March 2008

Tell it all to God

fish.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                    Story of the day:  Tell it all to God

    We all have friends or family that we can talk to.  The freedom to be able to share with them what is in our hearts and to feel comfortable enough to  “pick up where you left off” can be comforting. 

    I admire Francois Fenelon because she so eloquently put it this way, “Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend.  Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your stability.  Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.

    If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say.  You will never exhaust the subject.  It is continually being renewed.  People who have no secrets from each other never want for subject of conversation.  They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back; neither do they seek for something to say.  They talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration they say just what they think.  Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.”

Quote of the day:  George Eliot

“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 18:24

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a friend.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for friends.  I thank You that You have given them to me as a constant reminder of Who You truly are.  I Thank You that I am able to tell You everything in my life.  You listen to me, You talk to me, You love me even at my worst, and You are always guiding me.  As I start my day, You are there to greet me and as I head off to sleep, You are there to watch over me.  You follow me through my day, protecting me from myself, and always seem to make me laugh when I am down for whatever reason.  I can always count on You being there, as a friend, as my Father, as my Protector, as my “All in all.”  Thank You that You never change and that You are always there no matter the situation.  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