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Never Too Old. [Devotional]

Friday, January 27, 2012

Never Too Old

Verse: Joshua 13:1–7

In the early 1900s, a desperate father prayed for his sick daughter: “God, spare her life and I’ll serve you with mine.” Miraculously, the girl recovered. The grateful father quit his job, packed his large family (along with a cow and some chickens) and moved to Texas for seminary. In his mid-30s, he became an evangelist who held tent revivals in Texas and Oklahoma.

For many years, the pastor faithfully preached the gospel. Even after reaching the century mark, he’d rise every day and don a three-piece suit. Despite shaky legs and cataract-clouded eyes, he’d wait for his son-in-law, married to the daughter who had nearly died so many years ago, to guide him downtown for coffee. A newcomer asked, “Why do you get so dressed up?” The aged pastor replied, “I never know when I’ll lead someone to the Lord. By the way, son, do you know Jesus?” Reverend A. F. Whitlock understood a simple truth: You’re never too old to serve God.

As a young man, Joshua was sent to spy out the promised land. Only he and Caleb believed the Israelites could conquer the enemies living there. So the people wandered 40 years until the exodus generation perished—save the two spies. Then, succeeding Moses, Joshua led Israel into the promised land. Though he was about 80, Joshua captained Israel to victory over six nations and 31 kings.

Fast-forward 20 years. Joshua 13:1 somewhat understates, “Joshua had grown old.” It is estimated he was around 100 years old. Joshua might have expected God to send him on vacation: go float atop the Dead Sea or fish in the Lake of Galilee. But God didn’t offer Joshua a retirement plan. Instead he said, “There are still very large areas of land to be taken over.” Joshua’s next task was to divide the land.

Maybe you think you’re too old to keep serving God. You’ve offered your tithes, taught Sunday school, led women’s ministry and sung in the choir. What’s left? There are always “lands” left to conquer. There are children to tell stories to, younger women who would love to hear about your history, sick people to visit, prayers to pray, people who have yet to hear the Good News. You’re never too old to tell others about God’s love.

Joshua 13:1

When Joshua had grown old, the LORD said to him, “You are now very old, and there are still very large areas of land to be taken over.”

Reflection

1. How has your age affected your ability to serve God (perhaps people don’t take you seriously because you’re younger or overlook you due to advanced age)?

2. What areas has God placed before you to “conquer” (neighborhood, work, family, etc.)?

3. Explain how Joshua’s story encourages you to continue serving God regardless of your age—young or old.

Related Readings

Numbers 13:16–14:10; Psalm 71:18; Proverbs 16:31; 20:29; Isaiah 46:3–4

“I’ve discovered, to my delight, that spiritual gifts don’t age.”
Jill Briscoe

This devotion is from the NIV New Women's Devotional Bible or True Identity by Zondervan. Used with permission.

  
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ABETTERSOUL 1/27/2012 5:06PM

    I agree...you are never to old to serve the Lord!

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SUSIEPH1 1/27/2012 3:34PM

    Thank you so much for sharing !!
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SCTRACKER 1/27/2012 3:10PM

    Thank you for sharing this.

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T-H-A-N-K-S-

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Last year I shared a few acrostics with you on what Spark People means to me, I felt it was time to share another one.

Indeed, SP means so much to me in which I thank God. You are a blessing and an encouragement which gets me through the tough times and the good times.

Just recently after my Dad and his wife Carole left for home after visiting for 12 days I came down with a very painful kidney, bladder and urinary tract infection. You all rallied around me and showed me much support and left words of encouragement on my spark page and lifted me up in much prayer, you rallied around me with love and much support which helped me through the first tough days in which I thank God.

Here is my acrostic on t-h-a-n-k-s-

T- thankful

H-happiness

A-accepting

N-needed

K-kind

S-special

This is what my Spark Friend's mean to me and what I have learned about my Spark Buddies during my almost 2 years at SP.

I am THANKFUL for my spark friend's who are always here for me...

My spark friend's bring me HAPPINESS as they cheer me on my journey...

My spark friend's are so ACCEPTING, they accept me and others for who they are and not for whom they would like the person to become.

My spark friends make me feel NEEDED, and lets face it, we need each other to continue on this journey to live healthier lives...

My SparkBuddies always have a KIND word, a word that will build up rather than tear down.

My Spark Buddies are a SPECIAL people who are there for you. They care and are always ready to support.

Yes in almost 2 years I've discovered my SparkBuddies to be Thankful, Happy, Accepting, Needed, Kind and Special...

In closing I hope this simple acrostic on T-H-A-N-K-S- has encouraged and blessed you. Have a great weekend. Keep on Keeping On. Share some Spark around, be a blessing to someone today...

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SCTRACKER 1/26/2012 4:54PM

    Always love yor blogs even when I don't leave a comment. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/26/2012 11:17AM

    Blessed to call you friend. You are an awesome Sparker. emoticon

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BEESPARKLE 1/26/2012 9:19AM

    Glad you had a nice time with your Dad and Carol.

That went fast.

Sorry to hear you got a set back in health.

Yes it is nice that Sparks are there for you.

