Rejuvenate

November 29
Awakening with a flash, I peeled my lids open praying
it was a 6AM hot flash and not the 2AM one. Praise the
Lord, it was 5AM. I had no clue what day it was though.
Did I need to get the turkey in the oven? Were my lesson
plans done? Could I sleep another couple hours
until church? Were there other people staying here?
I called out, "Help me Lord, I have no clue what today
is!" He answered back....rejuvenate.
Ah,there was my word and it was a welcome one!
Clicking on the computer, I couldn't wait to get the
definition, but the phone rang. A very tired voice
said, "Mom, it's time."
Our first grandchild was on the way!.
The Lord still comes first, so I decided it best to
stay faithful and write to you before I get in the car
and head out of town to welcome this little fellow.
Rejuvenate:from the Latin word juvenis young;
to make young or youthful again, give new vigor to;
to stimulate.
Wow, is that a God thing or not. I have a strong feeling
this grandchild will rejuvenate us all.

With Thanksgiving behind us we shift gears into Christmas
mode and the thought of the greatest gift that was ever
given...a little Jewish baby, who would change our lives
forever. May the gift giving we plan to do this next
month reflect the heart of Paul who wanted to testify
with joy the gospel of the grace of God!

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my
life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy,
and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to
testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
--Acts 20:24

Let's Pray: Jesus, you are the rejuvenator
of our lives. The Word of God brings refreshment, vigor and
stimulation into our very being and gives us a hope to go on.
Find us faithful today of Your calling Father...the calling
where You call us Your children! In Jesus Name, Amen

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27
The turkey soaked in a brine bath all night and is
waiting to be dressed! The table is elegantly set
and each place setting has a place card with a name
and a gold label baring a word. (Everyone balks at
my game playing, but it is like a good work out, you
always feel better afterwards.) The assignment is
to share a thought/memory that the word evokes in
you. What it does is assure each person the chance
to speak at the dinner table! May you make memories
with people you care about today.

Rolling over this morning and looking across the
room at the clock it appeared to say SOS.(5:05 AM)
Realizing it was Thanksgiving I thanked God for the
help He always sends.
The old hymn from the early 1700's,God Our Help in
Ages Past
,immediately came to mind. I thought you
might enjoy these lyrics as you reflect back on the
steadfastness of God!

Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

Under the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,To endless years the same.

Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,“Return, ye sons of men:”
All nations rose from earth at first, And turn to earth again.

A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night Before the rising sun.

The busy tribes of flesh and blood,With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood, And lost in following years.

Time, like an ever rolling stream,Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.

Like flowery fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flowers beneath the mower’s hand
Lie withering ere ‘tis night.

Our God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last, And our eternal home.
Go to this site to hear this hymn on an old organ!
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/o/g/ogohiap.htm

Disconnect

November 26
Disconnect:to sever the connection of or between
Using wireless Internet it is not unusual to try
to get on and find the word "disconnnected" staring
at me.
Yesterday, I received a call from the son of a hospice
patient I had last year. This is his first holiday season
without his mother and he was obviously disconnected from
everyone. He was quite drunk and shared he had been for
months and had cut everyone out of his life. The question
he had for me was if I thought I should allow his doctor to
put him in the hospital for detox.
There are times when we need to "detox" from that the world
has to offer us and fall on our faces in the repentant mode
and be reconnected to Christ. The Message has a couple
excellent passages to draw us back.

Matthew 6:14
In prayer there is a connection between what God does and
what you do. You can't get forgiveness from God, for instance,
without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part,
you cut yourself off from God's part.


Colossians 3:3-8
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real
life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ
in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life,
remember)shows up again on this earth, you'll show up,
too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content
with obscurity, like Christ.

And that means killing off everything connected with
that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust,
doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it,
and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That's a life
shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It's
because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode
in anger. It wasn't long ago that you were doing all that
stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now,
so make sure it's all gone for good: bad temper,
irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.


