Daily Archives: November 13, 2016

RATIONS 100 DAYS! #98

There are times when I wish I could live in two places at one time. Or – work on two projects at the same time. Or – clean the house and read a book at the same time. Does someone own a transporter or a robot?

As it is, a lot of the time, I wonder where the day goes. I am busy. I don’t sit on my duff, eating bon-bons and reading a book all day. Hmmm – but now that I think about it, that does sound like an awesome way to spend a day.

This was just one of those days were I can’t point at anything and say, There, that’s done.” Instead, there are still a million things I want to accomplish for the holidays, such as…decide how to decorate this quirky new home, write an early Christmas letter to let everyone know our new address, work on Christmas stockings for the NC crew, and figure out what special thing I can do for the MI, OH and NY crews.

Instead, as I watch the candles come on tonight and the clouds move in to obscure the maybe-once-in-a-lifetime super moon…again, I look around my home, and all I see is just a little work here – a little there, and whoa – how am I going to get all of this done?

“And when we do what is good, let it not be tedious to us, for there shall be a time when we reap, and that will not be tedious to us.”~Gal 6:9

This verse sang inside me tonight as I was wimping out and whining to myself. God seems to like to stick it to me when I want to go in the corner and just sleep away all the things that are in front of me. On top of that, He planted today’s Ration in this book way back in 1942 for me to read tonight.

Good one, Father. Got the hint. Going to pray for the church, our country, our leaders, my prayer list and get busy again. Who can argue with a Father, Son and Holy Spirit who laugh and sing as they scoop you out of the corner and help you organize yourself enough to start again.

I got this- – -better yet- – -Jehovah-Saboath has got me.

1942 Daily Ration: ” ‘Lord, make me to know mine end.’~Ps 39:4

Read: Psalm 40:7-17

“A worthy finish is better tan a good beginning. The prizes of life are never bestowed on those who make a good start, but on those who win in the finals.

“Some people make a brilliant showing in the early stage of a contest Everything seems in their favor, and they are far ahead of other competitors. But they are unequal to long, sustained effort, and they grow disinterested, lose sight of their goal, and begin to lag. Others get a bad start and labor under terrific handicaps, but by persistent effort, by seizing every advantage and never losing sight of the goal, they finish triumphantly.

“Some grow weary in well-doing early in life; others quit after long and arduous struggle; many a worthy life goes down to defeat in the last stage of the struggle.

“Not how we begin, but how we end, counts. The crown of life is promised only to those that are faithful unto death.

“Prayer: Save us, dear Father, from an ignoble end. Save us from the fate of having years of commendable living spoiled through final surrender to weariness, discouragement, or growing indifference. Grant us strength to maintain our high standards right up to the end of the struggle. In Christ’s name. Amen.” [google images]

RATIONS 100 DAYS! #97

Okay – this Ration has been sitting on my computer for 3 hours . I’ve read it at least 4 times I’ve eaten a really worthless but very good supper – enjoyed 1 long phone call with a friend – watched 1 Christmas movie and taken 2 romps with the girls…I don’t think I can stall any longer. I need to finish tonight’s ration before the computer loses it and I have to start all over.

Ooooo – I think I need some cheese and maybe some wine.

Noooooo – “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”~Matt 16:23

Imagine you are hearing a long deep breath, shuddering sigh because that is exactly what I just did.

Actually, I seem to have been saying that short little phrase “Get behind me, Satan” since I opened my eyes this morning.

“Stay in bed a little longer.” (Repeat above phrase here)

“You don’t have to do those stretches” (Repeat said phrase again)

“Go ahead, you can buy that. Put it on the card.” (You know what to do here)

Got it? It has been one of those days when I was not an “appreciator” as today’s Ration tells us. Instead of looking around and just enjoying every step of His day, I’ve whined and cried and mumbled about – the massive number of bikers taking up most of the road while I was trying to get to town – the long line at the grocery store – being monetarily poor at holiday time  – avoiding holiday craft shows- – –

Obviously, not an appreciator.

So I went back to the Ration. It said Read, so – I read.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy …being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”~Phil 1:3-6

I definitely hadn’t done that today. Hmmmm…hmmm…hmmm…as my knees painfullly find the floor of my warroom, I know how to change this day around. Mumbled prayers for others and the peace returns – the love of the girls radiates their contentment and love through my closet doorway – a piece of wisdom filters through the foggy sin barrier and reminds me why Jesus was such an appreciator of each person he encountered – they were all His children – each and every one. So I pray on…

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”~Phil 1:9-11

1942 Daily Ration: ” ‘When Jesus saw him.’~John 5:6

“Read: Philippians 1:1-11

“Bishop William A. Quayle used to say to the pastors in this conference, ‘The world needs appreciators.’ By this he meant men and women who see beyond the unpromising surface of life into the depths, where capacities for beauty and goodness reveal themselves to the sympathetic eye.

“All great souls have been great appreciators, to be able to see only the debased and ugly is the mark of littleness. The men and women to whom Paul sends greetings in his letters were ‘ordinary people,’ so we would say. But Paul’s greatness as a Christian leader is largely found in the fact that he discovered possibilities of usefulness for the Kingdom in lives that appeared only mediocre.

“The greatest appreciator that ever lived was Jesus. He knew the evil that ever lived was Jesus. He knew the evil that was in man, and did not discount the power of sin. But he also saw beyond the offensive exterior to something nobler that might be. He was so sure that it would respond to the appeal of confident good will that he based his kingdom, not on force but on love. The closer we live to him, the more of the divine we shall see in our fellow men.

“Prayer: Touch our eyes and awaken our hearts, O Christ, that we may see in the people with whom we associate today the finer and nobler elements of life which lie beneath the surface. Amen. [google images]