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We can speak—

With the eyes of understanding;
With the ears of alertness;
With the smile of delight;
With the tone of kindness;
With the spirit of compassion;
With the hands of mercy;
With the embrace of acceptance;
With the handshake of friendship;
With the look of interest;
With the tears of compassion;
With the nod of affirmation;
With the touch of tenderness;
With the heart of love;
With a face that radiates His light.

“Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord.” Psalm 4:6 (AMP)

“Let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:16 (HW)

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If the Lord is willing, we shall live and we shall do this or that [thing]“.
James 4:15 (AMP)

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.” Matthew 6:34 (AMP)

Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God. May Your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” Psalm 143:10 (NLT)

One thing you can be certain about in the coming year is that you can’t be certain about what is ahead. This is a great blessing, because you do not need to know. To know what is ahead and the details of what will happen would be too great a burden to carry and too great a responsibility to bear.

What you do need to know about the future is not what is ahead of you, but Who is ahead of you. It is the Lord who goes before you, is ahead of you, and is preparing the way for you. Your future is in His sure, strong, caring hands.

I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.Genesis 28:15 (NLT)

As you pass through the door of 2020 and enter the door of 2021, here are six of the needs you are certain to have…

1.     There will be the need for prayer:
Until you get to heaven, there will always be the need for prayer. In every prayer as a believer, you will be speaking to the living God, your loving Father—the One who invites you to come, the One who hears your cries, the One who answers your prayers, and the One who will work all things together for the good according to His will and purpose.

2.     There will be the need to trust:
God does not want you to be fearful or worried about what is ahead. He will give what you need when you need it; He will tell what you need to know when it is time to know it; He will show what you need to see when it is time to see it. When He is silent about any matter, be at peace about it and do not become anxious.

3.     There will be the need to obey:
You will never outgrow your need for obedience. To obey the Lord is to please the Lord. He will always give you the provision, the time, and the opportunity to do what He has asked you to do. If He is not asking you to do anything new or different at the present time, continue to do the last thing He asked of you.

4.     There will be the need to forgive:
No one will ever act perfectly or speak perfectly to you. Even those who love you will not perform perfectly. Forgiveness is an attitude of the heart and a choice of the will that you must walk in each day. Some people carry hurt, bitterness, or resentment in their hearts for years, never wanting to let go of the past. As you go through the door of 2018, drop at the entryway, all the hurts of yesterday and carry them no more.

5.     There will be the need to be faithful:
In 2019 you will need to press on in the will of God for your life; you will need to walk on through the valleys and over the mountain tops that you will face; you will need to carry on in your service of love to others; you will need to live on in the will of God with a thankful heart, with praise upon your lips, and with zeal in your spirit.

6.     There will be the need for Jesus:
Every day, in every moment, through every circumstance of 2021, you will need Jesus. You will need Him fully and you will need to trust Him completely. You will need His grace to enable you, His Spirit to empower you, His strength to support you, and His counsel to instruct you in all the will of God.

The best place is wherever He puts us, and any other would be undesirable, all the worse because it would please our fancy, and would be of our own choice. Do not think about distant events. This uneasiness about the future is unwholesome for you. We must leave to God all that depends on Him, and think only of being faithful in all that depends upon ourselves. When God takes away that which He has given you, He knows well how to replace it either through other means or by Himself.  –Fenelon

Strive to carry yourself with total resignation to the Divine will that God may do with you and all according to His heavenly pleasure, relying on Him as on a kind and loving Father. –M. Molinos

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We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” 1 John 4:16 (NLT)

When love happens, good happens

Kindness happens when love acts.
Joy happens when love celebrates.
Patience happens when love waits.
Hope happens when love promises.
Life happens when love gives.
Change happens when love prays.
Blessings happen when love cares.
Beauty happens when love grows.
Healing happens when love touches.
Fullness happens when love abounds.
Righteousness happens when love chooses.
Truth happens when love speaks.
Purpose happens when love guides.

Because God is love, love happens…when love happens, something good will always happen!

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“Your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.” Isaiah 54: 5 (NKJV)

God is a Redeemer;
He bought us with a great price,
He rescues and breaks the chains of bondage,
He finds us and brings us home.

God is a Restorer;
He returns what was destroyed and
replaces what was stolen.
He removes the stain of sin,
and brings beauty out of the ruins of our lives.

God is a Re newer;
He rekindles the flame
which flickers in the heart grown cold.
He takes away the old things
and makes all things new.

God is a Reviver;
He brings back to life
the things that were dead. He strengthens
the weak, and makes the broken whole again.

God is a Refresher;
He sends the cooling wind on a summer’s day,
brings rivers to the desert place,
and sends seasons of refreshing to the soul.

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7 Good Things to Know about Hard Times

.1.  They turn our focus toward Jesus.

Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that hath endured such gainsaying of sinners against Himself, that ye wax not weary, fainting in your souls.” Hebrews 12:2-3 (ASV)

.2.  They turn our faith toward joy.

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,” James 1:2 (NKJV)

.3.  They energize our faith toward positive growth.

Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:3 (NKJV)

.4.  They help release us from the cares that weigh us down and slow our progress.

Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,Hebrews 12:1 (ASV)

.5.  They help us encourage others in the Body of Christ.

Yes, and the Lord will deliver me from every evil attack and will bring me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.2 Timothy 4:18 (NLT)

.6.  They help us identify with others’ needs through intercessory prayer.

For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance.” Philippians 1:19 (NLT)

.7.  They help us understand that something great and glorious is still ahead.

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later.” Romans 8:18 (NLT)

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In All Things

In my seeing, be my sight.
In my knowing, be the light;
In my listening, be what’s heard,
In my speaking, be the word.

In my building, be the stone,
In my living, be my home;
In my praying, be the prayer,
In my helping, be the care.

In my seeking, be the prize.
In my thinking, be what’s wise;
In my fighting, be the sword,
In my serving, be the Lord.

“(Jesus) He is before all things, and in Him all things consist…that in all things He may have the preeminence.Colossians 1:17-18 (NKJV)

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Reflections on Galatians 2:20

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

My old self— How I lived without Jesus…my old way of thinking, of choosing, of doing…me at the center, not Him; my will being done, not His; my pleasure being pursued, not His.

Has been crucified with Christ— Not something God will one day do, but something He has already done…When Christ died, my old way of living died with Him. Past tense…“has been”…my old self is a “has been”…thank God it is so!

It is no longer I who live— The old way of living is over…not improved upon, patched-up, painted over, or made better…all things have become new…there is nothing about my old (selfish) self that is worth bringing into my new life in Christ.

But Christ lives in me— Christ…not an “ideal” I try and live up to, but a person who is alive IN me. He participates IN my life as Lord, and I participate in His life as His servant; He participates IN my life as the vine, and I participate in His life as the branch; He participates IN my life as the Light, I participate in His life as the one who reflects His radiance; He participates IN my life as the Shepherd, and I participate in His life by placing my trust in His leading and wholly following Him.

So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me— I have never been so fully alive, free, fresh …new wine, new joys, new purpose. My trust is in Him, not my resources; my confidence is in Him, not my abilities; my victory is in Him, not my accomplishments. I can trust the one who loves me…who gave Himself for me…the one who gives and gives, over and over again.

Buried with Christ and raised with Him, too,
What is there left for me to do?
Simply to cease from struggling and strife,
Simply to walk in newness of life.
T. Ryder

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Overflowing with Life!

Clean House – Jesus is our big vacuum cleaner. He has taken all our grit away. He has cleaned house.

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The Holy Spirit is the Creator of beauty.” G. Campbell Morgan

The most beautiful person in the entire universe is God—
Beautiful is the heart of God the Father;
Beautiful is the glory of God the Son;
Beautiful is the presence of God the Holy Spirit;
And beautiful is His life in you!

Bill Gaither penned these words to a well-known Christian song: “He made something beautiful of my life.” Think of it, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to pour out the beauty of the Lord upon you. Yes, the Holy Spirit is your beauty maker as He conforms you to the image of Jesus Christ.

You are—
Purified.
Sanctified.
Cleansed.
Washed clean.

His loveliness is within you.
His face shines upon you.
His light shines through you.

How beautiful are His ways with you; how beautiful is His work within you.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.Psalm 90:17 NKJV

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.Isaiah 61:1-3 NKJV

“Let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:4 AMP

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Beauty – Take time to enjoy the beauty around that God gave you.

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“And Jesus came and touched them.” Matthew 17:7 (KJV)

Jesus’ touch is like no other. He reaches out to us with the hand of a true servant— with the warmth of deep compassion, with the wonder of tender mercies, with the understanding of a caring shepherd, and with the grace of unconditional love.

His hands assure us, His arms uphold us, His embrace affirms us; His touch renews us, restores us, revives us, and refreshes us.

His touch is filled with the promises of love—His touch tells us that we are His, that He is near, that He is able, that we are cared for with the fullness of the Father’s heart.

Jesus touched the children and blessings came upon them.

Jesus touched the lepers and they were completely cleansed.

Jesus touched the sick and they miraculously recovered.

Jesus touched the blind and their eyes were gloriously opened.

Jesus touched the brokenhearted and they were mended and made whole.

Jesus touched the fearful and peace returned to their troubled souls.

Whatever your need may be, Jesus’ hand is extended to touch you, to bless you, and to bring His joy to you.

Jesus’ Touch
Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him.” Mark 1:41 (NKJV)
Every time God touches your life, He leaves fingerprints of love.

Jesus’ Blessing
I always do what pleases Him.”  John 8:29 (AMP)
Every time Jesus blesses you, He is pleasing His Father.

Jesus’ Joy
Then they worshipped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.”  Luke 24:52
When Jesus is at the heart of your worship, it moves you to the center of great joy.

