Devotions addressing the "issues of life," written by Francie Taylor.
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God saw that...
Do we really believe that God can see us, or do we just say that we believe it? When a person knowingly lives in a way that displeases God, the lifestyle itself says "God can't see me." Or worse yet, the lifestyle is screaming, "I don't care if God can see me or not!" This is a hazardous and careless way to live, but it is more common than we'd care to admit. How's your secret life? Not so secret. It's a live-action drama in God's sight.
"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good." (Prov. 15:3)
"Ah yeah ah...we have a woman down on the ground here at Pensacola Beach. Not sure what happened, but she fell and then she got up and then she went down..."
I could hear a man's voice trying to describe what had happened, but I couldn't speak. I was fighting my way back to consciousness.
All I was trying to do was go shelling at the beach.
I was on my way from my car to the restroom, which is the custom before a long walk. Restroom first. If you're over 60, you don't need a translator. A little toddler on the sidewalk was trying to sweep the sand with her hand, and her effort made me smile but also distracted me. I wasn't looking ahead, and the moment my sandal connected with the edge of that sidewalk (right where the sand and sidewalk met), I went flying through the air and skidded across the hot, sandy cement.
Breaking a fall usually includes broken bones, so I am grateful to be typing this with no broken anything that I know of at the moment. There is a …
Do you suffer from "too much month at the end of the money?"
Being broke is often a result of habits that are kept like house pets. Working so hard and having no money in the wallet is self-inflicted bondage. How does this keep happening?
You've done the Dave Ramsey School of Stop That.
You receive notifications from your bank when your account balance is low.
You know how to do basic math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
So what keeps happening to your funds? You're subtracting faster than you're adding, multiplying debt and dividing your brain into stress-filled compartments that alternate between "Things are fine" and "This is such a mess." Is this right? No. Then what is it? Sin. Financial irresponsibility is sin. Is that the sound of your mind shutting down? Well, before you go, remember that the definition of sin is basically this: you know the right thing to do, but you're continuing to do the wrong thing …
not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring
forth." Proverbs 27:1 You were waiting for this big event. It was going to
change your life. Counting down to the big day was like watching paint
dry. The moment you’d been waiting for finally
arrived. But wait…it wasn't so special after all. What happened? You expected it to
be better than that. Expectations are such a plague. My expectations are a Me-Problem. Your expectations are a
You-Problem. You waited for your wedding day and when it finally arrived, you
soon discovered that weddings come with marriages attached. Marriages are a work
of heart. You waited to have a baby and then you finally gave birth to the most
demanding little boss you’ve ever met. Parenting is a work of heart.
You expected more of that person, but they disappointed you. Relationships are a workout for the heart.
Expectations magnify events to epic proportions. No wonder they fail to please us. When we're waiting for any cha…