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Press On

Desiring to love God with all our heart and soul should be our quest—our reason for living—and if ever we feel as though we’ve failed, or feel we don’t love Him as much as we should, we should not despair, but press on.

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And we must continue to strain toward what is ahead, forgetting what is behind. When our focus is on God, He guides us to where He wants us to be.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Philippians 3:13

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The Blame Game

Our pasts have molded us into the persons we are, and today and tomorrow will continue to shape us. In our youth, we were influenced by parents, teachers, friends, and others. But as adults, we are responsible for our own lives, and we’re shaped by our choices. Too often, we regret our choices and blame ourselves for our lot in life. Other times, we place the blame on those who helped form us during those early years. Sometimes, we even blame God.

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Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10

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Don’t Hold On

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Sometimes we think we’ve forgiven a person, but we hold on to a fragment of the hurt or anger they caused. When we hold on to any piece—no matter how small—of resentment, hurt, or anger, it could be we’re not truly forgiving them at all. God loves us unconditionally, and when He forgives us, it’s a done deal with no strings attached. I want to forgive like that, and I want others to forgive me like that. Yes, it’s easier said than done, but it’s worth hoping for.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

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Wasted Days

A young man who had the world in his hands allowed the coddling lies of drugs to steal it from him. He entered the darkest depths of addiction and nearly lost a promising career in sports, his family, and his life. God rescued him, gave him a second chance, and allowed him to regain all he’d thrown away, except that is, the years of his life he’d wasted. Those wasted days could not be undone.

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No matter how often we fail, we can turn to God and begin anew. He never gives up on us.

Whatever demons might be chasing you:

“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and I will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:8

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Slow To Love

blue lake quoteIt’s easy to love people who do things the way we think they should. And it’s also easy to not love those who don’t do things our way.

God’s love for us doesn’t waiver based on our actions. He gives us room for error and forgives us when we don’t measure up. We can be like Him when it comes to forgiving and loving others—even the hard ones—if we love Him and realize how much He loves us. We can’t cause our love to increase and overflow, but God can, and all we have to do is let Him.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 1 Thessalonians 3:12

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Have You Got Time?

Tulip trees quoteIt’s not true for everyone, but in this country, most of us have plenty of everything. In fact, we have so much we take it all for granted. And yet, we often complain.  I sometimes catch myself grumbling when things aren’t perfect, or I want something I can’t afford. “Want”, being the key word. The reality of it is I have everything I need and more! I have more than enough to eat, a house that’s too big, two nice vehicles that are always full of gas, and I can hop into either one and go just about anywhere I want to go any time I want to.

So your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. Proverbs 3:10

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Let Him!

The simple definition of grace is we no longer have to struggle to remember and obey God’s laws or to live a godly, moral life, because He will put the things that are important into our hearts and minds. And the more we focus on Him, the more we’ll understand His awesome love and the easier it will be to live a life that’s pleasing to Him.

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After those days,” says the Lord; “I will put my laws into their mind, I will also write them on their heart. I will be to them a God, And they will be to me a people. Hebrews 8:10

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