Friday, May 27, 2011
"Is anyone of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well, the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." James 5:13-16
"A thousand my fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you make the Most High your dwelling- even the LORD, who is my refuge-then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you in in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation." Psalm 91:7-16
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I enjoyed watching the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I thought Catherine, her dress and jewels were all beautiful. Prince William looked really handsome too. I loved all those hats! Everyone is talking about Catherine's engagement ring with the beautiful sapphire and diamonds. I thought it was very sweet of Prince William to give his mother's ring to his beloved Catherine. This got me thinking about when you first find a diamond in the ground it is rough and dirty and sometimes cloudy. You have to polish it and have an expert diamond cutter cut it into a beautiful gem. Before we accept Christ's gift of salvation we are like a diamond in the rough. After we are saved and Christ comes to live in our hearts we are a new creation. As we mature in our faith the diamond is polished and cut into a beautiful gem--until it sparkles. The sparkle is Christ and we are His. He will never leave or forsake us.
Let's pray: Thank You Father God for Your free gift of salvation. We praise Your name and we thank You for all the blessings You have given to us. I pray that Your hand of protection will be upon us. Please Father, keep us safe and healthy. Thank You for always being there for us. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.