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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Read Isaiah 7:14 logos.biblia.init();   Why am I here? No one needs me. Everyone else seems to know what to do and seems to fit in. Maybe I should have stayed home. No one would miss me or notice if I wasn’t here. Negative thoughts engulfed me as I hid in the bathroom at the Bible School camp where I had agreed to volunteer for the week. I didn’t feel like making the effort to be outgoing; it was just so hard. Would this be another place where I felt like an outcast, like I didn’t fit in? And then, Immanuel, God with me. I KNEW I was supposed to be at this Bible Camp. I had prayed and God had led me here. I could go out and join everyone knowing that God was with me and God would work through my weakness. (By the end of the week, I had developed a bond with a child with special needs and had become friends with the child’s mom, a friendship that blessed us both for years to come. Thank You, Immanuel!)   Surrounded by family ...

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Read Matthew 1:22-23 logos.biblia.init();   Immanuel. God with us. Jesus, the Son of God. Fully human and fully divine.   Another dentist visit. Another opportunity to experience pain. As a child my family’s insurance covered regular dental check-ups and necessary treatments such as fillings – but NOT anesthesia. Having been born with soft enamel on my teeth, and despite my best attempts to brush well, I was frequently eligible for painful drilling and filling. After several such opportunities, I began to dread those biannual dentist appointments. How I longed to avoid the pain. Then I read about the idea of praying through the pain. Talking to Jesus during the painful procedures didn’t remove the pain, but somehow diminished the pain making it bearable. Immanuel, God with me in physical pain.   Growing up, there were times when I needed someone to talk to about difficulties I was having that I could not share with anothe ...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Read Matthew 25:31-46 logos.biblia.init();   This is one of my very favorite passages in the Bible. I have used it for many years as a guideline for the way I should treat others. When you consider you are taking care of the needs of Jesus when you help others it becomes a very special privilege to be a servant.    During Advent I read that candles have long been used to symbolize Christ being the light of the world. In medieval times Christians would place candles in the window to invite the Christ Child into their homes. The interesting thing is that nobody was really sure how Christ would appear. Maybe he would be begging, dressed in rags, or a hungry child. Maybe he would need a place to stay, or have some affliction, or just be wandering the streets. On Christmas Eve, devout Christians looked forward to opening their homes to those who knocked because it gave them an opportunity to minister to the Christ Child in ...

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Read Matthew 10:16 - 20 logos.biblia.init();   I have inherited a few characteristics from my mother, and all of them have helped me build my own character. One unique characteristic that I have gained is to speak up for myself and others.   A new girl arrived at my school this past month, and she was very nice and polite to everyone. She had attended some other schools before coming to my school, but that’s typical for students who travel.   On her first day of school, a boy assumed that she had a jail record and had been kicked out of other schools just because she has a tattoo. This is a stereotype that our world has created, and most of the time it is wrong. From personal experience, some of my relatives have tattoos and some counselors at camp have tattoos; however, they are not bad people.   The new girl walked away from him, which is a wise thing to do when you are being bullied, but that wasn’t good enough for me. I& ...

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Read Luke 6:31-33 logos.biblia.init();   Let’s be honest. We sometimes feel frustrated and annoyed with other people. It can be our parent, spouse, child, neighbor, co-worker, boss, checkout cashier, the driver behind or in front of us. I am sure there are people that come to your mind. How do we treat others when we are annoyed or frustrated? With impatience, anger, contempt? What kinds of thoughts go through your mind when someone is driving too fast/slow, holding up the line or not doing what you want them to do? Sometimes we are the ones who frustrate and annoy others. We want to be treated with love and compassion. Shouldn’t we try to extend love and compassion to others?   Jesus loves everyone. That’s why He came to earth and why He died for us – because He loves us. I am so glad that He sees beyond what we do! That He gives us love and compassion even if we are frustrating or annoying. This Lenten season and all  ...

