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Why Bad Things Happen To Good People?

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silhouette of happy young woman on a swing with sunset backgroun“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV

 

WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?

 

This is a question that many people have asked over the years. I have even asked this myself.

 

Some skeptics have used this same question to say that God must not really exist because if He truly existed then he wouldn’t allow his children to suffer.

 I don’t agree with their reasoning. Read More…

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Look For The Silver Lining…

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“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4 NKJV

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This week has been a roller coaster of ups and downs…good and bad.  Just when I decide that I am going to have a great day at work, it never fails…everything that could possibly go wrong seems to go wrong.  Why is that? Read More…

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words…

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“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Matthew 25:23 NKJV

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“Walk the walk…talk ain’t necessary” ― George Akomas Jr

“Talk is Cheap” – It’s easy to talk about something but harder to actually do it.

“It is easier said than done.”

 

Giving advice or giving our opinion is easy but, taking our own advice is a different story.  

 

There are so many sayings or idioms that refer to the fact that words are “cheap” unless they are accompanied by actions.  This is very true.  As a believer, it is so important that we live up to what we say.  The Bible is full of words of wisdom.   Read More…

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A Heart Of Gratitude…

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Praise the lord“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy andloving-kindness endure forever!” 1 Chronicles 16:34 AMP

 

As the year 2013 draws to a close, I look back over everything that the Lord has done in my life…  My heart is full of gratitude because of the undeserving gifts that I received from the Lord…mercy, love, grace.  I not only received them once but time and time again.  I have so much to be grateful for: family, friends, protection, provision… the list goes on and on.   Read More…

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The Lord Is My Rock…

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“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;

My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;

My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” Psalms 18:2 NKJV

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The Lord is my Rock…

 

When I think of  a rock, I think of something hard…difficult to break.  (Ex. “That piece of bread is hard as a rock” ) Then there are situations when we feel that we are “between a rock and a hard place.”   Read More…

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The Lady In Number 6…Alice Herz-Sommer story

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The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational stories ever told. 109 year old, Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and oldest holocaust survivor, shares her views on how to live a long happy life. She discusses the vital importance of music, laughter and having an optimistic outlook on life. This powerfully inspirational video tells her amazing story of survival and how she managed to use her time in a Nazi concentration camp to empower herself and others with music. Alice will turn 110 on 26 November 2013, go to The Lady in Number 6 to send your greeting.

 

 

 

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In My Father’s Hands

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“For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.” Ecclesiastes 9:1 NASB

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There is no better place to be than in my Heavenly Father’s hands.  A child feels invincible when they know that their father is in control.  I can say the same thing when I remember that God has complete control.  The problem comes when I allow myself to forget or stray away from His grasp.  

 

Don’t get me wrong, God has never left me, but that doesn’t mean that I have never suffered loss or hardship.   Read More…

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Give Thanks

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“in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18 NASB

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I am grateful for so many blessings in my life.  I would like to share just a few of these blessings.  I give thanks for: 

  1. God’s saving grace
  2. My loving husband
  3. Family – (My parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles…both on my side as well as my husband’s side)
  4. Friends  Read More…

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INTEGRITY

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bigstock-An-illustration-of-the-word-in-18939803“23 Above all else, guard your heart,

for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27 NIV

 

INTEGRITY (n)- the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness (New Oxford American Dictionary)

 

The Word of God is quite clear on showing us how we should act.  However, I believe that the problem lies within each of us.  Man-kind is innately evil.  The fact of the matter is that we enjoy doing those things which are not good for us and then complain when things go wrong.   Read More…

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Be A Role Model…

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“14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NASB)

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I was born into a position where I was automatically expected to be a positive role model even to the extent that some people expected me to be “near perfect”.  You see I am the daughter of an Assembly of God pastor and whether I wanted to or not, I was expected to do the right thing and be a positive example.  Do you know how much pressure that is for a child, an adolescent, a teenager or even a young adult? Read More…

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