August 2009

Weave your thread into a beautiful pattern

Story and Quote of the day:  Weave your thread into a beautiful pattern

I have always wanted to make a quilt from thread and weave a beautiful pattern out of it.  I see in my heart what I would like for it to look like, but the process requires a lot of patience and time from me the maker.  I also know that If I don’t do it, it won’t ever get done.  So I start this process and begin to see the start of something beautiful, which started from scratch.  In the same way our life is a mirror image of this beautiful pattern that God is creating from thread.  And though you may not see the completed pattern that He is creating from that piece of thread, or a pattern that He has already created in someone else, I believe:

It is important to learn these two things: never be discouraged because good things get done so slowly here, and never fail daily to do that good which lies next to your hand.  Do not be in a hurry, but be diligent.  Enter into the sublime patience of the Lord.  God can afford to wait; why cannot we since we have Him to fall back on?  Let patience have her perfect work and bring forth her celestial fruits.  Trust to God to weave your little thread into a web though the patterns may not show it yet. [George MacDonald]

Bible verse of the day:  James 1:4 (NIV)

“Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for weaving my life into a beautiful pattern.  Though the quilting has just begun and You have so much more to add to my life by way of patterns, I get excited to see the beauty that You are creating.  Thank You for loving me as much as You do and for showing me Your Love through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  I pray for patience and perseverance in my life that I may stand up against any test that comes my way.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

September 2008

Don’t be so quick to judge!

Story of the day:  Don’t be so quick to judge!

     Since we have moved to Dallas, the traffic has by far, become challenging.  People will swerve into your lane without looking back to see how close you are, knowing that if you hit them from behind, it’s your fault.  As my frustration on the road begins, I try to empathize with other drivers, but sometimes, how close people get to hitting me and my kids, gets me all worked up.  Could I be wrong?  Is there something that I am doing or not doing while driving?  Is it always the other drivers?  How I respond in this situation could have either a positive or negative outcome.  Either way, it is my choice to decide how I am going to react.  Trust me, it’s real easy to want to get upset!  But why?  What will my getting angry do for me?

     Dave Egner writes:  “Some of us are quick to find fault with our fellow believers.  In the name of “encouraging” or “exhorting,” we point out the sins and shortcomings of our brothers and sisters in Christ without seeing our own failures or guild” (Luke 6:37-42).  My need to get somewhere in a hurry, may lead me to act either hastily or in a way that will find fault with others.  But again, it’s a choice that I make in that instant.

     I am reminded of a similar situation about a woman by the name of “Denise McKinney.  She was driving through the streets of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, late one evening when an oncoming car turned left in front of her.  She honked her horn to let the person know he had nearly caused an accident by his carelessness.

     When she parked her car a few minutes later, the same car pulled up beside her and the driver got out.  “The next time you honk your horn at someone,” he said, “maybe you should make sure your headlights are on.”  Sure enough, in her haste she had forgotten to turn on her lights.  She had been so convinced he was in the wrong that she never saw her own error.  She was the one who had almost caused an accident.

     We often act in a similar way.  We’re quick to judge the behavior of others and point out their error.  Jesus prefers that we examine our own lives and be quick to say, “I was wrong.  Please forgive me.”

Quote of the day:  Bosch

“Be quick to judge yourself and slow to judge others.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 6:42

“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye?  Hypocrite!  First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is easy to find fault with others, especially when we, as the Word so greatly says, can’t see through the plank that is in our eye.  Father, I pray that in the split decision that I have to either be upset or let it roll off my back, that I choose the later.  Father, I don’t get anything from being upset.  It just makes things worse.  Father, I pray for wisdom to make good choices, choices that bring Glory to Your Kingdom, in all areas of my life.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

March 2008

There’s no hurry?

dsc00744.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                        Story of the day:  There’s no hurry?

    Time.  Now here is a word that we talk about everyday in one fashion or the other.  It is a constant reminder of life, from the time we are born to the time we die.  It plays out in our homes, our cars, our jobs.  Yet, it is something that we can’t ever seem to get enough of.  So, how do you use your time?  Is it planned or are the seconds being wasted away as the day goes on?

    Here is a little legend that I found written by C.S. Lewis “about Satan and his imps planning their strategy for attacking the world that’s hearing the message of salvation.  One of the demons says, “I’ve got the plan, master.  When I get to earth and take charge of people’s thinking,  I’ll tell them there’s no Heaven.”

    The devil responds, “Ah, they’ll never believe that.  This Book of Truth is full of messages about the hope of Heaven through sins forgiven.  They won’t believe that.  They know there’s a glory yet future.”

    On the other side of the room another says, “I’ve got the plan.  I’ll tell ’em there’s no hell.”

    “No good,” he says. “Jesus while He was on earth, talked more of hell than of Heaven.  They know in their hearts that their wrong will have to be taken care of in some way.  They deserve nothing more than hell.”

    And one brilliant little imp in the back stood up and said, “Then I know the answer.  I’ll just tell them there’s no hurry.”  And he’s the one Satan chose.”

Quote of the day:  Frank Laubach

“I have this minute in my control.  It is all I really do have to work with.  It is as magnificent or drab or vile as the thoughts which fill it.  I fear our most common sin is empty minutes.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We can get so focused on time, or get into such a hurry that we lose sight of why we are truly here.  How I use my minutes daily is very important.  God, my biggest thing is that we are not guaranteed our next minute.  It’s all we have.  I guess that’s why I live my life everyday as if it were my last day.  I treasure the time that You have given me Lord and I pray that I don’t use it by letting it waste away.  I pray that You give me love to give to others, rest when I am tired, strength to overcome obstacles, knowledge from Your Word, and perseverance to do what You have called me to do, at the time You have called me to do it.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen