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12/8/09 5:40 P

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Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." --Hebrews 13:5

There is a story of a rich industrialist who walked past a fisherman one day. He was irritated to find the man sitting lazily beside his boat instead of out at sea. The rich man asked, "Why aren't you out there fishing?"

The fisherman replied, "Because I've caught enough fish for today."

The rich man asked, "Why don't you catch more fish than you need? There's still more work to be done."

The fisherman responded with, "What would I do with them once I caught them?"

"You could buy a better boat so you could go deeper into the sea and catch more fish," the rich man impatiently replied. "You could purchase nylon nets, catch even more fish, and make even more money. Eventually, you'd have a fleet of boats, people to do the work for you, and be rich like me."

After quietly contemplating, the fisherman asked, "Then what would I do?"

"You could sit down and enjoy life like I am," the industrialist said.

Looking placidly out to sea, the fisherman replied, "What do you think I'm doing now?"

The Apostle Paul said to the church in Philippi, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. …I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:11-13).

Whatever situations come your way—good or bad—find your strength in the Lord and learn to rely on Him for provision. It's often hard to have faith that He will provide in times of need, but rejoice in what He has given you thus far in your current situation, and trust completely in His timing.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord to make you content in life whatever circumstances come your way.

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12/2/09 11:19 A

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Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did. --1 John 2:6

The "mother" of the Salvation Army was Catherine Booth. Campbell Morgan said, "Wherever Catherine Booth went, humanity went to hear her. Princes and peeresses merged with paupers and prostitutes."

One particular night, Mrs. Booth and Mr. Morgan happened to be in the same meeting. A large crowd of "publicans and sinners" was also there. Many came to Christ that night because of her message. After the meeting, Booth and Morgan went to a glamorous home to be entertained. The lady of the manor said, "Mrs. Booth, that meeting was dreadful, wasn't it?"

Mrs. Booth replied, "What do you mean?"

The lady responded, "When you were speaking, I was looking at those people opposite of me. Their faces were so terrible, many of them. I don't think I shall sleep tonight!"

Mrs. Booth asked, "Don't you know them?"

The hostess replied, "Certainly not!"

Mrs. Booth said, "Well that's interesting…I didn't bring them with me from London; they are your neighbors!"

In Matthew 19:19, Jesus said, "Love your neighbor as yourself." This New Testament command originated in the Old Testament, Leviticus 19:18: "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself." God gave these instructions to show His people how they were to treat others and live in a community of peace with one another.

It may be hard to love some people—even those who may be in your church circle of friends—but we love the Lord by showing our love to others. When we love others with God's love, even the unlovable, He's able to transform lives and hearts.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to help you love others just as He would. Thank God for His abounding love for you, so that you may share it with others.

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12/1/09 6:59 P

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…God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." --Hebrews 13:5

Timothy Blackburn, author of The History of the Future: A Commentary on Revelation and Matthew 24, told the story of when he was a young child falling asleep in the car on the way home from church.

Blackburn said that he would sleep in the back of his family's 1959 Chevrolet, as they traveled many miles from the church where his dad served as pastor. He remembers sometimes waking just enough to feel his dad gently pick him up and carry him to his bed. Other times, he would actually be awake, but would pretend to sleep so he could get a free lift. And occasionally, he wouldn't wake at all until the next day, discovering that he'd been carefully tucked in his bed.

He said: "He cradled my head in his arm to support it. What a comforting feeling that was! I felt secure and protected; there were no worries. The problems of the day didn't matter. I knew my dad was protecting me at that moment. I did not worry about school the next day—I was in my father's arms."

At any age, we want to feel safe. And thankfully, we have a heavenly Father to comfort us. Through each step we take in life, He gently guides and directs us, even carrying us along some of the way. We are safe and sound in His arms, and no one can snatch us out of His hands (John 10:27-30).

Even as senior adults, we are never walking alone, and God is the first to rescue us when our hearts are broken and we don't know where to turn. What a loving Father we have!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for carrying you when times were rough in the past and ask Him to help you feel safe and secure in the days ahead.

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11/30/09 1:15 P

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Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. --Matthew 5:23-24

On a television magazine show not too long ago, there was an incredible story of forgiveness. A family of six was camping out, sleeping in tents in a public park. In the middle of the night, a man cut a hole in the tent and carried away their 7-year-old daughter.

Immediately, the mother began to pray for the kidnapper and made a commitment to forgive. A year later he called and the family learned what the mother knew in her heart all along—the child was dead.

The mother said, "Forgiveness is hard work, but it is the only thing that will set you free."

Unwillingness to forgive allows bitterness to creep in to our hearts and plant roots. Hebrews 12:15 says, "See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many."

Bitterness can spread to those around us, and if it is left to harden in the heart, it is almost seemingly impossible to remove. Scripture is clear about wiping away the offenses in our life, and doing it quickly.

If you feel like someone owes you something or if there is something standing in the way of you not thanking God every day for the blessings you have, bitterness can begin to set in. All you need is a few cleaning tools to scrub away the stains of bitterness—compassion and forgiveness.

If you harbor bitter feelings toward someone in your life—a family member, a church leader, or a friend—then immediately approach that person and learn to forgive them. Make a commitment, today, to begin the spring spiritual cleaning in your life.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask the Lord to daily clean out the grime of bitterness in your heart in order that you may reflect an accurate image of Christ to those around you.

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11/16/09 10:48 A

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"These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this," declares the LORD. --Zechariah 8:16-17

In September 1999, NASA experienced difficulty in communication and learned a hard lesson. The Mars Climate Orbiter had been traveling to the planet for ten months and scientists were more than excited that it was finally reaching a point that would allow it to complete its mission of being a weather satellite on Mars.

