Sticks and Stones

Posted: December 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

Story of the day: Sticks and Stones

Remember the little poem, sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?  Who are they kidding?  Words are so powerful and can have a very profound impact on us, so much so, that we begin to internalize the words that are said.

I have often heard it said, that it takes 100 positive things to make up for one negative thing that has been said.  And yet with all of these negative words that we may come across, how can we measure our self-worth in a positive light, regardless of how we were raised, what people may say, or what we might be thinking?

The Bible tells us in Genesis 1:27 that God created human beings in his image.

What better reason to feel positive about ourselves!  Criticizing ourselves or feeling unworthy insults God and His creation. David praised God in Psalm 139:13-17 for knowing him, loving him, and creating him with such care.  God deserves your praise for the way He created you. You hold the image of God–don’t downplay the worth you have in God’s eyes.

Our true worth comes from God, not other people’s opinions of us. God values and cares for us because we are his precious children. Because of our upbringing, circumstances or failures in life, many of us feel unwanted and worthless. Cutting remarks from others such as “You’re useless!” ring in our ears.  But God’s Word shouts the opposite.  You have value.  You count!  You are God’s special creation, made in his image. And that is filled with covenant promises, redemption, grace, mercy, forgiveness, salvation, and guidance. All this is provided for you because God loves you and treasures you.

Regardless of painful circumstances or hateful words, know that you have value. Don’t allow feelings of worthlessness to defeat you. Meditate on God’s Word. Think about the fact that God created you with special care and loves you as his own. Let these truths sink into your soul, then bask in his love and live as His special child.  [ 2000. Living Water for those who thirst. Tyndale House Publishers, p.185-186]

Quote of the day: Christy Povolish

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I won’t let words hurt me, because my Father created and saved me.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 139:14

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for creating me just as You did.  You perfectly created my inmost being and took such care as you knit me together.  Though words can be hurtful, I pray to let them roll off my back and to remember during those times that Your love covers all and that I find peace in knowing that I am so much more than negative words.  I am Your loving child, made in Your image, created to have fellowship with You.  I love You Father and I am so thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Every time we love, it’s Christmas

Dale Evans Rogers writes:

Christmas, my child, is love in action….When you love someone, you give to them, as God gives to us.  The greatest gift He ever gave us was the person of His Son, sent to us in human form so that we might know what God the Father is really like!  Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.

Quote of the day:  Charles Dickens

“I will honor Christmas in my heart to try to keep it all year long.”

Bible verse of the day:  2 Corinthians 9:15

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your indescribable gift.  Today and everyday as I head into my day, may the things I do remind me of what You did for me and what You continue to do.  I pray to have a grateful heart and share Christmas everyday with those that I come into contact with.  I thank You for my life, for another day, to wake, to breathe, and to share Your love with others.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Your “Gift”

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Uncategorized

Story of the day:  Your “Gift”

I want to share a GIFT with you all.  I hope you aren’t disappointed because this GIFT doesn’t look like all the other presents under the tree.  It’s not wrapped in the most expensive paper and bows.  It is coming to you simply wrapped in cloth.    The GIFT cost so much more than the value of any dollar, yet you wouldn’t be able to tell by it’s appearance.  The GIFT is not like any other gift.  After you accept this GIFT and open it, the GIFT will continue to grow along side you and will be with you forever.  You will love this GIFT like no other for it offers Grace, Peace, and Love.  My Father said that this will bring so much joy to whoever opens it.  I can honestly say He was right!  I opened my gift just like it  in the year 1988 and I continue to grow more and more in love with it every day. I am so excited to share this GIFT with you and I hope that you will love the GIFT as much as I have.  Merry Christmas!

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Bible verse of the day:  John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the GIFT of Your Son, Jesus.  Father, many people think that there is something that needs to be done to accept Your GIFT.  They think that they need to some how repay You for what You are giving them, like working for it or seeing how good they can be.  Father, Your Son, paid it all on Calvary.  There is nothing more that we can do.  I don’t have enough money in the world to repay You for this wonderful GIFT.  I can’t work enough hours to pay off my debt.  I find so much peace in knowing that all You ask is that I accept Your precious GIFT and then You will begin a change in me that I can’t do on my own.  Father, I thank You that things don’t have to be so complicated.  My heart breaks knowing that we tend to make things more complicated than need be when we do them on our own.  Father, this Christmas I pray for Joy, Peace, and most of all Love to a world that is in need.  I pray that their hearts will be filled like they have never been filled before and that they recognize that it is coming from You.  I thank You for the GIFT of Your Son and for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Funny Friday Quote:  Memory Exercises
 
An elderly couple had been experiencing declining memories, so they decided to take a power memory class where one is taught to remember things by association.

