Today’s thought – Impulsiveness or Discipleship?

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Good Morning

from My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers

“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith . . .” Jude 20

There was nothing of the nature of impulse
or thoughtless action about Our Lord,
but only a calm strength that never got into panic.
Most of us develop our Christianity
along the lines of our own nature,
not along the lines of God’s nature.
Impulsiveness is a trait of the natural life,
but Our Lord always ignores it,
because it hinders the development of the life of a disciple.
Watch how the Spirit of God
gives a sense of restraint to impulsiveness,
suddenly bringing us a feeling of self-conscious foolishness
which makes us instantly want to vindicate ourselves.
Impulsiveness is all right in a child,
but it is disastrous in a man or woman;
an impulsive adult is always a spoiled person.
Impulsiveness needs to be trained into intuition by discipline.

Discipleship is built entirely on the supernatural grace of God.
Walking on the water is easy to someone with impulsive boldness,
but walking on dry land as a disciple of Jesus Christ
is something altogether different.
Peter walked on the water to go to Jesus,
but he “followed Him at a distance” on dry land (Mark 14:54).
We do not need the grace of God to withstand crises,
human nature and pride are sufficient
for us to face the stress and strain magnificently.
But it does require the supernatural grace of God
to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint,
going through drudgery,
and living an ordinary, unnoticed, ignored existence
as a disciple of Jesus.
It is ingrained in us
that we have to do exceptional things for God;
but we do not.
We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life,
and holy on the ordinary streets,
among ordinary people,
and this is not learned in five minutes.

Be exceptional . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Today’s thought – All I Need

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Good Morning

Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply all your need
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

All believers,
according to the will of God concerning them in Christ Jesus,
may cast, and ought to cast,
all their need upon Him who careth for them,
and need not be anxiously concerned about anything.

My Lord is not limited;
He can again supply.
How truly is it that every one
who rests alone upon the Lord Jesus for salvation,
has in the living God a father,
to whom he may fully un-bosom himself
concerning the most minute affairs of his life,
and concerning everything that lies upon his heart!

Do you know the living God?
Is He, in Jesus, your Father?
Be assured that Christianity is something more than
forms and creeds and ceremonies;
there is life, and power, and reality, in our holy faith.
~~~George Mueller

Philippians 4:19 Amplified Bible
And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Trust God for your day . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Live by Loving

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the center arrangement is from starts from her own garden!

Good Morning

Colossians 2:2-3
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Everything becomes possible to those who love.
The commands of the Lord are no longer grievous,
for the soul that loves is gifted by that love with fresh energies;
it discovers in itself unsuspected possibilities,
and is supplied with ever-flowing currents of new vigor.
We shall be enabled to do so much if only we love.
We live by loving,
and the more we love the more we live;
and, therefore, when life feels dull
and the spirits are low,
turn and love God,
love your neighbor,
and you will be healed of your wound.
Love Christ, the dear Master;
look at His face,
listen to His words,
and love will waken
and you will do all things through Christ who strengtheneth you.
~~~Henry Scott Holland

Love Christ . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s Thought – . . .It is even a vapor

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Good Morning

James 4:13-14
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Every day is a little life;
and our whole life is but a day repeated:
whence it is that old Jacob numbers his life by days;
and Moses desires to be taught this point of holy arithmetic–
to number not his years, but his days.
Those, therefore, that dare lose a day are dangerously prodigal;
those that dare misspend it desperate. ~~~ Bishop Hall

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Count well . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – You May Not Understand

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Good Morning

John 11:1-5, 38-40
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Mary and Martha could not understand what their Lord was doing. Both of them said to Him, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” Back of it all, we seem to read their thought: “Lord, we do not understand why you have stayed away so long. We do not understand how you could let death come to the man whom you loved. We do not understand how you could let sorrow and suffering ravage our lives, when your presence might have stayed it all. Why did you not come? It is too late, now for already he has been dead four days!”

And to it all Jesus had but one truth: “You may not understand; but I tell you if you believe, you will see.

