June 2008

We are a magnifying glass

Story of the day:  We are a magnifying glass

   Have you ever looked through the eye of a magnifying glass? It’s intended purpose is to increase the apparent size of something seen through it.  The purpose of our life is to be that magnifying glass so that others can see God through us.  Vernon Grounds wrote an interesting piece in Magnifying our Master writing that “some of us may not be able to see how Jesus could be magnified in our bodies.  We may think that it can be done only during times of persecution for our faith.  But that is not the case.

   Our hands can magnify the Lord as we write letters of encouragement.  Our feet can magnify Him as we go on simple errands of helpfulness.  Our voices can magnify Him as we give our testimony and sing His praises.  Our hearts can magnify Him as we express in prayer our love for the redeeming Christ.  Our ears can magnify Him as we gratefully listen to sermons exalting His grace.

   If we know Jesus, we can lift Him up to others in our daily lives.”  How are you using your magnifying glass?

Quote of the day:  Franklin Graham

“Our actions are seen by people, but our motives are monitored by God.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Philippians 1:20

“according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I magnify Your name in all that I do, may I be reminded of the love that You give while doing the things that You do so that I can do the same.  Continue to change my life so that others can see You through my magnifying glass.  May Your Love be radiated through me and shared with others knowing that it all comes from You.  I pray for our Pastor, my husband, and our friend as they head down to Tennessee for a missions trip.  May lives be changed, souls saved, hearts transformed, and people drawn closer to You. I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

Funny Friday Picks, March 2008

Funny Friday Quote

water-lilies.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                  Funny Friday Quote:  Family

    “Years ago, my happy married life almost went on the rocks because of  the presence in the household of old uncle Buddy.  For twelve long years he lived with my wife and me, always crotchety, always demanding, always the first one at the table at mealtimes.  Finally, the old man caught double pneumonia and died.  On the way back from the cemetery, my wife told me that she had a confession to make.  “Darling” she said, “if I didn’t love you so much, I don’t think I could have stood having your uncle Buddy in the house all the time.”

    I stared at her aghast.  “My uncle Buddy!” I exclaimed.  “I thought he was your uncle Buddy!”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 89:1

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for such a blessed week!  I ask that You give us rest this weekend, and restore our minds and bodies from the busyness that the week brings forth.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

March 2008

Have you lost your joy?

sunset.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                     Quote of the day:  Have you lost your joy?

    When we start working for God and doing the things that He has asked of us, we can get so focused on the task that we lose sight of the One that has asked us to do the task in the first place.  It’s like filling our car at the gas station.  We start out great, but after a while of trying to use our own gas, we eventually can’t run anymore except on the fumes that are remaining.  Doing things on your own and not truly seeking God’s wisdom in the matter is the quickest way to get burned out and to lose your joy.  

    My friend, when we are full of Jesus, and are continuously walking with Him, God will always be there to replenish your joy.  There may be times that you will feel like your joy is about to run out, because our flesh is weak, but God’s promise in Psalm 16:11 says that “He will show me the path of life; in His presence is fullness of joy; and at His right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

    I love what Bruce Larson said: 

Joy is the surest sign of the presence of God.  The bottom line for you and me is simply this:  grimness is not a Christian virtue.  There are no sad saints.  If God really is the center of one’s life and being, joy in inevitable.  If we have no joy, we have missed the heart of the Good News, and our bodies as much as our souls will suffer the consequences. [There’s a Lot More to Health Than Not Being Sick]

Quote of the day:  Alexander MacLaren

“To pursue joy is to lose it.  The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy, and then, like sheep, it comes most surely, unsought, and we “being in the way,” the angel of God, fair-haired joy, is sure to meet us.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 16:31

“But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that Your joy radiates deep within my soul.  God I know that it is Your promise to me that if I am walking in Your path that there is going to be joy in my life.  God I pray that I don’t steer from the path and continue following the way that You have set before me.  God, at times it can be a challenge to stay focused, with so many distractions in my life that can come my way, I pray that when they do, I am able to recognize them, and not let them hinder me in any way.  I thank You Father for joy and for sharing it with me.  I pray to be filled with it daily and to share it with others.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen