April 2009

Making the same mistake?

Story of the day:  Making the same mistake?

     Mistakes.  Are they bad?  Absolutely not!  Some of life’s best learned lessons come from the mistakes that we have made.  Chuck Swindoll writes:  “Our greatest problem is not the mistakes we make in life, but that we fail to learn from them.  If you can come up with creative new mistakes, that’s something else, but if you’re making the same ones over and over, you’re not learning.  A feeling of futility may set in.  You may start to identify with that line from Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland that says, “I have to run real fast just to stay in place.”  Maybe it’s time to stop running.  Stop and learn.” 

Quote of the day:  Richard J. Needham

“Strong people make as many and as ghastly mistakes as weak people.  The difference is that strong people admit them, laugh at them, learn from them.  That is how they become strong.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 8:11 (NKJV)

“She said, “No one, Lord.”  And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I have made mistakes in my life and learning from these mistakes has  made me stronger and has taught me the importance of not making the same mistake over and over again.  Thank You for sharing with me the valuable life lessons about making mistakes and the importance for not continuing to make them.  I thank You for this blessed day!      

In Jesus Name I pray,


January 2009

Breathe every moment

Story of the day:  Breathe every moment

The breath that I had yesterday was the breath needed for that day.  And, as much as I try, I can’t get the air back from yesterday.Augustus Toplady writes:

It’s kind of useless to try and live on yesterday’s breathing and it’s useless to relive yesterday’s mistakes or appropriate yesterday’s mercies.

The breathing I did yesterday will not keep me alive today–I must continue to breathe afresh every moment, or my life will cease.  In like manner, yesterday’s grace and spiritual strength must be renewed, and the Holy Spirit must continue to breathe on my soul from moment to moment in order that I may continue to enjoy Him and to work the works He has assigned me.  A fresh supply of air and mercies awaits us each day, supply that is needed only for today.”

Today, think about the new supply of air and mercy that God has given you for the moment and don’t continue to try and live on yesterday’s air, because you can’t get it back.

Quote of the day:  Mercy Me

“This is the air I breathe, Your Holy Presence, living in me.  And I’m desperate for you, I’m lost without you.”

Bible verse of the day:  Lamentations 3:22-23

“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for every breath that I am able to breathe.  Thank You for giving me a new slate every morning and for forgiving me of all the things that I have done in the past.  Just as I cannot breathe yesterday’s air, I cannot continue to live in yesterday.  Thank You for showing such great mercy to me and for loving me as much as You do.  I thank You for this day and for the breath in my lungs at this moment!

In Jesus Name I pray,


May 2008

The art of forgiveness

                                                                                                                 Story of the day:  The art of forgiveness

   Forgiveness is such an important part of our Christian walk.  It represents what God is all about and shows just how much He loves us by doing it Himself.  So many times, we get into the moment of what someone may have done to us, that we forget how easy it is to make mistakes, and with that grudges are held, hardening of hearts takes place, and forgiveness becomes harder to do. 

   Family Christian Press, wrote in a short story entitled The Wisdom to Forgive, “that even the most mile-mannered people will, on occasion, have reason to become angry with the inevitable shortcomings of other people.  But wise individuals are quick to forgive others, just as God has forgiven them.

   Some, having been placed in positions of leadership, serve as important role models.  As such, they must be role models of forgiveness to others.

   Are you easily frustrated by the inevitable shortcomings of people?  Are you a prisoner of bitterness or regret?  If so, perhaps you need a refresher course in the art of forgiveness.

   So, if there exists even one person, alive or dead, whom you have not forgiven (and that includes yourself), follow God’s commandment and His will for your life: forgive.  Hatred and bitterness and regret are not part of God’s plan for your life.  Forgiveness is.”  Don’t let too much time go by without forgiveness.  Being angry, holding grudges, and not forgiving others is not a part of God’s plan and to not let go of these things will only do you more harm by allowing it to fester inside of you.

Quote of the day:  Author Anonymous 

“Doing an injury puts you below your enemy; revenging an injury makes you even with him; forgiving an injury sets you above him!”

Bible verse of the day:  Colossians 3:13

“bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I go on with my day, I will seek and pray about people whom I still need to forgive.  Father, I have to remember that even when I may feel tempted to get angry and lose my cool at those who have hurt me, that I must remember what Your commandment clearly says about forgiveness.  Father, just as You have forgiven me for all that I have done, let me also offer this up to You when I forgive others.  Father life is so short and the time that we have to do Your will here on Earth holds no time for not forgiving.  Instead, to not forgive others, does nothing more but keeps me from freely doing what You have called me to do.  I love You Father and I thank You for this day and for the forgiveness that You have bestowed upon me. 

In Jesus Name I pray,


May 2008

Keep things humorous.

                                                                                                                     Story of the day:  Keep things humorous

   Chuck Swindoll wrote an interesting piece in his book titled Finishing Touch.  He touches on an important topic that I just love.  He asks in this book, “How is your sense of humor?  Are the times in which we live beginning to be reflected in your attitude, your face, your outlook?  Solomon talks straight, friend.  He (under the Holy Spirit’s direction) says three things will occur when we have lost our sense of humor:  a broken spirit, a lack of inner healing, and dried-up-bones (Prov. 15:13, 15; 17:22).  What a barren portrait!

