April 2008

God, I’m still here.

                                                                                                                 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.”


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,


February 2008


Story of the day:  Communication

    Communication is so very important.  Max De Pree from the book Leadership is an Art, defines communication as a “prerequisite for teaching and learning.  It is the way that people can bridge the gaps formed from a growing company, stay in touch, build trust, ask for help, monitor performance, and to share their vision.”  Communication is a tool that God has placed among us and if used properly can be a “handy and well-used tool.”

    De Pree uses this little story about his grandson that I think is a great example of communication.  “His grandson once locked himself in the bathroom.  Despite his mother’s best efforts to get the door open, she failed.  She called in the police, who also failed to open the door. (All the while, his grandson kept reaching under the door to touch his mother’s hand.  Talk about good communication!)  Finally his mother called the fire department.  By the time the fire trucks arrived, there was quite a scene on the front lawn.  The fireman promptly broke down the door with their axes, tools they certainly know how to use.  You see, a fireman has two tools, an axe and a hose.  If you call him, you are going to get one.”

    Sometimes what we are trying to get across to others may not be coming across as clear as we would like.  Maybe we mean one thing and are saying something completely different.  The way we communicate or talk to one another is important.  It is important not only to the listener, but to the speaker as well.  How well do you communicate with others.  I have a task for you today to try on someone and see if it works.  I used this when I was teaching and my students loved it.  Take a sheet of paper and write down some simple instructions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a shake, or something else that we might think was pretty simple.  Once you have completed writing the steps, have someone else follow the instructions word for word.  And although they might have made a sandwich before, make sure that the directions are followed step by step.  Have them do exactly what is written on the paper and see if they can complete the task of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a shake, or another simple task.  It is pretty fun and amusing to watch. See if you clearly communicated what you are trying to say.  Have a blessed day.

Quote of the day:  Henry Thoreau

“It takes two to speak the truth.  One to speak and another to listen.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 10:23

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You are a great Communicator.  God, communication is a great tool to have and when used can “bridge gaps, help others stay in touch, ask for help, and to share a vision.”  Lord, I pray to be a good communicator to others.  I also pray to be a great listener as well.  I pray that You give me the right tools to express my thoughts and to do it in a way that is clear and doesn’t bring about confusion.  Teach me how to speak the words that You have blessed me with and share them with others that I may share Your Gospel with them in hopes that they may come to know such an Amazing Father Whom I serve.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,