Archive for October, 2011

What is Your Inheritance?

Friday, October 14th, 2011

O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance (Psalm 16:5-6).

My mom passed away a couple of months ago, and I heard many glowing tributes to her at her memorial service. It seemed Mom touched many lives and left quite a legacy behind, though that legacy included nothing material because, when Mom died at 90, she no longer had anything material or monetary left to pass on to others. Her legacy was strictly that of fond memories, blessed relationships, and spiritual encouragement.

And that’s the point. As believers, we have the greatest heritage imaginable—God Himself! The psalmist says that the Lord is his inheritance, and He is ours as well. The psalmist also declares that his inheritance is a good one. Though some may inherit mansions or yachts or huge bank accounts when loved ones die, believers inherit the God of the Universe, the Savior of mankind, an unending life of joy and peace and light.

This is an inheritance that should not only cause us to rejoice but to do everything possible to impart that same inheritance to others. As Christians who desire to glorify God, this should be our main focus, our primary goal, each and every day, every moment that we walk this earth. We know the old saying that we can’t “take it [material things] with us” is true, but it is also true that the only treasures we can take with us to heaven and lay at the feet of Jesus are the lives we influence for God’s Kingdom.

The lines truly have fallen to us in pleasant places, dear fellow believers, for we have a good heritage—too good to keep to ourselves. Let’s resolve, while we still have breath within us, to pass it on to as many others as we can!

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Copyright 2011 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

and


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

No Greater Love

More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

Done With My Chair

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Becky and I have this morbid humor between us about some of the things we say related to disability. We chuckle when she asks me to “run to the store” or tells me “don’t step on Monte’s tail.”

The other day I was getting on my bike, using my wheelchair for balance. Becky asked, “Are you done with your chair?”

“I wish.”

As I rode that day I thought about that exchange. It occurred to me that one day Jesus will ask, “Are you done with your chair?”

And I’ll reply, “Absolutely!”

I’m looking forward to that.

I can live with the chair and the paralysis. I can find joy and meaning with my altered body.

But I must confess that there’s some anticipation and excitement in knowing that the day will come when I’m done with my chair.

Redeemed: Taking Refuge in the Lord

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Psalm 34:22: “The LORD redeems his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.”

We like to hear that the Lord redeems his servants. We like to hear about no condemnation, but what does that mean?

Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and redeems the souls of his servants. By his death on the cross, he paid the price for our sins. He redeemed us “from all wickedness” (Titus 2:14) and “from the empty way of life” (1 Peter 1:18).

We don’t have to try and earn our way to heaven. We don’t have to hide from him in guilt and shame when we do something wrong. We don’t have to pretend to be perfect.

We won’t be condemned because we take refuge in him. When my son was a toddler and got scared, he would run to me for protection. He knew me, and he was my son.

When we face trouble, we can run to the Lord in hope and take refuge in him. He knows us, and we are his.

Dear God, thank you for redeeming my soul. Amen.

Application: Have you taken refuge in the Lord? If so, when?

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Copyright 2011, Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.
She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.
Visit her website: http://YvonneOrtega.com

When It’s Not So Easy

Monday, October 10th, 2011

To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. Psalm 25:1

How many times do we say or sing the words listed above: “To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul”? Simple words, and easy to say, but not so easy to do at times–at least not for me. And yet, if I did, I would surely find myself less often scratching my head and saying, “How did I get here?”

The key is in understanding the word “soul,” which in turn helps us understand how we “lift” our soul to the Lord. If we remember that our soul is made up of our mind (thoughts), emotions, and will, the picture becomes clear. To lift up our soul to the Lord means that we submit our thoughts and emotions to Him, and choose (submit our will) to live according to His Word rather than by our emotions or thoughts. Simple…but not always easy.

Here’s another thought that might help. The devil is often referred to as the “enemy of our soul.” Though he can’t undermine or defeat the spirit of a born-again child of God, he certainly can try to use our mind, will, and emotions to deceive and harm us. But if we remember to submit or “lift” our soul to God, seeking His direction and protection, the devil will fail in his attempts to derail us.

The devil is smarter than we are, but 1 John 4:4 says, “He who is in you [believers] is greater than he who is in the world.” God in us is greater than the devil in the world. That gives me great comfort and assurance — and the perfect incentive and reminder to continually lift my soul to the Lord.

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Copyright 2011 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored 30 books.
“Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World”

and


“Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today”

She also writes novels:

No Greater Love

More than Conquerors

The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com 

Hope

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Isaiah 43:18-19
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

I grew up believing God was all about “the former things.” Everything seemed wrapped up in past sins and mistakes, in guilt and regret.

