REST EASY

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Psalm 127:1-2

Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

 

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Charles Spurgeon, a well-known speaker who lived during the mid to late 19th century, had this to say; “Faith brings calm with it, and banishes the disturbers who both by day and by night murder peace.” Living life requires that we do our part. We’re responsible to harvest the fruits of our labor – but the above scripture reminds us that we needn’t worry because, even in our sleep, God provides. Rest easy in Him.

TUNE YOUR HEART

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Psalm 30:4

Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones,
and give thanks to His holy name

 

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My Grandfather would sing a hymn every morning. He wasn’t a musician, yet this re-awakened his heart to God’s before each sunrise. Music plays an enormous part in our lives. Even in our sleep, research shows that we often have musical hallucinations (we dream it). Music transports us. It isn’t surprising that humming through a favorite worship song could direct our hearts heavenward. Have you sung your worship song today? Tune your heart to His.

YOU

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YOU are amazing. YOU are incredibly gifted. YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made. YOU have something unique to offer the people God has placed around you. It isn’t about you, but it IS about YOU giving yourself away so that others are inspired to give themselves away. Hold on to this! Believe in it! Lights up and curtain! The world is your audience. Step out and take a bow. Now … go and make a difference.

 

 

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YOUR SONG

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Psalm 57:7

My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.

 

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Sitting with a young composition student yesterday, I help him find his way as he places note after note, phrase after phrase, on the staff. He asks a question, I make a suggestion. He responds. I’m reminded: our lives are compositions formed by choices we make, how we react to what happens around us – and our response to God as he gently nudges us to move forward or rethink. Pen ready? Make your song amazing!

 

 

 

 

LEAD ME ON

Spirit of God

Speak to my heart

Open my eyes show me Your grace

Remove my fear and

Restore my hope

Spirit of God show me Your way

Spirit of God show me Your way

O Lord I reach for You

Give my heart with abandon

I surrender all

Everything all that I am and

Here I lay my life

Down before the King of heaven

Lead me on Lead me on Lead me on

WHATEVER YOU DO

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Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

 

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Eleanor Roosevelt said “If only you could sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.” We have a huge impact on the people around us weather we think so or not. So live life to the full and do good, all in Jesus’ name.

RAIN

Deuteronomy 11:14

That He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early and late rain, that you may gather in your grain and your new wine and your oil.

On my way to Pasco Washington for a recording session with some great friends who are incredibly gifted. At a breakfast stop I watch the rain pour down and I’m reminded of the scripture above. Everyone has their seasons of blessing, a time to grow and a time share the gifts given by God; to give of themselves and make a real difference. Feel like you’re In between seasons? No worries. The rain is coming.

BETTER DAYS

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Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

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Evangelist Billy Graham was quoted as saying “I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.” The words “It’ll be okay” can be tough to take during hard times. But the scripture above encourages us: brighter days are definitely coming. There IS an amazing future for you. If you’re having a tough week, be strong. Roll your sleeves up and stand tall. The best is yet to come.

BREATHE

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Matthew 11:28

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest”.

 

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The Colorado Rockies boast 53 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. Almost every summer, I go to climb a couple. There’s nothing like conquering a mountain top, but the higher up I go, the more controlled my breathing must become. Making it to the top also requires a few rests. Life can be very much like climbing a mountain. So – take your time. Remember to break, and remember to breathe in the life giving air of Jesus.

PAY IT FORWARD

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Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

 

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Pulling up to the drive-thru window at the coffee stop you hear, “Your coffee is paid for by the gentleman in front of you”. BIG SMILE! We all know what “paying it forward” means. But many may not know what happens WHEN we ‘pay it forward’. Doing good for others has a positive effect on the immune system. By giving to others, self-esteem improves and negativity can be dismantled. Try paying it forward. Everybody wins!