Tuesday, August 31, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 8/31/10 Ezekiel 12-14; Revelation 5 - MY LIFE IS A PICTURE

S - Ezek 12:3-6 "Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place.  Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious house.  During the daytime, while they watch, bring out your belongings packed for exile.  Then in the evening, while they are watching, go out like those who go into exile.  While they watch, dig through the wall and take your belongings out through it... I have made you a sign to the house of Israel."

O - God asked some hard things of the prophets!  This time Ezekiel was asked to be a sign to the people, going through the motions of departing in exile - to demonstrate what would happen to Israel because of their rebellion. Again, as always, Ezekiel did what he was asked to do.

A - What is the Lord asking of me?  How does He want me to be a role model to those who are pre-Believers as well as Believers?  Am I obeying?  I like how it is worded in the Message, verse 11, "Also tell them, 'I am drawing a picture for you.  As I am now doing, it will be done to all the people of Israel...' " The Lord uses our lives to draw pictures for others.  As we live our lives in love, we extend strong messages.

P - Father, thank you that I am your vessel, your temple, through which You desire to flow.  I pray that the picture I present will help others know of Your love and be drawn to You.  And please heal anything in me that prevents me from obeying or gives a faulty picture of You. Amen.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Aug. 30 Ezek: 8-11 Rev. 4 "Heaven"

Monday Aug. 30
Ezek: 8-11 Rev. 4

S- NIV-Rev: 4:2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.
MSG- Rev. 4:2 I was caught up at once in deep worship and, oh!---a Throne set in Heaven with One seated on the Throne.....

O- In John's vision He writes about how He was able to peek beyond the door of the Heavenlies and look into Heaven. He shares how there is ONE who is seated on the throne. He shares his experience of looking into the holiest place of the universe, and he entered with his heart of worship.

A- To be totally submursed into worship, and to not be thinking about anything else accept for worshipping and thanking God. Holy, Holy, Holy Is God our Master, Soverign-Strong The was, The IS the Coming.......No better place to be. Most ultimate feeling here on earth, in my opinon is to e in total worship unto His name.

P- Take us in to the Holy of Holies Lord. Open our hearts to be ultimate worshippers, where are hearts are driven
by the passion of You, and the desire to be in your presence forever and ever. Amen

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Briers, Thorns and Scorpions, Oh My!

S - Ezekiel 2: 6 - "And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid though briers and thorns are all around you, and you live among scorpions."

O - Ezekiel had a difficult and dangerous calling. He was called to warn people who didn't want to listen, people who could respond violently. John the Baptist and Jesus had that call too. Verse six describes this poetically as briers, thorns and as living among scorpions. God told Ezekiel what his responsibility was. He was to warn people. He was also told what he was not responsible for. He was not responsible for their reaction to his message. Scorpions are agressive and opportunistic. Do you live among scorpions at work, or in your extended family? Do you know people who are agressive and like scorpions can crush you, or paralyze you with their venom and anger? It is important to know what you are dealing with, what your responsibility is, and how to protect yourself with the difficult people in your life. One key way to do that is through healthy boundaries of knowing what you are responsible for and what you are not responsible for.

A - I need to know what is my responsiblity and what is not my responsibility.

P - Lord, I seek your help and wisdom, your comfort, peace and courage to do my part and set appropriate boundaries. Help me know how to handle challenging people in my life. Amen.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Isaiah 50-52; Psalm 92; 2Peter 3

by Mary White

S--2Peter 3:17-18 “…be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the lawless men and fall…But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

O--Peter is sending a warning and a word of encouragement.

A--”Be on guard” Peter said. Peter was sending a warning that we should be growing in the knowledge of God. Because he knew that to know God was to love Him and to love Him meant we would want to live according to His ways. He is warning us not to listen to false teachers and fall into lawlessness.

P--Oh God keep me hungry for Your Word, and help me to live it.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thursday August 26 Jer. 50 & 51 3 John "Blessed as Friends" 3 John:3 NIV It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithful

Jer. 50 & 51 3 John
"Blessed as Friends"
3 John:3 NIV It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how yo continue to walk in truth.

