The Lost and Found


The Lost Drachma

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“Either what woman having ten pieces of silver,

if she lose one piece,

doth not light a candle,

and sweep the house,

and seek diligently till she find it?”

Luke 15:8

Do you ever lose things? Surely I am not the only one who misplaces things from time to time. Well, it is a little more often than that with small children running around.

In our house there is always something missing. With three young children we are always misplacing things, be it shoes, toys, or games; the list goes on and on.

Our latest adventure took place just this week.

During the summer my children really enjoy getting to go to the library. Each week I take them to return books that have been read and to check out new ones.

Sister, our youngest child, bless her heart, just can not seem to keep up with her library books. She is so excited on library day, and by the time we get home the books have already lost their appeal and they are thrown down and forgotten.

I often ask her, “Sister, do you know where your books are?” It does not surprise me any more when she says, “No,” and runs off to look for them.

This round of misplaced books was quite the ordeal. Somehow in the shuffle of a busy house, the books had gotten stuffed in a drawer with all kinds of other papers and such things. We have spent countless hours looking for these elusive library books.

Today, I made it a rule that no child was to get any of their privileges until each book was found. As I watched my children frantically search the house, I was reminded of a Bible story that I heard as a child.

In Luke, Jesus tells a parable of a woman who had ten pieces of silver and one gets lost. In the story the lady searched diligently for the lost coin until she found it. She then called all of her neighbors and, rejoicing, told them the grand news.

Friends, we are lost coins. Each one of us, until we come to know Jesus as our personal Savior, are lost just as the coin in this story was lost.

Praise God we do not have to stay lost! For just as the lady in this story searched for the lost coin until she found it, Jesus searches for us. He calls for us, He waits for us, He draws us to Himself. And when we are found, the Bible says that the angels in Heaven rejoice! (Luke 15:10)

I do not know where you are today. I pray that you are covered by the blood of Jesus.

If you are reading this and you know that like this coin, you are lost, separated from God and His love for you, you have a choice. You are not helpless like this coin. You do not have to stay where you are, waiting to be found. You can make the decision to go to God. Seek His face, place your sins at His feet, and be found today. He is waiting for you, friend.

I pray that you will take a moment to examine your life. Where are you? Are you lost? Or are the angels in Heaven rejoicing because you have been found, your name written in the lamb’s book of life, and your sins covered by the blood of Jesus?

I would love to hear from you. If you have made the decision today to follow Jesus, I would like to rejoice with you over the lost being found.

If you would like to know more about God’s saving power and how to receive Him into your life, I would be happy to discuss it with you. You can leave a comment here and I will respond as soon as possible.

God bless you today, friend.

Pray Through


Pray

” So He left them,

went away again,

and prayed the third time,

saying the same words.”

Matthew 26:44

Monday I posted an entry entitled “It Is Okay.”  The message in that post was that it is okay not to be okay. There are times when we say we are okay, but truly in our hearts we are broken and torn. This week, after posting that blog, the question has been ringing in my ears, “What do you do when you are not okay?” So today that is what I want to discuss. If you have not read Monday’s entry, feel free to do so now and then you can come back and pick up here.

There are many times in our lives when we are not okay. Somehow we find ourselves in a situation that we just can not seem to handle. We find ourselves torn, broken, and helpless. As I have pondered this situation this week, and have even found myself in a bit of one as well, I have struggled with how I should handle it. I have prayed about it, cried over it, and prayed some more, but have yet to find any resolve.

The question I want us to consider today is this: “What do we do when we are not okay?”

Here is the answer I believe God has given to me:

“Pray through.”

“Hmm,” you might say. “That is it?”

I know, it seems so simple, does it not?

Let us think about this for a moment. Do we really understand what this means?

I would like to share with you what God has been speaking to me concerning this answer. I pray that it will speak to you as well and that you will find some comfort in it.

Pray it through. I believe this is exactly what Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemane. If you go back and read the verses that come before the one I shared this morning you will find that Jesus has actually gone back to pray two other times. (Matthew 26:36-43)

I can not imagine the situation that Jesus was facing and the anguish that he must have been feeling. Jesus knew what was to come and He knew that it had to be done, yet He still struggled as a man.

In Jesus’ prayer to His father, He asked for two things. First, He asked that if there was any other way to accomplish the goal to let it be. The second thing Jesus prayed, I believe was the most important. Jesus told His father, “Not my will, but thy will be done.”

Each time Jesus went to pray, the Bible says that His prayer was for exactly this: The will of His Father.

Three times Jesus went to pray, and then comes the beginning of God’s will for His Son.

I believe that Jesus did exactly what we have been discussing here this morning; He prayed through. After praying again and again He knew the will of His father, and He was willing to accept it.

This is what God has been speaking to me this week:Pray it through, let your request be made known unto Me, and then accept My will.

When you are facing trials and trouble, Pray it through. Seek God and cry out to Him. Tell God how you feel ( He already knows anyway) and ultimately, seek the will of the Father.

Sometimes God may allow the cup to pass from you, and other times you may have to drink from that cup. Be assured, however, whatever the outcome, God has promised to never leave nor forsake us. God will be faithful to His promise.

No matter what you are facing today, God knows, He cares, and He will be faithful to carry you through.

I pray that this has encouraged your heart today.

Life is full of trials and storms, but we can find comfort in the fact that we know who holds tomorrow. Life is no mystery to God. There are no surprises for Him.

Please remember: No matter what situation we are facing today or in the future, we must pray through.

God-sized Dreams: A Work in Progress


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I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

*I know I am a day late writing this post, but life threw us a curve ball this weekend and I have been nursing a sick little girl back to health all week. Praise God that she is on the mend after a severe UTI (urinary tract infection). It has been quite an ordeal for a five-year old to have to endure,but God was faithful and brought us through. Please continue to pray for her as she continues to heal. We still have one more hurdle to jump and then she should be good to go. Thank you to those who have been praying for her and our family.

I find it a little bitter-sweet writing this post this morning. I have very much enjoyed being a part of the God-sized dreams team for the past couple of months, and I have met some wonderful people in doing so. I love that we can get together as a group of believers. I pray that God will open the door for us to do it again in the very near future.

I am pleased to say that my God-sized dream is going very well. I give all the honor and praise to God for everything that has grown out of one little dream to encourage and share God’s word with others. Little did I know that a nudge from a friend to sit down and write what was swirling in my head would turn into something such as this. Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that I would be sitting here, just a few short months later, sharing what God has laid on my heart with hundreds of people. That part of this journey still leaves me speechless every time I talk about it.

If I had to pick something to be the hardest part of  pursuing such a dream, it would be the kind of situation that we just faced this weekend. I am a mom, and that in itself is a full-time job, but I also feel that I have a calling from God to work for Him.  From time to time I find myself stretched pretty thin and there just does not seem to be enough hours in the day to get it all done. Once again, my God is always faithful to meet my needs right where I am, and He gives me the strength to move forward.

I am amazed every day to see this dream grown into something bigger than I could have ever imagined. I get so much joy out of encouraging others, and I look forward to hearing from my readers as they respond to different things that touched their lives.

I still have a lot to learn. There are many things I still do not know about running a blog, or where to go from here. But, I do know one thing, my God is bigger than all my failures, short-comings, and down-falls. I trust that God will continue to allow me to learn all the things I need to know to successfully run a  blog.

I have many dreams for the future of EFED ( that is how I have decided to shorten the name of my blog. It is a little easier to type.) As I have already stated, I would love to see “Encouragement for Every Day” grow into something bigger. I have the dream of  having it as my own web site in the future. I would like to be able to offer a resources page, that hold books and such things that I recommend. I have been praying about adding a “donate” button to the page so that the website may continue to develop into something bigger. I am still in prayer about the opportunity to write a book. There are just so many things that my heart desires to do for the Lord.

I would ask that you continue to help me pray as I listen for God’s voice and His direction. I firmly believe in my heart that God has more planned for the future of EFED and I want to keep my heart and ears open to all the possibilities. I would ask you to help me pray that God would send the right people into my life that will help me to gain the skills that I lack to run a successful website.

I would like to say a personal “Thank you” to Holley Gerth and her team for giving me the opportunity to share my dreams along with her readers. As a toddler in the blogging world, I feel that this opportunity has given me a chance to get on my feet and grow. God bless you, Holley. I pray God will continue to bless your  ministry for Him.

I would also like to say, “Thank you” to everyone who has joined me as I have taken this journey to a God-sized dream. My heart rejoices in the company of fellow believers and dreamers. My heart finds joy in getting to share, encourage, and pray with you every day.

I have to say a big thank-you to my family for supporting me as I get on my feet. My husband has been such a blessing to me. He is such a great supporter and he has encouraged me, and stood beside me every step of the way.I am excited to see what God has in store for us in the future.

I also have to say a big thank you to my parents. They have been supporting me on this journey since before anyone even knew it existed. I am so grateful for Godly parents who took me to church, taught me about God,and showed me what it meant to serve Him no matter what the cost. I am amazed at how all those years ago, when we were ministering together as missionaries, that God was laying the foundation for this ministry today. I also want to say thank you to my aunt who edits all my blogs. She has been such a big help in encouraging me to write, teaching me how to say what I really mean, and catching all my misspellings and broken sentences before I put them out there for the world to see.

Now I want to take a minute to encourage you. If you are living a God-sized dream, keep it up! There is no better place to be than right in the center of God’s will for your life. If you have a God-sized dream, but have yet to pursue it, I urge you to continue to pray about it and step out in faith. I understand how scary it can be, but I can honestly say without reservation that if God is leading you, you can never go wrong. If you are reading this and you are looking for guidance, maybe you feel a little lost in this world of God-sized dreamers. I also urge you to pray. Seek God and His will for your life. The Bible tells us in Matthew 7:7-8:

Ask, and it shall be given you;

seek, and ye shall find;

knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

 For every one that asketh receiveth;

and he that seeketh findeth;

and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

God has a great plan for your life. When you discover what that is, and you begin to take that journey, God will open doors that you could never even imagine were possible.

I pray that as you read this and continue throughout your day, that you will hide these verses in your heart. When you feel God tugging at your heart strings, when He whispers, “Come work for me”, I pray that you will answer His call.

God bless you today, friend!

God-sized dreams