October 2009

Death is never easy

Story of the day: Death is never easy

Death is never easy.  No matter how we may prepare for it, or when it is unexpected, is it never easy to face.  Death, just like birth is a part of life that we all come across at some time or another.  I was told today that we get x date for our birthday, and x day for our death date.  But none of them matter as much as what we do in between.  What lasting legacy are we leaving behind for our loved ones?

As I said goodbye to my grandmother today and watched as she took her last breath from this world and went to be our Father in Heaven, I am torn by my fleshly desires of wanting her to speak once again or just to see her smile.  Though I know that these things will have to wait, I am comforted by the fact that I know that she is singing harmonies with the angels and  dancing on streets of gold with my Savior.  Grandma, you lived a long life, with many lasting long memories, that I will take with me until we meet again.  Your lasting legacy lives on in your great big family that you loved so much.  Thank You for always showing, by example, what it means to love others more than you love yourself!!  You will be missed by so many!  I LOVE YOU!

Quote of the day will be down for a few days as we celebrate my grandmother’s life and long-lasting legacy that she has left behind.  Thank you for your continued support and prayers through this time in our family’s life.

Our family thanks you!

In Christ’s Love,

Christy, Jeff, Christen, Jeffrey II, Joshua, Lupe, Manuel, Diana, Michael, Tony, Angela, Scott, Brittany, Mercedes, Scotty, Tina, Pete, Daniel, Jody, Shirley, Libby, Connie, Daniel, Brandon, Ashley, JohnnyRay, Dora, Michael, Jennifer, Logan, Hailey, Alyssa, Danelle, Jerry, Delynn, Aaron, Celicia, Selena, Jon, Linda, Leah, Alex, Alyssa, Lauren, Sentra, and Brian, and our extended family.

Quote of the day:  Albert Schweitzer

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know:  the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 15:7

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for my wonderful Grandmother.  Though she will be missed so much here on this Earth, I know she is in a much better place with You.  Father I pray that You wrap Your loving arms around my grieving family today and for the days to come.  Thank You for sharing her with us an extra 2 years!  Her lasting legacy will be shared by many for the rest of our lives.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

October 2009

God is here to rescue you.

Story of the day:  God is here to rescue you.

Several years ago an eastern paper reported this story:

One evening a woman was driving home when she noticed a huge truck behind her that was driving uncomfortably close. She stepped on the gas to gain some distance from the truck, but when she sped up the truck did too.  The faster she drove, the faster the truck did.

Now scared, she exited the freeway.  But the truck stayed with her.  The woman then turned up a main street, hoping to lose her pursuer in traffic.  But the truck ran a red light and continued the chase.

Reaching the point of panic, the woman whipped her car into a service station and bolted out of her auto screaming for help.  The truck driver sprang from his truck and ran toward her car.  Yanking the back door open, the driver pulled out a man hidden in the backseat.

The woman was running from the wrong person.  From his high vantage point, the truck driver had spotted a would-be rapist in the woman’s car.  The chase was not his effort to harm her but to save her even at the cost of his own safety.

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“Many people run from God, fearing what He might do to them.  But His plans are for good not evil–to rescue us from the hidden sins that endanger our lives.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 1:29 (NKJV)

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for rescuing me from myself.  I am so grateful that You always have my best interest in mind in every area of my life.  May I continue to turn down the noise of distractions in my life so that I may hear Your Voice as You whisper my name.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 


October 2009

Keep the Vision Alive!”

Quote of the day:  Keep the Vision Alive!

In the book A Saviour for All Seasons, William Barker relates the story of a bishop from the East Coast who many years ago paid  a visit to a small, midwestern religious college.  He stayed at the home of the college president, who also served as professor of physics and chemistry.  After dinner, the bishop declared that the millennuim couldn’t be far off, because just about everything about nature had been discovered and all inventions conceived.

The young college president politely disagreed and said he felt there would be many more discoveries.  When the angered bishop challenged the president to name just one such invention, the president replied he was certain that within fifty years men would be able to fly.

“Nonsense!” sputtered the outraged bishop.  “Only angels are intended to fly.

The bishop’s name was Wright, and he had two boys at home who would prove to have greater vision than their father.  Their names:  Orville and Wilbur.

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“With a clear vision of what we can become in Christ, no ocean of difficulty is too great.  Without it, we rarely move beyond our current boundaries.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 1:17 (NKJV)

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You speak to us differently, sharing bits and pieces of a picture that isn’t always clear to me.  I have faith and trust in You to put it all together, according to Your purpose and plan.  I pray to not move ahead of what You have planned, but that I listen to Your soft words in a loud world.  May I take the time to really listen and not hear what I want to hear, but what You are sharing with me.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

October 2009

In conflict with…

Good morning to all.  This quote is going out for Tuesday and Wednesday, because my youngest has had the flu since Saturday.  I hope you all are doing well.

