Daily Bread for 1-23-10

23 Jan

Mark 10:14-15 – When Jesus saw this, He was indignant. He said to them, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them. For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.”

Faith like a child. I got to enjoy this first-hand yesterday with my own daughter. I was working at the kitchen table, when she asked me to go outside and push her on the swing. I inwardly groaned, but cheerfully agreed. I had so much to do, but out we went to the swing set. God showed me some amazing things, and truly blessed me through our conversation. We started out talking about Sunday school, and had the most wonderful conversation about God’s creation, including my daughter. Caitlyn doesn’t worry about the past, present or future. She just believes beyond certainty that God is in charge. I love that faith…and I pray that God would strengthen mine to the level of my 3 and a half year old daughter.

Pray today that God would give you faith like a child. Pray that you would be able to feel His presence surround you on all sides, and that you would believe, beyond certainty, that God is in charge.

Daily Bread for 1-22-10

22 Jan

1 Corinthians 3:9 – This is what the scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”

I don’t know about you, but I have had terrible seasons of anxiety in my life while worrying about my future. Once upon a time, I had big plans for myself. Thank God, His plans were and are so much better! To read a little about my grand ideas for my life, you can see my very first blog entry, “My Story, Covered in His Fingerprints.” But I’ll tell you this…1 Corinthians 3:9 applies to me! I could not imagine what God had planned for me, and Hallelujah, He’s not done yet!

If you’re anxious about the things that lie ahead, remember this…if you love God and claim Jesus as your Savior, it holds true for you, too. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.”  Pray today that you would also claim these promises, and also that you would trust in He who made them.  Amen!

Daily Bread for 1-26-10

22 Jan

Philippians 4:6-7 – Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4.  I wish you could see what this chapter looks like in my bible.  Half of it underlined, words circled, notes in the margin.  4:6 is a staple verse for me, one I’ve quoted many times.  One I have to remind myself of a lot.

Worth noting…in verse six, is the word “instead.” Paul is implying that we take an alternate action.  When you start to worry, stop what you’re doing.  Make a conscious choice to pray instead.

Worry becomes a habit very easily.  And anyone trying to break a habit will tell you how important it is to have another action to replace that which you are trying to stop.  Smokers chew nicorette.  As someone who’s had to stop drinking, I can tell you it’s much easier at parties when I have something in my hand…diet coke, sprite, whatever.  The next time you catch yourself worrying, stop and pray instead.  Before you know it, you’ve formed a new habit…that will bless you tremendously!

Daily Bread for 1-24-10

22 Jan

Psalm 37:18-19 – Day by day the LORD takes care of the innocent, and they will receive a reward that lasts forever.  They will survive through hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.

I know so many people who’ve come on hard times over the past year or so.  In one family, both parents lost their jobs within four months of each other.  Another family I know went from a $750K house to food stamps.  Couples who thought this would be the year they retire are strapping on their boots and heading back to work.  Couples who had been retired for the last few years have watch their life savings dwindle away.

Jesus didn’t say if storms come…He said when.  This is a good time to take self-inventory.  On what did you build your foundation?  Money and things?  How do you identify yourself?  By the title in front of your name?  That’s dangerous.  Those are things that can be stripped away at a moment’s notice.  But those who seek the Kingdom of God first are planted in fertile ground…their lives built on the Rock.  The things that truly matter to them can never be taken away.  Their rewards are eternal.  “They will survive through hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough.

Make Psalm 37:18-19 your pray today.  Pray that this promise would be for you…that He would make you innocent through forgiveness, and that you would set your sights on rewards that will last forever.  That even in a recession, you would have more than enough.  Praise be to God!

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