Posts Tagged ‘time’

Story of the day: Losing=Gain

On my father’s farm were certain fields sowed by hand. He would strap on a canvas contraption that looked somewhat like a kangaroo pouch, fill it with seed, and go out to sow. He would cast seed everywhere.

When a farmer sows seed in his field, it looks like he’s throwing it away. It seems to be lost, but it isn’t really gone. In due time he gets it back–with much more besides.

When we give ourselves to Christ, it may seem to people as if we’re throwing our life away. But He said that it is only as we lose our lives in Him that we find true life. (Matthew 10:39)

Jesus teaches us to measure our lives by losses rather than gains, by sacrifices rather than self-preservation, by time spent for others rather than time lavished upon ourselves, by love poured out rather than love poured in.

It’s a rule of life: God blesses those who give of their lives and resources (2 Corinthians 9:6). Give out the truth you know, and He’ll give you more to give away. Give your time, and you’ll have more time to give. Set no limit on your love, and you’ll have more love for others than before.

Israel’s wise man said, “There is one who scatters, yet increases more” (Proverbs 11:24). It’s one of the oldest paradoxes in the world, but it works. [Roper, David. Our Daily Bread Sample Edition: Losing to Gain. Grand Rapids: RBC Ministries. 2001].

Quote of the day: Wordsworth

“When you grasp, you lose; when you give to God, you gain.”

Bible verse of the day: 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NKJV)

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today and everyday I pray to be a sower of seeds, giving of my time, love, and myself to all those that I may come across. I most importantly give everything that I am to You in full faith knowing that You will protect and care for me. I love You Father and I am so thankful for the things You have shown to me when I do give to others by way of growing closer to You and experiencing a joy like no other. I thank You for this day and the blessings that it holds.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Drop that trifle

     Billy Graham writes:  One day a little child was playing with a valuable vase.  He put his hand into it and could not take it out.  His father, too, tried his best to get the little boy’s hand out, but all in vain.  They were thinking of breaking the vase when the father said, “Now, my son, make one more try.  Open your hand and hold your fingers out straight as you see me doing and then pull.”

     To the father’s astonishment the little fellow said, “Oh no, Daddy.  I couldn’t put my fingers out like that because if I did I would drop my penny.”

     Smile if you will–but thousands of us are like that little boy, so busy holding on to the world’s worthless trifles that we cannot accept God’s freedom.

     What “trifle” is keeping you from God?  A sin you won’t let go of?  An unworthy goal you are determined to reach?  A dishonorable relationship you won’t give up?  I beg you to drop that trifle in your heart.  Surrender!  Let go and let God have His way in your life.

Quote of the day: D.L. Moody

“Trust in yourself and you are doomed to disappointment; trust in money and you may have it taken from you, but trust in God, and you are never to be confounded in time or eternity.”

Bible verse of the day:  James 4:8a

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

 I pray that You bring to light any trifle that may be standing in the way of drawing close to You.  Father I know that if I trust in myself, that I will be disappointed every single time.  I am forever grateful that You don’t change and that I can count on You for every area of my life.  Thank You for giving me peace that passes all understanding and for Your love that continues to grow in me each day.  I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  Time is so rare

     “Time is so significant because it is so rare.  It is completely irretrievable.  You can never repeat it or relive it.  There is no such thing as a literal instant replay.  That appears only on film.  It travels alongside us every day, yet it has eternity wrapped up in it.  Although this is true, time often seems relative, doesn’t it?  For example, two weeks on vacation is not at all like two weeks on a diet.  Also, some people stay longer in an hour than others can in a week!  Ben Franklin said of time, “…that is the stuff life is made of.”  Time forms life’s building blocks.” Lloyd Cory

Quote of the day:  William James

“The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 15:52

“in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for time.  Thank You for the time that I have with my friends and family.  Father, time goes by so quickly.  I pray to use my time wisely and to treasure every minute that I have while I am here.  Life is so short and in an instant 10, 20, 30 years go by and all we have is now.  Thank You for the now and a hope for a tomorrow.  I pray to find peace and rest in the time that I have and to show others the love that You have given to me. I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  It’s our one year anniversary!!!

