Welcome to God's Lemonade Stand

It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Let Go and Let God Work

"For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

 Got any control freaks reading today?I know sometimes I have been. You just want your plan to be adhered to or want to be in charge. Perhaps you try to manipulate the outcome of a situation. Trust me, stay out of it. Others will lose their trust in you if you try to orchestrate plans.

When it comes to change in a loved one we have been praying for, our hands are off the controls. God has a plan and we have to realize we can pray but then step aside and let God work.  God's plan is way better than the one we may devise. There may be some pain and problems involved but He is the one in charge and it will work out great in the end.

Waiting for a breakthrough? Let go and give the controls to God.

PRAYER: I trust you have my times in your hands. I need not fear the future as your plan will be fulfilled. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Password Incorrect

'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not Jeremiah 33:3

Computers were meant to make us have a simpler life but at times they can be very frustrating. Take for instance when you are trying to log on and get error message that your password is incorrect. Either you forgot it or you were hacked. Seeing this message when you are trying to get work done is very frustrating and a big time waster. 

Aren't you glad you don't need a password, special handshake or membership card to have access to God? He is there for you by simply calling on Him. You do not get  the message "Access Denied" because He is an around the clock God ready and waiting to hear from you. Don't just wait until you have a major problem but 'talk' to Him each day.

Our enemy is Satan and he will try to get you busy and distracted with everything else till you have little time for spiritual growth or being alone with God. Give Him your frustrations of life such as lost passwords, missing keys, grief, confusion and let Him heal your wounded spirit. Talk to Him in prayer each and every day. No log in required. 

PRAYER: I know you are waiting each day for me to talk to you in prayer. Many days I get up and am more concerned with my Facebook than 'your book' and for that I ask forgiveness. Give me a desire for more of you and less of the world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It IS A Wonderful Life!! Indeed!

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Psalm 24:1
One of my favorite movies of the Christmas season is 'It's A Wonderful Life'. In this movie the star, the late Jimmy Stewart, realizes after wishing he were not alive, that in the end he really did have a wonderful life

Most of us have probably seen this classic movie and if you have not, then do so please. The value of 'things' becomes less important. The problems we think we have are really nothing in the big scheme of things. All those things that upset us are nothing compared to what God has blessed us with.

Do you have a roof over your head, food on the table, a car to drive and clothes to wear? Then your  life is pretty wonderful. Do you drink clean water and have a hot shower in the morning? Then your life is petty wonderful.  Do you have friends and family who love you? Then your life is pretty wonderful.

Everything in life will pass. What we do for the Lord is what matters. All your problems will one day be behind you. The trials you have gone through are there to help you grow. Jesus can see you through whatever you are facing. Things are often not as bad as we make them out to be.

Today and every day wake up and thank God for another day of life and the experiences he has in store for you. It is indeed a wonderful life!

PRAYER: I thank you for the plan you have for me. I thank you for where you have me right now. Forgive me for complaining and acting pitiful. Help me act powerful instead and be grateful always. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New Friends, Old Friends!

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

If you do not speak up to strangers you may never make friends. I have found this to be true that someone has to make the first move to speak up. For instance, in the locker room at Redstone Arsenal recently I said hi to a young lady and ended up talking fifteen minutes and found out she was new to the post and her husband was active duty. Basically no friends or connections yet. I gave her my card(even if you do not have a job you can have cards made up) and talked to her about Moms in Prayer since I found out she had children at home. I look forward to hopefully hearing from her.

If you feel lonely sometimes you have to take the initiative to be first in calling someone or sending a card.  Don't always wait for others to contact you. There is a saying "Make new friends and keep the old one is silver and the other gold!" That is so true. Don't get cliquish and not include others. Look for hurting or lonely people because they are everywhere. Sometimes a smile is all it takes to brighten someone's day. 

Show God's love wherever you are today. Open a door for someone at a store. Let someone in front of you in line. Pay it forward perhaps in a drive thru. Give an unexpected gift to a friend. Call your mom if she is still alive, or your dad. Send a card to someone. Now go spread friendliness!

PRAYER: Thanks so very much Lord for helping me show your love to others. Thank for helping me love even the unlovable. I choose to be kind and nice and do it because it makes you happy. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Peeping Through The Hole

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
December 11 was the first day I had to scrape ice off my car windows. If you do not take the time to do this, you will not see the road and obstacles in your path. There is so much out there to avoid. Deer running across the road. A vehicle you did not see. A family pet dashing in front of you.  If your vision is obstructed it could result in a terrible accident which could have been avoided if only you would have taken the time to scrape the ice off those windows.
Similarly if you only 'peep' occasionally at God's word, the Bible, you will not know how to handle trials and tests that you can daily encounter. The enemy will always be throwing you curve balls and trying to trip you up in your spiritual journey. If you 'just' go to church for one hour then he is pretty much winning as to do nothing the rest of the week is to be a spiritual weakling and leave yourself prey to the devil.
Why not start right now and make up your mind you will do more than 'peep' occasionally at God's word and pray for God to give you insight as you read. Do not let Satan make you too busy for growing in Christ.
PRAYER: I choose this day to not just 'peep' at your word but I want to know the truth as the truth will set me free. I will resist attempts by the enemy to make me feel like I can get by without it. In Jesus' name.Amen.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Stinking Thinking

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8
This is not my original title but from Bible teacher and author Joyce Meyer. She teaches a good deal on controlling what is in your mind and this title is a vivid word picture of how our mind can become sometimes. I know mine does. If you don't keep occupied enough you can allow wrong thoughts into your head. 

Having an undisciplined mind and allowing wrong thoughts into it will only keep you worried and defeated. You have to purpose in your heart to think on things 'above' and capture wrong thoughts and give them to Jesus. Don't just sit around worrying and making up scenarios in your mind or worrying about others thoughts towards you. Obviously this type of thinking would not be 'from above' but earthly. Thinking like this could allow the enemy to easily get your down in the dumps.

Your job today is to entertain uplifting thoughts that will build up and not tear down. If you catch yourself slipping say out loud "Get behind me Satan". Now go have a positive day!

PRAYER: Help me Lord to think on good things. With you I can and will defeat wrong thinking once and for all. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

No Man Is A Failure Who Has Friends!

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

My title was taken from the classic Christmas movie, 'It's A Wonderful Life' where in the last scene George Bailey, played by the late actor Jimmy Stewart,  picks up a book left by Clarence his guardian angel and it is signed "Remember no man is a failure who has friends." Isn't that the truth?

We can go through life not making an effort to have friends which would be terrible.  Friends are so very important and that is why it is very hard when a friend betrays you. If this has not happened to you count your blessings. It is confusing and painful but something you need to get beyond. 
The formula for having friends is to be a friend. Don't always wait for someone to call and invite you but reach out to others. Back in 1997 I had been in Arizona one year and we had changed churches. I went to my first Saturday women's  event and prayed God would show me a person to sit by who needed a friend. Unknown to me at the time, my soon to be new friend had also prayed a similar prayer that God would have someone sit beside her. 17 years later we are still friends.  Your best friend ever is Jesus. He will be there even if others won't. 

PRAYER: Thank you for the gift of true friendship. I am grateful for friends past, present, and yes future. Show me how to overlook hurts and focus on friends now and making new ones. In Jesus' name. Amen.