Mothers for Prodigals

Thursday, November 23, 2017


I always thank God for you because Christ Jesus has shown you God’s good will. Through Christ Jesus you have become rich in every way—in speech and knowledge of every kind.  1 Corinthians 1:4-5 GW

… filled with the Spirit by reciting psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for your own good. Sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts. Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 5:18b-20 (GW)

Received with gratitude. Has anyone done something so special for you that your heart overflowed with deep appreciation? It’s a humbling feeling encased in indebtedness. 

The first Thanksgiving in America celebrated a first successful harvest. In reality it was simply a grateful gathering of thankful people. The English colonists called Pilgrims and the Native Americans called Wampanoag celebrated the first harvested crops at Plymouth in 1621. The Indians were instrumental in the Pilgrim’s survival upon arrival in 1620. With beholden hearts, the Pilgrims enjoyed festivities with the Wampanoag for several days. 

Offerings of thanksgiving were part of the Pilgrims’ religion. It involved days of prayer not days of feasting. Thanksgiving was a way of life for them. They owed thanks to God for provision and protection in a new land. 

We all have something for which we’re grateful and someone to whom we owe thanks. But nothing can compare to the gratefulness we owe our Heavenly Father. He created us and through His Son Jesus Christ, He redeemed us. What gracious mercy—forgiven of our grievous sins through the sacrifice of a holy God who took our place—what merciful love!

Receive with gratitude this gift of grace. Give thanks with a grateful heart for your redemption. Won’t you join me in offering psalms of praise and songs of joy with thanksgiving to our Savior God? Give thanks…

I will give thanks to you with all my heart.
I will make music to praise you in front of the false gods.
I will bow toward your holy temple.
I will give thanks to your name because of your mercy and truth.
    You have made your name and your promise greater than everything.
When I called, you answered me.
    You made me bold by strengthening my soul.
All the kings of the earth will give thanks to you, O Lord,
    because they have heard the promises you spoke.
        They will sing this about the ways of the Lord:
            “The Lord’s honor is great!”
Even though the Lord is high above, he sees humble people close up,
    and he recognizes arrogant people from a distance.
Even though I walk into the middle of trouble,
    you guard my life against the anger of my enemies.
    You stretch out your hand,
        and your right hand saves me.
The Lord will do everything for me.
O Lord, your mercy endures forever.
Do not let go of what your hands have made.  Psalm 138 (GW)

Thank the Lord!
    He has heard my prayer for mercy!
The Lord is my strength and my shield.
My heart trusted him, so I received help.
My heart is triumphant; I give thanks to him with my song.
The Lord is the strength of his people
    and a fortress for the victory of his Messiah.
Save your people, and bless those who belong to you.
Be their shepherd, and carry them forever.  Psalm 28:6-9 (GW)

I will praise the Lord, who advises me.
    My conscience warns me at night.
I always keep the Lord in front of me.
    When he is by my side, I cannot be moved.
        That is why my heart is glad and my soul rejoices.  Psalm 16:7-9 (GW)

Give Thanks  (With A Grateful Heart).....

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Applicable Ancient Words

Every generation believes themselves more clever than the previous one. The wisdom of the elderly is discarded as old-fashioned nonsense. Most believe new ideas to be superior to old thoughts. Prior rules and mores are considered archaic. Yet there is nothing new under the sun. 

We may live in the twenty-first-century but the heart of mankind is no different from its origin. Human hearts are full of sin. Human hearts need a Savior. Human hearts can be changed. Via the voices of His chosen ones, God has penned a book to guide us through the paths of this world into His loving arms of salvation. It’s called the Bible and it is as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago.

God’s ancient words, spoken for generations, were given to change hearts for the better. So why do some people still choose to disregard words of truth from God’s own heart? The modern age has traded the intrinsic value of Scripture for contemporary words that permit our chosen way of life. Humans would rather twist rules to fit present-day than have their actions conform to so-called primitive beliefs. 

But these precious words have been handed down to us through hundreds of generations for a reason. They are applicable and true for all people everywhere for all time because the Creator of the world inspired them. They are words to live by every day come what may. 

