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I may have posted this quote from Max Lucado before, so please forgive me if I have.  What a rich gift this man has!  Grace for the Moment is a devotional, where he quotes himself.  This is from Volume 1, page 180, quoted from his book:  In the Eye of the Storm.

“Let me encourage you….God never said that the journey would be easy, but he did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.”

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God needs us to rest

so He can do the rest.

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Have you been to the dentist lately?  Did you have a conversation about tooth decay?  Well, you’re going to love this post, because I’m going to talk to you about it again.  Now, you need to know I’m not a dentist.  However, I see something I think is important.

Any time I’ve had a cavity, it’s because I didn’t keep that tooth clean.  You see, food sits on our teeth after we eat.  If it isn’t cleaned off, it can cause damage our chompers.  So, it’s simple that we need to brush every day.  You’re probably thinking, “Yes, I know that.  What’s your point?”  Just keep reading.

In our spiritual lives, we are exposed to junk either of our own choosing, or something we’ve stumbled on.  It’s like the physical food we chew on.  When we have seen it or thought about it, it’s like chewing on physical food.  We need to clean our spiritual teeth to get off anything that might cause decay.

“Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things.” – Philippians 4:8, New International Reader’s Version

If we have “stuff” on our teeth that needs to be cleaned off, it’s the same as when we first came to Jesus.  We need to tell Him what we did.  He already knows all about it, but it’s good for us to confess what happened plus hear ourselves say it.  This could be compared to flossing.  It brings what was previously hidden out into the open.

Next, ask Jesus to forgive you.  When you ask it and really mean it, He immediately forgives you.  Think of it as brushing the teeth.  No, it’s so much better than that.  It’s even better than going to the dental hygienist and having an expert thoroughly clean your teeth.  When God wipes away the things we never should have done, it’s like having our teeth cleaned with a supersonic cleaner that leaves no food residue.  All we have to do is ask for forgiveness and mean it.  Before we’re even done asking for forgiveness, He has forgiven us.

When was the last time you had a visit to The Dentist for a spiritual cleaning?

 

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Jesus loves me.

This I know

For the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to Him belong.

They are weak,

But He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

Deanna Allen

A few years ago I had the distinct privilege of meeting a transformed woman who was sold out to God.  Her name is Deanna Allen.  She has written some books I would like to recommend.

Pathway to Serenity; Overcoming Spiritual Bankruptcy

The Son Is Shining

Recovery to Destiny; Journey to the Promised Land

One Word From You

Deanna is also a captivating speaker.  I highly recommend this awesome woman of God.  Her website is: http://www.abundantplace.org/contact/.

 

You’re Not Alone!

“He took Peter and James and John with Him, and He began to be deeply distressed and troubled [extremely anguished at the prospect of what was to come].” – Mark 14:33, Amplified Bible

Don’t ever think that you’re out there, all alone, in your pain.  You’re not!  “…the next time you wonder if God really perceives the pain that prevails on this dusty planet, listen to him pleading among the twisted trees.” – Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment, vol. 1

Thanksgiving – in the month of March?!?

Yes, our lives should be made up of thanking the God Who made us, forgave us, saved us from our sins, and Who takes care of us.  I just read this sentence recently, and I love the power & simplicity behind it.  “A powerful life cannot be lived without thanksgiving.” – Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind

“Enter with the password: ‘Thank you!’ Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him.” – Psalm 100:4, The Message Bible