Spirit and Truth

Happy New Year! By now, you’ve probably made and broken quite a few New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions don’t generally work well for me. Maybe not for you, either. So in 2012, I want to issue you a challenge. Instead of trying to do things right, let’s work on trying to make things right. Instead of resolutions, let’s talk about making restitutions.

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On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11 NIV).

What Christmas presents do you plan to give this year? Probably your kids or grandkids have already given you long lists, and you’ve checked them twice—not just to see who’s been naughty and nice, but to see how much you can afford.

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In his song “Beautiful Boy,” John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Lennon advises patience in life—but patience is often something that’s hard to come by. We want to see our plans work out—and we want it now. But God has other plans.

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I wouldn’t describe myself as a country music fan, but I love Trace Adkins’ song, Just Fishin’. It’s about a man and his young daughter fishing together. She thinks they’re just fishing, but he realizes that they’re doing much more than that. They’re creating a bond that will last a lifetime. Adkins sings: Add a comment

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The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.”  – George Muller

God wants you to have a beautiful prayer life, but often that’s easier said than done.  If you’re like me, it’s all too often that distracting and anxious thoughts pop up, destroying whatever peace you may have gained through prayer.  Psalm 139 is a beautiful prayer of trust in God, acknowledging that God knows us inside and out, is constantly thinking about us, and is always present with us.  Yet the psalmist admits that distracting and anxious thoughts interfere with his prayer life, too.

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