Monday, December 14, 2009

Every Day Is a Gift - Joes Osteen

Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how fragile life really is. It can be easy to allow little things to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Something doesn't go our way, or someone says something upsetting. Even traffic can cause us to lose focus if we let it. We have to remember that each day is a gift. If we choose to focus on what's wrong, we'll miss the beauty that each day has to offer.

I encourage you today; don't let the precious moments of life pass you by. Don't wait for the holidays and birthdays to show people that you care. Remember, each day is unique and irreplaceable. You have been given time that can be invested or wasted; hours that can be used or misused. That's why the psalmist prayed to God, "Teach us to number our days." He was saying, "Teach us to value every moment we've been given." As you daily keep a proper perspective, you'll gain a heart of wisdom. You'll draw closer to God and experience the full blessing that He has for you each and every day!

A Prayer For Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of today. I choose to focus on the blessings of each moment instead of allowing the little things to steal my joy. Keep me close to You always as I submit every area of my heart and mind to You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

What if They Don't Believe? - Joel Osteen

Romans 3:3 (NIV)

What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?

Have the opinions of others caused you to water down your dreams? There will always be critics and naysayers in life. One of the most important things you can learn is that other people don't have to believe in you in order for your dreams to come to pass. Other people don't set the limits for your life - you do. It's not what others say about you that affects your life, but what you say and believe about yourself. In this verse, the Apostle Paul is saying, "It doesn't matter if other people don't believe. Their inbelief is not going to keep me from believing in my dreams."
When God puts a promise in your heart, it's not up to other people to bring it to pass, it's up to you! You don't need everyone to validate you. You have to follow the voice of God for yourself and allow Him to order your steps.

Friend, God sees the hidden treasures inside of you. He wants to bring these treasures out and make your dreams reality! As you get rid of the old defeated thoughts and replace them with what God says about you, you will remove the limits and live the abundant life God has in store for you!

A Prayer For Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for another day to see Your goodness in my life. Help me to see myself the way You see me. Help me to see the plans You have for me so that I can be empowered by You to fulfill my destiny. I love You and bless Your name today. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

As You Wait - Joel Osteen

James 5:7 NIV

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the fall and spring rains.

God has put dreams and desires in every person's heart. But most of the time, there's a season of waiting involved. Maybe you're waiting for a relationship to improve; waiting to get married; waiting for a promotion; or waiting to overcome an illness. Much of life is spent waiting. But there's a right way to wait, and there's a wrong way to wait. Too often, when things don't happen on our timetable, we get down and discouraged or anxious and fretful. That's because we're not waiting the right way.

Notice that today's bible verse doesn't say if you wait, it says as you wait. The fact is we're all going to wait. It goes on to say that we should consider how the farmer waits - patiently and eagerly. We're not supposed to sit around discouraged; we're supposed to be hopeful, positive, and full of expectancy.

Todya, no matter what you are believing for, expect things to change in your favor. Today could be the day that God turns it all around. As you wait with patience and expectancy, you'll open the door for God to move. He'll fight your battles, and you'll see that abundant harvest He's promised in every area of your life.

A Prayer For Today

Father God, today I choose to wait expectantly for You. I trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I put my trust and hope in You knowing that You have good things in store for my future. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Attitude

I just finished reading the book "Touchdown Alexander" written by football great, Shaun Alexander. I found the following quotes that really spoke to me......

Psalm 37:4....Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.

"I want to encourage people to set goals for their lives - the higher the better. If we think big and believe big, we'll act big and move in big ways. As a result, we'll enjoy life in a big way. Life really is to enjoy - to have fun and laugh a lot. If we're not enjoying our life, something isn't right."

"There's no price tag on what we do for others."

"There's never any way to repay kindness and love - except to pass it on."

"I realized I was so busy looking to the left and right that I was missing what was in front of me. I had been distracted by other things. I needed to turn my focus onto God."

"We have two choices in life: giving ourselves up to the world and its values and amusements - or we can give ourselves to Christ and let Him guide us."

"God's best is always worth the wait."

"God wants to give us what we most desire but won't give it to us until we're ready to put away all the other toys."

"God truly blesses those who are willing to wait on Him."

"Money isn't a goal, it's a means to get to a goal."

"True faith in God happens after we have done all we can and have reached the end of our own resources. That's when we can still believe and call on Him."