DPChallenge, One Good Thing Every Day 2013

One Good Thing Every Day: April 1, 2013

1 Thessalonians 5:17-19

Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.

 

“The only way to prevent discontent from taking hold in our lives is to actively, daily profess thanks for everything we do have–and to assign this gratitude to its Source, the Giver of all good gifts.” from A Jane Austen Devotional

 

“Basic training includes learning to live above your circumstances, even while interacting on that cluttered plan of life….Accept each day just as it comes, and find Me in the midst of it all….A successful day is one in which you have stayed in touch with Me, even f many things remain undone at the end of the day. Do not let your to-do list (written or mental) become an idol directing your life. Instead, ask My Spirit to guide you moment by moment. He will keep you close to Me.” from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

 

 

DPChallenge, One Good Thing Every Day 2013

One Good Thing Every Day: March 14, 2013

Ecclesiastes 10:4b NIV

Calmness can lay great offenses to rest.

 

Psalm 46:10a NIV

“Be still, and know that I am God….”

 

“Learn to take minibreaks from the world, finding a place to be still in My Presence and listen to my voice.” from Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence

 

Matthew 8:25-26 NIV

The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

 

“When the storms of life overtake us, we often respond as if God does not exist or does not care. Jesus rebuked the disciples for their failure to recognize His presence, protection, and power, not for their human tendency to fear.” from Henry T. Blackaby’s Experiencing God

 

It is easy to judge the disciples for their lack of faith. Afterall, Jesus sat in their boat! How could He be more present?

Yet, why do I panic in the middle of life-storms? Afterall, the Holy Spirit sits within my soul! How could He be more present?

 

DPChallenge, One Good Thing Every Day 2013

One Good Thing Every Day: March 12, 2013

2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV

For we live by faith, not by sight.

The reading comprehension passage in one of our Test Prep workbooks yesterday focused on echolocation. Echolocation is used by animals and humans with limited sight to locate objects and determine distances. Intrigued, I conducted more research. Sonar is a man-made form of echolocation used for navigation in the sea and in the air. Medical ultrasounds are based on the same principle as they detect internal images within the human body using sound waves.

Later in the day, I encountered 2 Corinthians 5:7 in my Jesus Calling daily reading.  Today, that scripture appeared in my Experiencing God reading. At my first reading, I sensed an immediate resonance between this verse and the topic of echolocation we studied. The echo of the verse this morning confirmed my initial thoughts.

Through my darkest nights and on my brightest days, God’s words resound in my heart and mind. When He speaks, my soul reverberates. My short-sightedness prevents even one step without faith in His vision. I call to Him with prayer, with scripture, with sounds undetectable to the human ear. He responds with the echo of His promises, guiding me the distance of my journey.