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You’re Okay, They’re Okay!

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You’re Okay, They’re Okay!

A line from the famous poem, Desiderata, says it well; If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter, for there will always be greater and lesser persons than yourself.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Walk Softly and Talk Softly

Though some will disagree, we need not go into the world shouting Bible verses and demanding others hear what we have to say. That type of message might work on people who need to be scared straight, but, the fire and brimstone method is not one I care to employ. I say, walk softly, talk softly, and carry a big stick—the stick being God’s message of grace. Read the rest of this entry »

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We Don’t Have to Agree

We can do our best to be at peace with others, but that doesn’t mean we have to agree with everyone, or approve of what they do. Too often these days, we are expected to not only tolerate evil, but accept it as being right. We can accept that others have freedom of choice to do as they wish, but we don’t have to concede that what they do is acceptable behavior.

On the other hand, we shouldn’t require another to believe and act as we do, in order to be at peace with them.  It is possible to love someone we disagree with, without approving of what they do. Pursuing peace is not a matter of negotiating our beliefs, but rather a matter of accepting the fact some things are best left to God.

All we need to do is love one another. God will handle the rest.

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If It Feels Like…

So… you ask a weather forecaster what the temperature is, and he/she walks outside to see what it “feels” like? Wouldn’t their estimation be skewed by what they’re wearing at the time? I mean… if it’s 25, and they walk out there wearing a swimsuit, THEN it’s definitely gonna FEEL LIKE 18! Read the rest of this entry »

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You’re Being Followed!

It’s all about choices; we can choose to focus on God and remain in His light, or we can attempt to do things on our own, which will likely lead us away from Him into the dark corners of the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Love and Golf

Just sayin…

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I’m Back

Those who’ve followed my blog the last several years, may have noticed that sometime last spring I stopped posting my Daily Encouragements. My readership had dwindled to near nothing, and I got, well, discouraged. So I did what any struggling writer would do… I took some time off and played golf! Read the rest of this entry »

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More Glasses, Please!

The concept of whether the glass is half empty or half full refers to how we view things, and how we live our more glasseslives; are we optimistic and hopeful, seeing the glass as half full, or are we pessimistic and doubtful, perceiving the glass to be half empty?

I admit, I not only used to view the glass as half empty, I sometimes viewed it laying on its side and dry. There have been times in my life when I wasn’t merely a pessimist, I was an absolute defeatist. I had no hope and was convinced the world would not give me a break. I was right.

The world won’t prepare a table before us, and it won’t anoint us with anything but, God will do both and much, much more; if we allow Him to.

When we put our faith in God, our glass won’t merely be full; we’ll need more glasses!

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Psalms 23:5

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No Fear… None!

Fear is the absolute opposite of faith; if our faith is strong, we will fear nothing—not even death. Our Shepherd watches over us with complete love and care. When we put our faith firmly in Him, we can truly live without fear.

The shepherd’s rod and staff are symbolic in that the shepherd used his in many ways to tend his flock; directing them, pushing forward those that fell behind, and fetching back those that went astray. He also used it to drive away predators, protecting the flock. God’s word is His rod and His promises and protections are His staff. When, by faith in Him, we place ourselves under His watchful, loving care, we can abide peacefully in the green pastures alongside the still waters, knowing He is ever with us.

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4

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