Devotionals For the Weak - Archive
Hiding Place - by Gnygr McGee
Devotional of the Month - August 2010
Devotional of the Month - July 2010
Devotional of the Month - June 2010
Devotional of the Month - March 2010
Don't you get tired of motivational teachers trying to tell you that the glass is half full? I myself know that it is usually half empty!! Those who can think outside the box may reason pretty wisely that " we just need a smaller glass!" Of course our friend
The Stones Will Cry Out - By Gyngr McGee
Isaiah 46:4 - "I will be your guide through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior." LB
Well you're almost right, but I think these verses may go deeper than that. I remember having a day planned out for Noah my son who was about 11 at the time. After he returned from school, I thought I'd surprise him by arranging a fabulous evening with just him and me. There was going to be pizza at Chucky Cheese (his favorite place) and then a Pirate baseball game at Three Rivers Stadium. I was really excited because I wanted this day to be remembered -- a day with dad complete with pizza and a ballgame. This was going to be a special gift for a special son. Unfortunately, the day didn't quite turn out that way. When Noah came home from school he was in a terrible mood. He was rude and not very nice to his mother and me. I asked him to go for a ride with me, but instead of receiving a yes from him, he threw a tantrum and said he wanted to be with his friends that evening. Imagine my disappointment; I had made plans to give him two of his very favorite things yet he was unwilling to go with the flow and receive the surprise. To this day I have never shared these plans with anyone especially Noah who you know is now 31 years old.
So what does this mean in the grand scheme of things??? Well, I believe that we have a heavenly father that wants to surprise us all the time. HE arranges special days and attempts to be with us and nobody else. He wants to spoil us with our favorite things. But like the example, we have our own agenda and are hesitant to just go for a ride with HIM. Do you ever wonder how many surprises we may have missed because we threw a tantrum and did not get in the car??? You see, we have a Lord that loves us so much that he wants to be with us all the time. He enjoys sharing the things we like to do and being part of our lives.
But wait the lesson doesn't stop there. The verse goes on to say that it will be well with us and we may live long on earth. No doubt accepting the gifts and walking with Him will greatly increase our spiritual health and make us happier people. As for long life, that's up to God but a walk with HIM surely will bring abundant life.
So if our heavenly father asks us to go with Him for a ride - Let's Try it once, it could be fun!!! He just may spoil the stuffings out of us. We need to Just Get In the CAR!!!!!
Devotional of The Month - December 2009
Isaiah. 49:16a - " Behold, I have indelibly imprinted (tattooed) a picture of you on the palm of each of My hands. " - Amplified Version
My youngsters played a game we called "Backwards Day." All day, they'd do things backwards, like climbing the stairs backwards or wearing their clothes backwards. The supreme game rule, however, was everyone had to call everyone else by their name -- as it would be pronounced if spelled-out backwards. That made me Eus, my husband, Llib, and my son, Sirk. But my daughter? She was just "Anna." Forward, and backwards. And while we humored her by telling her to enjoy being a "palindrome," she said her name was "mostly no fun at all!"
For two weeks when Anna was about eight, she refused to answer to any name other than Stephanie -- a character from a favorite movie. Her older brother quickly grew annoyed with his sister's new Name Game and begged her to make Stephanie go away. She obliged him, but soon she became Ariel (from The Little Mermaid), and later, Christine from The Phantom of the Opera. By late grade school, she was asking friends and family to call her by her middle name, Corinne, because it could "at least be interesting on Backwards Day."
Then Anna found a Baby Names book in my library, and asked if she could have it to help her name the characters in the stories and plays she was always writing. I agreed and told her to be sure to look up the definitions for her own name.
"Your Dad and I named you after your grandmothers," I explained. "Yet I believe God had His own idea of how you should see yourself, despite our predictable choices."
"My first name means Grace," she told me later, laughing. "My second name means Maiden."
"Yes. Grace Maiden." I smiled.
"I like it," Mom, "How He pictures me, I mean." And she hasn't changed her name since then, as far as I know.
WHERE'S JESUS? - By Pastor Merle
Matthew 28:20 - " ....... And lo I am always with you, even to the end of the age."
Playing the game of " Where's Waldo" has always been great fun. You know - the game where you must find a detailed picture of the character Waldo secretly hidden within the scenery. You're absolutely sure he's in the picture, he always is. It's a fact he's there because it's part of the game and the designers of the picture make so much money that he has to appear to gain people's interest. Some days Waldo is amazingly easy to find while other times you would swear that he isn't in the picture at all. But sure enough someone always finds Waldo and we kick ourselves for missing the obvious.
The above verse was spoken by Jesus (I know this because I have a red letter Bible). Within this verse is a promise that HE will always be with us even to the end of the age we live in as well as the age of eternity. He's kinda like Waldo (so as not to be hit by lightning it's just an analogy!!!). HE's always in the pictures of our lives. Sometimes it's really easy to see HIM and other times we can't for the life of us find Him. Just the same HE is always there. But, this is not a game like Where's Waldo. There are no promoters or Companies trying to make money from this reality. Jesus' only motive to be in our lives is first HE loves us and secondly HE delights in us. I'm happy about the word "always" in this verse because it means forever. Not only is he in the picture yesterday, today and tomorrow, HE will be there forever.
So let's play a new game each day and ask "Where's Jesus". Some days HE"LL be easy to find and other times we will need our friends to point HIM out to us. But you know what?? HE will always be there because that's a promise - even to the end of this year, next year and until we are with HIM in heaven. Gosh, I can't wait to hunt for HIM tomorrow - How about You????
(P. S. Some theologians believed that Jesus was a midget because he said " Lo(w), I will be with you always" - Just kidding - OH NO!!! --Here comes the Lightning -- &%&$^#@!%^&% *(^()(&^#^%##^%#^% -- OUCH!!!)
Devotional of The Month - October 2009
THE BIOSPERE - Playing God - By Michele Godmere
"He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion." - Jeremiah 10:12
How many of us, how many times, have tried to "play God"? Maybe you think God isn't involved in your life anymore. Or maybe you believe He never was. So, you try to relocate to a place where worldly strife is minimal. You bring with you a set of morals, your temperament, your bag of lessons learned, and surround yourself with people who you think are compatible with you and will sustain you. Doesn't work? Well, you can recreate yourself with self-help books and fad diets. You can pick new friends. Pretty soon, you involve yourself with causes that show off your "right" perspective and pat yourself on the back. Why, you can even judge the naive saps when calamities strike them.
Have you "played God"? I have. I have proof that I'm no good at it.
In 1985, Tandy computers released a game for their Color Computers called Biosphere. In the game, you are a Master Ecologist. You land your starship on a dying planet. You have 200 rescued species of plants and animals in your cargo holds that just so happen to be compatible with the few remaining native animals and climate. Your ship's computer can monitor and update you on all environmental changes. You can save this planet by transplanting your flora and fauna. Simple, right?
But, the mission's success in pinned by a very delicate balancing act: --Currently, there is no vegetation, no water, and the atmosphere is diminishing. --Each of your lifeforms can survive only if the environment provides for its set of conditions.
- Gases. The gas it intakes must be in place. Remember, too, each life form expels another gas. How do you keep that level from becoming toxic?
- Temperature. What planetary temperature range is necessary?
- Humidity levels.
- Dietary requirements.
Now, if you don't have a species that can endure the present conditions, you have a genetic engineering lab. You can create a plant or animal that can.
Okay, once you think you have every sustainable element in place, you can test your ecosystem. Simply hit the button on your time-accelerator, and watch the days, weeks, seasons, go by.
How long does your planet live? I played this game for 3 years. I couldn't get past a day-and-a-half. Mind you, I was a science honor student!
Playing God is futile. But the real God is alive, is working (Acts 17:24-28). He can and will prosper you (Job 22:23). You can dwell in His love safely (John 3:16). You can rest in His shalom (John 14:27). You can thrive under His reign (Rom. 8:28).