As I made calls today to some members and homebound members of our Church I was reminded of the beauty of this world that frequently stays hidden in our every day interactions with people. Everyone has a story to tell if we would just take some time out of our busy lives to slow down and listen. And we shouldn’t forget either how important a sincere kind word or statement is to someone. Take time to tell your friends and family that you love them and appreciate them. That person can have so many life experiences locked up within their minds and souls. Think of them like a Morning Glory flower for example that hasn’t opened yet and will as soon as it starts to receive the early morning dew and dawn! It then will blossom into a beautiful flower full of beauty to share to everyone who takes the time to partake of it. It will eventually close and hold in its beauty once again only to share it once again the next morning! You can be the comforting dew and dawn in someone’s life if you only will take the time and effort!
In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. -Ephesians 6:16 (TLB) Many jokes are made about the devil, but the devil is no joke. If a short time ago I had talked about Satan to university students, they would have made light of him, but no longer. Students today want to know about the devil, about witchcraft, about the occult. Many people do not know they are turning to Satan. They are being deluded because, according to Jesus Christ, Satan is the father of lies and the greatest liar of all times. He is called a deceiver. In order to accomplish his purpose, the devil blinds people to their need of Christ. Two forces are at work in our world, the forces of Christ and the forces of the devil, and you are asked to choose. Billy Graham
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
“The world rings changes, it is never constant but in its disappointments. The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home ” – Thomas Watson Devotional
We work hard and suffer much in order that people will believe it, for our hope is in the living God who died for all . . . -1 Timothy 4:9,10 (TLB) Our life has its beginning in suffering. Life’s span is marked by pain and tragedy, and our lives terminate with the enemy called death. The person who expects to escape the pangs of suffering and disappointment simply has no knowledge of the Bible , of history, or of life. The master musician knows that suffering precedes glory and acclaim. He knows the hours, days, and months of grueling practice and self-sacrifice that precede the one hour of perfect rendition when his mastership is applauded. The student knows that years of study, privation and self-renunciation precede the triumphant day of graduation and honors. Yes, there are clouds of suffering for each one of us, but God says, “I come to you in the thick dark cloud of suffering,” By faith you can see His blessed face in the storm. God has His plan and purpose in all suffering. Billy Graham
Happy is he . . . whose hope is in the Lord his God. -Psalm 146:5 Happy is the man who has learned the secret of coming to God in daily prayer. Fifteen minutes alone with God every morning before you start the day can change circumstances and remove mountains! But all of this happiness and all of these unlimited benefits which flow from the storehouse of heaven are contingent upon our relationship to God. Absolute dependency and absolute yieldedness are the conditions of being His child. Only His children are entitled to receive those things that lend themselves to happiness; and in order to be His child, there must be the surrender of the will to Him. Man does not come to know God through works,mdash;he comes to know God by faith, through grace. You cannot work your way toward happiness and heaven, you cannot moralize your way, you cannot reform your way, you cannot buy your way. It comes as a gift of God through Christ. Billy Graham