So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2:6-7
I was about to read my devotional and a prayer struck me. So I prayed, I read the verse and then an aroma wafted by my nose. I realized I hadn’t taken a sip of my coffee yet and voilà I was having coffee with Jesus!
The prayers of the day are many today, as everyday I guess, but today there is illness and spirit that need to be healed. I pray that the Lord will hear my prayer and bring peace to not only me, but those others who are also praying and needed answers.
Bless us this day oh Lord with peace and love for one another as we should love you! Fill our hearts with happiness, kindness, compassion and the zeal of David! Empty our hearts of loneliness, sickness, hatred and complaining. Thank you Lord for not forgetting about me. I am only one and you love me…
I was listening to a radio program yesterday and it mention Philippians as being the book of Joy. If you feel you have lost your joy you will find it again in Jesus, not in reading a book or listening to someone speak or even your family and friends. Joy is a super natural experience.
In reading Philippians I found Paul who was devoted to his people and their salvation. Paul has his people in his heart. He prayed for them and their salvation constantly. I can’t even say that I think about my family constantly. With all of the distractions around how can we? He was in jail and being criticized and persecuted and still he prayed for his people. WOW! Double WOW!! It shows me how much I let “other” things block me from God’s word and God himself. No wonder I don’t have joy all the time.
God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
From the study bible explanation – Their love was not based on feelings but on what Christ had done for them.
Read Philippians 1:9-11
Through study of God’s word we may find love and righteousness. We will be able to block those distractions and discern which are not healthy for us. We need to do this everyday until Jesus comes.
My thought for the day is in this last verse. Ponder and absorb what it means to you!
Because of my chains, most of my brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
I read this and it stopped me. I feel like we forget sometimes that all we have to do is surrender and what is God’s is ours. The old adage, “Stop and smell the roses” pops into my head for some reason. It’s like He is always right there, but we let life and other things get in the way. Reach out and touch some joy today!
I have just watched a fantastic heartwarming movie. The Letter Writer. I hadn’t ever witnessed a preview previously, but caught a glimpse on Netflix. It looked good, so gave it a try. It is so sentimental and symbolic. If you are wondering why you exist you should watch this movie, pray and listen for God to tell you! You are here for a reason you just have to stop being so stubborn and listen for the path that God wants you on. And remember to bless someone else during the course of your day.
I am the luckiest woman in the world. I have just come from watching my 1 and 2 year-olds sleep. Weird? Only if you are not a mom maybe. They are so peaceful and sooooooo precious! They are when they are awake too, but they move so fast who can tell sometimes:) I am so thankful to God for answering my prayers. Not only that I would have more time with my children now, but that I have them at all. I prayed and prayed for another baby when we lost our second to miscarriage. Every month the time would come and I would not be pregnant. It was so agonizing. But then after five long years boom and boom! What a blessing. Then when Mitch asked if I would stay home and not work I thought I might fall off my chair. But I didn’t, I said, “Ahhhh, that would be the best anniversary gift you could ever give me!” And I meant it. Even when the kids are on my tail and whinny and not feeling good or just want to be held. I have to step back and say what a blessing!
Do not ask or expect a repayment for you kind gifts. Give freely. It’s a direct command from Jesus who gave as freely as anyone. Don’t hold on to “what people owe you”. Let it go and be happy in the deed of giving!
Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.
Do you have this kind of remorse and sadness that God’s commands are not being followed? I don’t and now I feel guilty that I don’t. I even sometimes let my children get away with things that I know are sinful, but I don’t want to deal with at that moment.
I feel like I don’t give my children enough spiritual guidance. I am the diciplinarian in our house, so I guess I play the roll of bad cop. Ugh! I don’t like the title, but I guess I am perfect for the part. I am a yeller. I feel like I can’t help it, but I know from God’s word that I can. I have a short fuse and a tiny bit of a temper problem. There I said it. I am working on it I promise! I pray and read my bible and I am really trying to listen for God. It just always seems like the distractions get in the way. I have to empty my head, so to speak.
Thank you Jesus for these realizations.
We should not only praise God when things are going well.
Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies.
Well that’s easier said than done. I don’t even have to see someone grow rich or have his house increase – although both of those things can make me jealous! I have been jealous when someone got a cool hair cut or a new pair of shoes.
It’s ridiculous when we ponder the situation, but in the heat of the moment jealousy wins.
We should want the splendor of God. Our riches will increase in heaven He says so, but it’s so har4d to have patience down here!
This book I am reading talked about the dare devil who would walk across the Niagra Falls on a tight rope. He decided to do one better and told everyone in town that the following saturday he would push someone across the rope in a wheelbarrow.
He was standing outside the pub when he heard one gentleman tell another I believe he can do it and I have this much money to bet. He was amused so he went to the gentleman and said he was so glad the man had so much faith in him, because he needed someone to get in the wheelbarrow! HA!!!
I laughed out loud. That is a great visual picture of what we are supposed to do when God nudges us to follow him. We say all the time we are believers, but are we really? Are we willing to get in the wheelbarrow and be pushed across the millions of gallons of water falling over a cliff? Really?
I sometimes have trouble talking about my faith with people I know and trust. Am I going to put myself out their for perfect strangers to ridicule me too? That is what God wants us to be willing to do. Faith, belief, trust, love… The end result is that God will have a good result. Faith, belief, trust, love…. That is what we are ordered to do. If we don’t we have nothing.