January 29, 2007

On my mind and lips all day long

On Christ, the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.

On Christ, the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.

On Christ, the solid rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand. All other ground is sinking sand.

January 10, 2007

Alphabet prayer

I got this idea from "Midday Connection" on WMBI today; create a prayer of thanks by simply going through the alphabet. Forgive me for not having used some letters. God bless you today!

I praise God because He (is):
the Beginning
our Deliverer
the Good Shepherd
gives Joy
Never leaves us
our Questioner
our Savior
the Truth
Understands our hearts
His Word is real and true.

Reaching Him, reaching me

God can always reach us. Do you believe that? I do. When I am going through my days, which are sometimes filled with uncertainty and insecurity, I feel like I am alone in it. As a caregiver I work by myself and have little contact with anyone my age in my free time. And living in the city makes it difficult to "make a connection" with anyone. Sometimes everyone feels like a stranger.

But God never does. When I feel the most alone, I turn to Him. Always. I get down on my knees, sobbing usually, and ask Him to be with me. I don't ask for anything but that, His presence. And He always comforts me, because unlike any mortal He can completely envelop and indwell. He is outside of me and also within me. How much closer can a relationship get?

I've read that our relationships with people serve as preparation for the relationship we have with Him. This has to be true; every time I think I've figured a person out, or how I relate to them, I get thrown a curve, completely unexpected, that forces me to re-evaluate the whole thing. Praise God that, when He reaches out to me in an unexpected way (which is every time), I know exactly how to respond: back on my knees. I give that gift right back to Him in worship.

I sing my heart out because He gave me a voice to sing.
I write because He gave the Word and a unique way to write about It.
I am compassionate to others because He softened my heart.
I tell people about Jesus because He gave Himself to me.

As Jesus said, "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful" (John 15:1-2). No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain on the vine. R
emain in our Lord and He will remain in you. He will help you bear fruit you couldn't have expected.

January 2, 2007

Daily devotional from C.H. Spurgeon

January 2nd
Conquest to Victory

"And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly."
Romans 6:20

This promise follows well upon that of yesterday. We are evidently to be conformed to our covenant Head, not only in His being bruised in His heel but in His conquest of the evil one. Even under our feet is the old dragon to be bruised. The Roman believers were grieved with strife in the church; but their God was "the God of peace" and gave them rest of soul. The archenemy tripped up the feet of the unwary and deceived the hearts of the simple; but he was to get the worst of it and to be trodden down by those whom he had troubled. This victory would not come to the people of God through their own skill or power, but God Himself would bruise Satan. Though it would be under their feet, yet the bruising would be of the LORD alone.

Let us bravely tread upon the temptor! Not only inferior spirits but the prince of darkness himself must go down before us. In unquestioning confidence in God let us look for speedy victory. "Shortly." Happy word! Shortly we shall set our foot on the old serpent! What a joy to crush evil! What dishonor to Satan to have his head bruised by human feet! Let us by faith in Jesus tread the temptor down.


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