Saturday, May 11, 2013
This devotion comes from Sarah Young, written in "Jesus Calling" as if Jesus is speaking directly to you. Scriptures are from NIV
"Thank Me for your problems. As soon as your mind gets snagged on a difficulty, bring it to Me with thanksgiving. Then ask Me to show you My way to handle the situation. The very act of thanking Me releases your mind from its negative focus. As you turn your attention to Me, the problem fades in significance and loses its power to trip you up. Together we can deal with the situation, either facing it head-on or putting it aside for later consideration.
Most of the situations that entangle your mind are not today's concern; you have borrowed them from tomorrow. In this case, I lift the problems out of today and deposit it in the future, where is it veiled from your eyes. In its place I give you My Peace, which flows freely from My Presence."
Philippians 4:6-7 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Saturday, May 11, 2013
This is a devotion taken from "Jesus Calling" written by Sarah Young. It reads as if Jesus is speaking to you. All scripture is taken from the NIV
"Do not resist or run from the difficulties in your life. These problems are not random mistakes; they are hand-tailored blessings designed for your benefit and growth. Embrace all the circumstances that I allow in your life, trusting Me to bring good out of them. View problems as opportunities to rely more fully on Me.
When you start to feel stressed, let those feelings alert you to your need for Me. Thus, your needs become doorways to deep dependence on Me and increasing intimacy between us. Although self-sufficiency is acclaimed in the world, reliance on Me produces abundant living in My kingdom. Thank Me for the difficulties in your life, since they provide protection from the idolatry of self-reliance."
John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
2 Corinthians 1:8-9 "We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. In deed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead."
Ephesians 5:20-21 "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
The following devotional is taken from "Jesus Calling" - a book written by Sarah Young, in such a way as if Jesus were talking to you.
"Do not long for the absence of problems in your life. That is an unrealistic goal, since in this world you will have trouble. You have an eternity of problem-free living reserved for you in heaven. Rejoice in that inheritance, which no one can take away from you, but do not seek your heaven on earth.
Begin each day anticipating problems, asking Me to equip you for whatever difficulties you will encounter. The best equipping is My living Presence, My hand that never lets go of yours. Discuss everything with Me. Take a lighthearted view of trouble, seeing it as a challenge that you and I together can handle. Remember that I am on your side, and I have overcome the world."
John 16:33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Isaiah 41:13 "For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you."
Philippians 4:13 "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
Sunday, May 05, 2013
A little blog to let you know about my current life.
I have two grandsons who live nearby (and a third who lives down south with his sister). Both PA boys play baseball. Tyler is 9. He and the others on his team are still learning even the basics.....kind of amusing sometimes to watch them. The teams that age play for only 6 innings, and each half inning is played until they score 3 runs, or get 3 outs. Then the other team is up to bat.
Tyler's older brother is 13, and most of his team is also 13 yr. old. They are playing on the big fields now (90 ft between bases) and play by 'high school' rules.....tougher. Since they are so young, most of the boys they play are a year or two older, so Josh's team probably won't win many games this season. That's ok, they're being stretched and are learning more about 'real' baseball. DH and I love to watch them both play.
Thursday, Josh's team played probably their toughest opponents of the year. That team had all 15 yr olds, and is considered the "A" team. Josh's team got slaughtered something like 15 or 20 to zero. Yep, a shut-out.
Yesterday Josh had a game about an hour's drive away. Again, the other team was largely a yr or so older, but Josh's team held them to 7 points while scoring 3 points themselves. Yes, they lost again; but again, they're being stretched and given the opportunity to pick up things like how to better steal bases, just by watching how the other teams play.
DH and I ran errands on the way home, arriving in time to let the dog out. She almost turned herself inside out with excitement that we were home again. After getting a bite of lunch, we went to Tyler's game. DH and I had to leave in the bottom of the 5th inning so we could make it on time to small group, with another stop at the house for Darby. Our dau called later and told us Tyler's team won 7-6 in the 6th inning. Yea!!
Josh is again on a Traveling Tournament team in addition to his Little League play. The traveling teams play exclusively in 1 or 2 day tournaments, on weekends for a few months. The games are always 'away' even when Josh's team is the home team. This year, the play starts next Saturday, near Reading, PA - and since we live near Harrisburg, it's a little over an hour's drive away. It's just on Saturday, and I'll drive up there for the two games they will definitely play. If they play the championship game, I'll have to miss it in order to get back for small group. DH will miss those games because he has to attend a special election judge training class.
Our church is currently doing a Bible study on the "Vertical Church" by James McDonald. It's a pretty intense study - Sunday School and the sermon each week, plus a video and small group discussion. The study runs for eight weeks in April and May, and a simplistic explanation of the study is that it is about our relationship vertically with the Lord, so that we can reach out horizontally to others, making all THOSE relationships be about God and not us.
The boys play about 7 games a week (between the two of them), we have small group each Saturday night, and we're continuing with our volunteer work at the school for a few hours one day a week, and a few more hours two other mornings a week at the no-kill animal shelter. Whew! You ought to see the large calendar for May on our refrigerator.....there are only about 3 days with nothing written on them - and those are Sundays, when it's a given that we'll be at church. That includes dr appts and training for working in the polls on primary day, which is in a few weeks. That is a terribly LONG day, but I rather enjoy it, even tho we come home and collapse on the couch. But you know we wouldn't do all these things if we didn't want to.
So okay, if you've read this far you know what I'm up to these days.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Another fabulous devotional from Sarah Young in "Jesus Calling" - then again, I haven't found a bad one in nearly a year's reading. : ) Remember, this book of devotionals is written as if Jesus is talking to you.
April 28, 2013
As you look into the day that stretches out before you, you see many choice points along the way. The myriad possibilities these choices present can confuse you. Draw your mind back to the threshold of this day, where I stand beside you, lovingly preparing you for what is ahead.
You must make your choices one at a time, since each is contingent upon the decision that precedes it. Instead of trying to create a mental map of your path through this day, focus on My loving Presence with you. I will equip you as you go, so that you can handle whatever comes your way. Trust Me to supply what you need when you need it.
The following verses are from the NIV Bible:
"Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who take refuge in him."
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