Today’s Meditation: Cultivating Joy

All of us would probably say we want to be more joyful, and for our lives to model that for others. But it’s not as simple as wanting – it needs to be intentional on our part. Having a true sense of gladness begins with being aware of and grateful for what God has done. And truly it doesn’t take much thinking to remember His goodness, does it? So, how has He blessed you today? And have you thanked Him yet? Start there.

Blessings, Heather 💕

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“Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.

Alexander MacLaren

For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.”

Psalm 92:4


Today’s Meditation: Little Things Mean A Lot

I love the idea that God sees even the smallest things we do for Him. It’s reassuring to me, because I’ve had a tendency to think that big is always better, especially where serving The Lord is concerned. And, I’ve often put pressure on myself to aim for ”great” accomplishments to please Him.

But here’s what I’m learning: God may give us larger tasks to do for the Kingdom, but only if we show Him that we care just as much about the little ones. He values them both, and I should, too. How about you?

Blessings, Heather 💕

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“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”

Peter Marshall

“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Luke 16:10

Today’s Meditation: Prayer & Hope

When we pray that God’s Will be done, we are releasing our hope that He will work for good in our lives and those of others. In a way, that’s a challenging thing to do. As humans, letting go of control before knowing the outcome can make us feel a little wobbly. But focusing on God’s strength and faithfulness will bring us to a place of even greater hope. And we will be amazed at what He does on our behalf!

Blessings, Heather 🌞

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“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.”

Jim Elliot

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Christian Quotes: Dwight L. Moody

There is a definite link between a church body that loves to be together in worship, study and fellowship, and effective work for the Kingdom. As we meet, we are meant to care for each other and grow stronger in our faith, so that others will see. In this time, when people feel isolated and set against others, let’s set the example for the world of what real fellowship looks like. Our unity can literally change the world for the better!

Blessings, Heather 🌞

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“I have never yet known the Spirit of God to work where the Lord’s people were divided.”

Dwight L. Moody

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:24-25

Christian Quotes: Jim Cymbala

I’ve found that when my expectations are based on what I want, I sometimes end up going the wrong way, out of God’s Will. And the results are always disappointing. Prayer is the way for me to get back on His track, and to find encouragement to move forward.

Blessings, Heather

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“If we choose to turn left when God wants us to go right, we cannot expect God to support the plans we made on our own.”

Jim Cymbala

“The prospect of the righteous is joy,
    but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.”

Proverbs 10:28

Christian Quotes: Elizabeth Elliot

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“It is Christ who is to be exalted, not our feelings. We will know Him by obedience, not by emotions. Our love will be shown by obedience, not by how good we feel about God at a given moment. “And love means following the commands of God.” “Do you love Me?” Jesus asked Peter. “Feed My lambs.” He was not asking, “How do you feel about Me?” for love is not a feeling. He was asking for action.”

Elisabeth Elliot

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” 

Galatians 5:24-25

Christian Quotes: Jim Elliot

When we can give ourselves fully to whatever work God has for us right now, even the most routine chore becomes an act of worship that pleases Him and brings us joy.

Blessings, Heather

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“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

Jim Elliot

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” 

Romans 12:11

Christian Quotes: Randy Alcorn

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“He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain. He who spends his life moving toward his treasures has reason to rejoice. Are you despairing or rejoicing?”

Randy Alcorn

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

Christian Quotes: David Livingstone

How good is God that He calls us to do the best of things, and is also the source of our strength to do them? We need to spend time listening for His voice, praying for His leading, and receiving His grace. Then we will really be equipped for whatever work He has for us, no matter how long we need to do it.

Blessings, Heather

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“Nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair.”

David Livingstone

”You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Hebrews 10:36

Christian Quotes: John Newton

This morning, I was thinking about how much God cherishes us that He would make a way for sinful mankind to be reconciled to Him. And about how much Jesus treasures us that He obeyed what His Father told Him to do. We are literally surrounded by a love, and it will never fail. That’s our hope and grace!

Blessings, Heather

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“Our righteousness is in Him, and our hope depends, not upon the exercise of grace in us, but upon the fullness of grace and love in Him, and upon His obedience unto death.”

John Newton

“In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”

Ephesians 1:4-8