May 2010

Mind Games

Story of the day: Mind Games

Today while I was dropping Christen off at school, my car kept making this beeping sound as to warn me of something. You see, I have these sensors in the front and the back of my car to let me know that something is close. It does this because there is an extreme blind spot in these areas, and to move could be detrimental. The beeping signals were being dispersed no matter what I did except in the Park mode. So I was kind of stuck in Park until I got out to make sure that nothing was around the car. And as I suspected, it turned out to be a little sand sticking to the sensor causing the beeping to not stop. It’s amazing how even the smallest grain of sand can spark some sensors to blare loudly, distracting you, and keeping you from getting to your destination.

As I got to thinking about this some more, God showed me that this is what it means when Satan will send a small negative thought (in this instance like the grain of sand) my way that gets me all stirred up, causing all of my emotions (beeping signals) to go off. It is a way that brings confusion and can twist my insides around. Before you know it, I am stuck in park, not able to go anywhere.  It isn’t until I open  my word and pray that I can see that the thing causing the sound to go off, the thing that is keeping me distracted and in park, was actually nothing worth worrying about at all. It was a small thought that sounded off some loud signals to make me worry, which was just the right amount to take my attention away from where it needed to be, and that was focusing on God.

Quote of the day: Christy Povolish

“Even the smallest things we worry about, are just the right amount to take our focus away from God and keep us in Park mode afraid to move.”

Bible verse of the day: Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for sharing this with me today. Of all days, You knew this was what I needed to hear. Father, I guard my heart and I pray that not even the smallest negative thought will put me into Park mode keeping me from going anywhere. Instead, Father, I come to You in prayer and by the reading of Your word knowing in full faith that negative words or thoughts cannot harm me. My eyes are fixated on You and my souls rests. Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

May 2010

Stop, Look, and Listen to God.

Story of the day: (Stop, Look, and Listen to God)

First of all, I want to apologize for not getting Quote out consistently in the last few weeks and also wanted to let you know that Quote of the day won’t be running at full speed ahead for the next few months.  It is with great excitement that we wanted to let you know that Jeff and I will be getting ready to launch our new church website where Quote of the day will fall under. And because of this, Quote of the day will be undergoing some reconstruction, as we begin to line things up with our Sister Church in Dayton, OH.

I wanted to share with all of you the things that God has given us the green light for. On Thursday, we were given the blessing from God to begin having church in our home. We listened to God and followed through with what He asked of us. It was an amazing time of movement, prayer and worship in the Lord. God has also shared with us that Living Water Worship Center-Southwest will be here in New Mexico, not in San Antonio as I was originally praying for. I think that was more of an emotional endeavor that I wanted and thought I could talk God into doing (funny right?) But God clearly has had other plans. He has provided so many doors to be opened, and is clearly sending and putting people where He wants them to be. God also sent people our way with seed money to put into the church, the same day that God shared with us that the time for the church was going to be here and now. They told us that God had put it in their heart to give to us and to be obedient in doing so because of what God was going to be doing here in New Mexico, a clear confirmation to us that this was His will.

As we begin this next step in the ministry, we wanted to ask for prayer from you all and to thank you so much for being patient and understanding. We are so excited to see what God is about to do!

Quote of the day: Les Brown

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars”

Bible verse of the day: Hebrews 3:14 (NIV)

“We have come to share Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”

Prayer:

Thank You God that You never change. Father, we are so blessed and excited to see what all You are about to do. Father, may we not take our eyes off of You, because in doing so, we will lose focus. Thank You for placing me under Your wing and guiding me where You want me to go. Father, I will go and do whatever You ask of me, praying that all that I do is Your Will for my life. Thank You for showing me that You never change, regardless of what goes on around me. I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Jeff and Christy

May 2010

A consuming passion

Story of the day: A consuming passion

“Why would they say that about me?” “Am I doing everything I possibly can to win their affection?” “I must have done a good job, I got my raise and they couldn’t stop talking about what I did to earn it.” Do any of these statements sound familiar? I know for me, the first two hit home as that is how I used to live my life. You know, it is so easy to get caught up in the self that every sentence can have what I like to call the “I factor.” Joyce Meyers calls it, “The all about me syndrome.”

Popularity, praise, or people pleasing can be far more dangerous for the Christian than persecution. They can turn us away from God without our even being aware of it, making us like those in Jesus’ day who “loved the praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43).

Unfortunately, it is easy when all goes well to lose our perspective. Instead, we must learn like Paul to be content in whatever state we find ourselves.

The important thing is to have one consuming passion: to please Christ. Then, whatever happens, we know He has permitted it to take place to teach us and to perfect us for His service. He will enrich our circumstances, be they pleasant or disagreeable, by His presence with us.

Ask God to keep you from worrying about what others think, and to be content with whatever He sends your way. All the tomorrows of our lives have to pass Him before they get to us! [Graham, Billy. Hope for each day. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Inc. 2002. p.73.]

Quote of the day: Billy Graham

“Have one consuming passion, to please Christ.”

