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Stay Alert

Stay Alert

Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  1 Peter 5:8

My car is equipped with many safety features one of which is if I have left my lane of traffic numerous times and get the warning 'lane departure' eventually another warning light comes on that says "Stay Alert".  Perfect warning not just for driving on busy roads in heavy, traffic but in life as well.

How many of you could use a good sign that tells you to watch out for the enemy Satan for he really is out to get you?  Many live life oblivious to the attacks of the enemy and are honed in more to denominational traditions of man.  Hopefully that does not describe you.  Do you love the Lord more or your particular denomination?  It is something to ponder.

My friend, Satan is roaming and seeking to destroy.  He hates this Christian nation and what we stand for and has had many attacks on our faith in the past several years through those who despise our way of life.  Stay alert my friend and stay in the word of God.

PRAYER:  Lord your word brings me great delight.  Help me make sure I am reminded and convicted of the need to spend time in the Bible daily.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Letting The Enemy In

Letting the Enemy In

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. "  Matthew 6:19-21

A few nights ago I accidentally left our garage door open all night. When I discovered this early the following morning I was concerned about little critters such as possums or skunks that may have wandered in more than I was thieves. Although both possibilities existed, the animals getting in bothered me more since we live in the country.

In your life do you allow thieves to 'break in' and loot and plunder? You may buy many valuable things then lock them up in your homes,storage units, your cars, storage sheds,and bank lock boxes. Earthly possessions are great but the main treasure to store up that can't be stolen is the word of God in your heart. By doing this daily you have the ability to handle many things that happen in life to include a real physical break in should it occur.

Where indeed is your life treasure?

PRAYER:  Fear can grip me Lord when I think my home has been robbed. I need to insure that my real treasure is you in my heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Do Your Part

Do Your Part

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Proverbs 15:1

Relationships of all kinds take work. I enjoy going to weddings and listening to the vows spoken mostly heart felt and sincere.  How many people in marriages end up letting the flesh control them years after those Christian vows were spoken?  If so shame on us for letting Satan in and kicking God out.

Many who hurt others whether in a marriage or a friend relationship often are stubborn and don't realize it.  If you have suffered hurt from ugly words don't fight back but simply pray for the person.  There may be something deeper going on.  Love is patient, love is kind, love doesn't keep a record of wrongs.

If you are the recipient of someone else's anger or unforgiving spirit just keep praying for a breakthrough.  God hears you.  Above all don't lash out with your own angry words.  Stand firm, be strong, and love unconditionally.

PRAYER:  Father I thank you for helping me stay patient on life through many situations that come my way.  When it involves people I thank you for the extra measure you have provided me to stay calm.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
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Death Happens To Us All

Death Happens To Us All

The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.  Isaiah 57:1

You can't drive anywhere without eventually coming across a cemetery.  This is the final resting place for all of our bodies after our time on earth is up.  Everyone is going to die.  It is nothing to fear.  For those who know Christ it is a Home-going Celebration.

How many of you have either lost a loved one way earlier than expected be it a baby, a teen, a young adult, a spouse in their 50's or 60's?  It could be cancer, still born, miscarriage, vehicle accident, heart attack, or an unexpected stroke . Stuff happens.  No one is ever ready to find out their loved one has passed away.  It is sad.  We want to live forever but that was not God's plan.  We are born, we die.  And there is a heaven and a hell.

Be ready.  Know God has a plan.  Your life is no accident.  The people you impact are no accident.  Try to live your days as a shining beacon of light and share God's love with those you encounter.  Keep looking up!

PRAYER:  Father God I know I have value and purpose.  I need not fear death for Heaven awaits me for eternity.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
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Do You Follow Jesus This Close?

Do You Follow Jesus This Close?

He answered, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"  Luke 10:27

My title was actually a bumper sticker I saw which sort of made me smile.  It was the drivers way of saying "Do you have to tailgate me?"  I found it humorous so decided to build today's writing on this theme.

How close in fact do you follow Jesus?  Church goer only? Church member but don't attend? Some Christian bumper stickers and billboards may be a bit over the top but indeed probably the person who created it had the right intent.  The Holy Spirit has to convict an individual of their need for Him as shoving Jesus down someone's throat tends to backfire often with dire consequences.

But really how close do you follow Jesus?  The saying is if you were arrested for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?  Something to think about.

PRAYER:  I don't want to be guilty of not loving you and serving you Lord.  I know in the times we are in people are drifting away as the government almost says certain vile things are okay.  Lord I cling to you and your word.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
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Are You Still Sucking Your Thumb?

Are You Still Sucking Your Thumb?

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. 1 Peter 2:2

Do you ever see a toddler still sucking their thumb or even a young elementary school child?  This habit started as an infant and was allowed to continue until, the child is growing up still sticking his or her thumb in their mouth for security.  Unless this gets under control the child remains a child in many ways.

Many adults who are Christians may be still 'sticking their spiritual thumbs' in their mouths.  In other words maybe you know the "now I lay me down to sleep prayer", hear Psalm 23 routinely read at funerals, know John 3:16 but that is about the extent of it.  To grow up in Christ and become mature and not keep sucking your thumb you have to dig deeper and go beyond the basics.  It is not the rabbi, priest, or pastors job to spoon feed you but when you leave church you have to do your part to get off the pacifier.

First make sure you have asked Jesus to be Lord and savior.  When I became born again in 1975 I craved reading the word. It became my life blood so to speak.  Prior to this I had gone to church and done all the right things but was not excited about Jesus.  So how about it? Time to mature in Christ? Start reading the book of John in New Testament and see how your life changes.

PRAYER:  I choose to go beyond just the basic Bible knowledge of my childhood years.  I love your word Lord and I want to feed myself and not need a baby bottle or my thumb anymore.   I will not allow Satan to make me complacent about things of the Spirit.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Peace...gotta Love It!

Peace...Gotta Love It!

You will keep in  perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,because they trust in you.  Isaiah 26:3

As I sat recently in a customer waiting area of my car dealership with four male customers, the area remained quiet.  Yes there was a television but not one of the men turned it on.  It was probably so odd that no noise was coming from the waiting area that the customer service guy popped his head in and said "Feel free to turn on the television" yet it remained silent.  I loved it! On this day it was sunny with clear skies out the window of the room I was in. Just a calmness prevailed.

Do you allow yourself moments of peace to think, unwind, relax and just be still?  There are those whose lives may be so chaotic they feel there is no time to just sit and be still.  I know some whose jobs keep them hustling and they feel there is no extra time to just not do anything.  You almost have to just schedule it. Granted that may be hard in some lines of work but try never the less.  Moms may have to lock themselves in their closet to have quiet.

Try this if you can. Maybe just go to a park if it is not blazing hot out and park your locked car in the shade, keep the radio off, turn off your phone, and just be still.  Maybe take your Bible and read some Psalms.  Perhaps your favorite non alcoholic cold beverage.  The more you try to do this the easier it may become.  As for me, it is nearing time for me to do my DAWG day or 'Day Alone With God' where you go somewhere you feel safe and sit on a park bench, picnic table, by a stream, etc and for a couple hours just have time with Jesus. Give it a try.

PRAYER:  I thank you for those moments in life where I can just sit and rest and know you are God.   Help me not think I always need distractions of noise but learn to get away with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Who Do You Serve?

Who do you Serve?

Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  Romans 8:8

The word serve could also be to follow, emulate, or idolize.  Who do you listen to? Do you serve your clubs, groups, hobbies, or yourself?  Or do you place others needs above your own?  Lots of questions to think about.

Self and the world are on the throne of many people.  Think about what things are in your thoughts.  Sure you may work full time and be consumed with that but it doesn't mean you choose it over God.  Wherever and whatever you do should be as a representative of the Lord Jesus.  People should not change to suit one thing they do then totally be different on Sunday.  God is jealous for your love and your devotion.

So look at your list of things you do daily.  Is serving God by serving others anywhere in that list? Maybe if not it is time to reorder a few things.  Just saying.

PRAYER:  Thanks Lord for shining your light through me to other people.  I choose to not be selfish.  Open my eyes to others needs and not just my own. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Your Anchor

Your Anchor

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. Hebrews 6:19

For those of you who have ever seen a shopping center go out of business it often happens when the anchor store goes away.  The big store, such as a grocery, changes locations or closes and consequently the smaller businesses usually can't stay afloat.

Similar to this 'anchor store' your anchor should be Jesus Christ.  He should be what keeps you stable in all areas of life.  If you allow Him to anchor you solidly through reading the Word and praying, life goes much better.  But if you release Him as your anchor you start to 'drift' away similar to a boat not anchored.

Where are you at today?  Anchored or drifting?

PRAYER: My hope is in you Lord. Thanks for being my anchor. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Not Deplorable....But Love God

Not Deplorable...But Love God

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. Romans 12:3

A certain American politician recently called another American politicians' supporters 'deplorable' which was extremely bigoted, hateful, and uncalled for. Many Christians were lumped into that 'deplorable' category by this individual. Extremely sad and very hurtful. Because a person holds certain things in high regard and believes a certain way, they are not tolerated by the one who would scream 'deplorable'.

You who love the Lord are no where near deplorable. You are a child  of the most High God. You may make mistakes yes but God forgives you if you ask. Those who ridicule you and don't understand you need prayer and need to be shown love. Hatred of others is not the answer but rather pity for those who are so mean for no apparent valid reason.

Whatever you do don't fight back at those who are ugly to you. As hard as it may be, try to pray for them. People did not understand Jesus and mocked Him and ultimately hung Him to die on a cross. Stand firm in your beliefs and pray for those who don't love the Lord or His people to come to a saving knowledge of Him.

PRAYER:  In this political climate I find myself  in here in America, help me as I seek stand for the truth no matter what. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller

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