Posts Tagged ‘family’

Story of the day:  The Tie that binds

   Today was Jeff’s going away luncheon.  As I began to reflect over the past two years what Dayton, OH has brought to my family, I began to realize just how precious it has been while we have been here and the people that we have all gotten to know.  They have become a part of our family and though it is hard to say goodbye, the lasting memories that we have made, will be with me for a lifetime.  I also know that “Jesus is the Tie that binds” us all together.  And as sad as it may be, I know that we must move forward with the plan that God has set before us so that as a family, we can start to do the Will of our Father. 

   The friends that we have established, now part of our family, have been there to “work together, help each other, defend one another, and encourage each other.”  Any time that we needed something, they have been there to “support us, give us feedback and hold us accountable, to console and counsel us, and to direct us to God.”

   I am grateful that God created us to want to “have relationships, share His love with others, and not to keep it to ourselves.”  God Himself has promised “to be our friend” and because He has chosen this for us, we should remember that friendships are “gifts from Him and as such, we should receive His gifts with gratitude, and to remember that we too can be a gift to someone who needs a friend, and because He is the Tie that binds” (Weidemann) us together, we will maintain those friendships.

Quote of the day:  Loretta Girzartis

“If someone listens or stretches out a hand or whispers a word of encouragement or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for friends!  Thank You for bringing them into my life and for allowing me through them to see another part of You.  You have been so gracious in blessing us with such great friends and mentors that I hope to take all that I have learned from them and share it with others.  Father, if having friends means Heaven will be even a tiny bit like this, than I can only imagine what Heaven will be like.  I pray for blessings to each of them and for the friends that we have yet to meet.  I thank You especially for Your friendship and for always standing beside me and always encouraging me when I am discouraged.  Give us strength this day and peace to know that this move is for Your Will and another stepping stone to reach others in need of You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Funny Friday Quote:  The Pearly Gates

   Three aged men arrive at the Pearly Gates at the same time.  As part of their orientation to Heaven, St. Peter asks what kind of remarks they would most like to hear from their family and friends at their funerals.

   “I would like to hear them say I was a great doctor and a good family man,” said the first.

   “I would like to hear themm say I was a wonderful husband and that, during my career as a schoolteacher, I made a difference in many lives,” chimed in the second fellow.

  “Those both sound terrific,” replied the third, “but I’d like to hear them say, ‘look!  He’s moving!'”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 62:7

“In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to know the love of Christ which passes all understanding and to be filled with all the fullness that comes from knowing You.  It is a true blessing when I hear your voice no matter what the circumstances are in my life.  I pray that You continue to show me and teach me how to hear Your voice so that no matter what distractions may come my way, I am able to hear it and to follow all that You have planned for me.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  God is ready to restore you

   “Christians have every reason to be optimistic about life.  As Billy Graham observed, “Christ can put a spring in your step and a thrill in your heart.  Optimism and cheerfulness are products of knowing Christ.”  But sometimes, when we are tired or frustrated, optimism and cheerfulness seem like distant promises.  They are not.  Thankfully, our God stands ready to restore us.

   Today, accept the new spirit that God seeks to infuse into your heart.  Think optimistically about yourself, your friends, your family, your place of employment, and your world.  Rejoice in this glorious day that the Lord has given you, and share your optimism with your family, your friends, and your co-workers.  Your enthusiasm will be contagious.  And your words will bring healing and comfort to a world that needs both.” (Family Christian Press)

Quote of the day:  Warren Wiersbe

“With the peace of God to guard us and the God of peace to guide us–why worry?”

Bible verse of the day:  Ezekiel 36:26a

“I will give you a new heart and put anew spirit within you;”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for creating me to be a cheerful person.  Father, I do know at times when I get frustrated or really tired that the part of me that wants to remain cheerful can become somewhat difficult.  I ask that during these times that I can stop and see the blessings that I am missing out on when I give in to the flesh and react out of frustration or sleepiness and that You restore me in all that I do.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

 

                                                                                                       

Story of the day:  Entertaining Angels

I have told the following story before and I thought that it would be appropriate to share it with Quote of the day.  Some of you may have heard it before, but to some of you, it may be new.

At the age of 16, my brother had to have an emergency appendectomy.  This emergency surgery led to him having other serious health issues, which in turn caused him to have to be on medication or this illness could have killed him.  The drugs were very strong and ranked high up there with chemotherapy.  He lost his hair and a lot of weight.

Needless to say, it was a very scary and heart wrenching time in our life.  As a family, me and Jeff, having 2 children at the time, decided along side my mom, dad, and brother that it would be best to move in all together.  We helped in every way possible and more importantly just loved him and prayed him through his situation.  We took turns giving him shots, reading Scripture, and just praying for him.

He became very ill and weak because of all the medications that he was taking, which in turn discouraged him in many ways that only one can imagine.  Well, throughout this trial in his life,  he still managed to live as normal a life as possible and always managed to hold his head high.

One day, he decided to go to the mall.  He was hanging out and decided to sit on a bench that was so appropriately placed next to the mall entrance.  As he was sitting on this bench, a little boy around 12 years of age approached my brother, and began to speak to him.  They talked about life, they talked about school, and they talked about God.

What was unusual about this situation is that my brother had never met this little boy, but became intrigued by the conversation that was taking place.  The little boy then said these few statements that shook my brother to his core and grew his faith in God even more than it already it had.  The little boy said, “I know that you are sick.  Don’t worry, it’s going to be okay!  God’s going to take care of you and you will get better!”  The reason these statements are so different from what they were previously talking about, is because that little boy knew nothing about my brother being sick.  My brother never even mentioned what he was going through as far as his illness.

It started getting late and the little boy left out of the doors that were right next to the bench that my brother was sitting on.  Still amazed that the little boy knew of my brother’s illness, my brother decided to follow this little boy because he wanted to thank him again for talking with him and to find out his name.  As he followed the little boy outside the doors of the mall, the ray’s from the sun’s bright light caught his eye, causing my brother to no longer see the little boy.  Now, I’m not saying that the little boy didn’t get into a car at this point and drive away.  What I am saying is that this little boy came along and spoke to my brother at a time that he needed it the most, and for that moment, in the right place, my brother entertained an angel and didn’t even know it.

God can use anyone to be our angel.  They are sent to let us know that God is so real and that He is there to take care of us.  To let you know about my brother, he is completely healed and because of his faith and trust in God, he is now a living testimony for our Heavenly Father, in more ways than just one.

Quote of the day:  George Elliot

“The golden moment in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 13:2

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Throughout Scripture there have been so many accounts of Your angels and the work that they do here in this world.  Father, I don’t know how, and my tiny mind couldn’t even possibly come to understand why sometimes, but I do know that my faith and trust in You is so great, that I believe it when you say “when I entertain strangers,  I may just have entertained an angel.”  I love You Lord and I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

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

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