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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Keep Shining!

         The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

When you enter a dark room what is the first thing you do? Hopefully your answer was turn on the light. Believers are to be like salt and light in the world around us. We have seen lately how dark it can get for believers even here in the United States. It is much worse in countries which have eradicated Christ or any mention of Him from the country. God is light and Satan is dark. Light always overcomes darkness. 

Wherever you go you are to be a beaming light for Jesus. Don't walk around like a sour puss and be negative all the time but try to set an example in actions and words and let His love flow out of you to others. I once heard we believers may be the only 'Bible' anyone ever 'reads'. Keeping this in mind as our responsibility is huge in representing the kingdom. 

If you have been feeling a little beat up lately and hopeless, don't put out your light. Keep shining on and on for Jesus and the light will eventually totally eradicate  the darkness in the evil world.

PRAYER: Help me shine like a 'sunbeam' for you Lord. Even on bad days help me to call on you for help to keep shining and shining. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sunrise, Sunset.

"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

When visiting the grave of a young friend recently I walked around and looked at a few other  graves. On one the tombstone read "Sunrise" for the birthdate and "Sunset" for the date of death. That is fitting as when we are born it is a new beginning and when we pass on the sun has set on our life. 
Are you making good use of the time in between sunrise and sunset? No one knows the time they will die. It could be today, tomorrow, or years from now. Live each day well and make it count for the kingdom. The earth we live on is so very temporary. We are supposed to be here to serve and glorify God. We do this as a mother, a father, a sibling,a co worker, a friend,an employee, and as a total stranger. Our light is to shine forth in the darkness of this present age to shine Christ's love to others. 

Are you living for the Lord in this present age or just here occupying space? When I say "living for the Lord" I do not mean just attending church but truly making Him Lord of your life. Give it some thought. What changes do you need to make to really give God the time He deserves everyday? 

PRAYER: At times Lord I have gotten consumed in my own little world and forget to even give you any quality time. Help me arrange my schedule so I never shut you out. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Snack or Feast?

Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation. 1 Peter 2:2

Are you snacking on the things of the Lord or feasting on them? Think about that question for a moment. Snacks are grabbed on the run and normally are not the healthiest thing. A feast, on the other hand, takes time to prepare and time to consume. It is usually the best, especially for company.

Do you desire more than just snack time with the Lord? You have the power to change your schedule and to stop making excuses. If He is really important you will make feast time for Him each day. You make time for other things such as the coffee shop, the gym, shopping, eating out, playing with your pets, doing your hobbies, so isn't God more important? I hope you say yes.

Search your heart today and see if you need some spiritual tweaking to get you on a regular feast time schedule with God.

PRAYER: Help me Lord as I seek to let go of things distracting me from daily time with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sit, Stop, Stay!

 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20

When our beautiful labrador, Sandy, was still with us we often would have to give her commands to get her to obey. "Sit, Stop, Stay!" If trained properly she should follow the commands and obediently do what we asked her to do. It was a necessary measure to keep her under control and let her know who the boss was. 

In our prayer life sometimes we need to learn to be patient and not give up hope. Literally we could use a dose of 'sit, stop, and stay' in our prayers.  Don't rush into prayer and just make it something you feel you have to do but make a dedicated time to lift up concerns to the Lord. During this time don't forget to praise and thank Him for answers He has brought your way. At times God wants to teach us something through our waiting and being still process. The staying processing would be the part where we do not lose hope. Even something that seems far fetched or way out of reach such as the reunion of an estranged family member or friend, believe me it can happen and does happen. A prodigal child can return to the faith their parents instilled in them as a child. 

What is it you are holding out hope for? God hears your prayers and He is working behind the scenes. His ways are best and He has a plan. 

PRAYER: Lord you are good and thank you for hearing my pleas and my prayers. Help me to remember to get my own life right with God so my prayers are not hindered.(See Isaiah 59:2) Help me not listen to the lies of Satan and be still as I wait to hear from you and see your answers. In Jesus' Name. Amen. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Breathe In God, Breathe Out Problems

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Are you feeling worn out or do you remember a time when you were? Maybe you feel problems and situations beyond your control are pressing in on you. Perhaps you feel trapped like it will always be this way and tend to get hopeless. My friend hope is right around the corner. There is always hope so do not lose hope.

I'd like you to do a little exercise for me. First stop and go somewhere quiet. No music. No blaring television set. Just peaceful and quiet. Now sit and shut your eyes and breathe in God. Take a deep breath. When you do this just think of how big God is and how He loves you Yes He loves you. After that exhale and breathe out bad stuff. Give Jesus your cares, concerns, fears, issues, worries and know He does not want you to carry this unnecessary burden. Our enemy Satan is the one trying to pile junk on you. It is not God. Breathe in goodness and breathe out bad thoughts and concerns. Keep doing it till you feel better. I guarantee you will. Praise God and thank Him as you breathe in and forget your troubles breathing out. 

God is good all the time and He is waiting to hear from you. 

PRAYER: It is stupid for me to worry about things I can not control. Forgive me when I have not shared my concerns in prayer with you. I choose to have peace in the midst of things going on and know you are working. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Progressive Christian....Say What?

"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

I recently saw this terminology, 'progressive Christian'  on a website claiming to be Christian yet more modernized in their approach to topics and world events. Now granted I am not here to judge my fellow man, but there is only one kind of Christian in my humble opinion and that is a 'Christian'. To pick and choose what we think is 'okay' with the Almighty is not our job. And to listen to humans like they know more than God does,  is a bit scary. 

God is love, period. There are a standard set for actions and behavior in the Bible. Many choose to think the Bible is old fashioned. Others may think they are pretty good because they don't engage in 'that sin' meaning the ones God surely said were the ultimate worst ever. If not careful, a person can become puffed up with pride thinking because they don't do 'that' they are pretty good. Well I have news for you. Romans 3:23 says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." All means all! Yes you and me brother and sister are sinners saved by grace. 

Just remember to follow God's word and not the world's idea of what is correct behavior because our world is greatly misled. We are living in crazy times today. Jesus is still in the business of saving, transforming, healing, and setting free. Don't be deceived by the enemy Satan trying to lure you into a sense everything is permissible. 

PRAYER: I lift up those people in my life who I know are believing lies of the enemy. Please protect me from being caught off guard and deceived. I choose to stay in your word daily and keep praying. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Hot Mike

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

'Hot Mike' is not the name of a movie theater candy nor am I referring to a person named Mike being 'handsome'. The term for purposes of this writing is meaning when a famous person, such as a Congressman or President, does not realize a microphone is turned on and says things they would rather not the public know they said that embarrass them a great deal.We 'not famous' people may not have 'hot mikes' to look out for but we need to still be very careful what we speak and when we speak it. This could pertain to accidental texts and emails too that go to the wrong recipient. 

If we applied the Bible verse in today's reading to every day life it would be easier to do the right thing. First what we think usually comes out of our mouths so if you are aware you have wrong feelings towards someone ask God first to heal that area of your life. We are not to go around hating people and being jealous of them. Nor are we to go around plotting evil. We are to overcome evil with good as it says in Romans 12:21.

In order to avoid the 'hot mikes' in your life try to think good thoughts and take captive wrong thoughts(See 2 Corinthians 10:5) so what comes out of the  mouth is always pleasing to God.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus put a watch of sorts over my heart and my mouth so I only utter things that will bring glory to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.