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There’s a saying about the little things in life. It’s the little things, so the saying goes that can end up being the big things. This can be true in relationships, careers, and attitudes. A teensy mouse can terrify a huge elephant, and so the story goes, one young man with the proper vision took down a giant who had defied armies. The unnoticed dripping faucet by day rings out like a maddening racket in the quietness of night, when one longs for quiet and sleep. It’s the little things we are thankful for, we rejoice in and the little things heaped upon us that can undo us in one moment.

It’s no wonder we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed when we deal with bits of discouragement daily. Who can avoid all negativity? It is impossible. Turn on the news at any given time and you will find a plethora of information that could cause you to think locking yourself and your family in the basement with rations is a better choice than walking out your front door and living life. Certainly it is safer. But as Christ followers we are not called to live our lives in fear or discouragement. That does not we always mean we remember or believe this truth

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.1 John 4:18

 In our flesh we are truly prone to wander from the truth. But we have One who never wanders from our side and He is Love. (1 John 3:16)

So, how do we rise above the daily onslaught of discouraging news, circumstances and events that life dishes onto our plate? How do we keep our heads above the water when we feel like we are drowning in a world sized ocean of needs we cannot meet? How do we remain positive in an increasingly disgruntled society?

I have found God’s answer through the words of Jesus Christ as set forth in Scripture in one verse in particular:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus sets forth two facts, one directive and a promise as he prepares the disciples for his imminent departure. First, we live in a world that guarantees us trouble, recall who is ruler of this world (1 John 5:19). This is why we look forward ultimately to a new Heaven and Earth (Revelation 21:1). Second, Jesus has overcome this world through his death, burial and resurrection. Hallelujah! We are His spokespeople, the witnesses of His grace, the Redeemed. Third, Jesus affirms that in Him we may have peace. But, therein lies a choice hinging on a promise.

Jesus commands the disciples to “take heart”. Take heart? What is He saying? He is telling them to trust him! He is telling us the same thing today.

The fact is we will have trouble but the truth is Jesus lives!

As His disciples today we have a choice to make daily to fight discouragement that  would otherwise rob us of the peace that Jesus promises.

We can focus on the trouble we have in the world or on the fact that Jesus has overcome the world.

Friends, I don’t know what is troubling you today, “But take heart!”

Our Savior Lives!



                               

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Yelling Is A Choice

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Yelling is a choice …. Yelling is a choice. 

I am struggling. This is my ongoing battle as a mother. I am impatient, I want my girl to hurry up.

I am learning that being on time is never more important than speaking kindly to her.

Getting schoolwork done is never more important than living and breathing patience.

Obedience is not effective when enforced by fear, by volume.

When my frustration wells up in my throat and swells my voice and she hasn’t stopped moving, but never in the direction I want her to go, when I send her for shoes and she comes back barefoot with pen and paper …

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Friendship and Why Your Friends Need You

-A new command I give you- Love one (1)

“And they came, bringing to Him a paralytic, carried by four men. And being unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above Him; and when they had dug an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic was lying. And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.”  Mark 2: 3-5

In Mark 1:40-45 Jesus filled with compassion, touched the leper and he was healed.  In Mark 2, Jesus returns to Capernaum. Jesus meets many at a house. Can you imagine the excitement to hear Jesus speak, to be touched, to see his penetrating eyes?

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Anticipating Resurrection Day

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“In Christ alone, who took on flesh,
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.”

~Lyrics from In Christ Alone by Keith Getty and Stuart Townsend

Oh friends.

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His Sufficient Grace is More than Enough

Mornings have often been a source of stress in our home. I can remember trying to sneak down the stairs early in the morning, eager to get at least 5 minutes of quiet time before the troops descended upon me in mass chaos.  This silence which comes as our senses are waking with the morning was a coveted time for me, a pause before the storm in the day, which I considered necessary.

The waiting moments, hanging in the twilight of day’s transition, often seemed just enough to let me arm myself for the day ahead. Unfortunately, there were many days that ‘just enough’ didn’t make it.

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Salty or Salt-Free?

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? Luke 14:34

Most health conscious adults today acknowledge that excessive salt in the diet is not optimal for good health. As a matter of fact too much salt in the diet increases health related risks and in the extreme can be associated with life threatening conditions. Some health conditions require minimal salt intake with the aim of a “salt-free” diet.

How completely contrary to the Christian’s call to be Salty. As far as your spiritual life goes, you can consider saltiness to be an excellent measure of your effectiveness in the Kingdom.

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Truths to Fill Your Soul With Strength

Soul, do you feel far way from God?

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  • Do you know the comfort of God’s presence when days are hard or do feel He has left you on your own?
  • Do you know the healing of His touch or do you feel brittle with a thousand cracks from wounds that never seem to heal?

What we think about God

has everything to do with how we relate to Him.

For the child of God, He is always constant within. We often forget this, relying on feelings rather than faith. Strong emotions can reveal what we are really believing in the moment.

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There is Strength for Your Hard

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You. Yes you. The one who’s had a hard week.

The one whose body aches. Whose heart hurts. Whose emotions bubble over.

There is hope. There is strength.

Stop for just a moment and breathe in words of hope from the One who is your strength.

There is Strength for Your Hard

“God’s strength in your weakness is His presence in your life. ~Andy Stanley

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to Him and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

“Nothing on earth compares to the strength God is willing to interject into lives caught in the act of believing.” ~Beth Moore

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. 

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