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Amen! Thank you Lord for this precious and priceless gift, Jesus Christ. What a wonderful reason to celebrate. Confidence in eternity. Priceless!

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From Max Lucado

I heard the announcement, “Your name is on the standby list!” Groan! The dreaded standby list. Possibility but no guarantee.

Oh, to be numbered among the confirmed! To have my own seat and departure time. How can you rest if you aren’t assured passage on the final flight home?

Many live with a deep-seated anxiety about eternity. They think they’re saved, but they still doubt, wondering, “Am I really saved?” Jesus promised a new life that could not be forfeited or terminated. He says “whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned.” God stakes his claim on us. Bridges are burned, and the transfer is accomplished. Ups and downs may mark our days, but they will never ban us from his kingdom. Jesus bottom-lines our lives with His grace!

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. John 5:24″

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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Karen that can be used in so many ways. Thanks.

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"Heavenly Father, may I walk in contentment and move forward by faith."

I seen this in an early post and thought it was what I will add to my pray today.

Have a wonderful day
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Hi Karen. You are doing well on your weight. Glad you like the deovtionals.
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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Hi my name is Karen and I am 10+ lbs to Goal-Weight. I found SP one-year ago and have lost 20.

I read thru this site and think the spiracle aspect feels right and I will be visiting.
It seems hard to get to church so thanks for the good feelings
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A Nativity Hymn
I sing the birth was born to-night
The author both of life and light;
The angels so did sound it.
And like the ravished shepherds said,
Who saw the light, and were afraid,
Yet searched, and true they found it.

The Son of God, th' eternal king,
That did us all salvation bring,
And freed the soul from danger;
He whom the whole world could not take,
The Word, which heaven and earth did make,
Was now laid in a manger.

The Father's wisdom willed it so,
The Son's obedience knew no No,
Both wills were in one stature;
And as that wisdom had decreed.
The Word was now made flesh indeed.
And took on him our nature.

What comfort by him do we win.
Who made himself the price of sin.
To make us heirs of glory!
To see this babe all innocence;
A martyr born in our defense:
Can man forget the story?



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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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I am not very computor savvy so I cannot post this myself but if you all will go to A New Creation Life Coaching Services Photo site and search for the twas' 11 days before Christmas... you will find a picture of Christ, a teacher and 20 children. There is a poem. It is so beautiful and well, you need to read it for yourself. I can't tell you how wonderful this post is. Please search A New Creation Life Coaching Services Photo. God bless you all today.

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Thank you, this is so true and so beautifully written. Have a blessed day and whatever your walk is today may your light shine bright with the light of Christ.

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Walk in Contentment



"But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches." 1 Corinthians 7:17 NJKV

A walk in contentment learns how to stroll with its Savior Jesus. There is not a panicked rush to make things happen or to give up on God. Rather there is a quiet resolve that Christ can be trusted and there is no need to go anywhere else for assurance. Contentment wards off fear and replaces it with faith. It patiently waits out any unwanted influences.

Moreover, contentment is not a call to abandon godly ambition. On the contrary, you are steadfast to persevere in your career or your current leadership role until the Lord transitions you in His timing. You walk by faith—focused. This protects you from running around in aimless activity. You can be satisfied where God has called you and still anticipate where He wants to take you. Contentment rests in doing the next right thing.

"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." Romans 12:3

Your contented walk moves forward by faith not backward, second guessing God. You ask, why hasn't the Lord blessed me like some of the people I know? Wisdom avoids comparing children, homes, and wardrobes to a friend's. Their lifestyle may be temporary because it is artificially inflated by debt. Or, it may be legitimately the Lord's favor, but a contented walk doesn’t covet another's stuff or seek to impress others with its possessions.

Yes, contentment comes with a growing relationship with Christ. As you continue on your contented walk with Jesus, you experience the joy and power of His presence. He is all you need—to be what you need to be. He slows you down to steady your relationships. He speeds you up to seize the moment for His purposes. Be content with the capacity God has given you to serve Him. Your contented soul receives grace to make you whole.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I walk in contentment and move forward by faith.

Related Readings: Ecclesiastes 4:8; Song of Songs 8:10; Luke 3:14; Hebrews 13:5



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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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emoticon Kathy for the comment. It was so good.
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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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AMEN! Thanks for this. It is exactly what is needed in this time! emoticon

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This prayer from Max Lucado is simply the best I have read and I was able to pray along with it and feel the presence of our Lord in this very difficult time. Thank you so much for posting it. I am going to check out more of Max Lucado. I have always liked him because he makes so much sense. May God bless you all on this Lord's day.

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A Christmas Prayer

by Max Lucado • December 14


Dear Jesus,

It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.

These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.

The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.

Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.

Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.

This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.

Hopefully,

Your Children

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What a tragedy but then people are running wild. They need to pray and seek God.
Irene

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This was an amazing post in light of the events of yesterday. There is only one way to cope with what has happened and that is the grace of our God. Thank you for the perfect devotional and thank God for his amazing Grace to each and every one of us.

My heart is so sad for those who lost lives yesterday. I have prayed much for the school staff, the familys, the responders, those whose lives have been changed forever. Like so many others I have asked "Why?" This devotional is the answer to that question. And it will be the answer to EVERY tragedy until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us respond with prayer and love. I have decided for me not to keep watching but when I do to pray for each one that I see on TV as the Lord leads.

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Amazing Grace

by Max Lucado

“Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.”

When John Newton penned this promise, he did so out of personal experience. His greatest test came the day he buried his wife, Mary. He’d loved her dearly and prayed his death would precede hers. But his prayer was not answered.

On the day Mary Newton died, John Newton found strength to preach a Sunday sermon. The next day he visited church members, and later he officiated at his wife’s funeral. He grieved but in his grief he found God’s provision. He later wrote, “The Bank of England is too poor to compensate for such a loss as mine. But the Lord, the all-sufficient God speaks, and it is done. Let those who know Him, and trust Him, be of good courage.”

My friend, disease, calamity, and trouble populate your world. But they don’t control it! Grace does.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Chosen Children

There’s something in you that God loves! Not just appreciates or approves—but loves. You cause God’s eyes to widen, his heart to beat faster. He loves you and accepts you.

Don’t we yearn to know this? God, do you know who I am? In the great scheme of things do I count for anything? So many messages tell us we don’t. We get laid off at work, turned away by the school. Everything from acne to Alzheimer’s leaves us feeling like the girl with no date to the prom. We react. We validate our existence with a flurry of activity. We do more, buy more, achieve more. Always, wrestling with the question, “Do I matter?”

All of grace, I believe, is God’s definitive reply. “Be blessed, my child. I accept you. I have adopted you into my family.” Adopted children are chosen children! Trust God’s love for you!

“But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! Father! Galatians 4:4-6″

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Thank you sweet Kathy.
Irene

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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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Irene, may the Lord bless you today as you do your work and may He make you fruitful in everything that you put your hand to do. May He give you strength in your knee and ease the pain so that you can do the work He has for you this day. May each life touched by you today feel and know the presence of God.

And as we all are ministering with our lives, may God be seen in us today. I go to take my brother Christmas shopping. He is handicapped and an adult and it takes a LOT of patience which I do not always have. I must be in constant closeness to Christ to be the loving sister that I know I must be. And so it is with all of us...as we let the Light of Christ shine in us. Bless you all as you prepare for this wonderful Christmas whatever you will do today.

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The Grace-given, Give Grace

The grace-given—give grace! Is grace happening to you? Is there anyone in your life you refuse to forgive? If so, do you appreciate God’s forgiveness toward you? Do you resent God’s kindness to others? Do you grumble at God’s uneven compensation? How long has it been since your generosity stunned someone?

Since someone objected, “No, really, this is too generous?” If it’s been awhile reconsider God’s extravagant grace. Psalm 103:2-3 says, “Forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity.” Let grace unscrooge your heart. Like Peter encourages us in 2 Peter 3:18 to “Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

When grace happens, generosity happens. Unsquashable, eye-popping, big-heartedness happens! You simply can’t contain it all. Let it bubble over. Let it spill out. Let it pour forth.

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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That was a beautiful story. It reminds me that in the midst of crisis and hurt and pain there God IS. God IS there, God IS in, God IS through it all if we will quiet our hearts and think on Him. In my devotions yesterday by an old Pastor from the 1800's, Wm Jay, there was, nestled in the middle, a short sentence, it was not earth shattering, but it had much substance. It gave me pause and still today I think on this little sentence, "THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR GOD, BUT, GOD IS A SUBSTITUTE FOR EVERYTHING." God IS. I am finding much meaning in that sentence! Our God IS God!

