Posts Tagged ‘God’

Story of the day: When my soul is in the dumps…what to do? 

Dr. Michael A. Guido writes: “In our hour of desperation where can we turn? The psalmist speaks of needing God in order to survive. Throughout all of the tests and the troubles, God is there sustaining His people. He causes us to triumph because He is our strength and our life.”[1]

A famous American leader wrote: “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on earth. To remain as I am is impossible. I must die or be better.” You may be surprised to know that the man who wrote that was Abraham Lincoln.

Years later, in the darkest days of the Civil War, Lincoln wrestled constantly with the specter of unrelenting despair. It can strike anyone. No one is immune. Not even a nation’s president. Here is this marvelous man with magnificent character, feeling absolutely alone….Surely, the president ought to sleep well because of his protection, because of his wise counsel, to say nothing of his financial security. Yet there he was, tossing and turning through the night, haunted by dark and debilitating thoughts.”[2]

And yet through it all, God clearly shows us in Psalm 42:1-11 how to defeat desperation. When my soul is in the dumps, God promises to love me all day, and sing songs all through the night. My life is God’s prayer. I hear God whisper from Heaven, “why are you down in the dumps dear soul? Fix your eyes on me, and I will put that smile back on your face.”

Quote of the day: Dr. Michael A. Guido

“God makes beautiful things out of broken things. He is not one to leave us in our pain. At times, He may send tests upon us so that He may show Himself trustworthy and turn us back to Him. He is Savior and God; is He yours?”[3]

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 42:5-6 (NIV) 

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

Prayer: 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today is a new day. I will be glad and rejoice in it. Father though my soul may be down in the dumps at times, I find peace knowing that You promise to love me all day every day and that my life is Your prayer. Father, give me wisdom each day to make the right choices and to stand firm in all that I do for Your Will and not my own. I continue to ask for guidance in all areas that I walk, and grace to sustain them. I love You Father and I am so grateful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


     [1] Dr. Michael A. Guido, Nelson’s Annual Preacher Sourcebook. “How to Defeat Desperation: by Dr. Michael A. Guido.” Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2008, pg. 22.

    [2] Roy P. Basler. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Rutgers University Press, 1953.

    [3] Dr. Michael A. Guido, Nelson’s Annual Preacher Sourcebook. “How to Defeat Desperation: by Dr. Michael A. Guido.” Nashville: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2008, pg. 22.

Funny Friday Quote: Hit by a Thesaurus (Imprint, England)

Did you hear about the van loaded with copies of Roget’s Thesaurus that collided with with a taxi? Witnesses were astounded, shocked, taken aback, surprised, startled, dumfounded, thunderstruck, caught unawares.

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 119:64 (NIV)

“The earth is filled with your love, O Lord; teach me your decrees.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord thank You for making me just as I am. There is nothing greater than coming into Your presence each day. I am thankful to have a Daddy who loves me as much as You do. Your love for me is beyond measure and I pray Father to be filled with that kind of love to share with others. Teach me by Your example how to serve others with compassion, understanding, patience, and kindness. Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen



This story was written about three years and it is a constant reminder to me about having complete faith in God for every area in my life.  

Story of the day:  The PLANE RIDE   

So, I have always been fearful of flying ever since I was a teenager and the flight from Dallas, Texas to Spokane, Washington was a little more turbulent than normal.  I think had I not had the window seat and my brother (who loves flying) making comments about the plane, I might have enjoyed the flight a little more.  So needless to say, I hadn’t flown since and really didn’t have the desire to get into anything that would take me more than 100 feet off the ground.   

 Many years passed by and as this ministry got underway, God began to show me things that Jeff and I would be doing in the future that would require flying.  I kind of struggled with the thought of having to get into a plane again, but I kept praying to God about it and one day, while I was alone and driving in my car, a peace came over me about flying and so I gave total release and control over to God and He planted this in my heart, “Christy, if you are working for me and I need you somewhere, I need you to have the faith and trust in Me, you know the faith and trust that you write to others about, and know that I will take care of you.”  I agreed with God and said “Okay, I can do this.  If you ask this of me, I will do it.”  I really thought to myself, okay, I have a few years before this happens, so this gives me more time to prepare for whenever Jeff and I both have to get on a plane. 

 Little could prepare me for what God had in mind.  The situation with my grandmother, and the doctors telling us that we all needed to be home meant that I either A needed to drive 16-17 hours one way or B get onto a plane which would only take 2 hours.  I had remembered the conversation that I had just had with God about 3 months before this situation occurred and I tried reasoning with God and saying, ”Can’t I start flying once we start going places for the ministry?”  Boy, if I could hear crickets chirping that would have been awesome, but instead, I heart God say, “Christy, you need to do this.” “You need to get on a plane and go and see her.”

