Posts tagged ‘devotional’

August 5, 2009


“There is always a suitable place to pray, to lift up your eyes to God; there is no need to get to a place of prayer, pray WHEREVER you are”  — Oswald Chambers, author of My Utmost for His Highest


Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually  – Hebrews 13:15


Pray….DO IT!!

March 2, 2009

experiencing God


I took this pic with my iPhone.  I wanted to recommend this book, that has been available for years now.  The blessing from this book for me personally has been great and I wanted to share it with you.  You can pick it up at your local bookstore or half price books for under $20.  It is a daily devotional, dated for all 365 days of the year, so it never gets out of date.

March 2, 2009


I am currently studying the book of Philippians as my new morning devotional.  I encourage you to join me as I study this so we can discuss it together more.  How I go about studying the book in my morning devotional is to read a snippet of some passages and then meditate on those words I read throughout the day.  There is no rush to read it fast as it’s more about mediation than it is to complete the book.  In Chapter 1, I am mediating today on “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain”

Be Blessed!

February 16, 2009

proverbs 31

In a conversation recently,  a friend of mine told me that there isn’t anymore proverbs 31 women out there.  Do you all agree with that?  Read Proverbs 31 and then tell me your thoughts on this…I’m very curious.  Let me clarify that the quote was more like, “there aren’t any pvbs 31 women that do all the things that are stated in there, but do some of the things stated in pvbs 31.”

I have officially completed my reading of the Book of Proverbs as well.  It was a very slow, morning devotional read for me and I enjoyed it.  This is about the 10th time I have read it thoroughly as well.

Have a Great Day, especially if your off work today enjoying this President’s Day Holiday.(I am working 😦 )

November 21, 2008

devotional for friday

This, for me, is a great way to end this roller coaster of emotions and challenges week.  I leave you all with a wise devotional by the great Woodrow Kroll:

Failure and Success by Dr. Woodrow Kroll
And Joshua rose up early in the morning and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people of Ai.

It has been aptly said that failure is the back door to success. Nowhere is this adage more graphically illustrated in Scripture than in the capture of Ai. With a task force of 3,000 men Israel had failed miserably in her attempted conquest of Ai because of one man’s sin. Achan kept God’s people from victory, but once his sin had been dealt with, victory would most assuredly come again to Israel.

The defeat at Ai could have dealt a devastating blow to Joshua’s leadership. Joshua feared the Canaanites would hear of Israel’s cowardice and their name would be cut off from the earth. His concern really was what such a defeat would mean to the great name of Jehovah God. But his fears were alleviated when Jehovah promised Joshua victory in the second battle of Ai.

The plan of attack for this battle, unlike that of Jericho, was far more likely to be included in military manuals. God told Joshua to put an ambush of 30,000 men between Ai and Bethel to the west. To this was later added another ambush of 5,000 men in the same direction. Meanwhile “Joshua rose up early in the morning, and numbered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people of Ai” (Joshua 8:10). When the king of Ai saw what was happening, he too “hasted and rose up early” in the morning (Joshua 8:14). Mustering his Aiite troops, he marched out to meet the main body of the Israelite forces. Because he knew that the enemy was fully aware that Israel had retreated once in defeat, Joshua feigned a retreat, drawing his troops back to the northeast. The Aiite troops followed.

While this was happening, the Israelites that were waiting in ambush entered the now empty city of Ai and burned it to the ground. When the king and his men turned to see their city smoldering, they realized their defeat was imminent. They were surrounded by Israelite soldiers. The Israelites in the ambush then came out of Ai and marched on the rear flank of the Aiite army. Joshua reversed his movement and caught the king and his men in a pincer movement. The people of Ai were defeated; Joshua’s victory was now complete.

Joshua had taken the stumbling stone of defeat and turned it into the stepping-stone of success. In doing so he learned the valuable lesson that our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. Others give striking testimony to this fact as well.

In 1832 a young American was a candidate for the legislature. He lost. In 1834 he was again a candidate and this time he won. In 1847 he went to the United States Congress but served only one term. He was not even renominated by his party. He campaigned for Zachary Taylor for president, hoping to be appointed commissioner of the General Land Office. He wasn’t. He returned to private law practice. In 1854 he again ran for the legislature and won but soon resigned because he hoped the new anti-Nebraska party would support him for the senate. They didn’t. In 1856 he was nominated for the office of vice-president of the United States and lost. In 1858 he ran again for the United States Senate and lost again. In 1860 he was simply nominated as a favorite son from Illinois for the presidency, and later that year he, Abraham Lincoln, was elected president of the United States. Like Lincoln, we must never allow yesterday’s mistakes to bankrupt tomorrow’s efforts.

Just as there is no failure more disastrous than success that leaves God out of the picture, likewise there is no success greater than the rediscovery of the power of God in our lives. We must never be ashamed to confess that we have failed, for this is but one way of saying we are wiser today than we were yesterday.

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious Thy great name we praise.

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March 11, 2008

tuesday devotional

I love the words that A. Murray writes here and I’ll share them with you.

 Prayer is not merely coming to God to ask something from Him.  It is above all fellowship with God and being brought under the power of His holiness and love, till He takes possession of us and stamps our entire nature with the lowliness of Christ, which is the secret of all true worship.

I am meek and lowly in heart.  Matthew 11:29

December 10, 2007


Let us examine our ways.” Lamentations 3:40 NIV

A guy rushed into a service station one day and asked the manager if he’d a pay phone. The manager nodded, “Sure, over there.” The guy inserted a couple of coins, dialed and waited for an answer. Finally someone came on the line. “Uh, sir,” he said in a deep voice, “could you use an honest, hard-working young man?” The station manager couldn’t help overhearing the question. After a moment or two the guy said, “Oh, you already have an honest, hard-working young man? Well, okay. Thanks all the same.” A broad smile stretched across his face. He hung up the phone and started back to his car, obviously elated. “Hey, just a minute,” the station manager said, “I couldn’t help but hear your conversation. Why are you so happy? I thought the man said he already had someone and didn’t need you?” The guy smiled. “Well, you see, I am that honest, hard-working young man. I was just checking up on myself!”

If you’re serious about walking with God, examine yourself regularly. Are you praying, reading God’s Word and renewing your mind daily? How about your attitudes? Are they slipping? Your attitudes send a signal before you’ve said a word. They’re like traffic lights. Sometimes they flash red, which means ‘stop, don’t get in my way, I’m too busy to love, help, or care.’ Sometimes they flash yellow, which means ‘I’m touchy and out-of-sorts, I could go either way.’ Sometimes they flash green, which means, ‘Let’s go, I’m with you, you can count on me.’ The Bible says, “Let us examine our ways…and…return to the Lord.” What needs to be examined regularly?  “Our ways!”

c/o sherry oyervides