Archive for February, 2010

Tripping over your own feet?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

I have a particular pair of shoes that everytime I wear them I trip – no matter how level the floor, no matter whether it’s hardwood, carpet or asphalt. Two or three times per day I trip, and get so tickled every time!

In our spiritual walk, if we stumble, we are tripping over our own feet. We are allowing our walk, our direction, our “shoes” we chose to wear that day to cause us to stumble. We can blame others if we want to. We can point a finger and accuse others of being the one or ones who caused us to fall to temptation or stray from the way, but in reality it is our own feet that cause us to fall. I found this verse yesterday in The Message.

straight-path“If I keep my eyes on God, I won’t trip over my own feet” (Psalm 25:15).

So there we have the solution for tripping over our own feet. If we keep our eyes on God He will direct our path! And He will keep us from stumbling.

“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart…Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble” (Proverbs 3:1 & 23).

Tripping over your own feet? Look to God and allow His teachings to steady your walk.

Have a great weekend! I plan to. My hubby’s coming home – been gone since Sunday!

Hope

Easily distracted?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

My friend and prayer partner, Di brought her sweet little grandbaby Ava to prayer this morning. Ava is 9 months old and is absolutely precious. She endured almost two hours of our prayer time and never even whimpered. And I just loved it when she provided a spiritual application for me!

Di Easler and Baby Girl Ava!Ava had been content for an hour but it was time to eat. So because it was “time,” Mimi worked quietly and prepared a feast for Ava on the Bible Study table while Deb prayed and Maureen and I peaked at Ava. Now when I say feast, it was either smashed up sweet potatoes or strained carrots. Yum! Di set the table, attached the bib, sat Ava comfortably on her knee and began the feeding process. Ava wanted no part of it! She pushed it away, shook her head “no” back and forth and then turned her head away. She was too busy nosing in and around things that were not in her best interest. For instance, paper that can cause paper cuts, car keys that can take out an eye, crawling in the floor where germs have trod. Ava wasn’t interested in what she needed to help her grow and become all she can be. She was interested in the immediate entertainment.

Sound familiar? How many times does our Heavenly Father lay out before us a feast of His Holy Scriptures for us to bask in so that we will grow and become all we can be, and we push it aside, shake our heads “no” defiantly and turn the other away? We end up getting into things that are clearly not in our best interest. We’re just too busy nosing into the immediate entertainment to nourish our hearts and lives with the Word.

“Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice. Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart! Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health. Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts…Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions. Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you. Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust” (Proverbs 4:20-27 The Message).

Thank you, beautiful little Ava for teaching me a valuable lesson today. And I’m praying for you that soon your Mimi will put away that ole smashed up stuff and give you a ribeye!

Hope

Parenting With Hope – Paving the Pathway with Prayer!!

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Okay, Lord, I am here. I am listening. I am desperate to hear from You. Only what You communicate with me will be worth sharing on Saturday. I desire to hear from You so You can change and mold my life and I desire to hear from You because You are opening up an opportunity for me to share at a parenting conference – “Parenting with Hope!” I guess the title says it all!! If I didn’t have hope beyond what this world could give, I would be one miserable parent, wouldn’t I? If I didn’t have the living hope Jesus Christ offers there is no way I would be sharing! Thank You Jesus, for the eternal, living hope You give beyond what this world offers. Thank You that the hope You offer is based upon You – not me, my feelings or my circumstances – and it is an anchor for my soul! Hebrews 6:19 – that’s a good scripture, Lord – I love that – “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” The hope we have in Jesus Christ is the anchor for our lives! Hope is the anchor that holds the ship steady when the waves and wind are billowing all around! Hope allows us to remain firm and secure!!

 

As You awakened me during these early morning hours, You placed several things on my heart and mind that You desire for me to share on Saturday morning. I ask You to bring those things to my remembrance even now as I try to write them down and put these thoughts together. Wow, Father, I want to share about the work You have done in my own life through prayer. I came to know You as my Savior as a young girl. I remember a plaque that hung on the wall in my grandmother’s house that said, “More things are wrought through prayer than this world dreams of.” Isn’t that funny that I remember that? I believed it then, I know it now – I really believed that You would work in answer to prayer. but I think it was perhaps in some sort of “way off – out there” way. You answered prayer for me along the way and I prayed but I believe it was when our family faced a very difficult trial that I found myself feeling quite helpless in petitioning You, my Heavenly Father, in prayer. I had not been in such a desperate situation before. And all of a sudden I found myself needing You so desperately and not being quite sure of how to approach and petition You!

