NCFI Cares: The Word Sustains Us

At the beginning of a new year, we make new plans to renew our strength. We are sure that nothing will stop our new plans. Yet, when we begin to take the first steps of change, or our dreams begin to be realized, doubts arise within us. A fear or a feeling that something bad happens; or we lack strength and resources, and we begin to waver.

What seemed safe and close now seems far and impossible. What we once wanted to accomplish and that we believed was so urgent, has now become routine or secondary to our daily activities. Just after the first month of the year our plans and objectives are diluted and we are already doing the same things that we do every year. Where did our plans go? Where did our resolve go to make those changes?

The Word of God has many resources to sustain you in everything you proposed this year:

Forces: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord” Zechariah 4:6

Sustenance: “Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you” Psalm 55:22

Beware: “Casting all your anxiety upon him, for he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7

Overcoming fear: “For I am Jehovah your God, who holds you by your right hand, and says to you: Do not fear, I will help you” Isaiah 41:13

Security: “Because I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans of well-being and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope” Jeremiah 29:11

May this be the best year of our lives, because if “God is for us, who is against us?” And who can separate us from his love … nothing!  Thank my Lord. Romans 8:31-36

Guest Contributor:

Martha Fernández  Moyano, Argentina, International Board Member

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NCFI Cares: How Can We Have Self-Control?

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Self-control is probably one of the hardest things to master. How often have we been defeated by a bad habit, a bad attitude, or a wrong mindset? We make promises to improve. We ask someone to hold us accountable. But deep inside, we know that we don’t have the will or the ability to change. We can talk, we can plan, we can read from books, can pray but we still find it difficult to overcome and control many of the things that are inside us!

Thankfully, we know our God knows our weakness, and He also knows the medicine which we need! The Bible says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal. 5:22–23). The only way to gain self-control is by allowing the Holy Spirit to control us.

God is not nearly as concerned with our ability as He is with our surrender.

In other words, our key focus is not effort but surrender—to live moment by moment submissively trusting in the Lord rather than in self. Paul says this is what it means to “walk by the Spirit” (v. 16).

Are you ready for a change? You can change, for God is in you and in us. As you surrender control to Him, He will help you bear the fruit of His likeness.

So our new year can be started like this: “I am in need, Lord, of your power so that I might change and grow. I surrender myself to You. Please help me to understand how to be submissive to You that I might be filled with Your Spirit.”

Written by Bulbuli Mollick, Bangladesh, NCFI Board Member

Celebrate 100th NCFI CARES Devotion

 

NCFI Cares (Caring Across Regions with Encouraging Scripture)

Here are the links mentioned in the video:

CARES: Reflections for Nurses found at NCFI’s Institute of Christian Nursing website.

Lighting the Way: A handbook for Christian Nurses and Midwives

Christian Nursing 101 article 

Email sign-up ncfi.cares@gmail.com

 

Check out the category  “NCFI Cares” for the 99 other devotions!

Christian Nursing 101: Forgiveness in the Workplace?

Like many workers in health care or all workers experience conflict and even incivility in the workplace. And even if it isn’t as extreme as incivility or lateral violence, we experience angry colleagues, disgruntled employees, and/or emotional outburst; and probably like myself, have demonstrated non-Christlike behavior. It is tough to maintain any resemblance to Jesus’ love and grace amidst the high-stress and continuing demands of health care and academics. As I reflected on these challenges, I knew the beginning point was forgiveness. Not just, the churchy version of forgiveness, but the forgiveness described and lived out by our Savior.

I encourage you to read the article in the Journal of Christian Nursing, reflecting on your own workplace and situations. Included in the article is a link Dr. Luskin, the Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project found at Learning to Forgive

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Our workplace, like our home, is a training field for the testing of our faith and learning to live Christ-like.

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1:2-4; NASB).

 

 

 

NCFI Cares: Share A Christmas Hymn

As a young girl, I remember memorizing Silent Night, O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, and The Little Drummer Boy, yet not really paying attention to the lyrics. I would sing the songs in school pageants and throughout out the holiday season. The hymns were really no different than other Santa Claus based children songs, until I became a Christian as an adult. Then, I was amazed at the rich spiritual truth seemingly hidden, yet obvious in Christmas hymns.

My purpose in sharing my story is to encourage you to share the richness of Christmas music with your staff, patients, and friends. Even if O Come, O Come Emmanuel is played amidst Jingle Bells, the amazing truth of our Savior’s birth is announced in the mall, on the radio, and throughout the listening public. People who would never open a Bible, talk about God, nor attend church will worship God while singing Gloria in Excelsis Deo. Also, take a moment this Christmas season to praise the Divine during O’ Holy Night or meditate upon the rich spiritual truth found in Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

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NCFI Cares: Humility toward Men & Women

The Lord has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you. But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).

Thankfully, we need to look no further than to Jesus Christ to demonstrate how to “walk humbly with our God”. We readily think of the humble self-sacrifice Christ provided for our redemption (Philippians 2:5-11); additionally Jesus demonstrated his supreme love for mankind by humbly serving others. Andrew Murray’s Humility exclaims that our humility with God is demonstrated by loving our neighbor through sacrificial service to others:

“It is easy to think we humble ourselves before God: humility towards men will be the only sufficient proof that our humility before God is real; that humility has taken up its abode in us; and become our very nature; that we actually, like Christ, have made ourselves of no reputation.” (p. 12).

A perusal of Murray’s work on Humility reflects our Savior’s meek and lowly heart (Matthew 11:29) while revealing a few excellent tips:

-Pray for the Holy Spirit to wash us afresh with the humility of Christ.

-Explore new ways of honor others above ourselves in both home and work.

-Bear upon ourselves the failings and sins of fellow-Christians for the unity of peace

-Look upon every person as a child of God with honor and preference as an esteemed son of a King.

-Praise God most fervently when others are preferred and blessed

Finally, may we seek to live like the Apostle Paul in saying through both word and deed, “I am the least of all the saints”  (Ephesians 3:8).

 

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NCFI Cares: Be Kindness

The Lord has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you. But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8).

Scripture teaches to “put on kindness” like a garment to wear (Colossians 5:12); yet we can change our garment of kindness into selfishness and pride pretty quickly. We also learn that the Holy Spirit working within us brings out the fruit of kindness (Galatians 5:22); yet sometimes our fruit is less sincere and under-ripe. Throughout scripture we see how the kindness of God is demonstrated and extended kindness to others.

Here, in Micah we are instructed that we are to “love kindness” or “mercy” in the KJV. The Hebrew word checed is translated to mercy, goodness, faithfulness and frequently used to describe God as lovingkindness. Notice how Moses, the writer of Exodus, described the LORD’s presence and proclamation.

Then the LORD passed by in front of Moses and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness (checed) and truth; who keeps lovingkindness (checed)” (Exodus 34:6)

In other words, checed is an attribute or character of God’s presence. Thus, kindness is our presence, our personality, and the essence of our spirit  Checed is not based on a mood, emotion, action or attitude. Instead it should be so greatly ingrained within us that spills out continuously onto others.