May 2009

From Discouragement to Hope

Quote of the day:  From Discouragement to Hope

There are so many words that come to mind when I think of the word discouragement.  Some that I thought of immediately were:  sadness, despair, melancholy, loss of confidence, the blues, and pessimism.  There are many reasons that people become discouraged.  I was reading an excerpt from Billy Graham, and I found some of the reasons that he lists to be important.  He writes:  

Perhaps you are discouraged because you think you aren’t making enough money (and you aren’t convinced God can supply your needs.) Or you are frustrated in your job (and refuse to believe God can help you be content.)  Or maybe you are worried about health problems (and you don’t even stop to consider that your life is in God’s hands).

Discouragement is a large cloud that, like all clouds, obscures the warmth and joy of the sun.  In the case of spiritual discouragement the Son of God, the Lord Jesus, is eclipsed in our lives.  Discouragement blinds our eyes to the mercy of God and makes us perceive only the unfavorable circumstances.

There is only one way to dispel discouragement, and it is not with our own strength or ingenuity.  It is to turn in faith to God, believing that He loves us and is in control of the future. 

When we turn to God in our time of discouragement, not only does He provide strength for our situation, but He also turns our times of discouragement into hope.  And, when I think of the word hope, I find far more words that are used to describe it and I find them more encouraging.  They are:  achievement, anticipation, aspiration, belief, confidence, desire, endurance, FAITH, hopefulness, optimism, promise, and reward.

Quote of the day:  Ben Patterson

 “Hope delivers us from the despair that nothing we do matters, and enables us to tackle even the most menial job with vigor.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 27:14  

“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Although there are many words that describe the word discouraged, there are so many that cancel it out with hope.  I am thankful for hope, because it has given my faith a springboard to jump back from after I have been discouraged.  I am grateful to You for teaching me at the first signs of my discouragement how to come straight to You in prayer.  My prayer is for those that may be experiencing some discouragement in their life right now.  I ask that they too will stop where they are and come to You in prayer and that You will show them the greatness that comes from seeking You first.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


June 2008

He is your Superhero!

                                                                                                                 Story of the day:  He is your Superhero

   Our youngest son loves to act out scenes from movies.  His favorite to act out always seem to be the superheros movies.  As we watch the movies together with him, and he stands next to the television, a 3D Joshua appears beside the screen, playing out each part that the superhero acts out, routine by routine. 

   So many times, “in comic strips and cartoons, masked superheros answer calls for help from those in distress.  They rush quickly to the rescue at the first sign of trouble.  We know, of course, that such characters exist only in fiction and in our imaginations.  But, at times, we want the cartoons to be true, especially when facing complex issues, giant problems, and difficult conflicts.  We want someone to hear our frantic cries and run to our side.”

   In Psalms 145:18-19 which says: The Lord is near to all who call upon Him; To all who call upon Him in truth.  He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and save them.  “David faced overwhelming obstacles and dangerous enemies many times in his life.  He learned to ask God for help.

   These passages in Psalms declare that, in fact, someone is listening.  Not an imaginary hero with superhuman powers, but a real person with all power a authority is standing near, ready to save.  And more than simply rescuing individuals from temporal plights, the Lord almighty, saves for all eternity.

   God knows your situation and your desires.  He stands close and ready to help.” (Veerman)  Let Him be your superhero!

Quote of the day:  Mary Jane Watson-Spiderman 2

“Isn’t it about time someone saved your life?”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 4:16

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in time of need.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for always standing by and ready for help.  Father, may I call on You as David did, relying on Your strength, for all areas in my life, not just the bad.  Continue to be my Superhero that I may share You with the world, so that they may know You as their Superhero as well.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,



May 2008

Strange thing about sheep

                                                                                                               Story of the day:  Strange thing about sheep

   Phillip Keller, once a shepherd himself, in his book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23, “relates that the strange thing about sheep is that because of their makeup, it is almost impossible for them to be made to lie down unless four requirements are met.  First, due to their timidity, they must be free from all fear.  Next, because of their sociability, they must be free from friction with others of their kind.  Third, they must be free from flies or parasites if they are to relax.  Lastly, they will not lie down unless free from hunger.  It is only the shepherd who can provide release from all these anxieties.  As our Good Shepherd, the Lord meets all these needs for us, so that we can “lie down in green pastures,” with our souls restored by His care.”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Peace is not the absence of trouble.  Peace is the presence of God.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 23:1

“The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being my Shepherd.  Because of You, I can rest assured that my needs will be taken care of and that I, just like the sheep, can freely lie down in green pastures without a worry.  Father, You are with me every single day of my life and because of that, I shouldn’t fear anything.  Thank You for comforting me when I need comforting and for restoring me when I need restoration.  Father, I thank You for this day and I pray for guidance and wisdom in all that is brought my way this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,


April 2008, Funny Friday Picks

Funny Friday Quote-April 25, 2008

Funny Friday Quote:  Can’t understand it!

