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One Kind Word

Pretty much everyone knows how it feels to have people say unkind things, and pretty much everyone has said unkind things to others. Today’s devotional encourages us to be quick to be kind instead. Sounds like a good plan.

“The summer before I started middle school, I gained a lot of weight and developed unsightly stretch marks on my thighs. I was ashamed. While my parents worked during the day, my older sister took me to the neighborhood pool. I braced myself when I walked out of the changing stall. My sister never said one word about my body. She only said, “I love your bathing suit!” I remember as if it were yesterday. It meant everything that she managed to think of one nice thing when she could have said something cruel or nothing at all.

In the days that followed, other people were not so kind, but the pain was eased by remembering what my sister said. She’d said one nice thing, and her opinion mattered more than all the others.

Although my sister was very smart, and had long, beautiful hair and good conversation skills, I realized that anyone could read more

source: faithgateway.com

You Can’t Outrun God

Pretty much anyone who is alive and breathing has been or will be wounded by another person at one point or another in their lives. It’s an ugly, messy, and painful business particularly when the one doing the wounding is one of God’s people. If you’ve been wounded and are tempted to chuck the whole mess and get out of Dodge please take some time to read today’s devotional by Ann Graham Lotz on Faithgateway.com and rethink your current escape plan.

“I know by experience what David knew. Prayer can help heal your hurt. It can take the sting away. One reason is that it can help put your wounding in perspective. When I focus on God and who He is, my wounders don’t seem so intimidating and my hurt somehow becomes smaller.

So may I encourage you? Put the brakes on any runaway mental conversations you may be having with those who have wounded you. If you don’t, and those sharp words careen recklessly across the highway of your healing journey, your wounded heart and life are going to end up as something like splattered roadkill. At the very least, you will  read more

source http://www.faithgateway.com/you-cant-outrun-god/

Redirection

Some people just seem to be able to stay on track and not take as many wrong turns and missteps or make as many poor decisions as others, but we all have done it a time or two. Or three. Or more. Thank God He is able to redeem it all. Todays devotional reminds us that God can do just that and get us safely to our final destination.

 

“A special report on This American Life follows the lives of several people currently living what they unequivocally call “Plan B.” Host Ira Glass expounds his thoughts on an informal poll and a seemingly universal human reality. He asked a room of hundred people to think back to the beginning of adulthood when they were first formulating a plan for their lives. He called it Plan A, “the fate you were sure fate had in store.” He then asked those who were still following this plan to raise their hands. Only one person confessed she was still living Plan A; she was 23 years old.

It seems a trend among us: There is the thing we plan on doing with our lives, and then there’s the thing we end up doing, which becomes our life. Here, Christians often have a nuanced view of Plan A: it is God’s plan they are trying to follow. But there is still very much an initial picture of what this plan, and subsequently our lives, will—or should—look like. God’s best becomes something like a divine Plan A, while any other plan leads the follower to something else.

But akin to the statistics in the room with Mr. Glass, it is likely read more

Source: http://rzim.org/a-slice-of-infinity/redirection/

The Prayer of Praise – FaithGateway

At first glance praise doesn’t seem like a particularly powerful weapon, but then looks can be deceiving. There’s a song that was popular a number of years ago that talks about the power in praise. The chorus, in part, says, “For the chains that seem to bind you/Serve only to remind you/That they drop powerless behind you/When you praise Him..*.” Today’s devotional remind us if you’ve got chains – or any other trying circumstance – to try praise and watch what God does on your behalf. 

 

I used to hurry into the church twenty minutes late on Sunday morning. By the time I found a seat and settled into it, the worship and praise time was over and the pastor was preaching. I wasn’t concerned about this because I was there for the teaching. Yet my mind wandered everywhere and didn’ta href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/the-prayer-of-praise/’ title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: The Prayer of Praise – FaithGateway

Praise the Lord https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfTQg9whI-s

 

*CCLI Song # 19832 Brown Bannister | Mike Hudson © 1978 Word Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.) For use solely with the SongSelect® Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com CCLI License # 2510561

Peace With God at Last

There was a popular song when I was a little kid that suggested that love was something there was just too little of in our world. That is true. However, I think that peace – real deep heart-felt peace – is also in short demand these days. Today’s devotional offers the way to find real and lasting peace.

We now know what it means to be a Christian. We know the price that was paid to get these elusive things called peace and happiness. I know men who would write a check for a million dollars if they could find peace. Millions are searching for it. Every time they get close to finding the peace found only in Christ, Satan steers them away. He blinds them. He throws up a smoke screen. He bluffs them. And they miss it! But we Christians have found it! It is ours now forever.

We have found the secret of life.

The word peace has been used often in the last forty or fifty years. We talk about peace, and we have many peace conferences; yet, at the moment, it seems that the world is heading toward anything but peace.

“The way of peace have they read more

Source: Peace With God at Last

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It’s a New Day: The Choice Is Yours – FaithGateway

I was stopped at a red light the other day and heard a man on the sidewalk having a very vocal discussion with his friend. He loudly complained that he had had no choice. I have no idea what they were talking about, but let me tell you; there’s always a choice. It may not be a choice we like, but there is always one there. You don’t have to do things that are wrong or sinful regardless of the pressure you may feel to do so – you have a choice. Today’s devotional brings that home in a real way. Let’s choose wisely today.

 

 

It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still black. The world is still asleep. The day is coming.

In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the track with the rising of the sun. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the noise of the day. The calm of solitude will be replaced by the pounding pace of the human race. The refuge of the early morning will be invaded by decisions to be made and deadlines to be met. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I must make a choice.

Because of Calvary, I’m free to choose. And so I read more

Source: It’s a New Day: The Choice Is Yours – FaithGateway

Jesus Starts at the Bottom – FaithGateway

Today’s devotional offers a fresh look at the lengths – or depths – that Jesus went to in order to redeem us. All of us. Including you regardless of who you are or what you have or have not done.

 

 

Picture a woman who is about to rappel down the side of a tall cliff. Before taking off down the rock’s face, she will first make certain that the rope is long enough to reach the bottom. If the top of the cliff is one hundred feet high, she is going to ensure that she has more than one hundred feet of free rope hanging over the side. In order for her to complete her journey, she has to be able to reach the bottom. If the rope is long enough to reach the mountain’s floor, it is sufficient to reach every other part of the journey.
When Jesus left the high cliffs of Heaven and came down to earth, He showed us that the rope of His reach is read more

Source: Jesus Starts at the Bottom – FaithGateway