"You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely."
"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in hell, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast."
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."
"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (Psalm 139:1-4, 7-10, 13-16, 23-24)
"Behind the scenes, before He ever flung the stars into space, God had today in mind. He had this very week in mind. In fact, He had you in mind. And He knew exactly what He was going to do. God is never at a loss to know what He’s going to do in our situations. He knows perfectly well what is best for us."
Is anything too hard for the LORD? No! Gen 18:14
The God of surprises strikes again… God does that for the faithful. Just when the womb gets too old for babies, Sarai gets pregnant. Just when the failure is too great for grace, David is pardoned…
The lesson? Three words. Don't give up…
Is the road long? Don't stop.
Is the night black? Don't quit.
God is watching. For all you know right at this moment … the check may be in the mail.
The apology may be in the making.
The job contract may be on the desk.
Don't quit. For if you do, you may miss the answer to your prayers.
He Still Moves Stones (Max Lucado)
Jesus het gesê dat vir elke goeie daad wat jy aan iemand bewys wat seerkry of iets nodig het, het jy "...dit aan My gedoen." (Matteus 25:40 NV). In antwoord op die vraag: "Wat moet ek doen om die ewige lewe te verkry?" het Jesus vir 'n man gesê: "... gaan verkoop jou besittings en gee die geld vir die armes... Kom dan terug en volg My." (Matteus 19:21 NV). Hierdie man kon vir baie mense tot seën gewees het en hy kon selfs een van Jesus se dissipels geword het, maar dit het nie gebeur nie omdat hy selfsugtig was. Jesus het nog 'n storie vertel oor 'n ryk man wat doodgegaan het en hel toe gegaan het. Hy het nie soontoe gegaan omdat hy ryk was nie; die enigste sonde wat hy gehad het, was sy selfsugtigheid. Hy het toegelaat dat 'n arm man voor sy deur gelê het met onversorgde wonde, geskeurde klere en 'n leë maag, en het niks daaraan gedoen nie (Lukas 16:19-31). Aan die ander kant het Saggeus, wat mense verkul het om homself te verryk, besef dat hy verkeerd was, afgesien van sy selfsugtigheid en besluit om Jesus te volg. (Lukas 19:1-10). Daar is 'n storie oor 'n engel wat 'n ryk man op sy sterfbed besoek het. Nadat die man hom vertel het wat hy wil saamneem hemel toe, het die engel gesê hy kan net dit saamvat wat hy weggegee het. "Egte en suiwer godsdiens voor God die Vader is om weeskinders en weduwees in hulle moeilike omstandighede by te staan..." Beoefen vandag suiwer godsdiens!
Sielskos: Lev 18-20; Matt 6:9-18; Ps 71:1-16; Spr. 2:1-2
Those of us who intend to run the race to win must conduct themselves temperately and restrict ourselves in all things. 1 Cor 9:24-27. We cannot expect someone else to make us do what is right. We must learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and take action ourselves. Self-discipline is essential to all Christians.
To let go doesn't mean to stop caring;
It means I can't do it for someone else.
To let go is not to cut myself off....
It's the realization that I can't control another.....
To let go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
To let go is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
To let go is not to try and change or blame another,
I can only change myself.
To let go is not to care for, but to care about.
To let go is not to fix, but to be supportive.
You know one thing I heard this morning that made me realize that God really loves us? A friend of mine just told me how God works. When praying , she said, its like you are placing an order to the Lord:
Imagine you are in a restaurant with a friend. Your friend orders fish and chips but you order lamb chops (Well done). Now your friends order comes through quickly because we all know that fish and chips is quick compared to well-done lamb chop. Now your friends fish and chips is here and you are longing for it.........
Moral of the story.........You prayed for something from God, you wanted it well done, you wanted it well prepared but the problem now is that you cant wait for what God has prepared for you because you are longing for what God has prepared for others....Let us pray to the Lord and place our orders and our prayers will be answered at the right time. The Lord has prepared a destiny for each and every individual so WHY DON'T WE WAIT FOR OUR LAMB CHOPS????
Enjoy the rest of your day GUYS.....and REMEMBER.....................wait for your lamb chop
The Power Of A Praying Wife
Lord, I lay all my expectations at Your cross. I release my husband from the burden of fulfilling me in areas where I should be looking to You.
Help me to accept him the way he is and not to try to change him. I realize that in some ways he may never change, but at the same time, I release him to change in ways I never thought he could.
I leave any changing that needs to be done in Your hands, fully accepting that neither of us is perfect. Only You Lord, are perfect, and I look to You to perfect us. May we be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement”. 1 Cor 1:10
The Power Of A Praying Husband
Lord I pray that You would bring (wife’s name) and me to a new place of unity with one another. Make us be of the same mind. Show me what I need to do in order to make that come about.
Give me words that heal, not wound. Fill my heart with Your love so that what overflows through my speech will be words that build up, not tear down. Convict my heart when I don’t live Your way. Help me to be the man, husband, and spiritual leader that You want me to be.
Do not be discouraged with yourself just because you have not yet arrived at a place of perfection in your mind and behaviour God will not be angry as long as we have the right attitude. He knows we are a work in progress and will be as long as we live Philippians 1:6 enjoy where you are going and on the way grow.
Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Matthew 25:1
Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. In our scripture reading, we have some wise and some foolish bridesmaids. How do we live our lives--foolishly or wisely, prepared or unprepared?
Life is a gift, and it is important to live our lives wisely. We shouldn't live our lives by thinking that we have the rest of our lives before us, so we can live life on the edge and do as we please. There is so much more to life than fulfilling ourselves. Living wisely means, we are constantly working to better our relationship with God. We work to do all we can to help others. Living wisely means we live each day to its fullest.
As God's people we can extract or bring out the best in one another. So, being wise means we are a part of the church that helps us be the best we can be.