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Month: March 2009

Cleaning in the Corners

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by Marilyn Ehle
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“Search me, O God… See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.�  Psalm 139

Housecleaning was an every – Friday ritual in my childhood home. Not a mere swish of a dust cloth, but a room-to-room, thorough cleaning that included polishing furniture, cleaning woodwork, vacuuming carpets, scouring sinks and bathtubs and – on hands and knees – scrubbing every inch of exposed floor. My mother was an expert at detecting the smallest speck of untouched dirt in a corner. The response to my plaintive cry of “No one will ever see itâ€? was a firm, “But I will know it’s there.â€?

Most of us who follow Christ truly want to live lives that honor Him. When confronted with attitudes and actions we know to be wrong, we confess them to our loving Heavenly Father and appropriate His forgiveness and grace. But what about the “corners�?  Those things we wouldn’t call grievous sins, but which would certainly offend Jesus if we were face to face with Him.

Am I willing to allow – even ask for – the revealing light of God to expose the corners of my life? When the corners are clean, God and I can walk in the richest friendship along the way everlasting.

Thank you, Father, for shining your light of love into every corner of my life so that I can walk in unrestricted fellowship with you.

You can comment on this devotional online at:
http://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/2009/03/31/me_corners/

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Sacred Delight

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by Max Lucado
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“Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.� Matthew 5:3 (NCV)

[God] promises [sacred delight]. And he promises it to an unlikely crowd:

    * “The poor in spirit.”  Beggars in God’s soup kitchen.
  
  * “Those who mourn.”  Sinners Anonymous bound together by the truth  of   their introduction: “Hi, I am me. I’m a sinner.”….
   
* “The merciful.”  Winners of the million-dollar lottery who share the prize with their enemies.
   
* “The pure in heart.”  Physicians who love lepers and escape infection.
   
* “The peacemakers.”  Architects who build bridges with wood from a Roman cross….
 
  * The persecuted.”  Those who manage to keep an eye on heaven while walking through hell on earth.

It is to this band of pilgrims that God promises a special blessing. A heavenly joy. A sacred delight.

You can comment on this devotional online at:
http://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/2009/03/29/ml_delight/
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Max Lucado
From: The Applause of Heaven
Copyright (Word Publishing, 1990)
Used by permission
To learn more about Max Lucado visit his website at:
http://www.maxlucado.com/about/

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