When I was growing up, my sister and I had household chores which we were assigned. Our family did not have an electric dishwasher, my sister and I performed the task – I washed the dishes and she dried them.
Not long ago I was talking with a close friend. She's one of those individuals you love being around. If there is rain, she'll say, "Isn't this weather fantastic? The rain is so refreshing and clean." If she isn't feeling well and you mention it, she'll quickly say, "I'll be fine tomorrow!" With this cheerful bundle of joy, the glass is always full and overflowing. She has a good word to say about everyone.
"So long as you can sweeten another's pain, life is not in vain." Helen Keller
I love old movies. Especially musicals. Right near the top of the list is the hopelessly romantic movie Gigi, which takes place in the city of Paris, France.
"Obedience to God is the most infallible evidence of sincere and supreme love to Him." Nathanael Emmons
(And Achsah) answered, 'Give me a blessing; for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And he gave her the upper springs and the nether springs." Joshua 15: 19 King James Version
The New Testament contains a record, in the four Gospels, of the miraculous healings performed by Jesus during His ministry on earth. If there is one that really touches my heart, it is the story recorded by the disciple John in John 5: 1-9.
I've always had a great fondness for poetry. And I love the words penned by the famed poet, John Greenleaf Whittier, that begin our inspiration today: "The simple heart that freely asks in love, obtains."
What has God done for me in the past that gives me the assurance I can trust Him to help me today?
"Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said."
Is there a mountain in my life that is blocking my progress? Have I said to my heavenly Father, "Give me that mountain?"
Have I allowed myself to be surrounded by the loving-kindness in my Father's heart for me?
"And Caleb, the son of Jephunneh the Kenezite said unto (Joshua), 'Thou knowest the thing that the Lord said unto Moses the man of God concerning me and thee in Kadesh- barnea!" Joshua 14: 6 King James Version
No part of our life is too dark. No past is too terrible. No sin too black that our Father's eyes cannot penetrate inside our broken hearts and see what His healing love can do.
"And the Lord said to Joshua, 'Fear not nor be dismayed…arise, go up to Ai; see, I have given into your hand the King of Ai, his people, his city, and his land." Joshua 8: 1 (Amplified Bible)
Today, no matter the challenge I face, will I ask God to give me His strength so I am able, in His power, to arise and see what He has "established" for my life
Is there a situation in my life right now that has caused me to be dismayed? "No faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity."
Is there something happening in my life right now that is making me afraid? Have I told God about my fears?
For twenty years they prayed. They wanted a baby. They longed for a baby. They had been promised a baby. But no baby came.
…Therefore, that place has been called the Valley of Achor ever since.
Is there something hidden in the "tent" of my life that is blocking my relationship with God?
Have I ever "taken" something or someone from another and found out that there was no joy or contentment in "taking" what was not mine?
I coveted them.
...I saw among the spoils an attractive mantle from Shinar and two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels...
And Achan answered Joshua, 'In truth, I have sinned against the Lord, the God of Israel, and this have I done.