I have MANY favorite pieces of scripture from God’s word. Probably the very ONE I keep in my head at all times is the one I latched on to as a child: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Sometimes, in this world, we feel like those crazy salmon swimming upstream. Every day we try to make some kind of progress. In the onslaught of responsibilities and demands of our lives, just getting one important thing accomplished today can seem impossible.
It’s very easy to think about life and every situation negatively. It’s easy to let yourself feel defeated by troubles.
Believe and KNOW that if you love God and follow Christ that He lives IN you and that through Him you cannot be defeated! You CAN do all things with Christ in your corner and God in your heart!
My thought for your week: NEVER forget that God loves you. The God who created everything in this world around you loves you. There is NOTHING He can’t do! Believe in Him. Have Faith in Him!
I just LOVE the old Hymns. Way back in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s churches were packed with young families full of energy and singing power! Those old songs and voices would ring out with the snazzy pipes of the big, massive church organ! Everything felt energetic and alive! Why? Because it WAS!
Today, most of those parents have graduated to live with Christ and their children…many have found other interests. Many of the organ players are long gone. The old hymns sound tired and old. In small churches, there are fewer and fewer young voices to sing them. The songs have been sung so many times they’ve lost their meaning…However, many of them were “old” when they were sung with power just after WWII!
When I think of songs like How Great Thou Art it makes me think, “HOW GREAT THOU ART!” I think of the massiveness of God and the enormous wonders He’s created! It makes me think of the massiveness of God and the microscopic wonders He’s created! Wonders just as small as giant wonders are Huge!
It makes we WANT to roll the windows down on my car and sing “How Great Thou Art” as loud as I can!
And once again, I hear my mother’s voice saying to me, “If you’re going to sing, OPEN your mouth and sing!
My Thought for your Week: When you sing about the wonders of God – Open Your Mouth and Sing Like You Mean It! (If you’re driving, try not to get a ticket.)
When I woke up this morning, there was an old song running through my head called Stand by Me. The song was written by Charles Tindley way back in 1905. (112 years ago.)
The line that kept playing over and over was, “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me.” This made me think of Mathew 14:39-31 where Peter actually got out of his boat and walked on the water! Christ was walking on the water and Peter said to Him, “Hey! I want to try that!” (I paraphrased a little right there.) Peter stepped out of the boat and was doing great until he looked at the raging wind and waves...Then he sank, and Jesus had to save him. He took his eyes off Jesus, looked at the chaos around him and gave into his fears.
Life is full of storms. The winds of turmoil blow in every direction possible. Troubles can come out of nowhere. We get distracted. We lose hope and lose our way. And, every time we lose our way we find we’ve taken our eyes off Jesus.
My Thought for your week: I love signs and find that I do better with constant reminders. Here’s one I’m having made for my office. Keep Your Eyes On Christ, Your Heart On God, And NEVER Let Satan Deter You!
Do you know how much difference there is between a doctor, a surgeon, and a mechanic? Not much!
I was talking to my father’s cardiologist a few years ago, and he told me, “When it comes to the heart, the problems are usually related to one of two things. It’s either plumbing or electrical.” I’m sure many auto mechanics out there would say the same thing!
We have mechanics that work on our cars and trucks. And, have mechanics that work on our bodies! And we have a fantastic mechanic for our soul! – Jesus. Fortunately for us, He LOVES to fix things!
Throughout His ministry here on earth, Jesus was getting his hands dirty fixing bodies, souls, spirits, and minds. He, specifically and intentionally, put himself into situations where he could fix someone. He constantly sat, ate and lived with those who were broken, troubled and in need of repair.
He’s referred to as the Great Physician. He IS the Great Healer. But I like to think of Him as the Great Mechanic!
Christ STILL loves to fix things. He’s STILL able, willing and ready. All we need to do is call on Him!
Here’s my weekly “To Do” for you: Take an inventory of your life; not your entire life. Just your life “this” week. Look to find your broken places. We all have them. – I have many. Go to the place where you can pray best. Give your broken places to Him – every day. He will give you healing. Maybe not the healing you expect. It will be the healing that you need.
My Thought for your week Jesus LOVES to fix broken things!