Thursday, February 26, 2015

Keep on Praying

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord
in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, 
and will look up.
Psalm 5:3

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

50 degrees! In KC! In February!

BUT... temperature falling rapidly and ice and snow in forecast tonight :-(

My Redeemer Lives

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, 
And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.

Job 19:25

My Redeemer Lives
Martin Nystrom 
My Redeemer lives
And I will see His glory
As He works all things
Together for my good
Whatever things occur
Of this I can be sure
I know my Redeemer lives

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Nickel and Two Pennies

As I went to buy a Cola, I saw a nickel and two pennies in the coin return of the soda machine. What on earth would anyone hope to buy with that? I wondered. Okay, Lord, this is so unusual. Are You saying something to me through this? At home later, I began to read the story where a small boy gave Jesus all that he had, which was not nearly enough; two fish and five loaves could not feed five thousand men. But, Jesus accepted it joyfully.

Jesus looked up to heaven and blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples to hand out. Jesus performed the miracle of enough...and twelve baskets of left overs.

The nickel and the pennies reminded me that Jesus takes what seems impossibly insufficient and works miracles that I cannot imagine. It is not up to me to make things work; it is up to Him. When I admit that I'm less than enough, then He has an opportunity to be more than enough. When I hand things over to Him, He blesses, breaks and then distributes the abundance. Isn't it interesting that when He broke the bread, it multiplied.

I need to remember that sometimes when things seem to be breaking, that is because Jesus is trying to help me see Him as Jehovah Jireh, my provider. More than enough for every need.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fear or Faith

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I'll be honest. I read about attacks, social unrest, crime and terror threats, and sometimes I want to just hide away. At times I let worry distract me from even praying.

One of my favorite Bible teachers, John Paul Jackson, passed away this past week. I listened this morning to his sermon, "How God Kills Fear". God planned that we would be here at this time in history and He is not shocked at the problems that confront us. He is able to carry us until He carries us home.

Lord Jesus, 
Don't let my love for you and for others grow cold. Through Your Holy Spirit, give me grace to pray for our enemies and to trust that You are my life. In my weakness, be my strength.