Friday, June 30, 2023
That he might make his mighty power to be known.
He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up:
So he led them through the depths, as through a wilderness.
Thursday, June 29, 2023
My soul doth magnify the Lord,And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid:For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;And holy is his name.And his mercy is unto generations and generationsOn them that fear him.He hath showed strength with his arm;He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.He hath put down princes from their thrones,And hath exalted them of low degree.The hungry he hath filled with good things;And the rich he hath sent empty away.He hath given help to Israel his servant,That he might remember mercy(As he spake unto our fathers)Toward Abraham and his seed for ever.
They remembered not the multitude of thy lovingkindnesses,
But were rebellious at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
"Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts or hopes. May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the Church through Jesus Christ." Ephesians 3:20-21 (TLB)
I have been talking with someone of late who wishes to make a big move. This person has decided it will never happen because of all the details that would have to work out just right in order for this dream to become reality. After trying to figure out how to make it happen for an extended period of time, this person can see no possibility and has decided that "it must be God's will that I stay where I do not want to stay."
When I was thirty-three years old, after praying for years and asking the Lord to bring someone special into my life, I gave up. I can remember telling a friend that I just couldn't keep baring my heart to Him only to feel that He was never going to answer my request. I had been to so many weddings and caught numerous bouquets and I didn't want to continue to hope for something that "obviously" was not the Lord's will for my life. You know what her reply was? She said she didn't agree and that she was going to take up praying where I left off.
Within weeks, I had fallen in love with a man I worked only about ten or fifteen feet away from. To make a long story short, our first date was on April 27th, he proposed on May 27th and we got married on August 24th. All in 1991. We will be celebrating our thirtieth wedding anniversary this year. It wasn't a matter of whether God was going to bring this man into my life. It was only a timing issue.
Believe me when I tell you that I totally understand the emotional and spiritual pain of praying for something for an extended period of time only to wonder if He even is hearing me. But I have learned, not only through the story of finding my life partner, but many other times that I have taken my requests to the Father, that I can never out-dream Him. Sometimes, the answer has been no. However, when that has been the response, He has never failed to bless me with far more than I could ever have imagined.
His love for us is immeasurable. Our minds are incapable of conceiving all the good things He has in store for us. There is nothing that is impossible for Him. Our dreams and desires will never compare to His wonders. If He would allow His only Son to die in our place in order to restore us into right fellowship with Him, then what further proof could we possibly need?
I am acutely aware of the situations that some of you are currently facing. There are many of you experiencing health challenges that my mind cannot even begin to understand. There are those who have been searching for jobs for months and are wondering how bills are going to be paid. I know of a family whose daughter has been missing for over ten years now. I wish I had the answers that you are seeking. Although I do not, I know the One who does. Please do not give up laying your needs at His feet. His promises are true and He is faithful. He hears you and catches every tear that falls from your eyes. Whatever path you are on, He already sees the end and knows just what you need. Keep trusting. Keep holding His hand. Allow those around you to help by praying with and for you.
And, in the event that you have grown too weary to continue, please let me know. I would be honored to represent you before our Father. God bless.
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Oh visit me with thy salvation,
That I may see the prosperity of thy chosen,
That I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation,
That I may glory with thine inheritance.
Monday, June 26, 2023
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Friday, June 23, 2023
And they took the labor of the peoples in possession:
That they might keep his statutes,
And observe his laws.
Praise ye Jehovah.
Thursday, June 22, 2023
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
"Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up by my victorious right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Oh, Lord, may your name be exalted and may all worship and honor be yours. For you have shown your love to us in such magnificent ways. We are always in your presence, in good times and in those that are sorrowful or full of fear.
When we are lonely, you are our companion. There is never a time that we call out to you that you fail to hear our cries. Though we may not see you, your Word assures us that you will always be with us.
When sadness befalls us and tears drip from wet eyes, all comfort comes from you. The arms that enfold us come with your blessing and remind us that you also know how grief overwhelms the heart. With compassion comes reassurance that there is no greater love than that which comes from Heaven.
As we face illness and threats of disease to come, how grateful we are that you created us and know each and every cell in our bodies. You are the Great Physician, the Healer of mind, body and spirit, the One that was with us as we were knitted together in our mothers' wombs.
In times of great turmoil, we are able to turn to you, and in your perfect understanding you listen as we lay our troubling thoughts before you. There is no wisdom that will ever surpass that of the great I Am and we can rest in the knowledge that you will guide us in the way that we should go.
During this time when the world around us is changing rapidly and we find ourselves frightened by the changes that we see, your Word reminds us that you will uphold us by your victorious right hand. Nothing happens that is out of your sight. You know history from beginning to end so the best thing for us to do is to carry our concerns to you in prayer and stay close by your side.
You possess all power. Nothing that we will ever encounter will be too great for you to handle.
You are able to be with each of us as if we were your only child. We can't understand it, but we are humbled by that kind of attention from our Heavenly Father.
Lord, you, and you alone, are worthy of our worship and praise. There is no way for us to adequately express how much we adore you except to open our hearts and allow you full access. Make us into who you wish us to be. Forgive us of our sins and wash us clean so that when you look at us you see the image of Jesus.
Help us to be mindful that the days of this earth are growing fewer and that there are many around us that are not aware of the sacrifice made to secure our relationship with you. Your Word says that you don't wish any to perish so give us the courage to open our hearts and mouths so that others might accept the Savior.
We love you so. May we never forget your promises and may we never have a day when we fail to honor you.
In the name of your precious Son,
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
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Wednesday, June 14, 2023
And the grasshopper, and that without number,
And did eat up every herb in their land,
And did eat up the fruit of their ground.
"He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30 (NIV)
Those who have children may have one or two who are strong-willed. They want to do things their way and do it by themselves. Resisting discipline, they are determined to explore that world on their own terms and parents may wonder how to reign them in without breaking their spirit.
Often, these are also the high-achievers. They are willing to step "outside of the box" to investigate life. They try things that others may not think to try and think through problems in unique ways. As a result, they may be able to solve long-standing issues, become inventors, write the great American novel, or paint masterpieces.
However we fall in the family hierarchy, whatever our personalities or talents might be, we have one trait in common and that is that we tend to make life about ourselves. We concentrate on what WE want, what WE like, what makes US happy. Especially today, we live in a ME society. We are seeing that especially right now as the nation is going through the throes of individuals being easily offended and wanting everyday words and actions to be changed to suit them.
As I grow older, the more and more I realize that life isn't about me, or any of us. It is about our Lord and Savior. Our purpose is to bring Him glory. In order to do that, we have to learn to put Him above all. That doesn't mean we neglect other people or our duties and responsibilities in life. It means that we live and relate in such a way that is pleasing to Him.
There is a song, sung by the Christian artist Steve Green, entitled "Whatever It Takes." It is one that always leads me to prayer, but also challenges how I live my life. Here are some of the lyrics:
Whatever it takes to keep me tender toward you
Whatever it takes, Lord, I beg you to do
Whatever you must lead me through
Whatever it takes, Lord, do
When I first heard this song, I wondered if I would ever be able to pray those words. Would I ever be able to turn loose of what is important to me and give it all over to Him? The first few times I attempted to say this as a prayer, I found myself wanting to put stipulations on what I was asking such as, "Please don't touch my family." Then I understood that "whatever" was all-encompassing and that the only way I could mean it was to be willing to surrender all I held dear on earth.
As time goes by and as I spend more and more time with the Lord, I am beginning to see that what I have to ask myself is this: Is He sufficient? If suddenly everything and everyone was gone from my life, would His presence, His love, His sacrifice, His resurrection, be sufficient for me?
These are difficult things to think about but it is my desire. I want to bring Him glory. I want my life to point to Jesus. If He uses me in the life of only one person who chooses to repent and believe in Him then my life will have fulfilled a much greater purpose than it would have if I had spent it any other way.
So, I ask you the question I ask myself. Is He sufficient? Could you lay everything down if He asked you to? Can honoring Him become your greatest desire?
Lots to think about this week. God bless.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
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Sunday, June 11, 2023
This theme of restoration is echoed throughout the New Testament as well. In 1 Peter 5:10 (NLT), the apostle Peter writes, "In his kindness, God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation." Here, we see a parallel to Micah's message of hope, as Peter assures believers that God will restore and strengthen them after a period of suffering.
As we reflect on Micah's confidence in God's faithfulness, we can draw parallels to our own lives today.
We pray all these things in the name of Jesus, our ultimate source of hope and restoration.