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    Personality (October 18)

    “Few men are of one plain, decided color; most are mixed, shaded, and blended; and vary as much, from different situations, as changeable silks do from different lights” (Lord Chesterfield). IF YOU’VE EVER WATCHED PEOPLE IN A PUBLIC PLACE FOR HALF AN HOUR OR SO, YOU’VE PROBABLY BEEN STRUCK BY THE VARIETY THERE IS IN THE HUMAN RACE. Physically, no two people are alike; that much is obvious. But there’s an even greater variety in the personalities that people project — and even in the personalities the same people display in different situations. All these personalities are produced as individuals take the “nature” they were born with and then use…

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    God Knows What You Don’t Have

    “God has promised to supply all our needs. What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.” When Elisabeth Elliot (1926–2015) says it, I perk up. I nod in agreement. I remember her life, her murdered missionary husband, her devotion to the gospel, her absolute earnestness about Jesus, and the congruity of her words and practice, and I say, “Amen.” The circumstances of her life were the stuff of legend for me as a growing girl. It was undeniably evident that God was orchestrating all the hardships and massive disappointments she experienced, at the very least, to help all the rest of us. I wanted to be like her, because…

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    Whose Child Is This? – NIV Devotions for Mom – Week of November 1

    Whose Child Is This? Verse: 1 Samuel 1:21-28 Additional Scripture Readings: Psalm 66:19–20 Proverbs 3:5–6 Have you ever prayed Hannah’s words as your own? I have. Several times. Eagerly I’ve asked for God to take charge of my children. Out of fear that I might “ruin” them, I hand them over to him. But as I give my children to God, I often hear him ask, “Do you really trust me with your children? Do you trust me to get them to school safely?” “Yes!” I respond. “Do you believe that I can guide them through an illness?” “Of course!” “How about deciding if they will marry—and who?” “Better you…

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    God Knows We Need Some Storms (October 18)

    “If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?” (Hebrews 12:7). STRANGE AS IT SEEMS, THE DIFFICULTIES IN OUR LIVES ARE EVIDENCE OF GOD’S LOVE. He knows we need some storms in our lives, and He loves us too much to give us only what we want and never what we need. If we were coddled and protected from ever having to deal with difficulty, the results would be disastrous, as any parent knows who has seen what “spoiling” does to a child. In a familiar text, James wrote, “My brethren, count it all joy when you…

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    The Process Before the Promise – Encouragement for Today – November 1, 2018

    “I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 (ESV) Are there any deep disappointments in your life that seem to be lingering on and on? Do you feel like you’ve prayed the same prayers over and over, with little to no change? I understand how hard that is. Over the last few years, I’ve walked through some of the most heartbreaking seasons in my family, marriage and health. And although the circumstances of your life may be different, you probably have middle-of-the-night moments wrestling through your own tears. You, too, have memories that still hurt. Realities that make you swallow back tears.…

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    Blessed Are the Pure in Heart (October 19)

    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). THERE ARE MANY THINGS THAT MUST BE PURGED FROM OUR HEARTS IF WE ARE TO SEE GOD. Some of these things must be eliminated because they are impure. Others, while not morally unclean, must be removed simply because they draw our affections away from God. We must learn to love God with hearts that are whole and minds that are single. Our hearts must be purely given to God, without mixed motives or competing loyalties. Without a pure passion to see God, we will not see Him (Matthew 5:8). Purity. Even in our day-to-day lives, there is…

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    Daily Devotional – 1/2/19 “I pray this year…” – Kisha’s Daily Devotional

    Happy New Year! I pray this year is the beginning to being the best of your existence. May you become more faithful to God and His call on your life, find a church home, say yes to God and take the limits off Him, love thyself, end fruitless relationships, remove the fear, take off the glasses of hurt, be healed and made whole, overcome, be set free, find comfort in your grief, refuse to let depression have the last say, deal with the buried anger, apologize for your wrong and make amends, gain the strength to say no, forgive yourself, forgive those who hurt you, stop counting those who don’t…

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    Transformation Garden – November 1, 2018

    Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement: “Seek the Lord, and His strength; seek His face evermore.” Psalm 105: 4 K.J.V. “O Jesus Christ, grow Thou in me, And all things else recede; My heart be daily nearer Thee, From sin be daily freed. Make this poor self grow less and less, Be Thou my life and aim; Oh, make me daily, through Thy grace, More worthy of Thy name.” J.G. Lavater Today’s Study Text: “And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart…and Solomon gathered together chariots and horsemen: and he had a thousand and four hundred chariots, and twelve thousand…

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    Daily Devotional – 10/9/18 “Getting up is the hardest part!” – Kisha’s Daily Devotional

    I had to be at work “earlier” because I am facilitating a training class for the next two days. Sure, I get nervous every time I have to stand in front of people (even when I preach) but that’s not the issue. No, the real issue is getting up earlier. Baby, it’s a struggle because I stay up at night. However, here is what I’ve realized. The hardest part is getting up. What do I mean? Well, once my legs are over the side of the bed, my feet touch the floor and I get that one good stretch in; I am good. The hardest part is getting up. What…

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    How Does God’s Grace Get You Through?

    “My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace” 1 Peter 5:12 (NLT). We face many pitfalls in the marathon of life. But regardless of what you go through, you can count on God’s sustaining grace. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:12, “My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you. Stand firm in this grace” (NLT). There are three things in life that can cause you to stumble, to get cast off to…