God’s free gift of grace, to me, is. . .

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Can you write a 5-sentence post?

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Some encouraging words

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Meekness: A Fruit Of The Spirit

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Steve’s Top 10 Self-Talk Messages

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My Greatest Need

My greatest need is to know my greatest need.

In both the Old and New Testaments, the Lord Himself tells us,Jesus

Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5

If I’m brutally honest with myself, I don’t.

I looked up the word “all” in the dictionary.  It means all. Not “some”, not “most”, not “a lot”. It means all.

I had a moment of self awareness on the way to church Sunday.  I love some things in life more than I love God. Oh, I love God. On occasion I love God so much I weep with overwhelming joy. But He’s not the center. I want Him to be all the time, but He’s not always.

When I read Scripture the Bible seems to be saying our purpose in life is to know, love and walk with God. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

I want to be like David, “a man after God’s own heart.” I want to develop a holy hunger and an unquenchable thirst for God and make Him the center of everything I think and say and do and feel. That’s my greatest need.

the joy set before Him

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God Adopted Us

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A New Guest Blogger

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Paul, Are You Kidding Me?

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Give Yourself Permission To Be Sad

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“Mitchell, Mitchell, Mitchell”

This will bless your heart and soul.
Do unto others. Love one another.

Homecoming

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Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz

Many folks probably remember what comes after the “fizz fizz”. It’s “Oh, what a relief it is” from the iconic Alka Seltzer commercials.Ol’ Speedy has been hawking his antacid since 1951, Continue reading

I’m Living Inside

An original poem by Steven Sawyer

I’m dying inside.
I’m dying inside.
And nothing I do
can help turn the tide.

I want to be happy
to sing and to dance
to have some good friends
if I had half a chance.

But the life I live now
is just make-believe.
I pretend to be happy
but my hurts just won’t leave.

So I laugh and I play
and I act like I’m fine
but I’m dying inside
and my life is not mine.

I’m dying inside.
I’m dying inside.
The shame that I feel
I know I must hide.

Confused and unworthy
I awake in dismay.
No hope or a future,
and no sunny day.

Nowhere to turn;
no one to turn to,
abandoned and lonely
is the best I can do.

I wish I had someone
who knew how I feel.
Who’d love me for me.
Who I knew was real.

I’m living inside.
I’m living inside.
For I met my Savior
and He’s on my side.

I learned to be happy
to sing and to dance.
I have Christian friends now
who gave me a chance.

To be real and transparent.
To pour out my heart.
To tell them I’m hurting.
To make a fresh start.

I laugh and I play now
and not just pretend.
I give all my hurts
to my Savior to mend.

I’m living inside.
I’m living inside.
The joy that I feel now
can not be denied.

I’m loved and accepted
for just who I am.
My Savior has washed me
in the blood of The Lamb.

I know that I’m worthy
but sometimes I’ll fall.
I’ll doubt and I’ll worry
and hurt from it all.

But I’ve always got Jesus
In Whom I abide.
And He is the reason
I’m living inside.

The Difference Between Happiness And Joy

In a discussion in one of my LinkedIn groups the other day the chatter was about happiness and joy. The definitions differed significantly. I felt compelled to distinguish the two.

The most salient difference between happiness and joy is their duration.

Happiness is fleeting. Joy is abiding.

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