Posts Tagged ‘children’

Story of the day:  Contentment

     The Hope Health Letter (10/95) included this story:

     “Once upon a time, there was a man who lived with his wife, two small children, and his elderly parents in a tiny hut.  He tried to be patient and gracious, but the noise and crowded conditions wore him down.

     In desperation, he consulted the village wise man.  “Do you have a rooster?”  asked the wise man.

     “Yes,” he replied.

     “Keep the rooster in the hut with your family, and come see me again next week.”

     The next week, the man returned and told the wise elder that living conditions were worse than ever, with the rooster crowing and making a mess of the hut.

     “Do you have a cow?” asked the wise elder.  The man nodded fearfully.  “Take your cow into the hut as well, and come see me in a week.”

     Over the next several weeks, the man–on the advice of the wise elder–made room for a goat, two dogs, and his brother’s children.

     Finally, he could take no more, and in a fit of anger, kicked out all the animals and guests, leaving only his wife, his children, and his parents.  The home suddenly became spacious and quiet, and everyone lived happily ever after.”

Quote of the day:  Immanuel Kant

“Give a man everything he desires and yet at this very moment he will feel that everything is not everything.”

Bible verse of the day:  Philippians 4:11

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the things that You have blessed me with.  I thank You for teaching me about contentment.  Father, life is too short to be worried about what I don’t have and that is not who You created me to be.  I pray to have my heart poured out on those that are in dire need of things and if I can in any way help, then let me be used as Your vessel in this regards.  I thank You for always knowing what my needs are and being there to provide for them.  You have never let me down and I have total faith in You to take care of me.  I thank You for this beautiful day! 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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

Story of the day:  God’s seal of approval

    Have you ever gone to a notary to have an important document signed.  A notary is a person that is empowered to authorize contracts.  The notary watches as you sign your name on a piece of paper, and verifies that you are who you say you are.  Once you have completed signing your name, the notary then places the seal on your document, which then certifies its’ validity.  And to make sure that auditors can trace the time and date of when this took place, you are then asked to sign a log, so that if there is a discrepancy, the auditors can find when and if the seal is valid.  

     Just as a notary can place a seal on a piece of paper authorizing authority, “God places a seal on us when we receive Christ.  And that seal is a person–the Holy Spirit.  By the Spirit’s presence God gives us security and establishes His ownership over us.

     The Spirit is also God’s pledge.  He not only seals the arrangement, but He represents God’s commitment to see us through.  And fellowship with the Spirit is a sample of what we can expect when we come into our inheritance in Heaven. 

     Finally, the Spirit witnesses to us, by the Scriptures and within our hearts, that Christ died for us, and by faith in Him we have become God’s children.

     What a wonderful thing to know the Holy Spirit has been given to us a seal–a pledge–and a witness!  May each of these give us new assurance of God’s unchanging love for us, and give us confidence as we seek to live for Him.” (Billy Graham)

Quote of the day:  J. B. Phillips

“Every time we say, “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 1:13

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for all the Grace that You given to me and that You continue to give.  Thank You for sealing me with the Holy Spirit of promise, making me a child of You.  As I head into my day, I pray for wisdom and revelation of You and to do the work that You are calling me to do.  I pray that You use my body as vessel to witness to those around me and to share the Truth with those in need.  I pray that You give me the exact words, at the exact moment, to speak into the life of someone, the Truth, and then hand the reigns over to You, so that You can place Your Seal on them as You did for me.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  God always makes a way (Kim’s Collections)

 

 

As our children were growing up we loved to go hiking in the woods. I remember one particular hike that we took on a cold, icy winter day. I remember falling once and coming close to it many other times. It wouldn’t have been as difficult if the ground were level, but there were many steep climbs that we had to make. Thankfully the paths were clearly marked and easy to see, but the icy conditions made staying afoot a challenge. I remember the verse coming to my mind where we are admonished to, “Walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise” (Eph. 5:15). Although the path was clear we still had to consider each step that we took and then step carefully.

