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Did your mother care about who you spent your time with? Most do. Most don’t say to their children, “go find a rude, disobedient, and mean kid to play with.” No, our mothers wanted us to find a good friend, one that would encourage us to be good responsible citizens. Ones that would help us make wise choices.

Wisdom. It’s not a given. It’s not within us to have automatic wisdom. We get it from who we keep company with, life experiences, what we read and how we respond to situations God puts us in. Psalm One is full of ways to be wise. Verse 1 tells us who to hang out with. Verse 2 tells us what to read and think about. God laid out a plan for us on how to live a wise life. Choose good people to surround yourself with. Read God’s Word everyday. When you’re not reading it, think about it all the time. Use it in everything you do and you will be wise. God’s Word never fails.

Thank you Lord for your Word and the wisdom you give.

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Regret. Wish we had done something different. Had a better relationship with someone. Said something different at a different time. Regret. You cannot change the past.

In Psalm 106 there are some major regrets laid out that the Israelites had. They forgot God over and over again. In fact, they even got to the point of angering God. They disobeyed Him, made false idols and discontinued worshiping him. What a mess those Israelites created over and over again. Yet, when the Israelites came running back to the true God and asked forgiveness, He gave it to them. He didn’t give it with conditions or expectations that they would never do anything regretful again. He just forgave.

So many times in our own lives we have a mess. A big mess. We have things in our past that we feel we could never tell anyone let alone ask for forgiveness. Guess what? God already knows about all that. He loves you anyway. He is there and ready to hear you ask for His forgiveness. He is even more ready to GIVE it to you! There is never too big of a mess or too much regret for Him. He forgives His children and sends it as far as the East is from the West. By the way, they never meet so know that He never brings it up again. Life isn’t without consequences, but it can have forgiveness.

Take some time today and ask His forgiveness.

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Fall air brings upon me the thoughts of upcoming holidays, Thanksgiving being one of them.  We have a little family thing where we all say one thing we are thankful for, and at least one thing we are thankful for about each other.  Psalm 118 is FULL of things to be thankful to God about.  His forever enduring love, seeing us free, taming fear, a helper, conqueror, the list seems to go on.  I encourage you to read this Psalm for yourself to find all the ways God is good to us. (Psalm 118 is pasted in below at the end of this post.)

I think my new family tradition needs to be what we are thankful for that God has done for us, before and after the meal.  Not quick to rush off to watch the Lions, but rather take another moment to think of God.  The Psalmist of 118 starts and ends his Psalm with “give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever”.  

Let’s take today to stop and give thanks to God for the things that not only has He done for us, but for the things that He is to us – like the Psalmist, at the beginning and end, morning and evening.  What a wonderful way to begin and end our day, with thanksgiving to our great God.

Psalm 118

 1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
       his love endures forever.

 2 Let Israel say:
       “His love endures forever.”

 3 Let the house of Aaron say:
       “His love endures forever.”

 4 Let those who fear the LORD say:
       “His love endures forever.”

 5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD,
       and he answered by setting me free.

 6 The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid.
       What can man do to me?

 7 The LORD is with me; he is my helper.
       I will look in triumph on my enemies.

 8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
       than to trust in man.

 9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
       than to trust in princes.

 10 All the nations surrounded me,
       but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

 11 They surrounded me on every side,
       but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

 12 They swarmed around me like bees,
       but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;
       in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

 13 I was pushed back and about to fall,
       but the LORD helped me.

 14 The LORD is my strength and my song;
       he has become my salvation.

 15 Shouts of joy and victory
       resound in the tents of the righteous:
       “The LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!

 16 The LORD’s right hand is lifted high;
       the LORD’s right hand has done mighty things!”

 17 I will not die but live,
       and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

 18 The LORD has chastened me severely,
       but he has not given me over to death.

 19 Open for me the gates of righteousness;
       I will enter and give thanks to the LORD.

 20 This is the gate of the LORD
       through which the righteous may enter.

 21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
       you have become my salvation.

 22 The stone the builders rejected
       has become the capstone;

 23 the LORD has done this,
       and it is marvelous in our eyes.

 24 This is the day the LORD has made;
       let us rejoice and be glad in it.

 25 O LORD, save us;
       O LORD, grant us success.

 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
       From the house of the LORD we bless you. [a]

 27 The LORD is God,
       and he has made his light shine upon us.
       With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
       up [b] to the horns of the altar.

 28 You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
       you are my God, and I will exalt you.

 29 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
       his love endures forever.

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Do you have a sure thing in your life?  Something you can count on?  My husband watches Hockey.  Red Wing Hockey.  There was a time when Steve Yzerman played and when he did, he was that teams “sure thing.”  He would always seem to get the job done.  The Wings would take home the cup.  Yet, I can remember many a game that the Wings lost.  Yzerman couldn’t always do it.  There really is no sure thing when it comes to winning and losing.  Unless it’s in life.  There IS a sure thing. 

David knows this sure thing…God.  So many times throughout Psalm 16, David says in a declarative sentence that God is there.  “You have made known the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”(vs 11)   Oh, to have complete trust in the future.  God knows our future.  David knew that.  We can know that too.  We have the same God that David put his trust in.  If we are actively trusting in God each day, we too can have the “sure thing”, complete trust that God is with us and knows where our life is headed. 

Let’s take time today to refresh our mind and renew the trust in God that reminds us He is the “sure thing.”

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In 1032, musician Thomas A. Dorsey received news while singing at a revival meeting that his wife had died in childbirth.  Days later anguished and depressed he sat down at a piano and penned:

“Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand.  I am tired, I am weak, I am worn. Through the storm, through the light, lead me on to the light. Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home”. 

(Taken from Moody Bible Institute Daily Devotional.)

Like this song, Psalm 5 is a song, a prayer for help and refuge in a time of great trouble for David.  Be merciful to me Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. (vs 2)  He was fleeing his enemies and afraid for his very life.   David felt discouraged and was waiting for God to act.  He was mourning,  lamenting his situation. 

Although David was waiting he never gives up hope that God will prevail.   He knew God was a sure thing. He’s positive God is hearing him.  My soul is in anguish.  How long , O Lord, how long. (vs. 3)  He is waiting but God will come through.  

There are times you will lament over the situation you are in, just as Thomas Dorsey and David did.   It’s OK.  God will still be there.  He is waiting for you, to bless the righteous.  The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.  (vs 9)

Let’s praise God today for His unfailing love, mercy and grace even in times of our despair.

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