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How Can I Be Blessed?

How Can I Be Blessed?

Last week a Twitter friend asked me: “How can I be blessed? How can I receive blessings from God?” I realize there is a lot of yearning in people’s hearts. People want to be connected with God but they don’t necessarily know how to do it. Or they are yearning for a deeper connection with their Maker. This is all good. This is what God wants. God wants to be in touch with each and everyone of you. How delightful…

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A Sacrifice or a Privilege?

A Sacrifice or a Privilege?

C.T.Studd has said “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him”. I agree wholeheartedly. But I also agree with Dr. David Livingstone asking “If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?…People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. It is emphatically no…

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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday

  I was inspired today by Don Miller’s blog post “The Power of Gratitude”. He invited all of us to have “Thankful Thursday”. I thought it was a great idea. Just yesterday I posted this quote on the Flowing Faith facebook page:  “When the heart is full of joy, it always allows its joy to escape. It is like the fountain in the marketplace; whenever it is full it runs away in streams, and so soon as it ceases to…

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Look at Your Life! Look Again!

Look at Your Life! Look Again!

Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”   This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. (Haggai 1:5-7, NIV) Doesn’t this sound just like the…

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Don’t Worry – Be Blessed!

Don’t Worry – Be Blessed!

“Too blessed to be stressed” is a good life motto. We have been given a gift of prayer. So we have a choice to bring all our worries to God and leave them there. We can either worry or pray. They do not go hand in hand. Worry does not make things better. Prayer does. “The great thing in prayer is to feel that we are putting our supplications into the bosom of omnipotent love”(Andrew Murray). We need to make…

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Summertime Bliss

Summertime Bliss

Oh, how sweet the light of day,And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted.Take delight in each light-filled hour,Remembering that there will also be many dark daysAnd that most of what comes your way is smoke. (Ecclesiastes 11:7-8, MSG) Summertime seems to be an on-going bliss in our household. Life is easy and worries are small. Thanks be to God! The hard winter is forgotten and the present…

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It Is Good to Praise the LORD – Psalm 92

It Is Good to Praise the LORD – Psalm 92

Psalm 92 (NIV) A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.  1 It is good to praise the LORD        and make music to your name, O Most High,   2 to proclaim your love in the morning        and your faithfulness at night,  3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre        and the melody of the harp.  4 For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD;        I sing for joy at the works of your hands….

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Blessed Is the Man Who Trust in You – Psalm 84

Blessed Is the Man Who Trust in You – Psalm 84

 (Psalm 84, NIV) 1 How lovely is your dwelling place,        O LORD Almighty!  2 My soul yearns, even faints,        for the courts of the LORD;        my heart and my flesh cry out        for the living God.  3 Even the sparrow has found a home,        and the swallow a nest for herself,        where she may have her young—        a place near your altar,        O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.  4 Blessed…

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O My Soul, Bless GOD! Psalm 103

O My Soul, Bless GOD! Psalm 103

Psalm 103 (The Message)   1-2 O my soul, bless God. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!    O my soul, bless God,       don’t forget a single blessing!  3-5 He forgives your sins—every one.       He heals your diseases—every one.       He redeems you from hell—saves your life!       He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.       He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.       He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.  6-18 God makes everything come out right;       he puts…

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How Exquisite Your Love, O God! Psalm 36

How Exquisite Your Love, O God! Psalm 36

Psalm 36 (The Message, emphasis mine)  1-4 The God-rebel tunes in to sedition— all ears, eager to sin.    He has no regard for God,       he stands insolent before him.    He has smooth-talked himself       into believing    That his evil       will never be noticed.    Words gutter from his mouth,       dishwater dirty.    Can’t remember when he       did anything decent.    Every time he goes to bed,       he fathers another evil plot.    When he’s loose on the streets,       nobody’s safe.    He plays with fire       and doesn’t…

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