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, February 27, 2017

Overlooked?


Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
No matter what you do there may be a time in your life when you were overlooked for something. A promotion, a pay raise, acceptance in a school or program, a scholarship, an election, a part in a school play. 
Just remember, to God you are not second best or the runner up. You are the best no matter what the world is throwing at you. Your feelings may be hurt by something right now. You have heard the phrase "when God closes a door He opens a window" and often times things we perceive as bad at the time they occur in the long run do us a tremendous favor. 
So whatever it is you may be facing or waiting on or even dealing with, relax and trust God to direct your paths.
PRAYER: Often when we get left out, overlooked, laid off, or worse it can hurt bad. Help me trust you with all the details of my life and help me to not say or do anything rash but to relax and wait on your timing. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Note: in light of last night's Oscar Best Picture blunder the cast of La La Land has to feel a bit overlooked as well. I wrote this devotion a week ago.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

You Are Blessed So Stop Whining



Do everything without complaining and arguing. Philippians 2:14 

Sorry for the rebuke in my title  but my point is many of us living in America can have it so good sometimes we forget about it and tend to complain. We are not to compare ourselves to each other and wish for something else but to be content right where God has placed you.

There are others in different countries who also read God's Lemonade Stand too and I would also say to you to remember to be grateful, thankful, and step back and look at what  God has done and is doing. The enemy can tend to get our focus off our blessings and onto our problems. If he is successful at doing this then it becomes difficult to praise God.

Your strategy for praying today should be first to tell God how wonderful He is and thank Him for the life He has blessed you with. Next ask Him to help you focus on the good and release the bad.

PRAYER: Thanks for this life you have given me Lord. I choose to focus on my blessings and not bad stuff. Satan has no control over my thoughts. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Humble, Humble, Humble...Just Be It!



           A man's pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor. Proverbs 29:23
When you do a good deed do you often secretly wish people knew you did it or even go so far as to mention it or are you satisfied with only God knowing it? That is something for everyone to ponder on for a moment. 

The best example of humility of course is Jesus himself. He did not seek fame, fortune, attention, trophies, or a special parking place had there been one back then. He humbled himself and we too need to follow His example. How tempting it is though to shout your good deeds or boast of your talents from the roof top. If you have done it, and I know in the past I have, God forgives you. 

Press on in life knowing who it is you are serving and when you have done something outstanding remember give the the full glory to God! It is refreshing to occasionally see in play programs or a Broadway 'Playbill' where the cast or crew member mentions giving glory to God. Makes me smile big time! Start today practicing being humble. It will make God smile. 

PRAYER: Father I thank you for forgiving me for times I boasted or tried to point out good stuff I had done. Help me always to remember to you be the honor and Glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Clear History



Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 1 Corinthians 13:4-6

Recently I had a potential virus on my phone and was instructed by a knowledgeable person to go into Safari and clear my history. I did that and that problem for now should be solved.

Life brings moments to us that would better off be forgotten and swept under the proverbial carpet so to speak. In other words, clearing your history.  Satan is called the 'accuser of the brethren' and he can bring back horrible memories and sins and throw them up in your face. But then you get right back in his face and say 'God redeemed the years the locust has eaten.'

Just like we are not to keep a record of wrongs and throw things back into someone's face to get revenge, God never throws things up in your face. It is done, over, finished, behind you, buried  in the deepest sea. Now you go forget it too. Next time Satan reminds you of his past, remind him of his future.

PRAYER: I am so grateful for the gift of forgiveness, mercy, and grace and I am glad your mercies endure forever. I refuse to let the enemy bring junk up that happened years ago because you forget it so to should I. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Purge Bad Thinking


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

Are you one of those people who occasionally catches yourself dwelling on  the negative or speculating about things that may not have ever happened? Maybe you worry over what you said to someone or how you were perceived. I know I fall into this trap sometimes and it is not a good place to remain so stop it!

It is a spiritual discipline to cast down wrong thinking patterns. You must purposefully make yourself ponder goodness, victory, successes, and joyful moments. Dwelling on your faults and screw ups leads nowhere good nor is wondering what someone may be thinking about you and thinking the worst case scenario.

Get up and say out loud "I am not going to dwell on things that don't matter. I will choose to be content and joyful and press on."

PRAYER: Help me Lord as I seek to discipline my thoughts to not digging a pit of despair.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This Country Needs A Dose Of Love



For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Ephesians 6:12

So I risk losing  readers when I dabble in what some call politics. But this writing is not meant to be political but to be honest and forthright.

We just got done celebrating love with the holiday of Valentines Day yet if you look around in many major cities and college campuses it is far from a loving atmosphere.  Even those who claim to be believers are posting mean spirited things on social media. Don't you just know this makes Satan so ecstatic? Don't be misled or fooled. Evil and demonic spirits are alive and thriving in America.

Prayer is our most effective weapon. God doesn't create hate, riots, obstruction, and evil but spiritual demonic forces do. Don't be caught up in the trap of getting sucked into protesting and ugliness. Instead why not start loving and praying. Give it a try. You will feel better. And oh yes, turn off the news. It only stirs the pot.

PRAYER: I love you Lord and I love these United States of America. Not everyone in America loves this country or what it stands for and some are trying to destroy it. Help me remember daily to show love and to pray for those who lead us and the brave men and women in the Armed Forces who protect us from those who want to destroy us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Is Your Flesh In The Way?


For I know that in me (that is in my flesh) dwells no good thing, for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do, but the evil I will not to do, that I do. -Romans 7:19-20
Our freshly nature has to stay under control. If not, there would be no limits and Satan would have full control of your life. Discipline is required to keep yourself under control. Godly discipline. 
You discipline yourself to not go places that would drag you down or hurt your witness. You discipline yourself to dress a certain way so as not to make the opposite sex lust after your flesh. You discipline yourself to not watch certain movies or TV shows which deep down you know will do nothing to build you up. You discipline your speech as to not curse, gossip, lie. You get the idea right? 
So today be grateful for this body gave you but also remember to keep it under control throughly Godly discipline. 
PRAYER: Father I ask you to give me strength to resist the temptations of the flesh and to live for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.