O- John addresses, in the NIV translation the Elder's and in the Message the Pastor, and blesses them for their wisdom and good health. That their rich souls may be strong, even if their bodies are weak. He thanks them for their hospitality and for their love in modeling for Christ sake to brother Christians and non-believer's. He calls them Friend.......as Christ does. Then he instructs us all, that when we do good, it's God's work. When we do evil, it falsifies God.

A- I'm thankful that our Pastors & Elder's have rich souls, and they are passing on to the generations their prosperity of their wisdom in Christ's love and Grace. Their bodies are strong
and so are their spirits. They show us the truth and the way, not only in Word but also in their life style. Their faithfulness is contagious. We are all blessed to be able call them "friends."

P- Lord, thank you for those you have sent to us, to lead the way. They know the truth, they are the carriers of your heart, and they extend your Grace and Mercy. Bless them, and bless their healthy and prosper them in all ways. Give us divine appt. of opportunity to do good, for you name sake:) Amen.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - August 25, 2010 - Jeremiah 37-39; Psalm 79; 2 John

S – 2 John 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.

O – This is not a contradiction of other scripture. We are told to welcome and take care of strangers. This scripture is a warning about people that would approach Christians and claim to be one, when they are not.

A - John is warning us to test everyone who claims to be one of us and would attempt to teach us in ways that are contrary to the gospel. Jesus Christ came in the flesh. There are those who claim to follow God who say the bible is figurative and not literal. They are not believers. It’s really not that complicated for any Christian to understand. Don’t be confused. Some words that people say are God breathed and some just comes from their flesh. Remember that even Paul made a distinction in his letters between the advice that came from himself and the words that the Holy Spirit spoke through him. If you don’t know whom to trust, just open your bible. It’s our authority.

P – Thank You, Lord, that You do make things simple. There are no riddles, no great puzzlers for us to figure out in order to be saved. We just have to believe in Jesus and what He said.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 8/24/10  Jeremiah 33,34; Psalm 74; 1 John 5 - A BICYCLE IN THE GARAGE!!

S - 1 John 5:14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.  And if we know that he hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of him.

O - When we pray in line with God's will, we can be confident that we will receive what we ask for!  God desires to give to us according to His plan, purposes and heart!

A - I recently heard John Sheasby teaching on CD  about how exciting his prayer life is now (it used to be dry).  Now he listens for what is on God's heart and joins Him in that.  Joining God in what He is up to! I heard someone years ago on the radio tell the "bicycle in the garage" story.  Have you heard it?  A father decided to buy his son a bike for his birthday.  He bought it and hid it in the garage.  Then he began to plant the seed in his son's heart to ask for a bicycle.  The desire was created and the son began to ask for a bike.  Sure enough - on his birthday he got what he asked for!!  Our Father does the same thing.  He wants to do something in our life, places the desire there, and we begin asking "according to His will!!"  How fun is that??

P - Father, may our prayers line up with what is on Your heart!  May we "tune in" to the beat of your heart and align ourselves with Your purposes.  Then when we pray, we know that we will have what we ask of You!! And... its fun :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday August 23 Jer. 31, 32 1 John 4 "God is LOVE"

S- 1 John 4: 7 NIV- Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
MSG- My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and
experiences a relationship with God.

O- John shares with us about how we are to love one another, because that is the Spirit of God. God's nature is to be kind and loving and caring,
so why should we be different. God choice is to love us, but He doe not command us to love Him.....it's our choice, which is another example
of God's love.......He does not force us to love, but through His word the choice to love will lead to a happier life.

A- This was a real simple scripture, but it speaks such volumes to me, that God would love me even if I did not love God. That shows me just how much He
loves His lost sheep, and how He would chasten that sheep, but not make it stay. As an act of Love, He sent His son, not to be served but to serve, and to be sacrificed for our sins.
He wants us to serve with love and not from duty. To
love what He has asked of you, and do it with joy and love. God is love.....when there is not love, but discord or hate, then what? Confusion, hate...bittnerness
God's ultimate life manadate is to Love, because ultimately with love in all things, you will find peace, and with peace joy, and with joy, strength to conquer anything.

