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“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”  Psalm 143:8

Life can be cruel sometimes. You feel pummelled from all sides. Haven’t you experienced this?
I have. In a few short years my marriage fell apart. Our children moved far away. I lost my nursing job. I lost my health.

What do you do when all your securities crumble?

A counselor I went to at the time listened attentively to the outpouring of my grief. Then he asked me, “Helen, does God still love you?”

I was taken by surprise. “Yes,” I said. “The Bible says God’s love is everlasting, so it must be the same whether my life is good or bad.”

You’re right,” he said. “Jesus is the measure of God’s love not our circumstances. You are loved no matter what life hands you. You stand on that fact and you will make it.”

And I did. I discovered God is enough for each day. When all your securities crumble, if you are in Christ and Christ is in you, you have what it takes to be an overcomer. God does not make us escapists; He makes us overcomers. Jesus said, In this world you will have trouble–guaranteed. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

Let me share with you what gave me strength and hope from day to day.

To keep me focused on God, I copied out Bible verses that spoke of God’s love and said them out loud many times a day. Verses like these:

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

This is what the LORD says–he who created you.. he who formed you.. ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you: I have called you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the water I will be with you, when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned…Do not be afraid, for I am with you… you are precious to me and I love you’” (Isaiah 43:1-7). I can’t tell you how many times I have said those words and they have always lifted my spirit and given me hope.

Dear God, let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul (Psalm 143:8).

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“But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13, 14

In my work as a nurse with seniors, I’ve sometimes witnessed the power of a past sin that keeps robbing my patient of present blessings. Although the incident happened many years ago, it’s being rehearsed as though it happened yesterday. How sad!

Is it possible to erase all memories of the past?  No! Paul never forgot past activities he was now ashamed of. Yet, the past did not have a stranglehold on him. He did not cling to it in senseless rehashing. Why? He had released the past to God. How can we do that?

Admit past wrongs and let Christ forgive us and clear us of all guilt.

Forgiveness is immediate upon a contrite confession. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross paid for the entire sin-debt.

“If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong” (1 John 1:9 NLT).

“The blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 NIV).

Paul embraced this fact with joy. Likewise, we must accept Christ’s gracious offer of forgiveness and begin to think and act forgiven.

Depend on Christ for daily righteous living

Instead of hanging onto energy-sapping remorse, Paul used past failures as a powerful motivator to live for God in the present. “I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven” (Philippians 3:14 NLT).

Paul majored on God’s grace and forgiveness, not on his failures.

God is bigger than our failures.

When we give our failures to him, he will weave them into his perfect plan for our lives. After Chuck Colson’s release from prison, he founded Prison Fellowship, an international ministry to prisoners in many countries of the world. “God used my greatest failure to bring about His greatest good,” he writes. In my own life also, God has used failures, my own and others, to bring about his good purposes.

Although we can’t undo past failures, we can let go of guilt and remorse. We can turn our failures over to God and watch him make something beautiful out of them. The choice is ours.

Father, thank you that You remember my sins no more. I also want to let go and think and live as a forgiven person.

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“While Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem (far from home) the time came for the baby Jesus to be born, and Mary gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2: 6, 7

Have you ever been far from home at Christmas?

Our third child was born in Nairobi, Kenya, on December 14. We named her Elizabeth Anne. I liked the name Elizabeth meaning consecrated to God. My husband added Anne saying, “Her initials will stand for East Africa.”

Nairobi hospital was a very modern hospital and we received excellent care. A week later, my husband picked me up and took me to our home on the mountains. It was strangely quiet. All the missionaries had gone away to celebrate Christmas with their friends. We were on our own.

Christmas day arrived and our little family gathered in the living room. While our two small children played with their new toys, I was nursing my baby. I glanced at the sparsely decorated tree. Because we had no electricity, there were no glowing lights. No Christmas carols on the radio. No Christmas program to attend. No noisy turkey dinner with family gathered around a festive table. Suddenly loneliness overwhelmed me. How I missed my family in Canada!

Then I thought of Mary. How must she have felt so far from home with a brand new baby? But then, Mary had angels and shepherds to make Christmas special, I thought. We have nobody.

I think God has a sense of humour, don’t you? For at that very moment there was a sharp knock on the door. There stood Pastor Benson from a near-by church. He must have sensed that we were lonely for he stayed a long time.

I’ve often thought about that Christmas in Kenya. It didn’t have any of the trimmings that we think belong to a perfect Christmas. Yet, it was the most authentic Christmas I’ve ever had. It taught me that God is present wherever we are and he meets our needs in very practical ways.

Maybe your Christmas will be full of loneliness instead of family gatherings. Perhaps some of you will be celebrating Christmas for the first time without a loved one. Maybe your children are far away and cannot come home for Christmas.

Whose Christmas angel can you be?

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16).

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‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Exodus 33:14).

In all of life’s challenges, God gives us the one thing we need the most:

His Presence.

When Moses was leading the children of Israel through the wilderness to the promised land, God personally accompanied them. A pillar of cloud would descend upon the  tent of meeting and God would speak to Moses as a man speaks with his friend (Exodus 33:11).

After the Israelites sinned by making a golden calf and worshipping it, God said, “I will no longer travel with you, for you are a stubborn, unruly people. If I did, I would be tempted to destroy you along the way.  I will send an angel to guide you” (see Exodus 32).

Some of us might have been happy with an angelic presence, but Moses was devastated. He wanted God’s personal presence.

If you don’t go with us personally, I don’t want to move a step from this place,” he said. Moses knew from years of experience that our security is in God alone.

And the LORD relented.

I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest,”
He said (Exodus 33:14 NLT).

At the end of his life, Moses was able to pass on the promise to Joshua. “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD is the one who goes before you.

He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you” (Deuteronomy 31:8 NLT).

Jesus repeated the promise to us:

I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you” (John 14:18);

and the writer of Hebrews reiterated the promise:

“God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’”(Hebrews 13:5).

But I don’t feel His presence,” you might say. I’ve learned that our feelings don’t always tell us the truth. They fluctuate with the weather or a good nights sleep. But when we keep clinging to God’s abiding truth—God is with me now– the feelings eventually follow.

To Brother Lawrence, a monk who lived in France during the seventeenth century, practicing the presence of God was a moment-by-moment discipline that resulted in joyful living. He would stop his menial work in the kitchen—or whatever he was doing—and praise God f or the privilege of knowing Him and serving Him.

Remember God never leaves us unless we go away first,”

he writes in his book Practicing the Presence of God.

Our choices daily, hourly, minute-by-minute directly affect whether we move toward God or away from Him.”

Thank you, Father, thank you that you are with me now not just in theory but in actual presence and you will be with me all day long. I want to walk in Your ways and do Your will.

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Life is full of surprises.

I loved the ministry opportunities God was giving me in teaching, speaking, and writing. And then, came a cancer diagnosis bringing with it a doctor’s grim advice to “take a year off. You’ll need that to recover from surgery, chemo therapy, and radiation.”

When one’s plans are being dashed, what is the right response? Mary the mother of Jesus became my example.

What were Mary’s plans? Marry Joseph to whom she was engaged and have a family. But God had other plans. One day, the angel Gabriel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would become pregnant with God’s Son. How did Mary respond?

Couldn’t you wait until I marry Joseph?” No!  “I am the LORD’s servant,” she said. “And I am willing to accept whatever he wants.”
I’m willing to give up my agenda for God’s agenda.

Mary took the risk of obeying God. Becoming pregnant out of wedlock could cost her everything she valued in life. She would lose Joseph, she would bring shame upon her family–the whole village would brand her as a harlot. She could even be stoned to death.

But Mary focused on the privilege, not the pain, of being chosen by God to be the mother of the long-awaited Messiah.

Obedience is about discovering God’s will and obeying it, not about avoiding unpleasant consequences. I am trying to see my present “detour” as an opportunity to put my roots deeper into God’s character and His Word. It’s learning about trusting God even when I don’t understand and acting in complete dependence upon Him.

It takes courage and humility to say,

I am the LORD’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants.

But what joy and peace come with surrender!

Mary lived an ordinary life in a small town in northern Israel. She lived her life in relative obscurity, yet the world has celebrated her obedience to God for over two thousand years.

I wonder, could our obedience to God have far-reaching results too?

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“If we are faithless, God will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:13

Everything had gone wrong in her life, she said. Then she started to cry. “I don’t feel God’s love. I feel like He’s forsaken me. I’m shaky. I can’t pray. I can’t even read the Bible,” she sobbed.

Can you relate? Low periods come into all of our lives. Does that mean that God has left us? That He’s forgotten about us? No!

I reminded my friend that God’s faithfulness is everlasting. It is the same on good days as on bad days. God’s faithfulness does not depend on our feelings.

Imagine walking across a frozen lake in the middle of winter. Your safety doesn’t depend on your feelings, does it? Your safety depends on something quite outside of yourself. It depends on the thickness of the ice. If the ice is dependable, you will get to the other side.

So it is with the faithfulness of God. Even when my heart condemns me, He remains faithful. He cannot betray himself. Paul says in the amplified Bible,

God is faithful, reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to his promise, and he can be depended on”     (1 Corinthians 1:9)

What steps can I take to get myself out of the pit of despair?

–I can sing worship songs that remind me of God’s love and faithfulness
–I can do something constructive, like weeding the garden
–I can reach out to others, maybe take a walk with someone
–I can thank God for my daily blessings. I can choose to give thanks even though I don’t feel it. Thanksgiving is a strong mood elevator.

What step can you take today?

Thank you, Father, that your faithfulness endures forever. You do not change with the weather.

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Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ…”  2 Corinthians 5:17

What is keeping you from becoming the person you want to be?

Do you blame it on a past experience like a traumatic childhood that’s decimated your self-worth? A gross injustice that’s robbed you of joy? A past failure that haunts you?

If we base our self-worth on a sad experience which happened in the past such as: I’m a divorcee; I’ve had cancer,  I’ve suffered abuse…This leads to defeated thinking like I’m damaged goods, this is who I am; I can’t change it.

That’s what Satan wants us to think. But it’s not true. Yes, we can’t change the past—we can’t wipe out those experiences–but we can change how we respond to them. We can be free of that trauma.  How? Turn it over to God. Release it to God. It may help to write out the painful experience, then lift it up to the ceiling and say

Lord, Jesus, I give this to you now. I want to be free of this. Thank you that you will heal me of the trauma and You will make something good out of these experiences.”

Each time another negative thought comes to you, say, “I’ve dealt with that. I’m a new person in Christ.”

When you let go of the hurts of the past, God can use those experiences to make you more empathetic and understanding of other people who have also suffered injustices.

Thank you, Father, that in Christ I’m not a victim, I’m a victor.

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“The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10,11

What happens when we repent of our sins and receive Jesus Christ as Savior?

Jesus forgives us and cleanses us from all sin.

We are adopted into his family.

We’ll go to heaven when we die.

All this is wonderfully true, but this is only half of the gospel. The other half is: we receive a new life—right now. The moment Jesus comes to live within us, we are viewed as being in Christ and Christ being in us. And what’s true of Christ is true of us.

Paul writes to the Roman Christians,

we died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? The death He died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 6:3-5).

The term ‘in Christ’ or ‘in Him’ is used some 200 times by Paul. This term does not originate with Paul, but with Jesus who said,

Remain in me, and I will remain in you” (John 15:4).

When we surrender to Him, the living Lord Jesus Christ comes to indwell us. We now have his very life within us. We don’t have to cave in to sinful habits anymore. We don’t have to carry on with the old lifestyle. We are new persons in Christ.

When I grasped this truth, it changed my life.

I had thought of myself as a person of little value. A negative person. So when thoughts of self-condemnation came I would receive them. Yes, that’s who I am. I can’t do anything about it.

Now, I had hope—a new orientation. When condemning words came, I would counter them with, “I’ve died to that.

That’s not me anymore. I’m alive in Christ and He says, I am forgiven, clean, accepted in his family. In fact He delights in me” (Ephesians 1; Zephaniah 3:17).

At first, I had to do this many times a day. Eventually my whole outlook changed.
It became easier to believe that I’m a valued person because I’m in Christ and He values me.

Do you know this? Have you grasped this wonderful truth?

Father, thank you that you’ve accepted me as your beloved child and because of the risen Christ living in me, I have all  that I need to be victorious.

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Are you at a place in your life where you want to know Jesus – walk and talk with Him?   You can start a life surrendered to Christ today. This is a sample, simple prayer, but the words are powerful and full of meaning.  If  you believe them Christ will make something beautiful out of your life:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

It starts now!


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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (relief) Matthew 11:28

I’ll come back to God when I’ve got my act together,” said one young girl. “Right now I’m too messed up.”

But why wait?

The Father is waiting for you to come back.

Jesus told a beautiful story to illustrate this: the story of the prodigal son.

The prodigal son squandered his inheritance money in wild living. Eventually he landed in a pig sty, without friends and desperately hungry. One day he said to himself, “How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger. I will arise and go to my father and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants” (Luke 15:17).

So he returned home. While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him (Luke 15:20).

The boy starts his speech of apology but the Father doesn’t let him finish it. Instead, he interrupts with orders to the servants to bring the best clothes, a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. A joyous celebration follows.

When they met in embrace, the son’s thoughts were on “How can I make this right again?” But the Father’s thoughts were on relationship: “My son has come home! Our relationship is restored.” The father’s complete forgiveness is by grace, not something the son has to earn.

This is how God receives us when we come in true repentance. With forgiveness. With joy.

When we do come back, God doesn’t just forgive us; He dresses us up with a new identity, He clothes us in a rob of righteousness. He shows us we are loved and that we belong.

Imagine! The Creator and Sustainer of the universe loves and values us that much.

Do you need to come “home to God? Do it now. Come just as you are. He will receive you.

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How do you handle failure? Do you beat yourself up withI should have! or do you try to hide it?

Some people’s pride prevents them from acknowledging failure. Take Peter, for instance.

On that last supper Jesus had with His disciples he told them that they would all forsake him. “Not me!” Peter exclaimed boldly, “I am ready to die for you.”

Yes, you also will deny me,” Jesus responded. “But when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothersLuke 22:32 (LT)

Jesus confronted Peter with  his weakness but not in a condemning way. “You will fail me like the rest, Peter, but remember that’s not the end of our relationship.Then he showed Peter the way back from failure: own up to it, repent of it, and come back to Me.”

That is good news for us too.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9)

Not only does He cleanse us, but He redeems our failures. We learn dependency upon God and realize “it’s not me but Christ in me” that makes me strong. Because of his failure, Peter became a humble servant of God who could strengthen other weak believers.

Ruth Bell Graham writes,

When thoughts of failures push their way into my consciousness, I let His total forgiveness dissolve my regrets and go on to praise Him who accepts us just as we are and lovingly works to make us more than we were.

God doesn’t expect us to be finished products now. We are works in progress.”

We can leave our failures with God. He does not condemn us. He will use them for good

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If you have never surrendered your life to Christ, you can start today. Let Jesus redeem your failures.  Here are a few sample prayers.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I want to trust you from now on. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me be the person You want me to be. Thank you for enabling me to trust you in these uncertain times. Amen.

Another Sample Prayer:

Dear God, today I bring you my life, my hopes, my dreams, my deepest yearnings … You know me intimately. You knew me even before I was formed in the womb. You called me into this world to do good and live the life I was uniquely and specifically created for. I ask for Courage and Wisdom to live this life–the life of my dreams. Show me where to start and help me be open to hearing your Voice today. I ask for a greater consciousness of your Presence, today and every day of my life. Amen.


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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

We have this idea that if God is with us, He’ll protect us from trouble. He’ll work things out for us. When bad things do happen, we conclude that God has left us. He’s abandoned us. But this is not true.

On this broken, sinful planet bad things do happen to all people. Jesus promised us this:

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Jesus didn’t promise us a carefree life. He didn’t come to explain suffering or to remove it. He came to fill it with His presence. And that makes all the difference. When you know Jesus is with you– walking with you every step of the way– it makes the difference between despair and hope.

There have been times in my life when I felt I was losing everything I value: my marriage, my family, my reputation, my health and my job. Then I would hear Jesus’ voice, not out loud but distinctly in my heart,

Don’t be afraid. I am here and I can handle it. Trust me.”

Now looking back, I can honestly say it was good for me to experience suffering and loss. It provided an opportunity to experience God in a very real and practical way. I’m a much richer person. Life has a quality it didn’t have before. I can testify that when you have Christ, no matter what you’re going through, you won’t have to do it alone.

Jesus did not come to make us escapists, but over comers.

Thank you, Jesus, that we can always depend on You to be there for us and to give us what we need to be over comers. Amen.

Question: Are you struggling through a time of suffering and loss? God wants to be near you during this time. How can you let God meet you in your pain?

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“For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations “  Psalm 100:5

Trouble had come at me from all sides and I wondered how much more I could take. I needed help, so I went to see a friend whose counsel I respected. “My husband has been in hospital for three years and he’s not getting better,” I began. “A gasoline explosion has sent my thirteen-year-old son to the hospital with severe burns; my daughter, just out of high school, has left home for Europe; illness has made me miss many days at work jeopardizing my nursing job.”

My friend listened to my outpouring without interruption. Then he asked, “Helen, does God still love you?”

