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Saying Goodbye to Something You Love - Encouragement for Today - July 30, 2014

And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided (1 Chron. 29:19). David's trust in God was so great that he joyfully suppor

JULY 30, 2014 Saying Goodbye to Something You Love GLYNNIS WHITWER "And give my son Solomon the wholehearted devotion to keep your commands, statutes and decrees and to do everything to build the palatial structure for which I have provided." 1 Chronicles 29:19 (NIV) Cheri handed my crying baby to me, his little eyes swollen, his sobs subsiding into gulping sighs. Within seconds, Robbie calmed as I nuzzled him and kissed his sweet face. I hugged my friend and thanked her for trying again to watch Robbie while I went back to work part-time. Again, my son refused a bottle and cried constantly. We both knew this wasn't going to work. Forcing a smile, I turned quickly so she wouldn't see my tears. By the time I got to the car, I could hold them back no longer. Securing my son, I slipped in the driver's seat, put my head on the steering wheel and wept. He was my third child, so I thought I had the mommy-thing figured out. Only Robbie didn't have the same personality or needs of his older brothers. They'd taken bottles easily. But this child had a unique bond with me. Not only that, but we couldn't just sit together; I had to be walking and rocking him. If that boy was awake, he needed to touch me and be moving, or the crying began. My older sons, ages 2 and 4, weren't the quiet type either. Other children kept occupied with a bag of ... read more

The What and How of God's Leading - Transformation Garden - July 29, 2014

For Thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for Thy name's sake lead me, and guide me (Psalm 31:3). I don't know about you, but I'm not certain I could pray to my heavenly Father and truly say, "I thank Thee for all my trials."

July 29, 2014 Today’s Text & Thought of Encouragement: “The angel of the Lord came upon Peter and a light shined in the prison; and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up…and his chains fell off.” Acts 12: 7 K.J.V.  “Ah, soul, it may have to come to the worst with thee ere thou art delivered; but thou wilt be delivered! God may keep thee waiting, but He will ever be mindful of His covenant, and will appear to fulfill His Word.” F. B. Meyer Today’s Study Text:  “For Thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for Thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.” Psalm 31: 3  King James Version EXPLORATION:  “The What and How of God’s Leading”  “Lord, whatever this day may bring, Thy name be praised.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer In reviewing my life, what challenges have I faced and how did I see God’s guiding hand at work in my life? ”Where God guides, He provides.” Author Unknown INSPIRATION:  “Dear Lord, I thank Thee for all the trials, through which Thou didst lead me, and by which Thou didst prepare me to behold Thy glory. Thou hast never forsaken nor forgotten me.” Katherine von Bora Several weeks ago, I happened to see a historical documentary on the life of the reformer, Martin Luther. Many times he found himself in very threatening circumstances. For many years he remained single, however, he finally married Katherine von Bora, a Catholic nun whose quote begins this section ... read more

You Believe in God, or in an Idol - Experiencing LIFE Today - July 28, 2014

All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless (Isa. 44:9). If someone knows about God, we think that is better than them not knowing about God. But that is not the distinction the Bible makes.

  "Can you leave it all behind? I hope so, because you can’t go back." — Unknown We often make a distinction between people who believe in God and those who do not. If someone knows about God, we think that is better than them not knowing about God. But that is not the distinction the Bible makes. The Bible says that people either believe in the true God, or they believe in idols. Knowledge of God doesn’t change the state of your heart, and it’s the heart that matters the most. It’s in the heart where idols are created. We can touch and see and feel them. We imagine them filling our thirsty souls. They continually lure our passion and faith away from the true Almighty God. Idols can be metal or they can be mental, but there is a constant temptation to put trust in them rather than in God. “Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one." All who make idols are nothing, and the things they treasure are worthless. Those who would speak up for them are blind; they are ignorant, to their own shame. Who shapes a god and casts an idol, which can profit nothing? —Isaiah 44:8-10 God and God only is Almighty. There is not a single idol on the face of the earth that we can fully depend on to meet our needs. They simply aren’t able to do so… and so they ... read more