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

Friday, May 31, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 31

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31: 8-9 NIV

Thursday, May 30, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 30

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God." Proverbs 30:7-9 NIV

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 29

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"A man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth." Proverbs 29:3 NIV

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 28

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"If anyone turns a deaf ear to my instruction, even their prayers are detestable." Proverbs 28:9 NIV

Monday, May 27, 2013

2MefromHim Weekly Devotional - May 27

Memorial
 
 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Documents in delicate, curling script spread out on the table before me, the story of a man who lived his convictions, unafraid of what many might perceive as a blemish to his name. The photocopies of my great grandfather’s Civil War records are among my family treasures. I don’t know the whole story, but the few things I do know speak volumes.
Records in the library in Jack County, Texas reveal that he voted against Secession from the Union—a brave stand for a Texan in that era. He joined the local militia, serving as a farrier, shoeing the horses and probably acting as a sort of veterinarian. The main function of the militia was to protect the settlers from the raiding Comanches. His own families hog farm was raided more than once, his wife and older sons fighting valiantly for their home.
When the war came to Texas, the militia was pressed into the service of the Confederacy, a cause he did not believe in, but he continued for a while as a farrier. When it became too much, he deserted the Confederate Army, an offense which could have resulted in his hanging. Somehow, he ended up in Fort Marcy, New Mexico, about sixty miles from my home. There he signed a document stating he was willing to fight for the Union. No further records exist to reveal if he actually did so.
Deserter is an ugly term, often signaling cowardice. My great grandfather was not a coward. He stuck to his principles when it created difficulties suffered by both he and his family. He stood for what he believed to be right, no matter how it appeared to others.
I often wonder if I have such courage. I think of the times I have failed to share a word from God with someone in need. I think of all the times I went along with the crowd instead of speaking up. As a Christian, I am soldier in the army of God. I have a task to do that is not always popular, and a responsibility to stand for what is right.
On this Memorial Day, I remember my ancestors who have served their country since the Revolution.  I pray for the courage to serve my God with single-minded conviction to stand my ground for Him. I want my memorial to be His reward.

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

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 27

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend springs from their heartfelt advice." Proverbs 27:9 NIV

Sunday, May 26, 2013

2MefromHim - God's Promise for the Week - May 26

God's Promise for the Week -
"Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary." Isaiah 40:31

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 26

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Like the useless legs of one who is lame is a proverb in the mouth of a fool." Proverbs 26:7 NIV

Saturday, May 25, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 25

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Remove the dross from the silver, and a silversmith can produce a vessel; remove wicked officials from the king’s presence, and his throne will be established through righteousness." Proverbs 25:4-5 NIV

Friday, May 24, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 24

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength. Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers." Proverbs 24:5-6 NIV

Thursday, May 23, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 23

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle." Proverbs 23:4-5 NIV

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 22

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace will have the king for a friend." Proverbs 22:11 NIV

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for Daily Living - May 21

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice." Proverbs 21:3 NIV

Monday, May 20, 2013

2MefromHim Weekly Devotional - May 20

In the Shadow

 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

           My friend’s suffering was intense. Her cancer was very aggressive and fast-growing. Within three months she moved seeming health to heaven. Her suffering and death clarified the spiritual meanings of light and shadow my mind.
           Looking out over the peaks and valley from my mountain home, I saw a parallel between my friend’s suffering and the rising of the sun in the morning sky. As light peeks over the ridge to the east, it first illumines the tops of the mountain peaks to the west. The shadows in the valley below recede slowly as the sun rises higher in the sky.
           The light draws my eyes to the peaks above when the valley still rests in shadow. In the same way, suffering should draw my heart upward, making me long for Gods’ light. His word enables me to know with certainty that I will not remain in the darkness.
            The interplay of light and shadow in life often reveal strengths and weaknesses we did not know we had. Before cancer confined my friend to bed, she talked about Christ to neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Her cancer opened doors which had once been closed. As she said, no one has the courage to say no to a dying woman. Suffering enables us to relate to people undergoing many kinds of trials. Basic concepts are transferrable to many different situations.
          As a quiet hush fills the valley before the sun permeates it with light, suffering, once embraced, has the potential to develop patience to wait when the certainty of heaven exists. Seeking God in times of pain can give the assurance that He will, in time, reveal Himself and grant release from the trials and pain of this world.
          When circumstances draw me into the shadow, I must choose to look to His light to avoid being overcome by darkness. Looking to the One who bore all my sin and shame, enables God to give me His comfort and fill me with His light. Then, like my friend, I have comfort to share with others, that they might also find His peace.

© Copyright March 2011, by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and
  All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 20

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Even small children are known by their actions, so is their conduct really pure and upright?" Proverbs 20:11 NIV

Sunday, May 19, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 19

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense." Proverbs 19:11 NIV

Saturday, May 18, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 18

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Proverbs 18:10 NIV

Friday, May 17, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for Daily Living - May 17

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly." Proverbs 17:12 NIV

Thursday, May 16, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 16

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided." Proverbs 16:6 NIV

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 15

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright." Proverbs 15:7 NIV

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 14

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure." Proverbs 14:16 NIV

Monday, May 13, 2013

2MefromHim Weekly Devotional - May 13


Straight Pathways

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

          Letter in hand, I stood in the dining room, tears trickling down my cheeks. I was on the waiting list. God directed me to a career in nursing and now everything was on hold.
           My parents were willing to do whatever was necessary, but I had three younger siblings, and it wouldn’t be easy. We were comfortable, though not wealthy. After a summer vacation punctuated with college visits, I was accepted to Montana State University, three states away from my home.
           Aside from my family, I didn’t want to leave my best friends behind. I had become very involved in a campus ministry. I wanted to remain in-state for college. I continued to pray for a way to stay, but school began earlier at home than in Montana, and I accepted that God’s answer was no.
         The day before all my friends began class, I received a phone call from a woman identifying herself as an instructor from the College of Nursing. Shockwaves rippled through me. Someone had dropped out. There was a place for me if I still wanted it.
         God granted my request, but in His way, not mine. He is not subject to schedules we design. His timing is His own, designed to teach us to depend on Him. Though I have had many opportunities since, to learn that He always gives me His best, I have to be taught again and again. He opens doors to show me the way and closes them to prevent me taking the wrong direction. That summer had a profound impact on my life.
          When I can’t see where God is leading. When everything appears hopeless, and I don’t know what lies ahead, I often grow apprehensive about the future. However, God and I have a history. I can review incidents from the past, reminders of His faithfulness and care. He has never let me down.
           When I choose to entrust the circumstances of my life to Him, with all my heart, and acknowledge that He knows what I need, He makes my path straight.

© Copyright August 4, 2011 by Norma Gail Thurston Holtman and
http://normagail-2mefromhim.blogspot.com.
All Rights Reserved.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 13

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice." Proverbs 13:10 NIV

Sunday, May 12, 2013

2MefromHim - God's Promise for the Week - May 12

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -

John 8:31-36 - Freedom

New International Version (NIV)
31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 12

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Good people obtain favor from the Lord, but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes." NIV Proverbs 12:2

Saturday, May 11, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 11

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead." Proverbs 11:8 NIV

Friday, May 10, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 10

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked." Proverbs 10:3 NIV

Thursday, May 9, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 9

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of insight." Proverbs 9:6 NIV

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 8

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me." Proverbs 8:17 NIV

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 7

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye." Proverbs 7:2 NIV

Monday, May 6, 2013

2MefromHim Weekly Devotional - May 6

Be Still

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

             I stopped halfway through the kitchen. My heart was turning back-flips in the center of my chest. Sitting down and feeling for my pulse, I called my husband to see if I was imagining it. I wasn't. Two hard beats and then a pause. Two hard beats and then a pause.
As a former nurse, I am cautious about calling 911. This time there was no doubt in my mind. Hooking me up to a 12-lead EKG, the paramedics began the trip into town. Because we live 28 miles from the city limits, I was glad to have someone calm and equipped to care for me. I sat on the gurney praying, “God take care of me and keep my husband safe. Slow my heart.”
          Since I am on a heart medication that isn’t well-known in the US, I gave the information to the paramedics. At the hospital, the doctor made it clear he wasn’t comfortable in dealing with it. In the meantime, my monitor went off every few minutes as my heart climbed from 90 up to 206 and then slowed down again. I couldn’t turn to see the monitor without setting it off.
           Up to the ICU, where a friendly face greeted me. It’s not encouraging when ICU nurses remember you, it just felt scary. Okay Lord, show them what to do. Over to a regular room. My heart rate was normal—a relief, but what had happened?
           Almost twenty-four hours later, someone finally explained. Did it matter that they didn’t entirely understand? Well, I thought it did then, but doctors aren’t the authority. I forgot for a few minutes, but God still held me safe.
           Nurses make terrible patients, and I’m no exception, but God was holding me. No matter what happens, He knows best. He will provide. He keeps me safe.
           Just as the physical condition of my heart drew my attention this week, the spiritual condition of my heart should draw my attention every day.
           It may seem as if everything is falling apart, but my heart racing doesn’t mean my mind should race. He can keep me in peace when everything around me is shaking and changing. God is my peace, not doctors, not medications—God. My peace comes from Him.
           “In every change, He faithful will remain. Be still my soul.”

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

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 6

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living - "There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community." Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV

Sunday, May 5, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 5

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"For your ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all your paths." Proverbs 5:21 NIV

2MefromHim - God's Promise for the Week - May 5

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -

Psalm 91:9-12

New International Version (NIV)
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
 

Saturday, May 4, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 4

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers." Proverbs 4:14 NIV

Friday, May 3, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 3

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine." Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV

Thursday, May 2, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 2

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless..." Proverbs 2:6-7 NIV

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

2MefromHim Proverb for the Day - May 1

Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living -
"Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck." Proverbs 1:8-9 NIV