My Monday Thoughts – If We Listen

He prays well who is so absorbed with God that he does not know he is praying.

Francois de Sales


This Day's Verse

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23
The New International Version


This Day's Smile

Faith isn’t faith until it’s all you’re holding on to.

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This was my e-mail for today, how appropriate!  God is always speaking to us if we are just willing to open our hearts and ears to listen for Him!  I posted a poem today that I wrote last night for my daughters and son’s ex-fiance.  Though all of the circumstances are different, the details aren’t what’s important, the message applies to them all.  They each have their own insecurities, worries, doubts, guilts, etc.  What I want them, and anyone else that this might speak to, to understand is this; God is only a prayer away.  Don’t be in a rush for an answer though, be patient and diligent and listen.  Of course, there are times that what He says is not what we want to hear and we dismiss it as not being what was meant for us.  You can receive your answer in many different forms and you might miss it if you are too focused on Him not answering you in some profound way!  Here are a few ways that He has spoken to me of late:

A “This Day’s Tought” e-mail such as this one; e-mails from other sources; comments left on this blog; a sudden rush of peace when I am praying about something; tweets from followers; Facebook posts; a seemingly random phone call from one of my ministries asking if there is anything that they can pray with me for, etc.

We don’t have to hear the audible voice of God or have a vision to receive from Him.  He is faithful to answer us, we need to be faithful to Him as well and expectant to hear it.  What have you prayed for lately and might you have missed your answer because you were looking for it in the wrong place?

Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

Praying with expectancy,
Teresa Marie

The Newest Devotion Forwarded From My Daughter

He’s Still the King

God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne (Psalm 47:8).

Scripture: Psalm 47:5-9
Song: “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee

Whether or not we voted for the current leaders in office, we hope they will do the best for our country. Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way, or at least in our view. We debate, complain, or write letters to our congressmen when we approve or disapprove of a bill on the House floor.

Other nations make their laws under different rules. Some suffer under dictators. These tyrants often lead their people into ruin for the sake of their own greed. Then we despair this world will never recover from the wrongs we inflict upon ourselves.

A friend reminded me recently that even with politicians and governments that are far from God, and act accordingly, God is still in charge. I find that difficult to grasp, but it makes me want to pray all the more for our officials and for God to rule in their decisions.

God knows. God reigns. Current situations may disturb us, but ultimately God will prevail. He can use even evil men and women to accomplish His long-term goals, goals that we can’t see when we’re so bogged down in the here and now.

So . . . lift up your heads. God reigns.

Lord God, sometimes I wonder if You’re really at work in this world. I’m great at worrying about national and international government, and not so great at acknowledging Your supremacy. Give me the long view, or at least a trust that You do reign over this world. May Your kingdom come! In the name of Jesus, amen.

This devotion is from the book, 365 Devotions, brought to you by Standard Publishing.  Buy 365 Devotions and other great resources at www.standardpub.com.

Amen and amen.  Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

With all due homage to our King,
Teresa Marie

Our Weight of Glory – Today’s Devotion

Courtesy of my daughter:

Our Weight of Glory

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts (Psalm 96:8).

Scripture: Psalm 96
Song: “And Can It Be That I Should Gain?”

One of the meanings of “glory” is: weight, like the heaviness of a warrior returning from battle, weighted down with the spoils of victory. We see the weight of God‘s glory in creation, but there is also a weight to our lives when we are His.

There is a story about a 19th-century circuit-riding evangelist named Peter Cartright. He was asked to preach at a conference led by a very proper seminary student. When Cartright gave the invitation to respond to the gospel, a mountain of a man came forward. This man threw himself down on the floor and began to pray.

He knew he was a sinner and told God so, loudly. The seminary student anxiously rushed up to him imploring, “Compose yourself, brother.”

But Cartright pushed the student aside, slapped the man on the back, and said, “Pray on brother; there’s no composure in hell where you’re going.” The man finally broke through to God and, leaping to his feet, howled with delight, dancing and praising God. The weight of God’s glory in one man’s life was brought to bear on another’s that day. And worship became witness to those who watched.

Dear Heavenly Father, may I be bold! May I not hide my light because of what others might think; instead, may I choose to bring the weight of Your glory into a needy world. In the name of Jesus my Lord. Amen.

This devotion is from the book, 365 Devotions, brought to you by Standard Publishing.  Buy 365 Devotions and other great resources at www.standardpub.com.

Always remember that Jesus died for us because He loves us!

May the glory of God fall upon you today,
Teresa Marie