Thursday, May 7, 2009

2 Chronicles 7:14

"if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Today is the National Day of Prayer and I believe with all my heart that our country needs prayer. We need to ask forgiveness for all the many ways that we have sinned against God. We need to pray for our leaders, that God will give them wisdom as they deal with the problems we face as a nation as well as dealing with other countries, both friend and enemy. We need to pray for our military, that God will protect them both physically and mentally.

God's Word assures us that He will forgive our sin and heal our land but we must do our part first. Please join me today in praying for our country.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Mirror, mirror on the wall

I don't like what I see at all.

Self image is something that I believe all of us deal with at one time or another. You'd think that I'd move beyond that at my age but just this morning I looked in the mirror and did not like what I saw looking back at me. So, how am I supposed to instill self esteem in my children, especially my daughters? Fortunately, the answer is simple: turn to God's Word.

1 Samuel 16: tells us of how Samuel was on a mission to find the one who would be king of Israel. He was certain that he had found the one the Lord wanted when he cast his eyes upon Eliab but God told him differently. He told Samuel in verse 7 "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

What precious words to remember in times of not liking what I see in the mirror! And how I want to instill them in my children's minds. The next time I look in the mirror, I want to hold up a mirror to my heart as well and make sure that what is there is pleasing to my Lord.