E-Seeds

  • "You Be Jesus"
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 30, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    It was a Saturday morning and many activities were scheduled for the day. To make it special, the mother of Albert and George was preparing pancakes for them. Suddenly, they began to argue over which of them would get the first one.Dismayed over their arguing, the mother said, “If Jesus were sitting here, He’d say ‘Let my brother have the first pancake.’”“Great idea, Mom! George, you be Jesus and I’ll take the first pancake,” said Albert.Paul, writing about how to “live love,” said that “love does not demand its own way.” In other words, the love that we as Christians are to demonstrate in our lives is not a self-centered love. It is a love that focuses on the needs of others - the way God loves us.God loves us relentlessly, completely, unreservedly, and uncompromisingly with no limitations or conditions. In spite of our shortcomings or failures, He is there in us, for us, with us - loving us.And, what does He ask of us? First, that we love Him in return for His love. Then, He asks us to love others as He loves us. When we love others as He loves us, we show others what Christian love is all about – something this world desperately needs. Live God’s love!Prayer:Help us, Lord, to love as You loved, to give as You gave, to care as You cared, and to do as You did. May others see Jesus in us! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.

  • Working With God
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 29, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    George Washington Carver was a botanist, educator, inventor, and scientist. As the son of a slave, he was aware of the difficulty facing farmers, knowing that they needed more than cotton for their fields. He became interested in peanuts. Soon he realized that there was no market for them. Needing help, he turned to God, in prayer.One day he prayed, “Mr. Creator, why did You make the peanut?”Later in life he said: “God led me into the laboratory and together we got down to work.” Before he died, his research and influence produced over 300 products from peanuts including cosmetics, dyes, plastics, gasoline, and nitroglycerine. He published many books, including one with over 100 recipes using peanuts.James has an interesting bit of advice. He said, “If you need wisdom - if you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him and He will gladly tell you.” True wisdom begins with respect for God and His laws, leads to right living in the sight of God, and enables us to align our goals with the goals God has for us. When we do this, we honor God, and in His time, He will honor us. We may begin with something as small as a peanut, but only God knows where it will end.Prayer:Help us, Father, to look to You for Your wisdom and insight in all that we do, knowing it is always available. And, also give us patience and perseverance to work with You for Your glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

  • Winning And Trying
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 28, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    It was his first attempt to win a trophy for swimming. He was successful and won first place. After receiving his prized possession, his mother said, “I’m so happy for you. I never won a trophy.”“Mom,” he asked, “did you ever try?”God created each of us to succeed. But we can never succeed at anything until we try something. And whenever we want to accomplish anything, we need a good place to begin. We find that “place” in the first words of the Bible: “In the beginning - GOD?.”Beginning with God means that before we try to do anything we seek His will. God promised Joshua great success. He told him that no one would be able to stand their ground against him, promising, that “I will not fail you or abandon you” as long as you live. But with His promise He gave him a warning: “study the Book of the Law continually? obey it?and only then will you succeed.”The promise that God gave to Joshua works for us, too. However, God places the same limits on our success as He did Joshua’s: “Study My Word continually, obey it, and only then you will succeed.” If we begin with God’s Word, we will end with God’s blessings. Surely, that is the definition of success!Prayer: Lord, help us to realize and remember that success is all about You and never about us. May we be faithful to Your Word and then enjoy Your blessings! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Joshua 1:1-9 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

  • Why Worry?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 27, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    A reporter once asked Henry Ford the question, “Do you ever worry?”“No. I believe that God is managing my affairs. With God in charge, I believe that everything will work out for our best. So, what’s there to worry about?”Worry is like going back and forth in a rocking chair: a lot of motion but no forward movement. It can disturb our thinking, disorganize our work, destroy our health, and steal our life. It has never calmed a fear or brought peace to a troubled heart.Worry is nothing more than anticipating some calamity or chaos that will probably never come our way. It normally has no substance or power except what we allow it to have as it invades our minds and controls our thoughts and disrupts our lives.When we allow worry to muddle our minds, we need to call upon God immediately. Immediately! We must ask Him to replace each problem with one of His promises and ask for an extra portion of faith and trust in His goodness and grace. He knows what is in our future and every need that we ever have is under His control.Prayer:Help me, Father, to increase my faith in You as I learn to trust Your promises and accept Your will. Give me confidence in Your care and concern for my best! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Matthew 6:31-32 So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

  • When Times Are Threatening
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 26, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    A young boy was sitting on the roof of his home watching his father repair a leak in the shingles. Not realizing the steep pitch of the roof, he began to inch his way upward and suddenly started to slide downward. Realizing the danger of his situation, he shouted, “O God, help me I’m in trouble and I’m going to fall to my death!”Suddenly his jeans became snagged on a nail and he stopped sliding. Looking upward he said, “Thank you God, I’m all right now!”Who do you call upon when you are suddenly faced with a life-threatening situation? We often have a loved one whom we can call upon in a moment’s notice. Most of us are blessed with a few faithful friends who respond immediately in times of disaster. But, when we are suddenly and without warning faced with what appears to be an imminent disaster, what are we to do?Fortunately, our God has promised us that we will never face any adversity alone. Again and again, His Word assures us that He is ready, willing, able and wanting to rescue us when we are in trouble. He is always alert, awaiting our call and anxious to respond.Prayer: Father, we are grateful for Your promise that we can always “call upon You in the day of trouble.” Help us to trust in the greatness of Your goodness and grace In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Psalm 50:15 Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.

  • Trusting The Plan
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 25, 2020 at 12:24 PM

    Years ago I would watch my mother embroider beautiful napkins, pillowcases, and tablecloths. She would spend hours working within a small “hoop” that stretched the fabric tight so she could follow the pattern. She would work with one color of thread at a time until she finished that part of the pattern. Then, she would move to the next part of the pattern and begin again. If I looked underneath the “hoop,” I would see many knots and dangling threads that made no sense at all. It looked like a real mess. When I looked carefully at the top side of the “hoop,” however, I would eventually see a pattern emerge that followed the plan of an artist. And, when the product was finished, it was beautiful. There are times when it seems as though life is made up of “many knots and dangling threads.” No matter where we look, nothing makes any sense at all. We feel forced to cry out, “Lord, what are You doing?” or “Where are you taking me?” or “I want to give up!” or “What’s happening?” or “Have you no plan for me, God?”When times are tough, we must turn to and trust in His Word: “I know the plans I have for you? Plans for good and not for evil?to give you a future and a hope!” Look for the pattern. It’s there!Prayer:Lord, when days are dark and the path is perilous, let us sense Your presence and trust Your plan. Help us to see our lives through Your eyes! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

  • "To The Glory Of God"
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 24, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Johann Sebastian Bach is recognized as one of the world’s most famous musicians. He was orphaned when he was ten years old and went to live with his oldest brother, a church organist. Recognizing his joy for music, his brother began teaching him how to play various instruments. At age fourteen he was awarded a scholarship to study music at a famous university. After graduation, he auditioned for a job he deeply wanted but was not hired.He refused to be discouraged and dedicated himself to becoming a gifted musician and composer. On the top part of each composition, he wrote the words, “To the glory of God.”How would our lives be different if we preceded each word or deed or thought with the words: “Will what I am about to do or say or think bring glory to God?” Would our lips be sealed, our hands idle, or our minds blank if what we said, or thought or did could not bring glory to God? Would we become as still as a statue?The Bible makes no apologies when it declares, “Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God!” All that we do or think or say is to be done to bring glory to God. Keeping this Scripture in mind will help us realize the impact our behavior has on others - positively or negatively – and the glory it brings to God.Prayer:Father, may every word or deed, thought or action, bring unending glory to Your name each day of our lives. Let our thoughts, words, and deeds glorify Your Name. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

