June 2008

An Awesome Number

Story of the day:  An Awesome Number

   We use many words every day and the words that we use in our daily speaking come from the alphabet that we learned as children.  We would sing the ABC song many different times to memorize them, trace the letters in order to be experts in writing them, and put them together to formulate words.  The letters became more than just letters, they became tools for communication.

   And even if writing sentences wasn’t enough, we came up with books and journals, the list is endless.  “Can you imagine the number of words it took to write a thirty-volume set of the Encyclopedia Britannica?  It must be an awesome number, but an even more amazing thing is that even these books only took using the twenty-six different letters” that we learned as children to formulate the words.  “The authors did not have to go outside of the alphabet to assemble that massive collection of knowledge.  It provided them everything they needed for this one task.”

   And just as important as the alphabet is to formulating words in an Encyclopedia, Jesus Christ is “God’s everything” for all situations.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, and we do not have to go outside of Him for anything that we need.” (Robinson)

Quote of the day:  St. Bonaventure

“In all your deeds and words, you should look on Jesus as your model, whether you are keeping silence or speaking, whether you are alone or with others.”

Bible verse of the day:  Revelation 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come the Almighty.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for being Everything I need in this life.  And just as the words in an Encyclopedia are countless, You and the things You do for me are more than a set amount of words contained in a book.  The words that I use are gifts from You and I pray that I measure my words carefully so that I might be a good source of encouragement to those around me and those that I have yet to meet.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,



May 2008

Your actions carry far more weight.

Story of the day:  Your actions carry far more weight.

   “Major Osipovich, an air force pilot for the former USSR, planned to give a talk at his children’s school about peace.  He would need time off during the day to give his talk, so he volunteered for night duty.  That’s how Major Osipovich found himself patrolling the skies over the eastern regions of the Soviet Union on September 1, 1983–the night Korean Airlines Flight KE007, strayed into Soviet air space.

   Soon the Soviet pilot was caught in a series of blunders and misinformation.  In the end, Major Osipovich followed orders and shot down the unidentified aircraft.  The actions of an air force major preparing to talk about peace plunged 240 passengers to their deaths and sparked an international incident that pushed world powers to a stand-off.

   Our talk is important.  But our actions carry far more weight.”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Our actions speak louder than words.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 143:10

“Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God; Your Spirit is good.  Lead me in the land of uprightness.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

The words that I speak as the story above has said,  are important, but carry little weight when it comes to my actions.  Father, teach me how to guard my heart, my tongue, and my mind to the things that are only pleasing to You.  May I speak when the need arises, and be quiet if I don’t need to talk.   Father, I wish to only do Your will and so I ask that You continue to teach me how to, because just as the Psalms say, “You are my God; Your Spirit is good”, and in You I put my trust.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray


April 2008


Quote of the day:  Choices

    Choices are things that we do.  “The choices we make today”, as my husband has so greatly stated, “will effect tomorrow”, so we must choose wisely.  The choice becomes our decision and once it is made, we must live with it for the rest of our life.

    Some of the words associated with the word, “choice” according to Swindoll, are “can’t and won’t.  Christians need to be very careful which one they choose.  It seems that we prefer to use can’t. 

    “I just can’t get along with my wife.”

    “My husband and I can’t communicate.”

    “I can’t discipline the kids like I should.”

    “I just can’t give up the affair I’m having.”

    “I can’t stop overeating.”

    “I can’t find time to pray.”

    “I can’t quit gossiping.”

    No, any one who takes the Scripture seriously will have to confess the word really should be won’t.  Why?  Because we have been given the power, the ability to overcome.  Literally!

    One of the best books you can read on overcoming depression is a splendid work by two psychiatrists, Frank Minirth and Paul Meier.  The volume is appropriately entitled Happiness is a Choice.  They write: “As psychiatrists we cringe whenever  [Christian] patients use the word can’t…Any good psychiatrist knows that “I can’t” and “I’ve tried” are merely lame excuses.  We insist that our patients be honest with themselves and use language that expresses the reality of the situation.  So we have our patients change their can’t to won’ts…If an individual changes all his can’ts to won’ts, he stops avoiding the truth, quits deceiving himself, and starts living in reality…”

    “I just won’t get along with my wife.”

    “My husband and I won’t communicate.”

    “I won’t discipline the kids like I should.”

    “I just won’t give up the affair I’m having.”

    “I won’t stop overeating.”

    “I won’t find time to pray.”

    “I wont quit gossiping.”

    Non Christians have every right and reason to use can’t, because they really can’t.  They are victims, trapped and bound like slaves in a fierce and endless struggle.  Without Christ and His power, they lack what it takes to changer permanently.  They don’t know because they can’t.  It is a fact…a valid excuse.   

    But people like us?  Hey let’s face it, we don’t because we won’t…we disobey because we want to, not because we have to…because we choose to, not because we’re forced to.  The sooner we are willing to own up realistically to our responsibility and stop playing the blame game at pity parties for ourselves, the more we’ll learn and change and the less we’ll burn and blame.”

Quote of the day:  William Arthur Ward

“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not to envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.”

Bible verse of the day:  Deuteronomy 30:19

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”


Dear Heavenly Father,

We all have a choice to make.  The first choice is to accept Your free gift of life, and the second choice is to live a life that is pleasing to You.  Father, I don’t know all the answers to every question that people may have, but the things that You do want us to know are found in Your Word and through praying.  Father, I pray that we as Christians stop using the words can’t and won’t, as they are only excuses that aren’t helpful to Your Kingdom.  Please help me to recognize the times where I want to use these words and redirect my thinking so that I can choose wisely.

In Jesus Name I pray,


March 2008

Tell it all to God

fish.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                    Story of the day:  Tell it all to God

    We all have friends or family that we can talk to.  The freedom to be able to share with them what is in our hearts and to feel comfortable enough to  “pick up where you left off” can be comforting. 

    I admire Francois Fenelon because she so eloquently put it this way, “Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend.  Tell Him your troubles, that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys, that He may sober them; tell Him your longings, that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes, that He may help you to conquer them; talk to Him of your temptations, that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart, that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil, your stability.  Tell Him how self-love makes you unjust to others, how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others.

    If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say.  You will never exhaust the subject.  It is continually being renewed.  People who have no secrets from each other never want for subject of conversation.  They do not weigh their words, for there is nothing to be held back; neither do they seek for something to say.  They talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration they say just what they think.  Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.”

Quote of the day:  George Eliot

“Oh, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”

Bible verse of the day:  Proverbs 18:24

“A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a friend.”


Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank You for friends.  I thank You that You have given them to me as a constant reminder of Who You truly are.  I Thank You that I am able to tell You everything in my life.  You listen to me, You talk to me, You love me even at my worst, and You are always guiding me.  As I start my day, You are there to greet me and as I head off to sleep, You are there to watch over me.  You follow me through my day, protecting me from myself, and always seem to make me laugh when I am down for whatever reason.  I can always count on You being there, as a friend, as my Father, as my Protector, as my “All in all.”  Thank You that You never change and that You are always there no matter the situation.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,