 

That is the way it is in our Christian journey. God will always make a way for us to follow after Him, but He wants us to seek Him all along the way and make steady and sure steps ordered by Him.

 

I have been right in the middle of a great work for the Lord and realized that I was focusing more on the completion of the task instead of my relationship with the One who equipped me for the work. That’s when I must repent and refocus and then continue in His work.

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 17:5

 

“Uphold my steps in Your paths, that my footsteps may not slip.” This verse tells me that it is possible to be on the very path that God has called and led me to and still slip if I’m not allowing Him to teach me and lead me along the way.

 

Just a thought: Kim Burke

 

The closer that I stay to my Guide, the better I can lean on Him for comfort, and hear His directions to lead me to His desired destination.

 

Prayer:

 

Dear Father,

 

I pray that The eyes of our understanding will be open to anything that we are pursuing in our own strength. Lord, I know that You are faithful to shine Your light to show us where You are leading, But please help us to recognize it and then give us the courage to step. Teach up to wait on You and follow after Your peace.

 

In Jesus’ name

 

Amen.

blue-hills.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                            Story of the day:  It’s the little things made great!

    My mom loves to order things while using the word little.  “I’ll take a little cheeseburger, a little pizza, or a little coke.”  We usually joke with her about this, because if anyone has ever been with her when she’s ordered something, knows exactly what I am talking about:) 

    Well, my mom may just have had something there.  Although these things were “little” they always did their job and did it abundantly meeting the need of my mom.

    I began to look for “little things” in the Bible that God “ordered” and how their small purpose became magnified.  One of the things I found was a “little maid”.  This “little maid” in 2 Kings 5:2 God used to cure a great man.  God also used a “little cloud” in 1 Kings 18:44 to bring a tremendous shower.  In 1 Kings 17:12, God used a “little oil” to supply the need of His servant in a great famine. Matthew 15:34, tells of how He used a “few little fishes” to feed a hungry multitude, or in Matthew 18:2, a “little child” to be an object lesson on humility.  A “little flock” in Luke 12:32 to posses the Kingdom, and finally “little children” in 1 John 4:4, in the family of God are victorious.

    So although things may appear “little” to us and we may not think that things great can come from things so small, think again, because our Heavenly Father has just shown us many examples of “little things” made great!

Quote of the day:  William Penn

“God, help us not to despise or oppose what we do not understand.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 4:4

“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My little mind can’t comprehend all of Your abilities.  You are so many great things and as You have showed me, have taken some “little things” and made them great!  God, thank You for Who You are, and for sharing with me just a little bit of Who You are.  I wake up every day and think to myself what an Amazing Father that I have in my life.  Even through all the rough times in my life, You have never left my side.  As my love for You grows with every second that I am alive, and my Spirit is humbled by Your Mercy, I only wish to serve and Worship You all the days of my life.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

j04231031.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                    Story of the day:  He will keep on doing good!

    Has the question, “Why do bad things happen to people?”, ever come to mind?   John Piper said it best like this, “Don’t run your eyes over the promises of God like the wrong pages in a phone book.  God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, said, “I will not turn away from doing good to them…I will rejoice in doing them good…with all my heart and soul.”  Let all three promises sink in.

    God will not turn away from doing you good.  He will keep on doing good.  He doesn’t do good to his children sometimes and bad to them other times.  He keeps on doing good and he never will stop doing good for ten thousand ages of ages.  When things are going “bad” that does not mean God has stopped doing good.  It means He is shifting things around to get them in place for more good, if you will go on loving Him.  He works all things together for good “for those who love Him.”

Quote of the day:  Brother Lawrence

“Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You that the weather is much better today than this past weekend.  Lord, as we were all stranded in our homes, I was able to reflect on the things that You have blessed me with.  God, we truly had a weekend to just rest.  Rest our minds, our spirits, and our bodies.  We started to prepare for the upcoming move to Dallas and with just 4 months to go, there is much preparation in moving our family from the top of the country to the bottom.  I pray that You continue to direct my path, manage my time, and place in my heart the things that You would like for me to write about.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen