Thoughts to Uplift: Brief Encouragement

“Little Things”

“Little Things”

“Little Things” He was only a lad from Jerusalem,Not specially bad - or good.But straight to the Master he went and said,“Here’s my little parcel of food.It isn’t much, but it’s all I have: My mother gave it to me:The loaves are few, the fishes but two:I gladly give them to Thee.”It was only a parcel of food for one,But that day it was multipliedGod has chosen the things that are...

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A Beautiful Thing

A Beautiful Thing

What the world may see as a waste ~ what we, too, may be tempted to see as a waste ~ He may see as beautiful.   Something that is a waste is simply something that lacks purpose, is leftover, or is no longer useful. How easy it can be to mislabel something as a “waste” whether a season, a situation, or even an act of service.  How quickly we can conclude that something is a waste of...

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Priceless

Priceless

“Priceless” - The word David used to describe the love of God.   Priceless = “so precious that its value cannot be determined” Whatever is precious to us - whatever we consider valuable - pales in comparison to the love of God. This may be stating the obvious, but just one look at our thoughts, our delights, our lives - may prove there’s room for an adjustment in what we esteem as...

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I Say

I Say

Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing;My strength has failed because of my iniquity,And my body has wasted away.Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproach,Especially to my neighbors,And an object of dread to my acquaintances;Those who see me in...

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Influenced by the Cross

Influenced by the Cross

Is the love of Christ to compel me?  Or is the love of Christ to constrain me? Perhaps surprisingly (or perhaps not!) - the answer is both!  His love for me is to both compel and constrain! I first came across this idea as a young Christian, when reading 2 Corinthians 5:14, which in part states in some translations, “For the love of Christ compels us…” and in others “For the love of Christ...

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Not Shaken

Not Shaken

“I don’t need to see you, Mommy. I know you’re here.” These words, spoken in the dark of night by a troubled little heart, were uttered by my son as I sat next to his bed. He did not need to see me nor did he need my touch or to hear my voice,  he just needed my presence. Knowing I was near was enough to bring comfort and calm to his heart.   David expressed similar thoughts when he...

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A “Simple” Resolution

A “Simple” Resolution

Before moving forward into 2021, let’s take a quick trip back to the 1300’s. Here we find one of the earliest definitions of “resolution,” taken from a Latin word meaning “a process of reducing things into simpler forms.” Over the centuries, the word’s usage and meaning changed and evolved.  But if we consider that early definition, we may very well get to the heart of what we truly desire...

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So what ~ or ~ so that?

So what ~ or ~ so that?

“He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze” (2 Samuel 22:35). In this exuberant psalm of praise and thanksgiving, David declared the mighty and powerful acts of God, who saved him from all of his enemies (verse 1). While verse 35 is just one of the many recountings of the Lord’s faithfulness, two little words stuck out to me: “so that.”  Clearly David was praising...

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True Goals

True Goals

Reminder: You define your goals. Your goals don't define you. The longer (and truer) version: You define your goals, through the guidance of the Word of God and the leading of the Spirit of God. Your goals, whether the simple act of setting them or the admirable act of achieving them, do not define you.  As thoughts of the New Year, and yes - new possibilities, and even new goals - loom in...

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My Gift to God

My Gift to God

My Gift to God:I saw myself at Christmas timeStaring at the treeSeeing all the presents thereStaring back at me. I wondered what the Lord would wantFrom those like you and me,Our gifts aren’t that significantJust boxes beneath the tree. But then I learned - the gift God wants Can simply be discovered,By peering in this velvet boxYou’ll see your gift uncovered.(Author unknown) What is seen...

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