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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Company of the Weak

"Grow strong in your weakness...Your fragility is not a punishment, nor does it indicate lack of faith... I am developing your ability to trust Me... to lean on Me continually... This is how you grow strong in your weakness." (254)
It seems that the strong will often overcome the weak, or even intimidate them. But sharing our weaknesses, our brokeness, can be far more inviting, even embracing. Why? Because we tend to identify with others' weaknesses more readily than with their strengths. Although I may cringe at my own weaknesses, they are often the bridge that touches another especially when I fall on Jesus to assist and cover me.
My richest relationships have been safe harbors for my weaknesses, warm hearts of forgiveness and wise words that encourage me!
Praising God for the 'company of the weak' that encircle and love us, no matter what...dmc

PS - Today is my precious daughter-in-love's birthday!
Amber Dawn Colaw, you have blessed our lives immeasurably and have encouraged us so many times. We love how God uses you and your amazing story to advance His Work in the lives of so many others! Thanks for loving our son, Charles and our grand-delights, Trey, Hayden & Trinity!!
Birthday Hugs to YOU!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Delightfully Yours

"I take great delight in you and rejoice over you with singing!" Zephaniah 3:17 (253)
Think of someone whose presence brings you great delight. Just laying eyes on them, even if it's at a distance, can cause your heart to leap. I will often tell my grandchildren that whenever I see them it feels like I have a little internal cheerleader that will spontaneously start to jump for joy!
Similar to how Zephaniah says God responds to us...cheering and singing!  Think of it!!
It's hard to imagine, but it's wonderful to know! May I bring such joy to my Father's heart today.
Listening for His Song of Delight...dmc

Friday, August 29, 2014

Waiting & Whistling

When I was a little girl, my dad would sing a little jingle, "Whistle While You Work" when we had tasks to do. That's still a great way to attack the duties of my day!
Our devotional for today says, our Heavenly Father prompts us to "Wait Before You Work." "By waiting with Me before you begin the day's activities...this act of faith ...is noted in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness." (252)
I try to focus my waking thoughts on Him...praising Him! It helps to set my heart in the right direction and sets the emotional neuro-climate of my mind. With so many distractions, having paused to wait in His Presence and to read from His Word, makes a huge definable difference in my day!
Although no one may "see" us...those in the heavenlies DO take notice, and the powers of darkness are weakened while all the Powers of Heaven rise up to strengthen and minister to us. Having waited BEFORE we work gives us great reason to whistle WHILE we work today!
Waiting & Whistling...dmc

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Heavenly Nutrients

"Grow strong in the Light of My Presence...receive nutrients that enhance your growth in grace. I designed you to commune with Me face-to-face, and this interaction strengthens your soul." (251)
The spiritually well-fed are strengthened, nourished with supernatural strength! Psalm 34:8 tells us to "taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!"
Sometimes the only way those around us will know how "good" God is will be to "taste and see" by nibbling at us! Sometimes even biting us...and it can be quite hurtful... but it may be the necessary appetizer to spiritual nutrition, and their own experience with a soul satisfying Savior!
May God use our tasteful, spiritually nutrious lives as the appetizer that attracts others to Jesus!
I have tasted and I have seen..."THE LORD IS GOOD!"
Feasting on Him Today....dmc

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Refocused in Jesus

"Spend time with Me for the pure pleasure of being in My company. I can brighten up the dullest of gray days..A mind that is unfocused is vulnerable to "the world, the flesh, and the devil," all of which exert a downward pull on your thoughts. As your thinking processes deteriorate, you become increasingly confused and directionless. The remedy is to refocus your mind and heart on Me, your constant Companion... you go step by step with Me." (250)
When I am focused on the presence of Jesus, I am able to move through my day with a greater sense of His companionship. That makes all the difference!
It reminds me of a synchronized dance between two partners who ebb and flow with rhythmic ease. It's like dancing with Jesus to the rhythms of heaven, delighting the Father, delighting the Son, delighting the soul!
When I get distracted, spiritually out-of-step or I'm tempted to temporarily dance with the devil... Yikes, everything falls out-of-synch and I feel totally worn, torn and abused.
So, today, I'll be...
Dancing with Jesus...dmc
PS - Joe's mom, Mabel Colaw, went to be with Jesus today in 2010. Happy Heavenly Birthday, Mom! Dance on with Jesus!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What's Messing with Me?

