Friday, July 19, 2024

Timely Tidbits of Truth 25

Timely Tidbits of Truth 25
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

Jesus Christ is God’s perfect gift, given in God’s perfect time, in God’s perfect way, to perfectly meet the needs of every seeking heart.
Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15).
My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Have Joy

Have Joy
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

“Have a good time” and “have fun” are common sayings we use with one another. It’s not a bad thing to say to someone, but it does have its limitations.

I would like to see a different saying become more common among God’s people. How about if we replace “have fun” with “have joy.” Joy is one of the greatest things we can possess on earth and differs greatly from fun.

“Fun” is fine, but we can’t always have fun. Fun depends so much on where we are in a given moment and what we are doing. It’s not fun to be caught in a traffic jam, to have a financial setback, to go through a difficult trial, to be without heat in the winter, or to have a mechanical breakdown when you are trying to meet a deadline.

It’s fun to go skiing, but it’s not fun to break your leg; it’s fun to watch a baseball game, but it’s not fun to watch your team lose; it’s fun to eat at a nice restaurant, but it’s not fun to get food poisoning; it’s fun to hook a big trout, but it’s not fun to have it get away.

Joy is a grace gift from God, not the result of a particular circumstance that happens in our lives.

Joy touches our spirits—fun touches our emotions. Joy abides—fun comes and goes. Joy flows like deep waters—fun skips along like a rock upon the water’s surface.

Joy is amazing and strength giving. Joy isn’t just for the good times, but for the hard times as well. Jesus knew joy even while going through the agony and suffering of the cross. The joy that Jesus knew is the joy we need to know as we face every circumstance of life—hard or easy, bad or good, pleasant or difficult—and it is His joy that He gives to us.

The Lord has blessed by wife with the gift and ministry of hospitality. Early on, the Lord taught her an important lesson about this ministry. She was once served a meal of tortillas and eggs by a Christian woman who lived in an adobe house with dirt floors, in the back country of Mexico. To this day, my wife has never been served more graciously. Her hostess had so little to offer materially and yet she radiated joy in everything she did.

It would be fun if my wife had a super gourmet kitchen to work in and the latest fine china to put at each place setting, but that has nothing to do with her ministry or her joy. Her joy comes from the Lord, not our kitchen or our dishes. At the end of the evening it may not be fun to face a stack of dirty dishes, but for my wife, the time at the sink is a time of joy. It has become something she looks forward to; it is here that she celebrates her calling, reflects upon the evening, and recalls the ministry of the Lord to those who were in our home.

Whatever your day might be, “Have joy”; whatever your circumstances, “Have joy”; whatever you need, “Have joy.” Have God’s joy. Have it in abundance. Have it in its fullness. Be filled with joy. Have the joy of His presence, and the joy of His salvation. May His joy greet at the start of each step of obedience, meet you at the end of every tear, cover you in every trial, and sustain you in every labor of love. May His joy remain.

“Have joy!”

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy… (Romans 15:13).

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Monday, July 15, 2024

My Morning Prayer: God’s Way Is the Best Way

My Morning Prayer: God’s Way Is the Best Way
-Roy Lessin and Marina Bromley

God’s Way Is the Best Way
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

Nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done (Luke 22:42 NKJV).

We cannot lean upon our own understanding; we must lean upon the arm of the Lord. When David was about to face Goliath, Saul told David to do it his way, using his armor; David refused and did it God’s way (dependent upon the Lord) and faced the enemy with a sling and a stone. God’s ways are not our ways. Our faith must respond to what God wants us to do and how He wants us to do it. One plus God is always a majority!

My Morning Prayer
-Marina Bromley

Good morning, God. I am grateful for Your peace and presence in my life, even when it appears to be tattered and storm-weary. You are with me in the midst of this day and I need Your arms to carry me through the battles and valleys. Father, I trust You. Your understanding is so much deeper and goes so much farther than today's circumstances. Lead me. Equip me. Comfort me. Also, through Your Holy Spirit, empower and strengthen me. Help my faith respond appropriately to what You want me to do, and how to do it, to accomplish Your will in this world today and for Your kingdom and glory. I choose to stand with You today, so Lord, have Your way in me and through me. In Jesus' name, amen.

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©2024 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Photo and prayer by Marina Bromley. Used with permission, all rights reserved.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Timely Tidbits of Truth 24

Timely Tidbits of Truth 24
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

The gift of God’s Son was freely given to us. He is a life-giving stream given without money or price. Because we have received freely from Him, there are so many gifts that we can give freely to others—a caring deed, prayer, a kind word, thanks, forgiveness.
Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price (Isaiah 55:1 NKJV).
Freely ye have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The Lord Thinks Upon Me

The Lord Thinks Upon Me
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

Based on Psalm 40:17 AMP:

I know your heart. 
I know you. I understand.
I am familiar with all your ways.
I see. I hear.
I know your deepest desires.
I know your voice. I listen when you call.
I know where you are. I know your needs.
I know what you have walked through-
I know the valleys and the storms-
I have walked with you through each one.
I know your tears. Your joys. Your celebrations.
I know all you do in my name. 
I notice. I care. 
I am pleased when you trust me.
I love you! I know you love Me.

Even though I am afflicted and needy,
Still the Lord takes thought and is mindful of me.
You are my help and my rescuer.
O my God, do not delay (
Psalm 40:17 AMP).

The Lord is good, A strength and stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him (Nahum 1:7 AMP).

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©2024 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Photo by Marina Bromley. Used with permission, all rights reserved.