Thank you for todays devotional. My you all be blessed this day.

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Cascading Grace

It was supposed to have been a day of dreams coming true! But across town, Jack Autry was in a hospital, struggling to stay alive. Chrysalis and the women in her family found the perfect bridal gown in Amy Wells’ shop. One Jack might never see. Because of his cancer, he couldn’t come to see his daughter try on her dress. And because of medical bills, the family couldn’t buy the dress yet for him to see.

Amy, the wedding shop owner said, “God clearly spoke to me.” She told Chrysalis, “take the gown and veil right now to the hospital and wear it for your daddy.” Jack couldn’t believe how beautiful Chrysalis looked! Three days later Jack died.

Amy’s generosity created a moment of cascading grace. God to Amy to Chrysalis to Jack. Isn’t this how God works? He doesn’t just love; he “lavishes us with love!” His grace “exceedingly abundant”—“indescribable!”

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21″

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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Budget Your Time



“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is enough time to do God’s will, thus He desires your stewardship of time. Just as money can be overspent, so can time. The twenty-four hours in a day, the seven days in a week and the fifty-two weeks in a year need budget restraints. Some days may go by slowly, but years seem to fly by quickly. A life well spent and prayerfully invested pays dividends for a lifetime and into eternity. But, a chronically reactive life wakes up one day, weary, wondering what have I done.

Therefore, we are wise to lay out a life plan and adjust it over time. We prayerfully modify our calendar regularly so over commitment does not overcome us. It is much better to have fewer obligations than to find ourselves emotionally and physically spent—unable and unwilling to follow through. Time is a treasure from heaven that needs close attention and protection. We number our days, so at the end of each day, we are satisfied that we were successful for God.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

Time can torture us or reward us. It can be a blessing of margin or a curse of busyness. Our life can feel like a boring treadmill of monotony, or a focused life of fulfillment. How do you budget your time? Do you invest time with Christ each day to hear His voice? Prayer is a time saver. Intimacy with your Lord Jesus gives you courage to say no to the unnecessary and yes to the necessary. The Holy Spirit’s discernment fills your mind when you spend time in quiet reflection.

Furthermore, create boundaries that protect you from yourself. The enemy of the best is good opportunities. Your flurry of activity can easily facilitate fatigue and broken promises. Perhaps you review your calendar each week with your spouse or accountability partner. Invite another objective eye to monitor your appointments. Perhaps you wait to look at email or answer calls until after lunch. Use your mornings for creative thought, writing, reading and exercise.

Avoid going into spiritual, emotional and physical debt for lack of attention. You have to be whole before you can help others become whole. Take care of yourself so that you can take care of others. Like a crisis on a plane; place the oxygen on yourself first so that you can assist others. Your relational accounts may be overdrawn; if so, quickly pay the penalty of aloneness with honest and vulnerable conversations. Spend your time wisely with prayer and planning. By God’s grace manage your calendar or it will manage you. Trust the Lord to lead you along His timetable.

“I am the LORD; in its time I will do this swiftly.” Isaiah 60:22

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my desire is to steward well each day along Your timetable.

Related Readings: Job 14:5; Psalm 39:4; Luke 1:20; Acts 17:26



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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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MRSJERRYBUSH, who is the lovely one in the parallel bars? I want to thank you for your comment, I appreciate it so much.

DIDMIS isn't Max Lucado terrific! Good post. It is so wonderful to be able to post with like minded people.

Thank you both, this helps me a lot and I hope over the next year or so I will be able to bless others too. Have a wonderful day.

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The Gladdest News of All

Grace is simply another word for God’s reservoir of strength and protection. Not occasionally or miserly but constantly and aggressively, wave upon wave. We barely regain our balance from one breaker, and then, bam, here comes another!

We dare to stake our hope on the gladdest news of all: if God permits the challenge, he will provide the grace to meet it. We never exhaust his supply. “Stop asking so much! My grace reservoir is running dry.” Heaven knows no such words. God has enough grace to solve every dilemma you face, wipe every tear that you cry, and answer every question you ask.

