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I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

January 30, 2015

DAY BY DAY

Have you heard the question: ‘is the cup half empty or half full?’ Meant to gauge one’s happiness quotient, how optimistic or pessimistic you are about life in general, people often play with their answers. The most amusing answer I heard came from a soldier who said, “I don’t care if it’s half full or half empty; I just want to know who drank my lemonade!” His reference to making lemonade if life gives you lemons added a cute aspect to the adage. But, as Christians, we know that the trials in life are not lemons that are randomly handed out. Whether or not one has faith in God, because of sin, trials and tribulations are to be expected. Jesus told His followers: “…In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33b KJV).

Most Christians can say that neither half full nor half empty describes their life! Rather than a partially filled cup, we can happily say that our cups run over! “…my cup runneth over.” (Psalm 23:5 KJV). We have more blessings than we can count! That isn’t to say that we don’t have trials to ‘get through’, or that we don’t ‘experience life to the fullest’ because we are so busy being “churchy”; instead, it means that we are so complete in our faith that we trust God and walk with us Him every day! “Happy are all who honor the Lord with fear, and who walk in His ways.” (Psalm 128:1 NLT).

Job, in the Old Testament, was a man who honored God and, in whose faith God had confidence enough to allow the enemy to test Job in every way possible, except taking his life! “All right, you may test him,” the Lord said to Satan. “Do whatever you want with everything he possesses, but don’t harm him physically.” (Job 1:12 NLT). Satan thought Job only served God because God had place a protective barrier around him, but God knew that Job’s faith and confidence in his Heavenly Father was what carried him through life’s trials! In the end, of course, God was proven right and Job remained faithful despite losing everything…family, wealth, friends, health! “So the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning…” (Job 42:12 NLT).

God wants us to live a fulfilling life while we are here on earth. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2 KJV). Notice that the life fulfillment is compared to how healthy our spiritual life is! We are told in Matthew 6:33 (KJV): “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Another verse that speaks to spiritual growth says, “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 KJV).

My <3 song today is about having that total dependence on the Lord to carry us through our challenges in life, whether jobs, relationships or family issues:

“Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power;
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
Ever to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.”

“With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.” (Job 12:13 KJV). Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season behind us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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