self-improvement

From Birth…

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This Little Babe?

His hands are that of mercy
His toes are full of strength
His life a new beginning
That has eternal length
His skin is pure and perfect
And eyes are full of grace
What kind of king is born
In such a common place?

Our Father who art in heaven
Our Father from above
Truly is this your son
You sent for us to love?

This little babe in swaddling clothes
Lying in a manger
His innocence and purity…
He’ll keep us all from danger?
Is it true if we believe in Him
He’ll lead us not astray?
And you’ll have mercy in your heart
When it comes the judgment day?

Oh, Alleluiah, praise and glory
As I follow I will sing
Thank you Lord Almighty for this
Blessed little King!

~by Denise J Feil

~Refs

  1. “thoughts-about-god.com”
  2. “Google.com”

 

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We Don’t Know The Whole Story…

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an inspiring prayer

 

Heavenly Father, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.

Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can’t make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.

Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.

Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.

Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

— Author Unknown

 

~Refs:

  1. “inspire21.com”
  2. “Google.com”

 

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Talking…

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There’s no mystery

as to how you speak with me.

Just empty your heart.

 

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Do not be afraid

nor worried in mind or soul.

For I am your Friend.

 

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Today’s Prayer…6/17/17

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Dearest Lord, God and Father over all, I praise your name as great!

I call on you this day to keep, love, and protect us and our families. Put the hedge of protection around us if it be your will, and bring us the blessings of goodness and comfort that only you can give…

Let us ask a blessing on the members of your church. Tend to the needs of your children around the world, as you know them all, worldly and spiritually. Help keep us focused on our goal in this life, which is to see you in your glory in eternal life. For we can take pride in just one thing, that we are blessed with grace for our sins in your Son, Jesus Christ.

Lord, this world has always been evil, and it continues to be so each day. We pray for those who do not know you, or care to follow your commands. May they be touched in some way by your love and have a change of heart. Help them to turn from the evil of this world and the hopelessness and futility of living without you each day.

At this time, our thoughts turn to the men and women who have dedicated themselves to fighting in the armed forces. Each day, they are placed in positions of fighting in one way or another to keep America’s freedoms in place, and we do appreciate their efforts. May we honor them and their service, but even more so, may you bless those who fight with such noble cause.

Father, let us turn now from freedom’s fighters to those who battle the wars of the spiritual realm…to each of us who fight personal and public battles as we stand up for you. May we do so with conviction and effectiveness. May we liberate souls from sin and bring them to you for the cleansing which is only available through the blood of Christ.

Dear Lord, tomorrow is Father’s Day, a time when we honor earthly men who have the love and care for children of all ages. May they teach their sons and daughters the meaning of life through Godly principles. We ask a special blessing on them, not only for tomorrow, but for every day, as parenting is a lifetime commitment.

Finally, we ask that Christians everywhere set good examples by worshiping you in your house tomorrow, which is the first day of the week. May the church realize that fellowship with other Christians is what you have commanded, and that the breaking of bread, prayer, and study of your word together on Sundays is your will for us.

Thank you Lord God for your blessings of life and may you continue to be with us as we live our lives here by your grace, in reverent respect for you and all others. Forgive us our many sins, as we strive to do more of your will and less of our own.

For this is our prayer in the name of Christ Jesus…Amen!

 

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Praising God…

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Praising God – The First Thing!

Do you know that praising God is the best thing to do first before anything else? Have you ever been in a situation that you feel all alone? Or have you encountered a difficult situation in your life and you don’t know what to do, like losing your job or suffering the loss of someone very close to your heart? Consider the good times such as when you receive a raise from your boss or earn high marks at school? What do you usually do during these moments? Praising God makes every circumstance of our lives complete, essential, and eminently worthwhile.

Webster defines the word praise as to say good things about and it is synonymous to words such as admire, commend, extol, honor, and worship. A definition of Christian praise is the joyful thanking and adoring of God, the celebration of His goodness and grace.1 This simply implies that the act of praising is rightfully due to God alone.

Praising God – Why?
Why is praising God important? The reasons are countless. First, God deserves to be praised and He is worthy to receive our praise:

  • “For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods” (Psalm 96:4).
  • “Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom” (Psalm 145:3).
  • “I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies” (2 Samuel 22:4).
  • “You are worthy, our LORD and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being” (Revelation 4:11).

Second, praising God is useful and favorable for us. By praising God, we are reminded of the greatness of God! His power and presence in our lives is reinforced in our understanding. “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant” (Psalm 135:3).

Third, praise discharges strength in faith, which causes God to move on our behalf. “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger” (Psalm 8:2). Praising God also transforms the spiritual environment that we have. 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 clearly illustrates the alteration that happened when the Levites gave praise and thanks to the Lord and the temple was filled with a cloud signifying the glory of God. “The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: ‘He is good; his love endures forever.’ Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the temple of God.”

Fourth, God inhabits the atmosphere of praise. Psalm 22:3 says, “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel” (KJV). If we want to see a clear manifestation of God’s blessings and grace, all we need to do is to praise Him with all our heart, our mind, and our soul…

(Read more at: http://www.allaboutgod.com/praising-god.htm)

 

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