A few weeks ago I was so ill, I thought I was dying. As I lay on my bed thinking this must be my end, I did as Job did, I prayed for my children and my grandchildren, thinking “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” I wanted all to be well with them should this be my time to enter into God’s glory. It wasn’t my time, and during and after my recovery, I rejoiced in God’s goodness, especially His mercy.
The last few weeks have been tough for a lot of us in the Houston Metroplex area. We have had to deal with Hurricane IKE and its aftermath. But, in all the circumstance of Hurricane IKE, God showed His mercy. For all that Hurricane IKE was, it could have been worse. I recalled Philippians 4: 4 – 7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Continue reading →
Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Lord, I thank You for the plans You have made regarding my life. I know Your Word is truth. I know my life is purposed for something great within thy will. Guide my steps according to that plan. Lord, let me let You be the source of my being. My Lord! My God! My Strength! My All! In You, I trust all the day long. I am calling upon You. For those who are weary give them rest. For those who are lost in a far away country, let them come home. I come to You and pray to You. My Father, listen to me. Hear the cry of my voice, and let it be a sweet, sweet song in Your ear. Let me be strong and encouraged and filled with hope. What time I have been given, let what I do be good and pleasing to You. Let me make a positive difference in somebody’s life. Let me prayerfully intercede for someone in need. Lord, use me. Tell me what it is You want me to do for your glory and your honor. I shall praise Your name, for You are indeed worthy of so much more! By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Submitted via email distribution on August 21, 2008.
Last week, while praying the Lord’s Prayer, I began to associate different pieces of Scripture with each phrase. I hope you enjoy these verses as I did in searching and selecting them. Again, my hope, and my prayer is that these pieces of Scripture – of the Bible – of God’s Word, allow you to draw nearer to Him so that He may draw nearer to you.
Romans 8: 15 -17 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Continue reading →
The greatest sin I feel is that of indifference. Indifference shows no importance. It bestows little or no concern. For over a week on my new job, I passed by my fellow co-workers sitting at their desks and never acknowledged their existence. One day my spirit asked me how was it that when I passed by I looked straight ahead and not once did I turn and give my co-workers a nod or a hello? Why didn’t I acknowledge their existence?
How often in our daily walks do we come across situations and people where we look straight ahead and acknowledge no one or nothing? Ahead, we see an unfortunate person in unfortunate circumstances. As we come closer, what do we do? Do we even look at the person, or are we indifferent to their circumstance? When we hear of others in need … What do we do? Do we offer to help? Are we so vain of heart and spirit that we think that could not ever be us? Money is not a protector. Could not our circumstances change where we are on the other side, and we become the ones who are looked upon as having no importance? Continue reading →
Stuff happens. Life has its unexpected occurrences. I call them tweaks. We get sick, or someone near to us gets sick. One may go to the doctor for a check up and their tests come back not as expected. One travels to the grocery store and gets in an accident. We get sidetracked and do wrong and that can lead to other unpleasant stuff in our lives. For a time, we may lose our sense of well being and security.
On Friday, one of my boss’ best of friends, while performing his daily bike ride, so concentrating on his ride, ran head on into a parked delivery truck. He is, at present (for we know we serve a God who can change things) paralyzed. He is 56. My boss asked me to pray. I did. I am. I asked him to pray, too.
On Thursday afternoon, in broad daylight, one of our neighbors had her door kicked in, and she was robbed. Thanks to God, she wasn’t home. She is 83. You know what her response was? It wasn’t fear. It wasn’t anger. Her response was, “I’m not going to let stuff like that bother me. I’m not going to be around here much longer anyway.” Her response made me think. Continue reading →