Luke 1:31-32: “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.”
One of the greatest joys in life is finding out you will have a baby. From that moment on, all mothers envision their baby as perfect and growing up to do great things. Imagine having God confirm this. Imagine birthing the Savior of the World. Imagine raising Jesus. Imagine the overwhelming happiness, awe, and fear all at the same time. None of us what to screw up our kids. Especially Mary! Thought I’d end the week on a happy note: Parents, God has your child. All you have to do is follow Him. He does the rest.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-25: “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?”
As June draws to a close and July comes marching in and we watch our summer trickle by, a reminder to enjoy each and every day. God creates us for His joy and to be joyful. If every day is a drudgery, then you’re wasting your life and again insulting God. With Him, we find joy and provision. With Him, life becomes the most precious gift that we MUST NOT WASTE. So every day be grateful, joyful, and look around you. It is His gift to us. All of it. Embrace it. Love it. Cherish it and all those in your life. Soon, very soon, it will be over.
Proverbs 3:24: “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
This is for all the insomniacs or at-times insomniacs out there (so all of us) who lie down at night and who cannot turn off their brains from the worries, the heartaches, the struggles of life this side of heaven.
Rest is so important to everything we do. We need to shut off our brains, heal our bodies, and regenerate in order to do God’s work every day, day in and day out. Mediate on Him and His word at these times. He will grant you rest. And one day it will be for eternity.
The Witches by Roald Dahl is a fast-paced novel kids will devour eagerly and clamor for more.
A seven-year old boy and his Norwegian Grandmother (known as Grandmamma in the novel) travel to the English coast for a get away. Unbeknownst to both of them, they are staying at the same hotel as the annual convention of witches for all of England.
Wanting to play with his pet mice, the boy (unnamed in the novel) hides in the hotel convention hall. In strolls the witches for their meetings and he overhears the witches’ plot to kill all of the children in England by turning them into mice and having them killed by humans. He, however, is sniffed out (literally) by the witches and turned himself into a mouse. Returning to his grandmamma, he hatches a plot to take down the witches by giving them a douse of their own medicine.
The boy says to his Grandmamma, “It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like so long as somebody loves you.”
A master of fast-paced writing for children, Dahl writes a tale full of adventure and fun. Guaranteed to entertain and make you laugh. Classic kids literature at its best!
Matthew 21:22: “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
Just a reminder God desires faith first. Faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Faith in Him. And faith in God’s will for your life. Believe with all your heart in God. Ask with all your heart for what He desires. Ask for miracles. Ask for big things. Ask for little things. Ask, ask, and keep asking. God hears. God answers. He promises. He never fails.
Ecclesiastes 7:10: “Do not say, ‘Why were the old days better than these?’ For it is not wise to ask such questions.”
Don’t live in the past! Quit beating yourself up over something long over. You can’t change it. You can only move forward. Each day is a new opportunity to live God’s fullest potential for your life. Don’t waste one more minute of it! It’s an insult to God to waste what He has given. Carpe Diem!
1 Corinthians 9:24: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
A reminder as we head into the weekend of summer busy-ness to keep working for the Lord. Keep fighting for His plan in your life. Keep plugging away no matter how overwhelming life may seem. Keep Him in focus and let the messiness of life and sin fall away. Our prize is eternal. Be in it to win it!
Micah 6:8: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Sounds so simple, right? Except when the baby is crying. Or creditors are calling. The bills are mounting. You’re job searching. You get a flat tire. The grocery store is out of milk!
My challenge for you today: pick one of the Lord’s requirements: either 1) act justly 2) love mercy or 3) walk humbly.
THEN: 1) Pray to the Lord and just thank Him and ask Him to help you be more of that one attribute.
THEN: 2) Pick one thing you will do today to either act justly (e.g. rewarding people at work for a job well done) or love mercy (e.g. be nice to the person not being nice to you) or walk humbly (let the car merge in front of you–you aren’t in that big for a hurry). Simple things towards God’s simple requirements.
Galatians 1:10: “Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Paul is emphatically telling the Galatians he is working for Christ. He is not trying to please man. My question for you today: who are you trying to please? God or your mom? God or your dad? God or your spouse? God or your kids? God or your boss? God or your neighbor? God or an acquaintance who is skinnier than you? And most importantly: God or yourself?