However, the $125 million project destructed just 37 miles above the Martian surface in late September. The failure occurred because of miscommunication between NASA and the Orbiter. It crashed because of a mix-up in the use of English and metric units—something relatively simple in the daily dealings of NASA.

The satellite was originally supposed to be hovering 93 miles above the surface, but the system measurements were wrong and it forced the Orbiter down to 37 miles. This one minor detail completely destroyed millions of dollars invested and years of work in completing the mission. Do you think if they had clearly spoken the truth, their mission would have been successful?

Clear communication is essential for success in business, relationships, and even a Mars satellite. In your social life, church life, or conversation with others, make it a point to speak the truth in Christ's love. In our mission as believers to show others the way to salvation, it is important that we always keep our mouths clean, hearts pure, and minds focused on what pleases the Lord. Make a choice to clearly communicate godliness, truth, and integrity to everyone who crosses your path.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to help you communicate His love in the appropriate manner to those who come into your life. Pray each morning before your day begins that you would speak the truth in all conversations you have with others.

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11/13/09 12:29 P

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“These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against your neighbor, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the LORD. --Zechariah 8:16-17

In September 1999, NASA experienced difficulty in communication and learned a hard lesson. The Mars Climate Orbiter had been traveling to the planet for ten months and scientists were more than excited that it was finally reaching a point that would allow it to complete its mission of being a weather satellite on Mars.

However, the $125 million project destructed just 37 miles above the Martian surface in late September. The failure occurred because of miscommunication between NASA and the Orbiter. It crashed because of a mix-up in the use of English and metric units—something relatively simple in the daily dealings of NASA.

The satellite was originally supposed to be hovering 93 miles above the surface, but the system measurements were wrong and it forced the Orbiter down to 37 miles. This one minor detail completely destroyed millions of dollars invested and years of work in completing the mission. Do you think if they had clearly spoken the truth, their mission would have been successful?

Clear communication is essential for success in business, relationships, and even a Mars satellite. In your social life, church life, or conversation with others, make it a point to speak the truth in Christ’s love. In our mission as believers to show others the way to salvation, it is important that we always keep our mouths clean, hearts pure, and minds focused on what pleases the Lord. Make a choice to clearly communicate godliness, truth, and integrity to everyone who crosses your path.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to help you communicate His love in the appropriate manner to those who come into your life. Pray each morning before your day begins that you would speak the truth in all conversations you have with others.

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10/31/09 1:09 P

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. --Galatians 5:22-23

Two golfers stepped to the first tee on a local golf course. The elder of the two men was kind, while the younger was prideful and impatient. On the first and second holes, the young man made bad shots and began shouting at the caddie: "Keep your eyes peeled. I'm not here to do your job!"

Every bad shot thereafter seemed to be the caddie's fault. After the first nine holes, the young man angrily discharged the caddie and carried his own bag. He said to his older companion, "I don't like him. Thank goodness he's gone!"

The older man said, "Several years ago, a kid from Yonkers, William, came here and was taken on as a caddie. He was a sweet-natured boy and everybody liked him. He had a club foot, but that didn't affect his job. A doctor and member of the club became interested in William and took him south on a long trip.

"When they returned, William went back to caddying. The doctor, however, gave up golf for health reasons and died a few months later. I later played with William one morning and he gathered flowers all along the way. I asked him, ‘Who's the girl?' And he replied, ‘I haven't any girl, sir. They're for my friend, the doctor. Twice a week I take flowers to his grave.' You see, the doctor took William down south to operate on his foot. He helped the boy, and William never forgot his kindness."

The younger man said, "Now that's a caddie worth having. What happened to him?"

The older man said, "He carried your bag today for the first nine holes."

This holiday and every day throughout the year, show the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life by being kind to others.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that your kindness would spill over into the lives of others.

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10/15/09 5:55 P

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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. --Ephesians 5:19-20

Walking through an open market one day, a mother and her five-year-old daughter browsed through the items available on each table. As the little girl stopped to stare at a large pile of oranges on one table, the generous vendor selling the oranges took one from the stack and gave it to her.

The mother asked her daughter, "What do you say to the nice man for giving you a gift?"

The little girl stared at the orange again, then tossed it toward the vendor and said, "Peel it!"

Thankfulness is something we learn over time and grow into regardless our age. What might be considered innocent and harmless coming from a five-year-old child would certainly be considered rude and ungrateful coming from an older child or adult. However, it's easy to fall into the trap of responding as that little girl did to God's blessings by thinking, "This is nice and all, but I'd like a little more."

An attitude of gratitude toward God's gifts is a mark of spiritual maturity in a believer's life. In Paul's letter to the Christians in Ephesus, he challenged them to follow Christ, which included "giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

This holiday season practice thankfulness to God, instead of complaining about what you don't have, instead of bemoaning the unfairness of life, or instead of expecting and desiring more than what you already have. God has provided all your needs and as His child, it's His desire to bless you with enough to sustain you. Be thankful for what you have!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to give you a thankful heart no matter the circumstances. Pray that He would help you see the blessings in all the gifts you receive—both big and small.

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10/12/09 11:11 A

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But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. --2 Peter 3:13

A Christian railroad engineer was speaking to a group of his coworkers about heaven. He went into a lengthy description saying:

"I can't begin to tell you what the Lord Jesus Christ means to me. In Him, I have a hope that is precious and life everlasting. Let me explain. Many years ago, as each night I neared the end of my run, I would always let out a long blast with the whistle just as I'd come around the last curve.

"Then I'd look up at the familiar little cottage on top of the hill. My mother and father would be standing in the doorway waving to me. After I had passed, they'd go back inside and say, ‘Thank God, Benny is home safe again tonight.'

"They are gone now, and no one is there to welcome me anymore. But someday when I have finished my ‘earthly run' and I draw near to heaven's gate, I believe I'll see my precious mother and dad waiting there for me. And the one will turn to the other and say, ‘Thank God, Benny is home safe at last.'"

We will see those loved ones, those believers who went home ahead of us, at the gates to welcome us home when we draw near. It will be a joyous time of celebration with our Lord and the ones we love! Today there are those in your life who have not yet experienced salvation through Jesus.

Have you exhausted all efforts to bring them to Jesus? Share with them what heaven means to you and tell them of your desire to welcome them home one day to eternity.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that others will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as you seek to show them the promise, hope, and joy of spending eternity with Jesus.


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10/11/09 10:16 A

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The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. --Psalm 51:17

Will Rogers was most definitely known for his laughter, but he was also known for his character and compassion. One day, he was entertaining at the Milton H. Berry Institute in Los Angeles, a hospital that specialized in rehabilitating polio victims, people with broken backs, and those with other extreme physical handicaps.

As expected, Rogers had everyone laughing, even those patients who were in very bad condition. But he suddenly left the platform and headed straight for the restroom. Milton Berry followed to take him a towel. When he opened the door, he saw Rogers leaning against the wall sobbing. He quietly closed the door and left.

In a few minutes, Rogers was back on the platform, and continued on as happy as before. In The Integrity Crisis, Warren Wiersbe said, "If you want to learn what a person is really like, ask three questions: What makes him laugh? What makes him angry? What makes him weep? These are fairly good tests of character…"

Many times, people preach, teach, and share Jesus in anger. But what we truly need is brokenness for those who are hurting, lost, and without Jesus. It is that kind of anguish that Jesus showed when He removed all those who were selling and trading in the temple, and then went out and wept over the city.

It's easier to get angry over sin than it is to weep over it. While sin is wrong, we should cry out for those sinners who are hurting and hopeless. Choose today to be broken and compassionate toward those who do not know the love of Christ.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to help break you so that you can minister to those who are lost and broken. Pray that He would give you the strength and compassion needed to reach others in their times of need.

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10/4/09 10:16 A

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The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. --Psalm 28:7

Author Norman Cousins told of being hospitalized with a rare, crippling disease in his book, The Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient. When Cousins was diagnosed as incurable, he decided to check out of the hospital. He was fully aware of the harmful effects that negative emotions can have on the body, but Cousins reasoned that the reverse was true and decided to do something about it.

Once he was home, he determined to take action against the disease that was spreading through his body. He borrowed a movie projector and prescribed his own treatment.

Each day, he watched Marx Brothers films and old "Candid Camera" reruns. It wasn't long before Cousins realized that ten minutes of laughter provided two hours of pain-free sleep. Amazingly, his incurable disease was eventually reversed. His victory appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine and afterward, he received more than 3,000 letters from appreciative physicians throughout the world.

God does not expect us to be serious Christians all the time. We're expected to lighten up and have some fun. Even Jesus had fun: playing with children, attending a wedding party, and socializing with everyday people. The Christian life may seem like a somber and boring journey, but it's not supposed to be that way.

Unfortunately, non-believers often view Christians as a "no-fun" crowd, but we know that the life of the believer is full of joy—joy that can only be found in Christ. When the negativity of the world darkens your day, praise Jesus for the fulfillment, purpose, and happiness we have in Him.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for the joy you have in Jesus as a Christian. Pray that God would daily fill you with laughter and happiness through the Holy Spirit when the world gets you down.

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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. --Romans 8:28

In his book Lost Moon, Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell tells the story of the intense competition between aerospace companies over the contracts to build the lunar and command modules for the Apollo space programs.

He tells how no one really wanted the lunar module, the “consolation prize” whose glory during the moon landings would be short-lived. Everyone wanted to build the commence module, which they believed would be the backbone of NASA for years.

As it turned out, North American Rockwell won the contract to build the coveted command module, and Grumman begrudgingly accepted the lunar contract.

In his book, Lovell notes how the lunar module actually became a lifeboat for the Apollo 13 astronauts who almost died on their now infamous journey into space. What was once thought of as the “consolation prize” ended up saving three lives!

I want to ask you today, do you ever feel like you’ve been given the consolation prize? Are there areas of your life where you feel like you’re not getting the recognition you deserve?

In John 1:10, the Bible tell us that Jesus Himself wasn’t recognized for who He was or what He would do. Like Him, we often have to wait to see the fruits of our actions or the impact they will eventually make.

But the fruit of your actions will reap a harvest. Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the LORD and do good.” There are no conditions to this command from the Lord! Each of us should do good all the time, trusting that God will reward us for our faithfulness to Him and work everything for our good.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to help you trust in His faithfulness and that He will work everything for your good.

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9/25/09 10:20 A

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Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins. - James 4:17

Have you ever been in a situation and known the right thing to do, but just didn't do it? If so, you're not alone! Most of us can probably relate to this scenario.

The Scriptures clearly show us what actions are sin. But how do we know when inaction becomes a sin? Well, we all know the difference between right and wrong. And it's not enough to just avoid doing sin. We are commanded to pursue righteousness and justice.

