Tuesday, November 23, 2010
This week receive all the “love” gifts God sends you through family, friends, new relationships, outreaches and opportunities to connect with others. Pray for their salvation, healing, wholeness, deliverance, prosperity and blessing.· Ask God to show you how to specifically reach out to the lonely, lacking and needy.· Expect Him to lead you to the ones He desires you to bless and make an effort to carry His love and presence to them. Remember Israel, our military and their families, and continue to pray for our nation. Before you embark on the busyness of the week, schedule time alone with God to make Him a priority, seek His counsel and receive His peace. Rom. 5:5-8
Monday, November 15, 2010
Take time this week to recall God’s faithfulness and maintain your attitude of gratitude. Thank Him for who He is and all He’s done in your life. As you pray for yourself and others declare that “all things work together for good to those who love God.” Thank Him that He is ever faithful and a loving, kind Heavenly Father, and ask Him to help you find opportunities to be His hand extended in love toward others in this season. Remember the poor, and continue to pray for our military and their families, those in authority over us, the protection of Israel and our own nation. Romans 8:28; Psalm 103
Monday, November 8, 2010
In a classified newspaper ad read: "For sale. Parachute. Only used once, never opened, small stain."I realize that we cannot afford to fail in some endeavors. But I also know that we cannot afford NOT to fail in most of what we do.Unfortunately, too many of us live by the motto: If at first you don't succeed, don't admit that you tried. Why? We often feel ashamed or embarrassed when we fall flat.In his book THE COURAGE TO FAIL (McGraw-Hill, Inc. 1993),Art Mortell tells about a conversation he had with baseball's LouBrock. It took place when Brock held the record for stolen bases. He was about 35 years old at the time and his days as a professional player were winding down. Brock was talking about why he successfully stole more bases than younger, faster players."When you start out in baseball," Brock said, "you're young and you have the speed and reflexes. However, when you try to steal second base and you get thrown out, it's a long walk back to the dugout, with40,000 fans watching you. When you reach my age, you come to understand that records are not set by being the quickest, but by the willingness to look bad in the eyes of others."There are other ways to avoid failure throughout life:* Never ask anyone out. There will be no possibility of rejection and embarrassment.* Never ask for a promotion. That way you will not risk the humiliation of being turned down.* Never go back to school. You cannot fail a class you do not take.* Never change careers. You'll never fail at something you never try.* Never try anything you've never done before.If success is just avoiding failure, I don't want it. But if successis about pursuing a passion or finding the guts to risk in order to experience life fully, then I want it. Even if it means a lot of long walks back to the dugout while everyone is watching.-- Steve Goodier
This week respond to the Lord's amazing Love with your own devotion and expressed gratitude. Enter this Thanksgiving season with the overwhelming realization of the price He paid for you as His priceless treasure. Ask Him to help you see others through His eyes of love and compassion, and be ready to express it verbally, and with acts of kindness. Continue to pray for those who have suffered losses through economic hardship, broken relationships, and the passing of loved ones. Continue to pray for the nation and ask God to show you ways in which you can reach out to your community, share the gospel and make a difference. Remember Israel as you pray for our military and their families. Romans 5:8; 1 Cor. 6:19-20
Monday, October 18, 2010
This week as you draw closer to the Lord pray that He will burn His Truth into your heart so that you will be able to discern any imposter preaching a false gospel about a false Christ. Pray for revival at home and abroad so that the fire of the Holy Spirit would burn out dross and all impurities from our lives and create a burning desire to see people saved, healed, delivered from bondage and free to worship God in spirit and truth. When you pray for our nation, remember Israel and ask God to give us wisdom regarding our dealings with other countries. Continue to pray for discernment when voting in the upcoming elections. John 4:23; 2 Cor. 11:3-4; Gal. 5
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Spring is here, life is popping up everywhere, flowers that we forgot we had are springing forth with beauty. The showers and the sun have been just what was needed to bring them forth. God has sent His Word and His Spirit and it has brought forth the beauty that He desires to bring out in each of us. O that we might show forth His glory to this world that they may see His good works in us and come and glorify Him with their lives. Taste and see that God is GOOD.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The thought that God likes my company thrills me more than I can explain to you. And if He likes my company, He likes yours too—He is no respecter of persons (see Acts 10:34; 1 Pet. 1:17). The same blood that purchased Peter's and Paul's salvation bought yours and mine. Moreover, it is the blood that gives all of us equal access into God's presence (see Heb. 10:19). Therefore, I can put out of my mind the thought that some people are more acceptable to God than others. One's profile in church has nothing to do with being accepted by Him—or loved or enjoyed. We are all on level ground. No one is at the head of the line just because she has a higher profile in the church, has been a Christian a longer time, has been on a 40-day fast, or has fame in the world. Being a head of state gives you no leverage. As St. Augustine put it, "God loves every person as if there were no one else to love."