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Your goal is not to know every detail of the future. Your goal is to hold the hand of the One who does; and never, ever let go! Jesus tells us rather bluntly,

Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on” (Matthew 6:25)

He then gives us two commands, look and consider.

 “Look at the birds of the air(Matthew 6:26). 

When we do, they appear happy. They don’t appear sleep deprived or lonely. They whistle and soar! He then says,

Consider the lilies” (Matthew 6:28)

And he adds,

Even Solomon,” the richest king in history, “was not arrayed like one of these” (Matthew 6:29).

How do we disarm anxiety?

Stockpile our minds with God thoughts. If birds and flowers fall under the category of God’s care, won’t he care for us as well?

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Many people stop short of their destiny. They settle for someone else’s story. Grandpa was a butcher, Dad was a butcher, so I guess I’ll be a butcher. Everyone I know is in farming, so I guess I’m supposed to farm. Consequently, they risk leading dull, joyless, and fruitless lives. They never sing the song God wrote for their voices. They never cross a finish line with heavenward-stretched arms and declare, I was made to do this! They fit in, settle in, and blend in. But they never find their call.

Don’t make the same mistake. Ephesians 2:10 says:

It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago planned that we should spend these lives in helping others.”

Your existence is not accidental. Your skills are not incidental. God shaped each person in turn!

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From: Glory Days

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David said in Psalm 121,

“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?”

And David answers his own question,

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip, He who watches over you will not slumber. The Lord watches over you. The Lord will keep you from all harm, He will watch over your life.

God—your rescuer, has the right vision.  He also has the right direction. He made the boldest claim in the history of man when He declared, “I am the way.”  People wondered if the claim was accurate. He answered their question by forging a path through the underbrush of sin and death—escaping alive. Maybe you need your hope restored.  If so, lift up your eyes.  Like David said, look unto the hills…look unto the One who made you and He will give you help.

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How kind are you? What is your kindness quotient?


When was the last time you did something kind for someone in your family: e.g., got a blanket, cleaned off the table, prepared the coffee – without being asked?

Think about your school or workplace. Which person is the most overlooked or avoided?  A shy student? A grumpy employee? Maybe he doesn’t speak the language. Maybe she doesn’t fit in. Are you kind to this person?

Kind hearts are quietly kind. They let the car cut into traffic and the young mom with three kids move up in the checkout line. They pick up the neighbor’s trash can that rolled into the street. And they are especially kind at church. They understand that perhaps the neediest person they’ll meet all week is the one standing in the foyer or sitting on the row behind them in worship. Paul writes: “When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers” (Galatians 6:10).

And, here is a challenge – what about your enemies? With the boss who fired you or the wife who left you. Suppose you surprised them with kindness? Not easy? No, it’s not. But mercy is the deepest gesture of kindness. Paul equates the two. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”  Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV).

Jesus said:

Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you. – If you love only the people who love you, what praise should you get? ¦ [L]ove  your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without hoping to get anything back. Then you will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High God, because he is kind even to people who are ungrateful and full of sin. Show mercy, just as your Father shows mercy. (Luke 6:27-28, 32, 35-36)

Kindness at home. Kindness in public. Kindness at church and kindness with your enemies. Pretty well covers the gamut, don’t you think? Almost. Someone else needs your kindness. Who could that be? You.

Since he is so kind to us, can’t we be a little kinder to ourselves? Oh, but you don’t know me, Max. You don’t know my faults and my thoughts. You don’t know the gripes I grumble and the complaints I mumble. No, I don’t, but he does. He knows everything about you, yet he doesn’t hold back his kindness toward you. Has he, knowing all your secrets, retracted one promise or reclaimed one gift?

No, he is kind to you. Why don’t you be kind to yourself? He forgives your faults. Why don’t you do the same? He thinks tomorrow is worth living. Why don’t you agree? He believes in you enough to call you his ambassador, his follower, even his child. Why not take his cue and believe in yourself?

Be kind to yourself. God thinks you’re worth his kindness. And he’s a good judge of character.

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Do you carry a load of guilt? 

So many do.

If our spiritual baggage were visible, do you know what you would see?

Suitcases of guilt, bulging with binges, blowups, and compromises. The kid with the baggy jeans and the nose ring? He’d give anything to retract the words he said to his mother. But he can’t, so he tows them along. The woman in the business suit that looks like she could run for Senator?  She can’t run at all, not hauling that carpet bag wherever she goes. So what do we do?

In Psalm 23:3 David said it like this,

He leads me in the paths of righteousness.”

The path of righteousness is a narrow, winding trail up a steep hill.  At the top is a cross. At the base of the cross are bags, countless bags full of innumerable sins

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Some things just weren’t made to coexist.  Long-tailed cats and rocking chairs? Bulls in a china shop? Not a good idea. Blessings and bitterness? That mixture doesn’t go over well with God. Combine heavenly kindness with earthly ingratitude and expect a sour concoction. Perhaps you’ve sampled it. Gratitude doesn’t come naturally. Self-pity does. Bellyaches do. Grumbles and mumbles–no one has to remind us to offer them. Yet they don’t mix well with the kindness we’ve been given.

Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff. 

To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse His accomplishments is to discover His heart. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. So practice gratitude!  As Ephesians 5:20 puts it,

Give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Worrying is one job you cannot farm out—but you can overcome it!

