Thursday, August 27, 2009

Are you a sponge???

I heard this great illustration a few days ago, and I just have to share it. Okay, picture a large bowl of orange juice. If you soak a sponge in the OJ, and the go to an empty bowl and ring it out, what comes out of the sponge? Orange Juice right? Okay the sponge is completely rung out now. Soak the same sponge in a bowl of water. Now ring out the same sponge, what comes out now? Water, that is correct.

Now consider yourself as the sponge. Whatever you saturate yourself with, is what comes out of your life when you get squeezed. When life stresses you, what do you say or think. I would bet that most of us allow non life giving words and thoughts to come out of our lives. The bible tells us that "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. That means whatever you saturate yourself with, that is what is squeezed out of you when life starts stressing you.

I encourage you today to decide today to get VERY familiar with your bible. God has given us His amazing Word so we can get to know Him. If He is our heavenly father, shouldn't we spend as much time and energy forming a relationship with him as we do with an earthly father?

You are a sponge, make sure you are soaking up good stuff!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Please God.....

We often times use these two little words while we are in the middle of a heap of whatever. We are usually begging God to change our circumstance. However, we are too proud to realize that it is actually us that He desires to change. So, when we get out of what it was that we were in to, we forget about the impact that God has in our lives.

I would like to encourage you today to take a different stance. Instead of asking "oh please God", why not try living a life that is pleasing to God. The bible tells us that blessed is the man that delights in the Lord. That means if we actually live out our faith, we are going to be different. We are going to act in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.

Please God today!