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Lord, My Load is Too Heavy—Psalms 145:14

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 144-145, 88-89

Heavenly Father, I’ve spent the last 30 minutes desperately trying to find another scripture for today’s prayer. I kept hearing this voice in my head saying, “your last few prayers have been sad, you need to lighten it up.” What’s really going on is I’m afraid my last few prayers are revealing more about me than I want to share. I am bent very low beneath the loads of my life and I don’t want anyone to know.

Lord, but Your Spirit rose up in and said, “Dianne, yes you’re  low. Yes, you’re tired and weary. Yes, you feel like you have no faith but You know how to fight the enemy of Your soul. My daughter, you’ve been here before. You know to do. Take the fiery darts of the enemy (Ephesians 6:6) and throw them back at him. Take the very thing he’s using to cause you to want to hide and face this pain in secret and bring it into the light. Dianne, will you allow Me to use your pain to help others? Will you be transparent and real?

Lord, I don’t feel strong enough. I’m really too consumed with my pain to care about anyone else, but I trust You.

The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. —Psalms 145:14

Yes, Lord I will tell the world that I’m bent low. I’m tired. I’m angry, I’m sad and I feel You are far from me. But Jesus I will also tell the world that I know You will rescue me! I know You understand and have not forsaken me. Holy Spirit, how would I make it without Your Word? It’s like medicine to my soul.

Thank you for loving me when I’m completely unlovable.

I trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 50, 73-74

Are You Afraid to Open Your Gifts?–2 Timothy 1:6-7

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Timothy 6:11-21, Titus 1:1-3:15, 2 Timothy 1:1-18

I’m afraid. No, I actually I have a phobia, of frogs and lizards.  The unfortunate thing is my grandchildren know it.  When I see them bringing me a “gift” that’s wrapped a little funny and they’re laughing with a devious laugh I get a little scared.

During this season of gift-giving do you have gifts you are afraid to open?

This time of year Christians and some non-Christians reflect on the gift of the Christ-child.  God sending His Son to earth to die on the cross for our sins is the greatest gift we will ever receive.  But in today’s reading Paul reminds Timothy (and us) about some other “gifts” God gave us.

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. –2 Timothy 1:6-7

What are spiritual gifts?

Here are several scriptures that talk about spiritual gifts:

Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12

What spiritual gifts have you left in the package because of fear or shyness?

I wonder how the Holy Spirit feels about us not opening our gifts?

When I was a little girl we would go to my grandparents every Christmas morning.  My Mom would rack her brain to think of something to get my Granddaddy for Christmas.  After finding something she thought he would like and wrapping it in beautiful Christmas paper, my brother and I would rush into the house excited to see him open his gift.

EVERY YEAR he did the same thing…

He received the gift and then set it aside to open it at a more convenient  time.

Friends what gifts has God given you that you’ve left unopened because of fear, shyness, or just thinking you don’t have the time or skills?

As we approach this new year let’s take to some time to sit down and open our spiritual gifts and make plans to use them in 2014.  If God has given you a gift, He will equip you to use it for His Glory!

Heavenly Father, show us the gifts You’ve given us.  Help us to step out in faith and use them to bless others in 2013.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Timothy 2:1-4:18

Do You Need a Filter For Your Mouth? –Philippians 4:8

Today’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

When I was a young mom, one of my favorite things to do during Sunday morning church services was to stop by the nursery, check on my baby, and visit with all the other moms.  We would sat in creaky rockers, feed our babies, and solve the problems of our little world.

While it was great to have some much-needed adult conversation, I often went home feeling guilty.

No matter where the conversation started it always seemed to end up sounding more like gossip or husband-bashing. But the guilt wasn’t enough to keep me from participating in these weekly “problem-solving sessions.” Until one day I had a “God moment.”  I can’t remember if the preacher preached about this particular scripture verse or it just came to mind; all I know is this verse began to churn inside of me.  Since my brain loves check lists I began to see this verse broken down with check boxes beside each phrase:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is…

  • True 
  • Honorable
  • Right 
  • Pure
  • Lovely 
  • Admirable

Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  —Philippians 4:8

This verse became a filter for my mouth.  If I couldn’t answer yes to the questions is it true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable, then I should be quiet or leave the conversation.  Too many times the only way I could resist was to leave.

But,

As the years moved forward  I kept using my mouth filter and I began to get better. It became easier to be in a group and only contribute positive, uplifting comments to the conversation.

Believe me I still make mistakes, but as soon as I do the Holy Spirit brings my filter to mind and says, “Dianne, was that true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable? Immediately I will feel the need to ask God and the person(s) I was talking with for forgiveness.

Maybe you don’t need a filter for your mouth, but if you do take a minute and commit this verse to memory, it will make all the difference if you struggle with gossip or negativity.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word.  It truly is life-changing.  Holy Spirit, fill me to overflowing with your Spirit. Continuing to mold me into the person You planned for me to be.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: James 1:1-3:18

What is Godly Sorrow? 2 Corinthians 7:10


Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

“Jeremy, tell Allison you’re sorry!”

Jeremy muffled under his breath, “sorry.”

Then  in my “Mom” voice I sternly said, “Nope, that’s not good enough.”

“Say it like this:  ‘Allison, I’m sorry for ___________.  Please forgive me.’”

Jeremy would grudgingly mouth the words. Was he really sorry? At that time, probably not.

When is the last time you told God you were sorry?

How did you say it?

What did your body language say?

Were you really sorry?

Were you just going through the motions?

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. —2 Corinthians 7:10-11

Godly sorrow, is this a worn-out term that’s no longer relevant for today’s “educated and intellectual culture?”

I say a very loud “NO!”

Do we really believe God sees and disapproves of our sinful behavior (and we all have it, by the way)?

I remember a time in my life when I was completely deceived.  No, I wasn’t a young Christian, I knew better.  I was like Eve in the garden… Satan said, “God really didn’t mean “that” was a sin.  Try it, you’ll like it.”

I bit the apple.  The funny thing about it… I was so deceived that I didn’t feel bad about it.  I knew the Word of God. I knew this was one of those black and white areas of the Bible; there was no question about God’s stand on this topic.  But somehow I thought, “This situation is different, it’ll be okay.”

There was no sorrow and certainly no godly sorrow.

Until…

… Some time had passed and the Holy Spirit began to show me my sinful state.  It was like a supernatural magnifying mirror, you know one of those kinds that show every wrinkle, bump, and imperfection.

With tear-filled eyes I can say that the godly sorrow came that day.  The depth of God’s disappointment hit me in a way I’d never felt before; it felt like physical pain.

“Sorry” wasn’t good enough for this situation.  I spent days and weeks journaling, crying, and grieving over my sin.  Yes, the Lord forgave me as soon as I asked but my sorrow over my sin still lingers today.

There is no regret for this kind of sorrow…it led me away from sin and to true repentance.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your conviction.  Thank you for your forgiveness.  Please continue to show me the things in my life that aren’t pleasing to you.  Lord, use me for Your Glory, in spite of my failings and shortcomings.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

If you have a couple of extra minutes read Psalm 51.  King David gave us a great example of godly sorrow:

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Have mercy upon me, O God,

According to Your lovingkindness;

According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,

Blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions,

And my sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned,

And done this evil in Your sight—

That You may be found just when You speak,[a]

And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,

And in sin my mother conceived me.

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,

And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness,

That the bones You have broken may rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins,

And blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence,

And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,

And sinners shall be converted to You.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,

The God of my salvation,

And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips,

And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;

You do not delight in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

A broken and a contrite heart—

These, O God, You will not despise.

Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;

Build the walls of Jerusalem.

Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,

With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;

Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14, Acts 20:7-12

The Phases of Forgiveness—2 Corinthians 2:5-8

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13

“Nana, I’m sorry.”

“Of course I forgive you.”

It’s so easy to forgive my grandkids.

But what about the people in our lives that aren’t so easy to forgive, the people who have deeply hurt or disappointed us?

I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me.  Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough.  Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.  So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. —2 Corinthians 2:5-8

Forgive and Comfort?

The last thing I want for my grandchildren is discouragement.  I can’t stand it when their hearts are broken because they’ve disappointed me; so it’s easy to comfort them.

But forgiving and comforting an adult, who should know better, so they won’t be discouraged—WHAT!

I’m the one who needs comforting…

I thought forgiving was hard, but forgiving and comforting…

How is that possible?

There’s only one way… with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Depending on the depth of the hurt it may take a while.  In the past I’ve gotten upset when I couldn’t instantly forgive and forget, but over years I’ve learned that there are phases of forgiveness.

As Paul said, in today’s reading…it’s time to forgive.

Let’s get started:

A phase is a distinct stage of development.  The phases may be different for each person.

Here are the 10 phases of forgiveness I’ve experienced:

Phase 1—I can’t forgive.  I’ve been hurt, I’m angry, I want to hurt back.

Phase 2—I don’t want to forgive. The other person(s) doesn’t deserve to be forgiven.

Phase 3—I should forgive (Matthew 6:14-15, Luke 17:3-4) but it’s so hard—Lord help me!

Phase 4—I’m trying to forgive but I can’t stop thinking about it and talking about it (Luke 6:45).

Phase 5—I have moments of forgiveness, a minute here a second there.

Phase 6—I have periods of forgiveness.  The pain is starting to going away!

Phase 7—I am completely free of the pain of unforgiveness!

Phase 8—I want the person(s) who hurt me to be free of the pain as well.  I don’t want them to be overcome with discouragement (2 Corinthians 2:5-8).

Phase 9—I make an effort comfort and encourage the person(s) who hurt me.  I free them from the responsibility of the pain they caused me (Job 42:10).

Phase 10—I forget the pain (not necessarily the event) the person(s) caused me.

The example from the Bible that comes to mind is Job.  Job was so angry at his three friends for accusing him of sinning against God.  Job worked through the phases of his anger throughout the forty-plus chapters of Job.  In Job 42:10, Job prayed for his “friends” and released them from their responsibility of hurting him and then the Lord made Job prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.

One of the biggest mistakes we make in the area of forgiveness is thinking we can go straight to phase 10.  This is the reason so many people are still living with the pain of the past–they don’t want to work through it, they just want to forget it.  That’s just not possible!

If you allow the Holy Spirit to walk you through each phase of forgiveness you will be truly free from the pain and sincerely want the best for those who’ve hurt you.

What a mighty God we serve!  Only through Him can we forgive and comfort!

Heavenly Father, I pray for my friends who are struggling with unforgiveness today.  Holy Spirit help them walk through each phase of forgiveness until they are truly free from the pain of the past.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

Can You Tell An “Encouraging” Story? 2 Corinthians 1:8-11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 15:1-16:27; 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia (2 Corinthians 1:8).

Not exactly an encouraging and motivational message, unless you hear the whole story.

We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.  In fact, we expected to die. 

But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.  And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us.

–2 Corinthians 1:8-10

Here are the highlights of the story:

  • We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure
  • We thought we would never live through it
  • We expected to die

Lessons Learned:

  • We stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God
  • God rescued us from mortal danger
  • God will rescue us again, if needed
  • We have placed our confidence in Him
  • God will continue to rescue us

Paul shows us the proper way to share our stories in today’s scripture reading.

Don’t get me wrong, when we’re in the midst of a trial we need someone with whom we can share the good, the bad and the ugly. You know, kick, scream, throw dirt, pout, etc.

But when we’re sharing to encourage, we need to spend more time sharing about the lessons learned than the trouble itself.

Sharing our lessons learned through life’s hard times is one of our greatest witnessing tools, if we do it in a way that shines the light on the greatness of God and not our problems.

Heavenly Father, fill us with Your Spirit.  Speak through us.  Help us to use our lessons learned through life’s difficult times to point others to Jesus.

In Your Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13

I’m Thankful for the Pain–Romans 5:3-5

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 5:1-8:17

During this Thanksgiving season our hard and painful times are probably the last thing in the world we want to think about much less be thankful for, but there are benefits to life’s painful times.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.  And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. –Romans 5:3-5

Who would I be without the problems and trials I’ve experienced throughout my life?

I have no idea but I’m sure I would be more…

  • Insensitive to the pain of others
  • Judgmental
  • Prideful
  • Selfish and self-centered
  • Impatient
  • Fearful
  • Of a quitter
  • Ungrateful

I’m thankful for the lessons I learned from the pain.  Would it have been nice to have lived a “pain-free” life?

I’m sure, but if the Lord said today, Dianne you can start your life over and live a life free from the problems and trials but there are some conditions…

  • You won’t ever get to know Me as intimately as you do because when you are in pain, I come to you in a special way.
  • You won’t have the level of trust in Me that you do because you’ll will have never seen my provision.
  • You won’t have the testimony that you have because nobody  is inspired by someone who’s never had a problem or trial.
  • You won’t be able to comfort others because you have never needed comfort yourself. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

I think I would have to pass on that offer and be thankful for the lessons I’ve learned through my problems and trials and count the many blessings I’ve received through the pain.

Heavenly Father, I pray for those today who are in the depths of a painful season of life.  Lord, the holidays magnify the sadness, loneliness, and loss.  Holy Spirit comfort each person with Your supernatural comfort.  Send someone to them to carry their load for a little while.  Answer their prayers and give them the desires of their heart. Help them to know You more through their pain.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Romans 8:18-10:21

I Wish I Could Pray Like _________ –2 Thessalonians 1:11-12


Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23

I wish I was a better at praying.  I have friends who seem to touch the throne of God with their prayers, each word sounds so beautiful and “godly.”  My prayers seem pretty plain.

Don’t get me wrong, I know God is more concerned with our heart than our delivery but I would love to verbally express my love, devotion, and faith in the God, who changed my life forever, in a way that He deserves.

The Apostle Paul sure had a way with words when he prayed.  Here are a couple of prayers he prayed in Thessalonians:

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.  God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. —1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.  Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. —2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

The things that Paul prayed for the Thessalonians, I want in my life:

  • Make me holy in every way
  • Keep my whole spirit, soul and body blameless until Christ comes again
  • Enabled me to live a life worthy of His call
  • Give me the power to accomplish all the good my faith prompts me to do
  • May the name of Jesus  be honored because of the way I live
  • I will be privileged to be honored when Jesus is honored

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

Now that’s a pretty powerful prayer!  Those are definitely things I need and want in my life but have trouble finding the words.  I don’t have to; I can use Paul’s words.

If you’re struggling with knowing how to pray or finding the words to pray to convey your heart, use the scriptures, we can turn just about anything in the Word of God into a prayer.

I’ve done this many times.  I like to write them out and add my name, my family’s name, or someone the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention.

Over the years God has prompted me to write prayers of encouragement to people I’ve met along the way, using this method.  Those prayers were straight from the Word of God; so I was just sending a prayer or love-letter for God, I was His delivery agent!

If you’re like me and you wish you were better at praying, go straight to the Word of God.  Your Bible is your greatest guidebook for prayer.

Knowing God more through His Word, means knowing how to pray powerful, heart-felt prayers!

I’m so glad to be on the Journey with you!

Sending Blessings Your Way!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 18:24-19:20, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3:23

“I’d Be Too Embarrassed”—John 13:3-5

Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:1-2, Matthew 26:1-5, Luke 22:1-2, Mark 14:10-11, Matthew 26: 14-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Matthew 26:17-19, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Mark 14:17-26, Matthew 26:20-30, Luke 22:14-30, John 13:18-30

This is a story from a couple of years ago, but the message is timeless)

Wow!  What a morning!   I am at my daughter and son-in-law’s helping with the kids while my daughter recuperates from her C-Section, so getting up early is the best time to get my devotion written.   But this morning my phone alarm didn’t go off.  At first I was very frustrated, but then I thought “this must be Romans 8:28 morning!  It certainly was; the Holy Spirit was giving me a real life example for today’s devotion.

One of the things I’ve been doing since I’ve been here is to get my grandson up, dressed, and off to school.  It sure brings back memories of the days when my kids were little.  Today is dress-up day for Gavin’s kindergarten class.  He had it all planned, he was going to be Indiana Jones.  Last night before bed he laid out his costume and this morning that was the first thing he mentioned as he crawled down the steps from his top bunk bed.