Let's Pray: Lord, keep us connected to Your amazing
power source. Speak clealy to us this day and help us
to disconnnect from the activities that pull us away
from You and your purposes for us. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace
This is definitely worth the watch.
It is a fabulous rendition of Amazing Grace
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtrnB4FZ-yc

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Woven

November 25
Looking across the room I see piles of
beautiful yarns I hope to weave together
into rugs, blankets, and scarves. The
word "woven" jumped out at me. The
dictionary defines weave:
to form by interlacing strands .
How interesting that is what our DNA does!
Heading to Bible Gateway, most of the woven
references are to cloth, but Psalm 139:13-18
is all about us and our Creator!
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was
made in the secret place. When I was woven
together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written
in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!

Hmm, I think God is preparing my heart to
meet my first grandchild! He is due to
arrive Thursday!

Let's Pray:: Father, You are Creatorof us all.
Each creation holds a special place in Your heart.
My prayer today is that each created being open their heart
and place Jesus there as their first love. May we fall down
and worship Christ our king and may all creation sing of His glory!
In His name we pray! Amen

Familiarity

November 24
Familiarity:a state of close relationship;
one who is well acquainted with something
.
I've been walking through a dark spot with
someone who is far from their home. We
realized it might be theraputic to get
back to his roots, his homeland, where
things were more familiar. There is
such security in that position. Being raised a
southern, mountain girl; that is where I
feel secure. Now I still thrill when I
see the ocean or the palms trees of Florida,
but a comfort comes over me when I drive
back into the valley where I was raised and
can sit back and have a glass of freshly brewed
sweet tea in my hand while I take in the beauty!

Our real security is in Christ and we must
become familiar, well acquainted, in close
relationship with Him to experience the peace
and comfort He longs to provide. He knows us
and wants us to know Him!
Psalm 139:3
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.


Let's Pray: Lord, thank You for caring
enough to know us intimately. May we walk in a way each
day that we become more and more familiar with who You are
and what You are constantly doing for us. In Jesus' Name,
Amen

Clicking Away

November 22-23
Opening my laptop to write the evotional...
there staring at me was Mel Gibson and the
statement that he was paying his mistress big
bucks to keep their affair a secret. I clicked
to read more, but instead it took me to a quiz
on whether certain stars with the same last names
were related...I clicked again. Meaningless,
meaningless was all that I read. Leaving the
laptop I picked up a study journal I am working
through and dove into Luke 17 on the Coming of
the Kingdom of God. A quiz is taking place there!
The Pharisees are quizzing Jesus about the kingdom
of God coming...they are envisioning a kingdom that
will bring material wealth...Jesus speaks of a
spiritual kingdom!
Luke shares a comparison of the days of the Son of
Man to the days of Noah and Lot. "People were eating
and drinking, buying and selling, planting and
building."
Interesting I was lured by Hollywood herself this
morning and then read of such lifestyles. Just as we
are only a click away from temptation on the Internet,
we are only a click away from Christ's return. We are
not to know the time or the season, but to be as GPS
devices and show the way! There is no limit to the free
tickets available, so we should be leading others to the
source of this free gift!

Let's Pray: You are amazing God! As the lightening flashes
from horizon to horizon and lights up the sky, so the Son of
Man will be in His day
! What a time of rejoicing that will
be for many Father and a woeful jolt of reality for others.
With all that we have to do on this pre-Thanksgiving weekend
Father, may telling of Your love to someone who is lost be a
possibility that comes to fruition! Guard our hearts and have
us click on Jesus! In Whose Name we pray, Amen

Where the Action Is

November 21
Prayer is where the action is! One of the greatest
gifts given to our school is the group of mother's
who gather on Wednesday mornings to pray for our
students, parents, faculty and school needs. Moms
In Touch is a wonderful organization that instructs
these moms in the process of praying scripture.

For me, prayer is an invitation to God to come into
my life and lead me, love me and let me know He is
in control! When our children were young and I
wanted to be certain they were listening I would say;
"Put your ears on." Our heavenly Father is probably
saying that to us.

Let's Pray some Psalms:

Father we come before You comforted in just knowing
that Your love endures forever. We praise your holy
name with all our inmost being. We find rest, O our
souls, in You alone; our hope comes from You. God,
You alone are our rock, and our salvation; You are
our fortress and we will not be shaken. We will
trust in You at all times and pour out our hearts
to You, for You, God are our refuge. In Jesus' Name
Psalms 62,103, 107

Calamity

November 20
Seeking the Lord is like a treasure hunt
(at least when I am writing the evotional).
One clue leads to another. This morning the
word the Lord gave me was calamity

a state of deep distress or misery caused by
major misfortune or loss; a disastrous event marked
by great loss and lasting distress and suffering.


I wanted to say, "No thank You Sir, I would like
another word today." Grabbing my Bible I checked
the concordance for...calamity, misery, misfortune..
nope, nope, nope. I knew He had a message for me
so I persevered. Ah, yes, there she be distress!

Then Jonah 2:2 stared right at me: In my distress
I called to the Lord.
My Language Arts class
has been working on a journal project based on Jonah,
so God took me write back there this morning. Yesterday,
I had explained to the children that sometimes we may
sense God speaking to us by how he brings the same message
or verses to us over and over again in a variety of ways!
Bingo, he just did that to me! The writer in this
journal says, There is nothing that will bring us closer
to the Lord than being in the belly of a fish. When we
experience intense suffering, the best things we can do
is to pour out our hearts to God.

Maybe we aren't in that belly today, but we know
someone who is. Let's reach out and touch them and
let them know God is there with them!

Let's Pray: Lord, You who can do all things, could make
life calamity free...but You don't. You know what stirs
our hearts into actiona that bring You glory. May we
continue to call to You in times of joy and times of
distress, making You the very fiber of our lives. May
what is woven of our lives be attractive to others in
a way that draws them to You. Hear our cries! In Jesus'
Name, Amen

Cozy Connection

November 19
It's freezing, no it is below freezing.
I woke up thankful for my down comforter
and wireless Internet that allows me to
email right from my cozy bed! No sooner
was I feeling great about the set up than
Moses whined needing to go out, so out of
bed I went, onto the cold tile kitchen
floor to open the door to a brisk wind
waiting in the darkness. The light of our
lamppost was shining brightly against the
stark black background of our woods. Even
though my cozy solitude had been abruptly
interrupted the light was a reminded that
even when we are taken from our comfort
zones, the Light of the World is still there.
I looked up and the sky was laden with stars.
The disruption had turned to delight because
I was able to make a connection with God.
Moses ran back into the house and went
directly to his food bowl...ah, another
message for me...to be hungry to feed
upon the Lord. Climbing back under my
comforter to click on my computer I was
thankful for the Cozy Connection I have
with Christ!

Let's Pray: Lord, we praise You for you
steady constantness! The world around us
changes, throwing us curve ball after curve
ball, but we are always safe with you, never
left out! Father, just from the emails we
receive from friends or turning on the news
we could become discouraged, but we choose to
look up and see the stars You have hung in the
sky and think of the hope of heaven beyond and
the fact that You are watching over us and will
never leave or forsake us. We love You Lord!
In Jesus' Name we find comfort. Amen

Journey with James

November 18
I hate to leave James. What a friend he is.
The half-brother of Jesus is said to have
become a leader of the church in Jerusalem.
He cared enough to spur us on. He started
by telling us to not merely be listeners of
the Word, but doers of what it says. Then he
closes out with the most powerful proposition...
a life of faith, lived out in prayer!
Verses 13, 16
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray
for each other so that you may be healed. The
prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.


