Posts Tagged ‘light’

Funny Friday Quote:  Come on already

The Sunday sermon had gone on and on – and on.
And the little girl, who had been trying really hard to behave herself, knew that after the sermon, there was still the offering to come, and probably a final hymn. She began to grow more and more restless.
Then she had an idea!
Leaning over toward her mother, she whispered quietly into her ear, “Mommy, do you think that maybe if we just went ahead and gave him the money now, he’d let us go?”

Bible verse of the day:  Jeremiah 17:7

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today is a new day that You have created.  I pray that throughout this day, I may find peace and encouragement from the things that You place before me.   I pray to continue to walk with You daily.  It has become my joy waking in the morning and knowing that You are always by my side.  I pray for continued guidance in this ministry and for my light to shiner than ever.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

sunset.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                               Story of the day:  Let your light shine

    “Some years ago, on returning from a business trip, a man brought his wife some souvenirs.  Among them was a matchbox that would glow in the dark.  After giving it to her, he turned out the light, but the object was not visible.  “This must be a joke!” she said.  Disappointed, the husband commented, “I’ve been cheated!”  Then his wife noticed some French words on the box.  Taking it to a friend who knew the language, she was told that the directions read:  “If you want me to shine at night, keep me in the sunlight all day.”  So she put her gift in a south window.  That evening when she turned out the light, the matchbox had a brilliant glow.  The surprised husband asked, “What did you do?”  “Oh, I found the secret,” she said.  “Before it can shine in the dark, it must be exposed to the light.”

    Just as the matchbox, having been exposed to the sun, took on the nature of the sun and began to shine, so Christians should constantly expose themselves to the Son, that they may take on his nature and shine as lights in a dark world.” Michael P. Greene

Quote of the day:  D. L. Moody

“Character is what you are in the dark.”

Bible verse of the day:  Luke 11:35-36

“Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.  If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As dark as it may be out there, You have made me a light that will shine brighter even in the darkest of times.  Father You have asked us to stand apart from the ways of this world, and to shine Your Son’s light so brightly, so that those around us won’t even know it’s dark out!  God, I pray that my light radiates through me and unto others and as It shines through me, I ask that You remove from my heart anything that may be hindering Your Light.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

dsc00750_edited.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                              Story of the day:  He is our Lighthouse

    We watched a movie last night that made reference to a lighthouse.  The person in the movie was explaining to the children what the lighthouses were used for and how they had saved many lives of people that were stuck at sea.  This past Sunday our pastor had also referenced the dark and how we feel so uncomfortable in the dark, because we can’t see.  When people can’t see, there is always a sense of urgency to find some source of light.  Our pastor had also said, “Do you remember as children when you would hear noises in the dark, but couldn’t see anything.”  You would search for some sort of light that would comfort you.  Sometimes you just wanted your parents to come, turn the light on, and check just to make sure that the one thing that you thought you had heard wasn’t in the closet or under the bed. The darkness can be scary because we can’t see what’s in front of us, but once the light is on and you can see, the things that were once scary in the dark, aren’t so scary in the light.

    Last night when we saw this movie, this one particular line touched me the most.  The character asked the children,  “Why do we have lighthouses?  Well, because they help when it’s dark out.  They help us from crashing into the rocks, because when you’re out there and you’re being tossed back and forth by those big dark waves and you think you’ll never feel land again and you feel like you are being split into a thousand pieces and sink down deep, it’s the light that keeps us on course.”  How powerful this line was to me and as I began to truly think about this and God began to tie things together from Sunday at church to Monday night when we watched this movie, He began to show me that without the light, we can become lost or scared.  We want to cry out because we can’t see what’s in front of us.  And as overwhelming as the darkness may be, it makes us appreciate the light even more.  

    Know this, just as our pastor said, “It won’t be dark for long.”  If you find yourself at your lowest times, or your “darkest hour”, it will be God’s Light that will show you the way.  And as much as we can pray to never have rough times, we are not guaranteed that we won’t have them.  But, just as quickly as those “big dark waves” come, Jesus will be there, standing in as our Lighthouse, and He will keep us from “crashing into the rocks”,  “being tossed back and forth by those big dark waves”, and when we can’t feel the land beneath our feet, He will “keep us on course.”

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“Have you become afraid of the dark?  Keep your eyes focused on Jesus, for He is the Lighthouse that will bring forth the light and peace that you need.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 27:1

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As scary as the dark may be, You have said that You are my light and my salvation, and as such, I should not be afraid, because Your light, will keep me from “crashing into the rocks” and will “keep me on course,” if I keep my eye on You.  I thank You that during the dark, You are always there, shining for me to see.  Thank You for the gift of light.  God, I pray for those individuals out there that are “being tossed back and forth by those big dark waves.”  God I pray that they open their eyes long enough to see the Lighthouse that You have placed before them.  I pray for them to find peace in these times by following the Light and to know that even though this experience may be a lot to take, and the dark is uncomfortable, that “the sun will eventually come up” and their dark hour can come to an end, if they just trust and have faith in You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

water-lilies.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                      Good Afternoon all, sorry this is coming to everyone late, but I have been with a friend at the hospital who has been in labor since Monday.  She finally delivered and has a beautiful baby girl.  Thanks to those that have been praying for her:)

Christy:)

Story of the day: Marbles or Grapes

    I love to fellowship with other Christians.  I love to spend time with people and get to know them.  I think each to his own has a unique story and I am always intrigued by them.  So many times, we wander around running into each other and not actually taking the time to blend with one another. I was reading an interesting piece today and I loved how this author grouped people into two sets of categories.

    Anne Orlund says this:  “that Christians can be grouped into two categories-marbles and grapes.  Marbles are single units that don’t affect each other except in collision.  Grapes, on the otherhand, mingle juices: each one is a part of fragrance of the church body.

    The early Christians didn’t bounce around like loose marbles, ricocheting in all directions.  Picture them as a cluster of grapes, squeezed together by persecution, bleeding and mingling into one another.

    Fellowship and worship, then, is genuine Christianity freely shared among God’s family members.  It’s sad to think of how many Christians today are missing that kind of closeness.  Sermons and songs, while uplifting and necessary, provide only part of a vital church encounter.  We need involvement with others too.  If we roll in and out of church each week without acquiring a few grape juice stains, we really haven’t tasted the sweet wine of fellowship.”

Quote of the day:  Jack R. Van Ens

“People join churches more because they want warmth than light…Sermons may get them into church the first time, but what keeps them coming are the friendships that foster inward awareness and support.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 18:20

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for my friend and the baby that she has just had.  Lord it has been a long delivery, scary at times, but You have seen her through it and a miracle has now been brought into this world.  God, I get so excited to see the birth of a new baby and the joy that radiates from the parents.  I pray now for rest for her and her husband, and that together as a family of God are able to raise their child in Your likeness.  I am so grateful for fellowship.  I love spending time with my brothers and sisters in Christ.  We always seem to have a great time and the talks that we have about You are so amazing.  I pray that our fellowship continues on even as we move to another place.  I thank You for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen