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God's Love - May 2011

Faith in God’s unfailing love puts life’s problems and pressures in perspective. Make the faith/peace connection.
 

01-05-2011
If We Only Knew
If We Only Knew

The woman’s life turned on four words, spoken by a stranger. “If you only knew.” She was a mess by anyone’s standards—married five times and now living with another man—but in one respect she was like anyone else. Maybe that’s what had driven her to go from man to man like some people change jobs or locations or cars. She wanted more. Love, security, acceptance, fulfillment, peace of mind. She wanted to be happy. She wanted to be whole.
If she only knew what?

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01-05-2011
Finding Perfection
Finding Perfection

I remember, as a very little girl, looking out across the field behind our home at what appeared to be the perfect tree. I could hardly contain my excitement as I ran to inspect it up close. But as I reached out to gather some perfect leaves from the perfect tree, I had one of my first big disappointments. On closer inspection, each leaf was marred somehow—a scrape, a brown splotch, an insect bite. There wasn’t one that I could take home and hang in my room as a symbol of perfection.

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01-05-2011
Wings from Weights
Wings from Weights

There is a beautiful stained glass window in the historic Wesley’s Chapel in London, inscribed with these words: “If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”1

People have always wanted wings—a way to be lifted above their earthbound lives and troubles. It seems to be human nature to feel confined and discontented with “here.” Things surely must be easier, brighter, better, freer “there,” just over the next hill.

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01-05-2011
The Kingfisher Effect
The Kingfisher Effect

When Japan’s Sanyo Shinkansen “bullet train” was first put in service, residents along the train line complained about the noise level. About half the line was made up of tunnel sections, and the train would produce a tunnel boom on exiting due to the sudden change in air resistance.

The engineers pondered the problem until one of them remembered having read about a bird with a unique design feature, the kingfisher. To catch its prey, the kingfisher dives from the air, which has low resistance, into high-resistance water—and it only creates the smallest splash upon entry. The engineer surmised that this...

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01-05-2011
The Faith Factor
The Faith Factor

One of the greatest healing factors is faith, knowing that God loves us and is going to take care of us no matter what happens. Faith eliminates fear and tension, which are two of the greatest causes of disease and ill health. Those and other negative mental states such as worry, hatred, and bitterness can contribute to various psychological and nervous disorders, as well as physiological conditions such as heart trouble, arthritis, and stomach ulcers.

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01-05-2011
The Wave
The Wave

One morning when I was at wits’ end, I checked my email and saw that a friend had sent me a video clip. It turned out to be a collection of relaxing beach scenes, with soft instrumental music playing in the background. The waves washing on the shore reminded me of the peaceful beauty of God’s creation, and the gentle, repetitive sight and sound of the surf rolling onto the sand soothed my spirit.

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01-05-2011
Life
Life

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.

Life is a beauty, admire it.

Life is bliss, taste it.

Life is a dream, realize it.

Life is a challenge, meet it.

Life is a duty, complete it.

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01-05-2011
Peace Plan
Peace Plan

10 keys to inner calm

Peace is a “fruit of the Spirit,”1 one of the special blessings the Bible promises to those who strive to live close to God. The Hebrew word translated “peace” in most English versions of the Old Testament denoted completeness, soundness, and overall well-being. The New Testament connotation is inner tranquility—a combination of hope, trust, and quiet of mind and soul.2 In this day and age, such peace can be elusive.

There’s no magic formula for attaining inner peace, but there are certain things we can do to nurture it.

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01-05-2011
Shattered!
Shattered!

When my husband went on an extended business trip for nearly three months, I found out what challenges single parents face. It was a big adjustment to have to keep up with the house and care for the children on my own, in addition to my job. Other circumstances also took a toll on my emotions, and I found it increasingly difficult to cope. Each day’s outlook seemed bleaker than the last. The struggle exhausted me physically and mentally. Then came the last straw.

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01-05-2011
Beat Stress
Beat Stress

A 113-year-old man, when asked the secret of his longevity, replied, “When it rains, I let it.”

 

Stress is the trash of modern life—we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.—Terri Guillemets

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01-05-2011
Prayer for the Day: Stress

Jesus, when I feel weak, tired, or out of sorts, You’re right there to put Your arms around me, to comfort me, and tell me that everything is going to be okay. You reach down and soothe my ruffled nerves, melt away my worries and fears, and lift the confusion that surrounds me.

Thank You that I can find relief from the pressure of a busy schedule by turning to You. When I stop what I’m doing and take a few minutes to think about You and Your love, my spirit is refreshed and I find the strength to continue on...

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01-05-2011
Rest Assured
Rest Assured

Stress is no fun. Whether as a student cramming before an important exam, a parent juggling the demands of work and family, a relative or close friend of someone facing a serious health problem, a professional struggling to stay current, or one of millions trying to stay on their feet in a shaky economy, everyone has experienced the debilitating effects of stress.

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01-05-2011
Motorcycle Mom
Motorcycle Mom

Some of my earliest memories are of riding on the back of a motorcycle, behind my mom. And it wasn’t just for a spin around the block. We were a missionary family and lived in countries where motorcycles were often the most practical or affordable means of transportation. (I grew up in Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Macau, and Singapore.)

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01-05-2011
Your Prayer, Their Words
Your Prayer, Their Words

We know who to turn to in trying times—“God is a very present help in trouble”1—but often we can’t find words to express what we’re going through or what we want Him to do about it. Some people are gifted at that, but those of us who aren’t have another option: we can use a prayer from the Bible or other source. Jesus gave us an example in what probably has become the most famous prayer of all time, the Lord’s Prayer.2 When His disciples asked Him to teach them to pray, He didn’t give them theory, mechanics, or generalities;...

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01-05-2011
Let Me help
Let Me help

Life wasn’t designed to coast through without any troubles or hardships. There will always be setbacks, difficulties, and pressures, but if you learn to see those as challenges that I can help you overcome, I will do just that.

I want to lift the weight of uncertainty from your shoulders. I want you to hold on to the knowledge that no matter how great the need, how dark the night, or how seemingly impossible the situation, I am in control and never fail those who turn to Me for help. No matter what you are up against, you and I can...

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