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Joy out of Sorrow – Norma Becker’s story

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May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”  Ephesians 3:19 (NLT)

His Righteousness is the character of love;

His Omnipotence is the power of love;

His Omnipresence is the nearness of love;

His Omniscience is the mind of love;

His Judgment is the protection of love;

His Grace is the favor of love;

His Holiness is the beauty of love;

His Goodness is the practice of love;

His Kindness is the attitude of love;

His Care is the tenderness of love;

His Majesty is the glory of love;

His Giving is the expression of love;

His Peace is the rest of love;

His Joy is the celebration of love.

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HE IS!  A great poem
God Demonstrates His Love

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I Heard My Savior Say…

Your sins are forgiven.
Believe in me.
Fear not!
Peace be to you.
I am your light.
I am your Shepherd, I will lead you.
Do not worry about tomorrow.
I have called you friend.
I want your life to be abundant.
The yoke I have for you is easy and the burden is light.
I will give you living water so you will never thirst again.
Consider the lilies…My Father will provide for you.
Do not let your heart be troubled. I am preparing a place for you.
I have sent you the Comforter.
I am with you always!
I am the resurrection and your life.
Because I live, you will live also.
Ask and you will receive.
It is my Father’s pleasure to give you the kingdom.
You are blessed.
I will never leave or forsake you.
No one can snatch you away from Me.
Be ready, I am coming for you as a groom comes for his bride.

“Grace and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.”  Titus 1:4

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HE IS! – a powerful poem about God

When I say… “I am a Christian” – by Carol Wimmer

I am Thanking You right NOW

The Powerful Reality by Ruth Calkin

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The Caregivers Song

Father, You’re the strength that lifts the burden,
You’re the oil that soothes the pain;
You’re the sunlight when there’s darkness,
You’re the shelter in the rain.
You’re the hand that brings all healing,
You’re the song that calms all fear;
You’re the peace that brings all comfort,
You’re the God who’s always near.

The Lord is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.”
Psalm 118:13 (NLT)

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Jesus, You spoke the word and the storm became still.
Lord, I need a word like that. Mark 4:39

Jesus, those who touched the hem of Your garment were made whole.
Lord, I need a healing like that. Mark 6:56

Jesus, You gave the spiritually hungry living Bread.
Lord, I need to be fed like that. John 6:48-51

Jesus, You placed Your hands upon the children and blessed them.
Lord, I need a touch like that. Mark 10:16

Jesus, You blessed the bread and the wine as You communed with Your disciples.
Lord, I need fellowship like that. Mark 14:22-24

Jesus, You said You go before Your sheep and they follow You.
Lord, I need guidance like that. John 10:1-4

Jesus, You sent the fullness of Your Holy Spirit to those who gathered in the upper room.
Lord, I need a filling like that. Acts 1 and Acts 2

Jesus, You promised a place in Your Father’s house to those with troubled hearts.
Lord, I need assurance like that. John 14:1-3, 27

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“My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him.” Psalm 62:5  (AMP)

One thing you can say about the world we live in is that it’s a noisy place. Silence is not always easy to find. Most of us have to make an effort to seek out a quiet place from the noise around us. But what about the noise within us? How do we get away and find a quiet place from that clatter?

In Psalm 62:5 we find the Hebrew word “Damam.” This word helps us to understand that our waiting upon God is to be a silent waiting—no fussing, but faith; no clamoring, but calm; no panicking, but peace; no striving, but stillness; no restlessness, but rest.

Silent waiting upon God is only possible through the power of God’s grace working in us, however, we need to allow His grace to have its way in us. Psalm 62:5 also reveals our part in silent waiting. We enter in through the doorway of submission.

Submission to Him means that we have stopped fighting against His will and resisting His ways. It means that we acknowledge Him as the One who is in charge of every detail of our lives. Through submission we carry a prayer in our hearts that says, “Your will, not mine; Your agenda, not mine; Your purpose, not mine; Your timing, not mine.”  Thankfully, God will keep you in perfect peace as you fully lean upon Him with complete trust and total submission (Isaiah 26:3).

In her moving hymn, Be Still My Soul, Kathrina von Schlegel calls out to every trusting heart to find its stillness in their “heavenly Friend”…

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

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“…know Me, believe Me and remain steadfast to Me, and understand that I am He.” Isaiah 43:10 ( AMP)

1. Believe what Jesus has said.

You cannot know what Jesus has said without knowing the Scriptures. His words are there for you to hear, to believe, to receive, and to obey. His words are true words, good words, living words, whole words, righteous words.

Confess: I believe Jesus’ words, they are the foundation of my life.

2. Believe what God can do. Do not place any limits upon God.

There is nothing too hard for the Lord, and with God nothing shall be impossible. Believe your life is in His hands and He is taking care of you.

Confess: I believe there is no limit to what God can do and I place no limits on His working in my life.

3. Believe the Holy Spirit’s leading.

The Holy Spirit is in you and will guide you into all truth. He will reveal to you what you need to know, where you need to be, and when you need to do what He is directing you to do. Don’t lean upon your own understanding, but upon the Holy Spirit’s guiding. You can always trust His guidance because He always knows what He is doing.

Confess: I believe the Holy Spirit is leading me in the right path and without mistakes.

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