"Trust Me in the midst of a messy day...Seek My Face, and I will share My mind with you, opening your eyes to see things from My perspective." (249)
Have you noticed how a "messy day" gets a whole lot messier when we let it mess with us? I believe the enemy often tries to mess with our minds by messing with our lives to ultimately mess with our eternal destiny! We can't always prevent messy circumstances in life, but we can prevent a messed up eternity. Capturing His Mind will protect our own minds from those messy thoughts that totally, even eternally, mess us up!
Since cleaning up messes can become overwhelming, catching a mess early on, cleaning it up quickly, is a far better way to go. Then, all that's left is a testimony or MESSage of deliverance!
Absolutely No Messing Around...dmc

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wandering Thoughtfulness

"I am intimately involved in all your moments, and I am training you to be aware of Me at all times. Your assignment is to collaborate with me...(when) your mind goes off in tangents...do not be alarmed by your inability to remain focused on Me...redirect your mind...whisper My Name." (248)
I've often battled with wandering thoughts, even in the midst of prayer, bible reading or worship. That tendency troubled me... until I discovered how research affirms that most of us can catch ourselves thinking about things other than what we are actually doing much of the time. This cognition tendency can be a huge hindrance or, if handled creatively, can be a great asset, especially when it comes to prayer!
So, I started using those wandering thoughts like mental stepping stones to redirect myself back to Jesus. Now, whenever my mind wanders, I immediately talk to Jesus about it. I've discovered this allows me to confess quickly and to "bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ." (2 Cor. 10:5)
With quick confession comes the ability to ponder the situation from a whole new perspective! Wandering thoughts become another opportunity for prayer!
I've noticed that when I get distracted and share it with Jesus I am immediately put back on track, prayerfully "collaborating" with Him. I have talked to Jesus about many things that would have never made my official prayer list, but they've certainly become a part of my prayer journey.
This kind of unceasing prayer becomes a type of ongoing conversation with Jesus, who's become a close traveling companion. He knows my heart, is interested in the landscape of my mind, weighs in on the various scenes, conversations and attitudes I am experiencing. The relationship that develops is reasurring, enjoyable and rewarding!
It's a great way to intercede for others, for situations, and for my own deepest desires or hurts that are often too difficult to express otherwise.
Catching Wandering Thoughts with Pondering Prayers...dmc

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A Larger Font Life

"I am all around you - as you seek My Face...nearer than you dare believe, closer than the air you breathe - never feel lonely again...every thought...every word...I read you like an open, large-print book." (247)
God really knows us better than we know ourselves. "Aware of all (our) ways." (Ps. 139:3)
At times I mystify myself. I wonder what's happening within me...emotionally, physically, spiritually, relationally, etc. So, it is especially comforting to know that my Creator really "gets" me. He totally understands me! And still, He totally loves me! Amazing!!
When I am searching for insight from Him, when I need direction, or an answer I will ask Him to increase the font in my life. Just like when there is print too small to decipher, I may need Him to increase the font so I can clearly read the situation (or myself) better.
I picture it like the expanding capability on my Iphone that enlarges pictures and print with a simple two-finger technique. I like living the "open, large-print" life with God. Nothing hidden, nothing unconfessed, everything uncovered...
Wide Open...dmc

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Promise for Parents

"Entrust your loved ones to Me...They are much safer with Me than in your clinging hands. When you release (them) you are free to cling to My hand (and) I am free to shower blessings on them...relax and...watch to see what I will do." (246)
My precious friend, Lori, tearfully shared the most beautiful example of this in our Truth & Dialog bible study. Here is her testimony...

Since my son was going to be leaving for the Air Force Basic Training I decided to look ahead to the 23rd of August to just see what it said. The devotional for today was written for me and every other mother that is struggling with children moving on either to college or to the military. The first line was like WOW! As I read thru the devotional, I saw I needed to release him so God could bless him. That had such a impact on me! I need not "idolize" my relationship or my love for my son because God would watch over him and I needed to keep my thoughts on God. I have been so excited about this devotional jewel. I have told everyone about what God was telling me for this very day, the day he leaves for military training. The peace I have in my heart tells me that this is a good thing for him.

Thank you, Lori, for speaking to all mothers who are releasing their precious children into this uncertain world. Some releases seem to cut deeply into a Mother's Heart. God certainly understands, afterall, He made us to love so deeply! So, whether it be kindergarten, the military, the ministry, a surgical procedure, a new babysitter or a new business adventure, whatever... we have a God who gently leads our young, as "He gently leads those (of us) that have young!" (Isaiah 40:11 NIV)
"God, thank you for watching over our children & grandchildren. Shower them with blessings and cover them with protection as we place them in Your Hands...and tightly hold our hands, as You gently lead us through each day. Amen!"
No matter what age or stage of life, we'll continually be...
Releasing & Rejoicing...dmc