April 2010

Persevering to the end.

Story of the day: Persevering to the end.

It was a fog-shrouded morning, July 4, 1952, when a young woman named Florence Chadwick waded into the water off Catalina Island. She intended to swim the channel from the island to the California coast. Long-distance swimming was not new to her; she had been the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions.

The water was numbing cold that day. The fog was so thick she could hardly see the boats in her party. Several times sharks had to be driven away with rifle fire. She swam more than fifteen hours before she asked to be taken out of the water. Her trainer tried to encourage her to swim on since they were so close to land, but when Florence looked, all she saw was fog. So she quit…only one-half mile from her goal.

Later she said, “I’m not excusing myself, but if I could have seen the land, I might have made it.” It wasn’t the cold or fear or exhaustion that cause Florence Chadwick to fail. It was the fog.

Many times we too fail, not because we’re afraid or because of peer pressure or because anything other than the fact that we lose sight of the goal. Two months after her failure, Florence Chadwick walked off the same beach into the same channel and swam the distance, setting a new speed record, because she could see the land. [Larson, Craig. 750 Engaging Illustrations. Grand Rapids: Baker Books Publishing. 1996. pg.198-199]

Quote of the day: Author Unknown

“When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.'”

Bible verse of the day: Philippians 3:14 (NKJV)

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Whatever my fog may be in my life, I pray to continue on no matter if I can see the finish line with my eyes or not. My faith is placed solely in You even in the things that I can’t see, and because of this, I will press toward the goal that You have set before me. When I get tired and I am wanting to throw in towel, it is Your Strength that sees me through and helps me to complete the small tasks leading up to the greater prize of Your Calling through Your Son Jesus. Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

February 2008

IN Gracious Love

water-lilies.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                        Story of the day:  In Gracious Love

     We as human beings want to see results and we usually want to see them now.  Instead of waiting on God’s time, we always seem to think that we are ready today and can handle whatever comes our way.  Sometimes not waiting on God, sets us upon a different course and getting to our destination with God may take a little longer, had we just had patience and waited on Him.  Patience, now there’s a very complex word.  Simple in meaning, yet very hard at times to accomplish.  Sometimes having patience can be very difficult, especially when we want to see results and the results aren’t happening the way that we expect them to. 

    F. B. Meyer said it best:  “God has set times.  It is not for us to know them.  Indeed, we cannot know them.  We must wait for them.  If God told Abraham in Haran that he must wait all those years until he pressed the promised child to his bosom, his heart would have failed him.  So in gracious love, the length of the weary years was hidden.  And only as they were nearly spent and there were only a few more months to wait, God told him, according to the time of life, “Sarah shall have a son.”

    If God told you on the front end how long you would have to wait to find the fulfillment of your desire or pleasure or dream, you’d lose your heart.  You’d grow weary in well doing.  So would I.  But He doesn’t.  He just says, “Wait.  I keep My word.  I’m in no hurry.  In the process of time I ‘m developing you to be ready for the promise.”

Quote of the day:  Steven J. Cole

“God’s Word often refers to the Christian experience as a walk, seldom as a run, and never as a mad dash.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 1:3-4

“Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is Your Gracious love that reminds me to be patient and not move ahead of what You have planned for my life.  I pray to walk in this life and not dash as this can only set me upon a different path that could take longer to be walking in my desired purpose.  Lord, patience is a test that sometimes I cannot pass.  It becomes difficult to wait, yet I know that persevering through the waiting will only be that much sweeter.  I just get so excited to do all the things that You have planned for me.  I am grateful that You haven’t shown me all that we will be doing for Your Kingdom, because in knowing it all, I won’t be doing what You have called me to do, but will running ahead of You and wanting to do things on my own.  Thank You for not being in a hurry and teaching me how to follow Your example by showing me that there is no need to be in a hurry.  I thank You for this day.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen