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Thank You For the Blessings

Thank you, Lord, for the moisture,
From whence the plants will all grow;
Thank you Lord, for these treasures,
Which, daily, you, upon us, throw!

Thank you, Lord, for the mercies,
We surely deserve, NOT, from thee!
But thanks for showering them on us,
Why? Remains just a mystery to me!

May all of Your love continue;
May You ignore our sins every day;
May everyone just be appreciative,
For the love which You send their way?

And may we forever remember,
Just what all You provide every day!
And may we remain ever thankful;
As Your blessings keep coming our way!

7/25/20, by Dave Manners

June 27, 2022: What Is Your Mountain

“Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” “Because of your little faith,” he told them. “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew‬ ‭17:19-20‬ ‭CSB

“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”
Luke‬ ‭17:5-6‬ ‭CSB

Not all mountains are physical. Do you have a mountain in your life that you desire to have removed?

June 26, 2022:

“But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks. For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
Ephesians‬ ‭5:3-5‬ ‭CSB‬

Just Be There

It occurred to Pooh and Piglet that they hadn’t heard from Eeyore for several days, so they put on their hats and coats and warm little boots and trotted across the Hundred Acre Wood to Eeyore’s small stick house.

Inside the house was Eeyore.

“Hello Eeyore,” said Pooh.

“Hello Eeyore,” said Piglet.

“Hello Pooh, Hello Piglet ” said Eeyore, in a glum-sounding voice.

“We thought we’d check in on you,” said Pooh, “because we hadn’t heard from you lately, and just wanted to know if you were okay.”

Eeyore was silent for a moment. “Am I okay? Well, I don’t know to be honest. Are any of us really okay? That’s what I ask myself. All I can tell you Pooh and Piglet is that right now I feel rather sad, and alone, and not much fun to be around, which is why I haven’t bothered you. You wouldn’t want to waste your time hanging out with someone who is sad and alone, and not much fun to be around, now would you?”

Pooh looked at Piglet. Piglet looked at Pooh. Then they both sat down, one on either side of Eeyore in his little stick house.

Eeyore looked at them in surprise…”What are you doing?”

“We’re sitting here with you Eeyore” said Pooh.

“Because we are your friends” said Piglet. “And true friends don’t care if someone is feeling sad, or lonely, or not much fun to be around. True friends are there for you anyway. And so here we are.”

“Oh,” said Eeyore. “Oh.”

And so the three of them sat there in silence, and while Pooh and Piglet said nothing at all, somehow, almost imperceptibly, Eeyore started to feel just a tiny bit better because Pooh and Piglet were there. No more, no less. Just…there .

June 24, 2022: Love, Our Primary Duty

“Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up by this commandment: Love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbor. Love, therefore, is the fulfillment of the law.”
Romans‬ ‭13:8-10‬ ‭CSB‬

June 23, 2022:

“For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
The dominion will be vast,
and its prosperity will never end.
He will reign on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish and sustain it with justice and righteousness
from now on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Armies will accomplish this.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭CSB‬

June 22, 2022: A Living Sacrifice

GSMRR Steam Locomotive in the Nolichucky Gorge

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”
Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭CSB‬

June 21, 2022: Put Your Hope In God

“Why, my soul, are you so dejected?
Why are you in such turmoil?
Put your hope in God,
for I will still praise him,
my Savior and my God.
I am deeply depressed;
therefore I remember you
from the land of Jordan
and the peaks of Hermon,
from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your breakers and your billows have swept over me.
The Lord will send his faithful love by day;
his song will be with me in the night — a prayer to the God of my life.”
Psalms‬ ‭42:5-8‬ ‭CSB‬

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