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Sunday, June 29, 2014

God's Under the Bed



GodVine shared this: "My 
brother Kevin thinks God lives 
under his bed. At least that's what I heard him say one night. 

He was praying out loud in 
his dark bedroom, and I stopped outside his closed door to listen. 

'Are you there, God?' he said.

'Where are you? Oh, I see. Under 
the bed.' 

I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room.

Kevin's unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor.

I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor.

Apart from his size (he's 6'2"), there are few ways in which he is an adult. He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7 year old, and he always will.

He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas, and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them.

I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life? Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, returning to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed.

The only variation in the entire scheme are laundry days, 
when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a 
mother with her newborn child. 

He does not seem dissatisfied. He 
lopes out to the bus every 
morning at 7:05 eager for a day of simple work. 

He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day's laundry chores. 

And Saturdays -- oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That's the day my dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside.

'That one's goin' to Chi-car-go!' 


Kevin shouts as he claps his hands. His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights.

I don't think Kevin knows anything exists outside his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips. He doesn't know what it means to be discontent. His life is simple.

He will never know the entanglements of wealth or power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. He recognizes no differences in people, treating each person as an equal and a friend.

His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be. His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working.

When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it. He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished.

But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax. He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others.

His heart is pure. He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue.

Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere.

And he trusts God. Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God -- to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an 'educated' person to grasp.

God seems like his closest companion.

In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith. 

It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions. It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap -- I am.

My obligations, my fears, 
my pride, my circumstances -- 
they all become disabilities 
when I do not submit them 
to Christ.

Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of the Lord.

And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I'll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed.

Kevin won't be surprised at all."


God's Under the Bed (As seen on GodVine 10/2/133)

Let’s pray:

   Father, oh to have simple child-like faith!
   May we take a lesson from Kevin, and simplify our lives, so we can appreciate life a lot more today.
   Bring my heart closer to You, Father. Open my eyes to how near You really are to me.
   Help me remember that children, like Kevin, have 'an in' with You in their simplicity of faith.

   In Jesus' Name I ask this. Amen  

Lead me LORD (song)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWm6SWu8f9c 

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 35:10 "All my bones shall say, LORD, who is like unto thee, which deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him, yea, the poor and the needy from him that spoileth him?"

Today’s quote: Jean Wilund Knowing the truth changes your perspective. God’s Word is the truth and the right perspective. People will still die and bad things will happen, but God will always bring joy and delight to your heart, even in the midst of it, through the promises, perspective, and truth of His Word.”

Some thoughts today: An attitude of worship helps us to be 
receptive to God's willingness to heal us today. As God is 
sovereign, He will do what His desire is for you. Trust Him 
in your situation.

- Did you know that we can be the extended hands of Jesus? It's true. Reach out to those in need with healing hands for Him, using the Name of Jesus Christ. For it is in His Name where the power of the Holy Spirit resides. Are you prayed up and full of faith? (see Matt. 10:1;  Mark 16:18)

- If you know a family that is successfully raising their children in the way of the Lord, learn from them! Be convinced that God will help you, too.

July 1st- Tuesday’s post:  #97  The Rewards  C. Peter Wagner

3rd- Thursday's post:  #98  How to Pray for Pastors  C. Peter Wagner

5th- Saturday's post:  Regaining the Right Perspective  Penny Hunt

6th- Sunday's post:  Re-Framing the Picture  Julie Ackerman Link

A popular post:  CRISIS ALWAYS REVEAL CHARACTER 
 “Those who have loss of character make a choice.” –Cindy 
Kasper  “It isn’t the tranquil and placid seas that bring out 
the sailor’s skill; It’s the wind and waves that pound his ship 
and toss it about at will. --Ritter (Our Daily Bread)

May we learn from them!

  
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Pride (How to deal with It)



James H. Cagle shares these
thoughts with us on pride:

Oh, how loving and kind the Spirit;
How compassionate as well the hand,
That points out the wicked sin of pride
That resides in the heart of ev’ry man.

Waves of sorrow crush our arrogance;
As the Spirit of God smites our soul,
Leaving our heart bent ‘neath its burden,
Overcome by guilt in our sinful role.

Oh, the horror when the truth we see;
How ugly the soul is with shame,
When we see that what we've done
Has brought reproach to the Savior’s name.



How the demons scream in laughter;
How proud and sinister Satan’s grin,
When the Christian grows haughty and proud
And he and the flesh then claim a win.

Pride-the awful original sin
That sought to usurp a Thrice-Holy God.
And when pride dethrones God in our heart,
It receives the Devil’s approving nod.

To be reminded once more of the truth
That we desperately need God’s grace;
That we must stay humble and rely on
God’s power to run a good race.

Seeing how God doth strongly resist us
For the pride which we know He hates;
We must humbly plead for His mercy,
For this blessing our soul must wait.


Oh, to lift the head once more to Heaven;
And have the heart refilled and renewed,
When our offence God has forgiven
And our Savior’s face comes back in view.

Pride by James H. Cagle


If I Had Wings

If I had
 the wings of a dove;
The wherewithal to take my flight,
I’d leave behind all burdensome care;
The cold dark night for the golden sunlight.





I
 would flee each painful situation, 

I’d fly away when the enemy opposed. 
I would never experience a trial by fire 
As out of each struggle on wings I arose. 

If I had wings to spread like the morning 
I would fly above the menacing clouds. 
With wings gilded in golden light 
I’d escape from the threatening shroud. 

With wings I’d flee life’s unpleasantness, 
Those opportunities to experience God’s grace 
By which He’d sustain me in the trial He sent 
To cause me to seek His loving embrace. 

If I had the wings of a holy cherubim 
I would mount up high on ethereal winds, 
I’d fly with angels on pathways to heaven, 
Sail far and wide on celestial winds. 

If I had the wings of a glorious seraphim, 
I would never have the character of Christ. 
For I’d run from things sent to mold me, 
Into the likeness of my Sin-sacrifice. 

Could I with great wings fly away; 
To escape the darkness they unfold, 
I would never know how rich I could be, 
From the treasures the dark valley holds. 

Character is far more important 
Than jeweled wings, glistening bright. 
And learning to walk with God by faith 
Is far better than escaping the night. 


As the wings of a bird are clipped, 
So would God some how take my flight,
And force me to weather the storms of life 
By which He reveals His beauty, and might.

Psalms 55:6-8 by James H. Cagle

(Used by permission
Google images added)

Let’s pray:

   Father, "With wings I’d flee life’s 
unpleasantness," may often be our 
desire, too. 
   But may we realize that Your grace 
is sufficient in our every circumstance,
and every need.
   So remind us to look to You instead. 
Help me remember that my character 

is important to You. You desire to reveal 
Your beauty and might in and through me in my circumstances, 
as Your child.
   As I rely completely on the grace available to me through
Your Son, Jesus, I ask for Your help. Amen

Today’s Bible verse: Prov. 31:30 "Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman (or man) that feareth the LORD, she (he) shall be praised."

Today’s quote: Gwen Smith – “The benefits of allowing the love of God to trump the anger in your heart are tremendous, but the application can be very challenging. We can’t overcome our natural, sinful tendencies to react, and overreact, in anger alone. We need God’s help. His strength will meet us at our weakness when we call on Him. The Holy Spirit helps us to respond in God’s strength instead of our own.”


Some thoughts today: Do you have a hunger for something 
Real? Check out my writer friend, Hope Flinchbaugh's blog 
post: http://liftjesuscross.com/2014/06/15/proclaim-a-
solemn-assembly/ and click on the link to the message. 
You will be blessed and encouraged, for sure.


29th- Sunday evening’s post:  God's Under the Bed  

GodVine
July 1st- Tuesday's post:  #97  The Rewards  
C. Peter Wagner
3rd- Thursday's post:  #98  How to Pray for Pastors  
C. Peter Wagner
5th- Saturday's post:  Regaining the Right Perspective  
Penny Hunt

A popular post: #56 Spiritual Arrogance  C. Peter Wagner 

gives us #4 reason why intercession is an underutilized 
source of spiritual power in our churches today. He goes on 
to tells us, "I wish spiritual arrogance were a minor issue, 
but I am afraid it is not."


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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Smile!

Joe Stowell shares with us, "A recent
study that I read concluded that smiling 
can be good for your health.

Research shows that smiling 
slows down the heart and reduces 
stress.

But smiling isn't just good for you 
genuine smile blesses those on
the receiving end as well.

Without saying a word, it can tell others that you like them and that you are pleased with them.

A smile can hug someone with love without giving them even the slightest touch.

Life does not always give us 
a reason to smile. But when we 
see a heart-felt smile on a 
child's face or through aged 
wrinkles, our hearts are 
encourage.


Smiles are also a hint of the image of God in us.

In the ancient blessing recorded in the book of Numbers we get an indication that God 'smiles':

   "The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be 
    gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance 
    upon you, and give you peace"  Num. 6:25-26.

Those words are a Hebrew idiom for the favor of God on a person's life, asking God to smile on His children.

So today, remember that you are loved by God, and that He is pleased to be gracious to you and to shine His face upon you."

"Lord, may my life be so pleasing to You that You are pleased to have Your face shine on me. And as You graciously smile on my life, may I find someone today with whom I can share Your love through a smile.

Your smile could be a message of cheer
from God to a needy soul."

Our Daily Bread 6/18/14

(Google images and emphasis added)

S  ee
      M  iracles
I   n
 L  ife
          E
  veryday

Let’s pray:

   Father, as life doesn't always 
give us a reason to smile, may
we remember that we can smile 
because of who we are in Christ.

   It is good for us to smile, as it is
a benefit to our physical welfare.

   I want to become more friendly to
those around me, so please help me 
remember to smile at folks every 
chance I have.

   I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen


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Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 19:14 "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."

Today’s quote: Penny a.k.a - “The person with a teachable spirit is confident in who they are while being aware of their limitations, level of knowledge, and abilities. People with a teachable spirit are those who happily say, “Wow, I didn’t know that. You learn something new every day, don’t you?” 

They can laugh at themselves when they make a mistake and are willing to give it another try when they fail. A teachable spirited person will seek help, instruction, and guidance before tackling a problem and not blame others for some disastrous results.”

Some thoughts today: Unmarried folks are a part of God's Kingdom. Get the right message. Singleness is a gift from God for service. Someone can serve without distraction, as there's a sense of release, if not married.

- Find a place to serve Christ today where you are. Find the purpose in God's plan for you.

- Good question: Is the person you're considering to marry some day, one who can walk with you in what God wants you to accomplish? Is there a common vision? If not, beware, as trouble may very well lie ahead. (see 2 Cor. 6:14)

29th- Sunday’s post:  Pride (how to deal with it)  James Cagle

29th- evening's post:  God's Under the Bed  GodVine

July 1st- Tuesday's post:  #97  The Rewards  C. Peter Wagner

3rd- Thursday's post:  #98  How to Pray for Pastors  C. Peter Wagner

An interesting post: What's the Plan?   Mary Southerland 
tells us, “I want to be successful – don’t you? And the 
awesome news is that God wants us to be successful as 
well. When we know and seek God's perfect plan for our lives, 
we will find success."



Oh, to have the simple
joy of a baby again!

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

#96 Need Help from Others

C. Peter Wagner continues 
with telling us: "From time to 
time I have mentioned' the 
Aarons and Hurs (Aarons 
and Hurs), whom God sends 
to  support the intercessors 
in times of need.

Sometimes they receive spontaneous, one-time assignments. But some intercessors themselves have recruited ongoing teams of prayer partners.

Alice Smith, for example, has a very active prayer partners team, many of whom also have a gift of intercession. Thirteen of them have become I-3 intercessors for Doris and me. 

Then Alice went to Israel and subsequently through the 'dry time' described above, (previous post:  #95  Seasons of Dryness, she assigned her prayer partners to stand in the gap for me, which they did.

Since then, Alice has forwarded several notes they wrote to her expressing what they thought they were hearing about us.

A typical note reads, 

   'The Lord has continued this past week to speak to me 
    about Mr. Wagner. The following four words have come 
    to me for whatever confirmation or invitation they may 
    contain...'

Many intercessors do not intuitively realize they need permanent prayer partners just as much as other leaders do. 

Years ago when we were just beginning to learn about personal intercession and all that was involved in it, Christy Graham, who is normally a crisis intercessor, received a longer term assignment to be a personal intercessor for Cathy Schaller.

God told her that Cathy absorbs many of the attacks of the enemy that would otherwise get through to me and that she herself needed more protection.

When Christy told Cathy that she was to pray for her, Cathy's initial reaction was, 

   "Pray for me? Why do I need prayer? Is there something 
    wrong with me?'

So Christy responded, 'Well, what's wrong with Peter? Why does he need prayer?'

Cathy immediately saw the point and welcomed Christy as a prayer partner.

I was interested that God never did assign Christy as a prayer partner for me, but only for Cathy.

Evelyn Christenson, a premier intercessor, suggests that intercessors pair off for mutual prayer support. She says, 

   'Do you have someone who will pray for you and for whom 
    you will pray?...Find one person with whom you can share
    the secret problems and needs of your life. Someone who 
    cares and who will never, never divulge your secrets. Then
    fulfill the law of Christ by "bearing one another's burdens." 
    (see Gal. 6:2)

(Google image used, and emphasis added)

Le
t’s pray:


   Father, as I pray for my 
pastor and leaders, may I 
find a friend who will pray 
for me.

   As I want to be in the 
center of Your will for me, 
there may be times I'll 
need to have someone to cover me in prayer, too.

   I ask for Your help and guidance, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Let’s pray for our pastors:  “Father, keep my pastor from pride and self-pity. Allow _______ to glory only in the cross, and let it be his/her reason for ministry.” www.praymag.com

Today’s Bible verse: Ps. 73:24 "Thou shalt guide me with they counsel, and afterward receive me to glory."

Today’s quotes: David McCasland - "The canvas of our lives is in the skilled hands of our Lord who knows who and what He designed us to be. No matter how sin-damaged and dirty we may be, there is hope for renewal and restoration. The Master Artist is alive and at work within us."

Our Daily Bread: Jesus specializes in restoration.

Some thoughts today: Our frame of thinking is important. 
We need to have a clear purpose for our living, and the 
understanding of the authority we have, as well as others 
who are over us in some way. Our thoughts and actions are 
to be pure, and we're to have some accountability to trusted, 
godly friends. It would be best to give serious consideration 
to each of these in prayer.

28th- Saturday’s post:  Smile  Joe Stowell

29th- Sunday's post:  Pride (how to deal with it)  James Cagle

29th evening's post:  God's Under the Bed  GodVine

July 1st- Tuesday's post:  #97  The Rewards  C. Peter Wagner

A popular post:  Hang On!  Sharon Jaynes shares with us, "Have you ever felt that this thing called life is just too hard? I know I have. Sometimes life just does not turn out like I thought it would. That’s when I have to hang onto God and simply trust Him."



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