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“Hi, how are you tonight?” I looked up behind the counter at Braums (ice cream and small grocery store) to see a big smile on the face of a woman with graying hair and glasses.
I pulled my groceries closer down the conveyor belt. She continued to be joyful as we chatted about the weather and other small talk.
Today I won the centennial badge on the Scripture Typer app for memorizing 100 verses! WOW!
I’ve been using this app for several months so I have slowly built up to this.
I have a lifelong habit of memorizing scripture on 3×5 cards. However, I love the way this app makes memorizing like a challenging game and fun. But in this game, you always walk away, a winner!
3 Ways You Always Win Memorizing Scripture
1. Gives you brain food. Scientific research shows that your brain actually gets smarter when you memorize.
2. Relieves stress. Memorizing verses about God’s love and care for you, gives you relief from stress and calms anxiety.
3. Increases strength. Memorizing verses is like strength training. As you get wisdom from Scripture, you have greater courage and strength to face and overcome the difficulties in your life.
Every year on Valentine’s Day we celebrate love with flowers, candy and cards in a sentimental way. However, love expressed is much more than the sentiments expressed.
Let’s pause and consider what love truly is.
Loving someone who loves you and meets your needs is easy. What about during the difficult times when someone isn’t meeting your needs or only doing so at times?
When you wade through rough waters with someone, then love is tested.
Will you walk away or persist in working through things with that person? Is the love you have true love?
I don’t know about you but natural disasters such as flooding, earthquakes, tornadoes give me a heightened awareness of how helpless we are as humans.
This past weekend we had serious flooding in our area creating an emergency disaster situation for many. The incessant rain and thunder stirred all those feelings of vulnerability, fear and powerlessness. These normal feelings cause us to reach out to a power great than ourselves and for me the turbulence caused me to turn to God.
Do you sometimes feel a little confused about a relationship or situation? Maybe you feel a little in the dark and you don’t understand what is going on with you or others.
I’m grateful for light, both in the physical and the spiritual realm. Last night our lights went out for about an hour. We lit candles, grabbed a lantern and used flashlights to get around in the dark. Then in an instant all the lights came on again.
When I feel in the dark or confused, I often pray for God to bring His light to help me understand myself, others and the situation.
Sometimes I pray from Psalm 43 (NIV 1984)
How do we respond to evil in the world such as the massacre of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hook school in Newton, Connecticut?
We don’t deny the intense pain which results.
We grieve deeply.
In the midst of that grief, we gain power and hope by renewing our efforts to do good, to release love, kindness and compassion in a greater measure to our families, communities and the world.
David the psalmist had good insight into a healthy response to evil when he wrote Psalm 37:1-3. He advises us not to fret because of evil doers but to instead trust in the Lord and do good.
Have you ever been excited because of a dream or a promise God spoke to your heart. Maybe even you “saw” it and believed confidently it could happen.
Now, time has gone by and you haven’t seen the result you desired. Is your flame of faith beginning to flicker?
Have you started to wonder if those dreams and promises would come true after all? Maybe your circumstances seem the opposite of what you first believed was possible.
I can relate to this challenge. At different times in my life, I’ve been in situations where I wanted to give up. Even now, I wonder if some dreams and promises will ever come true.
Do you ever feel sorry because of things you did or didn’t do? Do you ever wish you could change things that happened in the past?
Most of us do.
We’ve made some mistakes we regret. In some way we’ve fallen short of all we wanted to do and be and all God wants for us. We fail to live up the ideal. The original Greek word for sin simply means to fall short. We all can admit to falling short in some area of our lives.
Now when we think about those things we can sometimes get stuck, living in regret.