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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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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.

But:

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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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Waiting Just For You

When we accept God’s free gift of grace, we stand with Him, surrounded by His love, and filled with His love, rejoicing in the hope of His glory.

We don’t have to wait until we die to spend eternity with God. When we accept His grace and forgiveness, return His love, and make Him the focal point of our lives, He will come into our hearts and, in a sense, eternity will begin now.

A few lines from an old country song by Jim Reeves come to mind:

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This is what God is saying to each of us. What a beautiful invitation.

Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

 

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The Voice I Hear

falls 1 quoteThese words from the song, The Garden, bless me tremendously. I’m learning not to look back on my past with regret, and I’ve come to realize God is in charge and will see me through all challenges or trials. But more than that, I’ve begun to expect good things, moving forward each day, expecting things to work to the good. I’m not all the way there yet with respect to this way of dealing with life’s challenges, but I’m getting closer every day, and I’m able to go boldly into each new day, unafraid and expecting God’s best. I am at peace.

I am blessed.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

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Will They Know?

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And, we sometimes get so wrapped up in doing things for the people we love, we forget to actually love them. Garth Brooks had a hit song called, “If Tomorrow Never Comes”, in which he poses the question; when we’re gone from this world, will those we loved know we loved them.

Don’t leave your loved ones, don’t end a phone conversation, don’t close your eyes at night, without letting them know how much they mean to you. And the same goes for God; tell Him, tell him often how much you love Him.

Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered. “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41

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Let’s Talk

As a nation, it seems we’ve become too sensitive and our fear of saying the wrong thing is wreaking silence upon our world. We don’t have to be in complete and perfect agreement to be at peace with one another. We can discuss our feelings, our differences, and our agreements, and do so in love, and if need be, we can agree to disagree. But, let’s keep the lines of communication open.

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If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

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