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.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tuning Into God

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. Colossians 2:2-4
Your  day has started. Rush, rush, rush already. Busy, busy, busy. When on earth can you possibly slow your pace to tune in to the still small voice yearning to spend time with you? I am speaking of God. 
So many things try to get your attention and in today’s wired society you must be creative to carve out time alone with God. This should be the first thing you WANT to do not an after thought. So set your alarm earlier. If a mom with small children, do it with them. On your lunch break at work, go find a place alone to pray and hear God’s voice through the Word. Make it happen. Desire it to happen. 
So much of what you may think is necessary is truly not. Off goes the news, off goes the morning show, off goes the Facebook updates. If you truly desire to do this then you can! 
PRAYER: It happened again. I rushed around and forgot to even say hi to you Lord or thank you. I am ashamed of myself. The enemy throws out excuses so I choose to sit down and be still with you. Convict me of this need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Don't Worry...Be Happy!

I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4

Such a catchy tune a few years back but do you apply its meaning to your everyday life? Is it possible to live a worry free life?

If you are honest you will say you have indeed worried. Probably everyone has but why? It doesn’t change things. As the character of a Russian prisoner in the movie ‘Bridge Of Spies’ said to his court appointed attorney played by actor Tom Hanks when asked if he was worried, he replied “would it help?” 

 When a fisherman casts his line into the water to catch fish he doesn’t jump in the water to grab it back as that would be self defeating and he would not catch fish. Similarly we are told in scripture to cast our cares on Him. Don’t go in and continually take them back. When you give your worries and concerns to God leave them then start focusing on uplifting things and let them go. 

PRAYER: Father God I don’t like to worry or fret but sometimes I find myself caving. Help me Lord to fully trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What Is First Thing You Reach For In Morning?

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Mobile device? Computer?  News paper? Remote control? Basically the point I am trying to make is what do you make time for and what habits have you developed? At the end of these habits is there any time to spend with Jesus in His word? It is only by spending time that we develop God’s character.

It may require discipline for you to stop grabbing your mobile device and checking into Facebook daily. Sure there are Christian things on Facebook, I get that. My devotion is posted there after all. The thing is your heart is where your first love is. Do you just really want to barely get by as a Christian or do you want to be filled with power to face your battles daily?

Maybe today is the day you need to develop a new Plan A and insure you are making time for our Lord and Savior.  Don’t do it out of obligation then it rarely will affect you. If you know you are weak in this area talk to God and ask Him to help you reorder your earthly priorities. You will be glad you did!

PRAYER: Father I want to hunger and thirst for you but often times I barely even take a nibble. Shame on me. I want to have self control to spend time where it counts. Please help me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Keeping Your Eyes On Jesus, Regardless

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

When things are going good it is easy to keep your eyes on Jesus and be thankful but when stuff seemingly is going not so well where is your trust?  Fear can enter in a moments notice with no invitation. Are you going to allow it in is the question.

Keep your eyes on Jesus when:
You feel like complaining
You are ungrateful
You are angry
Hopelessness sets in
You feel selfish
Tragedy occurs
You feel let down
Fear knocks at your door
You are frustrated
If you are sad and lonely
During a pity party
If friends disappoint you
If you get bad news

Basically when you can turn your eyes totally upon Jesus it leaves little room for the devil to get in your peripheral vision. Totally immerse yourself in his love and his promises. Get rid of things in your life that cause you to lean towards not trusting Jesus.

PRAYER: I love you Lord but there have been occasional moments when fear starts to seep in and I know it is wrong. Help me to totally trust you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ouch! That Hurts!

And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:12-15

Say a friend or a family member has hurt you unintentionally or maybe intentionally with misspoken words some of which are very painful. This friend then wants reconciliation but you stubbornly resist. Or it could be the opposite case where you hurt someone unintentionally and they no longer care to hang out with you. Honestly is this what our savior died for?

Relationships can be precarious but there has to be the ‘bigger person’ to be able to bite the bullet so to speak and move on. Holding a grudge or having anger not only is not what God wants but it hurts both your witness and your health. Forgiveness is a tall order but isn’t that part of what being a Christian is all about? Some people you may even humanly despise but even holding this anger in your heart is still not right.

Today why not release your anger and your ‘right’ to be angry and even if certain individuals still snub you and treat you poorly love them anyway. Didn’t Jesus do that? Just saying!

PRAYER: Lord I hurt so bad when someone has wronged me and go through stages of anger but I know I need to truly let it go bad truly forgive. Further more I know you desire for me to pray for those who hurt me. Help me do just that. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Two J's

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. Galatians 5:22

This is not a writing about a singing duo. The two ‘letter j’ words I am referring to in this writing are judging and jealously. Both stink, pure, plain and simple. I have struggled with both. If you want to have a victorious life in Christ you need to learn how to deal with both of these things that do not bring you closer to the kingdom.

You may feel cheated because someone has less financial struggles than you or a better house. Maybe you judge folks wrongly before you know their whole story say someone overweight or dressed poorly. It could be you are a jealous grandparent who wishes you had more time with your grandchild and compare yourself to other grandparent. You could be jealous of another's success. The list of topics for jealously and judging is endless. 

Try to not go to either area. Practice love and the fruits of the spirit listed in the verse for today. Jealously and judgment come from the pit of hell and they are designed to create division and hatred. Don’t even go there. Pray God to give you a transformed heart if you suffer with either. 

PRAYER: I know Lord when I have ever judged someone or had a twinge of jealousy it is totally not right and I hate doing so help me stop. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Outstanding Veterans

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
Way FM Christian radio mentioned they had a veterans page on their website that you could give a shout out to an outstanding veteran you may know. As a Army veteran I am far from being a hero or outstanding but every single military veteran who took the oath of office to protect and defend their country from enemies both foreign and domestic and was discharged honorably,  is outstanding in my humble opinion. Training is not piece of cake nor is learning the discipline they instill in you. 
Veterans signed up to serve not knowing if they would be ever in harms way. Some served in peacetime like yours truly and I possess no fancy service medals,  but those called to combat and those guard members who were deployed and left civilian jobs to go answer the call deserve our utmost respect. Also those brave heroes who saved the lives of many with heroic actions. 
Jesus of course laid down his life for us as we are his friends. He took upon himself the sins of the world. Are you living for a greater purpose than yourself? Are you thankful for your freedom? Many laid down their lives or were severely injured in battle to protect what we believe in and stand for in America. Take time to visit a military cemetery if you live near one. Go to a Veterans Day parade if your community has one. We are indeed blessed. God bless America!

PRAYER: I thank you Lord for the gift of freedom. There have been moments our freedom was threatened. Thank you for the ability to worship freely and stand up for what we believe. In Jesus' name. Amen.