Monthly Archives: September 2014

THANK YOU For Choosing Us!

With the sounds of a Spanish guitar strumming through my ear buds and a steaming hot cup of French vanilla java in my hands, I am deeply reminded of how thankful I am for each of you today.

Thank you for choosing to read His Daily Dose, whether it’s each month, each week, or (for many of you) each day. Through these online posts, God has given me the great honor of faithfully sharing (through His grace) the truth of who He is, how He really sees you and I, the ways in which He speaks to us, the ways in which He loves us, and how He truly desires to be in a deeply intimate relationship with us as His children.

As disciples of Christ, this intimate relationship is made possible through a lifestyle of repentance & forgiveness. We must intentionally pursue faithful stewardship of the presence of God, deep trust in His faithful character (instead of ourselves and our circumstances), and (most importantly) living out God’s Word each day by obeying His commands found in the Bible. 

“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.” Ephesians 1:4-6 NLT

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” 1 John 5:1-5 ESV

We have been created by God (and for God). We are called to love God and to be with God. He alone deserves the glory and honor for His rich, overflowing, and abundantly plentiful grace & love for you and I, the masterpieces of His creation. 

What is the purpose of His Daily Dose?

The singular mission of His Daily Dose is to fulfill the Great Commission through technology. We aim to do this by discipling and encouraging God’s beloved throughout the nations with daily posts rich in God’s word and real life experiences. Our deepest desire is to one day offer translated posts (as well as eBooks, small group materials, and webinars) in multiple languages to reach His children in their native tongue. As many of you know, we have already started this initiative with our Spanish translator.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’.” Matthew 28:18-20 NIV

The vision of His Daily Dose is that all people will come to know their value and worth in the eyes of the King, Jesus Christ.

Who am I writing for? 

The Holy Spirit placed a deep burden in my heart to write these posts as a sacrificial offering to God for the glory of God so that His beloved may grow. And I believe these posts are specifically crafted for the countless hearts that long to experience a deeply mature walk with God, instead of surface-level faith that shifts with daily circumstances. We all have bad days, and we all have good days, but that never implies that our God is also good and bad. He is only good, and He does not change. We change, and life changes, but He does not.

In addition, I want to thank you…

From the bottom of my heart, I am so deeply grateful for you. Whether you live in Hong Kong, on the coast of South Africa, in the hustle and bustle of New York City, in the cold climate of Russia, in the heat of Mexico City, in the southern city of Atlanta GA, or in the outback of Australia, I want to thank you today. Thank you for being a part of our family here at His Daily Dose. While I have not met many of you personally, please know that we think of you everyday. In addition to these thoughts, we faithfully pray for you as our readers every single week.  

How do we pray for you? 

As leadership and as a prayer family, we constantly intercede on your behalf. We pray that your hearts may be encouraged through the daily posts, that your faith in Christ may overflow from a heart of deep trust in God, and that you and God (The Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit) may develop a deeply mature and intimate relationship with one another through the fullness of the knowledge of who God truly is and who you truly are in Him.

“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:15-21 NLT

YOU ARE A GIFT TO ME and a gift to His Daily Dose.

I want you to know that the door is always open.  Please feel welcome to share any comments on the posts, questions about the ministry, or thoughts and ideas about how we can improve (or whatever else you would like to share). We are ALWAYS incredibly encouraged by hearing your testimonies; they do not go unnoticed. In fact, you can reach us today by clicking HERE. I would love to hear from you, beloved!

As a reader and as a supporter, YOU are a part of our family here at His Daily Dose. 

Thank you for choosing us. And thank you for all your continued support and love. To God be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Blessings to You Beloved,

Christy Becker

Founder and Author 

His Daily Dose, Inc. 

 

 

 

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The Heart Reflects the Man

If your heart were glass, what would you see inside of it?

Most importantly, what does God see? And how is this heart of yours determine the steps that you’re taking in your life today?

“As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” Proverbs 27:19

During a short conversation with Jesus this morning, that scripture stared back at me from His word. This statement’s implications in my own life immediately intrigued me. Because I am the product of my own heart, I need to know exactly what I have stored there.

Within my heart, my decisions (whether foolish or wise), my beliefs (whether truth or lies), my values (whether from God or from the world), and my emotions (whether happy or sad) have all contributed to produce who I am today. They all flow from this single, powerful core deep within me – my heart. Yes, my heart causes me to be who I am. Don’t dilute this statement, beloved, because the heart’s impact is uniquely profound.

If the heart truly is this influential, we must be aware that our hearts really determine the roads that we’ll take in life. Yet our hearts can be influenced by just about anyone if we allow it. Think about it: in this cosmic conflict that we are currently in (spiritual warfare), your heart is the goal of every combatant.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Proverbs 4:23

We must be aware of what we are guarding our heart against. Examples of would-be assailants exist everywhere around us. Through peer pressure and provocative advertisements (among other means), the world seeks to overtake our hearts by attempting to forcefully redefine the meaning of beauty, success, wealth, influence, and power. The enemy wants to destroy you by seizing control of our hearts through a bombardment of external temptations leading to sin.

Yet we can trust in Jesus, who is mightier than all of them. He died on Calvary to deliver, redeem, and restore your heart. Your heart is the very thing He longs for in it’s full entirety.

“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” Proverbs 21:2

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

What’s in your heart today? Is your heart holding you back from becoming the man or woman God has designed you to be? With your heart as it is today, can you experience the absolute best in and through Jesus Christ?

Those emotional wounds that you encountered as a kid that linger in your heart…yeah, Jesus wants those today. And that betrayal you felt by a friend last week…yeah, He wants that, too.

How about those dreams in your heart to have your own company, to travel overseas, or to meet the person that He designed for you for marriage? Yes, He definitely wants every bit of them.

Do you have any insecurities stored inside? Perhaps about the way your nose is shaped, or the way your waist looks, or the fact that you wish you were a bit taller? Yeah, He wants all those areas.

Why do we hold back from giving ourselves fully to God (our very Creator)? Especially when He can already see everything anyways. After all, He’s the One who made our nose, our height, our dreams, and our minds, and our memories (whether good or bad).

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 

This morning I can really see the danger of not giving Him our entire hearts; at the same time I can weigh the incredibly powerful and redemptive effects of giving it all to Him. When Jesus is invited in every area of my own heart, then nothing else even has room to occupy any space. Nothing else can push its way in when Jesus is occupies the space.

Are you holding back something from the Lordship of Jesus? Is your heart prompting you to pursue behaviors, habits, or lifestyles that are contrary to His holy goodness? I encourage you to give your entire heart to Jesus today. Then, when you hit old age and reflect back on your life, you can see that your good heart (that fears the Lord and remained fully surrendered to Him) generated a life of incredible success and rich memories.

 “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.” Proverbs 23:12

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Guest Post: How I Met Jesus in China

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This story is about a girl named Tun Tun. Today, she is thirteen years old, she lives in China and she loves to do school work and play with her best friend, Ping. Three years ago, Tun Tun changed my life. Because of her impact on me, I’m compelled to share her story.

While I was on a yearlong mission trip called the World Race, my team and I spent March 2011 in China working with special needs children. In a tiny room at a welfare center, I saw Jesus lived out in a ten year old girl. This post is for Tun Tun, and for each child who shares her gripping circumstance.

In China, we see a vibrant, cultural nation, but I also experienced the unsavory elements that their government tries to sweep under the rug – the parts that no one wants to hear about. Though I was a Christian missionary, I was in a country where I couldn’t pray in public, evangelize, or speak the name of Jesus. My team and I lived in the melancholy city of Hengyang, where every street corner was covered in grime and soot. Completing the dismal and gloomy atmosphere was an ever-present fog that blanketed the sky and refused to lift.

Every morning, the cold chill of winter met us as we left our hotel and began the 45-minute walk to our ministry site. Continuously dodging motorbikes and impatient taxi drivers, we felt like small pieces in an epic board game, surviving and advancing by hopscotching to the next base.


Normally I was quiet during our walk to ministry – praying silently and pensively. Yet no amount of mental preparation could make me completely ready for those long and heart-wrenching days. While working with the special needs children, I quickly learned that in this Communist country, every life is only valued by how much it can materially contribute – in terms of money, resources, or fame – to the country. Since special needs children generally can’t contribute as much as a “normal” child, they are tossed aside and literally forgotten.

Over the course of that month, our whole team worked in different housing complexes reserved for those that the government deemed to be the trash of society. Most of my team worked directly with International China Concern (ICC), a humanitarian organization that took in special needs children and either cared for them for life or identified loving families to adopt them. However, as for me and two other teammates, we instead worked in the government-owned and operated welfare center, where special needs children were sent first, prior to ICC intervention.

The welfare center building projects a majestic appearance, but is overwhelmingly foreboding and heartless. Here, couples drop off their “damaged” kids and are free to try to have a new, healthier version. Because the children live on the second floor of the building, the climb up the staircase offers visitors a brief moment to steel themselves for the grim sights waiting ahead of them.

In the room where I worked, 14 children live together in squalid conditions, and each one of them is desperate for attention. Without any light in the room, without any calming images, and without any sweet melodies to lift their spirits, all they have is this dark and damp excuse for a dwelling space. The ailments represented in the room include cerebral palsy, autism, trauma, and Down’s syndrome. You won’t see them running around and playing as children normally do. Instead, they spend their days sitting on their beds, moaning or crying, searching for someone to rescue them from this life.

Although I witnessed some horrific things in the welfare center, there was one glimmering ray of sunshine, a young girl that was a tangible manifestation of hope. Whenever I walked into that sour-smelling room, my gaze would seek her out, my favorite little girl. At the time, Tun Tun was ten years old and had cerebral palsy throughout her entire body, which gave her very little control of her limbs. She could stand up on her own, but needed assistance to maneuver throughout the room on her wobbly legs. Her arms were as stiff and inflexible as tree limbs, and her fingers were shaped like tiny branches – thin and bony.

Every morning, after walking briskly over to Tun Tun’s corner, she would give me a sweet, slobbery kiss and wrap her awkwardly formed arms around my neck. I would crouch down to her level and she’d whisper, “baby”, in my ear, pointing to the nursery in the next room, where she loved visiting one of the newborns.

Before my knees could even grow tired from squatting down to her level, she would push herself up and start walking awkwardly across the room to the door. Knowing what she wanted, I would take her arms and assist her as if she were a precious marionette doll. Slowly, we’d sway to the nursery, and once there she would hurry over to the first crib and peer through the wooden bars, looking lovingly at the baby. She’d stretch out her hand and gently stroke the baby’s face. If the baby was crying, she would sweetly sing until it stopped.  

Like clockwork, after we visited the nursery, Tun Tun would wait patiently on her bed to eat. When the limited amount of food was being dropped off, she would ardently scan the room for the children who weren’t strong enough to reach the food bowls and frantically point at them, notifying the caregivers that they had not eaten yet. This was before she had eaten herself. She had to make sure they were fed, even if that meant sacrificing her own meal.

In this story, the role of Jesus was played by this ten-year-old orphan with cerebral palsy.

Even though she was living in this prison of an existence, she still chose to love others before herself. Tun Tun reached for hope when everything seemed hopeless.

In the midst of the terrible things that I witnessed in that month, this little girl changed my life. She reminded me of how Jesus pursues us – even as He dies on the cross, He still looks after his sheep. In the midst of hell itself, Tun Tun looked past herself to love another life. I myself have never loved like her, but she’s shown me that it is possible, and she’s pointed me back to the well of this love, our Creator.

 “One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong. He said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.’ And he said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise’.” Luke 23:39-43

Check out a video about Tun Tun here: The Story of Tun Tun

Have questions about today’s post or supporting Tun Tun? Feel free to reach out to our guest contributor below.

 

Meet our Guest Contributor:

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“I am coming to you from the top level of an old home built in the 1940s – complete with glass doorknobs, arched breezeways and a grand ‘ol porch in the bustling city of Nashville, TN. I’ve traveled to almost 20 countries before the age of 25, helped lay the communications groundwork for two non-profits and currently work on the marketing team for a bunch of lawyers. I find joy in the simplest things: the glow of white Christmas tree lights, anything within walking distance of my house, sitting around a bonfire with friends or spending a Saturday exploring a new town.

I believe that everyone has a story to share and I want to encourage people that life doesn’t have to be days full of rigid schedules and the feeling that you’ve ‘missed it’. It can be colorful and promising; full of surprises and sweet aromas of the coming seasons. I enjoy writing about life change, travels, food and day-to-day happenings.”

www.coffeeshopstoryteller.com

 

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