Monday, June 4, 2007 5:10 a.m.
God knows our every thought, as well as our every need, and even our secret wants. What shows God’s intimacy with us is not His great big blessings, but His little secret joys He gives us. As I was preparing to sing a solo at Keenagers in church, I saw in the box of donuts, my favorite donut. It looked so good, but I couldn’t take it because I can’t eat before I sing. So, I just secretly longed for it. After I was finished singing, I went over to the box of donuts, which had been ravished by now, excepting to find nothing left. But much to my delight, there was one donut left, and believe it or not, it was that donut I secretly longed for. God saved it just for me. I am convinced of that. God delights to give His children their secret joys. I call it the blessings of the little things. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Even if it’s as small as a donut left in the box.
Thought for Today: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:11).
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006 3:20 a.m.
Never will a change come from other people when we think we have been wronged. It must come from us. If we’ve been hurt, the healing comes from God, never from the person who hurt us. Human nature won’t allow it. We are all selfish sinners. All change, forgiveness, and love must come from within. We are the one that must change; we are the one that must forgive; we are the one that must reach out in love. And this in itself is not in us either, it is of God. “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22). It is through God we forgive, through God we love, through God we change. If we wait on the other person to change and make right the hurt they have done to us, it most likely will never happen. But once we change and give to God the wrong that has been done unto us, it really doesn’t matter anymore.
Thought for Today: Change begins with us.
Thursday, April 27, 2006 4:00 a.m.
I’ve been listening to Daniel on my Bible CD. Amy Carmichael quoted this verse about our appointed lot. “That none of you might be unnerved by you present trial: for you yourselves know that they are our appointed lot.” (I Thessalonians 3:3, Weymouth version). King James Version says it this way, “That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed there unto.” (I Thessalonians 3:3). God is sovereign over all that happens to you and me. Nothing comes of its own, all is our appointed lot. When Paul wrote these words in I Thessalonians 3:3 “for yourselves know that we are appointed there unto,” he was writing it to the Thessalonian Church who was being persecuted. And we think we have problems! At least we’re not being tortured or put to death for our faith. Our troubles are nothing compared to the early Church. It makes me ashamed that I fuss and stew over trifles. Here I sit in ease, surrounded by comforts, and still, I grumble. Thank you Lord for my lot and help me be content with the lot you have chosen for me.
Thought for Today: “If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery. If stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge. If I make much of the trifles of life, Then I know nothing of Calvary love” (IF, Amy Carmichael, p. 53).
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 7:40p.m.
There was a large ship, who when they were out to sea, discovered that somehow all of their fresh water had run out of the barrels, and now they were facing certain death. They saw another ship in the distance and signaled a message saying that they needed water. Instead of coming to help them the other ship signaled back, “Dip it up.” The distressed ship sent several more messages saying that they needed fresh water, and still the other ship replied, “Dip it up.” Soon the captain said to the sailors, “Lower a bucket into the ocean water.” When they brought the bucket up it was full of fresh cold water. The exact place they were at in the ocean had a fresh flow to water from the Amazon mountains. Had they not heeded the message they would have died from thirst while floating in a stream of life giving fresh water. That’s the way people are today. They are dying in their sins while the grace of forgiveness flows beneath them. They just must heed the message and obey.
Thought for Today: Beneath us flows saving grace,”Dip it up.”
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 4:30 a.m.
One Sunday Pastor Crockett told this true story. Robert Moffat was called to preach at a small country church for one Sunday as a guest speaker. He prepared a message entitled “O Come Ye Men” calling men to be men of God and serve God. However, when he got there it was only ladies. Not the first man showed up. But he felt called of God to preach this message, so he did. Unknown to Robert Moffat there was a little boy in the bell tower. This little boy rang the bells every Sunday morning and then would sit up in the bell tower and listen to the sermon. As Pastor Robert Moffat preached “O Come Ye Men” to a bunch of ladies, so he thought, God gripped the heart of this little bell tower boy. That little boy was David Livingston and because of Robert Moffat’s sermon this little boy went on to be one of the greatest missionaries to Africa. We never know who we are leaving an impression on. Pastor Moffat left the church that day feeling defeated wondering why God gave him that topic to preach to a bunch of ladies, but God used it to change the heart of a little bell tower boy.
Thought for Today: As we strive to do what’s right, God may use it to touch someone standing in the shadows we never knew was there.
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Coming soon – my new devotional called Desert Blooms & my child’s coloring book called The Thank You Jesus Book.