If we are not mindful, we can get sucked into the hurry, hurry, schedule packed, pulled in many directions, life going round and round in circles leaving no room for the unexpected. Yet, the unexpected happens.
Jesus is leaving Jericho heading to Jerusalem. It is 17 miles. Before leaving he told his disciples what would take place there. (Death and Resurrection)
As he left Jericho, a great crowd follows him. Two blind men are sitting by the road. When they heard who was passing by they began to cry out to Him. The multitude tried to quiet them. They got all the louder. “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David.”
What did Jesus do?
Matthew 20:32 -33 “So Jesus stood still and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.” So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.”
V 32 He stood still, and called them – even though He was on His way to Jerusalem, knowing what was ahead – he stood still. He met them in that moment.
What Do We Do? Are we willing to stop, stand still and do good? Do we take time to help? Once you start to pay attention to the opportunities, you will find them everywhere.
finding the smooth rhythm of grace,
til next time,
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“You may be the only Bible some will ever read.”
“People are drawn to you and then to Christ.”
“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT)
Look out world cuz I am here to make a difference! Generosity gets my mind off of me! I am blessed to be a blessing!
“The generous man will be prosperous,
And he who waters will himself be watered” Proverbs 11:25 (NASB)
When God shines the spotlight on your life, what does He see? Do you lean more toward generous or stingy?
There are many ways that we can display generosity. We can lend a helping hand, speak encouraging words, provide for a need, share a possession, give it forward, financially give to missionaries, be generous with your time in visiting those in nursing homes – the thing all of these have in common is that it is for someone else.
Generosity gets my mind off of me.
Looking to be a blessing today!
til next time
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4 Central Truths of the Christian faith:
1. Christ has come.
2. Christ has died.
3. Christ has risen.
4. Christ will come again
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” (NASB)
When I was a kid, there was a lot of talk about the return of Christ. I can remember during my teenage years, on more than one occasion, coming home to an empty house and thinking that the rapture had taken place. It was a frightening experience.
The problem was that I wasn’t ready. I knew enough to know that God wanted all of me and yet, I didn’t know how to do that. Those days my church talked a lot about the return of Christ but not nearly enough about living for Christ.
Christ will come again. When? Only God knows the hour. We need to be ready.
How are we ready?
—believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior
—acknowledging your own sinfulness and need of a Savior
—asking for forgiveness and receiving the newness of life that is in Christ
—walking with Him (How? by reading the Bible, praying, being a part of a church — (where you can encourage and be encouraged, where God can speak to you through the message and worship, )
—growing in our relationship with Christ – not my will but Yours be done!
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Today — I hope that you put your smile on and share it.
It seems that everywhere I go, I see people who could use cheering up. I may not know their story but I do know Jesus makes everything better.
I can share the hope and love Jesus has given me. I can brighten up my corner of the world. Smiling is contagious. Just go ahead and try it and see for yourself.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Look for the fingerprints of God — they are everywhere!!
til next time
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Moses speaking with the Lord in Exodus 33:13 says, “Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”
The Lord’s response to Moses is powerful.
“And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (ESV)
I believe we can hold on to that promise also.
Over and over again God says that He is with us. Emmanuel (a name given to Christ) means God with us. We can take great comfort in this truth. We are not alone. What a wonderful promise.
Not only are we not alone but it is the Lord who will give us rest. Peace that goes beyond our understanding is ours as we cast our cares upon Him and trust Him. (Phil 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7, Prov 3:5-6)
Jesus said in Matthew —“teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 NASB
til next time
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Over and over again it says in the Bible to not be afraid. Yet, it seems that fear is ready and willing to take up residence in our heart unless we choose to not let it. Making that choice is necessary.
When fear tries to overtake us, we can stop it by reminding ourselves of truth. God is for us and we have nothing to fear. (Romans 8:31, Psalm 56:11)
One of my favorite verses reminding me of why I need not fear is found in Isaiah 43:1
“But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.” (ESV)
God knows my name. He knows all about me. He has redeemed me. I am His! (You are His!)
Say it with me — I am His! ——Think about that for a moment.
I remember as a small child feeling safe and secure in my daddy’s arms. As children of God we are safe and secure in our heavenly Father’s arms. He is telling us do not fear! He is with us!
SAYING NO TO FEAR!
til next time
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Today I will ____________
Living life with purpose!
I can change the course of my day by making the decision first thing in the morning that today I will rejoice, I will be grateful, I will look for opportunities to do good, I will worship, I will look for the good, I will trust God……….. then whatever comes my way, I have already made up my mind as to what I will do.
“This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad.” Psalms 118:24
“I will sing to the Lord
because he is good to me.” Psalms 13:6
What will you do today?
til next time
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