June 2008

Come

                                                                                                 Story of the day:  Come

   When a child has gotten hurt, he usually heads straight for the person that can comfort him at that moment.  A caretaker is there to place a bandage on the wound in order that the healing may start.  I have never seen a child run away and not want to get a kiss on the “booboo” or a bandage to mark the spot of the infamous “hurt”.  Instead, the child wants healing and love to comfort them and let them know that everything is going to be alright.  The child comes to the caretaker, because he feels safe and close to them.

   “There are none of us so close to Him but that we may be nearer, and the secret of our daily Christian life is all wrapped up in that one word, “come”.  Nearness is what we are to pursue, and that nearness is capable of indefinite increase.  We know not how close to his heart we can lay our aching heads.  We know not how near to his fullness we may bring our emptiness.  We have never reached the point beyond which no closer union is possible.” (Alexander Maclaren)

   ‘There’s a bumper sticker that says, “If you don’t feel close to God, guess who moved?”  God is always in pursuit of us, and yet we so seldom, “come” to Him.  Instead, it seems, we prefer to “go.”  We may go to church, go to Christian concerts, even go to seminars to hear the greatest Bible teachers.  All of this is fine–after we obey the most elemental instruction of Jesus:  “Come.”‘ (Charles Sheldon) 

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“He is the best caretaker in your life and knows exactly where to place that bandage so that the healing can take place and you can start living.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 11:28

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

So many times, I want to be that person that wants to go, go, go, and You remind me how simplistic the instructions in Your Word are to just “come”.  Life is so much easier when I just “come” to You and hear the things that You are telling me as I lay my head on You for comfort.  Father it is great that You have gifted many in the ability to speak Your Word, but it does me no good, when I can’t even listen to greatest speaker of all, You.  Father, something great is about to happen in our nation, and across the world.  You are gearing up to do a move so great, that people won’t even understand and they will just want to worship.  Father, I am so excited about starting Your church in Texas.  It’s like our worship pastor’s CD is called, Now, but not yet.  I am ready now, but our time is not yet.  As you continue to prepare us and as we move forward with Your plans in the church, may we soak up all the things that You will have us to learn and equip us with people that are willing to serve for the Kingdom.  I thank You for this day and a hope of tomorrow!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

 

  

June 2008

God is ready to restore you

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