Saturday 1/23/10 - Fix my broken heart

>> Saturday, January 23, 2010

Teach me how to live
Teach me how to breathe
Take this broken heart and fix it up again

Teach me how to live
Teach me how to breathe
Show me how to love like no one ever did.

That’s from a song my friends Emiryn and Stephanie wrote. It never fails to make me cry, because I identify with it so much. Yesterday I was at Emiryn’s house and they were playing that song, and I just broke down. God broke me. He reminded me how badly I need Jesus, not just on my bad days, but every day.

The chapter I read in Luke today, chapter 7, is all about how powerful Jesus is. It’s good to be reminded daily that he’s powerful enough to heal someone from a life threatening illness. He’s powerful enough to raise the dead to life.

He’s powerful and holy enough to forgive anything. ANYTHING. He’s powerful enough to take this broken heart and fix it up again.

Some may think me foolish, but I’m not afraid to put my life in his hands, because without him, I would be nothing.


Friday 1/22/10 - Bedrock

>> Friday, January 22, 2010

Why are you so polite with me, always saying 'Yes, sir,' and 'That's right, sir,' but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on. If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock. When the river burst its banks and crashed against the house, nothing could shake it; it was built to last. But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation. When the swollen river came crashing in, it collapsed like a house of cards. It was a total loss.
Luke 6:46-49 (The Message)

This is yet another call to action. It’s saying, “Naomi! Don’t just SAY you have faith, DO something about it!“ Let’s stop just talking about God among ourselves, let’s make him a part of EVERYTHING we do. Every decision we make, every conversation we have, every day as we’re going about our day.

Victor and I were talking yesterday about how we have both been praying a lot lately. Not just at formal times in the day, but whenever we see a need, or whenever we just want to thank Jesus. It’s a marvelous feeling to know that God is just right there and I can talk to him any time.

Every morning I’ve been asking God to be with me, give me strength, and help me to be kind and slow to anger. God’s power has allowed me to be happy, and keep my temper, and stop being pessimistic, even when I am as exhausted as I was yesterday. I’m truly in the happiest place I have ever been, and it’s all because of Jesus! With God as my foundation, I have become strong.


Wendesday 1/20/10 - Here I am, send me!

>> Wednesday, January 20, 2010

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
Luke 2:36-37

I want to be like Anna. I’m not saying that I want to be at the church all the time for my entire life. I’m referring to the most important thing in her life, worshipping the Lord. She worshipped all day, every day, for 84 years. I want that to be my passion, too.

In Sunday school we’ve been doing a study on worship. Worship is not singing. I mean, you can worship God by and through singing, but the word ’worship’ doesn’t have anything to do with singing. Worship means, basically, to serve or to surrender yourself to God.

In Isaiah 6, Isaiah saw God, and the first thing he did was realize how big God is and how small and dirty and unworthy he was. After God cleansed and forgave him, Isaiah basically said, ’God, use me for your glory.’

That’s how it’s possible to worship God every moment of every day. I want to do just that. I want to do everything I do for God’s glory, and not for my own. “Here I am, send me!“


Tuesday 1/19/10 - Surely this man is the Son of God

>> Tuesday, January 19, 2010

With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last… And when the centurion, who stood here in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!“
Mark 15:37, 39

Wow. Jesus is so awesome. To be able to give up his life in one of the most gruesome ways imaginable, just because he wanted to provide us with a way to be saved.

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10

Goodness knows we don’t deserve it, but his love is so great that he gave it to us anyway!

That centurion probably didn’t believe anything that Jesus had said before he died, but seeing him give up his life on the cross, not even trying to live, he believed. It must have been entirely different from anything else he had ever seen. It’s incredible to think that just by watching the way Jesus died, someone’s heart was changed.


Monday 1/18/10 - Last Day

>> Monday, January 18, 2010

If you knew Jesus was coming tomorrow, how would you live your last day on earth? Most Christians I know have been asked that question before. I don’t care if it’s cliché, because the Bible says this:

Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back - Whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: Watch!
Mark 13:35-37

If God were to come right now, what would he have to say about your life? Would he be proud or ashamed?

Don’t take each day for granted. Do something! Jesus is coming back, so live each day as if it were your last day on earth. Live each day for Him!


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