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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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Peace With People

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

Are you irritated in certain situations such as bad traffic, waiting in line, dealing with co workers or a boss, a slow waitress? If so then you know you need to probably work on developing a peaceful spirit and not one constantly agitated. People who are not peaceful can tend to easily explode and could make a scene. If you are a believer in Christ and want to attempt to live for Him and emulate Him around the clock then ask The Holy Spirit to indwell you and fill you with perfect peace.

When a person is less than peaceful they go through life always angry or upset. Things do not go their way and they 'pop a cork' so to speak. This then could escalate into a angry words, a physical confrontation and from there, who knows what. It is necessary to get a grip on being a peaceful person and being peaceful with others.

It is your choice. Peace or restlessness and worry. Only you can decide.

PRAYER: There have been times in my past Lord I acted less than peaceful. I choose to be peaceful and not allow the craziness of life to turn me into an upset person. Give me your strength. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Unexpected News

 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of His faithful servants. Psalm 116:15

 I was preparing for a night of fun with one of my best girlfriends when the phone rang and she called to let me know her sister in law, who was fairly young, had just unexpectedly passed away. Obviously besides being unprepared for something like this you are confused, sad, and not sure what to do next. I listened and then prayed with her over the phone.

 Sooner or later each of us will get some sort of unexpected news because all of us are going to eventually die. We all wish we could maybe plan to just die at about 95 laying in bed at home surrounded by family, certainly not as a baby, a teen, a young spouse, or a fifty something person. The best thing to do with a person going through this grief is to just be there, hug them, let them talk. Don't start saying "well they are in a better place" even though we may know that. No one wants to have to say goodbye to a spouse, sibling, parent, relative, or dear friend but the time is going to come.

The best thing to do is enjoy life to the fullest and reach out and help and comfort those who need comfort. Don't just say "Let me know if I can do something" which is the standard statement but maybe send them a gift card for a restaurant. Perhaps a bouquet of flowers. The best thing to do is to be there and pray.

PRAYER: Give me the words Lord God to comfort someone I may know who is grieving. Show me creative ways to reach out. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Jesus Breaks

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of man will be ashamed of them when He comes in His Father's glory, with the Holy angels. Mark 8:38

As I sat down at the coffee shop to write a smile came upon my face. Two people who I passed on my way to my cubby hole chair, were alone and both unashamedly reading their Bible. I remember when I first moved from Phoenix to Alabama back in 1999 I would go to this other coffee shop, only once a week back then, and would always run into a man and his son having Bible study. Wouldn't it be wonderful to see people in their offices, in airports, subway stops, coffee shops,doctor offices, and other 'waiting places' get out the word of God and just read?

I was at a military unit wives function several years ago when we were assigned to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and I will never forget this one wife standing having a conversation at the refreshment table, saying to another lady "If you deny Him before man,he'll deny you" and gave the above verse. Consequently that verse was seared into my memory banks and I am thankful it was.

We are not to go about acting holier than thou, but if you feel like you aren't giving God time at home as you rush about into your busy day,consider taking your Bible with you and taking Jesus breaks.

PRAYER: Father I thank you for the Bible which currently where I live I am allowed to have, read, and share with others. I do not take this privilege for granted as many places you can not have a Bible or risk death or imprisonment. Help me never be ashamed to tell others about you and to study it openly in public. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Tiny House

And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come back and take you to be with me that you can also be where I am. John 14:3

There is a show on television entitled 'Tiny House Nation' where a family decides to super downsize and live in something about 500 square feet. The homes all are very cute, functional, and cozy. So many of us need to have large spaces and places for our stuff and things we think we need to have so it would be hard to imagine a tiny home.

 When we go on vacation it is nice to not have to take all our stuff. That tiny house would suit me just fine. Did you know someday when you breathe your last breath here on Earth, if you have asked Jesus to be your savior,  He will take you to be with Him in heaven. His house is described as a mansion so if you do not live in a mansion here on Earth you will in Heaven if I read and interpret this right. It is hard to imagine.

Wherever you live here on Earth whether in a gorgeous large home, mobile home, in a tent, an apartment, a condo, a town home, or something else just know it is only temporary and something much greater is awaiting those who love Him.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I thank you for loving me and providing my needs while I am here on earth. Help me be content with where I am and happy for those who have greater. I look forward to my heavenly mansion. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 when you have time

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wear White? Yes Indeed!

Do not conform to the pattern of this world,but be transformed by the renewing of your mind then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing, and perfect will. Romans 12:2

The fashion police are on high alert as we transition into the fall season. The big question, can white still be worn? I am no fashion guru, but my answer is to not worry about the worlds' mold but if you want to wear it, do so. Too many try to be clones of others. This is pretty common among teenage girls trying to fit in. If I take a peek at my high school yearbook all the females mostly had the little flip hairdo as it was "the thing" I guess.

 As a believer we have to be set apart. This verse says to not conform. When you know deep down something is wrong or immoral then run the other way. So what if you lose a friend in the process, as you will probably be better for it in the long run.

There is a saying "What is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right" so where do you stand today?

 PRAYER: Give me the courage Lord to do the right thing and be different if I need to be. In Jesus'  name. Amen.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Yeah For Freedom

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12

This is not a happy anniversary day for many. Unless you were born before 2001 you should know this is the devastating date that terrorists took down the World Trade Center, crashed into the Pentagon, and a 4th failed attempt on the Capitol crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Similar to the attacks on Pearl Harbor no one saw this coming. Many think we are on the verge of another similar terrorist attack.

Evil forces do not like freedom. The United States has been a bastion of freedom since its' founding 237 years ago. There will always be those who try to weasel in and corrupt this land and tear it apart. Former president Abraham Lincoln said "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." In other words the enemy could be right within our own borders trying to destroy us.

We indeed have a right to speak up for freedom. "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing" was another famous quote from Sir Edmund Burke. How very true that is. Christians have a right to do what they can to preserve not only religious freedom but all freedoms. Now is the time to be in prayer more than ever for us to remain 'one nation under God'!

PRAYER: Lord we thank you for our freedom and for those men and women who served our country and paid the ultimate price with their life. Help us stand up for our freedom and speak out against tyranny. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wasted Time

 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

 Do you do anything that wastes time? Hmmm. Reading junk snail or email? Too much television. Worrying?
This came to me as I sat searching frantically on my I phone for an 'important' email I accidentally deleted. Not only was I wasting time but causing anxiety too. So I stepped back and said "you know Becky, you could be taking a walk, reading your Bible or something else" and then I stopped.

People can waste lots of time with things that don't matter. Sometimes maybe dwelling on issues we have no control over wastes a ton of time. Perhaps stopping to pray over things would be a better option than trying to figure things out and getting no where. Controlling our thoughts is one way we could save time.

How can you better use the time God gives you each day?

PRAYER: I thank you Lord for each 24 hour day you bless me with. Help me be a good steward of this time and use it wisely. In Jesus' name. Amen.