Posts Tagged ‘grace’

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

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Story of the day: It’s all in our attitude

There’s a story about a man and his wife who were on a long trip stopped at a full-service gas station. After the station attendant had washed their car’s windshield, the man in the car said to the station attendant, “It’s still dirty. Wash it again.”

So the station attendant complied. After washing it again, the man in the car angrily said, “It’s still dirty. Don’t you know how to wash a windshield?”

Just then the man’s wife reached over, removed her husband’s glasses from his face, and cleaned them with a tissue. Then he put them back on and behold–the windshield was clean!

Our attitude has a great deal to do with how we look at things. The whole world can seem pretty bleak if we have a negative attitude. Yet how bright the world can appear if we have a joyful attitude of hope. [Green, M. 2005. The Expositor’s Illustration File and Index. Baker Books Publishing.]

Quote of the day: Chuck Swindoll

“I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude.”

Bible verse of the day: Philippians 2:5 (NKJV)

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I humble myself before You and pray that my attitude reflects the joy that You have placed within my life. I know that everyday will bring its challenges, and as they come, I pray to make the right choices in how to handle things, and that the things that I do bring You honor, glory, and praise. I love You Father and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Which road do we take?

There are many roads in life that we come across.  Deciding which to take can sometimes be a challenge.  So when we come to a fork in our life, which road do we take?  Vernon Grounds wrote in Grooves of Grace this exact situation.  He writes:

A man was traveling in Canada one springtime when frost and melting snow made it nearly impossible to drive farther.  He came to a crossroads and saw a sign that said, “Take care which rut you choose.  You will be in it for the next 25 miles.”  That’s a wise warning for all of us–and not just when we’re driving in rough road conditions.

Whenever we come to a crossroads in life, what choice do we make?  In other words, in what direction will we travel and what habits–which ruts of routine–will we establish?

A habit is a pattern of behavior that we follow consistently.  We need to decide prayerfully what habits we will practice.  Will our habits be mere ruts of routine?  Or will they become “grooves of grace?”

Good health habits are important, but spiritual disciplines are far more important.  Are we choosing to develop consistent habits of prayer, Bible reading, and kindness?

A habit is just a rut of routine.  But good spiritual discipline can transform our ruts into grooves of grace.

Quote of the day:  Hess

“In the beginning we make our habits; in the end our habits make us.”

Bible verse of the day: 1 Corinthians 9:27 (NIV)

“No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Forks in the road come at all different times of our lives.  I seek to always be prayed up so that with Your Guidance, I may choose the right road.  I pray that I continue to develop all the great attributes that lead to Spiritual discipline so that my life may mirror You in it.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  God loves us now!

In his book Enjoying God, Lloyd Ogilvie writes:

My formative years ingrained the quid pro quo into my attitude toward myself:  do and you’ll receive; perform and you’ll be loved.  When I got good grades, achieved, and was a success, I felt acceptance from my parents.  My dad taught me to fish and hunt and worked hard to provide for us, but I rarely heard him say, “Lloyd, I love you.”  He tried to show it in actions, and sometimes I caught a twinkle of affirmation in his eyes.  But I still felt empty.

When I became a Christian, I immediately became so involved in discipleship activities that I did not experience the profound healing of the grace I talked about theoretically….

I’ll never forget as long as I live the first time I really experienced healing grace.  I was a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh.  Because of financial pressures I had to accordion my studies into a shorter than usual period.  Carrying a double load of classes was very demanding, and I was exhausted by the constant feeling of never quite measuring up.  No matter how good my grads were, I thought they could be better.  Sadly, I was not living the very truths I was studying.  Although I could have told you that the Greek words for grace and joy are charis and chara, I was not experiencing them.

My beloved professor, Dr. James Steward, that slightly built dynamo of a saint, saw into my soul with x-ray vision.  One day in the corridor of New College he stopped me.  He looked me in the eye intensely.  Then he smiled warmly, took my coat lapels in his hands, drew me down to a few inches from his face, and said, “Dear boy, you are loved now!”

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“God loves us now, not when we get better.  God loves us now, as we are.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 4:9

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for loving me as I am.  It has been Your Love that has stirred my soul and opened my heart to a world that is in need.  Father, I pray for those that may feel as Lloyd does, loved only when they accomplish things.  I pray that they stop what they are doing right now and see how You love them just as they are and right now.  Father, may they feel Your unwavering Love fill their souls.  I ask that my heart continues to grow for people and that it is filled with the love that You continue to give each and every day.  Let me see others through the heart of Your eyes leading me compassionately and guiding me down Your Gracious path.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  By Grace

Ron Rand writes in For Fathers Who Aren’t in Heaven:

         Michael usually take his family out each week to see a movie or sports event.  When they come home, they make a fire in the fireplace and pop popcorn. 

        During one of these evenings, little Billy made a real pest of himself in the car on the drive home, so he was punished by being sent to sit in his bedroom while the rest of the family had popcorn.  After the family had the fire going and the popcorn ready, Michael went back to Billy’s room and said, “You go out with the others.  I’ll stay here and take your punishment.”

     Through Michael’s action, the entire family experienced a vivid example of what Jesus did for everyone.”

Quote of the day: Benjamin Warfield

“Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your Grace.  The story above is a great example of how much love a father has for his child and to take what the child did that was wrong and pay the penalty for what he/she did.  He didn’t have to do it, but he did because he loved his son so much.  That speaks volumes to me, because that is exactly what You did for me.   The Love that You have for me and others is a measure of how great You are and how much You want a relationship with us.  I am so grateful for all that You have done and continue to do in my life.  I continue to grow in You daily and blossom as You move in my life.  I love You and thank You!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  How do we love the unlovable?

     It is easy to love those we like.  As a matter of fact, it hardly takes any work at all to be kind to those that we have befriended.  But, how do we open our hearts and love the unlovable?  There is a story in the Bible about a wee little man named Zacchaeus.  He was a very rich tax collector who became very wealthy by overcharging the people in his town.  Needless to say. Zacchaeus wasn’t liked by many, in fact Herb Vander Lugt wrote in Loving the Unlovable, “Zacchaeus was easy to dislike.  Yet, to the dismay of the crowd, Jesus honored him by going to his house and eating with him.  Jesus saw Zacchaeus as a sinner with an empty hole that only He could fill, and through His kindness Zacchaeus was transformed.”  Jesus saw in Zacchaeus what He saw in each of us, sin that needed His Love, Grace, and Mercy. 

    I encourage you today, to ask God to see others through His eyes, love them the way that He loves you, for “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” (1 Timothy 1:5 NIV)     

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“True compassion will put love into action.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 15:12 (NKJV)

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to have my heart and soul opened by Your Love.  Father, may I see others through Your eyes and always have a compassionate heart ready and willing to serve.    I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Confession

     In The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson, the cartoon character Calvin says to his tiger friend, Hobbes, “I feel bad that I called Susie names and hurt her feelings.  I’m sorry I did it.”

     “Maybe you should apologize to her,” Hobbes suggests.

     Calvin ponders this for a moment and replies, “I keep hoping there’s a less obvious solution.”

     When we want to restore our relationship with God, we need to remember that he has a liking for the obvious solution.

Quote of the day:  C. FitsSimons Allison

“We need not “sin that grace may abound.” We are sinners and need only to confess that grace may abound.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You sent Your Son to live and die in this world for me, and because of this, You know what it means to be human.  You can relate to the times when I am sad, hurt, worried, or fearful.  Most of all, You forgive me when I confess to You in times of weakness.  Father, I place my trust in You for every aspect of my life and with Your Word and the love of Your Son in my heart, may I continue to live Your Will for my life.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen