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Challenges to comfort April 08, 2011 2:59 PM


Goliaths still roam our world. Debt. Disaster. Dialysis. Danger. Deceit. Disease. Depression. Super-size challenges still swagger and strut, still pilfer sleep and embezzle peace and joy. But they, like the illuminati can't dominate you. You know how to deal with them. You face giants by facing God first.

Focus on giants—you stumble.

Focus on God—your giants tumble."

This is so amazing and so true! Beware of the Goliaths in your life!

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anonymous  June 24, 2010 10:29 AM

Taking Time to Do Good

Let the children come to Me.  Don't stop them!  For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.  Mark 20:14

Scripture says that in the last days the love of the great body of people will grow cold (II Timothy 3: 1-3).  That simply means that people will be so busy, they'll be so focused on their own needs, they'll be so caught up in their drive for success  they won't take time to make a difference in someone else's life.

All around us people are hurting.  They need your love and your encouragement.  Don't miss the miracle of the moment.  You may have someone in your life right now who needs your time and energy. 

Maybe one of your coworkers is just about on the brink of giving up.  They desperately need your encouragement.  They need to take a break for lunch or let them know that you care. 

When you study the life of Jesus, you'll notice that He always took time for people.  He was busy.  He had place He wanted to go, but He was always willing to change His plans to do good for somebody else.  As He walked through the villages, people called out to Him, "Jesus, please come over here and pray for us."  He would stop and go out of His way to bring healing to those people. 

It's so easy for us to get caught up in our own little worlds and focus only on ourselves.   You may not have alot of extra money, but maybe you can make a blanket or bake a cake.  You can mentor, you can visit.  You can get involved in prison outreach. 

O. A. "Bum" Phillips, the legendary NFL football coach, retired from the game a number of years ago, but Phillips isn't really retired.    He's  in the prisons every chance he gets, encouraging the prisoners and giving them hope.  That's what life's all about--doing something good for somebody else.  John Bunyan, the author of the classic Pilgrim's Progress, said, "You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you."

- Joel Osteen

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anonymous  June 12, 2010 3:31 PM

Beyond Our Regrets


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Bitterness can destroy you if you let it--so don't let it!


If you're caught up in intense feelings of anger or regret, you know all too well the destructive power of these emotions.  How can you rid yourself of them?  First, prayerfully ask God to free you from these feelings.  Then you must learn to catch yourself whenever thoughts of bitterness begin to creep up on you.   Your challenge is this to resist negative thoughts before they hijack your emotions.


Poet Christina Rossetti had this sound adivce:"Better by far you should forget and smile than you should remember and be sad."  It's better to forget than to regret.


Life appears to me too short to be spent

in nursing animosity in registering wrong.

Charlotte Bronte

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anonymous  June 05, 2010 10:03 AM

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It is a waste of time trying to unscrew the inscrutable workings of God.  You'll never be able to do it.  That's simply the way God works.  He honors faith and obedience.  He will honor your faith if you will trust Him in a walk of obedience.  And when you trust Him completely, you will enjoy inner quietness and security.  You will have a secure confidence that you are walking in His will.  You will be surrounded with His peace.

~Charles Swindoll

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anonymous  June 03, 2010 5:09 AM

Keep Asking the Important Questions

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He calls to me out of Seir,

      “ Watchman, what of the night?
      Watchman, what of the night?”
       12 The watchman said,

      “ The morning comes, and also the night.
      If you will inquire, inquire;
      Return! Come back!”
Isaiah 21: 11 - 12

Any parent who has traveled with young children will remember those same two questions being asked a zillion times: "Are we there yet?" and "How much longer is it?" For youngsters time and distance are frustrating elusive concepts.  And how confusing it must be when the answer to the second question is always different, depending on how far we've driven.  In Isaiah's prophecy the question being put to the night watchman is always the is the answer.  But it is not as if the same answer doesn't calculate a significant difference from the time before.  In the repetitious sequence of unfaithfulness, punishment, and restoration, to ask where Israel was in the sequence was only to be told, "It doesn't matter when you ask.  If the morning of restoration is near, so too is the unfaithfulness and punishment soon to follow."  Yet each round of rebellion and restoration was leading inexorably to a time when the punishment would be catastorphic.

