I Have Everything For Joy

Prodigal: I am ready for a story.

Me: I think I have just the one for you to read.

This is from the book The Applause of Heaven by Max Lucado

“I have everything I need for joy!” Robert Reed said. “Amazing!” I thought.

His hands are twisted and his feet are useless. He can’t bathe himself. He can’t feed himself. He can’t brush his teeth, comb his hair, or put on his underwear. His shirts are held together by strips of Velcro. His speech drags like a worn-out audio cassette.

Robert has cerebral palsy.

The disease keeps him from driving a car, riding a bike, and going for a walk. But it didn’t help him from graduating from high school or attending Abilene Christian University, from which he graduated with a degree in Latin. Having cerebral palsy didn’t keep him from teaching at a St. Louis junior college or from venturing overseas on five mission trips.

And Robert’s disease didn’t prevent him from becoming a missionary in Portugal.

He moved to Lisbon, alone, in 1972. There he rented a hotel room and began studying Portuguese. He found a restaurant owner who would feed him after the rush hour and a tutor who would instruct him in the language.

Then he stationed himself daily in a park, where he distributed brochures about Christ. Within six years he led seventy people to the Lord, one of whom became his wife, Rosa.

I heard Robert speak recently. I watched other men carry him in his wheelchair onto the platform. I watched them lay a Bible in his lap. I watched his stiff fingers force open the pages. And I watched people in the audience wipe away tears of admiration from their faces. Robert could have asked for sympathy or pity, but he did just the opposite. He held his bent hand up in the air and boasted, “I have everything I need for joy.”

His shirts are held together by Velcro, but his life is held together by joy.

Psalms 50:2

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Women Lovn’ Jesus

Me: You need to keep your saddle oiled and your gun greased.

Prodigal: We will be prepared.

This is a quick video devotion on proverbs.

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Proverbs 6:18

A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil,

Jennifer Van Allen

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www.faithincounseling.org

Watch and Pray

Me: It will be a beautiful day!

Prodigal: Yes, and I am waiting to see what God will do today.

This is from the book The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis

Therefore we must watch and pray, lest our time pass away idly. If it be lawful and expedient for you to speak, speak those things that may edify. An evil custom and neglect of our own good often makes us to set no watch before our mouth. Yet, devout discourses of spiritual things do greatly further our spiritual growth, especially when persons of one mind and spirit be gathered together in God.

John 6:27

Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.

Jennifer Van Allen

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www.faithincounseling.org

May We Be Alive

Me: Your garden looks good!

Prodigal: I am prouder than a prize heifer over my garden.

Me: Make sure you enjoy the garden.

This is from the book The Soul Winner by C.H. Spurgeon

May we be altogether alive from the crowns of our heads to the soles of our feet! I know such Christians. You cannot come into contact with them without feeling the power of the spiritual life that is in them. It is not merely while they are talking about religious topics, but even in the commonplace things of the world, that you are conscious there is something about them that tells you that they are altogether alive to God. Such Christians will be used by God for the quickening of others.

You are a christian that is alive with the light of the Lord. Allow yourself to be used by God today. Allow yourself to follow in His leading. Allow yourself to put aside your plans today. The Lord’s work needs the Lord’s workers.

God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Jennifer Van Allen

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wwwfaithincounseling.org

Women Lovin’ Jesus

Me: I’m starting a new project.

Prodigal: I think it will turn out great!

This is a short video devotion on proverbs

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Proverbs 6:17

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood. (KJV)

Jennifer Van Allen

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www.faithincounseling.org

Waiting for the 12:35

Prodigal: I’m waiting on the train.

Me: This can help the time fly.

This is from Doris C. Crandall

Chris Dowell had finished a long weekend of intensive training for volunteering at a crisis hot line for students at Oklahoma University. It is called Number Nyne, and when students feel angry, upset, frustrated, depressed or lonely, they can call and talk to the volunteers. He was going home from work at about 10:00 p.m. the day after he’d finished the course.

Going over some railroad tracks, Chris saw a wheelchair out of the corner of his eye. He drove on to the stop sign on the other side of the tracks thinking, “I wonder what that guy is doing there? He’s sitting way too close to be waiting to cross the tracks. Oh, well, it’s not my problem.”

Suddenly something inside him made Chris change his mind. Putting the truck into reverse, he backed up to the man in the wheelchair. Rolling down the passenger side window, Chris called out, “Hey what’s going on ? Do you need any help?”

The man did not answer, so Chris parked, walked over to him and sat on the ground next to his wheelchair. “I’m just waiting,” the man mumbled.

“What for?”

“A train. Old Jess is going to kiss this world good-bye. Man, I’m paralyzed. I can’t walk and can’t hardly use my arms.”

“You sound really down. What has gotten you so upset?” Chris didn’t try to talk him out of his plans or push him off the track. He knew the next train wouldn’t come until 12:35. He just listened as he told him his troubles. They talked about two hours.

Finally, Jess said he’d changed his mind. “Chris, man, ” he said, “I don’t know if you believe in God, but I do. Before I came to these tracks tonight I prayed, “Look, God, I’m going to the railroad tracks and kiss the first train that comes by. I don’t know if that’s what You want but if it’s not, then send somebody to stop me, and He did. He sent you.”

Chris was astounded. He could see how God had prepared him to respond to Jess. God has done something for someone else using Chris as a tool. “I thank God that I listened when that voice inside my heart said, “Back up and talk to that man.”

Colossians 3:9-10

Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Ministry

Prodigal: Lord be with us today.

Me: Yes, that is my prayer also

This is from Making Sense of the Ministry by Warren and David Wiersbe

  1. The foundation of ministry is character.
  2. The nature of ministry is service.
  3. The motive of ministry is love.
  4. The measure of ministry is sacrifice.
  5. The authority of ministry is submission.
  6. The purpose of ministry is the glory of God.
  7. The tools of ministry are the Word of God and prayer.
  8. The privilege of ministry is growth.
  9. The power of ministry is the Holy Spirit.
  10. The model for ministry is Jesus Christ.

Psalms 107:1

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Women Lovin’ Jesus

Me: There’s a crowd here today!

Prodigal: Yep, we need some truth.

Me: Well, the word of God can be some great truth!

This is a short video devotion on Proverbs

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Proverbs 6:16

These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: (NKJV)

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

In the Hands of God

Me: What do you see?

Prodigal: Something beautiful and full of love.

This is from the book With Christ in the Garden by Lynn James Radcliffe

The ultimate event is in the hands of God. His purpose will finally win through. When eternity speaks, God will be seen to be victorious. This is the tremendous faith in which a Christian lives. We are confident that nothing is too hard for God. Evil events can hinder His purpose, but they cannot stop it. The omnipotence of God will never be overwhelmed by tragedy. The mountain torrents may rage with foam and fury, but the slope on which they run is in the hands of God.

It was the perspective of the eternal which was most real to the Master in His last prayer. Earlier, in the Upper Room, Jesus had said, “Ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice.” If we are limited to the events of earth, life does not make sense; but if man has eternity in his heart, then we can dare to believe that in the wider boundaries of immortal life the purpose of God will find fulfillment.

Ephesians 4:25

Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

Jennifer Van Allen

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www.faithincounseling.org

What May Edify

Prodigal: What do you think of my friends?

Me: They are as cute as buttons!

This is from the book The Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis

Desire to be familiar with God alone and His Angels, and avoid the acquaintance of men. We must have charity towards all, but familiarity with all is not expedient. Sometimes it falleth out, that a person unknown to us waxeth bright from the good report of others; yet his presence darkeneth they eyes of the beholders. We think sometimes to please others by our company, and we begin rather to displease them with the wickedness which they discover in us.

Psalms 24:7-8

Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org