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.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Whew!

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

We have all lost things in our lives. If you haven't you are a rare creature. I had been on a roll and had not misplaced anything in a while and felt like maybe I had passed the 'peace test'. But then it happened. I looked at my wrist as I was entering a local eating establishment  and my Fitbit was missing. I tried to stay calm. Much better than in the past. I left quickly and retraced my steps. I prayed and had prayer sisters pray. Searched my car. Returned to the coffee shop and it had been turned in. Oh happy day! Honest people. 

Life requires us to maintain cool emotions. Both my sons are in career fields that require calmness and cool thinking. Maybe your job requires you to stay cool and collected as well. Getting all flustered about losing objects does not bring them back any quicker. Sometimes it is necessary to resolve that no matter what, you will move on. Do not let it wreck your day or your life. Don't let missing things tear you apart. I know this is easier said than done especially when looking for keys, passports, birth certificate, adoption papers, car titles and other things like those. But still, fretting does not do one thing to help you or get the object back.

To help maintain a life of calmness and be able to function well at work and at play give your care to God. Fuming does not help but only creates more tension and stress. Ask God to help you. He is only a prayer away.

PRAYER: First of all thank you for helping me find most things I have lost. Thank you for honest people that turn things in that do not belong to them. Help me stay cool when I should misplace things in the future. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Jesus To The World


Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to Angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2

The scenario was a stormy dark morning as I drove into Redstone Arsenal recently. As I proceeded down the road towards the post there I saw a man in baggy pants, unkept hair, carrying plastic bags. He was covered up by a hoody. Not sure what his story was, but I felt so terrible as I drove past him all dry in my nice car. There is a safety issue for a woman alone approaching a strange man so I drove on by like most others.

After this occurrence I said to myself, "geez he could have been an angel. Maybe you could have gone around the block and given him some food". Never the less this gentleman is still a creature of God and deserves to be treated with respect. Someone later told me he is a mentally ill man who is not actually homeless but wanders the streets in that area of Huntsville. Have you been faced with something like this in your life? Do not endanger yourself but if you can help, do so.

Do you have a kind heart for those in our society that are down and out or do you feel they deserve what they get? Today just look for opportunities to be Jesus to the world.  Now go be a blessing.

 PRAYER: Dear Lord I see hurting people every day. It makes me grateful but also makes me wonder how I can reach out but yet stay safe. Help me shine your light to a hurting world. In Jesus' name. Amen.

P.S. And if you get a chance check out the movie 'Do You Believe' in theaters now.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lonely Epidemic



24 A man who has friends must show himself friendly,  and there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

You don't have to go far to see lonely people. Some loneliness is visible and some is not. It is not just found in large cities like New York. The elderly, the poor, even the very rich and successful. It is caused by a host of things too involved for a short devotion. Question is, what to do if you are lonely or to help lonely people. 

We have probably all seen those who fit in this category and we ourselves if honest have been there at one time or another. Some loneliness is brought on by self pity. It could be someone sitting alone in a park, a coffee shop, a restaurant. We just never know. Don't be afraid to smile and say hello. If you have some free time visit a nursing home as I guarantee you there are lonely in there. If prison ministry is your calling many there are lonely.

Today whatever you are doing stop and think about someone who needs their spirit lifted. Maybe a friend or family member you could call. Write a letter to a friend or send a card. Be creative. Showing God's love is the best cure for loneliness. 

PRAYER: I need to be aware of those around me who may need a hug or a smile. Help me learn to put down my electronic devices and tune in to people for a change. In Jesus' name.Amen.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Tax Man Cometh!!


Give to everyone what you owe them. If you owe taxes pay taxes, if revenue, then revenue, if respect, then respect.Romans 13:7

The dreaded day has arrived. Before the stroke of midnight tonight for those of you in the United States, you’d better make sure your 2015 income taxes are postmarked or filed electronically. Some of those in government who vote for unnecessary taxes may not be wise God fearing people but we still are to pay our taxes. We have a voice to speak up against unfair and unjust confiscation of our private bank accounts, but until something changes, we are still to pay or go to jail.Many in public office do support immoral things or wasteful spending and this trail goes all the way to the occupant of the Oval Office.

