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All Things Put Right – God Delivers And Restores

Isaiah 49:18-23 NIV

18 Lift up your eyes and look around;
    all your children gather and come to you.
As surely as I live,” declares the Lord,
    “you will wear them all as ornaments;
    you will put them on, like a bride.

19 “Though you were ruined and made desolate
    and your land laid waste,
now you will be too small for your people,
    and those who devoured you will be far away.
20 The children born during your bereavement
    will yet say in your hearing,
‘This place is too small for us;
    give us more space to live in.’
21 Then you will say in your heart,
    ‘Who bore me these?
I was bereaved and barren;
    I was exiled and rejected.
    Who brought these up?
I was left all alone,
    but these—where have they come from?’”

22 This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I will beckon to the nations,
    I will lift up my banner to the peoples;
they will bring your sons in their arms
    and carry your daughters on their hips.
23 Kings will be your foster fathers,
    and their queens your nursing mothers.
They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground;
    they will lick the dust at your feet.
Then you will know that I am the Lord;
    those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

Give Thanks Unto The Lord

💫 ❤️ Not Enough Stars 💖

🌞 “I like to play with the stars,” a little girl told her pastor one day when he came to visit her. She was confined to bed because of a severe spinal deformity, and her bed was positioned so that she had a good view of the sky. She wanted it that way so she could see the stars. “I wake up a lot at night and can’t get back to sleep,” she told the minister, “and that’s when I play with the stars.”

🙇‍♀️ Her pastor, curious about what she meant by that, asked, “How do you play with the stars?” The child answered, “I pick out one and say, ‘That’s Mommy.’ I see another and say, ‘That’s Daddy.’ And I just keep on naming the stars after people and things I’m thankful for—my brothers and sisters, my doctor, my friends, my dog.” And on and on she went, until at last she exclaimed, “But there just aren’t enough stars to go around!”

🙇‍♂️ 🙇‍♂️ Do you ever feel that way when you think about the many blessings God has showered on you ? Of course, you could never name all your physical, spiritual, temporal, and eternal blessings. But from time to time, it’s good to remember with gratitude His many gifts. As you do, like that little girl, you’ll feel like exclaiming, “There just aren’t enough stars to go around !”
— Richard DeHaan

Thanks, O God, for boundless mercy
From Thy gracious throne above;
Thanks for every need provided
From the fullness of Thy love! – Storm

Thankfulness begins with a good memory.

🎊 Stay Blessed My Friend 😊 🌹

Speak And Do – By John Fernandez

💫 ❤️ Speak And Do 💖

🌞 In ancient Greek dramas, a person behind a curtain spoke the lines while the performer on stage acted out the role. We might refer to the speaker behind the scenes as “one who didn’t practice what he preached.”

🙇‍♀️ This person behind the curtain reminds me of a problem we as Christians experience today. Many of us are skilled at sounding religious, but we don’t put our words into action. This is hypocrisy. When there is a discrepancy between what we say and what we do, we create confusion in the minds of our “audience.” That’s why many nonbelievers do not take the gospel message seriously.

🙇‍♂️ 🙇‍♂️ A person who makes the greatest impact on a watching world, and who furthers the cause of Christ, is one whose actions harmonize with his words. When James spoke of the “wisdom that is from above,” he described it as “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” Our role as Christians is vastly different from the ancient Greek actors. They had speakers who didn’t do, and doers who didn’t speak. We are to be people who speak and do the truth.
— Richard DeHaan

You’re writing a “gospel,” a chapter each day,
By the deeds that you do, by the words that you say;
Men read what you write, whether faithless or true
Say, what is the “gospel” according to you? — Gilbert

When words and actions agree, the message is loud and clear.

🎊 Stay Blessed My Friend 😊 🌹