Sunday, September 29, 2013

50 Day Spiritual Adventure Scripture: Week of September 29, 2013

Week of September 29, 2013:

Sunday: Acts 3-4; Psalms 40

Monday: Acts 5-6; Psalms 41

Tuesday: Acts 7-8; Psalms 42

Wednesday: Acts 9-10; Psalms 43

Thursday: Acts 11-12; Psalms 44

Friday: Acts 13-14; Psalms 46

Saturday: Acts 15-16; Psalms 49

Sunday, September 22, 2013

50 Day Spiritual Adventure Scripture: Week of September 22, 2013

Week of September 22, 2013:

Sunday: Luke 13-14; Psalms 31

Monday: Luke 15-16; Psalms 32

Tuesday: Luke 17-18; Psalms 33

Wednesday: Luke 19-20; Psalms 34

Thursday: Luke 21-22; Psalms 35

Friday: Luke 23-24; Psalms 37

Saturday: Acts 1-2; Psalms 39

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Awesomeness of God and Worry

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is ,and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31 Therefore take no thoughtsayingWhat shall we eator, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek :) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”  (Matthew 6:28-34 KJV)

Throughout Scripture—Genesis to Revelation—we see how big our God is.  His many attributes are emphasized.  We can learn so much about our Father in heaven by learning about, meditating upon His names and His character.      

With all that has been going on in the economy and in the world in general during the past few years and even more so in the past few weeks and months, it’s easy to fall into the trap of worry.  We fret about the future and how we’re going to make it.  What will happen if…?  How will we make through another week, another month, another year?   

However, for those of us who have a relationship with God through Jesus, we don’t have to worry!  We can be assured that God will take care of us and provide for us.  When all is said and done, God is the one Person who will never let us down or forsake us.  He alone is fully trustworthy and will fulfill each one of His promises to us.

God is bigger than all that frightens us.  We can fully trust Him with the whole of our lives.  He will be with us every step of the way, even when we can’t sense His presence.  We’re to live by faith and not by sight or by feelings.  God will see us through each and every storm of life.     

“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?  Who hath directed the spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor hath taught him?” (Isaiah 40:12-13 KJV)

Awesome God, Thank You for being bigger than all of our problems.  Father, sometimes we struggle to remember and acknowledge that You will provide for us.  Instead we worry and fret about how we’ll manage to care for ourselves.  Remind us of Your steadfast love and care for us and how You provide for us.  May we trust You to provide what we need each day.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

From my heart to yours,


Sunday, September 15, 2013

50 Day Spiritual Adventure Scripture: Week of September 15, 2013

Week of September 15, 2013:

Sunday: Proverbs 29-31; Psalms 22

Monday: Luke 1-2; Psalms 23

Tuesday: Luke 3-4; Psalms 24

Wednesday: Luke 5-6; Psalms 25

Thursday: Luke 7-8; Psalms 27

Friday: Luke 9-10; Psalms 28

Saturday: Luke 11-12; Psalms 30

Sunday, September 8, 2013

50 Day Spiritual Adventure Scripture: Week of September 8, 2013

Week of September 8-14, 2013:

Sunday: Proverbs 15-16; Psalms 8

Monday: Proverbs 17-18; Psalms 9

Tuesday: Proverbs 19-20; Psalms 10

Wednesday: Proverbs 21-22; Psalms 12

Thursday: Proverbs 23-24; Psalms 17

Friday: Proverbs 25-26; Psalms 18

Saturday: Proverbs 27-28; Psalms 19

Friday, September 6, 2013

God Cares

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)

During times of grief and tribulation it’s easy to get so burdened down with hurt and pain that we can feel God has abandoned us.  This leaves us feeling more alone and isolated than ever before.  There is hope!  While life with Jesus as Savior and Lord is freeing, it’s not free of hurt, pain, and discouragement.  We, after all, are living in a fallen world and are subject to a world where tragedies happen, where loved ones die, where people get sick.  The list is endless.    

For those who are in Christ, it is sometimes easy to forget that Jesus is always with us.  He is there all the time without us realizing it—like the two people discovered on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35 see here).  He’s patiently waiting for us to recognize Him and humble ourselves turning to Him with our burdens.  His arms are open wide!  Turn to Him and experience peace and contentment—even in the storms of life. 

Once we surrender to the Lord, I believe that we’ll find more joy and freedom and understanding than we ever thought possible.  Unbelievable joy and contentment awaits us as we surrender more of ourselves to God.    

Others can see our joy and contentment in situations that would cause them to go into a “tailspin”.  What will you say when asked about how you’re responding to your situation?  It’s times like these when we have the opportunity to share Jesus with others. 

The apostle Paul experienced this type of joy and freedom in his life in Christ.  Even being in jail, Paul penned these words to his Philipian brothers and sisters in Christ, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice.” (Philippians 4:4 KJV)

Take courage, we each have situations where our faith is shaky, and we don’t respond like we have faith.  This isn’t the end!  God is still with you, loving and caring for you.  Cast all your cares upon Him.  He can handle everything we give Him!

May we shine our light (Jesus) in ways that others can see!  
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer [permit] the righteous to be moved [shaken].”  (Psalm 55:22 KJV)
Heavenly Father, we pour out the cares to You that burden our hearts.  In confidence we believe that You protect us from the people or things that would bring us down.  Many times, Father, we feel overwhelmed and burdened by the things going on around us.  Help us to unburden ourselves in your presence, knowing that You can handle what we can’t.  In Jesus’ precious Name.  Amen.

Shine brightly, brothers and sisters!

From my heart to yours,


Monday, September 2, 2013

God’s Faithfulness

Webster’s Dictionary 1828 defines faithfulness (dictionary link) as: “1. Fidelity; loyalty; firm adherence to allegiance and duty; as the faithfulness of a subject.
2. Truth; veracity; as the faithfulness of God.
3. Strict adherence to injunctions, and to the duties of a station; as the faithfulness of servants or ministers.
4. Strict performance of promises, vows or covenants; constancy in affection; as the faithfulness of a husband or wife.”

God’s faithfulness is all around us, if we would just open our eyes and soften our hearts.  If we can somehow see the unseen through understanding how God deals with His people, we can praise God even in the midst of pain, as well as the good times.  It is a part of God’s character and nature to be faithful—He cannot be anything but faithful.  We can fully trust God in all things.   

If we can focus our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith (see Hebrews 12:2 see here), we’ll find ourselves able to honestly proclaim the words to the hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness.

God is faithful to provide for His children; think about how God has provided for you when you thought all was hopeless.  Perhaps, the most difficult time to grow in our faith is during the times of calmness and good—when things are going well. Being faithful in all circumstances is important.

In fact, Paul, the apostle, talks about this in several of his letters. Paul was able to be joyful and content in all things, no matter what his circumstances.  In fact, he wrote his letter to the Philippians (“the book of joy”) from a jail cell—where he was awaiting to learn his fate.  Paul was martyred for his testimony in Jesus.  

How do we react when we face trials?  What about good times?  When is it easiest for you to grow in faith and relationship with God?
“It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  They are new every morning:  great is thy faithfulness.”  (Lamentations 3:22-23 KJV)

 Please join with me in prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, help us to see your faithfulness to us in our daily lives, so that we can truly sing the words to Great is Thy Faithfulness.  Thank you for your great faithfulness to us.  We acknowledge our powerlessness without you to live our lives.  Teach us to grow in our relationship with you.  In Jesus’ precious name, we pray, Amen.

From my heart to yours,


Sunday, September 1, 2013

50 Day Fall Spiritual Adventure Scripture: Week of September 1, 2013

Scripture for Week of September 1-7, 2013:

Sunday: Proverbs 1-2; Psalms 1

Monday: Proverbs 3-4; Psalms 2

Tuesday: Proverbs 5-6; Psalms 3

Wednesday: Proverbs 7-8; Psalms 4

Thursday: Proverbs 9-10; Psalms 5

Friday: Proverbs 11-12; Psalms 6

Saturday: Proverbs 13-14; Psalms 7