Balk

English: Detroit Tigers pitcher .

English: Detroit Tigers pitcher . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, ‘We are safe’—safe to do all these detestable things? Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching!” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 7:9-11

In watching the Detroit Tigers last night, the pitcher was called on a balk. I don’t totally understand what that means, but it was serious enough for the runners already on base to take another base causing the runner on third base to come home. The pitcher made some kind of movement that was deceiving in his intent to pitch the ball. Intentional or not, it was witnessed by the umpires and the consequences were devastating for the team.

Do we balk as we live our Christian life? At times, there are situations where we may feel it’s okay to do an activity, because we are saved by the blood of Jesus. While it is true we are saved by our relationship to the Lord, if we dishonor God by some of our choices, there are consequences to pay that can be terrible. When it comes to God, there are no secrets we can keep from him. He keeps a close eye on us because of his love for us.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for the way you keep us on the right road through discipline. Forgive me when I have acted like I am on my own and no one will know. I trade in that immature thinking for a grown up belief of your continual interaction in my life. Amen

Faith Tip: In all you do today, be authentic.

Savvy

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English: This is an example of the angst caused by the use of a telephone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Among my people are the wicked 
    who lie in wait like men who snare birds
    and like those who set traps to catch people. – Jeremiah 5:26

I really get annoyed when I get numerous phone calls from scammers. The latest one had my name and bank name and almost sounded authentic. I’m glad I didn’t give them any account information because I did call the bank afterwards and found out it was fraudulent. I don’t understand how people can do this to others, but obviously it is a reflection of their lack of relationship with God. If they realized how much God hates this and loves them, I think it would stop.

As Christians we do need to be wise in our interactions with people. God has plenty of wisdom to share among us, all we need to do is ask for it. He gives generously from his stock. King Solomon asked for wisdom and he was considered the wisest man on earth. Whose knowledge should we depend on … our own or Gods?

Prayer: You are the creator of wisdom, Lord, and I pray that I can wise in all I do today. Guide and direct me to the plans set forth for me. Amen

Faith Tip: Begin the day asking for wisdom before anything happens. If things happen, ask for more wisdom to maneuver through it.

Packing made easy

Packing

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I will put my law in their minds

and write it on their hearts. – Jeremiah 31:33

There is always a challenge for me when packing for a trip. I want to make sure I have enough clothes plus having them be the right type for weather and activities. If I pack too much, then I am carrying extra baggage, but if I pack too lightly, I will regret not having something I need. Then there’s the toiletry items, hair care, toothbrush, etc. Plus if there is paperwork or presentation materials I need, I have to make sure they are with me. Packing can be quite the job.

Aren’t you glad that you don’t have to worry about making sure you pack God to take along? When you and I leave the building, God is there. When we get on the cruise ship, God is there. Backpacking in the mountains … God is there. Stepping on stage to talk about him, he’s there. We don’t have to worry about leaving him behind.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for always being with me in everything I do. I pray that I continually acknowledge your presence as we journey life together. Amen

Faith Tip: In all you do today, acknowledge God for he is there.

Rise and Shine

Lianne Bed

Lianne Bed (Photo credit: rileyroxx)

“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” – Jeremiah 32:17

We have all experienced challenging days where sometimes it’s too hard to take the next step. We are overcome by the circumstances and have a hard time seeing a way out. What can we do? It almost feels safer to stay in bed with the covers completely shielding us from the day ahead. The thought may be if we hide, we won’t experience any more pain.

Did you notice that the above paragraph focused on us? If we limit our seeking to what we can do, we greatly limit the possibilities. Nothing is too hard for God. If we seek him and his kingdom, we will find a greater power who wants to be involved. Allow God to work through you. No more hiding … walk out confidently into a day especially created for you by someone who loves you and will never leave you.

Prayer: Lord, forgive me when I want to hide from the world. That is not your plan for me. I pray I grasp your hand and let you lead me through a day full of your wonders. Amen

Faith Tip: Like the old song says, “Get outta that bed. Wash your face and hands.” It’s a brand new day full of plans made by your heavenly father.

Drinking Deep from the Well

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“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8

Susan felt like she needed a break. Her work and family took all of her time and there was very little left for her at the end of the day. Exhausted, she fell into bed dreading the ringing of the alarm in a short seven hours. It’s not that she didn’t love her family or her work, but she was just tired. Her energy was depleted. She felt trapped in a cycle of doing and not being.

Trees, as well as other plants, show us when they are in need of water. They droop, turn brown and lose leaves. They are headed towards death. As people, we also need water to thrive. This water comes from the ever fresh spring of Jesus. His cool drink revives a tired soul, lifts the heart of the despaired, and rejuvenates the spirit. Drinking from the well of Jesus requires reading His Word and prayer. This is the pail we lower to collect the beverage of choice. Drink deep.

Prayer: Lord, so many times I forget to lower my pail into Your well. Please forgive me and help me to live vibrantly with your water soaring through me. I know that all I am comes from you. Amen

Faith Tip: Too busy to read the Bible or pray. It may be time to reconsider your schedule and priorities.

It’s too hard!

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“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”Jeremiah 32:17

I currently have a lot of projects that I am working on for upcoming events and wonder how I am going to get it all done. Anxiety comes when I focus on the “to do” list. Being busy is not a new thing to me and I have past experience in God making everything come together. Yet I once again get into the cycle of worry when I “forget” how God has worked before. I am blinded by short-sightedness when I take my eyes off the one who is able to do all things.

When God calls us to do something for him, he will make sure we have everything we need to complete the task. Trusting God with the outcome by obediently following his direction will bring us to goal time and time again. When we look back, we can see how God has supplied all of our needs and give him all the praise and glory. It is all about him and his kingdom, so we can remove the yoke of self and take his which feels a lot lighter.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for calling us to serve and enabling us to complete the task. I pray that I honor you with all you would have me do. Amen

Faith Tip: Today is a new day with another opportunity to serve and not worry. Let’s go for it!

To trust again

Mother & Child, Grand Concourse The Bronx

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” – Jeremiah 17:7-8

Trust has never come easy for Alice. She has been disappointed many times through life by people. They have each injured her soul through abuse, deception and abandonment. She felt she was better off not getting involved with people and just being a loner. Can’t get hurt if you don’t care, she thought.

Walking down the street one day to her office, Alice came upon a mother and child. They had dark green trash bags with them, and the child was crying.

“Mom, I’m so hungry. Can’t we buy something cheap or look through the trash at the restaurant again?”

The mother looked defeated. “Honey, we will get something soon, I know it. God is going to take care of us.”

Alice thought to herself that the woman was a fool to trust in God. She continued to walk on but couldn’t get the image of the mother and child out of her mind. She stopped and turned around. She went up to the mother and said, “Look, I overheard you say to the child that God would take care of you. I didn’t want you to starve to death waiting for God, so here.” She handed her $20.

The woman looked up at Alice and said, “I am not disappointed in God. He sent you to help us. Thank you for listening to him.”

The little girl stood up and gave Alice a hug. “Thank you, God.”

Alice walked away thinking that perhaps it was God that spoke to her. But how would she know for sure? She passed a group of young people practicing a song by the fountain on the next street. She stopped when she heard the song and tears began to flow. They were singing, “’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”

Prayer: I thank you, Lord, for the wonderful ways you show me that I can trust you. I pray that I can show trust in you to others I come in contact with. Amen

Faith Tip: Is there something you are not trusting God with? Release it to him and see the miracles happen.