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What Raspberries Taught Me of Servanthood

What Raspberries Taught Me of Servanthood

I’ve been raspberry picking this week. We have lots of wild raspberry bushes just behind our garage. Raspberries are so delicious, aren’ they? They’ve taught me something too. If you look at a raspberry bush, it doesn’t look anything special, does it? But if you humble yourself and kneel down, you find treasures you did not expect from just looking at the bush. See yourself!This made me think that this is how we should live our lives too: humbly and serving…

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What to Do When You Do Not Know

What to Do When You Do Not Know

Do you ever wonder what to do when you do not know what to do? Do you choose the first thing that comes along? Or do you become passive? Do you panic? Do you stress out? Life is full of times when we don’t know what to do. It’d be helpful to have a plan for those moments, don’t you think? Let’s see if we can figure out how to proceed when you’re clueless. We do not know what to…

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Guided by God Alone

Guided by God Alone

  Many of us want to be guided by God alone. It’s a wonderful concept, isn’t it? But how do you put it in practice in real life? How does God guide us these days? How can we live for God alone? The best advice comes from Jehoshaphat in the Bible: “But before you do anything, ask God for guidance.” (2 Chronicles 18:4, MSG,*) Whatever you do, start with asking God for guidance. Then your project is not in your…

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How to Seek Guidance

How to Seek Guidance

Are you impatient to wait for God’s guidance? Sometimes it seems to take forever. But I’ve learned it does not pay off to go before God. So I wait. Even when I don’t feel like it. I’ve been thinking and praying about this a lot. And learned a couple of things along the way and I will be writing about these this week. Matthew Henry has written “To wait on God is to live a life of desire towards him,…

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God’s Dream for You

God’s Dream for You

Do you know that God has plans for you? Do you know what’s God’s dream for you? Do you know what God has planned for you to do? Because God has a plan for you. For all of his children. First of all, God wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth (2 Tim. 2:4, AMP). God wants all to be saved but that’s not all…

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Open and Closed Doors

Open and Closed Doors

Today’s writing prompt at Five Minute Friday is ‘door’. And my immediate association was guidance. You see, I very often pray that God would close the wrong doors and open the right ones. That’s my plea for guidance. That’s my way to submit to Jesus. That’s my way to trust in God’s plan for me. Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or…

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The Word of God Directs Our Path

The Word of God Directs Our Path

One of the most famous Bible verses is Psalm 119:105 (AMP): Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. There are songs about it and almost everybody – it seems like it – knows it by heart. I’ve always loved it too but today I read it in the Message paraphrase and saw it very differently afterwards. By your words I can see where I’m going;     they throw a beam of light on my dark path….

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How to Bless the Lord

How to Bless the Lord

Have you ever wondered what it means to bless the Lord? Many, many times in the Psalms we are told to bless the Lord. What are we supposed to do? The Amplified Bible gives us an eye-opening answer: Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits. (Psalm 103:1-2, AMP, emphasis added,*)…

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Wisdom for Christian Living

Wisdom for Christian Living

How do you obtain wisdom for Christian living? Do you bank on your own reason or do you somehow rely on God? I think we all would like to think we are trusting God and not ourselves, right? But are you really seeking God’s wisdom? Or do you end up accidentally relying on your own reasoning day after day? Too often what really happens is far from the ideal. We intend to pray but we forget. We want to read…

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Gaining the World Is So Not Worth It

Gaining the World Is So Not Worth It

Do you try to gain the esteem of the world? Are you concerned what others think of you? Would you like to please crowds? I think we all would like to be well liked. But how far are you willing to go to gain acceptance? These questions rose as I combined two very different writing prompts I received today:  ‘remember’ and ‘crowd’. Not a very likely pair. But they got me thinking. What do we need to remember? Crowd pleasing…

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