April 2008

God, I’m still here.

                                                                                                                 Story of the day:  God, I’m still here.

   “A young man, who was obviously worried, stepped into an elevator to go to the second floor of a hospital where his father was in the intensive care unit.  Although the button labeled “2” was already lighted, he pushed it again and again.  A doctor standing behind him said, “Pushing the button someone has already pushed is like reminding God you’re still there when he hasn’t answered your prayer immediately.”

   As the man thought of his father in the intensive care, it was comforting to know that God does encourage believers to continue to pray the same prayers until he answers.”

Quote of the day:  Eugene Peterson

“In prayer, we are aware that God is in action and that when the circumstances are ready, when others are in the right place, and when are hearts are prepared, he will call us into the action.  Waiting in prayer is a disciplined refusal to act before God acts.”

Bible verse of the day: Matthew 7:7

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You answer prayers.  Thank You for showing Yourself to us by answered prayers.  Father may the words that I pray to You be a sweet sound to Your ears and as I praise You for all that You do, may I be humbled by the way that You do things.  I stand amazed ever single day, because You are so Loving, forgiving, and full of so much Grace.  You bless me daily by the people that You have placed in my life.  As I continue on this life’s journey, may I be reminded daily of the great sacrifice that You made for me by allowing Your one and only Son Jesus to die on a cross.  It was because of Your great LOVE that I am now able to live.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

February 2008, Funny Friday Picks

The Amazing Little Room

overlooking-rio.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                      Funny Friday Quote:  Michael Green

    “A fellow was raised in the back hills of West Virginia–I mean, so far out in the sticks, never in his life had he seen a big city, to say nothing of modern inventions and neon lights.  He married a girl just like himself and they spent all their married years in the backwoods.  They had one son, whom they creatively named Junior.  Around the time Junior reached his sixteenth birthday, his dad began to realize it wouldn’t be too many years before their son would become a man and would strike out on his won.  It troubled him that his boy could reach manhood and wind up getting a job in the city, not prepared to face the real world.  He felt responsible and decided to do something about it.

    He and his wife started saving for a trip the three of them would take to the city.  About three years later the big day arrived.  They tossed their belongings in the ol’ pickup and started the long journey over winding, rough roads to the city.  Their plan was to spend several days at a swanky hotel and take in all the sights.  As they approached the outskirts of the metropolis, Papa began to get a little jumpy:  “Mama, when we pull up at th’ hotel, you stay in th’ truck while Junior an’ I go in an’ look around.  We’ll come back and git ya, OK?”  She agreed.

    Flashing neon lights and uniformed doormen greeted them as they pulled up.  Mama stayed put as Papa and Junior walked wide-eyed into the lobby.  Neither could believe his eyes!  When they stepped on a mat, the doors opened automatically.  Inside, they stood like statues, staring at the first chandelier either of them had ever seen.  It hung from ceiling three stories high.  Off to the left was an enormous waterfall, rippling over inlaid stones and rocks.  “Junior, look!”  Papa was pointing toward a long mall where busy shoppers were going in and out of beautiful stores.  “Papa, looka there!”  Down below was an ice-skating rink–inside.

    While both stood silent, watching one breathtaking sight after another, they kept hearing a clicking sound behind them.  Finally, Papa turned around and saw this amazing little room with doors that slid open from the center.  “What in the world?”  People would walk up, push a button and wait.  Lights would flicker above the doors and then, “click,” the doors would slide open from the middle.  Some people would talk out of the little room and others would walk inside and turn around as, “click,” the doors slid shut.  By now, dad and son stood totally transfixed.

    At that moment a wrinkled old lady shuffled up to the doors all by herself.  She pushed the button and waited on a few seconds.  “Click,” the doors opened with a swish and she hobbled into the little room.  No one else stepped in with her, so “click,” the doors slid shut.  Not more than twenty seconds later the doors opened again–and there stood this fabulously attractive blond, a young woman in her twenties–high heels, shapely body, beautiful face–a real knockout!  As she stepped out, smiled, and turned to walk away, Papa nudged his boy and mumbled, “Hey Junior…go git Mama!

Bible verse of the day:  2 Peter 3:18

“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and forever.  Amen.

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I am always very humbled by Your Power to transform lives.  You always seem to know exactly what we need and when we need it.  That is something that we can’t get from other people.  No matter how hard I search, whether for approval, love, or whatever it is that I am lacking in, no one seems to be able to fill it the way that You can.  I am so grateful to You for showing me that no matter where I am in my life that I always have You to count on.  You are continually transforming my life to reflect more of who You are and my love for You grows deeper and that much sweeter every day.  As I walk with You through this journey of my life, may I radiate that light and the beauty that comes only from knowing You.  May I continue to love unconditionally and seek to Spiritually connect with You on a more intimate level than I already have.   I thank You for this day, I thank You for my family, my friends, and those I have yet to meet, whether through e-mail or in our upcoming move.  May hearts and lives be transformed by Your Loving Spirit and may they recognize that whatever it is that they may be going through, good or bad, that it is that much greater when they go through it with You.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen