Posts Tagged ‘soul’

Story of the day:  Judging others is the Salmonella of the soul

     In Your Health Al Hinman writes:

     A spotless kitchen may harbor as many bacteria as a less tidy one, says a surprising new finding from the University of Arizona, in Tucson.  That’s because the most germ-laden object in a kitchen is often the sponge.  Researchers tested sponges and dishrags collected from five hundred kitchens across the U.S. and found that as many as one out of five contained salmonella bacteria.  Almost two thirds had at least some other bacteria that, when ingested, could make people ill.

Quote of the day:  Craig Larson

“Some attempts to cleanse can cause more harm than good.  So it is when a hypocritical attitude prevails.  Condemnation, self-righteousness, and judgmentalism are the salmonella of the soul.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 7:2

For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is not my right to judge other people.  Father only You can see into everyone’s heart and know the good and bad that is there.  Father I pray that my heart is sensitive to this and that it recognizes any judging before it begins.  I pray to always see others through Your eyes of Love and be sensitive to others and their needs.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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                                                                                                            Story of the day:  Back in the trenches

   Steve Brown “relates the story of a soldier in World War I who was so distraught with the war that he deserted.  He tried to find his way to the coast so he could catch a boat and make his way back incognito to his homeland in England.

   In the darkness of the night he stumbled on a road sign.  It was so pitch black and he was so lost.  He had no idea where he was or what the sign said.  He decided to climb the pole.  When he got to the crossbeam, he held on to read the sign.  Taking out a match, he lit it, and looked directly in the face of Jesus Christ.  He had climbed an outdoor crucifix!

   Stunned by what he saw, realized the shame of his life.  He was looking back into the face of the One who had endured it all and had never turned back.  The next morning the soldier was back in the trenches.”  Have you tried to flee incognito or are you back in the trenches enduring what is set before you?

Quote of the day:  Teresa of Avila

“Many people neglect the task that lies at hand and are content with having wished to do the impossible.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 12:27

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say?  Father, save Me from this hour?  But for this purpose I came to this hour.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

So often we are faced with adversity or challenges that may seem hard to endure.  I pray for strength and perseverance to endure the race that is set before me.  Father even if I feel uncomfortable in a situation, may I be reminded that comfort means that I have become complacent in my walk and to be uncomfortable is not always a bad thing.  Father, I don’t want to be comfortable in my walk!  May I continue to raise the bar in my life so that the time that I have remaining here on Earth can bring honor to Your name.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

 

                                                                                                                             Story of the day:  Seeing things as they are

   A leader must have compassion.  Neheimah was such a man.  Alan Redpath writes this about Nehemiah:  “You never lighten the load unless first you have felt the pressure in your own soul.  You are never used of God to bring blessing until God has opened your eyes and made you see things as they are.  Nehemiah was called to build the wall, but first he wept over ruins.

Quote of the day:  Jeremy C. Jackson

“It is a fair rule of thumb that only that love of neighbor which can also draw people to Christ is truly a reflection of that love for God which is its source.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 9:36

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I just thank You that You are so compassionate.  Your way has taught me how more I want to build in this area of my life.  Father each day I pray to have the things that break Your heart break mine as well.  Father continue to teach me and give me wisdom in the areas of compassion that I may share with others.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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