Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10
Archive for August, 2006
The Lord is close to the broken hearted; He rescues those that are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 NLT
Although the book
is written in a manner to be read over 30 days, I read it through completely in one reading. Then I read it again as part of a daily devotion. Rick Warren presented God’s plan for our lives here on earth in a very easy to understand manner.Fox News recently did an interview of Rick Warren, author of Purpose Driven Life. I found it very interesting and inciteful. You can purchase of copy of the interview or read the interviewers comments. I was inspired by how his wife encouraged him and her experience as she battled cancer.
When “life happens” our true character and faith shows through. Rick Warren and his wife are an example of following God’s leading.
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. 2 Timothy 2:22
In his book The Pursuit of Excellence, Ted Engstrom writes, “Every truly worthwhile achievement of excellence has a price tag. The question you must answer for yourself is, How much am I willing to pay in hard work, patience, sacrifice and endurance to be a person of excellence?”
I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe. Psalm 4:8,NLT
I cried when Mark first told me about the children in the Dom Dziecka home in Poland. This 19th century castle has been converted to a children’s home with playground equipment of the same period. But the thing that tore at my heart was to hear that at night the children are placed in their rooms, the place is locked up and the adult supervision goes home. These children do not have the comfort of knowing someone is there to hold them should they awaken from a nightmare or a thunderstorm.
Praise God we can take comfort in knowing we can call out to Him, even when there is no one around to hear our cries, He is with us. We are not alone.
I have been telling you about Bearnabas’ latest mission trip to Poland. He and his friends are packed and ready to leave this weekend. They will be accompanied by Big Z (pictured left). Big Z’s real name is Pan Plac Zabaw which means Mr. Playground in Polish. Big Z is dress to imitate the infamous Mr X of “The Great Escape”. The team has chosen to name their mission “The Greater Escape”.
For a limited time you can read the Kansas City Star article about Mark White who is heading up this trip to build a safe playground at the Children’s Home.
I have always felt the teddy bear can be a physical source of comfort, check out this story about how technology is taking that one step further.
We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Colossians 1:9 NLT
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 NLT
Why Don’t You Do Something? A man distraught by all the pain and suffering he saw all around him broke down and banged his fists into the dirt.
His head turns upward and he yells at his God. “Look at this mess. Look at all this pain and suffering. Look at all this killing and hate. God. Oh God! WHY DON’T YOU DO SOMETHING!!”
And his God spoke to him and said “I did. I sent you.”
Those who search for me will surely find me. Proverbs 8:17 NLT
Have you ever noticed when you go to look for something it is in the last place you looked? Where have you looked for God? He’s right there, waiting for you. Stop and look.
Enjoy the wife you married you married as a young man. Proverbs 5:18
I have often heard marriage being compared to dancing where one leads and one follows, and they work together so well they appear as one on the dance floor. Paul Coughlin explores this idea and shows us how gracefully two can be as one following God’s design for marriage in his article “Gender Roles: What It Means To Lead And Follow“.