God’s heart hasn’t changed—He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our hearts can be changed because of His love through Jesus Christ. And His Words can be found in the holy Scriptures. 

Read and heed the words of Christ. They have been imparted to us to help us make our way through this sinful world. They change us, transform us, and make us like our Savior, our God, and our Creator. Take to heart these ancient words. 

Uncover my eyes so that I may see the miraculous things in your teachings.  Psalm 119:18 (GW)

Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your Torah.  Psalm 119:18 CJB

Generations come, and generations go,
    but the earth lasts forever.
The sun rises, and the sun sets,
    and then it rushes back to the place where it will rise again.
The wind blows toward the south and shifts toward the north.
    Round and round it blows. It blows in a full circle.
All streams flow into the sea, but the sea is never full.
    The water goes back to the place where the streams began
        in order to start flowing again.
All of these sayings are worn-out phrases. They are more than anyone can express, comprehend, or understand.

Whatever has happened before will happen again. Whatever has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new under the sun. Can you say that anything is new? It has already been here long before us. Nothing from the past is remembered. Even in the future, nothing will be remembered by those who come after us.  Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 (GW)

Blessed is the person who does not follow the advice of wicked people, take the path of sinners, or join the company of mockers. Rather, he delights in the teachings of the Lord and reflects on his teachings day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 GW

Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you mistaken because you don’t know the Scriptures or God’s power?  Mark 12:24 (GW)

Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you. Think about how their lives turned out, and imitate their faith.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Don’t get carried away by all kinds of unfamiliar teachings. Gaining inner strength from God’s kindness is good for us. This strength does not come from following rules about food, rules that don’t help those who follow them.  Hebrews 13:7-9 (GW)

Michael W. Smith - Ancient Words......

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Trust in God = Peace


I glimpsed a patch of radiant light
Among countless clouds of gray.
The peace that swept over me 
Will keep me all the day.

The circumstances in my life
Appear at times so bleak.
Refusing to accept the stress,
I choose my Lord to seek!

He yearns for me to come each day
And sit upon His knee.
Desiring a personal relationship,
He loves and cares for me.

He offers spiritual nourishment,
The blessings of daily bread
He knows exactly what I need 
And goes wherever I tread.

I choose today to walk with You
And listen for Your will.
The way for me to know You:
Sit quietly and be still!

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.  Romans 5:1 (NLT)

But from there you will search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.  Deuteronomy 4:29 (NLT)

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.  1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

Give us today the food we need...   Matthew 6:11 (NLT)

God is our refuge and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
    and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
    Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! 
A river brings joy to the city of our God,
    the sacred home of the Most High.
God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
    From the very break of day, God will protect it.
The nations are in chaos,
    and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
    and the earth melts!
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
    the God of Israel is our fortress. 
Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
    See how he brings destruction upon the world.
He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
    He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I will be honored by every nation.
    I will be honored throughout the world.”

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
    the God of Israel is our fortress.  Psalm 46 (NLT)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Place of Peace

He Himself is our peace.  
Ephesians 2:14 (NKJV)

We long for peace. In a distorted world where chaos and confusion reign, we yearn for peace. Hearts, homes, churches, communities, and cities lack peace. Does it even exist?

Oh yes, peace exists. In fact, peace dwells within souls who believe in the truth of Jesus Christ. He is the Prince of Peace. When He entered earth as a baby, a host of angels declared the peace He would bring to earth, saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”  (Luke 2:14)

While He lived on earth, He demonstrated a life of peace amidst the turmoil that surrounded Him. To those who believed in Him then, He offered peace on earth and peace eternal. To those who would believe in Him now, He offers peace on earth, even as chaos exist, and eternal peace forever with Him. 

Where He reigns as Prince of Peace, there peace is. And within that place of peace, His blessings abound. As children of God, saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, we can live in His place of blessing, even in the middle of chaos. 

Is your heart filled with anxiety? Do you long to find peace in this world? Allow Christ Jesus to pour His peace, which exceeds all human understanding, into your soul. Where He reigns as Prince of Peace, there peace is.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)