Prayer packs a powerful punch. The greatest advice that
can be left to us by anyone is....Pray!

Complete

November 17

"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's just something
about that name..." That is what I woke up
singing! The leaves are down and the sunrise
easier to see from my bedroom window. The sky
radiates with pinks and purples right now!
The barren trees are no longer a hiding place
for birds or squirrels, there is full exposure.
We may think we are hiding at times, but God
always has full exposure to our hearts and
minds.
Complete is the other word which has been
hanging on me. James 1:4 tells is God is
working on us so that we may be mature
and complete, lacking in nothing. He has a
plan!
We've been walking in a tough place with one
of our children for over a week and the word
that appeared to be missing from his life was
"joy." God's Word couples "complete" and "joy"
together in two amazing verses which I am praying
will be an encouragement to you today, wherever
you may be wandering...or wondering!
Philippians 2:1-4 If you have any encouragment
from being with Christ, if any comfort from his
love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any
tenderness and compassion, then make my joy
complete by being like-minded,
having the same love, being one in spirit and
purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or
vain conceit, but in humility consider others
better than yourselves. Each of you should look
not only to your own interests, but also to the
interests of others.

Now read John 15:11 and find out how remaining
in Christ's love can make our joy complete.

Let's Pray: Father, loving You
is the passport to joy and the only way to be
completely what God created us to be! Fill us
with the Holy Spirit today as we venture out
into a world lacking real joy! In Jesus' Name,
Amen

Hoard

Hoard-(definition:verb)to keep (as one's thoughts) to oneself.

That was my "word" at 4AM this morning. Hmm, I thought,
am I nesting for the arrival of my first grandchild and
needing to clean out closets and give away things today?
Is my heart responding to the great need for food at some
of our community pantries? Looking up the definition,
I had an "I should have had a V-8" type revelation.
We often "hoard" the thoughts and promptings the Lord
gives to us to share with another.
Who have we invited to church with us today so that they
might receive the Word of God?

Both of the Bible studies I picked up yesterday were about
the "coming of the Lord."
Who do I need to pray for to come to the Lord?
James says to the Rich Oppressors in 5:3
"You have hoarded wealth in the last days."
May we never be guilty of hoarding what God has given us...
not just materially, but most importantly spiritually...
His Love!

Standing Patiently

November 15-16
James 5:7-11
...be patient and stand firm, because the
Lord's coming is near.
Don't grumble against each other.

James continues writing and is having us
reflect on Job's perseverance and the
happy ending that story had. An ending
full of God's compassion and mercy,
although none of us would want to tread
where he trod, even for a double dose
of blessings.

So what comes from being patient
and standing firm...ah...it is the
closeness and familiarity we begin
to possess of the one whose hand we
are holding during the waiting period.
We really get to know Him!

We may look at the comment "the Lord's
coming is near" and think...OK, that's
been said for a long time now...is there
truth in that...is it just a teacher or
parent's trick to make us behave? I find
it more to be a method of helping us meet
the Master intimately!

What does God want each of us to take away
from these verses in James 5 today? For me
"don't grumble against each other" is the
part in staring at me in bold. I am tired
of the political hoopla, the battering back
and forth. It is what it is right now and
we are called to be what we are as believers
in Christ..."Salt and light" to a very lost
world.
Let's Pray: Father, with You there is
purpose in our lives! You are the Master
Chess Player, moving your children around
with purpose...to bring glory to You.
Wherever we land today, may we know that
You have led the way and we can hold on to
You, standing our ground patiently until
the next move comes along! In Jesus' Name,
Amen

In the World

November 14
Oh woe, to me who is so worldly.Today's passage is from
James 5:1-4 and there is nothing warm and fuzzy about it.
I decided to go to some commentaries hoping to find
something a little fluffier to brighten your up coming
weekend. I Googled "James 5" and clicked on a You Tube
site expecting to get a live sermon! It was about
LeBron James and game 5 of some basketball series!!!!!
I was so convicted. What is ahead for those who don't
know the Lord is not a pretty picture and we need to
have a compassion for those people.
Here's the less than pretty passage.
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.

