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Blessings

Lord, How Long?

Finding Joy

New Hope for Dry Bones

Yesterday, I hung a light fixture for my dad.  Well, recently I have hung several but there is one type that seems impossible to install without a great deal of aggravation and frustration and maybe a few other “ations” that elude my mind at this moment.

Some of the fixtures I put up for him were simple, just remove the old one, undo some wire nuts, re-do the wire nut on the new light and hang it up.

I like that.

I want life to be like that.  Just pull out anger, do some quick re-wiring of my brain and “voila”, a patient and gentle man emerges.

Yep.  That sounds real good.

But most of my life is more like the other light fixture, the one that weighs enough to cave in the ceiling, that has more parts than a Ford and if one single thing is done wrong, the…

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Implicit Trust

He Hath Said

For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in Me, saith the Lord. -Jeremiah 39:18

Behold the protecting power of trust in God. The great men of Jerusalem fell by the sword, but poor Ebed-melech was secure, for his confidence was in Jehovah. Where else should a man trust but in his Maker? We are foolish when we prefer the creature to the Creator. Oh, that we could in all things live by faith, then should we be delivered in all time of danger! No one ever did trust in the Lord in vain, and no one ever shall.

The Lord saith, “I will surely deliver thee,” Mark the divine “surely.” Whatever else may be uncertain, God’s care of believers is sure. God Himself is the guardian of…

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FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE UNSURE OF YOUR PURPOSE…SO WHAT?

BE BLESSTIFIED!

The purpose God has for each of us on this earth is so much
greater than us or even our knowledge of our purpose. It isn’t necessary for us
to fully know ALL the reasons that God has us here to be successful in fulfilling
our purpose. Don’t stress not fully knowing your purpose, just keep working for
God with a loyal and sincere heart.

Notice that John the Baptist was not even fully aware of his
own purpose…

When asked who he was, he responded…

John 1:19-21
(NKJV)

19Now this isthe testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and
Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

20He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.”

21And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are youthe
Prophet?”

And he answered,
“No.”

But Jesus confirmed…

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Rain Without Clouds? Never!

He Hath Said

If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth. -Ecclesiastes 11:3

Why, then, do we dread the clouds which now darken our sky? True, for a while they hide the sun, but the sun is not quenched; He will shine out again before long. Meanwhile those black clouds are filled with rain; and the blacker they are, the more likely they are to yield plentiful showers. How can we have rain without clouds?

Our troubles have always brought us blessings, and they always will. They are the black chariots of bright grace. These clouds will empty themselves before long, and every tender herb will be the gladder for the shower. Our God may drench us with grief, but He will not drown us with wrath; nay, He will refresh us with mercy. Our Lord’s love letters often come to us in black-edged envelopes. His wagons rumble…

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