For us today the question asked by youngsters is still the right question: "How long, O Lord?"  And when we are in our darker moments, the question asked of the watchman still makes good sense: "Watchman, what is left of the night?"  Along the way through life's journey, we need constantly to be reminded of where we are in relation to God's time and ours.  Jouirneys don't last forever, not even the one we're making on the earth.  Not to ask where are are along the way is to lose sight of the destination. So keep asking the question.

The question for weary travelers is: Is the watchman's

answer an indication of progress, or to reminder that I'm bogged down in a sensless cycle?

F. LaGard Smith

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anonymous  May 14, 2010 1:10 AM


John 15:5
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing

The fourth qualification for demonstrating authority over rulers and authorities in the spiritual realm is dependence . A Spirit-filled life is dependent on God the Father. Even Jesus and the Holy Spirit modeled this dependency. Jesus said: "I can do nothing on My own initiative" (John 5:30); "Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you" (John 17:7 NIV ); "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak" (John 16:13).

Spiritual authority is not an independent authority. We don't charge out on our own initiative like some kind of evangelical ghostbusters to hunt down the devil and engage him in combat. God's primary call is for each of us to focus on the ministry of the kingdom: loving, caring, preaching, teaching, praying, etc. However, when demonic powers challenge us in the course of pursuing this ministry, we deal with them on the basis of our authority in Christ and our dependence on Him. Then we carry on with our primary task.

Nor is the spiritual authority of the believer an authority to be exercised over other believers. We are to be "subject to one another in the fear of Christ" (Ephesians 5:21). There is a God-established authority on earth which governs the social structures of government, work, home and church (Romans 13:1-7). It is critically important that we submit to these governing authorities unless they operate outside the scope of their authority, command us to do something against God's will, or restrict us from doing what God has commanded. Then we must obey God rather than men.


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anonymous  April 30, 2010 2:13 AM

Goliaths still roam our world. Debt. Disaster. Dialysis. Danger. Deceit. Disease. Depression. Super-size challenges still swagger and strut, still pilfer sleep and embezzle peace and liposuction joy. But they can't dominate you. You know how to deal with them. You face giants by facing God first.

Focus on giants—you stumble.

Focus on God—your giants tumble.

You know what David knew, and you do what David did. You pick up five stones, and you make five decisions. Ever wonder why David took five stones into battle? Why not two or twenty? Rereading his story reveals five answers. Use your five fingers to remind you of the five stones you need to face down your Goliath. Let your thumb remind you of ...

Goliath jogged David's memory. Elah was a déjà vu. While everyone else quivered, David remembered. God had given him strength to wrestle a lion and strong-arm a bear. Wouldn't he do the same with the giant? A good memory makes heroes.

"Remember His marvelous works which He has done" (1 Chron. 16:12). Catalog God's successes. Keep a list of his world records. Has he not walked you through high waters? Proven to be faithful? Have you not known his provision? How many nights have you gone to bed hungry? Mornings awakened in the cold? He has made roadkill out of your enemies. Write today's worries in sand. Chisel yesterday's victories in stone. Pick up the stone of the past. Then select ...

Note the valley between your thumb and finger. To pass from one to the next you must go through it. Let it remind you of David's descent. Before going high, David went low; before ascending to fight, David descended to prepare. Don't face your giant without first doing the same. Dedicate time to prayer. Paul, the apostle, wrote, "Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long" (Eph. 6:18 MSG).

Prayer spawned David's successes. His Brook Besor wisdom grew out of the moment he "strengthened himself in the Lord his God" (1 Sam. 30:6). When Saul's soldiers tried to capture him, David turned toward God: "You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble" (Ps. 59:16).

Invite God's help. Pick up the stone of prayer. And don't neglect ...

Let your tallest finger remind you of your highest priority: God's reputation. David jealously guarded it. No one was going to defame his Lord. David fought so that "all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's" (1 Sam. 17:46-47).

David saw Goliath as a chance for God to show off! Did David know he would exit the battle alive? No. But he was willing to give his life for the reputation of God.

What if you saw your giant in the same manner? Rather than begrudge him, welcome him. Your cancer is God's chance to flex his healing muscles. Your sin is God's opportunity to showcase grace. Your struggling marriage can billboard God's power. See your struggle as God's canvas. On it he will paint his multicolored supremacy. Announce God's name and then reach for ...

David ran, not away from, but toward his giant. On one side of the battlefield, Saul and his cowardly army gulped. On the other, Goliath and his skull-splitters scoffed. In the middle, the shepherd boy ran on his spindly legs. Who bet on David? Who put money on the kid from Bethlehem? Not the Philistines. Not the Hebrews. Not David's siblings or David's king. But God did.

And since God did, and since David knew God did, the skinny runt became a blur of pumping knees and a swirling sling. He ran toward his giant.

Do the same!

Let your ring finger remind you to take up the stone of passion.

One more stone, and finger, remains:

David didn't think one rock would do. He knew Goliath had four behemoth relatives. For all David knew, they'd come running over the hill to defend their kin. David was ready to empty the chamber if that's what it took.

Imitate him. Never give up. One prayer might not be enough. One apology might not do it. One day or month of resolve might not suffice. You may get knocked down a time or two ... but don't quit. Keep loading the rocks. Keep swinging the sling.

David took five stones. He made five decisions. Do likewise. Past. Prayer. Priority. Passion. And persistence.

Next time Goliath wakes you up, reach for a stone. Odds are, he'll be out of the room before you can load your sling.

~Max Lucado

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anonymous  April 29, 2010 9:08 AM

For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?
Revelation 6:17

One of the newest board games on the market is Pandemic, a game in which players assume the roles of CDC scientists trying to quell an outbreak of four deadly plagues, represented by colorful little cubes placed on cities around the world. Accompanying cards provide the clues, and the game even contains a nasty fifth plague, gene mutations, and bioterrorists. It's been chosen by Game Magazine as their Family Game of the Year.

Who knew plagues were so much fun?

 The plagues in the Book of Revelation are no game, and no one's going to have much fun during the Tribulation. As we read Revelation 6-19, we envision hail and fire, contaminated oceans, demonic locust invasions, loathsome sores, scorching heat, earthquake disasters, and a collapsing universe.

Our goal is to observe all this from above with our Lord, safe and sound, out of the reach of danger. We want to view the judgments from the perspective of heaven. That's why we should adopt a heavenly perspective now. It makes all the difference when we look at all of life in the light of Christ's swift return.

 We have only one hope in the world--the coming of the Lord.
Rene Pache

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anonymous  April 27, 2010 8:44 AM

This is so good~How else do we know of a loving God...He Is Able, Isn't He?!

  I remember this hymn~Victory in Jesus

 Victory Made Sweet

 We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
Acts 14:22b

 When seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong became the world's most famous cyclist, his consecutive victories--the most in history--were made sweet by what preceded them: a bout with cancer. Diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996, cancer that had already spread to his brain and lungs, Armstrong dropped out of cycling to fight his disease. He returned to cycling and won the Tour de France for seven straight years (1999-2005).

 Armstrong's greatest years as an athlete--and now a worldwide advocate for cancer research--were preceded by the most difficult years of his life. His experience illustrates a universal, and biblical, principle: the harder the battle, the sweeter the victory. In fact, the apostle Paul put it this way: entry to the kingdom of God is always accompanied by "many tribulations" (Acts 14:22b). Those who enter the kingdom of God by way of the coming Tribulation will echo Paul's words while praising the God who made their salvation possible (Revelation 7:9-14).

If you're experiencing a trial right now, recognize its ultimate outcome: a deeper dependence upon God and gratefulness for your victory in Christ.


There can be no victory where there is no combat.
Richard Sibbes


Victory in Jesus – The Hymn
Eugene Monroe Bartlett Senior was born on Christmas Eve of 1885. He wrote the words to this hymn -- his last song -- in 1939. Mr. Bartlett was well known as a gospel singer, writer, teacher, editor, and publisher. He was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1979.

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anonymous  April 24, 2010 3:27 AM

Special People 
1 Peter 2:9-10

 Whenever feelings of low self-worth threaten us with discouragement, we need to rely on the truth of God's Word rather than our emotions. Today we are going to examine four phrases that describe how the Lord sees every believer.

 • A Chosen Race. God chose you and me to be part of His kingdom and family because He wanted us. No one who has been specially selected by almighty God is insignificant.

 • A Royal Priesthood. As believers, we are children of God and, therefore, part of a royal family. In other words, we are "heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ" (Rom. 8:17). Just as Jesus fulfilled the roles of both king and priest, so God has also entrusted us with priestly responsibilities of worship and intercession for others.

 • A Holy Nation. The church—or body of Christ—is a group of people who are holy, which means "set apart" for the purposes of God. Our lives are never meaningless, because living for the Lord is the greatest purpose one can have.

 • A People for God's Own Possession. You and I are the personal possessions of God (Deut. 14:2; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9). He so values each of us that He sent His Son to die in our place in order that we could be His.

 Each of these descriptions shows the high value God places on you. Satan may whisper lies of condemnation and criticism, but he can't change who you really are. Begin today to demonstrate the truth of Scripture by remembering your real identity and living out your high calling from the Lord.

 - Charles Stanley

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anonymous  April 19, 2010 2:20 AM

Bless you, Ildi

Winning Over Worry

Philippians 4:4-7 "Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." 

I can be so arrogant when it comes to the control of my life. I set my agenda and then ask God to put His stamp of approval on it. I face difficult circumstances with the attitude that I am capable of handling them on my own. In reality, I am desperate for God. There are so many things I can't do anything about - but God can.

I read about a young woman whose battle with worry prompted her to create a sign that read, "Things I Can't Do Anything About But God Can." Underneath those words, she listed anything in her life that tempted her to worry instead of trusting God.

In 1995, I went through a devastating two-year battle with clinical depression.  While sitting at the bottom of that deep, dark pit, I discovered that the pit of depression is always filled with waters swimming with worry.

I worried about how I got into the pit and how I would or even if I could get out. I worried that my depression would hurt my family and our ministry. I worried about what people would think of me when they saw my weakness and failure. In the darkness, worry made everything seem bigger and uglier than it really was. Worry helped usher me into the pit and worry was now one of the prisons guards. I desperately wanted to trust God, exchanging my worry for His peace. I read countless books on the subject, described in detail my favorite worries to those who would listen and constantly begged God to take away the anxiety and fear. Nothing worked. I was losing the battle with worry while sinking lower into the grip of darkness. There had to be a way to win over worry.

The journey began with a strong, clear look at the affects of worry in my life.  It was not a pretty picture. Worry permeates every area of life, invading peace, warping perspectives and affecting physical and emotional health.

Worry is wasted energy. It is consuming, draining and unhealthy. Worry fits this world but it certainly does not fit the picture of a joy-filled life, the life that Jesus came to give us. Nothing will rob you of joy quicker than worry. God came so that we would not have to worry and yet we continue to do so. During those dark years, I sat at His feet dumping each fear and worry into His capable hands, resting and waiting for deliverance. It came.

In today's key passage, Paul gives us the promise of peace. However, there are conditions to be met and actions we must take in order to experience that peace and win over worry.

Action one: Choose joy. Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!"  The Message says it this way: "Celebrate God all day, every day.  I mean, revel in him!"

 The author, Paul, is serious about joy, telling us twice in this passage to rejoice. The word "rejoice" means "to practice joy, to take delight in and be glad." Many times life makes it impossible to be happy but we need to understand that happiness is not what Paul is calling us to. Happiness is a cheap imitation of true joy and totally dependent on the circumstances of life. Joy is a deeply rooted confidence that God is in control no matter what the circumstances of life may be. Joy is a choice.

Paul's situation, while writing this letter, could make you wonder why he was writing about joy, of all things. He was in prison under Roman house arrest, awaiting trial and almost certain execution because of his faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, he tells us to rejoice!  Don't miss this life-changing truth!  Our inner attitudes do not have to reflect our outward circumstances.  In other words, we cannot always find joy in our circumstances but we can always find joy in the Lord of the circumstances.

You have probably discovered that there is absolutely no way in this world to escape pain, but we can avoid joy. The pursuit of joy is a matter of choice.  Our first and most important choice is to come to the only source of true joy - Jesus Christ. We must also choose to rejoice in the midst of every circumstance - good or bad - and keep our focus on God, gladly accepting His plan for our lives. We must choose a joyful perspective. 

A little boy asked his friend, "Wouldn't you hate to wear glasses all the time?"  "No-o-o," the other boy answered slowly, "not if I had the kind grandma wears. She sees how to fix many things. She sees many nice things to do on rainy days and she always sees what you meant to do even if you mess things up. I asked her one day how she could see that way all the time and she said, 'It is the way I choose to look at things.'  So it must be her glasses." When we choose joy, we are choosing against worry.

Mary Southerland

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Thank you! April 16, 2010 2:54 AM

Dear Nance, thank you for sharing the lovely picture, story and beautiful video. I am blessed to have a friend like you. May God bless you and your loved ones. Peace and Love as always.

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anonymous  April 13, 2010 9:25 AM


The story is told of a man on an African safari deep in the jungle.  The guide before him had a machete and was whacking away the tall weeds and thick underbrush.  The traveller, wearied and hot, asked in frustration, "Where are we?  Do you know where you are taking me?  Where is the path?!"  The guide stopped and looked back at the man and replied, "I am the path."

We ask the same questions, don't we?  We ask God, "Where are you taking me?  Where is the path?"  And He, like the guide, doesn't tell us.  Oh, He may give us a hint or two, but that's all.  If He did, would we understand?  Would we comprehend our location?  No, like the traveler, we are unacquainted with this jungle.  So rather than give us an answer, He gives us a far greater gift.  He gives us Himself.

Max Lucado

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anonymous  March 22, 2010 6:05 AM

Count Your Many Blessings

I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill.  I will send down showers in seasons there will be showers of blessing. 

 Ezekiel 34:26

Most of us have been blessed beyond measure, but sometimes, as busy people living in a demanding world, we're slow to count our gifts and even slower to give thanks to the Giver.  Our blessings include life and health, family and friends, freedom and possessions--for starters.  And those blessings are multiplied when we share them with others.

As the old saying goes, "When we drink the water, we should remember the spring."  So it's appropriate that those of us who have been richly blessed should give thanks for our gifts, no matter how busy we are.

The art of thanksgiving is thanksgiving.

Author Unknown

Count Your Many Blessings:

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anonymous  March 14, 2010 12:17 PM

Anything Possible!

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Face facts:  we live in a miraculous universe.  Our presence bears testimony to God's miraculous power to create something from nothing. But the miracles don't stop there.  God is not limited.  He continues to craft wonders all around us:  the miracle of the birth of a new baby; the miracle of a world renewing itself with every sunrise, the miracle of a life transformed or a body healed.

Each day God's handiwork is evident for all to see and experience.  His miracles come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so keep your eyes and your heart open.  Be watchful, and be amazed.

I could go through this day oblivious to the miracles all around me, or I can tune in and "enjoy".

Gloria Gaither

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anonymous  March 06, 2010 5:26 AM

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Spring follows Winter.  Every year. Yes, including this one.  Barren days, like naked limbs, will soon be clothed with fresh life.  Are you ready for some sunshine on your shoulders...a few green sprouts poking up through all that white?  A light at the end of your tunnel? 

Look!  there it is in the distance.  It may be tiny, but it's there.

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anonymous  February 24, 2010 9:43 AM

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Anger.  It's a peculiar yet predictable emotion.  It begins as a drop of water.  An irritant. A frustration.  Nothing big, just an aggravation.  Someone gets your parking place.  Someone pulls in front of you on the freeway.  A waitress is slow and you are in a hurry.  The toast burns.  Drops of water.  Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip.

Yes, get enough of these seemingly innocent drops of water of anger and before you long you've got a bucket full of rage.  Walking revenge.  Blind bitterness....

What problems have ever been resolved by revenge?

~Max Lucado

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anonymous  February 19, 2010 9:22 AM

Without exception, people who consistently laugh do so is spite of, seldom because of anything.  They pursue fun rather than wait for it to knock on their door in the middle of the day.  Joy is the flag that flies above the castle of their hearts, announcing that the King is in residence.

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anonymous  February 13, 2010 2:44 AM

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New Beginnings, New Celebrations

Each new day offers countless opportunities to celebrate life and to serve others.  But each day also offers countless opportunities to fall prey to the many distractions of our difficult times.

Consider this day a new beginning.  Consider it a fresh start, a renewed opportunity to serve your friends and family with willing hands and a loving heart.

Make your life a celebration.  After all, your talents are unique, as are your opportunities.  so the best time to really live--and really celebrate--is now.

What a wonderful life I've had!

I only wish I'd realized it sooner.

Salomie Gabrielle Colette 

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anonymous  February 09, 2010 11:51 AM

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God puts people in our lives on purpose so we can help them succeed and help them become all He created them to be.  Most people will not reach their full potential without somebody else believing in them.  That means you and I have an assignment.  Everywhere we go, we should be encouraging people, building them up, challenging them to reach for new heights.  When people are around us, they should leave better off than they were previously.  Rather than feeling discouraged or defeated, people should feel challenged and inspired after spending any time with you and me.

The Bible says that love is kind.  Take time to make a difference. 

You have something something to offer that nobody else can give.  Somebody needs your encouragement.

There's no greater investment in life than in being a people builder.  Relationships are more important than our accomplishments.

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anonymous  February 02, 2010 6:10 AM

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Contentment That Lasts

Everywhere we turn, or so it seems, the world promises us contentment and happiness.  the world's messages tell us we'll be content if we look a certain way, if we behave in a certain fashion, and if we accumulate a certain number of material possessions.  but the contentment of the world offers is fleeting and incomplete.  Thankfully, genuine contentment--the committment that results in a lasting sense of inner peace--is not found in shopping malls.

Happiness depends less on our possessions than on our thoughts.  When we focus on our blessings instead on our shortcomings, we make our lives richer.  You have the power to obtain that joy.  So claim the contentment and joy that can--and should--be yours.


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anonymous  January 25, 2010 2:03 PM

The Wisdom to Laugh

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'There is a time to cry and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad and a time to dance.'  Ecclesiastes 3:4

Laughter is a special gift from God a gift He intends for us to use.  Yet sometimes, because of the inevitable stresses of everyday living, we fail to find the fun in life.  When we allow life's inevitable disappointments to cast a pall over our lives and our souls, we do a profound disservice to ourselves and to our loved ones.

If you've allowed the clouds of life to obscure the blessings of life, perhaps you've formed the unfortunate habit of taking things just a little too seriously.  If so, it's time for the humor to fret less and laugh more.

Today, look for the humor that surrounds you--when you do, you'll find it.  And remember God created laughter for a reason, and Father indeed knows best.

'If you could choose one charasteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.'  Jennifer Jones

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anonymous  January 19, 2010 12:36 PM

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"Knitted together" is how the psalmist described the process of God making man.  Not manufactured or mass-produced, but knitted.  Each thread of personality tenderly intertwined.  Each string of temperament deliberately selected.

An artist, brush on pallet, seeking the perfect shade.

A composer, fingers on keyboard, listening for the exact chord.

A poet, pen poised on paper, awaiting the precise word.

The Creator, the Master weaver, threading together the soul.

Each one different.  No two alike. None identical.

- Max Lucado

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anonymous  January 09, 2010 8:29 AM

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Charles Austin Miles

1868 - 1946

In The Garden:

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Life is like a garden.  Each day God gives us opportunities to plant seeds for the future.  When we plant wisely--and when we face the future with trust, optimism, hope and determination--the harvest is bountiful.

Are you willing to place your future in God's hands?  Are you willing to do your part to help your family, your friends, and yourself? 

God created you for a very important reason; His reason.  You have much important work to do--and the best time to begin that work is now.

Never be afraid to trust

an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie ten Boom

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anonymous  January 07, 2010 4:23 AM

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 The heart of worship is surrender.

 Surrender is an unpopular word, disliked almost as much as the word submission. It implies losing, and no one wants to be a loser.

 Surrender evokes the unpleasant images of admitting defeat in battle, forfeiting a game, or yielding to a stronger opponent. The word is almost always used in a negative context. Captured criminals surrender to the authorities.

 In our competitive world we're taught to never quit trying, never give up, and never give in - so we don't hear much about surrendering. If winning is everything, surrendering is unthinkable.

 Yet, the Bible teaches us that rather than trying to win, succeed, overcome, and conquer, we should instead yield, submit, obey, and surrender.

 And by surrendering to God, we enter into the heart of worship. This is true worship: bringing pleasure to God as we give ourselves completely to Him.

 Surrendering is best demonstrated in obedience, cooperating with your Creator. You say, "Yes Lord" to whatever he asks of you.

 In fact, "No, Lord" is a contradiction. You can't claim Jesus as your Lord when you refuse to obey him. Peter modeled surrender when, after a night of failed fishing, Jesus told him to try again: "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."

Surrendered people obey God's word, even when it doesn't make sense.

 God is not a cruel slave driver, or a bully who uses brute force to coerce us into submission. He doesn't try to break our will, but woos us to himself, so that we might offer it freely to him. God is a Lover and a Liberator, and surrendering brings freedom, not bondage.

 When we completely surrender ourselves to Jesus, we discover that He is not a tyrant but a Savior; not a boss, but a Brother; not a dictator, but a Friend.

- Rick Warren

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The Wisdom to Be Grateful

Mary Cassatt has been honored on a U.S.A. postage stamp; for her works are found in the world's finest art galleries; and she was the noted pupil of the great Edgar Degas.  But her most enduring legacy may be the role she played in introducing French Impressionist art to America.

Casart, a woman making it in a field that was at the time considered men's work, didn't complain.  In fact, she said, "It would be ungracious to grumble." And, she might have added, unproductive.

So if you find yourself regularly attending gripe sessions or pity parties, ask yourself this question: What am I not doing to improve my situation?  Then it's time to cease all self-pity and get busy.  After all, on the canvas of live it's never too late to paint a beautiful picture.

'Live today, fully, expressing gratitude  for all you have been, all you are right now, and all you are becoming.'

Melody Beattie

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The Wisdom to Be Grateful

Mary Cassatt has been honored on a U.S.A. postage stamp; for her works are found in the world's finest art galleries; and she was the noted pupil of the great Edgar Degas.  But her most enduring legacy may be the role she played in introducing French Impressionist art to America.

Casart, a woman making it in a field that was at the time considered men's work, didn't complain.  In fact, she said, "It would be ungracious to grumble." And, she might have added, unproductive.

So if you find yourself regularly attending gripe sessions or pity parties, ask yourself this question: What am I not doing to improve my situation?  Then it's time to ccease all self-pity and get busy.  After all, on the canvas of live it's never too late to paint a beautiful picture.

'Live today, fully, expressing gratitude  for all you have been, all you are right now, and all you are becoming.'

Melody Beattie

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anonymous  December 28, 2009 11:02 AM

Faith That Moves Mountains

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Have you ever felt your faith in God slipping away?  You are not alone.  Every life--is a series of successes and failures, celebrations and disappointments, joys and sorrows.  But even when we feel distant from God, God is never distant from us.

Faith can move mountains.  When you place your faith, your trust, indeed your life in the hands of God, you'll be amazed at the marvelous things He can do with you and through you.  So strengthen your faith through praise, through worship, and through prayer, and trust God's plans.  With Him all things are possible, and He stands ready to open a world of possibilities to you if you'll just have a little faith.

It Will Be Worth It All

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anonymous  December 13, 2009 5:21 AM

'The righteous face many troubles, but the Lord rescues them from each and every one.'  Psalm 34:19

David begins this Psalm with a bold promise to the Lord that he will praise Him and boast of Him at ALL times.  What has caused him to make such a commitment?  He tells us why.

"I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me, freeing me from ALL my (debilitating) fears....I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and He heard me.  He sets me free from ALL my (debilitating) fears...The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help.  He rescues them from ALL their troubles." (Psalm 34:4, 6, 17)

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anonymous  December 01, 2009 2:24 PM

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Stillness of Winter

Surely there is no better time to sit and contemplate God and His world than early in the morning while the house is quiet and there is a snowstorm going on outside.  What a reminder of His power and glory!  Snow turns the December landscape of browns and grays into a winter wonderland just as the forgiveness of Jesus purifies our hearts.

Snow erases the noise that distracts us from the beauty of nature's sounds.  Step outside after a snowfall and listen.  The silence is like no other.  You can almost hear Him whisper, 'Be still and know that I am God.'

Snow serves to slow us down.  We can't (or shouldn't drive as fast.)  We certainly can't walk as fast.  In a world that is obsessed with motion and going places, again we are reminded, 'Be still'.

Spend quiet time in reflection and prayer with your Lord.

Teresa Bell Kindred

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anonymous  November 23, 2009 3:12 AM

'All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines.' 

