Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss philosopher
Lord open my heart & eyes for opportunities to show gratitude.
And his disciples remembered that it is written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up. John 2:17
Although God can be worshipped any time and at any place, there’s something about going to His house. In church our spirits connect with His Spirit and with one another. We’re free to release the cares of life and focus on Him–the object of our worship and reason for living. We greet each other, pray and sing praises. We give our tithes and offerings. We break spiritual bread by reading and listening to someone explain His word and tell us how to apply it to our lives. In the tabernacle of His presence He renews our minds, refills our spirits, restores our soul and refreshes our strength. Finally, when the lights are turned off and the doors are closed we step out empowered once more to do His will–to be salt and light.
May I always have a zeal for you and your house.
Sometimes I dig up bones–especially when I’m angry. For instance, when someone says something hurtful, my human instinct quickly digs through the past. In the dirt, if I search long enough, I find a mistake, a broken promise, or a repented sin. I reach for one and shake off the dust. Then I remember 1 Peter 3:9, Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
I bite my tongue realizing that digging into the past is a choice. Things can change. People can change. I can change. So I must forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead (Phillipians 3:13).
Help me Lord . . . from now on, no more digging.
Moko is a bottle-nosed dolphin near the New Zealand coast. Recently he responded to the distress calls of two stranded whales and led them through a channel and into the sea. http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/03/12/nz.whales.ap/index.html
Moko restored them to their intended environment. Due to Moko’s efforts, the whales will hopefully enjoy a few more whale years instead of an early death on a New Zealand sand bar.
You specialize in turning hopelessness to hope. Help me to be sensitive to the distress signals around me. I long to stand in the gap and intercede for someone who’s lost their way. In this sea of life–I want to be like Moko.
The following was written by my friend Linda. You can learn more about her and her custom embroidery business @ www.mollymine.com
Are You Serving the Name Brand or a Generic?
So you think you Surf the Tide and follow the Unbelievable worldly Trend. Cheer up. Get a Fresh Start before you Cascade down the Niagara. I know someone who can Scrub Free the sin from your Life Buoy. He’ll put Bounce into your step and a Sparkle in your eye. You have everything to Gain. Your troubles won’t completly Vanish, but you will have Joy and a heart that is Spic & Span. You’ll Behold the Sunlight of a new Dawn, and experience the Bounty of the Lord.
It’s not a Chore Boy. Pledge to be Bold in your Zest to serve. Resolve now to change your Future. If you need a Safeguard, take the Shield of faith. Snuggle up with the Good Book.
Tone out the Devil. Give him the Biz.
Dial the mainline!
Send an S.O.S!
Shout unto God with the voice of triumph!
Give Him your All!
If you want to stand Faultless before the Lord–serve Jesus, the only (brand) name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Being Mr. Clean is Fantastic!
Thanks Linda 🙂