 

It was following that crisis that I had the opportunity to become involved in the leadership of a bible study that prayed – I mean they really prayed. I mean they prayed a lot and they seemed to love it! They prayed together on their knees – two times a week and You began a new hunger and thirst in my life to learn how to pray and touch Your heart! Every time they met, we would begin by lifting up Your name! We called out Your name – and it seemed that as we placed all the focus upon You and Your name, You lifted our spirits and our burdens and allowed us to gain strength – through Your name!   (“Those who know Your name will trust in You; for You, O God, have never forsaken those who seek You” Psalm 9:10) You taught me so much through that prayer circle. Oh Father, I had so much to learn – still do. I read a story about a man who went into a village and asked the townspeople if any “great pray-ers had been born in that city and the response came that “No, only babies were born here.” No one begins as an accomplished pray-er. We learn to pray as we pray and the more we pray, we more we learn to pray and the more we come to understand our need for prayer!

 

And then came the birth of our first child, Hannah. Now the birth of a child – that will make you want to learn to pray!! All of a sudden, you find yourself way in over your head and you are desperate for a greater “power,” a greater “wisdom” – one more knowledgeable than yourself! When Hannah was about two years old I heard a lady, named Fern Nichols, on the radio one afternoon talking about praying for her children, the schools they attended and their teachers. What she said bore witness with my spirit and I knew immediately that when Hannah began school, this was something You were calling me to do.

 

She shared that as You had convicted her heart in the area of prayer in her own life, and that she began asking You to do several things in her life.

            1. That she would be a woman of prayer.

            2. That she would gain a vision for the power of prayer.

            3. That she would seek to become an intercessor.

            4. That I would begin to practice aggressive praying, taking the initiative to pray                  with others as a way of life.

            5. That I would learn to pray through the scriptures.

            6. That I might pray without ceasing.

            7. That I would be able to communicate to others what You are teaching me in                      prayer.

           

Well, that was it for me. That list bore witness with my spirit in such a strong way that I began to pray that very list over my own life and every time I share that list it becomes the prayer of my heart once again – even now Lord it is my prayer! I wanted to know You through prayer!

 

So You were working to build a foundation of prayer that I would desperately need later on in my life – I needed to learn to cry out to You, my Abba Father!

 

I remember very specifically about a night You awakened me and I was compelled to go to the living room, kneel by our sofa and ask You to provide $1,000 for us as we were getting ready to close on the home we had just had built. It was 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning and I brought that burden to You, laid it down and went back to bed. After the kids had gone to school the next morning at 8:00am, the doorbell rang. There was a gentleman from an insurance company there – not my own – and he proceeded to tell me that when I had “cut” my finger on a can, while feeding my vacationing friends cat and ended up having stitches, that my friends had filed a claim for me on their insurance. He was there to follow up with that claim. “Whatever,” I thought – I proceeded to tell him that our insurance had already paid the claim and we were fine – didn’t need any money but if he wanted to pay the deductible that would be great. He said, “We don’t do it like that. We just write you a check for $1,000.” Well, You blew me away by that one and I began to understand at a much deeper level that You move our hearts to pray for those answers that You so desperately desire to give us. My praying was completely connected to You heart – You placed things on my heart to pray so that when You answered I would see that it was You that was working on my behalf!  Well, I never forgot that one!

 

The year Michael began school and Hannah was in the third grade, You placed very strongly upon my heart that I needed to be deliberately and purposefully praying over the lives of my children, their schools and teachers. As we met to pray that year one of the teachers we prayed for had my friends son in her class. My friend was so faithful to pray for that teacher every week. In the spring of that year, that teacher’s son was killed in a car accident. Well, that was not what I was thinking and I didn’t think You knew what You were doing. How could that have happened? Why did that happen? We had been praying over her life every week and now this tragedy??? Well, as we began to meet the next week to pray and began our prayer time by exalting You and lifting up Your name, You began to write upon hearts that You had called us to specifically pray for her that year because You knew what was around the corner in her life. You knew she needed those prayers in preparation for what was about to take place – the death of her son. And once again, You got my attention about this “prayer thing!”

 

By Your grace, and because it was part of Your plan for my life, You called me to pray and allowed me the privilege of praying weekly with other mothers for my daughter for 9 years before she was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of her junior year of high school. You knew the plan ahead of time, didn’t You? You knew I would need to know how to cry to You in an utterly helpless state when I found myself beside the bedside of my very sick and weak baby girl. Bless Your Name that I knew You and I knew how to cry out to You! If I had not, I cannot even imagine where I would be today!

 

Through the healing power of prayer and the eternal Word of God – our two weapons in this spiritual battle we find ourselves in – You have brought great healing to this mother’s heart! Oh Jesus, thank You for teaching me to cry out to You! Thank You for hearing every cry! Thank You for changing my heart through prayer and for bringing my will in line with Your plan and purpose for my daughter’s life. You have changed my life because of the power of prayer. Thank You for the blessing of knowing that I prayed and begged and wrestled with You for the sparing of her life! I would not take anything for one minute of my wrestling with You! You see, Lord, even though You didn’t answer like I wanted, You still enabled me to win and be victorious because You have taught me so much about Yourself that I would never have known without this wrestling! I didn’t talk You out of the flood You were bringing into my life, but WOW what You have given! I’m not afraid to tell You that I will sit right here and continue to watch You bring forth eternal fruit because of the “loss” of my daughter and believe that indeed, You are a God who desires to do “exceedingly, abundantly above anything we could ask or imagine to the praise of Your glory!” You are not afraid of me being real straight with You! All the heros of the scripture that were called “friends of God” were real straight with You, weren’t they? You love it when we are dead honest with You! You know us anyway! You call us Your friends and You allow us to be Your friends! Wow!

 

What hope!  What an anchor for the soul!! What peace and joy You give because we have You as our anchor!!

 

Oh Jesus, this is not really what I was thinking when I sat down here. I was rather thinking that You would give me principles and an outline for Saturday but I suppose I shall start with my own personal testimony of what You have done in my life through the power of communicating, talking to You, the Creator God of the Universe! Thank You for reminding me of the way You have worked in my own life! I give Saturday morning to You – be glorified my Father!! Be high and lifted up! And allow the priority of our morning to be praying and not talking about prayer!!  In Your Strong Name I pray, with thanksgiving and anticipation, Amen!!!

 

 

We must not be moved…

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Does your faith sway back and forth based on your circumstances? When things are really good are you solid, standing firm in what you believe; yet when life truly stinks you lean more to the side of “Where is God?” and “Why me?” We must be firm in what we believe and Who we believe in. The only way to do that is to focus on Christ and the eternal perspective, not on our circumstances. The Apostle Paul was on his way to Jerusalem to face imprisonment and he said…

tree-blowing-in-wind“…chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me (love this part!); nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:23 & 24). Emphasis mine.

Had Paul allowed his circumstances to sway his faith, he would have lived a miserable, roller coaster life. But instead he did not take into consideration his own life so that he could finish strong for Christ, and do so with joy not despair. What an amazing example we have in Paul. Can you too say, when put to the fire, “None of these things move me”? Oh how I pray I’ll be so solid in my faith and firm in my stand that when troubles, trials, heartache, sickness and death come my way, I can say that.

While the storms of life may shake us up, we must not be moved. Stand firm so as to testify to the grace of God.

Happy 16th Birthday to Andrew Clayton Sobeski! Can’t believe that little kid is 16 years old. Have mercy!

Hope

Happy Birthday with Overflowing Thanks!!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Father, my heart is so full of thanksgiving to You this morning! Bless Your Name Jesus! For the last two mornings, I have awakened with such an awareness of Your goodness and blessings to me over these last months. Oh Father, the healing You provide – the healing You desire to provide to each of Your children is a sufficient healing! You are enough, Jesus! You redeem, You restore, You make all things new, You bring beauty from ashes! And You do all of those things as we sit in Your presence – soaking up who You are! And Father, I believe You continue that healing as we pour forth the reality of who You as we speak forth from the overflow of what You are pouring in! We need to speak – we need to tell of Your faithfulness, we need to tell of Your healing power, we need to declare Your praises! Speaking forth Your truth sets our hearts free! You dwell in the praises of Your people!

