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, October 13, 2015

Delivery Notification Status: Failure

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:17
Oh the joys of technology, email, and the Internet. When operating correctly they are a gem but when glitches occur you want to pull your hair out. For several days in a row when sending my email devotion out I received the message that is also my title for today. Not being techie enough to solve the issue I just pressed on and tried to stay cool. 
When things don't go your way or the way you expected, is your reaction one of anger and frustration? Are you capable of rolling with the punches and still able to enjoy your day? If in the business world it does put more pressure on you than in the world of yours truly, the freelance writer. Never the less, aggravations are part of life and it is learning how to react that matters. 
Learning to maintain joy and peace no matter what, is a spiritual discipline. Just remember that others around you know you are a believer, if in fact you are, so be aware to set a Christlike example. 
PRAYER: Help me Lord when my day goes haywire to not lose my temper but to know this too shall pass. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Lost And Found

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  1 Corinthians 1:18

Every one reading this today probably has lost an item in their lifetime. Who hasn't? It is frustrating to say the least. To be 'lost' in the spiritual sense is to not know Jesus as Savior and have Him as Lord of your life. Many mainstream church members think being a member of a church is their ticket to heaven when in fact that has nothing to do with loving Jesus or entering heaven when we die. It makes you a participant of your church but has nothing to do with your intimate personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.

To not be 'lost' you have to ask the Lord Jesus to come into your life and take control. No more playing church on Sunday or simply going to a dead church just because your family took you there as a child or that is the denomination you are accustomed to. You do not inherit heaven but have to find Jesus on your own. You surrender your life to Jesus and ask Him to come into your heart and take control. This does not mean you have a perfect life but once He is on the throne of your heart your desires are more about Him and less about you.
If you are not sure if you have Jesus living in your heart say this simple prayer. "Lord Jesus I love you and need you in my life. I am sorry for my sins and I want you to come inside and live in me. I choose to surrender my life to you. You have the controls." 

Once you become 'found' your desires change. I know I hungered immensely for God's word and wanted to go to a church where things were alive for Jesus and not about church committees and infighting. I knew I wanted to grow in Christ and let Him have control. Hopefully this is your desire too if you have not already asked Him into your heart do it today! 

PRAYER: Lord you are good all the time. I am so thankful to have you in my heart. I pray for those people who have a religion but no relationship that they are convicted of their need for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Jesus Fanatic? Yes Indeed!

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37
A Jesus fanatic could be called someone who loves Jesus more than you do. Now I am not saying that to step on toes but to make us all think about what is so wrong with being crazy over things of the Lord? This Earth is just temporary or as the military says it "We are TDY on earth". For my civilian friends that means on 'temporary duty' as opposed to permanent station. So while we are here we are to be His representatives and not just blend in and not speak out. This does not mean you need to go holler on a street corner but by being a fanatic I simply mean totally in love with Jesus. 

Are you excited about Christ or is Sunday quite enough? During the week do you like to listen to spirit filled Christian radio stations to help build you up or is your media diet a steady stream of secular stuff? For instance do some of the things you listen to or look at make fun of believers? Do you take the time to pray daily and not just a 'God is Great God is good' prayer but really pray? Perhaps if you can not answer yes to some of these questions it is time to rethink your walk with the Lord. Is Jesus really first or just your hobby or a block to check off? 

This week take inventory of your life. What do you need to do to truly be closer to the Lord? Forgive someone? Stop being unloving to a friend or family member? Cease gossip or lies? Now is the time to try to get fanatical about Jesus. He is crazy about you. 

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord for the times I have had wrong thoughts about people or have not shown love to someone who needs it. Forgive me for the days I rush off and forget you. Help me remember to fill my mind with things 'above'. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Are You Ready?

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father.  Matthew 24:36

A friend of mine used to have a bumper sticker on her car that said 'R U E' and the E was the color red so meaning 'ready'. A great conversation starter for someone when they ask what it means and a fantastic time to be able to witness about life after death. So many naysayers think this Earth is all it is. There were those who mocked the recent 'blood moon' as being from 'end timers' or quacks. 

