Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Thought for Thursday December 14

The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness.

Isaiah 41: 13 – 20  The afflicted and the needy seek water in vain, their tongues are parched with thirst. I, the LORD, will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open up rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the broad valleys; I will turn the desert into a marshland, and the dry ground into springs of water.
If God is going to do everything, can I just ignore the needy?  So when is God going to get to work and get this all done?

Action:  Thank God every time you drink water today.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thought for Wednesday December 13

O bless the Lord, my soul!
Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
slow to anger and abounding in kindness.
Not according to our sins does he deal with us,
nor does he requite us according to our crimes.
O bless the Lord, my soul!

Matthew 11: 28 – 30  “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

What burden would you like taken from you?  Do you trust Jesus enough to give it to him?

Action:  Help someone who is carrying a heavy burden.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Thought for Tuesday December 12

You are the highest honor of our race.
Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God,
the creator of heaven and earth.
You are the highest honor of our race.

Luke 1: 26 – 38  The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary.  And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Would I be suspicious of a greeting like this?  Am I ready to accept the responsibility that comes with my gifts?

Action:  Next time you think you are being asked for too much – think of Mary.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Thought for Monday December 11

Our God will come to save us!
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
Our God will come to save us!
Luke 5: 17 – 26  But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus.
What do I do when there are obstacles in my path to following God?  How hard will I try to find another way?
Action:  If there is some good thing you have wanted to do but haven’t been able to do, try to find a different way.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thought for Friday December 8

Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
Luke 1: 26 – 38  Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
How hard is it to say yes to God?   Would I ever give God such an open-ended yes as Mary did, or do I want more control?
Action:  Say yes to something God has been trying to get you to do.