Posts Tagged ‘Heaven’

Funny Friday Quote:  ( Now tell me the medical term) Herschel H. Hobbs

     “The man told his doctor that he wasn’t able to do all the things around the house that he used to do.  When the examination was complete, he said, “Now Doc, I can take it.  Tell me in plain English what is wrong with me.”

     “Well, in plain English,” the doctor replied, “you’re just lazy.”

     “Okay,” said the man.  “Now give me the medical term so I can tell my wife.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 106:4

“Remember me, O LORD, with the favor You have toward Your people.  Oh, visit me with Your salvation.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for a blessed week.  As another week rolls by and we are soon heading into October, may we use our time wisely to spread Your Truth to a world that is in need.  Give me wisdom this day and may Your Will be done.  I pray that opportunities arise to share Your Love and Saving Grace with others.  May we have a blessed weekend, with continual worship and praise.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  You are of infinite worth to Him! (Billy Graham)

     “A certain rich man died and the question was asked at his funeral, “How much did he leave?”

     “He left it all, ” came the reply.

     Often, I hear someone introduced this way:  “This is Bob and he works for…,”  as if where a person works or what a person does determines his or her value.  (I have noticed it is usually only the well-to-do or those who are thought of as “successful” who are introduced this way.)

     Yet God does not judge us by our success.  He loves each person the same.  Your value and mine does not come from what we do, the clothes we wear, the house we live in, or the type of car we drive.  Our value comes from the fact that God made us and loves us, and Christ died for us.  Our value comes from the fact that He adopted us into His family, and we are now His children forever.

     Don’t depend on possessions or position for your identity.  Get your identity from Christ, for you are of infinite worth to Him!”

Quote of the day:  Anonymous

“Come work for the Lord.  The work is hard, the hours are long, and the pay is low, but the retirement benefits are out of this world.”

 

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 8:19

“My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

So much of what I see today is based on the value of what people do or how much money they make.  The media sets up a false sense of security that by having these things, fast and quick, that people can find happiness.  Father, true happiness is not based on what we have or as the story so greatly said, what kind of car we drive, or house we live in.  These things are all for today and can’t be taken with us when we die.  My prayer for today is that people can recognize that the treasure that they should be storing up is for Heaven and not here on earth.  I pray that my children will continue to learn the value of who they are in You which is so much more important than the material things here on earth.  I am grateful for the things that You have blessed us with, for You always know what we need, and when we need it.  I thank You for this day and for all that it holds!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Press on

     Joanie Yoder wrote in Our Daily Bread about the “tortoise and the hare in Aesop’s Fables.  The hare boasted that he was the swiftest animal in the forest.  When he challenged the others to a race, only the tortoise dared to try.  To the hare, it seemed an unfair contest, since he would win easily.  But off they started, with the tortoise soon trailing far behind.

     On the way, the hare decided there was time for a nap, but the tortoise kept plodding along.  When the hare awoke, he couldn’t see the tortoise anywhere, so he laughed and said, “He still hasn’t caught up with me!”  But as he ran toward the finish line, he saw the tortoise crossing it.  Slowly and steadily , the tortoise had won!

     Like that foolish hare, some believers are “fast movers” whose Christian lives are full of stops and starts.  But they often complain that they’re getting nowhere fast.  The better testimony would be “I’m getting somewhere slowly.”  This is more realistic, for true learning, growing, and overcoming are gradual experiences.

     A philosopher once said that the essential thing in Heaven and on earth should be “long obedience in the same direction.”  Like the apostle Paul, make it your lifelong aim to press on toward your goal in Christ (Philippians 3:14).  You’ll be the one to win the prize.”

