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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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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Monday, July 8, 2024

Morning Prayer

Morning Prayer
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

Father, thank You for opening the door to another day. I step into it by faith and dependence upon You. I receive from You, a more than sufficient portion of Your Grace, to live today through You and for you.

Thank You for the newness today brings, and also for what is changeless. I praise You for the new page You are writing in my storybook of life. I praise You for new mercies, and for the new songs you put in my heart. 

I praise You for Your steadfast love, Your faithful promises, and for Your constant, consistent, unfailing nature and character. Because of these things I can fully depend upon You.

I place my steps into Your hands. I trust You to order them. I give You my planner and pencil. Add to it what pleases You, and erase from it that which You have not ordered for this day. 

Thank You for working all things together for good. I love You and I am blessed to be called according to Your purpose…And thank You there is nothing in this day that can separate me from Your love.

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11 AMP).




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Friday, July 5, 2024

Timely Tidbits of Truth 23

Timely Tidbits of Truth 23
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow

The Lord has come to embrace you with the Father’s love and draw you close to His heart forever. No love could be richer, higher, or deeper than the love that the Lord has for you.
 
Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself" (Jeremiah 31:3 NLT).
 
May (you) be able to comprehend…what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge… (Ephesians 3:18-19).




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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

The Victory of Love

The Victory of Love
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
 
To the saddened heart, He pours the oil of gladness;
To the discouraged heart, He brings a song of hope;
To the lonely heart, He comes with the nearness of His presence;
To the disappointed heart, He speaks a promise of better things;
To the drifting heart, He secures the anchor of His steadfast love;
To the wounded heart, He applies the healing ointment of His grace;
To the soiled heart, He washes with the rivers of His mercies;
To the troubled heart, He soothes with the quiet strength of His peace.
 
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing pains and their sorrows] (Psalm 147:3 AMP).




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Monday, July 1, 2024

My Morning Prayer: The Lord Knows Where to Place You

My Morning Prayer: The Lord Knows Where to Place You
-Roy Lessin and Marina Bromley


The Lord Knows Where to Place You
-Roy Lessin
 
Jesus…said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you.” Mark 5:19 NKJV
 
 
Sometimes we think we can serve God better and more effectively if we are somewhere else and with other people. We can think, I will serve You, Lord, when You send me to the mission field; I will let my life be a witness for You when I am with strangers, but not when I am with my family and friends here at home. God wants you to trust Him to work through you in the place He has you. He wants to work through you to touch the people who are around you now.


My Morning Prayer
-Marina Bromley

Good morning, God. Thank You for sustaining me through the night, and waking with me in the morning. I want all that You have for me today, and trust You will help me to hear Your voice through the day and that You will work through me right where I am today. Help me to discern Your voice, and help others to see You at work in me and through me. Let minds and hearts be open to receive the Good News of Jesus and give me a new boldness to share with them as You lead me. I love You and trust You! In Jesus' name, amen.

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