Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. – Ephesians 1:15-19 NKJV
Whenever we find ourselves worried or stressed, we can remember that God’s power is mighty.
His Holy Spirit calls us. All we have to do is listen and act. We don’t need to devise elaborate plans.
Wisdom and understanding might seem elusive in a world full of violence, but God gives us faith.
He reveals what we need to know, right when we need to know it.
Life can be a playground instead of an obstacle if we listen to the Lord. Amen.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. – Romans 12:6-8 NIV
God gives each of us unique gifts and talents. Some of us are good at sharing Jesus Christ, others are good at serving. Some of us excel at teaching and encouraging. Some of us have money to give to charity or lead organizations.
We sometimes play small, but we are God’s children, and nothing is small about His accomplishments through us when we follow Him.
Just as it takes time for a rose to bud and bloom, it takes time to for us to cultivate our gifts. God can give us courage to learn something new or to expand on a strength we already have. Amen.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. – Psalms 103:13 NIV
Father’s Day can be bittersweet for those of us whose dads have passed away, but our Heavenly Father is worthy of celebration, too. When we are tempted to complain, we can thank our Heavenly Father instead.
Henry Akao, my dad, was a man of few words, but when he chose to speak, it was with intention. I get my Japanese work ethic from him, as well as my technical side and drive to excel academically. I also get my love of Star Trek and all things related to space exploration from my dad. I get my sense of determination and ethical integrity from my dad.
My dad used to say, “Study hard; get an A; become an astronaut.” It was his way of saying “shoot for the stars.”
My dad had a wry sense of humor. After my sister and I got pet bunnies, he said, “Throw them in the pot.” We remind my son what Grandpa Henry said about bunnies.
My husband is a great father to my four-year-old son. We affectionately call my son a “Daddy’s boy” because they have so much in common. They both have commanding voices, tons of energy, and a heart for people.
Happy Father’s day to all of you out there today, and may you have peace and ease. Amen.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me….to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. – Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV
The Lord can comfort those who mourn. He can take sadness and turn it into joy. He can take a bad situation and turn it around. Nothing is impossible for God.
He can take even the most strained relationships and turn them into loving relationships.
He can turn resentment into forgiveness.
He can reunite those who are separated, even those separated by death.
This world is not our final home.
When we are upset, the Lord hears our cry. He is saddened when we feel isolated, because He is always with us. Many things, people, and circumstances can distract us from the Lord, but He can redirect us back. He loves us beyond measure.
A plant without water withers, but a plant that is well-watered flourishes. Amen.