Friday, June 24, 2011

Sleepless Nights

What disturbs your sleep?

Sleeplessness can have a number of causes... Drinking too much coffee... Staying in bed too late that morning... Being on the computer right before bed...

Strong emotion can also disturb sleep.

Often I can't sleep if I'm excited.
Or if I'm upset.
Or if I'm scared.

Our emotions can keep us from sleeping.

What are the things that affect us emotionally?

Are we affected by the thought of lost people going to Hell?
Are we affected by the lukewarmness in our churches?

How about the thought of being with Jesus in Heaven one day?
Are we excited about seeing Him?

Does God wake you in the night to spend time with you?
Are you excited to spend time with God?

The next time you set your head to the pillow and can't sleep, don't worry too much friend - go to God in prayer and spend some time with Him!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Prayer for My Readers

Dear God, how gracious You are! To give us time and talents for use for Your kingdom, Lord! To grant us life and breath with which to seek and serve You, Lord!

It is my prayer that we will use what You have given us for the purposes for which You gave them! May we not hide our talent in the sand, but use it to Your glory, Lord! May we do everything for the sake of Christ - to see the lost saved and Your Kingdom grow; to help our brothers and sisters live lives set apart and useful for Your service, Lord! May all we do bring You glory!

It is my prayer that we will set aside worthless pursuits and pursue that which is most worthy, namely Jesus Christ! May He be pleased with our work, Lord, though we remember it is not by works but only by grace we are saved! Yet, we long to work - to spend and be spent - for His sake! Because He spent Himself for us!

If what we do is not for His sake, it is worthless and offensive to You, and we want no part of it, Lord! Show us where we need to examine our motives - our hearts - and make us even more in love with Jesus Christ!

Granting us grace where we fail!

Amen!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

"Baby"

Due to the huge response this received when I re-posted it to my Facebook profile, I want to share this story again via my blog. I am not sure of its origins; the author is anonymous.

Baby
Author Unknown

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said:

'Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I'm pregnant again. I don't want kids so close together.

So the doctor said: 'Ok and what do you want me to do?'

She said: 'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm counting on your help with this.'

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady: 'I think I have a better solution for your problem. It's less dangerous for you too.'

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued: 'You see, in order for you not to have to take care 2 babies at the same time, let's kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.

The lady was horrified and said: 'No doctor! How terrible! It's a crime to kill a child!

'I agree', the doctor replied. 'But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.'

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.

He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that's already been born and one that's still in the womb.

The crime is the same!

If you agree, please SHARE. Together we can help save precious lives!

"Love says I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person. Abortion says I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself..."

Jesus sacrificed Himself for the good of sinners! That's perfect love!


Disclaimer: I do not point fingers to condemn women who have had abortions. I have no idea what these women have gone through! It is my intention to share with the world the plain truth that abortion is murder of the unborn, and to share with those affected by the pro-abortion culture that there is HOPE IN JESUS CHRIST!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Comfort, Praise and Worship

Hello friend. I woke up today feeling very overwhelmed and anxious. I knew I ought to pray, but didn't know really how...there was so much to pray for.

Finally, as I started washing the dishes and talking to God, I got an idea to listen to worship music.

So I turned on an album by Sovereign Grace called Eight Songs That Teach, and it brought me such comfort and joy! :)

What made the difference?

1) praising God even in the hard times reminds the soul Who is in control

2) worship reminds us of how much God has given us in Christ: He's all we have and need

3) listening to songs based on Scripture reminds us of the Scripture from which the song is taken, and the surrounding Scriptures: for example, one of the songs I listened to had a line taken from Romans 8, which reminded me of that beautiful chapter of Paul's epistle

Let's praise Him for His goodness, and remember He is able though we are not!


No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:37-39, ESV

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Morning Prayer: A Poem

I wake
I rise
I praise my God
For granting me this breath

To love
And praise
And honor Him
In my life or death

I rise
I fall
I bend my knee
To humble my proud heart

To think
To thank
To praise Him for
The grace that He imparts

Sadie Daniels
June 16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Prayer Humbles: Confession

This is the second post in a two-part series on how prayer humbles us. You may view the first post HERE.

An important part of prayer is confession of sin.

Jesus taught His disciples to pray "forgive us our trespasses" even though He knew He was going to the cross to pay for their sins (Matthew 6:12).

The Apostle John exhorts his audience not to sin, and yet promises that "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

Certainly confession of sin is a humbling experience.

We must 1) admit our fault, and 2) admit it to the God of Heaven and Earth! We must admit that our sin has wronged Him and seek His forgiveness, even though the debt of our sin has been "paid in full".

In the end we'll find it to our benefit to humble ourselves in this way.

Confession frees us from the guilt of sin!

And when we experience God's cleansing forgiveness, we are free to draw near to Him once more.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Prayer Humbles

God in His grace has shown me a lot of my pride. He has shown me also that it is because of my pride that I don't like to pray.

Prayer in any significant sense means bowing to God and acknowledging Him as Maker of the Universe and my Lord and Master...my Sustainer and my Provider.

And it's recognizing that He is all those things, even though I can't see Him or hear an audible reply to my prayers.

That's very humbling.

But we need to be humbled before God, and prayer is a beautiful way of accomplishing this.

I even have found I need an extra push to get me to humble myself in prayer, so I have taken to speaking my prayers out loud as if I were talking to a person. It focuses my mind and keeps my heart from being lifted up and thinking that it's a silly thing to pray at all...which I sadly find myself thinking all too often.

Let us humble ourselves in prayer and draw near to God, and He will draw near to us.

Monday, June 13, 2011

10 Motives for Prayer

John MacArthur, in a sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:17 "pray without ceasing" identified 10 motives for prayer which will help us obey this command:

#1 A desire for the Lord's glory.
#2 A desire for fellowship with God.
#3 A desire for needs to be met.
#4 A desire for wisdom.
#5 A desire for deliverance from trouble.
#6 A desire for relief from fear and worry.
#7 A desire to offer thanks for God's past blessings.
#8 A desire to be freed from the guilt of sin.
#9 A desire for the salvation of the lost.
#10 A desire for the spiritual growth of believers.

There's enough there to keep us praying every moment of our lives, in a spirit of fellowship with God, thankful for all that He has done and is doing, and eager to see Him continue to work in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Do you not have these desires? Cultivate them through time spent in God's Word!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

True Contentment

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. - Philippians 4:11, ESV

When you think of contentment, what comes to mind?

Is your idea of contentment getting by with what you have, though it's not exactly what you would choose for yourself?

Or is it convincing yourself that what you want probably isn't all it's cracked up to be?

Neither of these are true contentment.

The Apostle Paul had it right when he said "for me to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).

Contentment is realizing that you are already blessed in all that you have been given. It's being grateful for what you have.

As Christians, we've been given the greatest treasure of all: Jesus Christ.

Shall I not be content in every circumstance, knowing that whatever I have or could have in this life is not to be compared with the riches of knowing Christ, my Savior?

In Him, shall God freely give us all things.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

They Said It: John Trapp

One Son God hath without sin, but none without sorrow. - John Trapp

Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury, compiled by I.D.E. Thomas, 1989 reprint

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Good Reminders

Sticky notes are great. They help me remember things.

I'm always telling people I have a poor memory, so things like sticky notes are my friend. They function as my external brain, storing information that I don't want to forget and want to be reminded of later.

There are certain things you don't want to forget... An anniversary... An appointment... A kindness received...

You may even want to remind yourself of these things repeatedly.

Why?

There are many reasons. Thinking about them brings you joy (perhaps not in the case of the appointment). Or... Missing the date will mean problems later.

In any case, you don't want to forget.

There are many things in our Christian walk that we never want to forget. Things that it's good to remind ourselves of over and over again.

The Gospel is one of those things.

As Christians, we never move on from the Gospel. The Gospel is everything to us. Indeed, it's only because of the Gospel we can talk of anything else (like prayer, or tithing, or serving, etc.).

As Christians, we never want to forget... that it was only by the blood of Christ shed for me on Calvary's cross that I am justified in the eyes of God.

We never want to forget... I was a sinner, but through Christ's death and resurrection, He purchased with His blood my salvation. I have boldness before God, because Christ's righteousness is imputed to me.

Not of works, lest I should boast.

Friday, June 3, 2011

To Serve (Not Be Served)

I want you to know something about me: I find social situations a bit challenging.

I don't always know how to address someone... Or where to sit... Or what to say... Or who to talk to... Or for how long... Etc.

But as a Christian, I've been called beyond my own comfort. I've been called to step out in faith, and think of others rather than myself, and trust my needs to God.

I have my example: Jesus. Now I'm responsible to follow Him.

Mark Chapter 10 verse 45 says, "For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (ESV).

Jesus was all about meeting the needs of others, no matter what it cost Him. I've been called to follow after Him. That is, to "consider others better than myself" (Philippians 2:3).


Want to know a secret? Thinking of how I can best serve others in any given situation takes away the social tension! When I'm no longer thinking of myself, that's when I'm able to actually relax and function in a social setting.

Isn't it a beautiful truth that as we learn to obey, God is working for our good and meeting our needs?

"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you." - Matthew 6:33

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Easy Burdens

[Jesus said], "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." - Matthew 11:28-30, KJV

Have you ever had a heavy box you had to lift on your own and carry somewhere? The first couple steps were fine, but the farther you went, your burden became a greater and greater trial.

The burden of the Law was like that to Jewish people of Jesus' day. They could take a few steps... Offer sacrifices for sins, but if they sought like Job to keep the Law in full, they soon found they couldn't and the burden they carried became a greater and greater trial.

What happened when you gave that burden to someone stronger than you? When you asked for help? The burden became easier... Lighter depending on the strength of the other person.

Jesus offers to carry the burden of the Law for His people, and for us. We cannot keep the Law on our own. We will only find it an impossible burden. But if we let Him carry it for us, it will be as He says, His "burden is easy" and His "yoke is light."


This applies to other burdens we need help carrying also. Why don't we ask the one who is "strong to help" to carry our burdens for us?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Jesus is My Paradise: A Poem

Lately life has left me longing
Looking for my journey's end
When I ah! At last, belonging,
Wake in that fair and happy land

Oh distant shores of this soul's Dreaming
I yearn for rest from weary life
And await with joys ever increasing
My entrance into Paradise

Yet, what of these sweet fruits of rest
What would the best of all these be?
The glories of Heaven--I would attest--
Are not to be compared to Thee

For Thou art that Joy of my desire
And were it not for my faith's hope
To walk with Thee--in plain and pasture--
That shore for me should not be home

Sadie Daniels
June 1, 2011



Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. - Colossians 3:2-3, ESV