Friday, September 23, 2016

September 23 "Don't Miss The Grace" Jonah 1-4

Dear Family, When do we pray?  When we are in big trouble.  Jonah knew God wasn't happy with him but he prayed.  "When we are in affliction, we must pray."  Matthew Henry.  It's a safe place that no one can interrupt.  Henry goes on to say that God kept Jonah alive by a miracle and he prayed, even from the belly of a whale.  We can never be stopped from communication with God.  "Notice the Hand of God in [them] your troubles."  Jonah reflected on how God heard and answered him, even in his distress over what God was doing.  May we not miss the Grace of God passing by us all today.  Jonah 2:8

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

September 20 "Rend Your Heart" Joel 1-3

Dear Kids,  Rend your hearts, not your garments only.  Joel 2:13.  "The rending of the clothes was an expression of extraordinary uncontrollable emotion, chiefly of grief, of terror, or of horror. At least, in Holy Scripture it is not mentioned as a part of ordinary mourning, but only upon some sudden overpowering grief, whether public or private."  When things happen in this life that call to our grief, let your own sin break your heart. Be more concerned with what happens on the inside than on the outside.  Rend your heart, not your garments.

Friday, September 9, 2016

September 9 "New Hearts" Ezekiel 34-36

My Dear Children,

Throw all caution to the four corners of the earth.  Ezekiel 36:26 tells us that God will give us a new heart.  What more could we ask of this life of ours?  A new heart.  A new spirit.  That we may live changed.  Live fully.  Live forever.

So, live.
Truly live.
Strengthen the weak.
Heal the sick.
Bind up the injured.
Bring back the strays.
Search for the lost.
Rule with kindness. 
Ezekiel 34:4.
You will be 
a shepherd for the lost.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September 4 "Standing in the Gap" Ezekiel 21-22

My Dear Ones,

God is looking for people to stand in the gap.  
Stand in the gap for what is right, what is good, what will last.

"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one." Ezekiel 22:30

Praying for you to stand in the gap in the things that matter for Eternity!

Friday, September 2, 2016

September 3 "Drop The Word" Ezekiel 19-20

Dear Children,

The Word of the Lord comes to every one of us.  Ezekiel 20:45.
What will we do with His Words?
Will we turn our faces to the places God wants us to speak.
Set your face.  Drop the Word.
Will we first receive the Word that reads our hearts?

September 2 "Trusted in Beauty" Ezekiel 16-17

Dear Little Ones,

You are entering a world of communication that your parents never knew.  What will you hear your world saying about you?  I've learned one piece that shapes my thinking:  It's not what happens to you in life but what you do with it.  Life bombards all of us with messages about what truly is beautiful and just how do you find it?  Trust in no plan, no man, no wand, no stand, no ball, no call.  And watch for those days when you trust your beauty.

"But you trusted in your beauty." Ezekiel 16:15.  And it became a disaster to them.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September 1 "Woe" Ezekiel 13-15

Dear Children,

This is such a sobering read. 
Woe to the one who follows their own spirit. Ezekiel 13:3
The one who really sees nothing yet says something.
May we follow Your Words, Your Love, Your Ways, oh God!
May we see our own arrogance and repent.  Woe.