Daily Word Archives



Daily word from Open Door - June 2012

 

6/1/2012

 

As we have mentioned before, there are numerous ways to study the Bible. Today we look at taking a particular subject. Let's use the subject of faith:

 

1. The first thing we could do is search the New Testament in particular for the use of the word.

 

2. Are there any uses that we did not know (i.e. - I didn't know that verse was in there), or perhaps ones we had forgotten

 

3. Look at the connotation, story or application of the word.

 

4. Do certain verse match with others?

 

5. How can I put this particular concept, application, or definition into practice - can I be a doer of this word?

 

There are more things that could be listed but suffice it to say there is a lot that can be done in a word study or study of a particular subject. This could really define our summer reading!

 

We pray you have a safe, fun, Bible and Spirit-filled summer!

 

6/2/2012

 

Don't we all appreciate good manners? Were you one of those who learned manners in school? It was everything from table manners, to answering a door or the phone, polite conversation, how to introduce someone, etc. At the time most of us probably just endured it and perhaps considered it silly, but hopefully we have a different attitude today.

 

Good manners should be evident in Christians. We should be concerned about how we come across, the witness we are for Christ, and using good manners shows that others are important to us. Good manners show that we are concerned about how we treat others - we take the time to be courteous.

 

All of us could likely use a little polish in this area. We could take a little time and consider how we respond and speak to others. Could we list out the good manners we consider a part of our behavior? We often think about our children when we consider good manners - do we exemplify that to them?

 

In whatever we do and concerning our interaction with others, it is hard to get away from the words of Jesus: Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. ~ Matthew 7:12

 

6/3/2012

 

If you are stepping out into something new, most successful people would encourage you to take small steps - especially at first. When we launch out into something new to us, a number of unexpected things can pop up. This is not uncommon, and hopefully if there is a "mess", it will be a small "mess".

 

Thomas Edison once commented that he had a large pile of failures and a smaller pile of successes. He went on to say that you want your failures to happen on the work bench and you want your successes to happen out in the public.

 

This is good advice in whatever aspect of life we want to consider. Each day we could try to improve just a little in some aspect of life. This would especially be true in our Christian walk.

 

6/4/2012

 

Our opening hymn this Sunday morning was Victory in Jesus. It reminds of this verse in I John 5:4 ~ "... and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

 

That is a very strong statement as to what faith can do. Yet during His time on earth, Jesus said that faith can do some powerful things; and of course we know the things said about faith in Hebrews chapter 11.

 

It is the grace of God that allows faith to work on our behalf. Note Romans 4:16 ~ Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all

 

God could have demanded the works of the law from all of us - and we know that would be a disaster. Jesus did the work for us, fulfilling the law, and dying to pay the price for man's sin. Thus we put our faith in Jesus that He did just that, and then He arose in triumph over death. As righteousness was imputed unto Abraham for believing God, in just a few verses down notice what it says about righteousness imputed to us:

 

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him (Abraham); But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification ~ Romans 4:23-25

 

Thank God we do not have to stand on our works but can trust the work that Jesus did for our salvation! How can we keep from singing His praise?

 

My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus' blood and righteousness ...

 

Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus ...

 

O how I love Jesus, because He first loved me ...

 

6/5/2012

 

The other day we wrote about taking small steps as we launch out into something new. If you think about it, almost everything we start out in is "small" or perhaps "simple" in some way. We take it for granted in so many aspects of life - a baby's first step or first word, the first job we had, the first computer program you ever wrote, the first music lessons you ever had, etc. The first time for anything was often small and simple.

 

But we know the goal is to grow and develop. Perhaps that can be the frustrating time if we feel the growth is too slow. There are usually "growing pains" in just about everything that increases or expands. We can deal with these pains easier if they are small. The growing pains of an 8 year old are usually easier to manage than those of a 28 year old.

