Monday, February 29, 2016

Let Me Be Satisfied With My Assignment

Judges 8:1
Then the people of Ephraim asked Gideon, "Why have you treated us this way? Why didn't you send for us when you first went out to fight the Midianites?" And they argued heatedly with Gideon.

The people of Ephraim were upset because they were left to do cleanup duty instead of getting to take part in the glamour of fighting in the main battle. Gideon assured them that the part they played was every bit as important as what he and his army had done.

Lord, sometimes I get a bit frustrated that I never seem to get the privilege of leading people to Christ. It seems that I'm always planting seeds or helping them to learn to follow you. Help me to remember that those assignments are just as important as actually getting to lead someone to Christ. I should never stop sharing the gospel in the effort to bring people to Christ, but help me to be satisfied with cleanup duty, Lord! As long as I am doing it for You and Your kingdom, it all counts.

In Jesus' name, amen. <3

God is: the job assigner
I am: just as needed as all his other servants
My purpose is: to do as he directs

MEMORY VERSE
Proverbs 16:9
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:9

YEAR VERSES
Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:3-5

 
Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Friday, February 26, 2016

Order My Steps, Lord

Judges 6:11-12
Then the angel of the Lord came and sat beneath the great tree at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash of the clan of Abiezer. Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a wine press to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, "Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!"


Lord, I am so glad that you don't see us as we are right now, but as the people you intend for us to become. You have promised to be with me and I can trust in that. Help me to walk in obedience and trust. I have nothing to fear as long as I am following you!

I am so excited about the direction you are taking me personally and our homeschool as well! Having the kids take Lynda.com courses is ingenious!! I praise you for putting that thought in my mind. You are so amazing and trustworthy, Lord! You never cease to blow my mind.

I'm thrilled about MyHero's Salt & Light leader telling me to get my portfolio to him and he will get me connected with the right people where he works. What a blessing! 

I can literally see you ordering my steps! I am so unworthy of such tender love and mercy. It's only because of Jesus! Thank you, Jesus, for sacrificing yourself so that I can have this incredible relationship with the Father. I am truly one of the riches girls in the world!

In Jesus' name, amen. <3

Psalm 37:23 NKJV
The steps of a good man/woman are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his/her way.

Proverbs 16:9
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

God is: ordering my steps
I am: walking in obedience and trust
My purpose is: to follow hard after Him


MEMORY VERSE
Proverbs 16:9
We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.
Proverbs 16:9

YEAR VERSES
Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:3-5


Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Thursday, February 25, 2016

I Choose Praise

Judges 5:3
"Listen, you kings!
Pay attention, you mighty rulers!
For I will sing to the Lord.
I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel."



Lord, I choose to praise you in every situation, when things are going well, and when they are not. You are the one who gives me the very breath that keeps me alive. I praise Your Holy Name!

Please guide me as I search for a new job. Help me to find a job where I can glorify you by using my talents and abilities. It would be nice to find one somewhat close to home, but it's ok if I have to commute. Lord, you know how much we need this extra income. Don't let us get focused on all we can do with the extra money. Help us to keep our focus on YOU. Lord, I see this as the start of a new career for me, hopefully doing something I love. You gave me these talents and abilities. Now, please let me use them to glorify you!

In Jesus' name, amen. <3

God is: Worthy of all our praise
I am: choose to praise Him
My purpose is: to glorify Him always

MEMORY VERSE
Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

2 Timothy 4:5
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
2 Timothy 4:5

YEAR VERSES
Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:3-5

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

God Uses Whatever it Takes

Judges 4:1-3
After Ehud's death, the Israelites again did evil in the Lord's sight. So the Lord turned them over to King Jabin of Hazor, a Canaanite king. The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-haggoyim. Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help.

So as I searched to find what you wanted to say to me from this, Lord, I went to David Guzik's commentary. Then it jumped out at me. He said almost word for word what I was thinking this morning before my quiet time.

As I was driving home from dropping MyHero off at work, I was thinking about the situation with my neighbors and praying for them. I thought about how you will use whatever it takes to get our attention and bring us to yourself. Then I read in David Guzik's commentary, "God can, and will, use anything to get our attention and keep us in line with His will."

Lord, even though it is often painful, I am so glad you do this! Please continue to use whatever it takes to get my attention and the attention of those I love who don't yet know you. Use me to point them to you! Let me keep short accounts with you so I can stay available to be used for your holy purposes.

In Jesus' name, amen. <3

God is: jealous for us
I am: loved by Him
My purpose is: to point others to Him

MEMORY VERSE
Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

2 Timothy 4:5
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
2 Timothy 4:5

YEAR VERSES
Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:3-5

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Use My Gifts!

Judges 3:15

But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord again raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin. The Israelites sent Ehud to deliver their tribute money to King Eglon of Moab.

Lord, you used Ehud's special ability, left-handedness, to defeat the Moabites. You have given me special abilities as well. Help me to use them for your glory wherever I am.

It seems that you have me embarking on a new season in possibly a new career. I pray that you will lead me to the job you have for me. Let me use the skills you have given me not just to advance my career, but to shine the light of your love to a dark and dying world.

This is an exciting yet scary time for me, Lord! There are so many details that I can't see how they are going to turn out well if I am working full-time. But since you seem to be leading me down this path, I will choose to trust you!

 In Jesus' name, amen. <3

God is: leading me and in control
I am: gifted with many special abilities, talents and skills
My purpose is: use my abilities, talents, and skills for his glory and to show his love to the world.

MEMORY VERSE
Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

2 Timothy 4:5
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
2 Timothy 4:5

YEAR VERSES
Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:3-5

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

He Keeps His Promises!

Joshua 21:45

Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.


Lord, it is all too easy for me to get discouraged when I can't see progress. Help me to remember that you work things out on your timetable, not mine. Help me to trust that you are at work in my Father-in-law's heart.

Lord, I so desperately want him to know you so he can go to heaven. Let me be a light shining into his darkness. Let me be Jesus for him, even though he won't let me talk about "religion."

 In Jesus' name, amen. <3

God is: the ultimate promise keeper
I am: a recipient of his many promises
My purpose is: to be/show Jesus to a dark and dying world.

MEMORY VERSE
Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

2 Timothy 4:5
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
2 Timothy 4:5

YEAR VERSES
Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:3-5

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jesus is My Refuge

Joshua 20:1-3

The Lord said to Joshua, "Now tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed Moses. Anyone who kills another person accidentally and unintentionally can run to one of these cities; they will be places of refuge from relatives seeking revenge for the person who was killed."


Lord God, you are my refuge! You are the one I run to when I am afraid. You are the one I run to when I have fallen and sinned. You welcome me with mercy, grace, and forgiveness. You help me to make a fresh start and get up and try again.

Thank you, Jesus, for giving your innocent life so that I can have a refuge to run to! Help me to tell others of this refuge! In Jesus' name, amen. <3

God is: my refuge
I am: safe when I'm in His arms
My purpose is: to tell others that they can have this same refuge to run to

MEMORY VERSE
Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

2 Timothy 4:5
But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don't be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.
2 Timothy 4:5

YEAR VERSES
Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the LORD and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you your heart's desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD.
Trust him, and he will help you.
Psalm 37:3-5

Psalm 90:17
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17