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.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cluttered Thoughts

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Our mind can be used for good by God or as a tool in the enemies hands. If you dwell on wrong things then naturally your mind will become fixated on bad stuff. The enemy loves to capture our minds. Believers are not immune to this happening. You have to consciously make a point to dwell on good things such as the verse above indicates.

If you start thinking people don't like you, or you are going to get fired, or even dwell on bad things you see constantly on the news or in not so stellar movies, it can be easy to be a bottom dweller similar to a catfish on the bottom of a river skimming for junk to eat. Your mind gets caught up in this cycle and it is hard to escape. Guess what? You have to escape or the enemy traps you. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:7 "Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon." Where are your thoughts today? 

PRAYER: I thank you Lord for the mind you have given me and its' ability to learn many things. You truly have blessed me. Help me use my mind for good and not let it fall into Satan's clutches. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Power Out...No Problem

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
Yesterday I had just completed picking up my last item at the Defense Commissary on Redstone Arsenal when the lights went out and everything else electric as well. It was a very busy day and huge lines had formed. Thankfully I only had non perishable dry goods in my small cart. The reactions of many looked perturbed. Why? It is no ones fault. Better to go with the flow. 

No matter if it is a power outage, tailgater, hateful clerk, disrespectful spouse, irritated friend or family member, to keep the peace and maintain joy it is best to just let it go and blow it off. Spouting off only fuels the fire. 

I would not have always been able to do that but you get better the more you practice it. Once again getting mad gives glory to the enemy and not to God. Be cool is a good rule to follow. 

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord when I have opened my mouth and said things I was sorry for later. Help me learn to have self control in all situations and to be a good example of kingdom living. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Get Out Of My Life

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

Social media presents many new challenges. I was thinking of a friend from high school not long ago and went to her Facebook page only to find out I had been unfriended and later blocked. Sort of have to develop thick skin in this new age of rejection on social media. Sort of mean spirited in a way but you can only pray and let it go. As my son tells me, "get a life" and forget it. 

If you are raising children in this social media era, limits should be placed on time in front of the screen be it the tiny screen of a mobile device or on the computer. Let's go ahead and add the TV screen while we're at it. Face to face communication without the rude interruptions of answering your phone or being on a device when you are supposed to be with another person are things dealt with in today's world. Children need to learn how to interact and communicate without electronics screaming at them. We adults need to perhaps take a lesson from less usage. 

Set aside time in your schedule for friends. Go out and walk, hike, go to lunch. Do things to show them they are important. More importantly insure spending time with Jesus' daily is high up on your priority list. 

PRAYER: Help me find ways to be a good communicator with friends and family. Help me have self control to not let mobile devices cut into my time one on one with those I am with. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hidden Messages

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

There is a term called being 'desensitized' to sin. You may be immersed in a particular culture or mindset for such a long time or have exposed yourself to so much, that it becomes difficult to distinguish evil.

 Recently I viewed a movie which was a very romantic chick flick and fairly clean, some innuendos, but come to find out an underlying subtle message was in this film,  that being assisted suicide was compassionate and perfectly okay and a person had the 'right' to end his life. This message was masked until the end of movie. Maybe the producers were hoping that by being immersed in the love story you would not think the underlying plot was so terrible.

 We live in this world but we are to be set apart and separated from culture. Culture says men can marry men, babies that are inconvenient can be killed, a person who feels trapped in a body as a man can have sex change surgery, people who want to kill us have a right to live here and add to this list.  We hear these things in the news so much we end up numb to evil. We are to love but we are also to run from evil and embrace the truth. The truth is found in the Bible. Read it daily to give you strength to face this opposing world view.

 PRAYER: Give me discernment Lord when the world is tossing all kinds of false messages out there. Help me recognize the truth. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

So What's Wrong With Blue Nail Polish?

Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Psalm 103:2-5

I have several readers who like me, are in the mature citizen category. I don't consider myself old and certainly my spouse would tell you I don't always act like it. Many people are under the impression that when you reach a certain magic age the fun and frivolity needs to cease. Why? Those older persons who continue to enjoy fun things and adventures feel younger inside. I tell people I am 62 going on 29.

Last week I was wearing bright yellow nail polish which was a gift from a dear friend for me to use during book signings since lemons are yellow and in fact this is 'the lemonade stand' right? I am not asking men to start polishing their nails but there may be a man or two out there who wants to feel young say riding a motor cycle, trying some new adventure, sky diving. As long as you are deemed medically and physically fit why not? Now wives out there don't get mad at me. 

God made the Earth and all it contains for our enjoyment and for sustenance as well. The Lord wants us to enjoy our life and not be worried the fun has to stop at 40. Stay healthy because, after all, your body is the Temple of The Holy Spirit. Don't be afraid to dance in life and yes ladies even paint your fingernails blue. 

PRAYER:I am so grateful for the gift of life and the gift of this beautiful Earth. You indeed are good. I am thankful for good health as I know many don't enjoy it. Help me use each day to be a shining example for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Are You Armed And Ready?

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13

When soldiers go into battle they are prepared with the proper equipment to fight and to protect them. Similarly police officers have to don the proper protective gear in order to be prepared for stray bullets and other projectiles.

 As a believer each day you may or may not even pick up your Bible. Maybe you are too busy checking your Facebook status or catching up on the morning news. Do you realize spending time in the Bible is your spiritual armor for your day? If I took a poll right now and asked how many read your Bible today how would you respond? Some Christians don't even take a few minutes for what should be the most important part of their day. Shame on us.
Today is you are guilty of not making time to get armed and ready why not do something to change your schedule and really get ready for the Spiritual warfare that is out there on a daily basis. Start by reading Proverbs 21 and Psalm 21. Enjoy your day.

 PRAYER: I confess there are times Facebook has been way more compelling and interesting than the Bible which should take precedence in my life. Give me self control to re order my priorities and make time for you daily. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Serving With Your Gift

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
I was watching American Ninja Warrior recently and one of the competitors had this verse written on his chest. His brother was a leukemia survivor and he was doing this course for him. When you do things do you mainly do them for yourself or are you consciously thinking of how to better someone else's life?
This serving could even be in the form of teaching someone a skill or sport or leisure activity that they do not currently participate in. Sort of like mentoring children at the Boys and Girls Clubs or serving as a Bible study teacher, leader, or Sunday school teacher. Make time to help someone or at least offer your services. Now those of you reading who have small children, your serving is done right there in your home to those precious little ones for now. Plenty of years lie ahead after they leave the nest. You could perhaps get them involved in projects with you serving others. 
Don't  do things just for your own enjoyment but try to think of others. What gifts do you have that you could use to make the world a better place and share Jesus? 
PRAYER: Forgive me if I get self absorbed and don't reach out to help and serve. Show me a need I can meet and help me put myself on hold while I see if there is a way I can be used to make a difference in a life around me. In Jesus' name. Amen.