You've heard the term "half-truth" before. Half-truths are telling the truth without telling the whole truth. Thus you can omit certain information without actually lying. But this is precisely what James is talking about. Some people say that a half-truth is actually a half-lie. I think they're on to something.

There are many times in our lives when we're faced with difficult situations. But we do not have the luxury of burying our heads in the sand or looking the other way and pretending we don't see what's before us. Friend, you and I must do what is right, even when no one is looking, and even when it might cost us something!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God for courage to do what is right, even when it is difficult.

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9/23/09 10:32 A

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"You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." - Acts 1:8

I read about a man not long ago who started a mission organization at the age of 65. He does a lot of pastoral training around the globe, including several training seminars in China each year.

During his most recent trip to China, the man was teaching a group of pastors when they were interrupted by Chinese officials. He was detained and held for questioning, his visa was suspended, and his passport was confiscated.

After eight hours of questioning, he was released and allowed to leave the country. His future access to China is unknown right now, but he is pressing on. Less than two weeks after this he was en route to Romania to continue his work!

Friends, our Lord has commanded us to take His message to the ends of the earth. Not all of us can go to China,but there's no excuse for not being involved in missionary work on some level. Chances are your church sponsors mission trips or missionary families or both. Find out what you can do to get involved in those areas. Or you could look online for any number of independent mission groups who could use your support.

Support doesn't have to mean going or even giving financially. Prayers are just as important as dollars, and countless people in the field have seen great provision through the support of prayer warriors at home.

And don't forget that the mission field includes your neighborhood or place of work! If you can't go to China, you still can go next door.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would present you with an opportunity to be directly involved with missionary efforts.

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Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. - Matthew 4:1

All of us battle temptation on a daily basis. The enemy is relentless in his attacks, which is why you and I must always be vigilant in staying connected to the Lord every day. But no matter how committed we are to our relationship with God, we will still come under fire.

The key to our victory is in our response. When you feel overwhelmed by temptation, how do you respond? Thankfully, God has provided us the perfect example for overcoming temptation by allowing His own Son to be tempted.

Christ's temptation is recorded in the fourth chapters of both Matthew and Luke. The key to focus on is Jesus' response when tempted by Satan. In both Gospels, Jesus responds to temptation by quoting Scripture. In fact, Jesus is tempted three times and each time He quotes from Deuteronomy!

Now Jesus probably had more Scripture memorized than you or I do, and at our age it may not be so easy to add a whole lot more. But notice that Jesus responds with verses that apply to the specific temptation. We all know our sin patterns and we know what temptations we struggle with. That's why it's so important to commit one or two verses to memory that address your individual weaknesses.

For instance, if you struggle with a lot of negative emotions, it might be beneficial to memorize Galatians 5:22-23, which lists the fruit of the Spirit. Or if you battle an unhealthy relationship with money, remember 1 Timothy 6:10. It will remind you of the consequences when putting wealth ahead of the Lord.

If you just can't seem to commit a verse to memory, write it down and tuck it somewhere that will be helpful when you are tempted. Keep it in your Bible, your wallet, in your car, or taped to your bathroom mirror.

Nothing rebuffs Satan like the Word of God. Remember it is our sword—the only form of attack we have against the enemy.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Repeat the Lord's Prayer today especially focusing on "Lead us not into temptation." Pray this for yourself and for those you love.

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In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. - Psalm 71:1

When things come up in my life, oftentimes my first instinct is to take action and correct whatever may be wrong. This is true for most men. It's a natural male tendency to want to fix what's broken. I'm sure some of the ladies reading this can relate to this tendency as well.

The problem is that my first instinct isn't necessarily my best course of action. An impulsive reaction to a situation can sometimes make it much worse. Instead of seeking the Lord and asking for guidance, we may rely on our wealth, our reputation, or our own know-how to get a job done. But often this can lead to negative results.

Consider Jonah. His first instinct was to run. In fact, when God called Jonah to preach to the people of Nineveh, he went as far in the opposite direction as possible. And it was only due to his eventual acceptance of God's will that an entire city was spared the Lord's fury. Jonah knew he had a difficult task set before him, but he fled from God instead of seeking shelter from God.

How different the story would have been if Jonah had simply taken refuge in the Lord from the beginning! Jonah could have spared himself a lot of misery and shame by finding refuge in the Lord.

How much of our own anguish has been caused by an unwillingness to submit to God? Sometimes we would rather stand in the cold alone than experience warmth and safety in the sanctuary of the Lord.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God for refuge today by granting you strength and peace of mind.


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But if a widow [or widower] has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. --1 Timothy 5:4

For some senior adults, moving toward dependency happens quickly as the result of an illness, a fall, an accident with long-term effects, and more. But, most seniors creep toward dependency at first unnoticed, then realized, and finally understanding and willingly.

Changes that continue to happen because of aging cause a senior citizen to finally understand: "I can't do this by myself anymore. I need someone to help me out." Depending on the individual, some may be eager and willing to accept the help of another, while others find it hard to admit what is happening.

The caregiver should be one who agrees to become responsible for one who decides to take on dependency. In the fifth commandment found in Exodus 20:12, "Honor your father and mother so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you," the rationale in God's plan is that family members are to look after one another.

Parents are to care for their children; and then in reciprocation, the adult children are to care for their parents. The most God-honoring care giving will come from the wisdom found in the fifth commandment. If you are at the point where you would like to begin making plans for someone to take care of you one day, then consider sitting down with a family member to discuss the next steps.

Be aware of the situation and how much time will need to be spent between the two of you. Work out a plan, involving more than one family member, if possible, and recognize that there will be some difficult times. Decide whether or not you want to remain in your own home, or if you need to go where it will be more convenient for your family.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask for God's will, wisdom, and guidance to be revealed in this situation. Pray that God would work out the details in His own way and in His time.


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Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
--Colossians 3:12

In 1935, on a winter night, Fiorello LaGuardia, the mayor of New York City, showed up at night court in the poorest part of the city. He let the judge go for the evening and he took over the bench.

A woman in torn clothing, charged with stealing a loaf of bread, was brought to stand before LaGuardia. She told LaGuardia that her son-in-law had deserted her extremely sick daughter, and that her grandchildren were starving. The shopkeeper refused to drop the charges, however, saying she needed to be punished.

LaGuardia sighed, turned to the old woman, and said, "I've got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions. Ten dollars or ten days in jail."

As soon as he pronounced the sentence, however, LaGuardia took a $10 bill out of his pocket and threw it into a hat. And he said: "Here's the $10 fine, which I now remit. Furthermore, I'm going to fine each person 50 cents in this courtroom for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant."

The next day, a New York newspaper reported that $47.50 was turned over to the grandmother who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren.

Today, give encouragement or show kindness to someone who wouldn't expect it from anyone else. Christ came to give life and show mercy to those less fortunate and those who are sinners—not the high and mighty. Restore the joy in your life by giving of your time and energy to those who don't have the blessings that you do.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to show you someone who is less fortunate than you, so you can extend to him or her the same kindness that Christ first showed you.


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Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. --Deuteronomy 7:9

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up across the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies)….”

So begins Edward George Bulwer-Lytton’s Paul Clifford, a novel containing what is widely considered one of the worst opening lines ever penned. So bad, in fact, that the English department at San Jose State University sponsors a whimsical competition every year challenging those who enter to write the worst novel opening possible!

Despite Bulwer-Lytton’s shortcomings as an author, did you know he coined several phrases still used today? Phrases like “the almighty dollar” and “the pen is mightier than the sword.” He also served as Interior Secretary of Canada, and a town in British Columbia bears his name. But unfortunately, he is most famous for that “dark and stormy night” opening line to his novel!

What about you? What legacy will you leave one day? When your family and friends think of you, what will come to mind?

The book of Deuteronomy gives us a sober warning that the consequences of our sin will affect those who come after us. But in the verse above, it also promises that God will keep His covenant of love for thousands of generations for those who love him and keep His commandments.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to enable you to leave a lasting legacy for Him.


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This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. --1 John 3:19-20

In their book, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, Dr. Paul Brand and Philip Yancey wrote:

“Amputees often experience some sensation of a phantom limb. Somewhere, locked in their brains, a memory lingers of the nonexistent hand or leg. Invisible toes curl, imaginary hands grasp things, a ‘leg’ feels so sturdy a patient may try to stand on it.

“For a few, the experience includes pain. Doctors watch helplessly, for the part of the body screaming for attention does not exist.

“Phantom limb pain provides wonderful insight into the phenomenon of false guilt. Christians can be obsessed by the memory of some sin committed years ago. It never leaves them, crippling their ministry, their devotional life, their relationships with others.

“They live in fear that someone will discover their past. They work overtime trying to prove to God they’re truly repentant. They erect barriers against the enveloping, loving grace of God.”

Believers must learn to take hold of the truth found in 1 John 3:19-20. The Message puts it this way: “Let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.”

Even as a believer, the phantom pain of past sins, guilt, and self-criticism may still haunt you. And it may cause you to become overly righteous in your attempts to please God. But you are privileged as a child of God to receive unconditional forgiveness and experience His intense love for you.

Don’t let guilt cripple your spiritual life. Give it over to God who forgives you.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would remove the phantom guilt from your heart, and accept the reality of His forgiveness and love.

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This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. --Psalm 118:24

Have you ever taken time out of your day just to stop and literally smell the flowers in your garden, listen to the birds singing, or relax long enough to feel the cool breeze outside? If you truly take the time to do things like this each day, you'll be amazed at how renewed—emotionally and mentally—you'll begin to feel.

When your joy and passion for life have been depleted, take action! Everyone goes through seasons of discontentment and gloom, and there are many reasons for its cause. It could be a stressed relationship, work problems, frustration or difficulties in a relationship with your children, personal criticism, or illness.

When trying times creep up on us, our joy seems to dissipate. You've probably heard the story of Jonah. He said about life: "It would be better for me to die than to live" (Jonah 4:8). Despite Jonah's difficulties, even spending some time in the belly of a whale, God brought Him out of his unhappiness and restored his joy.

When your joy seems to have disappeared, seek solitude and silence with God. A hectic lifestyle is never a good solution for finding joy that has been lost. "Be still before the Lord" (Zechariah 2:13), and refresh your spirit through Him. Think about God's many blessings in your life, especially the people you love and the people who love you. When you're feeling like Satan has taken away your happiness, remember the declaration in Psalm 118:24: "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to show you an opportunity where you can get away and be alone with Him. Thank Him for the joy and blessings in your life that can only be found in Him.

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Praise be to the Lord; to God our Savior, who daily bears our burden. --Psalm 68:19

Depression is a serious mental health issue that affects people of all ages, both male and female. Sadly, concurrent medical conditions can actually compromise the recognition of depression in older adults. Some of the illnesses related to late-life depression are not only many forms of cancer, but Parkinson's disease, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer's dementia.

Do you or someone you know experience these types of symptoms? Here are some things to look for: recent significant weight change, change in sleeping patterns, loss of energy, isolation, overwhelming feelings of sadness, unexplained physical symptoms, inappropriate feelings of guilt, and feelings of helplessness or hopelessness.