P- Lord, increase my love for you today, and take me to a new level of intimacy, that would extend to others. Increase compassion....Increase Grace & Mercy
in me, so that there is less of me and a lot more of you. Love like you love......that means even to those who don't love me. Amen

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Prospering in a Tough Time

S- jeremiah 29:7 - "Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."

O - The people of God were in a bad situation, captives in a foreign country. Their life was out of their control. The natural response is to be angry, complain, fight against it, or give up and become depressed. Jeremiah said to accept it, and pray into it and that God would prosper them there. The serenity prayer asks for the ability to accept what you can't change, change what you can change, and have the wisdom to know which is which. In this case, they couldn't change their circumstances so Jeremiah said to stop fighting it, and go with it! Hitting your head repeatedly against a brick wall does not damage the wall, but does damage your head. This passage is telling me that I can prosper even in a difficult situation through acceptance and prayer. Life can go on despite the most crushing circumstances. Ps 118 tells us to give thanks and trust God because his "love endures forever".

A - I will seek God's wisdom as I face challenges, and pray more and complain less.

P - Lord, show us what to accept and what to reject, when to move forward and when to strategically retreat. Help us to know in whatever circumstance we find ourselves, that you "love endures forever" and that "the Lord is with me: I will not be afraid." All I ask Lord is that I would know your presence and hear your voice and have the grace to respond rightly. In Jesus name, Amen.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday August 20 Jer. 48 & 49, Ps. 67 1John 1

Friday August 20
Jer. 48 & 49, Ps. 67 1John 1

S- Psalm 67:3 "A Psalm A Song" NIV-May the people praise you , O God may all the people praise you, O God.
MSG- God! Let people Thank you and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you.
O- Psalmist is making a song of how wonderful it is to give thanks to a merciful fair judging God. All the nations will see His goodnes and grace.
The message bible says, He will judge even the Far-Flung people fair and square. Let there be a Holy Joy upon us.

A- As I read this psalm, right from the start I could feel joy, and enthusiam come over me. For the Lord to smile upon us everyday.....what more could we ask for?
It's such a God feeling when someone smiles at you. It's a sense of welcome and approval, and an inviation to open up. That's what the Lord does for us.......
When we thank Him and give Him all the glory He smiles back at us.....how refreshing and rewarding is that:)

P- Lord thank you for your grace your mercy and your big smile that shines down on us. Even in the dreariest of days, your smile can make sunshine. Thank you,
for your uncoditional love, please teach us how to extend that unconditional love to others, and to give someone a big smile today:) Amen Have a GOD day!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Friday August 19, 2010 Jeremiah 45-47; Psa. 105; John 21

By Mary White

S--John 21:15-16 “”Simon do you truly love me?”…”yes Lord, you know that I love you“….”feed my lambs”…“Peter do you love me? ” “yes Lord”…“take care of my sheep“…“do you love me?” ” Yes Lord” “Feed my sheep“.

O--Before Christ was crucified, Peter denied Christ 3 times. Now Jesus is reinstating Peter.

A--Jesus asks Peter 3 times if he loves him and 3 times Peter replies yes, you know that I do. Jesus says “If you love me feed my lambs”…“take care of my sheep“ “Feed my sheep“. Jesus did not settle for “yes Lord you know I do”…He wanted actions to follow these words. Feed my lambs (new believers, perhaps). Jesus cares about new believers…He wants them to grow strong and straight and in the knowledge of God‘s great love for them. . “Take care of my sheep” (help them to live according to the Word, perhaps) as a young Christian I didn’t have a clue…but someone cared enough for me to teach me God’s ways…thank you. Three times, Jesus makes it clear that if we love Him we will feed and care for His sheep. This must have been very important to Him. We have many opportunities in the church today to feed the lambs and the sheep and to take care for them. However, how do we respond when asked to do so? “I can’t do that …I am too busy…it intimidates me… I am uncomfortable”. WORDS ARE CHEAP AND COST US NOTHING. There is a cost to serving God. We need to get over ourselves, hear what the Lord is asking of us and truly say “Yes Lord I love you (in word and deed.)

