Thursday, February 26, 2015

Inutile (1 Peter 2.1-10)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “inutile.”  We live in a pretty crazy world.  There are always people ready to judge everything that we do, both good and bad.  Social media puts everything out in the open for others to see and scrutinize, at every turn.  We would be led to believe that life can sometimes be meaningless or passing without significance.  However, the next time you feel inutile, that you are of no use or service to this intensely critical world, remember that God has called you to be special and for a purpose.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” ~1 Peter 2:9


My question is: when is the last time you thanked God for allowing you to be part of this holy nation of his?  We are always pretty busy taking care of the issues life throws at us, and oftentimes just trying to stay afloat.  We must continue to remember that we belong to God, and as long as we proclaim his name then we are on the right track.  My prayer is that you remember today that God has called you into his marvelous light.

Praying for you,


MO

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Gourmand (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “gourmand.”  I remember when I first became a Christian.  I was walking on pins and needles.  I didn’t want to mess up and make sure that everything I did was absolutely unblemished.  Well, that lasted for about a week.  I was so stressed out about being the best I could for God that I forgot what I really needed to be concerned with.  I needed to make sure that everything that I did from that point on was in good faith, and directed in a way that had God center of those decisions.

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” ~1 Cor 10:31


My question is: what are the things in life that you are trying to succeed at doing?  I know that with all of the responsibilities and things that need to get done, often we forget to remember why we need to do them.  My prayer is that you keep God at the center of everything that you do, and whatever endeavors you have going for you, do them for God. Do not be like the gourmand, who lives his or her life in excess, but do only what is necessary to help others see God's goodness.  The best way to give him glory is to allow others to see that your life centers around accomplishing everything in his name.

Praying for you,


MO

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Ballast (James 1:1-12)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “ballast.”  What are the things in your life that keep you stable?  Or, I guess another way to put it is to ask what things in your life keep you from going insane?  I know that I have to look to my friends and mentors to remind me of my need for perseverance within my many responsibilities.  I need others to walk alongside me and help me to get through the tough times.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” ~Jam 1:12


My question is: how are you when it comes to perseverance in life?  We see that God’s call to us is that when we face things in life that want to bring us down, it’s important to keep our eyes focused in the right direction.  My prayer is that you look to God, and remember that he is always the one who is on your side.  He keeps us steady, as the ballast of our lives.  Go forth in your endeavors today knowing that God has given you that stability, an unwavering friend in him.

Praying for you,


MO

Monday, February 23, 2015

Brolly (Isaiah 55:1-12)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “brolly.”  The symbolism and word usage in the Old Testament is second to none.  I would put the literary excellence of our Bible of to any other work out there.  As we see in today’s passage, we can be sure of God’s fulfillment in the elements, including rain and snow.  As I go outside and see the rain today and keep from getting wet because of the brolly I carry, I am comforted that God’s use of all of the elements make possible everything good that is at our fingertips.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater…” ~Is 55:10


My question is: are you praying for God’s will in your life?  Just as we see the good part of nature in today’s passage, we also see that resisting God is not necessarily what we want to be doing.  God is the one who makes everything that is good flourish and gives us what we need.  We must also know though that staying within God’s will is our best bet to be happy and secure.  My prayer is that you think God for the little things, as I am doing with the rain today.  May God bless you and allow you to grow and flourish where you are.

Praying for you,


MO

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Augur (Matthew 24:30-37)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “augur.”  I remember the first time reading today's passage.  I was pretty young, and new in the faith.  I wanted to know as much as possible.  But, I realized that it was not for me to know when Jesus was coming back.  That bummed me out a little bit, but realized that it was probably best that I don't know.  That means that I always have to be ready, and gives me a kind of urgency to help others know Jesus on a more personal level.

"However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.” ~Matt 24:36


My question is: what are you doing with each day that God is giving you?  There is no guarantee that tomorrow will be here.  Whether he takes you from this earth, and it does, or sends Jesus back to get you, the reality is sobering and exciting all at the same time.  We do know that this crazy world augurs the return of our Savior.  My prayer is that you take each moment and make it special.  Make it your masterpiece and use today to further the kingdom of God.

Praying for you,


MO

Friday, February 20, 2015

Doggo (Lamentations 3:25)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “doggo.”  We live in a pretty hurried up world.  With everything that's going on sometimes it is difficult to slow down.  The lesson I learned from one of my mentors early on was never to neglect God, especially during the busy times.  In fact, many times when we may think that God has forgotten or neglected us, either because he is not happy with us, or that he just has more important things to do, it is really that God is just waiting for us, often doggo and out of sight,  to make a move in his direction, to respond.

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” ~Lam 3:25


My question is: what are the obstacles in your life that cause you to keep from responding to God.  Seeking his will should be top priority, no matter what the circumstances of our lives might be.  I pray that God gives you a yearning in your soul to seek him.  Ask God to stir in your heart a willingness to wait for him.  Ask him to calm your heart and accept his blessings.

Praying for you,


MO

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Effulgent (Matthew 5:15-17)

Good morning ladies,

The word of the day is “effulgent.”  When someone decides to become Christian, they automatically have a responsibility.  Understanding that people would be looking at the way that I acted in my new Christian life was probably one of the toughest things I had to deal with.  Now everything that I did was looked at closely and with tons of scrutiny.  At first I did not think it was fair, but then began to understand that living a life for Jesus would have to be different than the life I had led up to that point.

“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” ~Matt 5:16



My question is: have you decided to live a little differently knowing that others are going to be looking at you and how you act as a Christian?  Although God does not expect perfection, he does want excellence, and for us to be effulgent in such a way that we shine brightly in our relationship with him.  My prayer is that others see a relationship with God and want to emulate you because of your desire to be a better Christian and follower of Christ every day.

Praying for you,


MO