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1HAPPYSPIRIT
12/19/2014 10:47:26 AM

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12/19/2014 6:37:24 AM

You are sooo right! I feel so much better when I'm doing the right stuff... now it's like I'm sick with my cold and then I'm sluggish from the bad foods emoticon No good at all. I have to turn it around, one baby step at a time! Thanks for always being so sweet and supportive! :D



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CAT125
12/18/2014 6:32:26 AM

TODAY'S VERSE "I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, - But we must hold on to the progress we have already made." Philippians 3:13, 16 (NLT)

TODAY'S THOUGHT We find ourselves in so many difficult situations. Often it is so hard to discern God's will. I could easily spend all my time asking "Why?" I could spend endless hours full of bitterness, fear or sorrow. But then what? What has this accomplished? Isn't faith about trusting God even when things don't go the way we think they should? Isn't it His will for us to let go, trust Him and move on? But we want closure. There must be justice, revenge or something that has a semblance of fairness. Who says? Who started that rumor? Life is not fair. Paul said that we see reality as if we were looking through a dark piece of glass. Things don't always make sense. But God does. And the best advice anyone can give you was given by Paul. He writes, "I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead." There was too much to do, to much grace to live with, too much love of God to celebrate. Why should we spend all our time looking backwards? Instead, Paul forced himself to look ahead. Why? Because if we are going to make it in this life Paul says, "we must hold on to the progress we have already made." Today, hang on to the progress and maturity God has blessed you with. Let go of the past, let it go and press on. Return to joy and live the life God has for you.

TODAY'S PRAYER Father, help me press on and not get stuck in the past. Help me look forward to the life You have for me. Help me see Your love, mercy, grace and peace. Help me pursue You and all that You have for me. In Jesus' name. AMEN



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CAT125
12/11/2014 5:40:06 AM

TODAY'S VERSE "And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith." Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT)

TODAY'S THOUGHT I have run close to twelve thousand miles in my lifetime. Most of those miles were times of solitude, just me and the Lord. Much of it was spent in prayer, praying for my family and friends. I love running. But racing was different. I would arrive at a race and the course would stretch over miles of terrain that I knew nothing about. The pace would be faster and distance often a stretch. It was all about endurance. And just as the author of Hebrews suggests I would pick out a runner ahead of me and pace myself. I would watch their moves, mimic their stride and slowly catch up and pass them. I would picture myself being able to match and surpass their performance. But here the author of Hebrews is talking about life. It is the ultimate challenge. It is an arduous journey needing all the mental and spiritual strength we can get. And in order to run it with the endurance needed, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. He knows the way. He has the pace. Though we will never catch Him, nevertheless in order to run the race well we must mimic Him. We do what He does and being the champion that He is, He will get us safely to the finish line. Today, run with Jesus, let Him lead your way.

TODAY'S PRAYER Dear Lord Jesus, I am so glad that I don't have to run through life alone. I am so thankful that You are my Savior and that You are committed to getting me through this race of life. Help me keep my eyes on You. AMEN



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12/10/2014 2:08:57 AM

TODAY'S VERSE "And don't grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death." I Corinthians 10:10 (NLT)

TODAY'S THOUGHT Life can be hard. Not everything works out the way we plan. That is why God created us with the capacity for resilience. By faith, we can return to joy from negative emotions. But returning to joy is a choice. Sadly, instead of joy, many times we choose to grumble. Grumbling is different than simple negative emotions. Sadness, disappointment, even anger can be natural reactions to difficult situations, and with time spent in reflection, we can find our way back to joy. But grumbling is different. Grumbling, unchecked, becomes a bitter root that destroys faith, hope and joy. It grows and festers, blaming, attacking and rebelling against any and everything that would be cause for its pain. Grumbling eventually attacks the very sovereignty of God Himself. Be warned, grumbling is an offense to God. So today, let us check yourself. Are you letting anger and frustration get the best of you? Are you blaming and complaining? Are you spending more and more time grumbling? If so, heed the warning of Paul and stop. Repent, seek God's forgiveness, recognize His profound love for you and return to joy.

TODAY'S PRAYER Father, forgive me for complaining. Forgive me for my critical spirit. I have let these lead me into grumbling against You. I am wrong for lifting my voice against You and ask for Your forgiveness. Today, I will trust You and return to joy. AMEN



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