Word for Your Life
“You, Lord, took up my case; You redeemed my life.“ ~ Lamentations 3:58
A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian
Lucy runs & seen Aslan, at long last.
Aslan rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting & half lying down between his front paws. His warm breath was all around her. She gazed up & said “Aslan? You’re bigger!” & Aslan says “That’s because you are older. Every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”
A-W Tozer ~ Faith Beyond Reason
There are certain things that you & I will never learn in the presence of other people…Part of our failure today is religious activity that is not preceded by aloneness, by inactivity…Getting alone with God & waiting in silence until we’re charged with God’s Spirit. Then, when we act, our activity really amounts to something because we have been prepared by God for it.
Pastor Rick Warren ~ Daily Hope Devotion
What happens when we live God’s way? We develop a willingness to stick with things. A good place to start is to Move toward joy. If you think of it as drudgery, your motivation disappears. But if you direct your energies wisely & do something you enjoy, you’ll find the motivation.
That’s true for exercise, but I think it can be true for spiritual disciplines too .. like praying & reading your Bible. Start with what you enjoy – & as you grow, keep moving.
Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center
We were made to worship, & when we do that we often lift our hands. But if you think about it, our hands were made for more than that.
Proverbs 10:26 tells us –
As vinegar to the teeth & smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.
So if we’re not lifting our hands in service to Christ, it’s like we’re smoke that’s getting in Jesus’ eyes. So let’s be more like the ants .. considering their ways, & be considered wise …
Matt Redman ~ Facedown
There are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy alone. & astronomers now believe there are at least 140 billion OTHER galaxies. Scientists estimate there are 10x more stars than there are grains of sand on all of the world’s beaches & deserts. We are smaller than we thought & God is greater than we had ever imagined.
Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest
God begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with him, only to hear us moan & groan “Let me be like other people.” Jesus is asking us to get beside him so we can pull together. The burden God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives & makes the wine.
Old Swiss Proverb
There once was a little Swiss village that had this beautiful old church, with big stained glass windows & the most amazing, old pipe organ around. The problem was the organ was out of tune.
They had people from all over the world come to try to fix it, but they just seemed to make it worse. But one day an old man appeared at the church door & said he wanted to try his hand at fixing it.
They let him & after a couple of days, the whole countryside could hear the beautiful music again. When they asked him how he did it – he said simply “It was I who built it.”
In the same way, when we’re in need of repair, we go to our Creator – `cuz fixing us is an inside job...
Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz
We don’t believe things because we believe them anymore. We believe them because it’s cool to believe them. What I believe is not what I say I believe .. What I believe is what I do.
Cyprian ~ 3rd Century martyr
If I were to ascend some high mountain & look out over the lands, you know what I’d see? Bandits on the highways; pirates on the sea; armies fighting; cities burning; men murdered to please the applauding crowds; selfishness, cruelty, misery, & despair. But in the midst of it, are a quiet & holy people who learned a great secret. They’re despised & persecuted, but they don’t care. They have overcome the world. These people are the Christians .. & I am one of them.
David Roper ~ A Heart for Wisdom
Our most outrageous & often-repeated sins have been forgiven according to God’s mercy & grace. & grace means that God has given us the resources to make a new beginning. The question is not “Can I make it? Am I able? Can I overcome? The question is “Is HE able? Can HE transform me?