Hope all are well this day. We here in The Campbell Kingdom are doing pretty good. Late night last night, and as usual early morning. See? Campbell and Bob Cat have not one minute’s trouble going back to sleep after feed and park time, but once I’m up usually if it is after 4 I am up, and so here I am. I am hoping to go out today and shop some, but leg and hip are bothering me some, so need to check weather first. We had such a long day out yesterday, then an evening with family, Campbell won’t complain if we stay home, so it may be writing and house work, and shopping tomorrow.
BTW? The below is something I receive in Email, and thought that today’s was pretty good, so I’m sharing, if you like, take a look.
- In the Beginning
- Face to Face With a Giant
- End of the World
- Dressed For Success
CONTINUE IN PRAYER….
Missionaries, Military & families, Greg Parker, Dianne Ball,
Lee Jordan, Robyn Martin, Derrick Mays family,
Mike Thomas’ family, Kristi and baby
Prayer for peace of mind
The thoughts in my mind are not the ones I want.
I don’t seem to be doing a great job of changing them.
I am willing to think what you would have me think.
I am willing to be at peace.
I claim the confidence of the psalmist in Psalm 91:
You deliver me my God from the snare of the fowler.
You deliver me my God from the noisome pestilence.
I now affirm:
The thoughts in my mind are the ones I want.
I am thinking what you would think.
I am at peace.
Thank you so much.
IN THE BEGINNING
“Then God brought Abram outside beneath the nighttime sky and
told him, ‘Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can.
Your descendants will be like that-too many to count!’ And Abram
believed God; then God considered him righteous on account of
his faith.” (Genesis 15:5-6)
After the creation account in the Bible, we are privy to the story of
Adam and Eve, their fall from grace, their oldest son Cain’s murder
of his brother Abel, and their expulsion from paradise. We are only
four chapters into Genesis at this point, and already, we could
easily become discouraged.
But, wait. You don’t have to go far to become hopeful, because a
few chapters later, we are introduced to Abraham. At age seventy-
five, God called this wealthy landowner to leave his home in
Haran, and journey to Canaan. To do this, Abraham had to give up
his home, possessions, and ties to his people. It would have been
much simpler to stay put, remain wealthy, and live a life without
challenges, but Abraham trusted God to give him a new and
And what did God give to Abraham, as a result of his trust and
faith? God made him the father of Israel; his descendants were like
the stars in the sky; at the ripe old age of 100, he and his 90 year
old wife, Sarah, celebrated the arrival of their first child, Isaac, and
Abraham accomplished all that God asked him to do.
We, like Abraham, are called. God has a purpose for each of us.
And when we obey that call, He equips us with everything we
need, and sends us on a journey of new and wondrous beginnings.
Myra F. Smith
Being at peace with yourself is a direct result of finding peace with
God. — Olin Miller
We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is
nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.
— A. W. Tozer
God never changes who He is. He is always consistent. He is not
fickle. He was not a different God in the Old Testament or to your
grandparents. He is and always has been the same God. He is
holy (He keeps His promises). He is righteous (He always does
what’s right). He is good (He loves us and is always working in us
and for us). These things never change. — David Edwards
This King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising
me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table. Serves me
with His own hands, gives me the key to His treasures.
— Brother Lawrence
Although Martin Luther was a monk living in a monastery, he was
continually tormented with fear and condemnation, to the point of
near suicidal depression. No matter how hard he tried, he could not
live up to God’s righteous requirements. After years of torment,
He was finally set free when he discovered justification by faith as
taught in Paul’s epistle to the Romans. He suddenly realized that
what he could not do for himself-keep all the requirements of
God’s holy law-Christ had already done for him. Richard Exley
Even when we cannot see the why and the wherefore of God’s
dealings, we know that there is love in and behind them, and so
we can rejoice always. –J. I. Packer
FACE TO FACE WITH A GIANT
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me
strength. — Philippians 4:13
Years ago I came into close contact with a giant—an
enormous whale. My friends and I were in one of those little
inflatable boats, and we had gone out to do some whale watching.
When we saw one breach some distance away, we went in for a
closer look, still keeping our distance. Suddenly a young whale
swam right under our boat. A couple of moments later, its
submarine-sized mother came along and also glided right under
our little craft. She was so close that we actually could see the
barnacles on her body. And as fast as she and her calf had
appeared, they disappeared.
In a sense, we all have giants that we encounter in life. By
giants I mean those seemingly insurmountable problems and issues
that we have tried to bring down but have only grown stronger
with the passing of time. For some people, it may be the giant of
fear. For others, it might be the giant of a personal sin. For still
others, it might be the giant of addiction.
But no matter who we are, we all face giants: hardships,
temptations, obstacles, and challenges. Yet 1 Corinthians 10:13
assures us, “The temptations in your life are no different from
what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the
temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted,
He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
Know this: every giant can be defeated. There is no power
you need to be under . . . no addiction that needs to control your
life . . . no lifestyle you cannot break free from . . . no giant that
should be overpowering you. You have everything you need in
your relationship with Christ.
— Pastor Greg Laurie
Copyright (c) 2013 by Harvest Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
Received from: CCEC Story List – Tom Henderson
END OF THE WORLD
The end is here! That’s what they say.
When will it come, What is the day?
What will happen to us, will we all die?
Does our life matter, should we even try?
What day it arrives nobody knows
Only the Father, on the day he chose.
God’s set the time, it’s on his timetable
no man can change it, no one is able.
Our life now matters, what it is that we do,
to prove we are willing, to make changes too.
To obey our maker, with all of our heart,
Trying now to please him, is a really good start.
When a woman is expecting, and the times overdue,
Do you say it’s not coming, it’s just not true?
We need a new start, a place to live on,
The earth will be better when all badness is gone.
And so that’s the purpose, the end brings a change,
to all of the badness, and all the bad ways.
Will all be gone forever, will be in the past,
Then a new world begins…one that will last.
John Derek Hamilton
DRESSED FOR SUCCESS
As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves
with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear
with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have
against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all
these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect
unity. Colossians 3:12-14
In my job I am required to wear a uniform. Each morning I don
a white lab coat over my black slacks and blouse. I never really
appreciated the freedom in wearing the same thing each day until
I began this job. Gone are the mornings filled with frustration as
I hunted through my overflowing closet, only to find nothing to
wear. Now I experience freedom to focus on my job instead of
myself as I wear what is required. Of course, even my uniform
looks its best when I wear the right undergarments.
Just as my physical job requires me to wear a uniform, the life
I lead as a believer requires me to wear a spiritual uniform. Before
we can put on this new spiritual uniform, we must remove the
filthy rags of our old sinful nature and put those behaviors to death.
Then we are encouraged to put on the seven virtuous under-
garments of this spiritual uniform.
The first virtuous undergarment is living in the reality that as a
believer in Christ we are chosen, holy, and dearly loved. Secondly,
we are to clothe ourselves with compassion, as we enter into the
suffering of others. Third, we put on acts of kindness, which
thwarts evil in the lives of others. The fourth undergarment is
humility, as we live our lives in awareness of God’s grace. The
fifth undergarment is gentleness, as we are gracious toward others.
The last two undergarments are patience and forgiveness. God is
so patient with me and is faithful to forgive my confessed sins, so
in turn I must be willing to extend patience to others, even those
who are difficult to deal with. I must be willing to forgive those
who have harmed me, even if they never apologize or ask for
As we put on these seven virtuous undergarments, we will create
the perfect foundation for the outer garment of love, which binds
all of the seven undergarments in perfect unity. This outer garment
of love identifies us with the one we follow, Christ.
If you want your life to show others that you follow Christ, I
encourage you to take a look at your spiritual closet. Is it filled
with outdated attitudes and behaviors that just don’t fit your life
as a believer? Get rid of them. Are there bad habits hidden in the
dark recesses of your spiritual closet that need to be discarded? Get
rid of them. Perhaps the unflattering accessories of impatience and
unforgiveness need to be removed and destroyed. Get rid of them.
I want to encourage you to get rid of anything and everything that
doesn’t fit your life as a believer and then experience the freedom
that comes from wearing the correct undergarments with the outer
garment of love.
Dear Lord, reveal the sinful areas in my life that need to be
removed and destroyed. Help me to clothe myself in the garments
spelled out in these verses. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Clean out your spiritual undergarment drawer. As you do, ask the
Holy Spirit to remove any patterns that keep you in bondage to
your former ways and to replace them with God’s virtuous
as seen in God’s Purpose For Every Woman
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