After breakfast he put his costume on and realized it was too small.  He said, “I’ll just wear my regular clothes. My teacher said that’s okay.”  After a couple of minutes he remembered he had another costume, a Star Wars “something,” so he decided to wear that one.

All of a sudden he stops and looks down at the floor; I ask him what’s wrong.

He said, “Nanu, sometimes I get embarrassed.  If I wear this costume all the kids are going to look at me.”

I gave him a hug and said he didn’t have to wear it if he didn’t want to, but it would really be fun to be dressed up like everyone else.

So we picked out regular clothes and he got dressed.

I sent him back to his room for his socks and in a few minutes he came down the stairs with his costume on.  I said, “Gavin, I’m so proud of you for deciding to have fun and wear your costume!”

So I sent him off to find his shoes and in a couple of minutes he came back, with his regular clothes on.  He said, “I’ll be too embarrassed.”

By this time we’re getting close to being late for school, so I suggested he wear his regular clothes and take his costume in his book bag; he thought that was a good idea.

I can relate to Gavin’s feelings.  I don’t like to draw attention to myself; I like to blend in with everyone else.

I wonder how many times I’ve missed an opportunity to step out and doing something great for God because I didn’t want to be embarrassed?

But is that what Jesus wants us to do?

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.  So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. –John 13:3-5 (NLT)

Can you imagine having a dinner party with twelve of your closest friends and wrapping a towel around your waist, pouring water in a basin, and kneeling down in front of each of your friends and washing their feet?

It would have been just as unusual in Jesus’ day as it would be today because only servants washed people’s feet.

Why wasn’t Jesus embarrassed to do something so unheard of in His culture?

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. –John 13:3 (NLT)

This same confidence is available to every Christ follower.  Here’s the problem:  The world tells us we need self-esteem to be our best, but through Jesus’ example we see that we need God- esteem.

If we know

  • Who God is
  • That we were made by God for a purpose
  • That God has given us authority to fulfill His purpose and plans for our lives
  • We will return to God when our purpose is completed

Then…

We can do everything through Christ, who gives us strength. —Philippians 4:13

I hope Gavin is able to overcome his fear of drawing attention to himself today.  God has great plans for his life and stepping out from the crowd it part of every believer’s calling.

Heavenly Father, I pray that you help us to work to grow in God-esteem more than self-esteem.  Help us to remember that at the end of our life Your opinion is really all that matters. Use us for your Kingdom and Your Glory today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  John 13:31-38, Mark 14:27-31, Matthew 25:31-35, Luke 22:31-38, John 14:1-15:17

Why God? –John 9:1-5

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 12:35-13:21, John 9:1-41

Last night I sat and listened to a friend share her testimony. She’s a beautiful, smart, feisty, forty-year-old who’s battled Multiple Sclerosis since she was thirty-three. She lights up the room with her smile and never has an unkind word to say.

As I drove home, I found myself asking…

Why?

It’s a question I’ve asked before.

My sweet granddaughter, who’s six years old has Cystic Fibrosis. When we were first introduced to this genetic disorder I said, “Absolutely not!” “God, I know you will come to our rescue. This is from the evil one. I know you will protect us from this life-altering disease.”

When the diagnosis was confirmed, I cried out to God.

I asked why.

The older I get, the less I know. There’s so much about walking out my life being “in this world and not of it” (John 15:18-21) that I don’t understand.

But

God’s word helps me make sense of these “whys.”

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”  –John 9:1-5

I can tell you that I see the power of God in the life of my friend and my granddaughter. God is and will continue to do amazing things to bring attention and glory to His Kingdom as they thrive in the midst of overwhelming difficulties.

 

Friends, we are on this earth to do two things:

 

  • Know Jesus
  • Cause others to know Him

 

The party’s not here, it’s in heaven.

 

Lord, I want people to see You in and through my life. Whether I’m having a great day or walking through the fires of life, let my life point others to You.

 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 10:1-42, Luke 13:22-14:24

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