Posts Tagged ‘problems’

Story of the day: What’s your sense of direction?

There’s a story about a man who lived in northern Michigan and decided to take a walk in a densely forested area. When darkness began to settle in, he decided it was time to head for home. He was familiar with hiking in the woods and felt he had a keen sense of direction, so he didn’t bother to look at his compass.

After walking for a long time, though, he decided he’d better check it. He was surprised to see that the compass indicated he was going west–not east as he had thought. But he was so sure of his own sense of direction that he concluded there must be something wrong with the compass. He was about to throw it away in disgust when this thought came to him: My compass has never lied to me yet, maybe I should believe it. He chose to follow its direction and soon found his way out of the woods and back home. [RWD]

So often we too can find ourselves lost in an area that we thought we knew pretty well. Maybe we think we can handle certain situations, or be a part of something that isn’t good for us.  And just like this gentleman, we think we can find our own way out of situation not needing the help of our compass, but instead we find ourselves completely lost and not knowing where to go. When you feel that you have lost your way, don’t discount God’s Word, because it will always point you in the right direction.

Quote of the day: Carter

“The Bible always points the believer in the right direction.”

Bible verse of the day: 1 Kings 8:58 (NKJV)

“that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that You lead me by Your Word, which is my compass in all things that I do. Father, when I find myself in unknown territory, may I presume not to know it all and that I can fix any situation. I pray to rely on You for every decision that I make and that it brings You honor and glory! I love you and thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen


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Story of the day:  Take Action

The Chicago Tribune writes:

In March of 1994 a German tourist checked into a hotel near Miami International Airport.  That night in his room he noticed a foul odor.  But travelers must put up with discomforts, so he slept in the bed that night without complaint to the front desk.

The next morning when he awoke, the odor was only worse.  So as he checked out of the hotel, he reported the problem.  On Friday, March 11, a maid cleaning the room discovered the source of the odor.  Under the bed she found a corpse. [Dead Body Found under Bed in Hotel. Chicago Tribune, 13 March 1994, sec.1, p.23.]

Quote of the day:  Craig Brian Larson

“Life is filled with problems, and often it seems the best thing to do is just ignore them.  But if we realized how serious and close some problems really are, we would take action.”

Bible verse of the day:  Jeremiah 6:14

“They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious.  ‘Peace, peace,’ they say, when there is no peace.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray to not let a day go by where I don’t come to You to deal with any corpse of a problem that may be hidden under my bed.  I pray for courage to always face the problem head on instead of turning and running from it, regardless of what it may be.  I know with You leading my way, that no problem is ever too big to face Your guidance will show me how to handle it.  Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Father, I need help

“A young boy was doing his best to lift a rock that was too large for someone his size.  He grunted and puffed as he tried various methods for lifting the rock.  But, in spite of all his efforts, the rock wouldn’t budge.  His father walked by and, after watching his son’s struggle, asked if he was having trouble.  The boy answered, “Yes, I’ve tried everything, and it won’t move.”  The father replied, “Are you sure you have tried every possibility, that you have used every resource at your disposal?”  The boy looked up with frustration and exhaustion filling his face and grunted out a “Yes!”  With kindness, the father bent over and softly said, “No, my son, you haven’t.  You haven’t asked for my help.”

     How often are we like the little boy, struggling with our problems but unable to solve them–because we have not asked for our Father’s help.” (Michael P. Green)

Quote of the day:  R. A. Torrey

“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.  We have a great deal of activity but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions, much machinery but few results.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Sometimes I see myself as that child who thinks he can lift the rock all by himself.  Instead of coming to You and asking for Your help, I flex my muscles and think that I am strong enough to accomplish the goal.  Father, I ask for Your forgivness for my thinking that way.  Father, I know that You are in control of every situation that I encounter.  I pray for any pride that I might have in thinking that I can do it on my own, for it to be gone and the situation given over to You.  I know that I can’t in my own power, “fix, lift, or solve” anything.  Thank You for opening my eyes to see and showing me the strength that encompasses who You are and for walking ahead of me to help with any obstacles that may come my way.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Funny Friday Quote:  Ron Dentinger

“These are tough times.  But I’m not the only one with problems.  My bank returned a sixty-five dollar check marked “INSUFFICIENT FUNDS.”  I can’t believe they don’t have sixty-five dollars.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 40:3

“He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I will continue to sing songs of praise to You everyday of my life.  Father as the move draws near and the things around me seem to be out of order, I will trust in You to give me the peace that I need to get through it.  As I look to You as my Ultimate source of strength, I will walk daily in knowing that You will be there to comfort and guide me in this new endeavour.  As I look to today with excitement, gearing up for all the adventures that the day may hold, I pray that You will use me to share Your wonderful News with others, that they may come to know You as their Lord and Savior, and have a personal relationship with You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen