Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Are you haunted by your past?

Inspiration for today from the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible (NKJV) http://www.nelsonbibles.com/bible.php?id=15:



Are you haunted by your past? Are you less accepting of other believers because of their pasts? Take a page from the apostle Paul. God can soften even the hardest heart. Continue to walk forward with Him, one step at a time.


Scriptures for Exploration


Witnessing—Acts 1:8, 21, 22; 1 Corinthians 1:18–31.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Busyness and time pressures are dramatically shaping our culture.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Many people are seeking hope.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Think about your relationship with Christ.

Inspiration for today from the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible (NKJV) http://www.nelsonbibles.com/bible.php?id=15:

You’ve probably met people who attend church regularly but are unmoved by the preaching of God’s Word. Their attendance seems more of a social obligation than a means for sharing and being enriched with God’s Word. Is that how life is for you or your family? Think about your relationship with Christ. Does it have a true and real meaning? Make your goal next Sunday to worship God through active participation and listening.

Scriptures for Exploration

Acceptance—Judges 11:3; Luke 4:24; 9:1–6.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Simply Relevant

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inspiration from Lucado Life Lessons

Inspiration for today from the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible (NKJV) http://www.nelsonbibles.com/bible.php?id=15:


Have you ever found refuge or support in an unexpected place? Have problems resolved themselves in ways you didn’t expect? Ask God today to make you the unexpected solution to someone else’s problem— God’s miracle channel.

Scriptures for Exploration

God’s Will—2 Chronicles 18:28–33; Esther 4:13, 14; Acts 16:6.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Moms in the Bible

Moms in the Bible
The Mother Who Fears the Lord;
Children Who Love God, Too


Are there those who respect the Lord? . . . They will enjoy a good life, and their children will inherit the land. (25:12–13) Some Sunday morning take a look at the parents at your church. How engaged are they in the service? Do they look like they’re enthralled with God’s holy presence? Then, the next time you’re at a big ball game, look around at the parents in the stands. How engaged are these people in what’s going on? Or what if a famous person happened to be seated in the stands? Wouldn’t there be a buzz? An electricity in the air?

Maybe the above comparisons aren’t fair, but the point is well taken. Our children are watching what we do. If our kids observe us excitedly talking about our favorite athletic team, or enthusiastic over a celebrity, they’ll begin to believe that sports or fame are worth serious attention. If we get fired up reading about the stock market over breakfast, they’ll get the idea that making money is a big deal. And if they see us sleepily checking our watches or mumbling our way through the hymns during a church service, they’ll decide that knowing God is about as exciting as waiting in a doctor’s office.

It’s likely that your children will be influenced by the passions you demonstrate in front of them. David asks, “Are there those who respect the Lord?” (25:12). Where are the parents who love being in God’s presence, who can’t wait to enjoy their heavenly Father’s nearness? When you find them, look at their kids. Chances are they’ll be easy to spot. They are the children who will inherit what’s truly important.

The excerpt above is found in the pages of the Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers, with General Editor, Bobbie Wolgemuth.

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Available in the New Century Version and drawing on solid Bible teaching, it encourages women at every stage of life to strengthen their relationship with God. A perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, or whenever it’s time to say “thank you” to a special mom. To experience the Mom’s Bible for yourself and receive a free download visit www.momsbible.com.

Inspiration for today

Inspiration for today from the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible (NKJV) http://www.nelsonbibles.com/bible.php?id=15:

Is there anyone you are not willing to tell about Jesus? Is there any place you are not willing to take the Good News? Ask God to give you the willingness and the courage. Let him direct you where he wants, not where you want.

Scriptures for Exploration

Witnessing—Acts 13:46, 47; Romans 1:14–16; 10:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4; Galatians 2:7–9; 2 Timothy 1:8; 1 Peter 1:23–25

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our God Is Better Than Anything Else

“One day in the courtyards of your Temple is better than a thousand days anywhere else.”
(84:10)


These psalmists knew that spending time in the presence of the Lord was time better spent than doing anything else. Do we also believe that? They knew that there was true value in being a faithful follower of the Lord, even if it meant just standing at the Temple door as a servant. Do we agree?

When we spend our time in church, worshiping God, talking to Him, praising Him, listening to Him, and serving Him, our days have eternal meaning and joy. The same happiness is available when little ones learn to worship (verses 3–4). Ask the Lord for a perspective like that of the sons of Korah. It’s what will really make you happy. “I want more than anything to be in the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. My whole being wants to be with the living God” (Psalm 84:2).

The excerpt above is found in the pages of the Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers, with General Editor, Bobbie Wolgemuth.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

He Is Kind and Merciful

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He Is Kind and Merciful

Psalm 103:1–5


Our children need to know of God’s mercy, kindness, and goodness. And they need to hear words from our lips, thanking the One who forgives our sins, heals us, saves us, blesses us, satisfies us, and renews us. In everyday conversations, we can respond to little kindnesses of the Lord with, “Isn’t God amazing?” or “Thank You, Lord!” as naturally as we say “Good morning” to our children.

We can choose between two attitudes—either arrogance (thinking that our accomplishments are because of something we muster up on our own) or humility (realizing every breath we take is because of God’s mercy). Nothing we’ve ever done can ever make us worthy of the incredible love of God. Because a mother’s attitude is picked up by her children, let them hear you praise the Lord. He is kind. He is very kind.

The excerpt above is found in the pages of the Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers, with General Editor, Bobbie Wolgemuth.

Mom’s Bible
: God’s Wisdom for Mothers gives women an awareness of just how precious and vital they are in God’s plan for the family.

Available in the New Century Version and drawing on solid Bible teaching, it encourages women at every stage of life to strengthen their relationship with God. A perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, or whenever it’s time to say “thank you” to a special mom. To experience the Mom’s Bible for yourself and receive a free download visit www.momsbible.com.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Letting God Carry Your Burdens

Dear Friends,

“Bear one another’s burdens.” ~ Galatians 6:2


There is a time for everything, a season for this and a season for that. There is a time to bear a care in solitude, and a time to share a prayer with a friend. We need the wisdom to know when to shoulder responsibility, when to delegate, and when to cast it all upon Jesus – our incomparable Burden Bearer.

Sometimes I have to have a cry, then wash my face, and get on with it! I know I must bear the thing alone. Another day, when I was burdened beyond belief after watching a loved one suffer, a friend came to me and touched my hurt with tenderness, mending the raw edges of my helplessness. Such love brought a blessed buoyancy that helped more than I could tell. Someone cared enough to help make my burden bearable. Yes, there is a season for sorrow, a time to bear another’s burdens.

But there comes a time when only God’s shoulders are broad enough to carry the weight of my worry. Then crushing burdens become carried burdens. Yoked to Him, I can plow my lonely furrow, walk a straight path, cope with the intolerable, and figure out the impossible. Then, having been carried, I am sent on my way strengthened to help carry another. I need to pray:

Show me when to share, Lord – Commission me to carry, Lord

And teach me not to burden one of your special children, if I must bear my burden alone!

In Christ,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor
Just Between Us Magazine

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Inner Beauty

Dear Friends,

“And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.” ~ Psalm 90:17

What is beauty? There is a beauty of form and figure that catches the breath by its sheer symmetry. Then there is the beautiful supple strength of the athlete. But we are thinking “outward.” What about the “inward,” the beauty of a bright mind, for instance? The queen in Proverbs 31 warned her son, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised” (v.30).

The most radiant beauty of all is spiritual beauty, that inner tranquility that comes from a meek and submissive spirit resting at the Savior’s feet. Moses prayed that the beauty of the Lord would be upon His people. When David had placed the ark of God inside the tent that he had pitched for it, he offered burnt offerings and told the people to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (1 Chron. 16:29).

Romans 10:15 tells us that the feet that take the gospel to the lost are beautiful. But how perfectly beautiful is our Savior Jesus! Beautiful in love, holiness, forgiveness, and grace! If we will only pray the prayer of Moses as we worship Him, the Lord will think us beautiful too. We will hear our Savior whisper, “You are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair!” (Song 4:1).

In His Love,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor
Just Between Us Magazine

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Where Will the Way Lead?

Following Jesus is a lifetime adventure. It requires risk and experimentation. Courage is necessary to increase our faith, hope, and love along the journey. We don’t know what life will bring to us—surprises that both overwhelm us with joy and sorrow.

So how do we know the way? A long time ago I heard a story that I’ve contemplated many times in my life when I didn’t know where the path I was on would lead. The story goes as I remember it like this: One night a father decided that his daughter was old enough to go to the barn and feed the horses on her own. But she was afraid.

So the father took his daughter out to the front porch of the house and lit a lantern, held it up, and asked her how far she could see by the lantern’s light. She said that she could see
halfway down the path to the barn. “Good!” her father responded. “Now carry this lantern halfway down the path.” The young girl did as she was told and when she reached her destination, her father called out to her, “Now how far can you see by the lantern’s light?” His daughter responded that she could see all the way to the gate. “Great!” her father responded. “Now walk to the gate.”

Once again the girl did as she was told and when she reached the gate, her father asked, “Now how far can you see?” She responded that she could see the barn. “Wonderful!”
replied her father. “Now walk to the barn and open the door.”

The girl did just as her father told her and finally she shouted back that she was at the barn and could see the horses. “Excellent!” her father called. “Now feed the horses.” And
he stepped back into the house.

God is like the father who gives us light for now and for the next step. God’s light doesn’t illuminate the whole journey, just one step at a time. The girl trusted her father to get her safely to the barn; and we, too, must trust God to get us safely to the next destination, decision, turning point, opportunity, or experience along our path.

When you are uncertain of the path ahead, how do you trust to take the next steps?

Taken from A Faithful Heart: Daily Guide for Joyful Living by Sally Dyck (Abingdon Press, 2010)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Uniquely You

Three separate and unrelated quotations call to mind that God calls us to be uniquely who we are in order to uniquely live out our lives in belonging to God.

There’s an old Jewish saying: Rabbi Zusya, when he was an old man, said, “In the coming world, they will not ask me: ‘Why were you not Moses?’ They’ll ask me: ‘Why were you not Zusya?’ ”

We look around at other people and see their talents and gifts, accomplishments, and opportunities and may be tempted to try to be like them, to even be them. Yet God doesn’t want us to be like others, except to be like Christ. God wants us to be truly, uniquely ourselves because God values the diversity of talents and gifts, people and perspectives. Without our unique being, something will be missing in any given situation in which we find ourselves. We should constantly be asking ourselves—especially when we feel like we don’t see things like others do or have the same gifts and abilities— how God would expect us to add to or influence a situation. God doesn’t need more than one Moses, likewise God doesn’t need more than one of anyone else; God needs each one of us!

“Something’s your vocation [or calling] if it keeps making more of you.”-Gail Godwin

When we’re truly and uniquely being who God has created, called, gifted, and empowered us to be, it will “make more” of us, not less. By “making more” I believe that means that it is something that doesn’t diminish us but magnifies our own sense of self and relationship with God and others. When Jesus said that the yoke is easy and the burden is light, I believe he meant that when we’re truly being ourselves in service to God, it may require a lot of physical, emotional, and spiritual energy, but it will also “fit.” And not just “fit,” but make more of us in terms of joy and satisfaction at what we’re able to do. Like the image of the yoke suggests, usually what makes “more” of us, what multiplies and builds upon who we are, will be as the result of others pulling in the same direction, working together with us, and exponentially making our lives full of joy, like a cup running over.

True vocation joins self and service when “the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”—Frederick Buechner

What we are most passionate about is the place where we can team up with God to make a difference in the lives of others and do what we love the most all at the same time!

What passion do you have that could be transformed into a ministry?


Taken from A Faithful Heart: Daily Guide for Joyful Living by Sally Dyck (Abingdon Press, 2010)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Bearing Private Grief Publicly

Dear Friends,

When Joseph’s second son was born, he named him Ephraim and said, “It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering” (Genesis 41:52). God can make us fruitful when He carries us into a place of affliction, but how?

He can surely use the pain, if we cooperate, to grow some of the fruit of the spirit in us – love, joy, peace, patience, and self control. I think it begins when we accept trouble with a “why not?” instead of a “why me?” attitude, and when we submit to His timing, not with a “why now?” but a “thy will be done”. As we learn to grow through suffering we will begin to know God, ourselves and others better through it all, and might even develop hidden gifts of mercy and grace that will only flower in the land of our suffering.

It’s easier said than done, of course, but for those of us who seek to serve the Lord, we will discover that at such painful times, like Joseph, we have a choice. We can become fruitful or barren, become overcomers or overcome. We can allow pain to drive us to God, letting the prison show us His face. While Joseph was in the pit, God showed him his mercy – in the prison of His kindness (Genesis 30:21) and in the palace of His grace.

Sometimes we can preach the most effective sermons of our lives from the prison or the pit, simply by responding rightly to people who are responsible for bringing us into the “land of suffering.”

When our turn comes, may He help all of us to be fruitful – for His sake.

In His Love,

Jill Briscoe
Executive Editor
Just Between Us Magazine

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Women are Hungry for the Truth!

By Jill Briscoe

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.. ~ Ephesians 5:16

We must buy up the opportunities we have before the night comes.

This is the day of opportunity. Our church took a survey of two thousand women in our community to find out what they were thinking, and how our women’s ministry could best meet their needs. Out of all of those interviewed, only a handful of women were hostile or refused to talk with us. We need to buy up these opportunities.

