Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

God makes the difference

He Prayed for You

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one– (John 17:20-22 NIV)

Jesus knew His time was rapidly coming to a close.  He knew the cross was just ahead.  John records Jesus’ last prayer.  Jesus was not that concerned about what was before Him.  He was concerned about His disciples.  He knew they needed strength to get through the next three days.  They would be going through the most difficult time of their life.

Jesus prayed for me.  Jesus prayed for you.  He prayed for all those that would listen and believe the eye witness accounts recorded in the Gospels.  Jesus was praying for us.  How does His prayer make you feel?  Share today with others how special you feel because of Jesus.

–Diane

He gives us victory!

Embracing All the Children

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left. Matthew 19:14-15 (NLT)

If you are a parent you are doing to identify with what I am about to say. Have you ever had anyone love on your child and it moved you almost to tears? I am a Mom and I adore my children. When anyone shows them any kindness or reaches out to love on them, my heart swells with gratefulness.

It doesn’t have to be anything big. As a matter of fact, it is usually the little things like when one of them walks into the room and my friends make it a point to engage them in conversation and include them. When someone calls to encourage them or invites them to lunch just to listen.

Did I mention that my kids are now adults? And still, still my heart is moved when I see someone reach out to them to show them that they are valuable. No matter the age of your child, no matter what stage they are in their life, if someone loves on them, it fills your heart.

Do you think God feels the same way? Do you think that no matter what age, what stage, what path his kids are on when one of us reaches out to include and engage and share and love on them his heart is full? Do you think he sees his children struggling and wants desperately for someone to reach out to them to heal the hurt? I think he does.

And when we do it, not only is his heart full because he sees his child being taken care of but, his heart overflows because it was done by one of his kids.  Your task today is to go out and make God proud!

-Elaine (Thought4theday.com)

He wants us to love Him

God’s Will

Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NKJV)

We often pray to know what God’s will is for us.  Paul says God’s will is for us to be happy.  God wants to communicate with us.  God wants us to be grateful.

REJOICE ALWAYS:  Life has its highs and lows.  It is easy to rejoice when we are at a high point in our life.  It is during the low times that we find hard to rejoice.  Even in bad times we can find the silver lining to rejoice.  Rejoicing during the low times will lift us up and give us hope and strength knowing that God is with us.

PRAY WITHOUT CEASING:  God wants to communicate with us.  He wants to have a close relationship with us.  It is through prayer that we can communicate with Him.  We can tell Him things that we can’t tell anyone else.  He listens when no one else will.  He knows the sorrows of our hearts.  He knows the joys.  He longs for the day when we will see Him face to face and He can hold us in His arms.

IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS:  A grateful heart is a heart filled with joy.  Being thankful gives us a good outlook on life.  Giving thanks during the low times gives us confidence that God is by our side and everything will work out.  Giving thanks also draws you closer to Him the same way it does when we say thank you when others do something for us.  Have you told Jesus today how much you appreciate His sacrifice that we may have eternal life with Him?

–Diane