     God is so amazing!!  Quote of the day started out by being obedient to God, and God has been so faithful in providing every single day.  I remember in 2007 when God had placed the desire for me to write in my heart.  I struggled with the idea, since I wasn’t a writer at the time.  I continued to be obedient in writing daily for the few e-mail addresses that I had at the time, and in February of 2007 God had given me the vision of a website.  Kind of funny, because computers was my second weakness.  I didn’t take too many classes in school, I think I did the minimum required, but God always provides the tools needed to carry out His plan.  I shared with Jeff the vision that God had given me and I remember him clearly saying “yeah Christy, God hasn’t shared that with me yet:)”  On September 7, 2007, that’s the time I remember so vividly hearing God say this to me, “It’s time for you to launch Quote of the day via the website”.  I went to Jeff and before I could tell him, he already knew, I didn’t even have to say anything and he confirmed what God had shared with me back in February.  I prayed to God and asked what next?  God then placed a person named Mo on my mind and told me to call him.  Mo simply directed me to a site where Quote of the day was birthed.  On September 10, 2007, Quote of the day was launched via the website and God has been faithful every single bit of the way! 

     I can honestly say that with prayer, seeking God, and total obedience, viewers began with about 1,000 per month on the average and in one year God doubled that number to 2,000 per month, not to mention the regular e-mails that are sent out and now on two myspace accounts.  Quote of the day has reached many places across the globe and prayerfully many have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior, all for the Glory of God.  I get so excited seeing all that God is doing and being a part of it, used as His vessel, which continues to light me on fire every single day.  

     As God begins to propel us into the phase of this ministry, which is the start of His new church, He already has begun the process, by planting the vision and putting the right people in our path at the right times.  I don’t know how everything is going to come about, but I do know that God shared with me that the church will be open in 2009.  I, just like the last time when He planted the vision of Quote of the day in my heart, can’t begin to understand how and when it’s going to happen, I just know that it is and until it happens, I will remain faithful and obedient to God in this next journey.  Thank you to all who have supported this ministry!

Quote of the day: Michael P. Greene 

“The desert is seemingly void of all life, but given a little rainfall, life springs into existence and beauty.  Life is there, but it is dormant.  Unbelief is like that.  It is the desert of ones being.  But the potential for life is there and needs only to be watered by faith to spring into existence and beauty.”

Bible verse of the dayHebrews 10:23

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being so faithful in what You promise.  Father, Quote of the day started as a vision that You gave me.  I didn’t know what I was doing, I just knew that You planted that desire deep within my soul and now that vision has come to pass and is used for Your Glory to reach many people.  Father, I can’t even begin to understand how You do things, I just know that it always gets done and it gets done in a way that continually amazes me.  Father, my passion in life to serve others, has become so great.  My heart continues to grow daily for people and I thank You for that , for that was an answered prayer.  Father, I pray for protection over my family as I know Satan doesn’t like this one bit and wishes to only destroy that which is good.  I pray for my family to be a beacon of light to those that don’t know You, that they too can have a personal relationship with You.   I pray to be used as Your vessel spreading the Truth and sharing with others all that You have done for me.  I thank You for this website, for our future church, and for my life! 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

Story of the day:  God is forever faithful (Kim’s Collections)

  

   I am very excited to have this opportunity to share what God teaches me through His word and life experiences. So much of what He reveals to me is the result of my morning devotions. I may not at the time of sitting, reading and praying receive any life changing revelation, but as I meditate upon His word or just go about my day, He seems to speak to me and give me examples of a truth or principle that I had been reading about that morning.

 

   In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes, “There is nothing new under the sun.”. I remember the day that this portion of scripture encouraged me greatly. I was trying to come up with something to share with our ladies at a morning “Coffee Share Time.” I remember praying and telling God that I was having a hard time coming up with something different, something that the ladies had not heard. God isn’t persuaded by our current predicament, but He is forever faithful to hear and answer our prayer in His time. I got up from my quiet time with a sense of frustration and disappointment because I had not been able to write down anything to share. As I continued throughout my morning (actually in the shower), He spoke to me in my spirit and told me that I can never exhaust His words. I may teach from the same passage or speak about a topic that may have been heard and God can take the truth from a particular passage and give us a deeper understanding or a new application for the truth.

 

   So my challenge for myself and to you is to remain teachable. This will enable you to receive new revelation of an eternal truth. The writer of the book of Hebrews writes, “The word of God is living and powerful.” I know that I am not yet perfected, and if my guess is correct, neither are you. So as long as I am in the process of being perfected, God’s word will continue to bring fresh insight, new revelation and often painful “piercing even to the division of the soul and spirit” because “it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

 

Quote of the day:  Warren Wiersbe

 

“Wise people listen to wise instruction, especially from the Word of God.”

 

Bible verse of the day:  Ecclesiastes 1:9

“That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.”

 

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

 

 

Today I pray that we will continue to stay open and teachable to all that You have to teach us. Help and teach us to be quiet before You and then listen to You. Help us to recognize Your still, small voice. Help us discern what is from You and what we should take captive. Reveal to us today something that will enable us to become more like You. Thank you for hearing my prayer and answering it according to Your will.

 

In Jesus’ name,

 

Amen.

Funny Friday Quote:  Gone to sea

“Just as the preacher was about to enter the pulpit, a woman in the congregation handed him a note about her husband.  It read:  “Bill Adams having gone to sea, his wife desires the congregation’s prayers for his safety.”  The preacher, pressed for time, read the note too hastily, telling the congregation, “Bill Adams, having gone to see his wife, desires the prayers of the congregation for his safety.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 71:3

“Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I just can’t believe how quickly time is flying by!  With so much to do and such little time before our big move, I just pray that You bring things in order, starting with our minds, spirit, and body.  May we find rest in You this day and continue to look forward with the plans that You have set before us.  I thank You for all that You have done in my life and I pray that You continue to change lives and that souls will be saved.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name  I pray,

Amen

 

dsc00744.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                        Story of the day:  There’s no hurry?

    Time.  Now here is a word that we talk about everyday in one fashion or the other.  It is a constant reminder of life, from the time we are born to the time we die.  It plays out in our homes, our cars, our jobs.  Yet, it is something that we can’t ever seem to get enough of.  So, how do you use your time?  Is it planned or are the seconds being wasted away as the day goes on?

    Here is a little legend that I found written by C.S. Lewis “about Satan and his imps planning their strategy for attacking the world that’s hearing the message of salvation.  One of the demons says, “I’ve got the plan, master.  When I get to earth and take charge of people’s thinking,  I’ll tell them there’s no Heaven.”

    The devil responds, “Ah, they’ll never believe that.  This Book of Truth is full of messages about the hope of Heaven through sins forgiven.  They won’t believe that.  They know there’s a glory yet future.”

    On the other side of the room another says, “I’ve got the plan.  I’ll tell ’em there’s no hell.”

    “No good,” he says. “Jesus while He was on earth, talked more of hell than of Heaven.  They know in their hearts that their wrong will have to be taken care of in some way.  They deserve nothing more than hell.”

    And one brilliant little imp in the back stood up and said, “Then I know the answer.  I’ll just tell them there’s no hurry.”  And he’s the one Satan chose.”

Quote of the day:  Frank Laubach

“I have this minute in my control.  It is all I really do have to work with.  It is as magnificent or drab or vile as the thoughts which fill it.  I fear our most common sin is empty minutes.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 32:8

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We can get so focused on time, or get into such a hurry that we lose sight of why we are truly here.  How I use my minutes daily is very important.  God, my biggest thing is that we are not guaranteed our next minute.  It’s all we have.  I guess that’s why I live my life everyday as if it were my last day.  I treasure the time that You have given me Lord and I pray that I don’t use it by letting it waste away.  I pray that You give me love to give to others, rest when I am tired, strength to overcome obstacles, knowledge from Your Word, and perseverance to do what You have called me to do, at the time You have called me to do it.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen