Who Holds Your Heart?

Sunday, October 22  Devotional

Proverbs 21:2 (KJV) Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.  So you want proof, huh?  Is this really true?  Well, invest a few evenings with the horrid accounts in the evening news in full color and action you will see this played out for you.  Man does NOT want the way, truth, and life, of Jesus Christ.  Yet…  That is exactly what God desires from you.  God asks you to trust and obey Him, so that your heart is pure before Him.  Isn’t it the real question before the horrid news?  Where is your heart before the Lord?

Thought: Show me, Lord, how to be humble before your throne.

Oh God, help me to do your will.

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To Fight Or find Peace?

Saturday, October 21  Devotional

Proverbs 20:3 (KJV) It is an honor for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

“Just leave things alone.” This ol’ papa tells the grandkids, again.  It’s a wise thing to not burden yourself about things without substance.  Less quarrels, more peace.  Less problems, more opportunity.  Yet, our natural man seems drawn to quarrel and get our own way.  How about you as a Christian?  Do you find a way to cease from strife, or do you jump to a fight?  God’ way is Peace and Calm Assurance.

Thought:  To be Godlike is to seek Peace.

Oh God, help me to find your way in life.

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Pure Before The Lord?

Friday, October 20  Devotional

Proverbs 17:3 (KJV) The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the Lord trieth the hearts.

Silver and gold are refined by applying enough heat so that the impure minerals are separated out.  If you’ve been through a tough challenge in your life, then you know how it seems as if your life is also in the great cauldron?  How many of us, when tried by a trial in life, meltdown to a base level of faith – or not?  It is a soft and broken heart that God can use for His ministry.  When you melt out lust and pride, then God can fit in love, joy, and peace, and the other fruits of the spirit.  Next trial, let God purify your heart.

Thought:  What can you do to be pure before the Lord?

Oh God, help me to get rid of those sins which weigh me down.

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What Is Teamwork?

Proverbs 15:22 (KJV)  Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established.

This author is amazed.  We recently put a cute children’ book together in time for the holidays.  By ‘we’ means the collaboration of an illustrator, a cover artist, a publisher, a marketing team, and hours with God in prayer, all focused on building a better product.

The result, by listening and applying their expertise, is an entirely different and better product than this ol’ goat could have done by myself.

But wait a minute…  You can do this too.  At any moment you can turn to God, other Christians, and find wise counsel.  Your life and relationships will become a better product before the Lord.  The answers are in His Word.

Thought: Don’t hesitate, turn to God now.

Oh God, help me to trust you to be the head of my project.

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R U A Shower of Blessing?

Wednesday,  October 18  Devotional

Proverbs 13:22a (KJV) A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children:

The question of values?  What value do you nurture for your family?  Is it a Godly witness?  Is it that you taught your children to kill, maim, and destroy like darkness desires for you to do outside of Christ?  Oh that you would show and tell a Godly value.  What better value to pass to your family?

Thought:  Show and tell who God is through you.

Oh God, help me be a mirror of you.

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Where Do You Go For Peace?

Sunday, October 15  Devotional

James 3:18 (KJV) And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Another bombing, another firestorm, another trauma.  In this torn apart world of woe, we need a source of Peace and Calm understanding.  The only source is God.  Only God can bring a river of balm to an aching heart.  Only Jesus.  If you are hurting from another disaster in your life, turn to Jesus.  He’s on duty and waiting for you.

Thought:  As God makes the storm, He alone can also bring Peace after the storm.

Oh God, help me to see how a storm can soften hearts for you.

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Hmmm, What Are The Answers?

Saturday, October 14  Devotional

 

Proverbs 3:19 (KJV) The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.

Whew…  Found the answer.  When you take a walk with a

five-year-old

, you better be ready for some tough questions.  And know the tough answers.  Fortunately, I have a friend who knows all of the answers to life – and eternity.  He is God.  He takes every walk with me and is full of wisdom and understanding.  With whom do you walk on this Saturday?

 

Thought: Just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

 

Oh God, help me to understand your ways.

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