God’s Unending Faithfulness

Worship praise at sunsetCheck out the sunrise and let it be a reminder that God’s mercies begin fresh every morning.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-23

Let’s make a point to wake up early enough one morning, spend some quiet time and appreciate the beauty of God’s creation.

It will start your day off on the right foot.

 

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Goodnight Boone by Yogi Collins

This is a children’s story focused around the popular town of Boone, North Carolina in the nook of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Share this wonderful children’s book about one of the most beautiful areas on the country.

 

Faith Action Item for the Workplace

Girl happy on laptop workColossians 3:23 tells us: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people”

If you believe Colossians 3:23 and put those instructions into practice, wouldn’t that perspective change how you approach your job, the people you interact with at work, and your attitude towards your boss?

Faith in the workplace can be demonstrated when we follow God’s Word and act on it each day. Let’s put our efforts into working for the Lord and not for man.   Honor your boss and your employer by doing your job well, each and every.  More importantly, you’ll be honoring God.

Give this a try at your workplace over the next week and see how things change.

HAVE YOU READ?

I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon

This is the gripping and moving story of a baby diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder in which a person has a third copy of material from chromosome 18.  “I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon” by Trisomy mom Sheryl Crosier details the struggle of her son Simon from the early stages of pregnancy to his life here on earth for 88 1/2 days…  read on about Simon.

Today’s Faith Action Item – Showing Our Love for God

How can we show our love and appreciation for God?

For starters, we must spend time with Him daily by immersing ourselves in His Word.  Reading the Bible daily has many benefits; one of which is to understand God’s instructions for our lives.  If we don’t read it regularly, how can we understand what God expects of us?

We should pray often, and the main focus should be on benefits for others.   If we spend most of our time praying for what we “want,” how is that loving our God?

Serve others.  We must put our love into action.  If we were to see someone in desperate need, and all we said to them was that we hope they receive help and that will be thinking of them, that is not acceptable.  Words are cheap.  “Faith without works is dead.” ~ James 2:17

Share our testimony.  Who needs to hear our story?  Look for opportunities to share your faith with those who need it… today.

Let’s put our love for God into action.

 

How to Become Spiritually Mature

According to theologian Charles W. Stanley, to become spiritually mature we must first acknowledge any detrimental thoughts, and then we must surrender this sin to the Lord.  We must embrace God’s word.  This is the path that leads to spiritual maturity.

Here are some steps we can take to gain spiritual maturity.

Read the Bible daily.  How can we know what God wants for us in our life if we don’t read His Word daily?  The book is our instructions for life.  The Holy Bible is for following God and for avoiding pitfalls.

Put His Word into action.  It’s one thing to gain knowledge.  It’s another to actually put that knowledge into action. “Faith with action is lost.” ~ James 2:17

Commune with other believers.  When we are around other believers, irons ends up sharpening iron.

Watch what we consume.  That includes content on television, smart phones, etc.  Garbage in, garbage out.  If you wouldn’t watch the content with your grandmother, then think twice (or three times) about consuming it.

 

Have you read?

Diagnosis – Rare Disease by Denise Crompton.  This amazing book tells the stories of 13 incredible families.  Don’t miss it.

Today’s Faith Action Item – Jesus’ Model for Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ model for prayer, comes from the Book of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 9-13.  Charles Stanley broke down the pattern for prayer that Jesus set as an example for all of us.  First, we call on the Lord’s name (an invocation) and acknowledge that He is all powerful.  Let His will be done.

young boy prayingSecondly, we bring our petitions to the Lord.  Give us this day everything we need (our daily bread).  We ask for forgiveness.  We ask for help in forgiving others, and we ask for protection against temptation.  One day at a time.

The final section, according to Stanley, is a doxology.  We acknowledge His power over all the earth and our personal lives.  He is Lord and Master and no one else.

This is the model Jesus gave.

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Today’s Action Item and Beyond – Did I Do…

thumbs up thumbs downAuthor Marshall Goldsmith wrote an excellent book a few years ago named Triggers – Creating the Behavior That Lasts.  The first part of the book was kind of a slow read, and honestly, I wasn’t sure I was getting much out of it.  But that changed with the second half of the best-selling book.

Goldsmith dived into the power of ‘active’ questions.  Instead of asking yourself passive questions about your day or your accomplishments, or lack thereof, he recommended the need for active questions as well as doing this with an accountability partner.

The author arrived at a list of 22 action questions that his accountability partner would ask him at the end of day.  These included:

Did I do my best to set clear goals?

Did I do my best to make progress towards goal achievement?

Did I do my best to be happy?

Did I do my best to build positive relationships?

Did I do my best to learn something new?

Did I do my best to be grateful for what I have?

Did I do my best to avoid proving I’m right when it’s not worth it?

Did I do my best to say or do something nice for [insert name]?

Did I do my best to exercise?

So, start today.  Come up with 10 items and evaluate your performance based on “Did I do my best?”  It may be a sobering test but life changing.

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Diagnosis: Rare Disease –  the profile of 13 families that faced the ultimate diagnosis for their child

Faith Action Item for Today – Keep Your Eyes on Him

“The Lord reached down from above and took me; he pulled me from the deep water.” ~ 2 Samuels 22:17

Sometimes we bring about our own troubles.  Recently I made the ‘mistake’ of posting my opinion on social media.  It was an opinion some people didn’t agree with, and some of them disagreed with me harshly.  I took the brunt of their criticism.

This was painful as it came from some people in the same industry from which I work.  Some of the criticism came from people that I didn’t expect.  If I had kept my mouth shut from the beginning, none of this would have happened, however I felt I was speaking out against something that is wrong.  Something that needs to be corrected.  It didn’t matter to them.  They didn’t see the issue the same way I saw it.

Jesus was attacked many times.  He was called a fraud. A deceiver. A liar. A coward. He was called every name in the book.  He was tempted by others to save himself, or to lash back at his accusers.  He did neither.  Jesus kept this eyes focused on the Father.  He persevered and he accomplished his mission, and the world was changed forever.

HAVE YOU READ?

I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon

This is the gripping and moving story of a baby diagnosed with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder in which a person has a third copy of material from chromosome 18.  “I Am Not a Syndrome – My Name is Simon” by Trisomy mom Sheryl Crosier details the struggle of her son Simon from the early stages of pregnancy to his life here on earth for 88 1/2 days…  read on about Simon.

Faith Action for Today – Do Nothing

“The Lord will fight for you. You only need to be still”  Exodus 14:14

When we are struggling with something in life, sometimes the best action is to do nothing.  That’s right, take no physical action.  Instead, turn the problem over to God.  Surrender that problem to Him and say, “I can’t do this Lord.  I’ve tried everything.  I put it in your hands.”

“You will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:17

Now, don’t get me wrong.  If you are out of work, you can’t just sit home, binging on Netflix and think some job is going to fall on your lap.  Instead you probably need to brush up your resume.  God admonishes the lazy.

But for many problems, God instructs us to be still.  He instructs us to have faith.  Having faith oftentimes requires us to turn our struggles over to Him and “rest” assured in His strength that He will handle it.

Give it a try sometime soon, and see if His way is better than yours.

 

Flight3272Have you read:Flight 3272: January 9, 1997 The Day My Life Changed, but God Brought Me Through

Author Vanessa Davis tells of the true story of losing her husband, Geoffrey, on their 15th wedding anniversary in the only commercial airline crash of 1997. Her life could have resulted in anger and defeat, but instead she explains how she overcame her tremendous grief to a life of triumph. This is her inspiring story.

Today’s Faith Question – What Are We Collecting?

What are we collecting?  What are we working for?  What are our top priorities?  A good gauge is figuring out what we spend the majority of our free time on.  That can be a tough pill to swallow, especially for those of us who are well intended but often don’t execute.

“Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroy, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.” ~ Matthew 6:19-20

cash building blocks moneyWe know that we don’t get into heaven via good works.  But as Christians, it is our duty to honor God and honor our faith and act accordingly.  Every day we should strive to make a difference.  If we are just living for ourselves, what kind of Christian are we?

Have you read?

Diagnosis: Rare Disease – a classic from author Denise Crompton

 

Faith Action Item for Today – Open That Book

But Jesus told him “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ~ Matthew 4:4

Are you reading the Holy Bible every day?  If not, make a point to start on one book of the Holy Bible and read through it in one week’s time.  A book like Romans is a good starting point as there are many vital lessons for life presented there by Paul.

Another idea is with Proverbs.  That book of the Old Testament has 31 chapters.  There are, of course, 31 days in most months. One chapter a day for one month.

Are the words from the “mouth of God” worth 5 to 10 minutes of your time each day?  Start today.

 

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