Posts Tagged ‘Dallas’

Funny Friday Quote: “God Speaks” Billboards

“God  Speaks” billboards are catching the eyes of highway commuters in Dallas. The billboards feature simple white text on a black background. No fine print or sponsoring organization is included. A list of all that have appeared to date:

  • Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game–God.
  • C’mon over and bring the kids.–God.
  • What part of “Thou shalt not” didn’t you understand?–God
  • We need to talk–God.
  • Keep using my name in vain, I’ll make rush hour longer.–God
  • Loved the wedding, invite me to the marriage.–God
  • That “Love thy neighbor” thing? I meant it.–God
  • Will the road you’re on get you to my place?–God
  • Big bang theory, you’ve got to be kidding!–God
  • My way is the highway.–God
  • Need directions?–God
  • You think it’s hot here?–God
  • Have you read my No. 1 best seller? There will be a test.–God
  • Do you have any idea where you’re going?–God
  • Don’t make me come down there.–God

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 18:30 (NKJV)

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As I woke up today, I couldn’t help but worship You. Father, I lift my voice to You and I pray that what You hear is a sweet sound to Your ear. Thank You for breathing life into me and blessing me with a gift that has blessed me spiritually. Your Love is like no other and it sparks a flame deep within my soul to do Your Will and share with others how great You are. I love You Father and I am so grateful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Don’t be so quick to judge!

     Since we have moved to Dallas, the traffic has by far, become challenging.  People will swerve into your lane without looking back to see how close you are, knowing that if you hit them from behind, it’s your fault.  As my frustration on the road begins, I try to empathize with other drivers, but sometimes, how close people get to hitting me and my kids, gets me all worked up.  Could I be wrong?  Is there something that I am doing or not doing while driving?  Is it always the other drivers?  How I respond in this situation could have either a positive or negative outcome.  Either way, it is my choice to decide how I am going to react.  Trust me, it’s real easy to want to get upset!  But why?  What will my getting angry do for me?

     Dave Egner writes:  “Some of us are quick to find fault with our fellow believers.  In the name of “encouraging” or “exhorting,” we point out the sins and shortcomings of our brothers and sisters in Christ without seeing our own failures or guild” (Luke 6:37-42).  My need to get somewhere in a hurry, may lead me to act either hastily or in a way that will find fault with others.  But again, it’s a choice that I make in that instant.

     I am reminded of a similar situation about a woman by the name of “Denise McKinney.  She was driving through the streets of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, late one evening when an oncoming car turned left in front of her.  She honked her horn to let the person know he had nearly caused an accident by his carelessness.

     When she parked her car a few minutes later, the same car pulled up beside her and the driver got out.  “The next time you honk your horn at someone,” he said, “maybe you should make sure your headlights are on.”  Sure enough, in her haste she had forgotten to turn on her lights.  She had been so convinced he was in the wrong that she never saw her own error.  She was the one who had almost caused an accident.

     We often act in a similar way.  We’re quick to judge the behavior of others and point out their error.  Jesus prefers that we examine our own lives and be quick to say, “I was wrong.  Please forgive me.”

Quote of the day:  Bosch

“Be quick to judge yourself and slow to judge others.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 6:42

“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye?  Hypocrite!  First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is easy to find fault with others, especially when we, as the Word so greatly says, can’t see through the plank that is in our eye.  Father, I pray that in the split decision that I have to either be upset or let it roll off my back, that I choose the later.  Father, I don’t get anything from being upset.  It just makes things worse.  Father, I pray for wisdom to make good choices, choices that bring Glory to Your Kingdom, in all areas of my life.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Seeking God in the situation

   As Jeff and I arrived home early this morning from our 1,000 mile trip, I began to survey the situation and I was so excited to be home and able to sleep in my bed.  The last week has been such a stressful week searching for a home, trying to get to know the area in Dallas, staying cool in the 100 degree temperatures, and trying to understand what my kiddos were going through.  

   “Start with a regular car loaded with luggage for this trip.  Add a father, a mother, three children, and two dogs, under the age of 14.  Aim the car at an objective that is 1,000 miles down the road.  After 350 miles have passed, examine the scene.  What is the condition of what has become a traveling circus?  Pretty discouraging?

