July 2009

“The Worry Wart”

Story of the day:  “The Worry Wart”

     What comes to mind when you think of the phrase, “The Worry Wart?”  I picture a person consistently pacing the halls, scratching their head, and trying profusely to try and figure out the situation.  I will be the first to admit that a couple of weeks ago, I began to bear a burden of worry that I didn’t need to worry about.  If any of you know me, I am usually the last to worry about things, but this one particular thing had taken hold of me, or should I say, I let it take hold of me, and it rooted itself as worry in my life.  I sat down with Jeff, my dad, and my mom and shared with them what struggles were causing me to bend out of shape. 

As I listened to my father’s words of wisdom on the matter of worry, he said, “Honey, why are you worrying about something that you can’t control and have you given this over to God?  Control.  Now there’s another word that seems to go hand in hand with the word worry.  So, all I needed to do was release the reigns of control, hand it over to God, and my worry was gone?  How simple is that?  This is nothing new that I haven’t heard before, yet as simple as it was, I wasn’t relinquishing the control  “Worry Wart” cycle and it  was doing what it was meant to do, which was causing me to worry and take my focus off of God. 

You see friends, when I planted that seed of worry in my life, it began to sprout up and take on the attributes of a “Worry Wart.”  I began to feed it with my endless thoughts of “what ifs,” and it began to consume me, even if it was for that small moment in time.  Billy Graham said it best in Hope for Each Day, “Worrying about what might happen makes even the smallest trouble seem huge.  Nervously anticipating troubles that may never happen can crush our spirit.”

What should we do about this thing called worry?  I can tell you what the Bible tells us to do.  In Matthew 25-34, the Bible tells us, “Do not worry.”  How simple is that?  Wow, I was given two things that are so simplistic and yet so very effective.  I quickly began to pray and ask God for forgiveness for wanting to control a situation that I was completely not in control of.  And just as quickly as the worry came into my life, the worry quickly left.  It had been uprooted and a seed of God’s Word from John 14:27 was planted in its stead.  The verse says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Worry is an old man with a bent head, carrying a load of feathers he thinks is lead.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I can only imagine what it must look like to see Your Child worrying about things that are completely out of their control.  Thank You Jesus for showing me how much time and energy I wasted by allowing that seed of worry to grow in my life.  Thank You for showing me how to overcome it and recognize when new seeds even start to want to take root.  I am so grateful for handing over those reigns of trying to control that situation and for recognizing that no matter the outcome, I am in Your Hands and that You will take care of me.  I love You Father and I am so humbled by Your Grace and how You continue to show me so much Love and Mercy.  I pray that Your peace falls upon me so that my heart is not troubled and is not afraid.  

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

January 2009

Drop that trifle

Story of the day:  Drop that trifle

     Billy Graham writes:  One day a little child was playing with a valuable vase.  He put his hand into it and could not take it out.  His father, too, tried his best to get the little boy’s hand out, but all in vain.  They were thinking of breaking the vase when the father said, “Now, my son, make one more try.  Open your hand and hold your fingers out straight as you see me doing and then pull.”

     To the father’s astonishment the little fellow said, “Oh no, Daddy.  I couldn’t put my fingers out like that because if I did I would drop my penny.”

     Smile if you will–but thousands of us are like that little boy, so busy holding on to the world’s worthless trifles that we cannot accept God’s freedom.

     What “trifle” is keeping you from God?  A sin you won’t let go of?  An unworthy goal you are determined to reach?  A dishonorable relationship you won’t give up?  I beg you to drop that trifle in your heart.  Surrender!  Let go and let God have His way in your life.

Quote of the day: D.L. Moody

“Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in money and you may have it taken from you, but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 4:8a

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

 I pray that You bring to light any trifle that may be standing in the way of drawing close to You.  Father I know that if I trust in myself, that I will be disappointed every single time.  I am forever grateful that You don’t change and that I can count on You for every area of my life.  Thank You for giving me peace that passes all understanding and for Your love that continues to grow in me each day.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

September 2008

You are of infinite worth to Him!

Story of the day:  You are of infinite worth to Him! (Billy Graham)

     “A certain rich man died and the question was asked at his funeral, “How much did he leave?”

     “He left it all, ” came the reply.

     Often, I hear someone introduced this way:  “This is Bob and he works for…,”  as if where a person works or what a person does determines his or her value.  (I have noticed it is usually only the well-to-do or those who are thought of as “successful” who are introduced this way.)

     Yet God does not judge us by our success.  He loves each person the same.  Your value and mine does not come from what we do, the clothes we wear, the house we live in, or the type of car we drive.  Our value comes from the fact that God made us and loves us, and Christ died for us.  Our value comes from the fact that He adopted us into His family, and we are now His children forever.

     Don’t depend on possessions or position for your identity.  Get your identity from Christ, for you are of infinite worth to Him!”

Quote of the day:  Anonymous

“Come work for the Lord.  The work is hard, the hours are long, and the pay is low, but the retirement benefits are out of this world.”

 

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 8:19

“My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

So much of what I see today is based on the value of what people do or how much money they make.  The media sets up a false sense of security that by having these things, fast and quick, that people can find happiness.  Father, true happiness is not based on what we have or as the story so greatly said, what kind of car we drive, or house we live in.  These things are all for today and can’t be taken with us when we die.  My prayer for today is that people can recognize that the treasure that they should be storing up is for Heaven and not here on earth.  I pray that my children will continue to learn the value of who they are in You which is so much more important than the material things here on earth.  I am grateful for the things that You have blessed us with, for You always know what we need, and when we need it.  I thank You for this day and for all that it holds!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

August 2008

Quote of the day/Mon/Tues. (It’s been wiped clean)

Hello to all of you.  Sorry for not writing yesterday, but finding a computer while out of town has been a little more difficult than expected.  Today, I was able to break away and find a libaray that granted me computer access.  This week is the last week that we will not be in Dallas and hopefully by Saturday or Sunday will be back home, thus getting everything back to normal.  We moved to Dallas July 12th, but have not been in our home in Dallas except for a total of 2 weeks.  Traveling is exhausting, but rewarding, as we have been blessed to have spoken to some great pastors and have started opening doors for the new church that we will be starting next year.  Thanks to all of you that have spoken to us and have given us great counsel.  For all of you that receive Quote of the day daily, thanks to all of you for being so patient with this move. 

Story of the day:  It’s been wiped clean

       I was watching Little House on the Prairie the other day and there was a scene in the show where the kids were all in school and using their slate boards to answer questions that the teacher had asked of them.  Slate boards are small chalk boards that the kids have at their desk or they take home to do homework.  For those of you that don’t know what slate boards are or don’t watch Little House on the Prairie, they are our version of paper that we use to write on today.  As I continued to watch this show, God began to share with me how our life mirrors this slate board. 

     Billy Graham writes:  “Did you ever have the experience in school of erasing an entire blackboard?”  When the chalk board or in the case of Little House on the Prairie, slate board, “when it’s wiped clean, it’s as if nothing at all had ever been written on it.

     This is what God does for us when we come to Him, confessing our sin and trusting Christ as our Lord and Savior.  First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Note what He promises to do: forgive and cleanse.  The slate is wiped clean!  Only God can do that.  We can’t do it ourselves.

     How many times in your life have you wished you could start all over again with a clean slate, with a new life?  Resolve right now to allow God to wipe your slate clean by confessing your sins and letting Him give you a brand new start.”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown 

“The same hand that made the beauty of this world has a more beautiful place prepared for us.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 51:10

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Just as the Psalmist has said, I pray that You create in me a clean heart and put a new and right spirit within me.  As my life mirrors that slate board, Father, and you have wiped my life clean, I pray that now, my life can represent something sweet in Your Eyes.  I pray for continued guidance throughout the remainder of this trip and may all that we do while on the road be a light so others may see You in us.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen