January 2011

Out of Gas

Story of the day:  Out of Gas

When I was a senior in high school, I had a red pickup truck that I would haul all of my friends around in.  I thought I knew this truck backwards and forwards.  I remember my dad telling me that I needed to put some gas into it because it was running low and it would soon be on empty.  As I continued to drive and saying to myself, “I know this truck, it’s got at least 10 more miles of gas left in the tank”, I preceded not to follow the directions of my father and listen to what he had to say about the gas tank.  Instead, I continued to drive on what little gas I thought that I had.  A few minutes later the truck began to jerk and jerk until finally I rolled out of gas into an abandoned parking lot.  I remember thinking to myself, “why didn’t I listen to my dad?”  I was a good distance from home and from the Air Force Base that we were stationed at during this time.  I began to wonder to myself, “Well little Ms. Know it all, what are you going to do now?”  Back then, teenagers didn’t have cell phones, some adults did, but they were as big as my truck and were a bit awkward to carry.   

About 15 minutes later, a Texas State Trooper, saw me jumping up and down and  trying so desperately to get his attention.  I remember seeing this trooper out of uniform so he was probably off duty and not as thrilled to have to stop and help me, and yet he was a trooper, no pun intended, and he did give me a ride back to the police station to get a gas container and give my truck something to drink. It’s kind of funny how I was given just enough to make it to a gas station to fill up my truck. Isn’t that how we are sometimes? We fill up on just enough of God to get us through and then we wonder why we burn out so quickly. 

So many times in our life we think that we know ourselves too well, that we don’t take the time to listen or look at our tank gauge and make sure that we have enough gas to keep us going.  We eventually begin to run on fumes only and that is not good for anyone, spiritually, emotionally, or physically.  Then we start to worry, a great indicator that you are just about out of gas. And when the tank is finally empty, we can’t seem to focus on anything else but the need to be filled.  Sometimes we fill ourselves with regular unleaded (things of this world), when what we really needed was God’s Super Unleaded, which is full of prayer, His Word, and Rest.   

I encourage you not to be stubborn when you are running on empty, but choose to fill up on God. Have an open heart and ears to listen to Your Father when He says that you need to fill up because it looks like you are about to run completely out. Always keep an eye on your tank and keep it full so that God can take you where He needs you to be.  I guarantee that when you are full of God, the things that you usually worry about go away and the way that you cruise along life’s highway is a little easier.

Quote of the day:  J. Hudson Taylor

“God’s Work done in God’s Way will never lack God’s Supply.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that You fill my tank each day with Your Sweet Spirit. Lord, I know that without You, and with an empty tank, that I cannot work to my fullest potential and benefit the Kingdom.  I pray not become stubborn and do things on my own, but to listen when to You always.  I praise You for this day and I am grateful for all the Love that You have to give.

In Jesus Name I pray,

 Amen

January 2011

Waiting on God

Story of the Day: Waiting on God

There’s a story about a woman who left her diamond broach in a hotel. When she got home she remembered her broach and called the hotel. She told the manager what had happened, and when he went to look for it, he found it, put it in the safe, and returned to the phone to tell her the good news, but she had hung up.

Have you ever wanted something so much that you kept praying to God yet the prayer wasn’t being answered when you thought it would be? I know I have. We can sometimes get so impatient that we decide to take things into our own hand, instead of waiting on God. When we do this, we don’t realize what God may have planned for us or is getting ready to do for us, that we sometimes miss out on blessings had we just kept persevering in prayer and waiting on Him.

Quote of the day: John Cassian

“To cling to God and to the things of God—this must be our major effort, this must be the road that the heart follows.”

Bible Verse of the day: James 1:2-3

“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

Prayer:

Dear God, I thank you for standing firm in all that you do for me. You know what is best for me. I ask Lord, that when I start to want things to go the way I want them ( without coming to you in prayer first) or even when the prayers that I pray are not being answered as quickly as I would like them to, that You remind me that You are in control and know what is best for me. Remind me that I can’t see the whole picture of my life and that I need to trust You completely because You do see the whole picture. God I know there are reasons why my prayers aren’t answered right when I want them to be. It is during these times that I pray to You for patience in knowing that according to the Your Word, the things I ask for will be given to me when it is Your time to give them. Father, teach me to wait on You.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

May 2010

Mind Games

Story of the day: Mind Games

Today while I was dropping Christen off at school, my car kept making this beeping sound as to warn me of something. You see, I have these sensors in the front and the back of my car to let me know that something is close. It does this because there is an extreme blind spot in these areas, and to move could be detrimental. The beeping signals were being dispersed no matter what I did except in the Park mode. So I was kind of stuck in Park until I got out to make sure that nothing was around the car. And as I suspected, it turned out to be a little sand sticking to the sensor causing the beeping to not stop. It’s amazing how even the smallest grain of sand can spark some sensors to blare loudly, distracting you, and keeping you from getting to your destination.

