August 2009

The “Little Voice” inside

Quote of the day:  The “Little Voice” inside

Did you hear that?  I know I did.  Should I ignore it or listen to it?  In Focus on the Family, Rolf Zettersten writes:

A good friend in North Carolina bought a new car with a voice-warning system…At first Edwin was amused to hear the soft female voice remind him that his seat belt wasn’t fastened….Edwin affectionately called this voice the “little woman.”

He soon discovered his little woman was programmed to warn him about his gasoline.  “Your fuel level is low,” she said one time in her sweet voice.  Edwin nodded his head and thanked her.  He figured he still had enough to go another fifty miles, so he kept on driving.  But a few minutes later, her voice interrupted again with the same warning.  And so it went over and over.  Although he knew it was the same recording, Edwin thought her voice sounded harsher each time.

Finally, he stopped his car and crawled under the dashboard.  After a quick search, he found the appropriate wires and gave them a good yank.  So much for the little woman.

He was still smiling to himself a few miles later when his car began sputtering and coughing.  He ran out of gas!  Somewhere inside the dashboard, Edwin was sure he could hear the little woman laughing.

People like Edwin learn before long that the little voice inside, although ignored or even disconnected, often tells them exactly what they need to know.

Quote of the day:  Grimes

“To hear God’s voice, turn down the world’s volume.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Kings 19:12

“After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.  And after the fire came a gentle whisper.


Dear Heavenly Father,

It is so important to turn down the volume of the world so that I can hear Your Still Small Voice talking to me each and every day.  It is so easy to become distracted by everything going on that I can easily become disconnected and not hear what You have to say.  I pray that when those distractions come my way, that I can put them aside and reconnect with You.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


November 2008

He is your Rescue

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.”


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,


September 2008

Descending like a dove

Story of the day:  Descending like a dove

     As I was driving Christen to school today, we both saw a beautiful white dove.  It flew right past the car and landed in the park on a wooden fence.  We both looked at each other and with great excitement, said, “look, a dove!”  As it made it’s descent onto the wooden fence, I couldn’t help but think about the beauty that a dove radiates.  In the Bible, a dove usually means peace.  For example one may say that the dove that Noah sent out of the ark after the flood is a symbol of peace, “that the flood rains were over” (Genesis 8:10-11).  A dove may also represent the Holy Spirit.  In Matthew 3:16, Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist.  In this instance the three persons of the trinity are seen in one form or another. God’s voice is heard from Heaven, Jesus is being baptized, and the Holy Spirit (a.k.a. the Holy Ghost) is seen in the form of a dove.

      As Jeff and I have been moving forward with the next phase of this ministry, I began to feel a little overwhelmed about how everything is going to get done or be done.  I believe that God sent that little dove into my path, as a reminder that the Holy Spirit within me, is there as my helper, always encouraging me, watching over me and restoring the hope and faith in my life about what is to come.  God always supplies all the tools needed for His Work and often through the Power of the Holy Spirit.  That little dove this morning was a confirmation that we are doing what God is asking of us and that if we rest in that, then we will find peace. 

Quote of the day:  Michael P. Green

“When you see a man who is at work for God and producing results, recognize that it is the Holy Spirit working through him, not the man’s efforts that are giving results.  All he has to do–and all you have to do–is keep your hand on the handle.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 3:16

“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the Heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending me a helper that not only recognizes when I need help, but is there to encourage me, restore me, and watch over me.  Father, sometimes I can get overwhelmed by thinking about all that needs to be done for Your church.  I pray to remember that You are in total control of that and I am but Your vessel to carry it out.  I am thankful that You know exactly what and when things need to be done and share it with me only when the time is right.  I can find rest and peace through that little dove that You placed right into my path today.  Something so small, as a dove, has so much meaning to me because of the timing of when You sent it.  That little dove is a gift from You to me in that it confirmed that we are moving in the right direction and that Your Will is going to be done.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


August 2008

His Blood covers our lives

Story of the day:  His Blood covers our lives.

     Jeffrey Ebert shares this story: 

When I was five years old, before factory-installed seat belts and automobile air bags, my family was driving home at night on a two-lane country road.  I was sitting on my mother’s lap when another car, driven by a drunk driver, swerved into our lane and hit us head-on.  I don’t have any memory of the collision.  I do recall the fear and confusion I felt as I saw myself literally covered with blood from head to toe.

Then I learned that the blood wasn’t mine at all, but my mother’s.  In that split second when the two headlights glared into her eyes, she instinctively pulled me closer to her chest and curled her body around mine.  It was her body that slammed against the dashboard, her head that shattered the windshield.  She took the impact of the collision so that I wouldn’t have to.  It took extensive surgery for my mother to recover from her injuries.

