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TOBYMAC-CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR
For those times when life "pushes back" at you, I thought I'd share a few things I have found helpful during my devotion times this week. This is a completely random list of positive thoughts, quotes, and verses.
"ALL THINGS work together for our good! " (Romans 8:28)
“There are accidental parents, but there are no accidental children. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did.” (Rick Warren)
"I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken." (Psalm 16:8)
When we listen more than we talk, life changes for us.
"He who listens to a life giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor."
I heard a talk from Craig Groeschel recently talking about the way we Christians view debt. It was a little scary. I jotted down a few of the stats he shared:
75% of Christian live paycheck to paycheck.
The average American has 16.7 credit/debit/store cards
The average consumer debt for 28 year olds is $66,000
62% of Americans don’t pay off their credit card bills each month
Las year the average American saved 2.2% of their income.
Proverbs 29:18 says, "Without vision, the people perish."
In Lysa Terkheurst’s new book, Unglued she says there are four kinds of reaction types:
- Exploders that Blame Others
- Exploders that Shame Themselves
- Stuffers that Build Barriers
- Stuffers that Collect Retaliation Rocks
I’m wondering which of those resonates with you most?
Here's a quick assessment she developed to you can identify how you react. You might not even realize it from the inside! Share your findings below!
Charles Stanley & Scott Herrold talk about finding God's will and how repentance is actually something that helps us and brings benefit to our life.
Here Dr Stanley explains what Jesus meant when he said, "Don't judge or your will be judged." (It's only a minute long.)
Living by conviction is centering our life on God’s Word. That’s the bar that God set for us. It's supposed to challenge us to live by a higher standard! If you listen to my show on a regular basis, I hope you hear the challenge that I've been throwing your way: Make God's Word your moral foundation if you want a break through.
The Bible might make us uncomfortable sometimes, but it was written to bring out the best in us!
I've been reading a lot about John The Baptist & the prophet Isaiah. They both spent a lot of time challenging people around them to repent and come back to a relationship with God. Repentance is a word that some people may falsely align with judgment, but it's really about freedom.