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Painfully Broken, Cheerfully Uplifted

 

 Proverbs 15 13

Today’s Word

Painful

Causing mental anguish or suffering.

 

Today’s Verse

A joyful heart  makes the face cheerful, but by a painful heart the spirit is broken.

 

Joy in Our Hearts

To have joy in our hearts provides for happiness in our lives. It gives us an outlook that is like a rainbow in the sky after a storm. It reminds us of the promise of salvation, love, care, and goodness. When we are happy, we have a feeling in our lives that is hard to describe.

We see all the colors in life. We not only see goodness, but we feel good about ourselves. We have an inexplicable delight.

Painful Feeling of Heartache

On the contrary, when we go through a painful experience, our heart grows weary, our minds are weighted down, and our soul and spirit may be broken. Our joy may be gone, stolen, or vanished. Our hearts are heavy with burdens and turmoil.

Of the colors of life, we see, only, grey. We feel doomed, down, and helpless. A feeling, when explained, that provides immense sadness.

God Helps

If we have joy in our hearts, we give God thanks for so. However, if we are in the midst of a heartache, give God the upper hand and let him handle the situation, as not to go through it alone. Pray, ask, converse with God. Let Him know the heartaches being faced. He already knows it, he just wants to hear you. Why? Because he does not want to intervene unless you seek Him.

Turn it Around

Once God is intervening and handling your heartache, turn around and seek your joy. Delight in his help. Let him uplift your spirit and return cheerfulness to your soul. Let him abide with you, so your heartache has no choice but to bump itself out of your life. Rejoice with God and share your joy with those that surround you. Cheer and joy are contagious.

 

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Making Time for the Family

Ecclesiastes 3:6-7

 A time to search, and a time to give something up as lost; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
 A time to rip, and a time to sew; a time to keep silent, and a time to speak.


It is a wonder with the busy lifestyles we have that we have lost time with our families. It is time we take back what has been taken from us. It is time to spend time with our families, even if we have to schedule it into our busy lives.

Make a Calendar

What is more important in life than our families? Only God is. Everything else takes a second position to these two. We must take back our family time. If it means that we need to create a calendar, then we must.

· A calendar can be created, or it can be purchased.

· Pencil in the activities we are committed to, like work, exercise, church, devotions, etc, and then fill in the gaps with family time.

· Get an agreement from all members of the family.

· Set up a schedule

Schedule Activities

Once the family is in agreement, and you have set up a schedule, then choose what activities you are going to do together as a family. It doesn’t have to be expensive outings, just time together to talk to each other and converse about your daily lives.

Some activities we can choose from are:

· Reading a book together, read the Bible, devotions, etc.

· Conversing about daily lives

· Playing games: like, board games, card games, and others.

· Go on a picnic

· Go to a park

Follow Through

Next and foremost, follow through with the commitment to the family. Ensure nothing gets in the way of family time.

· Remind the family of appointment

· Post the calendar

· Appoint persons to be in charge of organizing each different activity

· Have fun together

Ensure that all members agree upon all activities. Some may have to concede with the majority.

If needed set up a vote, or put activity suggestions in a bowl and pick from them. Whichever way is chosen, it should assist in deciding what activities the family will enjoy. If there are young children in the family, include them when choosing activities. Make sure that everyone has a voice and that his or her voice is heard. There is no need not exclude anyone.


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Calm the Storm in our Hearts

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Today’s Word

Storm

An occurrence of bad weather in which there is a lot of rain, snow, etc., and often winds

A strong or violent outburst, as of emotion or excitement

Today’s Verse

Psalm 107

29 He calmed the storm, and the waves grew silent.

Just as Jesus calmed the storm, He can calm our storming hearts. If we are in the midst of a storm, we must place our cares on Him. Let him calm our anxieties, problems, and crisis. As much as we want to resolve our issues, Jesus wants to resolve them with us.

We must cast our cares on Him. Ask him to lift our burdens and allow him to work in our lives without doubt or fear. We must place our faith in Him. Let him know we need his help. Acknowledge His power in our lives.

Let Your Request be Known

If your heart is suffering, let God know. Ask him to help you, to calm your worries, and to intercede. By letting Him know what is in our hearts, we acknowledge that we need Him and welcome His help.

Have Faith in Him

Once you let Him know your suffering and asked him for help, have faith that he will resolve it. By placing our faith in Him, we free ourselves of worries.

 

Acknowledge His Power

Lastly, acknowledge His power over your difficulties, cares, and worries. By acknowledging it, we accept His intercession on our behalf. We accept the resolve of our circumstances. We let His power calm our hearts.


