Yellow Bowl Blessing Do you have a cupboard shelf in your kitchen where you place little used items? I do. It is quite high up and as I can no longer use a ladder or a kitchen chair to climb up, I usually resort to using an old cane as a makeshift reaching tool in order to grab items stored in the cupboard. My methodology has its drawbacks. As my reflexes are slow, often the item I reached for ends up spinning on the kitchen floor, having missed my grasp. Recently, as I idly watched a huge plastic bowl gyrate wildly on the floor after a failed reach and grab attempt, I began to chuckle. I hadn't used that bowl in years. Yet at one time, that bowl saw a lot of use as a popcorn bowl for large gatherings I had in my apartment. All my friends were well acquainted with the bounty this bowl could hold. It was the custom in the the weekly home group I once led to open the floor for prayer requests and for those desiring ministry. Over a period of time, I began to feel mildly frustrated when people would respond by asking for a "little prayer" or worse yet, casually mentioning that they wouldn't mind a "little blessing". On one occasion, I asked at prayer time, "Does anyone want prayer for anything specific or for a blessing in general?" After a long, uncomfortable silence, one woman replied. "I wouldn't mind a little blessing." Inspired more by frustration than anything else, I stomped out to the kitchen, rummaged around in my cupboard and found the yellow bowl that happened to not be in use that week as well as a tiny soup bowl and brought them both out. "What do you want? Do you want an abundance of God's bounty or do you want just a 'little' blessing?" It made such an impact that people started asking for a 'yellow bowl' blessing. What about you? Do you have a desire for all the goodness of God in your life? Do you desire more of His love through you and in you? Do you desire more of His wisdom, more of His grace, more of His grace, more of His passion, more of His compassion? Ask for the yellow bowl blessing, pressed down and running over! Until next week, © 2010 Katherine Walden A reminder: I Lift My Eyes has partnered with "Christianbook.com" to provide you with deep discounts of books, gifts, church supplies, music DVDs, pastoral helps, Sunday School programs and a whole lot more. http://psalm121.ca/books/books.html Your purchases help offset some of the online costs of this ministry. You may also make a donation through paypal by sending funds to our paypal account ps121ilme@... ------------- If you would prefer to receive the quotes below (without the newsletter portion above) on a daily basis rather than in a weekly summary, please go to http://dailychristianquote.com/subscribe.html and join the daily quote mailing list. ------------- DCQ Archive July 29 - August 3, 2010 July 29, 2010 The cross is the model for our unanswered prayer. Somehow, our sense of being forsaken by God in our hour of greatest need can be united by God with Christ's sufferings on the cross - suffering that resulted in the conquest of death and the sending of the Holy Spirit. Can we have the courage to offer our sense of being forsaken up with that of Christ? Can our suffering, united with that of Christ, also lead to the salvation of many? Glen Argan http://www.wcr.ab.ca/index.shtml Editor WCR --------- July 30, 2010 I want Thy plan, O God, for my life. May I be happy and contented whether in the homeland or on the foreign field; whether married or alone, in happiness or sorrow, health or sickness, prosperity or adversity - I want Thy plan, O God, for my life. I want it; oh, I want it. Oswald J. Smith http://www.swordofthelord.com/biographies/SmithOswaldJ.htm Biography --------- July 31, 2010 <Br> Nothing makes us so bold in prayer as when we can look into the eye of God and say to Him, "Thou knowest that I am not praying for personal advantage, nor to avoid hardship, nor that my own will in any way should be done, but only for this, that Thy name might be glorified. Ole Kristian O. Hallesby http://www.booksofthebible.com/p1398.html Brief Biography --------- August 1, 2010 Linger often in worship. In the midst of your daily storms, make it a point to be still and set your sights on him. Let God be God. Let him bathe you in his glory so that both your breath and your troubles are sucked from your soul. Be still. Be quiet. Be open and willing. Then you will know that God is God, and you can't help but confess, "Hallowed by thy name." Max Lucado http://www.maxlucado.com/ Upwords --------- August 2, 2010 When you give up vengeance, make sure you are not giving up on justice. The line between the two is faint, unsteady, and fine...Vengeance is our own pleasure of seeing someone who hurt us getting it back and then some. Justice, on the other hand, is secure when someone pays a fair penalty for wronging another even if the injured person takes no pleasure in the transaction. Vengeance is personal satisfaction. Justice is moral accounting...Human forgiveness does not do away with human justice. Lewis B. Smedes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_B._Smedes Short Biography --------- August 3, 2010 When a man walks in the fear of God he knows no fear, even if he were to be surrounded by wicked men. He has the fear of God within him and wears the invincible armor of faith. This makes him strong and able to take on anything, even things which seem difficult or impossible to most people. Such a man is like a giant surrounded by monkeys, or a roaring lion among dogs and foxes. He goes forward trusting in the Lord and the constancy of his will to strike and paralyze his foes. He wields the blazing club of the Word in wisdom. Symeon --------- Important addresses: http://psalm121.ca/home.html I Lift My Eyes Web Ministries Site Index - please take note of this address To change your address for receiving this list, please unsubcribe from your old address and subscribe with your new address © 2010 All articles written by Katherine Walden are copyrighted and as such, please do not send them on to others without including all the contact information that is included in every newsletter you receive from this ministry. Feel free to pass on the "Daily Christian Quotes" themselves, no permission is needed to do so.