April 2010

It’s Simple

Story of the day: It’s Simple

There are so many lizards here in New Mexico. They run to and fro, up and down, and inside and out of the house. I don’t mind lizards, I actually find them kind of interesting. One thing that I think is remarkable is how they can camouflage themselves to just about anything. If they are hiding on a brown house, then they turn brown. If their item that they are on is gray, then they turn gray. It is as if they become one with their surrounding, so much so that you can’t tell them apart from the object that they are trying to look like. Once they have camouflaged to their item, you don’t see the lizard anymore, you only see the object on which they have camouflaged to.  I think sometimes:

many of us are working hard at the Christian life. Many are doing overtime efforts; many are coming to church, reading their Bible, saying their prayers, and trying to do better, but they are failing. All THEIR efforts are not working. They’ve made promises, committed, and then recommitted. These Christians are sincere. They are honest. They are doing their best. The problem is that many Christians are often so focused on themselves that they are missing out on what God is really looking for. God’s goal for us is simple. He wants to conform us to the image of His Son. [Evans, Tony. Tony Evan’s Book of Illustrations. Chicago: Moody Publishers. 2009. pg.58.]

In other words, He wants us to camouflage ourselves to Christ.

Quote of the day: Christy Povolish

“If we are camouflaged in Christ, people looking at us the will see Christ and not us.  ”

Bible verse of the day: Romans 12:2 (NIV)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank  You so much for Your Son. It is in His likeness that I want to be transformed. Father, I pray to be camouflaged into your likeness so that when others see me, they don’t see me, they see You. May Your love pour out of me and into those around me, providing encouragement and hope. Thank You for lifting me up when I need to be lifted, encouraging me when I need encouraging. It is Your Living Water that I drink and it fills me each and every day. I offer my day to You and whatever Your will is for this day, I pray to walk accordingly. I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


April 2010

Funny Friday Quote (Prayed for a parking)

Funny Friday Quote: Prayed for a parking

An overweight gentleman decided it was time to shed some excess pounds. He took his new diet seriously, even changing his driving route to avoid his favorite bakery. One morning, however, he arrived at work carrying a gigantic coffee cake. Everyone scolded him, but he had an explanation.

“This is a very special coffee cake,” he said. “There was a detour so I had to drive by the bakery this morning. I felt it was no accident, so I prayed, ‘Lord, if you want me to enjoy a delicious coffee cake with my coworkers, open up a parking place in front of the bakery.'”

“Sure enough,” he said, “the 8th time around the block, there it was!” [Kraus, Jim. Bloopers, Blunders, Quips, Jokes, & Quotes. Carol Stream: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2005. pg. 28.]

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 149:6 (NIV)

“Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today is the day that You have made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. I offer up to You my praises this morning and I sing a new song. Father may the joyful noise that I make bring glory and honor to Your name. Fill me today with Your Spirit and may the decisions that I make be with a Kingdom mindset. I love You Father, and I thank You for a beautiful day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

Running on thin ice?

Story of the day: Running on thin ice?

There was a man one day whose wife was very ill. It was in the frontier days and he had to get to a pace that had medicine to save his wife’s life. The only problem was that it was wintertime and in order to get to the person with the medicine, he had to cross a lake. The lake had been iced over. His wife’s life depended upon it, so he had to get up and cross this cold lake that had now been covered with ice. He was terrified. He was concerned that the ice would break. Sacred to death but spurned on by love for his wife, he got down on his hands and knees and inched along, ever so carefully.

All of a sudden, he felt a rumbling on the ice. He was even more terrified. Maybe the ice was cracking. The rumbling got louder. It became thunderous. The man was living in terror. But as the noise got closer, he looked up behind him and saw a man driving a team of horses across the ice. The horses pulled a carriage that was loaded with a bunch of boxes and it just went thundering across the ice. All of a sudden, the man stood up, started walking, and then running. This man who was full of fear became a man full of confidence. He learned something about the ice. He learned that if it could hold a team o horses thundering across it, it could certainly hold him.

If you want to have more confidence in God, then hang around somebody who’s riding with God with a team of horses so that you’ll know He can carry you with whatever you are facing. Find somebody who’s been where you are and has experienced God’s deliverance. Their story of faith will encourage you. [Evans, Tony. Tony Evans’ Book of Illustrations. Chicago: Moody Publishers. 2009. pg. 99-100.]

Quote of the day: Hess

“Fear hinder faith, but trust kindles confidence.”

Bible verse of the day: 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Each and every day, I place my complete faith in You. It is my faith that keeps me grounded and provides peace that passes all understanding. I am thankful to You for showering me with grace and for always being there for me. I know that I can stand firm in You today and that Your strength will fill me to overflowing. I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

God’s Grace Is Enough

Story of the day: God’s Grace Is Enough

Lillie Baltrip is a good bus driver. In fact, according to thee Fort Worth Star-Telegram of June 17, 1988, the Houston school district nominated her for a safe-driving award. Her colleagues even trusted her to drive a busload of them to an awards ceremony for safe drivers. Unfortunately, on the way to the ceremony, Lillie turned a corner too sharply and flipped the bus over, sending herself and sixteen others to the hospital for minor emergency treatment.

