November 2008

Standing on Holy Ground

Story of the day:  Standing on Holy Ground

     I often wonder how it would have been to be back in the days of Moses, when Moses heard God speak to him and say, “Moses, Moses!  Here I am.”  Hearing God’s voice and not knowing that where Moses was standing was holy ground.  Today, as the Holy Spirit resides in me, I too am standing on Holy ground. 

     “For Christians, every place they walk is, in a sense, holy ground.  We lose sight of the preciousness of our daily steps, that God hallows the ordinary that’s committed to Him.  Tourist who have visited Israel and have seen the places where Jesus walked often experience a sense of awe at being where Jesus was when He walked on earth.  Yet He lives today, and He still walks on earth–in our shoes.  Look around you, and see the holy ground on which you walk.” (Nick Harrison)

Quote of the day:  Richard Foster

“Do you remember Moses at the burning bush?  God had to tell him to take off his shoes–he didn’t know he was on holy ground.  And if we can just come to see that right where we are is holy ground–in our jobs and homes, with our co-workers and friends and families.  This is where we learn to pray.”

Bible verse of the day: Exodus 3:5

“Then He said, “Do not draw near this place.  Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I take steps and follow You through my day, may I be humbled by the fact that where I go is, in a sense, like standing on holy ground.  May I recognize this in my job, with my co-workers, in my home, and with my family and friends.  I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

June 2008

Seeking God in the situation

Story of the day:  Seeking God in the situation

   As Jeff and I arrived home early this morning from our 1,000 mile trip, I began to survey the situation and I was so excited to be home and able to sleep in my bed.  The last week has been such a stressful week searching for a home, trying to get to know the area in Dallas, staying cool in the 100 degree temperatures, and trying to understand what my kiddos were going through.  

   “Start with a regular car loaded with luggage for this trip.  Add a father, a mother, three children, and two dogs, under the age of 14.  Aim the car at an objective that is 1,000 miles down the road.  After 350 miles have passed, examine the scene.  What is the condition of what has become a traveling circus?  Pretty discouraging?

   Now, magnify that situation thousands of times over, move it back some 3,500 years, eliminate the automobile, and you will begin to understand Moses’ predicament in Exodus 16.  The thrill of freedom and the excitment of the exodus were soon erased by the discomforts of travel.  Gratitude usually gives way to grumbling.”  (Michael P. Green)

   And throughout the situation, as God had spoken to Moses about what needed to be done in order to ease the situation, I had God saying to me, just give it to me Christy and I will take care of you.  I think it took not getting a home in the beginning to actual hear God’s voice.  He had given us every opportunity to seek Him in this situation, yet the predicament of not getting a home right away overshadowed His voice.  As Jeff and I regrouped and actually started to seek God in the situation, it was no time before a home became available and it was exactly what we needed (imagine that!)  So, instead of letting circumstances determine the outcome, regroup, seek God in the situation, and allow Him to take over. 

Quote of the day:  Thomas Carlyle

“Adversity is hard on a man.  But for everyone who can handle prosperity there are a hundred who can handle adversity.”

Bible verse of the day:  Exodus 16:6

“Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the LORD has brought you out of the land of Egypt.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavnly Father,

Thank You for the safe travel back home.  Father as we continue to pack up our things and prepare to move ourselves across the country, may we not give into the grumbling, and the stressful situations that may arise from moving.  Continue to guide our hearts, our minds, and our souls with Your peacefulness and faithfulness.  Thank You that You provided a home for us in Dallas and that it is just what we need for the 10 months that we are there.  I pray for those that are going through their own situation that they are able to hear Your voice through their circumstance and hand it over to You that You may do Your job.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

June 2008

An act of surrender-June 10th

Story of the day:  An act of surrender (Kim’s Collections)

   As I wrote yesterday about the continual revelation of God’s word, I believe that surrender is also a continual response. There may be a place and date that you remember when God spoke and you answered and surrendered to His voice. The place of surrender can be a reminder to us of a decision that we made, but we must continually engage our will to remain obedient in our act of surrender.

    One day as I was seeking to understand a lack of peace I was having in an area of service, I was reading through the story in Exodus of when God told Moses that he was going to be the one to lead His chosen people out of bondage. I must admit, I have more than once thought of how awesome it would be to have God speak to me through a burning bush or writing on a wall. But thankfully God still speaks and enables us to recognize His voice and receive direction from Him still today. As I read the passage where God asked Moses, “What’s that in your hand?”, God spoke to me through this passage and told me that I already have in my hand the tool and the ability to carry out the call on my life. Moses had in his hand a rod that he used in his every day job of shepherding. He was already familiar with this rod and this rod was going to be what God used to display His miracles through Moses. God showed me that I already possessed in my hand what He was going to empower and use to bring freedom to His people. I just had to pick up my “rod” and allow God to work His power through me. Now the revelation alone is not what will bring change. It is the continual surrender to the revelation, the continual taking up of the “rod” and allowing God to work His power through it, the continual, conscience decision to see the value in the familiar.

   Your “rod“ may be a talent or an ability that your have possessed for a long time and you just haven‘t seen the eternal value in it. Ask God to show you what you have in your hand that He can empower to help others walk in their freedom..

Quote of the day:  Zig Ziglar

“He climbs higest who helps another up”

Bible verse of the day:  Exodus 4:17

“And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

 I pray that today we will see the eternal value in the talents and abilities that we already possess. Breathe fresh life and fresh power on the familiar. Help us to see that the abilities we have are not achieved without your enabling grace. Reveal to us the “rod” and the potential we have in using this God-given “rod” to bring freedom to your chosen ones.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.