Word for Your Life
“…but in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.“ ~ 1 Peter 3:15
A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
As the ship is sailing along at a pretty good clip, the crew notices there’s no wind driving them forward…
Edmund mentions to Caspian they might be about to fall off the edge of the world, & while that freaks a lot of them out – not Reepicheep. & when Drianian asks what Reep thinks they’ll find at the bottom, he says …
Aslan’s country perhaps. Or perhaps there isn’t any bottom. Perhaps it goes down for ever & ever. But whatever it is, won’t it be worth anything to just have looked for one moment beyond the edge of the world.
The lesson for us is to not wring our hands when times are hard, but rather rend our hearts – & enjoy the ride.
Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center
When we place our life in his hands, it has a transforming impact on us – & sometimes in ways you might not even expect.
Colossians 3:14 say ..
Put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
We read that & automatically think of the church, but our awareness of his love can bring such a oneness of purpose, it can even impact your workout. That new resolve can mean eating better, exercising smarter, & at the same time giving you joy, security & strength inside & out.
Today’s One Thing is instead of picking up new shoes or shorts, trying putting on love for your next workout.
A.W. Tozer ~ God Tells the Man Who Cares
To escape the snare of [being artificial] it is necessary that a man enjoy satisfying personal experience with God. He must be totally committed to Christ, & delivered from the fear of man. He must make God responsible for the consequences .. then people will know they’re hearing a voice instead of a mere echo.
Matt Redman ~ Facedown
Creation is alive with musicality. & every sound, note, & strain is a response to the divine.
Oswald Chambers ~ Love of God
The more the marble wears, the better the image grows. God enlarges us on the inside .. & every bit of nervous energy spent by us in God’s work means [more] spiritual insight. If you’re right with God, he says, the very thing that is an affliction to you is working out an eternal weight of glory.
Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?
You don’t need a shovelful of salt to preserve a slab of ham; a dusting will suffice.
David Platt ~ Radical
We say things like “The safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.” We think “If it’s dangerous, God must not be in it. If it’s risky or unsafe, it must not be God’s will.” But what if the center of God’s will is unsafe? Jesus told his disciples “I’m sending you out like sheep among wolves” .. in other words “I’m sending you to dangerous places, where you’ll find yourself in the middle of evil, vicious people. This is what it means to be by disciple.
Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel
In conversation, the disciple who is truly poor in spirit always leaves the other person feeling “My life has been enriched by talking with you.” He’s not all exhaust & no intake. He listens well…Her spiritual poverty enables her to enter the world of the other, even when she can’t identify with that world.
Francis Chan ~ Joy of Being A DiscipleMaker
God put his Holy Spirit inside of us. We’re temples of the living God, & we can’t walk around with this lack of joy. He wants us blown away by his truth .. to see someone dead in their sins come alive when God’s Spirit enters.
David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom
Death meets us everywhere & any night could be the World’s Last Night, at least for me. That’s why it’s so important to invest our time wisely, & the best way to start, he says, is pray. Be clear minded & self-controlled so that you can pray. It’s not so much that prayer moves God, but that it moves me. Without it, I will accomplish exactly nothing.
Oscar Hammerstein (in a letter to Mary Martin)
A bell’s not a bell till you ring it. A song’s not a song till you sing it. Love in your heart isn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love till you give it away.