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all. How will he not also graciously give us all things? (Romans 8:32).

Having given the supreme and costliest gift, how can he fail to lavish upon us all he has to give?

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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Here is a thought this morning. I was contemplating Christmas and all the wonderful celebrations, I was thinking "how will I do this?" That is when the realization hit me with a thud. (Oh! I should say a BELL went off, after all it is the season of bells!) Christ is why I am celebrating, Christ is why I am joyful! My celebrating is family get togethers and youth group plays and choir cantatas, we are not of the world celebrating in a bar or at well, you know. Our faith has led us to a more personal realization of the real joy of Christmas and we celebrate with internal joy and close friendships with those who rejoice with us. What I am trying to say is that when I contemplated this I realized that I do not need to fear the pitfalls of elaborate foods and excess! If I keep my joy on Christ and my family and the focus of the get-together, then I will be at peace, I will be joyful, and food is just a plus to add to the mix. I can put food in it's proper place! Television and magazines put food AS THE CELEBRATION, and while I will make my grandfather's nut roll recipe from the old country today (and boy is it good!) It is just nut roll. I hope this helps, we can celebrate Christmas without food if we celebrate it in our heart!

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I just want to say that these are beautiful and I plan to return to this site each day. I love that God is remembered, even put FIRST. We are all one in this and as we glorify the Lord let us honor him with our Godly lives! Thank you for these beautiful posts that put it all into the proper perspective!

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God of Hope



“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

I struggle with consistently placing my hope in God alone. I say He is my support, but then I add a secular safety net as a back up to my belief in Jesus. So, my prayer is to hope in God without any worldly props. When He is the sole focus of my faith then trust in Him trumps any whispering idols in the temporal. Christ’s hope is all I need to persevere though pain, change and challenges. His hope anchors my soul in His unchanging grace.

There are many gods who offer fleeting hope. The god of more money offers financial hope. The god of bigger government offers entitlement hope. The god of blind loyalty offers relational hope. The god of harder work offers security hope. However, all hope not founded on God is false and disappoints. Hope in heaven gives peace on earth. And any earthly competitor for the Lord’s hope is powerless. God’s hope generates real joy!

“Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.” Jeremiah 14:22

Is your hope in God conditional or unconditional? Is it merely words or the conviction of your heart? You know your hope is all in with the Almighty when your life overflows with the power of the Holy Spirit. Bad news only emboldens you to look for the Lord’s creative solutions to sticky situations. You hand over people out of your control over to Christ’s control. Your focus on heavenly hope silences howls from the hounds of hell.

Therefore, hope in God, the Savior of your soul. He is your sole provider who needs no supplementary support. Intensified belief in Jesus is your back up plan. Thus, you embrace hope—an unchanging attribute of God. He is the object and author of your hope. Joy comes from being justified by Jesus. His peace produces perseverance. When Christ’s hope has its way—He shows you the way. Open hope’s door; it hinges on God!

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Prayer: Heavenly Father, my hope is in You—not the competing hopes of this world.

Related Readings: Psalm 43:5, 62:5; Micah 7:7; Ephesians 2:12; Titus 1:2, 2:13



IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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The Lord bless you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Sustaining Grace

The Apostle Paul wrote, “There was given me a thorn in my flesh, from Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:8-9)

The cancer in the body. The sorrow in the heart. The child in the rehab center. The craving for whiskey in the middle of the day. The tears in the middle of the night. The thorn-in-the-flesh. “Take it away,” you’ve pleaded. Not once, twice, or even three times. You’ve outprayed Paul. And you’re about to hit the wall.

But what you hear is this: “My grace is sufficient for you.” Sustaining grace. The grace that meets us at our point of need and equips us with courage, wisdom, and strength. Sustaining grace! It doesn’t promise the absence of struggle. It promises the presence of God.

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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Call Home

by Max Lucado

I got off my flight with a cramp in my leg, an empty stomach, a bad attitude, and three more hours to go. And the connecting flight was late!

I set down my bags and called home. Denalyn answered. She’s always glad when I call. We made no decisions. We solved no problems. We just talked. And I felt better. When we finished, Denalyn said, “I’m glad you called.” And I hung up happy! I can handle being a pilgrim as long as I can call home whenever I want.

It occurs to me Jesus needed to call home in the middle of the hassles as much as I did. He needed a minute with Someone who would understand. So He chatted with the One He loved; heard the sound of the home He missed.

And He was reminded when all hell breaks loose, all heaven draws near! Maybe you should call home too!

From In the Eye of the Storm



IRENE FROM TEXAS
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Give and Take

"Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21

The Lord gives and the Lord takes. He gives life and He takes life. He gives relationships and He takes relationships. He gives blessings and He takes blessings. He gives prosperity and He takes prosperity. He gives opportunities and He takes opportunities. He gives health and He takes health. He gives and takes but He still deserves praise!

It is easy to praise God when He gives us good things, but it is hard to praise Him when He takes away good things. Yet, it is the power of praise to the Lord that empowers our faith to endure. Praise to Jesus prompts us to persevere in belief and obedience. He realigns our heart and mind to heaven's expectations instead of bowing to earth's demands. When God gives it’s a blessing and when He takes it is a blessing. He knows our needs.

"As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy." James 5:11

Furthermore, the Lord is full of compassion and mercy. His character is not cruel, but caring. He is not harsh, but kind. The Lord is gracious, not mean spirited. However, He is jealous for you. He delights in you for who you are, and who you can become by His grace. His loyal love will not allow you to be enamored with someone or something that competes with Him. Christ removes any competitors of exclusive devotion to Him.

Therefore, you can be content and grateful for the lot in life God has given you. Perhaps He has you in your current career for the growth of your character and competence. Sometimes He rains down grace and other times the sun of adversity beats down in a sweat of suffering. The Lord gives and takes in His timing for His glory. Thus, hold loosely His blessings and burdens, and be ready to receive His great grace and love.

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I trust You in all seasons: when You give and when You take.

Related Readings: Job 2:10; Numbers 14:18; Acts 18:21; Hebrews 10:36



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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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We Are Needed

Two of my teenage years were spent carrying a tuba in my high school marching band. Not necessarily what you’d describe as a call from God, but it wasn’t a wasted experience either. I learned some facts about harmony that I’ll pass on to you.

Would you attend a concert of a hundred tubas? Probably not. But what band would be a band without a tuba? Or a flute? Or a trumpet? Or a steady drum? Get the idea? The operative word is need. They need each other. By themselves they make music. But together, they make magic.

What I saw decades ago in the marching band, I see today in the church. We need each other. Not all of us play the same instrument. Not all of us make the same sound. Some are soft, and others are loud. Some convert the lost. Others encourage the saved. And some keep the movement in step. All are needed!

“ For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. Corinthians 12:12”

From A Gentle Thunder By Max Lucado



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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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Just Believe

by Max Lucado •

Suppose you give me a gift. Let’s say you present me with a new tie. I take it out of the box, examine it and say thank you, and then reach for my wallet. “Now, how much do I owe you?” I ask. You think I’m kidding.

“It’s a gift,” you say. “You don’t need to pay me.”

“I understand,” I respond, but then show I don’t by asking, “Could I write you a check?”

In trying to buy your gift, I’ve degraded your grace. I’ve robbed you of the joy of giving. How often we rob God. Have you considered what an insult it is to God when we try to pay him for his goodness? Sly is the scheme of Satan. He causes us to question grace, to earn it. What is it God wants us to do? Just believe. Believe the One he sent. And receive the gift he gives.

“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent. John 6:29”

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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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A Love That Never Fails

You’re under the gun at work? You’ve got more to do than is humanly possible?

Your teenagers won’t listen? Your employees give you blank stares when you assign tasks? Believe me—Jesus knows how you feel! When you struggle, Jesus listens. When you question, he hears. He loves you with a love that never fails.

Have you noticed God doesn’t ask you to prove that you’ll put your salary to good use? Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t give you only that which you remember to thank him for? Has it been a while since you thanked God for your spleen? Me too. But I still have one!

Matthew writes that Jesus healed the sick. Not some of the sick. Not the righteous among the sick. Not the deserving among the sick. But “the sick.” Matthew 14:36 says “People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.”

God loves you. He values you. And He paid a great price for you!

From: In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado



IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Spiritual Gifts

"Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed"... "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them"... "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." 1 Corinthians 12:1,4,7

One of Satan's schemes is to keep God's children ignorant or confused concerning spiritual gifts. However, His gifts are what empower followers of Jesus to carry out His will. The Great Commission to make disciples of all people, and the Great Commandment to love God and to love people are implemented best by the Spirit's inspired gifts. There are a variety of gifts, but they originate and are distributed by one Holy Spirit. All spiritual gifts come from God.

Like the multi colors of a rainbow make a compelling commercial for God, so His diverse gifts glorify Him. We are gifted by God for the glory of God. Moreover, we are gifted as a gift to the Body of Christ. Our spiritual gifts are for service, not self. They are for the good of the whole, not just the benefit of one. A gift's manifestation is suspect if the result leaves observers in awe of a person. Spiritual gifts flourish with humble and wise users.

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." Romans 12:6

We can admire another person's giftedness, but we reserve our reverence for Christ alone. It's ok to acknowledge how a gifted brother or sister in the Lord has blessed us, but it’s with the Lord that we leave the glory. Yes, enjoy the beauty of a gifted worship leader's worship, but without worshiping the man or woman. Learn from a gifted Bible teacher or writer without idolizing them or their abilities and give your primary praise to the Gift Giver, God Almighty!

Do you acknowledge your skills and abilities as a gift from the Holy Spirit? If so, have you dedicated your spiritual gifts to works of spiritual service? Thank God often for endowing you with the eternal energy and ability to carry out His will. Use your skills for service in the Kingdom of God, do not waste them on worldly pursuits. Also, be content with what Christ has given you, without comparison to others. Your unique giftedness is Christ's canvas of you. A world wakes up to watch your gifts glow for God. Your spiritual gifts are meant for spiritual service.

"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me the gifts of Your Spirit which I use for Your glory!

Related Readings: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10, 28; Ephesians Know your gift? Get a free “Spiritual Gifts Assessment” http://bit.ly/P4FYlw


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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Stay Close to the Vine

Nov 18, 2012 10:01 pm

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God says to you and me, “You can be fruitful, but I’m going to have to clip some diseased leaves.” Arrogance. Vain ambitions. Bad relationships. Dangerous opportunities. Revenge. Does God take this process lightly? I don’t think so. John 15:2 says, “He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit.”

So what are we to do? We branches on the vine– what is our response? An answer commonly given at this point is the imperative, “Bear fruit!” But is that the right response? If a branch is fruitless does it help if the gardener demands fruit? Please note, the branch cannot make fruit.

Jesus says, “remain in me. . .” Remain in my love. . . If any remain in me and I remain in them, they produce fruit. Our task? It’s clear. Stay close to the vine. Jesus said, “apart from Me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5

From A Gentle Thunder by Max Lucado



IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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What a good feeling that gives me!

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He Delights in You

Nov 11, 2012 10:01 pm

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It was a tense deacon’s meeting. Apparently there was more agitation than agreement, and after a lengthy discussion, someone suggested, “Why don’t we pray about it?”—to which another questioned: “Has it come to that?”

What causes us to think of prayer as the last option rather than the first? I can think of two reasons: feelings of independence and feelings of insignificance. We think, God doesn’t want to hear my problems. He’s got famine and the Mafia to deal with. I don’t want to trouble him with my mess.

The last thing you should worry about is being a nuisance to God. If that’s your thought, may I share with you a favorite verse of mine?

“Because He delights in me, He saved me. Psalm 18:19 ”

God can live anywhere in the universe and he chooses to live in your heart. He’s crazy about you! Why don’t you talk to him?

From A Gentle Thunder



IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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He’s the Real Deal

God’s not a love-‘em-and-leave-‘em kind of God! When I was 7, I ran away from home. I’d had it with my dad and his rules. With my clothes in a paper bag, I headed out. What do I need a father for? Well, I didn’t go far. When it came down to it, hunger won me over!

Did my dad know what I’d done—what I thought? I suspect he did—dads always seem to, don’t they? But you know—my dad called himself my father even when I didn’t call myself his son. His commitment to me was greater than my commitment to him.

You can count on God to be in your corner—no matter what–He cares!

Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:7″

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IRENE FROM TEXAS
The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:22-26 (NIV)



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Thank you sweet Mrs Jerry Bush. I appreciate that.
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The Lord bless you
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The Lord make His face shine upon you
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the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.
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