December 3, 2013
Today is the third in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers, celebrating the names of our precious Lord. I hope they will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas.
Day 3 – Everlasting Father
Lord, what child hasn’t longed for a tender, compassionate father–one who never breaks his promises and one who will never desert his family?
Earthly Father vs. Everlasting Father
But our earthly dads are often limited by their humanness. At times even their best attempts at fathering will appear flawed, and they will occasionally disappoint us. Some surrender in exhaustion and despair at the sheer responsibility. Others keep on loving and serving their families the best way they can, eager to mirror Your character.
But You, Lord, are the Everlasting Father–the One who knows perfectly what we need. With Your great wisdom You give us only what is best. Read more
November 25, 2013
Most of us count our blessings–the usual ones. But what if God decides to send some rather unexpected blessings? Read more
November 11, 2013
We’re bombarded daily with ideas or products that might enrich our lives. But here are four radical choices you can make, four “actions” you can take, that will not only change your life, but the lives of others around you: Read more
October 28, 2013
It’s time for another book giveaway. I enjoy encouraging others, and I hope this new book will encourage you. You’ll enjoy a year’s full of devotions that will strengthen you in your walk with Jesus. Read more
October 14, 2013
Seasons of life run their course, and no matter who we are or at what stage we’re at, we often see balance as an impossibility.
You can focus on a project you love and not even miss eating. You may procrastinate your unpleasant tasks or bow to the tyranny of the urgent. You can help others reach their dreams but never realize your own. You may even teach about intimacy with God but never spend time with Him yourself. Do any of those fit you?
We can usually find an excuse to fit every situation: It’s the kids, my boss, my husband or wife. It’s my health, my editor, or my age in life. Believe me, I’ve offered my share of excuses along with you. But I long for this thing called balance, don’t you?
Keeping Life in Balance
Keeping life balanced is not easy for anyone, but here are 10 simple ways that help me daily. Maybe it will give you a good place to start: Read more
September 30, 2013
Whether you’re writing, teaching, parenting, or gardening–no matter what the season, activity or occupation–these three keys will help you be more successful.
September 9, 2013
People form their ideas about God from various sources: books, other people, their own fathers, movies, television, personal experiences, the internet, and yes, even the Bible. What about you? How big is your God?
How Big Is Your God? Read more
September 3, 2013
Success–how should I prepare for it? What should I do? Where should I go? How should I plan? What does God really want? Every day you are preparing for something and Someone. Large task, small task? Doesn’t really matter. When you continually prepare, you’ll be ready for whatever God asks you to do. Here are four simple ways to prepare for success: Read more
August 19, 2013
What would make an 18-year-old teenager, class president, and homecoming queen leave her family, boyfriend, and comfortable lifestyle to become a single “mommy” to thirteen Ugandan children? Sound like the American dream? An exciting book to read? A great American novel?
But Kisses from Katie is not a fiction book. It’s not just a “good book read.” And Katie Davis is just as real as your own daughter or granddaughter. Katie would be the first to tell you this journey is not what she planned. And no one would call it the great American dream. It’s certainly not what her parents envisioned. Then what’s her explanation for such a radical decision–to give her life away to strangers on the other side of the world? Read more
August 12, 2013
The “stuff” of life consumes us, confuses us, and clouds our perspective daily. We try to write the pages of our lives our way, but we end up with volumes of unnecessary rewrites. When we add the most important story ingredient daily, not legalistically, but with a dry, thirsty spirit, God enters, and changes us–and our story. We all need a divine appointment.
The Divine Appointment
by Rebecca Barlow Jordan
A thousand voices beckon me:
“You must do this today!
No time to pause and rest awhile,
no time for God to say
those gentle whispers in your ear,
those words you think you need to hear–
such foolishness–no way!”
But longing deep inside broke through.
With boldness I knew what to do:
“Get out! Get out! Go far away!
And then His gentle voice I heard,
So strong I could not speak a word,
“I’m waiting here for you.”
A divine appointment called my name.
With dry and thirsty heart I came.
“Speak to me,” I whispered,
as other voices died away…
“I’m listening, Lord, it’s our time now.
What do you want to say?”
In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God (Psalm 42:2, CEV).
Do We Ever Outgrow Our Need for Divine Appointments?
I wrote that simple poem several years ago, but ran across it recently. All of us experience distractions and droughts–times when we need to drink deeply of God’s grace, His love, and His Word. In fact, is there ever a time when we don’t need those divine appointments? I don’t think so.
Even though I write about God’s character often, if I focus solely on what to feed others and neglect my own spiritual disciplines, my own spirit will suffer. I need huge “gulps” of God daily!
The “stuff” of life shakes out differently for every person. Sometimes we experience stretches with no end of change in sight. Other seasons catch us off guard but trip us up only momentarily.
Whatever you are dealing with, God is able to handle it. Make a divine appointment today.
My Personal Prayer for You
Lord, only You know what readers are dealing with today. You know the “flesh patterns” of each heart–the things that draw us away from You and keep us self-sufficient, instead of depending on You daily. Thank You for Your availability, for sweet whispers of grace and mercy. Help us to keep our divine appointment with You daily, so You can write the story of our lives, not us. The journey is always sweeter with You as the Author. We thirst for you, God. Fill our hungry, thirsty hearts with Yourself.
On a Personal Note
The last two weeks brought technical challenges for me. New software updates for my computer started a chain reaction of problems: programs hanging and not responding, no shutdowns (manual only), and a few days later someone maliciously attacked my website. (So if you noticed a break or some changes in my blog/website recently, that’s why). The website’s fixed, and software technicians have reinstalled the updated programs repeatedly. Hopefully, they’re working now. Thanks for your understanding and patience.
It’s Your Turn
What about you? Tell us about your “divine appointments.” Share your comments below.
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