P--Oh God, forgive me for the times I was too busy, inconvenienced, or too scared to feed your sheep. Help me to love You in word and deed.

Sometimes it is a Long Time Coming

S - Ps. 105:9 - "Until the time that his word came to pass..."

O - Sometimes life doesn't make sense and is full of suffering and God feels a million miles away! Joseph was in prison and was hurting physically and emotionally. Yet behind the scenes, God was at work for good, but it took a long time for that good to be seen and experienced.

A - I have been praying for a long time about many things. I will trust that God's word will come to pass in time.

P - Lord, may I stay faithful and full of faith till that which You have promised me comes to pass.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - August 18, 2010 - Jeremiah 26, 35-36; John 20

S - John 20:31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life.

O - John knew that the recounting of Jesus' miracles would lead people to believe and they would be saved.

A - There is power in the Word and power in the testimony. Tell of everything that Jesus did when He walked the earth and everything He does now in your life. To some they will just be stories, but to others who are ready to hear, they will bring Life. Never underestimate the power of the Word. I first read the bible as a non-believer, a scholar reading literature. And those seemingly mere words were powerful enough to draw me in to the love of God and belief in Jesus. When you feel that the words you could come up with would be inadequate for someone, look to the Word, the scriptures, for power.

P - Lord, I thank You for Your Word, the Holy Bible, which brings Life everlasting when we choose to believe that what You say is true. I am so grateful that I chose to believe. Remind me, Lord, to use Your Word more with the non-believers who surround me. Lead them to You, Jesus, in Your name I pray. Amen.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 8/17/10 Jeremiah 23,25; John 19 - Return From Captivity!

S - Jeremiah 25:5-7 - Turn now each of you, from your evil ways and your evil practices.  Do not follow other gods to serve and worship them...  But you did not listen to Me.. you have brought harm to yourselves.

O - The nation of Israel had been warned repeatedly to leave their worship of substitute gods and return to the true God. He used the prophets to warn them of coming captivity in Babylon if they did not return to Him. They ended up in Babylon.

A - Sometimes we become caught in a snare of depending upon something else for comfort and satisfaction in our lives.  We may not realize that this is a modern form of idol worship.  God is calling us to Him, but we run to other things to try to feel better (food, drugs, alcohol, pornography, spending money, a person, etc).  We actually bring the harm to ourselves as the dependance on this "other thing" grows stronger over time.  We walked right into captivity.

P - Lord, you promised the nation of Israel freedom from their captivity.  Lord, we live in the New Covenant.  Jesus has already purchased our return!  All we need do is walk in the victory that is ours by believing in Your Saving Grace! Yes, Jesus, we can turn from substitutes to You when we are weak.  We choose today to love you and worship you instead of something else. Only You, Lord, can bring the kind of comfort we are seeking into our lives.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Which Garden are You Standing in?

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 8/16/10 – 2 Kings 24; Jeremiah 22; Psalm 112; John 18 - “Which Garden are You Standing In?”

S – John 18:4-5 – “Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, "Who is it you want?" "Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. "I am he," Jesus said.” (NIV)

O – Judas came to the Garden of Gethsemane with the soldiers and religious leaders to take Jesus by force. Jesus was not taken by surprise, He was a willing sacrifice and after asking “Who is it you want?” Jesus said “I am He.” In the first Garden (Eden) the first Adam met the enemy and failed. But in the 2nd Garden, the second Adam (Jesus) met the enemy and triumphed. Adam hid himself but Jesus openly revealed Himself.

A – Nothing took Jesus by surprise. He stood strong and He knew Who He was. When we are confronted with opposition, we can choose the response that was in the first Garden, and cower in fear; or we can choose the response that was in the second Garden and stand up to our opposition and know who we are in Christ. Because He knows His identity, we can know ours, because OUR IDENTITY IS IN HIM!

P – Lord, strengthen us in the power of Your Truth and Your might and Your identity! Cause us to know for certain that it is in you that we live and move and have our being!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Parched ground or Living Water

S - Jer. 17:5 - Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord ... he will dwell in parched ground."

O - Jeremiah tells us that we choose where we live based on who we depend on. If we depend primarily on ourself or on others, we will inevitably run out of provision and be in a place of lack and barreness. There is just not enough to meet our continual needs. Cursed is the one who relies on limited resources that run out, but blessed is the one who relies on the Lord. Then we can be truly confident. That is why we sing to Him and proclaim Him, not ourselves.

A - Though God uses people and we are grateful for all the wonderful people that he puts in our lives, only God is the spring of living water that will never run dry.

P - Lord, I turn to you, the Living Water that will never run dry!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Jeremiah 13-15; John 15 CONNECTED by Mary White

S-- John 15:4 “Remain in me & I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the Vine.”

O--Jesus is teaching about the importance of remaining connected to Him. He compares Himself to the vine, and us as the branches.

A--Though the fruit hang off the branches…if the branch were not connected to the vine, than it would receive no nourishment and would wither and die. I want to bear the fruit of a godly life, but I cannot do this on my own…I must be connected to the source of nourishment and power. I need to draw near to God and allow Him to change and purify me.

P--Oh God, when I get so full of myself that I think I can go it alone…please draw me back quickly.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Aug. 12 Jer. 10-12 John14 S- John 14 16-17

S- John 14 16-17
NIV- And I will ask the Father and He will give you another counselor to be with you forever---17 the Spirit of Truth
The MSG- I will talk to the Father and He will provide you another friend so that you will always have somone with you. 17-This friend is the spirit of Truth

O- Jesus is preparing His disciples and letting them know that He will be leaving and going to get a room ready for them. He also let's them know that He will be back to
get them. His disciples question Jesus about the Father being in him......and they ask Him how do we get there? His answer, I am the road the Truth and the Life, no one
gets to the Father without going through Jesus....."In Jesus Name." Jesus let's them know that they will not be alone, as He is leaving a friend with them.

A- What an awesome gift that Jesus leaves us, a friend.....the Spirit of Truth. The more you read the word and communicate to Jesus the more you know Him, and the more senisitive you
are to the Spirit. In return, the more you ignore the spirit, the more you can't hear his whispers and his directions and answers. What I love about the Spirit of Truth, is that no matter how
far you walk away, just a call on his name and He is there for you.....just like a God friend. The Spirit is an everlasting friendship with great advice and great direction:) I have a lot of God friends, that will speak the truth.

P- In Jesus name, I ask that the Spirit of Truth get louder and louder in my life. Let no darkness come to interfere with the tone of his voice in my spirit. Thank you Jesus, for leaving us a dear
friend that we can call on day or night, and not fear any judgement of condemnation, just peace and cousel and Love. In Jesus name........Amen

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - August 11, 2010 - Jeremiah 7-9; John 13

S - John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

O - Jesus was getting ready to leave his disciples and told them to love each other as proof to the world that they follow Jesus.

A - Today in exercise class we were supposed to be holding a fairly difficult position which was really uncomfortable for me. I found myself shifting my weight to relieve the pressure, which brought me out of position. And then, I heard it. "Vivian, WHAT are you DOING?" The teacher had called me out. He noticed my position of compromise. And again, in today's reading, I am called out. Vivian, what are you doing? Am I loving my brothers and sisters in Christ unconditionally, as Christ loves us? Or am I falling into a position of compromise, agreeing with the accusers of my brothers and sisters, in order to be more comfortable? It's a good wake up call. It helps to be called out every now and then so that we can get ourselves back into alignment with what Christ would have us do.

P - Lord, I thank You for the reminder today to not compromise, to follow You wholeheartedly and love as You do. Help me, Lord, to hold my position with strength!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 8/10/10 Jer 5,6; John 12 - WILD TANTRUMS

S - Jeremiah 5:22 - I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.  The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.

O - The Lord is speaking of his sovereignty; of His control over the sea.  When He formed it, the waters covered the earth.  But then He drew limits around the sea, a boundary that could not be crossed.  "I drew a line in the sand that cannot be crossed.  Waves roll in but cannot get through, breakers crash but that's the end of them. (MSG) Your wild tantrums are confined to this space." (Job 38:11 MSG)

A - Last night I shared with our group of ladies that my emotions are out of control lately (menopause).  I have always been a sensitive person; I can cry at the drop of a hat.  I feel deeply and am very passionate (I blame that on my Italian side!).  I hold things close to my heart and wear my emotions on my sleeve.  But it's even worse lately. My friend prayed this scene from her heart - that God would help me with boundaries around my emotions as he set limits for the sea.  Then she ran across the scripture this morning in our reading!!  Prophetic indeed; she wasn't aware of the scripture.

P - Father, thank you for your prophetic words spoken through other people.  Thank you for that God Hug - you surely have me on your heart!  Please help me when my emotions are taking over.  Please put boundaries around them.  Breakers crash - but let that be the end of them!  I need Your help in this.  I don't want to hurt others with this emotional sensitivity.

Monday, August 9, 2010

New Grounds for Believing!

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 8/9/10 – Jeremiah 3,4; John 11 - “New Grounds for Believing!”

S – John 11:14-15 – “Then Jesus became explicit: "Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn't there. You're about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let's go to him." (from THE MESSAGE Bible)

O – The disciples were perplexed that Lazarus had died and Jesus waited 4 days to go to him. For Jesus to say “Lazarus is dead” and “I am glad for your sakes that I was not there”, seem shocking at first. But if Lazarus had not died, the disciples (and we, as readers), would not have this unique opportunity for our faith to go to a new level. It would have been a miracle for him to be restored to health, but far more amazing that he was restored to life after being dead for 4 days.

A – We often expect the Lord to act in timing and ways that seem obvious, or familiar to what we know. But He always does things ‘out of our box’ to give us ‘new grounds for believing’ and to take our faith up a notch. His aim is to perfect our faith.

P – Lord, forgive us for small expectations! Take us to new levels, and even in those areas where we it looks like a dream or hope has ‘died’- SURPRISE US with Your power and Your amazing miraculous work in our lives and around us.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Powerful Words

S - Jeremiah 1:9b - "Behold I have put words in your mouth."

O - Jeremiah was called "to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant." He did it, not with programs or people or armies. He did it with the words that God gave him to speak. As I was meditating on this, I felt that the Lord said to me "I have called you and you are mine. You can learn to use words to bring forth my will. The secular world knows the power of words and taps into this power through mission statements, mantras, and slogans, but that is only a part of what I have planned for my people. How much more powerful it is when it is my words spoken in faith at the right time."

A - Words are powerful, especially God-given words spoken at the right time.

P - Oh Lord, I will wait upon you and seek to LEARN to hear your words, and to be endued with power to proclaim your words to bring forth your will. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you. Amen.

Friday, August 6, 2010

RETURN TO ME by Mary White

S--Jeremiah 3:22 “Return faithless people, I will cure you of backsliding.”

O--The people of God turned away from Him and were living very sinful lives and worshiping idols.

A--At least four times in Jeremiah 3 & 4 God (through Jeremiah) pleads with His people to return to Him. I can sense the heart of God in these chapters, after all God has done for His people, they still choose to turn away from Him. He repeatedly said “Return to Me and I will forgive, cure and restore you.” What a loving God we have! He is the same today, not willing that any should perish. He still cries out to us, His people, “Return to Me and I will forgive, cure and restore you.”

P--Forgive me Lord for the many times I have turned away and thank You for restoring me.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Thursday Aug. 5, 2010 2 Kings 23 Chr. 35; John 7

S-Timing is Everything John 7: 6 The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right.

O- Jesus was in Galilee, and He didn't want to go to Judea because He knew the jews were looking for a chance to kill him. Even Jesus's brother were manking suggestions as to what
He should do, and where He should go. That had suggested He even go up to the feast, so His disciples could get a good look at the WORKS you do. Jesus knew this wasn't His
knew this wasnt' His time, and rejected the suggestion.....even from family. He was in sync with God's timing, and not looking to please anyone, but Him.

A- Whenever I think of the word "timing" I think of when I was involved in skating. To be off timing to the music, and out of step, could cause a fall.....and it just didn't flow. People
My instructor could tell me all he wanted to tell me, but it was me that had to put the moves and the steps to the music. Same way with God. Anyone can give you a suggestion
or advice, but the bottom line is, that we have to walk out what we choose to listen to. The Holy Spirit has the best advice and the best timing. Even, when my timing is off,
and I may have rushed God's timing......He is the one who can get me back in step and on track. He picks me up when I fall down and resets the music.

P- Lord, help me to be patient and to listen to your beat, to stay on track and to be in your will. Even with some of the best advice by others, let me not take a step without checking
in with you first. Keep me in tune to the wonderful sound of your Spirit, and in timing with what you have for me in my Destiny. Forgive me for the times of jumping ahead, and not listening.....and falling right on my butt. Thanks for helping me back up Amen

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Wednesday 8/4/10 2 Kings 22; 2 Chr 34; John 6 - SIT DOWN!

S - John 6:10, Jesus said, "Have the people sit down."

O - Many people followed Jesus because of the miracles He was performing. When He saw the great crowd of people coming toward Him, He was concerned about their nutritional needs and multiplied the loaves and fish found in the crowd.  He was able to provide enough food for 5000 men plus additional women and children.  And there were remnants left over.

A - Sometimes we need to hear these simple words, "Sit down!  I have it all under control."  I have heard another phrase spoken over my life on several occasions, "Stop striving."  But I wasn't sure how to do that!  Some of us are hard working, overly responsible individuals. We take responsibility even for things are that aren't ours or we strive too hard in those things that are.  We need to remember that we are in the New Covenant... Jesus has done it all.  We simply need to listen for instructions, cooperate, open our mouths, and allow Him to feed us and take care of us.

P - Father, thank you for Jesus and all that was accomplished on the Cross.  May we get a glimpse of "the finished work." I want to learn REST in this season - cooperating with what you ask me to do and then trusting You to do the rest.  REST comes with trusting you for the rest!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - Nahum 1-3; John 5

S - John 5:41-42 "Your approval or disapproval means nothing to me, because I know you don't have God's love within you."

O - Jesus was talking to the Jewish leaders who were harassing Him and trying to kill Him. Jesus didn't care what they thought of Him, because He could see that they didn't have God's love in them.

A - Do you remember the book and the bracelets and bumper stickers? W.W.J.D. - What Would Jesus Do? It applies here. If we want to imitate Christ because we love Him, then the opinions of those who don't love Christ should mean nothing to us. Conversely, if we know someone has the love of God in them, then we should listen to them and weigh their words and heed them because they are speaking to us out of that love.

P - Help me, Lord, to look for Your love in all people whom I would let sway me with their opinions of my conduct. Give me discernment, Lord, and help me to not be easily offended - that I might imitate Christ on earth.

Monday, August 2, 2010


by Mary White

S--2Kings 21:20-21 “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord as his father Manasseh had done. 21 He walked in all the ways of his father.

O--Manasseh was the king and he did evil in the sight of God. He participated in all sorts of detestable practices. He died and his son Amon did the same.

A--”Like father like son”, Children learn at the knees of their parents; they listen and watch and often do likewise. We are our children’s best teachers. In this case the son continued in his fathers detestable ways. We have opportunity to help shape our children by, not only teaching what is right or wrong, but by our living what is right. The time for influencing our children is really short (it doesn’t seem so when they are young…but believe me it is.)

P--God forgive me for all the times I was a bad example to my children…and help me to live my life in a manner that is pleasing to you and a positive influence on my kids, grandkids, husband and neighbors.