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Read: Psalms 40:1-5

journaling

Not long ago, I passed a milestone marking 20 years since I began keeping a spiritual journal.  As I re-read my first few entries, I was amazed I ever kept it up. But now you couldn’t pay me to stop!

Here are some benefits I have received from journaling: From life experiences, I see that progress and failure are both part of the journey.  I’m reminded of God’s grace when I read how He helped me to find a solution to a major problem.  I gain insight from the past struggles that help with issues I am currently facing.  And, most important, journaling shows me how God has been faithfully working in my life.

Many of the psalms are like a spiritual journal.  They often record how God has helped in times of testing.  In Psalm 40, David writes: “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps” (vv.1-2).  Later, David needed only to read that psalm to be reminded of God’s faithful deliverance.

Journaling may be useful to you too.  It can help you see more clearly what God is teaching you on life’s journey and cause you to reflect on God’s faithfulness. – Dennis Fisher

For Further Thought

To begin a journal: Record your struggles, reflect on a verse that is especially comforting or challenging, or write a prayer of thankfulness for God’s faithfulness.

Reflecting on God’s faithfulness in the past brings hope for the future.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 31 December 2013]

 

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Seeking God

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Faith
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Happy Sunday! Thanks for sharing this wonderful message

From the Inside Out

Seeking after God.  It’s a concept we come across frequently in scripture.  But God is Spirit; he’s invisible to us.  How do we seek after someone we can’t see?

Perhaps we can answer that question by considering the ways we seek a person, who can be seen.

Example #1:

When my husband, Steve, and I are separated in a crowd, it’s quite amazing how quickly I can spot him.  Beyond height, hair, and eye color, I know the breadth of his shoulders, the way the hair grows on the back of his head, the shape of his ears.  In fact, it’s such nuances as these that draw my attention, even more than the descriptors listed on his driver’s license.

Perhaps our first step in seeking God is to get to know what he looks like, although not his physical Being, since he’s chosen not to reveal himself that way.  But as…

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lost &found

Read: Luke 15:1-10

Until the day I was found, I didn’t know I was lost.  I was going about business as usual, moving from task to task, distraction to distraction. But then I received an e-mail with the heading: “I think you’re my cousin.” As I read my cousins message, I learned that she and another cousin had been searching for my branch of the family for nearly 10 years.  The other cousin promised her father, shortly before he died, that she would find his family.

I hadn’t done anything to get lost, and I didn’t have to do anything to be found except acknowledge that I was the person they had been looking for.  Learning that they had spent so much time and energy searching for our family made me feel special.

This led me to think about the “lost and found” parables of Luke 15- the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.  Whenever we wander away from God, whether intentionally like the prodigal son or unintentionally like the sheep, God looks for us.  Even though we may not “feel” lost, if we have no relationship with God, we are. To be found, we need to realize that God is looking for us (Luke 19:10) and admit that we are separated from Him.  By giving up our waywardness, we can be reunited with Him and restored to His family- Julie Ackerman Link

The Lord has come to seek and save a world that is lost in sin; and everyone who comes to Him will be restored and changed within. –Sper

To be found you must admit you are lost.

[Source: Our Daily Bread 30 June 2013]

hat

Read: Ephesians 6:1-4

A mid the celebration, there was a tragedy.  It was the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona. One by one the teams entered the stadium and paraded around the track to the cheers of 65,000 people.  But in one section of Olympic Stadium, shock and sadness as Peter Karnaugh, father of United States swimmer Ron Karnaugh, was stricken with a fatal heart attack.

Five days later, Ron showed up for his race wearing his dad’s hat, which he carefully set aside before his competition began.  Why the hat? It was the swimmer’s tribute to his dad, whom he described as “my best friend.” The hat was one his dad had worn when they went fishing and other things together.  Wearing the hat was Ron’s way of honoring his dad for standing beside him, encouraging him, and guiding him.  When Ron dove into the water, he did so without his dad’s presence but inspired by his memory.

On this Father’s Day, there are many ways to honor our fathers, as Scripture commands us to do (Eph. 6:2). One way, even if they’re no longer with us, is to show respect for the good values they taught us.

What can you do for your dad today to show him the kind of honor the Bible talks about? –Dave Branon

We’re thankful for our fathers. Lord, they’re special gifts from You; Help us to show we honor them by what we say and do. – Sper

The best fathers not only give us life- they teach us how to live.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 16 June 2013]

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Philippians 4:5-9

5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

[Source: Holy Bible, English Standard Version]

 

hope

Read: Jeremiah 29:11-14

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me.  When you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

 

LOVE

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong-doing but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endure all things. – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

[Source: Holy Bible – English Standard Version]