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

September 2008

Press on

Story of the day:  Press on

     Joanie Yoder wrote in Our Daily Bread about the “tortoise and the hare in Aesop’s Fables.  The hare boasted that he was the swiftest animal in the forest.  When he challenged the others to a race, only the tortoise dared to try.  To the hare, it seemed an unfair contest, since he would win easily.  But off they started, with the tortoise soon trailing far behind.

     On the way, the hare decided there was time for a nap, but the tortoise kept plodding along.  When the hare awoke, he couldn’t see the tortoise anywhere, so he laughed and said, “He still hasn’t caught up with me!”  But as he ran toward the finish line, he saw the tortoise crossing it.  Slowly and steadily , the tortoise had won!

     Like that foolish hare, some believers are “fast movers” whose Christian lives are full of stops and starts.  But they often complain that they’re getting nowhere fast.  The better testimony would be “I’m getting somewhere slowly.”  This is more realistic, for true learning, growing, and overcoming are gradual experiences.

     A philosopher once said that the essential thing in Heaven and on earth should be “long obedience in the same direction.”  Like the apostle Paul, make it your lifelong aim to press on toward your goal in Christ (Philippians 3:14).  You’ll be the one to win the prize.”

Quote of the day:  Crosby

“There are no shortcuts on the road to spiritual maturity.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ecclesiastes 9:11

“I returned and saw under the sun that–The race is not to the swift…”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your Holy Word tells me to press on toward my goal in Christ.  Father, lead me in obedience in Your direction and for Your Will.  Father, I don’t want to be like the hare in the story, always starting and stopping.  I want to move slowly and steadily all the way to the finish line.  Father, when I become tired, I pray for rest; when I become discouraged, I pray for hope; when I grow weary, I pray for strength.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen