Archive for December, 2010

A Hurried Day

Dec 31

by Victoria Robinson

Sometimes it is hard to believe there are only twenty-four hours in a day. In fact King Solomon said, “The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.” He makes it sound like our days are just a whirlwind of hurry, hurry, hurry!  So much to do, so little time! Yet He who created our days knows far better than we mere humans how much time is needed in each day to achieve what He desires.

Spending time wisely can make for an interesting day. We are to take care of ourselves and part of that includes sleeping. Yet the Word of God warns us that, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come …” We should also consider spending some time in physical exercise, and yet we are told, “Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.” Serving at our church is important, and yet we must not neglect our families in the process.

It seems the key to all this is to seek our heavenly Father’s guidance on what activities we should be involved in. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would be wise time managers with the days our heavenly Father has given us.

The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:5 NIV
 
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. ~ 1 Timothy 4:7-8 NLT
 
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven … ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
 
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. ~ Proverbs 6:9-11 NIV

The Sweetness of Dessert

Dec 30

by Victoria Robinson

When you are invited to dinner at someone’s home, the one thing you can be certain of is receiving a meal. A sweet dessert … maybe, maybe not. When a meal is provided by someone else, dessert is not necessarily included. There is however someone who has invited everyone to dine and without fail will serve dessert.

Your heavenly Father who so graciously gave us His Son so that we may partake of the meal of eternal life has said, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Having the pleasure of enjoying a sweet dessert after a meal is a treat, an extra bonus to the meal. In the same way, the “dessert” your heavenly Father gives you is all the wonderful treats He gives beyond eternal life. His daily provision, healing, comfort, etc.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would look to our heavenly dinner host—our heavenly Father, to provide the sweet “desserts” of life.

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32 NIV
  
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. ~ Revelation 3:20 NKJV
 
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:25-33 NIV
 
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! ~ Matthew 7:9-11 NIV

An Essential Piece of Jewelry

Dec 29

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, jewelry is essential to our wardrobes. We love to ornament our outfits with just the right piece. When I was a small child my aunt Maude gave me a beautiful diamond ring. What a fabulous present! Although, as you can imagine, I can only wear it on my pinky finger now. The psalmist shows us some jewelry that can actually guard our lives. This jewelry is not silver or gold, but rather made from sound judgement and discernment. This will be a beautiful ornament that will grace your neck.

To “purchase” this necklace you must go to the “jewelry store” of God’s Word. Continually reading, absorbing and practicing the words of your heavenly Father will make you beautiful and keep you safe. Dearest girlfriends, won’t you put on this spiritual necklace and walk in the confidence of the Lord.

… preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. ~ Proverbs 3:21-26 NIV
 
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV

An Angelic Treasure Hunt

Dec 28

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, an angelic treasure hunt sounds fun doesn’t it? I am not talking about searching for angels. I am referring to a beautiful story found in the book of Genesis. Abraham was old and wanted to find a proper wife for his son. He sent his chief servant on a treasure hunt and told him, “The LORD, the God of heaven, … will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.” Girlfriends, that is a breathtaking romantic story! We should all believe in God’s divine guidance when we seek to choose a spouse. My eldest son actually fasted and prayed for the beautiful lady he believed God had chosen for him. After a persistent romantic pursuit, (He inherited his father’s romantic gene!), she said yes, and  they are now blissfully married!

But this story has far more to do about a principle of our heavenly Father rather than about romance. It shows the wonderful guidance He wants to send us as we seek the treasures He wants to give us. In this story, His provision came through seeking, prayer, and angelic intervention.

Dearest girlfriends, are there treasures you are seeking from your heavenly Father today? If so, pray and believe Him to provide divine guidance.

Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “… I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will … go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.” The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?” “Make sure that you do not take my son back there,” Abraham said. “The LORD, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. ~ Genesis 24:1-7 NIV

Then he prayed, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The girl was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again. The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.” “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink. After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough, ran back to the well to draw more water, and drew enough for all his camels. Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful. ~ Genesis 24:12-21 NIV

Then the man bowed down and worshiped the LORD, saying, “Praise be to the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.” ~ Genesis 24:26-27 NIV

Let’s Get Started!

Dec 27

by Victoria Robinson

Sometimes the hardest part of a task is getting started. In the book of Luke we see a man called by God to follow Him who hesitated to get started. His reason sounded admirable. He said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.” Jesus however points to a different viewpoint. He said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” This a great story to reminds us of the need to get started right away on the things God has called us to follow Him in.

