June 2008

God is ready to restore you

Story of the day:  God is ready to restore you

   “Christians have every reason to be optimistic about life.  As Billy Graham observed, “Christ can put a spring in your step and a thrill in your heart.  Optimism and cheerfulness are products of knowing Christ.”  But sometimes, when we are tired or frustrated, optimism and cheerfulness seem like distant promises.  They are not.  Thankfully, our God stands ready to restore us.

   Today, accept the new spirit that God seeks to infuse into your heart.  Think optimistically about yourself, your friends, your family, your place of employment, and your world.  Rejoice in this glorious day that the Lord has given you, and share your optimism with your family, your friends, and your co-workers.  Your enthusiasm will be contagious.  And your words will bring healing and comfort to a world that needs both.” (Family Christian Press)

Quote of the day:  Warren Wiersbe

“With the peace of God to guard us and the God of peace to guide us–why worry?”

Bible verse of the day:  Ezekiel 36:26a

“I will give you a new heart and put anew spirit within you;”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for creating me to be a cheerful person.  Father, I do know at times when I get frustrated or really tired that the part of me that wants to remain cheerful can become somewhat difficult.  I ask that during these times that I can stop and see the blessings that I am missing out on when I give in to the flesh and react out of frustration or sleepiness and that You restore me in all that I do.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

 

March 2008

He will keep on doing good!

j04231031.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                    Story of the day:  He will keep on doing good!

    Has the question, “Why do bad things happen to people?”, ever come to mind?   John Piper said it best like this, “Don’t run your eyes over the promises of God like the wrong pages in a phone book.  God Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, said, “I will not turn away from doing good to them…I will rejoice in doing them good…with all my heart and soul.”  Let all three promises sink in.

    God will not turn away from doing you good.  He will keep on doing good.  He doesn’t do good to his children sometimes and bad to them other times.  He keeps on doing good and he never will stop doing good for ten thousand ages of ages.  When things are going “bad” that does not mean God has stopped doing good.  It means He is shifting things around to get them in place for more good, if you will go on loving Him.  He works all things together for good “for those who love Him.”

Quote of the day:  Brother Lawrence

“Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God.”

Bible verse of the day:  Romans 8:28

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You that the weather is much better today than this past weekend.  Lord, as we were all stranded in our homes, I was able to reflect on the things that You have blessed me with.  God, we truly had a weekend to just rest.  Rest our minds, our spirits, and our bodies.  We started to prepare for the upcoming move to Dallas and with just 4 months to go, there is much preparation in moving our family from the top of the country to the bottom.  I pray that You continue to direct my path, manage my time, and place in my heart the things that You would like for me to write about.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen