Grateful for how well Alex is doing since his surgery. He still has to take it easier for awhile but is gearing up to take a team to Bolivia in October. Thank you to each who have been the support we have needed this summer........prayer, lawn and garden help, painting and other inside and outside chores, accommodations while in St. John, meals, visits and many many words of encouragement. We wouldn't have made it through without you all! Exciting week of ministry coming up! retreat guests, the privilege of leading the Celebrate Recovery meeting at Harvest House Woodstock on Thursday evening, and many other opportunities to share God's love and truth with individuals He brings our way! God is good...........enjoy his goodness this ! <3
by KARLA DOWNING Accepting life on life’s terms means we take things as they come and live in the awareness that things aren’t under our control. Life happens to all of us. We experience sickness, relationship problems, financial loss, and pain. On top of the major problems, we also experience irritations such as slow traffic, long lines, mistakes, miscommunication, difficult people, and other normal annoying stuff.
The following things prevent us from accepting life on life’s terms:
By Karla Downing
Relationship Devotional Prayer
Help me to accept life on life’s terms so that I can move into acceptance and do what I need to do.
Relationship Devotional Challenge
Numbers 11:1; 18
“Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the Lord. ‘If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!’” (NIV)
The Lord told Moses to tell the Israelites that he would free them, redeem them, and bring them into the Promised Land and that they would know that he was God. The Israelites didn’t expect hardship, so they focused on their frustrations with their circumstances when life happened and let it interfere with their getting to know God and trusting him. They were restless, helpless, divided, and miserable and as a result wasted thirty-eight years, as they could have been in the desert for two years instead of forty.
"He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends." Proverbs 17:9
Want to be beautiful? On the inside I mean! This verse tells me to cover up my friend's flaws with love. Let's help keep our friends together and not separate them. The old adage still stands..........if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all!
Matthew 7:3 "Why worry about a speck in your friends eye when you have a log in your own?"
What do I observe in this little verse of scripture? For me, it embodies the whole teaching on Boundaries. Taking ownership for only what is mine and if I don't 'own' it, I shouldn't try to 'rule' it! I have enough to take care of in my own life (logs) without trying to correct problems (specks) in my friends life.
Lord, help me remember to find the boundary today between what is mine to be concerned about and what is not mine. Also, Lord, keep me focused on YOU as the authority and power in my life and my friends (and families) lives to deal with our respective specks and logs. Amen OH YES! By the way! I love you!
Colossians 4:18 "Here is my greeting in my own handwriting-Paul. Remember my chains. May God's grace be with you."
The persecuted church in other lands is brought to our attention at church, through magazines and at mission conferences. We are called on by them to pray daily and lift their burdens to the Lord on a regular basis. Paul reminded the churches to remember him in his chains and to pray for him. But it did not deter him from ministry. Listed in chapter four Paul numbers several people who continue to minister with him in dangerous situations even though he is in prison. Still today we read and hear of those who are in prison for their beliefs and they call on us to pray for them and for their co-workers in the faith on a daily basis.
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Isn't it amazing how one's soul can be refreshed just by drinking in the beauty of a common summer flower such as the 'golden glow'. I snapped this picture tonight while sitting on the verandah swing. SOOOOOOO restful!
I added this picture and a few more to the slide show on the Retreat page of this website. Click on the flowers to enjoy a restful few minutes of retreat for your soul!
"Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Luke 12:27
Did you enjoy that gorgeous display? Wouldn't you just love to bloom as quickly as these lovely flowers did............becoming beautiful and mature in just seconds? Sorry! But as you and I are all too painfully aware, it just doesn't happen that fast. Growing and becoming all we can and were meant to be takes a life time and a lot more effort than we just saw on this video. Just like flowers, in real time, need sunshine, rain and nutrients to become beautiful we also need those things to be spiritually beautiful. We need the sunshine of Jesus our Saviour every day, the rain of the Holy Spirit to turn trials into beauty, and the nutrients we find in God's word to develop strength of character so we don't wither and fade before our time is over on this earth.
Get into the SONshine of Jesus. Allow the Holy Spirit to flow into your daily life, and put your roots down deep into the nutrition of God 's Word and in His time He will make all things beautiful!
Colossians 2:6-7 "Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude."
My grandson quoted me this little bit of wisdom the other day.
"Those who live for acceptance will die from rejection!"
Well said Patrick........... powerful! Thanks!
Galatians 1:10 "Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant."
Acts 17:27,28 "His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him--though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring'"
God's purpose is for us to seek him, feel our way toward him, and find him. He is not far from us because we live and move and exist in him.
I'm so glad that God's plan is for me to find him and yes, I do feel that I have found him and that I'm moving toward him more and more in a closer relationship. How reassuring that the responsiblity is not all on me to make it happen as that is his plan already. The bottom line is that we wouldn't exist, live and move without him.
Thank you Father/God that I am secure in your creation and sustaining of me as a person and I'm so glad to know that you took the initiative to create me and that your purpose is for me to find you and draw close to you. If that is your purpose-and it is-then it is a done deal. Bless me and all those who are your offspring who are now living, moving and existing in you, May each one seek you, and find you and then feel our way toward you for greater relationship. Amen
Every Human Being has a Deep, Sometimes Hidden, Desire to be Forgiven.
Ernest Hemingway’s short story about the broken relationship between a Spanish father and his teenage son, Paco, highlights this desire. Paco ran away from his home to Madrid, and his grieving father looked everywhere for him. In desperation, the father placed an ad in the Madrid newspaper that read, “Dear Paco, meet me in front of the newspaper office tomorrow at noon. All is forgiven. I love you.” The next morning, 800 hopeful men named Paco were standing in front of the newspaper office!
Someone needs your forgiveness right now, but even more, as you choose to forgive and surrender yourself to your loving heavenly Father, you’ll begin to experience the love and freedom that comes through forgiving.
"There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection]." 1 John 4:18 AMP