When I first started this blog about a year ago now, (wow, time flies!) I prayed about it. I prayed over the blog to be a source of encouragement and peace, and for it to reflect what God would have me say.
At church last Sunday, the sermon was about the importance of prayer. I realized something I have been neglecting for quite some time is prayer! I haven’t taken time to pray much, not just about this blog, but in my personal life and for others as well. And especially, I have forgotten its importance as an act of praise.
Lately I have been thinking about this blog and where it’s going, what it should communicate. Before Sunday I had already decided that I didn’t want to post stuff just to be posting stuff. What’s important is that it be in God’s will, what He has called me to do.
So, please join me in praying to be a blessing to others, to help encourage and to share God’s peace.
When I saw this Weekly Photo Challenge about Illumination, I really wanted to participate because Light is one of the themes of my blog. But finding what I wanted to show turned out to be a big challenge. There’s a part of a Monty Python movie where they show the credits (at the beginning of course?) and it says that the credits have been completed with much expense at the last minute. Or something like that! So that’s how I feel about this post…
This is a picture of the Arc de Triomphe from a visit to Paris last year. The visit was in many ways a personal triumph for me. I give God all the credit for making it happen. The light on the arch kind of highlights the idea trimuph…here we were looking at the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees at night….very beautiful. And a personal victory for me.
So, what triumphs in your life have you celebrated lately? How did you see God making it happen?
Someone just shared this “I Like Adoption” YouTube video with me. Sitting at my computer crying while watching it, I realized I wanted to share it, too. Hope you find it encouraging today. Even if adoption doesn’t apply to your life right now, it’s a beautiful demonstration of unconditional love.
Read this great post on “Working for Christ” and wanted to share it with you! Sometimes our best witness of God’s love is through how we act toward others. It’s a good reminder to reflect the light of Jesus and His love as we go about our day, whatever we do.
“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. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” (1 Peter 3:15-16, NIV)
(photo credit – rca.org)
You may think that work is just a meaningless exercise in futility because … well … everyone has to make a living. As I’ve said in the past, work is much more than that. Just like building an orphanage in the Dominican Republic or preaching the gospel to new believers in Angola, your job is a mission field. Regardless of what you do, almost everyone works in a community. There are people around you. And when there are people around…
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Courage is not a lack of fear. It is doing something even though you are afraid. Sometimes we think those who are brave don’t feel fear. More often, being brave means doing something in spite of the fear.
In other words, do it anyway!
Prayer for today: Lord, please give us discernment to know those things that are in Your will for us to do. Please calm our anxious thoughts and give us the courage to do those things You’ve called us to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent me, because there is little time left before the night falls and all work comes to an end. But while I am still here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
The Master was searching for a vessel to use; On the shelf there were many – which one would He choose? “Take me”, cried the gold one, “I’m shiny and bright, I’m of great value and I do things just right. My beauty and luster will outshine the rest And for someone like You, Master, gold would be the best!”
The Master passed on with no word at all; He looked at a silver urn, narrow and tall; “I’ll serve You, dear Master, I’ll pour out Your drink, and I’ll be at Your table whenever You dine, My lines are so graceful, my carvings so true, And my silver will always compliment You.”
Unheeding the Master passed on to the brass, It was wide mouthed and shallow, and polished like glass. “Here! Here!” cried the vessel, “I know I will do, Place me on Your table for all men…