 

So do not despise the small things as we are reminded in Zechariah 4:10. Regarding Christian endeavors one leader stated: "Do the work of the ministry and the ministry will speak for itself"

This is true in just about everything we would put our hand to.  May the Lord prosper it as we give it unto Him, even if it is small right now.

 

6/6/2012

 

In III John 1:4 we read ~ I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

 

It is interesting to see the perception of children. Many look at their parents and other adults and think "you've got it made". It is likely we had some of the same thoughts as children. They see their lives as being so regulated, being told what to do, and having little freedom. They look at adults as being able to do whatever they want to, not having to go to school and having homework, and not having someone tell them what to do - we know they are in for a shock!

 

Good parents are always thinking about their children, the decisions they are making, and the future they are heading into. As parents we should give a hearty "AMEN" to John's words above.

It brings great relief on the inside of us when we see our children's attitudes, thought processes, and motivations advancing and continuing toward that which is good and right.

 

As summer time is here in regards to school, we have more time and opportunity to share and lead our children in the right way. May God help us to make the most of the months and give us the wisdom we need to be a blessing in this area to our children.

 

6/7/2012

 

Yesterday we mentioned our children. We share the hymn below entitled: Trust and Obey.

This is what we ask our children to do. We know they will not do it perfectly, yet we know when they are trying to. We know when their hearts and motives are right. It is easier to have great mercy on them when they know they are trying.

 

We can show our heavenly Father a spirit of obedience as well - that we are trying to please Him. If this is the case with us, we can boldly cry out for His mercy. May we seek to trust and obey:

 

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

 

            Refrain:


            Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
            To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 

Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

 

Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

 

But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

 

Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

 

6/8/2012

 

We set aside the first Wednesday night of the month as a prayer night. We have been looking at some things contained in the books of E.M. Bounds. His is one of the first names people think of when looking at the subject of prayer.

 

You can download many of his books for free and there are some you can get in an audio version. You can listen to these while working or as you just enjoy some time relaxing or seeking the Lord. We remember particularly the disciples asking the Lord to teach them to pray.

 

Here are a number of sites for free material from E.M. Bounds, and there are certainly more should you decide to search:

 

http://www.jesus.org.uk/vault/library/bounds.shtml

 

http://www.churchleaders.com/pastors/free-resources-

pastors/156918-free-ebook-purpose-in-prayer-by-e-m-

bounds.html

 

http://archive.org/details/PowerThroughPrayerByE.M.Bounds

 

http://archive.org/details/PreacherAndPrayerByE.M.Bounds

 

6/9/2012

 

If you are interested in our religious heritage, you may want to check out this site at the Library of Congress:

 

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/

 

It is not hard to discover founding principles and role that religion and Christianity played in the development of our country. Now we will decide where we go from here.

 

6/10/2012

 

An interesting scripture about grace in the Old Testament:

 

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. ~ Zechariah 4:7

 

Please read the whole chapter to see the entire concept and to blessed. Suffice it to say that Zerubbabel had run into problems. What would we do: rebuke the devil?, bind principalities and powers?, ask God why this is happening to me?, call a special meeting for prayer and fasting? ...

 

There is nothing wrong with anything in the list above yet God gives us a little insight into the power of grace and speaking it forth in regards to a situation. Here is something for us to meditate on and gain greater understanding.

 

In whatever situation we find ourselves, we can ask God how we can use, partake of, and demonstrate the grace of God. If God's grace was sufficient for Paul in all he dealt with, surely it can work and make an impact on whatever we are dealing with.

 

There is nothing wrong with shouting Grace!

 

 6/11/2012

 

As we continue to look at grace we note the following:

 

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14

 

And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. ~ John 1:16. One version translates this last part as: one grace after another.

 

In whatever situation we find ourselves: good or bad, in the valley or on the mountain, enjoying a rest or enduring a test, we pray dear Father that we would walk in one grace after another.

