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, October 23, 2016

Death Happens To Us All

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Isaiah 57:1

You can't drive anywhere without eventually coming across a cemetery. This is the final resting place for all of our bodies after our time on earth is up. Everyone is going to die. It is nothing to fear. For those who know Christ it is a Home-going Celebration.
 How many of you have either lost a loved one way earlier than expected be it a baby, a teen, a young adult, a spouse in their 50's or 60's? It could be cancer, still born, miscarriage, vehicle accident, heart attack, or an unexpected stroke. Stuff happens. No one is ever ready to find out their loved one has passed away. It is sad. We want to live forever but that was not God's plan. We are born, we die. And there is a heaven and a hell.

Be ready. Know God has a plan. Your life is no accident. The people you impact are no accident. Try to live your days as a shining beacon of light and share God's love with those you encounter. Keep looking up!
PRAYER:Father God I know I have value and purpose. I need not fear death for Heaven awaits me for eternity. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Turn On The Light

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14

What happens when you wake up in the middle of the night and walk in the dark? Likely you may stumble into a table or walk into a wall. Light is needed to dispel the darkness. Once a light is illuminated darkness can not stay. 

Believers are the 'light of the world' and are supposed to shine the brightness of the Lord wherever they are. Starbucks, grocery, drug store, the gym, your living room, on the phone with telemarketers(ouch), in a doctor's waiting room, jail cell, and a myriad of places you might find yourself. You shining this 'light' through your speech, kindness, and love for others will show if you are sincere. 

Try going out daily and making a point to imagine yourself a beacon or flashlight where God's love is lighting the path around you. Now go shine on!

PRAYER: I love each and every day you give me and help me not waste any chance to illuminate the darkness in this world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Whoosh...Time Flies!

The measure of our life is seventy years; and if through strength it may be eighty years, its pride is only trouble and sorrow, for it comes to an end and we are quickly gone.Psalm 90:10

As a sat in the concourse at the Dallas Airport recently watching passengers deplane at my gate, all ages were coming off. Young, semi young, semi old, older. I had just taken a selfie earlier and gagged at my old looking appearance then hey, I realized the clock is ticking for each of us. Part of life is growing older. Everyone has a purpose and value. Never beat yourself up because of the aging process. 

Why is it so many can't accept getting older? One day we are teenagers then the next thing you know you are at your 45th high school reunion. Where did the time go? My great niece recently turned sweet 16 and I remember her being a toddler. One thing not to do if you happen to be in the over 50 category is think that you can't get a job because of your age. Sure society tends to put millennials in a special category where they seem preferred and all others washed up, but don't get negative on yourself and believe media lies. 

Today no matter what your age God can use you. Everyone is here for a reason. Try something new. Take a class. Start exercising if you never have. Get out and make a difference around your corner God has you in. And cheer up. Age is just a number. 

PRAYER: I thank you for each day you give me. Many have lost babies, children, precious family members and often have deep sadness. Be with those people grieving but help each of us know we have a purpose. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Is Your Salt Shaker Empty?

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot." Matthew 5:13

Salt is a seasoning for food that helps to enhance the flavors of a food. If you have ever been cooking and run out of salt often the recipe you are preparing just does not taste the same.

Christians are called the 'salt of the Earth'. We are to be like a gigantic salt shaker seasoning the world around us for the kingdom of God. If our shaker is empty or its' contents old and flavorless, we have a hard time sharing joy, hope, peace, and love. 

Does your salt shaker need to be refilled or have you misplaced it somewhere and need to get it out and start spreading the love of God around today? 

PRAYER: I want to continue to flavor the Earth with your love Lord. I know it is necessary for me to keep myself fed a daily diet of your word in order to keep my 'shaker' full and ready to use. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

There Goes That Mouth Again

But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:8

Gossip, telling secrets, hurting someone with verbal abuse, misunderstandings, the tongue and the mouth are right up there at the top for causing problems particularly when the person speaking does not think before saying something or emailing something. How many of you have been guilty of misspoken words that have hurt someone? I have I am ashamed to say. Sometimes it is hard to recover from that and takes time to earn trust again. 

As this verse in James Chapter 3 says the tongue can not be tamed. That does not excuse you from not having self control with your mouth. Sometimes misspoken words are a total misunderstanding and can embarrass or hurt someone. Maybe that was not your intent but it can happen. If you have a problem with talking too much before you think, step back and maybe do a study on the mouth and your words. Words have power. They do in fact set a forest ablaze as it also says in this same chapter of James. 

If you have been hurt be ready to forgive and forget. If you have hurt someone else learn from it and ask God to help you control your impulses and to think before you speak. The friends and family you save may be your own. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I want control over my mouth. The mouth can do good or do bad. It is my choice and help me use the brain you gave me to think before I speak. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Is Jesus' Really First?

But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:31
That is a good question, I mean the above question in my title. Being a Christian doesn't happen because of family you were born into or because of joining a church. It is way more than that. When He, Jesus, is really first you will desire to know Him better. That means doing more than one hour Sunday.

When we know Him we need to then in turn trust Him for things in our life. Have you ever known of people who are so discouraged they wish they were already on way to Heaven, ASAP? Life does have struggles yet when we sit back and really do spiritual warfare with the enemy, things will get better. You mind should even stay on things above regardless of how you feel. Tall order, right?

Think of it like this. You and I know that Satan is the one trying his best to kill, steal, destroy, confuse, deceive, and manipulate. So when stressful times come, don't blame Him, but run to Him.

PRAYER: Lord I thank you for my life.  Your plan for me is perfect and beyond understanding. Thanks for keeping me on it. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Words. They Matter!

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

These past few weeks with political debates many people have become so angry and fearful over the two choices for President of the United States. The media has been pulling for one side only and thus angers many. I have heard of Christians just going ballistic on Facebook pages calling the GOP candidate horrible names now as well as the Democrat candidate.  Are we really justified in being so ugly? The answer of course is no.

The enemy is having a hey day with the actions of many. Never mind the candidates themselves who are responsible for words on the part of one, and lies and corruption on the part of the other. The issue is we as believers need to stop judging, mind our own business, and pray. Stop spewing hate ourselves.

Only a few days are left until one of the most important elections of our lifetime. One of the biggest issues is the three Supreme Court justices that will be put into play by whoever is elected. Voters seem too angry to remember that factor. I urge all of you reading this to take time each day to pray. If you are beside yourself with anger turn on some Christian praise music to soothe your soul. By all means don't sit home on Election Day.

 PRAYER: Dear Lord I am thankful for being born in a democracy. Many in other nations probably laugh at us. Help my brothers and sisters in Christ trust that you have a plan and help all of us know that once words are spoken they can't be taken back. In Jesus' name. Amen.