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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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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Untie The Apron Strings

I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request.  Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.  1 Samuel 1:27-28

Male readers bear with me a few moments but this is about the art of letting go of adult children which I have not mastered totally but am trying.  You need to snip those apron strings and especially the older they get do not try to orchestrate their lives.  One thing you can always do and should do is pray.

We are given children for a season and have about 18 years to raise them.  After that college, marriage, and careers and possibly eventually children comes along and it can be very tempting to try to lord over someone but keep in mind your children are adults and they don't need you to give advice unless they ask for it. It is best to try to bite your tongue.

The thing you can do is to continually pray for them.  That is why I am ever so thankful for my Moms in Prayer group.  It is a confidential wonderful way to come together each week and pray for our children ages kindergarten through career time.  Men can probably get a bunch of dads together to pray but moms tend to be the ones who are crying out to God for the lives of our children in a different way than dads do.  Now is the time to pray,not preach.

PRAYER:  I pray for those with adult children to be respectful of them and continue to lift them up in prayer.  I pray for those with married children to learn to let them lead their own lives and continue to pray.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller

God's Lemonade Stand

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Pray And Mean It!

Pray And Mean It!

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  Luke 22:44 

How is your prayer life?  Is it a casual bedtime lay me down to sleep prayer?  Maybe it is a meal time simple one thanking God for your meal?  Perhaps a cry for help when in danger?  All these prayers are nice but have you ever really gotten serious about talking to God? 

I am not sure what your experience with prayer is, but if someone asks you to pray for them maybe the best thing to do is to stop right then and  there and pray with them be it over the phone, in a parking lot, at the movie theater lobby, over lunch.  Never be ashamed to do this.  What is to be ashamed of anyway?  It is the enemy who brings that on people so boldly go ahead and pray. 

Prayer is simply having a chat with God.  No big fancy language needed.  No man of God has to lead you in prayer.  Just pray.  Be sincere and pour out your heart to the Lord.  If you have not gotten into this very important habit why not begin today?

PRAYER:  I thank you that I can come to you in prayer either alone or with another person.  You want to hear my prayers and sometimes I get so busy I forget to do this.  Forgive me and help me to never be ashamed and to just pray.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Active Now

Active Now

 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

Americans are obsessed with information and social media almost to the point of being a sickness.  When I got on my phone recently to post my food intake for the day I noticed '28 green lights' that indicated some of my 'friends' were active online at that time as well.  Sometimes inquiring minds just want to know but do we really need to?

 Wouldn't it be great if we could read God's word as much as things on social media?  Imagine how life would improve.  All these photos and tidbits of news a click away is enticing but unless controlled can control you.  Is it time to bring balance to your life? Only you can answer that question.

Try this.  When you are tempted to check the status of friends or family instead go get your Bible and start reading Psalms.  Try to keep track of just how much time is spent peering into others lives through social media and see if maybe it is not time to peer into Jesus' life more.  Just saying.

PRAYER:  Lord I confess I have wasted lots of time with things that really don't matter for eternity especially on social media.  I pray for younger relatives who are growing up in this generation with non stop device use.  Help me learn to step away and rest.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Stronger Through The Storm

Stronger Through The Storm

But mark this:  There will be terrible times in the last days.  2 Timothy 3:1

I am driving down the interstate one morning and up pops this catchy insurance company billboard which is my title today.  Storms of life are certainly not fun but many of them are almost necessary for making us into the people God intends for us to be.  A way of smoothing rough edges and making us a beautiful finished product in the Master's hand.

Many today think we are in the last days because of so much evil going on.  Broken families, riots, distrust of government, back stabbing by friends, terrorism within our own borders, homicides, lying, abortion of 52 million unborn babies, people unhappy with the gender God gave them wanting a sex change operation, and on and on it goes.  Within families alone many despair over prodigal children. 

God is on the throne.  He has not gone anywhere nor will He. Today I met a lady at the gas station in a God thing moment who told me I cheered her up as she had woken up gloomy.  There is no need to feel hopeless.  God has a plan.  Only trust Him. 

PRAYER:  I don't enjoy going through storms and trials Lord but ultimately you have a plan and purpose and I know the rest of the story as the late radio host Paul Harvey used to say.  I will trust in you.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Battlefields

Battlefields

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”  Ephesians 6:10-11

When you get dressed each day do you put on your armor?  Yes you heard me correctly, your armor.  Those items used in battle for protection. Each day whether you realize it or not you enter a major battlefield controlled by forces of evil and darkness.  Your job is to shine light and to protect yourself. 

Take a moment and read Ephesians Chapter 6:10-18 in the New Testament.  In there you read exactly what is this armor of God and how do you put it on daily.  The word of God is your most important part as it serves as a your sword to keep those fiery flames darts from Satan from hitting you.  You combat them by reading and quoting scripture. To quote it you have to know it so to do this you study it.  Which is more important to you, Facebook or His book. 

When you get dressed today don't forget your most important pieces of clothing that being your spiritual armor. 

PRAYER: The battlefield I enter daily does not have to bring me fear for your word goes with me and strengthens me to face any corruption, deceit, onslaught or evil.  Thanks for my armor. In Jesus' name.  Amen.


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