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One Moment Can Change So Many Lives

11 Mar

I recently saw a quote on Pinterest that said, “There are moments that mark your life, moments when you realize nothing will ever be the same and time is divided into two parts – before this and after this.” The home going of our preacher has definitely been one of those moments for me. We are very involved with our church. In fact, they are like family, and we lost a big piece of our family!
Along with this sadness, has come a huge responsibility. The task of making sure our church goes forward is now ours! The fact that we are moving forward does not lessen the feelings of loss, but it does prove that the God we serve is bigger than any loss! I hope I never forget that! It is important that we go forward because the job is not finished. There are still people in our area lost, people still hurting, families crumbling, children unloved, and those that are searching. We have the answer to their problems – Jesus! We must continue on! Our city needs us! The Lord wants to use us! Preacher would want us to continue the work he started here!

The Widow’s Mite

21 Jan

Do you remember the story of the widow and the rich man’s offering? He had given a ton of money and she gave two mites (similar to two pennies) . We would have been impressed with his offering, but God wasn’t. He was impressed with hers because she gave all she had! I have always thought of this story in terms of giving offerings to God, but yesterday it came to my mind about helping others. Someone once told me if I had the money I would be helping others, and there are times I think that I could do something to help someone if i had more money. The truth is God wants us to help others, no matter what. Like that widow, he doesn’t expect us to give above what we have. Just help with what he’s given us.
Make a dinner for someone that is sick, bake some cookies for someone who is depressed or hurting, offer to babysit for a young mother. Just do something for someone, and newsflash it will make you feel better. While growing up that was mom’s answer for everything if I was depressed. She’d tell me to go do something for someone else, and then I would forget about my problems. Guess what? It works!!
This past week was the birthday of three of my favorite bus riders. I realized they didn’t get much of a celebration so I brought them a cake and a few of their favorite treats. It cost about $10. Less than what we would spend at McDonald’s, but even that small amount can be a blessing to someone. So take the time, find a need that fits your budget, and have fun filling that need. The result? A better day for you and the recipient.

Don’t Lose Today Worrying About (or Looking Forward) to Tomorrow

17 Jan

In two and a half weeks we are blessed with the opportunity to go to Hawaii! I’m super excited!! I’ve been there once before and it is like paradise! Most of my family left this past week, and will be waiting for us when we get there.
Someone asked me last night if I was ready to go, And my reply was, “No, I have two and a half weeks of my life to live.” Sure, I’m excited, but why miss out on these weeks of blessings?
What could I do for Christ this week, or how could I help someone find Him? How could I be a blessing to my husband or others around me? What tasks could I finish? What could I learn about? How could I grow as a Christian? You see there are so many possibilities to have two and a half weeks of productive blessings. Why miss out on that looking ahead. I’m going to live in the moment, and then when I get to Hawaii I’ll enjoy those moments, too!!

God’s Timing Is Better Than My Timing

10 Dec

Yesterday did not go as planned. Some things happened that caused us to get our bus route done earlier than usual. The change in schedule irritated me. I was worried about things that didn’t really matter. Because of the extra time though, my husband drove down the street he grew up on. He saw a group of kids and decided to stop and invite them to church. Five brothers and sisters came to church today. All of them got saved, and their parents are supposed to come next week, also. What a blessing a change in schedule turned out to be!
This Sunday was also exciting because my nephew got baptized! Also, a boy who had stopped riding the bus came back to church! Some people that we have been praying for got to hear the Gospel! It is a blessing to see the Lord work in our church!

Having a Hard Time Being Thankful?

27 Nov

In this world it is so easy to look around, and see what everyone else has. This leads to jealousy and envy, and it leads away from thankfulness. This happens to me sometimes, and then there are other times when I look around, and I see what other people are going through. They are having a rough time, and I realize how truly thankful I am for my life.
For instance, a family in our church is going through a very trying time. The father, who was a faithful Sunday school teacher, is dying of cancer. He is only in his 50’s with four kids ranging from 19-30. My heart has broken for them as they go through this process, not because I know them so well, but because I know how I would feel.
The day his daughter called to ask my husband to do the funeral if Pastor was out of town, I had the opportunity to take my dad to pick up his car. A small thing, but I realized how much those kids would have given to take a drive and talk to their dad under such normal circumstances.
So this Thanksgiving season I am more thankful than usual. I realize there will always be some that have it better than me, and some that have it worse than me. I choose to be grateful! Thank you, God for my life! May I always be thankful.

Being a Christian

25 Nov

Being a Christian means I am forgiven not perfect.

Being a Christian means I am not rich in money but rich in blessings.

Being a Christian means I am not strong, but in my weakness I find His strength.

Being a Christian means I often fail, but I get back up even more determined to serve my Saviour and be what he wants me to be.

Being a Christian means I am the daughter of a King who loves me and protects me always!

Being a Christian means that no matter what happens here on this earth, I have a home in Heaven waiting for me!

Being a Christian means I am blessed far greater than I deserve!!

Give Him the Glory

11 Sep

Yesterday, I woke up with a bit of a cold. I knew it was coming. Everyone around me had gotten it. I had several errands to do, and quite frankly, I didn’t feel like moving. It had to be done though, so I started my trekk through town! I was coming out of my last store when I spotted a man. A man who had obviously had a stroke and could barely walk. Each step looked very slow and painful. One arm looked to be completely paralyzed, and I thought, now there’s someone who actually had an excuse to stay home. This man didn’t have a cold that would go away in a couple of days, yet he had still chosen to live his life with a smile on his face, I might add!
It made me realize that I have so much to be thankful for! Even on the crummiest of days, I have a God in Heaven who loves me. For starters, He gave me two good arms and two good legs, and so many things I could never name them all. Thank you, Lord, for all you’ve done for me!