 So as Jeff drove me to Columbus, OH, so that I could depart from there, everything that I so desired to take with me on this plane trip, was left at home.  No family to fly with, no Christian music, no laptop, and no portable movie player.  It was just me, my Bible, and God.  Remember it has been nearly 20 years since I have been on a plane.  Not only was I going to fly 35,000 feet in the air without things that could distract me, I was flying Hon Solo with total and complete trust and faith in my God.  I prayed for the pilot, where in actuality God was piloting this plane.  I prayed for the person that sat next to me, poor thing she was going to need it because of me, and for the flight attendants for they may have to bring me back to consciousness once I passed out.

 All kidding aside, I can’t say that I wasn’t nervous, because I was.  My palms have never sweated as much. Having a husband that works with planes and knowing all the stories that are associated with them, every now and then thoughts about situations that could occur while I was flying, which are almost slim to none, would pop into my head. But just as quickly as those thoughts popped into my head about the plane, I was able to quickly find peace and comfort in God, because of what He has planned for this ministry.  With the peace and comfort that God provided, my spirit was calmed and I was able to find rest in Him. 

I didn’t even realize it at the time, but this first trip was all part of God’s plan for this ministry.  It was the beginning of things that are yet to come and because of God’s Grace, Mercy, and Love for us all, I was able to fulfill the plan that He prepared for me while I was in Texas.

Whatever you are fearful about, pray to God about it, allow Him to pull you through it, and have total faith and trust in Him to get you past it.  Once you give it over to God, the control,  there are many blessings awaiting, and a freedom from the fear to allow God to use you where He needs you to be. 

Quote of the day:  Rubem Alves

 “Hope is hearing the melody of the future.  Faith is to dance to it.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 1:17

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You are such an Orderly God.  You have planned out my every step, just as You have numbered ever hair on my head.  God, I have overcome my biggest fear of flying because of You and Your promise for my life.  I am so saddened by even allowing this fear to set in for as long as it had.  God thank You for the opportunity to begin a different phase of this ministry.  I didn’t even know that going home was going to be a part of it, but it was and I was blessed by it.  My prayer today is for those that have some sort of fear in their life that they have yet to overcome.  I pray that they release this to You and have total faith and trust in You to get them past whatever it is that is keeping them in bondage.  God, only You know what is in store for our lives, and as the days pass, if we aren’t following the path that You have so designed for us, I pray that it is revealed to us so that we can walk in freedom for whatever it is that You do have planned for us. I continue to ask for prayer for Jeff as he is still not doing well.  I pray for complete healing of his body so that he can move forward with the other part of this ministry. I thank You for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


Story of the day: Think about your words

Words. They are needed to communicate and yet the smallest word propelled by the tongue and a voice box can either damage or encourage someone. In Our Daily Bread, AL shares:

When people greet each other, they usually say, “How are you?”

At one time in China, the typical greeting was, “Have you eaten?” In the days of poverty, asking our friends if they had eaten was to express our concern for their well-being.

Today when friends greet me, they often say, “Have you put on weight?” Whether they’re genuinely concerned for my health, or just think I should lose a few pounds, they care about me.

Everything we say, not just our greetings, reflects the concerns of our heart. Jesus said, “Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart” (Matthew 15:18). He was explaining to His disciples that people could not be morally contaminated by the food they ate, but by the words spoken out of unclean hearts.

It was not strange that Jesus’ bold statements offended the Pharisees (v.12). They were great at appearing righteous on the outside, but they had no concern for the hypocrisy in their hearts. As Christ’s disciples, however, our focus should be on keeping our hearts clean so that our words will reflect genuine righteousness.

It is wise to think about the words you use throughout the day, wherever you go. What do they say about the condition of your heart?                                       [AL. Our Daily Bread: How are You? Printed In USA. (July 2002).]

Quote of the day: D. De Haan

“To rule your tongue, let Christ reign in your heart.”

Bible Verse of the Day: Matthew 15:18 (NIV)

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I choose my words, I pray that I stop, gather my thoughts, and proceed with speaking if it is necessary. Father, I pray that I check my heart daily and that I guard my tongue in all areas, and if it not pleasing to You, that I restrain from saying anything at all. Father, my prayer is that the words that I speak are encouraging to those around me and give You all the glory for it. I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day: Don’t let yesterday mess up today!

If you spend all your time today thinking about your failures or successes yesterday, then you will ruin your tomorrow. When today looks too long at yesterday, we are borrowing from tomorrow’s time.

Yesterday is like a rearview mirror. When you go somewhere in the car, you use a rearview mirror. A rearview mirror shows you what’s behind you. You need a rearview mirror but you only need a rearview mirror to glance in, not live in. You don’t move forward by focusing on a rearview mirror; you move forward by focusing on the windshield. If you live in a rearview mirror, you will hurt somebody. But in front of the rearview mirror is a much bigger piece of glass called the windshield. The windshield shows you where you are going and that’s a lot bigger than where you have been. Don’t let yesterday mess up today, which will ruin tomorrow.

