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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In My Pocket

Romans 10:9-10 if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Dear Friend:

My grandma is in nursing home and beside her bed is a little cross stitch holder with a cross inserted in the pocket with a piece of paper folded with the following prayer. Perhaps you may want to pray this prayer today.

I carry a cross in my pocket a simple reminder to me of the fact that I am a Christian no matter where I may be. This little cross isn’t magic it isn’t meant to protect me it’s not for identification for all the world to see it’s simply an understanding between my Savior and me. When I put my hand in my pocket the cross is there to remind me of the price he paid for me. It reminds me to be thankful for my blessings day by day and to strive to serve Him better in all that I do or say. It’s also a daily reminder of the peace and comfort I share with all who know my master and give themselves to His care. So, I carry a cross in my pocket reminding no one but me that Jesus Christ is Lord of my life if only I’ll let Him be. Amen



Confessing Jesus as my Savior,
Elaine

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Text Message

are you tired? worn out? Jesus matthew 11:28
i won’t lay anything heavy on you. hang in there with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightyly. Jesus matthew 11:30

. text message to my friend:

feeling lonely? feeling like the world and everyone is against you?

Text the big guy upstairs

Maybe something like this:
Jesus
thanks. u there?

Jesus response:
i have ur back today, trust me, ur on my mind and in my heart.

Texting God,
Elaine

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Be In The Moment

Dear Friend:

I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3John 1:1-5

Someone sent me this greeting for the New Year and I thought it was just beautiful. The letter really starts out with “the elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.” Gaius is a leader in the church and housed many travelling teachers and dealt with affairs of the church.

So I was thinking about this greeting and how special it was for John to be so warm and encouraging to Gaius. Don’t we need to greet each other with more love and encouragement? I have been thinking about how our children are being raised to meet high goals and expectations and our body language and words can become very businesslike. Because we are trained to meet goals we greet them with our checklist. Have you done this to your loved ones? Have you felt like cutting off those that call and ask how you are? Don’t you sometimes think in your head “get to the point of why you called, stop the small talk?” Do you run around with your checklist written or in your head? Do you have trouble being “in the moment?” The M.O. of the world “you got to show you are producing.” Whether you recognize it or not, it is stressing us out! We have lost the art of just “BEING IN THE MOMENT.” Being in the moment is sitting having coffee, lunch (whatever) and listening and sharing without always checking your text messages, cell phone or checklist, but truly putting those things aside and enjoying who you are with. Try it with your kids or loved ones. Try to put everything aside and give them attention. Maybe tell them you are working on this. You may have to train the kids to “be in the moment” because they can’t put down their cell phone for one minute (have you noticed that?)
At Christian camp we don’t allow cell phones or ipods. The kids always thank me at the end of the camp and they always get why we take them away.

Will you pray with me: Father in heaven thank you for a new year. Thank you for______. I pray in this New Year that you can help me to be more in the moment with others. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

I sincerely greet you as John greeted Gaius and pray that you can be more in the moment with others THIS NEW YEAR. I pray that you find time to read the bible this year. It is already six days into the New Year, but just find online a site that teaches you to read through the bible. Here is the one I use.
http://www.turningpointonline.org/site/R?i=DGAHmtiEqjojeNnPi_y6Pg
Pickup with today’s date and don’t worry just “be in the moment.”

Trying to be more in the moment,
Elaine