Christy:)

Story of the day:  In Conflict with…

At the close of World War II, two pictures appeared in a magazine showing a soldier in conflict with a tank.  The first showed a huge tank bearing down on a tiny soldier, about to crush him.  The picture was proportioned to show the odds involved when a foot soldier with a rifle faced a tank.  The next picture showed what happened to that soldier’s odds with a bazooka, or rocket launcher, in his hands.  This tim the tank appeared to be shrunken in size and the soldier at least equal in size, if not a little larger.

Without the power of God released in our lives, when in conflict with sin we are like an infantry soldier in the presence of a tank.  We cannot do a thing.  But by trusting in the power of the living God at work in us, we can say no and make it stick.  We can turn and begin to live as God intended us to live. [Green, Michael.  1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. pg.189.]

Quote of the day:  J. B. Philips

“Every time we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 15:26 (NKJV)

“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for Your Power of the Holy Spirit that dwells in me each day.  I pray that through Your Word and prayer to live a life that brings glory to Your name.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

October 2009

Building Strong Spiritual Lives

Story of the day:  Building Strong Spiritual Lives

In Untended Places, Bill Crowder writes:

Our family had just arrived at the lake cottage we had rented for a week of much-anticipated vacation when my wife discovered the unmistakable evidence of spiders and mice in the house.  It wasn’t that we had never encountered such things, but that we had expected the cottage to be cleaned and prepared for our stay there.  Instead, the counters, cabinets, and beds were lined with the residue of infestation, requiring much cleaning before we settled in.  It wasn’t a bad house; it had just been left untended.

We might be guilty of dealing with our hearts the way that cottage was managed.  Our “untended places” can become breeding grounds for infestations of wrong thinking, poor attitudes, or sinful behavior–creating problems that require significant attention to correct.  The wise path is to recognize our need to tend our hearts by staying in God’s Word and embracing its truths.

In Psalm 119:11, King David recognized the danger of not building our lives on the Scriptures.  He said, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”

With a focus on the Word, we can build strong spiritual lives that will help us avoid the dangers that inevitably grow in untended places.  [Crowder, Bill.  Untended Places.  Our Daily Bread.  September 10, 2009.]

Quote of the day:  Branon

“To grow spiritually strong, read the Word.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 119:15 (NKJV)

“I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please search my heart for any areas that are untended.  May the spider webs in my life whether it is a bad attitude, wrong thinking, or sinful behavior be brought to the light so that I may recognize these areas in my life and can tend to them through Your Word and by embracing them with Truth.  I pray that You continue to build into me a strong spiritual life that will help me to avoid the dangers that grow in untended places.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

October 2009

Funny Friday Quote: Super Bowl Tickets

Funny Friday Quote:  Super Bowl Tickets

A huge football fan receives a free ticket to the Super Bowl from his company.  Unfortunately, when he arrives at the stadium he realizes the seat is in the last row in the corner of the stadium–he is closer to the Goodyear Blimp than the field.

About halfway through the first quarter, the fan notices an empty seat 10 rows off the field on the 50-yard line.  He decides to take a chance and makes his way through the stadium to the empty seat.

Before he sits down, he taps the shoulder of the man in the next seat over.  “Excuse me, is anyone sitting here?”  The man says no.  The fan can’t keep his excitement to himself.  He turns to the man and says, “This is incredible!  Who in their right mind would buy a seat like this at the Super Bowl and not use it?”

“Well, actually the seat belongs to me,” the man replies.  “I was supposed to come with my wife, but she passed away.  This is the first Super Bowl we haven’t attended together since we got married in 1967.”

“That’s really sad,” says the fan.  “Couldn’t you find a relative or a close friend to take the seat?”

“No,” the many replies, “they’re all at the funeral.” [Jim Kraus]

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 115:1

“Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, because of Your truth.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is such a joy to have laughter.  Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget to laugh or even just smile.  Today I pray that a smile or a laugh is shared with people around the globe.  May their day be brightened by a joke, a remembrance, or by someone making their day.  I love You Father and I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

October 2009

Hope

Story of the day:  Hope

In Pavlov’s Trout, Paul Quinnett writes:

It is better to fish hopefully than to catch fish.

Fishing is hope experienced.  To be optimistic in a slow bite is to thrive on hope alone.  When asked, “How can you fish all day without a hit?” the true fisherman replies, “Hold it, I think I felt something.”  If the line goes slack, he says, “He’ll be back!”

When it comes to the human spirit, hope is all.  Without hope, there is no yearning, no desire for a better tomorrow, and no belief that the next cast will bring the big strike. [Qunnett, Paul.  Pavlov’s Trout, Readers Digest, May 1995, pg. 210)]

Quote of the day:  Thonton Wilde

“Hope is a protection of the imagination.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may be abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so very much for hope.  Hope is the desire for a better tomorrow.  It is the hope that keeps my fishing line in the water of this life, knowing that You have something great prepared for my life.  Though I don’t know what it all entails, I do have faith and hope in all that You promise for me.  I thank You for this blessed day and all that will come from it.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen