"Be Still and know that I am God" 

- Psalm 46:10

 

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– For the greater glory of God

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Thursday
May252017

Daily Meditation – Faith the size of a mustard seed

When they came to the crowd a man approached, knelt down before him, and said, "Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him." Jesus said in reply, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long will I be with you? How long will I endure you? Bring him here to me." Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him, and from that hour the boy was cured. Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, "Why could we not drive it out?" He said to them, "Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."

- Matthew 17:14-20

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P.S. To all subscribers, here is a note and request from our son, Kevin, 17, a rising high school junior.

On July 29th, I will leave on a mission trip to Mustard Seed Communities Nicaragua. I will live and work in the community there along with my mission team. Our plan is to serve the 80 children with disabilities by sharing our love and companionship. We will also complete work projects to improve the quality of life for the residents. Since many of the children at Mustard Seed Communities will never get the chance to see the world, we will spread Christ's love and share his joy with them.

This is a life changing experience of which I am personally paying my way for air travel to Nicaragua and other expenses through income earned from umpiring baseball games, cutting grass and by using money that I have saved. Still, I ask for your donations not for me but rather for the direct support of the children of the Mustard Seed Communities. Your donations are so appreciated. My goal is to raise $1,500 by June 15th.

***Here is my site for donations - http://go.mustardseed.com/goto/kevinbrown 

I ask that you please pray for me and the rest of my mission team as we prepare for this amazing experience. God bless, and thank you very much on behalf of me and my entire team. We cannot wait to make a difference in their lives and share the love of Christ!

Yours Truly,

Kevin Brown

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Wednesday
May242017

Daily Meditation – Perseverance in Prayer

And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.' I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. "And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

- Luke 11:5-13

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Tuesday
May232017

Daily Meditation – Jesus prays … Abba, Father

Then they came to a place named Gethsemane , and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." He took with him Peter, James, and John, and began to be troubled and distressed. Then he said to them, "My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch." He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed that if it were possible the hour might pass by him; he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible to you. Take this cup away from me, but not what I will but what you will." When he returned he found them asleep. He said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." Withdrawing again, he prayed, saying the same thing. Then he returned once more and found them asleep, for they could not keep their eyes open and did not know what to answer him. He returned a third time and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? It is enough. The hour has come. Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners. Get up, let us go. See, my betrayer is at hand."

- Mark 14:32-42

 

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Monday
May222017

Daily Meditation - Switch places to trust

The Bike Ride

At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether I merited Heaven or Hell when I die. He was out there sort of like the President. I recognized His picture when I saw it, but I didn't really know Him.

But later on when I recognized my Higher Power, it seemed as though life was rather like a bike ride; but it was a tandem bike, and I noticed that God was in the back helping me pedal. I don't know just when it was that He suggested we change places, but life has not been the same since . . . life with my Higher Power, that is. God makes life exciting.

When I had control, I knew the way. It was rather boring, but predictable. It was the shortest distance between two points. But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places and at breakneck speeds. It was all I could do to hang on! Even though it looked like madness, He said, "Pedal!"

I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are You taking me?" He laughed and didn't answer, and I started to trust. I forgot my boring life and entered into the adventure; and when I'd say, "I'm scared, " He'd lean back and touch my hand. He took me to people with gifts that I needed, gifts of healing, acceptance, and joy. They gave me their gifts to take on my journey; our journey, God's and mine.

And we were off again. He said, "Give the gifts away. They're extra baggage, too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and I found that in giving I received, and still our burden was light.

I did not trust Him at first, in control of my life. I thought he'd wreck it. But He knew bike secrets, knew how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jump to clear high places filled with rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.

And I'm learning to shut up and pedal in the strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful constant companion, my Higher Power.

And when I'm sure I can't do any more, He just smiles and says, "PEDAL!"

 

- Source:  The 12 Step Prayer Book, A collection of Favorite 12 Step Prayers and Inspirational Readings, Written and Compiled by Bill Pittman.

 

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Sunday
May212017

Daily Meditation - Healing Power of God

“The Lord is greater than the giants you face.”

 -  1 John 4:4

Please pray for a dear friend of our family, Sonia, as she is battling cancer for the third time and has surgery on this Monday, May 22nd at 9:30am (EST). Please pray that the surgeon can get all the cancer this one last time. Please also pray for a quick healing afterward so that Sonia, who is in real estate, can get back to work to support her family.  For further details on her story, please see her YouCaring site below:

https://www.youcaring.com/soniashanahan-809162

Thank you so much.

 

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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam – For the greater glory of God