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He Answers Our Cries


Then you will call and the the Lord will answer.  You will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.”     — Isaiah 58:9

Fear of an uncertain future.  A broken home.  Financial ruin.  Poor health.  Loss of a loved one.  Loneliness.  Anger.  Frustration.  Failure.  Betrayal.  Job loss.  A broken heart.  So many things to bring sorrow and sadness in life.  So many things we don’t understand.  Sadly, I think most can say we have been through at least one of these life obstacles.

No one is exempt from trials in life.  The old question often arises, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”  I don’t know the answer to that question.  But I do know the only man to walk this earth sinless was burdened with trials.  Was it fair that Jesus was persecuted?  Ridiculed?  Betrayed?  Crucified?  Even He was not exempt.  We cannot escape times of trial and suffering.

But we don’t have to do it alone.

The beauty of Christian living is not that we are free from trials, but that we have the Lord God to carry us through them.  When you cry out to Him, He is there ready to give you comfort and peace.  The Bible tells us that all we need do is cry out to Him and He is there.  He will answer.  The God of the universe, who placed all the stars in the sky.  Created the heavens and earth.  Is there for us as we cry out to Him.

If you are in pain today, if your heart is heavy, if you are loaded with burdens and worry, why not cry out to Him?  Pull out your Bible and read God’s promises.  Cry out to Him in prayer.  He is waiting to hear from you. Let Him carry your load.  Let Him ease your troubled heart.  Let Him bring you peace that passes understanding.

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Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Daily Devotions, It's my life.....

 

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It’s NOT an option!


A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.   –Luke 6:45

 

Have you ever had someone say something to you that really stung your heart?

Something that cut you to the core?

How many times have you replayed those words in your head?

Words are powerful.  They can heal.  And they can hurt.

That old saying ……’Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.’

It’s a bunch of bologna!

The words we speak to others can be poison to the soul.  A wound heals, but words inflicted on another can be replayed over and over and over again in someone’s mind.

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed last night, I found profanities.  Vulgarities.  Even threats.  From teens and adults alike!  The Bible tells us that the words that flow from our mouth comes from the overflow of the heart.  It’s a reflection into your soul.

As Christians, we are called and even commanded to be Christ-like.  It’s not an option!  The second greatest commandment is this:

Love

your

neighbor

as

yourself.

–Matthew 22:39

That’s a pretty tall order. But the Bible gives us very real, very specific direction on how to live.  God knows what’s best for us.  And when we follow His guidance, His direction, we cannot fail.

As you go through the day today, be aware of the power of your words.  What does the overflow of your heart look like?  Do walk through your day inflicting wounds to the souls of others?  Do your words reflect Christ-like attitudes or are you making Satan smile with your verbal vomit? Do you love your neighbor?  Or do you gossip about them, tear them down, and belittle?

Today, commit to be an encourager.  An up-lifter.  A light in someone’s day.  Let the words from your mouth be like a blanket to the soul.  Love your neighbor.  Even the ones that are hard to love.

The same way Christ loves us.

 

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Posted by on January 5, 2012 in Daily Devotions

 

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New Year’s Resolve…. only 363 more days to go!


The New Year is here and my life is quickly getting into full swing again.  Along with the New Year comes those nasty little resolutions rearing their ugly head.  Only to remind me that I failed at the last resolutions made.  What a great feeling!

A few years back, I decided to STOP the insanity and completely boycotted New Year’s Resolutions.  I figured this way I could exercise that rebellious nature AND be successful at resolutions because I wouldn’t have any!  And it worked.  I’ve lived in that happy place for a few years now, but my pesky little sister guilted me into a few.  Ok, she didn’t guilt me into them as much as she triple dog dared me into them.  And I fell for it.  Hook, line, and na-nanny-boo-boo.

So here I am, already working my fingers to the bone……trying to live up to these miserable resolutions.  Just hoping and praying to make it a respectable amount of time before crashing from the stress.  Why, oh why, do we need all things new?  I mean, do we really need ‘out with the old’??  I’m old.  Please don’t throw me out!  And what’s wrong with my old ways anyway?? So what if I have thirty minute marathons to find all things lost in this house??  Clean clothes?  Are they REALLY necessary??  Um, well.  Ok.

So here we go……..three.  Count them.  Three resolutions.  If I can accomplish two of three I will be happy as a pig in sunshine.

1.  Read the entire Bible front to back.  Day two is over and so far, so good thanks to that cool app on my iPad that reads it to me.  That does count, right??

2.  Organize every cabinet and closet in this house.  I actually got a head start on this one back before Christmas.  The kitchen is finished.  Maybe the kitchen should have been the whole resolution.  Then I could check it off!

Of course, this is NOT and NEVER will be MY closet.  But it surely is beeeeuuutiful!

3.  Actually see EMPTY hampers in my laundry room EACH day.  This is a big one for me.  Usually I only see empty hampers when I dump them out to sort the clothes.  I’m proud to say.  On day two.  ALL my hampers are empty!  Go me!

Just imagine it EMPTY!

That’s it.

And now that I have a chance to look it over and think over the past day or so, I have decided………………

I can do this!  Resolution Success will be MINE!!!

What are YOUR resolutions???

 

 

 

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Posted by on January 2, 2012 in humor, It's my life.....

 

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Real Love = All of Me


Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” 

—Matthew 22:37

In today’s culture, we are in love with everything.  Love is only a feeling.  And we use it ever-so-loosely.  How many times do we throw around this word?  I love chocolate.  I love blogging.  I love shopping.  I love music.  I love my computer. I love the new picture album I found at Ross yesterday.

It only takes a few minutes scrolling through the Facebook news feed to see how easily, quickly, and carelessly love is ‘experienced.’  People love their new boyfriend/girlfriend they have only known a few weeks.  They love them as long as they feel like it.  As long as being with them makes them feel good, feel happy, feel content.  When the feeling subsides, the love fades, they break up and move on to the next person, falling in love almost instantly…..again.  When the going gets tough, this kind of love runs.

This ‘love’ is not love at all.  The Bible talks of agape love.  It is a verb.  It is action.  It’s more than a feeling.  It is sacrificial love.  I thank God everyday His love for me is not our definition of love.  How quickly I would be tossed to the side if His love was as fleeting as the love we give to so many things.  His love was put into action for us when He gave His son to die for us.  A sacrifice was made for us.  So we would have the opportunity to live eternally with Him.

The Bible calls us to love the Lord with ALL our heart, soul, and mind.  With everything we have.  It does not call us to love God with only a feeling, but with action.  Sacrificial love.

Do you love God?  If so, what kind of love do you have for Him?  Do you love Him with all you have?  Or do you love Him only when you feel like it?  When it’s convenient?  When you need Him?  What do you sacrifice for Him?  Does the love you have for Him translate into action?  What do you DO for God?

He doesn’t want part of you.  He doesn’t want a part-time love.  Only a feel-good love.  He commands us to love Him with ALL our heart, our soul, and our mind.  He wants ALL of you.

This song was written for the singer’s unborn baby that was diagnosed with heart defects.  It so reminds me of how our God loves all of us.  He holds nothing back despite our brokenness, or sin, our lack of faith in Him.  His love is there for those who seek Him, trust Him follow Him.  He is worthy of our love.  We should give Him our all, love Him with reckless abandon.  He is worth every fear, every tear, every trial.  He wants all of us.  What’s holding YOU back from giving Him your all?

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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