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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Word of the Day... September 30, 2014...


    The believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. —Acts 13:52 

Imagine that you bought a new car, drove it around town for a few days, and really liked the way it performed for you. But suddenly it started sputtering and not running as well as it had in the beginning. Finally, it just chugged to a stop and wouldn't go any further.

"What's the problem here?" you ask. "I just bought this car. I don't even have a couple of hundreds of miles on it yet."

You have that stalled-out new car towed back to the dealer, demanding an explanation. "Hmm," he says, slipping the key into the ignition and trying to start it a couple of times. "Umm . . . sir . . . do you see this little light on your fuel gauge? Some people call that an idiot light. It means you're out of gas. You need to fill your car up with gas every now and then."

"Oh," you say. "I never thought of that."

"Yes, sir. You see, you've got to keep refilling your car over and over if you want it to keep going."

The same is true in life. You're cruising along, enjoying life and the scenery, experiencing peace and success in your family, your marriage, your business, and your ministry. Suddenly, however, problem after problem starts cropping up, and life suddenly doesn't seem to be working very well.

Maybe you need a refill. Maybe you need to ask the Lord to give you the power of His Holy Spirit to be a better husband—or a better father, a better grandmother, a better witness, a better student, a better employee—to be a better whatever He has called you to be.

We may ask and receive the filling of the Holy Spirit in the morning, but by the time late afternoon comes along, we have allowed that filling to drain out of us.

The apostle Paul wrote, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13, NIV). God wants us to come to Him again and again for refilling and refueling. The fact is, we have a never-ending need, and He has an inexhaustible supply.

I love this devotional today!!!  I know that every morning I have to ask for a fill up so that I can decrease and the Holy Spirit can increase!!!  Thank you Jesus!  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Word of the Day... September 29, 2014...

Dress Your Dreams in Denim
by Charles R. Swindoll
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.  Colossians 3:23-24

Some collegians think manual labor is the president of Mexico . . . until they graduate. Suddenly, the light dawns. Reality frowns. And that sheltered, brainy, fair-skinned, squint-eyed scholar who has majored in medieval literature and minored in Latin comes of age. He experiences a strange sensation deep within his abdomen two weeks after framing his diploma. Hunger. Remarkable motivation accompanies this feeling. 

His attempts at finding employment prove futile. Those places that have an opening don't really need a guy with a master's in medieval lit. They can't even spell it. Who cares if a truck driver understands European poetry from the twelfth century? Or what does it matter if the fella stocking the shelves at Safeway can give you the ninth letter in the Latin alphabet? When it comes to landing a job, most employers are notoriously pragmatic and unsophisticated. They are looking for people who have more than academic, gray wrinkles between their ears. They really couldn't care less about how much a guy or gal knows. What they want is someone who can put to use the knowledge that's been gained, whether the field is geology or accounting, engineering or plumbing, physics or barbering, journalism or welding. 

That doesn't just happen. People who are in great demand today are those who can see it in their imaginations---then pull it off. Those who can think---then follow through. Those who dress their daring dreams in practical denim workclothes. That takes a measure of gift, a pinch of skill, and a ton of discipline! Being practical requires that we traffic in reality, staying flexible at the intersections where stop-and-go lights flash. It also demands an understanding of others who are driving so as to avoid collisions. 

Another mark of practicality is a constant awareness of time. The life of a practical person is fairly uncomplicated and usually methodical. The practical mind would rather meet a deadline and settle for limited objectives than accomplish the maximum and be late. 

The favorite expressions of a practical soul often begin with "what?" 

What does the job require? 
What do you expect of me? 
What is the deadline? 
What are the techniques? 
Or "how" . . .
How does it work? 
How long will it take? 
How much does it cost? 
How fast can it go? 

Dreamers don't mix too well with pragmatists. They irritate each other when they rub together . . . yet both are necessary. Take away the former and you've got a predictable and occasionally dull result. Remove the latter and you've got creative ideas without wheels, slick visions without handles . . . and you go broke trying to get it off the runway. 

The Bible is full of men and women who dreamed dreams and saw visions. But they didn't stop there. They had faith, they were people who saw the impossible, and yet their feet were planted on planet earth. 

Take Nehemiah. What a man! He had the task of rebuilding the stone wall around Jerusalem. He spent days thinking, praying, observing, dreaming, and planning. But was he ever practical! He organized a mob into work parties . . . he faced criticism realistically . . . he stayed at the task without putting out needless fires . . . he met deadlines . . . and he maintained the budget. 

Or take Abigail. What a woman! She was married to a first-class fink, Nabal by name, alias Archie Bunker. Because of his lack of wisdom, his greed, prejudice, and selfishness, he aroused the ire of his employees. They laid plans to kill him. Being a woman of faith, Abigail thought through the plot, prayed, and planned. Then she did a remarkable thing. She catered a meal to those hungry, angry men. Smart gal! Because of her practicality, Nabal's life was saved and an angry band of men was calmed and turned back. 

It is the practical person, writes Ralph Waldo Emerson, who becomes "a vein in times of terror that commands the admiration of the wisest." So true. Amazing thing about the practical person---he may not have the most fun or think the deepest thoughts, but he seldom goes hungry! 

Just now finishing school? Looking for a job? Is this the reason you're discouraged? Remember this---dreams are great and visions are fun. But in the final analysis, when the bills come due, they'll be paid by manual labor. Labor . . . hard work forged in the furnace of practicality.

I encourage you . . . get with it. Be practical, that is.  I think that we can all learn from this devotional!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!!  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night.....

Tonight I pray that you allow yourself to grow strong in the Light of HIS Presence!  The world around you is moving so quickly that sometimes you feel overwhelmed. He is the calm at the center of your life during the storm!!!  Your weakness does not make Him angry or want to give up on you.  On the contrary, it attracts His mighty power so that it can flow into your heart when you yield yourself to Him.  Never forget that when you are at your weakest He will saturate you with His power!!! Don’t go to the world for sustenance instead be still and know that He is God. Rest in Him… Yield up everything to Him, for it is when we are still and trusting in Him that He can become our Light, Salvation and Strength to bring us through the hardest times in our lives, so that we can be a blessing to others.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... September 28, 2014....

More . . ."    
    He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart. —Ecclesiastes 3:11 

When my granddaughter Stella was very little, she made good use of the word more when she really liked something. Her favorite food was quesadillas. No matter what time of the day — breakfast, lunch, or dinner — she wanted quesadillas. Only she called it a "dilla."

"Stella, what would you like to eat?" 


And usually when I would give her one, she would then say, "More."

It was the same when I read her a Bible story before bedtime. As soon as I finished the story, she said, "More." So I read her another story, and at the end she said, "More." So I did another. "More." And another. "More." And on and on it would go.

Quesadillas and stories about Jesus are good things, and to this day, we're always happy to supply Stella with all she wants — of both. Sometimes, however, this desire for "more" can create problems for us — especially if we're craving more of the wrong things. (Like ice cream or Krispy Kreme doughnuts.)

Deep down inside we're all like little Stella, saying, "More." We always want a little bit more out of life — the newest, the latest, the freshest, the coolest. We want more. That is the way God has wired us. But here's the problem: as much as we see, taste, and experience life, it always seems like it just isn't quite enough.

Do you know why that is? As we read in today's opening verse, God has placed a seed of eternity deep in our innermost being. In our heart of hearts, there is a recognition that this world won't be able to deliver on its promises. No matter what this world gives us, we find ourselves wanting more: More life. More hope. More joy. More peace. More satisfaction. And, ultimately, more of the presence of God Himself.

In heaven, those desires will be fulfilled in a way beyond what we can imagine. But until that day when we cross over to the other side, He willingly gives us more and more and more of Himself. And that's the closest thing we have to heaven on earth.

I think this is such a great devotional from Pastor Greg today.  I hope that all of you enjoyed it as much as I did!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I pray for divine strategies to be given to you - that heaven would be downloaded and you would walk in discernment, wisdom and understanding!!  Every spirit of deception will be unveiled and revealed in the name of Jesus! Let every false prophet be unmasked before our eyes. Let everything that has been stolen by stepping into the net of the fowler be restored! The Lord sends his axe of fire to the root of all problems that you have and cut them down in Jesus’ name! I ask for a DIVINE REVERSAL NOW!! Claim our inheritance! The Holy Spirit is given to us believers as a “first installment” to assure us that our full inheritance as children of God will be delivered. The Holy Spirit is given to us to confirm to us that we belong to God.  Stand on that faith and walk in His Word, Will and Way for your life.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love you all… God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... September 27, 2014....

Sacrament of Broken Seed
by Charles R. Swindoll
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.  But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,  He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,  whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. Titus 3:3-8

Chances are running high that you're in a hurry today. Am I right? Your "To Do" list stretches on and on. If you're reading this in the morning, you're wondering how in the world you'll get it all done. If the day has already slipped away as you read these words, you're wondering where in the world the hours went. 

Yeah, I can identify. It's been that kind of week. Really, that kind of month. But let's take five and ponder a word that gets overlooked in the midst of a breakneck schedule. Just a simple word . . . helping. 

Think about that. About being of assistance . . . your arm around the hunched shoulder of another . . . your smile saying "try again" to someone who's convinced it's curtains . . . your cup of cool water held up to a brother's cracked lips, reassuring and reaffirming. 

Every time I pick up my pen, the thought of helping urges me to push ink into words. There are enough---more than enough---specialists in body blocks and pass defense and tackling those with the ball, causing fumbles, bruises, and injuries. I'd much rather run interference. Open up holes. Slap some fanny and say, "You can do it, now git at it!" I couldn't agree more with Philip Yancey, a man who models his own advice: 

C. S. Lewis once likened his role as a Christian writer to an adjective humbly striving to point others to the Noun of truth. For people to believe that Noun, we Christian writers must improve our adjectives. 

Whether in the sweltering heat of summer or during winter's bitter blast, I'd like to think that some carefully selected turn of a phrase, some pointed story, even the choice of a single word I used reached over to your hand with a grip of fresh hope. The Noun is so attractive, so satisfying, we dare not get sloppy with our adjectives. 

It's all part of helping folks "hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering . . ." and being committed to "stimulate one another to love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:23-24). 

I hope that the following poem will stimulate you to reach beyond the safe bounds of your private, fenced-off territory. It's called "At the Winter Feeder," a perceptive piece by John Leax, professor of English and poet-in-residence at Houghton College: 

His feather flame doused dull 
by icy cold, 
the cardinal hunched 
into the rough, green feeder 
but ate no seed. 
Through binoculars I saw 
festered and useless 
his beak, broken 
at the root. 
Then two: one blazing, one gray, 
rode the swirling weather 
into my vision 
and lighted at his side. 
Unhurried, as if possessing 
the patience of God, 
they cracked sunflowers 
and fed him 
beak to wounded beak 
choice meats. 
Each morning and afternoon 
the winter long, 
that odd triumvirate, 
that trinity of need, 
returned and ate 
their sacrament 
of broken seed.

If birds had souls, I have no doubt that that cardinal would, long before springtime, yield to the God of his friends. Attractive adjectives plus unselfish verbs equal faith in the Noun of truth. 

It's an axiom that holds true at the winter feeder and at any season of the year.  I am loving this devotional from Chuck Swindoll!!!  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Word of the Day... September 26, 2014...

Acting Decisively, Part Two 
by Charles R. Swindoll
For the Lord God helps Me,
Therefore, I am not disgraced;
Therefore, I have set My face like flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.  Isaiah 50:7

Making one's own decisions develops healthy mental muscles. But there will always be a few who crave to be told what to do. A major reason some prefer to be indecisive is laziness. Decision making is hard work. Peter Drucker was correct when he said: 

A decision is a judgment. It is a choice between alternatives. It is rarely a choice between right and wrong. It is at best a choice between "almost right" and "probably wrong"---but much more often a choice between two courses of action, neither of which is probably more nearly right than the other. 

That may sound like a tongue-twister, but in reality it's a mind-boggler, requiring a painful, exacting process rare to many . . . a process called thinking. 

How much easier it is to adopt a list, to click off the answers one, two, three, four, five. You don't have to think. All you need to do is follow instructions. Don't weigh the consequences. Don't sweat the details. Just do as you are told and leave the driving to "us," namely a few guys at the top. Don't think it through and decide . . . just submit. 

If that is the approach you prefer, let me remind you of two words, just two words---Watergate and Jonestown. 

Decisiveness in both of those tragedies was replaced with blind obedience, unquestioned authority, and absolute loyalty. Somebody, somehow, at some time in each of those outfits convinced the troops that Alfred, Lord Tennyson's battle cry in Charge of the Light Brigade was the standard operating procedure for them: 

Theirs not to make reply, 
Theirs not to reason why, 
Theirs but to do and die. 

There is a place for that philosophy in the military where there isn't time to stop and think. Discussion groups aren't too popular in combat when the objective is survival. 

But in day-to-day living, when issues are not clearly spelled out in Scripture, when there is a lot of gray instead of black and white, we need to learn a lesson from Moses's mature successor, Joshua. 

Think wisely. Weigh the alternatives. Choose for yourself. Decide now whom you will serve.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

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