Bible verse of the day: Philippians 4:11 (NKJV)

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

No matter what I go through, whatever state I am in, I have learned how to focus on You. I am thankful that I can rely on Your Word to speak to me daily and to share with me the wisdom to get through my day. Father, You are my consuming passion, it is You that I wish to bring glory to and honor. Father, my flesh is weak and during the times that it is, I am so grateful to have You to remind me the importance of relying on You and not my flesh. Thank You for this blessed day and all that it holds!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

May 2010

No God=No Power; Know God=Know Power

Story of the day: No God=No Power; Know God=Know Power

On Wednesday, October 11, 1994, NASA’s Magellan space explorer fell silent. The Magellan had circled Venus more than fifteen thousand times since arriving at the planet in 1990, but on this day NASA scientists intentionally changed the satellite’s course and sent it veering into the planet where it burned to a crisp in the atmosphere.

Why would NASA send the Magellan–which cost nine hundred million dollars–plummeting into the planet? They did so because the Magellan was virtually out of power. One final experiment had drained its batteries to the point where it could no longer transmit data.

Without power, even the highest technology is worthless. Without the power of God, even the most committed Christian can bear no fruit. [“$900-million Venus Probe Plunges to Its End,” Chicago Tribune, 13 October 1994, sec. 1, p. 27.]

Quote of the day: Eric Ferkenhoff

“A loss of power can be more dangerous than we realize.”

Bible verse of the day: Ephesians 1:19 (NKJV)

“and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I know that without You leading my life, that I would become a powerless soul trying to do things on my own. Father I pray that You fill me today with Your Living Word and direction that I will need to accomplish the things that You have set before me this day. Father, teach me how to maintain a fruitful life without running out of power. I plug into You Father because it is here that I get recharged. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

May 2010

Funny Friday Quote: Do you have change?

Funny Friday Quote: Do you have change? (Author Unknown)

Six guys walk into a restaurant and are seated at a table. The leader goes over to the manager and says, “These people are patients from the Walker County Institution. This is our weekly outing. They will probably try to pay you with bottle caps. This is okay. Accept the bottle caps. It’s part of the recovery program. When they go back to the bus, I will settle up with you.”

The manager agrees to go along with this, so they all order and eat. They pay for their dinner with bottle caps and get back onto their bus.

As the leader walks over to the cash register, the manager tells him, “The bill comes to $96.42.”

The leaders says, “Do you have change for a hubcap?”

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 119:89 (NKJV)

“Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for such a beautiful day. Today as I head into the my day, I pray that the things that I say and do reflect Your light so that people may see You and not me. I pray for wisdom this day to endure all the challenges that may come my way. I love You Father!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

May 2010

Losing=Gain

Story of the day: Losing=Gain

On my father’s farm were certain fields sowed by hand. He would strap on a canvas contraption that looked somewhat like a kangaroo pouch, fill it with seed, and go out to sow. He would cast seed everywhere.

When a farmer sows seed in his field, it looks like he’s throwing it away. It seems to be lost, but it isn’t really gone. In due time he gets it back–with much more besides.

When we give ourselves to Christ, it may seem to people as if we’re throwing our life away. But He said that it is only as we lose our lives in Him that we find true life. (Matthew 10:39)

Jesus teaches us to measure our lives by losses rather than gains, by sacrifices rather than self-preservation, by time spent for others rather than time lavished upon ourselves, by love poured out rather than love poured in.

It’s a rule of life: God blesses those who give of their lives and resources (2 Corinthians 9:6). Give out the truth you know, and He’ll give you more to give away. Give your time, and you’ll have more time to give. Set no limit on your love, and you’ll have more love for others than before.

Israel’s wise man said, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more” (Proverbs 11:24). It’s one of the oldest paradoxes in the world, but it works. [Roper, David. Our Daily Bread Sample Edition: Losing to Gain. Grand Rapids: RBC Ministries. 2001].

Quote of the day: Wordsworth

“When you grasp, you lose; when you give to God, you gain.”

Bible verse of the day: 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV)

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today and everyday I pray to be a sower of seeds, giving of my time, love, and myself to all those that I may come across. I most importantly give everything that I am to You in full faith knowing that You will protect and care for me. I love You Father and I am so thankful for the things You have shown to me when I do give to others by way of growing closer to You and experiencing a joy like no other. I thank You for this day and the blessings that it holds.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

May 2010

“Oh what a relief He is”

Story of the day: “Oh what a relief He is”

Upset stomachs can come about from a variety of things. Maybe it was something we ate or maybe we are stressed about an issue. A while back, there

was a famous commercial that went something like this: “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh-what-a-relief-it-is!” The commercial advertised Alka-Seltzer–a medicine designed to aid an upset stomach. Alka-Seltzer would be activated  by the act of dropping two tablets into water. The ensuing reaction is quite volcanic.

When people accept Christ as Savior, God drops the Holy Spirit into our new nature. The Spirit’s presence is designed to bring about a change for upset lives, upset minds, and upset circumstances. God did this so that His people would discover “oh-what-a-relief-He-is.” [Evans, Tony. Tony Evans’ Book of Illustrations. Chicago:Moody Publishers. pg.152.]

Quote of the day: J. Hudson Taylor

“We have given too much attention to methods and to machinery and to resources, and too little to he Source of Power, the filling with the Holy Ghost.”

Bible verse of the day: 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for creating in me a new life, free from my past and the things that have kept me in bondage. Father my life is a process that keeps changing. You grow me each day in new and exciting ways. I overcome adversity and can push forward with the plan that You have for my life. Father as I tread each day and walk in Your steps, may the things I do be pleasing in Your sight. Thank You for this day and all that it will hold.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen