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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Storage Full


You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8 

There is a rather comical commercial on TV about people who are getting ready to take that extra special picture on their mobile device only to have message pop up 'Storage Full. Can Not Take Photos' and if it has happened to you you feel like screaming. Back in the 'olden days' we had film in our camera and knew when we were out. Anyway it is a frustration needless to say. 

God's storage is never full. You can pray and pray and pray some more and he always has free space to record all your prayers and cries of your heart. Don't stop crying out to Him. The verse above mentions Him storing our tears in a bottle. I often joked and said mine were no doubt in a water tank. The point is God is there. No disconnects, signal loss, network down messages will ever happen. 

Are you trusting God for something in your life? Don't become discouraged and above all don't skip your quiet time alone with Him. It is easy to make excuses of why you have no time but God sure has time for you. 

PRAYER: I am thankful you are with me at all times. You hear my prayers. I know things are happening even when I don't see them physically. In Jesus' name. Amen.



Sunday, August 28, 2016

Mosquitos


In order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes. 2 Corinthians 2:11
As I sit on my back porch looking out at the countryside and cattle in our field in the early evening, I am often met by pesky mosquitoes who, if I don't wear insect repellant, can insure my time in the outdoors is short lived. I hear them buzz then swoosh, they move in for a bite. Smack, no you don't little bug. 
Sin and Satan can be like annoying insects that swarm and won't leave you alone. The problem is sin doesn't always warn us with buzzing sounds or a first bite. It can sneak up on you. Often disguised as something harmless. But alas sin is not harmless. Depending on what it is, you may experience lifelong repercussions. Forgiveness is available so don't beat yourself up too bad. Just remember when you know what is right or wrong don't choose the wrong way. 
Jesus is the right way and His ways are perfect. No one promises a life free of struggles, but by standing with God and staying daily in the word you have a good shield against sin. 
PRAYER: Help me Lord to stand strong against the tide of sin in this world often made to look good or okay and some even legalized by the government.  Use me Lord to share the truth with those in my circle of influence. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Maintenance Needed


Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11
I was out pulling weeds in my strawberry patch recently when a truck pulled up that said 'Asphalt Maintenance' on the doors. Indeed our driveway has numerous cracks that need attention soon before they get worse. 
Your spiritual life needs maintained on a daily basis too. If you let something go that needs repairs eventually it needs an overhaul. We can let our bodies go physically by not eating right and exercising then when the decision is made to get in shape it takes lots of time. Better to take care of matters when they are not so drastic. 
By getting into God's word, the Bible, daily you make Satan angry because you have put on your armor for the day. You strengthen your inner man by filling up your tank daily with God's word so if a breakdown does occur you are prepared and know better how to address it. Now go read Psalm 37 and have a good day. 
PRAYER: I know what I need to do to stay strong spiritually and that is to soak up God's word daily. Help me discipline myself to read your book more than Facebook. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Let My People Go


It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Why is it so many nations have dictators, tyrants and kings that are bent on control of the people? Human nature can easily get selfish, egocentric, and power hungry. For the man or woman following Christ they are led by the light and love but many are not followers of Christ and may unknowingly be doing Satan's work to dominate, deceive, lie, trick, kill, and manipulate people. When someone tries to control every aspect of a person's existence they are trying to domineer and take away our choices. 
God is not like that. God is love. God is peace. God wants us to go and be creative and earn money and thrive. He does not want us dependent upon others. God wants us to be kind to our fellow man. He wants us to see a need and meet it. He wants us to pray for our enemies. He wants us to be in prayer for our nation and its' leaders even ones that seem that prayer will never work on. 

When a nation follows God's laws all is well but when they get to thinking they know more than God look out. Do not be fearful of what is going on around us for God indeed is in control. But He wants us to wake up and protect the liberty we have been blessed with and to stay in prayer for our nation. Now go get in your prayer closet for our land and for its' healing and restoration. 

PRAYER: Oh Lord your beautiful. Your face is all I seek. I am ashamed when I have taken freedom for granted. Help me to do my part to help our great land remain free. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Just Get Over It


But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matthew 5:39

How many arguments could be alleviated if people would just drop stuff and forget about it. While waiting at an airport recently watching passengers arriving, most were joyful and hugging, but one particular meet up, what appeared to be a mother and son, looked less than cordial. I was sad for whatever caused their cold reunion. It made me think about why people need to let anger go.

Even if someone gives you the cold shoulder doesn't mean you have to reciprocate. We as believers need to be kind, forgiving, and able to be the one to show reconciliation if necessary. Don't drag something out or try to force a person to be kind but take it to the Lord the great healer of all things to include relationships.

So the next time you are confronted by a friend or worse, a family member who is treating you unkindly just be kind to them regardless. Let Jesus do the rest.

PRAYER: Lord I pray if and when I am ever confronted by someone who wants to be ugly to me that you will help me stand strong and not be ugly back. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

All In Or Spectator?



I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26

The Summer Olympics have just concluded for another 4 years. Most of us were mere spectators observing from the comfort of our living rooms. Being a spectator does not require much effort. Basically just sit down. It's the athletes who have had strict and disciplined training to achieve their place on the Olympic team for their country. 

When it comes to your spiritual life are you all in or simply a spectator on the sidelines? Maybe you aren't even a spectator but simply just feel like saying you are a Christian is good enough. Many people stay away from the church for various reasons. Hopefully you reading this  today have an immense love for the Lord to the point you can't wait till Sunday rolls around just to go to church to worship him. Don't make it a chore and if you feel like it is, search your heart and ask the Lord to help restore your love for Him. 

The times we are living in require true Christians to worship Him in spirit and truth. We are in an immense battle for our souls and for the soul of this freedom loving country. It is time to stop just sitting on the sidelines. Get in the game!!

PRAYER: I need you Lord every minute of the day. I choose to walk in your ways. Keep me alert to the dangers of the flesh lurking around trying to gobble me up. Help me run for the heavenly prize. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Home Runs Ahead


14 When times are good, be happy;but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one as well as the other.Therefore, no one can discover anything
 about their future.Ecclesiastes 7:14

I love this verse in Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament.  It really says it all in a nutshell. Whether good or bad God has your back. Stuff is going to happen because sin is in our world. The world throws curve balls at us that we have to dodge occasionally and press on for the home runs ahead of us in this life God has blessed us with. 

You have probably heard that trials are a part of life and whether you like it or not they indeed strengthen and teach. If everything came easy there would not be challenges to help grow you. Imagine a child who stays in first grade forever because it is fun and easy. Certainly there is no disputing that but that child will be stuck in a rut never moving beyond and never growing. 

You may prefer the good times of life and rejoice and praise God when you have them but also realize sometimes things may be hard. Continue to rejoice and thank God for helping develop you into the person He wants you to be. 

PRAYER: I love you Lord. I know it is in hard times I learn things so for that I say thanks. In Jesus' name. Amen.