Saturday, November 15, 2008

Daily Digest #176

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. —John 15:13

It is truly important to remind ourselves every single day that we are loved. It lightens my mood when somebody tells me "Jesus loves you". I am still trying to make it a habit to tell myself of this fact every day. And it's always a bonus to have people or someone around to show that love directly. So let us count ourselves lucky if we still have our family and friends around, and for making us feel loved no matter who or what we are.

For this, let us pray. May our lives be a reflection of God's love for us. May we never forget to say a prayer for our family and friends, or people at work, or in our neighborhood. May we also keep our eyes and ears open for opportunities of service to God. Pray always.

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But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2 (NIV)

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Today's guest devotional is provided by Jon Walker

My older sister, Lori Hensley, a very serious prayer warrior, once taught me to meditate on Psalm 131 to help me move toward God's peace that passes all understanding:

We keep our hearts humble.
This doesn't mean we have a low opinion of ourselves. A humble heart means we know our position in Christ, and so we stop being responsible for the things of which we were never responsible. This frees us to live like God intended and allows us to make uncluttered choices that will move us closer to God.

We show the maturity of a weaned child.
The nursing child demands attention now, but the weaned child trusts and is content to wait. We quietly center ourselves on God, peacefully, without agitation and anxiety, and trust God is actively supporting us.

We hope in the Lord with confident expectation.
Truth says God will answer our prayers; he will respond to our needs; he will pave the path before us now and forever (Psalm 18:36).


Counsel in the heart of man is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding draws it out. Proverbs 20:5 (AMP)

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We all need mentors – people who personally coach us in our walk with God.

When I am with a mentor, I ask questions. Asking questions adds to the quality of your life: "Counsel in the heart of man is like water in a deep well, but a man of understanding draws it out" (Proverbs 20:5 AMP).

Every person has a reservoir of knowledge, skills, and experience to share and you're wise if you learn to draw them out.

In fact, you don't have to limit asking questions to just a single mentor who you meet with on a regular basis. You can meet a "mentor" anywhere.

My suggestions is to keep a 3x5 card with you that has a list of standard questions you can ask whenever you meet someone you can learn from; you then pull out your card and ask questions like:

· How do you handle stress?

· What have been the greatest successes in your life?

· What do you think contributed to that success?

· What did you learn from the greatest failure of your life?

· What would you do differently if you could start over?

· What kind of books do you read?

· How do you manage your time?

· How do you manage your money?

· What have been the greatest lessons you've learned?

· What have been the greatest surprises in your life?

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