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Let It Burn

Let It Burn

If you ever lifted weights to gain muscle mass, you know that you need to fight past the burn. When your muscles begin to burn that is an indicator that you are pushing through your threshold where growth can take root. In contrast, if we stop lifting the weight when we feel […] READ MORE.

via — Coach Adrian Griffin

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12 Things I See Happy People Do (that unhappy people do not)

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

I have been thinking a lot about happiness of late, partially because so many people seem unhappy.  I think that was my first epiphany upon entering the world of Social Media; people are unhappy and there are a lot of them.  Now don’t get me wrong, we all know some people who wouldn’t be happy, were they not unhappy but I am not talking about them.  We will just let them be.  I am also not thinking theologically here (i.e. juxtaposing happiness and joy), today I am going to err on the practical and pragmatic side of things.  With that being said, let’s get going.

I think most people want to be happy; they are just not quite sure how to get there from their present location.  Many people honestly believe that happiness is a lucky bounce; a sunny disposition or favorable circumstances but I disagree.  Happiness is a choice…

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Blessings in the Storm

Isaiah 43:2-3
When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour. #purposeinthepain #HisWill #HisWay #HisGlory

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Philippians 4:11 – Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Take courage. Have faith. Embrace the wait. #HisWill #HisPurpose #HisGlory

Here is an inspirational message on waiting that I came across on Facebook this morning from a Ladies Ministry out of Lake Charles, LA. Be blessed!

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Embrace the Wait

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He’s Been Faithful

A question often asked of Christians is, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Or “If God really loves us, why doesn’t He make our lives easy?” My response, though usually not the one warranted, is that life is hard, but God is always good. Bad things happen to everyone! Living for God does not guarantee a life free from pain or sorrow. However, it does guarantee strength to endure that pain and joy following that sorrow.

Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5)

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If life were easy, how would God have a chance to show Himself? When would He be able to truly prove just how much He really loves us? When would we ever NEED Him? If things always went our way, when would we find ourselves on our knees in the middle of the night crying out to Him?

No, friends, life is certainly not easy, but that doesn’t mean God is any less faithful. In fact, hindsight is generally 20/20. When I look back over the timeline of my life thus far, I can see God’s perfect hand in every single situation leading, guiding, and directing. There is always a test in the testimony, and each trial has been a test of faith, of endurance, of character. Through each situation, I have learned and grown as both a person and a Christian. As the song says, “You don’t know like I don’t what the Lord has done for me!” I’m not sure that our testimonies are necessarily meant for others to completely understand, but they are definitely meant to increase our own personal faith.

No, God never promised an easy road, but He did promise that He would be right beside us for every single bump along the way. Knowing He is there gives me the blessed assurance that the storm clouds will clear and the sun will shine again, thus I can stand firm in my faith and keep smiling. Life is indeed hard, but God is always faithful, always good!

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

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Health Care – It’s Bigger than Politics

June 22, 2017
a Facebook statement by President Barack Obama

19366050_10154996555246749_7115851506205968566_nOur politics are divided. They have been for a long time. And while I know that division makes it difficult to listen to Americans with whom we disagree, that’s what we need to do today.

I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party. Still, I hope that our Senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did. Continue reading “Health Care – It’s Bigger than Politics”