Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24The tenth season of ABC's Dancing With The Stars began on March 16th. Now I do not recognize this as clean family entertainment as some of the ladies costumes are a bit provocative and some couples dance moves look like need to get a room at a motel. But I confess I watch it some seasons if an interesting person is on who is decent. Last season Duck Dynasty teen co star Sadie Robertson was a refreshing change to the a cast member who might swear or almost not wear clothes.All the dancer couples are dancing for the ultimate prize, The famed Mirror Ball trophy, which the announcer made a point of saying this season was bigger and better than all the other seasons. Trophies, prizes, and recognition are nice. They are especially good motivators for performance. To go through life seeking after earthly rewards is fine but it should not be all encompassing. The real and greatest reward is our heavenly crown we will wear in heaven after Jesus takes us home to be with Him for eternity.Don't focus on just winning things here on Earth but seek Christ first and good things will come to you.PRAYER: Winning and recognition on Earth is fun but I look forward to winning the ultimate prize and that is being in heaven for eternity. If I get earthly rewards help me remember to give you the glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
And all we who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His image with ever increasing glory, which comes from the Lord who is The Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17(NIV)
Last year while waiting for a flight in Huntsville I thought I saw a gentleman who looked like actor Ricky Gervais. For those who do not know him was in a Muppet movie released last spring. This is only little old Huntsville, Alabama but it is possible a celebrity could be in our midst. I saw his face and it turned out to not be him but he could have been his stunt double.
Why are some people so caught up by "famous people"? Concert halls are packed out to see Taylor Swift or Tim McGraw. Why aren't we as excited about the King of kings and Lord of lords? He is the most famous ever. These people who are mega talented got their gifts from God and still put their pants on the same way we do. We are not to be idolizing them, but we do. Look at the sales of celebrity magazines. Why do we care?
I challenge you to turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face!
PRAYER: It is my desire to start looking to you more than to look up to " famous people". Forgive me when I give more attention to fame than to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Fools make a mockery of sin, But among the upright there is good will. Proverbs 14:9
Recently in a grocery store parking lot I saw a bumper sticker that read as follows 'Jesus Paid For Our Sins So Let's Get Our Money's Worth'. Similar to the Darwin stickers of the Christian fish with feet, this bumper sticker just pure and simple mocked God and mocked believers. I immediately felt sorry for the person and said a quick prayer.
Many may joke about Jesus, 'religious' people, healing, miracles, or things of the faith, but God is not to be mocked. I always feel a person's heart must be so hardened to display stickers such as this one. The good news is, people change, thank goodness. All we can do is pray and believe. Don't condemn these lost people and you may even know someone like this. Keep praying and keep showing love and grace.
Go out today and know that the world we live in is not always friendly to those who love Jesus. Do your best to shine His love onto a lost world.
PRAYER: Father I thank you for saving me and I pray for others who may be lost and do not realize it. I pray for those who are 'lukewarm' to things of the faith. I will keep persevering in prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Mark 2:19One of the most peaceful sites to me recently was on a beautiful spring day watching a young mom at an outdoor eating area with her new baby feeding him and cuddling him. He could not have been more than a couple weeks old. I treasured this time I had with my two sons when they were infants and then toddlers. Everyone told me it would go by fast and I never believed it till in fact that time was gone.What a blessing and a privilege it was for me to care for and raise these two precious gifts from God, as indeed they truly were and are. Children may bring frustrations and later on in life they may choose a way that breaks your heart, but they are always your children and you love them unconditionally. This is how God is with us. We are His children and yes we do stray sometimes and it makes Him sad but His love is unconditional and He is there waiting for us to come back to Him.Where are you today? Have you left the teaching of your youth and have no desire for things of the Lord? This Earth and your time here is so temporary. Ponder in your heart just exactly what you think the Lord wants you to do.PRAYER: I thank you Lord for your unconditional love. You love me even when I have turned my back on you. I choose to walk the way you want me to go so help me stay on the right path. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Monday, March 23, 2015
When His family heard about this, they went to take charge of Him, for they said, "He is out of his mind." Mark 3:21Here in The United States right now from sea to shining sea, we are in the midst of March Madness. If you are from Kentucky or Indiana you know what I am talking about. The big NCAA men's college basketball tournament brackets leading up to the selection of the Final Four And eventually a new college champion in men's basketball for 2015.In this country we can go from sport diversion to sport diversion each month and not have time for anything else. Football season need I say more Alabama and Tennessee friends? Then basketball. Next is spring training and baseball season begins. Don't forget ice hockey and the Stanley Cup. The Masters for golf lovers and oh yes, NASCAR and The Kentucky Derby, and of course The Indianapolis 500. Are sports all we are 'mad' or crazy about? Hopefully the Lord Jesus Christ is squeezed in there somewhere amidst all the televised sports broadcasts. He should not just be squeezed in but should take first place then the other stuff fall in behind Him.Are you guilty of not spending quality time with God? Do you feel one hour on Sunday is sufficient? Maybe it is time to get 'March Madness For Jesus' what do you say?PRAYER: I am sorry if I am guilty for idolizing anything over you, be it sports or any hobby. I know to get to know you I can only do it by spending quality time. Guide me Lord to shut out distractions that keep me from loving you with my whole heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.Psalm 139:13
I have been told by many I take way too many pictures. I try to not be obnoxious about it but I find documenting events important to do. Out of respect for those who teased me about 'shooting' too many pictures, I have tried to tone it back somewhat. I left my camera in my car on purpose at a recent shower I attended. It nearly killed me to not be able to take a picture. When I later shared this dilemma with a friend there she told me to just be myself.
That is just it!! We need to stop orchestrating things and worrying about what others think. Other people do not live inside of us nor have our unique personality. What is fun for one may be boring for another. I have some friends who count on me to always have my camera since they are not good at remembering theirs. I was even asked to be the official photographer for an event once but turned it down.
God loves you cause He made you. There may be bad habits we need to work on as I know a few I am trying to break like butting into conversations and trying to listen better. Just know God loves you through things that may annoy others.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus I love you and I thank you for loving me. Help me with those bad habits I may possess that need a bit of tweaking. Help me to listen for your still small voice. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Do you need motivation for something? Maybe a task like cleaning out your attic. Perhaps to lose weight. To start writing your aging mom or dad a weekly letter. Cleaning a closet. Finishing a craft project. Meeting a deadline at work. It is good to set goals in life. My particular goal I am attempting to reach is the eventual publication of 'God's Lemonade Stand' into book format. Sometimes no matter what lies ahead of you it is necessary to get going and make stuff happen. As the athletic wear company Nike says "Just Do It"!
Some of you may even need help even putting God on your daily schedule. Deep down you know you want to but it is forgotten. Somehow I find when I give God first place in my day things seem to go better. It is so easy to just be born,go through life, do your daily job and other activities and just float through life without much thought of spiritual things and heaven. But just wait for a tragedy of some sort to occur and instantly our thinking turns to praying. Sure Sunday may be on your daily calendar as you know it is something you should do, go to church that is. But there is way more to following Christ and getting to know Him than walking into the door or a church each Saturday or Sunday.
Why not set your goal for getting to know Christ better in 2015? Go find your Bible and lay it out somewhere where it can be read daily. Try putting Him on your calendar daily and see if things don't seem to go better.
PRAYER: Forgive me Lord for the times I have ignored you or turned my back on you. Forgive me for making everything else way more important than a daily quiet time with you. I choose to not let priorities squeeze you out. In Jesus' name. Amen.