As I got to thinking about this some more, God showed me that this is what it means when Satan will send a small negative thought (in this instance like the grain of sand) my way that gets me all stirred up, causing all of my emotions (beeping signals) to go off. It is a way that brings confusion and can twist my insides around. Before you know it, I am stuck in park, not able to go anywhere.  It isn’t until I open  my word and pray that I can see that the thing causing the sound to go off, the thing that is keeping me distracted and in park, was actually nothing worth worrying about at all. It was a small thought that sounded off some loud signals to make me worry, which was just the right amount to take my attention away from where it needed to be, and that was focusing on God.

Quote of the day: Christy Povolish

“Even the smallest things we worry about, are just the right amount to take our focus away from God and keep us in Park mode afraid to move.”

Bible verse of the day: Philippians 4:7 (NIV)

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for sharing this with me today. Of all days, You knew this was what I needed to hear. Father, I guard my heart and I pray that not even the smallest negative thought will put me into Park mode keeping me from going anywhere. Instead, Father, I come to You in prayer and by the reading of Your word knowing in full faith that negative words or thoughts cannot harm me. My eyes are fixated on You and my souls rests. Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

May 2010

Stop, Look, and Listen to God.

Story of the day: (Stop, Look, and Listen to God)

First of all, I want to apologize for not getting Quote out consistently in the last few weeks and also wanted to let you know that Quote of the day won’t be running at full speed ahead for the next few months.  It is with great excitement that we wanted to let you know that Jeff and I will be getting ready to launch our new church website where Quote of the day will fall under. And because of this, Quote of the day will be undergoing some reconstruction, as we begin to line things up with our Sister Church in Dayton, OH.

I wanted to share with all of you the things that God has given us the green light for. On Thursday, we were given the blessing from God to begin having church in our home. We listened to God and followed through with what He asked of us. It was an amazing time of movement, prayer and worship in the Lord. God has also shared with us that Living Water Worship Center-Southwest will be here in New Mexico, not in San Antonio as I was originally praying for. I think that was more of an emotional endeavor that I wanted and thought I could talk God into doing (funny right?) But God clearly has had other plans. He has provided so many doors to be opened, and is clearly sending and putting people where He wants them to be. God also sent people our way with seed money to put into the church, the same day that God shared with us that the time for the church was going to be here and now. They told us that God had put it in their heart to give to us and to be obedient in doing so because of what God was going to be doing here in New Mexico, a clear confirmation to us that this was His will.

As we begin this next step in the ministry, we wanted to ask for prayer from you all and to thank you so much for being patient and understanding. We are so excited to see what God is about to do!

Quote of the day: Les Brown

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars”

Bible verse of the day: Hebrews 3:14 (NIV)

“We have come to share Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”

Prayer:

Thank You God that You never change. Father, we are so blessed and excited to see what all You are about to do. Father, may we not take our eyes off of You, because in doing so, we will lose focus. Thank You for placing me under Your wing and guiding me where You want me to go. Father, I will go and do whatever You ask of me, praying that all that I do is Your Will for my life. Thank You for showing me that You never change, regardless of what goes on around me. I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Jeff and Christy

May 2010

Losing=Gain

Story of the day: Losing=Gain

On my father’s farm were certain fields sowed by hand. He would strap on a canvas contraption that looked somewhat like a kangaroo pouch, fill it with seed, and go out to sow. He would cast seed everywhere.

When a farmer sows seed in his field, it looks like he’s throwing it away. It seems to be lost, but it isn’t really gone. In due time he gets it back–with much more besides.

