Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. - Psalm 103:1

Friday Devotional – Enough Light for the Next Step

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 31, 2014

Have you seen the sunrise and sunset recently!  I have the pleasure to drive to work every morning and have the sunrise in my path to work and the sunset on my path home.  As I reflected on the beauty of God’s creation, I felt called to find a devotional on his light. I found one by Rick Warren and feel it has a great message for this time of year and for the “next steps” we have in front of us at Pizza Ranch.

BY RICK WARREN — SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

“Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people.”(Psalm 119:130 CEV)

Everyone needs light. You need physical light to make sure you can see the world around you, to avoid running into obstacles.

Through his Word, God wants to provide light for your mind, too. The Bible says, “Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people” (Psalm 119:130 CEV).

God wants to give light — his light — to every single person. He wants to light up our minds with the truth of who he is and his next step for our lives.

Biblical meditation is often the key to turning on that light. You have to soak your mind in the light. Biblical meditation isn’t losing your mind to the universe; it’s focusing it on the Word of God. When you do that, you bring light to your life.

Through his Word, God helps you to see life through a different perspective. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (NIV). God’s Word gives us direction in life; it shows us the path God wants us on.

When that psalm was written, the “lamp” was a candle in a lamp people would carry around. Today, it would be a flashlight. If you hold a flashlight and you want more light down your path, you have to take the next step. Many times I’ve been stuck and looking for a light from God for my whole path. But God gives us just enough light for the next step. You take that next step, and God gives you light for the step after that.

One of the best ways to turn on the light of God’s Word is to pray God’s Word, like Psalm 119:18: “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” You want to see wonderful things from God’s Word, right? Ask God to open your eyes to what he wants to do through your life.

He’s ready to turn on the light.

Think It Over

  • How has God seemed like a mystery to you? In those times, did you turn to God’s Word for answers?
  • Do you just wait for God to make something clear, or do you ask him for his clarity and discernment?
  • What do you think the difference is between reading the Bible and biblical meditation?
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Do Everything – Steven Curtis Chapman

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 30, 2014


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Stories of Impact – Council Bluffs, IA

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 29, 2014

IMG_20141019_134054_717Recently, the Council Bluffs Pizza Ranch participated in a fundraiser at the Open Door Mission in Omaha, NE.  They were there among more than 30 other restaurants for “Ladle of Love”.  Guests had a chance to vote for their favorite soup submitted by the restaurants.  All event proceeds went towards providing basic needs and life changing programs for the hungry and homeless. Eddie Carrera, General Manager, helped to organize and get the soup to the Mission, and had some left over for homeless guests to feast on after the event.

1796694_10152783081165953_252611862814808567_nIt was a great event for the community of Council Bluffs and Omaha  and a wonderful way for our Pizza Ranch to give back.

Nice job Eddie and staff!

 

 

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This is your life.

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 28, 2014

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Because You Love It

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 27, 2014

This weekend my daughter was in her first high school vocal competition and was among some of the best talent in the state.  She had practiced hard and prepared well, but ended up not making the cut for the all-state group.  I was disappointed for her when she called me and shared with me that she hadn’t made it.  However, the disappointment faded quickly as she helped put things in perspective with her amazingly positive reaction. “Dad, I know I could have done better.  I know exactly why I didn’t make it and what it will take next year to get there. Frankly, singing is something I love to do. Like you always say, God has given me a gift, and I am not going to let this set back keep from doing what I love.”

What is it that you love to do, but maybe haven’t done for a while because of a past set back?  Whatever it might be, God may be challenging you this week to use this gift again and do it again because you love it.

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Patience … A Daily Battle, But a Battle Worth Fighting

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 24, 2014

Picture yourself waiting in a checkout line that hasn’t moved for ten minutes. Many of us would feel frustrated. We live in a generation that expects instant results.

Everyone struggles with some degree of impatience. We’re born with this trait—think about a three-month-old who wants milk in the middle of the night. The inborn reaction is to fuss at the first hint of discomfort and to keep at it until the need is met. Patterns from our old “flesh” nature make this a continual battle for most people, but one that is very worthwhile to fight.

Let’s consider the biblical definition of patience. It can mean both long suffering and perseverance, or not giving up and yielding under pressure. In either case, it reveals itself when we are willing to wait without frustration while suffering or experiencing some strong desire. In other words, we accept difficult situations without giving God deadlines. What’s more, patience means accepting what the Lord gives, on His timetable—or what He chooses not to give. This quality results in inner peace and lack of stress. Meanwhile, we should pray, obey, and persist as we seek God’s direction.

The danger of impatience is that we might miss the Lord’s perfect plan and His blessing. Only when we trust our Father’s will and timing can we rest peacefully.

What causes you stress? Carefully examine whether you are taking matters into your own hands or releasing the circumstance to almighty God. Listen to Psalm 37:7-9 – “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret – it leads only to evil.  For evil men will be cut off; but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.”

Seek His way and His timing.  Anything else can be destructive.

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Sink that Putt!

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 23, 2014

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Stories of Impact – Sioux Falls 41st Street

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 22, 2014

washingtonThe Washington High School sophomore football team held a Community Impact Fundraiser event at the 41st St Pizza Ranch in Sioux Falls.  The team was able to raise $600 for Washington High School families in need of assistance with their grocery bills.  Sophomore football coach Steve Kennedy said he was impressed with the team’s generosity and willingness to help out students and families they may not even know.  Sophmore Thomas Vissers said, “It was awesome to be able to give to Washington High School families in a fun way.”

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Milking a Cow

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 21, 2014

“All the good ideas I ever had came to me while milking a cow.” –  Grant Wood

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BOOK GIVEAWAY

by Pizza Ranch Serves Admin on October 20, 2014

Love Idol by Jennifer Dukes Lee

Today’s Monday Mission on Pizza Ranch Serves is to enter for a chance to win a book for yourself or to give to someone in your life who may need to hear its important message.

Do you struggle with trying to please people? Are you tired of trying hard to win the approval of people?

Author Jennifer Dukes Lee, a friend and fan of Pizza Ranch, has written a book called “Love Idol” to help people find freedom from approval-seeking and performance-based living. She wants you to know that you have nothing to prove. We believe in that message, so we’re giving away an autographed copy of “Love Idol” here on the Pizza Ranch Serves blog.

You can find out more about Love Idol here: http://amzn.to/Z9YPRO

To enter the giveaway, simply comment on this post by Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 12:00 pm CST and let us know you’d like to win a copy for yourself or to give to someone else.

You can also enter on the Pizza Ranch Facebook page by commenting on the post about the book giveaway.

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