Living Life with a Passion

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God gives us different passions so everything He wants done in the world will get done.

RICK WARREN, pastor and author, from Daily Hope with Rick Warren

Rick Warren also writes, “God is a passionate God….As you grow closer to Him, He’ll give you a passion for something He cares about deeply so you can be a spokesperson for Him in the world. It may be a passion about a problem, a purpose, a principle, or a group of people. Whatever it is, you’ll feel compelled to speak up about it and do what you can to make a difference.”

What has God given you a passion for?

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A New Thing

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I’m so excited spring is here! After this especially cold winter, I’m looking forward to brighter, longer, warmer days with flowers blooming and birds chirping!

I’ve always loved springtime because it’s a time of fresh, new beginnings. Are you ready for something new? God delights in doing fresh new things in our lives. Ask Him to show you what “new thing” He has for you!

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

ISAIAH 43:18-19 (NIV)

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A Listening Lord

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Lord, when my soul is weary and my heart is tired and sore, and I have that failing feeling that I can’t take any more; then let me know the freshening found in simple, childlike prayer; when the kneeling soul knows surely that a listening Lord is there.

Ruth Bell Graham (1920-2007), from Ruth Bell Graham’s Collected Poems

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Lasting Love

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I took a picture of these peonies I had dried last summer. I just bundled them up and hung them upside down to dry. And they made a wonderful bouquet that I still enjoy looking at! Dried flowers remind me of something lasting, and I love them as much as I love fresh flowers.

As we celebrate those we love on Valentine’s Day with flowers and hearts and chocolates, I’m also reminded of the lasting love that God has for each of us. It’s a love that never quits! Think about the person or people you love most in your life and multiply your love for them by infinity–that’s how much God loves you. An unfathomable amount! I hope being reminded of that makes your Valentine’s Day a special one!

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.  JEREMIAH 31:3 (NIV)

He Cares

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And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you.

LUKE 12:28 (NLT)

It’s comforting to know that God will always provide for us and take care of us. It’s so easy to fall into worry and hopelessness when we’re going through tough times, but He’s always there, always caring for us!

Childlike Wonder

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It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when the Creator was a child Himself. –Charles Dickens, from A Christmas Carol

Wishing you a blessed and joyful Christmas and New Year!

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,  The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. ISAIAH 9:6 (KJV)

I Will Give Thanks

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“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart….The Lord is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; He remembers His covenant forever. He has shown His people the power of His works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of His hands are faithful and just….” PSALM 111:1, 4-7 (ESV)

Wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Sufficient Grace

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This verse is such a great reminder that God works through our imperfections and limitations. He can take our messes, mistakes, and weaknesses and make something beautiful and powerful out of them. He gives us the strength we need to get through whatever we need to get through and He works all things together for our ultimate good. All we have to do is “let go” and let God have control. And trust that He always knows what’s best!

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. ROMANS 8:28 NIV 

Be Joyful in Hope

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Are any of you going through a difficult time? I hope this verse, Romans 12:12, encourages you to hang in there and not give up. Know that God is with you, that He loves you, and that He will see you through this. And continue to keep on praying!

The Proverbs 31 Woman

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This sounds like it could be a description of a confident woman in today’s world, doesn’t it? It was actually written in ancient times. This verse is found in The Bible in the Book of Proverbs, Chapter 31–a chapter that describes the characteristics of a godly woman. It’s amazing how these words are just as relevant to women today, thousands of years later, as they were when they were first written!