Once I heard a publicist trying to break the news as gently as possible to a would-be author of her autobiography. “I’m sure your life story is wonderful and could touch many lives, but unless your kinda famous, publishers won’t publish it because buyers won’t buy it.”
Only the famous, huh? Well, that may be true in the publishing world, but not in the heavenlies, because God has already written a book about you. It’s your life story, already written. Hmm. You must be pretty important to God! He finds your story compelling, and it’s a book He’ll never put down.
And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
People often think about food banks around the fall and winter holidays, but not so much during the summer months. Bag up some groceries and give generously to the poor in your community. Get the whole family involved, or involve everyone on your street for a friendly neighborhood food drive!
“‘If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.'”
We’ve all watched it happen. That person you thought was strong and steady suddenly up and leaves one day, leaving all responsibilities and traces of his or her life behind. They’re running with scissors.
Ever feel like escaping from your life? There’s not a place you can go where God can’t find you or where God cannot speak to you. There’s no need to run. Stay put and listen.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
When Moses had led the children of Israel to the other side of the Red Sea, and God then closed the waters to destroy their enemies, Moses cried out before God:
“Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like You, glorious in holiness,
Fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)
A dear friend shared this with me and was marveling at the goodness of God. Unfortunately on this particular day, it wasn’t such a great day for me. I wasn’t “feeling” this truth of what Moses’ declared, though I believed it and knew it to be true. Then it hit me: when Moses said these words, little did he know that not too long after, he would be in the wilderness, leading around an ungrateful, complaining people. On that day, would Moses still be praising God?
We must learn emotional consistency, to praise Him when the waters part, but also when we’re in the wilderness. Ask God to teach you to praise Him every day, no matter what is happening around you.
For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:4
Every word that’s just about to come out of my mouth, He knows. When it’s on my tongue, oh God, catch it if it’s not of you! Be my filter!
Feeling down or hopeless? It’s just smoke and mirrors. No matter how bleak your situation, you have choices. You have options. Because God is a God of hope, you’re never truly stuck. The options available may require making sacrifices or doing something you won’t find pleasant, but again, that’s the choices you sometimes must face. “I’m stuck” is an excuse without truth. Remember, most hardships don’t have to last forever.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off.
Sometimes I am one confused individual. I don’t know what I want, I’m not sure what I need, I’m questioning my life…then God steps in and reminds me that He knows my thoughts. He gets me even when I don’t get myself! Ask God to help you sift through your muddled thinking to shed light on the truth.
LOL. I hope you’re really doing it! It’s not just for fun, it’s for health and a testimony.
Our joyfulness is a testimony to the world: Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” (Psalm 126:2) We all benefit from smiling, laughing, and bringing laughter to others. No matter how bad circumstances may be in your life, decide today that you are going to keeping smiling. When the pot boils over, laugh instead of yell. When the dog chews your shoe, smile and find the humor in it.It’s not about denying reality, but it’s about trusting God. In the words of the Psalmist: Why are you cast down, o my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. (Psalm 43:5) God Himself can help your countenance; your smile matters to Him.
A merry heart is like medicine for the soul (Proverbs 17:22), and we all need pleasantry in our lives. Smile at a stranger, laugh with a friend, giggle at the crazy squirrels in the backyard…agree with God that He is enough to brighten your countenance.
Anybody want to share:What’s got you tickled today?
“I defy the armies of Israel this day.” (1 Samuel 17:10)
Goliath stood in the face of a sea of Israelite men, bolstered in the confidence of his giant frame, emboldened by their obvious fear. He spit in the face of God, despised their weak-kneed response, and walked away every day for forty days, having won the war of words.
The enemies of God in America are confident in themselves. They are large in number, they control the media, they have celebrity status, they have big bank rolls, they feel they have logic and sophistication on their side, and worst of all, they see the fear in the eyes of Christians.
This is not a call to hateful words or smug intolerance. This is a call to stand firm on the Word of God. Love the enemies of God whether they like it or not. Stand tall before them knowing that He who is within us is greater than He who is in the world. What can man do to us? If God be for us, who can be against us? Speak the truth in love, and truly love the lost. (Check your heart; this isn’t about defiance or playground arguments; this is about souls and bringing glory to God.) Pray for them like their lives depended on it, like our nation’s fate depends on it, because it does, my Christian friends.