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SUSIEPH1 1/26/2012 4:00AM

    How very clever and so nice!!
Well done Judith!!.
Glad you are feeling better my friend!!
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NIV Women's Devotions

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Femme Fatales

Verse: Judges 16:4–22

A femme fatale is a woman who uses the powers of seduction to lure a man into a dangerous or compromising situation. One woman infamous for her influence was Mata Hari. At the turn of the twentieth century in Paris, Mata Hari created a fictitious persona and performed exotic Indian dances to great acclaim. Although her background was fabricated, Parisian society embraced her . . . and men were beguiled by her. Her sensuous dance seduced powerful men in influential positions. Many believe she used feminine guile to extract military secrets. Ultimately, the French tried Mata Hari and executed her as a double agent in World War I. At her trial she said, “Harlot, yes. But traitor? Never!”

In the Bible, we meet another woman who used her feminine allure to affect the destiny of a man. During the time of the judges, Delilah used her influence to discover the secrets of one of Israel’s judges, Samson. Three different times Delilah begged him to give her information about the source of his strength. Three times he resisted. Each time Delilah proved herself false, calling for the Philistines to subdue the strong man. More stunning is that Delilah used the same method over and over again . . . and Samson allowed himself to be tricked each time. Ultimately, Delilah discovered the truth about Samson’s strength and turned him over to her countrymen.

Delilah’s story shows how men can be swayed by women’s wiles and their own desires. Delilah used her sexual attraction and her cunning to bring a man down—for a price. She relentlessly manipulated Samson in order to get the information she needed. When he finally revealed the truth, she rushed to the Philistine rulers to gather her reward. In a heartbeat, Samson lost not just his strength, but the divine gift God had bestowed upon him.

We think it would be great to be able to get our husbands, boyfriends, coworkers, etc. to do what we want. And perhaps, sometimes, we do use feminine wiles, manipulation and nagging to get our way. But are such methods honest? Are they loving? Wouldn’t it be better to be the kind of woman others can trust? How much better to employ honesty, kindness and patience to build up the men we love, rather than trample them in the pursuit of our selfish desires

Judges 16:15–16

Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.” With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.

Reflection

1. Have you ever nagged, manipulated or tricked a man in order to get your way?

2. How did it make you feel? How do you think it made him feel?

3. What words will you use to build up the men in your life?

Related Readings

Exodus 15:20–21; Isaiah 51:3; Ephesians 6:18

This devotion is from the NIV New Women's Devotional Bible or True Identity by Zondervan. Used with permission.

  
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SUSIEPH1 1/25/2012 2:55PM

    Unto thine own self be true !!.
This is a motto I have always lived my life by!!

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ABETTERSOUL 1/25/2012 2:14PM

    It actually is a hollow victory, to manipulate or trick or nag a man, to get your own way. This I learned, very early on, in my marriage. ( I got married when I was 19...was young and stubborn and selfish) Praise the Lord for His changing power and His mercy and grace!

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Up-date & Thank you for Your Prayers

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Today I am feeling better than I did yesterday, this is the first day I was able to accomplish all my tracking and huddling with all my teams without great difficulty..yesterday was an almost complete bed day, today there was a lot of pain throughout the body but the difference I only spent half the time in bed and was able to press through and still teach my Bible Study this morning, I admit it sure took a lot out of me and I came home and spent the rest of the afternoon in bed, but Praise God I was given the strength to get out of bed this morning and lead my group. And believe me, it was an awesome study, well received and good participation. I continue on my meds until Sunday so pray I have a speedy and complete recovery without any further set-backs. I so appreciate all of you my friend's, your prayers & support mean so much...Love and Hugs, Your Friend, Judith emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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DOTTIEJANE1 1/25/2012 4:56PM

    Glad that you are feeling better.Please just go slow and easy .WE ARE HERE FOR YOU . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNINGOMA 1/25/2012 10:31AM

    I'm so glad to hear that you are doing better. Just don't do too much too soon.
What Bible study are you doing right now?

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ABETTERSOUL 1/25/2012 8:48AM

    Glad that you are feeling better...don't push yourself. emoticon emoticon

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    So glad you are feeling better. emoticon

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DBELLE39 1/25/2012 8:09AM

    Just take it slow & easty --don't push yourself too hard & cause a setback. We are here for you. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 1/25/2012 4:01AM

    Glad you are feeling better my friend ... please do not try to do much to quickly!!

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Update... Please Continue in Prayer...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thanks Spark Friend's for your love and support, I am doing a little better, the meds are doing their work and of course all the prayers....

I am on these meds for another 6 days, pray this infection goes away quickly.

Thanks for your love and your prayers. I so appreciate you. I can't be on here for any length of time so will huddle when I can and leave updates for you..

  
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DOTTIEJANE1 1/24/2012 12:24PM

    Glad for your improvment GLORY TO GOD .

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SCTRACKER 1/24/2012 11:01AM

    Glad you are getting better, praying for a complete recovery.

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SUNNY332 1/24/2012 10:21AM

    Bless your heart. Hang in there and I pray you have a quick recovery.

Sunny

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HDHAWK 1/24/2012 9:36AM

    I'm glad you're seeing some improvement already! Take care!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/24/2012 9:33AM

    emoticonKeeping you in prayer.

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KRYS210 1/24/2012 5:55AM

    So glad you are doing better. That is a very uncomfortable thing to have and I hope the meds are easing the pain. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers!

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BERGBA7 1/24/2012 5:52AM

    Sending wishes for a quick recovery...
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