Monday, November 24, 2014
I know I have been telling all of you I needed to get the bowling balls out of the
Florida room so the past week several ladies and I worked on turning ordinary
bowling balls into works of art that will be displayed in our gardens. This is
the one I "created".
Thursday, October 30, 2014
I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given me, for they are Yours.... My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message... Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because you loved Me before the creation of the world. John 17:9, 20, 24 (NIV)
“I’ve been praying for you.”
The loving words arrived in a brief e-mail. Simple words, but they warmed me all the way to my bones, like a fireplace on a cold winter day. My friend didn’t know I was having a rough day. She didn’t know the details of my need. But she cared.
Many mornings, my husband holds my hand and prays for me. His words strengthen and comfort me. I often call my friend Patti and we pray for each other. Hearing her ask our Creator for the help I need renews my hope.
And another Friend also gives us the loving gift of prayer on our behalf: Jesus.
His petition was not only for the disciples who sat around Him, but for those who would come later.
When we read the full chapter of John 17, we discover that He asked for protection, joy, sanctification, and unity for His followers. What a thrill to know Jesus has asked the Father for those blessings for us! Then Jesus expresses His love in even deeper measure. We witness the longing of His heart as He asks that one day we would be with Him where He is, and see His glory. When I read these words I feel cherished. He wants us to be with Him.
When life seems overwhelming, and courage fails, we can take comfort in His beautiful expression of love. And we know His prayer will be answered.
Faith Step: Pray with a friend or family member today.
By Sharon Hinck
This devotion is excerpted from Mornings with Jesus 2015.
May God Richly Bless all of My Spark Friends as they read this devotion.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Use these five steps to help you reach your dreams.
By Richard H. Schneider
Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9
Since man first cowered before the dark unknown, God has understood our timidity. That’s why He Himself goes with us. He wants us to be bold for Him, to live our lives to full fruition, to fulfill His plan in the world. Keeping that in mind, try these five steps to boldness.
1. Is it right with God?
We can attain conviction by first seeking God’s will in all that we wish to accomplish. Ask God if your goal is right. If you sense affirmation, then take the next step.
2. Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.
Commit yourself by biting off more than you think you can chew, rather than letting fear of failure stop you from trying at all. Those “mighty forces”? They are energy, skill, sound judgment, creativity, even physical strength and endurance. Boldness creates a state of emergency to which these powers respond.
3. Don’t look over your shoulder.
If you do, as baseball’s great Satchel Paige said, “You may see something gaining on you.” That something could be the fears you overcame at the start. So keep up your momentum.
4. Make the leap of faith.
In Jesus’ parable of the talents, the servant who buried his employer’s money was criticized for failing to put it to use. The servant’s alibi sums up too many people’s attitude toward life: “I was afraid to risk it.”
5. Don’t duck the spotlight.
The next time you hear a call for volunteers or see someone who needs assistance or spot a wrong that needs righting, strive for the boldness that shouts: “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!”
This article is excerpted from Guideposts Daily Planner 2015.
This is great advice for all of us no matter what we are trying to accomplish.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
This is one of the bromeliads we planted last summer. We are finally getting blooms.
More blooms-double this time!
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