Sunday, May 10, 2015

Top 10 Bible Verses for Mothers Day

Mothers are a gift from God. On Mother's Day, honor your mother with encouraging and thankful Bible verses. Remember all the ways she tried to do her best for you.

Mother's Day is celebrated worldwide although on different days and with different traditions. It is a time to praise God and give Him thanks for the gift of life He gave you through your mother.

Bless your mother today and throughout the year 
by using God's word. Below you will find relevant scripture. Adding your own heartfelt sentiments would be a great touch to express your love to your mother. 

Honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'"- Matthew 19:19

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her -Proverbs 31:28

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. -Psalm 127:3

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”-Proverbs 31:29

I thank my God every time I remember you. -Philippians 1:3

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down. -Proverbs 14:1

Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Day of Prayer 2015

The 64th Annual National Day of Prayer is today, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The theme for 2015 is "Lord, Hear Our Cry" emphasizing the need for us, corporately and individually, to place our faith in God's unfailing love and grace. 
Dr. Jack Graham, National Day of Prayer Chairman, is Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas. The school my son attends, Prestonwood Christian Academy, is a ministry of this church.

In preparation for today's National Day of Prayer, I received an email from the school, quoted below in bold typeface.
I wanted to share it with you.
It is such a privilege and a blessing to attend this Christian school! 

"At this crucial time for our nation, one of the best things we can do is pray.
We need the Lord's healing and renewing power.
Let's gather and lift up our United States, praying in the Spirit in one accord.
We also encourage you to pray with your own family on May 7. 
Here is a link to the prayer written by National Day of Prayer Chairman, Dr. Jack Graham that you can pray at home with your family. Follow this link then click on 2015 National Prayer"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Disturb Us Lord Prayer by Sir Francis Drake

Disturb Us, Lord, a prayer written in the 15th century by the famous sea captain and explorer Sir Francis Drake, is a striking appeal to God.
Drake, who is famous for circumnavigating the globe wrote this prayer in 1577.

Take time to contemplate the wisdom relected below. 
Ask God to open your heart and mind to the message these words may hold for you. What is true for your life? Ask God for His wisdom and discernment.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ!

For further reflection:
I have listed some of the many Bible verses I felt relate to the sentiments expressed above. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Psalm 19:7-14 The Perfect and Trustworthy Law of the Lord

The Bible is a wonderful gift from our loving Father so we may know His heart, His Will and His Way. It is Gods true word and reveals who He is. The Bible is God's love letter to His children.
It is our guidebook and following its precepts is wise and life giving to those who know Him.

God loves you and wants a relationship with you.
If you do not know him, see Do You Know God, below.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet,a light to my path"-Psalm 119:105

The heartfelt words of the Psalm below are both beautiful, humble and instructive. I pray you reflect upon this message.
What is it saying to you today?

7 "The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 

10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Into the Darkness, Retinal Detachment and God

Two months ago God provided me with some sudden "down time". I experienced an abrupt detachment of my retina, a rare thing to happen, yet I am used to rare occurrences.
(Perhaps I will post that List some day.)
Through such events God has drawn me to Him in ever increasing closeness. 

Retinal Surgery Recovery down time

Although I was plunged into partial darkness,
I was calm, for I trust God in all things.
For I know I am His and God is good.
His ways are not our ways.
His ways are higher and holy.
See Isaiah 55:8-9

I prayed, thanking Him for the privilege of being His child, saved by His grace
and mercy through 
the atoning blood of Jesus
from the ultimate consequence of my sins,
eternal separation from my Abba Father.

(if you do not know Him read How to Receive Eternal Salvation)

I also thanked God that I lived in America where I could receive excellent medical care and I asked for healing, if that was God's will.
See Romans 12:2 

Before this incident my eyesight was perfect. I had no need of reading glasses.
Based upon my symptoms including the abrupt appearance of a gigantic black floater,
I suspected a detached retina was possible though not probable.
Quick research on the internet had provided the clues.
I contacted an eye doctor, described the craziness happening in my eye, and 2 hours later
I was in their office. Within 24 hours I had retinal detachment surgery with vitrectomy
In a later post I will describe what is looks and feels like to have a detached retina and then the healing process. 

Although I faced an uncertain outcome, God gave me PEACE.
"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord,
the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal"-Isaiah 26:3-4

Thursday, December 25, 2014


Do you desire Peace in your life? I cannot image anyone would desire the opposite (chaos, sadness, emptiness).
Jesus is the Prince of PEACE!  
Read this Christmas Devotional from Charles Stanley based on Isaiah 9:6-7 and may it bless you. (source- devotional by Charles Stanley)

"Today’s Bible passage is a Christmas favorite. We love that a child was born in a stable, and that God’s Son was given from heaven. We also derive great comfort from His names—“Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (v. 6). But now and then we may wonder why the world is so chaotic and unstable if Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Although this verse is ultimately a prediction of Christ’s future kingdom, the title also reflects His reason for coming to earth 2,000 years ago and His present ministry to us today.
Jesus’ first responsibility as the Prince of Peace was to reconcile sinful mankind with His Father. By paying the penalty for the sins of the world, He made it possible for all who believe in Him to have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). When we receive Christ as our personal Savior, our sins are forgiven and we become members of God’s family. Instead of being His enemies, we become His beloved children.
Christ not only secured our peace with God; He also shares His peace with us (Col. 3:15). This is an inner sense of tranquility, calmness, and quiet trust that is not influenced by circumstances. It’s like the ocean depths during a raging hurricane: The surface is tumultuous, but at a depth of 100 feet, all is at rest.
With the stress and rush of Christmas, serenity of soul is something we all long for, but it often seems fleeting. The only way to have this incomprehensible peace is to let the Prince of Peace govern our lives. When we are under His authority and have our minds aligned with His Word, His peace flows into our hearts and calms our souls."
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his his shoulders,
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David's throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.- Isaiah 9:6-7

I love reading devotionals by Dr. Charles Stanley such as the one above.

I subscribe to both his devotionals and his radio podcasts. I highly recommend them to you.
True Peace only Jesus can provide? To learn more I invite you to read How to Receive Eternal Salvation 
"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." - Numbers 6:24-26