January 2010

One of those days

Story of the day: One of those days

Have you ever had one of those days or weeks? You know, the kind that seem to be full of rushing around, not knowing if you are coming or going, and the time you spend with God has dwindled down to a quick second of saying, “I love You Lord and I am thankful for today.” The intimate time that I had longed to have with Him has been lost in the day, full of sick kids, husband out-of-town, and just trying to keep up with the everyday tasks of everyday living.

As I finally was able to read my devotional today, I found a little piece of Heaven written in my Bible called Bulldozing Barriers, written by Nanette Kinkade. She writes:

No matter what your week may have looked like, whether you have had all the time in the world or if you overslept, who of these two is ready to approach God’s throne? Who has God been waiting to see? Both! The bottom line is that God loves His children. He knows our failings far better than we. We don’t approach His throne when we feel like we have lived good enough to receive His grace, because no one is good enough. Everyone needs His grace, and there is plenty of it for those who come before Him with a broken and contrite heart.

So no matter what kind of day, days, or lifelong past you’ve had, be bold to confess your sins to the Lord. He knows them anyway, and He stands ready to wash you clean. Let go of the urge to prove your worthiness. Rest instead in the righteousness of Christ and humbly let Him have His way in your heart.

Quote of the day:  Cooper

“If we seek God in the minutes, we shall find Him in the hours.”

Bible verse of the day:  Matthew 11:29 (NKJV)

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You so much for loving me right where I am. Though I may have busy days, or busy weeks, I know that You are always waiting for me at Your throne, ready to meet me no matter the time of day. I grateful for being able to rest in You for Your Word tells me to take Your yoke upon me and I will find rest. Thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

June 2008

God is ready to restore you

Story of the day:  God is ready to restore you

   “Christians have every reason to be optimistic about life.  As Billy Graham observed, “Christ can put a spring in your step and a thrill in your heart.  Optimism and cheerfulness are products of knowing Christ.”  But sometimes, when we are tired or frustrated, optimism and cheerfulness seem like distant promises.  They are not.  Thankfully, our God stands ready to restore us.

   Today, accept the new spirit that God seeks to infuse into your heart.  Think optimistically about yourself, your friends, your family, your place of employment, and your world.  Rejoice in this glorious day that the Lord has given you, and share your optimism with your family, your friends, and your co-workers.  Your enthusiasm will be contagious.  And your words will bring healing and comfort to a world that needs both.” (Family Christian Press)

Quote of the day:  Warren Wiersbe

“With the peace of God to guard us and the God of peace to guide us–why worry?”

Bible verse of the day:  Ezekiel 36:26a

“I will give you a new heart and put anew spirit within you;”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for creating me to be a cheerful person.  Father, I do know at times when I get frustrated or really tired that the part of me that wants to remain cheerful can become somewhat difficult.  I ask that during these times that I can stop and see the blessings that I am missing out on when I give in to the flesh and react out of frustration or sleepiness and that You restore me in all that I do.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen