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Give up hatred. Return good for evil.

November16

A tough word… but so necessary to learn.

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The Good Life

September26

Since I quit my job earlier this year and started working freelance from home, it’s been a big transition. But let’s face it: the biggest transition I’m still dealing with is losing my mom. Suffice it to say that it’s been a tough two years.

The good news is that with God, I have a good life. I’ve been blessed with some really cool writing and marketing opportunities, and Brett’s company is busy with work too. When you have to work hard for every dollar–no steady paycheck or raises–it brings us back to where we should be: dependent on God.

Lately, I’ve been working hard to get into the Word more; I know I need it. But more than just reading, I am working to ponder a verse or two and really get it in me.

I’ve had some difficulties with sickness this summer, so this is a verse that I am constantly reminding myself of: “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up.” James 5:15

The other verse I’ve been focusing on today is: “Grace and peace be yours in abundance.” 1 Peter 1:2b

Good Advice on Fear

September8

I’m not sure where I came across this quote, but I like it.

Never respond out of fear, and never fear to respond. Action attacks fear; inaction builds fear.

What action can we take? Cast all our cares on Jesus.

Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you. (1 Pet. 5:7)

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Give up worry. Trust divine providence.

September3

What? You can give up worry? How?

I think about when I was little… I don’t remember worry being a part of my life. I don’t remember having many concerns. I guess I just trusted my parents to take care of everything.

Is this what God means when he says childlike faith?

If only we could go outside and play all day. Maybe it would help?

To help me figure this out… I looked  up divine providence. The definition is the protective care of God. Trust the protective care of God.

Lord, help me to do that every moment of every day.

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Give up complaining. Focus on gratitude.

August1

I liked this statement because it reminded me that complaining is on the same level with any other vice. People give up smoking. Sweets. Watching too much TV. Alcohol. Drugs.

But how many of us think about giving up complaining?

I’d like to give up complaining. I think I’ll work on it a bit harder.

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Helpful and Encouraging Thoughts on Change

July25

I’ve never been a big fan of change.

I came across a good definition of change when I was reading an article from Joyce Meyer’s magazine (not sure who wrote it, since I ripped out the page).

It says: “Change means we stop doing something we’re doing and start doing something we aren’t doing. It’s letting go of something we like–to take hold of something we’re not sure about. This can also happen even if we haven’t enjoyed what we’ve been doing for the past 100 years. We can still be afraid to let go because even if we don’t like it, we at least know what it is. This fear of change can cause us to feel ripped apart and have a divided heart.

“Faith propels us to take a chance–to step out and find out. We need to be willing to try and risk being wrong–if that’s what it takes to find out what God has for us.”

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How to Treat Others: Romans 12:10

July14

It sometimes shocks me how new and fresh the Word can be. I’ve been studying Romans 12, verse by verse. Today I found a gem that is really applicable to my life and my relationships.

“Love each other like brothers and sisters. Give each other more honor than you want to yourselves.” Romans 12:10

How do I love my brother and sister? With fondness, patience, and positive expectations. I love them because of who they are, not because of what they do. I go out of my way for them.

But it was the second part of this verse, that really caused me to pause. Give each other more honor than you want for yourself. Giving honor? I’ve given a lot of gifts, but what does it mean to give honor to others? Is it respect? Appreciation? Value? Kudos? The dictionary says, “Treat someone with great respect” and it says respect is “great admiration.”

I think I might need to study what actions equal respect. Our world has been filled with so many shady people and bad leaders, that sometimes I think I have traded in admiration for skepticism. Maybe God’s word is telling me its time for a change.

What clothes should I wear?

July11

According to the Bible, I should be clothed in mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Col. 3:12 “God has chosen you and made you his Holy people. He loves you. So you should always clothe yourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

I really liked this verse. I liked the challenge inherit in it.

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Romans 12:9 –

July7

“Your love must be real. Hate what is evil, and hold on to what is good.”

–Romans 12:9 (NCV)

I’m not sure I have much to add to this verse, except, how do I hold on to what is good? Why do the evil things get so much of our attention while the good things slip away unnoticed?

How do we make our love real?

Can we know real love without God (who is love)?

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No One Can Imagine

June30

2 Corinthians 2:9

However, as it is written:
“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.”

A nice thought to chew on when life can be mundane. We can’t even imagine what God has prepared for us. Is there anything that you can’t imagine here on earth? Anything that brings true wonder to you?

Get ready for God.

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