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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Impossible?

IMPOSSIBLE?

God's Lemonade Stand

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
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