   Have you begun to shrivel into a bitter, impatient, critical Christian?  The Lord tells us that the solution is simple:  “A joyful heart” is what we need…and if we ever needed it, it is now.

   By a sense of humor I am not referring to distasteful or vulgar jesting, nor to foolish and silly talk that is ill-timed, offensive, and tactless.  I mean that necessary ingredient of wit:  those humorous, enjoyable, and delightful expressions or thoughts that lift our spirits and lighten our day.  When we lose our ability to laugh–I mean really laugh–life’s oppressive assaults confine us to the dark dungeon of defeat. 

    Humor is not a sin.  It is a God-given escape hatch, a safety valve.  Being able to see the lighter side of life is rare, vital virtue.  Personally, I think a healthy sense of humor is determined by at least four abilities:

   The ability to laugh at our own mistakes.  The ability to accept justified criticism–and get over it!  The ability to interject (or at least enjoy) wholesome humor when surrounded by a tense heated situation.  The ability to control those statements that would be unfit–even though they may be funny.

   James M. Gray and William Houghton were two great, godly men of the Word.  Dr.  Houghton writes of an occasion when he and Dr. Gray were praying together.  Dr. Grey, though getting up in years, was still interested in being an effective witness and expositor.  He concluded his prayer by saying:  “And, Lord, keep me cheerful.  Keep me from becoming a cranky, old man!”

   You and I should pray the same prayer.”

Quote of the day:  Fred Allen

“It is bad to suppress your laughter because when you do, it goes back down and spreads to your hips.”

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 15:13

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that You continue to teach me how to laugh!!  I want to enjoy life in every way possible and do so in a way that honors You.  Father, joy and laughter is something that is dear to my heart and at times, I may tend to lose sight of that funny side of me.  Father, I don’t want to be cranky the older I get.  Instead, I want to embrace all the moments of life that have made me smile and laugh and share them with others.  I pray for wisdom in knowing when to be funny and when not to be.  I don’t want the portrait of my life to be portrayed as a life that was a broken spirit to all that I came across.   Instead may I be remembered as one that always laughed and enjoyed the life that You have blessed me with!  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,



April 2008

When people you trust, let you down

Story of the day:  When people you trust, let you down.

There have been times in my life, where people that I have been close to, and have trusted greatly have let me down.  I would have to say that it is tough to swallow, and maybe a little disappointing.  Then I start to think about the times that I have let others down, because I am not perfect, and how it may have effected them.  You see, sometimes we put people into a perfect category and when they let us down, it is then harder to take.  It is harder to take because we have placed high expectations on them and have set them so high up there, that we forget how easy it is to fall and make mistakes.

I am reminded of a Peanuts comic strip, written by William M. Nieporte, where “on the first day of the new school year, the students were told to write an essay about returning to class.  In her essay Lucy wrote, “Vacations are nice, but it’s good to get back to school.  There is nothing more satisfying or challenging than education, and I look forward to a year of expanding knowledge.”

Needless to say, the teacher was pleased with Lucy and complimented her fine essay.  In the final frame, Lucy leans over and whispers to Charlie Brown, “After a while, you learn what sells.” The temptation to say, “what sells,” what others want to hear whether it is true or not, is always with us.”  In the eyes of the teacher, Lucy was trustable, but to Charlie Brown, he knew from that point that Lucy was just saying what the teacher may have wanted her to say.  The teacher placed her trust in Lucy to write honestly, yet Lucy did so in a way that if the teacher found out, would disappoint the teacher.

I am not saying to never trust people, I am saying that our trust in people shouldn’t be connected to a pedestal where we may tend to place them, because this is the fastest way to be disappointed or let down.  Instead of completely placing your trust in man or relying solely on man, we should be placing our complete trust in God for everything!  As our pastor so greatly said, “He is your Everything!” He will never let you down, and He won’t, because He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  He doesn’t move, He doesn’t change, and you can always count on Him for everything! Anytime that I have become disappointed, hurt, or upset when people let me down, I have to ask myself this question, “Am I placing way to much expectation on this person and not enough on God?  Whenever I place my expectations so high on people and not on God, I am going to be easily disappointed.  I also have to remember to have a forgiving heart.  How many times has my Heavenly Father trusted me with things and then I mess up?  Was He disappointed, yes absolutely, yet He was quick to forgive me and let me try again.  That’s the great thing about God,  no matter how many times I let Him down, He is quick to forgive me, where man sometimes doesn’t easily forgive.

Quote of the day:  William Arthur Ward

“We are most like beasts when we kill.  We are most like men when we judge.  We are most like God when we forgive.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 63:1

“O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I know that this life will bring disappointments.  I know that placing others on a pedestal and completely trusting in them only sets me up to be disappointed.  Father, let me not place people so high up there, that I am losing sight of You, for like me, they aren’t perfect.  I will place my trust completely in You, for You are my everything, and You won’t ever let me down.  Father, You are my protector, my shield in this life, and I know that I can face any situation or difficulty because You are always with me, and You never leave me.  I pray to follow the path that is so lit before me and may I overcome any let downs that may be tossed my way, just as Jesus overcame this world.

In Jesus Name I pray,