Tag: Blessings

Is Spiritual Growth Worth the Work?

Do you ever get tired of striving to grow spiritually one baby step at a time – and sometimes going big steps backwards instead of forwards? Do you wonder if it’s truly “worth it” to practice self-control, to be consistent, to love the unlovely? Do you ever think… you’re going to heaven anyway, so what’s the big […]

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Good Things

Which makes more of an impact on you — suffering or sweetness? Good things or hard? Which one forces you to your knees? Most of us would probably say suffering. Right? Hard times push us to urgently search His Word, and get more intimate in prayer. But why can’t good things do that, too? Why can’t blessings […]

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Gratitude: Just Start Looking

Psalm 103 exhorts us to praise God and remember all His benefits. That can be hard if you’re going through a rough season of life. It can be hard if you’re mired in difficulty with no end in sight. But believe me, He is still blessing you. It can also be hard to see those benefits if […]

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Gratitude: Spiritual Blessings

We who are Christians have so many reasons to be grateful!  We usually think of the obvious blessings of salvation, and the Bible, and an eternity in Heaven. But we have so much more!  We have true wisdom and incomprehensible peace and abundant joy. We have divine instruction, holy conviction, and unfailing direction. We have comfort and lasting hope and […]

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Snapshot of a Blessed Person

The Bible reading plan I’m working through includes a Psalm for almost every day. I love that. It’s so great to read a big chunk of history or prophecy, and then flip over to read a chapter of devotional poetry. The Psalms are so encouraging and comforting — and yet they’re more than just “greeting […]

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How to Keep a Blessings Book

Do you choose a word for each year? Some people do that instead of making resolutions, in hopes of focusing on a certain direction for the next twelve months. I’ve never done it before, and I do set goals each year, but this year I decided to choose a word as well: GRATITUDE. God keeps […]

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Lessons from the Magnificat

Can you imagine the emotion that roiled through Mary’s heart, as she anticipated giving birth to the great Messiah? On the one hand, she must have been awed by the thought that Almighty God would choose her, a simple maiden, to bear His Son. That He would choose her to bring old prophecies to pass. That He would […]

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