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God’s Eyes

 
For the eyes of the Lord range
 throughout the earth to strengthen those
whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
2 Chronicles 16:9
 
 
When we are fully committed, the gaze of God finds us and strengthens us.  When we are not fully committed, we miss the extra strength that could be ours.  One way I believe this strengthening occurs is by God sending his words to us. 
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” God
Our part is making ourselves available to receive God’s words by listening and by purifying ourselves.  Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God (2 Corinthians 7:1).  May He strengthen our hearts so that we will be blameless and holy in the presence of God our Father (1 Thessalonians 3:13).
 
I love you, O Lord, my strength.
Strengthen me according to your word.
Psalm 18:1 and 119:28
 

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eat with joy

 
Go eat your food with joy ….
 
Ecclesiastes 9:7
 
 
I found this verse last year, on the last day of my fast.  I wrote it in my journal along with these words: “God wants us to enjoy our food and appreciate it.  Not eating for a while certainly makes you appreciate food!”  I know that sounds simple, but fasting helps put food in its proper place in life — something to be enjoyed in a healthy way.  Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit, and taking a break from eating (or eating certain foods) causes you to notice how you are caring for your body.
 
Eating can be very complicated for some people.  I have one dear friend who is struggling with an eating disorder and another one who is trying to lose weight.  For them, food is not a source of joy, as God desires.  Thankfully, there is hope for all who struggle with food issues.  Embracing hope is one of the first steps to discovering how eating can be a joy. 
 
 
You still the hunger of those you cherish.  Psalm 17:14
Fast 
Book recommendation: The Allure of Hope, Jan Meyers
 
Disclaimer:  I am not recommending that anyone with an eating disorder fast or that fasting be used as a weight loss strategy.  I am only recommending fasting as a spiritual discipline for healthy adults.  
 

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you will see

 
“Come and you will see.”
 
Jesus

 

Jesus still invites us to “come and see” (John 1:39) what He has to offer.  As “the Author of life” (Acts 3:15), Jesus wants us to come and see His plan for our lives.  He then wants us to show God’s passionate love to others. 
 
There are those who are in a spiritual desert, longing for a cool drink of water.  Will we take the time to see them and to lead them to the place of abundant life?   
  
The first thing he did, after finding Jesus, was find his own brother telling him, “We have found the Christ.”  He immediately led him to Jesus (based on John 1:41-42, The Message).

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Jesus turned and saw her.
Matthew 9:22

 

Seeing how Jesus turned and not only saw the people in his path, but also responded to their needs, inspires me to do the same.  It is so easy to focus on my own life and the plans I have made.  My heart’s desire, however, is to steep my life in God-reality and God-initiative and to give my entire attention to what God is doing (based on Matthew 6, The Message).

I can remember a time when I saw a woman who needed help, but I didn’t stop to help her.  She was standing on a corner by a broken-down car and I was at a stoplight.  I could tell she needed help, but I didn’t want to become involved in her problems.  I had a really “good” reason for not having time for her, so I drove away.  I know I could not have rescued her, but I could have offered her a “cup of cold water” (Matthew 10:42).   

A continual challenge is to turn and see the people that God puts in our path, and willingly give them whatever we have to offer.

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Taste and See

Taste and See
that the 
Lord is Good
Psalm 34:8
 
For the past 30 years my friend Jill and I have called each other on our birthdays.  We have been friends since we were 6 years old.  When I was 10 my family moved from Searcy, Arkansas to Boston, Massachusetts.  Sad to leave each other we started a tradition of birthday phone calls.  We have never missed a year.
 
In our conversation today, Jill shared how she recently spoke to a group of girls about Jesus and the five senses. 
What did Jesus hear?
What did Jesus see?
What did Jesus smell like? 
(Think “the aroma of Christ” 2 Corinthians 2:15)
What did Jesus taste?
Who did Jesus touch?
 
Please share your thoughts and verses that answer these questions.

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