Sixteen year old Ashley Mulroy collects water!After reading about antibiotics creeping into the rivers of Europe, she collected and tested 350 samples from the Ohio River near her home.Her scientific curiosity has amassed her some $70,000 in prize money from science fairs.She became interested in nature as a child while taking walks in the woods with her mother.
"Day-to-day stuff, how water comes through the faucet, fascinates me.Science is not this dead thing.It's happening all around us," she said.
Knowing God is like that.His handiwork isn't the exclusive property of theologians in seminaries, and discovery of the daily miracles of the Holy Spirit aren't limited to preachers, bishops and deacons.He is seen in the drop of rain on the window sill, the blade of grass pushing through the crack in the concrete, and the diligent little ant laboring with a load which is, to him, larger than life.In all these things spiritual lessons can be learned.Oh, to be childlike again, to wonder about stuff as we did back then.Where does rain come from and where does it go after it falls?How do blades of grass and ants have the strength to lift impossible burdens and grow where there is so little nourishment?What a magnificent God we serve!
GospeLines Prayer:Father, if I could not see, I would FEEL your handiwork; if I could not touch, I would HEAR your creation; if I could not hear, I would SMELL what you have made.Your sweet aroma is everywhere; You are in, on, above, below and around all that there is.You are bigger than life itself.How do people miss Your presence?Amen and amen
EDITOR’S NOTE:While Carla writes this devotional primarily to women, I encourage ALL men to read it carefully.It carries a message we need to hear.
~ Tommy Harrison, Sr. Editor, GospeLines Ministries
"You know I'm not a Jew!" Pilate said. "Your own people and the chief priests brought you to me. What have you done?"
Jesus answered, "My kingdom doesn't belong to this world. If it did, my followers would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. No, my kingdom doesn't belong to this world."
"So you are a king," Pilate replied.
"You are saying that I am a king," Jesus told him. "I was born into this world to tell about the truth. And everyone who belongs to the truth knows my voice."
(John 18:35-37 - CEV)
When you think of royalty do you think of the British monarchy with its pomp and circumstance, the crown jewels and their abundance of wealth?
Let me assure you Sisters, we are royalty as we are daughters of the King!Our King wore a crown of thorns and His sacrifice makes us wealthier than any monarchy!
At the Inspire Women conference recently, I was reminded of our elevated status by our anointed speaker, Anita Carman.Anita brought several truths to bear –
1.It takes courage to be royalty; courage to act as God’s daughter when it’s easier to be common.
Often times, we don’t acknowledge the script (plan) God has for us.We continue to play out our lives according to the world’s view and not our Father’s version.
2.Being a daughter of the King is not a feeling; it’s an action.
We should keep in mind that royalty responds differently to circumstances, no matter how difficult.God affirms His daughters and give us the courage to act and lead according to His word.
3.As royal ambassadors for Christ, we acknowledge that God allows us to experience some trials so that we may rise to His purpose.
These incidents bring us to the truth; the truth we need to learn and to let stick.
4.There are seasons in your life and God and only God determines when your season is over.
No matter what the weight is on our shoulders and how heavy it appears, nothing compares to Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary.His body was broken for us and He suffered and died for us.
Because our Father gave His only begotten Son, we are free to live as His daughters!
GospeLines Prayer:Father, I bow before You in humbleness and thanksgiving for allowing me to be Your daughter.During THIS season in my life, have Your way with me.Use me Lord.
Your love is abundant and I am rich beyond the world’s definition of wealth.I come to You so that I may live!
In His Love,
≈ Devotional for Wednesday, November 12, 2008
"Failure Is Never Final"
It was my first year to teach, during the days when all the "dumb" kids were put in the same class together.As a rookie teacher, I was given the assignment of teaching remedial English.The school didn't call them dumb, but the children figured it out pretty quickly.Most of the students in that 8th grade English class were incapable of meeting minimum academic standards.Robert was different.Oh, his grades were low, but he was anything but incapable.And, he was willing to work hard and listen.
By the end of the first semester, I recommended that he be placed in the regular English class.On his last day in my class, his mother visited the school.She shared her joy and enthusiasm that her son was being "promoted."Tearfully, she told me that she had always known that Robert was capable but had never been given the opportunity.Because of absenteeism caused by personal illness, he had failed the first grade, and the system had labeled him as "dumb" for so long that he had begun to believe it himself.
Failure is never final.God has placed in His children the spirit of victory to overcome fear.He has enabled us to rise above our defeats, and see them as stepping stones to success.The apostle Paul warned us about the negative principles of this world:"These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings" (Col. 3:24).
GospeLines Prayer:Father, give me strength to get up when I am knocked down.Teach me that You are able to overcome, even when I am NOT.Thank you that success is not measured by how often I fail, and that starting over is not a mark of weakness, but of wisdom.Amen and amen.
In 1962, the TV show Twilight Zone broadcast an episode entitled “To Serve Man.”Although the title sounds noble, it turned out that “serve” in this case referred to serving as a menu item – not a very pleasant thought.
When we “serve” our Lord, what do we mean?If we’re asked to serve as Usher and reply, “Sure; as long as I don’t have to get to church early,” are we serving?When we “volunteer” to help with Wednesday night dinner as long as we get home in time for our favorite TV show, are we really serving?
We serve voluntarily… when it’s convenient.However, a servant always complies with the needs of the person or the situation over and above his or her own needs.
Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)
God made us free to make our own choices and to either serve or seek to be served.Scripture tells us that “it is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life.Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom.Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows.For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself.That's an act of true freedom.” (Galatians 5:13-14 - The Message)
Which do you choose; to serve or to be a servant?The choice is yours; but the benefits of a wise choice are great.“And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” (Exodus 23:25)
“…as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
“…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but byMe.”
- John 14:6 (KJV)
≈ Devotional for Friday, November 14, 2008
Some people never see beyond this world.There was a conversation between an ambitious young man and an older man who knew about life.
The young man said, "I will learn my trade."
"And then?" said the older man.
"I will set up in my own business."
"I will make my fortune."
"I suppose I will grow old and retire and live on my money."
"Well, I suppose I will die."
"And then?" came the final stabbing question.
The person who never remembers that there is another world is in for a big shock.
In The Parable of the Rich Fool, Jesus speaks to those who have an abundance of material possessions and to those who have few of this world's goods.To both groups He declares that we should not get too caught up in how much we accumulate on earth.As the Spanish proverb puts it, "There are no pockets in death shrouds."
Our measure for success and happiness is not money.Jesus' concern is that our possessions do not possess us, but that we manage our possessions in ways that will honor Him.
GospeLines Prayer:Father, through my spiritual poverty, let me find Your kingdom; when I am sad, reward me with your comfort; keep me meek and humble, though my inheritance will be much; if I am hungry, fill me up.Even though I join the ranks of the persecuted, I rejoice, because you have promised me heavenly riches which this earth cannot measure. Amen and amen.