Let's Pray: Lord, You are the just and mighty King. Forgive us when we don't want to read the painful passages and look at the reality of what happens to the lost. You are so compassionate and caring and we were created in Your image, so please Father have those characteristics come out in our lives today! The picture isn't very pretty in America today. As Your children, we need to wake up and make a difference for Your kingdom. The harvest is plenty, may we be found faithful workers. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Braggadocios

November 13
James 4:15 (The Message)
And now I have a word for you who brashly
announce, "Today—at the latest, tomorrow
—we're off to such and such a city for the year.
We're going to start a business and make a lot
of money." The word is braggadocios!


James says, You don't know the first thing
about tomorrow. Boy we are learning that
with the stock market! ... Instead, make it a
habit to say, "If the Master wills it and we're
still alive, we'll do this or that."

Let's pray we can make His plans our plans
and be pleased with that process.
Father, help us figure out that our focus should
be first on Your fabulous framework for our lives!
For You have the knowledge of the days to come
and what is best for us. Forgive us for plowing
ahead with our selfish agendas and help us to
turn ourselves towards you...seeking your
wisdom and plans for our lives. The element to
be on the watch for in our discerning is that all
You would have us do will be glory to You. May
we measure up today and reap the blessings of
doing things Your way. In Jesus Name, Amen


Transformed Judgements

November 12
James 4:11-12 speaks about
not slandering or judging one another.
We have enough on our plates to not
have to be taking on the role of judge!
Instead of "Laying Down the Law"
we should try "Lifting Up in Love."

If we had a body barometer (an instrument
which measures pressure) I think we
would be amazed at how much more
beneficial positive affirmation of others is
for our own bodies, than the negative,
defaming, judgement calls we sometimes
make.

Our opinions are like pimples waiting to
be popped. We just want to get them out
there, but our actions make a mess and
leave a real sore spot and an open wound
behind.

Let's Pray: Lord, You are a perfect judge
and can handle all situations without our
help. When we keep our minds steadfast
on You, we know that You are before all
things. May we hold up a mirror to ourselves
and remember quite often, things are not
what they seem. When we put the shoe on
the other foot we can think of numerous times
people are probably thinking one thing about
us, when they don't have a clue what is going
on behind closed doors. Bring that thought
to mind when we get ready to make judgement
calls about others and transform our judgements
into prayers of compassion. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Too Close For Comfort

November 11
James 4:7-8, 10
Submit yourselves, then, to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from
you. Come near to God and he will
come near to you. Humble yourselves
before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

A story was shared with me about a man
who gave testimony before his Christian
friends of his struggle with an addiction .
The man assumed his friends would become
encouragers, prayer warriors and support
him as he trusted Christ to strengthen him
in the battle against this addiction. To the
man's surprise, slowly his friends stopped being
with him. The person telling me the story seemed
shocked by this behavior as well.
The man had chosen to come "near to God" and
allow God to clean him up. My guess is the friends
were uncomfortable because of some dirty spots of
their own they didn't want revealed. Being around
this man and his faith, made God too close for comfort!

Let's Pray: Come near to us precious Father and point
out the places in which we need improvement. Forgive us
for the ways we have faltered. Lord, please give us
friends who are encouragers in Christ. Those who are
willing to even be on their knees for us and wrap their
arms around us warts and all. Thank You how you have
shown us time and time again, when we are humbled
before You, you will lift us up! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Trust Jesus

November 10
I love it when God awakens me with
a song in my heart....
It is so sweet to trust in Jesus
And to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise
And to know, Thus says the Lord!
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

James 4 is all about submitting
our selfish selves to God. He says
our quarrels come from the desires
that battle within us. And that we
are adulterous people who forget
that friendship with the world is
hatred toward God? He says that
when we ask we do not receive
because we ask with wrong motive...
for our own pleasures, not God's glory.

