Friday, August 26, 2011

Watch Out!

When life is running smoothly and everything is going precisely the way we think it should, we have a tendency to take on the mindset that we’ve overcome obstacles and are joyfully moving along all by ourselves. We’re proud of our accomplishments and we have no trouble letting everyone know what we have done. Life is at it should be and so we sit back, relax, and relish in the momentary peace that fills our heart.
Happy times? Yes. Dangerous times? Extremely! Proverbs 16:18-19 warns us that “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.”
How do we turn around our arrogant attitudes and avoid the path to destruction? By giving glory and praise to the Lord! When we praise Him, we acknowledge that He is the one who is in charge of our lives and it is He who lights our paths and directs our footsteps. “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord” (Proverbs 16:20).
With eyes on Him and Him alone, we’re ready to walk out the door in His strength and in His peace. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock (Matthew 7:24-27).
Originally posted at JesusBoatMuseum.com!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Smile

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). The world around us gives us a lot to frown about. Bad news, sad news, and a lot of “gossiping” news is quick to fill our lives and crush our spirit. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father is looking out for us and is continuously giving us much to smile about!

We’ve spent the past several weeks looking at ways to praise the Lord and one of those ways is to smile. When we stop to think on the blessings from the Lord, we focus our attention on Him instead of ourselves. Not only does this act of praise bring joy to the Father’s heart and a smile to His face, but it also creates a cheerful heart within us and gives us the undeniable urge to smile!

It’s no wonder that when God created us He designed us with the ability to smile. Our frame of mind changes the instant we smile. Smiling also “makes us attractive, changes our mood, is contagious, relieves stress, boosts the immune system, lowers our blood pressure, releases endorphins, natural pain killers and serotonin, and lifts the face and makes us look younger” (Dr. Mark Stibich).

Through a simple God given act of smiling, we can change our heart and the heart of those around us! Keep on smiling!

Originally posted at JesusBoatMuseum.com

Thursday, August 4, 2011

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That’s Why We Praise Him


I love to sing along with the church congregation on Sunday mornings. When we come together in agreement with one another our prayers and praises are carried in song to the throne of our Lord and King. Even though we are all different, we are all united in the love of the Father. “We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). None of us are righteous. None of us are without blame; no not one (Romans 3:10). Yet, each of us has been extended the hand of mercy and grace at the cross of Calvary. For by His grace are we saved through faith and not of ourselves; it is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).

The song “Jesus Paid It All” especially hits a chord of humility, awe, and praise within my heart. This is the very reason that we praise and rejoice in His presence daily. We deserve nothing but death, but “Jesus paid it all” and “All to Him I owe.” Why? Because, “Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”
I don’t think we will ever completely understand the cost of what Christ did for us on the cross while we live here on Earth. But I know that the least we can do is give praise and thanks to our Lord God for inviting a sinful people like us to become His Holy children. Washed clean from sin, set free from death, destined to live forever in Him; that’s why we praise Him!

I don’t think we will ever completely understand the cost of what Christ did for us on the cross while we live here on Earth. But I know that the least we can do is give praise and thanks to our Lord God for inviting a sinful people like us to become His Holy children. Washed clean from sin, set free from death, destined to live forever in Him; that’s why we praise Him!