Beware that these problems are not just part of the normal aging process for older adults. Medical help is needed if you or your loved one is experiencing four or more of the symptoms above. But, whether you are experiencing clinical or chronic depression, or just the occasional bout of depression, there is hope in God's Word.

Every person experiences depression at one point or another in his or her life. In Psalm 107:10-11, the Bible records the prisoners "sat in darkness and deepest gloom, miserable prisoners in chains." Have you ever felt this way? To relieve their pain, they cried out to the Lord and "He saved them from their distress. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains" (Psalm 107:13-14, NLT).

There is hope in the Lord to break free from the bondage of depression. In the Bible, Satan is compared to a thief who is seeking to steal, kill, and destroy you (John 10:10). But, Christ came to give you everlasting (John 5:24) and abundant (John 10:10) life.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for the promises of freedom from the bonds of depression. Ask him to take away the feelings of depression and fill you with joy and hope.

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Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord. --Leviticus 19:32

Honor should be given to senior citizens—period. It's in the Bible. Older men and women with years of experience and wisdom must be treated with respect. So, why does this matter to you since you're already a senior citizen?

It needs to be passed down to the younger generations. Children, teenagers, and even some young adults today are being raised without knowledge and practice of this valuable rule. It is your responsibility to share this with your already grown children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren because it's in the Bible.

"Never speak sharply to an older man, but please with him respectfully just as though he were your own father. … Treat the older women as mothers" (1 Timothy 5:1-2, TLB). How many young people do you know who truly speak to older adults with the utmost respect? There aren't many in today's society. There's no respect for parents, government authority, school educators, much less the elderly.

And while there are exceptions, as a senior adult, you must leave behind the legacy of respect for older generations. Many young people don't realize the value in the wisdom and experience that a senior adult can give. "The glory of young men is their strength; of old men, their experience" (Proverbs 20:29, TLB).

If senior adults begin instilling these values into the younger generations, the respect you deserve will not be lost. In Psalm 71, the Bible records a senior citizen's prayer. "And now that I am old and gray, don't forsake me. Give me time to tell this new generation (and their children too) about all Your mighty miracles" (Psalm 71:18, TLB). As men and women of age, there is much for you to teach the younger generations—don't delay!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to show you a young person whom you can mentor and share godly wisdom and experience.

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He guides the humble in what is right, and teaches them his way. --Psalm 25:9

The Internet is older than you think—it's not so young anymore. More senior adults are logging in and using the Internet all the time. In the United States alone, senior adults make up one in five people who use the Internet.

Using the Internet doesn't mean you have to delve into extensive research or know a secret code to enter the World Wide Web. Most people use the Internet to send and receive e-mail, read the news and current events, and find basic information on everyday topics such as the weather, travel, sports, and online shopping. There are even some senior adults who have joined online communities to meet and make new friends which, in turn, open opportunities to attend luncheons and talk on the phone with new companions.

There are still personal benefits for seniors to embrace in using the Internet—entertainment, money management, hobbies, family and friends, and grandkids, grandkids, grandkids! It is an easy way to stay in touch with the special people in your life.

If you have never used a computer or the Internet before, there are computer classes in almost every town or community. You can first check with your local library or public school to find classes nearby. And there's really nothing to be skeptical about when using the computer besides remembering to use caution when giving out personal information as you would "offline."

There are also some beneficial ways to enhance your spiritual growth through online Bible study tools and daily devotionals. Even as senior adults, God wants us to move forward with our lives, learn new things, and seek new ways to build relationships with others and with Him!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for the new ways available for you to connect with other believers and with the people you love.

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Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. --Psalm 119:49-50

As people live longer, there may be a progression in chronic illnesses among senior citizens. While great advancements are being made in curing cancer and heart disease, there is a condition that can be devastating to the one it affects, and his or her family and friends—Alzheimer's Disease.

The progressive nature of Alzheimer's is well known to most. A person, usually older, starts to forget the details in life. And these memory mishaps become more frequent until they reach a severe level of disability and begin to interfere with daily activities. Soon, the diseased individual fails to recognize familiar faces and places, and they lose the ability to care for themselves altogether.

God knows and has planned every day of the person who carries this horrible disease, so their gradual downward spiral is no surprise to Him. While this change is hard on family and friends, and even harder to understand, God brings comfort to those who experience Alzheimer's. And while Alzheimer's destroys the mind, God continually gives strength and hope in the spirit.

Professional support groups exist across the nation for families and patients dealing with this disease. There are many helpful and effective ways to cope with Alzheimer's for both parties today. It's important for you and your loved one to continue on in an active circle of care. We are to continually have the mind of Christ Jesus…not our own, but His. So, put the health, mind, and spirit of the one you love whom Alzheimer's affects in the hands of the Great Physician.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for the grace and mercy He shows us each day regardless of the pain and suffering from this world. Ask for God's protection and watch care over those you may know who are struggling with Alzheimer's Disease or any other disease.


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I love this one, Sheila. It is soooo true!


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Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. --Romans 12:4-6

Have you ever met someone who was gifted in a certain area? And you wished you could have that same talent? Maybe you've had a close relationship with someone who had a gift of teaching, or a special talent in music. A person gifted in a specific way has exceptional abilities in that particular area.

But usually regardless of how gifted that person is in one area, they are not gifted in every area of their life. No matter how good the beautician is, she must still depend on others to fix her car or hook up her cable. No matter how talented the surgeon is, he must still find others to take his family portrait or sing at his daughter's wedding.

In the church it is the same. There is a spiritual God-given gift that every believer in Christ has. And everyone is to use their gift to serve the Lord and His kingdom (see 1 Peter 4:10). Paul mentions several spiritual gifts throughout his letters including serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and mercy (Romans 12:3-8).

Most people are born with natural talents, but only believers are blessed with spiritual gifts. Every Christian, young and old, should be using their spiritual gifts in ways to bring blessing and encouragement to others (see Philippians 2:3-4). And, most importantly, we are to use our spiritual gifts to bring honor and glory to the Lord.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: If you still don't know it, ask the Lord to reveal to you your spiritual gift. Ask Him to help you find a place to use your gift. Pray that He would use you to bring blessing, encouragement, and hope to others through your gift.

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We were talking about this in church about a month ago thanks for putting it back into my mind.

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Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. --Romans 12:4-6

Have you ever met someone who was gifted in a certain area? And you wished you could have that same talent? Maybe you've had a close relationship with someone who had a gift of teaching, or a special talent in music. A person gifted in a specific way has exceptional abilities in that particular area.

But usually regardless of how gifted that person is in one area, they are not gifted in every area of their life. No matter how good the beautician is, she must still depend on others to fix her car or hook up her cable. No matter how talented the surgeon is, he must still find others to take his family portrait or sing at his daughter's wedding.

In the church it is the same. There is a spiritual God-given gift that every believer in Christ has. And everyone is to use their gift to serve the Lord and His kingdom (see 1 Peter 4:10). Paul mentions several spiritual gifts throughout his letters including serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and mercy (Romans 12:3-8).

Most people are born with natural talents, but only believers are blessed with spiritual gifts. Every Christian, young and old, should be using their spiritual gifts in ways to bring blessing and encouragement to others (see Philippians 2:3-4). And, most importantly, we are to use our spiritual gifts to bring honor and glory to the Lord.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: If you still don't know it, ask the Lord to reveal to you your spiritual gift. Ask Him to help you find a place to use your gift. Pray that He would use you to bring blessing, encouragement, and hope to others through your gift.

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This was great to read and kind of went along with what I learned in bible study last night. Thank you so much for writing these they always hit close to home for me.

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Very good, Sheila. I sure want to guard my heart and identity so satan can never steal any of it.


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"Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders." --Deuteronomy 33:12

Consumers lose millions of dollars each year due to identity theft. Identity theft occurs when a person's social security number, credit card number, phone number, address, and other personal information is discovered by a thief who uses the information for his own personal gain.

As as result of this, many people have purchased paper shredders for their homes to help prevent the theft of their mail or private information from a trash can or dumpster. While this kind of theft can almost ruin a person and is a great travesty, we must be wary of having our true identity stolen.

Satan steals a person's potential in Christ by convincing them they are not worthy of God's forgiveness, grace, and love. He rips off others by using peers to influence them in negative ways or creating enormous amounts of guilt. Through fear, guilt, and shame, Satan can prevent many from discovering God's ultimate purpose for their lives.

The devil's goal is to keep you confused about your spiritual gift and purpose, trying to dilute your true identity in Christ. Remember that God loves you and you are "precious and honored" in His sight (Isaiah 43:4). You are valuable. So much so, that Christ hung on a cross for your sins. How's that for value? And you are capable of being all that God's called you to be because He has specifically gifted you to serve and honor Him (see 1 Peter 4:10).

It may cause some problems to have your personal information robbed by the common thief, but it would be even more devastating to have the sneakiest crook of all steal your identity in Christ.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to guard your heart from Satan's crooked ways. Pray that He would strengthen your identity in Him each day.

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Amen, its the simple blessings that bring us the greatest, longest lasting happiness.



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Thanking God for the happiness, beauty and joy that He gives each day.


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So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun. --Ecclesiastes 8:15

Paul Tournier, a well-known Christian psychiatrist, gives insight to the subject of happiness in his book, The Seasons of Life. He says:

"True happiness is always linked with deep, inner harmony. It therefore always implies an acceptance of one's age; the acceptance of no longer being a child when one has reached the age of adulthood, and the giving up of the goals of active life when one is advanced in years.

This is the age of retirement, which for some [people] can be a meaningful experience, while for others it is a cruel trial. … Those who complain about their retirement are usually the same ones as those who used to complain about their work and longed to be set free from it!"

There's no room after retirement for a bitter, complaining spirit. So, why does it seem so many people are unhappy? Experts reported not long ago that only 20 percent of Americans are happy. The relentless message from society is that we must buy certain things or go specific places to experience happiness. If happiness is not a permanent condition in us, then there must be problems in our lives.

But, most people don't experience a lifelong state of happiness. Happiness is a choice…even if only a few moments each day. Think about the last few days…maybe you had an unexpected visitor drop by, a letter came from an old friend, or someone may have complimented you. Moments like those are the ones that make the seemingly "bad day" disappear in a flash.

Tomorrow, stop and notice the sunset, listen to the birds outside your window sing sweet songs, or drink up the peaceful serenity of a rain shower. Then, you will see the happiness that God desires for you to experience.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for the sweet moments of happiness that He gives each day.


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Thank you so much for posting these you are great! Everyone of them that I read I could relate to myself and everyone of them I needed to hear today. Thank you again

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Thanks for posting this..I think we all know people like this!!


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"By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." --John 13:35

Before he became the prime minister of Japan, the late Shigeru Yoshida served as an ambassador to England.

