"If you’re always tired, always under-rested, you’re not going to be capable of doing everything you need to get done.  You’re going to make mistakes more readily, lose your temper, or miss opportunities. " — Karen Jensen

Marriage That’s Heaven on Earth

In today’s day and age, is there really a chance for marriage to be heaven on earth? I believe there is!

If your marriage is that way now, good for you — keep making it a priority.  If yours ISN’T there right now, take heart — you can get there!

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I Remember One Christmas

It happened a few years ago, one Sunday morning in early December.  I had just arrived at church, and I met a woman in my Sunday School class that I’d never met before.

And it turned out that this woman had just gotten saved a few months before, which meant this was her first Christmas as a believer.  As she told me her story, her eyes lit up and she grabbed my arm and said earnestly, “Have you ever listened to Christmas music before?  ‘Joy to the world, the Lord has come!’”  She had a new believer’s fresh perspective on just what Christmas means.

Just like you, I had sung that song many times before.  But that day, standing in that hallway, I heard the words again in a new way — through this woman who, for the first time, really understood what they meant.

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The Urgent vs. The Important

To me it seems like resolutions are often more like short-lived wishes. I’m more in favor of making a quality decision for a lasting change.

Recently I’ve been taking stock of what I’ve accomplished and what I haven’t, and I think about the urgent vs. the important. It seems like a lack of time is the reason a lot of things don’t get done, yet we all have the same 24 hours each day. It may be a problem of how we spend our time; how we let the urgent, not the important, rule us.

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When You Need Help or Direction…Pray in the Spirit!

Have you ever realized that the answer to every question in your life is actually living inside you?

Because when you were born again, God’s Holy Spirit came to live in you! He has wisdom beyond your own knowledge, strength for every day, and direction for your life’s path.

The Bible says He’s in there to form you into the image of Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:18). And He’s in there to give zoe life to your mortal body (Romans 8:11).

And He’s also in there to pray for you when you don’t know what to pray for! Romans 8:26 says, We do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

In other words, God has made a way so that when you don’t know what to do, you can pray in the Holy Spirit – in other tongues – and when you do, everything God is and everything He knows can start flowing in your life!

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