Monday, April 25, 2011

Extraordinary Women 2011 - Recap



Angela Thomas:
Be the sunshine.
This quote is a reminder to let our light shine regardless of our circumstances.

Jennifer Rothschild:
Hope has nothing to do with what is happening on the outside, but what is happening in the heart. You will have hope when you have courage. Courage comes from not trusting your feelings, but trusting God.
Lysa TerKeurst
How to find hope in a mess: Am I going to let this refine me or define me?  It is the difference between hopeful and hopeless.
The mess is temporary training for the message of hope we have for the world.
When our mess is touched by the Messiah, it can become the greatest message of hope for this world.
Carol Kent:
Hope see God's purpose in your desperate situation. When you have hope, you will have divine surprises from God.
Compassion is the heart's response to a person with action in love and grace. Corrie Ten Boon said, "What did you do today that only a Christian would do?"

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Week in Words - April 11, 2011


From Turning Points:

People who are content live with a flexible cup; it expands or contracts to fit what God has supplied. ~ David Jeremiah

From "God's Knockout Blow to Legalism: How Jacob Fell to Grace":

Yes, we should persist in prayer, but not because God is reluctant to bless.  We persist because doing so expresses our faith in God's generosity, our trust in His perfect timing, and our capacity to enjoy the blessing He provides. ~ Bill Giovannetti

From Facebook:

When we allow our past to control our lives and dictate our future, we are giving it the power of a god and making it an idol. ~ Sharon Jaynes

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

He Said What?!?

Every year a daily calendar is purchased at my office. One year it was a calendar of quotes while another was full of jokes. This year's calendar is trivia questions. I usually read each day's entry while waiting for documents to go through the fax machine. Recently, I read the following:
What actor grousing said: "How the (bleep) would you like to work in this business for as long as I have and have your child win an Oscar before you?"
I was shocked at the tone of this statement, and I began to wonder what kind of parent would say such a thing.

Ever read some random thing and it sticks with you all day? Well, it happened to me on this day.  As the day went by, I was convicted for judging this person because I did not know the context of this quote nor did I know his or her heart.

What I took away from this random trivia question:
  • At times in order to know the true meaning of a quote, one must know the context in which it was spoken.
  • I cannot stop people from taking my words out of context, but I do have control over what the context is.
  • My words will be an enduring legacy, and therefore, I should use words carefully.

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Week in Words - April 4, 2011


From a Facebook friend:
The Competitor's Creed: I give my all -- all of the time. I do not give up. I do not give in. I do not give out. I am the Lord's warrior -- a competitor by conviction and a disciple of determination. I am confident beyond reason because my confidence lies in Christ. The results of my efforts must result in His glory. Let the competition begin! Let the glory be God's!

and

What I have learned in my life is that discipline is not about perfection, but consistency. It's about the pursuit and resolve; many of us have good intentions, but good intentions without consistent actions are worthless.

From Home Life:

The thankful heart sees the best part of every situation. It sees problems and weaknesses as opportunities, struggles as refining tools, and sinner as saints in progress. ~ Francis Frangipane

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Prayer for Japan





God,

The people of Japan are hurting and they desperately need You -- in need of Your mercy, grace and love. Please show Yourself to them and remove all barriers so they can see and feel Your presence in the midst of their pain and grief. Their needs are great, but I know that it is not too big of a challenge for You. Meet their every need, Lord, so that they will have their physical, emotionally and spiritual needs met.

Many of the Japanese people need Your Son as their Savior. Through this tragedy, Lord, give them faith to believe in Christ. I pray that the country of Japan will be drawn to You and that there will be a revival in that country. I pray that Japan will place their hope in You.

Be with Your children who are in Japan. I pray that their light will shine brightly for Jesus in this dark time in Japan. May their witness for You be strong and effective. Keep them safe and give them courage and strength to do the work that You have given them.

In Jesus' name, I pray.
Amen

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