One day, he learned that a particularly annoying cabinet minister had come to London. Yoshida decided avoidance was the best policy, so he told his staff to tell the cabinet member that he was not available when he called.

Undaunted, the persistent minister kept calling. The minister finally decided to visit the embassy in person, and a polite man standing on the staircase said, unfortunately, he'd missed the ambassador again.

The cabinet member turned to leave, then turned back around in stunned recognition. He demanded, "Aren't you the Ambassador Yoshida?"

Yoshida reluctantly admitted he was, and then added, "And, sir, when you hear from Yoshida himself that Yoshida is out, you can believe it!"

More than likely, there's someone in your life you probably try to avoid. Maybe it's your nosy neighbor, the gossip at church, or the bitter man in the grocery aisle. And while your reluctance to mingle with these kinds of people can often be understood, I challenge you to try a new approach.

Instead of avoiding them, do something nice for the person who is a little hard to love. Perhaps something as simple as saying a kind word or doing something nice for them.

Jesus encouraged us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and that means the annoying, overbearing ones too! You may be amazed how showing kindness and compassion to someone will change you view of them.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for His love and ask Him to help you love your neighbor as yourself.

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Thanks for sharing. Although I'm not in the Senior yrs, I recall having to take 4 weeks off from work when my hubby had his last heart attack to care for him. I enjoyed every moment & will do it again (although I hope there isn't another heart attack in his future).



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This is a very good topic. Caring for others' needs and giving up our jobs, or fun, or things about only "us". What a wonderful read...we should all live this way.
Thanks for posting this, Sheila.


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Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. --Ephesians 5:1-2

Muriel McQuilklin was an amazing artist, a vivacious radio host, and a devoted wife and mother while her husband Robertson had a prosperous career as a popular Bible college president. But this all changed when Alzheimer's disease began to slowly steal Muriel's mind.

At the peak of his career…while many urged him to put his wife in a nursing home…Robertson McQuilkin left his college presidency to stay home and care for his ailing wife.

His critics couldn't believe he would walk away from "God's work," but this devoted husband shrugged them off saying simply, "There are others who can lead the Bible college, but I am the only one who can care for Muriel."

Even when she no longer knew him, Robertson lovingly cared for Muriel until she passed away in 2003, 20 years after her diagnosis.

Like McQuilkin, you may know what it's like to walk beside an ailing loved one. If not, you can probably relate to having to make some kind of sacrifice for others, be it a sacrifice of your time, your energy, or your finances (or all three!).

At times like these, Satan loves to question just why you're making that sacrifice, and what you're going to get out of it. But don't listen to him!

Remember the awesome sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on your behalf on the cross…and know that He will bless you for giving of yourself unselfishly like He did.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for His wonderful sacrifice and ask Him to help you remember His precious grace when you must make sacrifices for others.

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Shelia,
I really liked this, it is so true. I was just talking to my DH re: this same topic, yesterday. As Christians, we don't always get into reading God's word, as often as we should. That is the only way we can find what God's will is for us. His word is a lamp unto our path. Is is easy to pray anytime, anywhere. But it takes dedication, undivided attention, time and persistence to sat down and read His Word.

Thanks for the wonderful inspiration that you give us. I really appreciate it. God bless.

"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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Thank you, Sheila, for posting these...I love them, they are most informative and the things to pray at the end are great.


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For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. --Ephesians 2:10

Pablo Picasso painted thousands of pictures in his lifetime. And as his fame as an artist grew, so did the number of forgeries of his work.

One day, a fellow artist brought the famous painter one of his supposed works of art.

"A fake!" Picasso exclaimed.

Not long afterwards, the friend returned with two more paintings for the master to inspect. "Forgeries!" he told the artist again. The dumbfounded artist sputtered, "I saw you paint this last one with my own eyes!"

Picasso shrugged, "Sometimes I paint fakes."

In your life as a Christian, do you ever feel that you're just "painting a fake"? Do you ever feel more like a forgery than a person who's actually been transformed by the awesome power of Jesus?

Truly becoming who God the Creator intends you to be starts with knowing Him, and knowing what He desires for you. And the best way you can do this is to spend time with God every day, reading His Word and talking to Him in prayer.

I want to challenge you not to settle for what you think Christlikeness looks like. Instead strive to be like Christ by spending time with Him every day!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to make you more and more like Christ today…and every day.

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You are all Welcome!

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Sheila, what wonderful message for us to gain wisdom and seek the Lord for our every need and future! I loved this! Thank you for sharing this. emoticon

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Sheila --this was great ---although I'm not quite a Senior yet (although some days I feel as if I'm one), I enjoyed this devotion. Thank you for your devotions you put so much time in, they are really a blessing.



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But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. --2 Peter 3:8

History is filled with bold predictions that completely missed the mark:

•At the turn of the 20th century, car makers produced only four million automobiles because the experts believed the world would eventually run out of chauffeurs.

•Lord Kelvin, president of the Royal Society, made the bold pronouncement that radio had no future in 1894.

•Mark Twain refused to invest in Alexander Graham Bell's telephone because he didn't see a use for it.

•Thomas Watson, the President of IBM, once said the future world would need "maybe only five computers."

•And in 1899, the director of the United States patent office told President McKinley that "everything that can be invented has already been invented."

We often try to set our own course based on what we believe the future will be instead of seeking what God has planned for us first. How often we forget that God sees the future much better than we do!

Proverbs 16:9 says, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

When you put your trust in God and obey Him, you can rest in the assurance that He will guide and direct your steps today and tomorrow.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Praise God for His infinite wisdom and ask Him to guide your steps today.

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