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Isaiah 43:1 ” Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine.”

You’re not just an acquaintance to God.  You’re not some face He sees in the crowd, and recognizes you as someone He should know… but can’t remember your name.  No, God knows you intimately…He knows you inside and out…He knows every thought you’ve had, every tear you’ve cried, every prayer you’ve prayed.  But most importantly, He knows your name.  For you are that very special to Him.  And in response, what can we say but, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”

Matthew 8:1-3 ” When He came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed Him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said,’ Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ He said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”

Lepers were the most reviled of human beings in Jesus’ time.  They were considered utterly unclean physically and spiritually.  They were shunned and outcast…required to avoid others, staying at least six feet away from anyone, and forced to yell “unclean! unclean!” when approaching crowds. So what gave this leper the brazenness to walk right up to Jesus in the middle of a crowd and ask for healing?  He knew he was breaking every law in Leviticus 13.  But he also knew deep in his soul that this man he had watched from afar could cure him of this devastating disease.  He took a huge risk, but he had nothing to lose, and everything to gain if Jesus would oblige.  The crowd was probably stunned by the sight of this leper dropping at the feet of Jesus…but they were even more startled to watch with their own eyes the skin on this man return to normal when Jesus touched him.

I Chronicles 17:20 ” There is no one like You, O Lord, and there is no God but You, as we have heard with our ears.”

Maybe it’s hearing someone’s answer to pray…maybe it’s a praise report…or maybe it’s hearing that someone you’ve been praying for has finally come to know the Lord.  Whatever it is, joy and thanksgiving almost explodes from us as we listen to others praising and thanking our Heavenly Father.  Sharing God’s miraculous works  is so important to all of us.  For when we share…we all become encouraged and uplifted!

Proverbs 10:4 ” Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”

Having been in Nursing Administration most of my life, I’ve interviewed and hired a lot of staff.  And the one thing I always looked for was a good work ethic. A first-rate candidate needed to be hardworking, thorough, and patient…while someone who seemed inconstant, lax, and careless would be looked over for the position.  Proverbs 12:24 tells us that, “Diligent hands will rule but laziness ends in slave labor.”  Developing a good work ethic will get you far, not only in your career, but your life.

Luke 15:17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!’ “

This verse comes from the Parable of the prodigal son…a young man,  who after squandering his portion of his inheritance, found himself starving to death in the middle of a pigsty.  It was in those deplorable  conditions, that he finally came to himself…recovering his right mind, and realizing just how far he had wandered away.  Repentance is a change of mind…leading to a change of heart…which leads to a change of our actions.  Unfortunately for many of us,  Godly sorrow is only attained when we find ourselves in the middle of the pigsties of life.

Job 14:1-2 “Man born of woman is of a few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.”

From the moment we draw our initial breath, to the last… our lives are but a brief time here on earth.  Our bodies, just temporary vessels,  that continue to fade and wither more with each passing year.  Yes, our mortal life is like a fleeting shadow…passing and momentary.  But our spirit within is enduring…everlasting and eternal.

Proverbs 13:3 ” He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”

How many times have you said to yourself, “I wish I hadn’t said that!”  Unfortunately, we too often think about what we’ve said after,  not before it’s blurted out.  And regrettably, that reckless and impulsive comment can become our downfall.