I Corinthians 12:11

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Proverbs 18:16 says that your gift will make room for you.  You won't have any problem finding work, friends or opportunity.  In fact, if you'll focus on your strengths and do what you're gifted to do, you'll probably have to turn down opportunities.

If you are not fullfilled, it may well be because you are not pursuing your destiny.  Make sure that you are fulfilling the dreams that God has placed in your heart. 

If you are called to ba a stay-at-home mom and raise your children, do it to the best of your ability.  Don't allow society to pressure you into some career simply becaue your friends are doing it.  Recognize your purpose and do it well.

If you are gifted in the area of sales, don't sit behind a desk all day long in a room by yourself.  Get into the area of your gifts, and do it to the best of your ability.  If you're going to fullfill your destiny, you must do what God hardwired you to do.  Make sure you operate a realm where you are passionate.

You may not have yet stepped into your divine destiny.  You're still doing many things for which you have little passion and no enthusiasm.  It is time to become a better you.

Certainly, you can't just snap your fingers and change careers, but at least examine your life and be aware of how you're spending your time.  Are you pursuing your passion?  Are you doing what you are good at naturally?  If not, why don't you make some changes?  Time is short.  Find one thing that you're passionate about and start giving yourself to it.  And God will lead you one step at a time.

Follow God's divine desiny for your life, discover your calling, and stay in your purpose.  Make a decision and keep pressing forward, keep believing,and keep stretching until you see your dreams fullfilled.  Then one day, you will look back and say with confidence, "This is why God God put me here."

- Joel Osteen

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anonymous  November 14, 2009 3:06 PM

Get Excited!

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Are you burning with enthusiasm about your life, your friends, and your future?  If so, congratulations and keep up the good work!  But if your spiritual batteries are running low, perhaps you're spending too much energy focusing on your losses and too little time planning for futue victories.

Writer Sara Jordan gave this simple but good advice: "Every day give yourself a good mental shampoo."

If you're feeling tired or troubled or both, take time to soak in your blessings as you focus on things that are positive.  And while you're at it, seek strength from the Source that never fails.  When you sincerely petition God, He will give you all the power and enthusiasm you need to live victoriously through Him.

Success is a state of mind.  If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.

Joyce Brothers

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anonymous  November 05, 2009 2:38 PM

Fretting is Futile

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No one has to remind you of the high cost of anxiety.  Worry divides the mind.  The biblical word for worry  (merimnao) is a compound word of two Greek words, merizo ("to divide") and nous ("the mind").  Anxiety splits our energy between troday's priorties and tomorrow's problems.  Part of our mind is on the now, the rest is on the not yet. The result is half-minded living.

That's not the only result.  Worrying is not a disease, but it causes diseases.  It has been connected to high blood pressure, heart trouble, blindess, migraine headaches, thyroid malfunctions and a host of stomach disorders.

Anxiety is an expensive habit.  Of course, it might be worth the cost, if it worked.  But it doesn't. Our frets are futile.  Worry has never brightened a day, solved a problem, or cured a disease.

Max Lucado


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anonymous  October 31, 2009 11:55 AM

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Take Risks for God

Use your uniqueness to take great risk for God!

If you're great with kids, volunteer at the orphanage.

If you have a head for business, start a soup kitchen.

If God bent you toward medicine, dedicate a day or a dedicate to AIDS patients.

The only mistake is not to risk making one...

He lavished you with strengths in this lfe and a promise of the next.  Go out on a limb; He won't let you fall.  Take a big risk; He would let you fail.  He invites you to dream of the day you feel His hand on your shoulder and His eyes on your face.  "Well done, " He will say, "good and faithful servant."

- Max Lucado

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Columinist Rick Reilly gave this advice to rookie professional athletes: "Stop thumping your chest.  The line blocked, the quarterback threw you a perfect spiral while getting his head knocked off, and the good receiver blew the double coverage.  Get over yourself."

The truth is, every touchdown in life is a team effort.  Applaud your teammates.  An elementary boy came home from the tryouts for the school play: "Mommy, Mommy," he announced, "I got a  part.  I've been chosen to sit in the audience and clap and cheer." 

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Richard "Rick" Paul Reilly (born February 3, 1958 in Boulder, Colorado) is an American sportswriter.

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