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Story of the day:  He is Your Rescue

     A couple of nights ago, we had some pretty strong storms that came through our area bringing some heavy rains.  Many of the roads began to flood, even the ones that we wouldn’t expect to flood.  My brother, being a policeman, was working this night, and there were many accidents.  One car accident, where a father and daughter had been driving in a brand new car had rounded this curve, and in doing so, did not expect their life to change in an instant.  As they came around the corner, their brand new vehicle hit some unexpected water full force and their vehicle began to take on water. 

     My brother and his partner were also driving around and waiting for their next call.  While driving, they came upon this car that they could only see half of.  The car was sinking in what used to be a road and now was a mini lake.  My brother and his partner secured a way for the family to get out.  If anyone has ever been in their vehicle when water begins to come in, it comes in pretty fast.  There is little time to contemplate whether you can stay in the vehicle or not.  You have to get out. 

     My brother and his partner, chest high in water, quickly rescued this father and daughter from the vehicle that they were now trapped in.  The father was reluctant to leave his brand new car, but he ultimately made the choice to go with the policemen.  The policemen pulled them to safety and after doing so, had to run back to where this curve was so that other vehicles wouldn’t end up in the same predicament.  The mother, who was not in the car, quickly arrived to the scene and was very grateful to the policeman for having rescued her family. The daughter, who was around 14, also had nothing but nice things to say and was very grateful to policemen for saving her life.  The policemen risked their life to save another.

     Just like the policemen who rescued this family, Jesus is your Rescue.  He comes to your rescue because He loves you so much and to save you from the flooding waters of sin that are in your life.  Jesus has given his life to save yours.  Do you accept his line of rescue?  The choice is yours. 

Quote of the day:  Max Lucado

“If there are a thousand steps between us and God, He will take all but one.  He will leave the final one for us.  The choice is ours.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 2:11

“For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for rescuing and saving me. My prayer today is for those that need to be rescued by Your Love and Grace.  Father, we all have a choice to make.  I pray for those that are still in their car, while the waters are rising, and have yet to make their decision.  I pray that they choose You so that You can be their Rescue and Savior, and share in a joyous relationship with them.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Funny Friday Quote:  Daylight Savings Time

 “On Sunday, the first day of daylight saving time, a sleepy-eyed congregation watched the young pastor ascend the pulpit in Washington church.  Not looking to wide-awake himself, he began, “As you all know, we lost an hour last night because of daylight-savings time.  I don’t know which hour you lost, but I lost the hour in which I usually write my sermon.”

He returned to the pulpit and continued the service.

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 89:8

“O LORD God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O LORD?  your faithfulness surrounds You.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for a blessed day.  Thank You that Your Will is done and not mine.  I will praise You with all of my heart.  Thank You for providing me with all that I have, loving me for who I am, and guiding me in my life.  I find hope in Your Word.  I thank You for my life, this day, and all that it holds!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                                             Story of the day:  Seeing things as they are

   A leader must have compassion.  Neheimah was such a man.  Alan Redpath writes this about Nehemiah:  “You never lighten the load unless first you have felt the pressure in your own soul.  You are never used of God to bring blessing until God has opened your eyes and made you see things as they are.  Nehemiah was called to build the wall, but first he wept over ruins.

Quote of the day:  Jeremy C. Jackson

“It is a fair rule of thumb that only that love of neighbor which can also draw people to Christ is truly a reflection of that love for God which is its source.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 9:36

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I just thank You that You are so compassionate.  Your way has taught me how more I want to build in this area of my life.  Father each day I pray to have the things that break Your heart break mine as well.  Father continue to teach me and give me wisdom in the areas of compassion that I may share with others.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                               Story of the day:  It’s more than words!

   Jeff and I usually go to lunch on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s depending on what day his physical fitness training for the military doesn’t occur.  This week, our lunch date fell on a Tuesday and so we went to our usual place (Longhorn), for some good ol’ sweet tea and a steak.  Nothing new about our day, except that I was watching a friend’s little one while they went to school. 

