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The Next Two Weeks

Greetings Everyone!

For the last 18 months I have blogged almost everyday –a Divine calling, believe me.  There is no way humanly possible I could do this on my own.

It is a privilege and a pleasure and one of the greatest experiences of my life. But for the next two weeks I will be taking a break from blogging and enjoying a “once in a lifetime” vacation to Alaska with my husband.  We will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary on July 5th.

Not to worry, the journey will still continue. Below you will find hyperlinks to each day’s devotions from last year, except for Sundays and Mondays, which were last year’s week-ends.  On those days I’ll post a link to the scriptures for that day.

I hope that as an online community you will post comments and interact with each other while I’m away.  I will look forward to reading them when I return.

Thank you so much for being a part of the Journey!

Blessings in Jesus!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

June 28: We Are What We Worship    

June 29: In the Last Days   

June 30: The Magic Eraser   

July 1: “No Hesitation” Hezekiah  

July 2: What’s Your Top 5?  

July 3: Proverbs 30:1-31:31

July 4: Psalms 42-46

July 5: President Obama, You Belong to God  

July 6: Where is Your Safe Place?  

July 7: Who’s Mightier Than the Seas?  

July 8: Overwhelmed  

July 9: They Were Not Impressed  

July 10: Psalm 107; Psalm 111-114

July 11: Psalm 115-118

July 12: The Lost Treasure  

July 13: Protection for a Hot, Summer Day 

July 14: Who are You Counting On?

What if a Seven-Year Old Was President?

Today’s Scripture Reading:   2 Kings 11:1-3; 2 Chronicles 22:10-12; 2 Kings 11:4-12; 2 Chronicles 23:1-11; 2 Kings 11:13-16; 2 Chronicles 23:12-15; 2 Kings 11:17-21; 2 Chronicles 23: 16-21; 2 Kings 12:1-16; 2 Chronicles 24:1-22; 2 Kings 10:32-36

Theodore Roosevelt was 42 years old when he became President of the United States; he was the youngest president in the history of our country to hold that office.  Can you imagine if we had a seven-year old president?  I know, it’s impossible, but in today’s reading a seven year-old becomes king.

The amazing thing is Joash reigned in Jerusalem for forty years.  He must have done something right, especially if we compare him to his father Ahaziah who was twenty two years old when he became king and reigned for only one year.

Joash’s secret to success was Johoiada the priest

  • Joash lived with Johoiada the priest in the Temple of God and in the Presence of God for the first six years of his life.
  • Johoiada,  a great leader and man of integrity, was Joash’s right-hand man .
  • The first thing that happened after Joash was crowned king was Jehoiada presented him with a copy of God’s laws.
  • Joash made a covenant between Jehoiada, the Lord and the people that they would be the Lord’s people.
  • Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight throughout the lifetime of Jehoiada the priest.

Whether you’re seven or forty-seven Godly counsel is an important part of being a leader. Joash was fortunate that Jehoiada lived to a very old age, but no sooner than the priest died Joash sought counsel in an ungodly group, the leaders of Judah and they persuaded him to abandoned the Temple of the Lord, the god of his ancestors, and began to worship Asherah poles and idols instead.

In today’s political world wise counsel is just as important as it was in Joash’s day, and it’s just as hard to find as it was in those days.  Too many times advise is given to use and manipulate rather than for the good of the country.

Father, we pray that you put wise, Godly counsel in the reach of our country’s leaders.  Holy Spirit, draw our leaders to you.  Prompt us as your people to pray for them.  Remind us daily of Your promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

In Jesus Name, we pray.  Amen and Amen!

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This Week-end’s Scripture Reading: 

Saturday-2 Kings 13:1-11; 2 Kings 12: 17-21; 2 Chronicles 24: 23-27; 2 Kings 13:14-25

Sunday-2 Kings 14:1-14; 2 Chronicles 25:1-24; 2 Kings 13:12-13; 2 Kings 14:15-16, 23-27; 2 Chronicles  25:25-28; 2 Kings 14:17-22; 2 Kings 15:1-5; 2 Chronicles 26:1-21; Jonah 1:1 through Jonah 4:11

Are You in Need of a Miracle Today?


Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Kings 5:1 through 2 Kings 8:15

Are you in need of a miracle today?

We serve a big God who is all powerful and with just a word you could instantly have your miracle!  But most of the time he uses people to bring our miracles to pass.

The story of Naaman’s healing in 2 Kings 5:1-19, is a perfect example of how God uses people and timing to get His Will and His miracles accomplished in our lives

Naaman had leprosy.  In those days there was no cure, because of that he wasn’t expecting a miracle, but God had a miracle for him.

  • King Aram thought highly of Naaman  because he was the leader of the his army and had won great victories.
  • Aramean raiders invaded Israel and captured a young girl who was given to Naaman’s wife as a maid.
  • The Young girl said to her mistress, “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria.  He would heal him of his leprosy.”
  • Naaman’s wife told Naaman what the young girl had said.
  • King Aram wrote a letter of introduction to the king of Israel telling him to heal Naaman of the leprosy.
  • When the king of Israel read the letter he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, that I can give life and take it away?”
  • Elisha, the man of God heard of the king of Israel’s dilemma and sent him a message and told him to send Naaman to him and he would heal him.
  • Elisha did not see Naaman face-to-face but sent his messenger (probably Gehazi) to tell Naaman to dip in the Jordan River seven times.
  • Naaman became angry  and left in a rage because Elisha didn’t have the decency to come out and wave his hand over him.
  • Naaman’s officers reasoned with Naaman and convinced him to “Go wash and be cured.” 
  • Naaman did as Elisha instructed and his skin became as healthy as the skin of a young child.

Eight individuals or groups had a part in Naaman’s healing.

What if…

  • Naaman was a lazy commander of King Aram’s army and did not have favor with the king?
  • The Aramean raiders had not captured this particular girl?
  • The young girl had not know about Elisha.
  • The young girl had not felt comfortable or had the confidence to speak up to her mistress.
  • Naaman’s wife didn’t tell Naaman what her maid had said?
  • Elisha had not been in Israel at that particular time?
  • The king of Israel had not pitched such a fit and Elisha had not heard about if?
  • Naaman’s officers had not encouraged him to do what Elisha said?

Wow!  Talk about perfect timing.  It really makes you think–what if that slow poke in front of you in this morning’s traffic was part of God’s miracle to keep you from being in a car accident?  It changes everything when we begin to get in touch with the God-ordained side of our lives.

The amazing thing about this story is that not only did Naaman receive a physical healing, but he had a spiritual healing as well!

Then Naaman and his entire party went back to find the man of God.  They stood before him, and Naaman said, “Now I know that there is no god in all the world except in Israel.”  2 Kings 5:15

If you are desperately in need of a miracle, be encouraged; the next person you see could be a part of your miracle!

Heavenly Father, help us to see with “Spirit eyes.”  You are working for us and through us.  Use me today to be a part of someone’s  miracle!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Chronicles 21:8-20; 2 Kings 8:23-29; 2 Chronicles 22: 1-7; 2 Kings 9:1 through 2 Kings 10:17; 2 Chronicles 22:8-9; 2 Kings 10:18-31

I’m Not Lucky I’m Blessed—Proverbs 16:33

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 11:1 through Proverbs 16:33

“I’m so lucky!”

“It was our lucky day!”

“You were so lucky!”

“I guess it was just luck.”

“I’ve had a string of bad luck.”

“He was just lucky.”

Luck…we hear about it all the time.  We know people whose whole lives and sanity depends upon this thing called luck. The National Opinion Research Center’s 1999, “Gambling Impact and Behavior study” reported that between 15 to 20 million adults and adolescents have either problem or pathological gambling addictions, which is about 5-7 percent of the U.S. population (2000).

I think many of the other 93-95% believe their lives are determined by rolling the dice or the flip of a coin.  If they have a great day it was good luck, if they had a bad day–bad luck.

In Solomon’s day many people determined God’s will in a matter by casting lots (throwing a dice-like object):

The practice of casting lots is mentioned 70 times in the Old Testament and seven times in the New Testament. In spite of the many references to casting lots in the Old Testament, nothing is known about the actual lots themselves. They could have been sticks of various lengths, flat stones like coins, or some kind of dice; but their exact nature is unknown. The closest modern practice to casting lots is likely flipping a coin. (

So to paraphrase Proverbs 13:33 in today’s verbiage—we may flip the coin but the Lord determines how it falls.

If there’s ever a practice most believe is totally determined by luck it would be the tossing of the coin—YET, our God says, “I control that too!”

While God may have things in life that He simply doesn’t care about, like who wins tomorrow night’s basketball game (smile), I think those things are very, very rare.  I really do believe the day-to-day goings on in my life are directed by God and filtered through his loving hands.  If some “luck” people looked at my life they would probably say I’ve had some bad luck and some good luck.  Not me, luck had nothing to do with it–I’ve had a Romans 8:28 life…

And we know that God causes everything to work togetherfor the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

I’ve heard this verse mis-quoted many times.  Both Christians and unbelievers  say, “You know everything works together for your good.”  Folks, that is not what the Bible says.

There are conditions for this verse to become a reality in your life:

  • You must love God
  • Be using your life for His purpose

After these conditions are met “everything” will work together for our good and God’s Glory—what a promise!

I never want to give chance or luck the glory and praise for God’s blessings and provisions, so I just say, “I’m not lucky, I’m blessed!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 17:1 through Proverbs 19:29

If You’re Over 50 Don’t Read This…

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 19:31 through 20:26; Psalm 7; 2 Samuel 21: 1-22;
1 Chronicles 20: 4-8

…It may be too depressing!

Today I got a glimpse into my future and it wasn’t pretty!  My Grandma is 95 years old and my Mom turns 77 today (Happy Birthday Mama!).  I definitely want to follow in their footsteps and have a long earthly life, God willing, but after today a long life doesn’t sound like a whole lotta fun!

At the beginning of today’s reading David is again showing kindness to someone who helped him out in the past.  Barzillai of Gilead had provided food for the king during his stay in Mahanaim.  David wanted Barzillai to cross the Jordan River and go with him to Jerusalem.  David’s plans were to take care of him for the rest of his life.  This is just one more example of the heart of David.

I don’t know if Barzillai was just a negative person or if his comments are in the Bible to prepare us for old age.  Let’s read it together and see what we think…

Here’s Barzillai’s response to David’s invitation:

“No,” he replied, “I am far too old to go with the king to Jerusalem.  I am eighty years old today, and I can no longer enjoy anything.  Food and wine are no longer tasty, and I cannot hear the singers as they sing.  I would only be a burden to my lord the king.”


The more I have thought about this, the more I think Barzillai was just a “glass-half-empty” kinda guy!  Think about it, Barzillai had the opportunity to be taken care of by the King of Israel.  Who knows God may have wanted Barzillai to be one of David’s advisors?  Who knows Barzillai could have been created by God for such a time as this to provide words of wisdom at just the right time. But Barzillai thought he was too old.  So guess what; if he thought he was too old…he was too old.

I don’t want to be like Barzillai.  Yes, I know I’m going to have aches and pains as I get older.  What am I talking about about—I already have aches and pains!  But I want to serve the Lord with Gladness all the days of my life.  Here’s a verse that would have helped Barzillai and it should be on our refrigerator as well.  I’m quoting the King James Version because that’s what I memorized:

Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.   —Proverbs 6:2

Father, help us to watch what we say.  Our words become self-fulfilling prophesies for our lives. Lord, help us to be ready and willing to serve you until to promote us to heaven!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

Determined NOT to be a Barzillai!

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This Week-end’s Scripture Reading:  2 Samuel 19:31 through 20:26; Psalm 7; Psalm 63; 2 Samuel 18:1 through 19:30

Ignore Them–1 Samuel 10:27

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25

When Saul returned to his home at Gibeah, a group of men whose hearts God had touched went with him.  But there were some scoundrels who complained, “How can this man save us?” And they scorned him and refused to bring him gifts. But Saul ignored them. —1 Samuel 10:27

Why did Saul ignore them?

After all he had just been anointed king; shouldn’t he have put these folks in their place?

