Wednesday, January 31, 2007
And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say,
"Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me."
And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him here."
So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you."
Mark 10:47, 49
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems,
and to stay focused during stressful periods."
"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
Monday, January 29, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
To the faults of those about me; let me praise a little more.
Let me be a little meeker with the brother who is weaker;
Let me think more of my neighbor and little less of me.
Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence,
and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge,
self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance,
and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness,
brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
2 Peter 1:5-7
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
I pray for strength and fortitude to climb the rock-strewn road.
Give me such courage and I can scale the hardest peaks alone,
and transform every stumbling block into a stepping stone.
- Gale Brook Burket
You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Now to you who believe, this stone is precious.
1 Peter 2:5-7
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Life is a test;
Of that I am sure today.
I will try to do my best
And let God show me the way.
Today is a special blessing
As I sit on my porch and feel the breeze;
Waiting to learn God’s lesson
And pursue His life of ease.
Nothing is easy on this earth,
Learning to trust is tough, I say.
We must take a stand from day of birth
And prepare to let God show the way.
Life is an assignment – only temporary
As we prepare for His Son from above;
Many are the times we are wary
But God will always show us His love.
Seek God’s love in all your life;
Perseverance is needed for your time on this land;
Deal with the hard times and strife
For God will reach out to you His hand.
-Judy Winsor (amended)
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
A small trouble is like a pebble.
Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus.
Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified.
Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life.
- Celia Luce
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt;
as young as your confidence, as old as your fear;
as young as your hope, as old as your despair.
In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber;
so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage,
so long are we young.
When the wires are all down and your heart is covered with
the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism,
then and then only are you grown old.”
- General Douglas MacArthur
Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Therefore I am well content with weaknesses,...with distresses,...with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10
Sadhu Sundar Singh, a Hindu convert to Christianity, became a missionary to his people in India. Late one afternoon Sadhu was traveling on foot through the Himalayas with a Buddhist monk. It was bitterly cold and the wind felt like sharp blades slicing into their skins. Night was fast approaching when the monk warned Sadhu that they were in danger of freezing to death if they did not reach the monastery before darkness fell.
Suddenly, on a narrow path above a steep precipice, they heard a cry for help. At the foot of the cliff lay a man, fallen and badly hurt. The monk looked at Sadhu and said, "Do not stop. God has brought this man to his fate. He must work it out for himself. Let us hurry on before we, too, perish."
But Sadhu replied, "God has sent me here to help my brother. I cannot abandon him."
The monk continued trudging off through the whirling snow, while the missionary clambered down the steep embankment. The injured man's leg was broken and he could not walk, so Sadhu made a sling of his blanket and tied the man on his back. With great difficulty he climbed back up the cliff, drenched by now in perspiration.
Doggedly, Sadhu made his way through the deepening snow and darkness. It was all he could do to follow the path. But he persevered, though faint with fatigue and overheated from exertion. Finally, he saw ahead the lights of the monastery.
Then, for the first time, Sadhu stumbled and nearly fell. But not from weakness. He had stumbled over an object lying in the snow-covered road. Slowly he bent down on one knee and brushed the snow off the object. It was the body of the monk, frozen to death.
Years later a disciple of Sadhu's asked him, "What is life's most difficult task?"
Without hesitation Sadhu replied: "To have no burden to carry."
Friday, January 12, 2007
And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men."
But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. for we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Keep in the sunlight.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
We become something new by ceasing to be something old.
And He was also telling them a parable: "No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old."
Friday, January 05, 2007
something to motivate you, something to inspire you."
"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind,
for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts.
If you seek him, he will be found by you;
but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever."
1 Chronicles 28:9
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Pretend you have only six months to live and make three lists:
the things you have to do, want to do, and neither have to do or want to do.
Then, for the rest of your life, forget everything on the third list.
– Robert Eliot
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
- William James
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:5
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
- Thomas Jefferson
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
1. Rethink your goals at any time. The start of a new year may have inspired you to plan to do too much, a sure invitation to failure. Pare down your list to one or two, three tops. For everyone that takes something away, such as quitting smoking or spending less, try to give yourself a positive, such as learning to play a musical instrument or learning to speak a new language.
2. Select the most important resolution and start working on it. You can delay the others until later once you’re sticking with #1.
3. Consider the psychological factors that might get in your way – like when you’re feeling tired or frustrated – and how you’re going to overcome them.
4. Always celebrate each step you take by telling yourself, “I feel great about moving up one level on the exercise bike.” Nothing is too small to feel good about. Minimal advancements, maximally appreciated, eventually add up to success. Most important, positive feelings don’t create mental clutter – they create confidence.
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfill every good resolve and work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12