Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
1. God's still looking out for you. When things look bad, remind yourself that God's bigger than your problem...
2. Don't think about quitting. Every time you reach the breaking point it's a test. You have before you a series of choices that will add up to either quitting, or persevering through to victory...
3. If it doesn't have your name on it, don't pick it up! Stress comes from micr0-managing others and assuming responsibilities that aren't yours. Establish healthy boundaries...
4. Your breaking point can be the start of a breakthrough... So keep going -- by God's grace you'll make it!"
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008, pg. 35)
Saturday, April 26, 2008
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008, pg. 33)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008, pg. 32)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
("The Word for You Today, Spring 2008, pg. 32)
Yet we who have this spiritual treasure are like common clay pots, in order to show that the supreme power belongs to God, not to us. We are often troubled, but not crushed; sometimes in doubt, but never in despair; there are many enemies, but we are never without a friend; and though badly hurt at times, we are not destroyed. At all times we carry in our mortal bodies the death of Jesus, so that his life also may be seen in our bodies...
The scripture says, 'I spoke because I believed.' In the same spirit of faith we also speak because we believe. We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus to life, will also raise us up with Jesus and take us, together with you, into his presence...
For we know that when this tent we live in--our body here on earth--is torn down, God will have a house in heaven for us to live in, a home he himself has made, which will last forever...
So we are always full of courage. We know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord's home. For our life is a matter of faith, not of sight. We are full of courage and would much prefer to leave our home in the body and be at home with the Lord. More than anything else, however, we want to please him, whether in our home here or there. For all of us must appear before Christ, to be judged by him. Each one will receive what he deserves, according to everything he has done, good or bad, in his bodily life.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008,pg. 31)
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008,pg. 31)
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong. Do all your work in love.
Friday, April 18, 2008
- Recognize your pride. Benjamin Franklin observed, "Not one of our natural passions is harder to subdue than pride. Even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility."
- Express gratitude often. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you'll never have enough. If you focus on what you have, you will always see that the universe is abundant and you'll have more.
- Learn to laugh at yourself. The Chinese proverb says, "Blessed are they that laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be entertained." "
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008, pg. 29)
Thursday, April 17, 2008
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out--plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I'll make sure you won't be disappointed...I'll turn things around for you. (Jeremiah 29:11-14 TM)
And those words are from God's mouth to your ear!"
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008, pg. 29)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Anthony Campolo says, "What you commit yourself to, will change what you are and make you into a completely different person. The future conditions you, not the past. What you commit yourself to become, determines what you are--more than anything that ever happened to you yesterday. Therefore, I ask you, 'What are your commitments? Where are you going? What are you going to be? Show me somebody who hasn't decided, and I'll show you somebody who has no identity, no personality, no direction.'"
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008, pg. 28)
Monday, April 14, 2008
- "Focused people don't live in the past. Too many of us yearn for the past and get stuck in it. Instead we should learn from the past and let go of it.
- Focused people don't think about the difficulties, but the rewards. If you dwell on the difficulties too long you'll start to develop self-pity instead of self-discipline.
- Focused people choose their friends carefully. Here are 5 types of people you'll encounter:
Refreshers - who strengthen your faith and energize you.
Refiners - who sharpen you and clarify your vision.
Reflectors - who mirror your energy, neither adding to nor subtracting from it.
Reducers - who try to diminish your goals and efforts to their comfort level.
Rejecters - who don't understand your or what God's called you to do.
So, remain focused and you'll stay grounded; the praise of others is less likely to go to your head, and the negative impact of your critics will be minimized."
("The Word for You Today, Spring 2008, pg. 27)
Sunday, April 13, 2008
This is one of those verses that shouldn't be taken out of context...it could be interpreted so many ways. Basically I believe Paul was saying to esteem others higher than ourselves...to not use our freedom to offend others. If what I do hurts my brother or sister, I should not do it.
It's a verse that calls for compassion also. It calls for servanthood, to follow the example Jesus displayed for us while he walked this earth. He was God Himself, yet he humbled himself to serve the needs of lost and hurting humanity, whatever the occasion called for. I fall so short of his example. Forgive me, Lord, and keep showing me the way...be patient with me..be tough with me. Keep molding me into your image so you shine through me!
- "Focused people always look for a better way.
- Focused people concentrate a little harder, and a little longer... Focused thinking is the ability to remove distractions and mental clutter so that you can concentrate with clarity.
- Focused people make commitments, not excuses."
So in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)
(The Word for You Today, Spring 2008, pg 27)
Saturday, April 12, 2008
- It keeps you on target. We find ourselves pulled in a dozen different directions, spending much of our time and energy on things we don't really care about. Don Marquis puts is this way: "Ours is a world where people don't know what they want, and are willingly to go to hell to get it."
- It increases your energy. Attempting everything, like attempting nothing, will suck the life out of you. The mind doesn't reach toward achievement until it has clear objectives.
- It lifts you. In a sea of mediocrity, just knowing what you want to do and making an effort to pursue it distinguishes you from almost everybody else... Just by striving to become better than you are, you become elevated--even if you don't accomplish what you desire, and even if others don't step aside for you."
("The Word for You Today", Spring Quarter 2008, pg. 26)
Friday, April 11, 2008
...Nothing is as potent as a focused life. The men and women who make the greatest difference in life are the most focused... So if you want your life to have impact, focus it! Stop dabbling. Stop trying to do it all. Do less. Turn away from even good activities, and do only that which matters most. Never confuse activity with productivity... The first law of success in this day when so many things are clamoring for attention is concentration--to bend our energies to one point and to go directly to that point, looking neither to the right nor the left. Does focus come easily or naturally? No. It's a discipline that must be practiced every day."
("The Word for You Today", Spring 2008, 4-11-08, pg. 26)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Seems to me that if this verse be true, there are a whole lot of people who will not see the Lord. Can one go to heaven and not see the Lord? I have never thought that was possible. I have a tender conscience. I have always believed this verse, and I have tried to live such a life that pleases God so that I can one day be with him in heaven. But perhaps I do not have a good handle on a holy lifestyle. My list of no-no's is probably longer than most. I do not feel like I have missed out on anything, though.
Help me, Lord, not to judge others on the basis of what I believe and live by...but to allow you to work in their lives and be their final advocate. Meanwhile, I don't intend to loosen the screws...I'm comfortable striving to live a life pleasing to you in all I say, do, and think. You know I'm still growing, still in process, but you will see me through to glorification/perfection. Thank you, Father, for being patient with me!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
If people persecute you because you are a Christian, don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. When others are happy, be happy with them. If they are sad, share their sorrow. Live in harmony with each other. Don't try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all!
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible. Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God. For it is written, "I will take vengeance; I will repay those who deserve it," says the Lord. Instead, do what the Scriptures say: "If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink, and they will be ashamed of what they have done to you." Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good.