God’s great love for you passes all human understanding. Let’s all remember that God is sovereign and in control, however, He awaits our prayers to fulfill HIS plan and bring HIS will from heaven into our lives, community, city and nation. Let’s resist the devil and never give him any credit for when things don’t go our way. Satan is our adversary and is a defeated foe. Greater is HE who is in us than he who is in the world. Take a look at God’s promises: “..Submit to God and resist the devil and he will flee from you.”( James 4:7.) I Peter 5:8-9a says “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith…” Then take a look at God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord moves to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to Him.” Friends, He is going before you, He is with you and He has got your back. Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO
Today there is a reading on a small devotional book by Max Lucado. GRACE FOR THE MOMENT, VOLUME II. I hope that it touches your heart as it touched mine.
God’s business is putting things right. Psalm 11:7 The Messenger
God never gives up. When Joseph was dropped in the pit by his own brothers, God didn’t give up.
When the delivered Israelites wanted Egyptian slavery instead of milk and honey, God didn’t give up.
When Peter worshipped Him at the supper and cursed Him at the fire, He didn’t give up.
And when human hands fastened the divine hands to a cross with spikes, it wasn’t the soldiers who held the hands of Jesus steady. It was God, who would not give up His only son before He would give up on you. (From: Six Hours One Friday by Max Lucado.
Friends, because God is a God of grace and mercy and loves you that much, He will never give up on you. If you are going through a low spot in your life, I hope that knowing how much God loves you will encourage you today. God’s plans are for your good and His glory. Jeremiah 29:11. Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO
As Mother’s Day nears I have thought of my mother so much more than in times past. Lucille Ione Smith Daniel was born on April 20, 1906 and passed on to her heavenly home at the age of eighty-nine on April 27, 1995. Writing this tribute to her has three purposes. First, even though I have so far to go to be the Godly woman I desire to be, I am who I am in the Lord today because of how my mother raised me and because of her prayers for me. The second purpose is to encourage others to not give up in praying for their children and to give them hope. The third purpose is that the reader will be intentional in making a love connection with their mother whether she is living or has passed.
I praise God that my mother and father loved the Lord and took me to church starting with the church nursery. Already having a son in the Marines, a son in middle school, and an eighteen month old baby daughter, my mother birthed me at the age of thirty-seven. It was not a planned pregnancy, but it was God’s plan.
My mother was not a perfect mother, but she was close. The most precious thing I remember about my mother is that even though I was a rascal, I knew she loved me. She made me believe that I was special. I suppose because I was the “baby” of the family, I was somewhat spoiled. Truly, I hope that I have grown out of most of that characteristic. I am thankful that she disciplined me, even spanked me until I got too old to spank. As I got older, she would punish me by not letting me do something or by not getting something. I am thankful for her instilling me the concept of “right and wrong”.
To those of you who have been praying for a child who is not living a Godly lifestyle or doesn’t have an intimate walk with the Lord, I promise you and God promises you, there is hope. Proverbs 22:6 says it well — “Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” I was baptized when I was a teenager. However, as an Airline Flight Attendant at the age of eighteen, I drifted away from the concepts of morality and Biblical principles. In adulthood I believed that Jesus was only a prophet, not the Son of God. But, my mother was still praying for me and “the hounds of heaven” continued to pursue me. At the age of thirty-four in September, 1976, I said the sinner’s prayer, a prayer I had heard all my life. For the first time I realized that I was a sinner, and if I was a sinner, I needed a Savior. This time, God had gotten hold of my heart. The head knowledge about Jesus and the scriptures I had memorized as a child flooded my heart. I have never been the same and can still say after thirty-eight years, “Yes, Jesus in the Son of God, the only way to heaven.” — John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” Believe it, God is working in the unseen and is answering your prayers to bring your child to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Don’t lose heart!
I hope that in some way that sharing my heart with you will encourage you to make a love connection with your mother if she is still living, even if you have been estranged over the years. If she has passed on, you may want to write a letter and share your heart with her. This is what I have done by writing this article. Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO
The question I am asking myself this morning is, “What does it mean, specifically to me as a born again Christian to ‘be in season and out of season?” “Be ready in season and out of season.” (2 Timothy 4:2)
Oswald Chambers has noted in his book, MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST that the season does not refer to time, but to us as individuals. Friends, oh that I would reflect Christ in the springs and summers, and the falls and winters of my life. Is it possible in each season throughout the entire year to be sold out to Christ, to be obedient to His slightest whisper, and live out God’s word? —- What about Galatians 2:20 (KJV)? I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And this life that I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God who gave His life for me. — Or what about Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
In the falls and winters of my life (periodically taking place in the springs and summers), I wish that I could always live on the “in season” spiritual plane when I have received a great big blessing, words of encouragement from those whom I serve, being with my husband on a restful vacation, or whatever inspires me to say, “God is good, life is wonderful, I feel like a queen, and I am in the center of God’s will!” — That is my “in season.” But it is not realistic. Is it?
Can I, in the “real world”, live on that spiritual plane when someone has misunderstood my intentions, my husband’s health report is not what I wanted to hear, or anything that is a part of life that emotionally disturbs our inner peace or takes away a sense of wellbeing? Yes! It is in those times — “the out of seasons”— that God can use me to a greater degree in being His witness to the world that God is good, life is wonderful because Jesus is alive and God is still on His throne, I am queen because I am a daughter of the KING, and I know that I am in the center of God’s will (Romans 12:2).
“Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love for me in every season of my life. Thank You for loving me so much that You are conforming me to the image of Christ through each season. I pray that each day of my life, whether it is a day “in season and out of season,” that I will be a reflector of Christ’s Spirit to be a witness for You. Use me each day to advance Christ’s kingdom and bring You glory. In Jesus’ matchless name, I pray. Amen.” Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO