Archive | January 2014

One of My Favorite Verses


When we consider how loving and caring God is of the sparrow…. How awesome it is to know the magnification of His love and care toward you and me! Then to realize the all consuming desire of God to redeem His creation back to Himself, we too should find ourselves filled with an all consuming desire for Him! To think, His word tells us, “behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20 NASB. I see Him desiring to spend time at ease with you and me, engaged in loving time together! Funny stories, words of tender care and encouragement, seeds of His great love sown deep that bring forth a harvest of epic proportion in your life and mine; then this bounty spills over into the lives of those all around us, glorifying the “Name above ALL names”, Jesus Christ, God’s very best to you and me and for all!

Thank you January!

Coffee with a Shot of Faith

I recently joined an on-line Bible study sponsored by Proverbs 31 ministries at the urging of a fellow Christian sister. During the study we will be reading and reflecting on the book Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I had read the book at a church bible study previously, but cannot honestly say that I had applied many of Lysa’s suggestions and insights to my own life, or to my own relationship with God.

As I have been thinking about what I am hoping to learn and how I am hoping to grow this time around after reading it, I cannot help but think about how I want to crave more of Him in my life all the time. Not just when I need Him to solve a problem. Not just when I have a prayer request, But ALL the time! Every day. In every circumstance. In thinking of…

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The Road Ahead


As we walked back to the car, I told him, “I love you, son. In the end, all that really matters is Jesus.”
What peace HE alone provides when we are left with questions and still know that everyone needs Jesus!!!

Especially Made

041/365 - April 29, 2009Gabriel’s eyes gleamed with excitement when we entered the small room. The lights were bright for such a small room. The walls were covered with pictures of children of all ages. Then, my son’s enthusiasm came to a sudden pause. “Am I getting a shot, Mommy?” “No, not today.” Back to the excitement again as if there had been no interruption in his thoughts. It wasn’t long before the doctor came in.

It had been about four years since we discussed Gabriel’s development with a doctor. At his last appointment, the pediatrician on his case basically told us, “Just keep doing what you’re doing. No followup appointments are necessary, but call me if you have any other concerns.” We contacted him once after the encouragement of a couple of speech therapists, who thought Gabriel should be re-evaluated. They were convinced that he has autism. His doctor disagreed. So, we left…

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Resolutions…..


Do you make resolutions along with the majority of people throughout the world?  With them, do you find yourself failing to keep them?  How easy it is to make statements like, “I’m giving up, such and such or this or that”; I’m going to….. Fill in the blanks and regardless of your age, you’ll most likely find you’ve “committed” to at least one new resolution every year since you were ten years old, maybe earlier or later.  I’m right at the head of the line here and know that I’m in great company!

Why do we make statements, generally without actually planning to be successful?  Are we still allowing peer pressure to drive how we think and act?

Here’s a link to fifteen verses in God’s word concerning New Years Resolutions.  http://www.openbible.info/topics/new_years_resolutions

As you read through these verses consider a couple of things.  Not just at the beginning of a new year, but daily we should resolve to be completely available to our Father for His work.  We must plan and prepare to complete His work; at home, on the job, at church, in our neighborhood and wherever He leads.  Planning to be ready at all times and prepared by studying His word and by prayer and through fellowship with those who strengthen and encourage us.

I started another devotion which is only four days in length through YouVersion titled, “One Word That Will Change Your Life”.  The goal is that instead of “making a resolution” for this year, we seek God for a single word for the new year!  That this one word will through continued focus, become the point of our year.  Whatever the word He gives or you might choose… be it one of the fruits of the Spirit, consecration, discipline, character trait, etc. having a singular focus will change our lives.

Instead of the grandiose, simplify.  Dial back and ask God to help you select the one word to focus on for this year and allow Him to develop that in us.  This is my goal, my resolution and over the next day or so, I believe He will show me my word for the year.  I will share this with you and ask only that you help me stay accountable.

I wish you a very Happy New Year filled with HIS all.

Blessings & Peace Always,

~Robert

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