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The Sun on My Face

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“All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah. Psalm 66:4

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Going Home

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Let It Show

This song by the Bellamy Brothers came to mind as I wrote this mornings daily encouragement:

As we grow closer to God and begin to understand Him more, we’re happier and we smile more. When we’re happy and smiling, it spreads to those we encounter, and we will often receive a genuine, happy smile in return. That’s how it works! Our genuine how-ya-doin’-friend smile reflects the peace and joy we feel, causing others to react in a positive way.

Jesus instructs us to “let” our light shine, not make it shine, and all we have to do to let our light shine is realize how much God loves us. Because, I don’t know about you, but when I think about how much God loves me, it makes me smile!

In the same way, 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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Come Together

hurricaneWhile we debate and debase the actions of NFL millionaires, thousands of people in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are discussing how long it will be–estimates are in months, not days or weeks–before they have power, and how long their food supplies will hold out. At the same time, a lot of people on the Florida, Texas, and Louisiana coasts are wondering if their lives will ever be the same again. But! In all those places, and other places suffering from the wrath of mother nature, people–most of them–are working together and helping each other to recover and put their lives back together. I know a couple that live in the Virgin Islands, and they’re not complaining, they’re going out every day and helping people who are in worse shape than they are.
I want to add one more thing: This is the first and last time I will ever publicly mention the NFL/Flag issue. In the overall scheme of things, it means nothing. We have bigger fish to fry, and there are a lot of people out there who need a hot meal.
We’ve prayed, and that’s a good thing, but the time has come to get up off our knees, come together, and help people–anywhere, and any way we can.
Just sayin’.

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Drawing From the Well

In the Permian Basin of west Texas alone there are thousands of oil pump jacks designed to pump oil from wells below them. On my morning walks this week, I passed many of them and noticed they don’t run constantly, but seem to operate sporadically. As I walked past one this morning I heard the whine of an engine and watched as the powerful machine suddenly started and began to pump, pulling oil from the well. I was amazed at how effortlessly the start was and how smoothly the pump then ran.

It occurred to me how our spiritual lives are much like those pumps. We go about our days—our spirits idle—not needing to draw from the well of God’s love, and grace. But when we have need of His love and power, our spirit can come alive in an instant and draw from His well of comfort and peace.

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

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Faithful Hoping

God is love—it’s that simple—and we will spend eternity with Him. He will never leave us or stop loving us. The pouring out of His love into our hearts is not a one-time fill-er-up-Joe-and-off-you-go thing: it’s as everlasting as the eternity with Him that follows life here on earth. As long as our hearts are open and our focus is on Him, He continues to fill us with His love.

Hope does not disappoint, and God does not disappoint. Leave your heart open to Him, and you will find His love is not only unconditional, it is inexhaustible—the well will never run dry.

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And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us. Romans 5:5

 

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You Decide

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I haven’t mastered the “rejoice in our sufferings” aspect of God yet, but I’m getting closer. I have to admit, too, I don’t suffer much,and God takes excellent care of me. I’m very blessed in so many ways, and it seems I’m seldom lacking anything.

Allowing God to take care of things doesn’t mean we can sit back, and not do our best, but, we can maintain our peace and confidence while in the midst of whatever challenges we face. When we truly grasp the fact God is with us and will see us through every situation, our character and hope will grow stronger, and we will rejoice even in the midst of life’s trials and troubles.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4

 

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