Stunned, I looked at his kind face. I wasn’t prepared for this simple question. “Yes,” I stammered. “Yes, I think so. The Bible says God’s love is everlasting, so it’s got to be the same whether my life is good or bad, doesn’t it?”

He nodded. “You can stand on this fact: God loves you and will never leave you. Cling to that truth and you will cope.” Then he smiled and said, “Now, before you go home, let’s pray.”

Father, he prayed, I thank You for my sister here. Thank You for your great love for her. Thank You that You are with her now and always will be.” Amen.

And my friend was right. Clinging to God’s love and affirming it out loud by reciting Bible verses gave me courage and hope to get through those days.

Verses like these: “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5).

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations3:22,23)

What is happening in your life? The above verses are meant for you too. Read them often out loud and add, “Thank you, Father.”

Thank you, Father, for your love which never changes.

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“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They  will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed by life’s problems? You want to soar above them but you feel yourself being sucked under. During one such time, a chaplain’s true story gave me hope.

“A friend and I were paddling down a river. To one side, high on a cliff, sat a bald eagle, its white head feathers glistening in the sun. As we watched, it soared into the blue sky, then swooped into the water, thrusting its strong talons into a big fish.

But then, the eagle got caught in the rushing current. Up and down it went with its beak firmly in the fish. Then both fish and eagle were sucked under the water. Why doesn’t he let go of the fish, I thought why does he insist on keeping it?

We were startled by a commotion downstream. “The eagle,” I shouted “It’s come up again.”

Sure enough, the majestic bird had broken free of the fish and the deadly torrent and headed for the surrounding rocks.  For a moment the bird rested in the sun preening its soggy feathers. Then it spread its enormous wings and rose above the tree tops into the sky.

Aren’t we like that?” the chaplain asked. “At times we feel sucked down into life’s raging torrents. Is there something that’s dragging you down? Like the eagle who wouldn’t let go of the fish, are you  hanging onto a weight of resentment or bitterness or unrealistic expectations of what life should be like? Release it. It’s a weight that will drag you down into despair. Let the spirit of the Risen Christ buoy you up and give you strength to rise above your circumstances.

You are not meant to be tumbling in the undertow; you are meant to soar. Because Christ lives in you, you can live triumphantly.”

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is an offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23,24).

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Jesus tells the crowd at the temple, “the miracles that I do in my Father’s name speak for me (John 10:25). “I did not speak of my own accord but my Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it” John 12:49

The world looks at dependency as immaturity. The Bible teaches that dependency upon God is the right and natural way to live.

Jesus modeled for us complete dependency upon God. He went to a lonely place to pray, that is, to grow in the awareness that all the power He had was given to Him; that all the words He spoke came from His Father; and that all the works He did were not really His but the works of the One who had sent Him.

God encourages our dependency on Him, not because He delights to be boss, but because we were made to be dependent beings and we function best when we live in dependency on Him. God made us to be wired into Him.

I visualize my dependency on Christ as being a branch in a tree that expects to be nourished moment by moment by the sap that flows through the tree. When I feel empty, I hear Jesus saying,Tap into my wisdom, my patience, my love, my energy.” There’s no danger of running out, for His supply is inexhaustible.

If we would practice this moment-by-moment dependency upon God, how much more relaxed we would be! We’d have more poise and confidence.

Thank you, Father, that I’m a branch in the Vine, Christ Jesus, and His resources never run out. I count on His strength and joy today.

By Helen Lescheid
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In our world we’re bombarded with advertisements that promise us contentment if we’ll get more stuff–bigger, better, faster.

But reality is: the more comfortable we are, the more we have lost the capacity to be content. Things do not live up to our expectation to make us happy. We become disgruntled when we get less than we feel we deserve. If we do things right, happiness will follow we think. But life is made up of joys and sorrows.

In the midst of all kinds of trials (which he did not deserve!) Paul says “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…I can do everything through him who gives me strength (Philippians 4:12, 13).

The Amplified Bible says, “I am ready for anything and equal to anything through him who infuses inner strength into me.”

Paul did not expect an easy life. He rejoiced that the gospel was being preached. Keeping his focus on His Sovereign Lord and what he was here for, he could be content in every situation.

Contentment is something Paul had to learn and we also have to learn. “I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little.” he writes. How? The key to being content in any and every situation is in looking to Jesus not our circumstances. Corrie ten Boom says it so well:

Look around and be distressed
Look within and be depressed
Look to Jesus and be at rest.

Lord Jesus, thank you for providing for me the resources I need to be content in every situation.

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