6/20/15

The Secret to a God-focused Day


Graduation speeches rank from the trivial to the tremendous. I am still impressed by the Naval Admiral William H. McRaven gave last year at the University of Texas at Austin. McRaven said:


"If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. 

"Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can't do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

"And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better."  *

Such a simple thing, making a bed.
But it sets the stage for bigger and better things.

Meeting with God in prayer or in His Word are likewise simple things to do. But if we will do it, early in our day, it can set the stage for a walk of faith and obedience all day long.

Spending time with God early in the morning helps us focus on Him and what is important. And what is more important than seeking and doing His will?
Invite God to work in and through you during your day.
Spend time with God in the morning, and then, if you have a miserable daytests or tough circumstancesyou can still pillow your head at night rejoicing in God's presence, and that He will encourage you and give you hope for tomorrow.

The Psalmist said, "Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul" (Psalm 143:8). And again, "Oh Lord, in the morning you hear my voice...." (Psalm 5:3a).

Jesus gave us an example of morning communion. He rose up early in the morning to pray to His Father in a solitary place (Mark 1:35).

Such a simple thing, meeting with the Father in the morning.
Such a simple-but-precious habit. A life-changing choice.

So make your bed. And then kneel down beside it and start your day with God. It's a wise choice!

Do you meet with the Lord each morning? How does it influence your decisions all through the day?


 

6/15/15

Elisabeth Elliot - Reckless Abandon for Christ



I just read a Tweet by my friend Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Revive Our Hearts radio teacher, about a dear and godly woman who has passed into the arms of her Savior.

Elisabeth Elliot, for more than half a century, wrote books and taught on radio about courageous faith. No doubt much will be written about her life in the days ahead. You can find her story here.

Like Nancy Leigh, Elisabeth is a woman sold-out to the Lord. As a result, both of their lives have blessed and encouraged the body of Christ - especially women.

Elisabeth's legacy is that she actually followed through on that "desire," quoted above. 

Oh that we all might have that "reckless abandon" for Christ.

6/11/15

I have a well-known pastor, but I know so many pastors who are "nameless" to the masses. 

But God knows them.

God loves them.

Pray for your pastor today!

30-Day Praying for Your Pastor - a Download PDF. - "Pastors cannot win the battle alone; be part of his prayer team." - Revive Our Hearts

Twenty Scriptures to pray over your pastor.



6/5/15

I Want to Be a Struck Match

A box of matches. Such a simple thing. But God used it to speak to my heart.

I opened the box, planning to strike a match. But I paused. All the matches were so neatly stacked,

row upon rowso safe and secure in the matchbox.

And then I had this thought. "Matches only make a difference when they catch fire." 

I envisioned rows of pews in church after church in America.

We're safe and secure (for now) within those church walls. But are we making a difference?

Yes, I know we have mission programsin our church we have extraordinary giving to missionaries.

But what about our personal mission fields? Our neighbors. Our unbelieving co-workers. Maybe some in our own families.

I'm pausing to think today: "What would happen ....?
  • What would happen if we left our safe pews each Sunday to interact with people who need to know God's love? 
  • What would happen if we offered life in Christ to a dying world?
  • What would happen if we said "yes" to God more often?
  • What would happen if we saw life as an adventure with God?
  • What would happen if we lived out the Gospel in practical ways?
  • What would happen if God used us to create hunger for the satisfaction only He can give?
I'm a timid woman. Much too afraid of little things.

But for Christ, I am terribly frightened by the chaos I see in the news. I grieve as I see those who love Jesus around the world called to make the ultimate sacrifice.

As I child I learned the words of Paul: "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21)

I say I would die for Jesus, but if I cannot live for Himif I do not stand with Him nowhow would I die for Him?
God has not called us to safety. He calls us to surrender and sacrificeand He will light the fire of our sacrifice.

The missionary C.T. Studd wrote: "Oh let my love with fervor burn, And from the world now let me turn; Living for Thee, and Thee alone, Bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last."

I say I need more courage, but maybe what I need is more love for Christ.   

This is my one cry today: "Let my love with fervor burn." It needs to begin there.

I want to be a struck match.

Oh, Lord, hear my cry.
I'm a timid, fearful soul.
I confess that I'm too content to sit in safe, comfortable pews 
when a lost, dying world needs to know Your love and grace. 
Show me where my love for You is weak, and
strengthen me to obey Your voice. 
Revive my heart.
Set my heart aflame and give me courage to burn out for You,
that You might be honored in all things.
(Romans 11:36)

.Are you a struck match? Or do you need to pray for a heart aflame too?

5/28/15

Got Stress?

I know this is true.
 

Whenever I have tried to live outside the truth of the Word of God, I've experienced stress . . . as well as confusion and fear.

He is our peace, and His Word brings inner peace in the midst of any circumstance. 

"... the peace of God, which 
transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts
 and your minds in Christ Jesus." 
(Philippians 4:7)