Friday, October 30, 2009

Talking to God

Dear God:

We saw deer and their fawns one year on our vacation. They stood in a vacant field at their supper time. The scene is buried deep in my mind and heart. The doe watched her baby and allowed it to play a safe distance away. Again, You brought this picture to my mind telling me of your watchful care of your children. I will remember the tender scene each time I prepare to worship You.

Your creation teaches us so much. Why do we avoid examples of your great love? AMEN

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Book Review

Facing Our Giants

by Max Lucado

Max Lucado takes us through the Old Testament story of David, shepherd, giant killer, king in waiting, King, the hunted and the haunted.

Max always has a way of bringing the situation into the present with his comparison of modern life to that of Biblical time. By doing this, he brings the story to our everyday life.

He titles each chapter with the name of a giant in our lives. The strange part is these giants in our lives also resided in David’s. I wonder how Max figured that out?

This is a book you might want to read a second time. Max included a study section at the back of the book. I believe this book would make for a great group study.

I also believe a reader would benefit from studying it by themselves.

Monday, October 26, 2009


For every living being belongs to me, the father
as well as the sonboth alike belong to me.
 (Ezekiel 18:4 NIV)

This scripture comforted me when a middle aged son of a friend went to be with our Lord. A mutual friend directed me to it.

Everyone belongs to God. He made them and can allow anything to enter the lives of His children.

God uses trials to help us grow into the person He intends us to be.

In the 1980’s a friend lost her husband, leaving her with two small children. Her Christmas letter that year spoke of going through a period of painful growth.

In the 1990’s another friend lost her second husband to Cancer. Several years earlier, her first husband died from a heart condition, leaving her with four young children. She found the Lord after losing her first husband. She took a Christian counseling class after her second husband went to be with the Lord.

Both these women displayed strength while going through a time of uncertainty and then a time of loss.

They possessed the courage to stay the course and rear their children with the Lord’s guidance.

What we don’t realize is everyone in our lives is there because God either placed them there or He allowed them to cross our path. This includes who we marry, who our neighbors are, and who we have for friends. Also, God calls us to where He wants us to worship..

God also gives us certain spiritual gifts to use as He directs, in order to build His Kingdom. He equips us with what we need to fulfill his calling upon our lives. When we accept God’s calling for us, people recognize those gifts in us.

Fear, Courage: God Is With Us  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD ...