Tuesday, June 30, 2009
it is to be gathered in grains,
and enjoyed every day.
O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you.
Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!
The LORD'S loving-kindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."
Friday, June 26, 2009
for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Two Days Without Worry
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone forever.
The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and its poor performance; Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow's sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet to be born.
This leaves only one day, Today. Any person can fight the battle of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities, Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad, it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.
So let us, therefore, live but one day at a time.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
but their echoes are truly endless."
Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men,
who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying,
"How do you advise me to answer this people?"
And they said to him, "If you will be kind to this people
and please them, and speak good words to them,
then they will be your servants for ever."
2 Chronicles 10:6-7
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor ...
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,
kindness in your smile,
kindness in your warm greeting.
Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.
Monday, June 22, 2009
For everyone you meet is
Fighting some kind of battle.'
So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved,
put on a heart of compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience;
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other,
whoever has a complaint against anyone;
just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Friday, June 19, 2009
but manifestations of strength and resolutions."
- Kahlil Gibran
…Make every effort to add to your faith . . . . .
and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure,
they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive
in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5, 7, 8
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
kindnesses in marble.
-- French Proverb
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.
With kindness, filled a stranger’s cup.
And lifting others found that I
Was lifted up.
I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD,
the deeds for which He is to be praised,
according to all the LORD has done for us –
yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel,
according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
for whatever good we give out completes
the circle and comes back to us."
- Flora Edwards
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion,
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Friday, June 12, 2009
for your instructions are written on my heart.
Undeniably, there are times when obeying God is hard, times when we’d much rather follow our own will than his. Even Jesus knew that experience as he wrestled with his Father’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Yet there are also other times, times when doing God’s will is easy, even delightful. The sense of the Hebrew verb translated here as “I take joy” is experiencing pleasure. We receive pleasure from knowing that we are doing that which honors and glorifies God. Moreover, when we do what’s right, we feel a sense of well-being that comes from achieving our life’s purpose. We have been put on this earth to live for God’s glory. When we do it, we feel joy.
In this verse, David is not saying only that his thinking has been shaped by God’s law, but also that his emotions have been honed by God’s instructions. Thus he feels happy when he acts according to God’s will.
I would love to get to the place in life where I truly delight in doing what pleases the Lord, even those things that are not easy for me right now.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: Have you ever experienced joy in obeying God’s will? When? What helped you to feel joyful? How might God’s truth be inscribed on your heart?
From Daily Reflection & Insights
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Prince of Peace is in residence within your heart.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and
peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope…
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
but don't wait to catch it from others.
Be a carrier.
… be made new in the attitude of your minds;
and put on the new self,
created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Monday, June 08, 2009
Friday, June 05, 2009
I trust him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.
There are many reasons to worship God, more than I could possibly state in this reflection, or even in a thousand. At the core, we worship God because of who God is and what God has done. Our worship is a response to God, to his grace and mercy in our lives, as well as to his greatness and majesty.
Psalm 28:7 makes a specific connection between God’s work in our lives and our worship. This verse begins with a declaration of God’s power and protection. Because he is our “strength and shield,” therefore we trust him completely.
Yet God’s power is not just something we affirm. It is also something we experience. Thus the psalmist says, “He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.”
Our response to God’s gracious intervention in our lives is joy, a joy that leads to “songs of thanksgiving.” The more we experience and acknowledge God’s goodness to us, the less we will be able to keep it inside.
from Daily Reflection & Insights
Thursday, June 04, 2009
The person who removes a mountain
begins by carrying away small stones.
- Chinese proverb
"Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain,
'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart,
but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.
"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask,
believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
but all is well that's done by Thee."
On a gravestone in Cornwall, England
Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines;
though the labor of the olive may fail,
and the fields yield no food;
though the flock be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls -
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
- Hudson Taylor
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Monday, June 01, 2009
consider ninety-nine as halfway.
- Japanese Proverb
If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Give to the one who asks you, and
do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.”