And there’s no better place to begin than Psalm 23:2.  “He leads me beside the still waters,”  David declares. He leads me! God isn’t behind me, yelling, Go! He’s ahead of me bidding, Come! He’s in front, clearing the path and cutting the brush. Standing next to the rocks He warns watch your step there.

Isn’t this what God gave the children of Israel? He promised to supply them with manna each day, but He told them to collect only one day’s supply at a time. Matthew 6:34 says to give your entire attention to what God is doing right now and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. God is leading you– so leave tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow.

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When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god.

We worship the risk-free life.

The fear-filled cannot love deeply because love is risky.

They cannot give to the poor because benevolence has no guarantee of return.

The fear-filled cannot dream wildly.  What if their dreams fail?

No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear.  In Matthew 8:26,

Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm.”

The sea becomes as still as a frozen lake, and the disciples are left wondering,

What kind of man is this?  Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

What kind of man, indeed.  Turning typhoon time into nap time.  Silencing waves with one word.

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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” .Romans 15:13

Think about God’s joy.

What can cloud it?  What can quench it?…Is God ever in a bad mood because of bad weather?

Does God get ruffled over long lines or traffic jams?  Does God ever refuse to rotate the earth because his feelings are hurt?

No.  His is a joy which consequences cannot quench.  His is a peace which circumstances cannot steal.

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From: Everyday Blessings
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Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.”
Psalm 144:15

How’s life?” someone asks. And we who’ve been resurrected from the dead say,

Well, things could be better.” Or,

Couldn’t get a parking place.” Or,

My parents won’t let me move to Hawaii.” Or,

People won’t leave me alone so I can finish my sermon on selfishness.

Are you so focused on what you DON’T have that you are blind to what you DO?

You have a ticket to heaven no thief can take,
an eternal home no divorce can break.

Every sin of your life has been cast to the sea.
Every mistake you’ve made is nailed to the tree.

You’re blood-bought and heaven made.
A child of God – forever saved.

So be grateful, joyful – for isn’t it true?
What you don’t have is much less
than what you do.

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What happens when we fill our minds with thoughts of God’s love? Will standing beneath the downpour of his grace change the way we feel about others?

It’s not enough to keep the bad stuff out. We’ve got to let the good stuff in. It’s not enough to keep no list of wrongs. We need to cultivate a list of blessings. Paul says in Philippians 4:8,

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Thinking conveys the idea of pondering, studying, and focusing…allowing what is viewed to have an impact on us. You want to make a list? Then list his mercies. List the times God has forgiven you. Rather than store up the sour, store up the sweet!

By Max Lucado
From:  A Love Worth Giving

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“His name will be…Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (NCV)


Heaven opened herself and placed her most precious One in a human womb.

The Omnipotent, in one instant, made Himself breakable.  He who had been Spirit became pierceable.  He who was larger than the universe became an embryo.  And He who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl.

God had come near.

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The virgin birth is more, much more, than a Christmas story; it is a picture of how close Christ will come to you. The first stop on his itinerary was a womb. Where will God go to touch the world? Look deep within Mary for an answer.

Better still, look deep within yourself. What he did with Mary, he offers to us! He issues a Mary-level invitation to all his children. “If you’ll let me, I’ll move in!

Proliferating throughout the scriptures is a preposition that leaves no doubt- the preposition in. Jesus lives in his children.

John was clear, “Those who obey His commands live in him, and He in them1 John 3:24 (NIV, emphasis mine).

Christ grew in Mary until he had to come out. Christ will grow in you until the same occurs.

He will come out in your speech, in your actions, in your decisions.

Every place you live will be a Bethlehem, and every day you live will be a Christmas. You, like Mary, will deliver Christ into the world.

God in us! Have we sounded the depth of this promise?

God was with Adam and Eve. God was with Abraham. God was with Moses and the children of Israel. God was with the apostles.

But he is in you. You are a modern-day Mary. Even more so. He was a fetus in her, but he is a force in you. He will do what you cannot.

Can’t stop drinking? Christ can. And he lives within you.

Can’t stop worrying? Christ can. And he lives within you.

Can’t forgive the jerk, forget the past, or forsake your bad habits? Christ can! And he lives within you.

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“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”  Isaiah 9:6


If we could save ourselves why would we need a Savior? Jesus didn’t enter the world to help us save ourselves. He entered the world to save us from ourselves. As a Boy Scout, I earned a lifesaving merit badge. Fact is, the only people I saved were other Boy Scouts who didn’t need to be saved. During training I would rescue other trainees. We took turns saving each other, but since we weren’t really drowning we resisted being rescued. “Stop kicking and let me save you,” I’d say.

It’s impossible to save those who are trying to save themselves. You know, you might save yourself from a broken heart or going broke or running out of gas. But you’re not good enough to save yourself from sin; you aren’t strong enough to save yourself from death. You need a Savior, and because of Bethlehem, you have one!

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Our God is a promise-keeping God? 

Others may make a promise and forget it. But if God makes a promise, he keeps it.

The Book of Hebrews announces, “God has given both his promise and his oath” (Hebrews 6:18). The scripture goes on to say, “He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23).

Does this matter? Does God’s integrity make a difference? Does his faithfulness come into play? When your daughter is on life support, it does. When you are pacing the ER floor, it does. When you are wondering what to do with your worst nightmare, you have to choose. Faith or fear, God’s purpose or random history, a God who knows and cares, or a God who isn’t there?

We all choose. Choose to trust God’s promises. Choose to believe that God is up to something good, even though all you see looks bad.

Choose to believe because God is faithful!

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