this fully, ask for forgiveness, and to trust Him completely.  As my husband so greatly put it, “The choices we make today effect tomorrow.”  God, things don’t need to be so complicated, but when people don’t understand things they try really hard to counter it with something that does make sense to them.  Our minds can’t fathom all the Glory that You hold.  God, I pray that if hearts are hardened that they are changed.  There are things that I will not know the entire answer to, and that’s okay. You have shared what needs to be shared through Your Word.  My faith in You has birthed a deeper desire for me to want to serve You in a way that is only pleasing to You.  Just as You have said in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  I may not understand it all, but my faith in You is proof enough that You existed through Your Son, and by His death I am saved.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

sunset.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                               Story of the day:  Let your light shine

    “Some years ago, on returning from a business trip, a man brought his wife some souvenirs.  Among them was a matchbox that would glow in the dark.  After giving it to her, he turned out the light, but the object was not visible.  “This must be a joke!” she said.  Disappointed, the husband commented, “I’ve been cheated!”  Then his wife noticed some French words on the box.  Taking it to a friend who knew the language, she was told that the directions read:  “If you want me to shine at night, keep me in the sunlight all day.”  So she put her gift in a south window.  That evening when she turned out the light, the matchbox had a brilliant glow.  The surprised husband asked, “What did you do?”  “Oh, I found the secret,” she said.  “Before it can shine in the dark, it must be exposed to the light.”

    Just as the matchbox, having been exposed to the sun, took on the nature of the sun and began to shine, so Christians should constantly expose themselves to the Son, that they may take on his nature and shine as lights in a dark world.” Michael P. Greene

Quote of the day:  D. L. Moody

“Character is what you are in the dark.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 11:35-36

“Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.  If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As dark as it may be out there, You have made me a light that will shine brighter even in the darkest of times.  Father You have asked us to stand apart from the ways of this world, and to shine Your Son’s light so brightly, so that those around us won’t even know it’s dark out!  God, I pray that my light radiates through me and unto others and as It shines through me, I ask that You remove from my heart anything that may be hindering Your Light.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

sunset.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                   Quote of the day:  Mercy Touched Me

    A fellow writer named Darian Burns wrote an amazing story that I felt needed to be shared.  It is a true representation of our Heavenly Father and I felt that it was a story that encompasses troubles that may come in our life, but through any situation our Father is there and by His Grace is able to show us how much He loves us.

    Darian writes:  “I was an assistant pastor and a young father when I was involved in a fire that left me in the ICU burn center with second and third degree burns, singed vocal chords and a damaged esophagus.  Two weeks after being released from the hospital I became a single father of three young boys (4 year old twins and an 18 month old) when my then wife decided she preferred a different type of lifestyle.  Not long after the marriage ended I received “the visit” by the leaders of the church where I ministered.  I was informed that my services were no longer needed.  With the loss of my job also came the loss of my house which was owned by the church.  Not long after becoming a single dad I began to notice that my youngest, Micah, seemed deaf, so we began a long period of testing.  Micah’s testing started a journey which ended in a parking lot at the Emory Autism Center in Atlanta.

    It took every ounce of energy not to explode as I walked from the Autism Center to my parked car.  “Mr. Burns,” the doctor had began coldly like a mathematician reciting an equation, “Micah is one of the most severe cases of autism we have ever seen here, at best you will be able to care for him until 13 or so but then you will almost certainly have to have him institutionalized.”  when I heard those words the last three months and all that had happened suddenly flooded my soul.

    One of the joys of my life had always been my singing voice; however, the fire had damaged my voice and I didn’t know if I would ever sing again as I had.  Since childhood I had longed to be a father and have a family.  I had read all the books, attended the conferences, gone to the counseling sessions, listened to the radio programs and, while not perfect, had for the most part done everything I had been told I was supposed to do to have a successful and happy family life.  However, al the rules I had kept and formulas I had followed did not produce the results they had promised.  My entire adult life and all my education had been geared toward Christian ministry.  However, my church didn’t believe in divorced ministers.  Now I was being told not only would I be alone, without a job, without a home but my precious son would be trapped with this disease which I would spend the rest of my life watching him struggle with and helpless to do anything about it.

    I reached the car and quickly placed Micah in his car seat.  I got in, shut the door and SCREAMED!  Months of tears and pent up anger erupted from deep within me.  I was angry at those who had betrayed me, particularly the church where I found no grace or mercy in my time of deepest need.  However, nothing could compare to the anger I felt towards God.  I wanted to know why.  How could this happen?  Why had He deserted me with these three boys, no job, and no home?  Why had He dumped me in this city parking lot alone except for Micah who wouldn’t even allow me to touch him without screaming?

    Then it happened.  After I released all my pain, after I poured it out to Him with honesty and authenticity I cried out for Mercy.  “Lord, I can’t go on if I don’t know that You are at least with me.  Give me something.  Give me something.  Give me anything to hold on to.  Let me know that you are still with me.  Please, I can’t do this anymore on my own.  Lord, just let me know I’m not alone.

    Not only had Micah ever initiated touch before but he hated to be touched, he fought against it and would scream or cry if he had to endure it by being carried or held.  He preferred to play with his shadow and be left alone.  But not that day and not at that moment.  Mercy touched me that day in the form of a little boy named Micah as he reached his small hand around the seat and caressed a tear off his father’s cheek.  I turned around in shock to see an innocent smile and, for a second, the ever present distance in his eyes was gone.  Mercy touched me that day and I have never been the same.  My prayer is that you will feel it’s touch in your life right when you need it most.”  Thank you Darian for sharing your story with me.

Quote of the day:  J. Dwight Pentecost

“Mercy is God’s ministry to the miserable. It is both intensely personal and immensely practical.  For when I am treated unfairly, God’s mercy relieves my bitterness.  When I grieve over loss, it relieves my pain and anger and denial.  When I struggle with disability, it relieves my self-pity.  When I endure physical pain, it relieves my hopelessness.  When I deal with being sinful, it relieves my guilt.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 56:11

“In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid.  What can man do to me?”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You are a merciful God.  Thank You that in my distress or my call to You, You are quick to answer.  God, this story has touched my heart and I pray for this father and his family.  God, as uncomfortable as it is to be in these situations, You always show Yourself to us in a very touching and loving way.  It is through these times that we can draw close to You and rest in Your Saving Grace.  Just as mercy touched Darian that day, mercy can touch all.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

dsc00767.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Funny Funny Friday Quote:  Paul Dickson

    “A missionary is chased through the jungle by a ferocious lion, who corners him.  With no other option left, the missionary falls to his knees in prayer.  To his great surprise, the lion also begins to pray.

    “This is miraculous,” says the missionary, “joining me in prayer when I had given myself up for lost.”

    “Don’t interrupt,” says the lion, “I’m saying grace.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 3:3

“But You, O LORD, are my shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As I woke up this morning and became a little sad about the thought of my family heading back home, I realized that they have a purpose where they are and that You need them there.  And as much as my heart hurts everytime they leave, I know that Your plan is so much greater and the people that they minister to are blessed because of their great love for others.  I pray that You give them safe travel and continue to work in their lives as You are doing to many.  God, I pray for those that read this today.  I pray that they are blessed beyond measure and that Your light shines so brightly this weekend and beyond this weekend.  Father, as challenging as some days are, I know that You can pull us through anything and as I lean upon You for guidance and strength, I can find assurance that everything will be okay.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen