Yesterday was Brooke’s last dance competition of the season. It’s kind of sad, but kind of a relief too. It went really well. Hip Hop had some changes made, and they were missing M, who recently had surgery. Get better soon M!! We miss you. It looked good, and scored a gold, with overall ranking placed 3rd out of 5. Tap and Jazz were the best I’ve seen ever. The judges thought so too, because they both scored a Platinum. Both of them placed in the top 10 as well. It was a very good outcome for them, and I’m very proud of them. Most of them have worked so hard. My Boo bear certainly has!
Tomorrow she’s gonna try out for cheerleading. My baby, entering the 7th grade, and she wants to be a cheerleader. One of her friends from dance is trying out as well, and her mom is having a hip replacement tomorrow. Please keep Kim in your prayers. She’s been suffering in pain for a while now.
Sometimes I’ll tell Matthew, I love you so, so much, bigger than the earth, moon, stars, and grains of sand. He says to me, I love you bigger than a pepperoni pizza! (That’s big in his world!)
Today he was holding a cup behind his back and he wanted me to guess what it was. I guessed it was an elephant. He looked at me with his dimple showing and said, that is in curtain. I said, do you mean incorrect? He says, no, in C-U-R-T-A-I-N, enunciating it very clearly.
Daddy came home today with a new bike for him. Matthew greeted him at the door and informed me that Daddy got him a new bike, if you don’t mind. Where does he come up with this stuff? If you don’t mind….
GOD DOES NOT INSIST ON OUR
FORGIVING OTHERS FOR THE SAKE
OF THAT PERSON ALONE BUT FOR
PEACE IN OUR OWN LIVES.
Lord, as hard as this may be for me to comprehend or rationalize, Your Word is clear: if I forgive others when they sin against me, You, my heavenly Father, will also forgive me. But if I do not forgive others their sins, You, my Father, wilol not forgive my sins (Matt. 6:14-15).
So empower me to bear with others and forgive whatever grievances I may have against them. Help me to forgive as You, Lord, have forgiven me (Col. 3:13).
If someone sins against me seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to me and says, “I repent,” I desire to be obedient to You. Strengthen me, Lord, to forgive him, to forgive her (Luke 17:4).
Beth Moore Praying God’s Word Day by Day
The bond that unites a man with his fellowman is no less real and close than that which unites him to God: one with them. Grace renews not only our relationship with our fellow human beings, too. We not only learn to say “my Father,” but also “our Father.” It would be unnatural for the children of a family to always meet their father separately, never expressing their desires or their love jointly.
Believers are not only members of one family, but of one body. Just as each member of the body depends on the other, the extent to which the Spirit can dwell in the body depends on the union and cooperation of everyone. Christians cannot reach the full blessing God is ready to bestow through His Spirit until they seek and receive it in fellowship with each other. It was to the 120 praying together in total agreement under the same roof that the Spirit came from the throne of the glorified Lord. In the same way, it is in the union and fellowship of believers that the Spirit can manifest His full power.
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to talk about living greener? Did you know that on average, you create 4.5 pounds of trash every day? That’s about ninety thousand pounds of trash that will remain on earth even when you don’t.
Americans use twice as much energy and water as anyone else in the world. It is estimated that by the year 2025, the world must increase its water supply by 22% in order to meet its needs. One way to conserve water is by taking a shorter shower. If we can shave two minutes off of our shower, that saves more than 10 gallons of water. If everyone saved just one gallon of water from their daily shower, over the course of a year it would equal twice the amount of freshwater withdrawn from the Great Lakes every day. The Great Lakes are the world’s larges source of freshwater.
Information provided by the green book, and www.readthegreenbook.com
Jeremiah had a prophetic ministry that involved bringing the people of Judah back to the Lord. He warns them of the impending exile at the hands of the Babylonians. The people didn’t want to listen to Jeremiah, and surely didn’t believe that God would punish them by allowing their temple and land to be destroyed. They continued living in their old ways, and didn’t really allow God into their daily lives. God called Jeremiah to be over the nations and kingdoms, to UPROOT, TEAR DOWN, DESTROY, OVERTHROW, BUILD, and PLANT. It was a big task, and it made Jeremiah weary when they didn’t hear his message.
God’s patience wore out, and everything that Jeremiah had prophesied came true. Jerusalem was overwhelmed and the temple destroyed.
Jeremiah also offers hope. Hope that an ideal leader will rise up from David’s line. We know he’s speaking of Jesus. The only hope we have for salvation.
“The time is coming…when I will make a new covenant…I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.” Jeremiah 31:31-33
GOD’S MERCIES HAVE EXISTED
THROUGH ALL ETERNITY,
YET SCRIPTURE TELLS US THEY
ARE NEW EVERY MORNING.
Merciful and faithful Lord, because of Your great love I am not consumed, for Your compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lord, You are good to those whose hope is in You, to the one who seeks You (Lam. 3:22-25).
Surely You, Jesus, took up my infirmities and carried my sorrows, yet we considered You stricken by God, smitten by Him and afflicted. But You were pierced for my transgressions; You were crushed for my iniquities; the punishment that brought me peace was upon You, and by Your wounds, Lord Jesus, I am healed (Isa. 53:4-5).
Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word Day by Day
Stop the presses and go outside to check for damage. Indiana was rocked by an EARTHQUAKE this morning that centered in Illinois. This is being rated a moderate EARTHQUAKE at 5.4 on the richter scale.
We awoke at 5:37 a.m. to what sounded like a tremendous wind and the bed was shaking. I thought an airplane was flying really close to our house, like right above the roof! Brian actually said “that was an earthquake”. We then went back to sleep.
Now I’m up and seeing all of the information rolling in on the morning news. They’re saying this is the largest recorded earthquake for Indiana. Reports are coming in from Louisville Kentucky about some structural damage to some buildings. Everything’s fine here. An exciting way to start the day though. Now I’m gonna go re-read the book of Revelation!
GOD’S MOTIVATION FOR SURFACING
THE DESTRUCTIVE PARTS OF US IS SO
WE WILL FACE THEM AND COOPERATE
AS HE UPROOTS AND HEALS THEM.
O Lord, have mercy on me. Heal me, for I have sinned against You (Ps. 41:4).
See how distressed I am! I am in torment within, and in my heart I am disturbed, for I have been most rebellious. Outside, the sword bereaves; inside, there is only death (Lam. 1:20). But thank You that I can be assured You will never forsake one of Your children crying out in agony over sin.
Lord God, lift me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. Set my feet on a rock and give me a firm place to stand. Put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to my God! Blessed is the one who makes the Lord his trust (Ps. 40:2-4).
Beth Moore Praying God’s Word Day By Day
I just saw an advertisement for a new show called swingtime. No, it’s not about outdoor playsets. I’m in utter shock that I just saw that, and horrified that there’s gonna be an hour long show on network TV. What is this world coming to? Is this network promoting “open marriages”? I defiantly stomp my foot!