 

I am so eternally grateful for the way You have allowed me to “be still and know You are God.” I am so thankful that I didn’t “hurry on,” trying to “go on” or “move on” without allowing You time to bring healing to my heart. You know, Lord, I believe that when we don’t allow ourselves to be still and quiet in Your presence, our healing is inhibited. We must allow You time to minister truth and peace to our hearts. We must allow time for You to give us Your perspective on the places we find ourselves. You continue to do that for me!

 

Thank You for the group of 10th grade discipleship girls You have given me the privilege of growing with over the last two years! They are so beautiful – they are so full of life! They remind me so much of Hannah! They are so “all girl!” Sunday night one of them was sharing how anxious she was for spring so she could wear her new spring outfits she had recently purchased! I remember Hannah saying that same thing! Thank You for the way You are growing them spiritually! Thank You for speaking to each of our hearts Sunday night through the book of Proverbs about receiving and accepting correction! Thank You that You are in the process of making each of us more like Yourself! You are at work in their lives and I thank You for allowing me to be a part of that as You work in my own life!

 

Thank You for continuing to open opportunities for me to share, to speak forth Your faithfulness! And thank You Father, that You are so faithful to fill my mouth when I make myself available to be used as Your instrument! This past weekend was precious. I had the privilege to be with a beautiful group of ladies on Saturday morning from Gaffney. I recounted to them about seeing the “big peach” water tank the first time we drove to Spartanburg 25 years ago and how excited I was to be moving to “peach country!”

 

The ladies gathered on Saturday to remember and honor the victims and families of those killed at the hand of a serial killer last summer in Gaffney. Oh Father, only You can put those pieces back together – five lives taken in the span of 10 days. I had the privilege of speaking to a beautiful lady – the mother and grandmother of a son and a granddaughter that were killed. She radiated You! Oh Jesus, please continue the work of healing and grace You are doing in her life and the lives of her family to the praise of Your glory! Continue bringing healing and purpose to those young teenage girls in that church who have lost a peer, a friend, a classmate. Thank You for their servant hearts in serving Saturday morning. Thank You for the ladies who came to share with me afterwards about their own journeys – death of children, death of spouses, in the process of dealing with cancer, drug addiction, etc. Oh Father, we are such a needy people for You! It was a most wonderful morning! Thank You for Your faithfulness!

 

Thank You for the privilege of being at a different church on Sunday morning in Gaffney for Baptist Women’s Day! We were able to be a part of their ladies Sunday School class. Their scripture passage was from Colossians 3 about setting our minds on things above and not on earthly things, about ridding ourselves of the things that belong to our earthly nature and about being clothed with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” It was about bearing with one another and forgiving whatever grievances we have against others and putting on the virtue of love. What a blessing to see You and Your truth being taught everywhere! It was refreshing!

 

And then to have the privilege, after the service, to share with so many who are walking through very difficult journeys – children on drugs, family members with cancer, broken hearts of mothers that need healing from the death of a child and on and on it goes. A precious retired pastor and another gentleman who shared about their children who had come to live with You. You know, Lord, everyone who has ever “lost” a child wants to share that with me. There is such an identification of heart. We want to talk about our children and talking with others whose children have left this earth is such a blessing! Thank You for giving me that privilege. Thank You for allowing me to pray with those who are carrying heavy burdens.

 

Thank You for Your faithfulness in allowing us to be very close to finishing the Noah study. Thank You for being very specific with me about that assignment You had for me. Thank You for the healing You have brought to my heart during the time we have worked on it. Thank You for giving us assignments and thank You for allowing us to bring those to completion. Thank You for the sense of anticipation I have in my heart as I look to You for Your next assignment.

 

Thank You for the opportunity You have given me to play the piano at a sister church over the last year! Thank You for allowing me to “slip out” of our services so I can be there. Thank You for the healing You have brought to my heart through the gift of music! What a blessing it has been! Thank You for the body of Christ at large! Thank You for the work You are doing all around us! Thank You for the new opportunity to play the piano for funerals beginning last week. What a place of ministry!

 

Thank You that today we celebrate Andrew’s 16th birthday! What a joy he is! What a joy he has been! What a spark-plug! What an encourager! What a joy thrower he has always been! Thank You for Your faithfulness over his life the last 3 1/2  years! Thank You that You have been his perfect Heavenly Father when we didn’t have the strength to be his parents! Thank You for this day – February 24 – that we celebrate his birth! Oh Father, allow us to take much joy in this day as a gift from Your hand and another reminder of Your faithfulness to our family! In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen!!

Breaking Free – Again!!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Father our joy comes from You and we don’t ever have to be disconnected from it! Oh Jesus, bless Your name! Our joy – our deep joy – our overflowing joy – comes from our relationship with You! Our joy is not dependent upon our circumstances or where we find ourselves!! Oh Father, thank You for reminding me of that again today! What precious conversations I have had this week with precious sisters in Christ who are walking through very difficult journeys and yet – their joy is overflowing!! And Father, it is such a blessing to walk under the overflow of their joy!!  This morning has been so rich as I have had the privilege of sharing and praying with three precious mothers who are all walking through hard things and yet – You are enough!! 

 

One morning this week I awakened early and had a heavy heart. I headed to the living room to pick up my bible. When I arrived at the sofa an envelope full of prayer requests caught my attention.  They were from some precious hurting ladies whose requests had been shared with me. As I began to read them, one by one, and pray over them, You lifted all my burdens away! I had nothing to complain about – I had only my blessings to count! Oh Father, how You change our perspective when we look away from ourselves! You know, Lord, we wouldn’t really change places with the difficulties and journeys of others, would we? Your grace meets each of us exactly where we are!!! You haven’t given me the grace for the paths that others find themselves on – You are giving me the daily grace for my own journey – and for that I am eternally grateful!!

 

You are filling my heart with great anticipation as Lisa and I near completion of this bible study You have had us working on. We are getting close to completion and the journey has been full of joy!!! Yesterday, as You opened Your word to us once again, there was a moment that I thought, “I don’t want this to end.” You have taught us so much, You have carried us through this season of our lives! This bible study has been borne out of obedience to You. You very specifically placed on my heart that You hadn’t finished with Noah’s story and journey in my life and You wanted me to write a bible study about Noah!

 

And then Lord, You very specifically placed Lisa’s name on my heart to call to help me with it! What an amazing journey You have had us on!!!  How You have sustained us through Your word as we have encountered numerous waves of the flood!!  But You, Oh God, are faithful! You always bring to completion that which You purpose and begin and I believe You are going to bring this to completion very soon! I anticipate that! I look forward to that! I feel as though, once again, I am about to break out of “another” cocoon. I feel like I am about to “break free” again!  Oh Jesus, that is what I want – I want to be freer and freer and freer! I want the chains from this life and this earth to be broken from me!!  What does that look like?  I wait with expectation!!

 

You are bringing my children to new levels of being free in You! You are guiding Michael to the college You have for him. You are making him more and more independent of his parents because he is about to “break free.” What a joyous journey!! What a blast! What a joy to be a parent! What a joy to see your children coming into their own! What a joy to watch them become adults – with all the challenges of breaking free from the cocoon! What a plan You have! Who else would have ever thought of the things You think of?  

 

You are an amazing God! And I bless Your name this morning!! Thank You for the body of Christ!! Thank You that we draw strength from each other! Thank You that You have set none of us above any other – thank You that the ground at the foot of the cross is level! Thank You for the encouragement we gain from others who are going through difficult times and still seek Your face. Thank You that Your plan is that we “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 Thank You that our journey here is about spurring others on in this journey of life! It is not about sulking or being boastful in our own journeys!

 

“You fill me with joy in Your presence!!! With ETERNAL pleasures at Your right hand.” Psalm 16:10   Oh Jesus, keep me close!!! And Jesus, Bless Your Name!!!

What will I answer?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I saw this verse on a friend’s Facebook post this morning. I’ve never seen it before…

“What will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account?” (Job 31:14).

Will I have an answer or will my reaction be to run and hide? I think of Adam and Eve when they were called to account. They hid from God because they were ashamed of their actions. But God was merciful even to His “first created.” If I’d have been God I’d have been tempted to respond, “Have mercy! Can you not get it right? You only had one rule! And you couldn’t even keep it?” But instead God called them out, revealed the sin, forgave their sin, and restored them to fellowship with Himself.

praying-hands2What will you do when God confronts you? What will you answer when called to give an account? I pray that each of us have open lives and hearts with God. If we are walking closely with Him, then there is nothing to be ashamed of. No need to hide when our lives are open books with our Creator. Instead, we can stand before Him with all of our faults and failures and mistakes and poor decisions covered by the blood of Jesus. Confess your sin and overcome the urge to hide!

I’m so glad to have my laptop back but this has not been a fun process. Much to reload. It’s just like getting a brand new computer. Urrgghh!! Viruses! But I’m very thankful to have not lost any pertinent info. Have a great day!

Hope

Run a sin scan daily…

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I just got back from spending over an hour at  Computer Trends watching over the shoulder of a computer expert and taking instruction on what to do each morning to protect my laptop from being attacked again. Jeff advised me to run a scan for viruses each morning, or at the least once a week. This will clean up any viruses that may be dormant waiting for an attack. As you can imagine, the spiritual application came quickly to me.

We should run daily scans on our spiritual life as well! That way we can stay on top of our game and recognize any sin, “big” or “small” that may be dormant waiting for an opportunity to poke its evil head. If we stay on top of our spiritual condition, the sins that so easily beset us will not take root and fester. If left alone, eventually we will lose and the “virus” of sin will take over.

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble” (Proverbs 28:13 & 14).

Here’s the daily “scan” prayer for you…

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23 & 24).

Run a sin scan daily, and then be sure to clean up what you find!

Hope

Lord I want to yearn for you…

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Robert, our cute as a little button Minister of Music (I can call him that because he grew up at Cudd and we’ve watched him mature into an amazing young man of God) introduced a song to us a couple of weeks ago by Shane and Shane and I’ve sang it off and on since. Here are the words to the chorus…

campfire2Lord I want to yearn for You
I want to burn with passion
Over You, and only You
Lord I want to yearn for You

Today as I was driving around delivering cookies to doctors offices in hopes to raise awareness of Hannah’s Hope Ministries, I prayed for a deeper desire of things of the Lord. Then almost as natural as my next breath I found myself singing, “Lord I want to yearn for you!” I do! I want to burn with passion over Him for Who He is and Whose He is – He’s mine! I can claim Him as my very own! My Lord and my Savior, my Redeemer. So that’s my prayer for myself as I go into a beautiful weekend – the first one we’ve had without either ice or snow in a few weeks. I want to yearn for the Lord and for things of Him.

Join me, won’t you? Here’s a link to hear the song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EbJDsuzOWU&feature=related

“My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalm 84:2).

Hope

Act quickly!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

warning-signThis morning when I logged on to my laptop I had an email from a wonderful Christian man from Clay’s childhood. The email was inviting me to join a professional networking organization. I clicked on the link and Baamm!! My computer was immediately infected with a horrible virus. I’ve never seen anything like it – it actually scared me to watch it literally take over my programs. I called Clay to tell him what was going on and he instructed me to get the laptop to Computer Trends as quick as I could. “You’ll need to act quickly or it’s going to infect everything on your laptop.” So I did!

As I drove away, leaving my lifeline with the computer doctor, I thought about how like sin a computer virus is. One little dabbling with sin and before you know it, that sin has taken over. And if we don’t act quickly to clean up our lives, the sin will infect everything that we influence. Sin will take you farther than you want to go. Sin will cost you far more than you want to pay. Sin will leave you longer than you want to stay. Sin is an infectious killer that must be nipped in the bud immediately. If you are dabbling in a sin that you know is contrary to the Word of God, act quickly! Else you’ll find that the infection has spread and if left unattended will shut you down.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin” (Psalm 51:1 & 2).

Act quickly! And watch God clean you up, good as new!

So I’m posting this devotional from my home computer, and am desperately praying that the wonderful men at Computer Trends will be able to save all my stuff! Have a great afternoon!

Hope