OK, I take it back (what I said yesterday about the mild weather) – today it’s humid, closing in on 80 and may even hit 90 over the next few days! More seasonal weather, really, for July.
It’s so important to enjoy every day, regardless of the weather, because you never know what will transpire that day. For example, yesterday I lost a dear online friend, also named Karen. While some individuals question how people can really be friends if they never meet in person, I know it happens.
This wonderful woman was someone I “met” online several years ago in an eBay quilt group. After we stopped selling on eBay, we then stayed in touch on Facebook and even started a quilt group together. We participated in many fabric and quilt block exchanges, and I even made personalized photo imprinted items for her. Karen has been battling cancer for awhile; she lost her battle yesterday. While she leaves a huge void in the lives of her family and friends, I know we are all glad she is no longer suffering. Love you and miss you, dear friend! 🙁
Onto today’s devotions.
“The Bible teaches that you must acknowledge and glorify God and offer up a sacrifice of praise regardless of what you may be going through.
Perhaps you have been experiencing a time of trouble in your life, and you have been praying and trusting God to meet the need…but nothing has changed. While you are waiting for the answer is the perfect time to offer a sacrifice of praise.
It is easy to praise God when everything is going well, but when you acknowledge and glorify Him in the midst of a troubling situation, that is a sacrifice–and it does not go unnoticed.
So offer a sacrifice of praise as you spend time with God at the end of the day.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“To experience God and His plan for our lives, we are to look for the needs of others and do what we can to serve them.
Our religion is not pure if it is polluted with ‘self.’ Our self-centeredness keeps us from noticing what other people are going through.
We don’t have to totally forget about our desires. But we must chase selfishness away by not ALWAYS thinking about them.
Psalm 37:4 plainly tells us that when we delight in the Lord, He gives us the desires and secret petitions of our hearts.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
-1- This one hits close to home right now, as I reflect on losing my Mom four years ago– and now as I have just lost a friend. My sacrifice of praise now is that I thank God for all the good memories of my Mom and our family, and now of my friend Karen and our mutual quilting and writing interests.
-2- I remember my Dad always talked about Christianity not being about religion, but rather about a personal relationship with Jesus. But then Dad also lived his life as an example of this concept of always thinking about others rather than about himself.
So what are YOUR thoughts?
-1- Are you familiar with the concept of the sacrifice of praise? Do you practice it in your life?
-2- Do you agree with this concept of “pure religion” being other-oriented rather than self-centered?