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Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only (speak) what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.  – Ephesians 4:29

My aunt,  a career educator and accomplished reading specialist for elementary children, recently told me that children need 30 praises a day.  Wow!  That’s a lot!  And I don’t think it’s just kids who benefit from 30 praises a day.  We all do!  Think about all the people you’re in contact with during the day.  Who wouldn’t benefit from being praised? 

Who do you praise?     How many praises a day are you giving out?    Hmmm…good questions, huh?

Friends, in these troubling times when there seems to be more bad than good in the news, let’s put focus back on the positive by being positive! 

Let’s take  A 30 PRAISES A DAY CHALLENGE  by giving 30 praises a day for 30 days! 

Praise your spouse, kids, neighbors, parents, siblings, friends, extended family, co-workers, people you talk with by phone or send emails, and each person you come in contact with throughout the day. 

LOOK for ways to offer praise!  Send a word of praise to those who assist you or are important to you.  Share praises with your church staff, school staff, and people who make a difference in the world around you.  Don’t forget the ‘every day’ people in our lives…those who work the drive-up windows, run registers at the stores, bus drivers, people you meet throughout the course of your day.

For an added challenge…share a word of praise with someone you struggle with, don’t like too much, or might even consider an enemy.   The Bible tells us to love our enemy.  A word of praise might just be the key to unlocking a better relationship or healing past hurts. 

Want a little more challenge?  In addition to giving praises every day…try to avoid criticizing others or being negative to them! 

MOST IMPORTANT…Be sure to share your praises with God! 

Tell people you’re taking part in a 30 Praises A Day Challenge.  Maybe they’ll be inspired to do the same! 

I also suggest starting a Praise Journal. 

  • Get a small notebook or actual bound journal.  Label it as your Praise Journal.  
  • DAILY PAGES: Mark 30 days in your pages.  Use these daily pages to list the praises you’ve shared. 
  • Leave a space at the bottom for your daily pages for personal notes –  how giving praises made you feel and the responses you received from others. 
  • You can also use your daily pages to write your praises/prayer thoughts for God.
  • PEOPLE I WANT TO PRAISE: Make a list of the people you need to contact.  Set aside a regular block of time (even just 15 minutes) to write notes, send emails, or make phone calls to share your praises. 
  • PERSONAL PRAISES PAGE:  Use this page to record the personal praises you discover from sharing praises with others!

Let’s do this!   

Dear God, I’m excited about the 30 Praises a Day Challenge!  I know it will make a positive difference in the lives of those involved.  And the best part is that when we bless others, we bless you!  May YOUR blessings be upon our efforts, and may our efforts be pleasing and glorifying to YOU.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

   And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.   Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.    ~ Romans 8:38

 

I just read something that disturbs me.  The following was reported by AFA (American Family Association).  Below is an excerpt copied here for your review:

On March 8, Fox network aired Family Guy, a perverted and sickening program, into the homes of millions of Americans. This episode was rated TV-14 DLSV by FOX, meaning that in the network’s opinion it was appropriate for 14-year olds. It aired during prime-time.

The content of this program was so explicit that I can’t even begin to describe it here.

Click here to watch these scenes or read our detailed review. WARNING: These scenes taken from the Fox program Family Guy are highly offensive.

Even more offensive is Fox’s view of Christianity. At a “straight” meeting, the speaker talks to gays about Jesus and tells them, “He [Jesus] hates many people, but none more than homosexuals.” Incidentally, Pepsico helped sponsor this program (BoycottPepsico.com.       << End of excerpt from AFA report >>

This report went on to share the dialogue and disgusting situations that occurred in this show.  As disgusting as all of this was, what bothered me most was the quote above saying that Jesus hates many people.  JESUS DOES NOT HATE ANYBODY!  Jesus might hate what we do, but He doesn’t hate us!  He doesn’t hate me.  He doesn’t hate you.  He doesn’t hate anyone! 

Jesus is of God and God loves ALL His children! It doesn’t matter who are you, what you’re doing, or what you’ve done in your past.  GOD AND JESUS LOVE YOU!!!!

  God loves us so much that He offers us forgiveness for our sins, mistakes, and wrongdoings.  Better yet, His mercies are new every day (Lamentations 3:23), and He can cleanse us of our sins so that we’re whiter than snow (Psalm 51:7). 

It really bothers me that countless viewers who don’t know the real truth about Christ, heard that He hates many people – especially gays/lesbians. 

To be clear, the Bible does see gay/lesian actions to be sinful, but we’re all sinful!  God/Jesus hate the sins but continue to love the sinners (us – you, me and everyone else). 

We can’t seek out all who watched that show, heard the awful lies, and now believe Jesus might hate them, but we can do our best to share Christ’s love with EVERYONE, and reflect His love in all we say and do. 

For more information about the show mentioned above or to post a complaint with the FCC for its indecency, just click on the link provided above.

Dear Friend, Brother, Sister,

Before you read this, please know this was one of those times when I didn’t know what would come next, writing as God inspired me to do.  I hope I was able to put on paper what God put on my heart.  God bless you!

Our God is an amazing and awesome God!   He encompasses so much that we can’t truly comprehend how great He is or how great His love for us is; but even though I can’t comprehend how high, wide, deep, and vast His love is, I can tell you what I believe about that love.

