The "P"s in Life

February 28 - March 1

Reading Lloyd John Ogilvie's devotional today I smiled at the "P"s in
life! Check this out.

As I move through this day, may I see each problem, perplexity, or
person as an opportunity to practice Your presence and accept Your
perspective and patience. I don't want to forget You, but if I do,
interrupt my thoughts and bring me back into an awareness that You
are waiting to bless me and equip me for the tasks that lay ahead.


The "P"s have me feeling the urge to lay prostrate and cry out to the
Lord today. A problem occurs in that scenario...I receive a pawing while
I am praying! (Mr. Moses wants to participate!)
Oh, my, he just read my thoughts and is staring at me with huge brown eyes!
He wants to Pray or Play!

We enter this Saturday Pondering Your Promises on Precious Jesus and giving Praise.

TGIF cuz SIC

February 27

Thank God it is Friday cuz Sunday is coming!
Is that the way we think about it? Friday brings us that much
closer to the Lord's day.

Does our weekend include some alone time with God? A secret
rendezvous with our heavenly Father where we can trust in Him with all
of our heart and lean not on our own understanding, but find peace in
knowing He is in control!

This weekend let's take a Bible and a notebook and runaway with Him to a
quiet place. Ask Him to show up and show us the paths we are to take.

My husband hates it when we are dining in a fine restaurant and after
placing the entree before you the waiter says "Enjoy". Any how....
I leave you with this thought...

In a quiet place...we will find Him there waiting for us! Enjoy!

John 10:9
I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.
He will come in and go out, and find pasture.

The Touch

February 26-27

Think of all the touches that have meant so much during your lifetime.
When you were sick as a child the touch of your mother with a cool
washcloth on your forehead. Learning to ride a bike, knowing your
dad was touching the back of the seat running along beside you. The
touch of that awesome date when he/she held your hand for the first
time. Touching the skin of a newborn baby is an amazing sensation.
For me there is such security in the middle of the night of my foot
scooting over and touching my husband's foot just making certain he is
still there and then the love that is felt when he rolls over and
puts his arm around me. Even a precious pawing from Moses (our bulldog)
is a welcome touch of endearment.
Today I will head to the hospital with one of our daughters, who will
have some surgery done. I pray for the touch of all the nurses and
doctors who will attend to her and for the healing touch of our
heavenly Father who loves her so much.
The scriptures are full of examples of the power of Jesus' touch.
I think of the woman who reached out and touched the hem of Jesus'
garment and was healed because of her faith. May we all have such
faith today and may someone else experience the touch of the Savior
through our hands. Reach out and touch someone today!

Let's pray: Lord, You are the Master of touch!
What a marvelous sensation You created. We need to be touched so much!
Open our eyes today to the places we can make a difference by simply
taking time to touch another. In Jesus' Name, Amen

When There is Time For Nothing Else

February 25

My husband and I were up chatting in the middle of the night and
decided to go back to bed around 5:00AM. Now we are rushing to
get out the door to school.

I was whistling the soNG...Let us Praise Jesus Now...and
thought...when we are out of time or we don't know what to do
we can always praise Jesus and we will feel like whistling.

May we lift His name on high and He lift us up above our
troubles.

Love to each of you this Wednesday!

Bite Your Tongue

February 24

Oh, the speeches we ponder and rehearse in our minds!
This morning my thoughts were compounding and I was ready to give
someone a piece of my mind. My eyes had barely opened when I literally
bit my tongue. Whew, God had my attention then! Quickly, I began to
pray realizing it would be much more profitable to do just that...
"bite my tongue" than to express my feelings the way the enemy was leading.

Proverbs 15:4 says:
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life,
but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 21:23 is likewise full of wisdom.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue
keeps himself from calamity.


On the flip side 1 John 1:1-4 speaks of what we proclaim concerning
the Word of life. Check out verses 3-4 and do a self-check on how
often you can be found sharing what you have "seen and heard" in Christ?

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also
may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.



Psalm 35:28
My tongue will speak of your righteousness and
of your praises all day long.


Let's Pray: Father, may we be found getting it right
today! Correct living occurs when we walk in Your perfect ways. Keep
a rein on our tongues today and may they only be found bringing words
which produce praise, healing and edification. Please Lord, forgive us
for the times they have brought pain and destruction. Today may we
tell of Your goodness and the hope we have in You. Lord, in the times
which have a tendency to be discouraging, spur us on to initiate times
of fellowship that can encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ.
In Your Son's Precious Name, Amen

Associating

February 23

Associating:to join as a partner, friend, or companion; to keep company with to join or connect together; to bring together or into relationship in any of various intangible ways.

The disciples were certainly blessed through their association with Jesus.
They watched and learned from His ways first hand. Looking out onto the
Lake this morning there are twelve seagulls soaring around, associating together, making an occasional dip into the Lake for a fish for breakfast!

When I step out into today, I will keep the company of middle schoolers,
fellowship with a group of my peers for lunch, then take on the role of mother
with one of our children for a medical appointment, then finally return home
to my spouse. Quite a variety of relationships for one day!

There is a constant that we can carry along when we are out and about
associating in a myriad of relationships...the constant is Christ. When we are "joined to or connected together" with Christ we are equipped with the
Holy Spirit who is our stabilizer in all situations!

John 21:25 says Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them
were written down, I supposed that even the whole world would not have
room for the books that would be written
. What a great person to
take along into all situations. Nothing surprises Him!

Let's Pray: Lord, you know all whom we will be called
to associate with today, but we pray that You are our main stay!
While today may look only like another Monday, may we lay our heads
down today knowing through our connection with You we made a difference
for Your kingdom. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Ahead

February 21-22

Leaving the home of my neighbor yesterday after washing the last dish from
the funeral luncheon, I found myself thinking...what is ahead for her. Webster would use the definition:
in, into, or for the future for that word use.
The definition: in or toward a more advantageous position would fit for how we should live in a way which helps others get ahead in their spiritual journey with the Lord.

Jesus has gone ahead of us preparing a place, a home in heaven for those who believe; would fit with a third definition of this word: at or to an earlier time : in advance.

Picking up the God Calling devotional book for today it was no surprise to see the word ahead in the second sentence, since that is where the Lord had me. Be blessed by this writing:

"The way is plain. You do not need to see far ahead. Just one step at a time with Me. The same light to guide you as the Hosts of Heaven know-the Son of Righteousness Himself. Only self can cast a shadow on the way.Be more afraid of Spirit un-rest, of soul-disturbance, of any ruffling of the Spirit, than of earthquake, or fire or any outside forces. When you feel the absolute calm has been broken-away alone with Me until your heart sings, and all is strong and calm."

Let's Pray: Lord, Your omniscience allows You to know all that is ahead! We simply have to remember who is The Head! May the beat of our hearts be one with You today and our Spirits firmly connected to You trusting You to lead the way whatever is ahead! In Jesus Name, Amen

I Needed That

February 20

Physically and emotionally exhausted from helping a neighbor whose
husband died this week, I hated to feel my 6AM hot flash which told
me it was past time to get up. I rolled over to look at my clock
hoping it was really the 1AM hot flash! My digital clock is old
and some of the numbers don't totally light up, but what appeared
on my clock looked like the letter "I", a heart and the letter "U".
Yup, God sent me an "I love you" message on my alarm clock this
morning!

I am presently doing a Beth Moore Personal Journal Series on
John. Check out today's verse:

If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him,
and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
John 14:23

She writes "One of the most significant qualities found in God's brand of
love is that it is demonstrative. Christ directed His followers to love
as He loved them. This implies that the more we obey and love God, the
more vividly we may see, experience, and enjoy demonstrations of His love.
I am convinced that the more we obey and love Christ Jesus, the more He
will disclose Himself to us."

The more I get to know Jesus, the more I love Him! He is waiting to
tell each of you today how much He loves you! He may not say it through
an alarm clock, but He is saying it somehow.

There is a movie title out now called: He's Just Not That Into You.
We can't say that about Jesus! He is really wants to be "into us!"

Let's Pray:
Abba, Father, there is none like You! Forgive us when we
wander and don't take time to look Your way! We stop to say three simple
words..."I love You." Thank You, thank You for the unceasing love You
shower upon us...we need it Father. Please fill us up with that love
today for the purpose of passing it on to someone who just might not
know how to look up! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Negate the Negative

February 19

After giving an assignment one student immediately replied,
"I can't do this." Coming alongside a young woman who had
lost her father, she said, "I will never get over this."

Lloyd John Ogilvie says, "Help me trust in You daily, and
judge me by the extent that I have put my trust in You for
guidance in making my decisions."

Walking with Christ means negating the negative and living
in hope, trusting in the one who is greater than all obstacles.
Hugging a newly widowed friend last night, I said, "Today has
been tough, but praise God his mercies are new every morning and
with Him you can face tomorrow." She replied..."One day at a time."

In the book God Calling it is recorded..."Do not forget to meet all
your difficulties with love and laughter. Be assured that I am with
you...Rest in My love."

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up
the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

It is not on our own merit we negate the negative, but through the
power of the Holy Spirit given to us for such times as these!

Let's Pray: Lord, we lift Your name on high. Lord,
we love to sing Your praises for they turn our wailing into joy
when we remember the extent of who You are and how You love us!
Please Father, take the load that is wearing us down today and
turn it into a bouquet of helium balloons that will lift us
higher over what You are helping us overcome. In the Name of the
One who was lifted up! Amen

Lead the Way

February 18

We are called to be out and about working for the Lord,bearing
much fruit, and being fishers of men! Where is this work to do
done? On which paths are we to walk?

Organized sports teams do not take the field without practicing
prior to this event and having a game plan. A salesman is oriented,
trained and given a sales plan before he heads out. The Lord is
ready and waiting to direct us, but we must take the initiative to
receive the instructions.

We check to see that we have gas before we drive a car and we take
time to grocery shop and check on needed ingredients before we cook
a meal. May we look to the Lord, to lead the way, creating the
schedule of events when we are out and about doing His business!

Psalm 139:24 and Proverbs 4:11 provide good prayer guidelines.

Let's Pray: Lord, see if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting ordering my steps. Please
guide me in the way of wisdom and lead me along straight paths,
so that my joy may be complete and You will receive glory and praise.
In Jesus Name. Amen

Fill Her Up

February 17

The days of pulling into a service station and having an
attendant come out to pump your gas, clean your windshield and
check your oil are long gone! I can remember,as a sixteen year old,
when I found a gas station where the owner's son, who worked there,
was really cute. I couldn't wait until I needed gas and could pull
in there and say "Fill her up!"

Now as a fifty-two year old, it is the Holy Spirit I am asking to
fill me up! It's a lot cheaper!

My Father is glorified by this:
that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples.

John 15:8

Look at what is ahead in your day. How can the filling of the Holy
Spirit assist you to bring glory to God in all you must do today?
I am getting ready to walk into my neighbor's house where her husband
died yesterday. I want everyone in that house to feel the presence of
the Holy Spirit in me...I am trusting the Spirit for the fruit of love,
peace, kindness, gentleness, and compassion. Then I must walk into a
classroom of middle schoolers and teach...I will need patience, joy,
goodness, faithfulness and self-control. One Holy Spirit can initiate
all these qualities through me if I surrender to Him and allow Him to
prompt me along the way. Likewise the enemy lays in wait, just as eager
to asset me to do things his way today.

Fill 'er up Holy Spirit and may God get the glory for all that is done!

Let's Pray : Father, you have provided us with all we
need. It is like a full refrigerator, there are so many possibilities to
be made with all those ingredients, but too often we delay and things
spoil. Forgive us Lord, for the missed opportunities and for the botches
when we walked in the flesh and not in the Spirit. May we take advantage
of all the fruit of Your Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen

Ha Ha

February 16

A cheerful heart is good medicine. Proverbs 17:22

Visiting friends in Atlanta this weekend, I heard our guest's
daughter keep talking about a "Ha Ha." She is a landscape
architect and had come across this term meaning:sunken fence. It
is a type of boundary designed not to interrupt the view and to
be invisible until seen from close by. I am guessing the name
comes from coming upon it unexpectedly and saying "Ha ha"
before you fall off!

While with these friends we shared wonderful fellowship and lots
of "ha ha" laughter. During a time of prayer before we left, the
Lord impressed upon my heart that as brothers and sisters in Christ
we need to be obedient to God's instructions to gather to gather
regularly in the coming months and share the "ha ha" joy of the Lord.
We are to encourage one another daily!

Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today,
so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

Hebrews 3:13

Let's Pray: Father, no matter what comes our way today, we will lift
our voices in praise to You and give thanks. We will look at the
clouds floating by and smile remembering You placed them there today.
We will hear the bird sing or the baby cry and remember You created
that unique sound. We will look in the mirror and see the balding spot,
the brand new wrinkle or the sagging belly and say "Ha Ha" that was
unexpected, did You make that last night Father?" And we will begin
to grin and rejoice because we are loved. In Jesus Name, Amen

Advance Notice

February 13

Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. Matthew 6:8

A friend shared that her husband pulled up to a convenience store and
before he walked in he heard the Lord say, "Someone is going to ask you
for money. They are going to say they just need some change." Entering
the store he immediately saw a man who might fit the bill of having a
need. Twice while in the store he made direct contact with the man
giving him every opportunity to approach. Nothing happened and the
husband left a bit disappointed. He went out to the gas pumps and was
filling up when the man came to him and said he needed money. Overjoyed
for this fulfillment, the husband handed the man $5. The man said, "Oh,
I only need some change!"

