april 30

In John 6, we read about a small boy with a big lunch. Obviously a growing boy, he carried five barley loaves and two small fish. We know that Jesus took the loaves and distributed them to His disciples first, and then to the five-thousand men who had followed Him. We picture this scene and how it all transpired and we know that it was certainly a miracle. Not only did the food not run out, the Bible says that the disciples gathered up what was left over after everyone had eaten, and there were enough fish and loaves to fill twelve baskets!

We don’t know who packed the little boy’s lunch. But for the sake of this entry, let’s loosely assume it was his mother who rose early to pack her son’s lunch, never knowing the impact it would have – on the disciples, the five-thousand men, and anyone who has read/will read this story in the Bible.

I thought about that mother packing a lunch like she did every other day, and how insignificant she must’ve thought it was. I think about how we, as parents, tend to ignore the impact of our daily tasks, chores and to-do’s. We tend to overlook the fact that even the simplest task can be performed with great love and care. And God can create miraculous things out of our seemingly small things. We just have to be willing vessels to be used to carry out His purposes alone.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” – Colossians 3:23

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” – Colossians 3:17

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april 29

“What season is it now, Lord? Winter? Fall? Spring?
A time to hibernate and rest? A time for me to sing?
How do I fit into your scheme? When will this season pass?
How long before you answer? How long will these times last?
The seeds have long been planted; my roots are growing deep.
But the leaves are starting to wither. How long before I reap?
The weeds have choked their years from me; I need the springtime rain.
I long to see new flowers bloom, where once grew only pain.
When questions go unanswered; when life’s a mystery,
I know one thing will never change, and that’s Your love for me.
I cannot make a garden grow by struggling on my own.
But I can lift my petals high, and let you bring the growth.” – Rebecca Jordan

Some of you may be in a season of change right now. Maybe you’re getting married, starting a family, changing jobs. Or maybe you’re in a season of weeping, confusion, disappointment, suffering. The Bible says there is a season for everything under the sun, but it doesn’t end there. We see that God makes everything beautiful in HIS time. Not ours.

There is a purpose for everything He gives His children. And when we know that there is a purpose behind what we’ve received, we can appreciate the magnitude of our Heavenly Father entrusting us with it. Whatever you are facing today is not a coincidence. It was planned out with meaning and purpose before you were formed in your mother’s womb! Accept it, appreciate it, and look for the beauty in it. These aren’t my words! It’s a promise given to us in God’s word! And no matter how we “feel”, we can trust that what He says stands.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace…He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11

april 28

Whenever we hear Proverbs 18:21 (“Death and life are in the power of the tongue..”) we tend to think about criticism and harsh or ungodly words, but that’s just the beginning. When we gossip, tear down, belittle, berate, and even excessively complain, we are starting little fires that are sure to be destructive and leave temporary (and sometimes permanent!) damage.

James 3:5-6 says “Even so the tongue is a little member; and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.”

We may think because we don’t use cuss words or because we don’t yell that these verses don’t apply. But we are all guilty of gossip and groaning! Let’s try to remember the picture that our words can start fires. And we know that fires can erupt quickly if not immediately acknowledged and contained. We will need the Lord’s help with this as we cannot do it on our own! Pray and ask God to search your heart (and language) and show you verses to claim when you start to open your mouth in criticism or gossip. Let’s try to bring life with our tongues today. (And everyday!)

Aborted babies are being incinerated to provide electricity in the United States

We cannot sit back and allow this or pretend as if it didn’t happen. I don’t know how we’ve gotten so far away from Jesus.. Even so, come Lord Jesus! We must pray and share the love of Christ every SINGLE chance we get.

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After reports a few weeks ago that aborted babies are burned to heat hospitals in the UK, today we get this:

The remains of aborted humans are being shipped to a US power facility, in order to provide electricity to Oregon residents.

The British Colombia Health Ministry has confirmed that ‘medical waste’ is sent to our country to be converted to electricity in waste-to-power plants. ‘Medical waste,’ in this brave new world of ours, includes amputated limbs, cancerous tissue, and the bodies of murdered children.

I don’t have any long tirade for you. I just need you to understand what’s happening here in your one nation under God. We are incinerating slaughtered babies so that we can charge our iPhones and power our televisions.

If we displace a few caribou to build a pipeline, or disadvantage a couple of dolphins to drill for oil, the public outrage cannot be contained. The cries of injustice…

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april 27

Everyone has heard this verse:

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

But earlier, I was reading through the entire chapter, and I came across this collection of verses that I think is so profound and captures the greatness of our God:

“Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counsellor hath taught him? With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?” (vs. 12-14)

God didn’t consult anyone when He fashioned the foundations of this world. He didn’t have to ask anyone how tall to make the mountains rise. He didn’t have to wonder how far to stretch the ocean floor. He simply spoke everything we see, hear, feel, taste, touch into existence! We cannot fathom the fullness of His glory and greatness.

If you haven’t, I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Isaiah 40. And reflect on principles that may be new to you today. And then thank Him that He is everlasting, that He does not faint or grow weary. (vs. 28)

april 26

We don’t see the whole picture. We can’t. We’re too short-sighted and self-sighted! But even when we don’t see the fullness of God’s plan, He is fighting our battles for us!

Read 2 Kings 6:8-17 (I LOVE this story!) and see how God was fighting Elisha’s battle for him. Elisha’s servant couldn’t see the horses and chariots of fire because he was too short-sighted. As he exclaimed in fear, Elisha, being confident and trusting in the Lord, had true peace and assurance.

Let’s draw encouragement from Elisha today. He wasn’t a perfect man. He was just like you and I. But he was heavenly minded. He didn’t spend too long looking at the overwhelming evidence of an impending battle. Despite Elisha’s inability to see the Lord’s provision, he knew that God would deliver him! Before Elisha prayed and asked God to open his servant’s eyes, he said this:

“Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” (vs. 16)

Now that’s faith!

april 25

When we are disciplined or “called out” by a parent, boss or other authority figure, it never FEELS pleasant! As a matter of fact, it’s difficult to endure! No one wants to hear criticism, even if it comes from a well-meaning heart. But, without discipline or direction, we would be lost!

God disciplines His children, just like our earthly fathers, because He loves us! He wants us to submit to His authority (as well as those He places over us on earth) because He knows what’s best! If we do not heed to His authority, we live under the assumption and lie that our lives are our own! We fall victim to the idol of control!

The Bible says “Now no chastening for the present seemth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” – Hebrews 12:11

Discipline or chastisement has a purpose! We gain wisdom and understanding when the Lord disciplines us. When we endure chastening, it’s because He loves us too much to leave us to ourselves! I think we can all agree that the times we grew the most spiritually were times of great trial, suffering or persecution. Let’s thank the Lord for His great love for us today!