October 2008

Testing Limits

Story of the day:  Testing Limits

     While traveling around the country, bigger vehicles such as:  semi trucks, tractor trailers, and other wide load vehicles, always seem to catch my attention.  I especially notice them more in states where the roads aren’t very well taken care of.  Every pot hole that we hit, or bump that would catapult our car seemed to have been made by vehicles whose weight far extended the capacity of what the road was capable of handling, or what I thought it was capable of handling. 

     Most of “the large tractor-trailer trucks that travel the highways of the nation are subjected to a load limit.  This means that there is a limit as to how much weight each truck is allowed to carry.  There is a good reason for establishing such limits.  If the trucks were allowed to exceed their weight limit, the roads would eventually fall apart, because a given road is designed to support vehicles only up to a certain weight.

     Likewise, God knows how much we can bear when He allows us to be tested.  He has assigned a definite “load limit” to each of us and never exceeds it.” (Green)  In other words, He knows exactly how much our road can handle.

Quote of the day:  Leon Morris

“When the high seas are raging, it’s no time to change ships.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 10:13

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have said that You won’t give me more than I can handle, and for that I am grateful!  Father, I too, like the roads know that when tested, will hold up to what is brought my way.  Thank You for being faithful and for teaching me to remain strong even during the times that I might feel at my weakest.  I pray for those that may be experiencing some rough patches right now, and I ask in Your Son’s name that they too will see that what they are going through is just for a season.  As they go through it, I pray that You will radiate the brightest so that they can see You through what might seem like their darkest hour.  I thank You for this beautiful day and I look forward to heading to San Antonio this weekend, so that we can look at some places for Your church. 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

February 2008

Our Self Portrait

sunset.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                       Story of the day:  Our Self Portrait

    Pictures can say a thousand words.  I especially love self portraits of people, because they fascinate me the most.  Their eyes in each of the pictures speak volumes as their stories come to life through these still images.  They tend to be a reflection of our Heavenly Father and if you look deep into the eyes of these pictures, it’s as though you can see through their eyes and into the depths of their souls.  I guess that’s why I love them so much.  And after the picture has been taken, there is no fixing it to change a pose or change their outfits.  We can take more pictures, but you can never recapture the same moment in time once a picture has been taken.  There is one picture, if I could go back and take, would say a thousand words.  It is a picture of perfection, simplicity, and built on a lot of love.  It is the picture of the Garden of Eden.             

    Nanette Kinkade illustrates this picture by saying,”God knew He needed more.  Adam was king over the ocean, the sky, the trees, the animals-nothing existed that he didn’t have, except her.  Eve, conceived through Adam’s own life, became the necessary angle of a spiritual triangle that helped mankind best see God.  With God above and the two below ever seeking His face, inevitably they grew closer together as they neared God’s presence, a perfect picture of God’s love relationship with His family.

    But since the Fall, things haven’t been the same.  Where love and trust once grew, seeds of doubt, and despair have sprouted around, covering the accurate picture of hope God intends for His people.  The truth is, Christians are bound to perfection, still.  We just don’t need to look for it in our mates or others.  Instead, we find strength and a steady love from above, from our Heavenly Father who does not change like shifting shadows.  As we receive from Him His endless grace and abounding mercy, we find the freedom to love the spouse and others that God has given us and to allow ourselves the vulnerability required to trust God and our mate or others.  God says that perfect love casts out fear.  When we discover God’s perfect love for us, our fear of failure, rejections, and of being forgotten simply fades away, and the beauty of Christ’s light warms our hearts towards all those around us.”  It does so in a way that is a reflection of God, just as the pictures that are taken of us, it is our Self Portrait.

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“The Self Portraits tend to be a reflection of our Heavenly Father and if you look deep into the eyes of these pictures, it’s as though you can see through their eyes and into the depths of their souls.”

Bible verse of the day:  Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

“We have fallen so far from that original picture that You painted in Eden for Your children.” Our self portrait was given to each of us and created in Your image which in turn has become a masterpiece.  May my eyes continue to tell the story of Your will in my life.  May every picture I take radiate the Love that comes only by knowing You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen