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, December 6, 2016

Be Very Careful

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

Do you ever stop to think about how you live each day? What you do, where you go, who you interact with? There is a saying "you may be the only Bible some people ever 'read'" and how very correct that statement is.

No one knows the day or hour when Jesus will return and we are put on this Earth to serve Him not just exist and serve yourself. It is easy to fall in the trap of 'me first'  but that is not what we are to do.

The world around us has a different worldview than a believer and we may seem like odd balls to the natural man who thinks his world is all there is. Don't act holier than thou but make it a point daily to smile at people, be kind, not gossip, and show love. You will feel better and so will those you touch.

PRAYER: I know that someday this life is going to be over. I don't ever want to regret that I have not gone the extra mile to bring joy to someone in this evil world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Have You Relinguished Dominion?

Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Genesis

I was listening to Pastor John Gray on TBN recently talking about God creating man in His image to have dominion over all the rest of creation. Satan has messed with that plan and our minds to make us try to act like we know more than God.

According to the Bing online dictionary dominion means sovereignty or control. God wanted us to have authority and follow Him. Many listened and believed the lies of Satan and thus God's plan got messed up. 

Our kingdom, as believers,  is not of this world, although the enemy plays tricks with us and attempts to make you feel maybe Earth is where it is at so to speak. Follow hard after Jesus. Get into His word the Bible and understand it. Have love for your fellow man whether you agree with he or she or not. And know if you name the name of Jesus you have authority in His name. Never forget. 

PRAYER: I am indeed grateful to be a child of God and thank you for those who shared the plan of salvation with me. I pray for those I may know or cross paths with that I may shine Your light on them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Angels At My Table

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unaware.Hebrews 13:2

My husband and I were at a state park for Thanksgiving meal with lots of others. After about a 45 minute wait our name was called. The seating hostess asked if we minded letting a local man by himself sit with us. She said "you don't have to" but we said "yes".

This turned into a huge blessing not only for us but I am sure for him as well. We could have said "no we want to be alone" but God, I feel, ordained this meet up. Sometimes you miss a huge blessing when you avoid helping others. As this verse for today indicates you never know when the person could be an angel in disguise.

Every believer is called to love others. Love takes action other than just words. Love sometimes is sacrifice of your own comforts and your own desires. It is easy during Christmas season to 'be nice' but how about doing this the other 11 months.

PRAYER: I pray for divine connections Lord and opportunities to share the love of Christ with those you have placed in my path. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Prisoners Of War

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. 2 Corinthians 10:4

A dear friend of mine referred to people who are caught up in being deceived by the enemy as 'prisoners of war'. Perhaps there are some of these 'prisoners' close to you, a child, a spouse, another family member or close friend. Regardless of who, Satan takes 'captive' those whose mind are set on the flesh.

Prisoners of war in a physical battle are kept in camps or secure areas and are subject to harassment by their enemy. Sometimes, such as during the Vietnam War, psychological warfare is used and the captives are told lies about their family or things back home to mess with their minds. This is exactly what Satan does to our loved ones held captive in his little camp of terrors. He wants those of us praying to give up hope and be convinced there is no way out. Yet we believers do not believe his lies or deception.

 If you are praying daily for your prisoner of war keep on keeping on and trust that God has a way to set them free and make them spiritually whole once again.

 PRAYER: I command Satan in your mighty name to release _________________ and to not let them be deceived by the enemy anymore. _______________is a child of God and the truth will set them free. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Data Recovery

You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle.  You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8

I was recently working on a letter on my Ipad and went to save it when poof, it disappears into cyberspace or 'the cloud'. I tried to not panic and did eventually find it. The Apple Store would have been proud. It is so frustrating to lose data or something you have worked so hard on only to have it just be gone.
This got me to thinking of how we never lose 'data' with the Almighty. He knows it all and records it all. You have prayed for something maybe for years, and He heard you but maybe it is not yet the time for His answer. He has your prayer. He has your back.
Brother and sister do not get down in the dumps. Keep looking up and knowing that God is working things out. Don't lose hope. Don't listen to nay sayers. Keep believing and pray on.
PRAYER: Lord you are good and you know me and hear my prayers. I love it that you never forget one thing. You are the Almighty and I trust in you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Famine Ahead!

“Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord God, ‘When I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall turn to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it.’” Amos 8:11-12

Can you imagine if here in these United States originally founded using the Bible as the guide to even write laws, that there will come a time when the best selling book of all time, the Bible, could not be found anywhere, I mean anywhere? Many scoff at this notion saying, "Becky that is not possible" but I say to turn off the secular news and tune in to things happening with Christians worldwide you never hear about on the three major networks. Christian persecution is happening. Even on some university campuses Christian Bible studies are not welcome.

There in fact may come a time according to this verse for today, when you will be starving for the word of God. Now for people who don't even read it  that will not be a loss, but to you who do love studying God's word you need to be hiding  it in your heart so you will have it to rely on in troubled times ahead. Imagine really starving for food which most reading this never have done. Hunger yes, starvation no. Literally starving I mean. Imagine no Bibles anywhere.

Store up God's word in your heart. Treasure it as if it were gold. Many nations do not allow the Bible now. Several years ago my husband travelled to the Middle East and hid his Bible in his suitcase. Don't take God's word for granted. Read it daily.

PRAYER: I am so grateful to have a Bible, and many people have several. Help me to treasure it above all else and use it daily. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pick Up A Shovel, Dig A Hole

"It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”Deuteronomy 31:8
My title were words spoken by actor Matt Damon as Benjamin Mee in the 2011 Hollywood movie 'We Bought A Zoo' and I thought it would make a fantastic title. In this scene Damon's character was frustrated with his teenage son played by actor Colin Ford, who was moping around about not liking where they lived and blaming his dad for hating him. Mee's wife had passed away. 
Often times when things do get you down you do sort of need to get hopping and do something to get out of your slump. Move on in other words. Moping never solved anything. Believe me I know. 
Whatever it is you are going through know God has not abandoned you and loves you. Sometimes it is necessary to force yourself to get out, get up, and get going. Once you do eventually you feel better. 
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for seeing me through the good times and the not so good times. I know you love me and I love you. In Jesus' name. Amen.