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    A Man With a Measuring Line

    “And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.” – Zechariah 2:5 It is said that the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Dr Martin Luther King Jr If you wait until the perfect circumstances come along in life to do anything great, you will be waiting forever and a day, and you will never get anything done. (Ecclesiastes 11:4) I’ve learned time and time again not to trust in my circumstances, but to trust in God.…

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    What is your pleasure?

    “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”  Psalm 16:11 I’ve seen movies where the bartender, or waitress, or a host at a party may ask “What’s your pleasure?”  Meaning, what is it that I can give to you, that will bring you pleasure? God is the creator of the heavens and the earth, and He created pleasure.  He knows our desires and what will genuinely bring us joy and pleasure, more than we would know ourselves.  Most people on this earth seek pleasure alone….   Sometimes as Christians we think that God doesn’t want…

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    Trust in the Lord

    “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.  My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”  – Psalm 28:7 Sometimes when I turn on the television to catch up on current events, my heart sinks into my lap.  It just seems as though there is never enough good news to go around. Planes are crashing, people are missing, and horrible tragedies are taking place.  I was watching the news about the fires in Fort McMurray thinking, “When will it all end?”  How can we continue to have joy in our lives when all this is happening in the world?  When we have…

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    Blah Blah Blah

    “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” – Philippians 2:14  Sometimes we can take an otherwise perfect day or situation and turn it into something completely opposite with negativity.  It’s easy to do, and hard to erase once you get into the habit. Our outlook on life can change and it can influence those around us.  When we look for the negative in everything, that is what we will find; however, when we look for the good, it is there also.  There is a purpose hidden in every situation.  (Philippians 2:13)  “But test them all; hold on to what is good.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21  Negativity can lead to anger, and can contaminate…

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    Humility

    “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.” – Proverbs 18:12 Pride is focused on self, but humility is focused on God.  You cannot do anything effectively for God, when you are focused solely on self.  “The Purpose Driven Life,” is a great book.  Its first line says, “It’s not about you.” Anything you do for God will be about helping,”people.”  You must love people.  That is easier said than done sometimes.  We were all placed on this earth with a purpose and a dream.  A dream for our lives of course, but our lives are made up of us, and the people around us.…

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    Without Vision

    “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18 Abib stands for Early Spring. In the Hebrew lunar calendar, around March or April, was when the Israelites were led out of Egypt into a blooming new land full of milk and honey.  (Exodus 13:4-5)  It was a good time to travel. Spring is significant of new life, and new beginnings.  It gives us something to look forward to when the winter of life becomes treacherous and never ending.  We all look forward to ground hog day, hoping for a sign that spring is near.  We all need a vision, a hope for a…

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    Motherly Love

    “Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD. –  Isaiah 54:1 A mother carries the most precious of God’s creation.  Eve was considered a mother to many.  Mother Teresa was a mother to many also, but never had any children of her own. She was a nun; however, she was that of a spiritual mother to many which is just as precious. I do believe there are spiritual fathers as well.  There are many men and women in…

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    The Sparrow

    “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” – Matthew 10:29 The song lyrics say, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He’s watching me.” I awoke one morning and saw a baby bird, what looked to be a sparrow, land on my balcony.  Happy as could be the sparrow bounced on and off, not a care in the world.  It looked at me as if to say, “I’m free!”  This made me think about what Jesus said in the bible about faith. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what…