I believe this scripture reveals God’s true character—He’s the God of a new thing. And what’s really cool is that He’s doing it right now, whether we choose to perceive it or not. He’s doing impossible stuff like creating streams in the desert.

He’s a God of creativity and vision and big dreams who will pay any price—even His Son’s life—to see those dreams realized.

And we’re made in His image, which means that we share in those characteristics. We’re creatures with an innate desire to create and dream.

When I’m tempted to wallow in my story, I remember that God tells me not to dwell on the chapters already written. Instead, He invites me to join Him in writing new chapters with the gifts He’s given. That’s exciting, and scary, and risky.

That’s what Rich’s Ride is about. It’s a new story, a new thing.

It’s exciting, and risky, and scary.

So…what do you think? Does this make sense in the context of the story of Rich’s Ride?

What should I add?

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Dixon
Copyright 2010 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.
Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:
Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance
. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

* Love Each Other *

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

* John 15:17: “This is my command: Love each other.” *

I visited a neighbor and noticed a large goose egg on her forehead.

Her four-year-old granddaughter told me her grandma fell down on the kitchen floor. “I cried because my grandma wouldn’t get up. I love my grandma. I was scared.”

My neighbor has diabetes. She had skipped lunch and fainted. Her granddaughter hugged her and again expressed her love and concern for her grandma.

I asked the little girl to help her grandma get dinner ready. I watched in awe as she opened the refrigerator and pulled out everything her grandma needed to make sandwiches. She also took out the sauce pan to heat soup.

That child reminded me of this verse. Though only four, she did everything she could to show her love for her grandma.

I said good bye. My neighbor stood at the door with her granddaughter wrapped around her like Velcro. Her granddaughter said, “I’ll come get you if my grandma falls again.”

Dear God, help me love others. Amen.

*Application:* Who needs your love this week?

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Copyright 2011, Yvonne Ortega, LPC, LSATP, CCDVC
All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission.
Yvonne is a Speaker, Author, Counselor, Cancer Survivor and
serves on the Board of Directors of Christians in Recovery.
She is the author of Finding Hope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer.
Visit her website: http://YvonneOrtega.com

“All I Can Do Is Pray”

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

“I’m not sure what I can do to help. All I can do it pray.”

I’ve heard that dozens of times in conversations about Rich’s Ride. I’ve said it myself—I’ll bet you have as well.

The implication is that we’d like to do something real, something that would actually help. But if we can’t think of anything that will make a real difference, at least we can pray.

I have two thoughts, and you may disagree with both. That’s okay.

Backward

First, when we think like that I believe we get it exactly backward. Prayer is the first, most important thing we can do in any circumstance.

Prayer connects us to God. When we pray for each other, we’re somehow interconnected as well. I don’t know how that works, but I believe it does and I believe it matters.

Dozens of people pray faithfully about this project. Becky and I sense that connection and support. It’s supernatural and powerful and it expands the circle around this ride in a real and significant way.

I sincerely hope that nobody thinks “all they can do is pray.”

Change

I absolutely believe God can, and does, intervene in specific circumstances. I also know that while I pray for sunshine a farmer prays for rain.

So I’m more inclined to ask God for a continued sense of His presence. I tell Him my specific needs, not so much because I expect results in accord with my desires but as a way of being open and vulnerable. To me, it’s the conversation that matters.

I believe God answers every single prayer. I believe He always says, “I’m here.”

That’s all I want.

Well, that and a nice warm tailwind.

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Dixon
Copyright 2010 by Rich Dixon, All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Rich is an author and speaker. He is the author of:

Relentless Grace: God’s Invitation To Give Hope Another Chance. Visit his web site www.relentlessgrace.com

Now is the “Acceptable Time”

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

2 Corinthians 6:2
Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation.”


You will have today and all of it’s opportunities only once in your lifetime. Tomorrow it will be gone for ever. You have opportunities today that will never come again. You can choose to take advantage of them and change your life, or to ignore them and let your life continue as is. It is your choice.

Are you happy with the status quo?

Are there things you would like to change about yourself?
your behaviors? your thought patterns?

Can you be better and more for yourself, others and God?

Are you looking and reaching down when instead you should be looking and reaching up to ever higher, more worthy things?

Take hold of the opportunities that come your way today. Claim the possibilities and make them probabilities. Step from the ordinary to the extra ordinary. Make some changes. Leave the mundane and seek adventure in your faith. Take some risks and try new things in recovery. Change your life forever!

Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation.”

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~ Obie