There are many signs of His coming today. But like today's verse states no one but God knows the day nor hour. We do have to be ready and to goof around and think it is never going to happen may cause you to be 'left behind' when the Lord does come back. Everyone has a choice to live for Jesus or to reject Him. Now this living for Jesus does not mean joining a church or being a certain denomination. It means being truly 'sold out' to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Here in the United States we used to acknowledge God and follow His ways in the government but years ago when we took prayer from the public schools, took down the Ten Commandments, made abortion legal and now allow same sex couples to marry we went against what God's word says. Also when our President cuddles up to terrorist nations but ridicules the nation of Israel look out. That is not a good thing. 

Stop and take a look at your life. Are you sure if today was the day when Jesus came back you would be with Him? Your heart has to be right with the Lord and you have to ask Him into your heart. Don't delay because you may not have another chance. Also be sure to repent of your sins and ask God to renew your mind. He loves you my friend and He wants you to be in Heaven too. 

PRAYER: Father there are so many lies Satan is spreading not only in the United States but throughout the world. We know you are on the throne and are not going anywhere. We need not fear when terror comes because you have the final word. I pray for those who have not asked you into their hearts to do so and to also repent. I ask you keep my own heart from being led astray and those in my family as well. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Christlike? Really?

Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you,which can save you. 
James 1:21

Each day when I get up I have to remind myself to be kind, selfless, non judgmental, content, loving, not revengeful and to watch what I say. I want to "walk" with the Lord and be able to please Him in all I say and do. Satan knows your weak areas and will throw things at you to take you off your Christlike path. 

  As I wrote this in a local coffee shop two women sat at a nearby table with some sort of business portfolios. My mind envisioned, for a moment, the exciting life they might lead but then I caught myself falling into Satan's trap to lure me off the course God has for me. Comparing is not God's plan but He has something different for everyone. I am thankful He led me to write and share His word. My main focus is to be Christlike and not get caught up drifting away. 

      Are you leading a life pleasing to the Lord? Do you try to be like Him or do you want to try to be something He never intended you to be. Each day wake up and give God thanks for the ability to walk a life pleasing unto Him then go do it .

PRAYER: I am very thankful Lord for where you have me in life. Help me not get caught in Satan's trap to make me discontent or jealous. I want to be Christlike in all I say and do. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Moving Beyond Broken Beginnings

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
Your past may have messed you up some way but it does not have to determine your future. You can move beyond hurt, pain, rejection, loss and still have an excellent life. Dysfunctional is a term we hear tossed about but to some extent we all a bit dysfunctional. No one is perfect except Jesus and God.
Each day is a new day with new hopes and new dreams. Letting go of the past and moving forward is what is critical. Continuing to camp out with your pain will not help advance you to freedom. Your thoughts have to get focused on 'things above'. God is a healing God and He can heal your mind, body, and soul. He knows your pain and He hears your heart. 

My friend run to Jesus. Talk to Him each day in prayer. Choose to look forward and not behind. 

PRAYER: I thank you for healing that comes through you. When my heart has been hurt you are the great healer and deliverer. I praise your name for moving me beyond my past. Help me to focus on today and your love for me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Judge Not

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3
It is so easy to be a fault finder or condemning of others. I always heard when you point your finger at someone three more are printing back at you. Who are we to belittle others? Aren't all people created in the image of God? We have no idea what someone is going through so how dare we pass judgment on them. In other words we do not know their whole story. 

If you struggle with passing judgment on others, try to catch yourself doing it and instead say a prayer for the person you feel tempted to judge. It is easy to elevate ourselves above others. All of us have some issues in our life. Just because you have a degree from an Ivy League college for instance does not make you better than others. Each person has different skills and abilities and a different purpose on this Earth. One of the most common judgments I hear is calling people fat. Sure there are lots of overweight people in the world but that is their problem and not ours and what does talking about them do?  It is still a form of condemnation which is wrong. Perhaps they struggle with weight or have no self control or self esteem  so maybe utter a silent prayer for God to help them. 

The point is each of us has something that people could say about us. It is not our job to be the judge. Our job is to be a lover not a hater. A praiser, not a condemner. Do your best this day and the entire week to stop passing judgment on others. 

PRAYER: I am sorry for the times I have thought wrong thoughts about others Lord. You are the only judge. Help me Lord to only think uplifting thoughts and to pray for those who I would want to instead judge. In Jesus' name. Amen.