Posts Tagged ‘strength’

Story of the day:  Father, I need help

“A young boy was doing his best to lift a rock that was too large for someone his size.  He grunted and puffed as he tried various methods for lifting the rock.  But, in spite of all his efforts, the rock wouldn’t budge.  His father walked by and, after watching his son’s struggle, asked if he was having trouble.  The boy answered, “Yes, I’ve tried everything, and it won’t move.”  The father replied, “Are you sure you have tried every possibility, that you have used every resource at your disposal?”  The boy looked up with frustration and exhaustion filling his face and grunted out a “Yes!”  With kindness, the father bent over and softly said, “No, my son, you haven’t.  You haven’t asked for my help.”

     How often are we like the little boy, struggling with our problems but unable to solve them–because we have not asked for our Father’s help.” (Michael P. Green)

Quote of the day:  R. A. Torrey

“We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.  We have a great deal of activity but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions, much machinery but few results.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 46:1

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Sometimes I see myself as that child who thinks he can lift the rock all by himself.  Instead of coming to You and asking for Your help, I flex my muscles and think that I am strong enough to accomplish the goal.  Father, I ask for Your forgivness for my thinking that way.  Father, I know that You are in control of every situation that I encounter.  I pray for any pride that I might have in thinking that I can do it on my own, for it to be gone and the situation given over to You.  I know that I can’t in my own power, “fix, lift, or solve” anything.  Thank You for opening my eyes to see and showing me the strength that encompasses who You are and for walking ahead of me to help with any obstacles that may come my way.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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                                                                    Story of the day:  Every good and perfect gift is from above.

     Jeff and I have now traveled around 2500 miles in 5 days and that doesn’t include the 1200 miles for moving down here to Texas.  Although we have yet to be in our home in Frisco, Texas for more than 2 weeks, finding a computer to write on has become a little more difficult than expected.  I told Jeff that maybe we should look into getting one of those really cool blackberry’s.  Jokingly, I told Jeff, that maybe we should wait!  Learning to use one of those ever so sophisticated machines may take me a little longer to learn how to use. 

     The trip to Dayton was a blessing and an answered prayer as this past weekend Jeff became Pastor Jeff.  God is so amazing in that no matter how exhausted we became by the traveling, the blessing of Jeff’s ordination far out weighted the exhaustion!  After seeking God and praying for over one year for this to happen, I am humbled by how our Father answers prayers.   Prayer is so important, it is the communication line to our Father.  Are you praying daily for every area in your life, giving Him worship for all that you have, or is it only in need?    

     I am reminded daily of how important praying to God is and how having “God’s hand in our lives can be such a blessing!”  Billy Graham writes in one of his books exactly about this and I thought it would be appropriate to share with you all.  He writes:  “In the midst of the Lord’s Prayer are these familiar words:  “Give us this day our daily bread”  (Matt: 6:11).  They remind us that we are dependent on God for everything, and He is the giver of every blessing.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17). 

     Some people say, “Why should I pray for my daily bread?  I can take care of my own needs!”  But listen:  If it weren’t for God’s love and grace, you wouldn’t have anything.  We need to pray this prayer every day, because we need to be reminded to trust God in everything.” 

Quote of the day:  Anonymous

“Therefore I live for today–Certain of finding at sunrise guidance and strength for the way.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 1:17

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for all that You do for me.  Father it is not enough to just seek You in prayer for some things in my life but for all things every day!  I thank You for all gifts that You have given me and for those I have yet to receive.  I thank You Christ, the greatest gift of all.  I pray for continued guidance through the rest of our trip and ask that You continue to be with us as we finalize the last parts of this move.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

                                                                                                            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

 

 

blue-hills.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                Story of the day:  God’s words and time table, not mine

    I usually get up every morning, do my quiet time with God, and then write for Quote of the day.  Lately, God has been showing me that it’s not always going to work like that.  I am a scheduled person and like to do things the same everyday.  God has now been telling me to wait on Him, which I usually try to do, but lately, I have been struggling because when I am ready to write, God has been telling me to wait.  So, I first want to apologize for not getting the quotes out as early as I had every morning, but at the same time, I don’t apologize for God telling me to wait, because through my waiting, God has shown me that His timing is perfect.   

    Not only is His timing perfect it is everything!  As I was reading in the book of Jeremiah last night, I began to notice just how important His timing truly is.  There are times that I think that Quote of the day is ready to go out for the day and God says, no wait.  And I ask God, are You sure?  Like He needs me to ask Him.  Again I always hear crickets and imagine Him standing over me, and looking at me like I look at my children when they’ve asked me a question like that.  And although the waiting has been uncomfortable and challenging to me, I see the importance of why He had me wait. 

    Have you ever wondered what you were going to say to someone about Christ and were afraid that you didn’t know exactly what to say and when to say it?  That has been my dilemma my whole life.  It’s not that I was afraid of telling people about God, it’s just I didn’t know where in the Bible to look.  Along with that were struggles with reading.  I have always had to read things a couple of times to make sure that I got it, so I thought, well if I am struggling with saying things and reading things, maybe I should write it down, but even that was so hard for me.  Give me a math problem, since I love math, and I could figure it out, but with writing, my thoughts would speed past me and my hand’s couldn’t write it down fast enough before they became just a memory.  And even though these things were always hard for me, God is amazing in that He took the things that I struggled with the most and turned them into a strength for His glory! 

    God began to show me in Jeremiah last night just how impecable His timing is.  It is so perfect that He knew that I would be writing this right now even before I was born.  Jeremiah 1:4-5,7b-9  says this:  “Then the Word of the Lord came to me, saying:  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”  For you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.  Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.  Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:  “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” 

    I stand amazed every single day that He puts into my mouth the words that He will have me write and does so in a way that ministers to me, the one that is doing the writing. It has come full circle to me understanding my purpose even during the times that I didn’t understand it.    And as long as I continue to do what He has asked of me and to remember that it’s all on God’s time table, and not mine, then no matter what time I get Quote of the day sent off during the day, I now know that it will be sent on His perfect time, whenever that may be.

Quote of the day:  Esther Fields

“Things don’t just happen to us who love God,

They’re planned by His own dear hand,
Then molded and shaped, and timed by His clock,
Things don’t just happen–they’re planned.

Bible verse of the day:  Jeremiah 1:9

“Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:  “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your timing is so perfect.  I am so grateful that You have been showing this to me in the last few weeks.  And although I may want things a certain way, I know that it’s not my way that counts, but Yours.  Let me be reminded daily that waiting on You is a gift that You have given to me. The gift has been teaching me patience, the value of Your time and not mine, and how to deal with struggles in my life.  Thank You that before I was born You already had Your words ready for me to use.  The words will be used to glorify Your name and to teach others about You.  God, I have looked at myself and have often asked why You have chosen someone that has had struggles with writing to do Your will, and with Your great response You said,  “Christy with your weakness, your struggle, I have turned it around, and made into a strength.  I want others to see that it’s okay to have weakness, because in my eyes, as I begin to change their weakness into a strength, they too will see the great things that I am doing in their life, and know that it is from Me.  They just have to want to love Me and allow Me to start a work in them, and from My work that I am doing, they will see how much I love them.” God, that touched my heart and continues to minister to me. I thank You for Who You are and for sharing this with me today.  Father, I love You so much.  When I wake up to when I go to sleep my thoughts are always on You and as You reach down from Heaven daily and “touch your hand to my mouth,” I know that I have been given exactly what You want me to say and it will be done on Your time table and not mine.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name  I pray,

Amen