Posts Tagged ‘home’

Story of the day:  Yielding

     “Sometimes, when you enter a main highway or come to an intersection, you will see a sign with the word “YIELD” in large letters.  The sign means that the driver on one road is to yield the right to proceed to any driver on the other road.  The latter driver does not own the right of the way; rather , another driver yields it to him.

     This is an excellent picture of what Christian Liberty is all about.  We are to yield our rights so that others may go on to greater maturity.  No on can demand that another believer yield his rights; rather, as an act of maturity, he should see the need to give up his rights for the good of another.  Perhaps we should make yield signs and put them up in our homes and churches–because it is a Christian philosophy to yield, to give way to other believers.” Author Unknown

Quote of the day:  Bill Hybels

“If you want to be truly happy, you won’t find it on an endless quest for more stuff.   You’ll find it in receiving God’s generosity and then passing that generosity along.”

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 16:21

“The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

So many times in Your Word, I see Your humbleness.  You gave without a second thought and did so in a way that ministered to many, and continues to minister.  I thank You for painting this amazing picture of giving.  I pray to give of myself daily, yield my rights so that others can go on to be more mature than I.  Thank You for continually showing me the Grace and Love that You have for others, in hopes that I may continue to grow in this area.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  Play on the one string we have

     Chuck Swindoll writes:  “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company…a church…a home.  The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.  We cannot change our past…We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude….I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how to react to it.  And so it is with you.  We are in charge of our attitudes.”

Quote of the day:  William J. Bennett

“There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 4:23

“and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My attitude sets up the outcome of circumstances in my life.  Father,  I pray to have a good attitude towards things or people that I come across.  Soften my heart that I may treat others the way that You treat me.  Father, I know that I have the choice to either have a good attitude or a bad one, and I ask for wisdom in choosing the one that is good.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Seeking God in the situation

   As Jeff and I arrived home early this morning from our 1,000 mile trip, I began to survey the situation and I was so excited to be home and able to sleep in my bed.  The last week has been such a stressful week searching for a home, trying to get to know the area in Dallas, staying cool in the 100 degree temperatures, and trying to understand what my kiddos were going through.  

   “Start with a regular car loaded with luggage for this trip.  Add a father, a mother, three children, and two dogs, under the age of 14.  Aim the car at an objective that is 1,000 miles down the road.  After 350 miles have passed, examine the scene.  What is the condition of what has become a traveling circus?  Pretty discouraging?

   Now, magnify that situation thousands of times over, move it back some 3,500 years, eliminate the automobile, and you will begin to understand Moses’ predicament in Exodus 16.  The thrill of freedom and the excitment of the exodus were soon erased by the discomforts of travel.  Gratitude usually gives way to grumbling.”  (Michael P. Green)

   And throughout the situation, as God had spoken to Moses about what needed to be done in order to ease the situation, I had God saying to me, just give it to me Christy and I will take care of you.  I think it took not getting a home in the beginning to actual hear God’s voice.  He had given us every opportunity to seek Him in this situation, yet the predicament of not getting a home right away overshadowed His voice.  As Jeff and I regrouped and actually started to seek God in the situation, it was no time before a home became available and it was exactly what we needed (imagine that!)  So, instead of letting circumstances determine the outcome, regroup, seek God in the situation, and allow Him to take over. 

Quote of the day:  Thomas Carlyle

“Adversity is hard on a man.  But for everyone who can handle prosperity there are a hundred who can handle adversity.”

Bible verse of the day:  Exodus 16:6

“Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavnly Father,

Thank You for the safe travel back home.  Father as we continue to pack up our things and prepare to move ourselves across the country, may we not give into the grumbling, and the stressful situations that may arise from moving.  Continue to guide our hearts, our minds, and our souls with Your peacefulness and faithfulness.  Thank You that You provided a home for us in Dallas and that it is just what we need for the 10 months that we are there.  I pray for those that are going through their own situation that they are able to hear Your voice through their circumstance and hand it over to You that You may do Your job.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Finding your way home

     As I was taking Christen to school today, we had passed some landmarks that Joshua recognized and he remembered seeing them when he went on his fieldtrip.  He knew where he was even when I wasn’t with him.  Christen and I got to talking about remembering things when she was Joshua’s age and how she just like him, was always so good at remembering directions.   She knew how to get herself home if she needed to and how to direct someone to get them to our house.  There were times that she couldn’t remember directions due to the fact that she had fallen asleep or because she took a route that she wasn’t familiar with.  Whatever the reason, she always managed to find her way home.

    Sometimes in our lives, we take a different route than what we are used to taking, or better yet, we fall asleep and lose focus of God.  When this happens we become lost and no longer know where we are at.  My friend, once you find yourself lost, don’t allow the enemy to take you further away from home, instead shout out to God to bring you some landmarks that will help you to remember how to get back home.  You’ve already been there once and know the way, you just need a little guidance to direct you, and once you arrive home, God is waiting with open arms to welcome you back.

Quote of the day:  Rollo May

“It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way.”

Bible verse of the day:  Isaiah 30:21

“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,”  Whenever you turn to the right  hand or whenever you turn to the left.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Sometimes I may fall asleep and lose focus of You and the path that You have set before me.  I know that this is of my own doing and for that I am sorry.  Father, I ask that when I lose sight of You that You will send me some landmarks quickly so that I can remember how to get home as quickly as possible.  It is the enemies plan to keep me lost, but I know since I have already been home, that Your words will direct me and guide me back.  I pray for a humbled heart and not a stubborn heart as the stubborn heart will only keep me away longer.  I thank You for Who You are, for the things that You have promised, and for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen