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Miracles Happen!

Miracles Happen!
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Matthew13:58 And he did no miracles there because of their unbelief “Miracles come in moments; be ready and willing!” Wayne Dyer
Today does not have to be the same as yesterday. You can make it better. Just because you’ve been in a negative pattern does not mean that you have to stay in that pattern. You can change it.
f the day has gotten off to a bad start, it doesn’t have to end that way. You can turn it around.
When life has been disappointing, you don’t have to continue to be disappointed. You can make positive changes. A miracle is just around the corner. Though there’s nothing you can do to change the past, it is now over. The future is yours to create, beginning right now. Life is filled with possibilities from this point forward. You can choose, and you can follow, the very best. Do you believe in miracles? They happen!
You can persist through every discouragement and when you do, anything is within your reach.
In fact, the more discouragement …

Meaningless Maxims

August 28: Meaningless Maxims

Job 13:1–12

“Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clay” (Job 13:12).

There were bits of truth in the words spoken by Jobs’ friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Between their blundering interpretations were words that expressed God’s majesty, justice, and sovereignty. Unfortunately, they pieced together their bits of truth and applied them incorrectly to Job’s life.
Job quickly saw through their packaged solution. However, not all those struggling with loss can handle an onslaught of helpful Christians with easy answers. When people go through difficult times and ask for advice—or even if they don’t—it’s tempting to deliver our responses based on our own experiences. Eliphaz argued this way: “Just as I have seen, powers of mischief and sowers of trouble will reap it” (Job 4:8).
The way we interpret and respond to events in our lives is often Scripture-based and Spirit-led. Though we should readily provide encouragement to those w…

A Summer Christmas

August 28

A Summer Christmas

My Youth Sunday School teacher would start the Christmas season the same way every year: “This year, we need to learn about the real meaning of Christmas.” She got my attention the first year she said that, but by the third year I said to myself, “Haven’t we already done that.”

It might be impossible to get to the real meaning of Christmas, because we always have Christmas during the Christmas season. Don’t get me wrong; Christmas is a wonderful time of year. The main complaint I have about Christmas is that I’m always too busy with the Christmas season to enjoy Christmas. Whether it is activity at the church or family responsibilities, something usually keeps me busy. I look for Christ in Christmas, but the tree, wrappings and lights block my view.

This year, I’ve decided to have my Christmas before the season. I want to caress the truth that God loved me enough to send His Son to earth to face hardships, temptations, and the cross for me. For me!

For you,…


August 28

ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS MEFanny J. Crosby, 1820–1915
  For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end. (Psalm 48:14)

Often we become discouraged because we cannot see God’s long range plan of guidance for our lives. We need to remember that God has promised to guide our steps, not the miles ahead. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Psalm 37:23).
This beloved hymn came from the grateful heart of Fanny Crosby after she had received a direct answer to her prayer. One day when she desperately needed five dollars and had no idea where she could obtain it, Fanny followed her usual custom and began to pray about the matter. A few minutes later a stranger appeared at her door with the exact amount. “I have no way of accounting for this,” she said, “except to believe that God put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money. My first thought was that it is so wonderful the way the Lord leads me, I immediately wrote the poem …