When God said “No”.

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It’s been one of those days

Murphy’s law on steroids.

Whatever could go wrong today went wrong. From the moment I left the house this morning until I crashed on the couch at days’s end. My soft couch was welcome respite.

I regret to say I was not a nice person today. in the throws of multiplemurphys-law setbacks I lashed out at two ladies. Both, in their respective roles were trying to help me. Both were cheerful and pleasant. I was not.

I chose to complain and become one of those antagonistic clients they practice on in  HR customer service training classes.

I sought them both out at the end of our meetings and apologized  profusely and earnestly. I resent my negative responses to people who only wanted to serve me. All I wanted to do was argue and register my dissatisfaction and disappointment. All they wanted to do was help me.

By days end I was exhausted and regreted that I responded contrary to my usually pleasant Type A, never-meet-a-stranger self. I needed relief.  I needed rest.

I came home and opened my bible and read Mathew 11:28-30 several times.  About the third or fourth time I felt His peace wash over me. I was quiet, refreshed and at rest in Jesus.

I’m so grateful that on Murphy’s law days I can always come to Jesus and let Him take away my burdens and my anxiety and give me His peace and I can rest in Him.

Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and
learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For my yoke
is easy
and my burden is light.

What resentment can do

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Was God’s creation perfect?

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Some encouraging words

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Bobby Kennedy’s speech on Martin Luther King’s assassination

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My response to the tragic murders in Dallas, Orlando, San Bernadino and beyond

Editor’s Note: I wrote this blog post two days before the
police murders in Baton Rouge.

A fellow blogger on Bloggermeetup.com challenged us to write a blog post conveying our thoughts and feelings about the killings in Dallas, Orlando, San Bernardino and beyond. Here I goes . . .

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Because He lives . . .

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What if we remembered this?

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If my people . . .

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Define Christmas In One Word

If someone asked you to define Christmas in one word, what would you say? Continue reading

Steve’s Top 10 Self-Talk Messages

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What Grace Means To Me

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Paul, Are You Kidding Me?

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Amazing Grace. How Sweet The Sound.

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Love Is Patient

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul tells us agape love is patient and kind.

Patience is a by-product of tribulation; it’s not granted, it’s earned. Don’t ask God for patience. He will remind you that you earn a degree of patience as you plow through each trial in life.

We have lived with mental illness (our trial) in our family for years. If I hadn’t earned a mega dose of patience along the way I would have had my own psychotic break by now.

Granted, you can’t earn patience driving in Interstate traffic. Or when the snack machine eats your money. But you can learn to change your responses when impatience triggers occur.

Speaking from experience, things go much better for me in life if I do two things when impatience triggers occur. 1) Stop, take a deep breath and count to ten; and 2) say the Serenity Prayer to myself.

10 Symptoms Of Inner Peace

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Dear John Letter

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The Gift Of Storms

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Be Still

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The Hurricane Life

1 ever feel like this2  out here3 but in the middle4 God created5 body6 we relate to the outside world7 Godgave us a soul8 the Bible makes reference9 for us10 we are spirit beings

Christ Is Our Life

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The Peace Jesus Brings

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God’s Resume. He’s Looking For Work.

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There Should Be More Weeping

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Preparing For Your Calling

Second In A Series
Love God More Than The World
By Amanda Beth

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series by my good blogging friend, Amanda Beth. 

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for ignoble. If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. —2 Timothy 2:20

This is the second message in my series on preparing for your calling. This week we will focus on the first step in discipleship, learning to love God more than the world. Continue reading