Colossians 4:5 tells us to walk in wisdom toward those who are “outside” – redeeming the time. Paul goes on to explain that in this wise walk our speech must be salty (there will be a tang to it) so that we may know how to answer every person. Redeeming the time means cultivating the “know-how” of argument and debate. Redeeming the time means that by our very lifestyle, we will engender some questions from others.

Once in a train full of rowdy, drunken football fans, a young Christian was sitting quietly, reading. An old gentleman, observing first the drunks and then the young man, said to him “You seem to have found the secret to life – do you want to share it?” Our young friend lost no time “redeeming the time”!

Paul even goes so far as to warn the married that “the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none”! (I Cor. 7:29). We must ask God for a great sense of urgency.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Would We Want People Imitating Us?

By Jill Briscoe

Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children. ~ Ephesians 5:1

Our son Pete wanted a bird! His sister had left for college and he was feeling lonely. Without giving the matter much thought, I bought him a cockateel.

When Pete emerged bleeding from the bathroom after the first and last training session with his new-found friend, “Cornbread” (we found out later he should have been called “Cornelia”) was relegated to a life within the walls of the cage in Pete’s room. “Talk to him, Pete,” I urged my son over the next few weeks; but the novelty of the pet wore off and my urging was to no avail.

We donated Cornbread to a friend (now an enemy!) and told her, “Don’t worry when you hear deep breathing in the middle of the night!” The poor bird had heard nothing more than Pete’s deep slumbering sighs and so had imitated them! Have you ever heard a cockatiel deep-breathe? It’s eerie.

But all of us learn by imitation. Paul said, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (I Cor. 11:1). We are to watch carefully, listen acutely, and pick up every inflection of our Master’s voice!

Would we want people imitating us? The very fact that we are being watched should force us to deal with our erratic behavior and not cause others to stumble.

Jesus had some hard words about people who cause others to fall. He said it would be better if stones were tied around their necks and they were cast to the bottom of the sea! (see Lukas 17:2).


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Friday, May 14, 2010

Just Between Us Magazine Daily Quote

Future grace is glorified by intense and joyful confidence. This faith is what frees us and empowers us for venturesome obedience in the cause of Christ.

~ John Piper


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Just Between Us Magazine Daily Quote

Somehow we must reorient our lives to God. We must learn to see things from his perspective. We must allow Him to develop His character in us. We must let Him reveal His thoughts to us. Only then can we get a proper perspective on life.

~ Henry T. Blackaby



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Monday, May 10, 2010

Just Between Us Magazine Daily Quote

To anyone in any kind of suffering, Jesus Christ has earned the right to say, "Come unto me...bring your pain here to me. Together we will find a way to make use of it. I am your Redeemer. We will not waste a single tear."

~ Eugenia Price



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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Just Between Us Magazine Daily Quote

...Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.

~1 Corinthians 15:58


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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Passing It On: A Time of Stillness




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2 Peter 3:9

God is not in a hurry. He knows exactly who He is and what He’s doing. Frenzy and chaos are not His companions. Like a performer spinning multiple plates at the ends of long sticks, you’re a hard-working mother balancing multiple roles at once. The whole concept of slowing down runs counter to your reality, doesn’t it?

“Think of how I can help God if I’m living at high speed,” you might rationalize. “After all, isn’t God better served by industrious wives and moms who race through life with the accelerator pressed to the floorboard?”

No, actually, He isn’t. God is not frantically looking for volunteers to do His work hoping for some help. He’s not wringing His hands, wishing that we would do what He cannot without us. Our task as His disciples is a fairly simple one. Pleasing Him is simply a choice we want to embrace.

“Do your best to be without sin and without fault,” the apostle Peter urges. “Try to be at peace with God” (3:14, NCV). We need to stop racing and take time to rest. “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NCV). Be still? It’s not a suggestion. It’s a directive and it’s for our good.

Look at us—we’re under so much pressure that the veins in our necks are bulging. Our to-do list is so long that it drags the floor. We need to slow down. We must slow down. God is better served by a woman who takes time to reflect. He is looking for a woman who draws strength from her heavenly Father and listens to His promptings. A woman who thinks God’s thoughts and knows the individual needs of each member of her family. This woman is willing to give valuable time to her husband, children, and friends, not just brief moments on the fly.

She will be a woman who is able to serve her family when she meditates on what honors the Lord. Does this seem impossible? Take a deep breath. Ask the Lord to quiet your heart as you carve out time to reflect on Him. Then listen to what He says to you. “If you will be calm and trust me, you will be strong” (Isaiah 30:15, NCV).

Excerpt taken from Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers
General Editor Bobbie Wolgemuth
Published by Thomas Nelson





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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Just Between Us Magazine Daily Quote

We cannot always trace God’s hand, but we can always trust God's heart.

~ C.H. Spurgeon


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Just Between Us Magazine Daily Quote

Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.
~ Charles Spurgeon

Insights: Busy, Busy




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Psalm 46: 8 – 11, NCV

Life can be a frenzied blur. The list of our duties as a wife and mom seems never-ending and never-finished, doesn’t it? Taking care of our homes, trying to stay on a budget, working in a job inside or outside our homes, volunteering at church and at our child’s school, staying fit, and striving to love our husbands well and raise our children to love the Lord are all important.

We try to keep them going, just like a juggler struggles to keep his plates spinning lest they fall and break. Here’s another assignment. Find time to be still.

Give yourself permission to be quiet.

Turn off the television and the computer.

Silence your cell phone.

Take a deep breath and listen to the quiet.

Remember that our God, who created the world, modeled this quiet rest for us (Genesis 2:2). And Jesus, knowing He needed time with the Father to complete His earthly mission, went early in the morning to a quiet place, alone, to pray (Mark 1:35).

What is the purpose for our stillness? A time of quiet reminds us who God is . . . and we can rest in that (Psalm 46: 10).



Excerpt taken from Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers
General Editor Bobbie Wolgemuth
Published by Thomas Nelson

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Walking in Joy: Luscious Fruit




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“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If any remain in me and I in them, they produce much fruit. But without me they can do nothing.” (John 15:5, NCV) Have you ever heard a growing plant grunt and moan as it’s producing the harvest? Of course not. What they produce is the result of a good farmer, good seed, good soil, and favorable weather conditions.

Jesus has some practical advice for moms who want to cultivate spiritual fruit—in their own lives and in their children’s lives. He calls Himself the vine and He calls God, our Father, the gardener.

Fruit describes what God does through us. It is impossible for us to be fruitful women—dripping with the richness of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control— unless we get our nourishment, our energy, our strength, and our productivity directly from Jesus Himself (Galatians 5:22–23).

Stay close to Him. Connect. Spend time thinking about Jesus in His Word. The Father also looks at His “plants”—us—and prunes us to become more fruitful. When we’re in the middle of His sometimes painful pruning, the right question to ask is “Lord, what are You teaching me here?”

God looks at us lovingly and sees areas that are not pleasing to Him, where sin resides. His purpose is always to make us fruitful and able to feed the hungry hearts of our children. There’s a powerful reward for living constantly connected to the Father “. . . so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy” (John 15:11, NCV).







Excerpt taken from Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers

General Editor Bobbie Wolgemuth



Published by Thomas Nelson


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Our God Is the Incomparable One





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Who has known the mind of the Lord or been able to give him advice? (Isaiah 40:13, NCV)

As busy moms, when we struggle to balance all of our responsibilities, we can get lost in the frenzy and not see the big picture. A dose of verses 12–14 from Isaiah 40 will awaken our hearts to one certain and stabilizing thing—that God is big enough.
 
Our God measures the oceans in the cup of His hand; He weighs the mountains on His outstretched arms. Strong nations are like a thin wisp of air to Him. Compared to a sovereign God, we are insignificant. He is the Mighty Creator. He is All Powerful, All-Knowing, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. And yet He loves us with an everlasting love. Now, let’s see, what was it we were fretting about? But sometimes, in our weakness, we forget. We may even dare to give God counsel and try to help Him run things. Isaiah asks,
 
“Who has known His mind?
  Who can give Him advice?
  Who does He ask for help?”
 
Reading this, we are reminded of who God is. He has power and wisdom beyond our imagination; and when we truly see Him as He is, we have no choice but to say, “The Lord sits on his throne in heaven. He sees what people do; he keeps his eye on them” (Psalm 11:4, NCV). He’s in control and we can rest.


Excerpt taken from Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers

General Editor Bobbie Wolgemuth
Published by Thomas Nelson

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Learning to “go” where you are needed








Insights: Going First
2 Chronicles 34: 22 – 33, NCV

God’s punishment for Judah’s disobedience was inevitable.

The Lord could no longer tolerate the people’s blatant sinfulness. But King Josiah didn’t despair. He didn’t look for someone to blame. He rolled up his sleeves and led the people back into faithful, godly living. As he took on the challenge of a lifetime, we don’t hear any “woe is me” from the king.

But before he made new rules for others to follow, he promised the Lord that he’d do these right things himself. Step-by step Josiah showed people how it’s done.

What a great idea! You and I set our families in the right direction by our own example of doing the right thing with the right people at the right time for the right reason. By going first.


Excerpt taken from Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers

General Editor Bobbie Wolgemuth
Published by Thomas Nelson
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