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Having A Second Chance

Having a Second Chance

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--Ephesians 2:8

Have you ever done something really stupid and God gave you a second chance?  Vehicle accident, smoking, getting drunk, got in a lawsuit, did drugs, pornography  or saying something you regret.  Whatever it is, only Satan condemns.  You messed up.  He knows.  You prayed so don't beat yourself up.  God forgives so forgive yourself.

Today start the day by reading God's word.  Focus on friends who may have huge prayer needs.  Love people. Forgive people.  Be thankful. Enjoy life.  Love you spouse if married.  Write a real letter to someone to make their day.  You never know what someone is going through.

Whatever you do don't forget to tell those people special in your life you love them as you may never get another chance.  And read God's word and keep smiling.  Run from evil, pick right friends, and do good.

PRAYER:  I thank you Lord for wonderful people in my life and for saving me from things I did in past that were stupid.  My hope always is in you. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Impossible?

Impossible?

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."  Matthew 19:26

God can do anything.  Yes He can.  He does things for His purposes, His glory, and in His time. HIs plans are greater than our plans.

Many of you reading this may face a seemingly impossible situation and get impatient and angry with God.  How is your prayer life and Bible time?  Don't shut Him out.  I myself have waited for an answer to prayer and still wait but I know my ways and plans are not God's.  When you start to doubt you allow the devil to get a foothold and make you angry, worried or fearful.

I urge you to keep the faith.  Keep believing.  Keep praying.  Surround yourself with positive people and other prayer warriors to see you through your journey of waiting.  God hears you.

PRAYER:  Thanks for another day of life.  I thank you for struggles because they help make me stronger.  I choose patience and faith while I wait for what man says is impossible.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Keep Loving

Keep Loving

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Romans 12:10

Do you ever catch yourself saying you don't like someone or someone drives you nuts?  Basically less than kind terms about people you know or maybe a total stranger!  I try my best to not let bad things about people come out of my mouth.  Maybe someone hurt you and you feel justified saying ugly stuff about them, mostly behind their back.  There really isn't a justification for a follower of Christ.

If you deal with speaking ugly about people whether friend or stranger try this.  Say to yourself, "I love that person. I love that person too."  Basically love them through Jesus with His love. Humanly we may get so angry but allow God inside to transform you.  Let Him pave the way to a kinder and gentler you.

Before you know it you may truly love your enemies.  Give it a try!

PRAYER:  I know I am an imperfect person.  I know also it is very important to control my mouth as well as my thoughts.  Help what I say and think bring glory to you.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Fighting The Battle

Fighting the Battle

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

I don't know what struggle you have, but one of mine is imaginations.  The enemy knows this so he tries to attack me in this area.  Sometimes I allow him to, instead of fighting back with scripture.  We who are Christians should be aware we are in a battle for our very souls.  To be able to get a brother or sister in Christ imagining things and trying to figure things out is a specialty of the enemy.  If you feel this occurring stop what you are doing and tell Satan to leave you alone.

One example is that you think people are thinking something they are not.  It is necessary to take every thought captive and focus on good things and not dwell on stuff that will make you start thinking wrong things.  I am not saying this in a mentally ill sense but just the sheer area of controlling what your mind is allowed to dwell on.

Wake up daily and grab your Bible and saturate your mind with good thoughts.  Tell Satan he is to leave you alone because you are a child of the King.  Then go enjoy a peace filled day.

PRAYER:  I choose this day to focus on things above and how I can add joy to someone's life around me.  I cast down any wrong thinking. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Communication Breakdown

Cummunication Breakdown

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:6-7

In 2016 here in America all forms of communication are available and often taken for granted.  When you can't get a cell signal, GPS, or other things it is very disconcerting.  I think of those in the recent hurricane's path who were without electricity and possibility communication.  But even leaving home without your mobile device can send you into a turmoil because you get so used to it.

Did you know God communicates to you?  Yes through His word.  Who hasn't had one of those days and then miraculously a friend or family member shows up and things much better?

God cares about what you are going through.  You may feel as if He has forgotten you but that will never happen.  Don't allow Satan to discourage you.  Press on!

PRAYER:  In my times of despair or hopelessness I know you are right there with me.  Your word is a light to my path.  Thanks.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Cast The First Stone

Cast The First Stone

When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."  John 8:7

Recently lots of hatred is being spewed forth not only in the secular world and news media about a certain presidential candidate talking about past sins, mistakes, but sadly I have heard of it from Christians as well.  Didn't Jesus tell us to love and pray for people and this would probably mean to not smear their name on Facebook or other sources?

It is much easier to hate than to love.  The word hate has been redefined by some to include those who disagree with someone's relationship say something is wrong.  That is not hate but a differing of opinions.  I have a novel idea.  Why it comes to this election, please do go vote, as it is your privilege to do so.  Pray for those running and also pray for the ability to love those you don't agree with.

Politics can really turn people ugly.  It is almost like the playing field for Satan getting people so upset, fearful, and angry.  You know God isn't happy with how some folks judge and condemn.  Not all news is truthful anyway.  Put down the paper and pick up God's word and see if you don't feel better.

PRAYER:  Lord Jesus it saddens me to see so much anger around election time.  So much division and even broken friendships all because of differing opinions.  Oh Father guard my heart.  Give me wisdom from you not the media in deciding who to vote for.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller

God's Lemonade Stand

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Humble?

Humble?

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.  Proverbs 27:2

Everyone loves to meet humble people.  The kind that ask about you and don't start telling you all about themselves.  Tooting your own horn is tempting at times but clearly not the way God would intend it.

You might have lots to brag about, or share,  as some would say, but why not talk about others and get them to tell you about what things they like to do.  Everyone does not need to know your child's GPA, that you were 1st in your class, that you were Prom Queen, but when they find out on their own it is a better thing.  No one needs to prove their importance or worth because your worth in God's eyes is much better.

Be thankful for the wonderful achievements God has blessed you with or your gifts and abilities but let another praise you. 

PRAYER:  Help me Lord when I am tempted to toot my own horn to control that urge.  It is not important.  I want to have true humility as a trait in my life. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller

God's Lemonade Stand

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In The Flock

In The Flock

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  John 10:27

Have you ever observed a farm field full of animals once the farmer shows up?  All the animals are used to him and follow him particularly when they hear his voice.  Sheep herders also have their sheep follow them and the sheep trust them.

Your flock could be your children, a prayer group you lead, your Bible study, but regardless you tend to follow the leader and if you are that leader it is a immense responsibility.  This is so important to remember also as to  who you are following in the spiritual realm.  Do you hear God's voice or do too many 'voices' in the world crowd it out and over power it?

Take inventory of your life and maybe pay attention to which 'voices' are more important to you and shape your thinking.  Is it the Bible or maybe the newspapers and television news.  Maybe you idolize a certain celebrity or pop star.  If you claim Jesus is Lord of your life you need to stay in His flock and tune out the other distractions.

PRAYER: I love you Lord. I love reading your word and listening to upbeat positive worship music.  At times I have let other things 'guide' me and give me strength to stay on the path that leads to you.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Walk By Faith

Walk By Faith

For we walk by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7

Sometimes it is hard to keep going once you have endured something or waited for something.  You pray and pray and pray some more but don't see changes.  Those who don't understand the spiritual side of life may mock you saying "Well so and so prayed and look what happened to him."  You have to trust and keep walking and not let go of the rope.

A story was told to me about a man in a coma whose family had lost hope and had called in hospice and were making funeral plans.  Humanly it looked like death was imminently on the proverbial doorstep.  But alas something unexpected occurred and the man came back to life in a miraculous way.  The story is never over even when things look bleak and hopeless.  Many people have recovered and gone on to testify about it. 

I can not say every situation turns out like this but you have to have faith, trust, and hope.  Shut out negative voices.  Whether it is a restored relationship you are waiting on, a medical miracle, a job offer, God is still on the throne and His plan and His ways sometimes are beyond understanding.  Keep walking and keep believing. 

PRAYER:  You are on the throne, you are God alone.  I praise you in good times and in bad. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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https://www.godslemonadestand.blogspot.com

 

RV's, Mansions, Boats, Trips, Oh My!

RV's, Mansions, Boats, Trips, Oh My!

 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  Philippians 4:11-12

Do your ever find yourself swooning over someone's newly acquired motor home, speed boat, motorcycle, travel plans, or massive home?  It is human nature to have envy in our heart but God's nature is to be content with what you have and to not covet or desire others possessions.

Here in the United States all of us are the envy of many in Third World countries.  I mean you have running water right?  How about electricity?  A roof over your head?  Food in the refrigerator even some spoiled because you're bought too much and forgot about it.  Indeed we are blessed without all the other fancy added stuff.

Today don't be desiring other things and putting yourself in debt to get something your probably don't really need and may not even use.  Be yourself and be thankful.  Keep your eyes on the cross and the lust of the flesh should go away.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the many blessings in my life.  I am indeed blessed.  Even if I am sick I am blessed with access to awesome medical care.  I thank you for freedom to worship you and for the many friends in my life.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller

God's Lemonade Stand

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