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When Do You Look for God?

psalm 5 2 3

Do you look for him at times of trouble? Or at times when all is ok? Do you only remember him when you need something? Or do you remember him to give thanks? No matter when, at least you are seeking him, and that is what matters most. Seek God.

 Don’t feel bad that you remembered him on your time of trouble. Maybe, trouble came your way to remind you to look for God. Maybe, that is his way of reminding you that you need him. At the end of the day, you acknowledged your need for him, and you saw it fit to ask him for help. You found your way to him. That makes God happy.

 Remember God

 Our lives are so busy, that we tend to forget God’s presence in our lives. We forget that a simple morning prayer can carry us through the day. A simple thanks for all he does for us is sufficient. The point is to remember God.

 Find your way to him

 If you lost your way to him, he will gently tug at you to help you find your way back. He is ever-present and patient. He waits for you to find him. Once you do, he will receive you with open arms.

 Acknowledge him

 Once you find your way to him, acknowledge him. Let him know how important his presence is in your life. Talk to him, pray to him, sing to him, and listen. Open your heart and hear his guiding voice that will direct you on your every day.

Psalms 5

2 Pay attention to my cry for help,

my king and my God,

for I am praying to you!

3 Lord, in the morning  you will hear  me;

in the morning I will present my case to you  and then wait expectantly for an answer.

Proverbs 3

6 Acknowledge  him in all your ways,

and he will make your paths straight.


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Music for the Soul

music for the soul

 

Christian Music brings such joy to my day. I wonder about the lyrics, the melody, and the delight it brings to my soul. It is so easy to sit and listen to Gods praise in an angelic-melodic voice. Yet, I wonder about what it does for our growth as Christians and I decided to ponder on the subject.

Is it OK to listen to Christian music?

Psalms 147

1 Praise the Lord, for it is good to sing praises to our God!

Yes, praise is pleasant and appropriate!

I searched the Bible scriptures and found many verses that refer to music, instruments, psalms, and spiritual songs. It reads about praising God with music, to sing in unison of his glory, and to make music in our hearts to God.

It amazes me that no matter what subject we want to learn about, the Bible has scriptures that address our concerns, questions, and thoughts. The words in the Bible are a guide for our daily lives that we can use them every day to keep us in the right path.

The word of God is such a wonderful reassurance. Read, learn, and follow its teachings.

Psalms 98

5 Sing to the Lord accompanied by a harp,

accompanied by a harp and the sound of music!

6 With trumpets and the blaring of the ram’s horn,

shout out praises before the king, the Lord!

How can Music Help us Grow as Christians?

Ephesians 5

18 … but be filled by the Spirit,

19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing, and making music in your hearts to the Lord,

Music that edifies our spirit, fills us with his love, and speaks to our hearts gives God all the praise. He can see the harmony and love inspired by him and gives him joy.

Music that is for God’s glory, speaks to our soul, and gives us peace in our hearts is a praise to God’s love, everlasting life, and uplifting of our spirits to him.

If we are constantly in God’s word, by either listening to his musical praises or by reading his word, it will continue to instill God’s presence in our lives. It will give us guidance of his love.

If we are in harmony with God, we are growing as Christians. As we read and learn more of his teachings, we continue to edify our spirit.

Psalm 67

1 For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments;

a psalm, a song.

May God show us his favor and bless us!

May he smile on us! (Selah)

 

2 Then those living on earth will know what you are like

;all nations will know how you deliver your people.

 

3 Let the nations thank you, O God!

Let all the nations thank you!

Discerning Christian Music

Proverbs 18

 

15 The discerning person acquires knowledge,

and the wise person seeks knowledge.

As Christians, we have the gift of discerning right from wrong. If our hearts speak to us in guilt, we know that we are not doing what is right. We apply that same gift to all we do.

If we are listening to Christian music, yet our hearts do not feel right, then we are using the discerning gift to understand. Just because one says he is a Christian, or a song is Christian, does not mean it is. It is up to each of us to use our knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to see clearly.

The eyes of a child of God are the ones that can see beyond others’ vision. God has provided us with ammunition that protects us from falsehood, evil attacks, and worldly traps. We are to use our discernment and understanding of God’s spiritual guidance to stay within what is of God.

Hosea 14

 

9 Who is wise?

Let him discern these things!

Who is discerning?Let him understand them!

For the ways of the Lord are right;

the godly walk in them,

but in them the rebellious stumble.

A Final Note

Music that is for God’s glory will edify our spirits, help us grow in our understanding of God’s word, and our discerning spirit will let us know that is good for our soul.

We are not to take any ones words for granted, but the Bible at its word, only. If we are in doubt, have questions, or want to learn, let the words in the Bible and scripture be our final guide to the decisions we make in our daily life.