  • The Joy Of Giving
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 23, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    It was their first anniversary, and the husband wanted to make it one that his wife would remember for years to come. Speaking to a clerk in a greeting card store, he said, “I’d like a beautiful card for my wife to show her how much I truly love her.”Leading him to the Anniversary Section, the clerk selected a card and presented it to him saying, “Here’s a lovely card, Sir, one of our most beautiful. And the message is most appropriate.”“How much is it?” asked the husband.“It's a little less than $7.00,” he replied.“Wow!” he gasped. “Got anything for about a buck?”The church at Macedonia was going through troubling times and difficult days. But when it came to giving, Paul said “They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.”Giving, for the Christian, is the good and right thing to do. It reflects our attitude about trust and our dependence on God. It is never about God, but about us and does not depend on the day or the time, but on the joy we find and the peace we have in Christ. We limit God’s blessings when we limit our giving.Prayer: We pray, Father, that we will find the source and satisfaction of life in what we do with what we give. May we understand that all that we have is Yours and that we cannot out-give You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 2 Corinthians 8:1-8 They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.

  • The Goal
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 22, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Florence Chadwick swam across the English Channel from England to France in 13 hours and 20 minutes in 1950. The following year she swam from France to England becoming the first woman to swim the channel in both directions.Two years later she decided to swim from the Catalina Islands to Palos Verdes, California, a distance of 26 miles. She was surrounded by people in small boats who were concerned for her well-being. They were prepared to help her if she became tired or encountered any danger from sharks. After 15 hours, a thick fog settled in, and she began to doubt her ability to complete her journey. An hour later she was pulled from the water, unable to see the shore. After getting into the boat, she learned that she had stopped one mile short of her goal - the shore.Two months later she tried again - this time successfully. Even though a thick fog once again came in, she accomplished her goal because she kept a mental image of the coastline in her mind.Paul said, “Fix your minds on what is true, right, honorable, lovely and admirable.” To achieve our goal to live “Christ-like,” we must “fix our minds on Christ” and not let the “fog settle in!”Prayer: Help us, Lord, to keep our eyes focused on You when we are confused and need direction. Help us to see You clearly and trust in Your strength to sustain and protect us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Philippians 4:8-10 Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

  • Stress And Distress
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 21, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    A man hurrying to meet a deadline was caught in a traffic jam. As his anger grew and his patience diminished, he noticed a bumper sticker that read, “Go ahead and honk. It’s your ulcer.” It added to his rage, and he tried to strangle his steering wheel by squeezing it as tightly as he could. But, nothing happened as his rage grew, and he became more upset.Stress invades all of our lives and quickly causes distress. Whether it is a problem we are having difficulty solving, a goal we can’t achieve, or a decision that eludes us, we all face events that seem to be more than we can bear or beyond our capabilities. What then?Peter said, “Give all your cares and concerns, worries and woes to God for He cares about what happens to you!” When we refuse to give our stressors and struggles to God, we reveal our lack of trust in His power and strength. Often this shows a lack of humility on our part because we are saying to Him: “I really don’t need You - I can do this all by myself!” It takes real humility to admit to God that we need His help and the help of others who care for us and are concerned about us. We need to recognize our limitations and His greatness and willingness to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves.Prayer: Father, give us an understanding of our limits and limitations, and our need for Your help. When we come to the end of our abilities, may we be humble enough to call on You for Yours! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

  • Pretzels And Prayer
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 20, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Years ago, there was a group of monks in the northern part of Italy who gathered a group of children together to teach them to pray. Each time the children learned a new prayer, they were given a gift as a reward.One monk began to pray about the gifts he was giving the children. He wanted them to understand the importance of prayer as well as to remind the children to pray. So, he decided to give the children a tasty item baked in his oven from unleavened bread. Rolling out a piece of dough, he carefully designed a pastry with three holes and a twist in the middle that represented two arms folded in prayer. He called it a “pretola” which means “little gift.” It was eventually called a “pretzel” and has been enjoyed all over the world for 1300 years.All of us have many opportunities to remind people of the importance of prayer. One thing we can do is to share God’s answers to our prayers with others. Another thing we can do is to invite people to pray with us. We can also remind others of what God’s Word teaches about prayer, something as simple as, “Call on Me, and I will answer you!”Perhaps one day when eating a pretzel with a friend, we can share the story of the pretzel and remind them to pray whenever they see a pretzel.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to understand the importance of prayer in our lives, and to pray more often! May we realize that You are waiting, willing and wanting to hear from us, and meet our need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Luke 18:1 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.

  • Practicing The Presence Of God
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 19, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Lord Moynihan was a brilliant, skillful and world-famous British surgeon. On one occasion after completing an operation before a gallery of doctors, a reporter asked, “How can you work so calmly with such a famous crowd of surgeons present?”Thoughtfully he replied, “There are just three people in the operating room when I operate: the patient, myself, and God.”As he concluded his farewell speech, Moses told Joshua that the Lord would be with him: “Do not be afraid or discouraged? I will go ahead of you and be with you and never abandon you.” We often forget that wherever we are, God is: He is the one Who created us, has a plan for us, and will purposefully work through us.The opposite of being “discouraged” is to be “encouraged.” “En” means “to give.” When placed before the word courage, it becomes “to give courage to!” And, this is what God will do for us - constantly and continually. He will always give us the courage to face every challenge in life because He has promised that He will never forget us, forsake us, or fail us.The question is not “Can we count on God to be faithful and give us courage?” The question is “Can God count on us to be faithful to Him in all He asks of us so He can give us courage?”Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we sense Your presence and power wherever we are and whatever You call us to do. Give us Your courage to be faithful to You at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Deuteronomy 31:1-3 But the Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you. He will destroy the nations living there, and you will take possession of their land. 

  • Overcoming Adversity
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 18, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Enterprise, Alabama is known for having a monument to an agricultural pest - the boll weevil. In 1915, the “pest” invaded the area and destroyed their only crop - cotton. This disaster left the farmers destitute and nearly hopeless. However, in 1917 the county produced and harvested more peanuts than any other county in the nation.The monument, erected in 1919, stands in the center of the downtown district as a symbol of their willingness and ability to adjust to and overcome adversity. The residents are quick and proud to remind visitors of the lessons they learned from the boll weevil.One resident said, “There was a time when we had one crop - cotton; the boll weevil destroyed it. Then we were forced to diversify. Now we are doing better than ever. The boll weevil was a blessing in disguise.”Paul said, “We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us to develop endurance.” Difficulties are not to be dreaded. They are to be accepted as unique opportunities that God brings into our lives as challenges to help us “diversify” – to develop all of the skills and talents God has given us.Prayer: Lord, help us to trust in Your goodness and grace, believing that all of the obstacles in our lives are gifts from You. Help us to accept them willingly and grow through them. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Romans 5:3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 

  • One Father's Legacy
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Fathers always leave a legacy for their children. We do it by word and deed - sometimes consciously and through careful planning. Other times we do it without being aware of what we leave as their inheritance. In preparing to leave the throne to his son, Solomon, David gave him three legacies:The legacy of courage. “Be strong, prove yourself a man.” David knew his son would face difficult times and wanted him to have the strength that only comes from God. Having God’s strength would enable Solomon to serve the Lord faithfully and fully.The legacy of conviction. “Keep the charge of the Lord your God.” Here David is advising Solomon to be a man of the Book – keep the charge - to always follow God’s Laws. It is important to gain knowledge, but knowledge without God’s wisdom is foolishness!The legacy of conduct. “Keep His statutes.” Godly courage is built on convictions that flow from God’s Word which result in godly conduct. Godly conduct is a witness of the love and grace of God without ever saying a word. Through us, people see “God in action.”Our legacy lives forever in our children’s lives. What legacy are you leaving yours?Prayer: Help us, Lord, to be fathers who leave godly legacies for our children. May we leave them legacies that are consistent with Your teachings, are established in Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 1 Kings 2:1-4 Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. 

  • Nothing To Live For?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 16, 2020 at 1:02 PM

    Leland Stanford has been highly recognized for his business ventures, political achievements and interest in education. His only child, a son, died at age fifteen. He was so overwhelmed by this loss that he once cried out, “I now have nothing to live for.”One night while sleeping he had a dream. In his dream his son appeared and seemed to be saying to him, “Live for other children.” As a result of this dream, he endowed Stanford University to honor his son and other children.Many times we are threatened by events that are devastating and truly overwhelming. Tragedy strikes, disasters invade our lives, and everyone and everything we counted on for our security seems to collapse. Could it be that God is trying to get our attention?Jesus once said, “If you give up your life for My sake and the sake of the Good News, you will find true life.” The message is rather simple and straight forward: “Allow Me to control your destiny and direct your life. Let Me lead you each day as you share My message.” However, what may sound simple is not always easy. When times are tough and days are difficult and nights seem endless, a good question to ask is: “God, please tell me or show me what You want me to do? If You will, I will obey Your voice!”There is always a battle between Someone and something. But, if we willingly center our lives on Him and worship, seek His will, and serve Him, we will discover true life.Prayer: Father, to say we surrender our lives to You is easier said than done. But give us no peace until we do, and then the willingness to do what You ask. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Mark 8:34-38 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. 

  • Making Good Time
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 15, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    The pilot of the company aircraft had been flying the corporate executives from one city to another on a whirlwind tour. After they landed, the plane serviced, and their meeting over, they would leave for another city.One day the pilot decided he would have a little fun with his passengers and made the following announcement: “Gentlemen, there’s no cause for alarm, but I feel that you should know that we’ve been flying without a radio, compass, radar, or navigational beam for the last hour. I’m not sure where we are heading, but we are making great time.” They all gasped.All of us are on a journey – to the Kingdom of Heaven or the kingdom of darkness and hell. Jesus once said that the only way to enter into God’s Kingdom is through a “narrow gate.” He did not say that it is impossible to enter the Kingdom, but that there was only one way to enter His Kingdom. Many individuals believe that they can find God without following His specific directions. So, they design their own plan to suit their own interests and meet their own needs. It is like traveling without a map or compass, a GPS or road signs. What they do seems right to them but they are going in the wrong direction - even though they enjoy it and make “great time.”The “narrow gate” is coming to God through Jesus Christ as Savior and then making Him Lord.Prayer: Thank You, Father, for providing the way, the truth and life eternal through Your Son, our Savior. As citizens of Your Kingdom, may those around us see Your Son as the Lord of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Matthew 7:13-14 You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. 

  • Love Enough To Care
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Day after day Amy Jo came home from school crying. Her classmates were unkind and hurtful. They made fun of her uncontrolled movements, her limping, twisting and drooling. She could hardly sit or stand still without jerking because of her illness.One day she wrote a letter to an editor. In it, she said: “I have a problem in school. Kids laugh at me because of the way I walk and talk. I have cerebral palsy. I just want one day at school when no one laughs at me and makes fun of me.”One paper finally carried her story, and then another. Eventually, it was carried by many newspapers, and she received an astounding number of letters that brought her hope, comfort and encouragement.Many people have broken hearts, not as a result of mental or physical disabilities. Their hearts ache, they have troubled thoughts, and their shoulders droop because they are left out, feel unwelcome, unwanted, or unacceptable - even in our churches.Jesus said that loving one’s neighbor was the second most important commandment and because it is a commandment, we are obligated to love those who may seem unloveable or unacceptable – on our terms! Buy, we must remember that they are loved and accepted on God’s terms! So, as His ambassadors, we must show His love. And, Paul said that showing God’s love was more important than any spiritual gift. Love is not a word nor a choice: it is to be a way of life - the Christ-filled life.Prayer: Help us, Father, to seek out the least, the last, the lost, and the lonely and give them Your love. Help us to recognize those who need love – Your love – and love them in Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 