   My Uncle Jack, a traveling salesman, was driving through Missouri, when he found the bridge over a stream washed away by a recent storm.  A native sat whittling a stick by the side of the wreckage.  “How deep is this stream?”  asked Uncle Jack.


   “Think I can drive through it?”

   “Sure thing.  Why not?”

   Uncle Jack drove head-on into the stream.  His car promptly sank out of sight, and he barely got out with his life.  “What do you mean by telling me I could drive through that stream?”  he cried furiously.

   “Why it’s ten feet deep if it’s an inch!”

   The native scratched his head.  “Can’t understand it,”  he admitted.  Then, pointing to his own waist, he added, “The water’s only up to here on the ducks!”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 29:11

“The LORD will give strength to His people;  The LORD will bless His people with peace.”


Dear Heavenly Father

Thank You for such a blessed day!  Father, as I head into the day, I want to think about ways that I can glorify You by always putting You first in my life.  I pray for You to guide me away from any temptations or distractions that the world may toss my way, so that I may stand apart from the world.  I pray that my words and actions will become a living testimony to Your Love and Grace.

In Jesus Name I pray,



April 2008, Funny Friday Picks

What can I get for a rib?

Funny Friday Quote:  H. Aaron Cohl

    So…after Adam was created, there he was in the Garden of Eden.  Of course it wasn’t good for him to be all by himself, so the Lord came down to visit.  “Adam,”  He said, “I have a plan to make you much, much happier.  I’m going to give you a companion, a helpmate for you–someone who will fulfill your every need and desire.  Someone who will be faithful, loving, and obedient.  Someone who will make you feel wonderful everyday of your life.”

    Adam was stunned.  “That sounds incredible!”

    “Well, it is,” replied the Lord.  “But it doesn’t come for free.  In fact, this is someone so special that it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg.”

    “That’s a pretty high price to pay,” said Adam.  “What can I get for a rib?”

Bible verse of the day:  Genesis 2:22

“Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her back to the man.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

It is so good to laugh.  I think we have become way too serious and just need to enjoy life and all that it has to offer.  The older I get, the faster times seems to be flying by. God, I pray that the time that You give me, is used wisely and lovingly.  I pray for lives to be changed this weekend.  I pray for souls to be saved, and I pray for those walking with You now, to grow even closer to You than they already are. Lord, I just thank You for this wonderful day and for all that it will hold. 

In Jesus Name I pray,


April 2008

Power made perfect in our weaknesses

dsc00753.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                     Story of the day:  Power made perfect in our weaknesses

    Do you feel strong in your weakness?  The pain we may all experience, that can be found in our weak times, although challenging, can be rewarding when all is said and done. It may not seem like it while you are going through the pain, but power is made perfect in our weakness.  As I continued on with this thought about our pain or times of persecution that we all go through at one time or another, God shed a little more onto this by sharing this marvelous Scripture with me last night at church.  It is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, and He so gracefully says this “but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”  So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” 

    Well, here is a little piece of art that I found that helps to illustrate the power of God making us strong in our weaknesses or the trials and tribulations that we may experience.  “A little piece of wood once complained bitterly because its owner kept whittling away at it, cutting it, and filling it with holes, but the one who was cutting it so remorselessly paid no attention to its complaining.  He was making a flute out of that piece of ebony, and he was too wise to desist from doing so, even though the wood complained bitterly.  He seemed to say, “Little piece of wood, without these holes, and all this cutting, you would be a black stick for ever–just a useless piece of ebony.  What I am doing now may make you think that I am destroying you, but, instead, I will change you into a flute, and your sweet music will charm the souls of men and comfort many a sorrowing heart.  My cutting you is the making of you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the world.”  Thank you M.R. Dehaan for this wonderful story.

       Although we can’t always see the big picture of why we go through the things we go through, it truly is for our best interest and we will only become stronger for having gone through our weak times, if we allow God’s power to be made perfect in our weakness.   

Quote of the day:  C. S. Lewis

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:  it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Bible verse of the day:  2 Samuel 22:31

“This God–His way is perfect: the promise of the Lord proves true:  He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that in my weakness Your power shines through.  I am grateful that Your power is made perfect at the times when I am the weakest.  God, I thank You for always being there for all of the times in my life.  You are there when I am happiest, when I am saddest, and when I have overcome whatever obstacle was placed before me.  I thank You for being my Everything.  I thank You or the times in my life when I have been weak, You have made me stronger.  I love You and thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,