Saul was just and ordinary guy and he knew it:

Saul replied, “But I’m only from the tribe of Benjamin, the smallest tribe in Israel, and my family is the least important of all the families of that tribe! Why are you talking like this to me?” —1 Samuel 9:21

At this stage of the game Saul was emotionally healthy.  He knew his authority came from God. He was just God’s puppet moving when the Spirit of God came upon him.  It wasn’t about him, so it was easy to ignore his scoffers.  God gave him a new heart (1 Samuel 10:9) that cared about the people of Israel more than his own reputation.

How much time to you spending fretting and worrying about what people are thinking and saying about you?

There’s only one opinion we need to be concerned about–our Heavenly Father’s.

In a few short chapters Saul will completely change, but for now…

Heavenly Father, help us to learn from Saul.  Help us to realize that when we begin to care more about what people think than what You think we are of no use to You.  Give us a new heart and teach us how to keep it pure. Use us for Your Glory.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:35-39; 1 Samuel 13:1-5, 19-23, 6-18; 1 Samuel 14:1-52

God Meant it For Good–Genesis 45:7

Friends today’s post is more of a short story than a blog post, but I felt someone needed to hear this story.  I pray that it helps you to see God’s hand in your challenging times.

Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 42:1-45:15

Please, come closer,” he said to them. So they came closer. And he said again, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold into slavery in Egypt.  But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. This famine that has ravaged the land for two years will last five more years, and there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.  God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors. So it was God who sent me here, not you! And he is the one who made me an adviser to Pharaoh—the manager of his entire palace and the governor of all Egypt.  Genesis 45:4-8

Have there ever been times in your life when God had you walk through an experience to help, comfort or “preserve” others in the future?

I know, most of us will never single-handedly save a whole nation. But stop a minute and think about some of the things you’ve been through…have you ever informed, encouraged, cried with, or comforted someone in a similar situation?

You never know the difference you may have made in that person’s life.

At the young age of 20 I was pregnant with my first child. I was so excited about having a baby and being a Mom.  Everything was going great until the seventh month of my pregnancy.  I went for a check up and my baby measured much larger than he was supposed to be at that stage in the pregnancy.  The doctor sent me to the dietitian to get a special diet to slow down my weight gain.  Other than being disappointed about the rigid diet, I didn’t think anything of it.

Then, a few day’s later, I began to show signs of pre-term labor.  Little did I know, as we drove into the emergency room parking lot, I was driving into “my home away from home” for the next month.

This was 35 years ago.  The world of giving birth was very different. The doctors said I was either having twins or I had another condition called hydramnios, which was caused by an excessive amount of amniotic fluid.  They said I needed a “special” procedure called an ultrasound, to determine what was going on in my uterus.  No hospitals in my county had one of these ultrasound machines (so funny, now every doctor has one in their office) so we had to go to Pensacola, and hour away.  Oh and we traveled in an ambulance.  Just imagine an hour-plus ride with an oversized seven-month pregnant woman on a gurney in the back of the old station wagon type ambulance.  I was not a happy camper.

The test showed I did have hydramnios, so the doctors decided I would stay in the hospital until my baby was born, on bed-rest.  As I entered my room I noticed I had a roommate and she was really happy, which was weird because I was really unhappy.  Her side of the room looked as if she had been there for a while.  When I got the back-story I understood.  She had been pregnant eleven times.  Each time she would get to a certain point and have a miscarriage.  So when she got pregnant this time the doctors put her in the hospital, for the whole pregnancy!  She was happy because she had carried this baby longer than any other time.

I thought she was crazy!  As the days turned into weeks and I got more depressed she just kept getting happier.

Little did I know that four weeks later I would understand a small portion of the desperation this woman felt when she lost the child she wanted so bad.  On Friday night I went to sleep like normal to be awakened in the middle of the night to a river in my bed.  Those four quarts of amniotic fluid were everywhere.  When I realized what was happening, I feared the worst.  For the last two days the doctors hadn’t been able to hear a heart beat.  They had scheduled an amniocentesis for the next day, but we wouldn’t be needing that now.

I was rushed to labor and delivery and hooked up to the fetal monitor–no heart beat.  I prayed so hard that it was a mistake and the baby was really okay. It was no mistake.  I was given some type of strong sedative and delivered the baby a few hours later. A little boy, I never saw or held.

Did God allow me to be in the room with someone who had lost eleven babies to prepare me for my worst nightmare?  Was her delivery of a healthy baby girl God’s way of giving me hope?

I say yes.  Just a few months later I became pregnant again and delivered a perfect baby boy nine months later.

From the beginning I knew God had some reason for allowing me to go through so much pain, but what was it?  From that time on I was always drawn to women who had experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth.  I would go out of my way to meet with them, pray with them and try to encourage them.  But my real “Joseph” moment wouldn’t come until my own daughters began their journey to being a mom.

My oldest daughter Allison began working in a daycare at the age of fourteen.  She just loved babies! It wasn’t long after she got married that she began talking about having a baby.  Months turned into years and there was no pregnancy.  The pain of watching friends and family get pregnant so easy and deliver healthy babies was sometimes more than she could bear.  Finally after two years of trying to get pregnant, she went to see a fertility specialist.  She definitely had several things working against her getting pregnant, but after a surgery, tons of shots and fertility drugs she became pregnant.  We were all so excited, but the doctor warned us that her numbers didn’t look that strong.  A few day’s later Allison lost the baby.  I immediately remembered my loss years ago and did my best to comfort and encourage.  Thanks be to God a year later she was able to deliver a healthy baby boy.

Did God “send me ahead” to experience desperation of wanting baby so I could help, comfort, and preserve Allison’s hope?  Did God allow me to experience the loss of a child so I could understand?

I think so.

A few years later Allison became pregnant with her second child and three months later we found out my youngest daughter Krista was also pregnant.  The girls had so much fun!  Showers, nurseries, baby clothes.  I was overjoyed. There’s nothing like watching your girls become moms.

Allison’s second delivery would turn out to be another time I would be called upon to preserve hope in God’s plans for life.  Days before her due date we were awakened to the worst fear of our lives.  Allison seemed to be hemorrhaging.  Scared to death, we rushed to the hospital, praying all the way for Allison and our baby boy to be safe. Little did we know that God had it all under control. That night we witnessed the Holy Spirit, literally wake Allison’s doctor up and tell her to go to the hospital.  When she walked in with her “bed-head” and saw what was going on she rushed Allison in for an emergency c-section.  God used the blood from the small remains of placenta previa to get us to the hospital.  The cord was wrapped around our baby’s neck several times and he wouldn’t have survived a normal delivery.

Did God “send me ahead” to experience the fear of losing a baby so I could comfort and pray for Allison in her scariest moment?

I think so.

Six weeks later, I would again be called upon to come along side and draw from my painful experiences to walk a road with my daughter Krista that neither of us wanted to go down.

At Krista’s seven month check up she measured much larger than she should have been at that stage of the pregnancy, so the doctor did an ultrasound and noticed a blockage in the baby’s abdomen.  The doctor immediately made an appointment for Krista with a high-risk obstetrician.  Krista left the doctor’s office in a state of shock.  She called me and said, “Something’s wrong with my baby!”  We were so scared.

The next two months were some of the hardest days of our lives.  With each appointment came more bad news:  the baby had an intestinal blockage and would have to have surgery the day she was born,  most babies who have this problem have Cystic Fibrosis (C.F.), genetic testing revealed that Krista and her husband Larry were both C.F. carriers, the baby has a one in four chance of having C.F, the average life expectancy of a person with C.F. is 35 years old.  It was more than Krista could bear.

Once again I would reach in my past and pull out pain, fear, sadness and anger so that I could relate, speak life in the place of death, and keep our hope in God alive.

Since those days our baby girl Ayla has been a joy in our world for almost four years.  Yes, she had a rough start–seven weeks in the NICU, three major surgeries in her first three months of life.  Yes, she has C.F. but God has performed miracle after miracle and Ayla is a normal, healthy little girl who already has a personal testimony of the faithfulness of God.

You would think that would be enough, but earlier this year Krista also had a miscarriage but this time I wasn’t alone in using my past to understand and encourage; now my daughter Allison also grieved and empathized as only someone who’s been there could.

God prepared me to be there for my daughters, and many others.  God prepared Allison to be there for Krista and many others.  God has prepared Krista to be there for people she hasn’t even met.

As a mom who’s now sitting back and seeing God’s hand over it all, I’m thankful for my preparation.  I can say with Joseph, You (enemy of my soul) intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. (Genesis 50:20)


He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.

When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same

comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:4

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 45:16-47:27

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Jesus, Can You Wait a While to Come Again?–Rev. 22:20-21

Today we arrive at the end of the Book.  The last words.

It’s amazing how these two verses of scripture sum up the New Testament and the book of Revelation…

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 19:1-22:21

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus!  May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. Revelation 22:20-21

The last thing Jesus said was He is coming soon!

John encouraged Him to come.

Can we say with John that we want Jesus to come soon?

Or would we rather He wait until we have had our fill of the wilder side of life, get married, have children, see our children become adults, enjoy our grandchildren, or maybe when we’re a 100 years old; yea, that would be a great time for Jesus to come again.

I don’t know about you, but I hold on to this world too tightly.  My daily life seems like more of a reality than heaven.

What can we do to make Jesus and heaven more of a reality in our lives?

  • Make our time with Him our highest priority
  • Read the scriptures that talk about heaven
  • Meditate on being with Jesus in heaven
  • Put this world in its place–it’s a very small piece in our timeline compared to the eternity we’ll spend with God
  • Realize there are people who will be eternally separated from God if we don’t share Jesus with them
  • Choose the things of God over the world’s trappings

When I was a kid my parents would watch gospel music on T.V. every Sunday morning before church.  I can still remember this song that the “Happy Goodmans” sang…

What A Beautiful Day

As I wake up with the morning, of each day that passes by,

and I listen to the sounds upon my ear,

I can’t help but keep a watch toward the eastern sky,

and I wonder if the trumpet will be the next sound that I hear.

What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again,

what a beautiful day for him to take his children home,

how I long to see his face and to touch his nail scared hand,

what a beautiful day for the Lord to come again.

All my earthly disappointments and my trials here below,

fade away when I remember his last words,

he said he’d return and receive his children unto him

and I’m longing to look upon the face of my dear Lord.

This song never fails to come to mind when I’m taking an early morning drive along the bay or across one of the bridges near where I live. As I look toward the beautiful eastern sky I sing “What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again!”

Lord, help us to look to Your second coming with excitement!

Oh that we could be like little children.  My four-year-old grandson Nolen said to his Dad after open one of his presents, “Dad, can I take this toy that Santa brought me to heaven and show it to Jesus?”

Jesus, help me to be like Nolen.  When I have a great day or a bad day, let my first thought be,  “I want to take it to Jesus!”

I say with John, “Come Lord Jesus!

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In a Single Moment it’s All Gone–Revelation 18:19-20

Have you ever experienced this type of loss? In a single moment ___________ is all gone. Fill in the blank with your loss.

What can come into our world and destroy life as we know it in a single moment?

  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Job loss
  • A house fire
  • Foreclosure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Stock Market crash

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 15:1-18:24

John prophesies in Revelation 18:19-20, about this type of loss.  Bible commentators disagree on what it actually means regarding the final judgment, but I think there’s a life application we can take away from these verses.

And they will weep and throw dust on their heads to show their grief. And they will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for that great city! The shipowners became wealthy by transporting her great wealth on the seas.  In a single moment it is all gone.” Rejoice over her fate, O heaven and people of God and apostles and prophets! For at last God has judged her for your sakes.

Can loss be good?

Have you ever looked back on a time of loss and realized it was the best thing that ever happened to you?

I’m not necessarily saying it’s good to lose something, but the changes that happened in our lives because of loss can be good.

To me the death of a loved one, friend, or mentor is the worst kind of loss, yet even in the worst circumstances good can come.

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Isaiah 6:1

I’m sure Isaiah continued to grieve for King Uzziah, but because of his death, Isaiah saw God in a new and much bigger way.

As the year 2010 comes to a close, take a minute and count your losses but don’t forget to record the good that has come from each loss.  My prayer is that with each loss you’ve experienced you’ve been like Isaiah and seen God in a new and much bigger way!

In gains or in losses, my source of strength, my source of hope is Christ alone!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 19:1-22:21

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