Sunday, January 27, 2013

Delight begets delight

A few months ago, our theme for the month in church was Psalm 35:27 which says:
May my friends [those who want my vindication] sing and shout for joy. May they always say, “Praise the greatness of the LORD, who loves [delights; takes pleasure] to see his servants do well [the peace/prosperity of his servant].” (Expanded Bible)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Listen or lose...

...and this applies to little things too.

Last year, more than once I'm so sure I heard the Lord warn me about something minor and I ignored Him...and paid for it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Little things...

...can make a big difference.

I've always (sort of) known this but it struck me in a different (& big) way a few months ago when a colleague of mine said to me, "I like the last line in your 'out-of-office' notification." Wow - it was interesting that something I just added casually made such a difference to her (and maybe others). The first lesson for me was you never know who is impacted by the things you do. Put differently, "Don't be too big to do something small." (Max Lucado)

I'm sure I've perked your curiousity about what my last line is - some of you may have started guessing and that's good too. Let's read what others have said about little things first...since at the mouth of two or three witnesses every word is established. (2 Cor 13:1)

It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. ~ John Wooden

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.
~ Frank A. Clark

We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee. ~ Marian Wright Edleman

The flip side of this is that: "A small leak can sink a great ship."  ~Benjamin Franklin
 
The fact is that little things matter - positively or negatively - they have a ripple effect.
 
The last line in my out of office notification was not "Have a nice day" - it was:
 "Make it a great day for yourself."

If I remember correctly, my thinking behind that line was that "nice," "good," or "great" days don't just happen. 

Indeed, your day can only be a nice/good/great as you choose to make/receive it.
It is up to you: having the right attitude sets you on the path to a high altitude of a great day.
On a daily basis, give yourself the gift of  "little things" to make each day a great one for yourself and before you know it, you'll have a great week, month, year and even life. 
God bless.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Start with one step...

I listened to a message titled "Stay on Track"* in which Bishop TD Jakes said:
"You can't get to the stage without the steps."

Ps 37:23 says - The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].**

God is clear on how He leads us - Ps 119:105 explains: Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path [it shows how life should be lived].***
(Emphasis mine)

Knowing the word of God does little to no good if you don't do anything about/with it.****

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with with a single step."***** Just one - not two...

In heading for the stage, be conscientious & consistent in taking one step at a time in faith. Martin Luther King Jr. put it so well: "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Indeed, faith is the substance of things not seen.****** So get ready (read the word), set (stick with it) and go!




References:
* http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/the-potters-house/?gclid=CIjWkOTGqrQCFUZgMgodVF4AHw
** Amplified Bible
*** Expanded Bible
**** James 1: 22 - Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves [Be doers of the word, and not only hearers, deceiving yourselves]. (Expanded Bible) 
***** Lao Tzu
****** Heb 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  (NKJV)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Tales of 2 donkeys

Donkeys were very common and useful animals in the Bible - they were also rather special. In more than one instance, God used donkeys for unique assignments. There are several lessons we can learn from each donkey-tale; for now, we'll focus on 2 of the tales:

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sharing my gift...

Just before Christmas God gave me more than a Christmas present - He gave me a word for this year. The Lord and I have had what I call a "WAY"  (Word A Year) deal for a couple of years now. I'm so happy about this because my heart desire has always been (& always will be) to know the Way of the Lord not just knowing (& benefitting from) His acts (Ps 103:7*)

I'm not saying that God only speaks to me once a year - oh God forbid! He very generously gives me a Word that "guides" & guards me - it's like an anchor that keeps me stable in the waves of the year.

Now back to the Word...