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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, February 22, 2018

Slow Service...Be Kind Anyway

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness,forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
Romans 2:4 

Ever feel like you are being tested as a believer to put your faith into action?
Take slow service for instance. It may be a pain in the neck to be polite when you feel forgotten by a waiter or another service person, but hang in there.

So many tests come our way. Kindness to a beggar whether legit or not. Being polite when others are rude. Ignoring a driver who cuts you off. Once I heard you could be righteously indignant but what does that really mean? 

As you go on life’s journey each day new challenges comes your way. Are you going to be able to smile for Jesus in each of them? 

PRAYER: I need your help daily Lord as I face tough situations which may make me want to scream or curse. I know you want me to demonstrate kindness and love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Your Net Worth? Priceless!

For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. Deuteronomy 7:6

I am a movie buff and sometimes after seeing a movie I might look up info on the actor or actress. Even though I could  care less, usually their bio contains their net worth,  which in most cases is pretty hefty. 

You know what? You may not have a net worth of millions of dollars but your worth to God is much greater. You are a priceless treasure. You are bought with a price. By earthly standards sometimes you may feel little or unimportant. God is not looking at your earthly treasure and fame. He isn’t see struck by celebrity or titles. He wants to use you for his purposes. Earthly wealth may come and if it does He expects you to be a good steward of it. 

You are worth much much more than gold. Don’t strive for earthly treasure as it doesn’t last but seek to be more like Jesus in all you do. Each day get up and say “I am a treasure to God”! 

PRAYER:Lord God I thank you that it isn’t my monetary value that matters but the condition of my heart and soul. I know I am of great value to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Laughter Indeed Is Best Medicine

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

I was sitting at O'Hare International Airport recently getting ready to board a flight when a funny text came through from a friend and I couldn’t help but truly Laugh Out Loud(LOL). Others around me probably thought I had a medical problem. Thinking of it now as I write makes me crack up.

Isn’t laughter wonderful? Sometimes you don’t feel like laughing but if you can get a good belly laugh every now and then it truly helps. I often times like to read funny, but clean, greeting cards to laugh. I love sending funny cards to people. Everyone could use a good hardy har har every now and then. Laughter is a great healer for the soul. Look at Patch Adams, MD portrayed by actor Robin Williams in the 1998 film ‘Patch Adams’ where he used humor to help heal.

Do you need lifted up from a pit of despair? Try laughing out loud truly. Do you know someone who needs to be cheered up then send them a funny card. Bad stuff happens but eventually smiles have to return. Go laugh now!

 PRAYER: I am thankful for friends who make me laugh and am grateful I can ring cheer to others as well. Help me never stop being joyful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Taken

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

I have sign prominently displayed on a wall at home given to me by a sweet long time friend that says the same thing as today’s title. She knows me all too well and I have to look at this sign periodically to remind myself. (Thanks Henny!) Maybe you have issues with this as well.

The ‘world’ may try to squeeze you into a mold. Why do you have to carry a designer purse, be in a certain club, wear a particular brand of shoes or jeans, have manicured nails or multiple ear piercings. Maybe this issue is more pertinent in a woman’s life than that of men but never the less I know it is a huge issue in a teenage girls’ life. Adult woman can deal with it to. Don’t be comparing yourself to others. 

Be content with who God made you to be and stand up tall with your shoulders back. Stay humble, stay pure, stay engaged in life. Don’t weary yourself over being somebody you are not. Enjoy life and thank Jesus daily. 

PRAYER: I am thankful for who you made me to be and ask that you help me not wish I was someone else. I give thanks for the blessings in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

All In Favor Of Love Say Amen!

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

Let all the people say Amen. Amen to peace, harmony, genuine love, truth, forgiveness, racial harmony, stable homes, unselfishness, humility, grace, healing, positive attitudes, and so much more.

Are you able to stay positive when negativity is swirling around you? When friends betray you can you remain joyful? How about if you have had a spouse walk out on you? Maybe you thought your job was stable then the carpet of security is yanked from beneath you with no warning. Can you still give thanks and say amen!

Sometimes it is hard to stay joyful through things but God has not abandoned you even when you think he has. Press on. Keep looking up. Don’t let go of the rope and God can and will get you saying Amen again.

PRAYER: I know scripture tells us to give thanks in every situation but sometimes it is difficult. I will continue use to look for the silver lining in a dark cloud. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Ambassador At Large

We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

In the title above delete ‘At Large’ and add your last name and imagine what it would be like to be your countries Ambassador to a foreign land because as a believer that is what your job is here on Earth. You are a representative of Christ and you are to represent Jesus in a good manner. 

Imagine the responsibility to do everything properly and in order so as not to embarrass your nation. You would be on your best behavior and consult necessary authorities in order to do your job correctly. 

As an ambassador for Christ your training manual is the Holy Bible. If you just let it gather dust it does not do much good. If you let a minister spoon feed you it still doesn't do  much good. Daily you need to spend time alone so you will be a good ambassador for others here on Earth who are lost. Are you doing a good job? 

PRAYER: Father help me as I do my job daily to represent you. Help me show kindness, love, and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Not Recognized By Bumper Sticker

Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. Philippians 3:17

You are either for or against bumper stickers. Some are funny, some are hateful, some are in your face. No matter where you stand, something to think about as a believer is if you displays bumper stickers about Jesus just remember that does not mean it is your automatic admission to Heaven as your Christian witness goes far beyond the decal on your car or necklace around your neck. Does your life reflect that message of Christ you are displaying? 

So you speed and say “well Christians aren’t perfect just forgiven” and speed on. You pray at a local restaurant then rob the wait staff of a good tip, a Christian tract should be sufficient. You pull into church parking lot embroiled in an argument with your family  then say “praise the Lord” when you enter the sanctuary. The fact is we all mess up and we all have been broken at one time or another. 

Don’t judge another when you see them mess up and forgive yourself when you do. Just trying to give everyone  some food for thought today is all.  

PRAYER: Lord my life is a witness to others wherever I go. Help me to remember as I go about my day to be a good representative of your kingdom in words, actions, and deeds. In Jesus’ name. Amen.