Sit up straight!

As I sit on my hotel room balcony at Madeira Beach, FL having my quiet time, I find the top of the rail right in my line of sight. To see the birds fishing and the occasional shark fin, I have to change my normal sitting position and sit up really straight, stretching a bit taller than normal.

It made me wonder:

What blessings do I miss because I won’t sit up and take notice?
How do I miss being a blessing to others when I won’t humbled myself.
What message is The Lord trying to send me that I am missing because I won’t change my posture before Him?

Lord, help me be tuned in enough that I am always in the right posture before you. I don’t want to miss anything you have for me because I know it will be good.

James 1:17 (NLT) Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

Love Our Kids – Devo for Teachers – No Pity Party

Here we are – the third week back at school after a great break.  How’s it going? Are you persevering in the Lord’s strength or dragging along in your own?

Are you bogged down with an attitude or situation that has created a pity party in you?  I know when I have a pity party, it can affect more than my attitude.  I see myself cutting corners in my work or with my family or in my church.  Not giving 100%. God’s word assures us that anything we go through are not uncommon.

So how can it be that sometimes it seems like it’s just me that’s having so many problems?  I find in my life that it is because that is when I am looking only at myself rather than looking to the Lord.  EVERY time I take my eyes off me my attitude and my behavior improve. …

I pray today that you will be encouraged by this verse.  If you’re not in a seasons of trial, maybe you can use it to encourage someone else.  If you are in a season of trial, I pray that you will seek the Lord’s guidance for the way out. “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience.

“And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”  1 Cor 10:13

Trusting God That I Will Glorify Him

I love how God honors our desire to be in His word!

This morning I was starting with

    Morning and Evening

by Charles Spurgeon. His devotions are not only just on one verse, but only one part of one verse. But often, the Lord uses that verse as a springboard into study of that verse or a larger passage, or even a precept.

We are so blessed in our culture to have simple and almost unlimited access to scripture. And one of the best parts of that is being able to read many different translations Whether it is the printed Word or Internet or e-Sword or an app on your phone, tablet or reader. . . HOLY COW! We are blessed.

Today’s scripture was actually Philippians 1:21, but to get a context I started at the beginning of the “passage” with verse 20. I never got to verse 21. And reading in verse 20 of the New Living Translation, I read:

20 For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.

Here are my notes and prayer from this passage. I’d love to know what this passage means to you.

NLT – Do I have that kind of faith? The kind that says – “I fully expect and hope. . .”AND I TRUST THAT MY LIFE WILL BRING HONOR TO CHRIST.” Lord, I want to be confident of that. But I think of the many times it hasn’t and I don’t know how to be so confident that I say it.

Other translations read differently:
NIV – (still eagerly expecting and hoping) . . .that I will have “sufficient courage” for Christ to be exalted in my body.

NASB – that “with all boldness Christ will even now be exalted.”

If I trust you, you will be exalted. If I allow you to live through me, you will be exalted.

If I don’t think about my shame, but yours, you will be exalted.

I praise you, Lord that you have given me everything I need for life and godliness. Live through me today.