Expect A Miracle

Proverbs 23

Do not let your heart envy sinners,
But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day;
18 For surely there is a hereafter,
And your hope will not be cut off.”  verses 17-18

Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding.” verse 23

Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough ways smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’ ” Luke 3:5-6 (Isaiah 40:4 and 52:10)

And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.’ ”     Luke 1:35-37

John 5

In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.” verses 3-4

Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.  And that day was the Sabbath.”  verses 8-9

Painting By Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

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Lone Seagull

Flying alone, miles and miles from any ocean. Is he lost?  Beautiful, white and lovely, doing what God created him for.

Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.”

“Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:8 (KJV)

Bumper sticker: “Not all who wander are lost”

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Satisfied and Content

“And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”  Jesus in Luke 16:11 (NLV)

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

The words, satisfied and content, kept coming up in my heart one day, maybe reading Psalm 119, 125 and 138 encouraged me.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” Psalm 107:8-9 (KJV)

“Watch the Weight”

Thanks, Guys, for all the referrals, likes and love. You’re in my prayers!

A friend would whisper this at our work’s salad bar, it’s easy to go beyond a pound with all those delicious salad creations.

“Here is what I have seen:

It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.”                 Solomon teaches in Ecclesiastes 5:18

After coming off the Daniel Fast several years ago, I clung to whole foods without a lot of preservatives and healthy fats: olive oil, nuts, fish, cheese, milk, yogurt, meats, fruits and dried dates. Whenever I remove sugar from my diet, other foods seem to taste a lot better.  Always check with your nutritionist when making a change.

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Do You Like Yourself?

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“You are the temple of the Holy Spirit” 1 Corinthians 6:19

Do you treat yourself well? Would you speak with a friend similarly? Are you your own worst enemy?

My friend advises:

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Give yourself a big hug…from Jesus
  • Don’t listen to those peripheral people who are jealous. God created you for several reasons.

Another woman testifies:

  • I like myself straight, being able to make someone laugh, to encourage someone…without the drugs.

“With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.”   James 3:9

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’”  Genesis 1:26

 

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Deceptive Food

“Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.” Proverbs 23:3

“And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.”  Daniel 1:15

“For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17

Thank God in prayer for every meal. Remove stress in your life.  May the Lord give you wisdom in eating healthy foods in peace and with good friends and family. Check with your doctor when changing your diet.

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Cure for Depression

“Do the next thing,” Oswald Chambers, check out March 6: https://utmost.org/taking-the-next-step/

“…And the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.” Jesus in Mark 4:19

“Don’t be deceived, my beloved brethren”   James 1:16

  • Phone a friend
  • Buy the BIG chocolate bar
  • Take a walk
  • Sing
  • Kick in your endorphins
  • Get unstuck: Stuck in a moment – Bono
  • Breathe
  • Buy a dog or a cat

Two friends I spoke with yesterday, were saved from ending their own lives – Praise God! One said, “who will take care of my dogs?”  The other waited and talked to their mother, then exited a toxic relationship.

Ravi Zacharias says for people with lack of hope: “be there for them & let them know how valuable they are.” John 14:19, “Because I live, you will live also.” We need faith & reason, it’s impossible to live by sure reason alone.”

Ravi also says, don’t discount the medical advice.

Their Faith

“When He saw their faith, He said to him, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you.’

“And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, ‘Who is this who speaks blasphemies: Who can forgive sins but God alone?’

“But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, ‘Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins -He said to the man who was paralyzed, ‘I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.'”

Luke 5:20-26

“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'”         Matthew 17:20 (NIV)

Learned So Much

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.” Psalm 119:67 (KJV)

A friend said he was glad he had been sick because he learned so much about healthy eating and eating according to one’s bloodtype. It’s great to feel some power and sense of achievement in gaining strength, overcoming an illness. Also, when God helps us. And there’s that proverbial silver lining you can find in any cloud.

Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost” August 20th: “It’s the sick person who really knows what health is.”

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Laughing Jesus

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“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” says Jesus in John 15:11 (NKJV)

Have you all seen any pictures of Jesus like this? It always kind of strikes me because I grew up being fearful of an austere God. But preachers say God is not mad at us.  Someone asked me, is this when Jesus healed that little girl?  What do you think?

“When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.

“The He took the child by the hand, and said to her, ‘Talitha, cumi,’ which is translated, ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise.’

“Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement.”                                          Mark 5:39-42

The young woman who recently lost her life is with this smiling Jesus, right now.