“I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.” ~ Psalm 77:11-12 [ESV]
Let’s be grateful. Let’s be grateful for all the times that the Lord has watched over us, protected us, guided us. For the times when He didn’t answer that prayer that we thought was the most important thing in the world.
Make a list of all the times that Jesus has blessed you in your life. Keep it by your nightstand as a regular reminder.
Do you have a friend who is down on their luck? Who is the first person that comes to mind when posed with that question? Reach out to that individual today. It could be a phone call, an email, a text, an in-person visit (if feasible), or even a letter.
How would you feel if you were in that person’s shoes and a friend loved you like this. Don’t delay. Show the love of Christ to that person today.
Stop everything your are doing and worship Jesus for 5-10 minutes. Find a quiet place where you can do this. Pick out a time of the day when you have free, and don’t say you don’t have any free moments… we all do. We all find time during the day to waste on meaningless activities. Replace one (or more) of those times with 5-10 minutes of worship.
Worship Jesus, thank Him for your blessings, and create a daily habit in the process.
Having trouble with something? Is there a particular problem that you have struggled with for, oh, too long? Is something keeping you up at night? It’s time to ask for wisdom. There is no secret, complicated recipe. It’s as simple as asking your Father in Heaven.
James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Pray for wisdom in whatever particular situation you are struggling with today. Be confident that the Maker of the Heavens and the Earth will give you the wisdom that you require in dealing with this particular problem. All that is required of you is that you have the faith to step up and ask for wisdom.
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.
On Sunday the world found out that beloved NBA superstar Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. If that wasn’t tragic enough, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others, including a wife, husband and daughter, were also killed.
It shook so many of us. It didn’t matter if we were an NBA fan or if we had ever seen Kobe play. The tragedy was shocking for several reasons. Here were 9 vibrant people suddenly taken, each leaving behind many loved ones and family members. Kobe Bryant represented someone who was, for lack of a better term, “on top of the world.” But, his wealth and fame couldn’t prevent his life from ending at only 41.
NFL player and pro-life advocate Ben Watson summed it up perfectly in a Facebook post:
“There is nothing more common to the human experience than death. It touches everyone and everything on this planet. It is a part of life yet it is a fear evoking, painful mystery that we rarely get accustomed to. For many of us it looms in the distance, quarantined in the dark corners of the mind until suddenly our own mortality grabs us unexpectedly and stares us squarely in the face. Over 150,000 people die daily, largely unnoticed, but when icons expire unexpectedly it shakes our souls. If someone in good health, adored by millions across the globe, who had reached the pinnacle of earthly success, could not extend his days what hope do any of us have in this journey called life?!
The tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others reminds me of my own mortality. And it’s scary. I do not fear what happens after physical life but on days like today I do fear the uncertainty of the process and the circumstances surrounding it. Days like today remind me that life is a vapor. We are here today and gone tomorrow yet sometimes we live as if tomorrow is promised, so engulfed with the worries, desires, and frivolous pursuits of life that we lose sight of the missions, callings and divine purposes of our existence. True age is not calculated by years on the planet. In actuality, we are as old or young as our expiration date. Days like today remind us that unlike many other things in life, no one knows the day or hour of his last breath.
We all have an appointment with death that we can not cancel. It is appointed for man to die once and then the judgement. As final as it seems from this side of the chasm, physical death is not the end but a continuation of life; a transition from the mortal into the eternal. We will all live forever either in the glorious presence of our Creator and King or in eternal separation from Him. As the sand trickles through the hour glass, the most pressing question of life is not quantified by materials acquired, relationships cultivated, or goodness imparted. Our justification before a holy God, our life eternal, can only be acquired through repentance and faith in the shed blood of His Son; a free gift of salvation for all who believe.
Days like today call for raw emotional response and loving embraces, prayer and solemn reflection. They feel surreal until tomorrow’s morning concretizes their reality. May the Lord bring comfort to the friends family and loved ones of the Bryant’s, Altobelli’s and other victims in this time of tremendous grief.
Denise Crompton, author of “Diagnosis: Rare Disease” has released a novel based on her real-life experience decades ago in New England. Imposter Nurse is riveting story of a woman named Angie. After moving with her family and getting settled into a quiet, little New England town, Angie feels the desire to go back to work. Her search concludes at the Main Street Nursing Home where she gets hired to work the evening shift. She soon meets fellow nurse Lorraine, and, right from the start, everything she encounters with this caretaker just doesn’t seem right. Before long, Angie is at odds with Lorraine and from there the story takes on several twists and surprises.
Flight 3272 January 9, 1997. The day my life changed, but God brought me through.
Family survivor Vanessa Davis tells the true story of losing her husband, Geoffrey, on their 15th wedding anniversary, in the plane crash of Comair flight #3272 on January 9, 1997 in Monroe, Michigan. Geoffrey was killed, along with 28 other people, in the only domestic, commercial airline crash of 1997.
Vanessa’s life could have resulted in anger and despair, but instead she details how she overcame her tremendous grief. This is her story, about a life of triumph, and it will inspire you.
Flight 3272: January 9, 1997 is published in digital format by All Star Press – Books that Change Lives.
About the Author
“Courageous, Strong and Anointed” best describes this powerful women of God. Vanessa Davis is a dedicated mother of two with adult sons Geoffrey and Joshua. Vanessa’s love for family and The Lord has conquered fear, pain, and loss. Vanessa is the widow of Minister of Music, Geoffrey A. Davis, Sr.
The tragic and sudden death of her husband could have resulted in defeat, but instead, she RAN towards God, not away from Him.
Vanessa Davis is a 1998 Graduate of Word of Faith International Christian Center’s Pistis School of Ministry. Vanessa’s Heart is to put people on notice that God never fails, and He loves us and wants the very best for us all.