Bible Verse Of The Day

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Seasons of Prayer: “Pray and Never Give Up”

"Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, "Grant me justice against my adversary". For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, eventhough I don't fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won't eventually wear me out with her coming! And the Lord said, Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:1-8

Last January 15, 2011 I had a chance to attend the last day of the Seasons of Prayer held at Word of Hope Church. It's a 15 days of prayer started January 1 as we welcome year 2011. Better to start the new year with a prayer. It has been a great blessing to me and how I wish I was able to complete the 15 days of prayer. The program starts with praise and worship then followed by a short message, annointing of oil and more time spent in prayer. The Pastor shared about the Parable of the Persistent Widow and he simplified it by giving us 3 important prayer principles Jesus taught in the parable.
I. Overcome worry with prayer
> worry is faith in the negative; it is like walking in the rocking chair and it's a magnet that attracts negative circumstances.
> instead of worrying, let us face the challenging circumstances and pray about it.

II. Pray Persistently
> the most effective prayer in the Bible are those that were prayed persistently.
> God bless those who persist.
"Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice." Psalm 55:17

III. Never Ever Doubt - Pray Positively
> you must expect God to answer your prayers
"But when you asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man, unstable in all he does." James 1:6-8

The message strikes my heart and it helps me to throw away all my worries, doubts and fears and replace it with trust and hope that God is in control of my life and He will never ever leave me nor forsake me. God's comfort and peace cover me as I pray and come into His presence. If anyone of us feel tired and almost want to give up, i encourage you to pray persistently and read the Word of God then you will find rest and your strength will be renewed.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Remembering the Challenger Disaster 25 Years After!

I would like to take the time today to remember the crew of the Challenger who died shortly after launch on January 28, 1986. It still hurt to watch the videos of the disaster even after 25 years. I was celebrating my birthday and I was excited about the shuttle going up on my birthday. I remember watching the launch with my family since me were out of school due to snow that day. My excitement changed to shock and sadness once I saw explosion. It was my saddest birthday and every birthday since I take time to remember the seven who died.

I hope that NASA will continue to work on a new spacecraft to continue the United States space program. May God still be with the families of the astronauts.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Great Week

This past week was a good week. I managed to get most of the paperwork I needed to get for the lawyer to get Jo Anne to the United States. Also, I got a loan to cover the cost of the lawyer and processing fees. I have an appointment next week with the lawyer to officially hire him. The first step will be to see if he can do it and how to go about doing it. I trusted that God will work out everything.

I am now working on helping a friend in his twenties to improve is life. I have taking the rule of a mentor to him. I also have an older man who is a mentor to me. It is a great help to us both. We often comment they we are not sure who helps who more in the mentor relationship. If you know of a younger person, I would encourage you to become a mentor you may getting more out of it the the one you are mentoring.

Things are going good at work. I am almost settled on the benefits that I want to have. I hope to make my final choice by the end of the month. The work load seems to be picking up a little at work and I hope it continues. Looking forward to the pay raise I will get at the end of February. This companies has its problems but it is one of the best ones I have worked for. I hope to work for several years with them.

If you have been following my Blog for some time, you know I would like to get my own ministry or business started. I used this afternoon since I got a good source or income now to look over book to help guide me in starting my business. I will use it to supplement the advice I get from my friends. I plan on buying the book in February. I hope to have a business plan made up by the end of May. The main goal of the ministry or business will be to improve the lives of people in poverty.

I hope you all had a great week and had a even better one ahead. I am expecting snow again this week. I hope I do not miss any work like I did with the last one.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Two Become One

Last January 9, 2011, we went to the wedding of my cousin. The celebration went good and the preparation took 6 months for them to organized everything. This celebration is the most awaited moment for two people who committed themselves to become one not only in the eyes of the people but most of all in the eyes of God. Marriage is indeed a great unifier. It is a solemn, respectable institution created by God Himself, and it joins together a man and a woman in amazing oneness.

I had a chance to talked with my cousin few days after their wedding day, he told me how they prepared and organized everything to have such a wonderful wedding celebration. The ceremony is a little emotional when the couple exchange their vows, tears fell down in their eyes as they give a short message to each other. I cannot share the whole details here but i am going to post some of the pictures i took during that day.

D. De Haan says if men and women yield to God and of His love partake, the marriage bond that joins two hearts no power on earth can break. Since marriage is a relationship created by God, you need His guidance. You need to share your lives spiritually as well as physically. You need to pray together, to read God's word and worship together. Marriages are not made in heaven, but marriage with the blessing of God makes for a bit of heaven here on earth.

"A man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:24

"He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 18:22

Sunday, January 16, 2011

More Snow And Computer Problems!

While it has been a couple weeks since my last post. Between snow and problems with my friends computer this is the first time in three weeks I have been able to do a post. It seems like the snow likes to come on the weekends this winter. That is okay because I do not work on weekend unless for overtime. This past Monday was the first day they canceled work due to the weather. So I am going to be a little short on the coming paycheck. God will provide, I am sure.

Besides the weather, work is going good. I got a cost of living raise at work and I will be getting another raise at the end of February. I am hoping for some overtime. The extra money will help with getting Jo Anne here and to rebuild my Emergency Fund back up.

On Wednesday, I talked with the immigration lawyer. I have some more papers to collect and also come up with more money to pay for things. We need to file the paperwork before the end of February. I am going to be busy for the rest of this month. The whole process will be difficult, but Jo Anne and I believe God will make a way for us to be together.

Once things get moving on the immigration paperwork I hope to be able to focus a little more on projects for Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I am also hoping that I will be able to get a computer of my own so I can post more. I keep going back and forth between a laptop or desktop.

As time goes on, I will keep you up to date here. I hope that the weather does not keep me from posting again anytime soon.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Shepherd of my Soul

A shepherd is known as a persons engaged in the tending of sheep. It was the duty of the sheepherder to lead his flock to pasture and fresh water. In Bible lands it was the custom for the shepherd to lead his sheep rather than to drive them. Another necessary task was that of protecting the flock from wild animals and robbers. At night the shepherd led his sheep to a place of shelter and protection, such as a fold or a natural enclosure, where he counted them to see that none had strayed. At lambing time the shepherd gave special care to the ewes and the lambs.

In our lives, we also had a good shepherd that is our Lord Jesus Christ, and we are His sheep. Jesus called His followers sheep, and as His sheep we long to comprehend what it means to find contentment under the watchful eye of our loving, trustworthy, heavenly Shepherd. At some point of life, we might seem lost because we used to take the roads we want and not following our shepherd. We made our own decisions and not listening to His will. As His sheep we should give Him the full control of our lives that way we are rest assured we will not gone astray. Our shepherd is a great provider, our protector, and the one who can give the unconditional love and the best care we long to have.

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Even though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:1-6

Shepherd of my soul I give you full control,
Wherever You may lead I will follow.
I have made the choice to listen for Your voice,
Wherever You may lead I will go.

Shepherd of my soul I give you full control,
Wherever You may lead I will follow.
I have made the choice to listen for Your voice,
Wherever You may lead I will go.

Be it in a quiet pasture or by a gentle stream,
The Shepherd of my soul is by my side.
Should I face a mighty mountain or a valley dark and deep,
The Shepherd of my soul will be my guide.

Shepherd of my soul I give you full control,
Wherever You may lead I will follow.
I have made the choice to listen for Your voice,
Wherever You may lead I will go.