Abraham could not understand why God should ask the sacrifice of the boy; but he trusted. And he saw the glory of God in his restoration to his love. Moses could not understand why God should keep him forty years in the wilderness, but he trusted; and he saw when God called him to lead forth Israel from bondage.

Joseph could not understand the cruelty of his brethren, the false witness of a perfidious woman and the long years of an unjust imprisonment; but he trusted, and he saw at last the glory of God in it all.

Jacob could not understand the strange providence which permitted the same Joseph to be torn from his father’s love, but he saw the glory of God when he looked into the face of that same Joseph as the viceroy of a great king, and the preserver of his own life and the lives of a great nation.

And so, perhaps in your life, You say,
“I do not understand why God let my dear one be taken. I do not understand why affliction has been permitted to smite me. I do not understand the devious paths by which the Lord is leading me. I do not understand why plans and purposes that seemed good to my eyes should be baffled. I do not understand why blessings I so need are so long delayed.”

Friend, you do not have to understand all God’s ways with you. God does not expect you to understand them. You do not expect your child to understand, only believe. Some day you will see the glory of God in the things which you do not understand. ~~J. H. McC.

Wait to see . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – In the Storm

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Good Morning

Mark 4:37 And there arose a great storm of wind, . . .

Some of the storms of life come suddenly;
a great sorrow, a bitter disappointment, a crushing defeat.
Some come slowly.
They appear upon the ragged edges of the horizon
no larger than a man’s hand,
but trouble that seems so insignificant spreads
until it covers the sky and overwhelms us.

Yet it is in the storm that God equips us for service.
When God wants an oak
He plants it on the moor where the storms will shake it
and the rains will beat down upon it,
and it is in the midnight battle with elements
that the oak wins its rugged fibre
and becomes the king of the forest.

When God wants to make a man He puts him into some storm.
The history of manhood is always rough and rugged.
No man is made until he has been out into the surge of the storm
and found the sublime fulfillment of the prayer:
“O God, take me, break me, make me.”

The beauties of nature come after the storm.
The rugged beauty of the mountain is born in a storm,
and heroes of life are the storm-swept
and the battle-scarred.

You have been in the storms and swept by the blasts.
Have they left you broken, weary, beaten in the valley
or have they lifted you to the sunlit summits
of a richer, deeper, more abiding manhood and womanhood?
Have they left you with more sympathy with the storm-swept
and the battle scarred? ~~Selected

Mark 4:35-41, Amplified Bible
On that same day [when] evening had come, He said to them, Let us go over to the other side [of the lake]. And leaving the throng, they took Him with them, [just] as He was, in the boat [in which He was sitting]. And other boats were with Him. And a furious storm of wind [of hurricane proportions] arose, and the waves kept beating into the boat, so that it was already becoming filled. But He [Himself] was in the stern [of the boat], asleep on the [leather] cushion; and they awoke Him and said to Him, Master, do You not care that we are perishing? And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm (a perfect peacefulness). He said to them, Why are you so timid and fearful? How is it that you have no faith (no firmly relying trust)? And they were filled with great awe and feared exceedingly and said one to another, Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey Him?

Endure your storm . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – See God in Everything

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Good Morning

1 Samuel 3:15-18
And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the Lord And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. And he said, What is the thing that the Lord hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him.  And he said,
It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

See God in everything,
and God will calm and color all that thou dost see!
It may be that the circumstances of our sorrows
will not be removed, their condition will remain unchanged;
but if Christ , as Lord and Master of our life,
is brought into our grief and gloom,
“HE will compass us about with songs of deliverance.”
To see HIM, and to be sure that His wisdom cannot err,
His power cannot fail, His love can never change;
to know that even His direst dealings with us
are for our deepest spiritual gain, is to be able to say,
in the midst of bereavement, sorrow, pain, and loss,
“The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Nothing else but seeing God in everything will make us
loving and patient with those who annoy and trouble us.
They will be to us then only instruments for accomplishing
His tender and wise purposes toward us,
and we shall even find ourselves at last
inwardly thanking then for the blessings they bring us.
Nothing else will completely put an end
to all murmuring or rebelling thoughts.
—H. W. Smith

Look for God . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Love thy Neighbor

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Good Afternoon

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42NIV

The second part of the Great Commandment (Luke 10:27) is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus then tells the story of the Good Samaritan. In this story Jesus defines our neighbor as anyone in need of help. This kind of love is very practical.

It was the middle of winter and the elderly Christian in prison had a badly infected ear. He thanked God that he had been able to keep his fur hat affording him some protection from the biting cold. At least he had a pillow at night.

One day one of his cellmates asked him for his fur hat. The Christian had been willing to share food with his cellmates, but felt he could not give up his hat. After all, he had an infected ear. He needed that hat.

Through the night he wrestled with his conscience. He was haunted by this scripture: “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you” (Matthew 5:42).

After a night of prayer, he sought forgiveness before God and was ready to hand over his hat. In the morning he learned that during the night the guards had taken the cellmate to another prison with a more severe climate.

That same morning, the guards held a routine check of the cell and among the personal objects confiscated was the believer’s fur hat.

He had tried to keep something that he was about to lose and God wanted to see the hat used for continued good with the other prisoner. Many years later, this believer remembered that lesson in Christian maturity which the Holy Spirit taught him. ~~~~Standing Strong Through The Storm

Love. . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Take Up My Cross

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Good Morning,

Mark 8:34
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

. . . There are many crosses and every one of them is sore and heavy.
None of them is likely to be sought out by me of my own accord.
But never is Jesus so near to me
as when I lift my cross and lay it submissively on my shoulder,
and give it the welcome of a patient and unmurmuring spirit.

He draws close,
to ripen my wisdom,
to deepen my peace,
to increase my courage,
to augment my power to be of use to others,
through the very experience which is so grievous and distressing, . . .
~~Alexander Smellie

James 4:6-8
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Draw nigh . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Grace and Faith

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Good Afternoon,

We walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Picture salvation as a house that you live in.

It provides you with protection. It is stocked with food and drink that will last forever. It never decays or crumbles. Its windows open onto vistas of glory.

God built it at great cost to himself and to his Son, and he gave it to you.

The “purchase” agreement is called a “new covenant.” The terms read: “This house shall become and remain yours if you will receive it as a gift and take delight in the Father and the Son as they inhabit the house with you. You shall not profane the house of God by sheltering other gods nor turn your heart away after other treasures.”

Would it not be foolish to say yes to this agreement, and then hire a lawyer to draw up an amortization schedule with monthly payments in the hopes of somehow balancing accounts?

You would be treating the house no longer as a gift, but a purchase. God would no longer be the free benefactor. And you would be enslaved to a new set of demands that he never dreamed of putting on you.

If grace is to be free — which is the very meaning of grace — we cannot view it as something to be repaid. Selected

His Grace is new . . . every Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Press On

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Good Morning

Philippians 3:13-15
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Not many of us are living are our best.
We linger in the lowlands
because we are afraid to climb the mountains.
The steepness and ruggedness dismay us,
and so we stay in the misty valleys
and do not learn the mystery of the hills.
We do not know what we lose in our self-indulgence,
what glory awaits us
if only we had courage for the mountain climb,
what blessings we should find
if only we would move to the uplands of God.

Oh, press on . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – The Directed Path

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Good Morning,

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Jeb Magruder, assistant to President Nixon during the infamous Watergate scandal of the ’70s, stood before Judge John Sirica to be sentenced for his part in the crime. “Do you have anything to say,” the Judge asked.
Magruder replied, “I know what I have done, and your Honor knows what I have done. Somewhere between my ambition and my ideals, I lost my ethical compass.”
Whether it be a ship on the high seas, a plane jetting through the sky, a hiker in the Rocky Mountains, or a man trying to make his way through life – nothing but disaster can come when we lose our compass.
Edmund Burke, famed British Statesman (1729-1797), said, “When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.”
No one can anticipate all the situations you will encounter in life, or all the specific answers you will need for your journey ahead. But what we can do is avail ourselves to the guiding principles of life found in the Bible — principles that will help you set your soul to the course God has charted out for you.
Open your heart to God’s Word and He will fill you with understanding of such clarity that you will be able to navigate the course of your life no matter how dark the night, thick the fog, or long the trek – be it filled with calm or strife.
He will guide you along the Directed Path. ~~~ Rylie

Follow His Path . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

Today’s Scripture – Zechariah 2:5

Good Morning

Zechariah 2:5
For I, saith the Lord,
will be unto her a wall of fire round about,
and will be the glory in the midst of her.

Are you feeling weak, vulnerable, unsure or weary?

Look up! to your Father being a wall of protection around you
and strength, grace and help right next to you.

Take God at His Word . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s thought – Healthy Things Grow

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than a garden tired from working all summer long.

Good Morning,

After a very busy last week, I think my life maybe settling back down to ‘normal’.

“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” (1 Peter 2:2).

Here is a formula I developed some time ago, which many have found to be very helpful in assessing just where they are in this thing called spiritual growth. Perhaps you will find it useful in your life as well. It consists of seven simple facts, each one leading to the other in a natural and inevitable sequence of healthy growth.

Fact #1 — healthy things grow. This is a fact. If you want to be healthy, you are going to grow. This is true of many things; whether it be people, plants, businesses, marriages, churches, investments, or whatever — if it is healthy, it will grow.

Fact #2 — growing things change. This is how we know they are growing. They are different than when we last saw them.

Fact #3 — changing things challenge us. Mark Twain said, “The only person that likes change is a wet baby.” Basically, we like things to stay the way we like them. We are creatures of habit and comfort, and so enjoy things to be left alone when we have them just the way we think they ought to be. When change happens, it presents us with challenge. The greater the change; the greater the challenge.

Fact #4 — challenging things force us to trust God. I mean, what else are you going to do — quit? Challenge requires that we trust God, especially when we are faced with something that seems to be more than we can handle. God knows your limits. He knows exactly where to apply the pressure to cause you to turn to Him in faith. What might be a test for someone else may be a walk in the park for you — and vice versa. It is not a test until it forces you to turn to God in simple trust.

Fact #5 — trust leads to obedience. The old Gospel song writer said it best, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.” If we truly trust the Lord, He will reveal His will to us; show us what to do. Thus, trust leads to obedience. The only question now is, will we obey?

Fact #6 — obedience makes us healthy. Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me. For My yoke is easy, and My burden light; and you shall find rest for your souls.” When we obey the Lord, His joy floods our souls and His peace fills our lives. There is no rest for the wicked; but those who do God’s will find their lives filled with blessing.

And Fact #7 — healthy things grow! Now we are back to where we started. That’s how it works; it is the cycle of spiritual growth every child of God experiences. Even now you are somewhere in this cycle — that is, if you want to be healthy.

Review these seven phases and consider where you are in the process. You’ll end up in a good place, praising God for bringing you through it all.~~~Rylie

I’m thankful ‘The Bread of Life’ is able to sustain me through all the changes on my way.
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Today’s Thought – He Cares

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Good Morning
Matthew 28:20
.  .  .  lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life in fear. Rather look at them with full hope that, as they arise, God, whose you are, will deliver you out of them. He has kept you hitherto; do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand, He will bear you in His arms.

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, but aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations. ~~~Frances de Sales.

HE will silently plan for thee,
Object thou of omniscient care;
God Himself undertakes to be
They Pilot through each subtle snare.

He WILL silently plan for thee,
So certainly, He cannot fail!
Rest on the faithfulness of God,
In Him thou surely shalt prevail.

He will SILENTLY plan for thee,
Some wonderful surprise of love.
Eye hath not see, nor ear hath heard,
But it is kept for thee above.

He will silently PLAN for thee,
His purposes shall all unfold;
The tangled skein shall shine at last,
A masterpiece of skill untold.

He will silently plan FOR THEE,
Happy child of the Father’s care,
As though no other claimed His love,
But thou alone to Him wert dear.
~~E. Mary Grimes.

Let Him plan . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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