Ok, I am battling here...for if we are
not kind and reaching out to the world,
why would they want our Jesus. I am
guessing the difference sits in the words
"friendly" and "friendship." We can be
kind, compassionate, offering hospitality,
and friendly to someone without committing
to a friendship.

Like the song says, we have to trust Jesus and
take him at his word!

Let's pray: Father, we face choices today and
are trusting You to show the way. Forgive us for
our tendency to step out on our own. Guide us
forward and be our comfort. In Jesus' Name,
Amen

A Wealth of Wisdom

November 8-9
James asks us...Who is wise and understanding
among you? Let him show it by his good life,
by deeds done in humility that comes from
wisdom....Where you have envy and selfish
ambition, there you find disorder and every
evil practice....the wisdom that comes from
heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving,
considerate, submissive, full of mercy and
good fruit, impartial and sincere.

With all the hats I wear, a day rarely goes
by that I don't need wisdom. The problem
arises when I don't take time to seek it from t
he correct source. Yesterday was a non-stop
day for me. When I finally hit the bed I was
saddened when I realized I hadn't been
alone with the Lord all day. I had flashed up
some prayers on behalf of others, but I had
never waited to hear God's take on any
situation. My eyes had not searched through
the Word to find a treasure beyond the
morning devotional reading with its warnings
about the tongue. My mind was checking off
worldly requirements from my list and when
the day was done, I missed Jesus.

The wonderful list above of what comes from
heavenly wisdom is what I want filling my day.
Wherever we are today, may we each head off
alone for a spell to get a hold of that peace!

A commentary from a site called Bible Tools
reads: If a person is of a pure spirit, then peace
tends to follow. First, this occurs because a
pure-hearted person is at peace within himself.
He is therefore not self-righteously, self-centeredly,
and discontentedly seeking to impose his will and
way on others to control their lives.
Such a person will not induce conflict.

Let's Pray: Lord, you are a wealth of wisdom!
A freebie, we often forget to take advantage of.
Forgive us for the times we trust in man and get
ourselves in messes! Even our own hearts can
lead us astray. It's mind boggling that you know
us better than we know ourselves. Fill us with
your wisdom...we will need it in the days
approaching. May we clothe ourselves in
purity, peace-lovingness, considerateness,
submissiveness, being merciful and bearing
much fruit, and be seen as impartial and
sincere children of the King! In Jesus Name, Amen

T is for Tongue!

November 7
You can brush it, wash it with
antiseptic, tantalize it with incredible
tastes, but I believe our hearts, minds
and the Holy Spirit are the tools which
ultimately tame this body part which
can wound and help heal others. Oh,
yes, there are many times when we
have to bite it as well!

...the tongue is a small part of the body,
but it makes great boasts. Consider what
a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among
the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person,
sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself
set on fire by hell. ..no man can tame the tongue.
It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the
tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with
it we curse men, who have been made in God's
likeness. James 3:5-9

Let's Pray: Lord, we lift Your name on high today!
Forgive us for the times our tongues have brought
disappointment and pain to others. You did not
intend them for that purpose. You call us to be
encouragers, servants and a people who use their
tongues to speak of Your amazing love to others!
We give you the reins to our tongues today and
ask that You guide them to be a blessing. May we
be slow to speak and have wisdom and discernment
as to what our tongues will spew forth this day.
In Jesus' Name, we pray, Amen!

Secure Investments

November 6
James 2: 14-26 Faith and Deeds
17... faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action,
is dead. 18But someone will say, "You have faith;
I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds,
and I will show you my faith by what I do.
19You believe that there is one God. Good!
Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
26As the body without the spirit is dead,

so faith without deeds is dead.