As a servant of the Lord we are to follow rules and regulations and set an example. If something is evil we have a responsibility to speak out in love to get things changed. As Christians we need to vote for God fearing men and women who will lead us according to the Constitution, the scriptures, and not lord over us like subjects of a king. 

Today be thankful for money to be able to pay what is due. In the meantime make sure your voice is heard when it comes to unjust actions by a tyrannical government trying to control us way too much. 


PRAYER: Lord I thank you so very much for all you have blessed me with. I am honest therefore I pay taxes. Help me in whatever I do to shine for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Prayer Is For Nutty Idiotic People? Says Who?


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

Do you ever feel that you are paddling up stream? You pray but things don't quite turn out the way you hoped. Nay sayers say "why bother." 

Recently I had what some would call an accidental encounter on text messaging with a stranger who had a number that used to be assigned to a Christian prayer sister of mine in Colorado. I texted a prayer request and this atheist who received it let me have it. I was called stupid, unthinking, idiot and a couple cuss words. Wow kind of sounds like Jesus being beat up in a way. 

I saw this not as an accident but as an opportunity to plant a seed for Christ. I did not get angry or spit bad ugly things. I said something to this individual I had heard the pastor say on Easter Sunday and that was "Earth is as close as you will ever get to heaven." The individual responded berating me again. I stood firm and told them not to email again unless I could tell them how to ask Jesus into their heart. Do you believe God is real or are you like this individual who thought Christians were loony? Jesus is the way and the only way. 

What do you need to do to believe or if you already believe what can you do to spread this belief to others? 

PRAYER: Lord when I pray to be used by You like I have many times recently, help me be ready for what you bring my way. I know you can strengthen me to say and do the right thing.in Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday, Monday


This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Each day is a gift from God whether it is Sunday or any other day. Yes even Monday's! Somehow people may think Monday is to be dreaded. That 'engine' of ours has to somehow get 'restarted' in order to function at the first part of the week. If anything is going to go wrong it is bound to happen on Monday or so we think. I had a Monday recently where after completing my gym workout and was getting dressed to go to a prayer group, discovered my blouse fresh from the cleaners, was  minus all four buttons. It was not my desire to show myself off to the world wearing a plunging neck line throughout the day. This could have wrecked my day but a friend loaned me a tee shirt to wear.

We can choose to make a day bad or good. It is all in the attitude we have. Of course Satan wants you getting up sad,depressed, angry,anxious, and upset. God wants you to look at each new day, and it's troubles as an opportunity. Yes even the way you react to a problem can be a witness, good or bad,to those your encounter throughout your day. 

Think about all your have to be thankful for. Try to start each new day and say thanks when you get out of bed. Then make time for God in your morning before the morning shows, newspaper, or other things like Facebook, that could easily lure you away. After all what is more important? 

PRAYER: I am so thankful for each day you give me to impact the world around me. Help me learn to be patient with others and to show kindness. Keep my speech and thoughts pure. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Coffee Time



Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

Recently when I was at one of my favorite local writing caves(coffee shops) which just happens to be Christian, the tune 'Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing' was coming over the PA system. What a joy to hear that song and to really soak in the true meaning of what this song was saying. 

Here I was having time to write when many people had no choice but to go to work. Yes I felt blessed indeed. Not to say that work is not a blessing because God has each of us where we are to serve Him and to hopefully do it joyfully. Take time and do this exercise today. Make a list of your blessings. Food, clothing, shelter, friends, money, a Bible to read, freedom, good health, family, mobility, vision,hearing, and on the list goes. Each person is unique so the lists would be different. 

When you tend to want to complain about your 'lot' in life stop and count your blessings naming them one by one. Then indeed you will see what the Lord has done. 

PRAYER: Lord I do indeed thank and praise you for how you watch over me and have me right where you want me. Forgive me for ever complaining or comparing myself to others. In Jesus' name. Amen.