The story of the prodigal son teaches us a life lesson on how God deals with his children. The father in the story promises an inheritance to each son. The younger one does not want to wait, he wants his NOW! He goes to a far country and finds himself with bad company. He becomes a slave. After he comes to himself, he realizes how good he had it at his Father's house. He climbs out of the mess he's made and heads for his Father's house. The father is happy to see his son.
I would like to look at this story from a different angle. I thought of Peter's instruction in II Peter, that we are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we want things in God before time, we do not grow in grace. Graceful people have wisdom. They know when to do it and how, they know how to say it and when. I believe the lesson of this story is to show us what can happen if we get ahead of our Father. Will you trust him today with what you need and when you need it? If it is a good thing, he is more than happy to give it to you. There is always safety in the father's care and in his will. Trust him today!
Mary and Elizabeth were cousins. They were both pregnant. Elizabeth knew she had to get to Mary because they were both giving birth to something God started. Elizabeth said she felt her baby leap after talking to Mary. The point. Make sure you are cultivating relationships that make your baby leap! God has given everyone something to birth. Many of us have had abortions. Spirtual ones that is. If you baby has died. Ask the Lord to give you another chance to conceive. Then pray to be surrounded by those who stir up the thing you are giving birth to through prayer and encouragement.
Remind us that sisterhood is a beautiful thing. Two are better than one and three cord strand cannot be easily broken We pray today for divine relationships A Naomi and Ruth relationship, A Mary and Elizabeth relationship, We need each other to survive. Lord, help us not to harm one another. The enemy desires to have us, because you placed so much in us. You are greater. We roll all of our works on you today.
OK Girls! Today's post is not a ranting raving post. Inhale......Exhale...... It is a simple question. Is your God too small? Don't make this a scary question. It is actually a good question. Is your God the God of the bible? I hope so.
He has done and continues to do marvelous things! As one author put it, we often miss out on where God is working in our everyday lives because we are too BUSY! You know God does speak through people. The people you don't want to hear. Yes, like your significant other or the children. God also did miraculous things and he still does. He is no respecter of persons. Do you need a miracle today? I do.
God also used ordinary people like Mary, Ester, Rahab, and Ruth. When Mary knew she would be with child and it would be a holy thing, she said "be it unto me as you say, Lord" Many of us have stopped believing God to do miraculous things in our lives. We work. We cook. We sleep. As Emril says "Lets kick it up a notch" Ok.
All the days of the afflicted are bad, But a cheerful heart has a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15
Girlfriends, don't we all know that it is we who decided what kind of day we're going to have? We know in theory, but do we really know that in truth? You decide each and every day if your day is going to be good or bad.
Having a cheerful heart is a God given right. Whatever you do, don't let the enemy steal this from you. He will use anything! He only does what we allow.
Make sure that you are taking care of yourself spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Affliction usually occurs when one of these areas is not taken care of. Find a passage of scripture to meditate on. The Psalms are good to read. Try Psalms 34, 46, 91, and 121.
Make a decision to be happy! Use the gift of family that God has given you. Pamper yourself every now and then, and don't let anyone tell you that it's selfish.
Lord, thank you for being God all by yourself, Thank you for providing us with everything we need, You are our strength and our song,
We will always have what we need if we depend on you, Lord we thank you for mercy and grace Lord we will not lift up our soul to any idol You are the true God
Lord I thank you that you know my name, and you alone establish my goings, Lord I thank you that when I was in my mothers womb, you saw me and ordained a purpose for me
Lord thank you for being my inexhaustible supply, Lord when everything else runs out, I can always run to you. Lord forgive me, when I act like you are not enough You are my God and King, I praise you!
Colossians 2:7 Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done.
My Sisters don't we all want to live from God's overflow? Many of us would say yes, but many of us do not live in this way. Have you ever been just STUCK? Our fulfillment comes from God and knowing him deeply. Knowing him deeply doesn't mean you float around all day on a glory cloud, but it means you reflect and respond on God's presence.
Overflow means more than enough, it means no lack of any kind. It means you have what you need and then some. God is mighty to save girls! He can save you from despairing your life, and give you joy and peace. He can save you from you!
The Lord does not desire that we cover up anything, his wish is for us to lay everything at his feet in plain view. There are many things that are difficult to lay down. Don't bear needless burdens today. The Lord cares for the sparrows that they might eat, so that means he cares about the minute details of your life. Who wouldn't serve a God like that? (clarification) The true and living God, God is not dead, he is yet alive! God never wants us to give anyone anything from our lack, God likes for us to give to Him and to others out of a place of abundance!