September 2008

You are a piece of the puzzle

Story of the day:  You are a piece of the puzzle

     Our pastor in Ohio had pieces of a puzzle distributed throughout the church.  He used these pieces to describe how all the pieces represent a bigger picture, a complete picture.  As I was reading, I came across an illustration of this puzzle that I think does a great job in describing the unity of a church.  Mr. Green writes:  “As members of the body of Christ, we can be compared to pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.  Each piece has protrusions and indentations.  The protrusions represent our strengths (gifts, talents, abilities), and the indentations represent our weaknesses (faults, limitations, shortcomings, undeveloped areas.)  The beautiful thing is that the pieces complement one another and produce a beautiful whole.

     Just as each piece of a puzzle is important, so each member of the body of Christ is important and can minister to the other member of the body.

     Just as, when one piece is missing from the puzzle, its absence is very obvious and damages the picture, so also is the whole weakened when we are absent from the body of Christ.

     Just as, when each piece of a puzzle is in place, any one piece is not conspicuous but blends in to form the whole picture, so it should be in the body of Christ.”

Quote of the day:  J. B. Priestly

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

Bible verse of the day:  Mark 3:24

“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for each member of the body of Christ.  Thank You for equipping us all with unique gifts, talents, and abilities.  It is each of these things that makes up who we are as people and when we blend with others, the picture that we create together is so much more beautiful.  Father, there are so many churches out there that are missing their pieces to the puzzle, for whatever reason.  I pray that they put aside any differences that they may have and work together to complete the finished product.  How beautiful it is to see a church work together for the greatness of Your Kingdom.  The light that can shine and can be seen from all over.  Father, my prayer today is for unity within the church as a whole.  May we come together, just like a puzzle, and may the picture of unity be seen by all.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


July 2008

Mall Walking

Story of the day:  Mall Walking

     I love to go to the mall and sit and watch people.  Each to his/her own has a unique walk.  Some walk according to how quickly they need to get to the stores with the greatest sales.  Others walk the mall just to exercise.  Some enjoy the company of others, so their walk may be a little slower as to not pass the time as quickly.  Either way, everyone has a unique walk and a different purpose for why they are at the mall. 

     “The Bible instructs us:  “Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us”(Eph. 5:2) and to “walk in wisdom”(Col. 4-5).  I ask myself, “Does my walk reflect God’s love and wisdom?”  Am I “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy”? (James 3:17)  Do I have love, joy, and peace?  Am I tranquil and strong?  What do others see as I walk by?

     George MacDonald said, “If you who set yourselves to [theorize about] Christianity had set yourselves instead to do the will of the Master, the one object for which the gospel was preached to you, how different would be the condition of the part of the world with which you come into contact.”  How different indeed!

     Is your life making a difference in the lives around you?  Do others see Jesus in what you say and do?” (Roper, David)

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“For a Christlike walk, keep in step with Jesus.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 5:2

“And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for my walk.   I pray that my walk is a resemblance of Who You are and that others may see You through it.  Father just as James 3:17 stated, may my walk remain pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.  I pray that You continue to guide my walk, that I may follow the path that You are placing before me.  May I continue to walk in love and may my walk be full of wisdom so that it reflects Your Love and Wisdom.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


June 2008

We are a magnifying glass

Story of the day:  We are a magnifying glass

   Have you ever looked through the eye of a magnifying glass? It’s intended purpose is to increase the apparent size of something seen through it.  The purpose of our life is to be that magnifying glass so that others can see God through us.  Vernon Grounds wrote an interesting piece in Magnifying our Master writing that “some of us may not be able to see how Jesus could be magnified in our bodies.  We may think that it can be done only during times of persecution for our faith.  But that is not the case.

   Our hands can magnify the Lord as we write letters of encouragement.  Our feet can magnify Him as we go on simple errands of helpfulness.  Our voices can magnify Him as we give our testimony and sing His praises.  Our hearts can magnify Him as we express in prayer our love for the redeeming Christ.  Our ears can magnify Him as we gratefully listen to sermons exalting His grace.

   If we know Jesus, we can lift Him up to others in our daily lives.”  How are you using your magnifying glass?

Quote of the day:  Franklin Graham

“Our actions are seen by people, but our motives are monitored by God.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Philippians 1:20

“according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Today as I magnify Your name in all that I do, may I be reminded of the love that You give while doing the things that You do so that I can do the same.  Continue to change my life so that others can see You through my magnifying glass.  May Your Love be radiated through me and shared with others knowing that it all comes from You.  I pray for our Pastor, my husband, and our friend as they head down to Tennessee for a missions trip.  May lives be changed, souls saved, hearts transformed, and people drawn closer to You. I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,


May 2008

Living a focused life

                                                                                                                  Story of the day:  Living a focused life

   Sometimes it can be difficult or “tough to live a focused life.  From every direction, something or someone clamors for our attention.  A distraction draws our eyes and the next thing we know, we’ve swerved off the road and headed down another detour.

   One Chicago youth pastor came up with a clever way to keep his group on track.  Concerned that the balmy beaches of Florida-the site of their upcoming evangelism trip-would lure the teens from their purpose, he fashioned a cross from two pieces of lumber.  Just before they climbed on the bus, he showed it to the group.

   “I want all of you to remember that the whole purpose of our going is to glorify the name of Christ, to lift up the Cross-the message of the Cross, the emphasis of the Cross, the Christ of the Cross,” he announced.  “So we’re going to take this cross wherever we go.”

   The teenagers looked at one another, a little unsure of his plan.  But they agreed to do it and dragged the cross on the bus.  It banged back and forth in the aisle all the way to Florida.  It went with them into restaurants.  It stayed overnight where they stayed overnight.  It stood in the sand while they ministered on the beach.

   At first, lugging the cross around embarrassed the kids.  But later, it became a point of identification.  That cross was a constant, silent reminder of who they were and why they had come.  They eventually regarded carrying it as an honor and privilege.

   The night before they went home, the youth leader handed out two nails to each of the kids.  He told them that if they wanted to commit themselves to what the cross stood for, they could hammer one nail into it and keep the other with them.  One by one, the teens drove their nail into the cross.

   About 15 years later, one fellow-now a stockbroker, called the youth leader.  He told him that he still keeps that nail with him in his desk drawer.  Whenever he loses his sense of focus, he looks at the nail and remembers the cross on that beach in Florida.  It reminds him of what is at the core of his life–his commitment to Jesus Christ.” (Chuck Swindoll)

Quote of the day:  Haddon Robinson

“You will invest your life in something, or you will throw it away on nothing.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 15:58

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

It is so easy to become distracted.  Father, as I pick up my cross daily, it is a constant reminder to me that You paid the ultimate price and that Your love for me is far greater than the things in this world.  Father, when distractions come my way, may I be reminded, just as this story has told, that You are at the core of my life and living for You, serving You, and loving others is a commitment that I wish to honor.  I thank You for this day and I love You for all that You have done.  

In Jesus Name I pray,