In a similar, but infinitely more significant way, Jesus Christ took the impact for our sin, and His Blood now permanently covers our lives. [1001 Quotes, Illustrations, & Humorous Stories For Preachers, Teachers, and Writers]

Quote of the day:  Chuck Swindoll

“Like a jewel’s brilliance is displayed on a black cloth, Jesus’ love is displayed against the blackness of sin, and the filth of the flesh.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Peter 1:19

“but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot.”



Thank You for Your Son.  It is by Grace and Blood that I am alive today, living and serving You.  Thank You for the Blood that covers my sins.  Thank You for choosing me in Christ before the foundation of the world and sealing me with the Holy Spirit of promise.  Father, I am Your workmanship, created by Your Son for good works, may I continue to walk in all that You have given to me, sharing Your Word and speaking the truth that it may bring Honor and Glory to Your name.  I thank You for the air in my lungs and for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


April 2008, Funny Friday Picks

Funny Friday Quote-April 25, 2008

Funny Friday Quote:  Can’t understand it!

   My Uncle Jack, a traveling salesman, was driving through Missouri, when he found the bridge over a stream washed away by a recent storm.  A native sat whittling a stick by the side of the wreckage.  “How deep is this stream?”  asked Uncle Jack.


   “Think I can drive through it?”

   “Sure thing.  Why not?”

   Uncle Jack drove head-on into the stream.  His car promptly sank out of sight, and he barely got out with his life.  “What do you mean by telling me I could drive through that stream?”  he cried furiously.

   “Why it’s ten feet deep if it’s an inch!”

   The native scratched his head.  “Can’t understand it,”  he admitted.  Then, pointing to his own waist, he added, “The water’s only up to here on the ducks!”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 29:11

“The LORD will give strength to His people;  The LORD will bless His people with peace.”


Dear Heavenly Father

Thank You for such a blessed day!  Father, as I head into the day, I want to think about ways that I can glorify You by always putting You first in my life.  I pray for You to guide me away from any temptations or distractions that the world may toss my way, so that I may stand apart from the world.  I pray that my words and actions will become a living testimony to Your Love and Grace.

In Jesus Name I pray,



April 2008

My Father gave it to me.

Story of the day:  My Father gave it to me . 

“A young man named sinner once received from his Father a beautiful, bright-red convertible.  He named it Salvation-sparking, new, clean, modern, powerful.

   It delighted the young man so much, especially because it was a gift.  He could never have afforded it.  So delighted, the boy even changed his name fron Sinner to Saved.

   He polished his car every week.  Took pictures of it.  Sent it to friends.  Looked it over–front, back, under top, bottom, inside out.  Never-never tired of telling others about the gift.  “My Father gave it to me.  It was free!”

   Some days later Saved was seen on the highway, pushing Salvation.  An individual named Helper walked up and introduced Himself and asked if He could assist.

   “Oh, no thanks.  Just out enjoying my new car,” as he wiped the sweat off his face.  “Just had a little trouble because my bumper kept cutting my hands, especially on these hills.  But then a nice man helped me.  Showed me how to mount little rubber cushions right here, underneath the bumper, and now I can push this thing for hours without a blister.  Also, i’ve been trying something new lately.  They use it over in England.  You put your back against the car, lift, and it works like a charm, especially on muddy roads.”

   Helper asked, “Have you pushed the car very far?”

   “Well, about 200 miles altogether.  It’s been hard, but since it was a gift from my Father, that the least I can do in return to thank Him.”

   Helper opened the door on the right side and said, “Get in.”

   After hesitation, he decided it was worth a try and he slid in on the passenger side and rested for the first time since he’d been given the car.  Helper walked around, opened the door, slid behind the wheel, and started the car.

   “What’s all that noise?”  he said.  Moments later they were moving down the highway quietly, at fifty, sixty miles an hour.  he was taken aback.  It all seemed to fall into place.  It was even exciting.  he knew he needed this Salvation Car to be admitted through the gate at the end of the highway.  But somehow he felt that getting there was his responsibility.” (Larry Christenson)

Quote of the day:  Vance Havner

“You can become a Christian by going to church just about as easily as you can become an automobile by sleeping in a garage.”

Bible verse of the day:  Acts 1:8

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

How many times in my Christian drive, have I wanted to take the reigns from You and try to, as the story today illustrates, “push my car”, when I could be letting You lead me in this drive.  Father, as we are driving down this road of life, I pray that You help me steer clear of distractions and temptations so that I may honor You with my prayers.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,