We don't always get a heads up on what people are going to ask us.
(That would make interviews a breeze and restaurants would operate a lot
faster.) Our heavenly Father does have the heads up, and he knows what
we are going to ask. This verse today is powerful in that it says He
knows what we have NEED of before we ask Him. Hmm, we
don't always get what we ask for, but we can be certain, we get exactly
what we need!

Let's acknowledge the Lord, his faithfulness and his fabulous provision
of prayer!

Turn Around Time

February 12

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:5

I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming
conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that
of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day.
—Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln learned the attitude of Christ...falling on His knees
and calling out to the Father.

What is our turn around time? How long does it take before we turn to
the One who has the answers?

I was having lunch with some friends yesterday and we were talking
about seeking answers. I remembered when I was a child there were
these black balls you could shake and an answer would come up. My
girl friend laughed saying hers often said, "Try again!" I suggested
we create one of those balls with Bible verses. One of the gals with
me thought that was a great idea. She said, "Enough shakes and you are
certain to come up with a scripture that would give you God's answer!"

God always has an answer (sometimes "wait", sometimes even "no"). The
question for us is how much time does it take for us to turn to Him?

Let's Pray: This is the day, this is the day, that You,
Lord, have made, that You, Lord, have made. We will rejoice, we will
rejoice and be glad in it and be glad in it. Forgive us when we wander,
trying to find our own way; may our recall come quickly that You are the
way! We love You Lord and turn to You now. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Love is in the Air

February 11

God's love endures forever, so it is always in the air!
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we
should be called children of God!
1 John 3:1

With Valentine's Day only two days away, it is an excellent time to
evaluate how much of our heart belongs to Jesus!

Let's Pray: Lord, Your love is amazing. Fill us
up to overflowing with that love, so that it may spill out upon a
lost and hurting soul today! In Jesus Name, Amen

Joy Jar

February 10

Yesterday I was praying with some of the teachers at school. We had
mounds of personal concerns as well as those for the school. One
teacher said she felt like she was being hammered. As we prayed,
I asked the Lord that with each pounding we took on the head of the
nail, we would see it being used to attach us tighter and tighter
to Christ who had some experience with being hammered himself.

We all agreed that finding our joy is a choice. Later in the
morning I was sharing with my class that I had prayed with the
teachers for us to be able to reach for our "joy jars" in time
of need. One young man asked me what I kept in a joy jar...I
explained, "The Holy Spirit!"

Another young man raised his hand with sincere concern for his
old teacher. "Mrs. Boo," he asked, "do you know what a joy jar
is? You might not want to be saying that." LOL Now this is a
born and raised Franklin County boy and this county has been
known for years as the Moonshine Capital of the World. I am
guessing he was referring to "joy juice." My husband laughingly
said, "I guess for you, Boo, that would be "Boo's (booze) Juice."

My question for you today is simple...What's in your jar?
I pray that it is Jesus, through the Holy Spirit that fills you
up today.

Be joyful always!

What We Don't Know

February 9

This morning AOL has a quiz on its main page testing the knowledge of what
abbreviated company names stand for...CVC, UPS, FYE, etc.
Yesterday, I came across the word "w00t". Now, that is spelled with two
zeros and just happens to have won Webster's new word of the year contest
in 2007. It is an interjection which means expressing joy (it could be after a
triumph, or for no reason at all); similar in use to the word "yay".


"W00t! God's mercies are new every morning."

We are so accepting of many things we don't know much about...the
ingredients in our food or drugs, strangers in a restaurant preparing our
food, companies whose names we don't even know what they stand for, and
what our government leaders are up to with stimulus packages.
(OK, so maybe we are not real trusting of that last one.)

Why is it then that the Word of God, which has stood the test of time, is
so hard for people to accept as beneficial to their lives? I was talking
to someone recently who said he just didn't think he could believe all the
Jesus stuff anymore. My final point with him was....what is it going to hurt
to believe. Wouldn't you rather ere on the side of caution and be headed to
heaven if it comes to pass?

