Technology Tip: A radio program offered some great advice–don’t begin the first 30-minutes of your day on your phone, tablet, or computer. Listen as Gaye talks about her time with Jesus. 

I love my cup of java early in the morning.

I sit with Jesus, my Bible, notebook and a cup of coffee. My coffee tastes even better with the creamer I add giving it a taste of sweetness because it disguises that bitter taste.  Perhaps that is you as well.

A couple of days ago I was enjoying my cup of coffee and found my mind focused in 1 Peter where I have been for about a month now and only in the first chapter. Peter is speaking to my heart and it is my hope that He will be speaking to yours as well. Peter is counseling, giving advice, directing his words to a group of Christian believers who are stuck somewhere between a rock and a hard place. They are “all in but hanging on” for dear life as they face suffering. What keeps them going are the words of Peter saying, “Stay true to the One who paid the price for you! Remember you were chosen by the foreknowledge of God, sanctified by the Spirit FOR obedience to Jesus Christ whose blood was shed for you.” 

Listen to his words in verse five as he tells them they are “protected by the power of God.”  If you want His protection as you weather the storms of life or walk the road of missions or do mission work online, you must determine to trust God whose heavenly armies and love have reached down to protect you. You have a choice.

You can be like the half and half, tasting sweet, but disappearing into the coffee generation all around you. Remember the Terrified Ten of Numbers 13?  They were like the half and half creamer we put into our coffee. They wanted God’s protection, but their fear of the enemy was greater than the power of God. Peter is saying to these first-century believers and to you and I, that even though “God is capable of helping or defeating,” as the man of God told King Amaziah, He won’t do it for those who are like half and half. God wants us all in, like Joshua and Caleb so He gets the glory, not us.

So where are you today?

  • Are you all in or just half and half?
  • Are you willing to trust in God the maker of heaven and earth who can calm the wind and waves and your storm, too?

About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the ministry where she works as a full-time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way, she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas, she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter; a senior at Baylor University. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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