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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Paid In Full


He was pierced  for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

I am the proud and delighted mother of two grown sons and also have a beautiful "daughter" too. When I was raising my boys it was a privilege to be their mom. It was my God ordained job to build character and teach them responsibility, love for God, and many other things that would carry with them into adult life. It takes money to raise children. We are not to spoil them and shower them with toys they do not need but things like diapers, formula, clothes, medicine add up. I do not regret a thing and they owe us nothing at all. All my husband and I hope to get is love, respect, and satisfaction. And we do, I am thankful to say.

Jesus likewise paid for our sins on the cross. We owe him nothing more but to love Him and accept Him as Lord. So many people almost spit in Jesus' face by taking his name in vain and doing things that are against His word. All of us are sinners,  but to knowingly go against what we know to be right breaks His heart. Like our true parent, Jesus does not kick you out or say "get away from me" but He unconditionally loves you warts and all.

Is there something you need to do to show more love to your heavenly Father?

PRAYER: I cry out to you Abba, daddy. Thanks for loving me and forgiving me for my sins. Thanks for always being there even when I have brought shame to your name. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, July 21, 2014

One Boss



 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5

 How many church denominations are there in the Christian faith and why can't we all just get along? When we arrive in heaven some day we all will be one, finally! I am not sure how there ended up being so many differences within the Christian faith but thank goodness there will not be sections dividing us in heaven. We all basically are serving the same God, Jesus Christ. There is only one of Him. He is not Catholic, Baptist, Presbyterian, Lutheran and a host of others. So we have one boss so to speak, no disrespect intended.

On Earth we need to be learning to work together towards the common goal of defeating Satan and standing strong in the Lord. Satan is delighted when he can get one denomination feeling superior to others and then not even worrying about fighting spiritual warfare.  Also if the enemy can get us complacent and thinking we should not go to church as it is hypocritical then he wins again. Don't let him. My recommendation is to find a good non denominational church, and many exist in larger communities, and go and check them out. Now denominational readers do not get mad at me. Sometimes people need to go where they feel they are not being judged by a certain "religion".

No one church is better than the other. Our mission is to serve God, love God, get into the Bible, and run from Satan as he is the one causing all the division in the first place.

 PRAYER: I love you Lord and am thankful for the Christian church in the world. I thank you for being able to worship freely, at least here in America. Help me shine your love to helpless others to know you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

To Share Or Not To Share


 Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured unto you. Luke 6:38

Recently I bought a container of breath mints that had two openings on the lid. One a small opening said "to share" and the other larger opening said "not to Share". This struck me as funny in a society that tends to be all about me, me ,me. This implies take more for yourself and do not give them away.

 Many places in God's word we are told about sharing and giving to others. Reaping and sowing so to speak. We should not share to get things but we should share because we know as Christians that is the right thing to do.

Is your heart stingy or is it giving? Remember the things we have are all God's anyway. Now go share something.

PRAYER: Help me open my heart to those in need and even to those not in need just because I want to. I pray for people who are recipients of gifts to be grateful for them and realize it is a blessing from God. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Everyone Needs Discipline



A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.Proverbs 29:15
Recently I was at a concert in a church where a group of grade school age children were left on their own and were running around the front of the auditorium and sitting on the altar rails and no adult supervision was being rendered. Sitting on altar rails is not appropriate or respectful behavior nor is running around in front of people watching a concert. Whoever the adult in charge was, needed to set some guidelines and boundaries. If children do not learn to follow rules now they could indeed become unruly adults and could even end up in detention at school or in jail. Discipline is not a bad thing. 

Discipline is an essential part of life for raising children to be obedient respectful adults. Just as the verse today says, a child with no rules indeed will bring his mom, and his dad, to shame. It is up to parents to teach a child with love and firmness if they want an adult who is a good member of society and a good future spouse. One thing to remember is to not automatically assume a criminal on the side of the road had bad parents because sometimes people get in with the wrong crowd. It is our place to pray and not judge.

Start today and give God thanks for the way you were raised. If you are a young parent make sure not to be afraid to be the one in charge. God wants us to be disciplined and to that discipline add the discipline of reading the Bible and praying daily. 

PRAYER: I love you Lord. I thank you for disciplining me when I need it. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Under Construction


Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16

A few years ago there was a saying "Please be patient. God is not finished with me yet." A few days ago as I ran past a construction site, a big sign on their fence said "Under Construction." When something is being built we often wait with anticipation for what is to come. As a believer I am constantly under construction. I guess when I am finished or when God is finished then I will enter heaven.

 Your life is constantly being built and changed too. I for one am glad we do not stay the same age and do the same things. When you feel all is lost or are facing some challenge in life, know that  if you love Jesus He is there with you and will see you through to what lies beyond. One of the biggest things for being "built" in Christ is knowing that trials help to shape you. It says that in James 1:2-4. Take a moment and read it.

 Go back out in your 'construction zone' and know the 'master builder' is shaping you into just what He wants you to be.

PRAYER: Thank you for working on me and making me just what you need for your kingdom. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Half Full??



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

What kind of person are you? Do you consider the cup half full or half empty? I love Hampton Inn's encouraging words on paper cups, elevator doors and elsewhere throughout the hotel chain. This is what made me think of half full as that is what their drinking cups in rooms said. Their hotel chain has words of encouragement throughout their hotel.

A half full person is more of a positive sort and looks at things in a more promising way than say a half empty one who tends to think the worst of things and be on the doubting negative side. Even when things tend to not look hopeful I want to keep my mind positive and uplifted knowing the story is not over yet. There is always hope.

What do you need to adjust in your life to make you become a half full person?

PRAYER: Today and everyday I want to start out the day being positive and to try to turn conversations around that get negative or condemning. Help me Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Specify



And when you pray, do not keep babbling like the pagans, for they think they will be heard for  their many words. Matthew 6:7

When you pray do you utter general prayers such as "bless all the people" and "bring peace to the world" or are you specific? Praying is simply talking to God. Pretty simple. Nothing elaborate is required. No special vocabulary or voice inflection. A special degree is not necessary. Just the desire to share your heart with God. In our Moms in Prayer group we use a four step formula which is Praise, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Intercession.  First adore God and praise Him. Next confess your sins to Him. Thank Him for the answers you have received then finally bring your requests before Him.

 Do not let Satan make you feel unworthy. Anyone can talk to God, saved or unsaved.Cry out to Him morning, noon, or night. Don't be afraid to be specific and tell Him just what is on your heart. Imagine just sitting on a couch talking to a trusted friend. Well God is more than a trusted friend. He wants to hear from you daily.

 Stop what you are doing right now and say a prayer. If you are in an office you can pray silently. You don't even need to shut your eyes. Our God is waiting for you so call out to Him today.

PRAYER: I know no matter where I am I can pray. Even people in countries who forbid Christianity can still pray. I thank you for the ability to come to you with things on my heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.