We should praise the Lord for His merciful kindness toward us.

(Psalm 117 KJV)

O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people, for his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord.


Thoughts! Thoughts!! What am I going to do with these thoughts? I can’t stop thinking about the angry words that were said and the hurt that is inside me. What am I to do? These thoughts are controlling my days and ruining my nights. You must remember that you are not alone in this situation. There are many others that deal with the same thing. So, what am I to do? You must go before God and ask Him for help. You must repent of any part you might have had in causing these words and hurts to come about. Then you must cast your thoughts, your hurts, your anger, your worry, your care upon God because He loves you and cares about you. Most important of all is to LEAVE all of those issues with the Lord. Do not reel them back as if they were fish! Leave your care with God. He cares for you and He will take care of you.


Part of the discipline of our minds, must be to think about what we are thinking about! Did someone call you or text you a "juicy" tidbit of gossip? What did you do with it? Did you think about it and decide to pass it on to someone else with this warning: "now, I’m just telling you. Don’t tell anyone else?" Or, do you consider what you heard and say to yourself: I’m not passing this on to anyone because I don’t know if this is true? Sometimes we hear things that we know are true, but are not helpful to the situation. Those things should not be passed on either. You may be thinking: you are taking all the fun out of life! Many times gossip that has been "passed on to others" has caused great harm in the life of the one being gossiped about. Being a part of the gossip line is something that is NOT approved of by God. Let us "cut our gossip line", so we can let the love of God shine in our lives.


We know that in the Bible we are commanded to love one another. As we live from day to day this is sometimes a problem. God is talking about His kind of love. We are to love others as He loved us. How is that? He loves us and wants the very best for us, but He does not condone sin and bad behavior. Well! He knows how I am!! Yes, He does, but that doesn’t mean you are excused! We must always remember that God gave us guidelines for living in His Word. Those guidelines are not suggestions. They are commandments! We all need to pay attention to what we say and how we act. We need to see if it lines up with God’s expectations of us. If it doesn’t, then with the help of the Holy Spirit we need to make the necessary changes. We want to be examples of Jesus, and to be able to make a difference in this world each day.


An act of kindness is a blessing. Sometimes in our busy lives we overlook opportunities for acts of kindness. An act of kindness is like the hand of God reaching out to those who need to know that God cares about them. May we never be so overcome by the issues we face in our lives that we are not able to see those around us who need the encouragement that we can give. We must remember that as children of God it is our privilege and responsibility to represent Him in this world of hate and indifference. May we never allow the issues in our lives to over rule the love of God that lives inside of us. Let that love of God shine in your life today.


Are you mentally tuff? Huh? Living in peace in these days requires that we be mentally tuff. So?? We discipline ourselves by eating right and by exercising, but do we discipline our minds? Most people do not. They think about what they want to think about and say what they think. Sometimes saying what we think about a situation is good, but many times we speak when we should have kept quiet! How many of you know that is the truth? So what is the answer? We must discipline what we think about or meditate on. Discipline in this area is very neglected because it is very difficult. We must redirect our thoughts by daily meditation on what God says instead of what we think. Let us begin to discipline ourselves today.


May we remember that blessings and increase come from God.

(Psalm 67:5-7 KJV)

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.