A few year back at New England Club (senior living facility) worship, a participant shared a sheet on God’s Survival Kit with our team. We customized that sheet a bit and the result is HERE and down below…
Isn’t this a sweet way (pun intended) to share a reminder of God’s love? Our team assembled little cups with survival kit items and handed them out at worship. They were popular and several people asked about taking an extra to give to a friend, family member or another who just needed to know that God provides energy, love, resilience and more. How could we refuse?
Since then we have taken customized versions of this to church members while visiting – it was a nice approach to discuss our faith in a relaxed way.
ACTION: Are there people in your life who could use their own personal God’s Survival Kit? If so, consider stopping by with a kit (we’ve created a customizable Word document version of our half-page sheet HERE for your use, in case that’s helpful)
Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit, aware of the survival kit God has for each of us!
For me Memorial Day has a slightly different meaning from what we read on www.History.com. While it’s important to focus on memorializing military personnel who have aided our cause of freedom, spending this day memorializing EVERY important person in my sphere is valuable. The fact that some of these important people were not in the military does not dim my celebration of their memories during this holiday weekend.
Make a list of some key individuals who helped shape your life and who are no longer sharing space in our mortal world.
Spend time in prayer, thanking God for these key people and asking for strength and support of your efforts in being more Christ-like in word and deed.
PRAYER: Dear God, on this Memorial Day, we thank you for all special people in our lives who have now passed physically from this mortal world, including the men and women in military roles who have made our world a safer place. May we be good ambassadors, allowing their legacies to continue for ensuing generations. Thank you for Jesus, a wonderful, aspirational example of the people we might become. Amen.
Practicing approaches like this in the past, I can attest to their effectiveness. As a good friend and parent, would God mind that we’re nodding off while in conversation? [this reminds me of nighttime conversations when sleeping in the same room with friends – one of us would be talking and suddenly there was no sound as sleep overtook us… ]
ACTION: Do you have friends and/or family members dealing with challenges sleeping? Share prayers of strength and support for those people. Then, if appropriate, forward this email – or compose your own email – to them along with the Daily Guideposts article.
“Be still, and know that I am God!” ~ Psalm 46:10a
A favorite devotional site from Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago IL is written by different members of their staff, providing a nice variety of perspectives. This message based on Psalm 46 shares a significant family story along with several POSSIBLE ACTIONS including:
“What if this day we each walked outside and saw the beauty in the simple and “still” of our surroundings? ‘The Lord God Almighty is with us,’ let us rejoice and be glad!”
“For this day upon us, what if each of us appreciated the beauty of a storm? The beauty of things falling apart?”
May you find an opportunity to “be still,” feeling God’s presence, then allowing the Spirit to move in and through you as you proceed to do God’s will.
Ever feel like you need a companion when dealing with a problem harder than granite? Most of us can…
This Our Daily Bread story shares a “doubles” approach. For me, it was a nice reminder of a friend who was a double-teamer during a medical challenge. We even had a chance the other day to share a moment of celebration and appreciation of that double-teaming effort!
We always have our spiritual “doubles” partner, a nice reminder of which is described in the Footprints poem and song. Better yet? Having God PLUS a friend/neighbor/family member as a physical “doubler!”
consider a recent “doubler” in your past and share a meal/coffee, send a note or place a phone call expressing your gratitude
see someone struggling with an issue? Consider offering to be one of the “doublers” on that person’s team. While they won’t always welcome the opportunity, it’ll help them recognize that the support is available…
Happy Mother’s Day. Hmmm. While appreciating the concept, to me this day is less about celebrating women who mother children and more about recognizing women who are wonderful examples to children (and adults.)
So… this year I’m going with “Happy FeRoMo** Day!” to all the women in my life. Doesn’t “roll off the tongue” quite the same, does it? 🙂
My life blessings include a multitude of positive female role models – certainly my mom, but also my wife, sister, aunts, cousins, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law plus many other females who are family members, teachers, ministers, work colleagues, friends… Which women come to your mind when thinking of folks who have helped shape your life?
The Helen Steiner Rice poem HERE captures nice thoughts about the special women who care for us – – our mothers and/or other caring women in our lives! Maybe you’ll even forward this email or print the poem and share it with a special woman?
May we find time today to make this day refreshing and special for all women who are role models in our world…
The Iona community is inspiring. Here is their creed (link HERE.)
Is this powerful, or what?
“…We commit ourselves to work for change
and put ourselves on the line;
to bear responsibility, take risks,
and face humiliation;
to stand with those on the edge;
to choose life and be used by the Spirit
for God’s new community of hope. Amen”
~ Iona Creed
May our commitment in some small way be energized by this creed…