Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
- Our help is in the gospel
- Our support is there too
- We can find our focus and
- Be taught what we should do
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Admiring the sparkling white on branches that glow
A million diamonds glittering from outside can I see
Winking and blinking merrily at me.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
When I was raising my children in the projects of the south Bronx, we prayed nightly for a home to call our own. I was finally able to buy that home in 1994 and now I want to remodel it. The kitchen has very few cupboards and it is too crowded for two people to fit comfortably in it. I feel almost guilty for being unhappy in the slightest, because I do, after all have a house now and it is in Michigan. I was able to move my children away from the Bronx and to a much safer neighborhood. God is good!
Maybe there is something else about your home that you are dissatisfied with? Let me share a site with you that I found while on my internet journeys. It is called Style My House and they are currently running a $10,000 give away and 50% discounts on local contractors. With all the people out of work, I would love to win the money and give someone a job, while I am getting my kitchen redone.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
God called Jonah to preach to the Ninevites.
God directed Jonah to visit Nineveh and preach to the people there. Jonah pleaded with God as he did not want to minister to the sinful inhabitants there. Was it jealousy, because he knew he had followed God all these years and they had not? Was it lack of compassion? Was it laziness because he felt these people were not worth the extra effort to preach to? He asked God to turn His back on the Ninevites and fled Nineveh trying to avoid God's command.
The book of Jonah tells us that Jonah avoided the dreaded task first by grabbing a boat to Tarshish. The Lord gently reminded him of his task by stirring up a storm; one so strong that everyone on the boat feared for their lives. Jonah may have had a total disregard for the Ninevites, but his conscience would not allow him to risk all the passengers lives so he instructed them to toss him overboard. Once they did that the waters calmed.
Our God is patient and merciful.
He sent a great fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah had time to think about his disobedience while in the belly of the whale. After awhile Jonah was taken to dry land and deposited there by the whale. He then travelled to Nineveh where he reluctantly preached the gospel. The Ninevites repented and God decided to spare them. This distressed Jonah so much that he sat outside the city limits in the hopes they would return to their evil ways and the city would be destroyed. While sitting outside the gates the sun would beat down upon him causing him to feel discomfort. God created a plant to spring up overnight and provide Jonah with relief from the unrelenting heat of the sun.
But God does not do things without a purpose.
He then sent a worm to destroy the plant. He sent strong winds to carry the heat and a hot steamy day. Jonah became distressed over the loss of shade. He had shade for one day. He did nothing to cultivate the plant, but sorely missed it. God asked him if His children should not mean more than a plant? A city of people was slated for destruction, but Jonah would not bow his head and say a prayer for them. Jonah did not want to share the good news of Jesus and was upset when they had taken the good news and applied it in their lives. He prefered they met with destruction.
Let's get out of the shade and follow God's direction.
He has a purpose and a plan for each of us and it is only when we follow Him that we will be fulfilled. Take care and God bless! I hope your new year is healthy, happy and prosperous!
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