Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Prayer for Finances and Stewardship from Gateway Church in Dallas, TX #PutGodFirst




My personal prayer for you is that God liberates you in your mind and gives you a spirit of freedom and stewardship in your finances today.  Amen.  

This (in italics) is the response to prayer from Gateway Church after my wife and I prayed and asked for prayer for our family.  (for this and other prayer requests go to prayer.gatewaypeople.com)

Prayer Request Category: Finances

Here are some scriptures that you might find helpful or encouraging.

Psalm 35:27
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, "Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant."

Matthew 18:18-19
"Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven."

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

3 John 2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Directive Prayer
Father,

I thank You for Your Word that I may know it's Your will that I prosper financially even as my soul prospers. I bind my mind to the mind of Christ, my finances to the will of God, and my emotions to Your Holy Spirit. May my integrity and uprightness protect me, and I put my trust in You and in Your Word. I pray You'll supply all my needs and that I will be a good and faithful steward to all that You give me.

In Jesus' name I pray,
Amen


If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Friday, March 25, 2016

God, Give Me Excellence in Worship. Excellence in Prayer, and Excellence in Generosity

God, wake me up!  Open up my eyes! 


In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35

God, give me today, a greater desire for excellence in worship.  God let me take worship seriously, letting nothing stop me from singing or making noise with a sincere heart to You!

God, grant that I desire more and more in detailed ways, excellence in prayer. Let me speak your heart with my lips.

God, let nothing be a barrow between me and excellence in generosity.  God bless my house indeed. Make a generous house God.  Heal others through our house.  Redeem others through Jesus.  Show us grace in an amazing joy-giving way, Father.  We trust your loving hands holding us now.

I give you my prayers, my worship, and a heart to transform into a generous one.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Monday, March 21, 2016

What do you think happened to the widow after that day? #herlastpenny


What do you think happened to that widow who gave her last penny?  



I would love for someone to make a video about this one day.  Maybe I will :)

Imagine Jesus telling the story of parables when he turns his attention to a widow who gave her last penny as an offering.  Jesus turns and acknowledges this woman.  He says,

“Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 21:3,4)  

 All his disciples just looked at her.  I'm telling you after that day many people never looked at her the same again.  This is not in the scriptures, but I wonder if she ever had to worry again about money again.  I wonder if after Jesus' death and resurrection, his disciples saw her and remembered her heart and cared for her needs the rest of her life.  I believe that whether or not this widow had enough money to live off of the rest of her life, after that day she knew she was well taken care of and that's why she continue to give trusting God to take care of her every need.

I want to encourage you to live like this widow, knowing that you are well taken care of by your Father who sees you.  You are blessed today.  I'm glad Jesus helped us learn something from this widow today.

My thankful statement:

Today, I sighed as I saw my little girl sleeping next to my wife who is carrying our sweet baby.  I had great sleep and arrived to a blessed time at work.

Thank you, Jesus.



What are you thankful for?



If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Get into the Habit of Confession



Psalm 101:1-2 - "I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? Will walk with integrity of heart within my house"


For the sake of your children, for the sake of your friends, family and your influence.  I'm not going to talk about the power of confession or how it can influence others. Instead, I just want to encourage you to develop the habit..So that others around you can? Yes, but really so that you can always be open and honest with God who loved you and who is open and honest with you too today.  Have an open relationship with Him today.  He loves you and he says, "I want you to be real with me daily."  Get in the habit of confession today.

Develop a stream of open communication with the Savior, your God.  Today.



If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

This is How Human Success without God is Described...(Worship God alone)

Check out Hosea: 


"They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval. With their silver and gold they make idols for themselves to their own destruction." Hosea 8:4  


I don't want this to be said about me.  We see everyday men and women making their own name, some even in the name of God.  But I don't want my God to say that I set myself up or anyone else as king without His consent.  I want to serve God FIRST where I am NOW.   I don't want to put strings attached to God, the King of the Universe, for my devotion to Him (God I'll do this if you do this for me...NO!!)  Let's serve God with all our hearts today because he made us to worship Him.  He is worthy to be praised with all our hearts.  God and God alone.  Pray for each other in Jesus' name.




If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Three Values to Learn from Southwest Airlines




These are good because now we can recognize and reward:


Live the Southwest Way
Warrior Spirit
  • Work Hard
  • Desire to be the best
  • Be courageous
  • Display urgency
  • Persevere
  • Innovate
Servant’s Heart
  • Follow The Golden Rule
  • Adhere to the Principles
  • Treat others with respect
  • Put others first
  • Be egalitarian
  • Demonstrate proactive Customer Service
  • Embrace the SWA Family
Fun-LUVing Attitude
  • Have FUN
  • Don't take yourself too seriously
  • Maintain perspective
  • Celebrate successes
  • Enjoy your work
  • Be a passionate Teamplayer

We value each other differences highly
We encourage each other to be vulnerable
We confess our weaknesses
The leader goes first
The leader carries the others burdens with grace and love
Flexible
Values leadership
Allow each other freedom to change.  (not stigmatizing each other but trusting each other enough to change)



If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Please pray. Thank you so so much for your prayers.

We are asking for your prayers.   For our new House situation to be completed.  We pray for my job position.  New home new job.

Thanks


If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Our Goals and BIG Prayers. Our Five Bold Prayers





We just completed our course in Financial Peace University with Dave Ramsey!  Now, prayerfully, Kayla and I would like to share with your our five main goals and prayers for this year and I am very excited about this.  I'm also very exciting to be working and praying with my wife.  God did a FANTASTIC job with bringing me my wife.  Just want to say that!  Let's get to it!

No. 1: 

Pay off all student loan debt sooner than expected!  

No. 2

Retire earlier than expected!  

No. 3  

Have a healthy, wealthy, wise and God-Honored-First small business 

No. 4 

Pay 100% CASH for our next new home!  

No. 5

Have a very well prepared college savings for the children! 


BONUS:

My wife a Nurse Practitioner


Now we do have practical steps that we learned from watching Dave Ramsey.  Like Nehemiah, we learn that in one hand we need to know the practical steps we need to take, but we can not forget or neglect the other hand of faith that has to believe ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD.   We also understand we have to have a real humbling reality check of what choices we made in the past that can hinder our future and what new choices we need to make that will help us cooperate with what God wants to do in our lives in the future.


Some questions to think about are the following:  What is the mission of our family?  What do we want people to know our family for?  What are the things that we are not?


Selfie time!!!!


















If you'd like to accept Jesus into your life today, pray this simple prayer of God's love and grace today: Lord Jesus, I thank you for dying for all my sin; now Lord I invite you into my heart. Come and be my everything today and forever. Forgive my sin as I make You and you alone Lord in my life. Amen. Now read the book of God's love in the Bible: The book of John chapters 1-21. God promises He will guide your life. Pray and ask God to bring the right people into your life. God will guide you to the right church full of people who love His words in the Bible. Our God is so faithful. God bless you today.