While you are driving forward in your Christian life, every now and then look in your rearview mirror. Take a peek in your rearview mirror to see what’s behind  you so that you don’t make a wrong turn while you’re moving forward. Just don’t stare too long. [Tony Evans. Tony Evan’s Stories, Quotes, and Anecdotes. Chicago: Moody Publishers. (2009). pgs. 220-221.

 Quote of the day: Tony Evans

“You need a rearview mirror but you only need a rearview mirror to glance in, not live in.”

Bible verse of the day: Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV)

“Brethern, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for life lessons. Father, I pray that I am not always staring back my rearview mirror, but looking forward through my windshield. Teach me to always focus on You and seek You in prayer for all areas in my life. I love You Father, and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

Story of the day:  Light from the SON.

Just like many flowers and plants, people need the sun in order to survive.   Let me give you a little bit of background about the sun.  Wikipedia has many descriptions about what the sun is and what the sun can do.  Here are a few of them.  “Sunlight is the primary source of energy to Earth,  ultraviolet light from the sun has antiseptic properties and can be used to sanitize tools and water, The sun is a magnetically active star and has been intensively studied by scientists, while many questions about the sun still remain unanswered, humanity’s most fundamental understanding of the sun is as this luminous disk in the sky, whose presence above the horizon creates day and whose absence causes night.

Now, let’s look at another star called the SON.  The SON is the primary source for everyone. The light from the SON can radiate among many and can sanitize more than just tools and water.  The SON is always ACTIVE and has been studied by many, while many questions about the SON still remain unanswered. The SON created the day and night along with everything else (Genesis 1:1-31, 2:1-2).  Without the one and only SON, we cannot survive.  So my friends and family, follow the SON all the days of your life and He will radiate through you and you will shine for others to see.

Quote of the day:  R.K. Cecil

“Each soul, just like each flower,

Will turn toward the One

Whose light will make it blossom

 as it follows the SON.”

Bible verse of the day:  Genesis 1:3-4

“Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your SON.  As I seek Your presence daily, I pray that Your light shines so brightly through me.  May Your light be an example through my life.  Direct my paths and teach me how to shine like the SON.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Out of Gas

When I was a senior in high school, I had a red pickup truck that I would haul all of my friends around in.  I thought I knew this truck backwards and forwards.  I remember my dad telling me that I needed to put some gas into it because it was running low and it would soon be on empty.  As I continued to drive and saying to myself, “I know this truck, it’s got at least 10 more miles of gas left in the tank”, I preceded not to follow the directions of my father and listen to what he had to say about the gas tank.  Instead, I continued to drive on what little gas I thought that I had.  A few minutes later the truck began to jerk and jerk until finally I rolled out of gas into an abandoned parking lot.  I remember thinking to myself, “why didn’t I listen to my dad?”  I was a good distance from home and from the Air Force Base that we were stationed at during this time.  I began to wonder to myself, “Well little Ms. Know it all, what are you going to do now?”  Back then, teenagers didn’t have cell phones, some adults did, but they were as big as my truck and were a bit awkward to carry.   

About 15 minutes later, a Texas State Trooper, saw me jumping up and down and  trying so desperately to get his attention.  I remember seeing this trooper out of uniform so he was probably off duty and not as thrilled to have to stop and help me, and yet he was a trooper, no pun intended, and he did give me a ride back to the police station to get a gas container and give my truck something to drink. It’s kind of funny how I was given just enough to make it to a gas station to fill up my truck. Isn’t that how we are sometimes? We fill up on just enough of God to get us through and then we wonder why we burn out so quickly. 

So many times in our life we think that we know ourselves too well, that we don’t take the time to listen or look at our tank gauge and make sure that we have enough gas to keep us going.  We eventually begin to run on fumes only and that is not good for anyone, spiritually, emotionally, or physically.  Then we start to worry, a great indicator that you are just about out of gas. And when the tank is finally empty, we can’t seem to focus on anything else but the need to be filled.  Sometimes we fill ourselves with regular unleaded (things of this world), when what we really needed was God’s Super Unleaded, which is full of prayer, His Word, and Rest.   

I encourage you not to be stubborn when you are running on empty, but choose to fill up on God. Have an open heart and ears to listen to Your Father when He says that you need to fill up because it looks like you are about to run completely out. Always keep an eye on your tank and keep it full so that God can take you where He needs you to be.  I guarantee that when you are full of God, the things that you usually worry about go away and the way that you cruise along life’s highway is a little easier.

Quote of the day:  J. Hudson Taylor

“God’s Work done in God’s Way will never lack God’s Supply.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that You fill my tank each day with Your Sweet Spirit. Lord, I know that without You, and with an empty tank, that I cannot work to my fullest potential and benefit the Kingdom.  I pray not become stubborn and do things on my own, but to listen when to You always.  I praise You for this day and I am grateful for all the Love that You have to give.

In Jesus Name I pray,

 Amen