People feel so much has to be given up in life to walk with Christ...
what they don't know is that they are missing out on an abundance of
love and peace when they don't trust and walk with Him.

Let's pray:
Lord, may today be the day, when someone who is lost finds their way.
Yes, finds their way, right into Your loving arms.
If You come back today Lord, those of us who love you may be saying
"w00t" when we meet You in the sky! In Jesus Name, Amen

Wanderful Wanderers

February 7-8

Was it Lawrence Welk who would say wonderful as "wanderful?"
I just asked my husband if that was correct. He responded that nobody reading
my devotional ever watched Lawrence Welk and would know that he didn't!
Made me laugh!

Webster's defines a wanderer as someone who moves about without a fixed course,
aim, or goal. Does that sound like our government?

Lord, Jesus...please make this true for our nation...
"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths...
I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them." Isaiah 42:16

Today I want to go wandering with God. I want to get out on this beautiful 60
degree day and not turn on the news. God has me reflecting on Moses (the real
one, not our bulldog) and his wanderings.

Charles Stanley writes in Crosswalk:

"...to persevere was faith, which Hebrews 11:1 defines as "being sure of what
we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (niv). Moses had learned how
to see "Him who is unseen" (Heb. 11:27). As a result, he was able to grasp
the reality of his invisible God's character and promises. Since encountering
the Lord at the burning bush (Ex. 3:2), he viewed life differently: his new
purpose was to rely on God and follow His plan."

Let's pray Psalm 37:34:
Father help us to put our hope in the You and to travel steadily along Your path.
Even when it feels like we are moving about without goal or aim, may we lift our
eyes to You trusting You to set our course. We lay our concerns for our beloved
nation, which was founded on the love of our forefathers for You, in Your hands
and trust that Your will, will be done. Show us the places to come alongside
You and stand strong. Show us the places where You need us to move into action.
Forgive us for the places we have stumbled. In Jesus Name, Amen

Got the Fever

February 6
On Fire for the Lord.

Lord, we pray that You would grant us, according to the riches of
Your glory, to be strengthened with power through Your Spirit in
the inner man, and that Christ would dwell in our hearts through
faith. We pray that being rooted and firmly established in love,
we might be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the
breadth and width, height and depth, and to know the Messiah's
love that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all
the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19

The holiday of love (in the world's terms) is approaching...
Valentine's Day. The birth of Christ and His crucifixion for
our sins are pretty big holidays exemplifying love in my book!
Praying the Ephesians passage above fired me up. I like being
"firmly established in Christ's love."
I journaled today that being in relationship with Christ gives me:
Security and love, hope and peace and the knowledge that the best
is yet to come...seeing Jesus face to face!

One of our third graders was showing me some of cheers at school.
It took me back to middle school cheer leading days and one of our
cheers was..."We've got the fever, so hot, we cannot be stopped!"

Do we feel that way about our love for Christ! Is our love for
Him passionate and unstoppable? I pray it is a fever that is
very contagious to a lost, hurting world who needs Him!

Pass it on!
Jesus loves you and I love you too!

TOOOOO Funny, I kid you not, having no clue what I am doing on
the computer, my husband just walked through the room going.
S-score, score, C-score, Score, S-C-O-R-E score, score.

Now that is a God thing and makes me smile!
Don't you just love His confirmations!
Go Team!

Hope Now

February 5th
Yesterday, I created 70 valentines! The day before I cut out several
hundred valentines, which our school children will decorate. I
actually wore the skin off my finger where the scissors were rubbing!
One of our students challenged the school to become "good deed doers"
and start events in the community that would have the ripple affect.
Our first activity will be the Friday before Valentines where we will
begin the circulation of 500 valentines and pieces of candy into our
community. The message we want to get to people in this time when we
all need some hope is "God is love and he loves you!"

Enjoy Addison Road's lyrics to her song Hope Now
If everything comes down to love Then just what I am afraid of
When I call out Your name Something inside awakes in my soul
How quickly I forget I’m Yours


I’m not my own I’ve been carried by You All my life

CHORUS
Everything rides on hope now
Everything rides on faith somehow
When the world has broken me down
Your love sets me free


HOPE can be an acronym for ...
He's Our Problem Extinguisher

Let's Pray: Lord, we lay it all down before You
who wears the crown. The crown of glory, so well deserved. We will
not be anxious for anything, for we know You are our Everything. We
will not become weary in our work for You, for we know Your purposes
are for our good as well as the good of others. We will soar as on
wings like eagles, for You are our strength, creating the currents which
can carry us and You make our burdens light. Yes, Sir...everything rides
on the hope and faith we have in You and that makes it a "Fine Ride"
Father, for You are our chaffeur! In Jesus' Name, Amen

Uppity Attitude

February 4

The disappointment was enormous and childlike! The weather report was for
twelve hours of snow showers, and six hours had passed and there was no
evidence of the first flake. A good night's sleep had been wasted due to anticipation and peeking out the window every hour or two. Heading to the
door, rather downtrodden, to let the dog out, I found myself copping an
attitude with God. "What would it have taken for You to produce one good
snowfall? I'd just like a day blanketed in snow with no place to go.
I don't get why we can't have that?" I grumbled.Heading to commence with
my morning routine I recognized another menopausal moment, but this one
had been directed towards my heavenly Father. Whoa!Sitting down to begin
my quiet time with Him I realized I needed a major attitude adjustment and sought forgiveness. The title of an old TV show flashed across my brain...
"Father Knows Best!"
How petty was my desire for a blizzard! There is probably some child having
a birthday party today who would be devastated if his friends couldn't get
there or a spouse needed to travel to the bedside of their beloved who is hospitalized. Ah, the flashback to February 1986 when I had given birth to
our fifth child, and the day after a snow storm hit and kept my husband and
children from coming to visit us at the hospital. (Now that was a pity party
I am sure, probably more so for my husband at home with four little ones in
snow suits, but I never heard him complain.)
We need to have attitude checks and see if our complaints are of eternal value. Today I will have my eyes open at school for where God is at work and what we possibly could have missed had we been snowed in.
Let's Pray: Father, we will head to Your Word where truth resides. It tells us You work ALL things, even the weather, together for good for
those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. Life really
isn't about us, but it is about Jesus and all he has been up to since the
day You came to earth in his body! It is time to grow up and realize:
Then we will no longer be infants...Instead, speaking the truth in love,
we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting
ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Ephesians 4:14-16
We close out this devotional time with You by being renewed and cleansed
from selfish, uppity, attitudes saying as Paul did in Ephesians 3:10-21:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the
church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
Amen.

Step into today expecting God to show up and show off!

Cause

February 3

Cause-(v)to compel by command, authority, or force;
(n)something that brings about an effect or a result

It was the three o'clock hot flash that had me awake and
hearing today's word:cause.
Teaching middle school language arts we learn how
tricky our vocabulary can be with words serving duel
purposes. Our hearts and minds can trick us as well
when we are trying to discern if we are hearing the
Lord or the enemy. God is good and speaks in love
wanting to build up, not destroy. When we hear
thoughts to the contrary we need to beware!

Often people ask..."Did God cause an event to happen?"
We also ask..."What it the cause for the way we respond
to various situations?"

When we endure hardship, others will question how we are
coping. We might respond..."Cuz I know God loves me and He
is on His throne and His angels are watching over me!"

The Bible is full of events that were caused by God.
Acts 10:40 has an awesome one in reference to Jesus:
...but God raised him from the dead on the third
day and caused him to be seen
.
Amen!

My prayer today for us is simple...Lord, may the radiance
of our faith in You, cause others to want to
claim You as their Savior and Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen

Run the Race

February 2

Well, last night James Harrison laid aside everything
and everyone who tried to ensnare him and ran 100
yards, after an interception, for a touch down in the
Super Bowl. He put on some major moves!

The day was so gorgeous yesterday that I set before
myself a goal to walk to a nearby park. I am not sure
how many miles it was and there were some "HILLacious"
spots, but just imagining the lake and mountain view
awaiting me was incentive to keep going. Praise the Lord,
I ran into a friend there who drove me home!

Hebrews Chapter 12 encourages us as believers to be
out and about in this faith walk like Christ was and
to persevere by keeping our eyes on Jesus!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud
of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and
the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with
perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes
on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the
joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and
sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him
who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will
not grow weary and lose heart.


Let's Pray: Lord, You have placed before us a new year, a new
month, and a new week, but all we have to do is look to You to
get us through this new day. Father, the outlook is rather bleak
for our nation right now and people are hurting. Help us to not
grow weary of doing good for one another and may we remember You
will supply all our needs. May Your church persevere in this race
until You call us home. In Jesus Name, Amen