Monday, July 28, 2008
Day 14 - Tuesday, July 29
Note: This writer is an older lady in our congregation. She is one of the silent ones... until you get her in a small group. She always has a smile for you.
Bible Verse - Proverbs 3: 1, 5-6 (NKJ)
My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Most chapters in Proverbs have teaching that we need. This third chapter is one of my favorites, the sixteenth also. There are many teachings on “keeping quiet” that I need.
Help me to remember you are in control and my thoughts and actions need to be pleasing to you. Having been blessed beyond what I deserve, keep me humble and caring for others.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Additional thoughts... It is so true. We need to keep quiet and listen to God speaking through His Word. Sometimes we read for the sake of reading and don't listen. The old saying is "stop and smell the roses." We need to stop and smell the goodness of God's words in His Good Book. We need to listen to the music that He feeds to our souls.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Day 13 - Monday, July 28
Note: This lovely older couple just started coming to our congregation a couple of years ago. It is kind of a homecoming for Mr. V.F.M. since the property that the church building sits on was actually the land that he grew up on as a child.
Bible Verse - Jeremiah 6:16 (NKJ)
Thus says the LORD: Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
We can not find rest for our souls in this short life unless - we walk the proven path - The Word of God. We must “walk in it,” God’s Word!
Please help me to return to Your Word that I may find spiritual peace in this life and the life to come.
V. F. and E. M.
Additional Thoughts... We certainly are not a "restful" people, are we? So many of us leave our hometowns "in search of something better." We move away to go to school or to find a "better" job. But for many of us, something draws us back to the place of our childhood. For many who are raised in the church, they gain their independence and "search" for something else to make them happy; then someday later, they search out the "old paths" that they were raised on. They return to God's Word. The preacher said this morning, "As long as we are breathing, we can still make the right choice to serve God." We can still get back on the right path.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Day 12 - Sunday, July 27
Note: This lady is a fairly new Christian. She has two adolescent sons. She is a single mom.
Bible Verse - Matthew 17:20-21 (NIV)
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
We have mountains in our lives that belong to us… we put them there. They are made of adversity and ordeal and of heartache and hard knocks. Faith is a power which “moves mountains.” To remove mountains is to know that there are no burdens so heavy that God cannot help us to carry them; no problem is so insoluble that He cannot resolve it. If Jesus accused His first disciples of unbelief, what does He think of us today?
Thank You for the promise to hear and answer my prayers when I pray and believe. Know, Lord, that I do believe, and I place all my faith in You, my powerful and loving God. I pray that You give me the faith and strength I need to keep the covenant I made with You on the day of my salvation and to help me move the mountains that become obstacles. Lord, help me to never lose sight of You because of these mountains and that I continue to grow in faith.
In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.
Additional Thoughts... I've always heard of this verse as it focuses on moving mountains. I've never already thought about what those mountains were. It is so true that we make our own mountains. We try to move those mountains ourselves; but if we put in God, He will move the mountains for us.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Day 11 - Saturday, July 26
Note: This gentleman is one of our elders and is the director of our stewardship campaign. He is a retired business man with three sons. He is a good teacher who likes a challenge.
Bible Verse - II Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
I see, talk, and observe so many people today who seemingly have no convictions or faith in the holy Word of God. Whether through lack of training while in their youth or lack of study, they are sadly missing the wonderful examples of love, grace, and compassion that are contained in the Scriptures. With the assurance that this passage gives us, we can relax in our knowledge that God directed the writers of the Bible. With the massive amount of history, places, and characters, and time elapse in the Word, this verse confirms that the mighty hand of God was directing the recording, as there are no contradictions or errors in his Holy Word. The Scriptures direct us on the path to heaven.
We are so thankful for your involvement in directing the writers of your Word. Remind us daily of this assurance we have in the Scriptures as we study to show ourselves approved. Please give us the knowledge and wisdom to combat those who doubt your Word. We ask for your divine guidance as we discuss your Will with our fellow men and women, to help them see the truth of your Word. May we use your Word and our gifts to honor you and guide someone to Christ.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Additional thoughts... Religion and Politics, those are the two subjects that so many warn against in discussions with your friends... or anybody else for that matter. But shouldn't we have those types of discussions? Isn't the testing of our faith and knowledge one of the things that God wants us to be doing? Taking the time to study His Word is one of the ways we commune with our God. What a wonderful way to spend our time!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Opening night was Tonight for the play that my older daughter and two nephews are in. Though there were a few forgotten words by some of the cast, the kids all worked hard to put on an entertaining show. Pictured is my daughter who played Matilda, a little girl in the Candy Man scene. She also performed as a cook for Augustus and as extras in several of the other songs. My nephews were Oompa Loompas. They were SO CUTE! You'll find their pic on my spark page.
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