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A Merry Heart– February 24

A merry heart is good medicine…

Proverbs 17:22

Good Sunday morning to you! If you’d like to get a head start on your praise and worship, visit the playlist — my coworker is the singer in her band at her church, and she’s amazing!

First Church of God — I Worship (The “zombie kid” video is not part of the service lol!)

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Little Ways to Stay Close to God Throughout Your Day

Pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Sometimes I’m overwhelmed by this Scripture, because honestly, I’ve never felt like a really good “pray-er” — I don’t have as much structure and discipline as I think I should have, or maybe that’s just my devilish perfectionism rising up. But prayer is just talking to God, keeping company with our Daddy and Friend. Here are some ways to get yourself in an attitude of prayer more often throughout your day. And, perfectionism aside, I think that they “count” as fellowship with God!

  • Wear a dangle ring as a reminder to pray or say Scripture. When you notice it dangling and annoying you, do it!
  • Make a Scripture, attribute of God, or special reminder your logon password. Jeremiah 29:11; God is love; Jehovah Jireh, etc.
  • Put Post-it notes or index cards in handy spots to remind you of whatever reminder you need, or to help you memorize Scripture.
  • Keep a devotional or journal in the car. When you’re stuck at a train or waiting for an appointment, catch up.
  • On a car trip, play the alphabet game, but take it a step further and add something about God’s character to each letter. A– God is ALWAYS with us. B– BEFORE the world was created, God was there. C– CAST your CARES on God, for he CARES for you. (triple points!)

So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the LORD swore to give your ancestors. Deuteronomy 11: 18-21

If we want to walk with the Lord, we must make conscious, continual choices to choose Him over whatever is grabbing our attention at any given time. What do you do to help you keep your mind on Heavenly things?


The Thief


This was written by my good friend TeeKay, who will soon be blogging at “A Thimble’s Worth of Wisdom.” I will let you know when she is up and running! TeeKay has been my friend and mentor for about 30 years- I am so grateful for her love, guidance and wisdom.


 The Thief

The most competent thief I have encountered in my life is fear. It is sly, convincing, and paralyzing. It is a master of disguise and camouflage. It mimics strength and protectiveness, but steals joy. Like a double-edged sword, it is useful in times of danger, but intrusive and crippling to the soul as an uninvited enemy. It knocks at the door of our hearts like a friend and enters to stifle hope, creativity, and love. It whispers lies to us of our limitations and weaknesses, and plants the seeds of doubt in an otherwise fertile soil.

My head knows that this is not of God. Yet it creeps in so unexpectedly, that it has nested before I realize it’s even there. It is a shape-shifter, so it is able to take on the persona of legitimate concerns.

I consider myself a strong person, but when fear creeps in, I then doubt even what I know is the truth. As in any recovery, the enemy has to be identified and acknowledged. Fear is real. I am human. Life is not perfect, nor am I. Fear tells me that I will lose respect if I make mistakes. God tells me that He is my strength, and no fear is bigger than Him. He tells me that He is Love and has already seen my tomorrow. He has prepared the way for me. Fear is just an obstacle. See it, acknowledge it, then move past it toward the Light.

As I write this, I breathe a sigh of relief that God pointed out the unrealistic fears of this day and replaced fear with a tender heart. You see, our hearts cannot be open when fear resides there. That’s the reason fear is a thief. It will steal our peace, and try to shake our foundation.

A special friend told me today to choose love above fear of rejection. So I do that for today. I choose love and all its many facets of hope and joy. I choose to acknowledge fear and reject it. It is my enemy and a thief. I choose God’s gift to me. I will rejoice in His faithfulness. I choose this today.

Tomorrow I will have to once again make a choice. I must keep my eyes open and focused on God’s grace. Tomorrow is another day, but God is already there.

1 John 4:18, “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.”

See what I mean?


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