Monday, June 17, 2019

Day 1884 Faith Rank

Day 1884: How great is your faith? This morning I read about the faith of a commander of the Roman Army and it made me think about how strong our faith really is -- or in some cases and circumstances, how weak our faith would be.

Here is this commander of an army, high ranked and high authority. He even tells Jesus how he sends his soldiers on tasks and they go do just as instructed. The commander (referred to the centurion) comes before Jesus in person because his servant was paralyzed and in terrible pain. There was no other mention of this servant, who he was to the centurion; Could it have been a father figure or a good friend? Regardless, the centurion cared enough about this servant to come to Jesus in person and ask for healing.

Jesus hears the request and was like, let's go and I'll heal him. Here is where the story takes a 'wow' turn which even astonishes Jesus.

The centurion replied:
 "Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 
But just say the word and my servant will be healed." 
Matthew 8:8

Keep in mind this is a man of authority -- high rank of a Roman army as well and he just admitted he was unworthy for Jesus to even walk into his home. But this man cared so much for his servant he had faith in Jesus just through his word the servant will be healed. How easy would it have been for the centurion to send one of his soldiers to retrieve Jesus and bring him to the ill servant but instead he came himself representing a soldier status under the rank of Jesus Christ -- King authority. That centurion had the faith in Jesus that all Jesus needed to say was the word and healing would be done. 

Then Jesus said to the centurion: 
"Go! It will be done just as you believed it would." 
And his servant was healed at that very hour.
Matthew 8:13

How would your faith rank on a scale from the crowds listening to Jesus speak to the centurion's faith it only takes the word of Jesus to heal? 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Day 1883 God Is Working On Tomorrow

Day 1883: Scrolling through some memories this morning I found a blog I wrote about the difficulties of finding a job and coming up short of qualifications and / or experience with many jobs I applied for. Shortly after I wrote that blog I did get a job offer and accepted it -- best decision. I work at the local elementary school with special needs preschool students. It is a beautiful blessing I truly love being a part of.

I had no idea what God was planning around the corner for me when I wrote that blog. The way the dates lined up from the written entry to the job interview -- God was probably already working on it and I had no clue. That is how our Father is, he knows all our needs and desires and he will meet them if they fit in his perfect purpose for our lives. God is always looking out for our own best interests.

Is there something that you have been praying for and perhaps feel disappointed because you keep getting rejected or pushed down? Have hope because if you prayed then God has heard you and chances are he is already working on it or something even better. So look ahead and have joy because God has your back.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, 
who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Day 1882 Baking Time

Day 1882: With the renovation in full swing I am as busy as a one-armed paper hanger on a windy day. The days work stretches out and before I know it, it is supper time or past. I have dropped the ball being mom and wife because I am usually way to tired to even begin preparing food and clean up yet another mess.

I miss cooking, baking specifically. I am struggling to learn how to plan and balance the work that needs to be done and be the mom and wife my family needs. Missing the baking therapy reminded me of the blog below I wrote and it is a good reminder to keep the most important ingredients close for the best results.

Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6:11

Have you ever gave much thought about our spiritual daily bread? Here is something to think about when you hear the Lord's Prayer or when you hear daily bread again; something to think about when you wake up daily and go about your day:

If you have ever attempted to bake bread on your own you know there are many steps in the process. Depending on the recipe and if you are attempting an old fashion method the steps can be complex. Imagine you forgot an ingredient such as the yeast, you will have a deflated bread for your final product. Following the recipe is important right?

Now let's look at spiritual daily bread ...

God's Word is our life recipe to follow. If we substitute worldly ingredients we will not have good results so too many times we waste time by tossing it out and trying again. Some try and try and try and refuse to follow the life recipe God provides, His Holy Word.

The problem is no matter how much you try on your own or how much you try to make life easier by substituting worldly ways -- the final product will always be deflated.

Good faith happens by following a good recipe carefully; how close do you follow God's Word and apply it in your daily life?
[Day 1514]

Friday, June 14, 2019

Day 1881 Lost & Found

Day 1881: The Parable of the Lost Sheep started out with Jesus associating with well known sinners such as tax collectors and the Pharisees along with teachers of the law standing on the side judging him for it. (How can you reach those who are lost if you don't associate with them?)

"Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent."
Luke 15:1-7

Imagine if you are the sheep in this parable and lost in the way of the world. Then Jesus, the "Good Shepherd", finds you and offers forgiveness, love and acceptance bringing you home. How amazing is that? You are so valued Jesus actually will come to you if you’re lost. That examples a great love; imagine if one of your children — furry or human — was lost. Wouldn’t you desperately seek them to bring them home safely? That’s what God is doing too.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Day 1880 Strengthening Roots

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in Him. 
He will be like a tree planted by water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought 
and never fails to bear fruit. 
Jeremiah 17:7-8

Day 1880: If you have your faith roots secured in God, there is no cause to worry when droughts come, when life storms roll in. You cannot trust God and worry at the same time. 

I am in the process of "setting my roots" in Tennessee. Part of the renovation we are living in includes outdoor landscaping as well and I've been working with many plants rooting, re-potting, placing them in their home to establish stronger roots. Whether it is plants, your life or your faith -- establishing roots is a delicate process.

With your faith roots firmly attached in God's foundation, you will never fail to bear fruit. Not like apples or strawberries ... fruit like kindness and sharing Christ with others. We all have something we can offer others, a purpose in life that God created us for. Have you discovered yours? If you are a child of God, one purpose is planting faith seeds or watering some in our walk of life. How you do this is showing others Christ in you, He then will take the lead and guide you.

Back to that trusting in God and not worry, God is always with us and He wants us to live life without worry. The Bible reminds us in multiple Scriptures to just chill and trust God is in control. Most of our worries are things out of our control anyway which really makes worrying all the more pointless, right?

Tennessee is not my forever home, though I am setting temporary roots here my forever roots are established in God's Kingdom. Remember, roots are a delicate matter and it's important to continue to nourish them by making sure the needs are met. The most important roots you'll ever establish are your eternal roots and the best nourishment it needs is a close relationship with Christ.

Where are you planted in faith today? If you have a personal relationship with Christ, your roots are absorbing the water of life, eternal life. If you struggle with worry or figuring out how to bear fruit, find time daily for our Father, grow stronger in faith strengthening your roots in His foundation. God will provide the water of life we all thirst for in this world and only through Him you will find this promise.

[Day 576]

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Day 1879 Lazy Bones Restored

Day 1879: You've heard the saying: "The early bird gets the worm"; the early bird is also rewarded a view of God's glory every morning as well. There is amazing peace and beauty in a sunrise.

Have you noticed an increase in laziness all around. There are many reasons for the increase and the number one culprit is addiction to technology.

Proverbs 6:6-8 "Go to the ant, you slacker! Observe it's ways and become wise. Without leader, administrator, or ruler, it prepares its provisions in summer; it gathers it's food during harvest." Ants are intriguing to watch - annoying to our life, especially when they discover a way in your food pantry, but they are the most determined creatures. The ant analogy here is perfect for the point I think God wants us to understand:  Whatever you plan to do in life, you need to prepare for it.

Laziness is addicting and Satan can make it fun. It's not just laying around playing on your phone -- it's spiraled into not caring about living conditions, health and even other people ... Laziness is a disease.

It is important to remember we need to get up and try at whatever God is presenting at that moment. As long as we live the life God has instructed, the pressure is off whether we succeed or fail. My personal experiences, I've failed more than succeeded but I get right back up and try again. Be alert not to allow Satan to tempt you when you are down and feeling discouraged - keep your head lifted to God. This is one of my favorite lines: "I'm not on the way to success, I am on The Way."

What are you being robbed of by the growing addiction of laziness? It may not necessarily be just you as the lazy one -- perhaps you are picking up more work to make up for others with the addiction of laziness or being robbed yourself of memories.

If there is work that needs to get done -- do it. 
If there is someone that needs you -- be there. 
If there is a project you've been putting off -- tackle it. 
If there is a Bible within reach -- read it. 

Get up and get to work. 

[Inspired by Day 15.]

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Day 1878 Shed Light on the Heart

Day 1878: Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Psalm 4:23

Did you know if you placed a heart cut-out on your camera lense (upside down), you’ll get hearts if shooting lights? When I took this picture I thought of this verse and how many people ultimately show their heart’s true colors.

Be real — it’s what’s in the heart that’ll ultimately be revealed. Have heart, be real, be kind; it really is that simple.