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Daily Inspiration and Birth verse for February 4:

Monday, February 04, 2013

Daily Inspiration: You will go where your thoughts take you, so carefully plan your destination. Lord, help me keep my focus on the blessings in my life and the things I want to achieve.

Daily Scripture & Reflection: Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14

A Time to Think: Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.—Joseph Scriven

A Time to Act: Do your best and leave the rest to God.

A Time to Pray: Lord God, help me carry the blessings of prayer into my family's future.

Birth verse for February 4: God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:4

PrayFit Devotional: A Stone and a Sling; Feb 4, 13; Read: 1 Samuel 17
“So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine.” –1 Samuel 17:50

“He struck down the Philistine.” You know, I’ve thought a lot lately about the young David and the day he floored the giant. Not sure why, but in my mind I find myself with a sling in one hand, while rolling a stone between my thumb and index finger in the other. I want to pick a fight.

With God’s word and His wisdom echoing down the corridors of my brain, tamed courage paces back and forth within my self-imposed and carefully designed cages. Friends…it seems my health, my faith, my income, stewardship, prayer life, and my thought life all deserve and require a glance down at my stone and sling. What am I waiting on? What are you?

I think it’s time to say, “Goodbye, comfort zones” and “So long, easy.” In fact, in the time that it’s taken me to write today’s entry, I’ve realized that I don’t have to pick a fight. The fight is waiting for me. It’s raging. I gotta get in it. Do you?

What battles will you face this week? Will your pride be bruised? Will vanity get the better of you? Will your self-control actually lose it? Thankfully, whether we succeed or not, God’s mercy is new each day and Jesus is in our hearts, so who do we have to fear? Let’s engage. Let’s get in it. It’s time to mix it up. I have my stone and sling. Got yours? If the world needs proof that grace changes people, here we come. –Jimmy Peña

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