   Before they dropped him off, I had explained to the dad that Jeff and I were going on our date and if he didn’t mind, his son could just go along with us.  The little one is around Joshua’s age and he and Josh enjoy hanging out, so Joshua was excited about him coming.  Before we left to the restaurant, the father wanted to give us some money for his son’s lunch, but I gracefully declined and told him not to worry about it, and that we have his “little one covered”. 

   When we got to Longhorn, we were immediately seated by the staff and they sat us next to a couple that were enjoying their lunch.  Jeff hadn’t arrived yet, and so I sat the kiddos down and ordered our drinks.  The aroma from their homemade bread was in the air, and I could taste every morsel of it, even though I hadn’t actually had any.  Jeff arriving a few minutes later, in his military uniform, was greeted and thanked for serving our country by the couple that were sitting next to us.  He accepted their thankfulness and we continued on with our lunch.  

   We chatted about the day and our upcoming move to Dallas.  Here’s where God’s Love is shown through someone else.  You see, while Jeff and I were talking and finishing up with our lunch, that couple that were seated next to us, had retrieved our bill and paid for our entire lunch.  This time, it was more than words.  They took it a step further and showed their kindness without us knowing.  They had already left and Jeff and I sat humbled by the event that had just taken place, because not only had this act of kindness touched our hearts, it touched all that were involved in it.  Both waitresses, who were in tears, shared this great news with their manager, who in turn felt the generosity and God’s love from one random act of kindness that came from complete strangers.

  God’s mercy and love was shown not only to me and Jeff, but to many because of this one couple.  In essence you could say, God had His “little one’s covered” as well!  He took care of us because we took care of another, and in this great process many lives were touced by this kind act that came from complete strangers.   To the couple that acted on a gracious deed for someone they had never met before and whom may never read this, we just want to thank you for your kindess once again.  We just want you to know that many were touched by your generosity, and through it, God’s Name and His Glory was shown this day, and it was done in a way that is forever embedded into my heart. 

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, for it is usually returned.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you:  good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for showing us through complete strangers how You work.  Father, there were so many lives touched yesterday by this couple and we didn’t even know what they had done, until they were already gone, and that’s what is amazing to me!  Father, I pray that You bless them this day, and let them know that we are thankful for what they did.  Father, as we go into our day today, may we continue to do for others just as the couple did for us, and may Your Name be magnified and glorified this day and everyday!!  I love You Father and thank You for showing Yourself as The One Who Gives All Things by allowing other people to give through love.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen       

                                                                                                                 Story of the day:  God, I’m still here.

   “A young man, who was obviously worried, stepped into an elevator to go to the second floor of a hospital where his father was in the intensive care unit.  Although the button labeled “2” was already lighted, he pushed it again and again.  A doctor standing behind him said, “Pushing the button someone has already pushed is like reminding God you’re still there when he hasn’t answered your prayer immediately.”

   As the man thought of his father in the intensive care, it was comforting to know that God does encourage believers to continue to pray the same prayers until he answers.”

Quote of the day:  Eugene Peterson

“In prayer, we are aware that God is in action and that when the circumstances are ready, when others are in the right place, and when are hearts are prepared, he will call us into the action.  Waiting in prayer is a disciplined refusal to act before God acts.”

Bible verse of the day: Matthew 7:7

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You answer prayers.  Thank You for showing Yourself to us by answered prayers.  Father may the words that I pray to You be a sweet sound to Your ears and as I praise You for all that You do, may I be humbled by the way that You do things.  I stand amazed ever single day, because You are so Loving, forgiving, and full of so much Grace.  You bless me daily by the people that You have placed in my life.  As I continue on this life’s journey, may I be reminded daily of the great sacrifice that You made for me by allowing Your one and only Son Jesus to die on a cross.  It was because of Your great LOVE that I am now able to live.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen