Biblical Truths of Daily Living

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:4, KJV

God is Still There For Us Even When We Have Unexpected Surprises

Isn’t it great how God is still there for us even when we have unexpected surprises in our lives? My husband and I were hit with one such surprise two days ago when we got our taxes done.

We own a cleaning business, which doesn’t show much of a profit because we have employees and other expenses that bring the income from the business quite low. We also, both, work at a  retail/grocery store and get better than normal wages.

In the past I was able to claim both our daughters for the credit related to having kids, I don’t remember the accurate name for that. This year, 2012, I have a daughter that turned 24 during the latter part of the year so I knew I wouldn’t be able to claim her any longer. I thought, though, that I’d still be able to claim my younger daughter.

I think what threw me off was because law were changed for coverage for insurance plans. Now, children can be covered until they turn 26 whether they live with you or not or whether they are in school full-time or not.  This is not the same rule for the child care credit.

My younger daughter did not attend college for a minimum of five months this year, so we are not able to claim her as a dependent at all even though we pay most of her support.

Therefore, instead of getting the three to four thousand dollars we were counting on to help make it through the rest of the winter, since we do not clean many windows in the winter in Michigan, we are getting just under five hundred dollars.

Part of that is my own fault in another way also. I changed my withholding for the year because I opted for a high-deductible health plan which was more expensive monthly than I anticipated. This year even though I made about the same amount as last year, just a bit more than half of the amount from the year before was held from our federal income tax.

This awful news almost made me depressed. I about wanted to cry on someone’s shoulder. I’d like to say that after talking to my husband, I gathered with God and Jesus Christ to let them commiserate with me; but, to be honest, it took me two days after hearing the news to do that.

I will say that I have been listening to a Christian channel on the radio, and I know that has helped me a lot before and after finding this out.

I have encouraged many people before that no matter how dim your life may seem, God is always there to help you keep from floundering in the muck and mire of this world.

I decided to read the book of Phillippians this morning. I was reminded once again of  the section in Chapter 4 verse 6. In the King James Version it reads: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

The word careful in this verse is Old English for anxious. We are to be anxious for nothing. When I was reading this, this morning, I prayed for God to help me try to not be anxious for anything. I then thought, wait a minute; God is not asking me to try not to be anxious, but he is basically commanding me not to be anxious. So if he is telling me to be anxious for nothing, then I guess it must be available. He would never ask or expect us to do something that we couldn’t do.

How are we supposed to be anxious for nothing? The neat thing about God is that he doesn’t leave us to figure it all our for ourselves. He tells us how to do it and it’s right in this verse.

Phil 4:6b: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Again, this seems like an impossibility. But is it? Who is telling us to handle pressure this way? God! Does God lie? No! Well then, I’d say this isn’t an impossibility. Now you might ask, how well do I do with this verse? I’d have to say, that there is always room for improvement. If I had been where I’d like to be with this verse, then I would have been tuned in with God right away.

I’m not saying I went and got drunk or something, I just didn’t drive myself to the word for my answers which is something I’d like to get better at.

I did remember to praise God the next day, but I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing that daily so much so, that I’ve forgotten all the different and various ways I’ve already studied that I can praise God.

I did re-read the last Psalm this morning and was reminded that I can praise him for what he has created, for the beauty that is all around us, for family, for friends, for my job, for financial prosperity-right now, that looks far away, but God says it’s within reach.

I need to put my pedal to the metal, so to speak, and get in gear with God and his word, for with God all things are possible.

Bless you all and thanks for reading.

 

 

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How Important is Prayer?

How important does God consider prayer? One way to find out is to study the subject and see what God has put into his word about it.

Colossians 3:17:

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Ephesians 5:20:

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Have you every tried praying for everything? I’ve worked at praying for many things, I do well with it sometimes, generally, though it seems like I forget more than I remember. God is happy that we do our best to apply His Word in our lives.

If we decided not to try or to quit trying because we knew we would fall short, then we’ll never get to the place were we’ll have those habit patterns built. As we work towards praying for more things, God will teach us more of what we can be praying for.

We can pray for our spouses, or significant others, our children-their safety, their hearts toward God, the decisions they make. We can pray for our travel plans, any traveling we do, working our jobs, our bosses, our co-workers, our pastors, teachers.

In the Old Testament it talks about teaching our children when they get up, throughout the day and when they go to bed.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7:

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and     when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up. (KJV-spelling)

Even though I’m writing about prayer, I believe these verses are still important relating to prayer, because if we’re praying throughout the day, we can incorporate those prayers when we are teaching and working with our children. When we’re working with our children throughout the day, we can show by example all the categories where prayer can be involved.

We also should be praying for those in authority over us, in our governments. We want to lead a quiet and peaceable life and be able to maintain the freedoms our forefathers fought to bring us.

I  Timothy 2:1-4:

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of Gd our Saviour;

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

In Thessalonians, God tells us to pray all the time.

II Thessalonians 5:17, 18, 25:

Pray without ceasing.

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Brethren, pray for us.

We are encouraged to pray all the time. Prayer allows God to get involved in our lives and that of our loved ones. God cannot overstep our free will, nor that of our family members, yet he knows their heart. If we’ve been praying for them, it could be that God would be able to plant a seed encouraging them to change direction, change focus in their lives.

If you want to read a great book about prayer and being consistent with praying for others and not giving up, read about George Mueller, Delighted in God. He lived in the 1800’s yet prayed for God to be his sufficiency in his life and for the kids he cared for. It is filled with tidbits of God’s faithfulness and being faithful in prayer.

Related links: http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/biographies/george-muellers-strategy-for-showing-god

Check a paraphrased version of George Mueller’s great book on trusting God. The link is found under comments for this post.

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Prayer Poem

The Difference
 
I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish, I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me and grew heavier with each task;
Why doesn’t God help me, I wondered; He answered, “You didn’t ask.”I wanted to see joy and beauty, but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me – He said, “But you didn’t seek.”I tried to come into God’s presence; I used all my keys at the lock;
God gently and lovingly chided, “My child, you didn’t knock.”I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.
By Grace L. Naessens
Related Links:
http://faithrises.com/
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