Deedily do and dodittly dee! Whatever God
is up to; I want it to include me!
Today I took my 88 year old father to the
funeral home to say good-bye to a friend of
65 years. (I had to ward off the funeral home
guy, who was ready to put my Daddy in a box!
They met 6 months ago to discuss his plans.)
My father was pleased to see his friend looking
so peaceful, but hated she had not had the chance
to vote yesterday! :)
Then Daddy said, "Time is going so quickly. It
seems as if the months have flown since summer
began."
What do we do with our faith.? We have believed
on the Lord Jesus and been saved...but then what?
Are we out and about the Lord's business, doing
the deeds He has set out for us to do?
I agree with my earthly father; the pace has picked
up and I want what I do with the time remaining
here on this earth to count for the Kingdom. It is in
living that way that my faith will increase! What a
secure investment!

Lord, lead the way throughout our day. Increase
our faith and find us quick to pray!

Favortism Forbidden

November 5
James 2:1-3
Favoritism Forbidden
My brothers, as believers in our glorious
Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.
"Love your neighbor as yourself,"you are doing right.
But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted
by the law as lawbreakers. Speak and act as those
who are going to be judged by the law that gives
freedom, because judgment without mercy will be
shown to anyone who has not been merciful.
Mercy triumphs over judgment!

The ending of that passage sounds like a game of
rock, paper, scissors!
I received an email from a reader the other day
who has just endured the first year anniversary of
her precious daughter's death. It has been a blessing
to walk along side this sister in Christ this year through
email. I've never seen her face, I don't know what her
house looks like or what kind of clothes she wears, but
I do feel like I know her heart well. I told her I carry her
in my heart and the space she holds contains both sunshine
and rain/tears. The sunshine equates with the brilliant
memories she has and the rain/tears represent the the
voids that are left here on earth.

Our eyes form so many of the favoritisms we create.
If we only saw the hearts of others we would think
much differently.
We have these things in common...
We are all sinners needing to be saved by grace and
everyone who has faith in our Lord Jesus Christ will
bow before Him as Lord.

Come January we will be under the authority of many
new leaders. We must submit to that authority and
pray daily for all the leaders to have hearts for the Lord!
November 3-4
James 1:26-27
If anyone considers himself religious and
yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue,
he deceives himself and his religion is
worthless. Religion that God our Father
accepts as pure and faultless is this: to
look after orphans and widows in their
distress and to keep oneself from being
polluted by the world.

Funny...the song that came to mind after
reading this passage was....Whistle While
You Work! We are better off whistling
than allowing some things to come out of
our mouths when we are out and about.

No matter the outcome of the election,
there will still be the work of the Lord to
do and we still need to Be joyful always,
pray without ceasing and in all things
give thanks. 1 Thes. 5:16-18

God have mercy on us and keep us from
the pollution of this world!

Our Actions Matter

November 1
James 1:22-25
Do not merely listen to the word, and so
deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do
what it says is like a man who looks at his face in
a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away
and immediately forgets what he looks like. But
the man who looks intently into the perfect law
that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not
forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—
he will be blessed in what he does.

My husband had fallen asleep with the TV on,
while I was clicking away on the computer. An
episode of House about a very arrogant doctor
came on. My interest was spiked as I heard the
husband of a patient say he had witnessed a miracle
from God when his wife's heart started beating again.
Some time passed, probably a commercial too, and I
heard this doctor saying very derogatory comments
about God. Then he brashly said to the husband, "You
better not be praying." I clicked that tube right off!
I was so offended.
James, the half-brother of Jesus, writes this book we
are studying because he believes our actions matter.
He is speaking very directly to the Jewish Christians
about their worldly habits. It is possible to believe
the right thing and live the wrong way. What is the
message we send to others concerning who Christ is
in our lives?

Let's pray: Father, You created us for Your good
purposes and long ago planned work for each of us to
do that would bring honor and glory to You and
blessings to us. May we not forget that as we
head into today. In Jesus Name, Amen