God is such a loving God that He created the perfect world for us to live in.  The Book of Genesis tells us all about Creation and the perfect place known as the Garden of Eden.  He filled His perfect world with land, sea, sky, plants, trees, fruits, flowers, and animals of every kind.  He gave us the sun to give us light and warmth by day and the moon to shine by night.  By this light can be seen the magnificent beauty of all His creation, and all the wonderful colors!  Then, once everything was just how He wanted it, He created man. 

Before He brought us into this world, He made a perfect place for us – just like parents-to-be create the perfect environment for their baby – God made a place for us in this big universe that had everything we could want, and more.  Finally it was time to birth man.  Carefully God created us, bringing us into life by His own breath!  You and I are here today because God breathed His life into us! 

Everything is great and wonderful so far, according to Genesis, man hadn’t been here long before he introduced sin into this perfect utopia God worked so hard to create!  WHY WOULD GOD ALLOW THAT?   That’s a topic of debate for many, here’s my answer from my Spirit-filled heart:

God could have created us to be programmed people that acted perfectly, didn’t mess anything up, and lived exactly how He wanted us to live.  However, HE IS A LOVING GOD.  Where’s the true love in programmed people?  We might have acted pleasing to Him, but we wouldn’t have been capapble of showing Him honest, heartfelt love.  God loved us so much that He was willing to allow for His perfect world to be messed up, to allow us to be imperfect people, if that’s what it took to allow people to have the capacity to CHOOSE to love Him truly and unconditionally like He loves us. 

This brings us to the topic of FREEWILL.  God allowed us to be able to make choices.  The choices we make show Him whether we love Him or not, and whether or not we love Him enough to live in obedience to Him. 

The God I see, who loves you and me, loves us enough to endure the hurt, pain, frustration and anger we cause when we live out of obedience to Him, and worse yet, when we reject relationship with Him.  He could have protected Himself from the pain we cause and protected His perfect world by programming us to be perfect with no ability to choose, no freedom.  Instead, because of His great love, He allowed for our mistakes, imperfections and sins, and went one giant step farther.  He allowed His Son, whom He dearly loves, to come down to this earth to be with us, to be God in the flesh, in order that we could be forgiven of our sins and made into new spiritual beings through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I say He loved us enough to send Jesus because God had to do that knowing that Jesus would be treated cruely and horribly, loved by some and hated by others, and despite living His life in a sinless way, His Son would not only be brutally handled and killed, but die as a criminal after being mocked and beaten for being the Son of the Father and the King of the Jews. 

WHY DID THIS HAVE TO HAPPEN?  To save us from ourselves.

Jesus was a sin offering on behalf of each and every one of us so that when we sin, make mistakes, do horrible, awful things, we can be forgiven.  We don’t have to live lives cut off from God. That’s not what He wants!  He is our loving Father!  He wants to be in relationship with us!  The Bible tells us His mercies are new every morning!  Jesus said we have to forgive others 70 x 7 times.  Believe me, that’s nothing compared to how many times our Father has forgiven each of us! 

The God I see who loves you and me loved us enough to offer us a perfect world; give us freewill so we have the ability to choose to love Him unconditionally just as He loves us; to send Jesus as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins God knew we might commit; and to offer us everlasting life with Him through our belief in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, who arose 3 days after His death on the cross, lived among us for a short time, and then ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God, the Father until the day He returns to take us away to a new perfect place, the New Jerusalem, heaven, that is being prepared for us.  God loves us so much that even though we messed up the first perfect place (Garden of Eden), He’s gives each day as a new chance to claim our place in His kingdom so that one day He can welcome us to the perfect world He so wants us to have. 

And in the meantime, He’s working every day blessing those who love and serve Him, and watching over all His children, showing us miracles and blessings every day, and wanting nothing more than to gather us all into His loving arms. 

Dear Lord, I hope each person who reads this will pause to consider how much You love them and be encouraged in that.  I pray that as Easter approaches and we prepare to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ, that we will truly appreciate the love you showed through Your Son, our Savior, and in that, more will be saved.  Thank You for loving us so much and giving us each day as a new chance to live in Your good graces.  In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen.

I just heard a wonderful story on 91.9 New Life radio that I want to share with you.  A woman called in to say that she’s been without work for 15 months, but that she’s kept her faith and has been praying and fasting, seemingly trusting God to see her through this tough time.  She met a man yesterday and discovered he was homeless.  She encouraged him in faith and then they prayed together.  She recalled the Bible saying that “whatsoever you do unto the least of these, you do unto Me” (words spoken by Jesus), so she went home to get him something to eat.  All she had left was two slices of bread (she might have said she had an egg, too).  She put the only food she had on one of her best china dishes and went back to feed the homeless man she’d met. He was so grateful and said no one had ever done anything like that for him before.  Then HE prayed for HER!  He asked God to bless her.  She returned home and later got a phone call telling her she had a job!  

This woman had been out of work for 15 months, and then got a job after unselfishly and unconditionally giving all she had to the homeless man she met.  I could absolutely hear a big smile on her face as she shared her story, and the smile sounded the biggest when she concluded by saying, “God is so good!”      

Yes, God certainly is good!  I love stories like this!  Blessed are those who recognize the provisional hand of God in their lives.  And blessed be this woman for boldly sharing of God’s goodness. 

Do you have a story you’d like to share?  If so, please send it to my email  ReneeMyers@carolina.rr.com .   Please indicate if it’s ok to share it on this site for others to read.

May you also be blessed by God’s presence in your life today, too!

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