A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.   – 1 John 3:1

Maybe you’re like me and this verse makes a familiar song pop into your mind.  It happens to me all the time – not just Scripture songs – but I get earworms about secular stuff too.  In this case, I’m thinking about this sweet little song:

If you have to get an earworm – that’s not a bad one to have.  I’ll probably walk around humming this all day long.  It’s good to stay focused on the love that God has for us, isn’t it?  There are so many negative forces at work in our world – and they seem to be everywhere, don’t they?  God wants us to think about HIM – think about HIS GOODNESS.  Oh wow…  another earworm:

Great is the measure of our Father’s love.  Not kinda sorta might be okay – but GREAT!  When the situations and circumstances in day-to-day living get overwhelming and stressful and negative…  think about the GREATNESS of God’s love for you!  He’s so happy when we think about His goodness and His mercy and grace.  Another earworm to think about:

Nothing injects a note of positivity into your day like taking a moment among all the burdensome situations in life to just meditate and concentrate on God’s love and goodness in our lives.  God gives His great and wonderful love in Jesus Christ, and all the gifts and powers which live in Him like fragrance in the rose. He has not failed you and He will never fail you – remember that.  One more earworm – I promise it’s the last one – well, it probably is – maybe:

God’s love is measureless and strong!!!  Keep your mind focused on His love for you today!  🙂

 

 

 

 

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I THANK GOD FOR YOU TODAY

We’re celebrating another day of life today – how do we celebrate?  I’m so glad you asked!  We celebrate in various ways, including taking as good of care of ourselves for each other as we can.  I think I’ve read every self-help book ever written.

Today I want to share some information I’ve gleaned through the years.

  1. Have the nurse at your doctor’s office check both arms when they take your blood pressure.  Why?   Just 15 points or more between the systolic blood pressure readings in your left and right arms could signal heart disease.
  2. Fit a gentle jog or brisk walk into your day.  It could add about 5 years to your longevity.  Just 30 minutes a day will do the trick.
  3. Crossword puzzles are not a waste of time.  When you stimulate your brain with games or puzzles, you keep serious disease like Alzheimer’s at bay.
  4. If you do a lot of typing or texting (and who doesn’t these days?), make sure to stretch your wrists to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome.  How?  Rest your palm on your thigh with wrist and knuckles straight.  Completely bend your first-finger joints (which is difficult if those muscles are tight).  With your fingertips tucked under and your nails touching your leg, apply pressure over the knuckles with your other hand.  Hold for seven seconds and repeat 10 times.
  5. Take a deep breath and think of a blessing.  It will give you an instant lift spiritually and make you feel better about yourself.  I’m not crazy – try it!  It works!
  6. Say a prayer for someone who has wronged you.  You absolutely cannot continue to rent out a part of your mind to someone who has wronged you.  Pray for them and kick them out of your brain.  You’ll feel lighter and happier – and they have been prayed for.

Your well-being and happiness are important, especially to your family members.  If you are angry, stressed and uptight, that’s not fair to them.  Give them a great gift – take care of yourself!  🙂

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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CHRISTMAS CROSS
I believe in the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Separate, yet One. No, I don’t understand it, but God is God and I am not. Christmas is the time of year we pay homage to the second part of the blessed Trinity – God’s One and only begotten Son, Jesus. He was born of a virgin and walked on this earth for 33 years. If it had not been for the event we refer to as Christmas, the event we refer to as Easter, celebrating Christ’s resurrection from the dead, could not have taken place. Christmas is a big deal in the life of a Christian.

You are busy now, wrapping presents and hanging lights on your Christmas tree, but stop what you are doing now – just stop all the business of Christmas for a moment. Meditate on this one concept for a moment – then you can get back to trimming your Christmas tree (you know those lights are not all going to light up anyhow – they never do!) Turn on the video and keep the volume low so you can meditate.

Christ was born in BETHLEHEM Did you know that the word BETHLEHEM means “house of bread”? It is our Christ Who later proclaimed that He is the “Bread of Life”. I once heard that a coincidence is when God chooses to remain silent, so I would suspect that it is no coincidence that Christ was born in Bethlehem. The shepherds saw and heard everything first hand and were very anxious to give God glory and praise for His great gift and His great plan of salvation. None of us were actually there, but we need to take a little time each day to meditate on one Christmas fact. Find one truth to ponder in our hearts.

Jesus is the Bread of Life and deserves nothing less than our constant love, praise and service. Then you can go back to decorating your Christmas tree. 😉