   Now, magnify that situation thousands of times over, move it back some 3,500 years, eliminate the automobile, and you will begin to understand Moses’ predicament in Exodus 16.  The thrill of freedom and the excitment of the exodus were soon erased by the discomforts of travel.  Gratitude usually gives way to grumbling.”  (Michael P. Green)

   And throughout the situation, as God had spoken to Moses about what needed to be done in order to ease the situation, I had God saying to me, just give it to me Christy and I will take care of you.  I think it took not getting a home in the beginning to actual hear God’s voice.  He had given us every opportunity to seek Him in this situation, yet the predicament of not getting a home right away overshadowed His voice.  As Jeff and I regrouped and actually started to seek God in the situation, it was no time before a home became available and it was exactly what we needed (imagine that!)  So, instead of letting circumstances determine the outcome, regroup, seek God in the situation, and allow Him to take over. 

Quote of the day:  Thomas Carlyle

“Adversity is hard on a man.  But for everyone who can handle prosperity there are a hundred who can handle adversity.”

Bible verse of the day:  Exodus 16:6

“Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavnly Father,

Thank You for the safe travel back home.  Father as we continue to pack up our things and prepare to move ourselves across the country, may we not give into the grumbling, and the stressful situations that may arise from moving.  Continue to guide our hearts, our minds, and our souls with Your peacefulness and faithfulness.  Thank You that You provided a home for us in Dallas and that it is just what we need for the 10 months that we are there.  I pray for those that are going through their own situation that they are able to hear Your voice through their circumstance and hand it over to You that You may do Your job.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                               Story of the day:  It’s more than words!

   Jeff and I usually go to lunch on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s depending on what day his physical fitness training for the military doesn’t occur.  This week, our lunch date fell on a Tuesday and so we went to our usual place (Longhorn), for some good ol’ sweet tea and a steak.  Nothing new about our day, except that I was watching a friend’s little one while they went to school. 

   Before they dropped him off, I had explained to the dad that Jeff and I were going on our date and if he didn’t mind, his son could just go along with us.  The little one is around Joshua’s age and he and Josh enjoy hanging out, so Joshua was excited about him coming.  Before we left to the restaurant, the father wanted to give us some money for his son’s lunch, but I gracefully declined and told him not to worry about it, and that we have his “little one covered”. 

   When we got to Longhorn, we were immediately seated by the staff and they sat us next to a couple that were enjoying their lunch.  Jeff hadn’t arrived yet, and so I sat the kiddos down and ordered our drinks.  The aroma from their homemade bread was in the air, and I could taste every morsel of it, even though I hadn’t actually had any.  Jeff arriving a few minutes later, in his military uniform, was greeted and thanked for serving our country by the couple that were sitting next to us.  He accepted their thankfulness and we continued on with our lunch.  

   We chatted about the day and our upcoming move to Dallas.  Here’s where God’s Love is shown through someone else.  You see, while Jeff and I were talking and finishing up with our lunch, that couple that were seated next to us, had retrieved our bill and paid for our entire lunch.  This time, it was more than words.  They took it a step further and showed their kindness without us knowing.  They had already left and Jeff and I sat humbled by the event that had just taken place, because not only had this act of kindness touched our hearts, it touched all that were involved in it.  Both waitresses, who were in tears, shared this great news with their manager, who in turn felt the generosity and God’s love from one random act of kindness that came from complete strangers.

  God’s mercy and love was shown not only to me and Jeff, but to many because of this one couple.  In essence you could say, God had His “little one’s covered” as well!  He took care of us because we took care of another, and in this great process many lives were touced by this kind act that came from complete strangers.   To the couple that acted on a gracious deed for someone they had never met before and whom may never read this, we just want to thank you for your kindess once again.  We just want you to know that many were touched by your generosity, and through it, God’s Name and His Glory was shown this day, and it was done in a way that is forever embedded into my heart. 

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“One of the most difficult things to give away is kindness, for it is usually returned.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you:  good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for showing us through complete strangers how You work.  Father, there were so many lives touched yesterday by this couple and we didn’t even know what they had done, until they were already gone, and that’s what is amazing to me!  Father, I pray that You bless them this day, and let them know that we are thankful for what they did.  Father, as we go into our day today, may we continue to do for others just as the couple did for us, and may Your Name be magnified and glorified this day and everyday!!  I love You Father and thank You for showing Yourself as The One Who Gives All Things by allowing other people to give through love.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen