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God requires of us a mature faith that may involve delays that seem like trials.
Patience is one sign of maturity, the quality that can only be developed through the passing of time.
To be honest, I’m not one of the most patient people in the world. Thank You Lord for this lesson, thank You for teaching me that we need to be patient in order for us to be spiritually mature. Praise God!
Grown-Up Christmas ListMichael BublÃ©
Grown-Up Christmas List by Michael Buble
This week’s going to be dedicated to Christmas music.
Kay so Christmas is coming, even though it doesn’t feel like it. It’s more like stress week in stress land of stress world for me.
Anyways, I choose this song ‘cuz I’m actually really surprised at all the materialistic things people are tweeting about on their Christmas wish lists. It was so pathetic for some of them, I had to unfollow them on twitter.
But realistically, I’m sort of a hypocrite though. Even if I don’t tweet about it, I’m always wishing for a MacBook Pro, a plane ticket so Mr.Cat can come home, a new snowboarding jacket, a singing Cookie Monster and the list goes on.
But when it really comes down to it; I don’t really need any of those things. Except maybe to get Mr.Cat to use Skype or something.
I’m going to re-write my Christmas wishlist.
-to keep WillyWongKa happy
-for Mr.Cat to not be lonely
-health in this sick family
-snow, whenever is fine, God. just sometimes before mid-January please?
-to be kept motivated to do the things that need to be done
-faith and hope in the Philippines, they need it so so bad
-water in the Horn of Africa
I think that’s it, not a really long one but that basically sums up what I want.
Here’s some stuff from today’s Daily Bread that I thought related to today’s rant.
For the Philippines:
We are not along in our pain. God is beside us and promises never to leave (Heb. 13:5).
For the Horn of Africa:
He promises to supply all our needs (Phil. 4:19).
For those materialistic shoppers:
And He promises us that amazing gift of eternal life (John 10:27-28).
2 Corinthians 9:7
“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves a cheerful giver”
Well, I’ve been saying “God loves a cheerful giver” a lot today, and, wow, while i was looking for that verse that Miles told us in the devos a while ago, this verse just surprised me there. :)) Well basically the most important thing i learned is that we should give coz Jesus freely gave his life to us. He might have not been cheerful about it, but he accepted it freely, without complaints or anything. AND THAT WAS HIS LIFE THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THERE. This verse is just telling us to give what we want, and what’s in our hearts! And another thing is that, giving to others is God’s way of telling us that we are blessed with so much, that we need to let others experience what He’s doing in our lives.
Okay, I know I said I was going to bed.. But I got distracted.
So I was reading the devotions that my church sends out. The passage was in Luke. It was talking about after Christ’s death. He was put in the tomb. The next day was the sabbath so all of the Jews rested. Well I happened to be reading in The Message today and when they talked about the women it said “they rested quietly on the sabbath,as commanded”. God hit me with this. Just this little verse. How often do we get alone with God? Spend the whole day quiet, away from technology, shopping, movies, tumblr. Just quiet with the Lord. Praising Him for who He is and what’s He’s done, lifting up our lives in prayer. Just spending the day admiring him, falling into a deeper more intimate relationship with Him. How often do we have that kind of discipline?
It goes onto say “He is not here, but raised up. Remember how he told you when you were still back in Galilee that he had to be handed over to sinners, be killed on a cross, and in three days rise up? Then they remembered Jesus’ words.” This just makes me think of how quickly I forget the things God tells me. He speaks truth into my life but I forget and start looking for things where I have no business being.
This is just so amazing to me. God thank you for revealing this to me tonight (: I love you Lord, Goodnight ❤