Thursday - July 24, 2014

The Passionate Pursuit of God (July 9)


“How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalm 84:1-2). GOD SHOULD BE NOT ONLY OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY BUT ALSO OUR MOST FERVENT PASSION. Love and desire for Him should stir so deeply within us that ... Read More »

Stories (July 9)


“God made man because he loves stories” (Elie Wiesel). ALL OF US ARE WRITING STORIES, AND WE’RE SURROUNDED BY STORIES THAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE WRITING TOO. As Thoreau said, “Wherever men have lived there is a story to be told.” Our stories may not be written down with pen and ink, but even so, we’re all engaged in events that, ... Read More »

Marriage (July 8)


“A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. The order varies for any given year” (Paul Sweeney) IT TAKES MANY KINDS OF CHARACTER STRENGTH TO MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS COMMITMENT. In any given marriage, the combination of character traits is blended differently; some marriages have a greater portion of ... Read More »

You’ll Have to Let Go (July 8)


“Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33). TO FOLLOW JESUS IN THIS LIFE, WE MAY HAVE TO FORSAKE SOME THINGS, BUT TO FOLLOW HIM ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN, WE’LL HAVE TO FORSAKE EVERYTHING. Nothing is ours to keep. There is nothing — NOTHING — that we won’t have to let ... Read More »

God Has Never Trifled with Us (July 8)


“. . . I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you” (Jeremiah 31:3). WHEN WE SEEK GOD, WE CAN BE SURE THAT HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SEEKING US, AND IT IS WITH DILIGENCE THAT HE HAS DONE SO. Knowing of God’s earnestness toward us, we should turn toward Him with all the more ... Read More »

The Challenge of Abundance (July 7)


“I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Philippians 4:12). WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE IN A LAND OF ABUNDANCE OR ONE OF SCARCITY? Would you rather have most of what you want in life or little of what you want? To a worldly person, the question would be simply ridiculous, ... Read More »

The Divine Compassion (July 7)


“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isaiah 49:15). JUST AS GOD’S LOVE IS AS TENDER AS A MOTHER’S LOVE, IT IS ALSO AS COMPASSIONATE. A mother would sooner forget her nursing child than God would fail to act with ... Read More »

Prudence (July 7)


“No one tests the depth of a river with both feet” (Ashanti Proverb). PRUDENCE MEANS BEING CAREFUL. It means using wisdom, good judgment, and common sense in deciding one’s course of action. When the harmful consequences of a plan’s failure would be greater than the helpful consequences of the plan’s success, prudence will say, “Don’t do it.” In the game ... Read More »