Dearest girlfriends, let’s get started on all the wonderful plans our heavenly Father has given us!

Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 9:61-62 NIV
 
… Now get started, and I pray that the Lord will be with you in your work. ~ 1 Chronicles 22:16 CEV

Letting go …

Dec 26

by Victoria Robinson

There are so many things to let go of in life. To accomplish a fulfilling life we must learn to let go of awful things as well as some great things.  Some awful things to let go of are; your past, your hurts, your failures, and your sins. Some great things to let go of are; your wealth, your position, and even your very own life.

God’s ways are so often contrary to how we see life.

  • If I am hurt—I must forgive.
  • If I want to enjoy life—I must give up sinful pleasures.
  • If I want to be rich—I must give up my wealth.
  • If I want to save my life—I must lose it.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would allow our heavenly Father to remove all hindrances from our lives, whether awful or great, in order to accomplish a fulfilling life in Christ.

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost? ~ Luke 9:23-25 NKJV
 
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIV
 
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 3:13-14 NIV
 
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. ~ Colossians 3:13 NIV
 
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. ~ 1 Peter 4:1-2 NIV
 
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” ~ Matthew 20:25-28 NIV

A Heavenly Affair

Dec 25

by Victoria Robinson

There once was a man who was a member of a royal wedding party. What an honor it must have been to have a heavenly connection to this royal event, to be chosen to be part of the wedding party as Jesus Christ prepares for His bride. This honor was given to Jesus’ cousin, John. You probably know him as John the Baptist. This man was sent by God to prepare the way for Jesus.

Good news girlfriends! It is not to late to get an invitation to the wedding. And hold on to your party dresses for this … you have been asked to be the bride. Your prospective groom is knocking at your door with a proposal and waiting for your answer. If you answer yes, He is going to come in and dine with you. What a glorious affair that will be. If you have not entered into this relationship, this is your opportunity. The Word of god tells us, “That 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.”

If you have already said yes to this glorious marriage proposal, you need to busy yourself making preparations for the wedding. Oh girlfriends! So much to do! You will be wearing a wedding dress made of pure and shining linen. This linen stands for the good things you have done. So get busy preparing yourself  by living a godly life. Understand, living right is not what gets you into heaven. Heaven is a free gift given to you by your bridegroom, Jesus. Though God did tell us to live a life worthy of the calling of Jesus Christ.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray if you have never become the bride of Christ, today you would invite Him into your heart. Click this link: Heaven. If, like myself you are already the bride of Christ, I pray we would spend our days preparing for the heavenly wedding!

To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. ~ John 2:27-29 NIV

It is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. … And this was his message: “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” ~ Mark 1:2-5,7-8 NIV  

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. ~ Revelation 3:20 NIV

That 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. ~ Romans 10:9-10 NIV  

I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God! For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness. I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels. ~ Isaiah 61:10 NLT

I celebrate and shout because of my Lord God. His saving power and justice are the very clothes I wear. They are more beautiful than the jewelry worn by a bride or a groom. ~ Isaiah 61:10 CEV
… “Praise the Lord! Our Lord God All-Powerful now rules as king. So we will be glad and happy and give him praise. The wedding day of the Lamb is here, and his bride is ready. She will be given a wedding dress made of pure and shining linen. This linen stands for the good things God’s people have done.”Then the angel told me, “Put this in writing. God will bless everyone who is invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” The angel also said, “These things that God has said are true.” ~ Revelation 19:6-9 CEV
 
… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. ~ Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV
 
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. ~ Revelation 22:17 NIV

Pour It Out!

Dec 24

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, have you ever been so distraught that you cried bitterly and could not even utter words? I know I have. There was a woman named Hannah who found herself in this situation. She was barren and sad because she wanted a son so bad that her anguish was overwhelming. She appeared so distraught that Eli, the priest at the Tabernacle, thought she was drunk and told her to pour out her wine. Instead she told him she was pouring out her heart to the Lord. This is quite simply the best medicine for a sorrowful heart.

If you are hurting today, please know you are not alone. Your heavenly Father is with you and would love to hold you as you pour out your anguish to Him.  Hannah had a glorious ending to a difficult story as the Lord heard her cries of anguish and gave her a son.

Dearest girlfriends, pour out your hearts to the Lord today and allow Him to care for your deepest needs.

Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. And she made this vow: “O Lord Almighty, if you will look down upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. … As she was praying to the Lord, Eli watched her. Seeing her lips moving but hearing no sound, he thought she had been drinking. “Must you come here drunk?” he demanded. “Throw away your wine!” “Oh no, sir!” she replied, “I’m not drunk! But I am very sad, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord. Please don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.”“In that case,” Eli said, “cheer up! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.” “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad. ~ 1 Samuel 1:10-18 NLT
 
But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts my head high. I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. ~ Psalm 3:3-4 NLT
 
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help. He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry reached his ears. ~ Psalm 18:6 NLT
 
Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have died. I cried out, “I’m slipping!” and your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. ~ Psalm 94:17-19 NLT
 
My heart is in anguish. The terror of death overpowers me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me. I can’t stop shaking.  Oh, how I wish I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. … Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. ~ Psalm 55:4-7,22 NLT

Walking the Tightrope of Faith

Dec 23

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, faith is a matter of fixing your eyes on your Lord and Savior and not looking down at your circumstances. You cannot take your focus off of Him. This is what I like to call, “walking the tightrope of faith”. To successfully master the art of tightrope walking, one must set their focus straight ahead and not look down.

On August 7, 1974, a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit walked on a tight wire between the two towers of the World Trade Center. When asked about his famous walk, he said, “On a very long and very high wire, I will not hope to not be blown off by high winds. I will have the certitude that such could not happen. By practicing for months before the event on a low wire oriented along the axis of the predominant winds, I put Aeolus on my side. I am not up there by chance. I am there by choice. And I know the wire. And I know my limits. And I am a madman of details. And to use one of your words, I cannot “fall.” Notice Philippe did not trust in the God who created the universe, the only true God, but a mythological god named Aeolus. In mythology, Aeolus is the god of the winds. Notice I said, “mythology”, meaning of course, it is a myth and not real. Make no mistake there is one and only one true God. As the psalmist said, Phillipe set his eyes on that which is not. However wrong theologically speaking Philippe was, he did use focus to attain his goal.
Imagine how much more we could accomplish than Phillipe if we put faith in the true God. As a child of God we know there can be no other focus except our Lord and Savior. Fixing our eyes on Jesus will help us attain success. To look down on circumstances can cause failure. Faith is a matter of understanding your heavenly Father has your best interest in mind. He is at the end of your tightrope waiting on you to successfully come across.
Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. ~ Hebrews 12:2 NIV
 
Will you set your eyes on that which is not? … ~ Proverbs 23:5 NKJV 
 
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:6 NIV
 
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1 NIV
 
… “Listen my friends, if we trust the Lord God and believe what these prophets have told us, the Lord will help us, and we will be successful.” ~ 2 Chronicles 20:20 CEV

What Are You Waiting For?

Dec 22

by Victoria Robinson

There once was a man named Zacchaeus who benefited greatly for not waiting, but obeying the command of Jesus immediately. Jesus asked him to come down out of a tree immediately so that He could stay at his house. Because of his obedience, salvation came upon Zacchaeus. What a wonderful story to remind us to not wait, but obey our heavenly Father at once.

When sharing his story of redemption, the apostle Paul tells of being told four times to go somewhere or do something. He quickly obeyed and what we see is a story of salvation, baptism and deliverance from danger. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can be thankful for Paul’s actions as this brought salvation to the Gentiles.

In the book of Luke is a story of a paralytic man who Jesus told, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Because of his obedience we see God was glorified.

Girlfriends, has your heavenly Father asked you to do something and you have waited? If so, there is no better time than right now to take action and come into obedience. The results will be fabulous because your heavenly Father’s plans are always wonderful. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would not linger over what God has told us, but move quickly in order to bring glory to Him.

A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. … Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” ~ Luke 19:2-6,9-10 NIV
 
“So I said, ‘What shall I do, Lord?’ And the Lord said to me, ‘Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.’ … ‘For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. ‘And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’ “Now it happened, when I returned to Jerusalem and was praying in the temple, that I was in a trance “and saw Him saying to me, ‘Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, for they will not receive your testimony concerning Me.’ … “Then He said to me, ‘Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles.’ ” ~ Acts 22:10,15-19,21 NKJV
 
… He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!” ~ Luke 5:24-26 NKJV