  • Life Is Choice
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 13, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Some politicians are notorious for the ability to explain away all of the issues without taking a stand on any of them. One politician was recognized as being as spineless as spaghetti. Once when asked a question he said, “Part of my friends favor one side of that issue and part of them favor the other side of that issue. I am in favor of my friends!”No matter what is at stake, it is always possible to find people who will take opposing sides of any given issue. There are even times when the topic under consideration does not matter. People will still take sides and argue for the sake of arguing. Often the issue is fleeting or frivolous and not worth serious discussion or debate. Still, sides are chosen, positions staked out, and battle lines drawn.There is one issue, however, that confronts everyone. It is the issue of who will be the Lord of our lives. Joshua once confronted the people of Israel and said, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.” The people had to make a choice between the God whom they knew they could trust or the gods they knew who had always failed them.We, too, must make that choice. What we decide will determine our destiny. Chose the God you can trust – today!Prayer: Father, give us courage to make the right choice and choose the living God! May we stand firm in Your strength and always be faithful in our commitment to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Joshua 24:14-15 But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. 

  • Lead Me, Lord
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 12, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    A little boy was hanging onto the leash of a large dog with all of his strength. An amused observer asked, “Where are you taking your dog?”“Well,” he replied, “first I want to see where he’s going. Then I’ll take him there as long as I can hold on to his leash.”Often we chose to go in a certain direction and try to force God to come with us. We have a goal in mind, a destination in sight, or a course charted for our lives by selfish desires. We try to push God into the gaps, squeeze Him into the corners, or pull Him in the direction we want to go.However, we were created to be God-led. There are times when God leads us by pulling us along His paths, and it seems as though He is working against our interests. There are also times when God works behind the scenes to accomplish His purpose in our lives. Then, there are times when we do not realize that what is going on is in our best interests. But, the best times are those times when we go to Him in trust before beginning a journey, asking Him to guide us, guard us, and give us clear directions before taking the first step.Someone once said, “Go slow to go fast.” If we patiently look for God, and then wait upon God in prayer, and search His Word for His directions, we will be able to sense His Spirit’s influence in our lives, and know where He wants us to go.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to look to You before we begin any journey in life. May we look to You willingly for Your guidance and trust in You completely before we take life into our own hands. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Genesis 24:27 & 48 Praise the Lord, the God of my master, Abraham,” he said. “The Lord has shown unfailing love and faithfulness to my master, for he has led me straight to my master’s relatives.” 

  • Keep On Keeping On!
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on March 11, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Once, during a live performance, a string on the violin of Itzak Perlman, one of the world’s greatest violinists broke, making a loud noise. The “snap” of the string echoed throughout the auditorium, stunning the conductor, the orchestra, and the audience. The conductor stopped the performance immediately. Everyone waited in silence, wondering what would happen. It seemed as though they were expecting Perlman to leave the stage and replace the broken string.Quickly, and without hesitation, he motioned to the conductor and requested that they continue playing the concerto at the precise point where they had stopped. Perlman then joined them using only three strings.At the conclusion of the concert, the audience gave him a long, standing ovation for his brilliant performance. Finally, when they paused he said, “Sometimes it is the artist’s responsibility to find out how much music he can make with what he has left after a tragedy.”Often we are tempted to focus on how little we may have after experiencing a loss in our lives. We sometimes pout and ponder, grumble and gripe, questioning God’s wisdom rather than focusing on how much God has given us. We emphasize our fears and failures rather than God’s grace and goodness. We look into the mirror and say, “If I had one more string, I could play brilliantly and finish the concert.” Or, “God, why didn’t you break someone else's string?” Or, “God, why did you do this to me when things were going so well?” Or...or...or...God gives us opportunities and options, skills and talents, strength and power to meet every situation in life. Too often we willingly give up or give in and look for ways out of a situation where God has placed us, rather than to meet the challenge by calling on Him for His strength and power to overcome difficult times!.Prayer: Lord, may we choose to rely on Your strength and power to stand fast and face life’s obstacles. Help us to rely on You and Your Word, and the gifts You have given us to succeed. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture For Today: Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 

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