God's Words For US
by Cecelia Lester
“. . . and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Poets write about it. Songwriters pen lyrics and spark something in our hearts. The apostle Paul tells us it is “. . . the greatest of these. . . .” He also calls love “the most excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:31)
Jesus tells us to “love the Lord, you God, with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Mark 12; 30) He also commands us to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”(Mark 12:30)
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“Ask and it will be given to you. Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will open.
Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
When we have a need and we approach someone as we seek help from him or her, how do we bring up the need? Do we use force and demand that need be met? It doesn’t work like that. We have to ask. When I was a child, there was a saying. “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” I didn’t fully understand the meaning until I became an adult. We will be received better when we present our needs as requests.
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Bond of Peace
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)
As children of God, we strive to seek tranquility in our lives. Every area of our life-home, workplace, and our business relationships- is to bring comfort to those we encounter.
Given the state of the world, we may find this difficult to do. We get hit from every side by events and happenings that the devil plans to undermine our beliefs and our faith in our way of life.
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Grow in Grace
“. . . grow in the grace and knowledge of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory
both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
Children of God should grow each day. Our new growth strengthens our beliefs. Even when we have times of questioning we come out stronger.
In 1996, my husband, our son and I helped move my dad and stepmother into a nice brick home from a mobile home. They had lived in the country for about 25 years. Both of them had developed major health issues and Dad wanted them to be located where ( Click for more )
“Then, because so many people were coming and going
that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them,
‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’”
Mark 6:31 (NIV)
In my past, I remember I’d rush around getting things done. One December I decorated our living room foe Christmas in 45 minutes. That’s all the time I had that Saturday. Our son was in elementary school, he was in the church Christmas play-that practice was two hours long in the morning. The pastor’s ( Click for more )
In going through a computer crash and dealing with a technician whom I found short on my idea of customer service, learning a new computer system and word processing software, I felt a bit stressed. That was one week lately.
The next week started out almost like the first. I spent Monday morning trying to call a nearby institution. I had an item to drop off to them and needed to do it that day. No one was there. I finally called the contact person for the third time in two days. She told me I could drop off the item at her house.
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As God’s children, we are led by Him as we walk through each day. The Israelites followed Moses and later Joshua, under the Lord’s leading, into the land promised them by Father God.
“By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left them.” Exodus 13:20-21 (NIV)
Isn’t it like God to plan for everything? In this passage, God provided a way ( Click for more )
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. Romans 8 26 (NIV)
Last Saturday, I attended an informational breakfast hosted by a friend who works as a parent advocate for families with special needs children. Another friend spoke to us about dyslexia. This second lady and her husband tutor children who have this particular learning disability.
These two ladies are passionate about their work. My interest in ( Click for more )
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