Peace in My Presence

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Meditate on the goodness of God and seek His presence daily.

How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from those who conspire against them. You shelter them in your presence, far from accusing tongues. Psalm 31:19-20

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. John 16:33

It’s Okay to Laugh

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Many serious things are going on in this world, and we need to be aware of them and prepared for them. But at the same time we need to learn to relax and take things as they come without getting all nervous and upset about them. We need to learn how to enjoy the good life God has provided for us through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ (SEE JOHN 10:10). In spite of all the troubling things going on around us in the world, our daily confession should be, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Something we Christians need to do more of is laugh. We tend to be so heavy about everything – our sin, expecting perfection from ourselves, our growth in God, our prayer life, the gifts of the Spirit, and memorizing Bible verses. We carry around such heavy burdens. If we would just laugh a little more – be of good cheer, “cheer up” – we would find that a little bit of laughter makes that load much lighter.

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Go to the Throne Before the Phone!

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A challenge that I’ve been dealing with is spending too much time on my phone.  They are so amazing these days with all the technology and fun apps, but I’ve given this to God and trust that he will lead me in the right direction.  It’s not easy to break a bad habit, especially when easily distracted by them, but I’m working on it with the help of my Saviour.

I found the following devotion entitled “New Day, New You” and wanted to share a part of it with you all.  It’s not exactly what I described above, but its a good word of advice!

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Search me, O God…

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~Covering your husband daily in Scripture based prayer~

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Heavenly Father, it is so easy to allow bitterness, resentment, and anger creep into marriage.  Please search my and my husband’s heart.  Show us anything in our lives that is potentially hazardous, destructive, or detrimental to our marriage.  Help us to root out any harmful patterns and behaviours we’ve developed over time, and lead us in the way of God-Honouring, God-centered, God-glorified marriage.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

Adapted from Praying For Your Husband From Head to Toe, by Sharon Jaynes

God Approves of You

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We need to speak affirming words over people. We need to resurrect this benediction in

Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and watch, guard, and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon and enlighten you and be gracious (kind, merciful, and giving favor) to you; the Lord lift up His [approving] countenance upon you and give you peace” (AMP). 

In other words, God’s smiling at you. Think about it. Every time you smile at someone, you’re saying to them, “I approve of you. I accept you. You’re cool.”

God not only approves of you, He’s smiling over you. He loves you! You need to get that so deeply rooted within your heart that nothing can ever take it from you.

When you’re rooted in God’s love, He’s going to help you stand up in faith and start walking in obedience to Him. But you can’t go ahead of Him trying to do good works on your own. You have to know the Word so that you can know who you are in Christ.8bc3a4126c51bbc14f5163d6f7bf4171

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Parenting at its Best ~ Release Control

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God does not force Himself on us. Even when the consequences are extremely high, He gives us the choice to obey or disobey. How heartbreaking it must be when His children choose death over life.

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I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Deuteronomy 30:19-20 Continue reading