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DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS

No Hot Date

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All weekend long I was asked if I was going out on a date.  Not just any date but a “hot” date. I only changed one thing on the outside and that was my hairstyle.  People noticed my hair and makeup, my walk, my clothes and my personality.  Some even said I was glowing.  I smiled and just said, there was no hot date to everyone who asked me.  The outside appearance was different, but what really changed for me was mostly on the inside.  Truth is I had been on a date, in fact it was several dates. We’d met before but it’d been a good while since we last spent quality time together.  We re-connected and after spending time alone without any distractions, I realized I missed being in that old place, our place where I could just be myself.  I spent time getting a little closer, I laughed and cried, I surrendered and I gave in to the request to keep in touch more.  I was happy to be going out on my “hot dates”, it just felt good and right.  I felt refreshed and knew that’s what being in God’s presence would do to me,  it would fill me up, change my look and make me glow.  He was and always is my perfect date. 

2 Corinthians 5:16-20 ( MSG)Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for your presence in my life. Let others see the glow of God in me every moment I spend with you and every time I sit at your feet.  Amen

 

 

 

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DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS

Portion Control

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I love the candy M&Ms especially the peanut ones.  I love them but I can’t eat a whole bag of them.  I must portion them out to really enjoy them.  God’s Word is like that to me sometimes, it’s so good and colorful, so full of truth inside the Word.

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TO THE CHOIR MASTER

Daily Challenge-Growing Up

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Living on pitch is not an easy task.  There are daily challenges and often pride gets in the way of us staying in tune with the Master.  I’ve learned to be aware of issues of pride in my heart and  often say to myself,  “warning:  The power and control you think you have may be too much for you.”  I just finished a Bible Study series at my church on the 6 things God hates and it was so powerful.  There is so much I need to work on and I am grateful for being challenged  by the Word of God and the people of God.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for warnings, stop signs and detours every day.

Proverbs 6: 16-19( ESV)  There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.

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TWO WORDS

Two Words on Relationship

Today’s two words on relationship with God are:  FORGIVE OTHERS

I have been studying the Model Prayer aka the Lord’s Prayer with my church.  It’s been wonderful going through this simple, practical lesson Jesus taught in Matthew 6 on how to pray.  I was doing fine so I thought, each week as we went line by line and verse by verse until we reached verse 12 which says “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

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DEVOTIONAL WRITINGS

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

30fd4c0a91e2f9aa7fb9fc2a97895ba5Love is so much more than words.  Love has everything to do with our relationship with Christ and with each other.  It is never about like but always about love in the body of Christ. God commands us to love, demonstrated love and expects us to do the same. Tough love is tough at times but there is no escaping it.  If I do not have love I am nothing but a noisy instrument.