Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pinnacle of Human Emotions

“An understanding, loving heart is the pinnacle of all human emotions…. We come closest to becoming Christlike when we are charitable and understanding of others. One may have many talents and knowledge but never acquire wisdom because he does not learn to be compassionate with his fellow man. Christlike love must be continuous and contemporary.” ~ Marvin J. Ashton

Monday, October 5, 2015

Money Doesn't Change Men

“Money doesn’t change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant, or greedy, the money brings it out; that’s all.” ~ Henry Ford

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Child of the King

"Next time you look in the mirror and criticize yourself, stop. Remind yourself of how beautiful you are to God. Next time you mess up and think you'll never get things right, stop. Remind yourself that God has chosen you for His purpose. Next time you feel worthless, stop. Don't believe the lie. You are a child of the king." ~ Stan Toler (Minute Motivators for Women) 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Accountability Checklist Used by John Wesley

Accountability Checklist used by John Wesley with a group He called The Holy Club.
1."Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you..." (2 Corinthians 13:5a)
2. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
3. Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?
4. Can I be trusted?
5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
7. Did the Bible live in me today?
8. Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
9. Am I enjoying prayer?
10. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
13. Do I disobey God in anything?
14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
17. How do I spend spare time?
18. Am I proud?
19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
22. Is Christ real to me?

"This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples." John 15:8 (NIV)

Answered Prayer

"What is it about us that we can remember who insulted us decades ago but cannot remember the deliverance God gave us last year. We can hold a grudge for a lifetime, but when asked how God has answered our prayers in the past, we struggle for a response." ~ Chris Tiegreen

Suggestion: Keep a prayer journal, so you can read back and see how God has answered prayer over the years.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Assess Your Situation

“Some mothers seem to have the capacity and energy to make their children's clothes, bake, give piano lessons, go to Relief Society, teach Sunday School, attend parent-teacher association meetings, and so on. Other mothers look upon such women as models and feel inadequate, depressed, and think they are failures when they make comparisons... Sisters, do not allow yourselves to be made to feel inadequate or frustrated because you cannot do everything others seem to be accomplishing. Rather, each should assess her own situation, her own energy, and her own talents, and then choose the best way to mold her family into a team, a unit that works together and supports each other. Only you and your Father in Heaven know your needs, strengths, and desires. Around this knowledge your personal course must be charted and your choices made.”
― Marvin J. Ashton

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Creative Solutions

"Some days the bullies win, the plans fail, and the desired results fall flat. Regroup. Pray for strength and clear thinking. Get wise advice. Don't let frustration get the best of you. Look for creative solutions." ~ M. E. Anderson

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Focus on HIM

Great Tragedy

“One of the great tragedies of life, it seems to me, is when a person classifies himself as someone who has no talents or gifts. When, in disgust or discouragement, we allow ourselves to reach depressive levels of despair because of our demeaning self-appraisal, it is a sad day for us and a sad day in the eyes of God. For us to conclude that we have no gifts when we judge ourselves by stature, intelligence, grade-point average, wealth, power, position, or external appearance is not only unfair but unreasonable.” ~ Marvin J. Ashton

Monday, September 28, 2015

Temporary Conditions

Anticipating heaven doesn't eliminate pain, but it lessens it and puts it in perspective. Meditating on heaven is a great pain reliever. It reminds us that suffering and death are temporary conditions." ~ Randy Alcorn

16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NASB)

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Illogical in Terms of Human Reasoning

"Sometimes what God says may seem illogical in terms of human reasoning. Or it might clash with our fleshly desires. It can be tempting to dismiss a voice that doesn't support our preconceived ideas, but God's children need to align themselves with His directions, regardless." ~ Charles Stanley

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Leave Them Better

“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” ~ Marvin J. Ashton