Over by the Giraffes

Can you answer a simple question? Adam couldn’t. God asked “Where are you?”

Adam could simply have said…”We’re over by the giraffes.” but no. Instead he offers this long explanation.

He said, “I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” (Genesis 3:10, NIV)

1. I heard you.

2.  I was afraid

3. I was naked.

4. So I hid.

Where are we on this list?

Prayer-Lord, help us aim and strive for Your way of doing and being right. In Christ. Amen.

Prayer Manual


1. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7, AMP)

Abide means to live or reside in a place while vitally means crucially or extremely or indispensably and united means to be combined or made into one. It is the result of the union of two or more persons or things.

While we want to be one with Christ, abiding in Him, none of us surely expect Christ to change to be like us. Nope. We are the ones who will change to be more like Him. That means we will pray for things that He would stand for. We won’t be praying disaster down on an enemy or for a big win at the casino, right?

So then, this is number two in the Manual for Answers to Prayer.

2. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7, AMP)

Prayer- Now God we offer up these petitions –

Walk On

This is the wedding song I choose. Somehow I recognized even then, that all would be well if only I was with my Ron. We had storms and dark and wind and rain and broken dreams but we never walked alone.

When you walk through a storm hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark.

At the end of the storm is a golden sky and the sweet silver song of the lark.
Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain, though your dreams be tossed and blown.

Walk on walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone. You’ll never walk alone.(by Rogers and Hammerstein)

So last night I was thinking how that song still comforts me. Then this morning, I clicked on a website and immediately the song sprang up in my ears. What a gift from God!

Why do you think hundreds of artists recorded this song? Because even when your earthly self is alone…you are never ever really alone.

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b, NIV)

Can I hear  three cheers for God!!  AMEN!!

Be Direct

God gives his children the best.

“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better? (Matthew 7:7-11, MSG)

Worn and Ragged

Before you get anxious about me, I am only speaking about some of my clothes. God blessed me with lots of new ones so now I have to toss the ‘what is not so good’ away. After all the closet is only so big, right?

But I love those tattered old bits. They’ve accompanied me through thick and thin, hardship and joy.

They are like old habits. Some of them have to go. What old habits are hanging around your body? I won’t even begin to discuss that. Take it up with God.

Hugs. Brenda

 

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 Two Ears, One Mouth

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You might say I was a blank page waiting to happen. I sat down to write a devotional this morning, but I hadn’t one thought in mind. And I mean, not one! Generally, I have a thought, a phrase or a Bible verse in mind but today? Nothing!

This could cause a little panic in a gal like me.

Thankfully, I remembered that I could ask God for help. And I did.

“Lord, what shall I write today?” I queried.

And he dropped these three little words into my heart. “Not a word.”

“That’s not funny, Lord,” I sassed back.

Oh, oh.

I thought back over my week to the times my mouth would have been better quiet. I remembered the grocery clerk I’d snapped at. I thought of the friend who happened to be late and the answer I gave her. I recalled how the Lord had softly spoken about my lack of quiet time and my answer.

Oh, oh.

Luke 23:8-10-Herod was delighted when Jesus showed up. He had wanted for a long time to see him, he’d heard so much about him. He hoped to see him do something spectacular. He peppered him with questions. Jesus didn’t answer—not one word. But the high priests and religion scholars were right there, saying their piece, strident and shrill in their accusations (MSG)

Like Herod, we’re excited to see Jesus, but too often we want his visit on our terms. We want answers to our questions. We want miracles. When we don’t get our own way, we get snippy. Like those high priests, we’re right in there saying what we think in a not-so-nice way.

Oh, oh.

Prayer: Lord, help us listen more and talk less. Amen

A Binging and Bulging Mind


Here is a sample from my new book–Meeting Myself, snippets from a binging and bulging mind…..soon to be on the shelves

Luke 6:27, 33But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinnersdo that. (NIV)

When I read verses like this, I knew that God expected me to forgive my (now dead) abuser. And I did. But when He told me to go to the cemetery, lay hands and flowers on the tombstone to complete the job, I balked. Some 25 years passed. Circumstances placed me in that graveyard and God spoke the same words to me again.

Body trembling, I forced myself toward the memorial stone. Aloud, I prayed forgiveness for him and healing for me. “God,”I said, “I am sorry. I don’t have any flowers.”I turned to walk away and found two silk flowers lying on the path I had just entered. “They’ll blow away, Lord,”I said, “but I’ll put them there anyway.”Then I noticed two small holes, equally spaced, at the stone’s base. I put the mauve flower in one. The mauve stood for mourning, for surely God mourned with me in the midst of sins committed against me. I put the white one in the other opening. White, for purity, because He had made my heart pure by wiping it clean of all bitterness.

Dear Ones, let us not postpone when God tells us to do something, for in that something lies our healing.

Ewe-Nique

Because each of us is unique, we are one of a kind. If we know Jesus as our personal Saviour, we are ewe-nique. We are one of his sheep. Jesus doesn’t do carbon copies, so it follows that even my grief will be different from your grief.

People who criticize us would be criticizing us over a hundred other things if they had the chance. Don’t think grief protects you. As a matter of fact, now your loved one is gone, a few people who wanted to tell you off before and didn’t, will think they are free to do so now. Don’t fight it. Instead take it to God. Tell him the truth and listen to it yourself. Do not let yourself be tied up in the barb wire others toss your way.

Provision? Provided.


I am in limbo with finances right now. You might not realize it but the passing of a spouse reorganizes everything,   including your income. I don’t know where I stand till next month when my new life takes over. I won’t say I am frantic, but I have been a little anxious as I wait.

Then I read my Hubby’s words from my own daily Devotional, Heartfelt, 366 devotions for common sense living. Here they are, posted on this morning’s Everydaychristian.com. (The rest of the story follows tomorrow.)

Lamentations- 3:22-23The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end: they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness (RSV).

by Ronald Wood

I wasn’t surprised when the boss told me that we’d be going to a four- day work week. Business was poor and an even slower winter season lay ahead. I sure was scared. I was 55; the economy was in a slump.  Everyone wanted to tell me about older men who were losing their jobs. I went home and told my wife. I reminded her that God was faithful and that He has never let us down. I think I convinced her but I was having a  hard time convincing myself! I was praying, but I feared what lay in store.

Monday provided less work than Friday. My day off was supposed to  be on Wednesday but I left by noon. I always find it harder to pretend to be busy than to actually be busy. I faced a future of three days pay
for the week. It would never cover our living expenses.

Having financial difficulties? No matter the problem, God has always been faithful and He will be so again today. Make a list of all the times God has met your need. Why would He change now?

Prayer: Lord, thanks. Today, we find it hard to see the bright side, but as always it is you. Remind us again of your past faithfulness to us. Amen