Thursday, September 1, 2022

 



Good Advice

You’re going to wear yourself outand the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you.

Exodus 18: 18-19a (NLT)

 

Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had heard all about what God had done for Moses and the Israelites. Stirred by the great news, Jethro traveled with his daughter and his two grandsons to go see Moses in the wilderness.

When he saw how Moses spent his days settling disputes among the people, he asked Moses two clarifying questions.

·         What are you really accomplishing?

      ·         Why are you trying to do all of it alone?

Sometimes, it takes someone on the outside looking in to spot the real problem. Moses spent his time hearing the disputes of the people, while the people stood around waiting for their turn to be heard. The system just wasn’t working.

Instead, Jethro offered Moses some good advice.

Split up the work!

There have been times in my own life that a simple observation from a trusted friend has redirected my “It’s all up to me” mentality. Or their wise words have opened my eyes to new ways of doing the job.

God never gives us more than we can handle. But when we do take on a task that is big, He will provide the needed help.

Thank goodness for Jethro’s insight and good advice.

If you are carrying a heavy burden, be sure to seek the advice of someone you trust. God may have a solution to lighten your load.

Father,

Thank that You are always faithful to give us just what we need when we need it. Help us to always seek You first and to have listening ears when someone offers us good advice.

In Jesusname, amen.


Tuesday, August 16, 2022


 Remember, our hope is in the Lord Almighty. 
It is not in man.

Monday, August 8, 2022

 Putting on My Glasses of Hope



Lately the world around me has seemed full of hard facts. The war in Ukraine, the economy here at home, and some personal issues have all played a part in my attitude of defeat. I guess you could say it all looked chaotic and hopeless. One big blurry blob of despair.

Now, I know a thing or two about blurry eyesight. My eyes have been bad since I was ten. Without glasses, a figure in the distance could be a person, a pole, or a sign. It's all one big blob. But once I slide my glasses onto my nose, everything becomes clear. 

That's what happened today when the Lord gave me some scriptures that brimmed over with hope. It was like putting on my glasses, everything cleared. So, I thought I'd share a few of the scriptures the Lord pointed out to me with you. 

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come... This verse from Revelations reminded me who it is that I serve. He is the Great I Am. Ever present, never far off. 

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.  I am reminded to put my confidence in God and not man. That I do not need to fear even in the hard time because even then He will allow me to bear fruit. He walks with us in the easy and the hard.

A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired. Here is the heart of the matter. If my confidence is in Jesus, then I can stand firm in His assurances and count my blessings. My heart can be cheerful because I can carry all my worries and fears to the One who can calm the sea. 

The hymn lyrics from "My Hope is Built on Nothing Less" sums it up nicely. 

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus' blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus' name.

So today, put on your glasses of hope. Search the scriptures and find the ones that speak to your heart and take comfort in the fact that Father God is always with you.

May the God of hope fill you to overflowing. 

Bonita Y. McCoy



Tuesday, August 2, 2022

  Good Advice You’re going to wear yourself out — and the people , too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself ...