Saturday, July 19, 2008
Day 5 - Sunday, July 20
Note... I'll give you a "tissue alert" for this one. Since the first time I read this devotional, I cannot read it or even think about it without tearing up. The lady who wrote this one is a bit younger than me. She is a music teacher in our public school system. She and her husband work part-time for our church as the youth ministers (for kids under 5th grade.) She is really good with the kids. She has a boy and a girl of her own.
Bible Verse - John 13:1-4 (NIV)
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.
One of my favorite memories is singing with my grandfather. He didn’t have the best voice and most of the time couldn’t hold a great pitch. Our favorite song to sing together was “What A Day That Will Be.” It was never sung with dry eyes. Many times we were unable to finish the song due to our overwhelming emotion. How joyful are the thoughts of the sweet promise that we will be with our Savior one day. A place where there’ll be no sorrow, no burdens, no sickness, and no pain. What a wonderful feeling to know that we will have everlasting peace. Sometimes life can throw me hardballs, but I just hold on to God’s promise in John 14 and think back to the time I savored singing with granddaddy knowing that one day we will be singing together again.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Let us look to You for guidance and strength as we face another day. Let this day give glory and honor to You as You deserve nothing less. Thank You for the wonderful promise of Heaven. Help me to remember that I am in this world but not of this world. Lord, I long to be with You in Heaven and with all the saints who have gone before me. Father help me to have peace and patience as I travel through this land. Bless every person reading this prayer.
An additional thought... It really is a sweet thought to think about how it will be in Heaven. We just finished a short series on "What will it be like in Heaven?" Though we are told many things in the Bible, we really cannot wrap our human brains around it all. But, it is always good to remember that God made us "in His image." So I know that there will be great love in Heaven and our families will be waiting for us there.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Day 3 - Friday, July 18
Bible Verse - Psalms 16:1-2 (NIV)
Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I said to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing."
God takes care of those that love him. He will protect us from evil if we ask. Jesus said that we should pray for the deliverance from evil.
Thank you for all of the blessings of this life. Help us as we serve you and protect us from evil.
What this man says is so true. Satan does his best to run us all off our tracks, especially when we are doing our best to serve the Lord. So, "stay away from me Satan." I'm serving the Lord.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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This entry was written by a sweet older woman. She was born with a speech impediment, as well as other issues. She is very difficult to understand and therefore gets generally ignored, but I try to have a conversation with her every Sunday. She is a very special lady, as you can see in her devotional.
Day 2 - Thursday, July 17
Bible Verse - Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I thank our Father in Heaven for this verse among His many others. It has given me the strength to get through the tough days over all the seasons. We can trust God. He does work miracles. He is not as fast doing it, though, as we sometimes think he should. Nor does he answer how we think he should. He, our Father in Heaven, answers for our benefit in His own time and way.
Our Father in Heaven,
I thank you for our Bibles made up of many verses. I thank you for the many helpers you had writing them and giving them the strength to write them; in turn, giving many other people strength to get through the tough seasons - the days of life. Let us know it is not always as fast as we would like and the way we would like. Dear Father, I am very sorry for the wrong things I have said or done - the ones I realize and the ones I do not. You do give us strength in your own way and in your own time. In my prayers I must not give up asking you for strength for others, our country, and ourselves; and I must not give up saying I’m sorry at times even when it’s not my fault. I thank you so much for listening to my prayers and for strength for all mentioned in prayers.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
As promised, here is the first installment of 40 days of prayer. I hope that some of these move you as much as they have moved me during the many weeks that it took me to put together our church's prayer devotional.
Day 1 - Wednesday, July 16
Bible Verse - Ephesians 2:4-10 (NIV)
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions - it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Yard Sale trinket…………………….. $1
Clothes on sale………………….…… $10
St. Louis Cardinal collectible…………$30
Eternal home with Christ………….Priceless
We are always proud and excited to tell others about the last great deal or bargain we found. What if we took that same enthusiasm to tell everyone we know about the greatest deal we have ever been involved in? Of course, we paid nothing - He paid it all. What a deal!
I want to tell everyone about the great “deal” I have received from you. In the past my conversation has been more about the worldly deals I’ve been involved in. Help me to change that conversation to where it is more about the everlasting gift I have received from you. It would be selfish to keep it to myself. Thank you father for loving me so much.
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