Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Every morning he runs down the hall to my office and knows I'll be waiting for him.

He's not thinking about what happened yesterday or worrying about tomorrow. He just has a whole bunch of things he wants me to help him with.

And sometimes I say yes, but sometimes I say no (and keep saying no for a very good reason). And sometimes I have to say not now, but later.

But he's always hopeful and keeps on asking because today is a brand new day. (Mark 9)

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

I remember when God told me I could take myself out of the (emotional) middle of a difficult situation and position myself with Him and see things from His perspective. And it changed everything. (Mark 8:33)

Monday, August 27, 2018

Everything He does is wonderful. Mark 7:37

If you read that (true) statement, and are smiling and nodding your head, you're in a season to help someone who's struggling right now to believe it.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Although I've gone to church all my life, my first twenty-eight years were defined by anxiety, insecurity, and destructive behavior. Then, on January 6, 1991, I asked God to show me who He was. To reveal Himself to me. There had to be more than what I knew.

That night "He gave me a new heart, and put a new spirit in me. He took my stony, stubborn heart and gave me a tender, responsive heart (Ez. 36:26)." And I was a new creation.

(thoughts on Mark 5)
How often do we not pray because we overthink what we should say?

Jesus isn't afraid of our honest questions. He can handle every raw, unfiltered word. (Mark 4)

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Every hurting or broken person deserves to be brought to Jesus... not just the ones we feel compassionate toward, but the ones with whom our compassion has worn thin. (Mark 2)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as people who don't know the meaning and purpose of life, but as those who do.  Make the best use of your time, dispute all the difficulties of these days. Don't be vague but firmly grasp what is the will of God. Ephesians 5:15-16

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

He blessed each one with an appropriate message. Genesis 49:28

"I love you."
"You're pretty."
"Your family is a gift to your city."

Those words have literally popped out of my mouth to people I didn't know (or hardly knew). The words weren't my idea, but something God wanted someone to hear.

For as many times that it's  happened, there have been more times I've missed... because I wasn't willing to be awkward.

God, help me be awkward today.

Friday, August 10, 2018

"I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt" Genesis 41:41.

In “The Will of God as a Way of Life,” Jerry Sittser debunks the fallacy that God’s will for our lives is like the cheese at the end of a maze; that it’s up to us to work and search until we figure out what it is.

Instead, he says: “Jesus wants us to devote our time and energy to all the little tasks we must do every day, not to the big decisions we occasionally have to make. The little responsibilities we do prepare us for big responsibilities later on, little actions set the stage for big ones, and faithfulness in things that appear to have only modest importance enables us to respond wisely to duties that seem (and perhaps are) very important."

Joseph was rejected, enslaved, accused, imprisoned, forgotten--and obedient for 13 years. That's how he was prepared to become the ruler of Egypt.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

"Please... do me a favor "Please... do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh" (Genesis 40:14).

Sometimes it's the most unlikely people God has placed right next to you that are the answer to your prayer.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The warden had no more worries because Joseph took care of everything. The Lord was with him and caused everything he did to succeed. Genesis 39:23

Rise to your occasion.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

One night Joseph had a dream... Genesis 37:6

But God didn't show him everything it was going to take to fulfill the dream.