"My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness..." 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Thursday, February 28, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 28

"A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished." Proverbs 28:20 NIV

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 27

"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one’s friend springs from his earnest counsel." Proverbs 27:9 NIV

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 26

"Like a coating of glaze over earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart." Proverbs 26:23 NIV

Monday, February 25, 2013

Storms

“The men were amazed and asked, ‘What kind of man is this?
   Even the winds and the waves obey him!’” Matthew 8:27

                 Topping the summit of the 13,000 foot Imogene Pass in Colorado, I stopped our jeep to watch a storm moving in. Thunderstorms travel fast in the high mountains, and this one moved in with a vengeance. We headed down the mountain with the wind rocking the jeep and rain pelting the windshield.
                As usual, I was driving. Getting out on four-wheel drive trails is one of the few adventurous things I enjoy. All of a sudden my husband pointed to where two people were struggling up the mountain. With lightning crackling all around, he got out and asked them if we could give them a ride to the bottom. They accepted, but were surprised to see I was the driver. Since they were women, I found their response laughable. He told them I was the one they wanted to be driving, since this was “my thing.”
                The two hiked that mountain often, but were quite unprepared for a sudden storm, having only plastic rain ponchos for their protection. Once safely to their car, they thanked us and we headed back, this time able to enjoy the scenery as the storm had passed.
                Life’s storms often move in just as fast as that mountain thunderstorm, and with as much violence. We can be caught unaware and as unprepared as those women. When Jesus’ disciples were in a storm on the Sea of Galilee, Jesus was sleeping in the boat, undisturbed. They woke Him up, telling Him they would all drown. He responded by saying, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”   
               Unexpected trials often bring out our deepest anxieties, no matter how close we are to the Lord. In those times, we forget He is in control and focus on how unprepared we are. Even long-time believers react in fear, thinking the worst is certain to happen.
              When the disciples awakened Jesus, they never expected Him to tell the storm to cease. They “were amazed.” We are often surprised at the unexpected displays of God’s power in our times of need, but Jesus is in the driver's seat.
                Spend time reading scripture when times are good. Then when life’s storms take you by surprise, you can react in faith, recognizing that God already knows the outcome and has it well in hand. Trials will come, but you can be at peace knowing Jesus is in control.

© Copyright 2013 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and http://normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 25

"Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and he will hate you." Proverbs 25:17 NIV


Sunday, February 24, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 24

"An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips." Proverbs 24:26 NIV

Saturday, February 23, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 23

"Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord." Proverbs 23:17 NIV

Friday, February 22, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 22

"Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the Lord..." Proverbs 22:17-19 NIV
   

Thursday, February 21, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 21

"He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity." Proverbs 21:23 NIV

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 20

"Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel." Proverbs 20:15 NIV

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 19

"Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord." Proverbs 19:14 NIV

Monday, February 18, 2013

Live To the Lord


“For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”
Romans 14:7-8

               He was gone. Struck by lightning under a clear blue sky—my daddy went to be with his Lord.
              The same bolt of lightning hit the rest of the family as we were told about his death. Where was God? Why did this happen when I prayed he would live to see his grandchildren grown to adulthood? There in my new prayer journal was my request, written after having lunch with him one last time, a couple of weeks before his death. I lay in bed, unable to get up and do anything productive. Questions circled in my head—but there were no answers.
               The phone rang and a fellow discussion leader from Bible Study Fellowship called to see how I was. Her dad had died only a few weeks earlier. She understood my pain. At her urging I read my lesson for the week, and in it were words I needed to hear.
               God causes us to pray in order to reveal what is in our hearts, and so we are able to see His answers when they come. It was my desire to have him with us. It was God’s wisdom to take him home that we might lean on God.
             My children remember their grandpa for the active role he played in their lives, and he lives on in their hearts and memories. The things he taught them make a difference, even 17 years later.
              Jesus teaches us to store up treasures in heaven, where moths and rust can’t destroy. One of my treasures is my daddy. He is waiting for the wonderful day when we are reunited as a family, when we’re together again.
              His death has impacted the lives of more people than I can tell. Those who knew him well, and those who heard his story were touched by his life, committed to the Lord. Some never heard his name, but benefited from the lightning safety information our family spreads at every opportunity. Lives saved for a chance to know God—lives saved by coming to know Jesus Christ through his testimony.
                I heard of another man this week whose life was indelibly impacted by my dad.
               What will you be remembered for? Will it be your faith and godly character?
              Live to the Lord, so that when you die you will meet Jesus.

© Copyright 2013 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and http://normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHIm Proverb for the Day - Feb. 18

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10 NIV

Sunday, February 17, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 17

"The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart." Proverbs 17:3 NIV

Saturday, February 16, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 16

"In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." Proverbs 16:9 NIV

Friday, February 15, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 15

"A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit." Proverbs 15:13 NIV

Thursday, February 14, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 14

"He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God." Proverbs 14:31 NIV

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 13

"Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice." Proverbs 13:10 NIV

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 12

"A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted." Proverbs 12:3 NIV

Monday, February 11, 2013

Peace in Change

God intended it for good…” Genesis 50:20 NIV
 
            I felt as if the rug had been pulled out from under me. It was like landing on my back, staring at the ceiling and wondering what happened. The news of a major life change less than ten years from retirement was too much to comprehend.
             It is easy to make plans, and take your current state for granted, assuming nothing will change. We have the head knowledge that God will care for us in any situation, but sudden changes create doubt and fear. Scripture says that man makes his plans, but the outcome is in God’s hands. Knowing that and putting our faith in action are two different things.
                Our extended families are all here. We built a home to retire in. We’re settled in our church, Bible study, and routines. Life was supposed to slowly wind down surrounded by the familiar. But sometimes the biggest blessings come when we leave the familiar behind and take a step of faith.
                 We aren’t certain how to look at a future that threatens to take us away from everything familiar and loved. Though not out of malice, our change, like Joseph’s was not of our choosing. Nothing prepared us for what was coming. It hit us out of the blue.
                 Joseph found himself surrounded by strange people and a strange culture, far away from everything he knew, and no one gave him a choice. No one asked us either, and we wake up and can’t go back to sleep, wondering what the future holds.
                His trials grew him into a man of great spiritual depth and exemplary character. He trusted God to provide all he needed, gave his best, and prospered. In my heart I know God can do that for us too. In my head, I cry out “Why?”
                What trials and changes face you today? God is big enough to handle all of your questions and doubts. He hears the cries of your heart, and understands your fear of the unknown. At the same time, He promises He will never leave or forsake you. Be at peace.
                Determine to wake each morning with a statement of trust in God on your lips and a believing heart that refuses to fear. It won’t be easy, but stepping out in faith will yield rewards you never dreamed possible.

© Copyright 2013 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and http://normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 11

"The righteousness of the blameless makes a straight way for them, but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness." Proverbs 11:5 NIV

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 10

"Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs." Proverbs 10:12 NIV

Saturday, February 9, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 9

"If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you, if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.” Proverbs 9:12 NIV

Friday, February 8, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day Feb. 8

 "I [God] love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity." Proverbs 8:17-18 NIV

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 7

"Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call understanding your kinsman; they will keep you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words." Proverbs 7:4-5 NIV

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 6

"Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyes, for the prostitute reduces you to a loaf of bread, and the adulteress preys upon your very life." Proverbs 6:25-26 NIV

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 5

"May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deermay her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be captivated by her love. Why be captivated, my son, by an adulteress? Why embrace the bosom of another man’s wife?" Proverbs 5:18-20 NIV

Monday, February 4, 2013

Rootstock or New Creation

“Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:25

          Double-take. I walked out my back door and noticed leaves on the rosebush we thought was dead. My beautiful red rose had appeared dead in the fall, but we never dug it up, and what I thought was a piece of pink paper caught on the thorns was a pink rose.
            I don’t know much about roses, but I know one type is sometimes grafted onto the rootstock of another. The rootstock had lived through the winter and the true nature of the rose was now coming out. Much to my surprise, within a few weeks a red rose opened up giving me red and pink roses on the same bush. It was unusual and kind of pretty, but neither looked as healthy as they should. Both were small and sickly.
            When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, we are given a new nature. The Spirit of Christ comes to live within us. The problem arises when our old nature, our sinful nature, decides to show itself. There is a place inside me where the rootstock hides, now and then showing its true colors. They are things I thought were surrendered to His control, the inner self I thought was hidden. 
             We all have that hidden rootstock.  It may even be pretty to the world, like my rose, but it shows me for what I am, a sinner saved by grace, still bearing in my body the sin nature needing the touch of the Master’s hand. I am, after all, a work in progress. Those two natures living side by side will never be as healthy or beautiful as they would be if only the new natures God controls existed without the other to sap its strength and beauty.
             We are fortunate to have a loving God, who works within us so that, in the end, He can present us clean, a spotless and a perfect work of His wise and loving hands.
            What sinful thoughts and desires do you struggle to hide from the world? What do you fear popping out and revealing that you aren’t all you seem to be?
              Let God take care of your sinful rootstock, and replace it with His beautiful, thriving new creation able will bless others and show His love to a hurting world.

© Copyright 2013 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and http://normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com. All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 4

"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble." Proverbs 4:18-19 NIV

Sunday, February 3, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 3

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones." Proverbs 3:7-8 NIV

Saturday, February 2, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 2

"For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it." Proverbs 2:21-22 NIV

Friday, February 1, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - Feb. 1

"My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them." Proverbs 1:10 NIV