 

6/12/2012

 

A question is often raised about what Jesus would think of being popular. Did Jesus care about popularity in His earthly ministry and what would He think today? To many, it is a valid question as they desire for people to be saved, to at least listen to the gospel message, and that the gospel not be "unpopular" through slander, attacks, etc. Many would argue that the gospel, Jesus, etc. being "popular" would be better than it being "unpopular".

 

We note that the concept of popularity is often emotional and very fleeting. The verses below about Jesus are interesting in this light:

 

Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. ~ John 2:23-25.

 

Jesus knew very well how quickly peoples' sentiments can turn and we certainly see that today. Being popular in the natural is short-lived at best and can often be destructive.

 

When the gospel is effective and meaningful in the lives of people, you do not have to work to make it popular. The true test of the gospel is mainly long-term and not something spur-of-the moment. We want fruit that remains and endures - from a message that stands the test of time.

 

One of our greatest testimonies is a life that exemplifies the gospel and that just takes time. May we remember to ask God's help in this each day - that we might let our light shine for Him each day.

 

6/13/2012

 

We should remember that it does not surprise God when we do not get it right. There will likely be flaws in whatever we set out to accomplish. He first wants to see our hearts - do we desire to get it right or do we just shrug it off?

 

When we see our children striving with all they have to please us and obey, it is very easy to heap mercy, grace, and good instruction on them. When we see the opposite, we know that primarily they are hurting themselves.

 

This natural example helps us in our relationship with God our Father. He reminds us to: Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23

 

May we check our hearts daily.

 

6/14/2012

 

Yesterday we talked about the fact that we miss it from time to time. We are reminded of James 3:2 ~ For in many things we offend all...

 

We should not use this as an excuse but as motivation to improve and strive to walk from glory to glory and from faith to faith.

 

We are told: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ~ Romans 12:2

 

As we endeavor to walk these scriptures out and apply them, we will always be "tweaking" ourselves. Let us do this to show our heavenly Father that we take our witness and testimony seriously, yet we depend on His grace because "I need Thee every hour".

  

6/15/2012

 

Here is a good question: If you were to do something perfectly, what would that mean?

 

This question takes a little time to really consider. Further, who would decide whether it was perfect?

 

The question is raised in light of the fact that in this world things are constantly changing. If there was something perfect, would it be perfect a few weeks from now? Was the perfection just a particular act, a thing created or done, a plan, blueprint, or something that fixed a problem?

 

Hopefully you can see that the concept of perfection in this natural world is hard to nail down. We do not expect people to be perfect, but we appreciate when they give their best.

 

We are back to the attitudes and motives of our hearts. We note the zeal that the Apostle Paul exhibited in his service to the Lord. We further note his words:

 

            And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving             thanks to God and the Father by him. ~ Colossians 3:17

 

            And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; ~ Colossians 3:23

 

May we demonstrate this attitude in our service and in the things that we do - whether to the Lord or to our fellow man. This would be a great testimony to the Christ in us the hope of glory

 

6/16/2012

 

As we consider a number of ways to study the Bible, one is to take a word or subject and ask "What do I know about it?" or "How am I doing with it?"

 

It could be a rather well-known word like "gentleness" which is a fruit of the spirit from Galatians chapter 5. Or the word "carnal" that we see in Romans 8. Just looking up the words in the Bible and seeing their context takes some time.

 

The main thing again is a heart that is willing to grow and learn. What do we want to build into our lives and develop in? What do we want to resist and avoid? What has been my track record in some of these areas?

 

This is yet another way that we can draw near to God.

 

6/17/2012

 

We pray a blessing this day on all fathers -  that God the Father would minister particular grace to you. We encourage each person take time regarding you father today - actively if he is still living and in your memories if he is no longer with us.

 

We pray God's blessing upon each one today as they consider their father. No doubt the characteristics of good fatherhood come from God Himself.

 

Regardless of your personal family situation, we invite you to reach out to God the Father who loves you unconditionally, who can heal the inward hurts, and bring to all of us the joy of living.

 

We ask God today for a special touch of His Fatherhood.

