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Discouraged?

“Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.”…

Deep Water

Deep Water “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you.” Isaiah 43:2 NASB “God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse…

Weary, Dreary and Ho-Hum

My Three Gremlins. “For I [fully] satisfy the weary soul, and I replenish every languishing and sorrowful person.” Jeremiah 31:25 Amplified Bible “We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.” Charles Stanley January. The longest month…

Your Inner “Kiddo”

“All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13 NIV “The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.” ― Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets Do you still chuckle at silly jokes? Like to draw? Play with animals? Love stories?…

Magical Thinking

“Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are as red as crimson, they will become like wool.” Isaiah 1:19 Berean Bible “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to…

Getting to the Other Side

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be.” John 14:3 NASB “Even someone he envisions as ‘poisoned by a wretched upbringing in some house full of vulgar jealousies and senseless quarrels’ can be…

Do You Learn From Your Success or Failure?

“All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Hebrews 12:11 NASB “Experience is brutal but we learn. Oh God, how we learn!” C. S. Lewis We are illegitimate if we are not disciplined. Check…

Blaming God

Blaming God “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks…

Catastrophizing

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NIV “Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of…

Purposeful Loving–Purposeful Living

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 ESV “True love doesn’t happen by accident. It’s deliberate, it’s intentional, it’s purposeful and in the…

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