Help me see myself the way You do.

05-FLOOD GATES-Child'sCartoon-ThumbnailThe scripture for today, March 30 (3/30), is John 3:30 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“He must become greater; I must become less.”

This is John the Baptist speaking. He had a great following. People “were constantly coming to be baptized” by John (3:23). He had it made! But at the height of his popularity, he said, “I will be stepping down soon.”

Can you do this? Are you at the height of your popularity, perhaps at a club, an organization, church? Could you step down if someone more qualified than you came along? Or will you say, “I started this _______, and I was here first, so this is my project!” ?

Look inside. Deep inside. What are your motives for doing good? Selfish ambition or love for others? 1st Corinthians 13:1 says that, even if I offer my body to be burned and do not have love, it benefits me nothing.

Jesus warned, “Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.”

Think. Think long and hard. Do you have some repenting to do? Father in heaven, help me see myself the way You do.

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05-FLOOD GATES-Child'sCartoon-ThumbnailFLOOD GATES is storybook #5 in A CHILD’S LIFE OF CHRIST.  It has the same chapters as the adult FLOOD GATES in THEY MET JESUS series with stories on a child’s level.  At the end of each of the ten chapters in each storybook is Think & Do to help the child apply that story to their daily life.  This is a great time to read with your child.  Understandable at age 3 and up to 12. At age 13, they should switch to the adult version.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………  https://amzn.to/2vWUCHV

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Prayer for Wednesday 3/18

0-BK 7-ShadowOfDeath-Cover-new-ThumbnailI praise you, my Father, for you are stronger than Satan. He wants annihilation, you enliven. He wants void, you create. He wants darkness and hatred, you light and love. When I feel isolated and alone, you are here with me.  I am never alone.  Even with fewer in numbers at your side than those on Satan’s side, you are stronger. You will overcome it all and chain Satan away from us someday when the time is right. Are you allowing Satan to hang on so we will become stronger by doing battle with him? I do not know the answer. What I do know is you are magnificent and wondrous and beautiful. My heart bursts with excitement when I think of you. No matter what scheme he tries, Satan will not keep me away from you.

Lord, I have been judgmental lately. How dare I? It is your place to judge people’s motives, not mine.  I have never walked in their shoes. I have never faced what they have faced. I have never fought the kinds of battles they have had to fight. Oh, Lord, forgive me.

Thank you, God, for sending a part of you to live among us and be our example.  Just as a part of you walked with Adam and Eve in the garden, you came back as promised. Satan won when he convinced them to believe his lies that you did not want what was best for them. You descended to face down Satan. This time you were going to win.  This time you did. I could never have escaped Satan. Nor anyone else. You were the only one who could. So, you did. For me! For me! And so I worship you.

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0-BK 7-ShadowOfDeath-Cover-new-ThumbnailSHADOW OF DEATH is lyrical historical novel #6 in the THEY MET JESUS series.  At the end of each chapter is a list of scriptures the story was based on, historical sources such as Josephus, and life-application questions.  It is a commentary in narrative form.  Great for personal reading, reader clubs, and older homeschoolers.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….https://amzn.to/2xPg5mQ

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Prayer for Saturday 3/7

00-Front Cover-New-BK 2- KINDLE-THUMBNAILI praise you in the morning when the sun rises with glowing promise. I praise you at noon when everyone stops the bustle of the morning for a moment of respite and taking a deep breath. I praise you in the evening when all becomes quiet again and I rest once more, cozy in my bed knowing you are holding me in your protective arms during the darkness of the night. You are always there. And you make me feel as though I am the only person in the world. You are my dawn, my bright and shining sun, my moonglow.

Yesterday I was talking with some people who said we had met four friends while shopping. I said, “No, there were five friends.” Why did I do that? What difference did it make? All it did was fluster the person telling about it and confuse the people listening. I got them completely off the subject of chance meetings of friends and into an argument of how many. Lord, help me not say anything when it doesn’t matter.

Thank you, Lord, for the beauty of my surroundings. Sometimes I am where there are mountains with white diamond snow on top. Sometimes I am in valleys where green trees abound and there is grass to walk on and tickle my toes. Sometimes I am in a wide desert where I can see forever and the sky seems so much larger. How delightful you have made the earth with all its variations teasing and tantalizing me as I travel around your creation like skipping through verses of poetry.

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00-Front Cover-New-BK 2- KINDLE-THUMBNAILGENEALOGY: HOW TO CLIMB YOUR FAMILY TREE WITHOUT FALLING OUT ~ COLONIAL TO MEDIEVAL.  Book two in this series helps you get over your brick wall with old tax records, ship passenger lists, Latin church records,   reading Medieval alphabet, ancient visitations (censuses), nobility, etc. To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….  https://amzn.to/2wPzlAa

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Prayer for Wednesday 3/4

07-Jairus' Daughter-ThumbnailCoverThrough the pulse of the universe, praises rise to you, Lord God. All you created praises you. All material things, all good feelings, good knowledge, truth, love, and life praise you. You made me in your image. May my efforts to remain like you be lifted up to your throne.  And someday,  may you bring me home with as close your image as I was able to keep ~ pure and innocent.  Your heaven is all that is right and good because they are reflections of you. What will heaven be like? With you in its midst, it will be like riding the waves of your Spirit.

Forgive me, Lord, when I secretly find fault with others. Secrecy does not mean you do not know. Cleanse my mind and my heart. Most things in the world do not matter. This world is just temporary. Help me speak only of what matters.

Thank you, my God, for materializing and coming to earth to demonstrate right living. No one quite understood before you came. It really helped. We saw the laws you gave Moses were to help us and help each other, not interfere with a fulfilling life. So, you lived the law perfectly because it was a reflection of you. How often during the day did you stop and pray?  How often during the day did you stop what you were doing so you could spend some time with an orphan? Did you carry around with you a bag of coins so you could drop something in the bowl of every beggar along the way? What was your life like day by day? I do not know all the details. What I do know is in the sacred writings of the Gospels, everything you did was good. Everything! Thank you for your example.

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07-Jairus' Daughter-ThumbnailCoverJAIRUS’ DAUGHTER is storybook #7 in A CHILD’S BIBLE KIDS. She was lively Leah, but when she was 12, she became very sick.  Then she went to heaven and wasn’t sick any more.  She played games with her special angel and was happy again.  But, one, day she heard the voice of Jesus.  He was calling her back.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this……….  https://amzn.to/2TDxAhe

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Prayer for Sunday 3/1

04-King Joash-ThumbnailCoverI praise you for manifesting yourself in a body for a while, and in paper and ink. I have access to you any time I want.  Wonderful words of life ~ beautiful words, marvelous words. Words from your heart that make me see who and what I really am, and what and who you are. You reveal all I need to know and more. You reveal that which is above and beyond what I can even comprehend. Each year I live I discover something new in your Words I never noticed before. Then I can hardly wait to tell my friends. I cling to your Words until someday I hear you speak them in your world. The sound of your voice must be at once a roar and a whisper. What a duet of divinity!

Lord, people in the organization I met with yesterday didn’t even speak to me. No one did. They were all friendly, but to each other. I waited for someone to smile and say hello.  I resented them for it. I should have walked over and given them my smile and my hello.  

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all you did for us on earth away from heaven. You left comfort for discomfort. Riches for poverty. Love for hatred. Being everywhere at once to being confined to a body. All so you could take me home with you. Thank you for creating the road and then lighting the way for me.  You are the way. Also, thank you for my family and freedom. And for it being March at last. Spring is almost here!  I can’t wait to see all the colors again.  You must have really enjoyed creating all the radiant fish with all kinds of glittering patterns on them, the delightful flowers all soft or prickly and reflecting every color in the rainbow.  What fun it must have been for you.  Thank you for all you do for me.

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04-King Joash-ThumbnailCoverJOASH is storybook #4 in A CHILD’S BIBLE KIDS series.  When little Joash was just a toddler, his father, the king, was killed in a battle and he became king.  But that’s silly.  A little boy can’t be king.  Well, the high priest took the boy to his palace and raised him there.  He was never allowed to go outside, but he played on the roof a lot where there was sunshine. Then one day when he was a big boy, he left his hiding place and became a boy king.  To BUY NOW, click a book cover or paste this………. https://amzn.to/2vsCkhA

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