A few days after the class, the old man was outside talking with his neighbor about how much the class helped him.

“What was the name of the Instructor?” asked the neighbor.

“Oh, ummmm, let’s see,” the old man pondered. “You know that flower, you know, the one that smells really nice but has those prickly thorns, what’s that flower’s name?”

“A rose?” asked the neighbor.

“Yes, that’s it,” replied the old man. He then turned toward his house and shouted, “Hey, Rose, what’s the name of the Instructor we took the memory class from?”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 108:1

“O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I will sing praises to You for Your mercy is great above the Heavens and Your Truth reaches to the clouds.  Just as You have created the Heavens and the Earth, You have created me, and I am so thankful for serving, loving, and praising You with all that I am.  Father, I pray for safe travels this next week as Jeff and I are off to New Mexico to find a place to live.  We are so excited to see what the next step is in our walk with You.  I love You and thank You for this beautiful day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Superhero

Posted: December 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Story of the day: Superhero

Do you remember Clark Kent, that mild-mannered newspaper reporter, of whom on one ever expected anything out of the ordinary? But whenever there was a sudden demand for action far beyond the ability of mortal men, Clark stepped into a closet, stripped off his conservative business suit, and emerged complete with bulging muscles and spectacular costume as–Superman! Superman, the one who could do what otherwise could not be done.

That is exactly what the Word of God is teaching us, although perhaps you have not seen it in those terms before. As we who are believers step into our identity in Christ, who we are, to whom we belong, and who is within us–we will find love, motivation, and power available so that we are able to do what otherwise we could not do. [Green, Michael P. 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids, Baker Books. 1989. pg. 202.]

Quote of the day: Mortenson

“Go to the Bible for your protection, correction, and direction.”

Bible verse of the day: 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

“All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that Your Word provides clear direction, protection and training in the way that we should go. As I continue to step into the identity in which You created me for, I pray to be obedient to what You are asking of me and to be still and listen to You so that I can hear what You have to share with me. Thank You for teaching me how to find love, motivation, and the power within to do what I otherwise couldn’t have done. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

States?

Posted: December 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

Funny Friday Quote:  States?

A retired minister made it a practice to visit the parish school one day each week.  The 4th graders were studying the states, so when he dropped in on the class, he asked them how many states they could name.  They could only come up with about 40 states.

The minister told them that in his day students knew the names of all the states.

To which one little boy replied, “Yes, but in those days there were only 13.” [Jim Kraus. Bloopers, Blunders, Quips, Jokes, and Quotes 2005]

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 20:29 (NKJV)

“The glory of young men is their strength and the splendor of old men is their gray head.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this glorious day.  I lift my voice today to give You all the praise that is under the sun.  May I walk in Your footsteps, as You guide me in my life, and fill me with Your Living Water.  May cup run over and into the lives of others, sharing with them, Who You are.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

We need a transfusion

Posted: December 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

Story of the day:  We need a transfusion

In his book Written in Blood,

Robert Coleman tells the story of a little boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion.  The doctor had explained that she had the same disease the boy had recovered from two years earlier.  Her only chance for recovery was a transfusion from someone who had previously conquered the disease.  Since the two children had the same rare blood type, the boy was the ideal donor.

“Would you give your blood to Mary?” the doctor asked.

Johnny hesitated.  His lower lip started to tremble.  Then he smiled and said, “Sure, for my sister.”

Soon the two children were wheeled into the hospital room–Mary, pale and thin; Johnny, robust and healthy.  Neither spoke, but when their eyes met, Johnny grinned.

As the nurse inserted the needle into his arm, Johnny’s smile faded.  He watched the blood flow through the tube.  With the ordeal almost over, his voice, slightly shaky, broke the silence. “Doctor, when do I die?”

Only then did the doctor realize why Johnny had hesitated, why his lip had trembled when he’s agreed to donate his blood.  He’d thought giving his blood to his sister meant giving up his life.  In that brief moment, he’d made his great decision.

Johnny, fortunately, didn’t have to die to save his sister.  Each of us however, has a condition more serious than Mary’s, and it required Jesus to give not just his blood, but his life.

Quote of the day:  Sper

“Nothing speaks more clearly of God’s love than the cross of Christ.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 5:8

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My life has been written in Your Blood.  All that I am and will become is because of Your Grace, Love, and Mercy for me.  Father, the death of Your Son has provided me with a new life, a life that I want to use to serve You.  Father, I wake up everyday and my heart is so grateful to be here in this world and to share Your Word with those around me and across this world.  May the things that I do, be done for You so that Your name will be glorified.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen