Saturday, January 31, 2009

Thought for the Weekend 1/31/2009

LIGHT BEYOND THE CLOUD

I often used to murmur,
And on my sorrows dwell,
Until a mite-like trifle
Would to a mountain swell;
And when its misty shadows
My pathway would enshroud,
I did not dream of brightness
Behind the darksome cloud.

At length a soft voice whispered;
Thy daily mercies count,"
I did, and was astonished,
So great was the amount!
I placed both in the balance,
My trials upward flew,
And then the silver lining
From the dark cloud broke through.

Like a bright ray of sunshine
Across my path it fell,
Again the same voice whispered
"God doeth all things well.
Faint not nor be discouraged,
Tho' darkness should enshroud,
His mercy is unfailing,
There's light behind the cloud."

The Christadelphian Magazine 1885

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever;
With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.
For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up forever;
Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens."
Psalm 89:1

Friday, January 30, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/30/2009

Let God's promises shine on your problems.
-Corrie Ten Boom

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, ….
For all the promises of God
in Him are Yes,
and in Him Amen,
to the glory of God through us.
2 Corinthians 1:19-20



Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/29/2009

"While enormous strides have been
made in communications in recent years,
there's still a lot to be said for a smile."
- Franklin P. Jones

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:29

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/28/2009

"When we look back at the faithfulness of God,
we praise Him.
When we look forward to God's faithfulness,
we trust Him."
- Ken Watters

Yet this I call to mind and
therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD'S great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."
Lamentations 3:21-24

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/27/2009

When the future is not clear,
there's always HOPE

"Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark."
-George Iles

Now may the God of hope fill you with
all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope….
Romans 15:13



Monday, January 26, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/26/2009

"Often the clouds of sorrow
reveal the sunshine of His face."
- Hilys Jasper

Those who sow in tears
will reap with songs of joy.
He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with him.
Psalm 126:5-6

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thought for the Weekend 1/24/2009

The Three Looks

To look around is to be distressed.
To look within is to be depressed.
To look above is to be blessed.

When we look around we see anxiety, unrest and uncertainty and nothing that can bring comfort, hope and peace to us. The world is upside down with problems and troubles the greatest and wisest of men cannot solve - the days are evil. (Eph.5:16). For the most part the world rejects Christ and the Scriptures foretold "perilous times shall come". 2 Tim.3:1.

Now when we look within we might just see what God sees: "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked-who can know it?" Jer. 17:9. To look within is to be depressed.

But to look above where Christ sits at the right hand of God, His Father, is to be blessed. We have been accepted in the beloved, in Christ we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Eph.1:6,7), we have hope for the future, and we have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ. (Eph.1:3.)
David Fryer

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/23/2009

Without the Way there is no going;
without the Truth there is no knowing;
without the Life there is no living.
Thomas a Kempis

Jesus said to him,
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
no one comes to the Father, but by me.”
John 11:6



Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/22/2009

Let no one ever come to you without leaving
better and happier.
Be the living expression of God's kindness:
Kindness in your face,
Kindness in your eyes,
And kindness in your smile.
Unknown

He who pursues righteousness and kindness
will find life and honor.
Proverbs 21:21

Thought for the Day 1/21/2009

God is the only one who can make
the valley of trouble a door of hope.
-Catherine Marshall

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober,
and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be
brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:13

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/20/2009

The Lord is my Shepherd That's Relationship
I shall not want That's Supply
He makes me to lie down
in green pastures That's Rest
He leads me beside
the still waters That's Refreshment

He restores my soul That's Healing
He leads me in the
paths of righteousness
That's Guidance
For His name sake That's Purpose
Yea, though I walk through
the valley of the shadow of death That's Testing

I will fear no evil That's Protection
For Thou art with me That's Faithfulness
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me in the
presence of mine enemies That's Hope

Thou anoints my head with oil That's Promise
My cup runs over That's Abundance
Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me all the days of my life That's Blessing
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord That's Security
Forever That's Eternity
Psalm 23

Monday, January 19, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/19/2009

God will answer all our prayers.
It is just that God does this in His time not ours.

We can give our tears to God
because He is our COMFORTER

Our disappointments
because He is our CONFIDENCE

Our pains because He is our HEALER

Our stress because He is our PEACE

Our heaviness because He is our JOY
Roy Lessin

Therefore, having been justified by FAITH,
We have PEACE with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ…
And REJOICE in the
HOPE of the GLORY of GOD.
Romans 5:1

Friday, January 16, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/16/2009

A day you waste is one
you can never make up.
George Allen

So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psalm 90:12

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/15/2009

It is better to wear out one's shoes
than one's sheets.
- Genoese Proverb

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/14/2009

DEVELOP AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Even when you are experiencing tough times,
remember the blessings in your life.
It’s like sprinkling sunshine on a cloudy day.
Alice Gray

Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly as you teach and
admonish one another with all wisdom,
and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
Colossians 3:16



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/13/2009

Prayer is not asking for what you think you want,
but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine.
-Kathleen Norris

Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6

Monday, January 12, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/12/2009

Be not afraid of growing slowly,
be afraid only of standing still.
-Chinese Proverb

And we pray this in order that you may live a life
worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way:
bearing fruit in every good work,
growing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:10


Friday, January 09, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/9/2009

SHARE YOUR FAITH

You can wish someone joy and peace and happy things,
but when you share your faith –
you’ve wished them everything.
Alice Gray

We loved you so much that we were delighted
to share with you not only the gospel of God
but our lives as well,
because you had become so dear to us.
1 Thessalonians 2:8


Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/8/2009

GIVE THE GIFT OF FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness is a blessing for the one who forgives
as well as for the one who is forgiven.
Alice Gray

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners
of whom I am the worst.
But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me,
the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display
his unlimited patience as an example for those
who would believe on him and receive eternal life.
1 Timothy 1:15-16



Thought for the Day 1/7/2009

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
unknown

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives,
so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/6/2009

Vision without action is a daydream.
Action without vision is a nightmare.
- Japanese Proverb

Where there is no vision, the people perish:
but he that keeps the law, happy is he.
Proverbs 29:18

Monday, January 05, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/5/2009

Don't cut your conscience
to fit this year's fashions.
-Lillian Hellman

This being so, I myself always strive to have a
conscience without offense
toward God and men.
Acts 24:16

Friday, January 02, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/2/2009

"The one resolution,
which was in my mind long
before it took the form of a resolution,
is the key-note of my life.
It is this, always to regard as mere impertinences of fate
the handicaps which were placed upon my life almost at the beginning.
I resolved that they should not crush or dwarf my soul,
but rather be made to blossom,
like Aaron's rod, with flowers."
- Helen Keller

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,
because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the crown of life that
God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Thought for the Day 1/1/2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR

H ow swiftly flies by the time,
A new year with hopes and challenges.
P lan thoroughly and be
P repared for joy in living
Y ou will achieve joy.

N othing fearing,
E xpect all things possible
W ith God

Y earning true
E xcellence in character
A im for nothing less than the best you can
R ise up and shine, ready for loving and serving our God!

(compilation)


Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
Psalm 96:1-2