Friday, February 27, 2009
You get the chicken by hatching the egg,
not by smashing it.
- Arnold H. Glasow
Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith,
love, patience, gentleness.
Fight the good fight of faith,
lay hold on eternal life.
1 Timothy 6:11-12
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
produces sweet fruit."
- Charles Swindoll
My brethren, take the prophets,
who spoke in the name of the Lord,
as an example of suffering and patience.
Indeed we count them blessed who endure.
they stumble that run fast."
- William Shakespeare
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us,
and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
At times nothing seems to be happening. So it must be for the bird that sits on her nest. Things are apparently at a standstill. But the bird sits quietly, knowing that in the stillness something vital is going on, and in the proper time it will be shown. It takes faith and patience for the bird, and such faith and patience never seem to waver, day after day, night after night, as she bides the appointed time.
Restless and doubtful we wonder why we have nothing to show for our efforts, no visible evidence of progress. Let us remember the perfect egg--unchanged in its appearance from the day it is laid. But while the bird waits faithfully, doing the only thing she is required to do throughout those silent weeks, important things are taking place.
I wait for the Lord.
My soul waits, and in His word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more
than watchmen for the morning.
-Psalm 130:5, 6
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: A Lamp For My Feet
Monday, February 23, 2009
O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger:
but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
Why? Why doesn't God bless me with that new car? Why doesn't God let me win the lottery? Why doesn't God give me that new high-paying job?
It is interesting the psalmist chose to use young lions in this illustration. Young lions are very impatient and careless in their hunting. Because of their inexperience, young lions will often startle their prey and thus lose their opportunity for nourishment. The older, more experienced lions choose their prey wisely and patiently wait for the right opportunity to attack. The older lions adequately provide for the needs of their young.
The psalmist uses this illustration to show that God will provide for all of the needs of his children if we take the time to ask of him and wait on him. Verse 10 tells us that those that seek the Lord shall not "want" any good thing. God will provide his children with the desire's of their heart with the premise that it is a "good" thing.
Praise God today because he doesn't provide our every "want" but yet provides to us the things that are deemed best for us at the current time in our lives. Today, be patient. God knows your needs. He knows what's best for your life.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Be willing to access joy
in the face of adversity.
C. W. Metcalf
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love into our hearts.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The thought of losing
rekindles the joy of having.
Therefore, having been justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith
into this grace in which we stand;
and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Disregard your complaints and
discover your gratitude.
Release your trouble and
restate your blessings.
And the ransomed of the LORD will return
And come with joyful shouting to Zion,
With everlasting joy upon their heads.
They will find gladness and joy,
And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
First you must learn to play by the rules,
then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.
Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:7
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
a tender look which becomes a habit.
Love does not act unbecomingly;
it does not seek its own,
is not provoked,
does not take into account a wrong suffered.
1 Corinthians 13:5
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
And mean it.
You may not want to hug - which is all the more reason to do so.
It's hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you,
and that's precisely what happens when we hug each other.
Love is patient,
love is kind and is not jealous.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Friday, February 06, 2009
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
one moment of impatience may ruin a whole life.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances
you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Monday, February 02, 2009
grow through life.
The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree,
He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
…but grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 3:18