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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.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Be A Humble Servant


The greatest among you will be your servant. Matthew 23:11
 As I sat in the USO at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport recently I was thinking about servant hood. The volunteers in this extremely wonderful organization give of their time at USO's in major airports as well as Manhattan to serve those who have served their country.
There is not a draft in this country. Young men and women answer the call to be a volunteer soldier. Sure they get paid, but they have said yes to a lifestyle more than a job. This new life is something not everyone can get into. Many are eliminated in the process. It takes a unique kind of person to know they may be called into harms' way at any moment. Yet they do it for you and for me. Rigorous training is the norm. 

Next time you are in an airport and see a service member or veteran wearing the familiar 'I Served' ball cap, say thanks,  for without their service and sacrifice we would not be living in this wonderful country. Freedom is not free. 

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for blessing us with many fine men and women who willingly answer the call to protect this country. Protect them as they protect us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, May 29, 2015

How Green Is My Grass?


Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Romans 12:15
Comparison is a tool of the devil. Comparing your finances to others, your gifting to others, your job to others, your house or your car among other things,  is not from God. Comparison leads to envy and envy can lead to discontent and hate for another. This is not what God wants for His children.

Instead God wants us to be happy for another's successes and new 'toys' in their closet so to speak. We are not to wish we were someone else or thinking the other person has it so much better. This is definitely wrong thinking and requires you to get your mind renewed. How do you renew your mind? With the word of God. Daily search the scriptures and think good and positive thoughts. This type of thinking will eventually cause you to not be negative and concerned so much with others. 

Can you do it? Start today and thank the Lord for where you are in life. Do not envy another's position in life, their education or school they attended, or the job title they have. Be  grateful as God has you just where He wants you . Rejoice!

PRAYER: I am thankful Lord for so many things. Most of all for the gift of life and freedom. Help me not lose sight of all the things you do for me and keep me from coveting others life or things. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

39+27


But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:5



39 plus 27 equals 66 which is the number of books in the Holy Bible. 39 in the Old testament and 27 in the New Testament. Many try as a goal to read through the entire Bible which is admirable. I have never done that. Might I challenge you to insure you are retaining what you read and many do not when they zip through with a challenge of reading the entire 66 books. Now I am not faulting you but may I challenge you instead to read for subjects and study. Get a notebook and take notes. Look up verses. 

Once you are studying God's word you will be able to eventually recall scriptures to help out in certain situations. You study and mediate on the word and it gets  down inside your heart and changes you . The verse above sort of has a warning with it.  When you know the Bible do not start acting better than people or haughty but be gentle, humble, and respectful. 

Today and every day choose a chapter perhaps out of the Bible and study it. Write down key points. Look up other references to go along with it. Don't be afraid to write in your Bible either as it is your study tool. You will be surprised how this journey will transform you if you are serious about it. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I am so very thankful to live in The United States of America where at this time we can still freely read out Bibles in public and have Bible study without going to jail. I pray this freedom is given to other countries and our freedom here is protected. Help change hearts of  evil people who would try to take away our Christian liberties and help change their hearts from evil to good and darkness to light. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Love Lifts Us Higher!!


Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8


There are so many good songs about love. Mostly they are ones about romantic love. True love is more than roses and candy hearts. True love is true sacrifice.

Are there people in your life you do not like, much less love? Did you know God wants us to love everyone?It's true! Those people in the news lately known as ISIS certainly do not love Christians and Jews and are out to kill us but our response, besides caution, is to be to pray wholeheartedly for them. Don't hate back. That is what the devil wants and  Muslims can be won to Jesus. You might have to intentionally pray for your enemies. That is what God wants us to do. In Matthew 5:44 it says"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,". Tall order you say? Try it. 

Today and every day try to make it a new normal to pray for those people in your life who may rub you the wrong way or whom you may have a personality clash with or worse yet, someone who ignores and hates you. See if you do not feel better and your heart feels lighter as a result. 

PRAYER: I want to love all people Lord but I confess some of the enemies of America who even live in America make me angry. I need your strength and Holy Spirit living inside me to love like you love. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Snack or Feast?


Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. 1 Peter 2:2

Are you snacking on the things of the Lord or feasting on them? Think about that question for a moment. Snacks are grabbed on the run and normally are not the healthiest thing. A feast, on the other hand, takes time to prepare and time to consume. It is usually the best, especially for company.

Do you desire more than just snack time with the Lord? You have the power to change your schedule and to stop making excuses. If He is really important you will make feast time for Him each day. You make time for other things such as the coffee shop, the gym, shopping, eating out, playing with your pets, doing your hobbies, so isn't God more important? I hope you say yes.

Search your heart today and see if you need some spiritual tweaking to get you on a regular feast time schedule with God.

PRAYER: Help me Lord as I seek to let go of things distracting me from daily time with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stop Looking At Those Mountains!

Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. Isaiah 40:4
What do you mean "stop looking at the mountains as they are gorgeous!" I am not referring to physical mountains as I am a mountain person and love the beauty of mountains all over the world. I love hiking in the mountains as well as snow skiing in the mountains. The type of mountain I refer to are the "giants" in our life we feel are so overwhelming and loom at us like a mountain range to a pioneer in a covered wagon. They might have thought after crossing safely over flat plains, "Oh my goodness! How will we get over those alive?" 
Many things in life may seem too 'huge' to handle. We look at our problems and issues in our life and often times feel overwhelmed at how on earth they will ever be over. But they will. Time passes and so does the junk cluttering up our lives and our minds. First and foremost we need to insure we are living for the Lord. When you get your eyes off the 'cross' and only see gigantic mountains, of course we feel helpless. God is the way over and through those mountains. He is our source of strength. 
Wherever you are at in your journey, the Lord cares and He can help you leap over obstacles that are standing in your way. Run to Him today!
PRAYER: Lord you are good all the time. Forgive me when I have let my problems take control and have not gone to you first. Help me Lord turn off distractions and focus on you. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Love Is The Answer



Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25

In the movie 'Fireproof', which was released several years ago, a couple were on the verge of divorce because they had let other things take priority in their marriage. A husband was addicted to online porn and the wife was having an affair with a man at work. When the parents of the husband intervened to help save the marriage, miraculous changes occurred. God changed a heart and thus an attitude and thus love, true Biblical love, came into the picture.

Love, real true Christlike love, puts the other person first. Most of us are familiar with the 'love chapter' in the New Testament, that being 1 Corinthians 13. Take a moment and read it and meditate on what it says. More marriages could be saved if both partners were committed to not only their vows, but about 'putting on' true Christian selfless love. Marriage is about two people, a man and a woman, and many take Christian vows on their wedding day, but then fail to incorporate Christianity into their lifestyle, other than maybe on Sunday. To love like Christ we have to live like Christ. That means daily dying to self and putting the other person first.

Wherever you are at today, married or unmarried God can help you if you want to be helped. You can learn unconditional Christlike love for your spouse or for a friend. Get into God's word and search for all the scriptures you can find on love. You will be amazed how if you can commit to this the word can transform you. Give it a try!

PRAYER:I know love is the answer to most of life problems we have. Love is patient, kind, unselfish and giving. Love puts 'me' last and others first. Love is always trying to find ways to help others and show love. Help me love like you love Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.