Did Lillie, accident free for the whole year, get her award anyway? No. Award committees rarely operate on the principle of grace. How fortunate we are that even when we don’t maintain a spotless life-record, our final reward depends on God’s grace, not on our performance! [Larson, Craig B. 750 Engaging Illustrations. Grand Rapids: Baker Books. 1998. pg.215.]

Quote of the day: Author Unknown

“The source of the Christian’s strength lies in God’s grace, not in exertions of will-power, or in efforts of discipline, or any other self-effort.”

Bible verse of the day: James 4:6 (NIV)

“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your grace is so sufficient for me and my life. Thank You that everything I do is based upon the Grace that you provide and not the works that I do. I pray that my life is humbled before You each day and that the things that I do bring honor and Glory to Your name. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

The Power Within

Story of the day: The Power Within

Do you remember Clark Kent, that mild-mannered newspaper reporter, of whom on one ever expected anything out of the ordinary? But whenever there was a sudden demand for action far beyond the ability of mortal men, Clark stepped into a closet, stripped off his conservative business suit, and emerged complete with bulging muscles and spectacular costume as–Superman! Superman, the one who could do what otherwise could not be done.

That is exactly what the Word of God is teaching us, although perhaps you have not seen it in those terms before. As we who are believers step into our identity in Christ, who we are, to whom we belong, and who is within us–we will find love, motivation, and power available so that we are able to do what otherwise we could not do. [Green, Michael P. 1500 Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids, Baker Books. 1989. pg. 202.]

Quote of the day: Mortenson

“Go to the Bible for your protection, correction, and direction.”

Bible verse of the day: 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

“All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that Your Word provides clear direction, protection and training in the way that we should go. As I continue to step into the identity in which You created me for, I pray to be obedient to what You are asking of me and to be still and listen to You so that I can hear what You have to share with me. Thank You for teaching me how to find love, motivation, and the power within to do what I otherwise couldn’t have done. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


April 2010

Funny Friday Quote: Can I use the car?

Funny Friday Quote: Can I use the car? (Author Unknown)

A young boy had just gotten his driving permit. He asked his father, who was a minister, if they could discuss the use of the car. His father took him to his study and said to him , “I’ll make a deal with you. You bring your grades up, study your bible a little and get your hair cut and we’ll talk about it.”

After about a month the boy came back and again asked his father if they could discuss use of the car. They again went to the father’s study where his father said, “Son, I’ve been real proud of you. You have brought your grades up, you’ve studied your bible diligently, but you didn’t get your hair cut!”

The young man waited a moment and replied, “You know Dad, I’ve been thinking about that. You know, Samson had long hair, Moses had long hair, Noah had long hair, and even Jesus had long hair….”

To which his father replied… “Yes, and they WALKED every where they went!”

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 105:3 (NKJV)

“Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this blessed day. Please watch over us this day and lead us according to Your Will. I pray that the words that I speak today are used to honor You and glorify Your name. I pray for safety among my family as they each are on separate endeavors.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

Persevering to the end.

Story of the day: Persevering to the end.

It was a fog-shrouded morning, July 4, 1952, when a young woman named Florence Chadwick waded into the water off Catalina Island. She intended to swim the channel from the island to the California coast. Long-distance swimming was not new to her; she had been the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions.

The water was numbing cold that day. The fog was so thick she could hardly see the boats in her party. Several times sharks had to be driven away with rifle fire. She swam more than fifteen hours before she asked to be taken out of the water. Her trainer tried to encourage her to swim on since they were so close to land, but when Florence looked, all she saw was fog. So she quit…only one-half mile from her goal.

Later she said, “I’m not excusing myself, but if I could have seen the land, I might have made it.” It wasn’t the cold or fear or exhaustion that cause Florence Chadwick to fail. It was the fog.

Many times we too fail, not because we’re afraid or because of peer pressure or because anything other than the fact that we lose sight of the goal. Two months after her failure, Florence Chadwick walked off the same beach into the same channel and swam the distance, setting a new speed record, because she could see the land. [Larson, Craig. 750 Engaging Illustrations. Grand Rapids: Baker Books Publishing. 1996. pg.198-199]

Quote of the day: Author Unknown

“When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.'”

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

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Whatever my fog may be in my life, I pray to continue on no matter if I can see the finish line with my eyes or not. My faith is placed solely in You even in the things that I can’t see, and because of this, I will press toward the goal that You have set before me. When I get tired and I am wanting to throw in towel, it is Your Strength that sees me through and helps me to complete the small tasks leading up to the greater prize of Your Calling through Your Son Jesus. Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen