Posts Tagged ‘pray’

                                                                                                       

Story of the day:  Entertaining Angels

I have told the following story before and I thought that it would be appropriate to share it with Quote of the day.  Some of you may have heard it before, but to some of you, it may be new.

At the age of 16, my brother had to have an emergency appendectomy.  This emergency surgery led to him having other serious health issues, which in turn caused him to have to be on medication or this illness could have killed him.  The drugs were very strong and ranked high up there with chemotherapy.  He lost his hair and a lot of weight.

Needless to say, it was a very scary and heart wrenching time in our life.  As a family, me and Jeff, having 2 children at the time, decided along side my mom, dad, and brother that it would be best to move in all together.  We helped in every way possible and more importantly just loved him and prayed him through his situation.  We took turns giving him shots, reading Scripture, and just praying for him.

He became very ill and weak because of all the medications that he was taking, which in turn discouraged him in many ways that only one can imagine.  Well, throughout this trial in his life,  he still managed to live as normal a life as possible and always managed to hold his head high.

One day, he decided to go to the mall.  He was hanging out and decided to sit on a bench that was so appropriately placed next to the mall entrance.  As he was sitting on this bench, a little boy around 12 years of age approached my brother, and began to speak to him.  They talked about life, they talked about school, and they talked about God.

What was unusual about this situation is that my brother had never met this little boy, but became intrigued by the conversation that was taking place.  The little boy then said these few statements that shook my brother to his core and grew his faith in God even more than it already it had.  The little boy said, “I know that you are sick.  Don’t worry, it’s going to be okay!  God’s going to take care of you and you will get better!”  The reason these statements are so different from what they were previously talking about, is because that little boy knew nothing about my brother being sick.  My brother never even mentioned what he was going through as far as his illness.

It started getting late and the little boy left out of the doors that were right next to the bench that my brother was sitting on.  Still amazed that the little boy knew of my brother’s illness, my brother decided to follow this little boy because he wanted to thank him again for talking with him and to find out his name.  As he followed the little boy outside the doors of the mall, the ray’s from the sun’s bright light caught his eye, causing my brother to no longer see the little boy.  Now, I’m not saying that the little boy didn’t get into a car at this point and drive away.  What I am saying is that this little boy came along and spoke to my brother at a time that he needed it the most, and for that moment, in the right place, my brother entertained an angel and didn’t even know it.

God can use anyone to be our angel.  They are sent to let us know that God is so real and that He is there to take care of us.  To let you know about my brother, he is completely healed and because of his faith and trust in God, he is now a living testimony for our Heavenly Father, in more ways than just one.

Quote of the day:  George Elliot

“The golden moment in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 13:2

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Throughout Scripture there have been so many accounts of Your angels and the work that they do here in this world.  Father, I don’t know how, and my tiny mind couldn’t even possibly come to understand why sometimes, but I do know that my faith and trust in You is so great, that I believe it when you say “when I entertain strangers,  I may just have entertained an angel.”  I love You Lord and I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Funny Friday Quote:  Honest Young Man

   “Aunt Aggie was distressed when she lost her handbag in a shopping center recently.  An honest young man lad found it and returned it to her.

   “Funny,”  Aggie commented.  “When I misplaced the bag there was a ten-dollar bill in it.  Now I find ten one-dollar bills.”

“That’s right lady,” explained the honest lad.  “The last time i found a lady’s purse, she didn’t have any change for a reward.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I had no idea last night as Jeff and I lay in our bed and the bed began to move that we were in the middle of an earthquake.  When I woke from a dead sleep and questioned why the bed was moving, Jeff and I just went back to sleep, although we just weren’t sure what it was.  We went back to sleep and woke up this morning to find out that we had experienced our first earthquake ever.  Father, I thank You for keeping us safe, and I pray for those that have been effected by it.  I pray as we head into another weekend, that we continue to seek Your name, worship You, and find reverence in You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Communication

    Communication is so very important.  Max De Pree from the book Leadership is an Art, defines communication as a “prerequisite for teaching and learning.  It is the way that people can bridge the gaps formed from a growing company, stay in touch, build trust, ask for help, monitor performance, and to share their vision.”  Communication is a tool that God has placed among us and if used properly can be a “handy and well-used tool.”

    De Pree uses this little story about his grandson that I think is a great example of communication.  “His grandson once locked himself in the bathroom.  Despite his mother’s best efforts to get the door open, she failed.  She called in the police, who also failed to open the door. (All the while, his grandson kept reaching under the door to touch his mother’s hand.  Talk about good communication!)  Finally his mother called the fire department.  By the time the fire trucks arrived, there was quite a scene on the front lawn.  The fireman promptly broke down the door with their axes, tools they certainly know how to use.  You see, a fireman has two tools, an axe and a hose.  If you call him, you are going to get one.”

    Sometimes what we are trying to get across to others may not be coming across as clear as we would like.  Maybe we mean one thing and are saying something completely different.  The way we communicate or talk to one another is important.  It is important not only to the listener, but to the speaker as well.  How well do you communicate with others.  I have a task for you today to try on someone and see if it works.  I used this when I was teaching and my students loved it.  Take a sheet of paper and write down some simple instructions on how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a shake, or something else that we might think was pretty simple.  Once you have completed writing the steps, have someone else follow the instructions word for word.  And although they might have made a sandwich before, make sure that the directions are followed step by step.  Have them do exactly what is written on the paper and see if they can complete the task of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a shake, or another simple task.  It is pretty fun and amusing to watch. See if you clearly communicated what you are trying to say.  Have a blessed day.

Quote of the day:  Henry Thoreau

“It takes two to speak the truth.  One to speak and another to listen.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 10:23

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You are a great Communicator.  God, communication is a great tool to have and when used can “bridge gaps, help others stay in touch, ask for help, and to share a vision.”  Lord, I pray to be a good communicator to others.  I also pray to be a great listener as well.  I pray that You give me the right tools to express my thoughts and to do it in a way that is clear and doesn’t bring about confusion.  Teach me how to speak the words that You have blessed me with and share them with others that I may share Your Gospel with them in hopes that they may come to know such an Amazing Father Whom I serve.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

j0423103.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                             Quote of the day:  What does LOVE look like?

    Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I hope all is well with you and yours.  There is so much to say about the four letter word LOVE.  There are so many meanings in this one little word, yet it is the epiphany of what God looks like and is like.  It is a word that represents one of God’s commandments. So I began reading many excerpts of love and I found a poem written by Roy Croft that I thought represents a great picture of what LOVE should look like.

I love you,
Not only for what you are,
But what I am When I am with you.  
I love you,
Not only for what You have made of yourself,
But for what You are making of me.  
I love you
For the part of me
That you bring out;  
I love you
For putting your hand Into my heaped-up heart
And passing over All the foolish, weak things
That you can’t help   Dimly seeing there,
And for drawing out
Into the light all the beautiful belongings
That no one else had looked
Quite far enough to find.  
I love you because you
Are helping me to make 
Of the lumber of my life
Not a tavern
But a temple;
Out of the works
Of my every day
Not a reproach
But a song.
I love you God! 

Quote of the day:  Chrysostom

“Heat makes all things expand.  And the warmth of love will always expand a person’s heart.”

Bible verse of the day:    1 John 4:7

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Love is so amazing.  To be able to share it with others and have it reciprocated back is indescribable.  It is a word that represents who You are and what my whole being is about.  You love us so much and that much love is so much more than I can ever imagine.  God, I choose to represent a kind of love that only can be given by a loving Father.  I pray to walk in love daily and pass out as much of it as I can to others who may not know the kind of love that You are.  Thank You for this day and for showing us just how much you love us through Your Son Jesus.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen