Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Faith is often strengthened right at the place of disappointment.
- Rodney McBride
Let Go: Are you disappointed in the circumstances of your move?
Start Today: Ask God to help you to focus on Him and not on the people and circumstances around you.
Move Forward: It’s time again to make a list. In one column write down the things that have been disappointing to you about your move. In the other column write down the blessings that are in your life. Include even the smallest of blessings. Keep writing until the blessing list is longer than the disappointment list. Read the blessing list every day and trust God with the other list.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
According to the American Heritage Dictionary, contentment is being “satisfied with things as they are.”
How would you describe your state of mind... your attitude? Are you content? Are you satisfied with things as they are?
The greatest prescription for contentment can be found in Matthew 5:3-11 and comes from the Great Physician, Jesus, in his Sermon on the Mount. Jesus gave us the best “Tips for Moving On” when he shared these nine ways that we are blessed. The Greek word for blessed in these verses is makarios and it means happy!
Are you seeking happiness and contentment? Fill your prescription for contentment by reflecting on these nine tips:
...when you’re at the end of your rope.
With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
...when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you.
Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
...when you’re content with who you are—no more, no less.
That’s the moment you find yourself the proud owner of everything that can’t be bought.
...when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God.
He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
...when you care.
At the moment of being "care-full," you find yourself cared for.
... when you get your inside world—mind and heart—put right.
Then you can see God in the outside world.
... when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight.
That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
... when your commitment to God provokes persecution.
The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
Not only that—Count Yourselves Blessed...
...every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit Me. What this means is that the truth is too close for comfort and has made people uncomfortable.
From "The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language"
Paraphrased by Eugene Peterson
Navpress Publishing Group, 2002
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Just Moved! Ministries Invites You
NOT TO ATTEND THEIR 5TH ANNUAL
The NO-Show Ball You Can Afford to Miss!
Just Moved! requests the honor of your prayers and financial support for 2010 and asks that you join them in NOT attending this year’s fundraising event. Instead of spending time and money on Ball tickets, a new outfit, childcare, and auction items, consider sharing that time with family and friends and donating the money you saved to the international outreach of Just Moved! Ministries.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
Door Prizes include:
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Maybe you didn’t want to move and leave your friends. Maybe you are terribly lonely in a new place. Maybe your marriage is suffering from the upheaval of relocating. Maybe your children are rebelling against the move.
Regardless of your circumstances, you can rest, secure in the faithfulness of God. Your address may have changed, but God’s address never changes. You can always find Him, wherever you might live. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
When I am in crisis mode, I have a friend that says, “Do you walk by faith or by sight?” That sure brings me back to center very quickly. I’ll choose to walk by faith any day! I can be secure in God’s faithfulness. I know God sees the big picture of my life. I don’t need to know everything from beginning to end, because God already does, and He can handle it better than I can. Through faith in Him, I can face my circumstances with confidence, knowing that He will see me through. My God is bigger than whatever my crisis might be. “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7)
Remember that God doesn’t always change your situation; but He will give you new strength and hope so you can face those circumstances and keep on going. So “fix your eyes on Jesus” by filling your mind with His word, by studying the Bible, by staying in touch with Him through prayer, and by being in fellowship with His people. Each day go on a “God hunt” to discover God’s faithfulness in your life.
Scripture to Remember: “The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Question to Consider: Have I taken the time to look at how God is faithful in my life?
Prayer: Oh Lord, I am so consumed with my circumstances that I haven’t taken the time to focus on you. I have been walking by sight, and not by faith. Remind me daily of your faithfulness. Amen
Thought for the Day: Today, I will “fix my eyes on Jesus.”