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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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Boll Weevil

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Both our sons were born in LA, Lower Alabama, and lived in Enterprise for a short time after birth. In this small town outside Fort Rucker Army installation, is a statue in the center of the town to an insect. Yes an insect, the boll weevil. Why would a town in Alabama spend the money to celebrate with a statue to a bug? 
The story goes that the primary crop in that part of the state had been cotton but one year there was a Boll weevil infestation that destroyed the cotton crop. In order for the town and farmers to stay afloat financially they chose a new crop to grow. Peanuts. This proved to be even better for the region and a blessing from God in the long run bringing in very good revenue. 
Do you sometimes wonder why bad things happen at first because you can not see the big picture? I am sure the folks in Enterprise were devastated and had no idea what to do. Sometimes just hanging on through the turmoil is what is necessary. Trials will come in life but our God is way bigger than them. Even boll weevils. 
PRAYER: Help me Lord look for the good when bad things happen and help me keep my cool. I know you will never fail me nor fore sake me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Note: Further info on this bit of unknown history to friends who do not live in Alabama.Recent years has the weevil been brought under control. Weevils first entered the United States from Mexico in 1892. They reached Mobile County in 1910 and had infested the entire state by 1916. Alabama's economy was almost entirely based in agriculture, with cotton being the primary cash crop, when the weevil struck. By following George Washington Carver's advice, Coffee County, in contrast to the rest of the state, rebounded economically in 1917 with the largest peanut harvest in the nation.In 1919, Enterprise city councilman Roscoe Owen "Bon" Fleming proposed a commemoration of the pest for turning Enterprise's economy around, and on December 11 of that year the city dedicated a statue to the boll weevil in the middle of Main Street. The actual bug part was added in 1949.(Copied from encyclopediaofalabama.org).

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spiritual Burnout

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians

Have you left your first love? I am talking about Jesus. Maybe many who have,  aren't even reading this as even 1 minute with Jesus is too much trouble. There could be those who listen to the sermons about putting Jesus first and may think they are, just by being in church or being in a certain denomination. 

There is a verse in Revelation that says "if we are lukewarm, he will spit us from his mouth". ( See Revelation 3:16).   Now how about that for a word picture? If you hang out with the wrong crowd they can drag you down to the gutter with them and try to make you think like them, even if they go against what you know  to be right. Maybe you need a new church home that is on fire for the Lord not one that is constantly telling you how bad you are. Love is where it is at and it is God's job to judge not ours. 

Wherever you are at on your spiritual journey know that God is there for you. He understands and loves you. He forgives and forgets even when man can not. Allow Him to light your spiritual fire today. 

PRAYER: I love you Lord and I don't want to listen to the world and its' ways as this world is not my real home. Help me not allow Satan to get me to turn away and believe lies. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Come As You Are

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
You all probably have heard the phrase "come as you are" meaning no need to get fancy and dressed up, just show up. Jesus invites us to come as we are as well. He chose the most unlikely characters to be his disciples. If you are addicted, messed up, pierced, tattooed, broken, sinful, a criminal, prostitute, liar, rebellious, homosexual, thief, gossiper, judgmental, he says simply "Come". No matter your outward appearance or the condition of your heart. 
Jesus is the one who loves us unconditionally. Now he does not want you to remain in your sin but he is not sitting there condemning. Remember what he said to the woman caught in adultery? (See John 8:1-11). "Go and sin no more" period, end of story. 
Church is a place for broken souls not people who have it all together. If you haven't been in a while find you a church that loves you warts and all. Don't let Satan lie to you and make you feel you will not fit in. If you have been away for a while might I suggest a non denominational church. Also might I suggest reading the book of John in the New Testament. Now go and know Jesus loves you and wants you to love Him. 
PRAYER: I am so thankful for your love for me. I know you want me in worship whether I have nice clothes or a suit. Help me not be judgmental of others but love them unconditionally. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Not Just About Me

As it is written: "For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." Romans 8:36

Me, me, me. It is all about me. Our selfie culture would certainly lead people to think that. Look at me! You know there are other people out there besides yourself. It is certainly a challenge for parents today to raise selfless children or those who think of others more than themselves. 

The world is made up of all sorts of people. Many hurt and have no friends. Sometimes in our little cocoon of sorts it becomes easy to insulate yourself from the real world. I am not talking about the world according to the media but the actual world of ups and downs and hurt and pain. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone and helping another is just what the doctor ordered so to speak. 

What can you do today to reach beyond yourself?

PRAYER: Lord help me look around my world to see how I might have a positive impact on another's life. They might even be in my own family or circle of influence. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beyond Easter

From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21

So Easter 2017 is behind us. Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! But now what? The Easter lilies are wilting, the cute dresses are hung back in the closet, the candy is being consumed, but what next? You continue the Easter journey, that's what.

Realize there is way more to a relationship with Jesus than just Easter Sunday. Jesus died for all of us no matter how messed up we are or no matter how much you reject or deny Him. He doesn't wish any to perish but man has a free will and thus sometimes just doesn't want anything to do with what some call being 'religious'. I tell people I am not religious but I just love Jesus. Being religious is too much of a chore. 

So if you are reading this today and want to know more about letting Jesus be Lord of your life I would be happy to tell you. Give him first place, not your leftovers. 

PRAYER: I am grateful that you love me warts and all Jesus even sometimes when I hardly give you the time of day. I pray for those people who totally reject you to have a change of heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Your Frame Of Mind

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5

Many times if you can just change your environment or outlook on life you will develop a better, cheerier disposition and overall well being. Your mindset is important and at Weight Watchers meetings it is one of the keys to learn  positive thinking and thus help you with your goals. Also the recent running of the Boston Marathon on April 17 is a good example of athletes who need to develop a mindset to get them to the finish line. 

You can choose to succumb to wrong attitude and feelings and live in the past or you can choose to press on to new goals and new dreams learning from your past failures or setbacks. No matter what it is that makes you want to throw in the towel and just quit stay the course. A relationship, a weight loss program, a job hunt, an illness,  waiting for the answer to prayer, the return of a prodigal child, keep going. Recently I heard the report of a family reconciliation after about 7 years of not speaking. Wow, God is good. 

Spring time is a great time to begin practicing new ways of thinking. As you look at budding trees and flowers, baby ducklings being born and other signs of newness,  know that you too can experience this sense of being alive again. 

PRAYER: Oh how I love you Lord. I thank you for seeing me tough situations and helping me learn through them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, April 21, 2017

So You Say You Love All People....

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 1 John 3:23
....But then all of a sudden you make a comment that stereotypes a group of people of a certain race or country or people group. Whoops. As TV character Steve Erkel would jokingly say "Did I do that?" It really is no joke. We all have probably been guilty of it sometimes innocently. 

Jesus said to love. Now love doesn't mean we necessarily agree with someone or what they are doing or the lifestyle they live but it means to love. PERIOD. No gossip, no crude jokes, no jokes, no ugliness, just prayer. Can you do that? 

We were all made different and unique. Sometimes you may do something that rubs someone the wrong way or you know is wrong. Poking fun at handicapped people or those who look funny or the poor is not what Jesus would have you do. It is time to examine yourself and what comes out of your mouth and get on board saying only that which builds up people and not tears them down. Can you do that? 

PRAYER: Father I thank you that you convict me when I have said something less than pleasing to you or something that hurts my witness as your follower. Help me TRULY love one another. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

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