- It has been a fun week! I don't know exatly were to start... I did my first official babysitting job June 2nd! I was helping watch two 6 month olds and a 4 year old (I think). After that I watched China Cry. It is a very sad and touching story. I hope to read the book and get full detail on the life of the lady. I am not sure what her name is though. Mamma just bought me Jesus Calling for kids yesterday and I love it! I like how the author, Sarah Young, has written the devotion like God is talking to you. My devotion today was: "Worth Celebrating... Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds-James 1:2.
- Consider problems as pure joy. That's not the way the world usually looks at problems, is it? The world says to do everything you can to avoid problems. But there is simply no way to avoid every problem, no matter how hard you try.
- The best way to get through a difficult day is to hold My hand tightly and keep talking to Me. As we talk, be sure to tell Me you trust Me-and thank Me for My help. Ask Me to guide you through your problems and show you the blessings hidden in them.
- The blessing of self-control can be learned for dealing with a difficult teacher. The blessing of patience can be learned from an illness. I teach you many things through your problems. I also use them to draw you closer you Me.
- So yes, consider problems as pure joy, knowing that with Me by your side, they can become things worth celebrating
- Read on you own: Philippians 4:13; Isaih 26:3"
- I don't know about you, but that is a cool devotion. Here is another (email) devotion I got from Voice of the Martyrs
- "Angela Cazacu was just an ordinary woman living in Romania during World War II when the Nazis invaded. All too quickly, life for Jews and Christians became a living terror. Angela kept busy stealing Jewish children from the ghettos and smuggling food and clothing to female Christian prisoners in the prisons around her city.
Later, when the Nazis were driven out of her country and the Soviet army invaded, Angela was still busy spreading the message of God’s love by handing out Russian Bibles and New Testaments in train stations full of Soviet soldiers.
When Pastor Richard Wurmbrand was a prisoner in the Tirgul-Ocna jail in the winter of 1951, he was severely ill. His skeletal body shivered from the constant cold of the worst winter on record. Each prisoner was allowed only one blanket, and food was scarce because no one was able to get to the prison through the heavy snow.
It was during this bleak moment when Pastor Wurmbrand received a package containing desperately needed food and warm clothing that the pastor gladly shared with others. The package that he thought must have been delivered by an angel probably saved his life.
Once again, Sister Angela (meaning “angel” in Romanian) was busily going about her Father’s business. Ordinary? Maybe. But God delights in using ordinary people as his angels of mercy.
- Years ago, in response to the increasing news coverage of random acts of violence, a bumper sticker began to appear that suggested practicing “random acts of kindness.” An act of kindness or mercy to a stranger may be as seemingly insignificant as giving up a prime parking place at a shopping center or taking the time to make eye contact with the clerk at the store. However, God can use you to transform even the most ordinary act of kindness into a powerful gift of grace in someone else’s life. Ask God to help you commit a random act of kindness in his name today. You may never know it, but you might be someone’s 'angel.'"
- When I was rockclimbing Sunday I was trying to work on this hard boulder problem (bouldering is when you are not using a rope) I was taking a break after trying the climb for a while, and while I was talking to Daddy I all the sudden made the move I was trying to do for a while now. I was so surprised that I got off the wall. I then figured out a way to climb most of the route and I only need to make one more move and then I should be able to get to the top. Amazing how God just gave me a push to get farther without me really asking him for the help. :)