 

6/18/2012

 

As we noted and celebrated Father's Day yesterday, we especially honored our Father God with praise and thanksgiving. If you look up the word "father" in the New Testament there hundreds of references. Of course a number of them refer to natural fathers, family situations, etc.

 

If you narrow the search to select the instances where father refers to God, there are 119 instances in the gospel of John. This is staggering to see that much emphasis placed on that aspect of God.

 

Yet we remember Jesus' description saying "how much more" your heavenly Father will give good things to them that ask. We remember that James said:  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.

 

No matter how long we have been in the Christian walk, we still have so much to learn, grow in, and rejoice over knowing God as our Father.

 

6/19/2012

 

Do people have "quiet time with the Lord" anymore? That was a common church expression years ago that usually meant prayer, a devotional, and setting aside other things to seek the Lord.

 

It might be difficult to call it a "quiet time" today. Often we have CD's playing with some type of Christian music, we may be vocalizing our prayer requests, some people like to move around ... There is nothing wrong with any of these things as they are valid ways to spend time with the Lord.

 

But it would be interesting to look into our last instance of a "quiet time". During these interludes our efforts cease and we are not in control with trying to make something happen. It is an opportunity to humble ourselves and ask God to take over and minister to us in any way He desires.

 

It may take a lot of effort on our part to enter in to such a state as a "quiet time". If you just do it for a few minutes, at least that is a start. It is a good thing to pray about. Lord, I would like a quiet time with You that is productive - for You and for me. Help me to be obedient and to received from Your Spirit. May I be equipped to serve You with my best as I yield in this area.

 

It even makes sense in the natural just to quiet ourselves a little bit. How much more fruitful it will be if we take that time to draw near unto God.  

 

6/20/2012

 

It has been said that if you think you have good leadership and organizational skills, there is one good test to prove it: Try leading a volunteer organization.

 

This will show if you can motivate people, get them to join your cause and be excited about it, and get them to stay as long as needed. You cannot pay them or entice them with anything other than the satisfaction of fulfilling the mission.

If any of you have ever done this, you will likely give a hearty "Amen", and the know the challenges that come.

 

On the other hand because many of us are involved in church and Christian activities, we understand being a volunteer. We know that the cause is good but often we have to kick ourselves to keep the motivational juices flowing.

 

We take this opportunity to thank both the volunteers and those that lead them in the many projects of our ministry. This especially hits home as we are right in the middle of VBS (Vacation Bible School).

 

Please take the time to thank and show appreciation to those who volunteer in your church, community, or other worthwhile activity. It may just help someone who may be a little burned out.

 

6/21/2012

 

Yesterday's writing was about the word "volunteer". We are reminded of John 10:17-18 ~ Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

 

We surely see Jesus being a volunteer for us. In one sense we can say the same thing about our volunteering, we have the power to do or not to do it - it is up to us.

 

Knowing that we cannot volunteer for everything, do we nonetheless have a volunteer attitude or outlook? It certainly should be a character trait - our "want to" should be evident.

 

May we ever look for opportunities to volunteer and serve with a good attitude. "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." ~ Galatians 6:10

 

6/22/2012

 

Here is an interesting verse: 1 Samuel 15:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

 

Have you ever felt like the Lord has forgotten you? Have you ever asked "Lord, don't You remember...?" Most of us have probably at least had some thoughts along this line.

 

Throughout the Old Testament, we have several examples where God brings to remembrance some deed, some people/persons, or something that happened years earlier. This can either be encouraging or distressing, but our point is that when God chooses to remember, there is nothing that can hide.

 

This situation with Amalek happened years earlier but now it is going to be dealt with. We will go more into this tomorrow but today we just want to note that God knows our situation and He knows the best way and time to handle it.

 

We note in Isaiah 49 that God said He would never forget Israel even when the people thought He had. In the New Testament, we see that God knew exactly what Saul of Tarsus was doing to the church and what was to be done about it. II Peter 2:9 ~ The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

 

6/23/2012

 

Remember our initial verse from yesterday: 1 Samuel 15:2  ~Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.

 

Verse 3 reads:

 

Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

 

Some may look at this verse and believe this shows that God is mean, unfair and cruel. Though we do not have all the insight or knowledge, we do see something interesting as the story proceeds. We find out that Saul does not kill everyone and everything as God said and Samuel confronts him about it.

 

Verse 8: And he (Saul) took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive...

 

As you continue to read this chapter you see that Samuel told Saul that God had taken the kingdom away from him because of his disobedience.

 

Then said Samuel, Bring ye hither to me Agag the king of the Amalekites. And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. And Samuel said, As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women. And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the LORD in Gilgal. ~ I Samuel 15:32-33

 

We see this name again in the book of Esther - do you remember a man named Haman? After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him. ~ Esther 3:1

 

Notice Haman is called an Agagite. If this one Agagite had his way, he would destroy every Jew in the land. Sound familiar? Esther pleads for her people:

 

And Esther spake yet again before the king, and fell down at his feet, and besought him with tears to put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews. ~ Esther 8:3

 

Further in speaking about Haman: Because Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the enemy of all the Jews, had devised against the Jews to destroy them, and had cast Pur, that is, the lot, to consume them, and to destroy them; ~ Esther 9:23

 

It is no accident that Haman and his lineage as an Agagite is repeated. It is no wonder that God wanted Amelek with King Agag and his descendants destroyed in light of what He knew was coming.

 

This type of thing can bring questions to us that are very difficult to deal with. If a group of people were being raised up that would kill some of our family or blow up a local mall, would we want God to destroy them? What if they were just youngsters now? It is almost beyond the realm of human intelligence to deal with.

 

This would be just one instance in the realm of humanity. Imagine this on a world-wide scale. Would we have wanted God to take out the terrorists before 9/11? Should He have done it when they were little children before they had any evil influence on others? If you had lost a family member in 9/11 would that influence your answer?

 

Our main point in this is to show that there are some questions and courses of action that we do not know how to deal with. So we should be very careful in accusing God of wrong doing. We acknowledge that we see through a glass darkly at present and we are thankful for the light we do have. We should remain on God's side even when we do not understand everything - which is most of the time.

 

It is interesting the new perspective we get when God shines the light on the circumstances of life.

 

6/24/2012

 

~ Food for thought and action

 

A good leader usually develops his skill while being a good servant

 

He that cannot obey, cannot command. ~ Benjamin Franklin

You cannot do everything, but you can do something. Therefore, intentionally do something good for someone today.

Aren't you glad Jesus gave 100%

Lord please show me what is most important for my life today.

 

6/25/2012

 

A couple of days ago we looked at God's dealing with Amelek. We noted that some things we do not completely understand yet we saw that when the scriptures do shed some light on the matter, things are more understandable.

 

We look today at the verses in the gospels where Jesus says how hard it is for them who have riches to enter into the kingdom of heaven. The same general story is given in Matthew, Mark & Luke. Jesus' response in the book of Mark is quite interesting in light of the disciple's reaction:

 

And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! ~ Mark 10:23-24

 

How thankful we should be for Jesus' commentary. We see again that it is a matter of the heart. Do you realize that a person of any financial status could fall into this trap. There are likely many poverty-stricken people in the world who trust that riches would solve all of their problems. We should know that is not the case.

Jesus continues on with His "eye of a needle" comparison. The disciples are again astonished and ask "Who then can be saved?" - verse 26.

 

Jesus responds by saying: "And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible"

 

It is humbling to realize that this statement applies to all of us - not just the rich people. But we rejoice in that it will work for rich people as well!

 

In the parable of the sower, Jesus said there is a deceitfulness in riches. If we have riches, we need to watch out for that temptation directly. The person who has no riches should be wary of the temptation to believe that riches are the ultimate answer to his problems.

 

We see again what insight we can gain from just a few words of scripture. In Psalm 119:130 we read: The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

 

We pray God grant us more light, wisdom and understanding as we face the difficult circumstances of this present day.

 

6/26/2012

 

What comes to mind when we think of words like: responsibility, obligation, duty, or commitment. As we age we likely see them in a different light. To get another perspective, bounce them off your teenager. Be ready in case you get a response like: Whatever!?

 (Don't blow your cool!)

 

If we are honest, we would likely admit that we all had to grow, and are still growing, in these areas. Even if we had parents who drilled these four words into us like the four food groups, they still take time to develop even if we thought they were good.

 

We must remember that at age 50, we have had years to compare these words and what they mean to the many aspects of life we have gone through ourselves, seen in friends, etc. We have dealt with it up close and personal. Our teens do not have that perspective. Remember the joke that talked about how much smarter parents get as their children get older?

 

One of the greatest things we can do for our young people is demonstrate these and other qualities that we know will bless their lives and ours. Remember that even though we have the experience, we still can miss it at times, have to hit "clear", then hit "restart". Our young people will likely have to do the same.

 

We are grateful for God's mercy that is new every morning. Let us exhibit the same. 

 

6/27/2012

 

If you ever wanted to jump into a lengthy Biblical study, try the subject of "thoughts". Along with that of course would be looking at our "minds". How many thoughts do we have each day? They would likely be too many to count.

 

We know they come quickly, we can classify them quickly, decide what to do with them, etc.

Though thoughts can come quickly, we know it takes time to develop them into a plan of action or to the place where they can be implemented to produce good results.

 

Think about the person you would consider as being "thoughtful". They do not just take off on a whim. A brilliant idea may come quickly and we thank God for them. But we need to remember that the working out of ideas into a plan takes time.

 

This is good counsel for us all but especially for our young people. High school graduates are able to access a ton of information about all that is out there that they can get into. Their minds are bombarded with all the "neat stuff". They often need guidance in order to walk out and stay on the right path to accomplish what they want.

 

We pray for both wisdom and patience for all parents who are helping young people in this area.

 

6/28/2012

 

Some people, when they get ready to make decisions, will take out a piece of paper, make two columns, and list "pros" in one column and "cons" in the other. There is noting wrong with doing this. One of the things this will do is show you what you will likely be dealing with should you decide to proceed.

 

What if we used this same format to assess our day. There is no use trying to micromanage every aspect or be nitpicky, yet we could list what the best part or aspect of the day was and what the worst part or aspect of the day was. Then ask ourselves if we can do anything regarding the bad, is the good worth working for again, do see we patterns (good or bad), etc.

 

Our point is to make assessment with the goal to improve. If we never think about it or do anything toward betterment, we are likely to get to the end of the day, thank God we made it through, and then fall into bed.

 

We could use this (or something like it) as another way to come before God and seek His face in an effort to be more pleasing to Him. It is certainly pleasing to God when we seek to improve ourselves in order to honor Him and be a blessing to others.

 

6/29/2012

 

It has been said that in our relationships, we go a long way when we show that we care. When our words and actions demonstrate our concern, thoughtfulness, and good intentions; we are doing a lot to secure and maintain good relationships.

 

We know at times problems can seem overwhelming and knowing where to start can be difficult. But we can start somewhere and we ask God for wisdom to know what to do and the right way to do it.

 

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. ~ Galatians 6:2

 

6/30/2012

 

Does your life demonstrate determination? In the Bible and in daily living we see it as an action word. It is interesting also to see that real determination is demonstrated in times of adversity. It is in times of struggle or difficulty that we find out how determined we are. We may even experience a setback or have to regroup, yet determination will help us continue.

 

Lord help us to be determined in the right way and in doing the right thing. Keep us from giving up too easily and we pray for Your strength. May we always look for ways to continue in that which is good and right in Your sight, regardless of the resistance we face. May we pray this over our children as well.  

 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ~ I Corinthians 15:58



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