Quote of the day:  Crosby

“There are no shortcuts on the road to spiritual maturity.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ecclesiastes 9:11

“I returned and saw under the sun that–The race is not to the swift…”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your Holy Word tells me to press on toward my goal in Christ.  Father, lead me in obedience in Your direction and for Your Will.  Father, I don’t want to be like the hare in the story, always starting and stopping.  I want to move slowly and steadily all the way to the finish line.  Father, when I become tired, I pray for rest; when I become discouraged, I pray for hope; when I grow weary, I pray for strength.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Funny Friday Quote:  The Pearly Gates

   Three aged men arrive at the Pearly Gates at the same time.  As part of their orientation to Heaven, St. Peter asks what kind of remarks they would most like to hear from their family and friends at their funerals.

   “I would like to hear them say I was a great doctor and a good family man,” said the first.

   “I would like to hear themm say I was a wonderful husband and that, during my career as a schoolteacher, I made a difference in many lives,” chimed in the second fellow.

  “Those both sound terrific,” replied the third, “but I’d like to hear them say, ‘look!  He’s moving!'”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 62:7

“In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to know the love of Christ which passes all understanding and to be filled with all the fullness that comes from knowing You.  It is a true blessing when I hear your voice no matter what the circumstances are in my life.  I pray that You continue to show me and teach me how to hear Your voice so that no matter what distractions may come my way, I am able to hear it and to follow all that You have planned for me.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                    Story of the day:  Where are you storing your treasure?

   “There is a story of a wealthy woman who, when she reached Heaven, was conducted to a very plain house.  She objected.  “Well,” she was told, “that is the dwelling-place prepared for you.”

   “Whose is that fine mansion across the way?” she asked.

   Her guide replied, “It belongs to your gardener.”

   “How is it that he has a house so much better than mine?”

   “The houses here are prepared from the materials that are sent up.  We do not choose them; you do that by your faithfulness while on earth.”

   This may be a story, but it bears a profound truth about the “treasures” we accumulate.”  Michael P. Green

Quote of the day:  Peter Maurin

“The world would be better off if people tried to become better.  And people would become better if they stopped trying to become better off.  For when everybody tries to become better off, nobody becomes better off.  But when everybody tries to become better, everybody is better off.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 6:21

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your Word is so clear in Matthew 6:19-21 about not laying our treasures here on earth, but up in Heaven.  Father, may I be reminded daily that the stuff here on earth, is just stuff that can’t be taken with me when I die, and the things that I do for Your Kingdom are eternal.  I pray to You for an eternal mindset in all areas of my life.  Father, I am so thankful to You for always meeting my needs even when I don’t know how it’s going to be done and the faith that I have in You is far greater than worrying about it.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  The Road of Life by Tim Hansel

   “At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or hell when I die.  He was out there sort of like a president.

   But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that Christ was in the back helping me pedal.

   I don’t know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since.  When I had control, I knew the way.  It was rather boring, but predictable….It was the shortest distance between two points.

   But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang on!  Even though it looked like madness, He said, “Pedal!”

   I worried and was anxious and asked, “Where are you taking me?”  He laughed and didn’t answer, and I started to learn to trust.

   I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure.  And when I’d say, “I’m scared,” He’d lean back and touch my hand.

   He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance and joy.  They gave me gifts to take on my journey, my Lord’s and mine.

   And we were off again.  He said, “Give the gifts away; they’re extra baggage, too much weight.”  So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

   I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life.  I thought He’d wreck it; but He knows bike secrets, knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knows how to jump to clear high rocks, knows how to fly to shorten scary passages.

   And I am learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I’m beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, Jesus Christ.

   And when I’m sure I just can’t do any more, He just smiles and says, “Pedal.”

Quote of the day:  E. Stanley Jones

“Jesus is not a strong man making men and women who gather around Him weak.  He is the Strong creating the strong.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 37:3

“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I trust in You Lord and for all the things that You are going to bring forward into my life.  Father, may I find rest in You in this day as I trust that the things that I have been praying for will be answered when the time is right.  I pray that You guard my ways in all that I do and that as I lean upon You as my Rock and Shield that You protect me from things that aren’t pleasing to You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen