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Recipe For A Great Day

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Yesterday, I taught my Sunday School class about the fundamentals of prayer. This is the framework for a simple prayer.

*Praise God
*Confess Your Sins
*Thank God
*Pray For Others
*Pray For Yourself
*Closing

As I was going through the steps for my students, I shared with them my morning meditation. "My Heavenly Father (Praise God), I'm sorry I forgot to read my Bible Study this morning (Confess Your Sins). At this, McKenzie stopped me. "You forgot to read your Bible?" she asked, in horror. "I know, right? My whole day is messed up!" I replied.

It's important to start my day right. Eat breakfast, drink plenty of water, exercise, shower and take time to read some Scripture and pray. It's my Power Prescription for a great day.

Try starting your day with prayer and Bible study. It will never be a waste.

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Notable Quote:

Ephesians 6:11 (KJV) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Overcommitted

I got home from work at 6:15 this evening and went straight to church to help with Vacation Bible School. Got home at 9, and ate a bite of dinner. Now I have to make my lunch for tomorrow, lay out clothes and prepare a game for Tuesday's VBS. Did I mention that today my sweet Hubster and I have been married 34 years? I'll be lucky if I see him for five minutes. *sigh*


Blog post later this week, friends!

My Prayer is Bigger Than Your Prayer

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1 Kings 8:28 (KJV) Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:


Is there such a thing as a big prayer request, or a small prayer request? Is there any petition too large for God? Or too tiny for him to mess with?

In my younger days, I would say to myself, "I won't bother God with this small matter. I'll just take care of it myself."

Our Heavenly Father doesn't weigh and measure our prayers, selecting some as "top priority" and others further down the list. Every one is important to Him.

In Jeremiah 32, God asks the ultimate question, "Is anything to hard for me?" Perhaps we need to change our mindset on prayer. They are not "favors" we beg from the Savior.

When we limit, or quantify, our requests, we create mortal constraints on God. He is limitless...infinite...immortal. Allow Him to show you all…

Box of Chocolates

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John 6:60 (KJV)
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

In the movie, Forrest Gump, Forrest's mother tells him that life is like a box of chocolates. In the experience I've had with a box of Russell Stover's, I pick and choose my favorites and leave the others behind.

The Bible is NOT like a box of chocolates.

I don't have the right or the luxury to cherry-pick the bits of Scripture I agree with, and disregard those that I don't. There are "hard things" in the Bible, but it is God's Book, not mine. I cannot edit or rewrite Scripture to suit my interests, or the current culture.

In studying the Word, I understand more about the mind of God, but I will never complete the class. Graduation day is when I arrive in Heaven. Then all those difficult sayings will be made clear.

Until then, I will take Him at His Word.

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The Legend of Two Water Pitchers

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Two-Minute Alchemy
by Paulo Coelho
(Author of The Alchemist, one of FIM's favorite books)

A legend tells of a man who used to carry water every day to his village, using two large pitchers tied on either end of a piece of wood, which he placed across his shoulders.

One of the pitchers was older than the other and was full of small cracks; every time the man came back along the path to his house, half of the water was lost.

For two years, the man made the same journey. The younger pitcher was always very proud of the way it did its work and was sure that it was up to the task for which it had been created, while the other pitcher was mortally ashamed that it could carry out only half its task, even though it knew that the cracks were the result of long years of work.

So ashamed was the old pitcher that, one day, while the man was preparing to fill it up with water from the well, it decided to speak to him.

"I wish to apologize because, due to my age, you only manage to take hom…