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Never Give Up

A fierce battle between good and evil is raging all around us, and it sometimes seems we’re barreling headlong toward sure destruction. Too often, we get so wrapped up in what’s going on around us, we forget God is in charge. We find ourselves deep in the battle, fighting, and straining against evil, and we begin to feel defeated and beat down. people prayingThat’s when we need to read a verse, listen to a good word, or simply pray, and remember God is with us. He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

We must continue to fight the battle, never be dismayed, and never give up, no matter how bad things might appear. God will strengthen us and help us, and if the battles we fight are just, He will uphold us with His righteous hand.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10

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No Buts About It!

santa & rudolphI’m usually a very positive person, but sometimes my big but gets in the way. I’ll start off thinking it’s going to be a good day, then say, “But! What if it rains?” See! I let my big but lower my expectations for the day by anticipating something bad.

There’s no buts about it, we all have big buts, and try as we might, it seems we can’t totally get rid of them. But! We can reduce the negative influence of our buts and eventually put them in their place: behind us.

We mustn’t allow our faith to be diminished by a big but! We must proclaim our trust in God and kick buts out of our vocabulary! God is for us, and there’s no but about it! I could go on, … I think you get my point.

He didn’t do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58

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One of His

I’m about half finished writing a new book of encouragements I plan to publish sometime this year. I’d already decided to title the book, “One of His”, and as I finished writing the following entry this morning, I said, “And, there it is.” I plan to put the following on the back of the book jacket:

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I have tested the presence of God; I have ignored it, denied it, and tried to pretend He wasn’t there. And yet, all the while, I could feel His presence. There have been times in my life when, even though I did not deserve it, He has shown Himself to me in wondrous ways. In spite of me, in spite of my failure to love Him, in spite of my walking arm-in-arm with demons of all type, He stayed with me; His love never wavering; His arms ever reaching to hold me. He would allow nothing to separate me from Him. I am convinced… I am One of His.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

 

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Heartaches and Such

 

feel real good (3)When I was a boy, and I’d get hurt, my dad would sometimes grin and tell me, “Son, that’s gonna feel real good when it quits hurtin’.” At the time, I thought he was making light of my pain, but looking back I wonder if there wasn’t a bit of wisdom hidden in those words.

We all suffer pain, whether it be physical or emotional, and I know for certain, it will one day quit hurtin’. Because… if the pain isn’t gone by the time we leave this world, it will vanish in an instant when we rest in the loving arms of our Lord. He says it is so.

 

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

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Laughing Horses

horseI seldom edit my poems–if that’s what they are. I’m not sure what the definition of poetry is, so I’m assuming, and you surely know what’s said about that. I put my thoughts down and toss them to the world; easy to do these days with this Internet thing we have. My thoughts are sometimes strange, and I love to picture a classroom full of students trying to figure out what I meant, or what I was trying to say. And then the one–there’s always one–mumbling, “That guy was messed up.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Sometimes We Cry

This morning, I came across this poem I wrote several years ago, and I couldn’t decide if I should re-post it. I wrote it on a day I was feeling like I wasn’t worthy of God’s love, much less anyone else’s. We all have those days, and sometimes they come down on us hard. I truly wish we could’ve known then what we know now, but… we don’t get a do-over. We do, however, get a start-over.

The reason I hesitate to post things like this, is because I want to encourage others—I feel it’s my job now—and, on the surface this doesn’t seem encouraging. But on the other hand, it is, because it encourages me—and you, I hope—to forgive ourselves our mistakes and misdeeds. God does.

I Cried a Lot Today

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Enjoy the Ride

merry go roundSometimes it feels as though life is overwhelming us, and we’re clinging to the cold steel bar of a merry-go-round spinning way too fast. It sometimes feels like victory is nothing more than surviving the ride but, to use one of my favorite terms, we shouldn’t intend to merely survive, we should intend to thrive.

God is the handle we must hang onto. Amazingly, when we cling to Him, the ride begins to slow, and the things that once whirred past in a blur begin to come into focus. The ride is once again fun and something to be enjoyed, rather than survived. Accept God’s love! Enjoy this awesome ride!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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