Daily Devotional

Welcome to my "Daily Devotionals". 
Blessed Be!
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you
and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10


October 18, 2010

We're Blessed

  • If you own just one Bible, you are abundantly blessed. 1/3 of the world does not have access to even one.
  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the million who will not survive the week.
  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people around the world.
  • If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest or torture of death, you are more blessed that almost three billion people in the world.
  • If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the worlds wealthy.
  • If your parents are still married and alive, you are very rare, even in the United States.
  • If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful, you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
  • If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are blessed because you can offer God's healing touch.
  • If you prayed yesterday and today, you are in the minority because you believe in God's willingness to hear and answer prayer.
  • If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world that cannot read anything at all.
PS: Sometimes we need to put things into perspective, we expect so much and appreciate so little!


October 15, 2010

God's Cake 

Sometimes we wonder, "What did I do to deserve this", or "Why did God have to do this to me".
Here is a wonderful explanation:
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke
up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter
says, "Absolutely Mom, I love your cake."

"Here, have some cooking oil," her Mother offers.

"Yuck" says her daughter.

"How about a couple raw eggs?"

"Gross, Mom!"

"Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?"

"Mom, those are all yucky!"

To which the mother replies: "Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together
in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!"
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times.
But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!
God is crazy about you. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Whenever
you want to talk, He'll listen. He can live anywhere in the universe, and He chose your heart.


 October 6, 2010

The Buzzard, The Bat & The Bumblebee

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will remain a prisoner. The reason is a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a
run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top..

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkably nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem! Just look up.

Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, but faith looks up!
Live simply, love generously, care deeply,
Speak kindly and trust in our Creator who loves us.

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