As you walk in a mall for instance and notice how a lot of people spread out as they walk thus taking up the whole aisle with their baby strollers etc; they slow down and then eventually stop. They don’t care if you are trying to get by or not. It’s just them in the world! Instances like this are the things that can discourage you and put a frown on your face. But then you finally get past them and their rudeness and you then are aware that they have put a frown on your face. Then you walk further and then eventually notice the Lord has and will provide a rainbow and some pretty flowers for you because eventually you do run into some nice people along those paths whether they be in the mall,the grocery store, the restaurant, etc; these are the people who look at you and just simply offer a warm smile for no reason. Let’s all be one of those people not realizing that we are being one of those simple blessings that God provides such as a rainbow or a flower, or a kind word that really can mean a lot to someone having a bad day or who may be going through a turmoil in their life. A yard full of grass can get a lot of weeds sometimes but with the proper care and nourishing and the removal of the weeds it can become lush and green and beautiful. It does not always remain dry for the rain does eventually come. Isn’t that the way life can be? The world around us can be a large lawn of grass with a lot of weeds and can become quite dry and under nourished sometimes but God does always send the rain and can make our lives green and beautiful with an occasional rainbow or a few beautiful flowers in our lives such as smiling, caring, people! Let us be one of those flowers or rainbows for someone!
How I need your help, especially in my own home . . . -Psalm 101:2 (TLB) In the marriageo ceremony, after the vows are said, the minister solemnly and reverently remarks, “What God hath joined together let no man put asunder.” Is not God the third part in a marriage Should He not be taken into account in the marriage, and in the home that emerges from that marriage If God joins the couple together at the outset, should not His presence be recognized in the home continually Many homes are on the rocks today because God has been left out of the domestic picture. With the clash of personalities in a domestic pattern, there must be an integrating force, and the living God is that Force! Many couples think that if they have a better home, get a better job, or live in a different neighborhood, their domestic life will be happier. No! The secret of domestic happiness is to let God, the party of the third part in the marriage contract, have His rightful place in the home. Make peace with Him, and then you can be a real peacemaker in the home. Billy Graham
I am with you, that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people. -2 Corinthians 12:9 (TLB) A director of a camp whose purpose is to lead young hoodlums to Christ says, “Being a Christian is the toughest thing in the world. What’s tougher than loving your enemy ” One boy, who developed into a rugged disciple of Christ at this camp, said, “In this outfit we’re all brothers and we’re all men. It was too tough for me at first, but then I heard that through Christ everything is possible. Then the roughness went away. I say a man is not a man, not a full man, until he gets to know Jesus Christ.” Yes, the Christian life is tough and rough; but it’s challenging. It’s worth everything it costs to be a follower of Jesus Christ. You will soon find that the cross is not greater than His grace. When you pick up the cross of unpopularity, wherever you may be, you will find God’s grace is there, more than sufficient to meet your every need. Billy Graham
“We may be truly said to worship God, though we lack perfection; but we cannot be said to worship Him if we lack sincerity.” – Stephen Charnock
Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts . . . -Zechariah 4:6 After the crucifixion the beleaguered disciples despaired and said, “We had hoped that He was the one to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21, RSV). There was anguish, despair, and tragedy in their midst. Life had lost its meaning and purpose. But when the resurrection became apparent, life took on a new meaning. It had purpose and reason. David Livingstone once addressed a group of students at Glasgow University. When he rose to speak, he bore on his body the marks of his African struggles. Several illnesses on nearly 30 occasions had left him gaunt and haggard. His left arm, crushed by a lion, hung limp by his side. After describing his trials and tribulations he said, “Would you like to have me tell you what supported me through all the years of exile among people whose language I could not understand, and whose attitude toward me was always uncertain and often hostile It was this, ‘Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.’ On these words I staked everything, and they never failed.” Billy Graham
Thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee . . . -Deuteronomy 26:11 Often the Church has banged away negatively at evils without reminding us that God is tremendously interested in our finding a satisfying way of life here and now. We Christians have talked so much of the negative side of Christian experience that we have forgotten to emphasize the positive, joyous, thrilling, and victorious experience of daily fellowship with Christ. God declared that things will not satisfy. God satisfies! This is the secret of soul-satisfaction: Let your soul delight itself in fatness. Remove the obstructions, tear down the barriers, and let your soul find the fulfillment of its deepest longings in fellowship with God. Billy Graham