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Praise & Shine Ep. 5

God has a perfect perspective of everything we experience. The Psalmist wrote, “for He looked down from his holy height; from heaven the Lord gazed upon the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to set free those who were doomed to death” (Psalm 102:19-20 NASB).

Like the hurting people in Psalm 102, we are often locked into the present with its struggles, “groaning” with despair. But God sees our lives from beginning to end.

In difficult moments, remember: we may not know what is coming next, but our Lord does. We can trust Him with every moment that stretches before us.

Praise and Shine Ep. 4

“No pain, no gain”…that is the case but it is pain that you must press thru that will make you stronger. “Okay you can relax” words that can apply to you life. You can relax in God’s goodness and faithfulness instead of worrying. You can be concerned over life’s troubles but worrying doesn’t solve anything.

Praise and Shine Ep. 3

Going to the grocery story can sometimes feel mundane but there is one part of this task that I look forward to. I love checking out in Bobby’s lane. He always has a smile and is good at his job. He is also good at his jobs. The way Bobby does his job immediately brightens the lives of those in his checkout lane. His cheerful attitude, desire to server and his attention to detail all line up with Apostle Paul’s description of how we are to work.

August 11, 2019 Praise & Shine

This weeks Praise and Shine devotional about the joys of summer, sprinklers and bulldogs.

Buddy the bulldog is there ready to lap up the water and enjoy the sprinkler when it comes. There are no bulldogs in the bible yet Paul’s prayer in Ephesians is similar in a way. Paul prays that the Ephesians believers will be filled to the measure to all the fullness of God.

We can delight in a relationship with the One who alone can fill our harts and lives with love, meaning and purpose.

August 4, 2019 Praise & Shine

This week on Praise and Shine our devotional is about the loss of a dear friend and the stark reality of death and the brevity of life.

Psalm 39 says

“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
and the number of my days;
let me know how fleeting my life is.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
even those who seem secure.

Life is short, our earthly life is but a drop in all of time. We can say our hope is in the Lord and trust that we have purpose.

2 Corinthians 4 says one day we will enjoy eternal life in Jesus. Let’s thank the Lord that this life is not all there is, we have eternity for all those who trust in Jesus and accept him as their savior.