When we give ourselves to Christ, it may seem to people as if we’re throwing our life away. But He said that it is only as we lose our lives in Him that we find true life. (Matthew 10:39)

Jesus teaches us to measure our lives by losses rather than gains, by sacrifices rather than self-preservation, by time spent for others rather than time lavished upon ourselves, by love poured out rather than love poured in.

It’s a rule of life: God blesses those who give of their lives and resources (2 Corinthians 9:6). Give out the truth you know, and He’ll give you more to give away. Give your time, and you’ll have more time to give. Set no limit on your love, and you’ll have more love for others than before.

Israel’s wise man said, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more” (Proverbs 11:24). It’s one of the oldest paradoxes in the world, but it works. [Roper, David. Our Daily Bread Sample Edition: Losing to Gain. Grand Rapids: RBC Ministries. 2001].

Quote of the day: Wordsworth

“When you grasp, you lose; when you give to God, you gain.”

Bible verse of the day: 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV)

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today and everyday I pray to be a sower of seeds, giving of my time, love, and myself to all those that I may come across. I most importantly give everything that I am to You in full faith knowing that You will protect and care for me. I love You Father and I am so thankful for the things You have shown to me when I do give to others by way of growing closer to You and experiencing a joy like no other. I thank You for this day and the blessings that it holds.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

Funny Friday Quote: “God Speaks” Billboards

Funny Friday Quote: “God Speaks” Billboards

“God  Speaks” billboards are catching the eyes of highway commuters in Dallas. The billboards feature simple white text on a black background. No fine print or sponsoring organization is included. A list of all that have appeared to date:

  • Let’s meet at my house Sunday before the game–God.
  • C’mon over and bring the kids.–God.
  • What part of “Thou shalt not” didn’t you understand?–God
  • We need to talk–God.
  • Keep using my name in vain, I’ll make rush hour longer.–God
  • Loved the wedding, invite me to the marriage.–God
  • That “Love thy neighbor” thing? I meant it.–God
  • Will the road you’re on get you to my place?–God
  • Big bang theory, you’ve got to be kidding!–God
  • My way is the highway.–God
  • Need directions?–God
  • You think it’s hot here?–God
  • Have you read my No. 1 best seller? There will be a test.–God
  • Do you have any idea where you’re going?–God
  • Don’t make me come down there.–God

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 18:30 (NKJV)

“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As I woke up today, I couldn’t help but worship You. Father, I lift my voice to You and I pray that what You hear is a sweet sound to Your ear. Thank You for breathing life into me and blessing me with a gift that has blessed me spiritually. Your Love is like no other and it sparks a flame deep within my soul to do Your Will and share with others how great You are. I love You Father and I am so grateful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

April 2010

Feeling Secure

Story of the day: Feeling Secure

Each night has become routine to ensure that all of the doors leading to the outside are locked. There is a sense of security in knowing that a small bolt can keep you safe and secure.

Feeling secure is a high priority in this unsafe, volatile world. A private investigation agency in Florida promises to “work diligently to restore the sense of security and safety that you and your family deserve.”

The psalmist found a “secret place, where he felt safe (Psalm 91:1). And we can rest secure in that same place. He described it with these phrases”

Under the shadow of the Almighty (v.1). Shadows provide protection from the direct heat of the sun. If the heat is severe, the shade reduces what we actually feel. When we’re under God’s shadow, we do not face the full heat of our difficulties.

A refuge and a fortress (v.2). God is the strongest protector we could ever have, and we can run to Him for help. Nothing can penetrate Him to get to us unless it’s part of His loving plan for our ultimate good.

Under His wings. (v.4). God is soft and tender like a caring mother bird. When troubles rage, He draws us close. We don’t need to fear that He will cast us out–we are His.

A dwelling place. (v.9). Our Father will be our home, our abiding place–now and forever.

True security can be found only in our Lord, who promises to save us and be near us (vv.15-16). [Cetas, Anne. Our Daily Bread: Secret Security. USA: Discovery House Publishers. 2005-2006. December 14.]

Quote of the day: Havergal

“No one is more secure than those who are in God’s hands.”

Bible verse of the day: Psalm 91:1 (NKJV)

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being my refuge and fortress. You cover me with Your grace and because of this I can stand firm in all that I do. Father, as I am filled by Your Word today, direct my path according to Your Will so that the things that I do throughout my day, will bring You joy. I love You and I am thankful for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen