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.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wow I'm Vintage!! Cool!


They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. Psalm 92:14
 When we start to get older often we dread it. Some women do not like to tell their age. It is as if getting old is shameful. Many feel they are washed up after 60. Some give up on life or dreams feeling there is no chance for them to work if they want to try something new. I have good news older people reading this. You are vintage and that is way cool!! You know like vintage wine or a vintage automobile which as valued and treasured.

All ages of people are important and part of God's plan. Just because the media seems to fixate on youth and getting rid of spots and wrinkles does not mean as you age you have to just go hide somewhere. Everyone has gifts to share. What is yours? Older people have been around and seen lots therefore have the gift of wisdom.  In Titus 2:3-5 it declares about older women teaching the younger women.

Be vintage and a classic and be proud of it. Praise God for each and every day and experience He has blessed you with. Ask Him to show you more opportunities to shine your vintage sunbeam on others to share His joy.

PRAYER: I am sorry if I have ever complained about getting older Lord because indeed each day is a gift to be treasured and enjoyed. I choose this day to embrace the days and years ahead of me and to be an example for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, March 30, 2015

The Line..The Wait

                   
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12

No one I know likes to wait especially if it is unexpected and they are in a hurry. Recently I stopped to find a coffee place going down I 65 and I need not mention which one. It was the most crowded of their chain stores I had ever seen, even in New York City. The line grew longer and patience grew thinner. Smiles turned into looks of frustration. I began chatting with a customer next to me passing through from Florida to Wisconsin. Even though I wished they were faster, I was not late for anything so just hung in there. 

Waiting is not fun and at times very difficult to do. It could be waiting in a line, waiting for news from a doctor, waiting for a phone call, waiting for test results at school, waiting for an important letter. Whatever it is it is necessary to focus on something else while you wait. Probably waiting for an answer to prayer is especially difficult. But we press on and pray on holding onto hope not listening to doubters or nay sayers, simply believing and trusting. 

What are you waiting for today? Are you able to calm your heart and be still while you wait? 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I thank you that I know you hold the future no matter what it is. I know you will help me press on as I wait for things to include answers to my prayers. In Jesus' name. Amen.
                       Click link below for song of hope:

                   http://youtu.be/Bb7TSGptd3Y

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Purge Those Toxins


Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 1 John 2:15

Lots of buzz words are out there to get people to purchase healthy food and other products. Things like 'artisan', 'free range', 'cage free', 'no additives', 'grass fed', 'pure', 'protein', 'spring fed', and 'no toxins'. All those things are good I guess and we are to take care of our body which is God's temple. But the worst toxin ever we could put into our body is 'the things of this world'. 

Allowing the world to shape us leads away from God. Believers are to be ambassadors for Christ during their short time on the Earth. Many things in this world can easily lure you away from Christ. The lust of the flesh. The desire for fame and power. Even Christians can easily be led astray by deceiving spirits if we are not on our guard.

Our time on this Earth is actually very short. Many 'bright lights' may try to captivate and trap us into walking away from Jesus. What are you doing to insure you are not trapped by the enemy to be enticed by toxins? 

PRAYER: Dear Lord I want to be always alert to traps of the enemy to lead me away from you. My desire is to grow in Christ and I want to be drawn closer to you. In Jesus' name.Amen.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Jesus Is My Crutch...No Problem With That!


Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Ever heard the excuse given by non believer's that they do not need Jesus because He is just a crutch? I say what is wrong with a crutch. For those who have had broken legs a crutch is a valuable piece of equipment. It is like an extra leg helping them navigate through their day without falling down. So in that respect why wouldn't we want Jesus because I sure do not want to fall flat on my face.

Many folks are so self assured that they need no one or nothing to assist them through life. To me that is a tragedy. Even though we can not see God He is there, yes being a crutch for us if you want to put it that way. He is a divine crutch who brings total healing to our soul. 

If you are reading this and think you don't need any help in life, much less help from Jesus, just know He is waiting for you to run to Him and tell Him how much you need Him. He is the best crutch ever!! 

PRAYER: I need you Lord every single day. I love being able to get up and pray to you in the morning. Thank you for the wonderful plan you have for my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Click on link for a song of praise and possibly deliverance: 

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Mirror Ball Trophy, Now New and Shinier!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24 

The tenth season of ABC's Dancing With The Stars began on March 16th. Now I do not recognize this as clean family entertainment as some of the ladies costumes are a bit provocative and some couples dance moves look like need to get a room at a motel. But I confess I watch it some seasons if an interesting person is on who is decent. Last season Duck Dynasty teen co star Sadie Robertson was a refreshing change to the a cast member who might swear or almost not wear clothes. 

All the dancer couples are dancing for the ultimate prize, The famed Mirror Ball trophy, which the announcer made a point of saying this season was bigger and better than all the other seasons. Trophies, prizes, and recognition are nice. They are especially good motivators for performance. To go through life seeking after earthly rewards is fine but it should not be all encompassing. The real and greatest reward is our heavenly crown we will wear in heaven after Jesus takes us home to be with Him for eternity. 

Don't focus on just winning things here on Earth but seek Christ first and good things will come to you. 

PRAYER: Winning and recognition on Earth is fun but I look forward to winning the ultimate prize and that is being in heaven for eternity. If I get earthly rewards help me remember to give you the glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Famous Faces


And all we who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is The Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17(NIV)

 Last year while waiting for a flight in Huntsville I thought I saw a gentleman who looked like actor Ricky Gervais. For those who do not know him was in  a Muppet movie released last spring. This is only little old Huntsville, Alabama but it is possible a celebrity could be in our midst. I saw his face and it turned out to not be him but he could have been his stunt double.

Why are some people so caught up by "famous people"? Concert halls are packed out to see Taylor Swift or Tim McGraw. Why aren't we as excited about the King of kings and Lord of lords? He is the most famous ever. These people who are mega talented got their gifts from God and still put their pants on the same way we do. We are not to be idolizing them, but we do. Look at the sales of celebrity magazines. Why do we care?

I challenge you to turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face!

PRAYER: It is my desire to start looking to you more than to look up to " famous people". Forgive me when I give more attention to fame than to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Click link for a song of praise and worship:
https://youtu.be/czxd5oa-gi0

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Funny.....Not Really!


Fools make a mockery of sin, But among the upright there is good will. Proverbs 14:9
Recently in a grocery store parking lot I saw a bumper sticker that read as follows 'Jesus Paid For Our Sins So Let's Get Our Money's Worth'. Similar to the Darwin stickers of the Christian fish with feet, this bumper sticker just pure and simple mocked God and mocked believers. I immediately felt sorry for the person and said a quick prayer.
Many may joke about Jesus, 'religious' people, healing, miracles, or things of the faith, but God is not to be mocked. I always feel a person's heart must be so hardened to display stickers such as this one. The good news is, people change, thank goodness. All we can do is pray and believe. Don't condemn these lost people and you may even know someone like this. Keep praying and keep showing love and grace. 
Go out today and know that the world we live in is not always friendly to those who love Jesus. Do your best to shine His love onto a lost world. 
PRAYER: Father I thank you for saving me and I pray for others who may be lost and do not realize it. I pray for those who are 'lukewarm' to things of the faith. I will keep persevering in prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.