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Read Mark 1:41 logos.biblia.init();     My father was a minister. His hands were soft, yet strong, full of love and blessing. With his hand on my head, as a child, I felt grounded in   love and blessed beyond measure.   Jesus must have had hands like that. Strong as a man’s hands are strong, yet gentle, and soft. As I walk through life’s joy and pain, I sometimes see my father’s hands and feel their touch upon my head, re-balancing, comforting, curing me of fear and fault.    As Christians we try to be Christ’s arms and hands, legs and feet in the world. We try to embody the essential Christ, the love in action. It is not always easy and often it is impossible. Jesus is a tough act to follow. But we try in our own ways, with our individual talents.   And when it seems impossible, we pray for Jesus to guide us. That is when I see my father’s hands, when I cry out in frustration. When peace no longer resid ...

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Read 1 Peter 5:7, 10 logos.biblia.init();     I have an anxiety problem. I worry. A lot. I am a control freak. Sounds like a bad combination. Believe me, it is. I was that person at 2 a.m. in the morning who sat at the kitchen table with the chills, a racing heart, and a feeling of impending doom trying to stay in control. Not an easy task. I would search the internet for heart attack symptoms making the decision of whether or not to wake up my husband for a middle of the night trip to the emergency room. I was that person reluctantly on medication and then worrying each time I took a pill. I thought there had to be a better way, some kind of solution.   As women, we worry a lot. We worry about our kids, our spouses, our careers, our families and the list goes on and on. I don’t know about you, but I wanted to be content and trust God with my worries, but it was a struggle for me to ‘let go and let God’. I started practicing yoga and making time for myself and made progress. I felt I ...

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Read Ephesians 2:8-9 (NASV) logos.biblia.init();   Nothing is going according to plan! This one thought kept mercilessly pounding away at my already stressed mind. It had been a disaster from the start. Last year around this time I was in the midst of hosting a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Retreat, which is held annually at my college. As recently elected president of the club, it was my responsibility to organize the weekend-long event. I had everything planned out, but from the minute we boarded the bus everything went wrong. I spent all weekend trying desperately to stick to a failing schedule, falling further behind with every tick of the clock. On our last night of the retreat, I was so burnt out I wanted to curl up in a corner. I felt that I had failed everyone and ruined the retreat. That’s when I heard my praise band start singing. As I sat alone in the back of the room, I began to hear the voices of everyone joining ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Read Philippians 2:9-11 logos.biblia.init();   “Jesus is Lord” (Greek: Kurios Iesous) is the shortest credal affirmation found in the New Testament. It serves as a statement of faith for the majority of Christians who regard Jesus as both fully man and God. This is my testimony, this is who Jesus is to me! Implied in this declaration is the fact that Jesus is my Savior, Master, and fulfillment of my human potential. Yet to know Jesus as Lord, reveals Jesus as the Suffering Servant. We are the lovers of a God who specializes in turning the world and its values upside down. We are the followers of a Lord who waited tables and washed feet. We are heirs of a Spirit who has power to resuscitate the whole creation, beginning with each of us but only if we will allow it. We must give up illusions that we know how to save ourselves and beg the Lord, one more time, to show us how we are to assume our role as His servants in the world. Jesus ...

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Read John 8:31-36 logos.biblia.init(); Did you see her? Her face was uplifted as the congregation sang. She looked contemplative but happy, singing and swaying to the music as the congregation’s voices joined in “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.” But when the band leading worship segued into the chorus, a huge smile transformed her face. “My chains are gone, I’ve been set free. My God my Savior has ransomed me.” Pure joy radiated from her face and every inch of her being. She knew what she was singing about. She obviously was not singing about a vicarious, nebulous experience that might or might not happen. She was living the freedom expressed in the song. It was not clear what chains had been binding her, but there was no mistaking the joyous signs of freedom she now knew.  Can you relate? I can. For years I lived in fear. I was a shy girl, and even though I was very successful in school, I was afraid of failure and rejection, and th ...

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